8 hours ago

Gesture controls and how to use them in Cyanogen OS

Cyanogen OS gestures

Cyanogen gestures means your screen doesn't need to be on for your phone to be useful.

There are a handful of amazingly clever ideas out there for accessing certain parts of your phone as quickly as possible. Motorola's double screwdriver twist to launch the camera, Samsung's double home button tap, and LG's double volume button tap are among the best. Each of these behaviors are designed to get you access to the camera as quickly as possible, so you can go from pulling the phone out of your pocket to taking a photo as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately most companies stop at launching the camera, but there are plenty of other things users would like to be able to access with a single motion or gesture. Those with Cyanogen OS devices, or folks running CyanogenMod on supported devices, have a few more options at their disposal thanks to the gesture system on this version of Android. Here's how they work.

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10 hours ago

Phil's favorite Android Wear smartwatches

ASUS ZenWatch

So here we are, just about a year into the first generation of Android Wear smartwatches. I have them all. I've worn them all, some longer than others. And as I've said before it's interesting to see how much better design of the watches became in a very short amount of time, even while the internal hardware stayed consistent.

So let's take a look at the watches that have made my wrist tick (sorry not sorry), and why ...

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10 hours ago

Chromecast app adds backdrop picture history, customizable backdrop speed


A few usability improvements are hitting the Chromecast app with the latest update.

The new version of the app displays your current Chromecasts in a larger "card" style, with quick access to the settings and backdrops on each.

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14 hours ago

Ask AC: Do I need a special cable for Android Auto?


As we trudge through the early days of Android Auto, one question tends to pop up more than others in our Android Auto forums. And that is this:

Do you need a special cable to use Android Auto?

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15 hours ago

Amazon Echo adds TMZ, NPR and more news sources to its Flash Briefing feature


The Amazon Echo connected speaker can now offer news from more sources thanks to an update for its Flash Briefing feature.

Amazon continues to add new features to its Amazon Echo connected speaker. Today, the company emailed owners of the device informing them that the Flash Briefing option now has more news sources to choose from.

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16 hours ago

Upgrading to leather: Taking your LG G4 to the next level

Leather LG G4

Gone with plastic out of the box? It's easy to swap in a more premium back panel for your G4

In the weeks a head, thousands if not millions of buyers in the West will be getting their hands on the LG G4 in both plastic and leather flavors. But with the carriers likely to be getting their claws into the more attractive leather G4 variants, getting it might not be practical to get hold of your first-choice color or texture at launch.

Fortunately the G4's removable back panel means you're free to pick up plastic at launch and upgrade to leather later. That's what we've done with our grey plastic G4, swapping out the bundled polycarbonate rear for black leather.

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1 day ago

Alex's favorite Android Wear watches

Moto 360

For all its flaws, I'm still using Moto's Android Wear watch instead of its more capable competition.

I've used a fair few Android Wear watches since the platform first launched almost a year ago. I've gone from the imperfect and frustrating LG G Watch to the functional but slightly clunky G Watch R, before finally settling on the Moto 360. But the 360 isn't the only watch I'd recommend — there are a few others worth considering, many of them more practical than Moto's circular wonder.

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1 day ago

Android Central 237: The Google I/O Preview!


Audio-only stream below

The time has arrived. Or, rather, it'll arrive May 28-29. In San Francisco. For that is when the 2015 edition of the Google I/O developer conference is upon us. Or, rather, we're upon it. And so in this week's podcast we preview the things that shall come in the week hence. Or the things we think we'll see. Maybe. Hopefully.

If you at all care about Google and Chrome and Android and the Internet of Stuff/Things/Whatever, you don't want to skip this podcast.

And be sure to check out all our Google I/O coverage here!

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1 day ago

Android 5.1 is now available for the NVIDIA Shield Tablet


The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is receiving an update to Android 5.1, which brings a number of performance improvements to the device.

NVIDIA is pushing out an update for its Shield Tablet (both Wifi and LTE models) that improves performance and responsiveness, adds support for Android for Work and more. The update to Android 5.1 is available on the tablet now for users.

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1 day ago

Congratulations to our Galaxy S6 case winner!


Last week, we had a contest. This week, we have a winner!

Bret took you all on a lovely tour of some of the hottest Galaxy S6 accessories available right now. We asked you what your favorite S6 case in the store is, and chose one reply at random to win that case for their very own. It's time to see who won!

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1 day ago

T-Mobile approves Wi-Fi calling update for the Nexus 6, rolling out to small number of devices this weekend


T-Mobile has finally approved an update for the Nexus 6 which enables Wi-Fi calling, a small group of people will receive the update hitting their devices this weekend.

Customers have been waiting for Wi-Fi calling to hit their Nexus 6 on T-Mobile, and now the update has finally received approval. T-Mobile Product Evangelist, Des, has confirmed that a small number of customers will begin seeing the update hit their devices as soon as this weekend. If all goes well they hope to roll it out to everyone over the next few weeks.

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1 day ago

LG promotion scores you a free G4 battery, charger, and microSD card in the US


LG is offering a great deal to customers who end up making the LG G4 their next phone. For a limited time the company will be offering a package that both doubles the battery life and storage of the new device.

Unfortunately the new promotion is only good for US customers, but it scores them a spare battery, battery charging cradle, and a 32GB microSD card, for the low price of free. Customers who purchase the LG G4 from any authorized seller, such as Best Buy, Amazon, carrier locations, or LG's own site, will be able to redeem this offer.

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1 day ago

Pre-order the LG G4 from Best Buy and receive $100 gift card


Best Buy is now taking pre-orders of the LG G4, and to sweeten the deal they are throwing in a $100 gift card with the order.

The company is now accepting pre-orders of the LG G4 for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon for customers who want to guarantee they get the device the day it comes out. Both the Verizon and Sprint models show pricing of $199 on contract, while the Verizon model is $609 off contract and the Sprint model is $649. The AT&T model is listed at $22.34 a month with the leather back, or $21.00 for the plastic, both paid over 30 months with the AT&T Next Program. Full retail pricing for the AT&T model is listed by Best Buy at $669.

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1 day ago

Hands on with Microsoft's unannounced OneClip sharing app


This morning, an unannounced app by Microsoft for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 10 was revealed. OneClip leverages OneDrive to easily copy and paste documents, photos, text, phone numbers and more to share between your devices. We go hands-on with the apps on Android, Windows 10, and Windows Phone. Watch our video.

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