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1 hour ago

Google aims to make Android the safest mobile platform in the world

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Safer apps make for a safer phone.

Google's new Security for Android Developers page has a pretty bold statement as it's tagline:

Our goal is to make Android the safest mobile platform in the world. That's why we consistently invest in technologies that bolster the security of the platform, its applications, and the global Android ecosystem.

Google is pretty transparent when it comes to Android security, and the past year or so has seen media outlets pick up more and more of what they are doing. It's important and interesting to know what's going on when it comes to things that threaten your privacy and finances through your phone. It's equally important and interesting to read about the things being done to keep us safer from them.

One place where Google is being more visible is best security practices for the people who build the apps we love to use. The new Security for Android Developers page is a great example.

Making essential information more visible is a key step to more secure apps.

It's a portal for developers to read everything they need to know and how to do those things in order to make their apps as safe as they can be. Google has always had this information available at the Android Developers site, but the new landing page is friendly and shows you exactly what you would be looking for when writing a secure Android app. The resources available are a great way for anyone in the business to understand the how and why when it comes to mobile security, and then gives examples of how to incorporate the best practices. This means better apps, and making it easy for developers is a great move.

Things that threaten our privacy and data aren't ever going to go away. In fact, many analysts feel that we're going to be seeing even more of it done in sneakier ways. Anything a big tech company can do to assist developers in fighting them is welcomed.

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2 hours ago

Our forums are about to get super awesome, but we need YOUR help!

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A new forum is coming!

It's been quite awhile since our forums got a refresh, and they're starting to look a little outdated. And sometimes, as many of you have mentioned in the past, they can load a bit on the slow side, too. We've heard all your feedback and definitely appreciate hearing from you about how we can make the site better for everyone! Over the last several months our tech and design teams have been working SUPER hard to create a new forum for Android Central readers that is both functional AND visually pleasing. As you can imagine, redesigning everything was a pretty massive undertaking, and not something we wanted to rush. The good news is we are now ready to test out the new design, but we NEED YOUR HELP.

If you're interested in helping us test the new design, please head on over to this forum thread to get started. Your feedback is crucial to this process, because we want the redesign to be something YOU are happy to use! And who knows, maybe your feedback will earn you a t-shirt from your favorite Mobile Nations site!

Again, hit up this link to learn how you can easily activate the new design right now. We'll talk with you in the forums!!

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2 hours ago

Here's a neat Chrome + multi-window trick you probably didn't know about

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Chrome multiwindow

It's easy to open links in the opposite window, or juggle Chrome tabs between both viewports.

Android 7.0's multi-window feature is great, letting you split your display between two full screen apps. But it comes with a few caveats, including the fact that you generally can't run different instances of the same app in both windows.

Google Chrome, however, is smart enough to juggle tabs between windows, letting you view different pages in each half of the screen. It's a neat trick that you might not be aware of, so here's how you do it.

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2 hours ago

Android Central 321: U, Mi and Huawei

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Audio-only stream below

We're back with the best Android podcast on the planet!

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3 hours ago

How to clear your Google Play search history

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We all have searches we'd rather forget.

We all go on app kicks that could skew our future search results. We may need to cover our tracks after searching for certain kinds of apps) on Google Play. We need to clean things up after our stupid friend/coworker/kid brother searches for apps on our phone as a joke. And when it comes to cleaning our Google Play search history, things are blissfully simple.

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4 hours ago

Star Wars: Force Arena review: The best and worst of mobile gaming, plus Star Wars

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Bringing Star Wars action to mobile like you've never before.

Star Wars: Force Arena is a mobile game that's brimming with potential, combining the most popular trends in mobile gaming โ€” collectable cards, tower defence, and mobile online battle arena (MOBA) โ€” into one cohesive strategy game that's addictive as hell and a blast to play. Star Wars fans will love it, especially if they enjoyed the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the game allows for hypothetical recreations of intense battles between heroes from the Rebel Alliance and the Imperial Empire.

Essentially a marriage of the gameplay from Clash Royale and Vainglory, South Korean game developers Netmarble have done a great job of combining the troop card casting fun of Clash Royale with the smooth MOBA-style fun of Vainglory, throwing you into the boots of your favorite Star Wars characters in action-packed battles. Win and your rank increases, helping you to reach higher tiers that feature better cards in your card packs and pitting you against similarly ranked opponents.

READ: Beginner's Guide to Star Wars: Force Arena

But before I go too much further praising this game, let's discuss the most glaring weakness โ€” strip everything away and this is but another card collecting game, where the actual goal outside of the thrilling three minute online skirmishes is to unlock more card packs and upgrade your troop cards using credits you've either earned in battle, or purchased via in-app purchases. This tried and tested mobile formula is fantastic for padding the pockets of game developers, but is a constant point of frustration for many mobile gamers. If you're the type that justifies investing your own money into the game to make progress smoother, the in-game Shop will help you reach your goals. If you hate this gameplay model all together, you're not going to like it here.

Strip everything away and this is but another card collecting game... If you hate this gameplay model all together, you're not going to like it here.

For the rest of us, Star Wars: Force Arena offers tightly refined gaming that really brings out the "war" side of Star Wars like you've never experienced. But before heading into battle, you must first build your battle deck around a Legendary card โ€” heroes from the original Star Wars trilogy as well as newer characters to the Star Wars franchise from Rogue One are currently available. This is the character you will be controlling on the battlefield. The remaining seven card slots are filled with troop or support cards which you summon into battle by spending regenerating energy points.

Each hero has special abilities and skills that offer advantages and disadvantages in the battle arena, and it takes some amount of experimenting to learn how to properly play with each character. Fortunately, you're able to trade in a Legendary card for a new, random hero if you don't like your current stock of heros. As you progress, you will eventually unlock Unique cards, which are super-charged troop cards that are linked to a specific hero. As you advance to the higher tiers, you may find yourself hamstrung in battle if you don't play a hero with its associated Unique card, as they have the potential to really swing the momentum in the heat of the battle.

There are 10 Legendary cards available for both the Rebels and the Empire, each paired with their Unique troop, along with 20 other support and troop cards for both sides, which opens up seemingly limitless deck combinations and allowed for a great mix of strategies.

Battles take place in a number of iconic locales from the film franchise, and configured in the same two-lane tower defence formation as you find in Clash Royale for 1 vs. 1 battles, and an expanded three-lane arena available for 2 vs. 2 battles. Matchmaking is typically quick and I've experienced few connectivity issues during battles. Teaming up for a 2 vs. 2 battle is especially well-executed here, as the bigger arena allows for truly epic battles to unfold. There's also a guild system included, which allows you to chat, play friendly battles against fellow guild members, and team up to battle other guilds in 2 vs. 2 battles (feel free to join the AndroidCentral guild!).

Nailing the look and feel of Star Wars is important for fans, and this is easily the best-executed I've seen and heard on mobile.

The music and overall presentation here is on point, with sweeping cinematic scores really setting the tone under the familiar sounds of laser blasts, lightsaber hums, and the screeching squalls of Tie Fighters overhead. Nailing the look and feel of Star Wars is important for fans, and this is easily the best-executed I've seen and heard on mobile.

Adding to the replayability are missions, which help you to unlock new Legendary cards and earn credits by completing goals such as earning victories for the Empire, or updating cards. It's an extra layer of support that rewards committed players and helps to ease the grinding nature of upgrading cards and levelling up.

Finally, as with any online game, the issue of keeping things balanced is something that will make or break the experience for the average gamer. As of the writing of this review, Netmarble is preparing to release its first game balance update based on in-game data and community feedback gleaned from the early days since its global release. You can read more about the changes being introduced on the Star Wars: Force Arena forums, which are also a great place to provide your own direct feedback to the game developers. It's early in this game's cycle, and given the hype surrounding the Star Wars franchise as a whole, this game should be well-supported throughout 2017.

If you're a Star Wars fan, there's a good chance you've already checked out Force Arena. If you haven't, you really owe it to yourself to give it a try. Despite the familiar free-to-play catchings of the card collecting mechanics at its core, the strategy and action it delivers in battle is as good as it gets on Android, all while staying fairly true to the source material.

Download: Star Wars: Force Arena (Free w/ IAPs)

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4 hours ago

How to watch 360-degree and 3D YouTube on PlayStation VR

How do I watch 360 YouTube on PlayStation VR?

A big update to YouTube in the PlayStation Store has enabled a PlayStation VR mode, and that means the ability to watch 360-degree videos through your PSVR has arrived! 360-degree YouTube videos let you totally immerse yourself in the recorded content, but unlike most of your VR apps and games, you can't really move around in these videos. YouTube for PSVR is best used sitting down, and if your goal is to watch as much 360-degree video as possible, here's a quick guide for you!

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5 hours ago

Honor 6X review: Setting the standard for budget phones

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Honor 6X,

The Honor 6X is proof that an affordable device doesn't have to be a disappointing buy.

The bottom line

Cheap is cheap, but it doesn't have to be a waste of money. The Honor 6X may be cheap and at times cheap out, but it's definitely worth its $250 price point. In fact, if all you're looking for is the most basic smartphone in a societally acceptable package, the Honor 6X is it.

That an affordable device doesn't have to be disappointing is what Huawei hopes to rely on to sell its new Honor 6X in the United States. Unfortunately, it's going to have a heck of a time getting the word out without a comprehensive marketing strategy, and without the crutch of a carrier partnership there is no entity on the ground actively evangelizing for the brand. It's really too bad, because the Honor 6X is so much better than what the carriers typically offer in the affordable tier.

The Honor 6X is a really decent package. It features a good mid-range processor, a big battery, 1080p display, and a camera that takes photos worth sharing. Granted, it isn't particularly distinguishable when you compare it to the other dispensable devices saturating the market, but the Honor 6X does set an example for how budget smartphones should be sold to money-conscious customers.

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The Good

  • The camera actually works in a variety of lighting conditions
  • The battery will get you through the day
  • You really can't tell how cheap it is

The Bad

  • Micro-USB in 2017???
  • It ships with Android 6.0 and EMUI 4.1 ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  • Over time, it probably will feel like a cheap phone
Width Height Thickness 5.94
150.9 mm
3.00 in
76.2mm
0.32 in
8.2mm
  • Display:
    • 5.5-inches
    • 1080x1920 resolution (403 ppi)
  • Camera:
    • 12MP + 2MB
    • ฦ’/2.2, 1080p
    • 8MP front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3340 mAh
    • Micro-USB
  • Chips:
    • Huawei Kirin 655
    • Octa-core 4x 2.1 GHz + 4x 1.7 GHz
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD slot

About this review

I, Florence Ion, began testing the Honor 6X for this review on January 11, 2016. The phone was running Android 6.0 Marshmallow underneath the veil of EMUI 4.1.

Honor 6X Hardware

I like the look of and feel of this thing. Whereas most smartphones under $300 feel like bottom-of-the-barrel clearance bin finds, the Honor 6X's solid construction tricks you into thinking you actually paid more for it. Of course, once you start using it, you'll realize that you didn't.

Most smartphones under $300 feel like bottom-of-the-barrel clearance bin finds but the Honor 6X's solid construction tricks you into thinking you actually paid more for it.

The Honor 6X comes in three colors: gray, gold, and silver. The black and aluminum model featured here is a bit bland compared to its siblings, though the other two variants are worth hunting down if you're considering purchasing one. Be forewarned, however, that the Honor 6X still employs Micro-USB. That might be favorable for those of you who've yet to upgrade to the new standard, but why would you choose not to? Especially when the Axon 7 Mini costs about the same and is equipped with USB Type-C! Join the club, Honor!

Let's talk about that processor for a second. The Huawei-made Kirin 655 octa-core processor is capable enough to run Snapchat, Instagram, and a heavy load of mobile Chrome tabs just fine. Games like Solitairica and Reigns ran fine, too, though there was occasional stuttering in between scenes. Loading times were also longer than usual, and occasionally there were touchscreen delays, but the jury's still out on whether it's a software or hardware issue.

Playing Reigns.

The battery life on the Honor 6X is extremely impressive. It's a giant battery pack coupled with a lower resolution high definition display, so you'll get the energy savings though you won't have the most stellar 5.2-inch display on the block. That's okay! The battery life is worth it. The Honor 6X managed about eight and a half hours in a PCMark battery rundown test with the screen set just above 200 nits. As long as you don't use the Honor 6X at the highest screen brightness โ€” you won't, because it becomes almost too bright โ€” you'll likely experience similar results.

Honor 6X Cameras

Take my picture.

The cameras are the best part of the Honor 6X.

The cameras are the best part of the Honor 6X โ€” and I didn't think I'd be saying that about a budget device. The Honor 6X is equipped with dual rear-facing 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras, both of which offer a wide aperture range (actual aperture is f/2.2) and can shoot 1080p video.

While you're not getting flagship quality photography here, the Honor 6X does perform well in low light situations and comes equipped with a manual shooting mode that lets you hold the shutter open for up to eight seconds. That's more than you'll get with other phones at this price.

Of course, budget phones come with their compromises. The camera will produce blown-out, overexposed outdoor scenes and blurry indoor candids from time to time, so when you get frustrated with that part of using a $250 smartphone, you can employ any of the Honor 6X's 16 different camera modes to cheer you up.

It's nice to see that Honor is honoring its users on a budget by not forcing them to compromise.

Take a chance at light painting (samples of which you can peep in the gallery above), set up a time-lapse, or get up close with the wide aperture mode, which allows you to shoot photos with a shallow depth of field (you can also sample that in the gallery above). There aren't many smartphones at this tier that offer such a range of camera modes, so it's nice to see that Honor is honoring its users on a budget by not forcing them to compromise.

Honor also takes great pride in its abilities to market to the youth of the world, which is why it didn't skimp on the front-facing camera. The Honor 6X boasts an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, which looks good! I'm still not a fan of the beauty mode, though, because I feel like it's too intense at times. But I finally figured out how to use that makeup mode and it can be convincing if you stick to the natural looks. The augmented reality couldn't keep up with my facial expressions, though:

Bad makeup selfie.

Overall, I'm pleased with the Honor 6X's camera performance, and while it's more consistent at pointing-and-shooting than the Axon 7 Mini, it doesn't offer as much dynamic range.

Honor 6X Software

The Honor 6X comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow buried underneath Huawei's rickety EMUI 4.1.

There's not much to say about an Android smartphone that ships with 2015's operating system in 2017. The Honor 6X comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow buried underneath Huawei's rickety EMUI 4.1. I don't like an interface without an app drawer and my heart palpitates at the mere thought of having to unlock the 6X and witness its cramped home screen.

Thankfully, EMUI 5.0 is en route to deliver the Nougat update, as well as the ability to hide those oft-used apps in a drawer of their own. For now, you can rest easy knowing that the Honor 6X has some of the same features your Pixel and Galaxy S7-wielding brethren, like a night mode that yellows out the screen so that it's not migraine-inducing, and fingerprint gestures that are a cinch to set up.

Honor 6X The Bottom Line

A budget smartphone doesn't have to be a compromise. Rather than bundle in extraneous features, Honor paid attention to how the general populace uses their mobile devices and built around that, so that even if you're dropping a mere $250, you're still using something that can keep the pace with everyone else.

The execution of the Honor 6X is certainly promising, but I'm still doubtful about whether it will have any major traction with its sale numbers. Until Huawei gets a carrier in the bag, it's left floundering for buyers on Amazon, and that's really too bad. I would love to see more U.S. carriers push the purchase of a device like the Honor 6X over the LG K3, for example. People who are "on a budget" deserve smartphones that work well.

The Honor 6X isn't the perfect implementation, but it is paving the path.

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5 hours ago

Best Cases for Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus

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What are the best cases you can buy for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus?

The Moto G4 and G4 Plus are two phones that have taken the entry market by storm. With resilient bodies, attractive designs, great performance, and awesome cameras, they're worth the money โ€” big time. But they are also phones, and can break if dropped or mishandled. That's why you need an equally good case!

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6 hours ago

Common Galaxy S7 problems and how to fix them

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The Galaxy S7 is an awesome phone, but it's not without its problems. Here are some of the most common issues and how to fix them.

Back in March of last year (has it been that long already?!), the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge launched to outstanding reviews and plenty of plaudits for both its hardware and software. But given that the phone is approaching its one-year anniversary, it's not surprising that some issues โ€” both hardware and software โ€” have arisen in that time.

Samsung has been generally good about correcting the major ones through software updates, but there are some big issues that users can address on their own.

Battery life problems

The Galaxy S7 suffers from battery issues more so than the larger Galaxy S7 edge โ€” the former has a 3000mAh batter to the edge's 3600mAh cell โ€” but they're both prone to getting beaten by the daily grind.

  • The first thing you're going to want to do is eliminate any errant battery-sucking apps that you've downloaded from the play store. Facebook and Facebook Messenger continue to be two that are repeatedly brought up by members of the AC community as being the worst battery offenders. Facebook can be accessed from the mobile web, and Facebook Messenger, well โ€” just get WhatsApp and call it a day.

  • To check whether an app is using an unreasonable amount of battery, dive into Settings --> Battery --> Battery usage to isolate the misbehaving entity.

  • These potentially problematic apps extend to bloatware installed by your carrier. If you use a Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T model, in particular, you'll benefit from deleting or disabling some or all of the pre-installed apps on the phone.

  • You can also disable the always-on display by going to Settings --> Display --> Always-on display and turning everything off. The feature was added to the Galaxy S7 for its convenience, and because the phone uses an efficient SuperAMOLED panel, but just because it's efficient doesn't mean it doesn't help to disable it.

How to fix Galaxy S7 battery life problems

  • Finally, if you're running Nougat โ€” and you soon should be, if you're not already โ€” you'll notice that battery should improve just by doing the upgrade. Why? Because Samsung has made a change to the default resolution of the Galaxy S7 that uses less energy. It's not magic, but you'll probably benefit from a couple extra hours of uptime as a result. Win!

Slow performance

This is a big category, and pretty hard to pin down, but we'll go through some of the most common solutions. Obviously, slow performance can be indicative of an errant app that may also be sucking up battery life, so dealing with this may help the other. Phones are known to slow down over time as people add more and do more with them.

Free up internal storage

The Galaxy S7 has 32GB of internal storage, and once you fill that up, the phone may begin to chug. The system will alert you when you get really close to the edge, but even before then, deleting some of those larger apps and games may do the trick.

It may also be a good idea to upload your photos to Google Photos so you can delete them locally. Google Photos offers unlimited free high-quality backups, along with at least 15GB of full-quality backups, on any phone, including the Galaxy S7. It's also likely pre-installed on your device โ€” just look for it in the Google folder on your home screen, or in the app drawer.

How to use Google Photos on Android and the web

Change launchers

On the surface, changing launchers may not seem like it will do anything, but it does: Samsung's TouchWIZ launcher is notoriously slow, especially with all the features enabled (like Flipboard Briefing, which you should probably turn off).

To fix that, you may want to change launchers to something a bit more lightweight and performant. May we suggest one of the following?

The best Android launchers

Factory reset your phone

There are myriad reasons your phone may be bogged down, and merely deleting apps, changing launchers or disabling some features may not do enough.

If you're running into a virtual brick wall, back up everything in Google Drive, Google Photos, Dropbox, or wherever else you tend to store your virtual goods, and start over.

How do you do that on your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge?

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Backup and reset.
  3. Scroll down and top on Factory data reset.
  4. Tap on Reset Device.

Once you reset, you'll have to log in again to your various accounts and apps, but your apps should download automatically once you log into your Google account.

Wi-Fi & Bluetooth issues

Among the most common problems on a smartphone today, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problems can be caused by a number of factors, many of which are outside of your control.

When troubleshooting these wireless connections, it's important to establish whether the issue is indeed your phone or the object(s) you're connecting to, and the fastest way to determine that is to use another phone or tablet to connect. If that other product has no connectivity issues, then it's worth pursuing a fix on the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge itself.

  1. Make sure you turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, wait a few seconds and turn it back on. If that doesn't fix the problem, head to the next step.
  2. Restart your phone. Sometimes all that's needed a quick kick to the reset button and you're good to go.
  3. If Wi-Fi problems persist, try forgetting the network by holding down on the SSID (name) and tapping Forget network. Then re-enter the password.
  4. If Bluetooth problems persist, try unpairing the object from your phone and re-pairing. To do that, tap on the little cog icon next to the product's name and hit Unpair. Put the speaker or whatever you're connecting to in pairing mode and connect again.

How to fix Wi-Fi problems on the Galaxy S7

Random restarts and boot loops

A common occurrence, especially in more recent months, has been Galaxy S7 units randomly freezing while in use, restarting, or what's known as boot looping, which finds the phone stuck in a cycle where it attempts to boot into Android but somehow gets stuck and performs the process all over again.

Like with all the above issues, there are a number of potential issues causing this, from errant apps causing overheating to problems with an Android update to a corroded or damaged mainboard.

To troubleshoot, work from easiest solution to most difficult.

  1. If your phone boots into Android but is randomly restarting, it may be overheating or have a problematic app. Follow the instructions above to isolate the malefactor.
  2. If deleting all potentially problematic apps doesn't work, reboot into the recovery and clear the cache partition.
  3. If that doesn't work, it may be time to reset the phone completely. If you can't get into the phone, follow the instructions to factory reset the phone from the recovery menu.

Other issues

What are your main issues with the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge? We'll keep this article updated as new information becomes available!

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