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3 years ago

LG L70 rumored for MetroPCS

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LG refreshed its mid-range lineup with the new L Series III ahead of Mobile World Congress, and now it appears one of them is headed to the U.S. Twitter leaker @evleaks has published shots of the L70 with MetroPCS branding.

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3 years ago

Chrome OS updated with improved window management and onscreen keyboard

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The stable channel of Chrome OS is being updated today with improved window management and a few much-wanted features. The first big change you'll notice after updating your Chromebook or Chromebox will be a new side dock that allows you to dock small windows to the screen edges. Also, you'll now have the option of using an onscreen keyboard, which will let you use your mouse or touchscreen for character input and device features (such as volume and brightness) without the physical keyboard.

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3 years ago

Pocket update brings Immersive Mode for distraction-free reading

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One of the most popular reading apps across any platform, Pocket, is receiving a quick update today with important changes for how you view content in the app. Folks using Pocket on a device running Android 4.4 will now see the app enter "Immersive Mode" when viewing an article in full screen, which hides all interface elements so the content take up as much room as possible. Android 4.1-4.3 devices will hide just the status bar, but that's better than nothing.

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3 years ago

Comcast reported to be considering their own mobile service provider business

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Comcast reported to be considering their own mobile service provider business

A growing national Wifi network would provide the backbone for another competitor in mobile service

Comcast may branch out from cable and landline internet, moving into the wireless service arena in the future. According to a report out of The Information, Comcast has been looking into the idea of creating a nationwide wireless phone network that relies primarily on Wifi with back-up service leased from already-established cellular carriers.

Instead of having to pursue purchasing large blocks of wireless spectrum and rights to traditional cellular towers, Comcast would leverage its currently-available network of Wifi hotspots to provide the majority of traffic for phones. Its Wifi network is growing with installations of public access points — over a million across various markets — in large cities and special residential routers that Comcast provides with a publicly-available signal in over eight million homes. But it naturally wouldn't be able to cover the entire country comprehensively — that's where other carriers come in.

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3 years ago

Nokia X hands-on

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It's a Nokia, with Android, minus the Google

Nokia made a big deal out of the Nokia X – and it's sibling products, the X+ and XL – back at Mobile World Congress, it's first foray into the Android world. But it's not exactly Android in the sense we're familiar with in these parts. Take out the Google and add in some square tiles and you're on the right track.

The Nokia X is definitely aimed towards the low end; a Snapdragon S4 and 512MB of RAM are long past being 'cutting edge.' The low-resolution display, fixed focus rear camera and paltry 4GB of on-board storage scream nothing but 'budget device.' But that doesn't mean we aren't interested by it.

Amazon did something different with Android and it was hardly a failure, so perhaps there is a method to Nokia's madness. And there's absolutely no better way to get a handle on what's what than by putting it through the full review treatment.

And so, that's exactly what we're going to do. The full review is on its way soon, but in the mean time we've taken a quick first look at a retail version of the Nokia X. And you'll catch that in the video up top. Stay tuned for more!

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3 years ago

Bible App 5 now available with enhanced sharing features

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Bible App 5

Share passages, bookmarks and thoughts with friends though a single app

Bible App has received a big update today, bringing social features to the good book in version 5. You can now explore the Bible with your friends, and have a stream of their activity in the Home view of the app itself.

Other new features include being able to like and comment on friends bookmarks or notes, where you can share ideas and questions about anything you've read.

The app is free, and you can download it right from Google Play.

Source: YouVersion; Thanks, Robert!

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3 years ago

United Airlines app updated with Android-style UI and new features

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Complete UI overhaul fronts list of changes for popular Android travel application

United Airlines has had a usable Android app for some time now, but it wasn't always the prettiest out there. Today's update to version 2.0 changes that, making those with an eye for proper design happy while also adding new functionality. The app has received a complete UI overhaul (or an "Android friendly design" as they call it), with new buttons, layout and navigation tabs.

Booking search results are now improved, giving you the choice of a regular list view to get more flights in each screen or a detailed view with more information on each flight. Calendar selection for flight search has also been improved, and seat selection has a new design as well. When you're at the airport with a mobile boarding pass, it has also received a refresh and made it easier to manage multiple passengers.

The update is now live in Google Play at the link above, and we're sure more than a few people flying United will be happy with this complete set of design improvements.

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3 years ago

Pushbullet update adds Tasker Event support, full image previews on desktop

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Pushbullet is a great way to send links and images to your phone as well as see your notifications on your computer. An update today makes it even better.

Version 13.8 adds Tasker support and shows images from your phone notifications on your desktop. The actual changelog:

  • Pushbullet now shows the full image from your notifications on your computer. (When you get a text message you'll see the picture of who it's from!)
  • Added Tasker Event plugin support (requires Tasker 4.3)
  • Make the app even more efficient + fixed some bugs

Pushbullet is free, and definitely worth havign a look at. frab it from the Google play link at the top of the post.

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3 years ago

Geeksphone Revolution comes to Amazon in Europe, dual-boot Android and Firefox OS for €239

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The Geeksphone Revolution is now available for sale on Amazon in Europe. Potential buyers of the dual-boot device — you have your choice of traditional Android or Mozilla's fledgling Firefox OS — can pick one up from Amazon stores in Spain, France, Germany, and the U.K..

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3 years ago

Award-winning abstract action game Impossible Road now available on Google Play

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An obscenely difficult tilt Android game launched today called Impossible Road. Basically, you have to guide a ball called "The Vessel" down an infinite, winding track without falling off the edge. You get scored based on how many checkpoints you cross along the way, though it's possible to skip them if you fall off the edge but land further down the track. It's a lot harder than it sounds. Let's just say if you've ever played Mario Kart, you'll have horrific flashbacks to Rainbow Road.

Impossible Road was a big hit on iOS, but it launched a year ago there; does it really take that long to port to Android? In any case, this news combined with the release of The Walking Dead makes it an awesome day for gamers.

Who's picking this up? Anybody play the iOS version? What's your high score?

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3 years ago

Sony Lifelog app now available in Google Play for Xperia Z2, expanding to other Sony phones

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Sony's Lifelog application is now available in Google Play for the Xperia Z2, and will be coming soon to Xperia devices running Android 4.4.2.

The Lifelog application, and the Sony Smartband (available at Newegg) work in tandem to keep track of your movement, and capture your physical, social, and Internet activities right from your wrist.

For now, you'll need an Xperia Z2 to have a go with the app. But Sony promises more information about further device support in the coming weeks, and hopefully we'll see support for it roll out alongside the coming KitKat updates.

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3 years ago

MediaFire's new cloud storage plan offers 1TB of storage for $5/month

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MediaFire has announced new pricing for their cloud storage service which is certainly competitive. They’re now offering a full terabyte for $5/month, and are knocking down that price by half as an early bird promotion. $2.50/month for a full terabyte of cloud storage with file sizes of up to 20GB is nothing to scoff at, and between a recently-refreshed desktop client and updated Android and iOS apps on the way, it very well may suit your needs.

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3 years ago

Results of the Android Central Semi-Annual Survey

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Android Central Semi-Annual Survey

We’ve wrapped up our Android Central semi-annual survey, which managed to field about four thousand responses across a wide range of questions. With the information we’ve collected, we got a good feel for who you guys are and what you want. That data will shape the kind of content you’ll be seeing here on Android Central. Of course, we’re happy to take feedback year-round, so always feel free to voice your opinions in the comments. We’re here at your service after all, dear readers.

That said, we want to include you guys in the process and share the information we’ve picked up. Hopefully you’ll find it just as interesting as we did.

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3 years ago

The Walking Dead game shambles its way onto Google Play

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The Walking Dead by Telltale games has hit the Google Play store, offering dramatic, action-packed gameplay. All five episodes plus the extra 400 Days DLC are available through a single in-app purchase, and you can enjoy the first episode for free.

For those unfamiliar, The Walking Dead is an outstanding comic and television series about a group of survivors in a zombie apocalypse. Though the game here has little to do with those series, you'll find just as much cinematic excellence. Players have to make snap life-or-death decisions, complete rigorous gauntlets of reflex gameplay when fighting off the undead, and, worst of all, live with the decisions you've made from one episode to the next.

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3 years ago

Otterbox launches tough cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5

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The venerable OtterBox folks are showing off their Samsung Galaxy S5 cases just ahead of the launch this Friday. The heavy-duty Defender Series and hybrid Commuter series are available right now, and the colorful Symmetry Series and a wallet variant for the Commuter Series is on the way. There’s no pricing information with the announcement, but the Commuter Series usually starts at $35, and the Defender Series goes as high as $60.

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