1 week ago

LG G4 begins shipping, but U.S. still has to wait

LG's Juno Cho

The LG G4 this week will begin shipping in initial markets — but a good bit of the world still has a while to go before getting its hands on the phone.

The LG G4 is coming to 180 carriers around the world on six continents. And this week it begins shipping in Hong Kong, LG announced by way of press release. After that come Turkey, Russia and Singapore.

U.S. carriers have announced their intention to carry the G4, but we've yet to receive any word on date or pricing.

The G4 — as you'll recall from our comprehensive review — sports a 5.5-inch Quantum IPS display, runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor (and, yes, includes Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 2.0 feature). The camera has proven itself to be one of the best among current phones.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: What text messaging app do you use?


Messaging has only diversified in an age of Whatsapp and Viber, but the lowly text message is still highly popular and still highly used by millions.

Texting on your smartphone isn't limited to just the app that comes on your phone anymore, and even then, most phones sold in the United States are shipping with at least two messaging apps, sometimes three if the carrier includes one. With all of these choices, it begs the question of what our readers choose to use for their messages, and so we asked in this week's poll.

And we get your message, though it may not quite be as clear as it seems.

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1 week ago

Spotify's smooth streaming is a great addition to Android Auto

Spotify on Android Auto

Android Auto

Next up on our quick tour of Android Auto apps — and as you'll recall from our Android Auto primer, that is apps that also support car playback; not separate downloads or anything — comes an application that needs basically no introduction. Spotify quickly solidified itself as one of the streaming music apps. And that it supports Android Auto gives you just one more reason to give it a shot if you haven't already.

While it lacks Chromecast support, Spotify (ad-supported, or $9.99 a month for everything) does what you expect from it in the car. Let's take a quick look.

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1 week ago

AT&T quietly begins selling LG Escape 2, and its curved display, for $179.99


AT&T has quietly begun selling the LG Escape 2. The previously unannounced mid-range smartphone has a 4.7-inch curved display and has a no-contract price of $179.99.

LG has finally released a follow-up to its mid-range LG Escape smartphone that launched in 2012. The LG Escape 2 went on sale a few days ago on AT&T's website for $179.99 without a contract.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Sunrise Calendar, Meerkat, Hyperlapse and more

apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

Microsoft opens up Hyperlapse beta to more phones from Xiaomi, Sony, Motorola and more


Microsoft's new Hyperlapse beta for Android has already had a new round of phones added to its support list including the Droid Turbo, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Xiaomi Mi4.

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1 week ago

Samsung's Blue Topaz and Emerald Green Galaxy S6 finally seeing the light of day


Samsung is giving consumers more color variety for its flagship smartphones, introducing the Blue Topaz version of its Galaxy S6 and the Green Emerald color for the Galaxy S6 edge.

Samsung's press release says the new colors are available for consumers "now" but there's no specific launch dates or territories mentioned. We first saw these new colors during the global launch back at Mobile World Congress and it's safe to say we've been anticipating actual release information.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: The Miami meetings ...


I and the other Mobile Nations editors spent much of last week in Miami, working on the future of the organization of our organization. And giving me the excuse to use this picture you now enjoy here. (From the G4, with some HDR and post-processing love.) It's always great to actually see the people you work with. We don't get to do that often enough. And that we tend to do it at the opposite end of the state in which I spend 90 percent of my time is amusing. Canadians in Florida never gets old. (That said, I'd freeze to death in minutes if I go any farther north than, oh, St. Louis, any time after September.)

You probably won't see any sweeping changes anytime soon here at AC. And that's by design. But make no mistake, we've got big things in the works for the months and years ahead. I, for one, am excited as hell.

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1 week ago

What is Android?


Android means a few different things — but in the end it's all good!

You see the word Android used a lot on the Internet, and it gets used interchangeably for a few different things. I'm not even talking about robots (though some Androids could be running on Android), I'm talking about the mobile platform we all love. And TV set-top boxes. And laptops. Pretty much everything except robots. OK, even robots.

Seriously, when we (or anyone else on the Internet talking about products based on Google's operating system) say Android we're usually talking about one of three different things.

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1 week ago

Google will reportedly add a 'Buy' button to some mobile search results


Google is said to be planning to add a "Buy" button to mobile search results in the next several weeks.

In an effort to compete with the likes of Amazon, Google will reportedly add a "Buy" button on search results pages fairly soon. The buttons will appear as part of sponsored search results for select products. Tapping the buy button will take users to a product page to actually buy the item.

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1 week ago

Second look: Dell Venue 8 7000 Series with Android 5.0.2

Dell Venue 8

Dell's most impressive Android offering to date has finally been updated to Lollipop, improving an already impressive tablet experience.

It has been six long months since the Dell Venue 8 (aka the 7000 Series or the 7840) crossed our desks. And while we had plenty of nice things to say about this tablet in our review it couldn't be more clear that the biggest problems here were software-related. Dell's ultra-thin, (nearly) bezel-free, horizontally asymmetrical tablet feels amazing in your hand and handles anything you throw at it with ease. But it was running Android 4.x KitKat, and Dell's small additions to the software were clumsy at best.

Now that the big update has landed on this device, it's time to take a second look at the software running on this stunning little looker and see what happens when you give Dell and Intel a Lollipop.

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1 week ago

You can now browse Google Play Music (somewhat) on Android Wear 5.1.1

Google Play Music and Android Wear

Google Play Music now has some basic browsing functionality on Android's wearables platform.

If you've got the latest version of Android Wear — that is, Android 5.1.1 — and use Google Play Music, you now have a new option for controlling tunes on your watch.

There's a caveat here, however.

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1 week ago

Android Central 236: The JerryScope


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This week on the Greatest Android Podcast in the World™: Samsung goes all Iron Man on the GS6 edge, the GS6 Active appears, Microsoft's Hyperlapse hits Android in beta, Verizon buys AOL — and we'll answer more of your questions live!

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1 week ago

Getting to grips with the HTC One M9 camera app

HTC One M9 camera app

Even as the debate surrounding the HTC One M9's camera rages on, there's no denying HTC has one of the most feature-filled camera apps of any high-end smartphone. There's a huge number of different modes to use and settings to tweak — from the usual options like HDR and panorama to recent additions like the new RAW camera, which lets you to take your smartphone photography the next level.

We'll take a look at everything the HTC camera app has to offer after the break.

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1 week ago

Virgin Mobile USA increases data and drops prices on its Data Done Right plans


Virgin Mobile USA will soon launch new single and multi-line Data Done Right plans, offering more data for less.

Virgin Mobile will soon offer new options for their Data Done Right Plans. Starting May 16, customers will be able to get more data, while some plans will also see their prices drop by as much as $5 per month, for both single and multi-line plans.

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