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Android 7.1 is being developed for Chrome OS, adds in freeform mode and window resizing

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 03:22 PM PST

'This is Chrome OS's year,' people say optimistically as they think for the gazillionth time about buying a Chromebook. Hell, I'm one of those people. Will it be 2017? Maybe. With the upcoming release of Samsung's new Chromebook Plus and Pro, and the wider release of Android apps on the Chrome OS stable channel, it's definitely possible. Now, more exciting news has come our way from Chrome Unboxed, in that Android 7.1 is being actively developed and tested for Chrome OS.

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Android 7.1 is being developed for Chrome OS, adds in freeform mode and window resizing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Wear 2.0 set to arrive in early February

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 02:34 PM PST

Back in September 2016, Google confirmed that Android Wear 2.0 would launch to the public sometime in early 2017, but wouldn't nail down a final date.

While Google isn't officially announcing a date to circle on the calendar just yet, there is good news for folks who are eagerly awaiting the mobile platform's arrival. Android Police is reporting that, based on emails sent to Google Play developers, Android Wear 2.0 is set to arrive "in early February 2017."

The email is a general upkeep notification, informing developers that they will need to update their apps where necessary, including those developers that have apps running embedded APK mechanisms that are not supported by Android Wear 2.0. The email also notifies the developer that Android Wear 2.0 supports the Play Store right on the watch itself.

Google has already confirmed that it plans on launching a pair of flagship smartwatches that will feature Android Wear 2.0 right out of the box, but there's no telling on when those will be unveiled.

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Uber offers Calendar Shortcuts so that you can get to your events on time

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 02:22 PM PST

After letting the redesign of its app sit for a few months, Uber is back at it with adding features to make commuting more convenient. This time, the ride-sharing service is adding "Calendar Shortcuts," which allow you to select your destination based upon your calendar entries. Whether it's a meeting, dinner, flight, or whatever it is you normal people do, these new shortcuts make getting a ride that much faster.

Time is a luxury, according to Uber, as is always the case with finite resources.

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Uber offers Calendar Shortcuts so that you can get to your events on time was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 12:39 PM PST

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Walmart Scan & Go

Walmart Scan & Go

Description: Save time by scanning your items when you add them to your shopping cart. Then check out and pay with the app, and your receipt appears on your phone. Show the receipt to the exit greeter and you just skipped any long checkout lines.

 

Stringify

Stringify

DescriptionThe award winning Stringify app connects all your physical and digital Things together in one place so you can take better care of your self, your family, your home or just get more done.

 

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Interactive WhiteBoard

Interactive WhiteBoard

DescriptionSo what exactly can you do with this? 1. Write notes in your own handwriting. 2. Let children be creative for hours. 3. Edit Photos,write or mark on them. 4. Draw sketches or diagrams, use any color any pen thickness.

 

Inkitt

Inkitt

DescriptionFind thousands of new fiction books on the Inkitt App and read them for free. Fantasy books, scifi and thriller novels, horror stories, mystery, romance and more! Discover hand-picked novels from all genres and join us on our mission to support aspiring authors taking their first steps towards publication.

 

Ambience – Nature Sounds

Ambience - Nature Sounds

DescriptionAmbience it's a mixer of relaxing sounds. You can mix many nature sounds, music and oriental sounds in order to obtain your ideal soothing ambience. You can use this app for sleeping, meditation, concentration or just relaxing.

 

MessagiTory

MessagiTory

DescriptionSave time and don't push your mind too much to remember the messages you like. This app will allow you to manage your favorite messages in good manner. Copy-Paste the messages on just one click. Add your own thoughts or important messages on just one click in suitable category.

 

WebWatcher Parental Monitoring

WebWatcher

Description WebWatcher is the #1 rated parental monitoring app that gives parents the ability to discreetly monitor their kids activity on any device including Android, iOS, PC & Mac. Once you download this app, select which device you want to monitor (Android, iOS, PC or Mac) and follow instructions for setup. Monitor as many devices as you'd like from the same interface!

 

PopOut 3D GIFs – Split Depth

PopOut 3D GIFs

DescriptionPopOut 3D GIFs allows you to create 3 seconds GIFs with Split Depth Technique that gives a 3D illusion of Popping Out.

 

African Cup 2017 Bestapps

African Cup 2017 Bestapps

DescriptionCAN 2017 match results. Watch all goals and highlights of CAN 2017 matchs. View scorers list. View Group Ranking.

 

SystemPanel 2

SystemPanel 2

DescriptionSystemPanel 2 is a re-imagining of SystemPanel from the ground up. The UI has been entirely redesigned, with the main screen now providing an overview of your device's recent behavior/activity. More detailed information is available from the left slide out panel, or by tapping on items on the overview page. Material Design is used throughout.

 


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Gboard update rolling out with bug fixes for freezing and inconsistent glide typing

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 12:22 PM PST

Google finally brought Gboard to Android last month after releasing it on iOS a while back. Of course, it was technically an update to Google Keyboard, but it was a significant one. The Gboard transition was not without its problems. An update is rolling out now to address some of the bugs with that first release.

There do not appear to be any changes to the features, just fixes for bugs. According to a Google support account on Reddit, the update will address freezing issues when typing the first word after opening the keyboard.

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Gboard update rolling out with bug fixes for freezing and inconsistent glide typing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nexus 6 Users Complain of Speakerphone Bug After Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 10:28 AM PST

Google started updating its Nexus devices to Android 7.1.1 Nougat back in December. Like other Nexus owners, Nexus 6 users were very excited.

However, their enthusiasm lessened considerably after they noticed they now have to deal with a faulty speakerphone. Annoyed users have been taking to the Google Forums to complain about the problems, which has been blamed on the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.

The issue boils down to this – when using the device's speakerphone, the other person on the phone will hear an echo plus other weird noises. On their part, Nexus 6 owners have no problem, they can hear the call perfectly.

A solution has been suggested until Google does something about it. Try muting your mic while you're on a phone call, says one user on the forums.

Why is the problem blamed on the latest update? Well some users have downgraded back to Android 7.0 Nougat and the issue disappeared. However, it returned once the Nexus 6 was updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat again.

The good news is that Google already acknowledged the problem and passed it along to its development team. Hopefully a fix will be coming soon.

Until then, if you have a Nexus 6 and you haven't upgraded to the latest Android build, we suggest you hold off until the speakerphone woes are behind us.

[Google Forums / (2)]

The post Nexus 6 Users Complain of Speakerphone Bug After Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Samsung’s Foldable Smartphone Might Actually Be a 7-inch Tablet

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 10:28 AM PST

Samsung's foldable smartphone design have been in the rumour mill since forever. Now, it finally seems that the first models featuring will actually make it out on the market this year.

According to Asian media, Samsung is likely to unveil a foldable phone sometime in Q3 2017. Let's talk a bit about this futuristic device. After working for years on fold-in bendable devices, Samsung noticed how inconvenient it was to unfurl the prototypes every time you wanted to check something on the display. And let's face it–we check our smartphone displays a lot during the day.

Samsung decided switch to a fold-out design instead, which means the screen stayed on the inside making easier for users to glimpse at the display whenever they feel like it.

Now the current report says Samsung actually has to decide whether it will launch the device or not, but with the advent of concept phones (think Xiaomi MI MIX or Huawei Honor Magic) we don't see why not, even if in limited quantities.

The Investor also reveals a piece of information we never heard before. Apparently Samsung's foldable phone will actually be a 7-inch tablet (in its unfolded state), something which should come in handy when you're trying to watch video or browse pictures from last year's trip.

So far, Samsung's foldable design sounds pretty intriguing, so we surely hope the Korean tech giant will at least decide to showcase it to the world in 2017 if not start selling it.

[The Investor]

The post Samsung's Foldable Smartphone Might Actually Be a 7-inch Tablet appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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LG G6 Could Start Selling Before the Samsung Galaxy S8

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 10:18 AM PST

The LG G5 was a letdown in terms of sales, but the Korean tech giant is hoping its upcoming G6 flagship will be better received by the Android community.

And this year, the device maker might have a strategy to ensure the LG G6 gets more attention. As it is customary, both Samsung and LG will launch their 2017 flagships during the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona–but there's a catch.

According to a recent report from South Korea, LG should unveil the G6 on February 26, a day before the convention kick starts. Afterwards the phone should hit retail shelves on March 10. This will ensure the LG G6 get some exposure before the Galaxy S8 beast gets unleashed by Samsung.

Speaking of Samsung, the Korean tech giant will introduce the Galaxy S8 during the same event in Spain, but the retail availability of the product will come a bit later. After the Galaxy Note7 fiasco, Samsung probably wants be extra careful not to release another dangerous handset so quality assurance session might take longer than usual.

If rumors are to be believed, the Galaxy S8 will be made available for purchase sometime in mid-April, which gives the LG G6 a bit of time to steal the spotlight for itself.

[ET News]

The post LG G6 Could Start Selling Before the Samsung Galaxy S8 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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LG G6 Could Feature 5.7-inch 18:9 Display with 2880×1440 Resolution

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 10:18 AM PST

The market is rich in phones with FHD displays, while QHD devices are available in smaller numbers and are limited to flagship models. There's even 4K handsets, with the Samsung Galaxy Note8 rumoured to sport such a display.

But LG wants to do things a bit differently. The company announced it will launch the first phone to come with a 5.7-inch display featuring 2880 x 1440-pixel resolution and a wide aspect ratio of 18:9. The device should pack 564 ppi which is a bit above what a "normal" 5.5-inch display with QHD resolution would offer.

LG doesn't mention the name of the phone that will carry this atypical screen, but we have to assume it's the upcoming LG G6 flagship.

The company says users will be able to take advantage of the extra screen real estate to multi-task on Android, meaning to run two or more apps side by side. LG also boasts the display rocks better outdoor visibility and will consume 30% less power than "standard" screens.

Going back to the LG G6, it seems the upcoming flagship will beat the Samsung Galaxy S8 and make it to retail earlier. The phone should be announced at MWC 2017 which is expected to kickstart on February 27.

[LG]

The post LG G6 Could Feature 5.7-inch 18:9 Display with 2880×1440 Resolution appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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FAA drops Galaxy Note 7 flight announcement requirement

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 08:49 AM PST

With the potential for Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 to explode, airlines have been making announcements before flights to inform passengers that the device is banned from being brought on board.

However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that it has dropped its requirement that these pre-flight announcements be made. Of course, the Galaxy Note 7 is still banned from flights.

The FAA says the Department of Transportation (DoT) removed the pre-boarding announcement requirement "due to the high degree of public awareness of the ban since issuance of the emergency restriction/prohibition order, as well as the extensive efforts by Samsung and U.S. wireless providers to make all Note 7 users aware the phone is recalled and banned from transport on U.S. aircraft."

Samsung has also confirmed in a statement that 96 percent of Galaxy Note 7 devices in the US have been returned, which is good news across the board.


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Nokia teases more announcements on February 26

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 08:49 AM PST

Nokia's re-entry into the smartphone market appeared earlier this month in the form of the Nokia 6. The 6 is a mid-range device destined to for China, but many are still waiting a high-end flagship from Nokia. That wait might come to an end at the end of February.

In celebration of the Nokia 6′s upcoming launch in China, Nokia says it has "more announcements to follow on February 26." There aren't a lot of details to go along with that teaser, but for anyone that's been eagerly anticipating what Nokia will cook up in 2017, it seems reasonable that the company would use Mobile World Congress — which begins February 26 — to unveil it.

Are you looking forward to seeing what Nokia has up its sleeve?


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Synology DS apps see updates, Android TV, fingerprint and passcode security, and automatic backup features inbound

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 07:07 AM PST

Uploading your files to the cloud might be fashionable these days, but some still like to keep their files, photos, videos, and anything else secure from prying eyes, yet still accessible if they're not at their computer. Synology, a maker of Network Attached Storage devices, which the company calls DiskStations (DS for short), has updated four of its apps; DS photo, DS file, DS note, and MailPlus.

DS photo

DS photo only has one update on its changelog, but it's a biggie: Android TV support.

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Synology DS apps see updates, Android TV, fingerprint and passcode security, and automatic backup features inbound was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Children's card game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is now live worldwide in the Play Store

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 04:07 AM PST

yugiohIf you went to middle school at the same time as me, you might remember Yu-Gi-Oh. It's that show about a kid with an alien starfish attached to his brain that makes him hallucinate about ancient Egyptian playing cards destroying the world. (That's how I remember it, anyway.) Amazingly the twenty-year-old franchise is still around, and quite a lot of people seem to be continuing to play the associated Magic: The Gathering-inspired card game - enough that Konami, otherwise more or less uninterested in non-Pachinko games, has released a new mobile version.

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Children's card game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is now live worldwide in the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Powerful home automation app Stringify comes to Android and adds IFTTT integration

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 04:07 AM PST

Ever since I got my Wink Hub 2, one of the services I kept seeing in conversations when trying to bridge together different smart appliances and services was Stringify. The app was limited to iOS though, so I never got to use it because I wasn't going to carry my iPad around all the time to toggle a light bulb. But at CES, Stringify made a few announcements that we just came across (excuse the delay, we had tons of emails and releases to sift through) and that are sure to please Android users.

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Powerful home automation app Stringify comes to Android and adds IFTTT integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Play Store v7.4 reveals a new My Apps screen, remote authorization for family purchases, and more [APK Teardown]

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 06:47 PM PST

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Over the last several months, most of the changes to the Play Store have been on the smaller side, usually part of A/B tests to determine if individual tweaks to the interface would work better than others. An update began rolling out to users yesterday, bringing the current version up to 7.4. No significant changes seem to be turning up yet, but there are bits and pieces that hint at future plans.

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Play Store v7.4 reveals a new My Apps screen, remote authorization for family purchases, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nougat grows and Froyo disappears in Google’s latest Android distribution stats

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 04:39 PM PST

Google today released its latest Android distribution numbers, which reveal which versions of Android were used to access the Play Store during the seven-day period ending on January 9.

Android 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat's usage grew during that time, finishing at 0.7 percent. To compare, Nougat appeared on 0.4 percent of devices in December 2016.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow also grew from December to January, going from 26.3 percent last month to 29.6 percent this month.

Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop weren't quite so lucky, dropping in usage from 34 percent in December to 33.4 percent in January.

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Android 4.4 KitKat fell, too, dropping from 24 percent in December to 22.6 percent in January. Meanwhile, Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean dropped from 12.8 percent in December to 11.6 percent in January. And then there's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which dropped from 1.2 percent in December to 1.1 percent in January.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread fell from 1.2 percent in December to 1.0 percent in January. And that's where this month's list ends, because Android 2.2 Froyo has officially dropped off Google's graph, meaning that its usage has fallen below 0.1 percent.

While it's disappointing that Nougat's usage is still below one percent, that can be blamed on the fact that we haven't seen many Nougat updates roll out beyond Google's Nexus and Pixel devices. That should change in the coming months, though, as recent flagships from Samsung, HTC, and LG begin receiving their official Nougat updates.


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Adobe Capture CC updated with Android tablet support, doesn't bother to add landscape mode

Posted: 10 Jan 2017 03:52 PM PST

ccAdobe's current Android strategy seems to be publishing as many small, single-purpose tools as possible to augment the workflow of artists and designers using its main Creative Cloud programs on a desktop computer. Capture CC is a tool for adding things like custom colors, brushes, shapes, and other Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign assets via a mobile camera. The Android app launched in October of 2015, and apparently Adobe didn't think anyone with an Android tablet really needed that functionality until now.

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Adobe Capture CC updated with Android tablet support, doesn't bother to add landscape mode was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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