Recent Articles | Android Central

Pre-order BlackBerry DTEK50 for $299 | Shop Chromebooks: Asus Flip | Acer 14 | Dell 13

Headlines

2 years ago

HTC One Max for Chinese market pictured

92

A bigger screen and faster processor set the one Max apart from the current HTC One models

A Chinese variant of the HTC One Max has been spotted by the folks at ePrice. Looking very much like the HTC One the world already knows, the Max (also known as the T6) does have some key differences. Besides the removable back cover, dual-SIM variation, and SD card support we would expect in an Asian version, the processor and screen have both received a major bump compared to the current model. The HTC One Max is said to have a Snapdragon 800 running at 2.3GHz, and carry a 5.9-inch screen. 

We're not sure how closely this will resemble any models that may be released in the west, but we know a lot of folks are interested in what HTC is doing with the bigger One. There's another picture after the break, and some pricing and availability speculation (spoiler: Asia) at the source link.

Source: ePrice

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Getting the most out of Google Now voice actions

99

'Remind me to use Google Now more often'

Google Now gets more and more powerful every day, which is aided by the fact that much of the processing it does is handed off to a Google data center over the Internet. Aside from the inherent issues when you don't have connectivity, this gives Google Now a ton of capability in terms of voice recognition, and lets Google add new capabilities without pushing app updates.

We've all played around with the standard voice actions in Google Now — making calls, sending text messages and performing searches — back when it was just "Google Search", but there are so many more things that it can do for you. While there are dozens of different voice actions available, we've compiled a list of several that can truly be incorporated into your daily life.

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Win a box of AC swag!

It's the weekend, the bosses take the day off, and Michelle and I have cooked an awesome little plan where we're gonna give away three boxes full of random Android Central swag!

There may be a t-shirt, there may be stickers, there may be a coffee mug, pens, sticky notes or any manner of great AC stuff crammed into a box and sent to your door. We've got a big pile of it, and the best thing to do when you have a pile of cool stuff is to share some of it.

Want to try and win one of the boxes? That's the easy part. Make sure you registered at AC with a real email address. If we pick you, we need to know how to get in contact with you. If you didn't and we pick your name, we'll never know where to send your loot and we have to give it to someone else. That would totally suck, so make sure it doesn't happen. 

Once you've done that, just leave a comment below. At 11:59 PM Pacific time Sunday night, we'll shut it down and pick three winners at random. All that's left for you to do is check your email and see if you were one of them.

Ready? Set? Go!

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Vine update adds notifications and Facebook sharing

13

Post sharing still limited to just Facebook and Twitter.

An update to the 6-second video sharing service Vine is adding new activity notifications and sharing intents. If you choose to have them turned on, you will now receive push notifications whenever someone likes, comments or mentions you in a Vine post. Notifications can be managed in the standard ways of choosing your ringtone and toggling whether or not to have vibrations or a notification LED for notifications. Naturally, you can turn them off completely as well.

This latest update also adds proper sharing directly to Twitter or Facebook from the app. Just hit the menu button below a Vine that you want to share, and you'll be given "Share on Twitter" and "Share on Facebook" options. Although we would prefer if Vine just used the standard Android sharing intent to let you share Vine links to any app, this is a good start.

You can grab a download or update to the latest Vine app from the Play Store link above.

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Apps of the Week: GyroSpace 3D, Flashify, Rymdkapsel and more!

13

The best apps the Android Central writers have been using this week

It's a new month, but we're going to keep moving along with our Apps of the Week column just like nothing changed. As we do each Saturday, we've asked the Android Central writers to each submit an app that they have been using on their devices and tell us a little bit about why it works for them. We round them up in hopes that you'll find them just as useful as we do.

This week we have an interesting live wallpaper, a game you can get hooked on and a few tools as well. Stick around after the break and see how this week's picks stack up.

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Ask AC: How do I cancel my Google Play Music All Access subscription?

29

If Google Play Music All Access isn't for you, cancelling it is easy

We spend a lot of time talking about how much we're enjoying the Google Play Music All Access subscription service, but it's also important to know how to cancel it if you've given it a try and decided it's not for you. We don't judge, there are several good reasons to not want or need access to Google's music catalog, and that monthly fee adds up if it's not something you want.

Luckily, cancelling is pretty easy. 

Grab your Android, and fire up the Google Play store app. Head to the store page for Google Play Music, either by searching for it or by finding it in the My Apps list. On the page for the app, near the top, you'll see the cancel button. Tap it and follow the directions. When you're finished, you'll not be billed the next time your installment date rolls around and your subscription will end.

It's worth noting that if you cancel and want to come back, you'll lose any introductory price promotion you may have now for joining the program early. You also won't be able to try 30 days for free more than once, so if that's your goal you'll need to devise another plan. Google wasn't born yesterday.

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Android Device Manager beginning to push to phones

137

The settings on a few phones have turned up an entry for the new Android Device Manager — have you checked yours?

Update: TJ, a reader and admitted Android nerd shot me the apk file. You can download it here. The normal concerns of security and such apply, of course. 

It looks like the first stage of the new Android Device Manager is pushing out to a few people, but the service is not yet live. Google told us their new "find my phone" service would be hitting all Android devices running Android 2.2 or higher sometime this month, and while there's nothing to be found on the web side, the device administrator is showing up slowly.

Oddly enough, there doesn't appear to be an associated apk file or a new version of Google Play services attached, and right now nobody is really sure where to find the details. The good news — and this is really good news — is that the reports are coming from everywhere, not just the U.S. Look for Android Device Manager to be a world-wide roll out.

You'll surely want to check and see if you're one of the chosen few, so here's how you can do that. Grab your phone, and open the settings. Under the Security section, look for the Device administrators section. Tap it, and see what's there. We're not seeing it yet on any devices in the office, but Reddit is full of folks with the new settings. If you see it, too, be sure to shout out in the comments.

Source: Reddit

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Chromecast-a-day: The final dongle

This is it, folks. The final offering from our weeklong "Chromecast-a-day" contest. We've given away a half-dozen already, and today rounds it out.

To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. That's it. We'll pick from entries through midnight PST tonight. We've got a little catching up to do, so stay tuned for a week's worth of winners.

Good luck!

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Talk Mobile Security and Enterprise recap + Take our survey for a chance to win $100 at Best Buy

21

With everything that we do on our mobile devices, security is becoming more important than ever. Even more so when we mix professional business onto those same devices. How do you keep it secure? How do you balance work and personal on the same device? That was Talk Mobile Security and Enterprise week, so let's dive right in to it.

2 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One and Galaxy S4 start to see Android 4.3 OTA

46

The latest version of Jelly Bean seems to be on it's way, giving us a better idea of what "timely" updates are

Scattered reports of users with both the HTC One Google Play edition and the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phones seeing an OTA update to Android 4.3 are coming in this evening. We've seen the kernel source for both devices uploaded to the web — a legal requirement before any software is delivered — so we've been expecting the updates.

Users should see the same basic experience that Nexus users have been playing with, plus the few minor additions that Samsung and HTC have made with Boomsound and Flipcover support. 

There are bound to be a few bugs, but perhaps the most exciting part of the whole thing is that we've got a good idea what "timely" updates means, at least this time around.

If you've got either of the Google Play edition devices, start hammering that button.

More: Android Central forums. Thanks, everyone who sent this in! 

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Galaxy S4 Mini leaked for Verizon

23

Verizon may be getting a Galaxy S4 Mini of their own

For Big Red customers looking for a new phone that's a bit more svelte than today's average Android phone, The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with a big fat Verizon logo has been outed in some leaked pictures over at Engadget, We're going to assume that the SCH-i435 will be the same basic Mini as the world version Alex had a look at last June, though it's always possible Verizon has done a little tweaking here and there.

While the Mini won't satisfy anyone's need for raw specs, we found it a decent performer, though slightly hampered by a less than stellar screen. But being one of the few phones available under 4.5-inches, that may be a trade-off many are willing to make. It looks like Verizon is betting on just that, and the S4 Mini should be a great seller if it's priced accordingly with a new agreement. 

Of course, nothing is official until Verizon says it's official, and we'll keep an ear to the ground for more news on this one. After the break there's one more picture that gives a good impression of the overall size compared to the iPhone 5. For more images and details, including comparisons to its bigger bother, be sure to have a read of our Galaxy S4 Mini review.

Source: Engadget

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Google Play edition Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 kernel source released, too

19

Kernel source now released for both GPe devices, but still no full updates available.

Following right on the heels of HTC releasing the kernel source for the Google Play edition HTC One, Samsung has released its required code for the GPe Galaxy S4. This isn't at all surprising, as the manufacturers are required under their license to make the kernel source for these devices available. What is surprising is that the source is for Android 4.3, a build that as of now hasn't been pushed to either one of these devices.

We have to think that the kernel source code being published means that these updates will be on their way in short order. In the meantime those who need this kind of source code can start looking through it (search for i9505g at the source link below) — remember that this isn't everything needed to make a custom ROM, just the kernel bits. Keep on the lookout for those OTA's, folks.

Source: Samsung

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Sony Xperia Z, ZL and ZR updated with various fixes and improvements

24

Camera and all-around performance improvements follow quickly behind Android 4.2 update

Sony has started pushing out an update to the Xperia Z, ZL and ZR yesterday that builds on the previous jump to Android 4.2.2 with several fixes and improvements. We have just pulled down the v10.3.1.A.0.244 update on our own Xperia ZL (C6506 model) via the Sony Bridge for Mac application, but the update is supposedly pushing out OTA (over-the-air) as well.

While we don't notice any immediate changes, across all three devices users are reporting various subtle fixes such as a smoother boot animation, more efficient RAM management, improved 3G signal strength and touch response. A couple of camera changes have been made as well, giving access to high resolution images when not using HDR and improving low light performance.

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Moto X will have unlockable bootloader on most carriers, Verizon will get a Developer Edition

24

Still no indication of where, when and for how much people can buy unlocked models.

Working to clarify some of the confusion surrounding the Moto X launch yesterday, VP of Product Management at Motorola Punit Soni shed some light on the state of bootloader unlocking and Developer Editions. In a post on his Google+ page, Soni explained that the Moto X hitting Sprint, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile and Rogers will all have unlockable bootloaders — that is, locked out of the box and unlockable will Motorola's tools.

Additionally, he stated that two different Moto X "Developer Edition" devices will be made available, one for Verizon and one "general North American" version. Presumably since the AT&T model wasn't named specifically as having an unlockable bootloader, this North American Developer Edition will be an unlocked GSM model with AT&T-compatible bands.

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

On Motorola's dance with the devil

196

I'll take my Moto X free of any carrier shenanigans, please

Like most everyone here, I was pretty excited to see exactly what Motorola had to tell us yesterday. After months of hype and countless rumors, I was curious about what they would, and could, offer up with the X Phone and how it would differ from all those rumors. You just knew they all couldn't be true.

As the news came in, I was pretty happy with the parts that were true. The specs and the new X8 computing system is something I'm excited to have a go with, allowing buyers to pick their color may sound silly but it will be a big hit with plenty of folks, and even the 720p screen was something I'm fine with. A screen is more than the ppi. But the killer feature, and one that matters most to me, was just not to be. That broke the deal.

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages