2 hours ago

HTC offloads its clock app to Google Play, is finally available

HTC Clock app

HTC recently added its Clock to the list of apps it's moved into Google Play, and it looks like it's finally available for updating. (It had been floating around in Google Play for a few days but wasn't actually able to be updated for most folks.) Not sure if that's an offshoot of the Android 4.4.3 update the HTC One M8 is receiving, but the app quickly jumped from 5 to 10 downloads to the 5,000 to 1,000 range.

Snag it at the link above. And also be on the lookout for a HTC Service Pack update in Google Play as well.

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3 hours ago

Unlocked HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 update now rolling out

HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3

Latest M8 update is Android 4.4.4 in all but name

Right on schedule, unlocked and developer edition HTC One M8 devices in the U.S. are today receiving an update to Android 4.4.3 KitKat. The upgrade, which according to HTC also includes the security fixes rolled out in 4.4.4, is being pushed out over the air in the form of a 592MB update package.

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3 hours ago

OnePlus One receives stock Android 4.4.4 ROM


If you want out to try out stock Android on your OnePlus One, you can now do so. OnePlus has released the first stock ROM for the device, which is based on the latest 4.4.4 KitKat build.

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7 hours ago

Razer Nabu will integrate with WeChat, expected to launch with sub-$100 price tag


Razer has confirmed that its up and coming Nabu wearable will integrate with the WeChat messaging service. The wearable is attempting to bind together both the smartwatch and fitness band, offering consumers a single product to carry out multiple tasks. The band itself is set to debut in China, before heading to the US and other targeted markets. As previously touched on, the retail price is expected to be less than $100.

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7 hours ago

Indian manufacturer Spice aims to launch Android One smartphone by end of October


Indian handset manufacturer Spice announced that it intends to launch its first Android One smartphone in the country by the end of October. Spice Retail CEO Devices T M Ramakrishnan announced that the device would be available before Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, which is celebrated this year on October 23.

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8 hours ago

LG sells a record 14.5 million smartphones in Q2; mobile division turns a profit


Good times are coming to LG as the South Korean manufacturer announced today that it sold a record 14.5 million smartphones during the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 20 percent from the same time last year and a growth of 17 percent from Q1 2014.

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13 hours ago

Flickr for Android review

Flickr for Android

Flickr has been in the photo game for a looooooong time, and as you might expect, their Android app is very well done, even in a world rife with picture-sharing options.

At its core, Flickr lets you see all of your pictures uploaded to their service and see what your friends are posting. You can dive into detailed information on each photo, such as aperture, shutter speed, camera and lens model, category tags, license information, and location (if included). Auto-sync can easily make Flickr your go-to photo back-up option, especially with a full 1 TB of storage available for free.

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14 hours ago

Google Maps rolling out new 'Explore' button to reveal tailored local info

Google Maps Explore View

Google is adding a brand new way find out more about your surroundings in Google Maps with a new "Explore" feature. In the bottom right corner of the latest Google Maps app, you'll now notice a small location pin button next to the location button — tap it, and you'll be taken into the new Explore interface with information tailored to your location.

By default you'll see what's going on within a 5 minute walk and is relevant to the time of day and even the weather. You'll see events, restaurants, sightseeing locations, public transit information and more, powered by information from Zagat, your Google+ circles and of course Google's vast knowledge of local information. It's all very similar to what you'd expect to see from Google Now, but more on-demand based on when you hit the Explore button.

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16 hours ago

How to send and receive money with Google Wallet

Google Wallet

No matter the amount, Google Wallet has you covered for person-to-person money transfers

ACU — Google WalletGoogle Wallet does plenty of things, including letting you make mobile payments at some of your favorite stores and hold all of your loyalty cards, but one of its huge values is as a person-to-person money transfer service.

It's one of the lesser-known features of Google Wallet, but it actually works really well for transferring money — from small to very large amounts — to a friend or family member with nothing more than the Google Wallet app and an email address. Whether you're asking a friend to send you a few bucks for that time you picked up the tab at a restaurant, or you need to send a few hundred dollars to your brother to buy some concert tickets, Google Wallet has you covered.

Read along and see how quick and easy it can be to manage money transfers in the Google Wallet app.

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17 hours ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Dots


Circles, holes, dots, whatever you want to call them — they're all over the place, and they often come in patterns and designs that offer a cool opportunity for photos. This week's prompt is "dots," and we're looking for the best photos you can come up with this week that incorporate that idea.

We're picking out two pictures again this week to win prizes, and each winner will receive an iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Charging Car Mount for their phone.

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 (July 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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