Solid but mid-range specs found under familiar black casing with a curved back
As we said when the first press renders of the Moto X hit the web, the leaks are just going to keep coming as we get closer and closer to its official reveal on August 1st. This time by way of the folks at AndroidPolice, we have pictures of the Moto X variant for AT&T (aka XT1058 or "ghost") with a whole...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Jul 2013 1:36 pm
New partnership will help keep your personal data, and your phone, a little safer.
Lookout and T-Mobile have a special treat for customers who elect to purchase Asurion PHP (Premium Handset Protection) or enroll in T-Mobile's new Jump! program -- a free subscription to Lookout's premium features.
If you're enrolled in the Asurion program, or have signed up for Jump!, and a current Lookout...
NVIDIA this morning announced that Shield -- its handheld, Android-based gaming system -- will ship on July 31, a little more than a month late. Shield originally was to ship June 27, but an unspecified "mechanical issue" with a "third-party component" pushed the launch into July.
Shield, which is one of the first devices to use NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 system on a chip, is a mashup of console-style...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Jul 2013 9:30 pm
Speculation runs from a new set of customizations for the CM everyone knows and loves (possible), to AOSP for the iPhone (unlikely), to a new custom ROM based on TouchWiz (wut?). The few people that know aren't saying.
We know it's something new, and it's coming. Good things often come to those who wait.
Fill the comments with your guesses.
Another device with uninspired design and LTE to fill out Verizon's end-of-year lineup
Verizon and LG have had a steady relationship of releasing mid-range devices to fill out its smart phone portfolio, and it looks like the LG Enact will be the latest in the series. Following in the footsteps of devices like the Lucid, Spectrum and Revolution, the Enact (aka VS890) looks to have a moderate...
A look at the best apps we have on our devices this week
Here we are once again introducing you to another edition of our 'Apps of the Week' post, where we break down all of the latest apps that the folks here at Android Central have been using. We ask each of the writers here at the site to chime in on Saturdays with an app that has piqued their interest over the last week, and let us know...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Jul 2013 1:55 pm
Apps that can alter the default security policy can be powerful and handy, but you need to know why they are doing it before you say OK.
I purchased the Unlock with WiFi app that Jerry recommended a few weeks ago. I haven't fully installed it to use yet because it asked to "activate device administrator". I wanted to be sure that was OK? What risks does it create to allow...
Doubles your Galaxy S4 battery life, protects your phone at the same time
Here's a quick look at the ExoLife S4 battery case from Exogear. As the name implies, it's a battery case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 that packs an external 2,600 mAh battery into a fairly svelte case.
It's a simple enough design. The case comprises as thin front that snaps onto the beefier rear. The phone slides into...
Points for creativity here. USA PRISM Plus plays off the recent NSA flap and attempts to turn the tables by randomly taking pictures with your phone and then Tweeting them at the @NSACareers account "to determine that you are not engaging in illegal activities."
The result is, well, pretty much what you'd expect. Random pictures, Tweeted at the NSA.
Wanna see what folks have been snapping? Ease...
Renders confirm earlier partial looks at the upcoming device
Now that we know Motorola is ready to spill all of the beans on the Moto X come August 1st, we were bound to see some press renders hit the Internet. Well-known leaker evleaks has just released these purported first press renders of the device, which reaffirm many of the design elements we've been seeing in the past few weeks. Just...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Jul 2013 10:23 pm
If you're using a ChromeBook or ChromeBox and are on the beta track, you'll want to check your settings. The beta track has been updated to version 29.0.1537.32, and brings along bug fixes, security patches and a handful of new and improved features.
For the hardcore nerd types, the big news is the move to the 3.8 kernel on the Pixel and the Samsung 550. Like all software, the kernel has more...
Build JWR66V leaks out, and there's already a flashable zip for some TouchWiz GS4s
We're still a few days out from the event we presume will host the launch of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but in the meantime we're seeing yet another leaked built of the upcoming OS. The second leaked build for the Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 was built on July 8 and comes with an accompanying kernel built...
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So that settles it. Moto's next big thing is set to be unveiled in New York City at the start of next month. Look closely in the bottom right corner and you'll even see the device modeled by Eric Schmidt late last week.
Needless to say, we'll be live from NYC on Aug. 1 to bring you full coverage of the Moto X launch.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Jul 2013 2:09 pm
Beautiful apps start with a beautiful icon, and Google's Android design team offers some great advice for all developers.
Google's Android developers are constantly working with the growing community of application developers and designers to help makes apps that not only do great things, but look lovely while doing it. Building responsive and unique apps is only half the battle, because you...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Jul 2013 2:36 pm
Todays large-screen Android devices can be a perfect remote viewer for your desktop, and it looks like a native app for Android to do it through Chrome is in the works.
Using your Android phone or tablet as a gateway to your desktop is already possible with apps that use various remote viewing protocols, but they all have one common barrier that keeps plenty of people from trying it -- the...
Get instant, hands-free MLB updates in supported Ford vehicles
Red-blooded Americans who drive a Ford and follow our greatest American pastime can now do both at the same time, safely. MLB.com At Bat is now accessible in Ford vehicles that support the Ford SYNC AppLink. This includes 2012, 2013, and 2014 models like the Fiesta, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty, E-Series and Expedition.
What a week. We've had exclusive leaks of Google and ASUS' new Nexus tablet. The still unreleased Android 4.3 leaked out on the Nexus 4. We got hands-on with the new HTC One Mini. And we've got the Moto X and a bunch of new Droids landing next week at events in New York City and San Francisco — and the latter could well bring a brand new version of Android, too. So there's a lot to talk about...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Jul 2013 12:15 pm
Thousands of titles, both new and old, are now available for reading on your Android, iOS device and the web across Europe.
We've been getting reports of Google Play Books showing up on phones and tablets in new countries across Europe since the beginning of the week, and today Google has made it "official" and announced that their book store and reader is ready to go in: Austria, Belgium,...