Google is working on a MacBook killer running a special breed of Android
Google has already started teasing its October 4th event where Pixel smartphones are meant to show up.ﾂ�But that窶冱 not everything Google is announcing in early October. The most important thing the company might unveil is the Andromeda operating system, a merger between Android and Chrome OS. Andromeda isn窶冲 a commercial name, but rather an internal codename for the initiative, which will represent a major shift in Android strategy. Google will be able to take the best from both worlds and release other types of Android devices, including better laptops and tablets. The first laptop running Andromeda will come out next summer, per one report. DON窶儺 MISS: iPhone 7 review According to Android Police, the Pixel 3 laptop is set to arrive at some point in the third quarter of 2017. The project is known internally as Bison, and the laptop should be the first new device to showcase Google窶冱 Android / Chrome OS hybrid. 窶廝ison, then, would be the culmination of years of work by Google's Pixel team and Google's Android and Chrome OS teams,窶� Android Police writes. The device would not be marketed as a Chromebook, and the project isn窶冲 part of Google窶冱 current effort to put Android apps on Chrome OS devices. In Andromeda, Google wants to merge Chrome features into Android, which means Bison, or the Pixel 3, will be an Android device rather than a Chrome OS one. The current list of specs for the Bison includes a 12.3-inch display with touch support, Intel m3 or i5 Core processor, 32GB to 128GB of storage, 8GB to 16GB of RAM, fingerprint scanner, USB-C connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack, stylus support, stereo speakers. quad microphones, backlit keyboard, glass trackpad with haptic and force detection and 10 hours of battery life. The device would also measure just 10mm in thickness, which would make it thinner than the 12-inch MacBook. Best of all, the Bison would sell for just $799, according to the information available to Android Police at this time. Obviously, things may change in the following year, and Google could even cancel the product. But this MacBook contender already sounds amazing on paper.
2016/09/26 15:23 BGR
Samsung’s 10,200mAh battery pack with fast charging is just $49.99 today only
Looking for a battery pack to keep your phone topped up on the go? Samsung's 10,200mAh pack might not have the biggest capacity you can find, but for the quality and compatibility -- and a today-only price tag of $49.99 -- it's one of the better buys.
2016/09/26 15:17 Phandroid
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 replacements are overheating
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 troubles is a nightmare that won’t ever end. Already costing the company upwards of $1 billion, that number might just grow, as replacement devices are seemingly having some major issues. Consumes in South Korea are complaining that their Galaxy Note 7 replacement is not only overheating, but are quickly losing battery […] Come comment on this article: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 replacements are overheating
2016/09/26 15:12 TalkAndroid
Google’s self-driving car crashed, and humans are responsible
Google is one of the first companies toﾂ�start testing autonomous vehicles technology. Unlike Tesla, which does it with the help of commercial vehicles, Google窶冱 self-driving car fleet isn窶冲 available to regular customers. But the cars do roam public roads, and they are involved in accidents from time to time. The worst such event happened a few days ago, and humans are apparently responsible for it. DON窶儺 MISS: iPhone 7 review These aren窶冲 the Google engineers manning the self-driving Lexus that sustained significant damage in a collision with a van - see the image above, with the van being towed away in the background. It窶冱 the guys in the other car that are apparently to blame. Google doesn't always release timely explanations of the accidents involving its car, but the company was quick to issue a statement right after the crash. 窶廣 Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain View when a car heading westbound on El Camino Real ran a red light and collided with the right side of our vehicle,窶� Google said in a statement, according to 9to5Google. 窶廾ur light was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection. Thousands of crashes happen everyday on US roads, and red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the U.S. Human error plays a role in 94% of these crashes, which is why we窶决e developing fully self-driving technology to make our roads safer.窶� The story appears to be corroborated by a witness. 窶廬 only saw the tail-end of the crash, and the dazed Google employees sitting around afterwards waiting for their tow-truck. I had to be on my way,窶� a witness told the site. The witness also mentioned that, based on their perspective, the self-driving car was not at fault. 窶廡rom what I could see, it was the van窶冱 fault entirely,窶� they said.
2016/09/26 15:02 BGR
OneDrive for Android gets document previews and collaboration notifications
Microsoft is adding some key features to OneDrive today for users of their storage service. To bring the Android app in line with competitors like Google Drive, Microsoft is adding the ability to preview Excel, Powerpoint, and Word documents from within the app.
2016/09/26 15:01 Phandroid
Uber gift cards now rolling out nationwide
Uber popularized the idea of an on-demand car service across the world and starting today, in the US, you can now give the gift of Uber with newly released gift cards. Join us after the break for all the details. Over the next few weeks, retail partners such as Walmart, Target, and CVS will be […] Come comment on this article: Uber gift cards now rolling out nationwide
2016/09/26 15:01 TalkAndroid
Hey Xiaomi, it's time to end flash sales
Xiaomi needs to reconsider its sales strategy. Xiaomi makes enticing products that offer excellent value for money. Even though the brand does little to no marketing of its own (although that's changing in India), it is one of the most talked-about companies on social media on account of the hype generated around every product launch. By undercutting its competitors, Xiaomi attracts a significant amount of interest without advertising through traditional marketing channels. That move has worked incredibly well for the brand over the years, but there is one area where Xiaomi woefully falls short when compared to its rivals: availability. Most of Xiaomi's latest products are available exclusively via flash sales, timed sales that are open for a short window once a week. This week, Xiaomi kicked off the first flash sale of the Mi Air Purifier 2, a $150 (₹9,999) smart air purifier that comes loaded with a slew of features that were previously limited to products that cost thrice as m...
2016/09/26 15:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Report: Google to launch a ‘Pixel 3’ running Andromeda OS in Q3 2017
Samsung Galaxy C9 could be the company’s first phone to have 6GB of RAM, 16MP front camera
Samsung’s nightmare continues: There may be issues with the replacement Galaxy Note 7
Nexus line is “literally not dead,” says report
With Google seemingly going all-in on "Pixel" for 2016, we'd assumed the Nexus line was dead. That belief fostered deep down inside of us early on due to long-time rumors that Google was looking to move on from the brand. But one trustworthy individual says "Nexus isn't dead."
2016/09/26 14:14 Phandroid
Sony Xperia X Performance users can now sign up to test Android Nougat
Xiaomi Mi 5S leak reveals iPhone-like design and September release date
You can now buy the Sony Xperia X Compact in the US
Samsung delays Galaxy Note 7 re-debut in South Korea as another Galaxy S7 Edge explodes
Google could be testing Andromeda (Android + Chrome OS) on the Nexus 9
Sony Xperia X Compact review
Are you using Google Allo? [Poll of the Week]
Google readying a Pixel 3 laptop with the new Andromeda OS for Q3 2017
Google is readying a new Pixel laptop for Q3 2017. With an internal codename of Bison, this laptop would be the first device to show off the long-awaited Android and Chrome OS merger, rumored to be called “Andromeda.” We’re expecting to see what Andromeda is all about at Google’s October 4 event in San Francisco, […] Come comment on this article: Google readying a Pixel 3 laptop with the new Andromeda OS for Q3 2017
2016/09/26 14:49 TalkAndroid
The Pixel phones may not be the most interesting thing Google unveils next month
Google started teasing its October 4th mobile event a few days ago, and if you窶决e familiar with recent rumors you probably know two things about it: the Nexus phone is dying, and the Pixel phone will replace it. Google will have other hardware on display during the event, but the company is also expected to unveil a massive milestone for Android. Andromeda, as a new operating system is internally called, might be the most important thing coming out of Google窶冱 October 4th event. DON窶儺 MISS: iPhone 7 review 窶弩e announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016,窶� Google窶冱 Hiroshi Lockheimer said cryptically on Twitter during the weekend. That窶冱 the kind of message the often-accurate Android Police can interpret differently than most of us. The Android site has been sitting on information that something big is coming at Google窶冱 event on October 4th. The announcement is greater than Pixel phones and bigger than Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, and Google WiFi, the site says. It窶冱 probably Andromeda, Android Police thinks, the Android version that incorporates Chrome OS. Google has been rumored to merge the two platforms for a while now, and it may all happen next year. An Android operating system that has Chrome OS abilities would put Google in a position where it could propose buyers decent PC computing alternatives to Mac and Windows. Not to mention that Andromeda might be compatible with all Pixel-branded gadgets. https://twitter.com/lockheimer/status/779757830203068416 Lockheimer窶冱 tweet is certainly interesting even if Android Police窶冱 explanation isn窶冲 true. If Google is going to tease anything Android-related on October 4th, it窶冱 definitely something that will affect the entire future of Android. Color us intrigued, Google!
2016/09/26 14:40 BGR
Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Google Allo, Taskbar
Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are [...]
2016/09/26 14:19 Android and Me
Artificial intelligence takes to the skies with Project Loon
Roku makes 4K and HDR video cheap with new streaming boxes
If you're looking for a new streaming media player this fall, Roku has you covered. On Monday morning, the company unveiled five new devices on its website — a lineup with some notable additions and improvements over last year's. DON'T MISS: Every video game launching this fall that you need to know about The Roku Ultra is the company's new flagship streaming box, replacing the Roku 4. It includes several new features differentiating it from its predecessor, including 4K and HDR video support, a USB port, Optical Audio out, MIMO connectivity and an upgraded remote with gaming buttons and a "Find My Remote" feature. The Roku Ultra will cost $129.99 — the same price as the Roku 4 at launch. If you don't care about all the bells and whistles of the Ultra, you might want to look into the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+. Taking the place of the Roku 2 and Roku 3 set-top boxes, both the Premiere and Premiere+ support 4K video, but you'll have to spring for the Premiere+ if you want HDR support as well. The Premiere will retail for $79.99 while the Premiere+ will run you $99.99. Finally, if you haven't entered the 4K era yet, the Roku Express and Roku Express+ are for you. At $29.99 and $39.99 respectively, these two players are not only the cheapest devices in the lineup, but also the smallest. They lack a majority of the features Roku is bringing to the rest of its lineup, but if you simply want to watch Netflix, Hulu and YouTube in 1080p, these should do the trick. The only real difference between these two devices is that the Express+ supports a composite jack and A/V cable for users with older TVs. Roku says that all five of its new streaming media players are available to preorder right now, with shipments expected to arrive in stores on October 9th. Oh, and if you want a Roku Express+, you'll have to get it from Walmart.
2016/09/26 14:15 BGR
Exclusive: Google is planning a 'Pixel 3' laptop running the 'Andromeda' OS for release in Q3 2017
Two independent and reliable sources have confirmed to us that Google is planning a new Pixel laptop to be released in Q3 2017. The project, known internally as 'Bison' and by the informal nickname 'Pixel 3,' will likely be the first brand-new device to showcase Google's combined Android / Chrome OS 'Andromeda' operating system in a laptop form factor. Bison, then, would be the culmination of years of work by Google's Pixel team and Google's Android and Chrome OS teams.
2016/09/26 14:02 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Prepare for tonight’s debate with this perfect John Oliver clip
Tonight, in case you're not aware, we will finally have the chance to see Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fight to the death on stage. Unfortunately, they'll only be using words, but it still promises to be an incredible spectacle. To try and understand why this election season has been so dramatic, full-time YouTube comedian and occasional journalist John Oliver dug deeper into the scandal surrounding both Trump and Clinton, and produced the only piece of debate prep you need to watch. DON'T MISS: iPhone 7 review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1Lfd1aB9YI The 20-minute clip is fresh from last night's airing of Last Week Tonight, and it broadly delves into the scandals that have mired both candidates. With the frenzy and mud-slinging surrounding Trump and Clinton having devolved into straight-up name calling a long time ago, it's good to have a reasonably clean and objective look at the facts. Now, it's depressing that that objective look at the facts has to come from a comedian on a late-night show, but that's what makes this election year fun. It's difficult to say who comes off worse from the video. Sure, Trump is described as a "real-life scarecrow" (and worse), but Clinton is painted as a master manipulator, and a long way from trustworthy. On the Clinton side, the big scandals are emails and the Clinton Foundation. You're probably tired of hearing about both, but Oliver does a good job of explaining the parts you should care about -- mostly, the obfuscation and things that "might not technically be illegal," but don't look good for someone running for President. For Trump, it's all about the money. From his tax returns to charities and trust funds, there's more questions than answers about his business dealings, which is worrying for someone running for office based mostly on his business history. All in all, it's a good primer for this evening's debate. Expect to have none of the questions it raises answered, but at least it might help you pick a side (or finally decide that they're both equally screwed).
2016/09/26 13:50 BGR
Digital Offers: Learn to build apps from scratch for only $39!
The phrase "there's an app for that" covers just about everything these days. Want a date? There's an app for that. Want some food? There's an app for that. Want to learn more about how to please a member of the opposite sex? You get the picture. Python is one of Google's preferred coding languages, and learning it is a gateway to building your own apps and possibly creating the next Angry Birds! How do you get started? Well, coding isn't exactly easy to learn on your own, so you need to take some sort of course with structured lessons. But what if you already have a full-time job and other daytime responsibilities? You don't have the time or the cash to go back to college and learn computer sciences. Maybe you already have a computer sciences degree and just want to add to your education? Either way, it'd be great if you could take courses online, at your leisure, and learn at your own pace. You know what's coming! The Python Programming Bootcamp is your way into the wonderful wor...
2016/09/26 13:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Please don’t drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7
I can窶冲 believe I actually have to write this, but here we are. Absolutely don窶冲 try to fix the iPhone 7窶冱 headphone jack problem by drilling a hole where the port used to be. Apple did not leave the internal components in there. You won窶冲 be able to use your 3.5mm headphone jack with a custom made hole. Instead, you窶决e going to ruin a very expensive handset. Honestly,ﾂ�I refuse to believe anyone would actually believe Apple would do such a thing in the first place. DON窶儺 MISS: iPhone 7 review YouTube channel TechRax made a video that was supposed to make fun of Apple窶冱 controversial decision to remove the headphone jack. There窶冱 absolutely nothing wrong with that, and the video is brilliantly trolling Apple. Just don窶冲 do it yourself. It should be pretty clear that the video is a parody. Some people are hopefully responding with parody comments to it when they say they have destroyed their iPhones after drilling holes as instructed. If any of them are real, then buying a smartphone is probably not the first things these people need to fix. Apple received plenty of criticism for its decision to kill the 3.5mm port, but the company simply doesn窶冲 seem to care. And don窶冲 expect the ancient port to make a comeback next year. Ultimately, everyone will just get with the program, including buyers, accessory makers, and even competitors. Meanwhile, check out TechRax窶冱 video below, which went viral since being posted online a few days ago. And whatever you do, never take a drill on a smartphone or any smart gadget, to fix it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tqH-Un9SFU
2016/09/26 13:25 BGR
One-day Amazon sale drops prices on top-rated portable phone chargers to as low as $12
Portable power packs aren't just for Pokemon Go addicts — no smartphone battery ever lasts as long as you want it to, and they always tend to die at the worst possible time. Protect yourself with Amazon's one-day sale on two different APC Dual USB Slim Portable Power Pack models, which offers as much as 65% off standard pricing. Check out both deals below before you're too late. APC Dual USB Slim Portable Power Pack for Phones and Tablets - 5,000 mAh Simultaneously charge your smart devices (phone, tablet) via 2 USB ports Saves battery life and energy by automatically shutting down when the connected devices are fully charged Push-button display shows available battery life at a glance 5,000 mAh battery that provides up to 2 full charges for a smartphone and half a charge for a tablet 1 year warranty APC Dual USB Slim Portable Power Pack for Phones and Tablets - 10,000 mAh Simultaneously charge your smart devices (phone, tablet) via 2 USB ports Saves battery life and energy by automatically shutting down when the connected devices are fully charged Push-button display shows available battery life at a glance 10,000 mAh battery that provides up to 4 full charges for a smartphone and a full charge for a tablet 1 year warranty
2016/09/26 13:00 BGR
Best Android Phones 5.7 inches And Over
If you're looking for a phone with a huge screen, you've come to the right place. Best Overall Samsung Galaxy Note 7 See at AT&T See at T-Mobile See at Verizon See at Sprint See at U.S. Cellular In its new, non-exploding form, complete with green battery icon, the Galaxy Note 7 is not only the best big Android phone, it's probably the best Android phone you can buy, period. The Note 7 takes the Galaxy S7's design language and refines it further, with a 5.7-inch panel packed into a deceptively small chassis. Subtle curves adorn the sides of the display, giving you access to Samsung's edge screen features — in addition to the Wacom-based S Pen for which the Note series has become known. The Note 7 also benefits from the GS7's best-in-class internals and camera, which matches or beats just about anything else out there. While the Galaxy Note 7 doesn't yet have Android 7.0 Nougat, you do get Samsung's most refined TouchWiz UI yet atop Marshmallow, with a ton of neat tricks...
2016/09/26 13:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
(Update: Best Buy too) Grab a Chromecast Audio for $25 from the Google Store
Samsung Galaxy On8 likely to debut during Flipkart’s Big Billion Day in India
Best Buy is bringing exciting crowdfunded products to its retail stores
The problem with crowdfunding projects is that you can never know which ones to trust. They all look great on paper, but making new products with limited resources can be challenging for some startups — assuming they don’t plan to rip off excited buyers in the first place. But there are great projects coming out of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and retailers are starting to pay attention to them. Amazon already set up its own virtual shop for startups, and Best Buy is about to follow suit. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7 review The company on Monday announced its Best Buy Ignite initiative, which will let customers try out brand new crowdfunded products in its retail stores, as well as giving them the ability to order some of them online. “Key features of the program include dedicated store space for products and services from startups; a new section on BestBuy.com where customers can browse, learn about, and purchase the newest products from startups; and a partnership with PCH, a product innovation company that works closely with startups to help get their products into consumers’ hands, faster and at a lower cost,” the company said in a press release. The first Ignite space will open for business in the new Mountain View Best Buy store. It’ll include a selection of crowdfunded gadgets including the Tangram smart rope, Flic smart button, RoBo 3D printer, Zuli Smartplug, and Noke Bluetooth padlock. The Ignite space will also feature Under Armour tech and music-related gadgets. Buyers outside of the Bay Area will be able to find products from hot startups online at BestBuy.com, but also in hundreds of Best Buy stores nationwide. The full press release follows: Best Buy Brings Leading Startups, Innovators to Consumers Like Never Before For more than 50 years, customers have relied on Best Buy to help them learn about and enjoy consumer electronics. Now Best Buy’s Ignite program gives customers access to even more of the latest technology from some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and startups in consumer electronics. Key features of the program include dedicated store space for products and services from startups; a new section on BestBuy.com where customers can browse, learn about, and purchase the newest products from startups; and a partnership with PCH, a product innovation company that works closely with startups to help get their products into consumers’ hands, faster and at a lower cost. Revamped Silicon Valley Store A new Ignite space in the new Mountain View Best Buy store (which opened September 16 after relocating from its previous location in Sunnyvale) is designed to give customers an opportunity to discover and learn about some of the newest tech products on the market. The Best Buy Ignite space currently features three experiences: • A selection of crowd-funded gadgets from startups, including the Tangram smart rope, Flic smart button, RoBo 3D printer, Zuli Smartplug and Noke Bluetooth padlock – all of which are also available on BestBuy.com • Wearable technology showcasing the latest from Under Armour • Audio showcasing Muzik, smart and connected headphones, and Bragi, wireless smart earphones For customers outside of the Bay Area, other startup products can be found online and in hundreds of Best Buy stores nationwide. Examples include the Anova precision cooker and Fizzics draft beer system, Keen Home smart vent, Petcube pet camera and Luma Home Wi-Fi system. Many stores will also have the Mevo live event camera, SkyLab camera stabilizers and Prynt instant photo printer. PCH Best Buy’s partnership with PCH will make it easier and quicker for Best Buy customers to get their hands on startups’ innovative products, both in Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com. Now, select startups will be able to take advantage of PCH’s services, including assistance with product development and manufacturing, to packaging and inventory management. Ignite Online Later this fall, customers will be able to visit a new Best Buy Ignite page on BestBuy.com to browse, learn about, and shop for new products from some of the most innovative startups. The new section will include a variety of gadgets, including many of those currently featured in the Best Buy store in Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs and startups interested in participating in Best Buy’s Ignite program don’t need to wait; they can sign up now at https://www.bestbuy.com/ignite/vendors.
2016/09/26 12:35 BGR
Nexus owners, how's the Nougat update treating you?
So far the Android 7.0 update has been a bit of a mixed bag for Nexus devices and their owners. One of the perks of being a Nexus owner is that you're among the first to get a new version of Android when it drops. So if you've got a 6P, 5X or any other supported model, there's a good chance you've gotten a look at Android 7.0 Nougat well before the rest of us. New features like split-screen multi-window, bundled notifications and data saver mode are among the main perks, along with smaller tweaks like the redesigned Recent Apps and Settings menus. Nexus 6 owners are still waiting for an official OTA. But as with any major software update, bugs can creep in. Some Nexus 6P owners on the AC forums have been seeing significantly reduced standby battery life on their phones. (There are similar stories over in the Nexus 5X forums too.) Meanwhile, factory images and official OTA (over-the-air) updates aren't even available for some devices, like the Motorola-built Nexus 6, and Nexus...
2016/09/26 12:28 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Samsung delays Galaxy Note 7 relaunch in Korea
The unexpected Galaxy Note 7 recall represents Samsung窶冱 biggest embarrassment in recent history, and probably the most annoying scandal its mobile division ever experienced. The Galaxy Note 7 isn窶冲 fighting the iPhone 7 Plus in store, as Samsung intended it to be. Instead, Samsung has to complete its recall before starting sales in the markets where the Android phablet was originally launched. DON窶儺 MISS: iPhone 7 review Samsung already announced it exchanged about half of the Galaxy Note 7 units in America, which is around 500,000 units. In Korea, Samsung exchanged about 200,000 units, which is also about half of the faulty Galaxy Note 7 handsets sold before the recall. In light of that, Samsung decided to postpone the relaunch of the phablet in its home market by three days. According to Reuters, the Galaxy Note 7 will be available in stores on October 1st. Samsung needed to postpone the launch to complete the recall in the country. "The recall rate will likely fall sharply should new sales have resumed on September 28," the company said in a statement. Samsung apologized on Sunday for the confusion caused by the delay, and said it would do its best to solve the Galaxy Note 7 situation quickly, Reuters says. Customers won窶冲 be able to exchange the phone through domestic carriers starting on October 1st, which will make the replacement process a lot more difficult. It窶冱 unclear at this time whether the relaunch delay has anything to do with the issues that affect safe Galaxy Note 7 units. Reuters makes no note of these incidents. A report last week said that some customers in Korea who replaced their devices found ran into other unexpected overheating and battery charging issues. Samsung, meanwhile, has been instructed to conduct additional tests to ensure the replacement batteries are safe for customers.
2016/09/26 12:10 BGR
Restart of Galaxy Note 7 sales delayed in South Korea
Galaxy S7 edge explodes in the Philippines
The Galaxy Note 7 is the only Samsung phone that experienced widespread battery issues that lead to explosions and fires. Samsung had to recall the handset and offer replacements and refunds to affected buyers. Samsung fixed the problem, and successfully replaced hundreds of thousands of units around the world. However, Samsung has to clean up its image as well, and that窶冱 a tough task when other Samsung phones explode. DON窶儺 MISS: iPhone 7 review Such is the case with a malfunctioning Galaxy S7 edge that caught on fire in the Philippines. It窶冱 not clear what caused the issue, and this isn窶冲 a Galaxy Note 7-like situation. The phone has been selling in stores for months without problems. Smartphone user Weng Briones took to Facebook to post pictures of the Galaxy S7 edge that caught on fire. He returned the handset to a local Samsung Mobile Store and obtained a full refund. And from the looks of it, Weng was impressed by the way Samsung handled his situation. 窶弩e went to Samsung store at SM City Taytay, and they have refunded my money in full. Kudos to all the staff of Samsung SM Taytay for their immediate action regarding my issue,窶� he said on Facebook. 窶廬n spite of the unfortunate incident, I am, however, impressed by their aftersales-support. Much respect to Samsung. Keep safe everyone." This isn窶冲 the first Galaxy S7 edge to go up in flames. A man who sustained second- and third-degree burns after a Galaxy S7 edge exploded in his shirt pocket sued Samsung in New Jersey earlier this month. But these are isolated incidents, so there窶冱 no reason to panic about your Galaxy S7 edge. Even so, exploding Samsung phones certainly won窶冲 help the South Korean giant which is desperately trying to fix this PR mess.
2016/09/26 11:15 BGR
Microsoft SharePoint app released into early access on Google Play
Millions of people use Microsoft Office every single day, from typing up a simple letter to making complex spreadsheets. For many, another fundamental part of the suite is SharePoint, which is used by organisations worldwide for a variety of different implementations and reasons. Until now, SharePoint hasn't had an Android app, but not any more: Microsoft's just released an early access version of the app on the Play Store. The SharePoint app includes all the things you'd expect to find - managing team sites, document storage, Office 365 integration, and collaboration features with other team members.
2016/09/26 11:10 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Power through that massive reading list with a free membership to Audible
Reading is a lot like exercise. We all know we should be doing it, but finding the time and energy to do so isn窶冲 easy. Fortunately, you don窶冲 have to have a book in your hand to read these days. With a free 60-day membership to Audible, you can put a dent in your reading list by listening to audiobooks on your commute, while you exercise, at work, or anywhere! With this completely free deal, you get: Access to the world窶冱 biggest audiobook library, with over 180,000 titles Membership discounts on unlimited audiobooks Support for multiple devices - from laptop, to tablet, to smartphone 2 free book credits! With this deal, Audible is 100 percent free to join, and for the next 60 days, you窶冤l have the keys to unlimited worlds of literary adventure.
2016/09/26 11:06 BGR
Morning brief: MediaTek debuts 10-core Helio X30, and Xperia XZ may get Nougat in Oct.
Ten CPU cores in a phone? MediaTek says yes. It's time to kick the week off. We're eight days out from Google's October 4 event, and the hype train is in full swing. We're expecting to see the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google Home, a 4K Chromecast, and so much more. Samsung is facing a three-day delay in restarting Note 7 sales in Korea. The company is trying to complete the recall process in its home market even as reports emerge of "overheating" issues in replacement Note 7s. Meanwhile, Lenovo is making the Moto Mods development kit available in China, Europe, and South America. The company is all set to launch the Moto Z series in India on October 4. It looks like the Xperia XZ and X Performance will receive the update to Android 7.0 Nougat in October, with the likes of the Xperia Z5 picking up the update in December. Here's what's making the rounds today. /*-->*/ Samsung delays new Galaxy Note 7 sales in Korea by three days According to Reuters, Samsung says the delay will...
2016/09/26 11:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Google tests “Andromeda” Android/Chrome hybrid OS on the Nexus 9
Snapchat wants to turn your life into 10-second videos with Snap Spectacles
Grab this travel charger for just $8.95 today!
Do you spend a lot of time traveling and hate to carry around big bulky chargers? If so, Samsung窶冱 2A Micro-USB travel charger is a great choice to keep in your bag. The charger will help get you the most power in the littlest amount of time, and right now you can pick one up for just $8.95! ...
2016/09/26 10:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Senior VP of Android says October 4th announcement will be as big as the debut of Android
Telegram adds photo masks, GIF creation, and trending stickers
We're a bit late with this news, but this is what happens when an update rolls on Friday and we're short-staffed over the weekend, so please forgive us. Telegram, a popular messaging app among our readers, has added a few cool features in its latest 3.12 update and is promising more now that the summer break is over. First is a major improvement to the photo editor that lets you draw on photos, apply stickers, text, and most importantly (or most relevant nowadays, because I can't judge how important this is to you) masks.
2016/09/26 08:28 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
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Leak: Sony Xperia XZ & X Performance to get Nougat from October
Sony Xperia X Compact now available for purchase in the USA
Crowdfunding project of the week: the Blade4000 is a portable charger that also expands storage
There are plenty of portable chargers out there, so we can understand why at first glance you might not get too excited about seeing yet another one. But this specific battery pack is actually very special, because it doubles as a storage device.
2016/09/26 03:18 Android Authority
[Bonus Round] Don't Starve: Pocket Edition, Dog Sled Saga, Heist, The Virus: Cry for Help, and Put A Sock In It
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we have a long-awaited survival game, a unique management sim, a Chromecast multiplayer game, a text-based AR game, and a uniquely twisted adventure title.
2016/09/26 02:18 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Chrooma Keyboard vs Google Keyboard: Better than stock?
Last month, I posted about how I finally switched to Google Keyboard after years of using Fleksy. In the end, it came down to consistent updates and typing speed. Although several commenters supported my decision, many suggested other keyboards I should have switched to. One commenter suggested Chrooma Keyboard, which looks like a beefed-up version of
2016/09/26 02:26 AndroidGuys
Galaxy S8 might have Exynos 8895 and Mali-G71 GPU
Sony Xperia X Performance users can register for Android 7.0 Nougat beta program (but not everywhere)
Sony’s Xperia XZ is up for preorder on Amazon
The Xperia XZ is the newest addition to Sony’s revamped Xperia X line, and it’s set to become the flagship device in the family that the Xperia X curiously was not. It’s high-end and offers the best of what Sony is capable of, but with a matching price tag. If you wanted something a little […] Come comment on this article: Sony’s Xperia XZ is up for preorder on Amazon
2016/09/25 21:41 TalkAndroid
Grab a Chromecast Audio for $25 from the Google Store
FIFA 17 companion app lands in the Play Store for Ultimate Team trading on the go
Remember when console sports games were just about, you know, sports? RBI Baseball back on the Genesis was basically just Street Fighter with nine guys on a side: pick a team, pick an opponent, and go. EA's latest soccer games have season modes, manager modes, career modes, and on and on and on. The FIFA Ultimate Team mode, a mix of franchise management and "fantasy" sports with full-length matches, is designed so that players can pit their team-building skills against online opponents all over the world.
2016/09/25 21:26 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Xperia X Compact now available on Amazon, unlocked for $499
One week ago, the Xperia X Compact became available for pre-order on Amazon for $499 with a $50 credit. Today, as expected, it is officially available for sale on the site (we have yet to locate other sites currently selling it). The X Compact, the smaller version of Sony's latest smartphone offerings, features a 4.6" 720p screen with a Snapdragon 650 CPU. The phone also has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with microSD expansion, USB Type-C with Qualcomm Quick Charging 3.0, and a 23MP rear camera. Keep in mind that the X Compact does include Android 6.0 Marshmallow at launch, but you can easily unlock the bootloader through Sony's Open Device Program.
2016/09/25 19:37 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
[Update: Best Buy too] [Deal Alert] Chromecast Audio only $25 ($10 off) on the Google Store
Try Allo yet? Over 1 million people already have
Despite the many poor reviews coming in, Google’s Allo has generated over 1 million installs on Android devices in less than a week. The smart messaging platform, which started rolling out around the world on September 21, had a lot of hype behind it prior the public release. People were expecting a Google-made iMessage competitor […] Come comment on this article: Try Allo yet? Over 1 million people already have
2016/09/25 19:27 TalkAndroid
Mafia III: Rivals coming to Android on October 7
Mafia III, the next entry in the popular Mafia video game series, is coming to Mac, Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 7th. Android, however, is missing from that list. A mobile spin-off, titled Mafia III: Rivals, is arriving on Android (and iOS) on the same date. Rivals shares the same basic concept as the existing Mafia titles, with the player attempting to rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld.
2016/09/25 19:01 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Sony Xperia X Compact now on sale for $499
Sony's latest small phone is now up for sale directly from Amazon unlocked. The list price on the Xperia X Compact is a somewhat-steep $499, but if it's the phone for you and you want it right at launch you can now pull the trigger on one. At $499 the X Compact is a bit more palatable than the $699 Xperia XZ, though it still lands in an awkward pricing bracket — slightly above solid mid-range phones that hit the $399 price point, but below flagships near $600. More: Our complete Sony Xperia X Compact review If you aren't up to speed with what the X Compact offers, let us offer a quick primer. The 4.6-inch little sibling to the Xperia XZ offers a really solid (and undeniably Sony designed) build, and runs on a Snapdragon 650 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, plus an SD card slot. Though it's smaller than the XZ, it isn't short on performance or battery life, and even has Sony's latest 23MP camera setup. The X Compact sits in an awkward price category, but is a ...
2016/09/25 19:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
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What are VoLTE and HD Voice, and why should you use them?
What is VoLTE and why should I care about it? Here in the U.S., most carriers have rolled out the red carpet for Voice over LTE. If it is available in your area and through your carriers, taking advantage of the upgrade currently depends on your having the right hardware. Once you have everything you need, setting VoLTE up on your phone is very easy and well worth it. Let's take a deeper look. What is VoLTE? Image courtesy of Ericsson As the name suggests, Voice over LTE is what happens when your carriers allows you to place a phone call over your LTE connection instead of the more common voice networks. Verizon Wireless, for example, traditionally used 1XRTT for all of your voice calls, relying on LTE for data. This used to be why Verizon phones couldn't simultaneously use voice and data. AT&T and T-Mobile, which relied on a combination of LTE for data and HSPA+ for calls, would drop down to a 3G signal when talking to someone on the other line. With VoLTE, neither of the...
2016/09/25 17:19 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Every video game launching this fall that you need to know about
As of this week, fall has officially begun. That means a whole lot of things—changing colors, cooler temperatures, the weirdest presidential election of all time—but more importantly, it means that a truckload of video games are coming out. And by truckload, I means dozens and dozens for each and every platform (save for the Wii U). But rather than list all of the titles, we've decided to round up the best of the best; the ones you really need to be looking out for this fall. DON'T MISS: Report: Nintendo’s NX has entered production Below you'll find all the most important video games launching this season: September Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade | PC | September 23rd Darkest Dungeon | PS4, PS Vita | September 27th FIFA 17 | PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360, PC | September 27th Forza Horizon 3 | Xbox One, PC | September 27th Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice | 3DS | September 27th XCOM 2 | PS4, Xbox One | September 27th Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits | 3DS | September 30th Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls | 3DS | September 30th October Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide | PS4, Xbox One | October 4th Mafia III | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 7th Paper Mario: Color Splash | Wii U | October 7th 100ft Robot Golf | PS4, PSVR | October 10th Dragon Quest Builders | PS4, PS Vita | October 10th Gears of War 4 | Xbox One | October 11th Rise of the Tomb Raider | PS4 | October 11th WWE 2K17 | PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360 | October 11th PlayStation VR | Hardware | October 13th Shadow Warrior 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 13th Skylanders Imaginators | PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360, Wii U | October 16th Battlefield 1 | PS4, Xbox One | October 21st Sid Meier's Civilization VI | PC | October 21st Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 25th World of Final Fantasy | PS4, Vita | October 25th TES V: Skyrim Special Edition | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 28th Titanfall 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | October 28th November Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 4th Mario Party: Star Rush | 3DS | November 4th PlayStation 4 Pro | Hardware | November 10th Dishonored 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 11th Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection | PS4, Xbox One | November 15th Watch Dogs 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC | November 15th Killing Floor 2 | PS4, PC | November 18th Pokémon Moon | 3DS | November 18th Pokémon Sun | 3DS | November 18th Final Fantasy XV | PS4, Xbox One | November 29th December Gravity Rush 2 | PS4 | December 2nd Steep | PS4, Xbox One, PC | December 2nd Super Mario Maker 3DS | 3DS | December 2nd Dead Rising 4 | Xbox One, PC | December 6th The Last Guardian | PS4 | December 6th Although most of the September and October games are set in stone at this point, there are sure to be several delays and release date announcements between now and the end of the year. We'll update and add to this list as we learn more.
2016/09/25 16:30 BGR
Google Play is still in beta, but it's good to be back on Chrome Stable
Google Play is finally on the Chrome Stable channel for the Asus Flip and the Acer R11. Google has made a lot of progress getting Google Play and Android apps working on Chrome. It wasn't the worst thing to come out of Mountain View when it initially launched, but there were bugs and it lacked a lot of polish, especially when running next to Chrome itself which is dead-simple and very user-friendly. The worst part of the experience for me and many others was using the Chrome Dev channel. I really like being able to run a handful of apps from Google Play on my Asus Flip. I actually enjoy using a Chromebook for work and play, and the addition of apps like Slack and Hangouts — that are far better than their corresponding Chrome extensions — make me more productive. Each is one less thing I have to use my phone to do. But some of that shine was taken away when the browser would crash, or tabs would reload while I was a few hundred words into a writing groove, or everything would ju...
2016/09/25 16:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
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Mobile Nations Weekly: Sequels and successors
iPhone 7 takes the world by storm, Forza races onto consoles everywhere, and yet another chat platform says Allo. If there's only one iPhone 7 review you read, make it Rene's at iMore. Diving deep into what makes the new iPhone, both good and bad, it's everything you need to know about the phone you're going to start seeing everywhere. Oh, and there's also a whole new version of tvOS and even an updated and renamed Mac operating system. The HP Elite x3 is the best Windows phone that Dan's ever used, but it's not yet ready. It's an awkward position. Forza Horizon 3 is one of the best racing games ever, if not the best — and the best Xbox One game. And Gears of War 4, coming in October is shaping up to be one heck of a game, and as an Xbox Play Anywhere title it'll work on both Xbox One and PC with one purchase. After a few months of gestation, Google's anticipated chat app slash smart assistant Allo has launched. It's Google's latest attempt at a communications platform, and it's...
2016/09/25 15:31 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
[Deal Alert] Chromecast Audio only $25 ($10 off) on the Google Store
The Chromecast Audio is a great little device, allowing you to stream supported content to any speaker (or anything else really) with audio input. I myself bought one fairly recently, so I could turn my old iPod dock into a WiFi speaker. Google has recently dropped the price of the Chromecast Audio down to $25, a whopping $10 lower than the original price. There is no sign of a Chromecast Audio replacement being announced at Google's upcoming October 4th event, so you don't have to worry about buying a soon-to-be-discontinued device.
2016/09/25 15:16 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – September 25, 2016
This tiny little device lets you create your own personal cloud network in seconds
The Lima Smart & Private Cloud Storage Device is a tiny little device that fits in the palm of your hand, but don't let its cute design fool you: this gadget means business. Plug one end into the wireless router in your home or office, and plug the other end into an external hard drive like this affordable 1TB model from Seagate. Presto... you've got your own personal cloud network. Some key details: Build your own personal Cloud in seconds Enjoy your music, movies, pics & documents from any of your devices, coming straight from your Lima. No more size limits: both your computer & smartphone can hold up several terabytes! Keep control: your files stay safe at home, not on distant servers. No monthly fees: you own your storage once and forever, and no one can mine your data for advertising purposes. Compatibility: Windows 7 SP1 and later (Desktop only), Windows 10, Mac OSX 10.10/10.11, Android (from 4.X), iOS8/iOS9 This awesome little device by Lima started as a Kickstarter project and it ended up raising more than $1.2 million. Now, it's available to everyone on Amazon.
2016/09/25 14:30 BGR
From the Editor's Desk: How to launch a smartphone
It's okay, and entirely expected, to be frustrated by cumbersome phone launches — but some perspective on what's happening can be helpful. Launching a smartphone is difficult. Even if you think you understand how difficult it is, it's far more difficult still. When you're a small company you have a certain set of problems, usually limited by money and scale of distribution; but if you're big, you have an exponentially larger customer base to serve and the issues associated with the momentum of a huge company. In the past couple of weeks we've seen a range of issues come front and center before consumers. On one hand, we have the Note 7 — it hit the market swiftly with carrier and retailer support, but had a critical battery flaw that required weeks of backtracking and recalls. Then we have Moto and Sony, which both just launched unlocked phones in the U.S. for what most are calling "too high" $699 prices — bonus round of fail is Moto is launching unlocked nearly four months l...
2016/09/25 14:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Forget racing, this is what’s really driving Apple’s interest in McLaren
With Apple still reportedly interested in entering the automotive space, a wild new rumor emerged earlier this week claiming that Apple was interested in acquiring McLaren Technology Group. The McLaren Technology Group, for those unfamiliar, widely known and respected for releasing insanely fast supercars and also for its Formula One racing team While initial reports claimed that Apple was interested in acquiring the entirety of McLaren窶冱 business, a McLaren spokesperson quickly reached out to various media outlets and denied that any full takeover talks had taken place. Still, just because Apple may not be interested in a full takeover doesn窶冲 mean that Apple doesn窶冲 have its eye on certain aspects of McLaren窶冱 business. To this point, Mike Butcher of TechCrunch posits an interesting theory, namely that Apple doesn窶冲 want anything to do with McLaren Racing or Formula 1 but rather has its eye McLaren Applied Technologies. DON'T MISS:ﾂ�Replacement Galaxy Note 7s might be safe, but they also don窶冲 work McLaren Applied Technologies is a technology consulting firm that applies some of the technological advancements gleaned from decades in the racing world to any number of scenarios. 窶弋wenty years at the forefront of motorsport have given us the technological platform to produce seamless end-to-end control systems,窶� the website boasts. 窶廩ardware and software tailored to extreme environments across automotive, aerospace and transport. Our systems can窶冲 afford to fail. So they don窶冲.窶� Buchter notes that McLaren's expertise over the years has been applied to industries as varied as healthcare, oil and even sports leagues. MAT has gradually risen to prominence under the watchful eye of its leader Geoff McGrath, an engineer who started in the oil and gas industry, but has also worked in telecommunications. That relatively unique, cross-discipline, experience means McGrath has been able to build up an almost unrivalled team at the company窶冱 HQ, ever so slightly hidden in the countryside, south-west of London. The likelihood of Apple picking up the whole of McLaren and getting into motor racing is slim. Apple is more likely to want the incredible team and technologies developed inside MAT, while McLaren needs MAT to maintain its competitiveness in racing. Even if a takeover isn't in the works, Buchter raises the idea that Apple might very well be interested in a strategic investment with the company. Indeed, Apple has a long history of investing in cutting-edge companies without necessarily resorting to outright takeovers. Personally, I can't see an Apple Car hitting the road anytime before 2020, if at all. For a variety of reasons, it's increasingly starting to look like Apple completely underestimated the challenges involved in developing and manufacturing a car from scratch. Lastly, it's worth noting that aﾂ�New York Times report from this week relayed that Apple's automotive team is in "disarray" and lacks a cohesive vision. And earlier this month, reports surfaced that Apple had laid off a large number of employees from its Project Titan team as the company's car project had "struggled to make progress."
2016/09/25 13:00 BGR
Turn your app and game ideas into App Store & Google Play Store hits with Python and Unity training
App development isn窶冲 just reserved for Silicon Valley programmers. Designing apps and games for the mobile market is easier today than ever, as long as you have the right training. It starts with the App & Game Development for iOS & Android Course, available for just $34. Across 34 hours of training, you窶冤l learn the basics of Python programming and 3D design, understanding how to build complete, interactive apps and games from scratch. On top of using Python and C#, you窶冤l also dive into game design with Unity, the engine behind several App Store hits like Crossy Road and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The App & Game Development for iOS & Android Course normally retails for $534, but BGR readers can save over 90% and get it for just $34.
2016/09/25 12:50 BGR
Add this slim case to your Galaxy S7 for just $3.95 today!
Don窶冲 like the idea of making your Galaxy S7 bulky but want to keep it protected against scratches and such? If so, Amzer窶冱 Pudding TPU case is a perfect choice to add to your phone. The case adds a thin layer of protection and grip to the phone, and you can pick one up for just $3.95 today! ...
2016/09/25 10:30 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
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UNITEK 60W 6-Port USB Smart Charging Station (review)
It’s very commonplace for me to see people who move their single port chargers with them whenever they need a charge. Most people stick with the chargers that came with their phones or tablets, only to be forced to swap it out when another wireless device needs power. There are only two plugs per wall
2016/09/25 05:02 AndroidGuys
Samsung Gear VR headset getting Xbox controller support
[Deal Alert] Get an ASUS ZenWatch 2 with a metal band for just $129.99 at Amazon ($70 off)
The ZenWatch 2 may not be the newest kid on the block (the ZenWatch 3 was announced a few weeks ago at IFA), but that only means that more deals will be available for it now. Case in point: Amazon is offering the ZenWatch 2 in the smaller 1.45-inch screen guise with a silver Milanese loop for just $129.99. The ZenWatch 2 actually still has pretty current specs; like the current Android Wear boss, the Huawei Watch, it features an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a speaker, and IP67 water resistance.
2016/09/24 23:50 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
[Deal Alert] The original Tomb Raider is down to 10 cents in some countries
If you've never played the original Tomb Raider, you really should. All jokes about Miss Croft's polygonal charms aside, it's a certified classic that was one of the first action games to get third-person shooting and platforming right way back in the PlayStation era. The Android port has been available for over a year for the very fair price of one dollar. But if that's too rich for your blood, the game is back on sale for just ten cents in a lot of countries.
2016/09/24 23:33 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google rumored to announce Wifi, Home and Chromecast Ultra hardware on October 4th
Sony Xperia XZ pre-orders go live, available on October 2
It is no secret that Sony is not the largest smartphone player in the U.S. While the phones (and tablets) are typically pretty good, they are not too commonplace here. Regardless, some of us still get excited when Sony announces new devices. That excitement is easily doubled whenever those make it to the States. The Xperia XZ was announced at IFA back at the beginning of this month with U.S. availability. You can now pre-order it from Amazon for $699 in blue, silver, and black (though, at the time of this writing, the black was showing at $717.59 for me).
2016/09/24 23:17 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Yahoo Mail for Android adds Fingerprint security support, web and video previews, and more
Yahoo is having a rough week in terms of security. It's probably just a coincidence that a considerable update for the official Yahoo Mail app comes days after one of the biggest password leaks ever. Even so, it's nice to get official support for something like Google's Fingerprint API. That, among other new goodies, is waiting inside the latest Mail update in the Play Store. On my Nexus 6, it's version 5.9.1.
2016/09/24 22:53 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
GekoGrip xM3 Series Modular Magnetic CD slot car mount for smartphones (review)
A couple of weeks ago I reviewed a smartphone mount for your automobile from GekoGrip. It was a modular magnetic vent mount that certainly met a high level of quality for a reasonable price. I can’t emphasize enough how dangerous it is to talk or text with your smartphone in your hand while driving. It’s
2016/09/24 21:54 AndroidGuys
Replaced Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices still having battery issues
Google Search may soon show live popular business times for locations
There's a Chick-Fil-A location on Powers Boulevard in Colorado Springs. It's there. It sells chicken sandwiches. It's the only one on that side of the city. The store is technically open from 6AM to 10PM every day, but I don't think I've ever been there before nine at night. Because as good as Chick-Fil-A sandwiches are, they're not worth waiting 40 minutes in a drive-through line that wraps around the building twice.
2016/09/24 21:07 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google's merged Android-Chrome OS 'Andromeda' may be teased on October 4th
We've been sitting on this one a while (sorry), watching and waiting to see what might signal that something big, really big, would be announced at Google's event on October 4th. As in, bigger than Pixel phones. Bigger than Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, or Google Wifi. And then, a couple of hours ago, Senior VP of Android, Google Play, and Chrome Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted the following. We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today.
2016/09/24 21:13 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google Search may soon show popular business times for locations
There's a Chick-Fil-A location on Powers Boulevard in Colorado Springs. It's there. It sells chicken sandwiches. It's the only one on that side of the city. The store is technically open from 6AM to 10PM every day, but I don't think I've ever been there before nine at night. Because as good as Chick-Fil-A sandwiches are, they're not worth waiting 40 minutes in a drive-through line that wraps around the building twice.
2016/09/24 21:07 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Snapchat Spectacles allow you to snap through your point of view
After a brief flurry of leaks, Snap Inc., formerly Snapchat, has revealed its latest product, Snapchat Spectacles. The product follows in a similar line of wearables to Google Glass, adding a camera to a regular pair of sunglasses. Snapchat Spectacles feature a 115-degree lens that mimics the viewing range of the human eye, [...]
2016/09/24 19:57 Android and Me
Hiroshi Lockheimer is on the Pixel hype train
Snapchat unveils $129 sunglasses that can record video in 10-second snippets
In an unexpected if not utterly bizarre move, Snapchat over the weekend introduced a new piece of Snapchat-oriented hardware: Snapchat glasses. That's right, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel believes that the exceedingly popular instant messaging and photo sharing app can succeed where Google Glass failed. Dubbed Spectacles, Snapchat's new glasses are equipped with a video camera and, as you might expect, are pretty straight forward to use. Users simply tap a button on the frame and the glasses will record successive clips of 10-second video all from a first person perspective. DON'T MISS: The iPhone 7 makes every other iPhone look stupidly slow Snapchat's Spectacles are slated to go on sale later this fall (for $129.99) and will come in an assortment of three colors. Interestingly enough, the video footage Spectacles records will not be framed in a traditional orientation. On the contrary, Spectacles will make use of a 115-degree angle lens and all recorded video footage will be circular. The idea is that recorded video will more closely approximate the human eye's range of vision. Putting a corporate spin on why someone might want to use Snapchat's new hardware in the first place, Spiegel articulated to the Wall Street Journal why using Spectacles might be preferable to a traditional smartphone camera. He remembers testing a prototype in early 2015 while hiking with his fiancée, supermodel Miranda Kerr. “It was our first vacation, and we went to Big Sur for a day or two. We were walking through the woods, stepping over logs, looking up at the beautiful trees. And when I got the footage back and watched it, I could see my own memory, through my own eyes—it was unbelievable. It’s one thing to see images of an experience you had, but it’s another thing to have an experience of the experience. It was the closest I’d ever come to feeling like I was there again.” Is there any chance Spectacles actually takes off? Color me skeptical. Then again, no one could have reasonably predicted that Snapchat would have become the phenomenon it did, so it will certainly be interesting to see how the masses take to Spectacles. As a final note, it's worth pointing out that additional specs regarding Spectacles (weight, battery life etc.) remain unknown.
2016/09/24 19:55 BGR
Xiaomi Mi Box seen at Walmart shelf for $69
This weekend’s 10 best deals and discount codes on sweet tech gadgets
Happy Saturday! It’s officially autumn now which means the leaves are changing color, the days are getting shorter and the weather is cooling down. Make sure to grab some sun this weekend while you still can. We’re changing things up this weekend, instead of listing all of the current deals found throughout the week, we are
2016/09/24 18:20 AndroidGuys
This crazy helmet-cam video of a wingsuit flier is the coolest thing you’ll see today
Daredevil Graham Dickinson has a flair for the dramatic. Last we saw, Dicksinson stared death in the face when he jumped offf of a cliff in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and reached speeds of 111 MPH as he barely grazed by trees, rocks and any number of objects that would have undoubtedly killed him upon impact. Well, Dickinson a few days ago uploaded new helmet-cam footage of that harrowing jump and, as you might expect, it needs to be seen to be believed. The video would feel right at home in a Hollywood action movie, and is all the more impressive because there's no special effects wizardry or camera tricks in play. On the contrary, it's just a man equipped with nothing more than a wingsuit, a video camera and pure adrenaline. DON'T MISS: Massive data breach hit 500 million users, Yahoo confirms Wingsuit videos are typically pretty impressive, but Dickinson -- a professional wingsuit BASE jumper we should point out -- really seems take things to another level. As you'll see via the footage below, there are many instances where Dickinson is seemingly just a few inches above the ground while traveling at incredibly high speeds. Dickinson's new cam-footage can be viewed below. And for those who missed the original, here's an even better view of Dickinson living on the edge and, quite literally, cheating death. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVuI_S-CmaI It certainly looks fun, but stunts like these aren't for the faint of heart. We should point out that there have been a number of wingsuit deaths over the last few months, including a the tragic case of California man who was killed, while wingsuit flying, when he crashed into a cliff formation in Arizona this past January.
2016/09/24 16:00 BGR
MrMobile Retro Review: Looking back at the Nokia N-Gage
In 2003, Nokia declared war on Nintendo with the N-Gage, a Game Boy Advance lookalike with a Series 60 mobile phone inside. The conflict – to put it mildly – did not go in Nokia's favor. With a cumbersome design that required the owner to remove the battery in order to change games, the N-Gage wasn't exactly user-friendly, and with only a handful of available titles compared to the Game Boy Advance's 1,200, the N-Gage ecosystem hardly justified the device's $299 asking price. Worse still: the phone's earpiece was mounted on its spine, making for a bizarre look and feel when it came to voice calls and leading to the unfortunate nickname "Taco Phone." Needless to say, Nokia's N-Gage experiment did not go well. The company launched a sequel (the N-Gage QD) in 2004 and eventually repositioned N-Gage as a gaming platform that spanned its Symbian smartphone line, but it never gained the traction Nokia sought and the brand was shuttered in 2010. Today, the original N-Gage is a monum...
2016/09/24 16:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Prices for Google Home and new 4K Chromecast have leaked
October 4th is all but certain to tell us how to actually purchase Google Home (as well as some fancy new phones) but it looks like the price tags for Google’s upcoming home automation assistant have leaked ahead of time. If you were expecting Google Home to be a cheap device in the realm of […] Come comment on this article: Prices for Google Home and new 4K Chromecast have leaked
2016/09/24 16:00 TalkAndroid
Cricket Wireless is saving my family $1200 a year by giving them more
My parents have been using AT&T for almost three decades back when Bell South was still a thing on its own. They have used it for everything from home phone to internet and even cell phone service. They were convinced that bundling all of their services with one company was saving them money in the long
2016/09/24 15:00 AndroidGuys
$17 gets you a 10,000 mAh portable battery that can recharge your phone 5+ times
See the iPhone 7 at the top of the screen? It's an incredible phone — easily the best handset Apple has ever made. It has a killer design, a class-leading camera and it's finally water-resistant enough to dunk. But it has one major problem that everyone can agree on: the battery life stinks. In fact, there isn't a smartphone on the planet that people own without wishing the battery lasted longer on a charge. It'll be years before we see any real progress where battery technology is concerned. In the meantime, check out the SlimLine 10,000 mAh Light Weight Charger for your Smartphone with Dual USB, which can charge your smartphone five or more times before needing to be recharged itself. Here's what you need to know: Battery: 10,000Mah Lithium-Polymer SlimLine Battery Pack provides 4 Full Charges for your Phone Compact and light weight design makes it easy to fit in a pocket or Handbag Ultra Bright LED Flashlight
2016/09/24 14:30 BGR
Android and chill: Nougat and the root question
Android is safer than ever for the people who want (and need) it to be safe. We should be happy about that. There's some talk about Pixel phones and root — specifically that it's not working with any of the existing methods. All the nuts and bolts are at XDA — excellent job on that Mishaal — for those who want to dig deeper into the how and why, but I want to just talk about what it means for us. And why it's a really good thing. Before you grab your torches and teach me a lesson for thinking it's good that we can't root a Pixel phone, hear me out. I think you'll agree when we're finished. This isn;t about a Pixel phone, it's about Android 7.0 and new security methods. Let's start at the beginning — this isn't about the Pixel phones, it's about Android 7.0. There's a very good chance this will apply to the LG V20 (nobody outside of Korea has seen the production version yet), too. It's because of the new security methods Google has placed in Android starting with 7....
2016/09/24 14:00 Android Central - Android Forums, News, Reviews, Help and Android Wallpapers
Withings Body Cardio review: A gorgeous smart scale that worries about your cardiac health
My arsenal of smart health and activity trackers has been missing a body composition weight scale. The Fitbit Aria always looked appealing to me because I've been wearing a Fitbit for more than 3 years, but it's getting a little outdated. Several months ago, I was looking at the Polar Balance Scale, the Withings WS-50, the Garmin Index Smart Scale, and a few others. Eventually, I settled on the QardioBase because I already had a good experience with the QardioArm and liked the company's no-nonsense approach to design and health.
2016/09/24 13:50 Android Police – Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
8 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
It窶冱 Friday already, which means we got a bunch of new trailers to look at. Yes, there窶冱 a Ghost in the Shell sneak peak you should see and a trailer for Passengers. But we窶况e got a lot more than that, so let窶冱 get started. DON窶儺 MISS: iPhone 7 review Fist Fight The first rule of Fist Fight窶ｦ no, I窶冦 doing this wrong. This isn窶冲 that kind of a movie. It窶冱 a comedy about school teachers going after each other. And when these teachers are Ice Cube and Charlie Day, we窶冤l want to show up. First Fight opens February 17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aIzXYo6VCE Flock of Dudes Speaking of fights, do dudes break up? And when they do, is it because their friendship is peppered with Hangover-grade adventures? Flock of Dudes wants to answer thes questions next week when it launches. There窶冱 a bunch of great comedians in this one, so jot it down somewhere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-45q5zR-KY Ghost in the Shell This is the trailer we窶况e been dying to see, and it窶冱 not even a full trailer. It窶冱 just the beginning. Ghost in the Shell stars Scarlett Johansson and launches on March 31st. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvzrzu6ukBk Ordinary World Some people have a hard time breaking up with their flock of dudes. Other have to break up with their punk rock past. Ordinary World tells that story. Perry, played by Billie Joe Armstrong has to adapt to a new world, life after rock. The movie comes out on October 14th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2KOQ31BUbw Passengers if you loved Gravity, Interstellar, and The Martian, then you should be excited about Passenger. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, the movie is about a space expedition gone wrong. So the action is pretty much happening in space like in Gravity, and these people sort-of have to save Earth, like in Interstellar. And they窶冤l probably have to science the shit out of it to survive, just like The Martian. Oh, and there窶冱 kissing and love. The movie is out December 21st. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BWWWQzTpNU Smurfs: The Lost Village Who窶冱 up for one more Smurfs movie? Don窶冲 roll your eyes, you secretly adore them, and there窶冱 nothing wrong with that. The Lost Village comes out on April 7th. Here窶冱 the first trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NO8wk4n1Cs The Whole Truth Keanu Reeves is back playing a lawyer, and he may be, once again, the devil窶冱 advocate. In The Whole Truth his character is working on acquitting a teenager accused of having killed his father, The movie comes out on October 21st, with Renﾃｩe Zellweger also starring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZj7DFQEWwo Trespass Against Us Trespass Against Us is an action-packed crime drama that tells the intricate story of an outlaw family, and the desire of a man to escape it. It窶冱 got a spectacular cast, with Michael Fassbender playing the son of Brendan Gleeson窶冱 character. Be on the lookout for it on November 24th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E94o7ONmR10
2016/09/24 13:00 BGR