Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will automatically flag cold calls

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During its Unpacked event last night, Samsung revealed that it has baked a nifty new software tweak into the firmware that will ship on board both its recently-announced flagship smartphones of 2016, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. This feature is called Whitepages and automatically filters any spam or fraudulent calls, thus making it easier than ever to avoid cold callers.

Talk Android Apps of the Week: February 21, 2016

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It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention a unique stock keyboard replacement, a fun photo manipulation tool, a must-have companion for all Amazon Prime Now subscribers and last, but not least, a fun survival game.

HTC rolls out Marshmallow OTA for the One A9 in Canada

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Leon Rosenzwaig, Director of Product Management at HTC, has just announced that the Taiwanese company is in the midst of rolling out the Marshmallow update to all unlocked variants of the One A9 located in Canada. In addition to bringing the latest build of Android to the handset, the upgrade also bundles February’s security patch, which nips the critical bug that permitted devices to be remotely accessed by a simple text message in the bud.

Facebook is gearing up to implement advertisements in its Messenger application

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According to a recent report, Facebook is currently in the final stages of making the relevant changes to implement advertisements in its Messenger application for Android and iOS. Once introduced, the ads will reach around 800-million regular users. However, only one ad block will be displayed per day, which means that we thankfully won’t be bombarded with ads whenever we send or receive a message.

NVIDIA starts redistributing Marshmallow update for the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Tablet K1

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Earlier this month, NVIDIA started pushing out the Marshmallow update for both the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Tablet K1 in Asia, Europe, North America and America, but, annoyingly, just a couple of days into the rollout, it was forced to pull the firmware as many users were reporting Wi-Fi connectivity issues with their devices following a successful installation.

Thankfully, it looks like all the bugs have now been squashed and the build has at last been deemed stable enough for public release as the American manufacturer has today started redistributing the long-awaited Android 6.0.1 upgrade for its two gaming slates in the aforementioned regions.

Skype updates its Android application with support for group video calling

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Skype is in the midst of rolling out an update for its official Android client via the Play Store. This upgrade brings group video calling to your handset, in addition to a plethora of much-needed bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations which are all aimed at improving the reliability of placing calls whilst using a cellular connection.

Huawei rolls out February security update for the Mate 8

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has been making good on its promise to distribute Google’s monthly security updates for its flagship smartphones, and today has started rolling out February’s patches for the Mate 8. This upgrade’s objective is to fix a multitude of “critical bugs” present in the open-source operating system, which, if not dealt with, could have permitted devices to be remotely accessed by a simple text message. It also addresses users concerns regarding privilege escalation as it plasters over any previous holes exposing the resources that had the facility to brick a handset if tampered with.

Telus publishes update schedule for the Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 and LG G3

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With Marshmallow rollouts well underway for the Alcatel Idol 3, HTC One M8, HTC One M9, LG G4 and Moto G (2015), Telus has today published a new roadmap for the next batch of devices it plans to push the long-awaited upgrade to. The table reveals that the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 head the next set of candidates to receive the firmware on March 9. The operator will then distribute the update to the Galaxy S6 Edge and LG G3 on March 16, followed by the standard Galaxy S6 on April 13.

Ashton Kutcher shares his favourite Motorola smartphone features

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Ashton Kutcher has been a Product Engineer for Lenovo for over two-years and during that time he’s helped develop the Yoga family of Android-powered tablets. Now, however, he’s focusing his attention on smartphones. Earlier today, Kutcher published a post on Motorola’s official blog in which he explained that the company has been at the forefront of emerging handheld technology for the past 3o-years, and that he will be spending most of 2016 in the Moto Labs, listening to consumer feedback, to aid future handset enhancement.