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4 days ago

Recon announces better camera images, ANT+ support, and updated production schedule for Jet

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Recon has just announced some updates to its production schedule for the Recon Jet wearable glasses. According to the company, despite the change in schedule, Recon will still increase the price of the Jet to $699 later this year, noting that customers who order early will still be able to lock in the lower price and get a free set of lenses with their order.

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4 days ago

Android Central 198: Strapped to your face!

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Audio-only stream below

Motorola finally gets things going by announcing a Sept. 4 event. Plus Samsung rolls out the Galaxy Alpha, OnePlus does another something silly, and we answer more of your questions live on air.

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5 days ago

Weekly sidebar poll results: Did you uninstall Facebook Messenger?

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Facebook Messenger

At the beginning of the week we asked everyone if they uninstalled Facebook Messenger after the fuss over permissions. Stemming from a nine month old article at the Huffington Post, Facebook was called to the carpet about the crazy-scary long list of permissions they required to install the stand-alone Facebook Messenger app. Phil did a great job of explaining why those permissions were there, and it all comes down to whether or not you trust Facebook with the broad permissions they had to have for their app to run. If you haven't already, be sure to give it a read.

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5 days ago

Virgin America takes Nexus 7 to the skies as 'CrewPad'

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It looks like Virgin America will be outfitting crew members with new Nexus 7 tablets, with the slates being badges as the CrewPad. The new CrewPad, which is based on Google's Nexus 7 hardware, will replace existing tablets in the fleet and provide crew members with a more efficient way to service guests on flights.

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5 days ago

The Mobile Nations apps suite: Collect 'em all!

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Mobile Nations apps

It's time for the weekend, and therefore it's as good a day as any to remind folks the Google Play Store has a new look to it. That and we have an excellent Android Central app that you should check out if you've yet to do so. And that's not all — we've also got them for all the Mobile Nations sites!

Everything's running off the same code base, so if you're looking for the latest in Windows Phone news, you'll find the same experience as you would in the Android Central App. That means the latest news and reviews, access to our forums and podcasts — and you can comment on stories, too.

We're still working on notifications — that should be the next major update you see in the coming months. We're also still working on integration search. We know, we know, that's been a long time coming, but it's also the sort of thing that takes time, because we need it to work between all of our sites, on multiple platforms.

Ready to give our apps a shot? Here's where to download:

Thanks for trying them out. And if you're so inclined, leave a review!

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5 days ago

Seidio Ledger Flip Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Seidio Ledger Flip Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Stylish protection with a somewhat unnecessary kickstand

 

Kickstands on a phone case can be a great way of propping it up to watch videos, use as an alarm clock at night and any number of other purposes. Sadly in the case of this Seidio Ledger case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 the kickstand isn't going to win any awards but the rest of the case is well worth consideration.

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5 days ago

Grumpy Cat offers viewpoint on Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook in new teaser video

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Barnes and Noble just posted up a new teaser video for their upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet and it features none other than Grumpy Cat who offers some thoughts on the device that's been co-developed with Samsung.

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5 days ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT!

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Android Central Podcast

Hey, you. Whatcha doing this afternoon? Because if you're not joining us here for the live recording of the Android Central Podcast, you're going to be missing out on a few things. Namely:

  • We'll read the tea leaves and see what Motorola has up its sleeve for its Sept. 4 event.
  • We'll break down what's new about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
  • We'll do our darndest to get Alex to say "aluminum" as many times as we can.
  • And then we'll feel bad about are continuous taking advantage of his great accent.
  • Accent? What accent. You're the one with the accent.
  • And we'll answer your questions, live on air.

So join us at 4 p.m. EDT (that's 9 p.m. in London), m'kay?

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5 days ago

Glympse announces Pebble app for simple location sharing

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It seems like it's tough to find a platform that Glympse isn't yet on, and with the expansion today to Pebble it's one more off the list. Building on its other smartwatch integration with Samsung's Gear line and Android Wear, folks using Pebble can now load the Glympse app onto their watch and quickly share their location with friends and family.

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5 days ago

LG G3 Cat. 6 (Snapdragon 805) review

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LG G3 Cat 6

We take a look at LG's supercharged, Korea-only G3, powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 805 processor

The LG G3 isn't old news just yet. We've recently reflected on our first couple of months with the phone, and in many countries it's only just making its way out onto the market. But the march of technological progress continues, not least in LG's home country of South Korea, where arch-rival Samsung already has its own 2K-toting, Snapdragon 805-powered version of the Galaxy S5.

LG's answer to the GS5 Broadband LTE-A is the G3 Cat. 6, a turbo-charged version of the G3 with support for Korea's super-fast LTE Category 6 networks — but perhaps more importantly, an upgraded CPU and GPU too. The G3 Cat. 6 is powered by a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, paired with Qualcomm's latest Adreno 420 GPU, a step up from the Snapdragon 801-plus-Adreno 330 of the original G3.

The G3 Cat. 6 is a Korea-only product, and LG tells us there are no plans to launch this version internationally. (Though it is available to import.) But that's not going to stop us tearing into the new G3's hardware and seeing how it measures up to the original. Read on to find out more.

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