In case you missed it, the fine folks over at the Tech Informist had our very own Phil Nickinson as a guest on their weekly show earlier. Be sure to check it out and grab a look at an hour or so of talk about Android, and all things tech as hosts JJ Hammond and Kevin Harvell, and of course Phil, pass on a little knowledge and commentary.
Google's modular Project Ara smartphone is due to launch in 2015 with a special version of the Android L operating system. Along with that news, Google's Paul Eremenko also announced that we should see hot-swappable components so you can swap the camera modules, for example, without having to power off the phone.
If you were one of the remaining owners of an unlocked 2013 Moto X who didn't yet have Android 4.4.4, now would be a good time to check it. Looks like more folks — including us — are finally getting that latest point increase. The (aging) official changelog still states "Android 4.4.4, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform and includes enhanced security updates to OpenSSL," and the T-Mobile specific changelog isn't updated.
Google today revised the announcement in the Developer Console telling us all that starting tomorrow, Sept. 30, physical addresses will be required. Those addresses will be available on the app detail page in Google Play. The field appears to be live in the dev console, and you can add an address now.
When it comes to the sheer number of features offered, Samsung's TouchWiz is pretty much unmatched. If you can imagine it, chances are it's a feature on the latest Samsung phones like the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Alpha. Many of these features are useful, but there's some stuff enabled out of the box that you might want to selectively turn off.
Read on to see which six features we find ourselves killing off when we start using a new Samsung phone.
Google is redesigning the way we'll see ads on our devices, making things easier for developers to deliver ads that are both relevant and look good. In the past, it's been easier to try and shrink down an ad to fit onto a phone or tablet, but these new formats (rolling out during the next few months) should change all that.
Don't like the IM app on your phone? Check out these replacements!
So maybe the standard messaging app that came on your phone isn't the best. You may think it's a bit clunky or doesn't pack a lot of punch when it comes to features. Luckily, we can replace those with other messaging apps. Most of them will bring some different design elements to the table, as well as additional functionality to fulfill our texting (and multimedia messaging) needs.
These apps will handle regular messaging without requiring you and your friends to use the same platform. This is not meant to provide a detailed look at any particular apps, but offer an overview of several popular ones. The ones we've listed here have received pretty good reviews on the Play Store.
The launch of the OnePlus One smartphone hasn't been without issues, but it's apparently selling well enough that the company behind it is already planning for the launch of its second device, the OnePlus 2, in 2015.
Google and Adobe are bringing a streaming version of Photoshop to Chromebooks for the first time. Photoshop on Chrome OS will at first be just for US-based Adobe education customers with a paid subscription to the company's Creative Cloud service.
The popular SwiftKey keyboard app for Android is offering users a new option if they like more colorful ways of typing. Today, they can download the new Pink Pack which adds three new pink colored keyboard themes bundled with two previously released themes.
Combo Crew is a beat 'em up game designed specifically for mobile play. The name of the game is all about building the largest combo you can during each level. The bigger your combo, the greater your score, plus you'll unlock great rewards. Choosing from a variety of characters (including guests from Street Fighter and Another World) and then setting out to pound the hordes of enemies is a fierce good time. Combo Crew costs 99 cents in the Google Play Store and has in-app purchases.
Unlike most beat 'em ups, Combo Crew isn't just about knocking out enemies and clearing the level. You'll need to keep that combo up and complete various missions in order to unlock everything the game has to offer. Our all-new tips and tricks guide will help you hit the ground running in this classic game of fisticuffs.
Apple went bigger, Samsung went smaller, both went metal. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha squares off against the iPhone 6!
While the Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the biggest Samsung — and pretty much Android as a whole — challenger to the iPhone when it comes to outright sales, recent weeks have seen a new contender emerge from the Korean phone maker; The Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
Samsung went a little smaller — and more than a little metal — with the Galaxy Alpha. By contrast Apple went significantly bigger with the iPhone 6. And both came out at 4.7-inches. What we're left with, then, is the two biggest smartphone makers in the world launching two very closely matched devices at pretty much the same time.
We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!
Waze just picked up an update to version 3.9 that sees the addition of a new feature called Places, through which users will be able to add and edit information about local businesses, residences and other points of interest.
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