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1 week ago

How to hide the battery percentage on the Galaxy S6

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Knowing exactly how much battery you have left is handy, but sometimes a clean notification bar is better.

Like most Android manufacturers, Samsung's TouchWiz UI isn't exactly conservative when it comes to icon usage in your notification bar. While this may not be a problem for some folks, there's nothing wrong with wanting most of the notification bar to be available for, you know, notifications. By the time you've turned on Bluetooth, NFC, set an alarm, and enabled priority notifications, you're using well over half of the bar for persistent things that aren't incoming notifications. One of the big ways you can take some of that space back for yourself is removing the battery percentage indicator on your Galaxy S6, which is pretty simple to do if you know where to look.

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1 week ago

The Galaxy S6 has extra camera modes you'll want to try

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera modes

The Samsung Galaxy S6 camera is good. Darn good. But you can make it better by downloading a few extra modes from Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 camera is impressive in its own right. It shoots excellent pictures out of the box, with very little fuss. But it can do more. Much more.

Samsung actually pared back some of the features in the camera app this time around. That makes the initial experience easier — no more overwhelming feature lists — but it does mean you're lacking things that were built in before. Say, the ability to record an animated gif, for one. The good news is these features are pretty easy to get back. Here's how.

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1 week ago

Sony raises full-year profit outlook after strong sales of image sensors and videogames

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Sony is turning things around thanks to strong showing by its image sensor and videogame divisions, but its smartphone business is still struggling.

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1 week ago

HTC's Vive virtual reality headset will be handed out to select developers for free

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Valve and HTC plan to hand out their new virtual reality headset to select developers for free. A sign-up page has launched where those interested in the new product can take a shot at getting one themselves.

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1 week ago

Google asks 'which animal are you?' in interactive doodle for Earth Day 2015

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Google is celebrating Earth Day by launching an interactive doodle that turns into a quiz, through which you can find out which animal you closely resemble.

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1 week ago

Android Wear companion app update brings fresh design, a few neat features

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While we all wait for the next OS update to hit our Android Wear watches, the companion app is getting a refresh.

The latest Android Wear app brings a solid design refresh and a few new features, but some of them will require you to wait for your Android Wear smartwatch to get the latest firmware update. On the design side, a new home page makes use of more Material Design with stronger shadows and depth, while new cards bring apps and tips to your attention.

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1 week ago

LG announces the budget- and pen-friendly G Stylo for Korea

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LG G Stylo

We've been awaiting a new stylus-happy smartphone from LG, and here it is — the new G Stylo.

This is a 5.7-inch display at 720p (for a whopping 258 pixels per inch), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 at 1.2GHz. It's got an 8-megapixel rear camera with 5MP out front, a 3,000 mAh removable battery, only 8GB of on-board storage and 1.5 GB of RAM. It's running Android 5.0 Lollipop, though, and also has a removable SD card.

Look for this one in May.

Source: LG Korea

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1 week ago

Starbucks app brings tipping to Canada, seamless eGift purchase and redemption

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Starbucks is bringing its new mobile tipping feature to Canada today with a simple app update.

After starting initially with iOS users and then rolling to Android users in the U.S., our neighbors up north can now add a tip to their beverage purchase. You'll just need the latest version of the Starbucks Android app, now available in the Play Store — once you make a purchase, you'll receive a notification giving you the option to tip the barista if you wish.

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1 week ago

Google reportedly set to debut wireless service 'as early as' April 22

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Google is reportedly set to unveil its anticipated wireless service 'as early as Wednesday,' April 22.

According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal today, Google will debut a wireless offering as soon as April 22 that will let customers pay for only the data they use, as opposed to purchasing large blocks of data that may go unused.

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1 week ago

This week's sidebar poll: Do you use a smartwatch?

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Android Wear setup

Smartwatches are no longer one of those things we'll see in the future. Ever since Pebble first brought smartwatches to the masses, the market keeps growing and the whole concept gets closer to perfection. We're not there yet, but seeing the way wrist computing has evolved from a basic wristband that helps notify you about incoming messages to a device that does almost everything gives me hope that this market segment will only get better and better as we move forward.

The real question is how many tech-savvy people — that'd be people like you, who read Android blogs — are using one. Forget sales figures and pre-order numbers for a minute, and let's focus on people we know that love technology and Android. People like you and me. Answer the poll, and join the discussion in the comments.

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1 week ago

Latest Google Play Services update enables Android Auto on the Galaxy S6

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One of the most popular current phones out there now plays nice with Google's in-car Android product.

Just a couple of days after we sent word that the Galaxy S6 — and a few other popular phones haven't been working properly with Android Auto, a fix has arrived. It's not a huge shock that the latest version of Google Play Services (which manages a variety of Google apps on your phone) rolling out now enables Android Auto on these popular devices, and we're happy to say that indeed the GS6 is working.

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1 week ago

Google search results on smartphones will now favor mobile-friendly sites

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Google has rolled out a change to search today that will rank mobile-friendly sites higher when searching on mobile devices.

The changes rolling out today are intended to make it easier for mobile search users to land on pages that are much easier to view on smaller screens.

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1 week ago

AT&T HTC One M9 latest to get the new camera improvement update

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It's now AT&T's version of the HTC One M9 to get the new software update that offers, among other things, camera improvements for the recently launched smartphone.

The AT&T update follows similar ones launched for the Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the HTC One M9.

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1 week ago

Google Classroom now lets teachers prep their classes in advance, add more than one teacher to class

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Google will allow teachers to prep their lesson plans as drafts and add more than one teacher to a classroom in the latest set of feature additions to Classroom.

Google Classroom allows teachers to spend more time with their students and less time on the paperwork, and it is now even better. Google's latest announcement brings new functionality to Google Classroom. Included in the new functionality is the ability to add more than one teacher, as well as to preparing for classes in advance as well.

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1 week ago

Action Launcher 3.4 adds over a dozen new customization options

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Action Launcher has been updated to version 3.4, adding even more customization options and unlocking nearly 70 percent of options for non-paid users.

Popular launcher replacement, Action Launcher, has received yet another huge update bringing it to version 3.4. While the bump from 3.3 to 3.4 may feel small in number, it is huge in customization, with more than 12 new options.

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