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HTC ‘Ocean Note’ leaks hint at phone with secondary display

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 01:39 PM PST

HTC has a major event in the works, with its "For U" unveiling set to take place on January 12. At the event, it's expected that the manufacturer will showcase a brand new flagship handset.

That device may have found its way online ahead of the announcement thanks to a post over on the Chinese social networking site Weibo. The photos appear to showcase an unannounced HTC-branded smartphone, where a protruding camera can be seen on the back. Capacitive Recent Apps and Back buttons flank the hardware Home button, which will likely serve as a fingerprint reader as well.

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The main takeaway from the published images are a secondary display above the main display. One of the photographs shows us a series of app icons for things like the camera, Twitter, and other apps. The other image indicates that when the main display is off, the secondary display can still show the time, date, and battery percentage.

Rumors have swirled that HTC plans on unveiling the codename "Ocean Note" at the upcoming January 12 event, so it's certainly possible this is that handset. Of course, nothing is official just yet.

If this is indeed the Ocean Note, what do you think of HTC's upcoming flagship?


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Google Now's contextual icon searches rolling out to more users

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 11:37 AM PST

search headerWe've spotted some new icon-based interface changes in Google Now over the last few months, first with a few circles, then with more contextual multicolored icons. The latest shift seems to be all in on the latter: multiple Android Police users have told us that they've seen the new icon-focused UI in their copy of the app, complete with more icons than ever before. As an intentional way to direct users to Google's various utility searches, it seems to be fairly functional.

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Google Now's contextual icon searches rolling out to more users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LG G6 to feature 5.7-inch QHD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 08:54 AM PST

Despite the fact the LG G6 isn't officially official just yet, LG Display has decided to spill some important beans regarding the upcoming flagship's display.

In a report from the Korea Herald, LG Display has confirmed that an upcoming smartphone will feature a 5.7-inch "QHD+" display which will boast an aspect ratio of 18:9. Following that, LG Electronics confirmed that the handset in question would be the G6, which will apparently be unveiled sometime in February.

The use of an 18:9 aspect ratio will be the first QHD panel of its kind. LG says the 5.7-inch display will feature a resolution of 1440×2880 (564 ppi). On top of all that, LG will be using in-TOUCH technology, which will embed the touch sensor into the LCD cell and should improve touch performance.

We've already heard that LG doesn't plan on including a modular design for the G6, with the new focus being on aesthetics and performance. With the Life's Good crew already confirming the handset will have an impressive display, it sounds like they're staying on track with that plan.

Are you looking forward to the LG G6?


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[Deal Alert] Lara Croft: Guardian of Light and Cross DJ Pro are down to 10 cents in some countries

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 04:40 AM PST

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Are you broke after buying all the Christmas presents, attending that expensive NYE party, and maybe even ordering a gadget or two of those that were announced at CES? Here's something that will cost you about a dime and could provide entertainment for hours and hours. Google Play's deals are back and this week we have Lara Croft: Guardian of Light and Cross DJ Pro, both unfortunately not discounted in the US.

Lara Croft was only released in October so it's a relatively new Android game being discounted, even if the title itself came several years late after iOS.

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[Deal Alert] Lara Croft: Guardian of Light and Cross DJ Pro are down to 10 cents in some countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Slack beta lets you send GIFs to your colleagues through Google Gboard

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 02:40 AM PST

Inserting GIFs from your keyboard is one of the latest trends we're seeing in Android apps. And it makes sense: instead of using a separate app to search for GIFs then sharing them to whatever conversation you happen to be having, you simply switch your keyboard to GIF mode and find what you need. Less jumping around and less friction. And with the latest update to the GBoard keyboard app, GIF insertion is no longer limited to Android 7.1 devices, but can be used as far back as Honeycomb if the app you're sending through supports it.

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Slack beta lets you send GIFs to your colleagues through Google Gboard was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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WhatsApp adds GIF search through Giphy, raises maximum media sharing limit from 10 to 30

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 02:40 AM PST

WhatsApp's ability to send GIFs in different forms and ways has been rolling out super slowly. First we could convert videos and share them as GIFs, then the beta app let us share GIFs saved on our devices, then the Web client added support for GIF search and insertion, and now finally the last piece of the puzzle is here: we can now search for, choose, and send GIFs from the WhatsApp app on our Android phones, no need for a separate Giphy client, the GBoard app, or to have the GIFs saved on our phones beforehand.

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WhatsApp adds GIF search through Giphy, raises maximum media sharing limit from 10 to 30 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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PayPal adds support for cash deposits via PayPal Cash at 7-Eleven locations

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 08:00 PM PST

So you've got a big wad of dough, but cash is so early 2000s. It's all about digital currency, NFC, and other fancy digital stuff. You could swing by the bank to deposit the cash... or you can dump it right into your PayPal using PayPal Cash. That process just got easier with the addition of 7-Eleven to the list of supported retailers in the latest app update.

PayPal Cash lets you turn your physical cash into PayPal money without the added hop from your bank to your PayPal balance.

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PayPal adds support for cash deposits via PayPal Cash at 7-Eleven locations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Ubisoft's disturbing equine fetish continues with Horse Adventure: Tale of Etria

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 07:35 PM PST

image (3)Someone at Ubisoft really loves horses. Possibly to a creepy and/or illegal-in-most-jurisdictions degree. In 2014 the publisher released a mobile version of Howrse, a sort of horse-themed management/pirate math game. Then in 2015 they brought us Horse Haven Adventures, which may or may not be about a demonic princess riding the mythical Mares of Diomedes across a defeated and despoiled Earth. Now they're back with Horse Adventure: Tale of Estria, a third horse-themed game seemingly unconnected to the other two.

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Ubisoft's disturbing equine fetish continues with Horse Adventure: Tale of Etria was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Walmart finally rolls out its Scan & Go app to Android

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 05:00 PM PST

Attention, Walmart shoppers (on Android): the Scan & Go app is finally here. Back in 2013, the giant retailer began testing a new way to shop. Basically, you wander as normal through Walmart, placing items in your cart as you go. What makes this experience different is that you then scan the barcodes of your items, pay within the app, and show the receipt to the exit greeter on your way out.

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Walmart finally rolls out its Scan & Go app to Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Moto G5 Plus appears in online sales listing, complete with images and specs

Posted: 09 Jan 2017 04:12 PM PST

Online listings are a common way for folks to sell smartphones, but it's not often that you see unreleased, prototype devices in these listings. That's precisely what appears to have happened with the Moto G5 Plus, though.

A listing for what may be a prototype Moto G5 Plus has appeared on Romanian site OLX. The seller has included several photos of the device as well as specs, and they're asking 1,650 Romanian Leu, or $388 USD.

The photos show a Moto-branded device with a fingerprint reader below its display, a round rear camera housing with dual flash, and both a microUSB and a 3.5mm headphone jack on its bottom. The phone actually looks a bit similar to the alleged Moto X (2017) that leaked last month, so that device may have been a new G instead of a new X.

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This Moto G5 Plus prototype is said to include a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, and Android 7.0 Nougat. Inside the device is a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a 3080mAh battery.

Many of this Moto G5 Plus specs are similar to the ones found in last year's Moto G4 Plus, with a slight drop in camera resolution but an upgraded processor. It's unclear Moto might officially introduce us to its new Moto G, but at least we've got several hands-on photos to keep us occupied until it does.

What do you think of this alleged Moto G5 Plus?


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