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6 days ago

This is the Android Central Podcast YouTube playlist

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In case you missed the news earlier, we've decided to discontinue the standalone, downloadable video version of the Android Central Podcast. All that means is you won't have a feed with which to download and watch the podcast offline.

We are still doing the Android Central Podcast. (We're recording live again this Friday afternoon. I hope you join us.) And we still have video for those who actually like seeing us. You'll just have to watch it online, on YouTube.

That's all that's changed.

And as has been the case for some time, we've got a handy playlist all worked up so that you can flip around at will. That's it at the top of this post. Bookmark it. Save it. Shout it from the rooftops. Cause we're not going anywhere.

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6 days ago

Samsung has acquired SmartThings for $200 million, will run as an independent company

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Following up a month after an initial rumor predicting the tie-up, SmartThings has been purchased by Samsung for a reported $200 million. SmartThings, a startup that creates small controllers that lets users create their own "smart home" one piece at a time, announced on its blog today that it will be joining Samsung but continue to run as an independent company inside Samsung's "Open Innovation Center" group.

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6 days ago

New Sprint CEO says plan price drops come first, then network improvements

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Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure has only been on the job four days now, but has already called an all-hands meeting to lay out his first initiatives at the head of the carrier. The new Chief Executive, who was previously on the Sprint board and running his company Brightstar (which is also owned by SoftBank), laid out a pretty stark and clear path for where he sees Sprint moving in the coming months.

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6 days ago

A perfect storm is letting T-Mobile overtake Sprint, never look back

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These two lines may never cross again

When Sprint finally put an end to its pursuit of T-Mobile last week, and subsequently fired long-time CEO Dan Hesse, the resulting stock market reaction exemplified the pileup of mistakes that the carrier has made. It also showed how Sprint now differs as an organization from that of its magenta competitor — to say nothing of the red and blue carrier variants far above it on the totem pole.

With T-Mobile's industry-changing moves set in motion years ago and finally bearing fruit today, coinciding nicely with Sprint's slow and painful collapse, it looks as though the nation's third and fourth-place carriers are about to swap positions — and I'd venture to say it's going to be a permanent switch.

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6 days ago

Seidio DILEX Case with kickstand for the HTC One M8

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Seidio DILEX Case with kickstand for the HTC One M8

And here we have a look at the Seidio DILEX Case with metal kickstand for the HTC One M8. This one comes in two parts — a rubber membrane that loosely fits around the phone, and a more sturdy shell that wraps around and really keeps things protected.

The idea is that the silicone layer helps with shock absorption, and the polycarbonate shell protects from impacts. It doesn't add much bulk to the phone, and the textured sides (as well as their angles) help you keep a grip on things. There's a little bit of a soft-touch feel to the outer shell that helps with that, too.

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6 days ago

255 million Android phones shipped in Q2 2014, according to IDC

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Android shipments for the past quarter surpassed 255 million, making up nearly 85 percent of all smartphones shipped in the three-month period. According to a quarterly report out of IDC, Android set a new record for shipments in the quarter, growing 33 percent over Q2 of 2013. The big growth came in the lower-end device market, with 58.6 percent of Android phones shipped in the quarter retailing for less than $200 off-contract.

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6 days ago

Controlling Android TV - Gamepad, App, and Smartwatch

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There are no crazy Logitech keyboards, glowing orbs with rotating tops, or motion-sensitive remote controls when it comes to Android TV. Google's vision of the future involves a D-Pad and your voice, with everything else viewed as extra. Through the ADT-1 we're able to explore how Google wants everyone to interact with Android TV, which offers a clear picture of the accessories and apps you can expect to be available when partners start releasing set top boxes for us to buy.

Google has finally given up on putting the modern web in the living room, and is instead looking to upgrade your entertainment center with some much more convenient hardware. The ADT-1 includes a gamepad to navigate the Android TV UI, but as we learned when the platform was announced there's an Android app and an Android Wear companion that make it so you are never far from the remote. Each of Google's hardware partners will be able to add on as they see fit, meaning there might be alternative designs for controllers or maybe even an Amazon Fire TV-esque stick remote, but through the basic three input methods you know the basics.

Let's take a look.

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6 days ago

'OK Google headset:' Imagining a different kind of Motorola wearable

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Motorola has finally revealed the date for its next big press event, and on September 4 we're likely to meet at least four new devices. The invite sent out today hints at the Moto X's successor, the Moto G2, the Moto 360 and something you'll wear in your ear. So far Motorola's efforts in the wearable space have been focused on the Moto 360, the lustworthy Android Wear smartwatch that's been turning heads (and making nerds impatient) since its April announcement. But what if Motorola's smart earpiece isn't just another Bluetooth headset — what if it's the company's first phone-connected smart earpiece?

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6 days ago

AT&T begins Moto X 4.4.4 rollout to everyone after successful soak test

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It was only a matter of time after Motorola started pushing out an Android 4.4.4 soak test that non-testers would have the update, and it seems that now's the time for the widespread updating of devices. We've received a couple tips now and seen posts in our forums that indicate AT&T is rolling out the update to those who weren't part of the pre-release soak test.

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6 days ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 6 adds three more Android games and revamps its app

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Last week, the Humble Bundle team launched their latest "pay what you want" deal for up to six Android games. This week, the team has added three more games to the mix and also revamped its Android app to boot.

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