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2 years ago

Twitter opens up Google Play beta testing for willing participants

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Weekly updates will roll out with the latest experimental Twitter features

Twitter is jumping on the official Google Play bandwagon today, opening up experimental builds of its app to willing testers. Just as we've seen recently with Facebook's move to proper beta testing, Twitter is opening up the program through Google Groups to anyone that wants to sign up.

Once signed up, your account will be flagged as on the beta track, and you'll soon see an update via the Play Store to the latest experimental build. From that point forward, you'll receive updates on the beta track ahead of the stable release.

As is the case with other beta builds, you'll want to be prepared for a little bit of instability and a few bugs along the way. But if you're willing to handle some of these issues, you will get access to the latest features that Twitter is testing before they hit the general public.

If you're interested in signing up for the beta testing group, you can do so from the source link below.

Source: Twitter Beta Test Group

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2 years ago

ZEN & TECH 58: Zen in the workplace

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ZEN & TECH is Mobile Nations' lifestyle podcast where we work on centering your inner geek and using technology to help reduce stress and live better lives. In today's episode, Georgia and Rene talk about making the workplace a less stressful space. From de-cluttering to familiarizing to feng shui, ergonomics, and taking breaks.

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2 years ago

Amazon Appstore offering 10 apps for free today

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'Free app of the day' gets bulked up to celebrate one-year anniversary of European Amazon Appstore

Amazon's Appstore may be best known for its "Free app of the day" promotion, but today's sale jumps from one to 10 apps that won't cost you a penny. To celebrate one year of availability of the Appstore in Europe, Amazon is making 10 different popular apps free for the entire day, valued at over $35 normally:

  • Angry Birds (Ad-Free) - regularly $0.99
  • Drawing Pad - regularly $1.99
  • PAC-MAN HD (Kindle Tablet Ed.) - regularly $2.99
  • World of Goo - regularly $2.99
  • SwiftKey - regularly $3.99
  • CalenGoo - regularly $5.99
  • Sprinkle - regularly $1.99
  • Paper Camera - regularly $1.99
  • Jamie's 20 Minute Meals - regularly $7.69
  • Shazam Encore - regularly $4.99

Even though the sale is being kicked off because of a European milestone, the sale is available in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan. Head to the Amazon Appstore on your device or the source link below to grab your free apps.

Source: Amazon Appstore

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2 years ago

This week's Talk Mobile live hangout!

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It's the final day of this week's worth of Talk Mobile 2013 pieces, so we're getting the gang back together for a little live Hangout action. Join us at noon EDT!

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2 years ago

Cruzerlite SPI-Force Galaxy Note 2 case review

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A phone case for the unapologetic Android fan among us

 

Trying to get a case for the Galaxy Note 2 that protects it but doesn't add too much more bulk to an already large device is tough, and Cruzerlite has decided to not even attempt to keep things small with its SPI-Force case offering. Instead, what you are getting for the extra bulk is serious protection around the entire device and a sturdy center-mounted kickstand for when you need it.

This is going to be a polarizing case design, but it's one worth looking at if you need some intense protection for your Note 2. Stick with us after the break and learn a little more about the Cruzerlite SPI-Force case.

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2 years ago

Net neutrality, VoLTE, and the future of carriers - Talk Mobile

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In the coming years we can expect mobile operating systems to become more efficient, more capable, and more flexible, and there's little doubt that the phones they run on will last longer, be thinner and faster, and have better cameras, screens, speakers, and build quality. The platform and device builders have the most to lose - competitors can spring up out of nowhere, they can pivot quickly, and they can easily attract mind and market share.

2 years ago

Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT: The return of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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OK, folks. Here we go! The Greatest Android Podcast in the World returns this afternoon, live and in living color! We're sneaking in one last show before we hit the road for IFA in Germany, so we'll preview what to expect next week. Plus we've got the LG G2 in our hot little hands, we'll see if we're still in love with the Moto X — and we'll have more of your e-mails!

So join Phil and the gang — and, of course, the chat room — live at 9 p.m. BST / 4 p.m. EDT / 1 p.m. PDT for the live broadcast. You should be there. You will be there. You must be there. After all, you are what makes it the Greatest Android Podcast in the World.

Join us on our live page, or you can even watch the broadcast from the official Android Central App!

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2 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy Mega: AT&T’s worst smartphone is its best tablet

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Samsung has created a truly terrible smartphone and a downright dazzling tablet in the Galaxy Mega, available now on AT&T

Whispers. Crook-eyes. The occasional point-and-laugh. These are some of the things I’ve endured on a daily basis for the past week while using AT&T's Galaxy Mega as my main smartphone. Whether I’m making a call on my morning commute or shooting off a message while walking down the street, it’s been hard to escape judgment while carrying Samsung's latest Galaxy iteration.

And who can blame the skeptics? At 6.3 inches, the Mega is conspicuously larger than just about everything else consumers are making calls on. It’s not only the largest phone on AT&T’s shelves, but it’s one of the largest phones in the world, and never for a second pretends to be anything other than just that. Samsung can finally check the “6.3-inch” box off its to-do list, at the expense of unknowingly absurd-looking Galaxy fans.

Read: Our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Mega is not only one of the largest phones on the market, but it’s also one of the worst. Shooting off an SMS takes brute strength and two meaty paws; making a phone call looks and feels ridiculous, despite what anyone graciously might tell you. The Mega is the most polarizing device in Samsung’s arsenal, and the tough love it’s been receiving from the skeptics as a poorly designed and gimmicky smartphone isn’t entirely unwarranted.

But perhaps all of us — consumers, Samsung, and AT&T — have got it all wrong. Maybe the Galaxy Mega is being unfairly judged as an awful smartphone when, in reality, it’s a fantastic tablet.

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2 years ago

And our latest winner of a new Nexus 7 is ...

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A big congrats goes out to Android Central member cboekhoven, who was the lucky (random) winner of a brand-new Nexus 7 tablet in our contest this week to celebrate our app passing 100,000 installations.

More than 5,200 entries were received this round. Don't worry — it'll hardly be our last contest.

Congrats, again, and be sure to give our app a shot if you haven't already!

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2 years ago

Three UK's 'Feel at Home' abolishes roaming charges in seven countries

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Roaming charges no longer a problem in countries with their own Three network

Three UK has announced a new roaming scheme known as 'Feel at Home' that promises to abolish roaming charges when you go abroad. The catch; it's limited to seven countries at the moment, and those countries are ones that all have their own Three network. Still, it's a bold and welcome move from the carrier, and should take some of the pain of travelling with your smartphone away if you're hitting one of the supported locations. 

Visiting Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark, 'Feel at Home' will automatically activate the moment you turn on your phone allowing you to use your regular Three allowance while you're there with no extra charge. 

Three already offers competitive EU roaming rates, with access to your UK based allowance costing just £5 per day when within EU countries, but this is one step further in the right direction. 

Source: Three

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2 years ago

Pocket Casts will be getting Chromecast support in the future

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Just as soon as Google will allow, we can have it

Pocket Casts by Shifty Jelly is one of our absolute favorite podcast apps for Android, and it turns out that it'll be getting support for one of our new favorite devices. Just as soon as Google allows it. We're of course talking about the Chromecast, and the good folks at Ausdroid have popped along to the Shifty Jelly offices to get a brief look at it in action. 

The issue isn't that they don't want us to have it, but that Google is currently forbidding the release of any third-party apps supporting Chromecast while some final details are finished off. But Pocket Casts works just fine with it, as the short video after the break shows. What better way to listen to the best damn Android podcast in the world than on your big screen TV? 

Source: Ausdroid

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Mini+ and HTC Fetch

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A miniature companion for your smartphone, and a new security keyring

HTC is continuing to roll out accessories for its flagship “One” series, and today we’ve had the chance to go hands-on with two quirky new additions to the HTC accessory family — the HTC Mini+ and HTC Fetch.

First up, the Mini+ is the successor to last year’s HTC Mini, which shipped alongside the original Butterfly handset in China. As we’ve said before, this is effectively a phone for your phone. It pairs to your full-sized HTC handset over NFC and Bluetooth, allowing you to control your phone remotely as long as the Bluetooth connection is active.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom gets an LTE model in Europe

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It's a Galaxy S4 Zoom, but with LTE

When we first saw the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom for ourselves at the Premiere 2013 event in London, one noticeable absentee was an LTE version. That open book can now be closed, as Samsung is today announcing an LTE S4 Zoom for European markets. 

In every other sense, this is the same exact camera phone we saw back in London. A Galaxy S4 Mini class phone on one side, with a 16MP camera on the rear with a 10x optical zoom and a bunch of specialist camera applications to help make the most of it. If you're going to be taking and sharing a lot of pictures with this thing — which lets face it, is why you'd buy one in the first place, right? — then on-board LTE is going to be a big assist. Check out the full press release after the break. 

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2 years ago

Samsung details Galaxy NX camera pricing and availability

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US stores will see the new Android-powered mirrorless camera starting in October

We were generally taken by surprise when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy NX as a spiritual successor to the original Galaxy Camera, and now we know when and how much you'll have to spend to buy one. It will come as no surprise to camera geeks that this is going to be one expensive piece of kit, but for someone coming from the point-and-shoot camera realm may be surprised.

Samsung is setting pricing at $1599.99 for the body (no lens) or $1699.99 with a standard 18-55mm kit lens, and expects to have it on U.S. store shelves and directly from Samsung starting in October. Now you're certainly getting something for that high price tag — on the imaging front we're looking at a 20.3MP APS-C sensor with a 1/6000 second shutter speed and up to ISO 25600 sensitivity. You also have the proper lens mount for Samsung's range of NX lenses if you're ready to expand your shooting options

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2 years ago

Digg Reader app hits Google Play as another RSS service choice

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Another great reading and RSS option to pick up where Google Reader left off

When Google Reader finally closed up shop we saw a scramble of replacement services crop up, and now Digg has launched its Digg Reader Android app to accompany its RSS service. Just like another familiar RSS service Feedly, Digg Reader offers syncing of RSS feeds tied to an account — in this case Google, Facebook or Twitter — and serves news to you on multiple devices.

The app is basic, clean and seems to perform well. You can browse around through popular stories without an account, or after signing in add feeds by content type or specific URL through a search function. The basic article view gives options to favorite, view on the web, digg and share out to any service and seems on par with the other apps out there. Naturally unread counts and favorites sync between your devices and on the web

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