Monthly Archives: July 2017
Welcome to the 202nd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for the last week:
- Google Play Music and YouTube Red may merge together into a single service. It seems only natural. You can subscribe to one and get the other free of charge. Merging them would just ensure that less confusion ensures when new users sign up. Lyor Cohen, Google’s head of music, stated that they’re evaluating how to bring the services altogether under one roof. We say they should do it.
- Pokemon Go’s Chicago event was a disaster. The game’s servers were unable to handle the number of attendees present. Thus, many were not able to log on and enjoy the event’s festivities. The CEO of Niantic received boos when he was on stage. It was a fiasco. In response, all attendees got a Lugia for free, $100 in PokeCoins, and a refund for the event.
- Fleksy had a busy week. They received new ownership. The app also received an update. The update fixed a few outstanding bugs. A company called Thinthing now owns Feksy. They announced that they would use the keyboard as a base for a keyboard platform. We don’t quite know what that means. It may be something like social media. It may just end up bloated like GO Keyboard. We’ll tell you more when we learn more.
- The Elder Scrolls: Legends is out now for Android smartphones. The initial release was for Android tablets. It was reasonable to assume that phones weren’t far off. It’s having some early bug problems. Here’s hoping they fixed those up before doing a worldwide release. If not, just be patient. Bethesda has an excellent track record with mobile games so far. Fallout Shelter is still among the best out there.
- Google may bring auto-playing videos to search results. Apparently, Google doesn’t understand why so many people use adblock to begin with. The auto-play videos will mark Google as the latest site to start using them alongside most websites, Facebook, Instagram, and even Twitter. It’s not great, but at least some of their video results so far haven’t been too bad.
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If you are all about that bass (at least as applied to music) and you happen to be looking for a bluetooth speaker, then this deal is for you. Over at the popular daily deal site Woot you can pick up an NYNE Bass portable bluetooth speaker for a mere $69.99. This particular deal slid under our radar until now. But, if you are interested, there are still a few hours left to snag one.
[Deal Alert] NYNE Bass bluetooth speaker with built-in subwoofer and mic $69.99 at Woot ($60 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
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From its mirror finish and solid build quality to its great audio and software experience, there is plenty to like about the HTC U11. An upcoming software update unofficially announced through an FCC filing, however, revealed the phone will have another feather in its cap: Bluetooth 5.
As our own Gary Sims eloquently puts it, today’s Bluetooth comes in two flavors: “Classic” and “Low Energy.” The former enables things like keyboards, mice, headsets, and speakers to communicate to other devices, while the latter, referred to as BLE, uses relatively less power and is designed for wearables and beacons.
How fast is Bluetooth 5 on the Galaxy S8? – Gary explains
Where Bluetooth 5, unveiled by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) around this time in 2016, mostly comes in is in the boost to BLE’s range and data speeds. Thankfully, those performance increases do not lead to increased power consumption – Bluetooth 5 uses, at most, 2.5 times less power than its predecessor.
Since the new Bluetooth 5 chip set became available early in 2017, however, we have yet to see a slew of devices that support the new standard. The standard also has yet to significantly trickle down to the likes of headphones and wearables, so even though phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 support Bluetooth 5, it is not much use if other devices do not.
The U11 will encounter that same conundrum once its software update lands, with the update not requiring any hardware change on HTC’s part. That probably means the hardware was already built-in, but a software update was needed to kick it into gear.
Bluetooth 5 does somewhat future-proof the U11, particularly for those who will hold onto it for more than a year, since future accessories will support the new standard. Keep in mind that the FCC filing does not say when the software update will land, but it should be sooner rather than later.
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One of the lesser appreciated features on an Android device is the IR blaster. It has a lot of uses. One of those is to control your TV. There are a variety of apps that are capable of it. However, there are also a ton of TV brands. That can make it hard to find a good pairing. Here, we round up the best TV remote apps for Android and at least one of these should work for you.
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If we missed any of the best TV remote apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! This is an update of a formerly written article, so check the comments for some suggestions from our readers! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!
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With smartphone makers seemingly dropping the headphone jack left and right lately, I’ve come to wonder if Bluetooth headphones are ready to swing in and replace our trusty wired headsets. I’ve been trying out a few popular sets of Bluetooth earbuds from companies like JLab and Jaybird, and while I understand the appeal over traditional wired headphones, I also see the downsides.
That’s not to speak of over and on-ear Bluetooth headphones, which are definitely seeing a steady uptick in popularity.
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