[Update: NVIDIA Says It's Not For Consumers] NVIDIA Quietly Updates SHIELD Console Site With $299 500GB Option


[Update: NVIDIA Says It’s Not For Consumers] NVIDIA Quietly Updates SHIELD Console Site With $299 500GB Option
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  • Update 1: 2015/04/23 5:26pm PDT

    It looks like someone at NVIDIA made an error. We’ve received the following statement from a company representative:
    A SHIELD partner development kit was erroneously listed on our website today as

As excited as many of us are for NVIDIA’s upcoming Android TV-powered SHIELD set-top box, there has been a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the rather measly 16GB storage option. We all know that modern games – even ones designed for mobile platforms – can easily clock in at two or three gigs apiece, filling that 16GB drive with just a few titles. Sure, there is expandable storage, but it’s just so convenient to have everything all in one place and not have to worry about SD cards, USB drives, and the like.

Looks like NVIDIA heard the cries of users, because it has quietly updated its SHIELD Console site with a new option: 500GB for $299. That’s just $100 more than the 16GB model, and it offers more than 31 times the storage. The only thing that’s unclear is what kind of drive it’ll be – possibly a hybrid drive with a 32GB SSD partition? Or will it be a 500 HDD? There’s even a possibility it’ll be the standard 16GB model with an external 500GB drive. At this point, you know as much as we do, so all we can do is speculate.

We’ve reached out to NVIDIA for clarification and will update once we hear something back. Either way, this little box just got a bit more interesting.

Update 1: 2015/04/23 5:26pm PDT

It looks like someone at NVIDIA made an error. We’ve received the following statement from a company representative:

A SHIELD partner development kit was erroneously listed on our website today as a product. For clarification, NVIDIA has not launched a 500 GB SKU for SHIELD. The website is being updated with our announced SHIELD product, available soon at $199.99.

So it looks like this was an option offered to a few partner developers (the kind that make exclusive games for SHIELD hardware, probably) and won’t be available for the general public. But take heart: the fact that NVIDIA built a larger-capacity model at all, not to mention the instant and mostly positive response from this little screw-up, means they might consider a SHIELD console with more storage space in the future.

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OnePlus 2 OxygenOS Update With Android Marshmallow Is Currently Undergoing Soak Testing


OnePlus 2 OxygenOS Update With Android Marshmallow Is Currently Undergoing Soak Testing
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OnePlus doesn’t ship its phones with plain vanilla Android. They run OxygenOS. No matter. It’s Android, and what people want from the over-the-air updates remain the latest version. Right now that’s Marshmallow.

Apparently OnePlus is soak testing its Android 6.0 update, which is going out as part of OxygenOS 3.0. A reader has reached out to us with these screenshots.

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In them, we don’t just see confirmation that the phone is running Marshmallow. We also see some of the tweaks that OnePlus has baked into its ROM. The images show off new wallpapers, a slider for alerts, and customizations to the homescreen.

The OnePlus 2 received Oxygen 2.2.1 earlier this month. The update added a few features, but it wasn’t much to get all that excited about. This latest release, when it lands, should be the real deal.

Sun sets on Sunrise as Microsoft rolls calendar app into Outlook


Sun sets on Sunrise as Microsoft rolls calendar app into Outlook

Sunrise app

Microsoft has announced a new version of its Outlook email app, which will fully integrate the Sunrise calendar app the company purchased earlier in 2015.

While that’s great news for current Outlook users, its unlikely to be welcomed by loyal Sunrise patrons as Microsoft will shutdown the app as soon as everything is integrated.

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However despite handing over the reins to Redmond, TechCrunch sources claim the Sunrise team is none-too-pleased about the standalone platform being shut down.

Those popular features should reach new audiences as part of Outlook, with Microsoft claiming almost 30 million people are using the app on smartphone and tablets.

See also: 15 Best Android apps

In a post on the Office blog Microsoft said Sunrise officers a fresh approach to calendaring that will assist with the “deep expertise” in email and calendar.

The post from Javier Soltero Corporate VP of the Outlook team read: “Over the coming months, you’ll see richer calendar experiences come to Outlook from Sunrise—including Interesting Calendars and connections to your favourite apps and services.

“You will also see improvements to Outlook’s ability to create meetings while on the go and handle meetings across time zones. All of this means Outlook will eventually replace the current Sunrise app.

“We will leave Sunrise in market until its features are fully integrated into Outlook, the exact timing of which we will communicate in advance.”

The new iOS app is out today, while Android users will get it early next month.

The LINE Is Drawn On MixRadio: Music Streaming Service To Be Discontinued In The Next Weeks


The LINE Is Drawn On MixRadio: Music Streaming Service To Be Discontinued In The Next Weeks
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Another one bites the dust. MixRadio, we hardly knew ya on Android. The service, which started as Nokia’s Comes With Music in 2007 then was renamed to Nokia MixRadio and just MixRadio after Microsoft’s acquisition, was later bought by LINE in March of 2015. After that, it went through a wide expansion, launching Android and iOS apps in May, joining the Apple Watch, Amazon, and Tizen platforms, and even starting web clients for Windows and Mac. It looked like things were going well for MixRadio, especially with its growing popularity in India and Indonesia, and over 5M installs on the Play Store.

But sadly, the truth isn’t as rosy in the background. MixRadio’s new owner, LINE, isn’t happy with the service’s performance and has decided to shut it down in the next few weeks. As for the termination’s reason, here’s what LINE had to say:

Nevertheless, after a careful assessment of the subsidiary’s overall performance, the financial challenges posed by the music streaming market, and priorities of LINE Corporation, LINE has determined that future growth would be difficult to ensure and decided to discontinue the MixRadio music streaming service.

The short press release says that LINE will keep on providing its own Music service in Japan and Thailand, but doesn’t offer any alternative for users in other countries or mention any transfer of licenses or workforce from MixRadio to LINE Music. It’s a sad end for what was a unique streaming service and the darling of many Nokia users across the world.

Humble Mobile Bundle Eye Candy Updated With Two More Games—Plus We're Giving Away 10 Free Codes [Update: Winners]


Humble Mobile Bundle Eye Candy Updated With Two More Games—Plus We’re Giving Away 10 Free Codes [Update: Winners]
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The most recent Humble Mobile Bundle has been live for a week, and that means two things. First, there are more games in the bundle. Second, we’re giving away 10 codes that entitle you to the full selection of games. Yay.

This is the “eye candy” bundle, so the newly added games are visually impressive. You’ve got the adventure game Doggins, which features an adorable dog and lots of handcrafted animations. The other new arrival is Odd Bot Out, which is an adventure-puzzler about a funny little robot escaping from the robot factory.

Both the new games are in the premium tier, so you need to pay above the average to unlock them. Anyone who already bought the bundle and paid above the average will have these games added automatically. Now on to the free stuff.

We’ve got 10 codes that grant access to the full bundle of games. If you want to enter the drawing for a code, just leave a comment below. We’ll choose 10 random winners on October 14th. Good luck!

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you’ve won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else – keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don’t miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

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Kanye West’s new album hits Apple Music and Spotify after all


Kanye West’s new album hits Apple Music and Spotify after all

Kanye West

If you signed up for Tidal to secure exclusive access to Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo, you’ve a right to be a little miffed today.

After swearing allegiance to the platform, of which he’s a part owner, and claiming his LP would ‘never, never, never’ be on Apple, West has done a u-turn.

From today the seemingly-evolving album can now be streamed on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play Music, prematurely ending Tidal’s exclusivity.

During the first 10 days of release the album had racked up 250 million streams on Tidal, while sending the platform to the top of the Apple App Store charts.

There were hints his stance was softening earlier this week when Mr. Kardashian released one of the album’s hits on the rival platforms.

See also: Tidal planning to become the next Netflix?

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For Tidal, who surely handed over a pretty penny for the privilege, it’s unlikely to have been well received either, unless the exclusive was only ever timed and West was telling porkies all along?

it’s hardly been a smooth release for the album, with West updating a number of songs over time.

There was also the little matter of Tidal charging some users’ credit cards twice, while others failed to receive the download at all.

Elsewhere in Tidal land today, Jay-Z has sued the streaming company’s previous owners, Schibsted ASA.

“Panther has learned that the actual number of subscribers at that point in time was significantly lower and that the amount represented in the due diligence documents were greatly overstated,” a legal representative said.

Schibsted disagrees, remarking due diligence was performed just a year ago.

Did you think this was inevitable? Let us know in the comments below.

[Deal Alert] Nexus Player Just $40 At Newegg After $5 Visa Checkout Coupon


[Deal Alert] Nexus Player Just $40 At Newegg After $5 Visa Checkout Coupon
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Who knows what Google has planned for the Nexus Player, but if you want to get your hands on the company’s media streaming hockey puck, doing so is becoming easily affordable.

Right now Newegg is offering the set-top box for $45. You can then drop that down an additional $5 by entering the coupon code VCOSINGLE15 at checkout. You have to use Visa Checkout for the discount to apply. Choosing a different payment option will return the price to $45.

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Once the unit arrives, enjoy all the Netflix and Hulu you want. Or try out less known services, like Digitally Imported Music, which added support for Google Cast just yesterday.

Sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. If you haven’t already, you can take advantage of the deal at the link below.

[Deal Alert] Lexar UHS-II SD And UHS-I MicroSD Memory Cards In 32GB, 64GB, And 128GB Sizes At Deep Discounts For Amazon Gold Box Deal Of The Day


[Deal Alert] Lexar UHS-II SD And UHS-I MicroSD Memory Cards In 32GB, 64GB, And 128GB Sizes At Deep Discounts For Amazon Gold Box Deal Of The Day
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Today’s Amazon Gold Box daily deal is all about Lexar memory, and in not-so-modest sizes and speeds. Nope, these are not your bottom of the barrel memory cards and flash drives on offer. Those most relevant to your phone needs, the microSD cards, boast UHS-I/U3 speeds, meaning they meet the second-most rigorous speed specification in the industry. The deals are good too, matching the lowest price Amazon has ever offered for them.

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You’ll see 32, 64, and 128 gigabyte variants of the microSD and the larger two sizes for the SD card. The microSD cards are, as previously mentioned, rated for 95MB/s read speeds in accordance with the UHS-I specification. The SD cards are the only step up from that, UHS-II, with the ability to read at 150MB/s. Both should be suitable for recording and viewing 4K video.

According to CamelCamelCamel, these are all at or below all-time low prices. The 128GB microSD card, priced today at $87.99, is far cheaper than its previous best price of $104.99. For both storage variants of the SD card, they are more than $20 below their previous low prices.

As Gold Box deals, they will be gone either by the end of the day or when Amazon runs out of stock, whichever comes first. Don’t forget to check out the USB 3.0 Lexar JumpDrives and Crucial SSDs that are part of today’s deal, as well.

Samsung Knox to be infused with Absolute Software security technology


Samsung Knox to be infused with Absolute Software security technology

Samsung Knox

Samsung has signed a partnership with Absolute Software to bring its security software to the forthcoming Samsung Knox Android mobile safety solution.

Launching later this year, Samsung Knox will embed Absolute Software’s patented “persistence technology” into the firmware of Samsung mobile devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 as a result of this new partnership.

Using the Absolute Software technology, Samsung Galaxy device users will gain access to AbsoluteComputrace or Computrace LoJack for Laptops, allowing them to remotely track, secure and manage their devices across the world.

Samsung Knox is what the company is calling its “comprehensive enterprise mobile solution for work and play”, ensuring Android security from hardware to its applications. It will be accessible via a dedicated app on the home screen and will offer separate business and personal use of a handset. Security Enhanced Android software developed by the National Security Agency and file encryption protection within Samsung Knox offers a variety of enterprise applications for a secure environment.

“As we expand our position in the enterprise market, our customers are demanding enterprise level security solutions. This is what Samsung Knox and Absolute deliver,” said Dr. Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of the Technology Strategy Group at Samsung. “Absolute’s firmware-persistent technology and managed theft protection services are a feature of Samsung Knox for our enhanced security software and services strategy for the enterprise market.”

Whether users are accessing emails, contacts, calendars, surfing the net, file sharing or using business intelligence applications, Samsung Knox will also enabled existing Android eco-system apps to gain enterprise authorisation for any business user.

“We are excited to partner with the global mobile industry leader, Samsung, to provide enterprise mobility management and theft protection solutions for their devices,” said CEO of Absolute Software John Livingstone. “With Samsung, the leading provider of smartphones and Android tablets, we are extending Absolute’s patented persistence technology across the full spectrum of smart connected mobile services.”

Samsung Knox will launch for Samsung Galaxy mobile devices at a currently undisclosed date later this year. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship handset, fully compatible with the Samsung Knox service will be released on April 26.

Android Market to overtake Apple App Store


Android Market to overtake Apple App Store

The Android app store has more free apps and will soon be larger than Apple’s, according to a report from app store analyst Distimo.

Apple’s store has led the field since its inception in 2008, offering thousands more applications than any of its competitors, but that could all come to an end if growth trends continue.

Google Android Market will overtake its key rival in just five months if this happens, said the report, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace growing to become the third largest store.

Android Market fans will be pleased to note that Google has already overtaken Appla in one key area, with Google’s store already featuring over 10,000 more free apps than Apple.  

Earlier this month, Nielsen released a report that identified Android as the platform of choice for US consumers.

SamMobile Reports That The Galaxy Note 5 And Galaxy S6 Edge+ Will Be Announced August 12th, Released On The 21st


SamMobile Reports That The Galaxy Note 5 And Galaxy S6 Edge+ Will Be Announced August 12th, Released On The 21st
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A rumor has been circulating that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than usual this year. Instead of debuting at IFA in Berlin sometime in September, it looks like the device will make its first appearance in mid-August. Well, now we have dates. SamMobile seems pretty confident that the Note 5 will get announced on August 12th before hitting store shelves on the 21st. And it won’t be alone. The rumored Galaxy S6 Edge+ is apparently coming along for the ride.

Despite the differences in name, think of both devices as larger versions of the S6 and S6 Edge. Neither will have microSD card slots, and the Note 5 will reportedly have an extremely thin screen bezel, just like the recently-announced Galaxy A8. Build quality will more closely resemble this year’s flagship rather than last year’s Note.

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The Galaxy A8. This year’s Note will reportedly have similarly thin bezels.

Both the Note 5 and the S6 Edge+ will be powered by an Exynos 7420 processor. The latter comes with 3GB of RAM, while the former will raise the bar with 4GB instead. Both will come with a 5.67-inch Super AMOLED QHD display.

SamMobile says North America and several countries in Asia—including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea—will see the Galaxy Note 5 hit store shelves in August. Samsung Europe and Russia, on the other hand, don’t seem intent on releasing the handset that soon. That’s not to say it won’t come to these regions at all. There’s the possibility of worldwide availability sometime in October, like usual, or any point after that. Here in the US, we wouldn’t be surprised to see carriers slow things down. Of course, we have to wait for concrete information. Presumably news will come August 12th.