LG G6 shown in three colors in new image

On February 26, LG will officially announce the G6, its newest flagship smartphone. Leading up to that big day, though, the Life’s Good crew has been leaking out little bits on its own, seemingly working in tandem with unofficial leaks to build a pretty distinct picture of what we should expect in a very short period of time.

Thanks to Evan Blass (@evleaks), we’ve got another look at the G6. We get a clear look at the display, which rocks some minimized bezels, but also offers a pretty obvious LG logo below the display, because some habits are harder to kick than others.

The main takeaway from the image are the colors. According to Blass, there will be three to choose from: Mystic White, Astro Black, and Ice Platinum.

We can also see the pair of cameras on the back, flanking the flash, and a fingerprint reader below the cameras. Meanwhile, there doesn’t appear to be a button along the right edge of the handset — just two physical buttons on the left edge, presumably the volume rocker.

What do you think of the design of the LG G6?

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Google Spaces is shutting down in April

Back in May of last year, Google launched a new app for small groups to share content. Google thought it would make doing that sort of thing easier, but it looks like that didn’t work out.

Google announced today that it is officially shutting down Spaces on April 17, 2017. The shutdown process will actually start on March 3, though, when Google will make Spaces read-only. That means you’ve only got about a week, if you are using Spaces, to add new content and share it.

Users have until April 17 to save, print, and read their content. Once that date rolls around, though, Google’s deleting everything.

As for a reason why Spaces is getting the final curtain, Google doesn’t really specify. It does say in the announcement that it was a “tough decision” and that it’s “tough to say goodbye,” for what that’s worth. Google will also be using whatever it learned in the rollout of Spaces to improve other Google services, but what that actually entails remains a mystery.

So, the big question: Did you ever use Spaces?

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VLC beta version 2.1 adds Android Auto compatibility, plus big interface and engine tweaks

auto_menuVLC, the desktop favorite of local video enthusiasts for more than a decade, doesn’t have quite the same kind of universal acclaim on Android. But the developers are still hard at work making improvements. According to a blog post from Geoffrey Metais, the 2.1.0 update to the beta release adds a ton on new features, notably including compatibility with Android Auto (for audio, not video).

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Other changes to the interface include a new standard audio player, compatibility with Google’s native voice search feature, global library search and filtering, 360-degree video controls (with full Cardboard/Daydream support coming later), better grid animation, and a revised design for Android TV.

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VLC beta version 2.1 adds Android Auto compatibility, plus big interface and engine tweaks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google is shutting down 'Spaces' on April 17th, becomes read-only on March 3rd

After nine months of existence, Google is throwing in the towel on group messaging app Spaces. It's going read-only on March 3rd and will be completely offline on April 17th. So, that's one Google messaging app down, like a dozen still to go.

Spaces was launched last May after a confusing early leak. We couldn't figure out why Google would bother with such an app. The idea was that you'd create group chats around a certain topic, then add content via Chrome, YouTube, and Google search.

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Google is shutting down 'Spaces' on April 17th, becomes read-only on March 3rd was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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A Phone to Last You Two Days: the LG X Power2 Now Official

LG won’t be all about the LG G6 in Barcelona. The Taiwanese company will also be unveiling a new budget mid-ranger that comes with a pretty big battery under the hood.

The phone is called the LG X Power2 and is the successor of the LG X Power which launched last year with a 4,100 mAh juice box under the hood.

The phone features a 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280-pixel resolution and 1.5GHz octa-core chipset under the hood (more details about the exact specs of the SoC will be coming soon). LG also throws in 1.5GB/2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD to 128GB).

Like every self-respecting budget phone, it takes advantage of a 13MP/5MP camera combo. It also runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, which is really good news.

Last but not least, but very important, the phone takes advantage of a consistent 4,500 mAh battery. The juice pack in combination with the low-resolution display and Nougat are expected to ensure a 2-day battery life for the device.

The LG X Power2 will be offered in Black Titan, Shiny Titan, Shiny Gold and Shiny Blue and based on its predecessor’s price, it shouldn’t be priced more than $250 CAD.

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Google’s SMS Apps Renamed from Messenger to Android Messages

For whatever reason,. Google offers a multitude of messaging apps including Allo, Duo, Hangouts and Messenger. Frankly it’s quite confusing for users, but Google doesn’t seem to realize that.

Actually, the company thought it would be a good idea to change the name of its native SMS app from Messenger to Android Messages, without much warning to its fan base.

Google’s former Messenger app comes pre-installed on most devices running stock Android and it some way the change does make sense. Google needs to differentiate its own offering from Facebook’s uber popular Messenger app.

Aside from the name change, the update to Google Messenger also brings a few bug fixes, stability improvements and a more intuitive sign-up for enhanced features on supported carriers. You can get it from the Google Play Store.

The change also paves the way for Google, as it prepares to unleash RCS to the masses. RCS stands for Rich Communication Services and is the next-gen messaging standard that adds features such as read receipts, active typing indicators, group chat and many other features which are available on other popular messaging platforms.

Google announced last week that several third-party OEMs like Motorola, Sony, HTC, Nokia have agreed to bundle Android Messages in their own SMS solutions, which will boost Google’s Android Messages user base to over 1 billion.

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Samsung releases Secure Folder for Galaxy S7, S7 edge

When the Galaxy Note 7 launched, it was equipped with a specialized folder that would allow owners to put images, apps, and other items into it, securing it away from the rest of the device. Unfortunately, the app was short-lived for obvious reasons, but now Samsung is bringing it back.

Samsung has just announced that the Secure Folder app is now in the Galaxy Apps store for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. To be able to access it, your S7 or S7 edge needs to be running Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Secure Folder app will allow you to put in apps, documents, images, and video into a secured folder. You can name it if whatever your want,and then secure it with a PIN, a password, or a fingerprint. Secure Folder takes advantage of Samsung KNOX, the company’s enterprise-grade security protocol. The information stored in that folder is sandboxed away from the rest of the device’s information.

You can simply slide the content you want to secure into the folder, or can select the proprietary “Move to Secure Folder” in stock TouchWiz apps. You’ll need to log into your Samsung Account as well, which also offers cloud storage backups. Recovering he folder requires the original Samsung account holder.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are the only devices able to run Secure Folder, but Samsung says it will expand to more devices soon.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: ConnectBot, Telegram

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Bank of America - Version 7.2.8

Bank of America

What’s new in this version:

  • • Easily send money using your phone’s contact list
    • Request money from others
    • Split the bill with friends
    • Track your money requests


Titanium Backup - Version 8.0.0

Titanium Backup

What’s new in this version:

  • Added support for Adoptable storage (Android 6.0+) including: Backup/Restore, Free space gauge, Restore destination override, Data profiles.
  • Added the ability to “force move” apps to/from Adoptable storage.
  • [PRO] Upgraded to Dropbox API v2 (needs re-authentication).
  • Updated translations.


Telegram - Version 3.17.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Use custom themes to change the appearance of the app.
  • Check out the new dark theme in Settings > Themes. See the @themes channel for more ideas.
  • Create your own themes using the new built-in editor.


CNN Breaking US & World News - Version 5.0.0


What’s new in this version:

  • The entire app has been rebuilt for speed, simplicity, in-depth story telling and a focused, first-in-class video experience.


ConnectBot - Version 1.9.2


What’s new in this version:

  • Fixed scrolling behavior in new update.
  • Major Material Design overhaul of UI.
  • Improved cut-and-paste interface.
  • Tabs are now used on large screens.
  • Keyboard shortcuts and EULA in help menu.
  • Terminal mouse support including mouse wheel.
  • Full IPv6 host support.


Android Messages – Version 2.1.161

Android Messages

What’s new in this version:

  • A new name! Messenger is now Android Messages, the messaging app built for Android
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements
  • Simpler sign-up for enhanced features on supported carriers


SwiftKey Keyboard – Version

SwiftKey Keyboard

What’s new in this version:

  • We’ve added 12 new languages! Now you can type in: Friulian, Lingala, Fijian, Rwanda, Oromo, Tsonga, Tswana, Swazi, Venda, Sesotho, Hiligaynon and Southern Ndebele
  • TalkBack now announces emoji categories in the emoji panel
  • We’ve now made all themes completely free!


Instagram – Version 10.9.0


What’s new in this version:

  • New: You can share up to 10 photos and videos in one post on Instagram.
  • When uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos.
  • Tap and hold to change the order.
  • Apply a filter to everything at once or edit one by one.
  • In feed, swipe through to see them all.


ZEDGE™ Ringtones & Wallpapers - Version 5.14.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Beautiful new item pages.
  • Improved navigation – Tap more places to find more stuff!
  • Various bug fixes and stability updates


Google Camera – Version 4.3.0

Google Camera

What’s new in this version:

  • New zoom control bar
  • New “Camera Sounds” toggle
  • The exposure control sticks around if it’s modified


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