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2 weeks ago

Bubble Cloud Widget + Wear brings a stylish launcher to your Smartwatch

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Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to Smartwatches, but at times getting to the app you need quickly can be a hassle in Android Wear. Bubble Cloud Widgets + Wear is a launcher that brings you gorgeous icons for all of your apps within swiping range. You've also got tons of options, and choices to personalize how everything looks and behaves.

If you haven't seen it yet, check it out below.

Bubble Cloud Widgets + Wear for Android Wear is available for free on the Google Play Store, with an option to purchase the premium version of the app for $2.49. When it first opens up on your watch, you'll see all of your apps arrayed with an icon for each in a colored bubble. You'll also see indicators for the date, battery power on both your phone and watch, and current internet signal. In the middle of all of this, is a clock.

If you swipe to the left, you'll get a second screen. This is dominated by a yellow bubble, which when tapped will bring you into settings. It's surrounded by more of your apps, depending on how many you have installed.

While you can access your settings via the watch, some options can also be found by using your phone. The options on your phone menu, are categorized between the App Launcher, and the Watch Faces. In App Launcher you'll see that you can change your background, adjust the size variance, freeze sizes, and access the Bubble Cloud Editor. There are also 3 options for the look of the bubbles in the launcher.

If nothing else, Bubble Cloud is a nice change of pace for your wrist.

Watch Faces contains all of the options pertaining to — you guessed it — the watch face. There are options for ambient mode, enabling reduced touch sensitivity, peek card options. There are also 3 faces available for Ambient Mode.

From your Smartwatch you can also bring up some additional settings not found on your phone, along with several you've already seen. All of the settings available from your Smartwatch are on a single vertically scrolling screen, you can navigate by swiping up or down. From here you can enable an app tray if you've got enough apps to require a second screen, choose between an analog and digital watch face, you can reduce screen sensitivity, stop the animation from apps launching, and access ambient mode options.

There are also quite a few options that get added if you purchase the premium edition of the Bubble Cloud Widget + Wear. It allows you to save contacts to your phone in an easy to reach place, send emails from your watch, and allows you to have multiple extra screens for your apps. That last one becomes particularly handy, if you end up having a lot of apps on your Smartwatch. It will also auto populate app bubbles, filling them with all the apps that fall into a specific category.

Bubble Cloud Widget + Wear is a fantastic launcher. It's got a nice clean interface, plenty of options, and unless you need those premium features it's absolutely free. If nothing else, it's a nice change of pace for your wrist.

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2 weeks ago

First OnePlus 2 camera samples and impressions

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OnePlus Camera

This has been an impressive year for Android cameras, and as you'd expect from the noisy little company that could the camera has been one of the things most bragged about in the OnePlus 2. We've finally got our review unit here to check out, and naturally the camera is first on our list of things to check out. It's a 13-megapixel sensor with a Qualcomm-tuned laser autofocus, so there are a lot of questions about motion and low light that needed to be answered.

So let's get to it!

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2 weeks ago

Android Central Photo Contest: Clouds

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Connecting nicely to our last photo contest, the latest photo contest is looking for your best "clouds" photos. Whether you have a view from above in an airplane or high building, are looking straight up at something overhead or maybe are in a deep fog, we're sure you'll be able to get in some great cloud pictures.

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2 weeks ago

Dropbox adds support for USB security keys when using Chrome

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Dropbox has announced that it will now offer support for USB security keys for logging in via the service's website. Dropbox already supports two-factor authentication for its site and apps sending one-time codes either through SMS or authenticator apps. USB keys, also known as Universal 2nd Factor or U2F, add a new, physical dimension to securing your Dropbox account.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: Water' winners!

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The latest photo contest wanted your best "water" entry, and the forum thread filled up with dozens of fantastic entries that nailed the point. It was tough to narrow down to just two winners, but we were able to do it — check them out right here.

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2 weeks ago

Twitter begins removing 140-character limit from Direct Messages

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After originally planning to do so in July, Twitter has finally removed the 140-character limit for Direct Messages on its service. Rolling out today, Twitter users will be able to send DMs with as many characters as they wish, another step for the company to make private communications on its service even better. Everyday, millions of tweets are sent about the news, sports and many other topics, which often times spark private conversations.

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2 weeks ago

Best Buy is once again offering the HTC RE for only $99

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The HTC RE spends a lot of time on sale at Best Buy, but if you missed the previous sales, here's another chance. The retailer is once again offering the RE for only $99, a savings of $100 from the camera's regular price. Currently, all the colors are on sale, so you can select from white, blue or orange, depending on your preference.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 526 and 626 are both coming to Verizon Wireless

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Verizon Wireless will offer two recent budget smartphones from HTC in the near future. One is the HTC Desire 526 starting on Thursday, August 13 for $120. The other phone is the HTC Desire 626, but a release date and price have yet to be revealed.

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2 weeks ago

Quick car mounting with iBOLT's magDock 360

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The magDock 360 uses magnets to secure your device in place, even when things get bumpy.

I've used my fair share of car mounts, and all of them eventually end up back in their box and packed away where they'll most likely never be used again. Things I look for in a car mount: Low profile design, no extra cables to clutter up my dash, and a secure hold that doesn't leave my phone flying when I take a sharp turn. The iBOLT magDock has surprisingly met my criteria, and is even case-friendly.

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2 weeks ago

Google launches Android Experiments, a site to showcase what you can do with Android apps

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Google has launched Android Experiments, a new site in which the company will showcase what you can do with open source Android and Android Wear apps. The new site is similar to Google's Chrome Experiments which focused on web apps, but this time around the focus is all mobile. On the site Google is showing off a variety of experimental apps, from drawing apps to wallpaper apps and more.

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2 weeks ago

Moto X Style (Pure Edition) lands Sept. 3!

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Moto X Style

Mark it, dude. Probably. The new Moto X Style — aka the Pure Edition in the U.S. — lands Sept. 3, according to a Tweet from Motorola that has since been deleted.

This is the third-generation Moto X that we recently took a look at in New York City. It sports a 5.7-inch display, will launch with Android 5.1.1 and is powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor. Motorola's upped the camera resolution to 21 megapixels and promises that this one will be able to compete with anything else available.

And like previous versions of the phone, you'll be able to customize its look through the Moto Maker website, with various leather, wood and plastic backs available in a number of colors.

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2 weeks ago

What it actually looks like to use HTC Vive virtual reality

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We've talked a couple times now about what it's like to strap on the HTC Vive and enter its Steam-powered virtual world. And since then so many others have, too. But what we haven't been allowed to show you is what it actually looks like from the outside, looking around and ducking and moving every which way.

This sums it up nicely, though.

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2 weeks ago

Simpsons Tapped Out and Family Guy Quest for Stuff get new stuff

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One of the best things about city building games is they grow as fast as the cities of the gamers who play them – sometimes even faster. All the best city builders receive a constant drip feed of new content and events that keep things interesting. In fact, two of the largest and most popular mobile city builders have just gotten major updates: The Simpsons Tapped out from Electronic Arts and Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff from TinyCo.

The Simpsons Tapped Out now features the fabled Monorail, as seen in the classic episode 'Marge vs. The Monorail.' And Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff has a big music-themed event going on called Peterpalooza that features the voices and likenesses of six major artists. And as a bonus for Android users, unlocking all of those artists will get them a free album download from Google Play. Read on for full details!

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2 weeks ago

Back to School Sale: 20% off all accessories at ShopAndroid!

Load up on mobile essentials and stay ahead for semesters to come.

Starting today, you can save 20% on everything here at ShopAndroid you see fit for making planning, note-taking, and partying more efficient throughout the rest of school year. Stay powered up during those long days on campus with a trusty power bank, take notes with absolute precision with a quality stylus, and keep your go-to Android smartphone or tablet protected from the inevitable drop with a durable case.

To score your 20% savings, use coupon code: ABC15 at checkout to apply the discount to your entire cart. Our back to school sale is in session through midnight, August 18 — so don't be late!

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2 weeks ago

See what Qualcomm's new Adreno GPU will add to next year's Snapdragon 820

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Qualcomm has unveiled its new and upcoming Adreno 530 and 510 GPUs. The next generation in mobile graphics from the company will offer improvements in both overall performance and imaging. These new chips will be bundled with the Snapdragon 820 and 620/618 respectively, which are set to arrive in 2016 with the launch of new mobile hardware.

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