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    We recently produced a video tour of the newest Android N preview, and viewers were quick to point out an omission. This build of Android lacked a dark theme. This has been a long requested feature in the Nexus community, and we've seen glimpses of it pop up in BETA builds, but Developer Preview 3 has cut the ability to go dark. Why go dark? Some might see this as a throwback to the Holo theme days of Android 4, but there are some advantages in making a phone's interface dark. For folks using phones with AMOLED displays, where each pixel on the screen makes its own light, dark menus and ...

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    Windowed Android apps are officially coming to Chrome OS with Google announcing that Chromebooks can soon start accessing the million-plus apps on available on the Play Store. The Android apps will supplement Web apps to provide a variety of games and productivity solutions previously unavailable. And, unlike web apps, these apps work without an internet connection. A product manager for Chrome OS said that apps with sensor requirements (think GPS and gyrometers) will be culled from Chromebook Play Store listings. Touchscreen-equipped Chromebooks — beginning with the Pixel 2, the ASUS ...

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    Smartphones are mission critical communications devices for many people, and we're increasingly relying on them to get work done. However there are times where we just need to sit in front of a larger screen and a proper keyboard to accomplish certain tasks. Maybe that more traditional laptop or desktop experience isn't even necessary, it's just more comfortable. What is Continuum? In an attempt to address this disparity, Microsoft introduced Continuum with the release of Windows 10 for Mobile. Plugging a Lumia 950 or 950XL into a dock doesn't just share the screen with a larger monitor, ...

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    Digital Turbine Ignite. Three words that strike anger in the hearts of many smartphone users. If you're not familiar with what it does, it's an app that's installed on the carrier's side that automatically downloads and installs more "preload" and "postload" software, known disaffectionately by many as "bloatware". It then automatically updates those apps and adds more as time goes along. Well, good news. Turns out that if you have the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7, you should now have DT Ignite installed with an OTA software update to version MMB29M.G930VVRU2APD2. It's not a ...

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    Ask any platform, you know, if it could talk, and it would tell you that ecosystem is key to survival. Having the apps that people need in order to function is vital to the ability of a platform to sustain itself. After all, if a phone, tablet, or even a computer can’t do what people need it to do, people will go elsewhere. This is a bit of a no-brainer – not new information at all. Which led to the question – what vital apps are actually required for an ecosystem to be viable? What apps are needed in order for a customer to plant her flag and claim it as her own? We asked our ...

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    Incremental improvements between big steps in developer preview software are important to us, especially when it comes to mobile — remember that these improvements are supposed to make our lives a tad easier, wherever we are. So, if you're on the Android Beta Program and use your phone for quick interactions on the go, you might have some fun with these new features adds in Developer Preview 2 of Android N. And do remember that these features can come and go up through the final build in different shapes and forms. Calculator in Quick Settings If your OEM hasn't already embedded a ...

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    Walking dead platform BlackBerry 10 got another jab in the kidneys as Facebook has decided to stop support of the platform. WhatsApp, a subsidiary of Facebook, will also pull support from BBOS at the end of the year. Ever since BlackBerry introduced the Android-powered Priv phone, the company has been inching slowly away from actively developing its own homebrew. Representatives have said that it'll be Android-only moving forward. And third-party developers are taking notice. The INSIDE BlackBerry blog says that Waterloo remains committed to BB10 and that its dev community is "creating ...

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    Update: The Direct Download link is up and we'll be publishing things starting at 3pm Eastern. The iPhone 7 might be the leakiest iPhone yet, in that we're seeing quite a few shots of the camera and antenna bands. The Galaxy S7 Edge does battle with the S6 Edge+ and Note 5. Windows Phone users say goodbye to HERE Maps, and the camera on the Galaxy S7 is THOROUGHLY reviewed. We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and photography term definitions, and ...

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    After years of neglect, Facebook is finally porting over a new Instagram Beta app for Windows 10 Mobile phones. This is one of the first major iOS apps to be converted for fans of live tiles and Cortana, but Facebook did not use Microsoft's Project Islandwood tools to make the migration. Instead, Instagram developers used their own in-house Osmeta software. We know Beta apps comes with some level of instability, but is this port ready to handle your photo social networking? No... No it is not... It's not ready at all... Here's our first look at the new Instagram Beta for Windows 10 Mobile. ...

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    Google Play for Education was a program that sold Android tablets specialized for school use. But its partner vendors have gotten word that the program has ended. An executive at one of the vendors said he was trying to acquire a quote for an order. After a lengthy wait, ASUS and Samsung said that their products were "end-of-lifed" and suggested that the vendor look at Chromebooks instead. Google sent a missive to the vendor that said the Play for Education program was ending and recommended the same. The exec believes that the limited user capabilities and environment of the tablets meant ...

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    The Office pool has grown just a bit larger. ASUS signed with Microsoft to include the latter's suite of productivity apps. After a few bouts of fighting, so has Samsung. Acer thought it was time to do the same as it will begin pre-loading Microsoft productivity apps such as Word and Skype on its Android wares starting in the second half of the year (pictured above: the Windows 10 version of the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone). With that announcement, Microsoft went on in a separate announcement to say that it has notched its 74th licensing deal. It now has "strategic agreements" with ...

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    Update: We're currently reviewing the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL running Build 105386.29. Because our target audience is made mostly of general consumers, our device review policy restricts us from trying beta or developer versions. That includes 105386.36, which supposedly fixes these problems. We'll update this post if we're able to update one of Lumia 950 units on Insider or when an official release of .36 gets out. We've been lamenting how Windows 10 Mobile still feels so beta, even though Microsoft's said "see you latah." If you've listened in to our Pocketnow Weekly podcast, you can ...

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    Since Microsoft is deeply invested in developing software for as many popular platforms (minding its own, of course) as it can, it has to think about not only how they are run, but how they are marketed, too — how they're packaged and how they're presented, mainly. So, it's taken to producing a "Microsoft Apps" app on the Google Play Store. It's not just the Office suite that Microsoft offers. Keep in mind that it's the company running the Xbox, too. Beyond that, apps categorized in bins including Education, Finance and Health & Fitness. It's just a first-party portal for now, ...

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    ... is it over yet? Okay, here's something more interesting besides politics. Business Insider got a chance to talk with US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. In addition to dishing out on other candidates, he also showed his discerning tech taste towards the forerunner of all smart wearables (at least, that's what mainstream analysts are painting it as), the hot-as-ever Apple Watch. Bush has been pictured at several events sporting the wearable. He's also a little bit of a fitness buff, too. Here's a transcript on his "iWatch" thoughts: [The device] requires a lot more work than ...

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    Why pay now when you can wait until you have to pay everything else? Okay, besides this being the recipe to another subprime mortgage crisis, we're actually not technically talking about credit. If you plan on grabbing a few apps or anything else from the Windows Store for your Windows 10 device, if you're on Sprint, you can wait until your monthly bill comes up to pay for that stuff. Boku, a company specializing in integrating third-party service charges into carrier bills, has expanded its agree with Microsoft to route Windows Store purchases for Windows 10 devices to carrier bills. ...

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    Remember Steve Ballmer? Of course you do. Of course current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella does. Ballmer's the largest shareholder of the company. And while you may have slights against Ballmer's corporate management tactics, he certainly has a beef with Microsoft's financial reporting practices. Microsoft had its annual shareholders meeting today. The company projected an annualized rate of sales that would grow the company's cloud business to $20 billion by 2018. Ballmer is not happy that the Redmond giant would not disclose profit margins or sales for its hardware and cloud operations — ...

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    With the Mac App Store fiasco sorted out, it's time to refocus on the apps themselves. Specifically, how to find them. Online advertising offers a direct way for potential customers a direct land on your app's page. But what if you're promoting in that real life kind of space — ordering billboards and such? Moreover, if people find themselves in a situation where they'll "look it up later" for any reason, what are the chances that they'll find your application?   It turns out that Apple's working on improving those odds by ranking apps for factors not explicitly labeled as a ...

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    Third party applications have proven to be the secret sauce that can make or break a platform. As such, the easier it is for a developer to build an app for a platform, the more probable that a person or company will be willing to adopt a platform. Some platforms are just too big to be ignored when building apps, but it seems that there are reasons why apps reach iOS first and Android second in some cases. App developer Infinum recently published a small study that details the differences between the amount of work needed to build the same app on both iOS and Android. In a nutshell, he ...

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    HTC was one of the first of its kind to splay its native apps like Calendar, Scribble and Car (Mode) to the Google Play Store. This allowed for HTC to push out updates to individual apps to users instead of having to wait for a software update to do so. Given attitudes towards software updates and the tedious process of pushing one through carriers, you could say HTC began what was fit to be a trend. As HTC has done for updating apps for Lollipop, older devices should see updates to native apps in the light of Marshmallow. So far, only the Speak and Scribble apps have been updated, but ...

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    Let's face it: as much as we prop up the mobile operating platforms and their software updates, the best party has always been third party. We can always mention the good folk who cook up custom recoveries and mods, but we're talking about app developers in this instance. And for the longest time, when they've had to work on beating out bugs, adding new limbs to the feature set and basically just improve on the damn thing, there's always been a guessing game of when the drop would happen. Even the developer hitting that "publish" button had little idea except for "I dunno, maybe a couple ...

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    The debut of a refreshed Google Photos app during I/O 2015 also featured an extremely useful context algorithm. You could search up different locations, objects and even faces of people. There was also a big deal made about collaborative albums, too. While those have yet to get pushed to the public, there is now an addendum to the former feature we just mentioned. In the changelog for version 1.8 of the app, you can now privately group faces together so that you can remember the time you were hanging with your "BFFs" or chillaxing with "Family." This feature is in starting stages, though, ...

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    Samsung's sprawling ecosystem, Tizen, has had plenty of support from the company. How and why it continues to do so as its smartphone shipments are stagnating, we don't know. But the small platform has had a hero phone to coalesce around, the Samsung Z3. As it pushes into more markets, the hope is that the chaebol can corral all the money it can from mobile instead of a fair portion of the money it makes from Android. Part of the problem operating a mobile operating platform that few people are using? Little ecosystem. Sure, the web is all right there for people to use, but sometimes an ...

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    Third-party providers have app after app after app for consumers to tap into to know when their bus, train, trolley, ferry, gondola and/or teleporter in thousands of cities across ten continents and a couple of galaxies on — and this is more important than sarcasm — almost all major mobile operating platforms. Native apps, too. In 2015, Apple has rolled out transit directions to 10 cities and several systems in China. The roster has now jumped up by one city: Boston. It won't make the Red Line any more tolerable in rush hours, but at least, for iPhone users, there's one more thing you ...

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    Update 2: MaterialUP developer Victor Borga responded to our request for comment, saying: I change the logo "Google Play" to "Google Store" because I think the name is more consistent. Update: We saw in the comments of the original post that the user was running Cyanogenmod v. 12, which is compatible with a theme called MaterialUP, available here on the Play Store (still). Gaurav Garg, one of our readers, has been able to achieve the same results with the skin and has posted the screenshots below. Thanks for the support! All that said, it is a surprise in any fashion to have a new ...

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    A small tongue-in-cheek moment if you've found Apple's Move to iOS app for Android a little mean-spirited. The thought that Apple probably didn't take too much of its own work into making this app makes the company sound more pretentious than they are already perceived to be. Though, if you visit the app's page on the Play Store, you'll also see some Android fan subterfuge in the form of one-star ratings. Well, one "jonatthias" has decided to put an answer to Apple with the "Stick With Android" app on the Play Store. "Everything about Android is designed to be easy. That includes sticking ...

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