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2 months ago

Watch face roundup: Free faces for your Gear S2

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It's time once again for our bi-weekly watch face roundup!

This weekend we've got 5 awesome and free watch faces that are available for your Gear S2 smartwatch. While the options for watch faces are a bit more limited for the Gear S2 than for an Android Wear device, there still are some perfectly awesome faces out there.

If you're looking for a new watch face that won't cost a dime, be sure to check out these 5 watch faces.

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2 months ago

PlanetPron app for Android updated with Material UI and new features [NSFW]

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This post is about a great update to an app designed to look at porn. It's not safe for work or children, and some readers may find the content offensive.

Really. I don't want to offend anyone here, I just want to write about an Android app that's done really well. If you don't want to read about pornography, please hit your back button and know that we don't judge you or anyone else.

We first had a look at the PlanetPron app for Android when the service first launched. It's an adult app and an adult service that has pictures and video of adults doing adult things, for consenting adults to watch. But just because it's all about pornography doesn't mean that the app shouldn't be done well, and the service doesn't have to be secure. There's a big update coming very soon for the Android app, and it's worth revisiting.

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2 months ago

Android N Developer Preview 2 now available for the Nexus Player

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Though it's a little late to the party, the second Android N Developer Preview release is now available for the Nexus Player.

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2 months ago

Take a look at Trips, Google's upcoming app for travelers

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It was recently revealed that Google was testing a new app for travelers, and now we have a better idea of what it might do. The new app called Trips, is currently in beta testing, and apparently tracks your upcoming and past trips, making recommendations about places to visit, stay, and eat. The app pulls information by scanning messages in Gmail, looking for hotel confirmations, flights, and more.

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2 months ago

Apple Music for Android now lets you check out music videos

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The latest version of the Apple Music beta for Android is here, and it should be quite attractive for the music video lovers out there.

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2 months ago

Epson Creative Print taps into Instagram to bring your selfie collages to life

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Epson is looking to tap into a bit of Instagram's magic with the latest update to its Creative Print app.

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2 months ago

Podcasts in Google Play Music: It's better than nothing

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Podcasts in Google Play Music

After more than 3 years, podcasts are back on Google's radar. So why did it launch with so much room for improvement?

Once upon a time Google had a little app for listening to podcasts. It was called Google Listen, and it lived alongside other podcast apps during a time of great peace and prosperity. But Google Listen died an untimely death, killed off in one of Google's infamous "Spring Cleanings" after months and months of neglect.

Podcasts, of course, survived the death of Google Listen. And a good many other podcast apps rose to power during that dark time. (In fact, we've got a handy list of the best podcast apps for Android.)

Today, podcasts are more popular than ever. Especially this one. There are others, too. But you definitely should subscribe to this one. And that link there goes to the listing for the Android Central Podcast in Google Play Music.

Yes, after more than 40 months away, Google is now back in the podcast business. And it's a good time to be back, riding on the backside of the wave that was Serial. Or on the continued success or This American Life or WTF with Marc Maron or The Nerdist or The Joe Rogan Experience. And, of course, the Android Central Podcast. There's something out there for everyone.

But are podcasts in Google Play Music any good? We can narrow down podcast app features to three categories of importance — discoverability, playback, and what's good for the podcasters themselves. So let's take a look at this second coming of podcasts for Google and see what the fuss is all about — or whether you're better off sticking with some other app.

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2 months ago

Fenix resolves Twitter issues, makes its return to Google Play

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Popular third-party Twitter client Fenix has made a triumphant return to the Google Play Store after being pulled earlier this week. The app had run afoul of Twitter's token limit, but it seems that those issues have been resolved.

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2 months ago

Google Photos makes hunting for images easier with dedicated search bar

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A new update is rolling out to the Google Photos app on Android, bringing a number of changes that should make finding and managing your photos a bit easier.

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2 months ago

Samsung's developer pitch is all about Tizen, but that shouldn't worry Android fans

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New year, same story from Samsung when targeting the developer community.

Anyone following along with Samsung's Developer Conference (or any trade show where Samsung is represented, actually) is seeing a lot of the word "Tizen" mentioned — TVs, cars, appliances and the whole Internet of Things are running on it. As faithful Android observers, we sometimes have a visceral negative reaction to the word, as if Samsung saying "Tizen" automatically means that Android is no longer in the picture.

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2 months ago

Samsung Pay will expand to Canada, UK, Australia and other countries later in 2016

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Samsung has announced that it will be bringing its mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, to additional countries later in 2016. The service will be expanding to Canada, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Spain and the UK to begin, and Samsung hopes to continue the expansion beyond that.

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2 months ago

Google Calendar for Android makes scheduling meetings much easier

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Google is rolling out a new feature to Google Calendar that should make scheduling meetings much easier.

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2 months ago

Tinder gives awkward group dating a shot in Australia

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Tinder is looking to turn what was once a solo endeavor into a group exercise with a new feature called Tinder Social.

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2 months ago

Instagram is testing a new design that ditches color to help your photos pop

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Instagram is testing a new design for its Android app, one that ditches the familiar blue for a simpler, white design. In fact, white is the dominant color across the board in this test version of the app, from the feed to the camera.

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2 months ago

How to set and up and use Sonos for Android

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Set up your Sonos system and get music pumping through every room in your house!

Sonos is a wireless smart speaker system to which you can connect up to 32 components, so that your entire home is literally full with music. Once you've done a little browsing, you'll find you can get the first speakers to build out your system for about $200 each. Once you've got 'em, it's time to get them set up!

The first step is downloading the Sonos Controller app from the Google Play Store and then you're on your way to easily (albeit sometimes painstakingly) setting up your music atmosphere!

How to download the Sonos Controller app for Android

This will be the easiest and most painless part of the Sonos setup process. You can find the Sonos Controller app in the Google Play Store.

  1. Launch the Google Play store app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the search bar.
  3. Type "Sonos" into the search field.

    Launch Google Play, tap the search bar, type in Sonos

  4. Tap the search button. It looks like a magnifying glass.
  5. Tap the result by Sonos, Inc.
  6. Tap Install.

    Tap search, Choose Sonos, tap Install

  7. Tap Accept.
  8. Tap Open once the Sonos Controller app has downloaded.

    Tap Accept, tap Open

Boom! You're ready to becoming the music maestro you were always destined to be. Now, you just have to set up your speaker!

How to set up your Sonos speaker(s) using the Sonos Controller app for Android

Now that you have the Controller app, you need something to control. Let's set up your Play speaker!

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Set up a new Sonos system.
  3. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the welcome screen.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap set up a new Sonos system, tap Next

  4. Tap Standard Setup to start the wireless setup process. You can choose Boost Setup, but that's only if you want to create a dedicated Sonos wireless network. Let's just stick with the basics.
  5. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the Standard Setup screen.
  6. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the Connect to Power screen, after plugging in your Sonos speaker.

    Tap Standard Setup, tap Next, tap Next

  7. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen, after you have seen the green light flashing on your Sonos speaker. The indicator or the mute/play/pause button may be flashing. If you don't see the green flashing light, tap I'm unsure about the light; however, it may then prompt you to create a wired setup, which is kind of a pain in the ol' hind-end.
  8. Tap the dropdown menu on the "Player Setup" page, to choose your speaker model.
  9. Tap your speaker model in the menu.

    Tap Next, tap thew dropdown menu, tap your speaker model

  10. Tap Set up this player.
  11. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  12. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.

    Tap Set up this player, follow the on-screen instructions, tap Next

  13. Tap Next on the Wireless Setup screen.
  14. Type your Wi-Fi password into the field.
  15. Tap Done on the bottom right of your keyboard.

    Tap Next, type your Wi-Fi password, tap Done

  16. Tap Continue.
  17. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  18. Tap the dropdown menu to choose where you will use your Play speaker.

    Tap Continue, tap Next, tap the dropdown menu

  19. Tap the room in which you'll be using your speaker.
  20. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.
  21. Finish the setup process.

    • Tap Add another player if you have another speaker you'd like to set up. Just follow the same steps.
    • Tap Not now to continue on to registration.

      Tap the room your speaker is in, tap Next, finish up the process

  22. Tap Next on the Sonos Registration screen.
  23. Enter your email address and choose whether or not you'd like to receive information from Sonos.
  24. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.

    Tap Next, enter your email address, tap Next

  25. Tap the dropdown menu to set your location.
  26. Choose your location from the menu.
  27. Tap Next in the bottom right corner of the screen.

    Tap the dropdown, choose your location from the list, tap Next

  28. Enter your zip or postal code.
  29. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.
  30. Tap the check box to choose whether or not you'd like to send your usage data to Sonos.

    Enter your zip or postal code, tap Next, tap the check box if you want to send usage data to Sonos

  31. Tap Next on the bottom right of the screen.
  32. Tap Next on the Registration Complete page.
  33. Tap Set up music services to set up a streaming music service for which you have a subscription. Otherwise, tap Skip to Sonos menu.

    Tap Next, tap Next, tap Set up music services

Now, your Sonos is set up and ready to go. The music service setup process continues straight from here, but you can always do so later.

How to connect to an existing Sonos system using the Sonos app for Android

If you've never connected to a Sonos system before, but there's an existing one to which you'd like to connect, then we have you covered.

This will be the easiest thing you have to do today, since you just have to make sure your Wi-Fi is on and then follow these short steps.

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Connect to an existing system.
  3. Tap Next on the welcome screen.
  4. Tap Done once the connection has been established.

    Tao Connect to an existing system, tap Next, tap Done

Quick and painless. Boom.

The next section will detail the music service setup process, so follow me if you want to jam!

How to set up music streaming services using the Sonos Controller app for Android

Sonos supports myriad music streaming services, including Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and TONS of others.

It's super easy to add your subscribed services to your Sonos system, so let us not delay!

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen. It looks like ☰.
  3. Tap Add Music Services.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap the menu button, tap Add Music Services

  4. Tap the music service that you'd like to add.
  5. Tap Add to Sonos.
  6. Sign in to the music service according to the on-screen instructions.

    Tap the music service you'd like to add, tap Add to Sonos, sign in

That's all there is to it! You've got your favorite streaming services wirelessly hooked up so that, so long as you're connected to your wireless network, you can stream all the music your streaming services have to offer!

How to control your music services using the Sonos app for Android

Now you're ready to dive in! Let's learn ya how to control your music service music from the Sonos app.

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen. It looks like ☰.
  3. Tap the service you'd like use.
  4. Use the music service like you would on any other device. You can use standard media controls to play, pause, skip, etc.

    Tap the menu button, choose the service, use it as you would on any other device

When it comes to volume, play, pause, skip, etc., you can control the Sonos app the way you would any built-in music app.

How to control your own music with the Sonos app for Android

If you already have your phone loaded up with all your own tunes, then you can add those to your Sonos queue.

Here's how:

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen. It looks like ☰.
  3. Tap On this Mobile Device.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap the menu button, tap On this Mobile Device

  4. Choose from where you'd like to play audio:
    • Tap Artists to find the artist of your choice.
    • Tap Albums to search for the album of your choice.
    • Tap Genres to search music from a particular genre.
    • Tap Songs to search for a particular song.
    • Tap Playlists to search for a particular playlist that you've created.
    • Tap Podcasts to select podcasts which you have downloaded.
  5. Tap the item you'd like to play.
  6. Choose when you would like to play the song, album, or playlist.
    • Tap Play Now to play the song, album, or playlist immediately.
    • Tap Play Next to play your choice after the current song.
    • Tap Add to Queue to add the song to the bottom of the queue.
    • Tap Replace Queue to do just that.
    • Tap More to Browse the Artist or View All Songs on Album.

You can use standard media controls to play, pause, skip, etc.

Choose from where you want to play a song, tap the song, choose when you'd like to play it

How to find and play music using the Sonos app for Android

You've got a song in your head and you have to hear it NOW. You can search through every music service to which you're subscribed, as well as the music on your mobile device, using the search function.

  1. Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the search button on the top right of the screen. It looks like a magnifying glass.
  3. Choose a genre to search under:

    • Artists
    • Songs
    • Albums
    • Playlists
    • Stations
    • Genres
    • Composers
    • Hosts
    • Podcasts & Shows

      Launch the Sonos app, tap the search button, choose a category under which to search

  4. Type your query into the field.
  5. Tap the result you'd like to play.
  6. Choose when to play it.

    Type your query, tap the item you'd like to play, choose when to play it

That's really all there is to it. You search up music via the Sonos app just like you would any other music app.

The best part is that Sonos will search everything you have available, so it won't just search the music on your Android device; it'll search all the music services to which you subscribe as well!

How to factory reset your Sonos speaker

  1. Turn it off.
  2. Unplug it.
  3. Plug your speaker back in, while simultaneously holding the play/pause button (on older models, it's the mute button).
  4. Hold the button until the light starts flashing orange.

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