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3 years ago

Android Device Manager coming this month; locate and protect your lost Android phone

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Google to offer an official lost phone locator and security application for devices running Android 2.2 or higher

There are plenty of tools and software packages out there that will monitor your Android phone and help locate it in the event that it's lost, but until now we've not heard of any official solution from Google themselves. That's about to change according to the official Android blog, as the Android Device Manager is set to launch later this month.

Built for devices running Android 2.2 or above (that'd be about all of them) Android Device Manager is said to have tools to help you locate a missing phone by sounding the ringer at max volume, tracking its location if it's out of earshot, and a quick and easy way to remotely wipe your personal data off the device if you're not able to recover it.

Many of us have been using some of the great third party tools for this for a while now, but we're still excited to see an official offering. We'll have a good look when it becomes official.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Yahoo! acquires Rockmelt, no word on what the changes may mean for the Android app

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Yahoo! and Rockmelt have big things planned for the ways they deliver media content

Yahoo! has announced that they are purchasing Rockmelt, makers of a once popular desktop browser and current Android and iOS applications. We had a look at the Rockmelt app for Android upon it's release, and found it an interesting and well-made way to find the great content the web has to offer in a highly-tuned mobile package.

Yahoo! and Rockmelt share a common goal to help people discover the best content from around the web. We plan to integrate the Rockmelt technology into Yahoo!’s experiences, and the Rockmelt team will help us to reimagine how we deliver our media content in new and exciting ways. 

The excellent job Rockmelt did with the mobile app for Android wasn't enough to make up for the sting of dropping the desktop offering for some folks, so we hope that today's news means great things for all involved -- especially the users. We'll know more as things progress.

Source: Yahoo!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom 4G LTE soak test to finally begin, 3 months after initial invites [Update 2: Android 4.1.2]

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Android version of the test is unknown, Jelly Bean expected

Update: Shortly after the soak testers started getting emails, Verizon made 4.2 official for everyone with a Xoom. We're not sure if they still have something special planned for testers or if they're done with the Xoom. 

Update 2: It seems that the soak test has begun, and it is for Android 4.1.2 — despite the official Verizon page (see screen shot after the break). We may see a retraction from Verizon soon.

Almost 3 months after the initial invites were sent out by Motorola, emails telling participants that the soak test for the Verizon Motorola Xoom 4G LTE will soon begin and finally being sent. At the time when the invitations initially went out, it was expected that Xoom owners would get a version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to test, or maybe Android 4.2. Now that more time has passed, and Android 4.3 has been released, things could change — although it is unlikely.

It would make sense for Motorola to bring the Verizon Xoom up to the same Android version as its WiFi-only sibling, Android 4.1.2. We won't know for sure until builds become available to those participating in the soak test, which should be any time now. Verizon Xoom owners that received an invite back in May, make sure to keep an eye on your inbox.

Thanks, Hunch!

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3 years ago

New wave of devices get official CyanogenMod support

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No builds posted yet, but most devices are ready for CyanogenMod 10.2 work to begin

Even those who have never rooted or ROM'd their phones have probably heard of CyanogenMod, the most widely used custom ROM for Android devices. The CyanogenMod software is so popular, that many times builds get ported to phones and tablets that are not officially supported by the CM developers.

If an Android device has enough of a following, and there are developer(s) willing to commit (no pun intended) to maintaining the device in the official CyanogenMod source tree, this device becomes officially supported -- and receives official builds of the CyanogenMod ROM. Official support not only gives owners a warm fuzzy feeling inside, but also less headaches as official builds are usually more stable and have fewer bugs.

Source: +CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Facebook update adds new lockscreen option, Messenger Chat Heads to more devices

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Facebook Home also now officially supported on Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4.

Updates to Facebook and Facebook Messenger tonight have brought out a new feature and new device support across the apps. First up is the Facebook app itself, which added a new lock screen option in the settings to show a Facebook Home-like lock screen with status updates from your friends without replacing your entire launcher with Home. To enable it, head to the Facebook app and hit the settings, then scroll down to "Use as Lock Screen" and give it a moment to enable.

The update also added official Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4 support for Facebook Home, which users have been using pretty successfully unofficially for a while now. On the Messenger side, the app update added Chat Heads functionality for more devices —  presumably on the lower end as the update specifically named the Galaxy Y and HTC Wildfire.

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC One receiving update to enable new frequency bands

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Hefty update enables Band 2 and 5 LTE for improved coverage.

Users with AT&T variants of the HTC One are pulling down an update starting this morning that is a pretty hefty size. The ~250MB update, which started pushing out today, despite its size does nothing more than enable Band 2 and Band 5 LTE on the handset. That's still an important change, and considering how large and complex the radios are the size of the update does make sense. Going forward as AT&T expands its LTE coverage to new bands it will be important to have everything enabled on the device ahead of time.

Members in our forums have already started to see the updates hit their own devices, and we've got the update downloading as well. Let us know in the forums if you happen to find any user-facing changes in this latest update.

More: AT&T HTC One Forums

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3 years ago

BBM for Android now in beta testing, first images emerge

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The rumored June 27 release window has long passed, but BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS is apparently still on track to hit before the end of the summer. Today the multi-platform version of the messaging app has inched closer to release, with the news that it's now in beta testing among a select group of users.

CrackBerry's Adam Zeis writes —

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3 years ago

Google Play TV shows now available in the UK

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Prices start at £1.89 per episode, £2.49 for HD

Don't be fooled by the fact that the app itself is still called "Play Movies" — Google Play TV has landed on British shores this morning. Individual episode prices start at £1.89 for SD or HD for £2.49, and season bundle prices vary depending on the series. Like Play Movies, purchased TV content can be played on the web or through the app on Android.

Google Play TV is offering a mix of British and American shows — highlights include The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Top Gear and Doctor Who. (There's also something called "Honey Boo Boo," which looks positively terrifying.)

So Brits get a pretty wide selection, including many shows that haven't made their way to rival service Netflix in the UK yet (thought admittedly it's still lagging behind iTunes). What's more, to celebrate the launch, pilot episodes of Battlestar Galactica, The Big C and Justified are free, too.

British Google Play users can fire up the Play Store app now to start browsing content. Let us know if you find any gems.

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3 years ago

Bank of America app updated with send and receive money, new payment tools

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Users can now pay credit card bills with external checking accounts and manage Bill Pay.

The Bank of America app for Android phones has been updated with a few very important features. Users can now make credit card payments using checking accounts at other banks, as long as the external accounts have already been set up using Online Banking (accessible using any web browser -- such as Google Chrome).

The BofA app also gains the ability to add, edit and delete Bill Pay accounts. Money can now be sent through the app using an email address or phone number, with users being able to add their own email address or phone number to receive money. Finally, Platinum Privileges clients get their very own Call Me Now feature as well.

Update now through the Play Store, or download the Bank of America app using the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Pantech Discover update to Android 4.1.2 rolling out today

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The update to Jelly Bean will be sent out to users over-the-air

Pantech Discover owners should be on the lookout for update notifications, because starting today an OTA rollout has begun for Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. This is a significant update from the Discover's launch OS, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Pantech has outlined the key new features of this update below:

Google Now, which will allow Discover users to automatically receive relevant information when they need it based on their interests, activities and habits, including weather, sports, shopping, upcoming events and more; Voice Search, a part of Google Search, lets you launch apps or add meetings to your calendar and provides personal results based on your location, and an expandable and actionable Notification Bar which allows for easier return of calls, sending and scanning multiple emails and sharing photos directly from your notification panel.

Pantech certainly is on a roll with its Jelly Beans, with the Pantech Flex getting a similar update just last month. It's good to see such support for manufacturers.

Are there any other new and notable changes present? How about bugs and problems with updating? Those that have already received the update, sing out in the comments.

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3 years ago

Google Calendar update adds notification dismissal sync

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Feature first implemented in Google+ app now makes its way to Calendar

An update to Google Calendar is rolling out in the Play Store today that enables a single feature, but it's an important one – notification dismissal sync across devices. First unveiled at Google I/O 2013 as a new service, the notification dismissal sync will clear calendar notifications on all of your other devices as soon as it is dismissed (by swiping or entering the app) on one device.

If the feature sounds familiar, you may recall that Google quickly added it to the Google+ app when it added a redesigned notifications system across both its apps and web. Google is doing its best to lead by example here, and we sure hope that more developers will implement this service into their own apps and keep our notification bars clean(er) — especially with increasing usage of tablets alongside phones.

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3 years ago

Google working with Netflix to solve Android 4.3 lock up problem

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Putting some Android 4.3 devices to sleep while using Netflix causes freezing

Android Central forums member WwonderLlama has posted about problems he is having using his new Chromecast to watch Netflix:

I just updated my Nexus 4 to [Android] 4.3 via the OTA. That afternoon, I got my Chromecast in the mail. After playing with it for a while, I've found that if I start casting something from my Nexus 4 and lock the screen (just clicking the power button), after a few seconds, the Chromecast audio will stutter and then my Nexus 4 will be hard-locked. I can't get it back without doing a hard reset.

He is not alone, as many people -- specifically those with the Nexus 4 or 2013 Nexus 7 -- are having freezing issues when using Netflix on Android 4.3. Once the app is opened, sleeping the display will lock the device up, forcing a reboot by holding the power button.

Considering the emphasis Google put on Netflix to promote the recently released Chromecast, Google has taken specific interest in finding a solution. Googler Dan Morrill posted on Reddit that "we have top men working on it now." Until these top men send out an update, be sure to keep those Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7 screens on when watching Netflix on Chromecast.

via: Android Police; More: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S3 getting Android 4.1.2 OTA now

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Initial reports of users receiving the update has begun, still no official change log.

After its first major update from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean earlier this year, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 is receiving another considerable update. The phone will still be on Android Jelly Bean, but it gets a version bump from Android 4.1.1 up to Android 4.1.2 (build JZO54K.I747UCDMG2).

Users are reporting an update file size of over 220 MB, which is definitely on the larger side. Some have had success downloading over LTE, while others have said they were forced to download over WiFi. It is also being reported by users that this update includes Samsung's multiwindow feature.

Keep an eye out for that update notification, and join the rest of our members in the forums to discuss the changes and fixes in the AT&T Galaxy S3's latest update.

Thanks, xisruno and Keith!

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3 years ago

BBC Media Player updated with Android 4.3 support

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A heads-up for newly-upgraded Android 4.3 users in the UK — the BBC Media Player app has been updated with support for the latest version of Google's OS. Previously, users who'd upgraded to 4.3 after downloading the player would've been able to continue using it, but if you tried to download it from Google Play using a 4.3 device you'd be out of luck. (The same applies to the BBC iPlayer app, as it happens.)

The app allows users to stream content from the Beeb through their mobile browser of choice, including BBC iPlayer content on the web. That's significant because the dedicated iPlayer app itself hasn't been updated with Android 4.3 support yet. So if you're coming from a fresh installation of Android 4.3, you can now get BBC video content on your device — you'll just have to use your web browser until iPlayer is updated to support Android 4.3.

As always, we should point out that most of the cool stuff that can be accessed through the BBC's player is still exclusive to TV license fee payers in the UK. If that's you, hit the Google Play link up top to grab the latest version of the app.

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3 years ago

Catch Notes service shutting down after Aug. 30

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Current users have until the shut down date to download their data through Catch.com

After years of service to its web and mobile users, Catch Notes has made the difficult decision to shut down its services. One of a growing number of free note-taking apps, Catch Notes offered the capturing of voice, photo, and text for use online and offline, as well as checklists, reminders, and collaboration between friends.

Service will shut down after August 30, which is why the company urges all users to download their data from the Catch.com website before the deadline. Full directions are available at the Catch Help Center.

Disenfranchised users will likely be looking for other services to replace their beloved Catch. Evernote offers free and subscription-based services, while Springpad offers all of its services free of charge. There is also Google's official app Keep, which offers a simpler solution. Check out the Applications Forum for more ideas.

Source: CatchThanks Rachel!

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