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3 years ago

MoDaCo Switch for Galaxy S4 in testing among Indiegogo backers

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Toggle between TouchWiz and vanilla Android on the international GS4

After the Indiegogo campaign to bring MoDaCo Switch to the Galaxy S4 raised more than double the intended £1000 ($1500) target amount, the first private beta build of the custom ROM is being distributed to backers via email.

Similar the HTC One version, MoDaCo Switch allows owners of the international LTE GS4 (GT-i9505) to seamlessly switch between TouchWiz and stock Android, effectively allowing users to run two ROMs on the same device. Even better, apps and app data are shared between the two ROMs. It's a pretty awesome way to try out the "pure Android" experience while keeping the ability to escape back to TouchWiz if needed.

Creator Paul O'Brien has emailed those who backed the project with download instructions for the first private beta build, and a public release should follow before too long. In the meantime, you can check out the video above for a quick demo of Switch in action on the GS4.

More: MoDaCo forums

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3 years ago

Moto X now available on AT&T

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Black and white Moto X launches on AT&T

Update: The Moto Maker site is now live, too.

Today's the day, Moto fans. You can now pick up the Moto X from AT&T in the U.S., where it's available in black and white for $199 on a two-year plan, or $579.99 outright.

The Moto X is Motorola's much-hyped flagship phone, one of the first to arrive since Moto became "a Google company." It's sporting near-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 4.7-inch, 720p display with a host of new software capabilities; voice controls, active notifications and Motorola Assist are just a few of the features designed to make it easier to use.

You'll want to check out our definitive review of the Moto X to learn exactly why this is one of the most anticipated Android launches of the year.

So will you be picking up a launch-day Moto X? Let us know in the comments.

More: Moto X review

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

AT&T launches the Samsung Galaxy Mega

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6.3-incher arrives for $149.99 on a two-year plan

Today's a big day for AT&T phone launches, and alongside the One Mini and Moto X, the carrier is also getting one of Samsung's more unusual handsets, the Galaxy Mega.

Announced for AT&T just a few days ago, the Samsung Galaxy Mega packs a 6.3-inch 720p TFT LCD display and mid-to-high-end internals. There's a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU inside, with 1GB of RAM, a 3200mAh battery and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Like the Galaxy S4, it's running Android 4.2.2 and Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI.

AT&T is offering the Galaxy Mega in (dark) blue with 16GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD card. For that, you'll pay $149.99 on a two-year plan or $479.99 upfront.

We've recently reviewed the international version of the Galaxy Mega, and we'll be bringing you some thoughts on the AT&T version before long, too. For more info, hit the links below.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini now available on AT&T

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Miniature metal handset sells for $99.99 on-contract or $429.99 outright

The first of today's AT&T phone launches is the HTC One Mini, the smaller version of HTC's flagship handset that arrived in Europe earlier this month. The One Mini packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and an aluminum chassis, and it's running HTC's latest Sense 5 UI, backed up by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Internally, there's a dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU running the show, along with 1GB of RAM. The Mini also boasts HTC's "Ultrapixel" camera, albeit without the Optical Image Stabilization of the HTC One.

AT&T's HTC One Mini comes in silver with 16GB of internal storage.

The carrier is selling the HTC One Mini for $99.99 on a two-year plan, $349.99 with a one-year agreement or $429.99 outright. If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our full review of the One Mini, linked below.

More: HTC One Mini review

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Pandora update adds sleep timer, Nissan car integration

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Streaming service also announces it will remove 40 hour mobile listening cap Sept. 1

Find yourself drifting off to sleep listening to your classical music station on Pandora every night? Well the latest version of the Pandora app has you covered. A new, and apparently highly-requested, feature of a proper sleep timer has arrived in the latest version of the app. The timer can be accessed by sliding in the settings panel from the right edge and can easily be set to 15, 30 or 60 minutes before the music stops playing. It would be nice to set your own time, but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

On a related note Pandora has also announced, in its quarterly financial results of all places, that it will stop restricting mobile users to 40 hours of streaming per month starting September 1st. The limit was put in place back in March, and Pandora says that it only affected 4 percent of its monthly active users. Under those circumstances it makes more sense for Pandora to be able to advertise unlimited mobile listening than it does to shut down the highest users it has.

Along with the sleep timer, this update brings support for NissanConnect touch screen and steering wheel controls in select Nissan cars, which is important for listening to your music while driving. You can grab the latest version of the Pandora app at the Play Store link above

Source: Pandora; Via: SlashGear

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3 years ago

Facebook beta gets beefy update

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A pretty hefty update to the beta track for the Facebook app has landed, bringing with it a number of bugfixes and the ubiquitous "better battery life" line.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Improved battery usage and efficiency
  • App can now be opened in landscape
  • Album covers always displayed instead of the photo you tapped to view
  • Crash when uploading multiple photos
  • Crash after deselecting a photo from the photos composer
  • Caching bug on Timeline (so it should load faster for some users now)
  • Infinite spinner on 'Nearby Places' category selector
  • Album names won't flicker in composer view
  • Resized some stickers that were previously too big
  • Music controller notifications now responsive after dismissing in cover feed
  • High-resolution artwork now loads in music controller
  • Various crashes occurring in Home

Facebook also notes a known issue in which the "most recent" setting won't stick in the news feed.

If you're not on the beta track for Facebook, you can join here.

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3 years ago

Chrome Beta adds universal image search, new gestures for tabs and zooming

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New navigation paradigms are more natural, cut down on accidental actions

Chrome Beta has just received a notable update that changes many of the usage and gesture paradigms in the browser. Most notable are the new ways to switch tabs — a swipe down on the toolbar expands the tab switcher (previously only revealed with a tap of the tab button), and swipe left or right along the toolbar to switch between open tabs. This is a far more intuitive way to manage your tabs, and completely prevents accidental tab switching when scrolling pages.

For navigating the Chrome Beta menu, you can now tap the overflow menu button and keep your finger pressed, sliding down the menu options and releasing your finger on the one you'd like to select. Google has also implemented a new one-finger zooming paradigm that is most memorable from Google Maps — double tap the screen and hold the second tap to either slide up or down to zoom in or out on the page.

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3 years ago

Get yourself a new Nexus 7 from Woolworths in the UK right now

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Delivery pegged for August 28, 16GB and 32GB versions in stock

It's almost new Nexus 7 time here in the UK, and another source of Google's finest has come to light in online retailer Woolworths. It may be the remnants of the former high street chain, but Woolworths new online store has both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the 2013 Nexus 7 in stock for purchase right now. Delivery is still pegged for August 28, so there's a little wait to be had, but you can hand over your cash straight away. 

The 16GB Nexus 7 will cost you £199, and the 32GB not a whole lot more at £239. Anyone picking one up in the next week or so? 

Source: Woolworths

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3 years ago

Latest Android 4.3 factory images for Nexus 4, 7, 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus now posted

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Have the tools to restore your device to a factory state of the latest Android 4.3 build

Just as users are reporting a wide rollout of the latest Android 4.3 update, Google has posted factory images of build JWR66Y and JSS15Q for the Nexus 4, both Nexus 7's, Nexus 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus. Factory images, if you'll recall, usually show up quickly after the announcement of a new OTA update, and are the Google-sanctioned way to restore your device to a factory state of the latest firmware version should something go wrong. 

The Nexus 4, Wifi and HSPA Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus all stick with build number JWR66Y and are referred to as "android-4.3_r1.1", while the Nexus 7 (2013) splits to a different path with build number JSS15Q and "android-4.3_r2.2". Sprint and Verizon versions of the Galaxy Nexus, along with the Nexus S, are seeing no factory image changes (as expected).

If you have the need to restore your device and wanted to jump right to the latest version, you now have the tools. Those of you who are willing to flash factory images instead of wait for the OTA update can make use of this resource as well at the source link below.

More: Galaxy Nexus Forums | Nexus 4 Forums | Nexus 7 (2013) Forums

Source: Factory Images for Nexus Devices

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 JWR66Y rolling out to Nexus 10, too

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Google's big tablet gets the same update Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus users started receiving yesterday

Not to be left out of the OTA update party, the Nexus 10 is also receiving the small incremental Android 4.3 update that was tipped by T-Mobile for the Nexus 4 and later confirmed for the Galaxy Nexus. Screenshots of the update from folks who have contacts us (found after the break) show the latest build carries the same JWR66Y build number and of course keep the tablet at Android 4.3.

The update is reported to be a simple set of security fixes, with no user-facing changes that we can tell. It seems a handful of users with Nexus 10's are seeing the update hit their tablet in our forums as well, so be sure to chime in there if you've found the update.

More: Google Nexus 10 Forums

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3 years ago

Chrome OS stable channel updated with immersive mode, smarter app launcher

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Usability tweaks and behind-the-scenes improvements for nearly all Chromebooks

The Stable channel of Chrome OS is being updated today to version 29.0.1547.57 for all Chromebooks (except the Lenovo Thinkpad X131e) with several improvements. First up is a new "immersive mode", which hides some of the chrome (pardon the pun) around windows and provides a nearly full-screen experience. 

The app launcher has also received a few tweaks, letting you pin apps to the shelf from the launcher with a simple drag-and-drop. The app launcher search has learned a few new tricks as well — it will dynamically learn what you search for most regularly, prominently highlight apps and offer web store results if you don't have an app installed.

Some behind-the-scenes improvements like a move to kernel version 3.8, wallpaper sync across Chromebook devices, two finger history navigation and fixes for monitor scaling are all included in this update as well. Be on the lookout for the download on your own Chromebook today.

Source: Chrome Releases

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3 years ago

Moto X review

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Motorola is back with one of the best designed and built phones we've seen in a while — and it's customizable. (Eventually with wood!) But it's got one seriously disappointing feature, too.

Once a year or so you get one of those smartphones that’s supposed to change everything. Maybe it’s so full of features it’s hard to know where to start. Maybe it beats the price of every other phone available, but it’s just not a mainstream device. Maybe it does one or two things extremely well but lacks in other areas.

For many, Moto X is supposed to be that phone in 2013. The rebirth of Motorola, under Google’s umbrage. Android for everyone. Pick your platitude, attach the “Moto X” name to it and watch the excitement build.

Thing is, it’s just a phone, folks. Moto X is a damn good phone, too. It’s comfortable. Familiar. Beautifully designed. And deceivingly simple. It alleviates some concerns we’ve had with other devices — battery life, namely — while falling short in other areas. But at the end of the day, does it really represent some sort of paradigm shift in the Android smartphone space?

We’ve spent three solid weeks with Moto X as the only phone in our pocket. Will it ride out the rest of the year there until the Next Big Thing?

Let’s dive into it — this is the Android Central Moto X review.

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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 getting update with fix for touchscreen issues

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Build JSS15Q has begun rolling out for Google's latest tablet

Following yesterday's updates for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, which are still in the process of reaching all users, Google is today pushing out its first post-release update for the 2013 Nexus 7.

Google's Paul Wilcox confirmed on the company's product forums that new firmware is indeed rolling out to fix touchscreen sensitivity issues reported by some Nexus 7 owners —

"As a couple of you have mentioned, there's a new system update that's started rolling out for your Nexus 7s. This update does address the touchscreen issues discussed in this thread. If you're one of the people experiencing touchscreen issues, please let us know how it's going after you've received and installed the update."

There's no word as to whether the patch includes any other changes, but it's possible it might also include whatever security fixes were rolled out to Nexus phones yesterday.

If you're not seeing anything on your Nexus 7 just yet, you're not alone — our devices aren't showing any updates available just yet either. As is always the case with Google updates, you might need to wait a few days before it's rolled out to your tablet.

Source: Google Product forums; via: ​XDA

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3 years ago

BBM for Android user guide appears online

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The "late summer" launch window for BlackBerry Messenger on Android is fast approaching, if not already here. And with beta builds already creeping out into the wild, it should come as no surprise to see support documentation also showing up online ahead of the anticipated release.

Designed to instruct new Android users on the ways of BBM, the docs cover the basics of getting your account set up, viewing friends' profiles and trolling CrackBerry Kevin. (OK, maybe not that last part.)

In any case, there're a lot of instructional bulleted lists and no screenshots to be found, so if you're after a peek at what BBM will look like on Android you'll have to make do with leaked screenshots for now.

Similar documents have also appeared for the upcoming iOS version of BBM. Hit the source link down below to grab both manuals, courtesy of our pals at CrackBerry.

Source: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Android 101: Managing 'favorite' contacts

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Keep those people you contact most in a single list

Everyone likes to keep a robust contacts list as a centralized store of information, which is especially the case in the age of smart phones. Although it seems like this list randomly grows and grows (few people regularly "audit" their contacts list), we usually end up contacting the same handful of people over and over again.

This is where the simple idea of a "favorites" list comes in — a quick and useful tool in Android's contact manager that separates your most-contacted people from the rest. Hang with us after the break for a very brief tutorial about Google Contacts and marking individuals as "favorites".

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