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Google now lets you know which Android apps are ad-supported

Google now lets you know which Android apps are ad-supported

When smartphone apps were first introduced, you were never very sure of what you were getting. This was especially true of apps that claimed to be "free". Usually these apps didn't have any up-front cost, but once you opened them up, you quickly found out that there were in-app purchases that you could spend quite a lot of money on. Eventually, all of the major app stores started warning users that there were in-app purchases, but what about ads?

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BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

This morning a set of photos of the next couple of BlackBerry handsets have been leaked - both with Android onboard. This bit of information should not come as a complete shock, as it's been all but confirmed that BlackBerry will no longer be making smartphones with their own BlackBerry OS. But the size and shape of these Android-based smartphones are new. They certainly don't look entirely new - they've got designs very closely related to the BlackBerry Priv - but they're newish nonetheless.

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Google Calendar for Android finds the perfect meeting time

Google Calendar for Android finds the perfect meeting time

Google Apps for Work and Apps for Education users have a new feature that is launching that will make it easier to find a time when everyone in the office can get together for a meeting. The problem now is that many people have to send emails to everyone or call everyone that needs to be in the meeting and wade through each schedule to find when people are available and can come.

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Nexus 6P with Snapdragon 820 seen at Geekbench

Nexus 6P with Snapdragon 820 seen at Geekbench

The Nexus 9 is gone. Google I/O is happening next month. Android N will be released next quarter. You know what that means, right? Yep, it's time for a new Nexus device and, since Google hasn't changed its pattern here, we're looking at another Nexus smartphone. Of course, there's the eternal guessing game of who gets to make it this year. But, it seems there's another angle to be looked at. An entry at the Geekbench site reveals a "google Nexus 6P" (with that exact capitalization) that bears a Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM.

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Nexus 9 leaves, Pixel C last tablet standing in Google Store

Nexus 9 leaves, Pixel C last tablet standing in Google Store

Are Android tablets in trouble? While there has always been an industry-wide slump in tablet sales, Android OEMs have always been churning out large slabs until recently. There has been a marked slowdown and distinct lack of high end Android tablets of late. And now, one of Google's very own tablets has left the building. The Nexus 9 has silently been removed from the Google Store and will in fact reach its support EOL later this year. That leaves the rather ambiguous Pixel C as the lone Android slate in Google's device and accessory store.

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Sources say FTC is expanding its Android investigation

Sources say FTC is expanding its Android investigation

Sources say the Federal Trade Commission is expanding its investigation into Google and whether it is using Android’s dominance to throw around its own weight. The investigation started in 2015; according to one source, the FTC wants a look at the evidence gathered by European regulators in their own case against Google and Android. Reportedly, FTC personnel have asked two companies for data recently, hinting at an expanded data gathering phase.

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IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC says this quarter is the smallest year-over-year growth in smartphone shipments since smartphones were invented. This doesn't mean that shipments are going down - not exactly, anyway. Vendors shipped 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16). This is slightly more than what they shipped this same time one year ago - 334.3 million units. Less than a million unit shipments difference year-over-year. That is, indeed, unprecedented. It would seem that everyone already has a smartphone. Everyone that would have bought one in the last three months otherwise, anyway.

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Android users can soon pay for Netflix with Google Pay

Android users can soon pay for Netflix with Google Pay

Netflix hasn’t exactly had the best year so far. Since they announced their intention to block customers from accessing content using VPNs, they’ve had a lot of backlash. They’re still rolling out a lot of new original content, which is keeping customers on board, however. Today they’ve announced that customers will have a new way to pay for their subscriptions, which should make Android users happy.

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Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Today Minecraft VR has been launched for the Samsung Gear VR. This is the first time the game has been available officially as a public build in the virtual reality realm, and it'll be coming to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or 5 or Galaxy S6 or S7 - or S6 Edge or S7 Edge. Just so long as you have a Gear VR virtual reality headset and a modern Samsung smartphone in the S or Note or Edge family, you'll be set. The app is available in the Oculus store now.

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Galaxy Note 6 details 2x phones, 5.8-inch screen, massive battery

Galaxy Note 6 details 2x phones, 5.8-inch screen, massive battery

It's just a few months now before the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 ends up being revealed by the company, just in time to battle the next iPhone. Just as it was the past several years with release timing, it shall be again - we have no indication at this time to the contrary. But what has been and was stopped may end up being brought back - more than one Samsung Galaxy Note in a year. Blasphemous? Maybe. Curved? Almost certainly.

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Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

The smartphone you see here is neither an iPhone nor a Google Certified Android device. It's somewhere in the middle and a bit off to one side. What we've got here is the Smartisan T2, a device that looks like an iPhone, runs a bit like an Android, and costs about what you'd pay for a high-end device that's a couple of years old. But this Smartisan T2 is brand new. What we have here is a unique proposition - a daring release in a market that relies so heavily on iOS and Android that we were shocked to find it in production.

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Let’s Not use Dolphin Browser as it records us in incognito mode

Let’s Not use Dolphin Browser as it records us in incognito mode

It would appear that Dolphin Browser has been caught - again - sharing information about what you're browsing on the web with servers in China. Back in 2011, Dolphin Browser was caught sharing every link you clicked, every search term you enter, and every page that you end up loading. They responded after being caught sharing this information with a sort of "opt-in" feature for what they suggested was a feature. Here in 2016, there's a similar "feature" in place that makes us feel like we're not going to be able to trust Dolphin ever again.

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