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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Buffalo Bills Mobile, YouTube Floating Player, Canvas for Pebble and more!

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Another great round-up of apps from the Android Central writers

It's been a busy week here at Android Central — between travel and all of the news coming out of IFA in Berlin, we've had our hands full. But that doesn't mean we can't still bring you our great Apps of the Week column, where we show off apps that the Android Central writers are using, this Saturday.

This week we're looking at apps that will help get your ready for the NFL season, pick a new watch face for your Pebble and keep you entertained no matter what the situation. Stick around after the break and see how we did this week.

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3 years ago

A quick look at receiving a phone call on the LG G Pad 8.3

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One of the more intriguing features of the LG G Pad 8.3 is its ability to pair up with the LG G2 for more than just tethering. In fact, the "Q Pair" feature is supposed to eventually work with phones made by manufacturers other than LG. That's for another day though. Today, we're taking a brief look at what it looks like when a call comes in on a phone and is then shared with the G Pad tablet.

The idea is that the two devices are tethered, with the call coming in to the phone. But as the phone rings, you also get a pop-up on the tablet, allowing you to take the call, decline it outright, or decline it with an automated response. It looks good, it's dead simple to use — and it's really something we've not seen anyone else do before.

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3 years ago

Video: Galaxy Note 3 versus Galaxy Note 2

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 the talk of IFA 2013, but how does it measure up to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2? We've taken to the IFA 2013 show floor to compare the new and old Note, and you'll find a full hardware rundown in the video above.

From the front, the Galaxy Note series hasn't changed a whole lot. We're still dealing with an exceptionally large smartphone, though it's clear to see there's more screen to go around on the Note 3, made possible by its smaller bezels. The new Note is also a little more squared-off than its predecessor, likely part of the push to make it resemble a real paper notebook. Nowhere else is that more obvious than on the phone's back panel, which now sports a faux-leather effect, complete with stitching.

And then there are the obvious spec improvements — Snapdragon 800 compared to the year-old Exynos 4 Quad, 3GB up from 2GB and 1080p from 720. Hit the video above for the full lowdown.

And check out our Galaxy Note 3 hands-on feature for more on Samsung's latest handset.

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3 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Flip Wallet

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Our journey through the labyrinth that is Samsung's hall at the IFA conference in Berlin continues — we're getting there, I promise — with the Flip Wallet case for the Galaxy Note 3. We've already taken a look at the S View case, which sports the transparent window so you can still get information and interact with the phone while the case is closed — now here's a more traditional folio version.

The Flip Wallet is done up in the same sort of leatherette as the Note 3 itself (maybe even a little nicer — the feel of the Note 3 changes a little depending on which color you're handling), with the same stitching as well. There's a slot on the inside to hold business cards or a credit card if you want, and little plus and minus signs on the spine point you to the volume rocker, so you don't have to open the case to turn the music up. (Who turns music down, anyway?)

The Flip Wallet for the Galaxy Note 3 comes in a variety of colors — including, yes, pink. We've got more after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands on with the 6-inch Acer Liquid S2

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6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 and 4K video recording all part of Acer's newest high-end offering

Acer recently announced its latest Android smartphone, the Liquid S2, with a monstrous 6-inch display. The device has made the trip to IFA 2013 in Berlin, so we took a quick look at what it's all about.

First that display. Yes, it's 6-inches and therefore it's pretty huge. But at the same time the whole device didn't feel as large in the hand as some other supersized devices. Make no mistake; you won't be one handing this thing properly unless you're a giant. But it's pretty light considering the size, and has a nice matt finish on the rear so its actually pretty good to hold.

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3 years ago

Win an HTC One courtesy of dbrand and Android Central!

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We have a really special giveaway for you guys this weekend! The team over at dbrand has sent us an HTC One with their awesome skin in Ferrari red and black carbon fiber already installed, and one lucky Android Central reader is going to win it! We'll get to the contest in a minute, but first let's take a look at the dbrand skin on the device.

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3 years ago

Motorola posts bootloader unlock for Moto X on Sprint, US Cellular

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Four Moto X variants join the ranks of Motorola bootloader unlocks

Making good on its promise from over a month ago, Motorola has just posted bootloader unlocks on its support site for several models of the Moto X. Joining many other popular Motorola devices are the Moto X variants for Sprint and US Cellular here in the states, alongside the variants for Latin America and Rogers in Canada.

The timing is just right, as both Sprint and US Cellular have just put their models on sale. As for AT&T and Verizon, Motorola has indicated previously that it will not be offering a bootloader unlock and will instead offer developer editions for use on these carriers.

If you choose to go ahead with the bootloader unlock from Motorola, you'll be voiding your device's warranty so make sure you clearly understand the pros and cons of the decision before you make it. If you do want to go on through with it, head to the source link below for more information.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Supplemental: Wrapping up IFA

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Audio-only stream below

We're wrapping up our week in Berlin with more on Sony, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear and the Note 10.1 2014 Edition, the LG G Pad 8.3, and ASUS.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the new Galaxy Note 10.1 Book Cover

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A basic protective cover for the 2014 edition Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung's unveiled a wide range of accessories alongside its new Note products at IFA 2013. We've already taken a look at the S View cover for the Galaxy Note 3, and now it's time to get acquainted with the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) book cover. Relatively simple in design, the book cover bears a slight resemblance to Apple's smart covers, though there's no magnetic attachment, and you'll have difficulty using it for anything besides keeping the screen clear of knocks and scratches.

It'll also be available in six color options — black, white, orange, pink, green and blue. Check past the break for more hands-on photos.

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3 years ago

Verizon’s backing away from Canada, but are we really missing out?

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3 years ago

Sony wants developers to make great apps to control their cameras

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Expect to see some great apps to control your Sony cameras on Android, iOS and Windows

Sony is in pretty deeply with Android in their mobile division, but they're also known for making some pretty good stand-alone cameras. It looks like the two teams have got together, and they've released a developer program to help the folks who make Android apps build something wonderful.

I've got a couple Android tricks I use for photography, from a Triggertap and app (once the beta app gets ironed out, look for a full review of this awesome little tool) to an app from Panasonic that lets me use my Nexus 7 as a remote viewfinder and controller for my video camera. If you take a lot of pictures or video, whether as a hobby or for work, these tools can come in very handy.

With Sony's new program and Camera Remote API, it looks like they are prepared to push that envelope a little further. The API will help you build apps that can control the camera, get the image of what the sensor sees, upload the images and even do some fancy things like time-lapse photography. The API is also platform agnostic, and will work with developers writing apps for Android, iOS and Windows. To top it off, it's JSON based so most developers will be able to learn how to implement it quickly.

With the new QX10 and QX100 gaining a good bit of interest, it's smart for Sony to do this. They have a basic app in Google Play, and one coming to the Apple app store, that you can control things with, but it needs some improvement to really use these new lens cameras to their fullest potential. The tools are in place (at the beta stage, at least) to make that happen. We're excited to see where this goes.

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X (yes, really) receiving security update

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A phone over three years old still gets a few security fixes

The last time we heard any news about an update for the Motorola Droid X was February 17th of last year, but Verizon is prepping an update today for those who are still holding onto the handset. The phone may be over three years old now, but an update is pushing out that will bring folks to software version 45.621.10.MB810 with two changelog items:

  • Enhanced accuracy and reliability of the Commercial
    Mobile Telephone Alerts (CMAS)
  • Google security patches have been integrated to reduce
    potential security risks

At this point in this phone's life cycle (or death cycle, if you prefer) we really didn't expect much out of this update other than security fixes, but it's good to see Motorola and Verizon coming together to keep those last few Droid X's out in the wild safe from security vulnerabilities.

Source: Verizon; Via: AndroidPolice

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3 years ago

On Nexus 5 rumors and renders

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Nexus 5 render by +Jason Lavigne. Nailed it.

You're here because you watch the Internet, and are interested in all manner of Android news. That means verified news from Google, or the folks who make the products, or even the people who sell them. It also means interesting tips and rumors from insiders and people who were lucky enough to see or hear something a bit earlier than the rest of us get to see or hear it. That's pretty cool, and we love to talk about some of that as much as anyone else does. 

Last night, a device that surely sounds like it could be the next Nexus phone showed up at the FCC. When coupled with a pulled video about the KitKat statue on Google's lawn that showed a phone we've not seen before (we all know them by sight, because we're big fans — just like you are), and the Internet rumor machine was in full swing.

But it's time to sit back, and talk about what we really know about what's next from Google.

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3 years ago

AT&T's prepaid brand Aio Wireless goes nationwide starting today

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Smartphone plans starting at $55 with 2GB of high-speed data; BYOD SIM just $10

AT&T recently announced that its previously regional prepaid subsidiary Aio Wireless would be going nationwide sometime in "mid September", and now it looks to be opened up just a week later. Along with the expansion to customers across he country, Aio Wireless is improving its plans by upping the data speed cap to 8mbps (from 4mbps previously) and offering a couple of compelling data options and price points:

  • $55/mo for unlimited talk, text and data — first 2GB at high speeds
  • $70/mo for unlimited talk, text and data — first 7GB at high speeds
  • $15/mo for 250MB on a data-only tablet plan
  • $10 per additional 1GB of high-speed data
  • $9.99 for BYOD SIM card

While most reading here will choose to bring their own device, Aio Wireless also offers a decent set of mid-range devices for unsubsidized prices of $100 to $300. If the newly improved offerings from Aio Wireless have you intrigued, you can go shop its plans and devices at the source link below.

Source: Aio Wireless

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3 years ago

Here's the blue HTC One on Verizon

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If you've been waiting to see what the blue HTC One will look like on Big Red — here's your answer. A tipster sent in this shot of the best Android smartphone currently available (as of our August 2013 rankings) — in blue, with Verizon branding. Not a lot more to say about that. It's the HTC One. And it's blue. And it's on Verizon. (And we got an up-close look at the blue HTC One earlier this week, if you need more.)

We're told it has a street day of today — so check with your local store. (We've got an e-mail into Verizon to confirm.) You also can buy the standard silver HTC One on Verizon now.

Thanks, anon!

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