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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Yellow

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The only rule here is the dominant color in the picture, and we can't wait to see your creativity.

We're back to a standard photo contest, building on a single topic that gives you a wide range of subject options that fit your style. This week's prompt is "yellow," so we're looking for pictures that are dominant in that color — beyond that, the choice of subject and style is up to you. We've done plenty of wide-open contests before with amazing results, so we can't wait to see the pictures that come in this week.

After a huge giveaway last week, we're settling back down to our usual setup of giving smaller prizes to more winners. This week, we're picking out three winning photos to each receive a $50 ShopAndroid gift card!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (April 29) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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3 years ago

HTC One (M8) in red leaked, destined for Verizon

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On Verizon and want the HTC One (M8)? You might want to wait a bit, especially if red is your favorite color. Earlier this month we reported that a red version of handset was rumored for Verizon. Looks like we have our first look at this special edition from leakster @evleaks.

You'll remember that the HTC One (M7) came in a variety of colors. It looks like the new HTC One is no exception. There are reports out there that red and blue versions are in the pipeline for the HTC One (M8). Up above is your first look at the red variant. It looks to be pretty similiar to the 'glamor red' HTC One from last year.

Anyone out there want this red HTC One?

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Rugged (and ugly) Kyocera Brigadier tipped for Verizon release

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Verizon always seems to have a wide range of phones available for customers of all types, and that means having at least one good rugged and waterproof phone on the roster. The latest rumored to be coming to the carrier is the Kyocera Brigadier, a device that looks like its ready for whatever you throw at it. Kyocera is good at making these kinds of devices, and we wouldn't expect anything less than a phone that looks like this and can take a beating. According to info and a picture from @evleaks, we'll see the Brigadier coming to Verizon sometime this year.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Sidekick Cycle rides onto Android

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Sidekick Cycle rides onto Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

We all play games for fun, but wouldn’t it be nice if there were other positive effects too? Global Gaming Initiative’s newly-released Sidekick Cycle has just such a goal. As a game, it’s a 2D bicycling game in which racers ride through impossible courses in order to collect coins and items. Sort of like iStunt 2 and other obstacle-course based games.

Like most mobile games, Sidekick Cycle is free to play. The difference here is that fifty percent of in-app purchases go towards the “Free Bikes 4 Kidz” charity based out of Minneapolis, MN. As you can probably tell, the charity buys bicycles for children in order to help them lead healthy lifestyles.

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One M8 users see their Google Drive bonus wiped out, to return in May

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The AT&T HTC One M8 has been hit with a glitch that has, at least temporarily, taken away the bonus 50GB of Google Drive storage that come with the device. HTC Advantage is one of the nicer services that come with the device; it includes benefits like free cracked screen replacement, HTC backup and hands-on help. Users also get an additional 50GB of storage on Google Drive for two years. Well, that is as long as you're not on AT&T.

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3 years ago

Summary: Motorola's Punit Soni on design, specs and software

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Motorola's Punit Soni has been the public face of software for the company for some time now, especially with the launch of the Moto X and Moto G. This afternoon he took about a half-hour for a live Google Hangout as part of "Celebrating 50 Software Launches" to talk about where the company is in terms of software, how it got there, and just a few hints at where it might be going.

And that sort of chat is particularly interesting since Lenovo purchased Motorola from google earlier this year. We've got a quick summary of the big points, but we highly recommend watching the full video.

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3 years ago

Comparing cameras: Galaxy S5 versus Nexus 5

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Galaxy S5 and Nexus 5 cameras

See if Samsung's latest can beat out Google's 6-month old entry

Every time a new phone is released touting drastically improved camera hardware and software, we naturally jump at the opportunity to put it through its paces. We've done just that with the Galaxy S5, and it's clear that the phone can produce some great shots in the right conditions. Sometimes the best way to see how a phone's camera performs is to put it head-to-head with another familiar device, and we've done that twice now with the Galaxy S5 versus the iPhone 5s and the HTC One M8.

Those are the latest leading flagships from Apple and HTC, so what about Google? The Nexus 5 at $349 unlocked has more than a handful of owners out there very impressed with the camera prowess of the latest phone from Google, and I tend to think it's camera has gotten a bad rap over the half-year since it was launched. It's time for a good 'ol fashioned camera comparison, folks, this time between the Galaxy S5 and the Nexus 5. Let's shed some light on this comparison and see which one picks up the highest marks.

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3 years ago

Drive Mode planned for Moto G

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If you're rocking a Moto G but are sorely missing the Drive Mode enjoyed by its big brother, Moto X, an update is in the works. Motorola's Punit Soni, in a live hangout this afternoon, said it's in the works.

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Focus and Blur' winner!

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Which picture came out as the top shot this week? It was a tough choice.

Riding on the release of Google Camera into the Play Store and new camera features from the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, we decided to set up this week's photo contest looking for the best sharp-focused and selectively-blurred pictures. With the combination of great hardware and new innovative software, it's getting easier to apply realistic blurring effects to already excellent photos — all within the phone.

With so many entries and such a huge prize at stake, it was even tougher than usual to pick out just one winner to take down the whole contest. In the end it had to be done, though, and you can see the winning shot below.

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3 years ago

Watch the Motorola 'Celebrating 50 software launches' hangout

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Motorola's Punit Soni is talking up the company's software strategy. Let's listen in.

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3 years ago

Google ships XE16.11 for Glass after units bricked

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A quick heads up for those of you whose Google Glass might have gone south with the XE16.1 update: Google's on it, help is on the way, and we recommend you head on into the private Google Glass forums for more. Some of ours updated just fine, others didn't. So if you're down, you know where to go. And for everyone else, look for XE16.11 now. Hey, we're Explorers, after all.

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3 years ago

eBay for Android updated with a new look, actionable notifications and more

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eBay's Android app has had a significant update which includes, including active notifications that offer one-touch bids, and adaptive tablet support for 7-inch and 10-inch devices. There are a handful of other notable improvements, such as easier relisting and pricing options for sellers, sorting and readability improvements to messages, and charity support through eBay's Giving Works programs.

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3 years ago

Trident Aegis Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Trident Aegis Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

Next up in our parade of Galaxy S5 cases is the Trident Aegis Case. This is one of those two-for-one deals (three, really) that provides a lot of protection for your phone.

Start with the layer of shock-absorbing silicone — rubber, really — that fits around your phone. Presumably it'll help against dust and moisture, too, though the Galaxy S5 is already pretty good at that on its own thanks to its IP68 rating. On top of that rubber skin goes a hard plastic shell — let's just call it an exoskeleton, 'cause it sounds cooler — that not provides even more protection. Some of the rubber skin is exposed, giving you some nice grip points.

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3 years ago

AT&T shows off the PadFone X once again, but still no release date

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AT&T has continued teasing the Asus PadFone X with a video, despite the conspicuous absence of an actual release date. They're highlighting the screen mirroring capabilities of the tablet/phone pair, as well as the smartphone's high-speed, low-light-sensitive 13 megapixel camera.

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3 years ago

Motorola Solutions makes investment in Recon Instruments

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Motorola Solutions invests in heads-up glasses start up Recon Instruments Motorola Solutions (no, not that Motorola — the other one) has given a bag of cash to heads-up glasses maker Recon Instruments. Recon, whose Recon Jet HUD glasses we've been looking forward to for some time, didn't disclose the amount of the investment, but that it was enough to warrant a press release tells us it was at least marginally substantial to their bottom line. The investment will be "used to accelerate product development and to ramp up global marketing and distribution."

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