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Facebook’s lightweight Android app ‘Lite’ officially launched in India and Philippines

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Just less than a month after Facebook announced Lite, a lightweight Android app aimed at emerging markets, the company officially launched it in India and Philippines.

The app uses less data and hence works well even when your bandwidth is at a minimum, the social networking company claims. It is less than 1MB in size (430 KB to be precise), which makes it quick to download and load. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active battery life test

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active features a massive 3,500mAh battery. The rest of the rugged device’s internals are identical to those found in the regular Samsung Galaxy S6, so we were quite curious to put it through our battery test.

The 2,550mAh battery of the SM-G920 was sufficient enough to propel it to a stellar endurance rating of 73 hours. With roughly 40% more battery capacity than its non-rugged sibling, Samsung Galaxy S6 Active commands seriously high expectations. Read on to find out if the device delivers! Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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These are some of the best apps and games that came out this week. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 updated to Android 5.1.1: exploring the differences on video

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The Android 5.1.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been out for a while and it finally landed in our grasp so we updated our unit and took it for a quick spin. And we do mean quick as the changelog is particularly short.

We dug around the interface, tried shooting a RAW image and ran some benchmarks. Our findings are pretty slim – the 0.1 update brings only a handful of features. Read more »

Update to Microsoft OneDrive for Android adds Chromecast support

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Microsoft released an update to OneDrive for Android. Version 3.2.0 of the cloud storage app brings support for Chromecast.

The new build of Microsoft OneDrive will allow users to stream their multimedia from their mobile device to a TV that’s connected to a Google Chromecast or an Android TV set top box. Read more »

BBM for Android update comes with Material Design, new Private Chat feature

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Today BBM for Android finally starts looking like an Android app. Following a period of less than stellar looks, the app now fully embraces Google’s Material Design principles. A beta version with the new UI went out at the beginning of the month, and now it’s stable enough for everyone to use.

Thus, you can already find it in the Play Store. But the new paint job isn’t the only changed thing about BBM for Android. It also comes with a new feature called Private Chat. Read more »

Google Drive app update adds multi-file downloads, new sharing interface

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Google has pushed a new update for its cloud storage syncing Drive app for the Android devices. The key feature is brings is the option to download and send multiple files at a time.

Along with that, the Sharing interface gets a face-lift. You can now share a document to many people at once, while adjusting their editing rights. Added folks appear as a label stack making it much easier to see if anyone has been missed. Read more »

Original Asus ZenWatch can now be yours for just $149.99

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Now that Asus has unveiled the ZenWatch 2, its predecessor is probably (slowly) on its way out. Before it gets discontinued, though, it’s getting its price cut. And rather substantially. In fact, this is the biggest price drop we’ve seen so far for the original ZenWatch.

You can now purchase one from Amazon or Best Buy for only $149.99. That’s $50 below its launch price, and $30 less than the previous lowest price we’ve seen for it. Read more »

Google’s Hangouts reaches 1 billion installs in the Play Store

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Another Google app for Android has passed the 1 billion install threshold today. This time it’s Hangouts, following other apps such as Gmail. Apparently up until this point there have been only ten apps in this exclusive club, and only three of those aren’t made by Google.

Interestingly, all three are made by Facebook – we’re talking about the social network’s main app, Messenger, as well as WhatsApp. The last two of those are direct competitors to Google’s Hangouts, and it definitely seems like they are a lot more successful right now. Read more »

Amazon is offering yet another batch of paid apps and games for free

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Amazon has really been trying hard to expand its vast online store to the realm of Android apps – a niche mostly monopolized by Google. The etailer giant has been continuously running major promotions giving away select paid application for free and todays sees the latest such giveaway.

We have seen Amazon offer as much as $140 worth of software in previous promotions, so, it is definitely worth checking each bundle out as it comes. The latest installment has a value of just over $50, but includes quite a few quality apps worth owning, especially free of charge. Read more »

Facebook Messenger no longer requires a Facebook account

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WhatsApp and similar mobile-first (or mobile-only) messaging apps have pioneered the concept of using your phone number to log in years ago. But so far Facebook’s Messenger has required people to have a Facebook account in order to use it. Not anymore.

Starting today, you can sign up for Facebook Messenger even if you don’t have a Facebook account. After you install the Messenger app, when you run it for the first time, you’ll see the screen above. You can choose “Not on Facebook?” to be able to sign up using your phone number. Read more »

32GB LTE Nexus 9 can now be grabbed for just $379.99

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The original price for the LTE-capable HTC Nexus 9 tablet with 32GB of storage was a whopping $599. We’re quite far from its launch, though, so understandably that has gone down. But you probably weren’t expecting it to have dropped as much as it has.

Right now Expansys USA is selling this exact model for only $379.99. That’s $220 less than the initial price, and $120 less than this retailer’s previous pricing for the tablet. Read more »

Sprint drops the HTC One M9 to $99.99 with a contract

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We’ve already heard that the One M9 is doing anything but great for HTC in terms of sales, and now Sprint may have sort of confirmed that through its latest move. The carrier is now offering HTC’s latest flagship smartphone for just $99.99 with a new two-year contract.

That’s the pricing territory of mid-rangers you normally don’t consider unless you can’t afford more expensive top of the line offerings. Generally when a price cut like this occurs so soon into a product’s life, poor sales can be to blame. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android now lets you perform an app-wide search

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The Android version of popular messaging app WhatsApp now allows you to search across all your conversations. According to an Android Police report, the feature was possibly added in the version 2.12.134 of the app.

Previously, you could only perform a text search in a single WhatsApp conversation, but now when you start a search in the app’s Chats tab, you are also presented with results from within various conversations in addition to your contacts. Read more »

Latest Instagram update brings revamped Explore tab and better search

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Instagram 7.0 for iOS and Android has been made official today, and it should become available in both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store within the next few hours. The newest version of the popular photo sharing app comes with some pretty big changes, though unfortunately one of them is US-only for now.

The Explore page inside the app has been completely revamped. It now shows trends as they emerge, making it easy for you to follow current events and conversations through Instagram. You will see trending tags as well as trending places. Read more »