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Google PlayStore Gift cards have found their way to Canada

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Google has finally started offering PlayStore gift cards in Canada, it’s about time eh ;-). Denominations of $15, $25 and $50 are available from selected retailers, including those which are listed below.

Best Buy
Shoppers Drug Mart
Target
Mac’s
Walmart
Future Shop

The cards apply credits to your Google Wallet account for purchases of games, apps, books, movies and music from the PlayStore. Possibly even devices we’re not sure as we’ve never tried.

For those of us at Team Android Canada that haven’t had credit cards at one time or another we just used Visa & Mastercard prepaid cards from these same retailers. So if PlayStore gift cards haven’t made their way to your local retailer you can always grab a prepaid Visa or Mastercard and just input the card like you would a regular postpaid version of said cards.

Posted from WordPress for Android by Paul “Kid Android” Deschamps

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Could this be the Nexus 5 or a prototype of another Nexus?

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This picture is now everywhere and it’s from the video Google released earlier today showing them putting up the kit kat Android guy which is supposedly the next version of Android 4.4. In the screenshot we see a guy holding what looks like a mix of the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 2013 and is definitely not a device we’ve seen before, Could this be the Nexus 5 or a prototype for it?
Did Google do this on purpose? Well we’re not sure they did as they have now taken down the video from YouTube which has us all questioning it’s being done purposely. If it is I’m so happy that it looks to be a 5″ display would be packed in there with the comparison of the Nexus 4. I just hope it’s 1080p full HD which would be amazing on a Nexus phone because it sure makes the Nexus 7 one incredible tablet.

What do you guys think, is it the Nexus 5?
Let us know in the comments below

Posted from WordPress for Android by Paul “Kid Android” Deschamps

Android 4.4 Kit Kat a reality or just a Google hoax?

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Seems today a new statue was placed on the front lawn of Google headquarters of our beloved Andy the Android guy looking very chocolaty and delicious. Google may be naming the next version of Android “kit kat” after the chocolate bar that many of us enjoy when we need a break. Is this real or just Google having some fun with us? I guess only time will tell when we see it hit our Nexus devices. Until then check out these videos and make your own  judgment, but I say break me off a piece of that because I love the idea.

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New Nexus 7 2nd Gen 2013 hits the PlayStore in Canada

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It’s a couple weeks now since the New Nexus 7 was launched & while it’s been available in Canada through retailers like Staples (where I purchased mine) & Future Shop (who needs to match their Web stock to actual stock so we don’t make a long drive for nothing) it’s now available to Canadians through the Google Play Store. The Wifi-only 16GB version of the tablet goes for $229, while the 32GB model will set you back $269. Both models are listed as in stock and shipping within 1-2 business days.

Those of us who couldn’t wait & grabbed it from retailers like Staples seem to have ended up paying an extra $20 for the 16gb model which cost us $249 + taxes. Still I can’t be too upset as its such an incredible tablet & IMO one of the best mobile devices ever put out, it’s well worth the money. If you haven’t grabbed one yet & are looking for a tablet or on the fence about upgrading from last year’s model I highly recommend grabbing the new model it’s fast, smooth, sleek &  stylish & we have a full review heading your way as soon as I can put it down long enough to write up a review & fit it into all the other reviews we have underway.

Have you already grabbed one, what do you think? I have yet to have any of the issues ppl are reporting, is anybody actually experiencing them?
Let us know in the comments below.

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This supposed Motorola Leak is obviously a fake, so why bother everyone?

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This picture is circling the Web and claims to be a leak of the Motorola Razor Ultra or some sites said the Moto X (which hello we’ve already seen the back plates of). I have no idea why sites are even posting this questioning it at all because it’s obviously fake as hell.
First the device is on an angle but the writing on the back is perfectly straight across as well as it doesn’t taper thinner as it moves away from the camera.
Then if you look around the writing it’s extremely obvious the terrible photoshop job as you can see the distortion around the words and even the Ferrari logo, as well as why the hell would there be a Ferrari logo on the razor or Moto X that’s only on the Motorola Ferrari model which has nothing to do with either device & is a separate device all together.
I’m just surprised every other Android enthusiasts site is even bothering questioning thus when it’s so obvious?
You can’t deny it but what do you think anyways?
Leave a comment below.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition

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Yesterday at Google I/O there wasn’t much in the way of product announcements, however there was one very interesting one. A collaboration of sorts with the #1 Android device maker Samsung. The New Galaxy S4 with a twist that should interest those who love a Nexus style Android experience.
The hardware is staying exactly the same as that in the original model, but the software will be a pure vanilla Android experience. So you lose all the features the device is known for, but that might not be as bad as it may seem. Samsung has received some flak over just how much internal storage said features takes up in the 16gb device. With all those features packed in leaves the user with around 8gb of storage from the get go. The Google Edition should leave users with around 14gb of storage.
Another great advantage would be in the update department where Google stated that the device will always be updated promptly with the latest version of Android.

If the device sounds appealing to you then you’ll want to check out the Google Playstore starting on the 26th. That’s when the device will become available & will sell for $649 in the US which is where it will first be made available with other markets to follow.

So what do you guys think of this device, is it worth the money considering it sells for the same as the feature packed model?
Do you care about the features of the S4 or is it the hardware  that draws your attention?
Let us know in the comments section below & stay tuned for more from Google I/O 2013.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 has already sold over 6 million units & Pure Android Galaxy S4 Perhaps

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Samsung had predicted they would sell 100 million units of the Galaxy S4 which seemed like it might be a little presumptuous if anything. Well maybe not as the newest flagship device has already passed the 6 million units sold mark in the very short time it’s been available according to a Samsung insider.

Still you might be thinking to yourself “ya but 100 million, I don’t know if that many ppl want a device with Samsung’s Touchwiz UI”, & you just might be right. Well here’s another twist to the story, a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a vanilla Android experience.
That’s right a Nexus style experience on the Galaxy S4 hardware. According to rumours going around at Google I/O Google & Samsung will announce just that at the event that begins today at 12pm sharp. If you can’t be at the event but you’d like to watch the live stream of the event you can do so here https://developers.google.com/events/io/ & find out for yourself if this rumour is true.
This would be great to have that kick ass hardware with a Nexus style/vanilla Android experience, it sure would leave the user with a much more acceptable amount of internal storage space albeit without all Samsung’s cool features.

Remember we heard talk before the Nexus 4 came out that possibly 5 companies would make Nexus devices? Well maybe it still could be true & we could very well see more than 1 vanilla Android phone this year.

What do you guys think, would you love to see a Galaxy S4 with vanilla Android & perhaps a few more phones with pure Android?
Let us know in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you guys.

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White Nexus 4 surfaces again, this time in a video

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We’re just hours away from Google I/O & finding out just what Google has in store for us this year. A video from Techviewme.com of a white LG Nexus 4 has surfaced on the Web that makes one think that this could very well be one of the small device upgrades Google will show at I/O (Video below) . I say small upgrades because Google head if Android recently stated in an interview that there will not be any “New” device announcements at Google I/O.

Back to the White Nexus 4, I personally don’t like when companies make white devices that are only white on the back of the device. Really what’s the point if with a case on it you won’t be able to tell if it’s a white or black model since they will look exactly the same. The only way you’ll be able to see the difference is if the case you use on the device is the bumper case available in the PlayStore. I Always suggest using a case on any phone since your always just one small mistake away from having to replace a broken display without one Nomatter what phone you have. This is especially the case with the Nexus 4 since it features a glass front & back so not a fan of the color change being only on the back here. However this may not be the only change as some have suggested that this new model may also be an LTE enabled model, but we’ll have to wait and see possibly later today.

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Google’s Android Play Store Play Store Turns 1 & the celebration has begun

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Happy Birthday to Google Play!
The Google Play Store turns 1 this week & are celebrating by having some sales on Apps, Games, Magazine’s & Books. As well as the great deals some games are implementating some Android related content into them. Check out this video to see the cool Android related additions some of the amazing Developers have added to their respective games.

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Swiftkey with Flow is on Sale, 50% OFF!!!!

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Do you love your Android phone but typing on a virtual keyboard isn’t your favorite thing?
Well you can make that typing experience much more enjoyable with a 3rd party keyboard, & the Play Store is full of them. I’ve spent a long time going through every one of them awhile ago & the only one that seemed to really making typing easier was SwiftKey.

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SwiftKey is a customizable keyboard that learns your tying style to highly increase prediction accuracy. It can be set to learn from various apps on your device such as Facebook, Twitter, Gmail & SMS. It takes time for it to learn & becomes more & more accurate over time. You should be able to get an idea of how great these predictions accuracy after a couple of weeks, so give it the time needed to work properly.
Other options in SwiftKey are the keys can be set to various colors & you can pick from 3 different sizes of keys & a few more great little tweaks.

*Now with Flow * Flow is now out of beta testing & included in this version available now. Flow is the same as Swype style typing where you drag you finger from letter to letter which some ppl prefer, I am not one of those ppl but it’s great to have that option.

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There’s a phone & a tablet version & well they’re on sale right now in the Google Play Store. You really shouldn’t miss the great opportunity @ $1.99, just half of their regular price.

Phone Version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey

Tablet Version:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey.tablet.full

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