Recent Articles | Android Central

Pre-order Pixel: Google | Verizon Shop Chromebooks: Asus Flip | Acer 14 | Dell 13


3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear coming to Sprint on October 4


$349.99 for the phone, $299.99 for the watch

Sprint has just announced that it'll be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from Oct. 4, along with its companion device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The phone will run an eye-watering $349.99 on-contract, and will be available in black and white (no blush pink, we're afraid). The watch will set you back $299.99, same as other carriers are charging.

Sprint will launch the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear a few days after they hit AT&T and T-Mobile — on Oct. 1 and 2 respectively. Verizon's Note 3 will follow around a week later, on Oct. 10.

More: Galaxy Note 3 hands-on preview

Source: Sprint

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Oppo N1 announced with 5.9-inch screen, rotating camera and optional CyanogenMod


... And there's a touchpad on the back, too

At an event in Beijing this morning, Oppo announced its new high-end Android phone, the N1. It's a device which scores a number of interesting "firsts" — the first smartphone with a rotatable camera, for high-quality selfies. And it's also the first phone to officially support CyanogenMod, after the project went commercial last week.

The 5.9-inch handset sports a 1080p IPS display, and on the inside it's running a Snapdragon 600 CPU at 1.7GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage. Powering all that is an enormous 3610mAh battery.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Hudl: Hands-on with Tesco's budget tablet


How much Android tablet does £119 get you?

We've just got done with Tesco's Hudl event in London, where the retail giant announced a 7-inch Android tablet with a quad-core CPU that'll sell for just £119. With such a competitive price, the Hudl is probably among the best tablets around this price point. The 1440x900-resolution display beats most entry-level Android slates, and the back panel is furnished in soft-touch plastic, similar to that of the new Nexus 7. As you'll see in our hands-on video above, we're looking at a relatively barebones Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience, with some additions from Tesco. These include apps to take advantage of video through the company's BlinkBox and Clubcard TV, as well as apps for groceries and online shopping (natch).

Check past the break for more photos, and share your thoughts down in the comments.

More: Tesco unveils the £199 Hudl tablet

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Tesco unveils the £119 Hudl tablet


Quad-core CPU, 7-inch screen, sold online and in stores from Sept. 30

We're live in London, where UK supermarket chain Tesco is taking the wraps off its new budget tablet running Android, the 7-inch Hudl (pronounced "huddle.") The Hudl will sell for a fraction of the price of Google's Nexus 7, though with somewhat cut-down specs. The tablet features an 1440x900-resolution screen, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band Wifi and 16GB of storage, expandable up to 48GB via microSD. There's also a microHDMI port for TV connectivity.

On the software side, the Hudl is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the full suite of Google apps, as well as access to entertainment through Tesco's BlinkBox and Clubcard TV platforms. From what we're seeing, the software appears to be mostly stock Android, save for some customizations to hook it into the retail giant's digital services. The most noticeable addition is a dedicated "T" launcher button alongside back, home and task-switching.

The Hudl will come in black, blue, purple and red color options and sell for £119 through Tesco's online and brick-and-mortar stores starting next Monday, Sept. 30. Tesco Clubcard holders will be able to get the tablet through Tesco's "Clubcard Boost" program, which doubles the value of vouchers — meaning it could cost as little as £60 for holders of the loyalty card.

We've got today's press release, full specs and some official images after the break.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

LG Vu 3 announced for Korea


Latest LG Vu handset drops the 'Optimus' name, adds Snapdragon 800

LG has announced a new device in its quirky 4:3 aspect ratio Vu product line, the Vu 3. Initially headed to the company's native South Korea, the Vu 3 will pack a 5.2-inch, 1280x960-resolution display and run Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 chip. There's a built-in stylus this time too, an improvement upon earlier Vu handsets which provided a pen that couldn't be siloed away. The appears to be running LG's software tricks, which we've recently seen on the G2, so it's likely running at least Android 4.2.

Other highlights include a 13-megapixel camera and LTE-A support for super-fast Korean mobile networks, as well as a range of optional "QuickView" covers, just like the G2. The Vu 3 will arrive in Korea from this Friday, Sept. 27; there's currently no indication as to whether a wider international launch is planned.

Source: LG (Korean)

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Slide Aside: LG's app switching feature on the G2


The LG G2 is chock full of features. A lot of folks will call them gimmicks, and that's OK because a world where everyone likes the same things is no world I want to be in. Whether you love them or hate them, the important thing is that they all work without killing the performance of the phone. A lot of that comes from the Qualcomm Snapdragon S800 under the hood, but we like to think that LG was also hard at work to optimize the software.

What Slide Aside does is act as a "container" of sorts for app switching. You enable it in the settings, and with a three finger gesture you can swipe away any active application to dock it on the left side of the screen. You can store up to three applications there, and bring them in and out of focus at will. It's a lot like Samsung's Multi-window, but it works with every app.

This is incredibly handy for apps like a messenger, that you're in and out of all the time. I've been using it while reviewing the AT&T model of the G2, and sticking Hangouts and the Gmail app over there at the side really is useful for the way I use my phone. Does it affect the battery life? Probably. But not enough for me to decide not to use it. 

This is one gimmick I'm enjoying. Check the video after the break.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Wither BlackBerry ...


We may be impatient users, but it's clear BlackBerry still has some work to do with BBM on Android​

It's hard not to lead off this week without talking about BlackBerry Messenger. BBM was supposed to land on Android on Saturday. Obviously, that didn't happen, and on Saturday night BlackBerry finally publicly explained what was going on.

Servers were crunched under the weight of what the company says was "more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours." Not sure if that included the iPhone version — which did launch as planned on Saturday. But either way, that's doesn't bode well for how things might have gone even if the release had happened on schedule. If we're supposed to take BlackBerry seriously as a services company going forward and not for hardware — the company last week announced a nearly $1 billion loss and layoffs of 4,500 employees — the services will have to be bulletproof to even compete. 

Obviously, they were not.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Focal camera app finds release on Google Play


The past week saw a bit of drama come out of the launch of Cyanogen Inc., with the Focal camera app seemingly becoming a casualty when it was removed from the CM builds. It has, however, reappeared with a proper release in Google Play.

Labeled as a beta product, it's an improved (but not finished) release of the open-source camera app that sports just about every feature you could want in a smartphone camera. Photos, video, filters, controls, panorama — even its own version of PhotoSpheres. Some features work better than others at this point, but it's good to see work continuing.

You can download for free at the link above.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Verizon Kyocera Hydro Elite review


A basic phone at the bottom of Verizon's lineup with a few interesting features 

Kyocera is one of those phone manufacturers that has never been known as a maker of high-end devices, but rather a combination of spec phones for carriers and an interesting line of rugged or specialized devices for certain people. Along with Sprint and many prepaid carriers, Verizon is building a relationship with Kyocera for a variety of low-end devices to help anchor its product lines.

Although its "Elite" name may make you think it should be a bit higher-end, the Kyocera Hydro Elite is yet another low-end device that can be sold quick and cheap to just the right consumer, and likely be put on sale for $0.99 when the holidays come around. For the moment the Hydro Elite is anchoring the lower end of Verizon's lineup, and also happens to be one of its few waterproof options.

Read along after the break to see the merits of the Kyocera Hydro Elite on Verizon.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Global rollout of BBM for Android on hold


Leaked version caused issues, BB working hard to get things back on track

BlackBerry has finally given a statement on the status of the BBM rollout for users on Android and iOS, and it looks like things are on hold for the time being. BlackBerry is saying the leaked versions people were using have caused "issues" and that they are hard at work to get things back on track.

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.

As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.

If you're one of the folks using the leaked version you'll probably want to uninstall it before BlackBerry does whatever they are going to do to disable it. And of course, if you're wanting to get up and running with BBM on Android, follow the directions above and register for updates.

Source: BlackBerry

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Pivvot, Health and Nutrition Guide, WhatSong and more!


A handful of apps that stay on our devices week after week

Few things are constant in the Android world, but we hope to bring some consistency with our Apps of the Week column each Saturday. We take a little bit of time each weekend to show off the apps that each of the folks here at AC have been using in the previous week.

This week's edition has a new game to try out, a few different tools and a way to keep up on your favorite sports when you're out of the house. Read along with us after the break and see how the picks stack up this week.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

These are all fake BBM apps — don't download them


Since everyone's asking, yes. There are a bunch of "BBM" apps in Google Play at the moment. Like, a whole pisspot full of them.

None of them is real.

We get that folks are excited about BBM for Android. We are, too But we also need to be a little patient as BlackBerry works out the launch-day kinks and gets the official version rolled out. 

That means staying away from these fake apps in Google Play. (Be sure to report them if you have a minute. And, damn it, Google, it can't be that hard to squelch fakers, right?)

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Waiting for BBM on Android? - Come hang out with us while you wait!


Well - BBM for Android was set to hit the Google Play store at 7am EDT but we've yet to see anything but we're still hanging tight. If you're waiting as well, go ahead and join the chat below and we'll let everyone know when it goes live.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Qualcomm surprisingly joins Wireless Power Consortium, leaders of the Qi standard


Intentions behind joining the WPC still unclear at this point

The Wireless Power Consortium, the collective of companies behind the Qi wireless charging standard, have added Qualcomm as its latest member. The WPC has over 170 companies backing the standard, but Qualcomm joining the group is most interesting as it was a founding member of the A4WP (Alliance for Wireless Power) — a competing wireless charging standard with just over 60 members.

Being that Qualcomm is heavily involved in the A4WP and is now a member of the WPC, hopes are high that there may be some collaboration between the two groups. There is a long history of competition between the two, and up until this point Qi seems to have grabbed more market share and mind share in the public space. Big names like HTC, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Sony and now Qualcomm are all members — the WPC also announced today that Verizon Wireless has signed on.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

GSM Moto X Developer Edition now for sale, same $649 price


32GB of storage, special color scheme and an unlockable bootloader

Although the product page went live alongside the Verizon edition earlier this week, those wanting an unlocked GSM version of the Moto X Developer Edition can finally place an order tonight. Just like that Verizon version you're getting a special color scheme of a white "woven" back and black front, along with 32GB of on-board storage and a special "Developer Edition" inscription on the back.

The full deal will set you back $649.99 and has all of the appropriate bands to work on AT&T, T-Mobile and various other GSM networks at home and abroad. It was a bit of a pain to see the page live without an actual "add to cart" button before, so we're glad its finally available.

Source: Motorola

Read more and comment

Show More Headlines