Many of us are still trying to digest a generous Thanksgiving feast, but we still rounded up a great selection of apps for our Apps of the Week. Each Saturday we have the writers here at Android Central tell us about an app that they've been using the previous week and why it has stuck around on their devices. It won't always be the best app in its category or a top seller, but if it works for them it must be doing something right.
We have another full list of app picks this week, with a bunch of games and a couple utility apps to round out the offerings. Hit the break and see if you can find a few apps to install this weekend.
Vector is our cross-platform, cross-site podcast where we talk about the technology that matters to all of us. In this episode, Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, deep-dives into his non-browser-based passions: Blu-Ray, transcoding video, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Bottom line, if you want to get your videos onto your devices, and you're not afraid of command-lines or codecs, you're in for one hell of a ride. But, yeah: Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.
If you buy Google Glass, get ready to field that question. Every day. I’m not sure what’s more surprising at this point — the number of people who can properly identify Google Glass, or the number of people who have no problem asking me to confirm their suspicion. Interestingly, a decent number of people I come across have said “How do you like Google Glass? I’ve seen a few people with those before.”
Whether they’re scared about breaking it or just shy enough to not inquire, few people have actually asked to try Glass on. In any case, the interaction always ends up being a positive one. Everyone asks a few simple questions about how it works, what I see and of course how much it costs — usually asked with a sense of intrigue and wonder that you just don’t see from “normal” people around consumer electronics today.
The new Moto G is one of the best values you can get in an Android smartphone — and it's now available for preorder on Amazon. Pricing is exactly the same as from Motorola — $199 for the 16GB mode, and $20 less for 8GB. Those prices don't come with those pesky two-year contracts, either.
HTC USA's Twitter account just gave word that unlocked and developer edition HTC One phones have a new update pushing out today. This OTA will bring KitKat and Sense 5.5 to the One, and sounds like a pretty good way to cap off a day of thanks.
HTC One Unlocked and Developer Edition owners - your Kit Kat roll out starts today! Let us know your favorite new additions. #KitKat#HTCOne
We've seen a few of the changes with Sense 5.5 for the M7, but seeing KitKat in action on a Sense phone will be a first. Keep an eye out if you've a dev or unlocked model (or made your AT&T version into one), and be sure to share what you find when it happens.
FIFA — that's the world governing body for soccer — has released its own Android app, appropriately named "FIFA."
The app, which is free and available for devices running Android 2.3 and up, is a portal into the latest soccer news, from the upcoming World Cup next summer, to the European leages to the MLS here in the United States. As far as apps go, this one's pretty decent (though the font's a bit annoying), with the usual sort of design you'd expect from a news-type app. There's also a section for live matches, and you can get recaps on video on photo galleries as well.
Samsung Argentina has revealed two new color options for its oversized Galaxy Note 3 handset today — "rose gold" and red — bringing the total number of color variants up to five. The rose gold Note 3 is white, like the standard "classic white" version, but with bronze accents around its edges, buttons and camera. The red version is — well, red.
There's no official indication as to when, or even if these new colors will spread outside of Argentina, but recent rumors from Samsung fansite SamMobile point to the red version launching internationally in the first week of 2014, followed two weeks later by the rose gold model.
Today is Black Friday, but around these parts we love Cyber Monday, which historically is our single biggest day of the year when it comes to store sales at ShopAndroid.com.
But this year we just can't wait. We're starting early, we're going longer and we're doing a bigger discount than we have ever done before. EVER. Starting now and going until midnight on Tuesday, you can save 25 percent on ALL Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com. Looking to scoop up some of the hot LloydGear? It's an unprecedented 25 percent off.
To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do it use coupon code CYBER13 during the checkout process. It's as simple as that.
$50 off the Shield itself, plus free case, Sonic 4 Episode 2 and Expendable: Rearmed
NVIDIA is getting in on the Black Friday action, offering its own Shield handheld gaming device for $249, down from the usual price of $299. And to sweeten the deal, the manufacturer is throwing in a free carry case, valued at $39.99, as well as two free games — Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 and Expendable: Rearmed.
"The NVIDIA Shield isn't going to appeal to a wide audience, but I don't think it was designed to do so. It's clear that NVIDIA had one thing in mind when the built the Shield, and that was to create a top-of-the-line gaming device that runs on the Android platform. NVIDIA certainly succeeded, and for anyone looking for the ultimate Android gaming system has found it in the Shield."
Interested? Hit the link below to get started. The deal comes with free shipping and runs until 11:59pm PST on Monday, Dec. 2.
Many Samsung devices discounted until next Tuesday in 'Flash Sale'
British retailer Carphone Warehouse is jumping on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandwagon, announcing the opening of a "Flash Sale" for Samsung mobile devices today. Many handsets that previously required an upfront payment on-contract — including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy Ace 3 — are free for the duration of the sale. Others, are free on certain contracts and include a free gift — the Galaxy Note 3, for instance, comes with a free Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch tablet on contracts from £33 per month.