LG: V20 coming in September with Android 7.0

Late last year, LG introduced a totally new flagship smartphone in the V10 with a second screen and a focus on its camera features. This year, the V10 is getting a follow-up.

The LG V20 will debut in September. LG confirmed the news today, adding that the V20 will launch with Android 7.0 Nougat. LG didn’t spill any spec details for its upcoming flagship, but according to the translated announcement, we can expect the V20 to offer enhanced multimedia capabilities.

When it launched in 2015, the LG V10 offered several high-end specs, including 4GB of RAM and a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 display. It also had a focus on multimedia, with dual cameras that could capture wide-angle selfies and a 16-megapixel rear camera that was bolstered with lots of software features, like a full manual mode, electronic image stabilization during video capture, and more. Rounding out its unique features was a secondary screen above the main display that could offer app shortcuts, weather and time info when the large screen was off, and more.

While LG isn’t quite ready to talk specs for the V20, it seems likely that it’ll be a flagship in the same vein as the V10. If LG is touting the V20 as having a multimedia focus, we could see a large display and beefed up camera features similar to those found on the V10. The good news is that we don’t have long to wait before we find out exactly what makes the V20 tick.

What do you want to see from the LG V20?



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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Runkeeper, Twitter

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.

Runkeeper - Version 7.0.0

Runkeeper

What’s new in this version:

  • Running is better together, so we’re thrilled to bring you Running Groups to help keep you motivated! Pick a running challenge of your choosing, invite friends, track each other’s progress, and use the chat to cheer each other on. 

 

Microsoft Powerpoint - Version 16.0.7127

Microsoft PowerPoint

What’s new in this version:

  • Annotate with ink: Use your pen or finger to write, draw, and highlight with the tools on the new Draw tab
  • Save files on SD cards: With Android 5.0 and newer versions, save files anywhere on an SD card.
  • Discover more Office apps: PowerPoint now makes it easy for you to discover and quickly install all the Office apps available for your Android phone and tablet.

 

HERE WeGo - Version 2.0.10475

HERE WeGo

What’s new in this version:

  • HERE Maps has a new name, a new look and new ways to get around. We’ve added bikes, taxis and car clubs — along with all kinds of rich information to help you out, like taxi and ticket prices. It’s faster to find routes, faster to compare them and faster to get you moving.

 

Google Chrome - Version 52.0.2743

Chrome Browser

What’s new in this version:

  • Brought tab switching back into Chrome (Android L+)
  • Bug fixes and speedy performance improvements

 

Twitter - Version 6.7.0

Twitter

What’s new in this version:

  • See your Tweets when the lights go out. Night Mode in Modern Android delivers a dark color palette that’s made for reading in the dark.

 

Microsoft Excel - Version 16.0.7127

Excel

What’s new in this version:

  • Annotate with ink: Use your pen or finger to write, draw, and highlight with the tools on the new Draw tab
  • Save files on SD cards: With Android 5.0 and newer versions, save files anywhere on an SD card.
  • Discover more Office apps: PowerPoint now makes it easy for you to discover and quickly install all the Office apps available for your Android phone and tablet.

 

United Airlines - Version 2.1.9

United Airlines

What’s new in this version:

  • Fingerprint support comes to Android – access your MileagePlus account with your fingerprint
  • Various bug and back-end fixes.

 

Google Translate - Version 5.2.0

Google Translate

What’s new in this version:

  • Includes transliterations in Tap-to-Translate. Minor bug fixes. Android Nougat Support.

 

Microsoft Word - Version 16.0.7127

Microsoft Word

What’s new in this version:

  • Annotate with ink: Use your pen or finger to write, draw, and highlight with the tools on the new Draw tab
  • Save files on SD cards: With Android 5.0 and newer versions, save files anywhere on an SD card.
  • Discover more Office apps: PowerPoint now makes it easy for you to discover and quickly install all the Office apps available for your Android phone and tablet.

 

WhatsApp Messenger - Version 2.16.207

WhatsApp

What’s new in this version:

  • Reply to specific messages in any chat. Just tap and hold on any message and tap the reply button at the top of the screen. You can even tap on the quoted part of the message to scroll up to the original message.

 



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Samsung teases soon to be released Note 7 with new video

Samsung has released an official teaser video for the Galaxy Note 7, and while it doesn’t give us any new information on the device, it’s pretty entertaining.

Granted, we really don’t need much more info on the Note 7. Leaks have exposed pretty much every spec and angle of the device possible, so we know what we’re going to see at the Samsung event. All that’s left is official confirmation. The video does hint at waterproofing though, so it will likely share the IP68 rating with the Galaxy S7.

Watch the video above and get excited. We’re going to see the device unveiled in just five days, so we’ll soon know which rumors are true and which aren’t.



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Motorola releases two apps to manage your new Moto Mods

Now that the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are officially out on Verizon, Motorola has uploaded two apps to the Google Play Store to help you manage your new Moto Mods.

The Moto Mods Manager app will allow you to control the mods attached to your phone. It also lets you update the mods, which makes the mods a lot more open to new features and fixes from Motorola.

The Moto Mods Projector app is specific to the projector Moto Mod, and it opens a pop up menu when you press the button on the mod to control keystone and brightness on the fly.

If you own the device and some mods, hit the source link to download the apps!

Source: Google Play: Moto Mods Manager, Google Play: Moto Mods Projector
Via: Android Police

 



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Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid now available on Verizon

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a Moto Z or Moto Z Force, the Droid versions are now available for purchase on Verizon! Though pre-orders have been available for a while, you can now buy the devices online and in some stores.

Both devices feature a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display (though the Force has Shattershield tech), a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of memory with a microSD slot, and Moto Mods support. The camera is 13MP and 21MP on the Moto Z and Moto Z Force respectively, and the batteries are 2600 mAh and 3500 mAh. The battery alone makes the Force a good option, though you’ll lose the 5.2mm thickness.

Verizon is also selling Moto Mods, with 20% off your second Moto Mod. How many of you will be picking one up? Leave a comment!

Source: Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid



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Samsung reportedly releasing Gear S3 at IFA Berlin in September

The Samsung Gear S2 is a pretty solid smartwatch despite the fact that it runs Tizen instead of Android Wear. However, now might not be the best time to buy one, as the successor is reportedly launching in a little over a month.

The Samsung Gear S3 is said to launch at IFA Berlin, hosted between September 2 and 7. It will be another round watch with the same rotary bezel as the current model, but we don’t know what kind of upgrades we’ll be seeing.

With the Galaxy Note 7 not launching at IFA (only a few more days!), this device might be one of the bigger ones announced. So hold off on the purchase of a Gear S2, soon there will be a new model and discounts on the old one.



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Top 10 new Android games this week: Snakebird, ReRunners

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Train Conductor World

DescriptionTrain Conductor World is a high-speed train traversal puzzler; trundle, turn and track in this spectacular European adventure! Conduct and control the tracks, manage movement and watch your rail network grow.

 

Star Nomad 2

DescriptionSet in a dynamic open-world sandbox with an evolving conflict between three major splinter groups of humanity, players can freely be merchants, bounty hunters, pirates, miners, smugglers or wanderers.Your actions or in-actions, big or small carry consequences that are noticed by the inhabitants and factions. Empires will rise and fall, take a side, or sow the seeds of anarchy.

 

ReRunners

DescriptionRun, jump, and use devious weapons to become the fastest Runner of all time! Compete in breakneck, multiplayer races against friends and other people you don’t care about! Embark on an outlandish tale of good and evil, Tortoise and Hare, and fight your way towards the Race of the World, the greatest race in history! The fate of the universe rests between your thumbs!

 

Galaxy Reavers

DescriptionThe flames of war rage across the galaxy. All delays in war will be dangerous. Only to be a raider or a prey in Galaxy Reavers. Command your fleets and conquer galaxy with your real-time strategy!

 

Eden: The Game

Description“What if we could start again?” Find out for yourself in this, the official game of the series, Eden, where you must help your very own community grow on the same remote Scottish location. You’re responsible for prioritising everything they must do every day; will you have them constructing more camp buildings? Farming? Hunting? Scavenging?

 

Raccoon Escape

Description: Help the Raccoon escape the fiery pits where he is imprisoned! Connect the gears that will pull him up while avoiding various enemies. This is a fast paced endless runner where all your attention and skill will be needed!

 

Rocket R!ot

DescriptionKeep the outer space safe in Rocket Riot, the addicting tap and draw game. In this simple yet surprisingly addictive drawing game you take on the role of being a space controller. It is your job to direct rockets to color matching planets while avoiding other rockets and asteroids.

 

Snakebird

DescriptionWhat is the longest possible length a bird can be? Obviously a question only all the fruit in the world can answer! But where could all this fruit be hiding? Follow Redbird, Greenbird and Bluebird on a quest for an amount of fruit beyond any birds wildest dreams.

 

Guild of Dungeoneering

DescriptionBecome the ultimate Dungeon Master as you bribe, entice and coax your heroes through their adventures on a quest to restore your guild to its ultimate glory! Guild of Dungeoneering is a unique turn-based RPG with a twist: instead of controlling the hero, you build the dungeon around him.

 

THE GAME OF LIFE: 2016 Edition

DescriptionAttend college, accept a job and play minigames in this interactive app that is fun for the whole family. Watch as board piece characters come to life and make their way through the various stages of life on this spectacular, 3D animated reworking of the familiar physical board.

 



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Google Play Family Library lets family members share apps and content across devices

Google wants to make it easier than ever to share content, from apps and games to movies and books, with your family members. To do that, the company has announced and launched the Google Play Family Library.

With Family Library, sharing a variety of content, from movies, TV shows, books, comic books, and even games, is all a possibility. There are no additional sign-up fees to get it going. Just signing up gets a family on the right path, which includes setting up a shared credit or debit card with which purchases can be made from one device to another, and that content shared between them. Family members will be able to select their own personal payment methods, too, even if a family card is saved. And purchases made by the younger members of a family can be approved before finalized.

Users within a family will be able to add content to the Family Library and keep content private, too. That means a family can keep R-rated movies away from kids easily enough. The content can be shared between six different family members with Android devices, and movies, TV shows, and books can be shared on iOS devices and the web.

The Google Play Family Library is rolling out now, and it will be available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. You can sign up right here.

Google also took some time to promote its Google Play Music family plan, which allows for six members to share the subscription for only $14.99 per month. That feature launched late last year, but Google is now expanding it to Ireland, Italy, Mexico, and New Zealand.



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Nextbit Robin now comes in Ember red for a limited time

The Nextbit Robin is a unique device both in features and design, and now it’s getting an even more pop-and-awe color scheme.

Nextbit has unveiled the brand new Ember variant of the Robin. With this color scheme, there’s a solid deep-black neutral color for the main body, but there are bright red end caps to make it really stand out. Nextbit makes it perfectly clear that there were only a limited number of Ember models produced, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

The device goes on sale today and retails for $299. It’s worth noting that in India, Nextbit will be selling the Ember model through FlipKart, with sales beginning next week.

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One final thing: There’s an August update on the way that will let the Nextbit Robin support videos in smart storage. With the new software, old videos can be archived to save space on the device. There will be a local thumbnail saved to your camera roll, though, so it won’t disappear altogether. Beta testers can begin testing the feature now, and it should roll out to the public in August.

Do you plan on picking up an Ember Robin?

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Xiaomi unveils the dual camera Redmi Pro and Mi Notebook Air laptop

Xiaomi‘s long-running Redmi lineup expands again with another high-end device, and now the company has a brand new laptop headed to the Chinese market as well.

First up, the new Redmi Pro with a 5.5-inch OLED full HD display with 2.5D curved glass. There are three variants coming down the pipeline. The high-end variant features a deca-core MediaTek Helio X25 processor under the hood. There’s a fingerprint reader on the front, just below the display. The Redmi Pro also features 128GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, 4GB of RAM, and the battery is measured in at 4050mAh. It also boasts a hybrid SIM card slot and a USB Type-C port.

The other two variants will launch with some variations. Specifically, one variant features a MediaTek Helio X20 chipset, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. The other two variants feature 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, and finally the aforementioned 4GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage option. The base variant is priced at RMB1499, while the other two variants are marked at RMB1699 and RMB1999, respectively.

The other feature all variants share is a dual-camera setup on the back. The primary shooter is a 13MP camera, while the secondary camera is a depth sensor that boasts a 5-megapixel shooter.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air

The other new device is the Mi Notebook Air, a brand new laptop from Xiaomi. It boasts a 13.3-inch full HD display with edge-to-edge glass protection. The bezels measure in at only 5.59mm thin. It’s a full metal body, and the keyboard supports backlit keys, with 1.3mm keystrokes. There is one HDMI port, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and a single USB Type-C port.

Inside, the Mi Notebook Air features a GeForce 940MX GPU, which Xiaomi says supports Boost 2.0 gaming effects, DirectX 12, and PhysX for good measure. The Intel Core i5 processor can be clocked up to 2.7GHz, and it features 8GB of RAM. There’s a 256GB SSD inside, and there’s an expandable SSD slot, too. The Mi Notebook Air is running Windows 10 out of the box. It’s priced at RMB4999.

On top of all that, Xiaomi also announced a 12-inch variant of the same laptop, which Xiaomi says can last over 11 hours on a single charge. It boasts an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and runs Windows 10. It’s priced at RMB3499.

Both laptops go on sale in China on August 2.

What do you think of Xiaomi’s new devices?



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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.

Truebill

Truebill

Description: Truebill is the easiest way to find, track and manage your paid subscriptions and recurring bills. Truebill is the fastest and easiest way to take control of where your money goes.

 

RazerGo

RazerGo

DescriptionWe’re helping you be the very best trainer (like no one ever was) by bridging the communications gap with our location-location based chat app – RazerGo. Discover, team-up and chat with fellow Pokémon GO players in your vicinity today!

 

Swiftmoji

Swiftmoji

DescriptionSwiftmoji emoji keyboard helps you reach your true emoji potential. Get perfect emoji predictions based on what you’ve just typed.

 

SpareMin

SpareMin

DescriptionMaking conversations possible again through calls that are convenient, useful, and fun. No need to give out your phone number or email. Pre-screen people via their social profiles. Only take calls when you want – no more interruptions.

 

Ello

Ello

DescriptionThe Creators Network. Ello is a place where passion triumphs over conformity, and success is measured in ideas shared, not ads served. Ello is for anyone who respects, enjoys, or participates in the creative process.

 

Guardian Circle

Guardian Circle

DescriptionGuardian Circle is peer-to-peer safety. In many cases, your network is closer and can help you fastest. Know that you and your loved ones are safe, even when it seems like no one is around.

 

Masterpass

Masterpass

DescriptionMasterpass™ by Mastercard® is your all-in-one digital wallet that simplifies the way you pay, however you like to shop. Online, in mobile apps and now tap & pay in-stores using your Android device and a participating Mastercard (see banks below).

 

Prisma

Prisma

DescriptionPrisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Munk, Picasso as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art.

 

The Official South Park App

The Official South Park App

DescriptionThe Official South Park App is the ultimate hub for true South Park fans! Listen to hundreds of hilarious audio clips from over 30 characters, watch clips, and set reminders for upcoming episodes on Comedy Central.

 

Isotope – Periodic Table

Isotope

DescriptionThe periodic table of chemical elements itself is a genius invention but it’s appearance is seldom attractive. Isotope allows you to explore all the elements with a high quality user interface!

 



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