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2 weeks ago

Google's self-driving cars have been involved in 11 'minor' accidents in the last 6 years

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In a blog post today, Google's Chris Urmson said that the company's self-driving cars have been involved in 11 "minor" accidents in the last 6 years.

Chris Urmson, the director of Google's self-driving car program, took to a blog post today to talk about how the company is approaching safety with its autonomous vehicles. Urmson notes that, so far, Google's self-driving cars have been involved in 11 "minor" accidents, none of which were caused by Google's vehicles themselves.

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2 weeks ago

2013 Moto X Lollipop update is in testing with rollout planned 'in a few weeks'

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Motorola's David Schuster took to Google Plus today to confirm that the Lollipop update for the 2013 Moto X is currently in testing and should see a wider rollout "in a few weeks."

If you're still holding on to that 2013 Moto X and eagerly awaiting your Lollipop update, you shouldn't have too much longer to wait. In a Google Plus post earlier today, Motorola's Senior Director of Software Product Management, David Schuster, confirmed that the update is currently being tested, with a full deployment due "in a few weeks."

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2 weeks ago

Nexus 9 Wifi Android 5.1.1 factory image and OTA file now available

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If you're tired of waiting for the Android 5.1.1 OTA to hit your Nexus 9, update manually.

We're a handful of days removed from the announcement that the Android 5.1.1 OTA is now headed to Nexus 9s, but considering that the rollout takes some time it's worth mentioning that the necessary files for a manual update are now available.

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2 weeks ago

Swype snags two-word phrase prediction, more in latest update

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Popular third-party keyboard Swype has been updated today with two-word phrase prediction, easier number entry, and more.

If you use Swype as your third-party keyboard of choice, you'll be happy to know that it has snagged a couple of improvements to its prediction capabilities today. Swype will now be able to predict two-word phrases, as well as serve up number suggestions for times and dollar amounts if you tap keys with numbers as secondary characters.

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2 weeks ago

Fingers on with the Neo Smartpen N2

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Neo Smartpen N2

NeoLAB has an Android-friendly pen that lets you bring your physical notes into the digital world.

The line between digital and physical gets blurrier every day, but for some folks you can't get rid of either. Taking notes is a perfect example — even though Google has an amazing new handwriting recognition keyboard, for some folks there's no replacement for a real pen and a pad of paper. The Neo Smartpen N2 gives you both by providing a physical pen that can record strokes. While this is not a new concept, the ability to sync with your phone and the app that processes everything is one of the better experiences out there today.

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2 weeks ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 12 adds more games to the 'pay what you want' sale

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Android gamers can now get some more games in the Humble Mobile Bundle 12 under the "pay what you want" model from now until Monday, May 18.

The Humble Bundle team has added even more Android games to its latest Humble Mobile Bundle 12, which will allow users to get up to eight games for very little money.

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2 weeks ago

Submit feedback on your browsing experience with Google's latest Chrome extension

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Google has released a new Chrome extension today that allows you to easily submit feedback about the popular browser.

Eager to give some feedback on Chrome for desktop while you're browsing away? Google has released a new extension for just that purpose called "Chrome User Experience Surveys."

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2 weeks ago

Take the Vision Mobile Developer Economics Survey and win a Samsung Galaxy S6!

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It's that time of year again, and our friends at Vision Mobile want to hear from mobile, IoT, desktop and cloud developers in the 9th edition of their Developer Economics Survey.

How will IoT play out in your ecosystem? Is HTML vs. Native still relevant? Are you using AWS, Azure or Google Cloud? Which are the hottest IoT verticals? These are some of the questions that our friends at VisionMobile address through their Developer Economics research, so take their quick survey and make your voice heard.

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2 weeks ago

LG G4 video walkthrough

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LG G4

The LG G4 will soon be hitting Western markets. We've already published our full review of the phone, with all the information you could possibly want on LG's new flagship phone. If you prefer moving pictures, though, you'll want to check out our complete G4 video walkthrough, which packs the good, the bad and the ugly into a little under eight minutes. You'll find it embedded right after the break.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T is bringing Rollover Data to select GoPhone customers beginning May 15

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AT&T has announced that some of their GoPhone customers will be able to take advantage of rollover data.

AT&T GoPhone customers on select plans will soon be able to use Rollover Data. Beginning this Friday, May 15, people on both the $45 and $60 GoPhone plans will be eligible to roll over unused data from their plan for 30 days after they renew their plan.

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2 weeks ago

How to get photos off the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Get your favorite pictures easily and quickly off your Samsung Galaxy S6 to where they need to go.

You've been taking a ton of pictures with the stellar camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6, and now you want to work with them elsewhere. Here are the easiest ways to get your photos tucked away for long-term storage, shared to the world, or put on your computer for more extensive editing.

Get started on moving photos off your Samsung Galaxy S6

Auto back-up

In the long run, automatic cloud back-up is the easiest way to get a hold of your images on your computer. This sends your pictures to a remote server where you can access them from anywhere. By default, these uploads stay private until you manually share them with others. Though this system is mainly a safeguard for pictures in case something happens to your phone, it's also a really useful way to manage your photo library. And Google's own cloud backup is a popular and easy-to-use option. Let's go through the steps on how to set that up.

  1. By default, the Photos app will be tucked under the Google folder on your Galaxy S6. Not to be confused with Gallery, which is Samsung's app. Tap Photos to open it.
  2. Tap the three dots in the top-right to bring up the menu, and tap Settings.
  3. Tap Auto Backup at the top.
  4. If the toggle at the top-right isn't switched to the right, go ahead and tap it to enable auto backup. You'll also find other options here to fine-tune your backup preferences.
  5. Go to your Google+ page on your computer's web browser.
  6. Click the drop-down menu in the top-left that reads "Home", and click Photos.
  7. Browse your photo collection as you like. The Highlights section will show up by default in an attempt to group your shots automatically, but you can see everything by clicking All photos in the middle at the top. Clicking an image will bring it up to full size, or you can click the checkmark in the top-left of each photo to select several. After doing so, click the More menu at the top in the middle, then click Download to save those pictures to your computer.

There are a number of services that offer automatic cloud backup. Bundled with the Galaxy S6 is a Microsoft OneDrive promotion that includes a little bit of extra storage if you sign up. Dropbox is big too of course, though you may hit your storage allotment quickly, depending on your plan and how many pictures you take. Flickr, on the other hand, is a veritable bottomless pit for photo storage with 1 TB available for free. Facebook's photo backup is especially handy for those that spend a lot of time on the network, though might be a write-off if you're prickly about its privacy policies.

A few tips before setting up an auto-backup on any of the above services.

  • Upload over Wi-Fi only. The battery life on the Galaxy S6 is precious, so you don't want to be uploading full resolution images over your cell network if you can at all help it. Just about every cloud backup service has this option, so make sure it's toggled on in the settings. That said, you may sometimes have to wait for backups to automatically kick in. Don't count on the auto back-up method if you need access to your photos right away.

  • Install a desktop client. Depending on the service you're using, there should be a way to have your computer automatically download images from the cloud as they become available. This effectively keeps your photo library between your phone and computer in sync. That means your pictures are backed up immediately and you can quickly launch into editing on your computer.

  • Prune your photo collection regularly. Even if storage limits aren't a concern whatsoever, your batch of photos can become a logistical nightmare if you don't pull out the valuable pictures and delete the bad ones every once in awhile. Often these services will take any and all images from your phone, including screenshots or music album art, which can make a real mess of things.

Share

The Share menu is perfect for quickly shooting out a single picture or a small batch to another destination.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Hold your finger on the thumbnail of a photo you want to share. Continue tapping on other photos you want to include.
  3. Tap the Share icon in the top-right. It looks like three dots with two lines connecting them.
  4. Chose the source you want to share to. The list of available options will grow as you install more apps.

E-mail is a common enough way to get a picture from point A to point B, though maximum file sizes can get in the way. I personally like using Pushbullet to get pictures directly to my computer. It needs either a desktop or Chrome app to work, but it's otherwise quite efficient. If you don't feel like dealing with more software, there are always direct Bluetooth transfers. They can get your pictures to your computer, tablet, or someone else's device once paired. Wi-Fi Direct and Quick Connect are similar options, though device compatibility is much more limited and a little fiddly.

You can also use this method to share your pictures to social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, provided you have the apps installed.

USB

When all else fails, there's always plugging your phone directly into your computer. This can be helpful when you want to copy photos to a thumb drive to give to someone else, or doing a bulk local backup. If you're on a Mac, you may need to install Android File Transfer beforehand.

  1. Your Galaxy S6 came with a microUSB cable. The narrow end fits into the bottom, and the wide end goes into your computer. Plug 'em in!

  2. Your Galaxy S6 should show up as a drive in My Computer or Finder. If it doesn't, swipe down from the top of the S6's screen, and check the notification tray for USB options. You may need to tap the icon, then check off Camera (PTP) if it isn't already active.

  3. Open the Galaxy S6 through My Computer or Finder and open the folder called DCIM, and then the folder called Camera inside there.

  4. Drag and drop the the photos you want to whichever destination is convenient. The desktop is an easy enough home if you're only working with the photos temporarily.

That's it!

It's a straightforward job getting your photos off your Samsung Galaxy S6 once you decide how you want to do it. If you're having any issues, sing out in the comments.

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2 weeks ago

Best cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Best Cases for Galaxy Note 4

There are a vast number of cases for the Galaxy Note 4 out there, but we've narrowed down the top 5 that have made the biggest impression with our staff and community.

Since the initial release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we've covered a variety of protective covers including the Seidio SURFACE Case, Case-Mate Naked Tough Case, and the Samsung S-View Flip Cover — just to name a few. Although those particular cases haven't made the cut for the top 5, they each have their unique qualities that make them excellent cases for the Galaxy Note 4.

Our selections here are based on personal favorites from the staff here at Android Central, along with the fantastic folks in the Note 4 forums. Dive in past the break for the complete lineup.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T announces its first self-branded tablet, the Trek HD 4G LTE

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AT&T is taking the next step in the tablet market, releasing its own branded tablet, the Trek HD 4G LTE.

While AT&T carries a variety of tablets already, but the Trek HD 4G LTE is different in one major way. This is the carrier's first company-branded tablet. With sales of the Trek HD 4G LTE starting on May 12, and an in-store release date of May 15, the company has not released a whole lot about the tablet.

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2 weeks ago

Google temporarily suspends Map Maker as it looks for a better solution

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In light of the recent Google Maps shenanigans, Google has decided to temporarily suspend the Map Maker service as they search for a better solution.

At the end of April the Android mascot was caught urinating on an Apple logo, and this incident has forced Google to take another look at its Map Maker process. Up until this point, users could make and submit edits on Google Maps, which made keeping up with local roads much easier for the Google team.

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2 weeks ago

The LG G4 supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 after all!

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LG G4 Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

In a surprising but welcome turn of events, the LG G4 now officially supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, the technology that helps Snapdragon-powered smartphones juice up faster. The G4 is now officially showing on Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 pages, and we've received confirmation from the smartphone's manufacturer as well.

The apparent lack of the Quick Charge feature — explicitly told to us at the launch in New York as not being on board the LG  — was tempered slightly be the fact that you can swap out the G4's 3,000 mAh battery for a fresh one at your leisure. But it still was an odd omission. If we had to guess, it's probably just a matter of timing — the G4 is the first phone to use the Snapdragon 808 processor, and sometimes engineering readiness and launch dates don't always match up. It wouldn't be the first time. And we're still a number of weeks away from retail availability of the G4 here in the United States and elsewhere.

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