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3 years ago

Five minutes on ART — the new Android runtime

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There are lots of questions floating around regarding ART — the new experimental runtime that's included as a developer option in Android 4.4 KitKat. Anyone can enable it — just go to the developer settings. 

As described by Google:

ART is a new Android runtime being introduced experimentally in the 4.4 release. This is a preview of work in progress in KitKat that can be turned on in Settings > developer options. This is available for the purpose of obtaining early developer and partner feedback.

Will it make a difference to you as an end user? Maybe yes, maybe no — or maybe placebo? The short, short version? It's way early on this right now and most of us don't need to worry about it quite yet.

We talked some more about it on this week's podcast, and it's worth a five-minute breakout.

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3 years ago

Quickoffice update brings closer integration with Google Drive

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Google purchased Quickoffice over the summer, but the popular productivity app isn't being put out to pasture just yet. In fact, Google's just given it an update that brings more integration into Google's own productivity suite, Google Drive.

With this update, when you have both GDrive and Quickoffice installed on one device — hardly out of the realm of possibility given that Quickoffice is a preload on many devices — Docs, Sheets and Slides (as in word, spreadsheets and presentations) will open up in Google Drive.

So the merging continues. We'll see how long it is before the Quickoffice name gets merged as well.

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3 years ago

Delta Air Lines app updated for Android 4.4 KitKat fixes, throws in UI tweaks for free

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A quick heads up for those of you who spend too much time in the air — or just enough to warrant having this app, anyway. Delta Air Lines has updated its aptly named Fly Delta app for Android 4.4 compatibility issues as well as some unnamed bugfixes. (Could be a placebo effect, but it almost seems a little faster, too.)

In addition, Detla's thrown in a small UI tweak — gone is the darker blue gradient, replaced by a different, flatter shade a blue. The legacy overflow menu button is still there, however — it'd be great to see that go. Otherwise, same old Delta app, though you can now use it from takeoff to landing.

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3 years ago

Hold any device with one hand for just 6 bucks

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No phone or tablet is too big when you have crazy cheap technology from the late-night Internet to help

We've seen similar gizmos, but never for just six dollars. Hook it to the back of your Note 3 or Nexus 7 and free that thumb to reach right around and tap tap tap. Complete with free shipping.

I just grabbed a couple in white and a couple in black, and if they're worth a hoot I'll let you know. 

If you'd rather get in on them while they're cheap and find out for yourself, hit up Daily Steals at the link below.

Source: Daily Steals

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3 years ago

WatchESPN receives dramatic update with new interface and features

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On-demand highlights and news available even without cable subscription

What some would call a long-overdue update to the WatchESPN app has finally arrived, and it seems to have been worth the wait. While the previous version was certainly functional, it was far from attractive or a joy to use. The new version takes things to the next level, with a completely redesigned interface. You now have a new main interface with simple lists and sliding tabs to choose between live TV and other on-demand programming, as well as a new slide-in drawer.

You'll use that left drawer to switch between content on specific sports or channels, separated first by "featured" and then alphabetically and by channel. Streaming seems to kick in faster in our experience, and the app even properly hides all navigation elements to put the video in completely full screen on the Nexus 5 — a nice touch.

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3 years ago

Win an HTC One from Ting and Android Central!

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*Update* The winner of the HTC One from Ting is schnoid!! Congratulations, and enjoy your new phone!

If you're looking for an alternative to your current carrier, and you haven't checked out Ting, you should definitely give them a close look. With no long term contracts, overages, or penalties, Ting offers you the tools you need to take complete control of your account, your usage and ultimately, your bill. You can buy a new or used device directly from them, or bring your own Sprint device and activate it on the Ting network!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to sell Nexus 5 on Nov. 14 for $449, Nexus 7 LTE also ships Nov. 20

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Google's latest Nexus devices hitting the UNcarrier

T-Mobile is set to start offering both of Google's latest devices, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, in the coming weeks. The carrier announced today it will put the Nexus 5 up for sale starting November 14th online (November 20th in-store) for $449.99 off-contract, or at $41.99 down and $17 per month (also working out to $449.99) on a Simple Choice plan. T-Mobile isn't clear on what storage capacities or colors it will sell, and it's hard to guess based on the odd history of it selling the Nexus 4 in both colors but only in 16GB of storage.

At the same time, following up on its announcement that it will carry the Nexus 7 LTE, we now have a date from T-Mobile of November 20th when the tablet will begin shipping. In this case we're looking at $384 outright for the 32GB LTE tablet, or $0 down and $16 per month if you pair it with a plan. The tablet will also qualify for T-Mobile's new deal of offering 200MB of data per month completely free, which is a nice touch.

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3 years ago

IK Multimedia's iLoud portable Bluetooth speaker is, well, loud

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$299.95 buys you one of the loudest portable speakers you'll find anywhere

This week IK Multimedia — the folks behind the iRig range of music accessories for mobile — launched their latest product, the iLoud. And true to its name, it's loud. We're not short on premium Bluetooth speakers to use with our Android devices, but if you really like to crank it up to 11, this might be right up your street. Peter Cohen from iMore got his hands on one, and is mightily impressed.

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3 years ago

The Nexus 5 vs. the HTC One

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Two different approaches to making a great phone

Each time a Nexus device is released, it garners quite a bit of attention. And rightfully so, when Google releases its own phone once a year it's a pretty big deal for Android enthusiasts. Once the dust settles on all of the new device news, we start to compare it to other top-notch devices that are at the top of everyone's minds.

We kicked things off with a comparison that most were drawing before the Nexus 5 was even released — the LG G2. Next up, I'll be looking at the Nexus 5 side-by-side with one of the most popular devices of the year, the HTC One. These are very different devices, each with their own strengths — let's take a look at how they compare.

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3 years ago

Android Central 160: Nexus, Nexus, Nexus!!!

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Audio-only stream below

It's all Nexus, all the time this week. OK, mostly Nexus. And Android 4.4 KitKat. And a few other things. But, really, just a whole lot of Nexus goin' on.

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3 years ago

Reminder: We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST!

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A quick reminder, folks, that we're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST this afternoon. On tap today: Even more on the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat. And maybe a few things that aren't Nexus 5 or Android 4.4 KitKat. We'll see.

If you want to take part in the live Q&A, you'll want to watch from the Google+ event page. Otherwise, join us from our live page. See y'all in a few!

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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 Zoom now available from AT&T for $199 on-contract

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Big camera, mid-range specs and now with U.S. LTE

Following up on its announcement earlier this week, AT&T has started offering the Galaxy S4 zoom for $199 with a two-year contract. The smartphone/camera mash-up will set you back a full $529 if you're looking to buy without a contract, or $25 per month if you want to finance with AT&T Next. For that money you'll be getting the point-and-shoot camera style 16MP sensor along with 10x optical zoom and a camera-centric design with a physical shutter button.

On the phone side, you'll be looking at a Samsung experience with most of the latest features, although some have been scaled back a tad for the lower-end internals. That's the tradeoff you'll make for some great picture and video quality, and for the right user it might be worth a look.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Kingdom Conquest II now features classic Sega characters

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Altered Beast and Golden Axe characters return for a SEGA 25 year anniversary cameo

Sega’s Kingdom Conquest games are well-liked for their mixtures of action, strategy, and MMO gameplay.  The latest entry: Kingdom Conquest II features a variety of gameplay styles all thrown into a pot and cooked together. One of those styles involves collecting monster cards to send into battle against monsters in neighboring lands.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis videogame console, SEGA has just released monster cards based on its classic franchises into Kingdom Conquest II. The special cards feature artwork and characters from Altered Beast and Golden Axe, two arcade hits.

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3 years ago

BBM4ALL Video Contest - Make a kick-ass BBM commercial and you could win a trip to Toronto and visit to BlackBerry HQ!

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Oh, and two tickets to an NBA or NHL game, too!

OK, folks. BlackBerry's looking to spread the word about BBM on Android and iOS — and they're willing put their money where their mouth is. Ol' BB's giving away a trip for two to Toronto and Waterloo — the former for either a Toronto Raptors NBA game or a Maple Leafs NHL game. Plus, you'll jaunt on over BlackBerry HQ in Waterloo to meet up with the BBM team, as well as get a guided tour of the city.

Sound good? Want to enter? Keep on keepin' on for the rules and entry requirements.

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3 years ago

Google Search app improvements could be coming next week

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New contextual cards and smarter voice search in Nov. 13 update, according to Wired

Google has slowly but consistently been improving its search app for Android over the past year or so, bringing more cards to Google Now and new ways to interact by speaking to your device. It appears the next raft of Google Search updates may be about to drop next week, adding new contextual cards and smarter voice interaction, among other features that weren't quite ready in time for the Nexus 5 launch.

That's what Google reportedly told Wired's Mat Honan, as detailed in his review of the device.

"You might say “text Jennifer” and it will reply “which Jennifer,” and then ask you to dictate the message. It’s also going to get the ability to search inside applications, and launch them to complete tasks for you. So, you might search for a restaurant, and an option in the results shows up for OpenTable, which you’ll be able to fire up and make a reservation. It’s also going to use location cues to drop cards into Google Now, even more so than it does currently. At Yellowstone it will show you geyser times, for example."

The new features are due to land in an app update next Wednesday, Nov. 13, Honan says. Many of these things are natural progressions of features Google Search on Android already offers, but regardless it'll be interesting to see how well they function when the update arrives. In particular the ability to search within apps presents a bunch of interesting possibilities for future development.

Source: Wired

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