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6 days ago

Controlling Android TV - Gamepad, App, and Smartwatch

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There are no crazy Logitech keyboards, glowing orbs with rotating tops, or motion-sensitive remote controls when it comes to Android TV. Google's vision of the future involves a D-Pad and your voice, with everything else viewed as extra. Through the ADT-1 we're able to explore how Google wants everyone to interact with Android TV, which offers a clear picture of the accessories and apps you can expect to be available when partners start releasing set top boxes for us to buy.

Google has finally given up on putting the modern web in the living room, and is instead looking to upgrade your entertainment center with some much more convenient hardware. The ADT-1 includes a gamepad to navigate the Android TV UI, but as we learned when the platform was announced there's an Android app and an Android Wear companion that make it so you are never far from the remote. Each of Google's hardware partners will be able to add on as they see fit, meaning there might be alternative designs for controllers or maybe even an Amazon Fire TV-esque stick remote, but through the basic three input methods you know the basics.

Let's take a look.

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6 days ago

'OK Google headset:' Imagining a different kind of Motorola wearable

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Motorola has finally revealed the date for its next big press event, and on September 4 we're likely to meet at least four new devices. The invite sent out today hints at the Moto X's successor, the Moto G2, the Moto 360 and something you'll wear in your ear. So far Motorola's efforts in the wearable space have been focused on the Moto 360, the lustworthy Android Wear smartwatch that's been turning heads (and making nerds impatient) since its April announcement. But what if Motorola's smart earpiece isn't just another Bluetooth headset — what if it's the company's first phone-connected smart earpiece?

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6 days ago

AT&T begins Moto X 4.4.4 rollout to everyone after successful soak test

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It was only a matter of time after Motorola started pushing out an Android 4.4.4 soak test that non-testers would have the update, and it seems that now's the time for the widespread updating of devices. We've received a couple tips now and seen posts in our forums that indicate AT&T is rolling out the update to those who weren't part of the pre-release soak test.

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6 days ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 6 adds three more Android games and revamps its app

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Last week, the Humble Bundle team launched their latest "pay what you want" deal for up to six Android games. This week, the team has added three more games to the mix and also revamped its Android app to boot.

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6 days ago

Xbox One YouTube app gets revamped UI, will roll out soon to other TV devices

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If you own an Xbox One and checked out the console's dedicated YouTube app sometime in the last 24 hours or so, you may have noticed that the app has an all new user interface. Today, Google offered more details about the YouTube TV app revamp, which will be rolled out to other set-top boxes, game consoles and smart televisions in the coming weeks and months.

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6 days ago

The best puzzle games for Android

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We're always poking around for great puzzle games on Android, and these are some of the very best available in the Google Play Store. You'll find a nice range of starkly abstract to friendly and cartoony, physics games and logic games, and just about everything else in between.

Of course, these are just our top ten puzzle games for Android; feel free to drop a comment and let us know what you're playing.

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6 days ago

Mobile Nations podcast changes and updates!

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We're going to be making some changes to the podcasts we do here at Mobile Nations — Android Central, CrackBerry, Connectedly, iMore, and Windows Phone Central. That'll no doubt excite some people and upset others, but our single, unwavering goal is to make better shows that you'll enjoy even more. We want to respect your time and your interests, we want to stay focused and stay relevant, So, with all of that in mind, here's what's changing!

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6 days ago

New Android Wear commercials show off smartwatch uses

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It looks like Google's getting ready for primetime with a series of TV-ready Android Wear commercials. Four videos have popped up on the official Android YouTube channel showing how you might use an Android-powered smartwatch while on safari, going out to a party, or surfing. The common tagline across all of them is "at a glance", which sums things up nicely. The above video is the longest clip of the bunch that takes snippets from the other three.

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6 days ago

HTC Zoe app released as beta — we've got a first look!

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HTC Zoe app

App provides a one-stop shop for sharing and remixing your video stories

HTC today is releasing its long-awaited Zoe app — used for sharing and letting your friends remix your video highlights — to Google Play in beta form. It's available for devices running Android 4.4, and not just HTC devices at that.

First, some background: Zoes were born in 2013 with the HTC One M7. They began as 5-second video clips that added a dimension to the Video Highlights HTC's gallery app would create, using photos, videos and Zoes to tell a story. (Samsung has done the same sort of thing on its phones in the past, and Google+ now does it on the server side, using your uploaded content.) Zoes also gave around 20 still images you could pick from. So they sort of were moving pictures, almost like animated GIFs, but not really.

With Sense 6 and the HTC One M8, Zoes changed a bit. They became a little more difficult to take, with the button for them moved off the main camera display. They also dropped the 5-second limit and require you to hold down the record button. Do it for more than a fives seconds or so and suddenly you're taking a traditional video, from which you can use whatever part you want in a video highlight. Same idea, we suppose, but that 5-second limit gave a better sense of context and purpose, much like Vine's time limit does. And the nomenclature became more muddied as well. Video Highlights are now Zoes, sort of.

HTC never did really get the sharing right, either. It initially tried an in-house Zoe Share site, but your content there would die out after six months, and it just never took off. But now, we have a proper Zoe app, which until today had lived as a stub app.

Let's take a quick look.

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6 days ago

HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition unveiled

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HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition

HTC has a history of teaming up with leading designers to produce unique versions of some of its top smartphones. And today the company has announced its latest design collaboration — a partnership with Singapore-based design house Phunk Studio to create a handful of limited edition HTC One M8s. The phones, of which only 64 will ever be produced, bear a unique etched pattern crafted by HTC and Phunk designers around the theme of "wonderment."

The limited edition Phunk M8s also serve as a preview of the design collective's upcoming exhibition, taking place in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong this year as it marks its 20th anniversary. Aside from the unique designs on the back, it's the same HTC One M8 we know and love, in glacial silver and amber gold.

We've got a full photo gallery after the break. As for how you can get hold of a Phunk Studio HTC One M8 yourself... well, stay tuned.

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