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[Specs Comparison] The Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, LG G5, And HTC 10

There are a TON of Android phone manufactures in the world. Yet, here in the US, only three have wide enough appeal to have their flagship devices sold by all 4 major US carriers (well, in HTC's case 3 out of 4). Those manufacturers are, of course, Samsung, LG, and HTC. Now that their 2016 flagships, the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, LG G5, & HTC 10 have all been announced, many of you will be tasked with the unenviable mission of deciding which of these three devices will be your next phone.

To help you with that decision, I've prepared a comparative spec chart so you can see how these three devices measure up to one another.

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Samsung Posts Patch Notes For Its March And April Monthly Security Updates For 'Major Flagship Models'

In a perfect world, every manufacturer would update all of its Android phones and tablets every single time Google posted an update to AOSP. We don't live in that perfect world, but at least some of them have paid lip service to the new monthly security updates that Google has been issuing for the last eight months or so. Samsung is one of them... as long as the definition of "monthly" is stretched to something like "eventually." The company posted March's security update notes yesterday (on April 13th) and followed up with the April notes almost immediately.

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Samsung Offering $30 Gift Card If You Start Using Samsung Pay Between April 15 And May 10

Samsung really, really wants you to use Samsung Pay if you've one of its newer phones. The best way to do that is to give away free money, so that's what Samsung is doing. Samsung previously offered a $30 gift card when you used Samsung Pay on a Galaxy S7, and now there's a slightly different version of that program targeted at people who haven't started using it yet.

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Crazy-Hard Platformer 'Super Meat Boy' And Multiplayer Dodgeball Game 'Stikbold' Come To The SHIELD Android TV

In a continuing attempt to establish its SHIELD hardware as a platform all its own, NVIDIA keeps securing exclusive games from indie developers. Today we get two, count 'em, two games that have become favorites on Steam and other download services: Super Meat Boy and Stikbold! The former is an old-school platformer with wicked difficulty and a biting sense of humor, and the latter is a 3D reinterpretation of retro games like Super Dodge Ball. Super Meat Boy costs a hefty $15 and it's available for the SHIELD TV and SHIELD Tablet, but Stikbold! ($10) is only for the Android TV hardware.

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CyanogenMod 13 Nightlies Come To The Moto MAXX, T-Mobile Galaxy S4, Verizon Galaxy S5, And GSM/WiFi Galaxy Note 8.0

Over the past week, CyanogenMod 13 nightlies have been released for several Android phones and tablets, breathing new life into what can be now considered old hardware. Most of the devices had CM12.1 prior, meaning that the jump they're witnessing is just from Lollipop 5.1 to Marshmallow 6.0, but the Verizon Galaxy S5 never had CM12, it was on CM 11 (KitKat) prior to this update. That must feel like a quantum leap.

Alright, now to the meat of the matter. The devices with new CM13 nightlies are:

  • Motorola Moto Maxx "quark"
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (T-Mobile) "jfltetmo"
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Verizon) "kltevzw"
  • Galaxy Note 8 (GSM) "n5100"
  • Galaxy Note 8 (Wi-Fi) "n5110."

These being nightlies, expect bugs and instability so you may be better off flashing them on devices that aren't your daily drivers.

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[Minor] Android N Dev Preview 2 Shows A New Icon When Your Recent Apps Screen Is Empty

Gather 'round people. There's a change in the second Android N Dev Preview and it will rock your whole world upside down. Oh who am I kidding, we spotted it and we know you guys like these teeny tiny tin-tastic changes in Android, even if they mean nothing to the way you use your device, so we're sharing it with you. Prepare to be underwhelmed.

If you decide to use the new 'Clear All' option in Preview 2 or if you manually clear out all your app instances from the Recents screen, instead of the lifeless "Your recent screens appear here," you'll see a graphic icon of recent apps with "No recent items" beneath it.

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Comparison: New Human Emojis From Android N Dev Preview 2 VS Old Yellow Blob Emojis

In its announcement of the second Android N Dev Preview, Google mentioned support for Unicode 9, including more human emojis, skin-tone emojis, more characters, and overall more realistic emojis. Google explained that developers should start taking advantage of the new emojis in their messaging and keyboard applications, and one of the most obvious examples is Google's own Keyboard which shows many of these changes.

First up, the emotions / faces panel sees more forward-facing blobs instead of the many emojis that were previously looking toward the left. There are a few changes here and there in some emojis, but most of them kept the same allure.

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[Update: Pixel C] [Flash All The Things] April 2016 Marshmallow Nexus OTA Roundup

The April Android updates are rolling out, but as usual, they are doing so in waves. If you don't want to wait, you can grab the OTA file and sideload it. Where can you find such a thing? We've got all the OTA links right below.

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[Specs Comparison] HTC 10, HTC One A9, & HTC One M9

The HTC family welcomed a new member yesterday – the HTC 10. From our initial impressions, it's a pretty sweet phone that packs some impressive hardware and software. However, the 10 isn't the only phone HTC makes, and it can be difficult to keep track of changes from one product generation to the next. With that in mind, I've put together a handy-dandy chart for you, our dear readers, so you can compare HTC's last three flagships spec by spec*.

FeatureHTC 10HTC A9HTC M9
Size145.9 x 71.9 x 9.0 mm145.8 x 70.8. x 7.3 mm144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm
Weight161g143g157g
Screen/Resolution5.2 inch/2560 x 14405.0 inch/1080p 5.0 inch/1080p
Battery 3000 mAh2150 mAh2840 mAh
USB Type/QC USB Type-C 3.1/QC 3.0Micro-USB/QC 3.0Micro-USB/QC 2.0
CPUSnapdragon 820Snapdragon 617Snapdragon 810
SoftwareAndroid 6.0Android 6.0Android 6.0
Memory4GB3GB3GB
Storage32GB32GB32GB
SD SupportYes Up To 2TBYes Up To 2TBYes Up To 2TB
Bluetooth4.24.14.1
NFCYesYesYes
AirPlayYesNoNo
DLNAYesYesYes
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Rear Camera12MP/ƒ1.8/4K Video13MP/ƒ2.0/1080p Video20MP/ƒ2.2/4K Video
Rear Camera OISYesYesNo
Front Camera5MP/ƒ1.8HTC Ultrapixel/ƒ2.0HTC Ultrapixel/ƒ2.0
Front Camera OISYesNoNo
Fingerprint SensorYesYesNo
Current Unlocked Price$699$429$499

As you can see, the HTC 10 is bigger, faster, and more powerful than its predecessors, but it also comes at a steeper price.

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Google Contacts 1.4.9 Extends Support To Devices Running Android 5.0 [APK Download]

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