4 days ago

Virgin America takes Nexus 7 to the skies as 'CrewPad'


It looks like Virgin America will be outfitting crew members with new Nexus 7 tablets, with the slates being badges as the CrewPad. The new CrewPad, which is based on Google's Nexus 7 hardware, will replace existing tablets in the fleet and provide crew members with a more efficient way to service guests on flights.

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4 days ago

The Mobile Nations apps suite: Collect 'em all!

Mobile Nations apps

It's time for the weekend, and therefore it's as good a day as any to remind folks the Google Play Store has a new look to it. That and we have an excellent Android Central app that you should check out if you've yet to do so. And that's not all — we've also got them for all the Mobile Nations sites!

Everything's running off the same code base, so if you're looking for the latest in Windows Phone news, you'll find the same experience as you would in the Android Central App. That means the latest news and reviews, access to our forums and podcasts — and you can comment on stories, too.

We're still working on notifications — that should be the next major update you see in the coming months. We're also still working on integration search. We know, we know, that's been a long time coming, but it's also the sort of thing that takes time, because we need it to work between all of our sites, on multiple platforms.

Ready to give our apps a shot? Here's where to download:

Thanks for trying them out. And if you're so inclined, leave a review!

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4 days ago

Seidio Ledger Flip Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Seidio Ledger Flip Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Stylish protection with a somewhat unnecessary kickstand


Kickstands on a phone case can be a great way of propping it up to watch videos, use as an alarm clock at night and any number of other purposes. Sadly in the case of this Seidio Ledger case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 the kickstand isn't going to win any awards but the rest of the case is well worth consideration.

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4 days ago

Grumpy Cat offers viewpoint on Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook in new teaser video


Barnes and Noble just posted up a new teaser video for their upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet and it features none other than Grumpy Cat who offers some thoughts on the device that's been co-developed with Samsung.

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4 days ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT!

Android Central Podcast

Hey, you. Whatcha doing this afternoon? Because if you're not joining us here for the live recording of the Android Central Podcast, you're going to be missing out on a few things. Namely:

  • We'll read the tea leaves and see what Motorola has up its sleeve for its Sept. 4 event.
  • We'll break down what's new about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
  • We'll do our darndest to get Alex to say "aluminum" as many times as we can.
  • And then we'll feel bad about are continuous taking advantage of his great accent.
  • Accent? What accent. You're the one with the accent.
  • And we'll answer your questions, live on air.

So join us at 4 p.m. EDT (that's 9 p.m. in London), m'kay?

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4 days ago

Glympse announces Pebble app for simple location sharing


It seems like it's tough to find a platform that Glympse isn't yet on, and with the expansion today to Pebble it's one more off the list. Building on its other smartwatch integration with Samsung's Gear line and Android Wear, folks using Pebble can now load the Glympse app onto their watch and quickly share their location with friends and family.

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4 days ago

LG G3 Cat. 6 (Snapdragon 805) review

LG G3 Cat 6

We take a look at LG's supercharged, Korea-only G3, powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 805 processor

The LG G3 isn't old news just yet. We've recently reflected on our first couple of months with the phone, and in many countries it's only just making its way out onto the market. But the march of technological progress continues, not least in LG's home country of South Korea, where arch-rival Samsung already has its own 2K-toting, Snapdragon 805-powered version of the Galaxy S5.

LG's answer to the GS5 Broadband LTE-A is the G3 Cat. 6, a turbo-charged version of the G3 with support for Korea's super-fast LTE Category 6 networks — but perhaps more importantly, an upgraded CPU and GPU too. The G3 Cat. 6 is powered by a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, paired with Qualcomm's latest Adreno 420 GPU, a step up from the Snapdragon 801-plus-Adreno 330 of the original G3.

The G3 Cat. 6 is a Korea-only product, and LG tells us there are no plans to launch this version internationally. (Though it is available to import.) But that's not going to stop us tearing into the new G3's hardware and seeing how it measures up to the original. Read on to find out more.

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4 days ago

ASUS C300 Chromebook review

ASUS C300 Chromebook

The first Chromebook out of ASUS offers solid hardware and a fantastic price, but is set back by performance shortcomings

Chromebooks have used a variety of processors over the years, but there's no doubt that the most powerful and successful models have always packed Intel inside. ARM Chromebooks just aren't quite "there" yet in terms of balancing power and battery efficiency, often coming up short of the latest Intel Haswell devices in both categories.

Intel has the high end of the Chromebook market locked down, and now with its Bay Trail line of processors its trying to take care of the rest of the market, too. Bay Trail aims to provide the same features that make ARM devices so popular — including power efficiency and no need for fans — while still offering the power that folks expect when they see the Intel sticker on the palmrest of their laptop.

ASUS is one of the first manufacturers to ship a Chromebook with the new Intel Bay Trail processor inside, trotting out the C200 (11-inch) and C300 (13-inch) models back in May, eventually shipping in late June. While it has a long history of making great laptops, and has even made a Chromebox before, this is its first shot at a Chromebook.

Read along for our complete review of the ASUS C300 Chromebook and see whether it hits the mark.

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4 days ago

HTC One E8 headed for Sprint


It looks like the HTC One E8 is coming to Sprint. The video above was found on Sprint's YouTube page and highlights various aspects of the E8, such as its design, size, and speakers. However, the video did not show a release date for the E8.

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4 days ago

The Samsung Galaxy S series — a smartphone retrospective

Galaxy S series

We take a look back at the series that's dominated the Android smartphone world

As Samsung attempts to evolve its smartphone design language with the Galaxy Alpha and possibly the upcoming Galaxy Note 4, it's time to take a look back on the past five years of the company's Android flagships. Starting with the humble Galaxy S in 2010, through early successes with the Galaxy S2 and S3, Samsung has backed up solid high-end smartphones with ferocious marketing and an ever-expanding feature set. And though it's facing tougher competition than ever in 2014, there's no denying that Samsung is the Android phone maker to beat, particularly in western markets.

So it's time to remember the devices that made such an impact on the Android world. Join us after the break as we look back on the history of the Samsung Galaxy S family.

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