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YouTube v12.01 fine tunes an unruly seek bar, hints at video previews, event listings, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 13 Jan 2017 06:52 PM PST


YouTube began rolling out with a major new version today, making the leap to v12. You might be expecting some big features when the big number goes up by one, but this update doesn't appear to be packing anything too exceptional. There's a fix for an obnoxious interface issue, but that's about it for changes in the live interface. What's more interesting are a few upcoming items visible through the lens of a teardown.

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YouTube v12.01 fine tunes an unruly seek bar, hints at video previews, event listings, and more [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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The Samsung and Harman Deal Might Get Blocked By Investors

Posted: 13 Jan 2017 04:34 PM PST

Back in November, it was reported Samsung was ready to acquire connected car giant Harman. The deal was supposed to be finalized sometime in mid-2017, but according to a new report the merger might not happen after all.

According to Korean Times, Harman shareholders are unhappy with the deal struck by Harman's CEO and board of directors with Samsung. Apparently, shareholders have filed a lawsuit against Harman boss Dinesh Paliwal and his team with a court in Delaware.

Shareholders led by one Robert Pine claim Harman's value was greatly depreciated by the deal. That's an interesting allegation to make considering Samsung agreed to pay a total of $10.51 billion CAD or $147 CAD a share in cash, a premium over Harman's then share price of $114 CAD. On top of that, Harman executives are accused of failing to look for competing bids.

Harman shareholders appear to be adamant to see that the Samsung deal will never happen. For the merger to go through, at least 50% of investors need to vote in favor.

Sadly for us, this means that the Samsung Galaxy S8 won't come bundling a Harman-branded dual speaker system like we previously heard in 2016.

We'll let you know when more info about the Samsung Harman deal once it becomes available.

[Korean Times]

The post The Samsung and Harman Deal Might Get Blocked By Investors appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Motorola hosting MWC event on February 26

Posted: 13 Jan 2017 04:09 PM PST

Mobile World Congress kicks off at the end of February, and it's already shaping up to be a busy show.

The Lenovo-owned Moto just sent out invites for an event it will be hosting on February 26. This is technically the day before the trade show starts, which is pretty normal. What's also normal is the fact that Motorola isn't giving anything away about what it might announce just yet.


As far as rumors go, Motorola could unveil the Moto G5 Plus, which was recently leaked. We'll just have to wait until February 26 to see what Motorola has in store for us.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 may have a headphone jack after all

Posted: 13 Jan 2017 04:09 PM PST

The rumor mill has a tendency to go back and forth more often than not, and it looks like Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone isn't immune from that.

Back in December of last year, a rumor suggested that Samsung would follow in the footsteps of Apple and Moto by dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy S8. The report said that the Galaxy S8 would full-steam ahead with USB Type-C, so future owners would have to find wired headphones with that connector or go wireless.

However, Android Police is saying that the Galaxy S8 will indeed feature the 3.5mm headphone jack after all. The publication recently spoke with a source that it says is reliable, and they said that the upcoming flagship will feature a 3.5mm jack.

Nothing is confirmed at this point, so Samsung could go either way here. But it's probably likely that Samsung has been listening to the feedback after the launches of the 3.5mm-less iPhone 7, Moto Z, and now HTC U Ultra and started weighing their next move.

Are you hoping Samsung keeps the headphone jack around?

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2017 Huawei P8 Lite Features Honor Design, Android 7.0 Nougat On a Budget

Posted: 13 Jan 2017 03:59 PM PST

Huawei's sub-brand unveiled the affordable Honor 6X at CES 2017 and now the company is tempting users with another budget-friendly device. Meet the new Huawei P8 Lite (2017) which despite its name looks a lot like one of the Honor smartphones we've seen lately.

Thee phone will launch on a few European markets at first for approximately $333 CAD, but it will probably make its way across the pond at some point.

Here's what the Huawei P8 Lite (2017) is all about. The device features 5.2-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution and a Kirin 655 chipset (4 x 2.1GHz Cortex-A53 cores plus 4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 cores) – the same one powering the Honor 6X.

The new P8 Lite (2017) features 3GB of RAM onboard plus 16GB of expandable storage. Fans of smartphone photography we'll be glad to know the phone bundles a 12MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture plus an 8MP selfie snapper.

Keeping things alive on board is a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery. Last but not least the phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, unlike the Honor 6X which arrived with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

It's interesting to note that Huawei is expected to unveil the all new P10 and P10 Lite in February. So the question is, will customers care for the P8 Lite (2017) at all?

[Mobile Geeks]

The post 2017 Huawei P8 Lite Features Honor Design, Android 7.0 Nougat On a Budget appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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