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2 months ago

You can now control your OneWheel from your Android phone

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If you are a OneWheel owner, you'll be happy to see that you can now take control of it right from your Android phone. Using Bluetooth 4.0 you can now change your rides, control the lighting and more. For those not familiar, OneWheel is a motorized single wheel board that rides like a combination of a skateboard, surfboard and snowboard.

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2 months ago

OnePlus releases new Gallery app to help OnePlus 2 owners sort their photos

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OnePlus has unveiled and published a new app for OnePlus 2 owners rocking OxygenOS, called OnePlus Gallery. As the name suggests, it's essentially an organizer for all the snaps captured throughout the day. Billed as a streamlined experience, this latest offering from the company is optimized for offline use, allowing you to get back to real life promptly without messing around.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Lip Swap, Habitica, DIRAC and more

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 months ago

UC Browser partners with Twitter and Bing for cricket content aggregation

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UC Browser, an Alibaba product, has joined hands with Twitter and Bing to provide a mobile gateway to all things cricket with the debut of a revamped UC Cricket.

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2 months ago

If you're not using Google Opinion Rewards, you're Androiding wrong

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It's free money. No one hates free money.

I've used Google Opinion Rewards since it first came to the UK, but my appreciation for the service has grown exponentially in recent months, as has the number of surveys to fill out. It's now at a point where I'm comfortable in saying it's one the very first apps I'd recommend a new Android user downloads.

If you can get it, there's absolutely zero reason not to.

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2 months ago

Star Wars: Card Trader celebrates its first anniversary with new twists on classic cards

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Topps is celebrating the one-year anniversary of their Star Wars: Card Trader game with "National Star Wars Day" on Saturday, March 12. As part of the celebration, Topps is is introducing new Revisited card sets, which puts characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in classic card designs from the app's first year.

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2 months ago

Android N Developer Preview brings great accessibility improvements

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The Android N Developer Preview brings new accessibility options for low-vision users, starting right from the setup process.

A pair of really great features in the Android N Developer Preview are things that most people won't ever use — new accessibility options. It's easy to take your hearing and vision for granted, but there are plenty of folks out there who need a little assistance seeing what's on these tiny screens, and some who just aren't able to use a smartphone the traditional way. Two new features — Screen Zoom and a "vision assistant" profile during setup — are there to help.

Screen Zoom is the biggest user-facing feature, and it's a great way to tackle the problem of not being able to see the tiny words and images on your phone. Rather than just display bigger text and images, Screen Zoom actually changes the display density to magnify or shrink everything on the screen. And everything means everything — even your status bar and on-screen navigation buttons change using the Screen Zoom tool.

Screen Zoom works to make everything smaller and show more on the screen, too. The maximum zoom makes elements the same size they would be on a 320dp screen (exactly the size of the Nexus 4) , so the only thing developers need to do is make sure their app layout allows you to see enough to use the app at that scale, and make sure they use density-independent pixel units for sizing UI elements. Most of the apps you use everyday will work just fine.

The other great new feature is how accessibility option have been folded into the setup wizard. It's easy to set up a new Android phone, unless you can't see the instructions on the screen that guide you. Now users will be able to leverage the new zoom feature, as well as existing accessibility setting like larger fonts or the screen reader while they get things up and running. The Vision settings button is prominently displayed on the first screen of the process, and even flashes so the people that need to know it's there can easily find it.

If you want to explore the new Screen Zoom features (and you should) you'll find it in both the Display settings and the Accessibility settings on your N preview-powered Nexus.

Android N Developer Preview

The Android N Developer Preview is just that — a developer preview. While it's now "release candidate beta" quality we still have to issue a word of caution. Tread lightly.

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2 months ago

Nintendo's first smartphone app, Miitomo, will launch in Japan on March 17

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Nintendo plans to launch its first smartphone app, Miitomo, on March 17 in Japan. The app was first announced several months ago and pre-registrations began in February.

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2 months ago

Samsung will give Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners a $30 gift card for using Samsung Pay

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Samsung is offering new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge owners the chance to snag a free $30 gift card to one of five retailers. All you have to do is add a card to Samsung Pay and make a mobile purchase, after which you will be prompted to select your gift card of choice.

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2 months ago

How Android Wear and Ambient Display can decrease your phone's battery drain

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Every time you wake your phone is important, and there are ways to control your behaviors every day.

One of the most common explanations for why things like Android Wear and Always-On displays are useful is the way it decreases the number of times users wake their phones for something trivial. Research shows the average active user wakes their phone 150 times every day, frequently to do little more than check the time or glance at the notification they just heard or felt. This isn't a big deal for most, but every time you wake your phone this way you consume way more battery. If you can drive the number of wakes down even by 20-30 in a single day, there would be a noticeable difference in how long your phone lasted throughout the day.

At least, that's the theory. To test it, I installed the Checky app and measured a week of usage in different conditions.

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2 months ago

Unpacking huge changes in the Settings menu of the Android N Developer Preview

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Unpacking huge changes in the Settings menu of the Android N Developer Preview

The new Settings menu revealed in the first Android N Dev Preview a neat change of pace, and this is just the beginning.

Everything in Android N is fresh and new to us, and we're going through each part of it to find what's most important and interesting to look at. Beyond the changes to the way notifications work and the inclusion of a multi-window system, the Settings menu is probably the largest visual change we're seeing in the first Android N Developer Preview.

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2 months ago

Android N gives you even more ways to save cellular data

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'Data Saver' mode is a new feature that lets you easily lock down certain apps' data consumption when you're away from Wifi.

While Android has long been able to restrict certain apps' access to background data on a cellular connection, the Android N Developer Preview adds a new feature that makes it easier to cut down on your data consumption when necessary.

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2 months ago

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge support both Marshmallow and Samsung fingerprint APIs

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The Galaxy S7 is open to the largest number of fingerprint-enabled apps.

Though Android 6.0 Marshmallow doesn't bring a significant visual change to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the under-the-hood improvements are definitely welcomed either way. And with this release, that means the new phones support Android 6.0's fingerprint APIs — so you can use a quick tap on the home button to unlock any app that has been written to accommodate Marshmallow's latest security feature.

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2 months ago

Waze now uses fewer taps to get you where you need to go

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Waze, the popular nagivation app that's owned by Google, is rolling out a major update today on Android. Version 4.0 is designed to use fewer taps to access major features, and has added a new reporting panel.

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2 months ago

YouTube Gaming now streams in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand

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Should you reside in Australia, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand you'll be pleased to learn that YouTube Gaming has launched on a screen near you. Already available in the UK and U.S., it's positive to see the service roll out in new countries in order to more effectively compete against the likes of Twitch.

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