The Huawei Honor 6X is now available at 460 Target stores in the U.S.

We’re seeing more and more unlocked phones go on sale in the US lately, and Huawei is helping that effort by expanding availability of one of its unlocked Android handsets.

Huawei is making a concerted push into the U.S. market with its Honor 6X, which it announced back at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. We reviewed it here, if you want to check in on what we thought of the metal handset. And for those interested in picking up an unlocked variant, Huawei has confirmed that the Honor 6X will be available in 460 Target stores across the United States.

If you want to check a local store to see if the handset is available, go right here. You can also get it shipped to you if you don’t feel like leaving the house.

As a refresher, the Honor 6X features a 5.5-inch full HD display, 3GB of RAM, an octa-core Kirin 655 processor, 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot, a 12MP camera with a secondary 2MP sensor, and an 8MP front-facing camera. The battery measures in at 3340mAh, there’s a fingerprint sensor, and Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1 on top.

The Honor 6X is priced at $249.99

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ now on sale in the U.S.

Earlier this month, Samsung launched pre-orders for the unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the US. Now the handsets have officially gone on sale, with shipping happening immediately from both Samsung’s online store and at Best Buy.

It’s worth noting that Samsung originally said that if pre-orders were placed on its website by May 24, those devices would arrive at owner’s doorsteps by May 30, so it’s likely that some folks already have their unlocked Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ in hand.

The devices are available at full retail, so you’ll fork over $724.99 for the Galaxy S8 and $824.99 for the Galaxy S8+ if you’re so inclined to make either handset yours. Samsung and Best Buy are offering a deal on the new Gear VR headset for only $49 when you buy a Galaxy S8 or S8+, too.

Who’s planning on picking up an unlocked Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+?

Sources: Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Best Buy

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OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will get Android O update

Later this year, Google will launch the latest version of Android into the wild. We’ve already seen a few of the improvements coming to Android O, and now we know owners of the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T can expected to get those improvements.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that Android O is a planned upgrade for both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Of course, while Lau is happy to announce that Android O is coming to both devices, he doesn’t have any dates to circle on the calendar for owners just yet. Still, considering the OnePlus 5 is right around the corner and most of the focus has transitioned to that upcoming flagship, it’s good to see owners of the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T aren’t going to be left behind.

If you’ve got a OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T, do you plan on hanging onto your device long enough to enjoy Android O? Or do you plan on upgrading to the OnePlus 5 before that?

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Android Pay is going live in Canada

Android Pay has gradually been expanding its reach, but the United States' northern neighbor has been left out - until now. Google previously confirmed that Android Pay would, at some point, reach Canada. At long last, it's finally happening.


Thanks to Jonathan and Khalil for the screenshots.

Several Canadian residents have confirmed to us that they were able to add cards to the app, and one confirmed that using Android Pay at NFC terminals does indeed work.

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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.




Description: Jamboard is a creative collaboration experience that helps bring your team’s ideas to life. The app offers distinct features based on the device you’re using. For tablet users, there’s a suite of rich editing tools to dive right into the jam.


Verizon Home


Verizon Home

DescriptionThe Verizon Home app lets you manage your Verizon SmartHub and all your connected smart home devices from one app. Note: The Verizon Home app only works with the Verizon SmartHub


Mixer Create Beta


Mixer Create Beta

Description This app is a public beta of the Mixer Create app. It gives you the chance to view and give feedback on features/functionality that could come to the Mixer Create app. We use your feedback to help shape the Mixer Create app. Let us know what you think via the in-app feedback button.





DescriptionUnlock your creative potential! Discover how to easily turn any Sun, Moon and Milky Way scene you imagine into a real picture… and start shooting truly legendary photos every time you pick up the camera!


Car mode (for Galaxy)


Car Mode (for galaxy)

Description Car mode (for Galaxy) is an app for safe, hands free in-vehicle service that really makes a difference in driving. The app has been designed to conform to the safety regulation set by Automotive industry standards. Compatible Vehicles: MirrorLink enabled Volkswagen ,SEAT, PSA(citroen and peugeot), SKODA cars (as of now / compatible vehicles and brands could be expanded)





DescriptionThe ASUS Lyra app lets you setup and control your ASUS Lyra Wi-Fi System. You can setup your Lyra system without a PC and check you network status anytime, anywhere. Sharing your Wi-Fi, pausing network, prioritize the device of your family members in hand!


Path Guide


Path Guide

DescriptionPath Guide is a completely map-free, infrastructure-free, plug-and-play indoor navigation service. It exploits the ubiquitous geomagnetism and natural walking patterns to guide users to destinations along a path collected by an earlier traveler.





DescriptionSoundAssistant – The sound utility available on the galaxy series. Provides various convenience functions related to audio. Allows you to control the media volume instead of ringtone when pressing the volume keys. Support individual application volume (You can control the volume of music and games differently). 150 steps of fine volume and support Floating Equalizer(EQ)


Fortune City


Fortune City

DescriptionTrack your spending, grow a city! Fortune City gamifies bookkeeping with a city simulation game. Record your expenses, and flourish your city into a beautiful metropolis. Pick up good expense tracking habits with new finance experience, and grow your fortune into a prosperous city!


Fenix 2 Preview


Fenix 2 Preview

DescriptionYou can enjoy this free preview while the app is still under heavy development. The final and stable 2.0 version will be a paid upgrade. Your feedback is very welcome! Support for multiple accounts. Fully customisable main screen, where your lists and saved searches can be just a swipe away. Beautiful images and videos previews, with support for external websites like YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Flickr. Gorgeous conversations layout.


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The Microsoft Planner app is now available on Android [APK Download]

Last summer, Microsoft launched Planner as part of its Office 365 suite of productivity apps for businesses and schools. It could readily be described as a Trello style kanban board with the collaborative functionality of a tool like Basecamp rolled in as well. After the launch of the iOS app last week, Microsoft is now bringing Planner to Android.

The app is exactly what you'd expect from a task management tool, allowing you to keep track of projects, assign responsibilities, share files, and chat with the rest of the team or class about what needs to be done.

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Andy Rubin wants to begin shipping Essential Phone ‘in 30 days or so’

If you’re hungry for more Essential Phone details following the device’s official debut, Andy Rubin is happy to oblige.

Rubin took part in an interview with Walt Mossberg on May 30th, and in it he shared a few more details about the Essential Phone and his release plans. Essential has been pretty quiet about the Essential Phone’s release thus far, but Rubin revealed that we could begin to see the device hitting doorsteps in June. “You can reserve it now and I wouldn’t take reservations if it wasn’t going to ship in 30 days or so,” he explained.

Looking ahead, Rubin plans to get the Essential Phone in retail stores, too. Essential plans to get its phone in both carrier stores and other points of retail distribution.

Then the topic of bloatware came up. When Android phones arrive on US carriers, we typically see them get loaded up with some carrier-branded apps and service, but Rubin is trying to fight that with the Essential Phone. “I’m trying as hard as I can to have a pro-consumer product where you get to decide what’s on your phone,” he explained.

Finally, the front-facing camera came up. The Essential Phone has a unique front-facing camera placement, having it cover a small portion of the top of the display. Rubin says that Essential did this because it knows that Android notifications grow inward, so the camera shouldn’t block anything on the screen. He added that because the display is 19:10, the camera won’t get in the way of 16:9 videos. Rubin also explained that he didn’t want to put the Essential Phone’s front camera in its chin, like the Sharp Aquos Crystal or Xiaomi Mi Mix, because he says that that turns it into a “nostril cam”.

The Essential Phone is an interesting device, combining a clean design with high-end specs and coming from the father of Android. It’s no surprise that there’s a lot of interest surrounding it right now, and while we haven’t really gotten to see it in action yet, the good news is that that may change next month if Essential can get its phone into consumers’ hands as quickly as it’s hoping to.

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Essential Phone will work on all four major US carriers

A smartphone that works across both GSM and CDMA carriers is not a common find. The Nexus and Pixel line of devices feature both sets of radios, as well as some Motorola phones, but you still have to choose one or the other with most phones these days.

The Essential Phone was just announced and it looks beautiful. It advertises compatibility with all four major carriers, and now three of the four have confirmed that the device will function on their networks. Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint have all officially confirmed basic functionality. AT&T has not, but it features the most universal GSM bands so there is no doubt it will work.

Of course, advanced functionality like VoLTE, WiFi calling, and more may be absent since there is no carrier model of the phone. These details have yet to be announced by any carrier.

Since Essential is so new to the game, having compatibility with all four major US carriers is a big deal. Though it’s unlikely we’ll see a carrier selling the device in its retail stores, fans will be able to pick one up no matter the carrier they use.

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T-Mobile celebrating the anniversary of T-Mobile Tuesdays with more rewards

T-Mobile Tuesdays were made to thank T-Mobile customers for sticking with the company. They offer free perks like movie tickets, pizzas, and more for those who tune in.

The anniversary of the Un-carrier move brings more rewards and prizes through the month of June. Tickets to four big movies are going to me $4 a piece, and the first movie is Wonder Woman. One of the Tuesdays will offer a free Baskin-Robbins ice cream under $4, and every week you’ll be able to get a sundae for $0.99 if you buy one at full price.

There are also big prizes you can win, like a year of free ice cream for you and three friends, a year of free gas from Shell, free movie tickets for a year, or a trip to the T-Mobile Arena for a show of your choice. This “thankathon” starts at 9 AM Pacific time on June 6 and there will be a prize every hour for 12 hours.

There is a lot more to look forward to, so hit the source link and check out all of the benefits and potential prizes you can win!

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ASUS ZenFone AR Hitting Canada in July

Even if the ASUS ZenFone AR was launched at CES 2017 back in January, the phone is yet to become available for purchase.

But now, according to a new report from Mobile Syrup we can tell you the device will become available for purchase in Canada starting this July – basically at the same time it will be launching in the US.

The ASUS ZenFone AR is a special kind of device because it makes use of a three-camera system to map your surroundings and track its motions. The combination of Google Tango technology with computer vision tech and a set of sensor allows the phone to gain motion tracking, depth perception and area learning functions.

The product will make a debut with a 5.7-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and sadly, last year’s processor the Snapdragon 821. But the presence of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage might sweeten the deal.

In the US, the ASUS ZenFone AR is expected to be a Verizon exclusive, but at this point we don’t know whether the same scenario will happen in Canada. Pricing information is also unknown, although the company’s CEO Jerry Shen did reveal the phone won’t be more expensive than the Galaxy S8+.

[Mobile Syrup]

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YouTube app gets new UI with tabs at the bottom

This is a change some of you might have already seen. The feature has slowly been rolling out to a select group of people, and now Google has made it official. The mobile YouTube app has received a new interface, moving the tabs to the bottom for easier navigation.

The Account tab containing your playlists and favorites has been renamed to Library and the top bar now houses the upload button as well as account button. It’s a simplification of the existing UI that also makes it easier to navigate on a phone, especially a large one.

The change should be rolling out to Android devices now and is already out for iOS users. Check to see if you have the new UI and let us know what you think!

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Twitter will now dump DMs from people you don't know into a 'Requests' tab

Twitter can be a fun place to share and interact with your fellow humans. However, it can also be a wretched hive of scum and villainy. That's why keeping your Twitter direct messages open is a bit of a risk, but Twitter is rolling out a feature to keep the riffraff at bay. Soon, all DMs from strangers will be segregated from the messages you care about.

The change to DMs only applies if you have your account set to allow messages from people you don't follow.

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YouTube's new bottom navigation UI is official

All the way back in September of last year, YouTube began testing a new layout with a bottom navigation bar. Over the past few months, it has continued to go live for more users on Android, with a few minor tweaks along the way. Now YouTube has officially revealed the new design.

The new layout ditches the large top navigation bar, in favor of a smaller top bar with a few buttons and a bottom navigation bar.

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Essential Home is the newest smart speaker with a display

They say that home is where the heart is, but if you ask Google and now Andy Rubin’s Essential, it’s also a smart speaker that can help you control connected devices.

Today, following the unveiling of its first smartphone, Essential has debuted a brand new smart speaker in the same vein as the Amazon Echo Show, which also boasts a display on it. The basics are all there: You can control the smart devices in your home, you can play music from it, you can get news updates, and more. The Essential Home will also offer up proactive information, letting you know when you should leave your house based on traffic.


The Essential Home is running a new operating system called Ambient OS, which includes support for a variety of platforms including HomeKit and SmartThings. The Essential Home will also work with digital personal assistants from the likes of Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant, according to Wired.

One of the focuses of the Essential Home is privacy. Essential says it will avoid communicating information with the cloud when it can, preferring to keep everything local and on device while it’s communicating with the other connected devices in your home.

That’s all we know about the Essential Home for now. How much would you pay for the Essential Home?

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Mozilla replaces Firefox Aurora Play Store listing with Firefox Nightly

Mozilla has long maintained four release channels for Firefox: Stable, Beta, Aurora, and Nightly. Only Firefox, Firefox Beta, and Firefox Aurora have been available on Android via the Play Store. Now, Mozilla has followed through on an earlier promise to swap Aurora for the nightly build. The Play Store listing remains the same, but the app will be a little different.

While the package name is still "org.mozilla.fennec_aurora," Mozilla will deliver the nightly build to users on this version of the browser.

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Forget the Galaxy S8, Andy Rubin’s ‘Essential Phone’ Just Arrived

It was pretty common knowledge that the father of Android, Andy Rubin was gearing up to launch a flagship phone that could compete with the Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy S8.

Well today is the day. The phone has landed and it looks extremely sleek. One of the aspects that stands immediately is the edge-to-edge display that spreads all the way up to the top only to embrace the selfie camera.

Secondly, the phone arrives devoid of any branding – on front or on the back. Thirdly, it will come with a host of modular accessories including a 360-degree camera that can snap 4K 360-degree video at 30 frames and a charging dock.

When it comes to specs, the Essential Phone features la crème de la crème. It takes advantage of a 5.71-inch “Full Display” with 2560 x 1312 resolution and 19:10 ratio. It’s also made of ceramic and titanium, so it’s supposed to be quite durable.

The phone relies on the computing power of a Snapdragon 835 chipset, as well as 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Like most flagships announced today, the Essential has a dual camera assembly on the back, which like in the case of the Huawei P10 employs a monochrome sensor for better shooting in low-light conditions.

Other specs include a USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3,050 mAh battery. It should run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and will arrive in four coloring options including Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White and Ocean Depths.

For the time being, only the Black and White versions are available for pre-order in the US for approximately $943 CAD. We don’t know for sure whether the Essential will arrive in Canada, but we certainly hope this will be the case.


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The Essential Phone is now official with 5.7-inch display and more

Word has been floating around on the street that Andy Rubin, the “father of Android,” would be launching a new company called Essential and a brand new smartphone. Rubin teased that phone earlier this year.

Now the Essential Phone is officially official, and it’s stuffed to the gills with features you’d expect in a high-end handset. That includes a 5.7-inch display, which will take up the lion’s share of attention thanks to its near-borderless design. The Essential’s display actually reaches further up than even Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but there is a bit bigger of a bezel on the bottom.

The phone itself is built using titanium for the frame, ceramic for the back panel, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for the cover glass. The other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of built-in storage (no mention of a microSD card slot, though), a fingerprint reader on the back, USB Type-C, a battery that measures in at 3040mAh, and fast charging support. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack, but there is Android 7.1.1 Nougat.


On the back, there are a pair of 13-megapixel cameras, and Essential is following a trend started by Huawei. That second camera is a monochrome shooter, and the camera system features “image fusion technology” so that the Essential Phone can capture better low-light photos thanks to that monochrome sensor taking in more light. The primary rear camera also boasts a f/1.85 lens with Hybrid Auto Focus, combing Contrast, Phase Detect and IR Laser Assist Focus. Meanwhile, the 8-megapixel front-facing camera can record 4K video, too.

One other major takeaway: The Essential Phone is another go at a modular design. Essential is creating a 360-degree camera to start as well as a charging dock, and both will attach to the Essential phone via pogo pins that are located near the top-right edge. More accessories will be delivered in the future at some point.

And, finally, the Essential Phone is unlocked to work on all the major wireless networks in the United States, where it will be launching first. Customers can reserve their own unit right now if they wish, and it retails for $699.99.

So, who’s buying an Essential Phone?

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YouTube v12.19 includes the first signs of a new "reel" feature and an option to quickly clear the Watch Later list of videos you've already seen [APK Teardown]


Updates to the YouTube app have been rolling in at a pretty rapid pace lately, with version 12.19 being the most recent to land on devices. There weren't any notable changes to be seen in the apps, but an examination of the apk did turn up a couple of things to get excited about. There's a mysterious new "reel" feature in the works and a handy function for wiping the Watch Later playlist of videos you've already seen.

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Motorola’s Upcoming Moto E4 Should Sell for $249.99 in Canada

It’s pretty common knowledge at this point that Motorola is prepping a slew of budget smartphones that should launch soon.

One of these handsets, the Moto E4 had its spec list leaked in all of its glory courtesy of WinFuture’s Roland Quandt. His Twitter post also revealed the Canadian price of the device which is apparently set at $249.99 CAD.

Expect the Moto E4 to arrive with a 5-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution (294 ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The budget handset should pack a MediaTek MT6737M processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable to 128GB).

It also features a primary 8-megapixel snapper with LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera for selfies. In some markets, the Moto E4 will also boasts NFC, although it’s not clear whether it applies to Canada.

The listing also reveals the phone will rely on a removable 2,800 mAh battery and will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

We’re also told the phone should start shipping to consumers on July 17. If this information is indeed accurate it appears we still have some waiting to do before the Moto E4 launches. Recently Motorola unveiled the super low-budget Moto C and Moto C Plus.


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Samsung’s First Dual Camera Phone Shows Up in Renders

At one point in time everyone believed Samsung’s first dual-camera device would be the Galaxy Note 8. Well as recent leaks have revealed, it seems Samsung’s first attempt at a dual-camera product will be a mid-range smartphone.

Samsung’s middle-range portfolio is pretty bland (except for the Galaxy A family) but the upcoming Galaxy C10 appears to have more potential.

This week a few renders depicting the yet-to-be released Galaxy C10 have appeared online in all their glory showing the dual-camera setup in question. What’s more, if you look closely you’ll be able to spot another interesting aspect – the phone apparently has a dedicated Bixby button.

What this means is that Bixby will soon cease to be an exclusive to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships. Perhaps Samsung is following Google’s footsteps – initially the search giant offered its own Google Assistant on the Pixel and Pixel XL, only to unleash it on all Android handset running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above a few months later.

Other than that, the device which appears in the renders also seem to sport a dual-LED flash living alongside the camera lenses, as well as an USB Type-C port and 3.5 mm jack on the bottom.

We’re still in the dark about the actual specs of the Galaxy C10, but as soon as we know more we’ll return with an update.


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Samsung launches SoundAssistant app to boost your Galaxy device’s audio controls

Heads up, Samsung Galaxy device owners, because there’s a new app on the Play Store that you might want to check out.

SoundAssistant is a new app from Samsung that is pretty much what it sounds like. The app will assist you in controlling the audio on your Galaxy device, giving you added controls and the ability to fine tune volume.

Included with SoundAssistant is a toggle that’ll let you control your phone’s media volume with the volume keys rather than the ringer volume, as well as a feature that’ll let you set the volume of individual applications. There’s also a Floating Equalizer that includes 150 steps of volume control so that you can get the volume setting just right.


There’s a mono audio switch in the SoundAssistant app, too, as well as a feature called Scenarios. With Scenarios, you can set a specific date and time for your phone to enable a certain audio setting, like enabling vibrate mode while during your work hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.


SoundAssistant looks like a pretty nifty app for Samsung Galaxy device owners. The app adds some new features, like the Floating Equalizer that’ll give you the ability to fine tune your audio outside of the app, and in general looks like it’ll make listening to audio on your Galaxy device a better experience.

You can find SoundAssistant in the Play Store at the link below.

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LG said to be working with Qualcomm on Snapdragon 845 processor for LG G7

After the LG G6 skipped the Snapdragon 835, possibly because Samsung snapped up the first batch for the Galaxy S8, it sounds like LG may be taking steps to ensure that the same thing doesn’t happen again next year.

A new report claims that LG and Qualcomm have started development work on the Snapdragon 845 processor for the LG G7. That’s according to Aju Business Daily, via The Investor, who also claims that the Snapdragon 845 will be based on 7-nanometer chip manufacturing technology and that the Snapdragon 845 will be 30 percent more powerful than the Snapdragon 835.

The LG G6 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, which is last year’s flagship chipset, while LG’s competitors are coming out with phones that have newer Snapdragon 835 processors. While the Snapdragon 821 is still a capable processor, LG probably isn’t thrilled to have a flagship with last year’s chipset while the competition has a newer processor. By working with Qualcomm on the Snapdragon 845 and LG G7, LG would be taking steps to ensure that we don’t sees something similar happen in 2018.

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SuperSU v2.82 update fixes most of the recent root problems, Xperia bootloops and other issues may remain

SuperSu Hero

In the wake of recent problems, a partial fix has been pushed for SuperSU. Root loss on older (pre-4.4/Kit Kat) phones should no longer be an issue. Unfortunately, this latest update doesn't fix the bootlooping some Sony Xperia phones are experiencing. If you're using SuperSU on one, you should continue to stick with 2.79 for now.

In an update to his post on XDA, Chainfire announced that v2.82 should fix some of the problems users were experiencing.

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10 new and notable Android apps from the last week (5/23/17 - 5/29/17)

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Paralign - Aligning Thoughts

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Humble Mobile Platformers Bundle updated with more games, plus we've got 10 free codes to give away

Humble Bundle is a great source for cheap games, and you get to support charity while you enjoy your cheap content. The recent "Epic Platformers" bundle is now halfway through its run, and that means it's time for some new games and a giveaway. There are now 11 games, and we're giving them all away to some lucky readers.

This bundle is split into three tiers. The base tier is unlocked at $1 or more, and it includes Devious Dungeon, Devious Dungeon 2, and Eggggg - The Platform Puker.

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Amazon Echo and Echo Dot now on sale

We’ve seen some nice Amazon Echo and Echo Dot deals lately, but if you missed out on them for one reason or another, you’ve now got another chance at a discounted device.

Amazon is now offering sales on both the Echo and Echo Dot. For the standard Echo, you can get $40 off by using the promo code ECHOSAVE40 at checkout. This will knock the price of the Amazon Echo down to $139.99.

If you’d prefer the smaller Amazon Echo Dot, you can use the code DOTSAVE10 to get $10 off the Echo Dot, knocking it down to $39.99.

One thing to note is that both of these codes are only good if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber.

Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot come with the Alexa assistant built in, which you can use to answer questions, check the weather, control your smart home devices, and use services like Pandora, Spotify, Uber, Dominos, and more.

Sources: Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot

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Samsung's new SoundAssistant app gives you greater control over sound on your Galaxy device [APK Download]

The Galaxy S8 has a greater focus on audio than any previous Samsung flagships. The speaker gets extremely loud, nice AKG earphones come in the box, and the onboard Bluetooth 5.0 enables features such as Dual Audio (the ability to stream to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously). In keeping with this theme, Samsung has just published a SoundAssistant app on the Play Store for Samsung devices running Android 7.0 Nougat+. It's pretty cool.

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Microsoft's Path Guide app for Android makes creating and giving directions indoors easy

Microsoft Path Guide Hero

Microsoft recently released a new app for Android called Path Guide, which allows you to easily create and follow custom routes for indoor areas that exist as linear instructions separate from a map. Think of a children's treasure hunt where each goal shows the next step, toss the whole thing on your phone, and that's the concept. Even more interesting, it makes the process of creating those directions literally as easy as taking a walk.

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It's not just you: Facebook Messenger is down in several regions worldwide

If you can't send or receive messages with Facebook Messenger, don't worry - you're not alone. According to DownDetector, which monitors site outages, Messenger is having problems in several regions worldwide.

As you can see in the above map, the vast majority of reports are coming from Europe, with a few from the United States, the Philippines, Peru, and Brazil. For some users, both the Android application and web app are malfunctioning, and for others only one of the two are not working.

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The Android app for ASUS' upcoming Lyra mesh Wi-Fi network system is already available

Everyone's getting into the mesh Wi-Fi business these days. Google Wifi was released last year, Samsung is working on a mesh router, and a hanful of other products from Netgear, Linksys, Ubiquiti, and others are on the market. Now ASUS is preparing to launch its own mesh network system, called 'Lyra,' and the Android control application is already live on the Play Store.

The short product page for the Lyra doesn't reveal too many technical details, but the feature set sounds similar to the Google Wifi.

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Google’s Printed Photo Book Feature Works in Canada for Some Users

At I/O 2017 Google said it will soon offer the option to make real-life printed photo books out of their collection of images.

Well, it appears the feature is currently live in Canada, at least for some users who are seeing the option in their Photo app.

As it’s shown in a screenshot posted by a Canadian user on Reddit, you’ll be able to opt for a 7-inch softcover square book with 20 pages for $9.99 or a 9-inch hardcover book with 20 pages for $19.99. If 20 pages are not enough, Google offers the option of adding an extra soft-cover page for $0.35 or a hardcover one for $0.65.

We also expect that the other new Photos features announced during the Google I/O 2017 will start rolling out in the next few weeks across multiple territories including Canada.

Perhaps the most interesting is going to be the inclusion of Lens. This feature will basically bestow built-in object-recognition, which means users will be able to learn more about the objects in their photos.

During the same event, Google also announced Suggested Sharing which makes use of machine learning algorithms to determine who appears in a photo, as well as suggest the people with whom you should share the image with.


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Samsung DeX Desktop Dock Lands in Canada for $249

Have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+? Then you’ll probably want to know that Samsung DeX dock – the one you can use to turn your flagship into a desktop – will soon be available for purchase in Canada.

The little dock supports Bluetooth and comes equipped with an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, two USB ports, as well as a USB Type-C connector for fast charging. It also takes advantage of a built-in fan which has the purpose of keeping the smartphone cool.

The dock allows users to take advantage of the phone’s Android interface on a larger desktop screen, as well as add keyboard and mouse peripherals.

If you’d like to get one for yourself, you should know the DeX is a bit more expensive in Canada than it is in the US where it sells for $150. According to Mobile Syrup who contacted Samsung Canada on the matter, the accessory is expected to sell for a price of $249 CAD which translates into about $186. DeX should land in Canada later today, so if you really want one, you should keep an eye out.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are great devices and the DeX just adds another dimension to their usability.


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Budget ZTE ZFive 2 Lands at Freedom Mobile for $170

A new phone has landed with one of the smaller Canadian carrier, Freedom Mobile. Starting this week customers will be able to pick up the ZTE ZFive 2 for $170 CAD a pop.

The ZTE ZFive2 is a middle-range device that doesn’t offer stellar specs, but it’s good enough to sustain standard activities.

The phone offers a 5-inch display with unknown resolution although we have to assume it’s 1280 x 720. It bundles a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It also offers 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

On the imaging front, there’s a 5-megapixel main camera, as well as a 2-megapixel selfie shooter. Even though it launches in 2017, the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, which is pretty disappointing. Still maybe the $170 price-tag will help you forget this aspect. Naturally, the phone is compatible with Freedom Mobile’s Band 66 LTE.

In case you don’t want to pay the full price, there’s also the option of paying $0 down for the phone and $5/month with MyTab Boost.

If you don’t want a low-end device such as the ZTE ZFive 2, you should know that Freedom Mobile also offers high-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6 if you prefer a phone with better specs.

[Freedom Mobile]

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