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3 years ago

Tell Google Now 'play some music' to launch an 'I'm feeling lucky' radio station

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Google Now

All Access subscribers will get the best experience, but it's a neat trick even for your own collection

Google is constantly working on the back-end service side of Google Now, as evidenced by the new key phrases you can say to the app to do things, even without an app update. We saw "take a picture" and "take a video" earlier this week, and now you can simply say "play some music" and watch Google Now start up Google Play Music for you and launch straight into music.

Google Play Music will be launching to play an "I'm feeling lucky" radio station, which is based on your listening habits and gives an "infinite" playlist of music. Google Play Music All Access makes this even better if you don't have a big music library of your own — and at $9.99 per month we're sure many of you are subscribers now. More than a few people are sure to take advantage of this feature when they just want to hear some music and let Google choose the tracks.

Via: +Google

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3 years ago

See the Galaxy S5 and Gear smartwatches at select Best Buy starting March 21

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Here's a chance to try all of Samsung's new devices at your participating Best Buy before they go on sale

While Android bloggers and journos may get a chance to rub all up on new phones before they are available, it's not very often that everyone gets a chance. But that's what select Best Buy locations are doing, and it starts March 21 — that's today!

Stores with Samsung Experience shops will have the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit on display for you to fiddle with, and this will be your only chance to get a good look at them before the "mid-April" sell dates.

While playing with a display model attached to a bulky anti-theft device isn't ideal, it's better than nothing, right? Hit the source link below to find your closest location so you can go put your paws on some new Samsung goodies!

Source: Best Buy

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3 years ago

Buying a Nexus 7 Folio case? Watch out for discoloration on your tablet

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Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners

The 'Bright Red' Nexus 7 Folio is pretty great, except when it tarnishes your Nexus 7

One of Google's official Nexus 7 cases, the Nexus 7 Folio, came out back in December as it started to build up first-party case offerings for the tablet. It set folks back a cool $49, but when I reviewed it I found that it wasn't as extravagantly expensive as it may seem at first glance. The case is solid, has sleep/wake functionality, a nice dual-mode stand and kept out of the way as much as possible. I liked the case so much I've kept it on my Nexus 7 pretty much permanently since then.

Fast forward three months, and I took the case off my Nexus 7 for a change of pace. What's that? Deep reddish-orange lines all around the back of my tablet. Around all four corners and everywhere there's a cutout on the case, a deep red line on my otherwise pristine black Nexus 7. I can scrub all I want, and the lines don't seem to want to come off.

The big culprit here is likely the slightly loose nature of the case because it has an open-backed design. The edges are pretty rigid and have a ribbed design on the inside to make them tough, but they flex just enough that they can move around on the tablet over the course of daily use. everywhere the case can flex, it's leaving its mark on the back of the tablet.

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3 years ago

Qualcomm updates Toq software with new release

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Qualcomm has updated the software for their Toq smartwatch today — both the Android app and the watch firmware — and have brought along a few noteworthy improvements.

Along with the enhancements and fixes that come with every update, today's release updates the Activity Tracker, updates the text conversation history, and brings a few new clock faces. To initiate the update, hit Google Play for the latest app and follow the instructions to update the firmware.

Source: @QualcommToq

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Experience teases the new phone on your existing one

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Take a sneak peek at what's coming on April 11

Some of us have had the pleasure of seeing the Samsung Galaxy S5 up close and personal, but for those who haven't this app is about the closest you'll get before April 11. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Experience is essentially a demo app showing off some of the new features of the Galaxy S5 on your existing phone.

It's not really interactive, since you're lead what to tap and when. But it does show off the new look S Health, the HDR Rich Tone, Download Booster and plenty more of what's headed our way. Sure, it's not an accurate experience when you're looking at things like the camera, but it does give us a look at some of the software and walks through how to do things like turn on Download Booster.

Grab it for yourselves from the Play Store at the link up top. If you like what you see, we're only about three weeks out from actual phones in hands.

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3 years ago

Amazon Appstore birthday deals continue with 14 paid apps for free

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Still get up to 60% off apps and in-app purchases on other selected apps

Amazon is still celebrating its Appstore's third birthday, and the next wave of deals are now available. Right now you'll find 14 paid apps completely free through the Amazon Appstore, worth over $50. (A subset of apps are also available in the UK from the Amazon Appstore, totaling £25 in savings):

  • POLARIS Office ($12.99)
  • Runtastic PRO GPS Running, Walking & Fitness Tracker ($4.99)
  • Swype Keyboard ($3.99)
  • mSecure - Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet ($9.99)
  • PrintHand Mobile Print Premium ($12.95)
  • Worms 2: Armageddon ($0.99)
  • Worms 2: Armageddon (Kindle Tablet Edition) ($0.99)
  • King of Math Junior ($1.99)
  • Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots ($0.99)
  • Dr. Panda's Airport ($1.99)
  • MONOPOLY ($4.99)
  • Sketchbook Pro ($4.99)
  • Ski Safari: Adventure Time ($0.99)
  • SpinArt ($1.99)
  • Battle Maiden Yuko Runner ($10.00)

But these aren't the only deals — as the birthday celebration continues, you'll be able to find other deals of up to 60% off on select apps and in-app purchases as well.

More: Amazon Appstore

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3 years ago

Reminder: The Android Central Podcast is live today at 4 p.m. EDT

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Just a heads up that the greatest Android podcast in the world is live today at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 1 p.m. for you west coasters and 8 p.m. in Jolly Olde England. We'll be talking all things Android Wear, Galaxy S5 release dates, and the upcoming HTC event in New York and London. And as always, we take your live questions about Android, mobile, or how to rebuild a hotrod (hey — it could happen) so be there or be square!

Join us and participate at the Google+ live event page, or you can watch right here on AC. See you all in a bit!

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3 years ago

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE review

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Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE

One of the best tablet choices available on the carrier, so long as you're alright with the inevitable Verizon cruft

LG's rethought and refreshed take on Android tablets, the G Pad 8.3, is coming around on five months old and is generally a known quantity at this point. That's not stopping LG from releasing a new variant of the tablet toting Verizon LTE though, and (aside from being tied to a single carrier) it's a cellular-connected version that many have been clamoring for since the original WIfi-only version was announced.

Luckily for us, Verizon hasn't mucked with things too much, and you're going to get the same solid G Pad 8.3 experience with this version as you would with any other. You won't be charged too dramatically, either — Verizon is asking just $199 with a two-year contract for the G Pad 8.3 LTE, or a modest $299 going month-to-month. At those prices with these specs and features, this may be one of the go-to tablets on the carrier. Read along and see how we feel about the combination of LG's tablet and Verizon's network.

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3 years ago

Sprint selling Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit from April 11

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Alongside its Galaxy S5 pre-order news today, Sprint has revealed that it'll stock Samsung's new Tizen-powered wearables from the same date, April 11. Sprint's pricing for all three devices closely match what we've seen from other carriers — the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are $199.99, while the camera-equipped Gear 2 costs $299.99.

Sprint will sell the Gear 2 in Charcoal Black and Gold Brown, the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit in Charcoal Black. And the carrier will have optional Wild Orange and Mocha Grey straps available for the Gear Fit.

Earlier this morning AT&T opened up pre-order pages for the new Gear devices, with prices around the same levels.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S5 price: $199 on contract, $649 outright

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Sprint this morning has announce its Galaxy S5 price — and it's right in line with what we've already seen. You'll pay $199 with a two-year contract — after a $50 mail-in rebate, mind you — or $649 if you're purchasing outright. Or if you prefer Sprint Easy Pay, the Galaxy S5 will cost $27.09 a month for two years, with $0 down.

Phones will be available on April 11, and you can preorder today. And for a limited time, anyone who purchases a GS5 on a Sprint Framily plan with Easy Pay will get a free Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (on a data plan with a two-year agreement).

Sprint's Galaxy S5 will be available in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White, and it'll be able to take advantage of Sprint Spark data speeds.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 cases now available for pre-order at ShopAndroid

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As we ready ourselves for the official release, we've added over a dozen cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 here at ShopAndroid.com, including popular names like Spigen, Incipio, Trident, Belkin, Qmadix and Amzer.

Jump past the break to get a closer look at some of the skins, hybrids, hard cases and flip cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 that you can call first dibs on!

Take a peek at Belkin's 2-in-1 Wallet Folio Case for the Galaxy S5 which gives you incredible protection against drops and scratches while providing you with plenty of storage space for your credit cards, cash, receipts, you name it. When it's not managing your loot, fold it out into your own personal viewing stand to comfortably watch movies or browse the web.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet on sale in the UK from £399

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Buy from Sony and get a 3-year warranty for a penny

Sony's latest tablet offering, the not-so-elegantly named Xperia Z2 Tablet, is now on sale in the UK. Sony has put it up for sale on its own online store with prices starting at £399 for the 16GB Wifi-only model. Double the on-board storage bumps the price to £449, while the 16GB LTE version will cost £499.

If you buy one directly from Sony, you can also take an optional 3-year warranty for just 1p more. You're not necessarily planning on keeping the same tablet for that time, but for a penny it's pretty much a no brainer.

For your money you're getting about the latest and greatest in terms of internals of any Android tablet. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM, an 8.1MP rear camera, 1080p 10.1-inch display and Android 4.4 KitKat. Oh, and as is traditional now with high-end Sony devices, it's also water resistant.

It's pricey, no question. But it's also a pretty stunning looking – and feeling – tablet. And it's crazy thin. For more, check out our first look from Mobile World Congress back in February.

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One (M8) promo box tells us to 'hit refresh' at 1pm ET on launch day

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Teasers suggest quick Verizon launch for HTC's upcoming flagship

As we prepare for the arrival of the new HTC One (M8) next Tuesday, there's evidence that the UK might not be the only country getting a quick M8 retail launch. Over in the U.S., at least one Verizon store has received promotional boxes telling shoppers to "get ready to hit refresh" on March 25, at 1pm ET. That's within an hour of the time given by British retailer Carphone Warehouse, which will be selling the M8 in London immediately after the launch event.

The source of the image, Android Central forums poster Joe the Insider, says his store is also receiving an M8 demo unit. All of which points to a likely Verizon M8 launch soon after the announcement, possibly even the same day.

As for the teaser image itself, it seems to show the new HTC One behind the fancy dot-based flip case we saw leaked a few weeks back. Leaked shots of the accessory showed various color options, and the ability to display the time and weather when closed.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Asphalt 8 update adds 'Great Wall' tracks

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 Airborne — Great Wall

Asphalt 8: Airborne is one of our favorite (albeit so in-app purchase spammy it's also sort of sad) racing games, and this week it got itself a pretty major update with new tracks, the promise of new cars, and a whole bunch new fun to be had.

And this time, it's all going down in China.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5, new Gear watches now available to pre-order from AT&T

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As promised, AT&T has today made the Samsung Galaxy S5 available for pre-order, along with Samsung's latest smartwatches, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The GS5 costs $199.99 on a two-year plan, from $25 per month on AT&T Next, or $649.99 outright. Meanwhile the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit cost $199, while the camera-equipped Gear 2 is yours for $299.

AT&T is offering the Galaxy S5 in black and white only — no sign of the more vivid gold and blue options at present. Elsewhere, US Cellular and RadioShack are also due to begin GS5 pre-orders today, with T-Mobile following on Monday.

AT&T's site shows four devices as due to ship on April 8, a little ahead of the global launch date of April 11. For more on the GS5 and Samsung's latest Tizen-powered smartwatches, check out our hands-on coverage.

Source: AT&T (2)

More: Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on; Samsung Gear 2 series hands-on

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