OnePlus delivering Nougat to OnePlus 3 and 3T

OnePlus has announced that it has begun its rollout of OxygenOS 4.0 to the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The most notable change in OxygenOS 4.0 is the upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, which includes a number of changes and improvements such as a new notification design, multi-window support, and a more organized Settings menu. In addition to Nougat, OnePlus is also including status bar icon options and improved shelf customization.

The OTA rollout will begin today, with a broader rollout occurring in the days ahead. For those who prefer the beta route, the OxygenOS Open Beta 1 (N) is now being offered for the OnePlus 3T. As always, flashing is conducted at the user’s own risk and there is the potential for plenty of bugs in beta software, so take some time to consider your options before loading it on a daily driver.

Source: OnePlus, (2), (3)



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Sprint discounting LG V20 by 50% until end of year

Sprint customers are in for a treat. The LG V20 is currently discounted to 50% of its full price if you agree to two years of installments. Rather than the $33 a month you’d normally pay (for a total of $792), you’ll pay $16.50 a month.

If you’re interested in this deal, it ends on December 31st, so you only have a couple of days to take advantage of it. Hit the source link to pick up this device and let us know when you do!



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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Duolingo, Opera Max

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.

Periscope - Version 1.8.3.1

Periscope

What’s new in this version:

  • TELEPORT IS BACK – When there’s nothing LIVE on your watch tab, click on the teleport button to go to a LIVE broadcast happening in the world.
  • NIGHT MODE – Go to Profile settings and turn on night mode to watch Periscopes in the dark.
  • Fixed issue some users experienced when switching between front and back camera on Android 7+ devices.

 

Custom Quick Settings - Version 2.0.0

What’s new in this version:

  • Tile Actions – A tile can now have multiple actions, and switches between them on click.
  • UI Change – There’s now two screens in the customisation view, one is for presets and allows for setting up simple tiles, one is for advanced users and allows customisation – adding actions, setting custom labels, icons and states.
  • Live Tiles – Tiles that show the CPU speed, free RAM, Internal/External Storage space, battery & current weather conditions (BBC & Yahoo – pro only). 

 

Duolingo - Version 3.39.1

Duolingo

What’s new in this version:

  • New layout for the home screen
  • Challenge correct streak animation and bonus XP
  • Duolingo clubs

 

PhotoDirector - Version 5.1.0

PhotoDirector

What’s new in this version:

  • Now you can apply Live Blur and Skin Beautifying effects to your photos even before you’ve taken them with the in-app camera. Know that you have the perfect shot even before you’ve snapped it!
  • We’ve also added Overlays to the in-app Store so you can now explore even more creative options when editing.

 

Voice Access - Version 2.0.0

Voice Access

What’s new in this version:

  • New commands: Hide keyboard, Show keyboard
  • New Settings: Cancel on touch, Show keyboard when stopped

 

Opera Max – Version 2.4.44

Opera Max

What’s new in this version:

  • Added VIP mode to give you unlimited data savings and privacy
  • Additional changes in latest version:
    -Chargescreen improvements
    -Fixes and stability improvements

 

Instagram – Version 10.3.2

Instagram

What’s new in this version:

  • Stickers: No matter where you are or what you’re up to, add context to your story with stickers.
  • Holiday Fun: Make your story more festive with holiday stickers.
  • Hands-Free Video: A new option in the format picker lets you record a video without having to press and hold.
  • Text Enhancements: Add as much text as you’d like to a photo or video.

 

Sync for reddit – Version 12.8.1

Sync for Reddit

What’s new in this version:

  • Lots of multireddit enhancements!
  • Big updates to the offline sync manager
  • By popular demand the posts FAB can now be customized
  • Added new missing thumbnail icons
  • Added an icon picker to the settings (settings > general > Icon)

 

Hello Mars – Version 1.0.0

Hello Mars

What’s new in this version:

  • Added “Journey to Mars” session in showroom to show the history of all missions to Mars
  • Added “Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV)” in showroom with cockpit view
  • Revised voice over
  • Fixed spatial audio bugs

 

Dashlane – Version 4.8.0

Dashlane

What’s new in this version:

  • The logo has been centered when loading the app
  • More stable.

 



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Moto X (2017) revealed in new leaks

The Lenovo-owned Motorola has plans to launch a new Moto X in 2017, if a series of leaks is any indicator.

Android Authority and @OnLeaks have published factory CAD-based renders and video of what is being called the “Moto X (2017).” The official name of the handset isn’t known yet, so this device may launch as something other than “Moto X (2017).”

The Moto X (2017) boasts a similar design to the Moto Z, which launched this year, but there are a few key differences. First, the new Moto X will boast a thicker frame at 150 x 73.8 x 8.4 mm (9.5 mm with camera bump). To compare, the Moto Z is only 5.2mm thin, and the Moto Z Force is 7mm thin.

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The Moto X (2017) will apparently also feature a 5.2-inch display and a microUSB port, and not USB Type-C. It will also boast a 3.5mm headphone jack for good measure.

The report also expects that the new Moto X will be a mid-range handset, with Lenovo keeping the Moto Z lineup the flagship range.

What do you think of the renders?



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Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat update expected to arrive in January

Samsung has been running a beta test of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge for awhile, but now the test is coming to an end and a public release might be around the corner.

Now that Samsung is bringing the beta test to an end, it has emailed beta testers and told them that the public release for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge should arrive in early January. In the email, Samsung said, “We would do our best to distribute the official version in January as soon as possible.”

While there’s no specific date to circle on the calendar just yet, owners of the flagship devices at least have a general period of time to look forward to. Of course, while Samsung has plans to release the software in early January, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the update will actually arrive then.

Are you looking forward to the new software?



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Wileyfox updating entire lineup to move away from Cyanogen

With CyanogenMod discontinued and no longer supported, Wileyfox is in a bit of a pickle. The company used Cyanogen OS for its devices, and with that option now gone, the company is pushing forward on a strong note.

Wileyfox announced that it will be moving to a “purer” and “enhanced” Android experience. Whether this means the devices will get completely stock Android or a custom build of stock Android remains to be seen, but the entire lineup is getting an update.

“We strongly recommend that all current and future users accept the upcoming update request to ensure they are on-boarded for the future. This will include the ability to maintain the same experience as before and the added ability to partake in updates and upgrades to the software in the future.

“We will continue to push this update to your device, and for new users we again recommend they download and install this update upon purchase.”

Users will be getting an update that will move them away from Cyanogen. We wonder how many features will be lost in the process. This won’t be easy for anyone, including Wileyfox and its customers, so we hope that the transition will be as painless as possible.



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ZTE Blade V8 leaks with dual rear camera and metal body

The ZTE Blade V8 has leaked ahead of CES 2017, since we all know secrets can’t be kept in the mobile industry. The device is shown featuring a metal back, dual rear cameras, a 13MP front camera, and more.

The dual rear cameras is a feature many manufacturers are now using. One sensor is 13MP and one is 2MP. The second sensor is used for depth data to add bokeh and shoot 3D photos to be viewed in a VR headset. The second sensor won’t help with low light or detail.

Other specs given are a 5.2-inch 1080p display under 2.5D glass, a Snapdragon 435, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 7.7mm thickness, a fingerprint sensor, and Android 7.0 Nougat with MiFavor 4.0 on top.

We don’t know if the V8 will make it to US, but it looks to be a solid mid-range option. What are your thoughts on this device? Leave a comment!

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You can pre-register for Super Mario Run for Android

Earlier this month, Nintendo launched Super Mario Run exclusively for iOS devices, with no word as to when the popular title would find its way to Android.

While we still don’t have a launch date just yet, we’re at least one step closer to getting the game on our Android devices. Nintendo has launched the landing page for Super Mario Run in the Google Play Store, allowing Android users to pre-register for the title and get notified when it becomes available.

Unfortunately, the release date for the title is still only “coming soon.”

Super Mario Run is an endless runner title, with six different worlds and four levels in each world. There is also a Toad Rally asynchronous multiplayer mode where players race against ghosts of other players and try to collect the most coins in any particular level.

Super Mario Run will be free to download initially, unlocking the full game will cost players $9.99. It requires an internet connection to play, as well.

Do you plan on picking up the game when it becomes available?



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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Orconoid, Snowball

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.

Empty.

DescriptionEverything must go. A relaxing puzzle game to unwind with. Clear the room of all the objects by rotating it. If an object is not visible, it’s not there anymore.

 

Ookujira

DescriptionEarth is under attack! Evil alien robots from outer space are invading the cities. Human technology is inadequate to oppose the machine onslaught and only you can help. Join the resistance now!

 

The Filmmaker – Text Adventure

DescriptionRelive the days of classic gaming with The Filmmaker, a text adventure tribute to the traditional Hollywood “B-movie” in which players take on the role of young cinephile Brianna Auberon as she explores a haunted theater.

 

Snowball

DescriptionSnowball is a homegrown, hand-cranked winter pinball adventure from Pixeljam, the creators of Dino Run. Send your behemoth snow spheres through an epic kid-constructed bobsled maze of snowbanks, homemade wooden paddles, Tesla coils, igloos, railcars, and more.

 


Poly Water

Description Do you wanna fall into the Polygonal underwater life and feel the real power of water? Unlock new characters and discover challenging levels throughout the game. Collect coins to unlock new experiences. Stay alive to gain distance points and compete with gamers like you around the globe.

 

Five Nights at Freddy’s: SL

Description: Welcome to Circus Baby’s Pizza World, where family fun and interactivity go beyond anything you’ve seen at those *other* pizza places! Now hiring: Late night technician. Must enjoy cramped spaces and be comfortable around active machinery. Not responsible for death or dismemberment.

 

Orconoid

DescriptionOn Orconoid, along different levels, we must defeat countless armies of orcs and protect, thanks to our shield, the sorcerers of the kingdom. Smash the hordes of orcs who have come to attack us and expel them forever.

 

Gotta Eat Them All

Description: Simply tap anywhere to feed Leon. The aim of the game is to pile on weight as quickly as possible as you unlock new and exciting (and sometimes bizarre) items off the menu.

 

Hot Wheels: Race Off

DescriptionEverything you love about Hot Wheels brought to life in an awesome racing game: RACE 20+ Hot Wheels cars across 40+ insane physics racing tracks. BLAST OFF of boosters, loops, and jumps to stunt on the iconic Hot Wheels orange track. UPGRADE AND BUILD YOUR COLLECTION of Hot Wheels cars.

 

Honey Beellionaire

DescriptionIn this incremental clicker game you plan to become the richest beekeeper of them all… Or shall we say, a BEELLIONAIRE! With its super cute, crisp graphics Honey Beellionaire will win your heart and fill your pockets with golden coins.

 



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