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We've just rolled out the start of the second round of Talk Mobile, and we're going to start doing daily Hangouts once things are live.
The first Hangout is about to begin (around 1 p.m. EDT today). Keep on keepin' on and join us!
Popular third-party SmugMug app SmugFolio has graduated to official status, while also being updated with a handful of new features. Following an acquisition by SmugMug, SmugFolio is now the official Android app for the photo-sharing service. What that means is that the app will now wear the official SmugMug branding, but function just as it did before, and continue to be overseen by the same...
Skype this morning announced that it's taking its video messaging feature out of "preview" status and keeping it as a free feature on its desktop, Android, iOS and BlackBerry apps. (Windows Phone, oddly, is omitted.)
The feature records up to 3 minutes of video that then gets sent to a specific contact's Skype account either directly, or as soon as they're back online.
The June 17 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the LLOYD Flex Case for Samsung Galaxy S4. Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this case provides great protection for the Galaxy S4 from day to day use and accidental drops. The slim, light-weight design of the LLOYD Flex Case completely wraps around the device and protects the screen while face down. Features our very own Lloyd...
Welcome to Monday, boys and girls. For better or worse, we're at the start of a new work week. But we can help kill at least one hour of the day. The gang got back together Friday afternoon for our first Android Central Podcast in a couple weeks. This one's audio-only, and it's a great listen from directly within the all-new Android Central app!
So pour a cup of coffee and let us lead you...
Next round of LTE upgrades also announced
Sprint today announced that it's turned on high-speed LTE data in 22 new locations. They are:
Baton Rouge, La.
Fond du Lac, Wis.
Lansing/East Lansing, Mich.
Ask and ye shall receive. We've just rolled out Version 1.2.5 of the Android Central app, adding (among other things) a dark-themed widget, which you can see here.
We've also squashed a couple of pressing bugs. Want the full changelog? Of course you do.
Clove opening pre-orders for the S4 Mini at £390, expecting stock in early July
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is one of a raft of new devices Samsung has announced in recent weeks, and the first pricing information is beginning to appear in the UK. Clove has announced they are opening pre-orders now for the SIM-free and unlocked S4 Mini, which will cost a fairly pretty hefty £390 inclusive of VAT...
Qualcomm-powered LTE-Advanced handset headed to Korea 'as early as this month'
Samsung is aiming to launch the first smartphone supporting the faster LTE-Advanced wireless data standard, company co-CEO JK Shin has revealed. Speaking to reporters at Samsung headquarters in Suwon, South Korea, Shin said the new, LTE-A-capable Galaxy S4 could go on sale as early as this month in Korea. Reuters...
Entry-level device said to sport HVGA screen, 1GHz CPU
HTC is keeping the "Desire" brand around for its entry-level and mid-range line-up, as we've seen with the recent announcement of the Desire 600. But we've yet to hear much about the Desire 200 since that device dropped by Taiwan's NCC certification body around a month ago. Today Vietnamese site Thế Giới Di Động has what it says is video...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Jun 2013 11:54 pm
Be among the first to hear Jay-Z's latest, for free, from Samsung
Friday we told you that Samsung and Jay-Z had something in store, and it would be announced during the NBA finals game five on television. Everything has been announced, and it turns out that it's a pretty big deal. Jay-Z will be releasing his latest, titled Magna Carta Holy Grail on July 4, and one million lucky Samsung owners...
The second week of Talk Mobile 2013 kicks off tomorrow, and the discussion is going to center around mobile apps. With five days of awesome content lined up and sure to be some great conversations in the comments, we really want to expand your interaction with the whole Talk Mobile crew.
Starting tomorrow after fresh Talk Mobile content goes live we're going to do something we wanted to do for...
I need to know how to change the default option for choosing photos under Facebook Messenger. The current option is File Expert and I do not know how to change it back to gallery. I need help with this.
One of Android's best features is the ability to choose default apps -- but how do you clear defaults and choose again?
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Jun 2013 3:46 pm
The Nexus 4 may not do everything some of the others do, but it has one thing going for it -- the Android Jelly Bean experience
There are a lot of choices for folks looking for an Android-powered smart phone. None of us here want it any other way, and we know that a big part of the reason for Android's success is that it's available in hundreds of different ways. To take that even further,...
Advanced system of high-altitude balloons delivering 3G-like speeds to rural areas
The latest project to come out of Google may seem like an April Fool's joke at first, but Google is serious when it says it intends to launch an internet delivery service based on high-altitude balloons. Known now as "Project Loon" and coming out of the research arm of the company, Google[x], the initiative is...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Jun 2013 5:35 pm
When (not if) you lose everything on your phone or tablet, you'll be thankful you backed up the important things
We just got another heart-breaking email from a reader who has lost all their pictures and video because the SD card in their Android device went belly-up. We get at least a few of these every week, and it's horrible having to tell folks that there is a very good chance they'll need...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 15 Jun 2013 4:56 pm
Know everything you would ever want to know about your device hardware with CPU-Z
The folks at CPUID have been around for a while. Folks using Windows computers have been using their software to get information for overclocking their computers, optimizing performance, and getting hardware information to install Linux since 2009. Yesterday, they brought a beta version of their wildly popular...
Another diverse set of picks to give a try this week - see if some are right for you
It's hard to believe we're already half way through June, but that means we have another edition of our weekly app picks for your enjoyment. Every week the Android Central writers take a few moments to show off an app that they're using on their own device regularly, and we group them up to show off each...
Bluetooth SIG listing shows new 7-inch Nexus tablet alongside spec details
After dropping by the FCC a couple of days ago, the ASUS K009 -- a new "Nexus"-branded tablet, according to FCC documents -- has appeared in a tiny photo at the Bluetooth SIG. It's rectangular and tablet-shaped, with a front-facing camera... and that's about all you can tell. Squint really hard and you might be able to...
In honor of Father's Day this Sunday, all weekend long we're celebrating dads everywhere with a sale in our Shop Android store. That's right... until midnight PT on Monday, you can save 15% on ALL Android cases and accessories. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is use coupon code DAD13 at checkout. It's as simple as that. Enjoy the savings, and happy father's day!!
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