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Android Pay expected to come to Canada on May 31

Canadians have been waiting a long time for Android Pay, and it looks like the wait is almost up. Android Pay is set to come to Canada on May 31, according to internal documents received by MobileSyrup. Google made the announcement earlier this month at its annual developer conference, but neglected to spell out a specific date. If the leak is to be believed, Canadians should be able to use their Android phones to pay at contactless-enabled retailers starting early next month. It’s not clear which banks and payment processing…

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Google Photos for Android now offers easy archiving

Help eliminate the embarrassment of bad angles by archiving what you don’t care for others to see. Launching Google Photos can become a practice in vulnerability. The app tends to showcase the last batch of pictures you took, and if any are just plain bad or unflattering, it can leave you feeling exposed. The latest update to Google Photos helps eliminate this kind of embarrassment. Discovered by 9to5Google, now you can archive photos from appearing on the main screen. Simply tap on the ability in the overflow menu, or select…

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Best Android Phones Over $700

Update, May 2017: Article changed to better reflect a listing of phones costing over $700, rather than under $900. Galaxy S8 moves to the top spot, dropping the Pixel XL one position. The LG V20 and Galaxy S7 edge are replaced on the list. Best overall Best runner-up Best tough phone Best overall Samsung Galaxy S8 See at Verizon See at AT&T See at T-Mobile See at Sprint See at Best Buy The Galaxy S8 has futuristic hardware with tiny bezels that give it a big screen in a small…

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How (and when) to clear app cache or data on Android

Apps sometimes can misbehave. If it happens to you, here’s something to try. Update May 2017: This post has been updated to be in line with newer versions of Android. Every Android smartphone has an application manager that you can get to through the settings menu. It’s usually in the top level somewhere, though it can vary a little by phone. But once you get to it, you’re at the heart of the matter. This is where you can see every application that’s installed on your phone or tablet. And…

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Best Android Phones of 2017

Update, May 2017: The Galaxy S8 takes the top of the list, while the rest of the group pushes down one spot. The new Moto G5 Plus has been added as an affordable option. Best overall Best clean experience Best for less Best for basics Best inexpensive Best overall Samsung Galaxy S8 See at Verizon See at AT&T See at T-Mobile See at Sprint See at Best Buy The Galaxy S8 has slick redesigned hardware with tiny bezels that let it have a big screen in a small body, but…

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Best Android Camera

Update, May 2017: The Google Pixel is still our top camera, followed closely by the Galaxy S8. The LG G6’s dual cameras join the group, taking over from the V20, and the new HTC U11 hops on as a great camera in its own right. Best Overall Best runner-up Best for tweaking Best balanced Best overall Google Pixel See at Verizon See at Google Google’s Pixel phone comes out on top when you look at photo quality and simplicity of shooting. Interestingly, it does this with what would normally be…

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Android experiments bring out the weird side of Google I/O

A co-operative virtual reality game, an easily trainable neural network, and multiplayer Quick Draw! — come take a peek at some of the experiments on display at Google I/O 2017. What’s the best way to show off Google’s varying underlying technologies? Make them fun to use! Every year at I/O, Google dedicates a portion of the show floor to experiments submitted by various developers from around the world. I managed to find some time to try a majority of them in the Experiments tent. Here are a few highlights, as…

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Best Android Phone Under $700

Update, May 2017: The Google Pixel is still the best small phone you can buy, if you can find it, though we’ve also added the LG G6 to this list and removed the HTC 10. Best overall Best second-best Best discounted, last-gen Best customizable Best Overall Google Pixel See at Verizon See at Google Store I have good news for those of you ruing the day that the first phablet was ever announced. Google’s Pixel smartphone is a mere 5 inches, so those of you with smaller hands and diminutive…

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AMBER Alerts and Android: What you need to know

Emergency alerts on your Android smartphone are a good thing — even if they are a bit annoying sometimes! Every so often — or frequently, depending on your tolerance level — you get an emergency alert on your phone. That horrible blaring of the emergency tone, the buzzing the vibration motor, and then the grim news. Someone’s missing. Or there’s a severe weather alert headed your way. Suddenly and without warning, your phone’s scaring the hell out of you. It’s bad enough during the day, and downright dreadful in the…

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