Samsung is creating a smart speaker after all

Back in July, it was reported that Samsung was manufacturing a Bixby-enabled smart speaker, following hot on the heels of Apple announcing a smart speaker and Google and Amazon contributing to the market, too. It didn’t take long before another report said that Samsung might not be making a smart speaker after all. But the rollercoaster isn’t quite finished.

Today, following the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 8, the President of Samsung’s Mobile Division, DJ Koh, confirmed to CNBC that Samsung is indeed making a smart speaker.

Of course, Koh didn’t provide any real details about the device, but he did seem pretty confident in it, saying that he has already “started on it” and that Samsung envisions a “a fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices.” A smart speaker would certainly be one device that users could take advantage of, so it will be interesting to see what Samsung creates.

Would you be interested in a Samsung-branded smart speaker featuring Bixby?

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Take an exploratory journey through the heavens with Gemini - A Journey of Two Stars

X.D. Network is quickly becoming a publisher to notice. Not only did they bring To The Moon to the Play Store, but they also recently released BeatEVO YG, a popular K-pop themed rhythm game. Today we can add Gemini - A Journey of Two Stars to this list of great titles. While it's self-described as an "interactive poem," that apt description hardly does this beautiful game the justice it deserves.

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Here are 40 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps, plus the first App of the Week

Welcome to the first app sales post of the week. Of course, today is not Monday, so I can understand your confusion. My classes started this week, so I got busy sorting everything out, but at least I'm back now. So here you are, a fresh list of apps... for what it's worth.



  1. AHK Text Expansion Keyboard $3.49 -> Free; 1 day left
  2. Drink Roulette $1.49 -> Free; 2 days left
  3. Search Everything Pro Key $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  4. SnagBricks - Site Auditing, Snagging & Punch List $6.49 -> Free; 2 days left
  5. Easy Parental Control Pro $1.49 -> Free; 3 days left
  6. Kill Procrastination $1.99 -> Free; 3 days left
  7. App Shortcuts Creator - App Shortcuts Master Pro $0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  8. MSafe - Pro $0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  9. Music Translator (Recognition) $0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  10. MyHue App and QuickSettings Tiles for Philips Hue $1.49 -> Free; 6 days left
  11. T Music Player $0.99 -> Free; 6 days left


  1. 돌풍마법 디펜스 $2.49 -> Free; 2 days left
  2. CELL 13 - Platform Portal Puzzle $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  3. BlindSlash:VR $0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  4. Orb Smash $0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  5. Paper Duels $0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  6. Shan Gui $0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  7. Traps and Treasures $1.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  8. 4x4 Safari Pro $0.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  9. A Dark Room $0.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  10. TA: Little Red Riding Hood $1.49 -> Free; 5 days left
  11. TOUGE PROJECT: RACE AND DRIFT+ $0.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  12. Castle of Nightmare Gold $0.99 -> Free; 6 days left
  13. Freelance Simulator: Game Developer Edition $0.99 -> Free; 6 days left
  14. The Firm $0.99 -> Free; 6 days left
  15. 0 to Billionaire (No Ads) $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left

Icon packs & customization

  1. Castle 3D Pro live wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; 3 hours left
  2. Deep Space 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  3. Cerco Pro $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  4. Dream Score - S8 Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  5. MaskIt - Customize your icons!
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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Style Music


Style Music

Description: Beautiful Material Design together with fancy animations & transitions makes you addicted to using the app. Stream from over 50.000 radio stations all across the globe or enjoy any song you want by finding a station that plays it The app fully supports Google Cast aka Chromecast Built in – allowing you to stream music up to 24bit FLAC to devices in your WiFi area.


Samsung Gallery


Samsung Gallery

DescriptionYou can view your image & video with fast and cool way through Samsung Gallery used and recognized in Galaxy smartphone globally, Besides enhanced security helps protect your image & videos in safe, you can enjoy your image & video anywhere through cloud sync with signing in same account, if Samsung Gallery is installed.


Fantasy Football Draft Day 2017


Fantasy Football Draft Day 2017

DescriptionFantasy Football Draft Day 2017 is the best app to dominate your fantasy football draft. Start with expert rankings tailored to your league’s scoring from the award-winning Fantasy Footballers. Customize your cheat sheets, track each pick, view league rosters, and crush your fantasy football draft.


Smart Home Manager


Smart Home Manager

Description: We’re giving you more ways to simplify your home Wi-Fi experience with the AT&T Smart Home Manager. As an AT&T Internet customer you can now personalize your home Wi-Fi network from your smart phone, tablet or computer.


HD Wallpapers from WallR


HD Wallpapers from WallR

Description: Enable WallR’s Automatic Wallpaper Changer and it will keep changing your device wallpaper, automatically. Thus, set up once, and forget. WallR, will keep providing you with your favorite HD Wallpapers.


Life Hacks: Make Your Life Easier

Life Hacks

DescriptionUltimate Life Hacks brings you the most innovative ideas to discover and share that you never know. Fun Hacks you wish you knew earlier. We can save money and time, to get a new look to familiar things or just impress friends and relatives.


IP Flexible Reach


IP Flexible Reach

DescriptionThe IP Flexible Reach client allows AT&T IP Flexible Reach customers to make outbound calls from their handheld device while displaying their IP Flexible Reach Telephone Number as their Caller ID. 





Description Available for the first time ever it is a fully functional native app for your Android device! You have full access to manage your comic collection from your mobile device and take your collection on the go. Also included is the ability to search by barcode. You can create piles, add comics to your collection, sell list and want list and research comics in general with full access to our robust industry leading pricing database.


FurReal Maker: Proto Max


FurReal Maker

DescriptionNow you can create and code your ultimate pup! Get the most out of the furReal Makers Proto Max robotic pet by downloading the companion app. Using the app along with Proto Max allows you to have a fun coding experience!


GoDaddy SmartLine 2nd Number


GoDaddy SmartLine

DescriptionStill using your personal number for business? Your business deserves its own phone number. GoDaddy SmartLine adds a second phone number to your smartphone. That’s right – you can have one phone with two phone numbers. No more giving your personal number for business. Finally, know when a call is for business or personal.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Makes a Grand Debut

After the deluge of leaks and rumors, Samsung finally pulled off the veil the Galaxy Note 8 phablet.

Design-wise the Galaxy Note8 is a mix between the Galaxy S8 and last year’s Galaxy Note7 – something which nostalgics will surely appreciate. The phablet features an InfinityDisplay akin to Samsung’s previous flagship, but with sharper corners which are characteristic of the Note family so far. As expected, the Galaxy Note 8 does away with the physical fingerprint scanner on the front and the bezels have been shrunken down considerably in the vein of the Galaxy S8.

On the left side of the phone, users will find a volume rocker and just below it the dedicated Bixby button. At the bottom lives the USB-C connector, a loudspeaker, the 3.5mm headphone jack and the S Pen tray.


Here’s the Galaxy Note 8’s full spec list:

  • 6.3-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2960 resolution and 18:5:9 aspect ratio
  • Snapdragon 835 processor (in the US) or Exynos 8895 (outside US)
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage
  • Main dual camera setup made of two 12-megapixel sensors, one with regular f/1.7 lens and a second telephoto one with f/2.4 and 2x optical zoom
  • Secondary 8-megapixel shooter with autofocus
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Samsung Experience UX on top
  • Fingerprint scanner on the back
  • S Pen
  • IP68 certified

The distinctive feature of the Galaxy Note family is the S Pen, which as expected has been improved by Samsung in various ways.

Physically, the stylus is basically the same as the one found in the Note7 meaning it has a 0.7mm tip size and 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

But it’s in the software department where you’ll find the novelties. For example, Note 8 users will be able to take advantage of Live Message, a tool which allows you to take a quick note which is then sent off as an animated GIF showing the designer’s pen strokes.

Furthermore, the Screen-off Memo feature makes a comeback, allowing Note 8 owners to draw on the always-on display even if the device is locked.

When will you be able to buy this beauty? Pre-orders for the unlocked version start August 23, as well as carrier-specific ones. The actual release date is set for September 15.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 will be available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold and Deep Sea Blue, but Canadians will only get the Midnight Black and Deep Sea Blue options. Pricing will start at $1,300 CAD and until September 15 those who pre-order a Note 8 will also be awarded a 128GB microSD + fast wireless charger free of charge.


The post Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Makes a Grand Debut appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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The Task Master watch face puts your calendar front and center

It's getting harder to do something new with Android Wear watch faces, but that doesn't mean you can't improve on what's already been done. Case in point: the new Task Master watch face shows calendar appointments on your wearable, but it does so better than other watch faces. It's even usable if you've got a lot of calendar appointments to track.

This watch face comes with two distinct versions, one round and the other square for older watches.

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Buy a Pixel XL and Get a Google Home Free of Charge

Good news for Canadian customers interested in purchasing the Google Pixel XL. Those willing to acquire the device from Bell, Rogers or Telus will also be awarded a Google Home smart speaker free of charge, which normally costs $179.99 CAD.

To be eligible to receive the Google Assistant-infused speaker, you’ll have to activate or renew a Pixel XL on select two-year plans, depending on carrier.

For example, if you’re buying it off Bell you’ll be able to choose any plan. However, if you want to do business with Rogers you’ll need to jump on a Share Everything plan. At Telus, you have to buy a complementary Your Choice plan.

With Android 8.0 Oreo out and about, the Google Pixel XL is one of the most exciting devices on the market. However, do bear in mind that Google is gearing up for the release of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in a few months. So you might want to hold on, on making the purchase.

Recent rumours also indicate Google is working on a miniature Google Home smart speaker, as well as a next-gen Pixel Chromebook and a pair of Google Assistant-powered headphones. All these products will allegedly be unveiled alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel2 XL.


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Monument Valley 2 is up for pre-registration in the Play Store

The original Monument Valley launched in 2014 and immediately captured everyone's attention with its impossible Escher-esque world of forced perspective and intuitive touch controls. There have been a few add-ons to the game since then, but now a true sequel is about to launch on Android—Monument Valley 2 is live for pre-registration on the Play Store.

Like the original, Monument Valley 2 is a puzzler with numerous imaginative landscapes and structures that are themselves the puzzles.

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