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Will Samsung ‘Brick’ the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada Like the USA?

Posted: 09 Dec 2016 11:36 AM PST

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We already told you that Samsung is working with carriers in Canada to make the Note7 useless. Starting December 12, we expect the fiery tablet to lose all Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality.Then on December 15, the device will be disconnected from the carrier networks in the country.

But things will get even gloomier in the US. Samsung just confirmed it will start rolling out an update for the Galaxy Note7 in the US which will prevent the device from charging at all. Samsung wants to render the phablet completely useless, so people who are still holding on it will have no choice but to return it.

In its statement, Samsung says 93% of the potentially dangerous handsets have been returned, but the Korean tech giant wants to make sure all 100% devices will be accounted for.

Anyway, Samsung doesn't say anything about devices in other markets, so we can speculate this measure could be extended towards Canada in the upcoming few weeks. We'll update you if any information becomes available.

Samsung doesn't mention if the update will be imposed upon Galaxy Note7 owners. If this will not be the case, we can't help but wonder if some users will by-pass installing the update and keep using the device as a camera or as a storage device.

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The post Will Samsung 'Brick' the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada Like the USA? appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Facebook finally gets HD video uploads, tests PIP video, easier notification browsing, and more

Posted: 09 Dec 2016 11:22 AM PST

Facebook seems to be making some significant improvements to the video features of the Android app, something that has been a weak point of the FB experience on Android for quite a while now.

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While the iOS app has offered a toggle for uploading videos in HD for a long time (earliest reference I've found dates to more than 2 years ago), Android's app has been sorely lacking this feature.

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Facebook finally gets HD video uploads, tests PIP video, easier notification browsing, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Verizon says that it won’t release update to disable Galaxy Note 7

Posted: 09 Dec 2016 10:45 AM PST

Hot on the heels of Samsung announcing that it will be sending out an update to disable remaining Galaxy Note 7 units out in the wild in the United States, Verizon Wireless has news of its own to announce.

According to Verizon's statement, they will not send out the update that will disable the Galaxy Note 7. The carrier says that due to the holiday traveling season, it doesn't feel it's appropriate to disable some customers' only method of communication, especially for those who don't have another device to switch to readily available.

"We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders, or medical professionals in an emergency situation," Verizon said in their statement.

This is an interesting development. The Galaxy Note 7 has already proven to be a potential risk to owners and others, so Samsung sending out the update to disable the handset certainly makes sense. However, one can see where Verizon is coming from in this case, even if airlines are still blocking the Galaxy Note 7 from being allowed on planes.

What do you think of Verizon's decision?


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Samsung confirms that it will disable Galaxy Note 7 in the U.S.

Posted: 09 Dec 2016 10:45 AM PST

Rumors had cropped up that Samsung would disable the Galaxy Note 7 in the US, just like it had in places like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. And sure enough, Samsung has officially confirmed that will indeed be the case.

Samsung announced today that it will release an update to the Galaxy Note 7 phones in the United States which will permanently disable the handset. As Samsung puts it, the update will "eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices."

The update will be released on December 19 and will be distributed to all devices within 30 days.

Samsung and the carriers in the United States will inform those who still have a Galaxy Note 7 of the global recall, and that their device will be soon shut down. The notice will urge them to return their device and get something else.

The company did add that over 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 units in the U.S. have been returned so far, so that's good news.

You don't still have a Galaxy Note 7, right?


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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge to Be Updated Directly to Android 7.1.1

Posted: 09 Dec 2016 09:11 AM PST

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Samsung opened up the Android 7.0 Nougat beta program for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge a while ago. But we've yet to see the new build roll out into the wild.

Now it seems that Samsung will update the two flagships directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. In response to a user inquiring about the Galaxy Beta Program, Samsung said the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat directly.

For the time being only Pixel and some Nexus devices run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, so the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge could be the first non-Pixels to rock the new build.

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We should remind you that the Android 7.1.1 is a minor update which brings feats such as a new set of emoji or app shortcuts from the home screen. Also users can launch apps like Twitter by long pressing the app icon, in what appears to simulate an effect like 3D Touch on Apple's iPhone.

The new build will mark the end of TouchWiz and the advent of the new Samsung Experience.

Samsung hasn't said anything about the date when the new build will start flying around, but hopefully it will be soon.

Another Android OEM, Sony said it is aiming to become the first company to release Android 7.1.1 Nougat for its devices.

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The post Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge to Be Updated Directly to Android 7.1.1 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Microsoft Bookings app now available on the Play Store for beta testers

Posted: 09 Dec 2016 04:12 AM PST

Microsoft Bookings is a service available to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers who also happen to be small business owners and want to easily manage their staff's schedules, appointment bookings, client reminders, and more. It launched in July in limited capacity and only on the web, with mobile apps promised "in the coming months."

The Android app is now available, but only accessible to beta testers. It's just useful for business owners (clients and staff can use email or the web component) to manage their business from their phone.

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Microsoft Bookings app now available on the Play Store for beta testers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Pretty cool] ViewRanger lets you see and navigate your outdoor maps in Augmented Reality with Skyline

Posted: 09 Dec 2016 04:12 AM PST

ViewRanger is popular among outdoorsy people for its hiking trails and off-road topographical maps from different sources and known publishers. The fact that you can track and create your own trails, navigate using an Android Wear watch, and keep all your maps offline for use when away from a signal is more than just one big plus. And now there's a new cool feature for ViewRanger users: Skyline.

Skyline is an augmented reality map layer inside the ViewRanger app.

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[Pretty cool] ViewRanger lets you see and navigate your outdoor maps in Augmented Reality with Skyline was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Save $33 on the Samsung Gear Fit 2

Posted: 09 Dec 2016 02:40 AM PST

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long gone, but Amazon still has a good selection of great deals available. If you or someone on your "nice" list is looking for a new fitness tracker, you might want to take a look at the Samsung Gear Fit 2. The online retailer has cut the price of the Samsung Gear Fit 2 from $179.99 to $149.00. If you opt for the blue model, you can save an additional $1.72.

If you're not familiar with the Gear Fit 2, the activity tracker will count your steps and automatically detect different types of activities and track them automatically. It also incorporates GPS and a heart rate sensor. If you pair it with your smartphone, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 will also display basic notifications from your phone. The device will last 3 days on a single charge if connected to your phone at all times, but that can be extended to 5 days if you only pair it from time to time.


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Yahoo Answers Now comes to Android with all its useful, random, and weird Q&As

Posted: 09 Dec 2016 01:42 AM PST

Yahoo Answers is a treasure trove of answers about any and every question you might have. Whether I have a technical query or a random question I'm wondering about, it's almost always been asked by someone else on Yahoo and it shows up as a search result on Google. The answers there aren't always the best I could find, but they often help in getting me on the right track. It's kind of sad that one of Yahoo's oldest and least appealing entities (in appearance) has survived this long and is still one of its most popular nowadays.

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Yahoo Answers Now comes to Android with all its useful, random, and weird Q&As was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung may disable Galaxy Note 7 units in the US by preventing them from charging

Posted: 08 Dec 2016 08:40 PM PST

The US may soon join Australia, Canada, and New Zealand on the list of countries where Samsung has disabled the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung is reportedly planning to disable the remaining Galaxy Note 7 units in the US that haven't been returned. A US Cellular customer with a Note 7 allegedly got a text message today from US Cellular that reads, "As of December 15, Samsung will modify the software to prevent the Galaxy Note 7 from charging. The phone will no longer work."

Samsung declined to comment to The Verge about the text, and US Cellular did not respond.

We'll just have to wait to see if Samsung ends up disabling the Note 7s that are still in the wild in the US, but it's certainly a possibility. We already know that Note 7s in New Zealand have been barred from mobile networks, and Samsung is planning to do the same in Australia and Canada.

Blocking the Galaxy Note 7 from charging in the US would basically leave owners with two choices: either return the phone or keep your super expensive paperweight. If Samsung is indeed planning to go this route, we should get some sort of official announcement soon.

Are you or anyone you know still using a Galaxy Note 7?


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