5 hours ago

Weekly poll results: Do you have Galaxy S6 active regret?

 Do you have Galaxy S6 active regret?

For our weekly poll we posed the question of whether you had Galaxy S6 active "regret." That is, since seeing the Galaxy S6 active — with its rugged exterior and large battery — released, do you wish you had waited and bought it instead of the standard Galaxy S6 or another phone?

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6 hours ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Terra Wallpaper Pack, Finger Dodge, Fenix and more

Apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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7 hours ago

iHeartRadio brings some of the best of traditional radio to your car with Android Auto

iHeartRadio on Android Auto

It's always been sort of a dark horse in my book, but iHeartRadio definitely has solidified itself as a capable go-between for the legacy terrestrial radio business, and the future (or present, really) of streaming music. And now that it's available as one of the launch partners of Android Auto, iHeartRadio brings that future to your car in a new way.

Android Auto

As we continue our tour through Android Auto apps, we've learned to live with a bit of redundancy in our radios. We've got more ways to listen to more things than ever before. And so the question become which apps do we truly need, versus the apps that are kind of getting in the way.

Let's take a quick look.

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9 hours ago

This week's best Android gadgets: Olympus A01, iStabilizer Gimbal, and more!


Deck out your Android device with these awesome new accessories!

Once more we're putting together the latest releases of Android-friendly connected devices. We'll dive into audio, video, protection, photography, and any other niche where there might be a cool accessory lurking. This week we're showing off a few things that will fit nicely into your summer regimen. Take a look!

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12 hours ago

From the Editor's Desk: Wide-angle fun


I get to have some fun this week and take a look at the HTC RE camera alongside the base model GoPro Hero, which I'd never used before now. The differences in the mini cameras are readily apparent — much more so than I appreciated when the RE debuted last fall. I think a lot of choosing one over the other is going to be a matter of intent. What are going looking to do, and how serious are you about doing it? (And, also, how much work do you want to do to be able to share the end result?)

Best part of this is going to be spending even more time in the pool with my monkeys. And then wrestling one or both of the cameras away from them. (This also explains last week's image.)

So in the spirit of getting away from the computer for a bit (this is still a holiday weekend), let's keep things brief this week.

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13 hours ago

Amzer Pudding TPU Case for Nexus 6


As much as we all love the way our phone feels "naked," sometimes we just need to protect our investment with a case. While the metal edges on the Nexus 6 make it easier to hold onto, it is obvious that the plastic on the back of the phone paired with the large physical footprint makes the handset incredibly easy to drop.

This means that you will want something to protect your device from accidental bumps and bruises. Thankfully there is the Amzer Pudding TPU Case for the Nexus 6 that provides an element of protection to your phone without increasing the size of the handset.

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1 day ago

In pictures: Nest Cam vs Dropcam Pro


A side by side look at the old and the new.

Nest Cam, the first connected camera to come from the union of Nest and Dropcam, is remarkably similar to previous Dropcam products. This was mostly expected, especially when you consider Dropcam's lineup was great and already worked well with Nest products. The most interesting thing to come from the Nest Cam announcement was the Nest Aware service, which takes the already great Dropcam software and improves it in a couple of cool ways.

The hardware, however, is very similar to the previous versions of the hardware. The casing is nearly identical, save for branding on the front of the device. We know that Nest Cam is a 1080p camera, which is an improvement over the 720p camera in the Dropcam Pro, and we know the microphone and speaker are slightly improved, but you wouldn't know any of that with these two devices sitting side by side.

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1 day ago

The Photo Collage app on the ZenFone 2 is a great way to share pics


Instagrammers and selfie-aficionados will love the ASUS Photo Collage app, and it's fun for the rest of us, too.

There is a lot of bloatware on the ASUS ZenFone 2. Nobody who has one is going to deny it. Thankfully, you can remove most of what you don't want and won't use, but before you go uninstalling all the things, you might want to stop and look at some of those apps.

I've left them all installed and am going through them (that's part of the job) and have found a few that work really well and can be a little fun to play with. The Photo Collage app is one of those. We all know how apps like this work — you take a picture or a group of pictures and the app assembles them in a grid or fancy frame. There are plenty of apps like this in Google Play, and some are very popular. Like any app that's designed to enhance pictures, the best ones have plenty of options.

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1 day ago

5 Fitness apps for Android that you should check out


Fitness doesn't have to mean going to the gym anymore, and that's because of apps on our phones. Now you can bring the feel of the gym to wherever you are, which means more easily fitting it into an over burdered schedule. We've found some of the best fitness apps out there, and we've collected them for you. Whether you are looking to track your progress, or find the perfect workout, we've got 5 apps that are worth checking out.

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1 day ago

Yota not switching to Sailfish OS for future devices after all [Updated]


Update: Sorry folks, we've been told that this is, in fact, incorrect.

Original story: Russian smartphone maker Yota reportedly plans to move away from Android in its future devices. The maker of the YotaPhone will apparently instead be using Jolla's Sailfish OS. The Finland-based Jolla announced an updated version of Sailfish earlier this year with better compatibility with Android apps. Yota did not give a reason for the switch.

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1 day ago

Sony Xperia Z3+ comes to the US through Amazon for $660 while expanding its UK availability


Sony's Xperia Z3+ is now available in the United States through Amazon. Currently, the only model available is the international version, which is compatible with US GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. US customers can expect to pay around $660 in the black and aqua green colors, and $675 for the copper model.

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1 day ago

First Minecraft: Story Mode details released, coming to Android later this year


Alongside debuting the first trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode, Mojang has also used its Minecon 2015 showcase in London to detail what the game is actually all about. And it's certainly a half Minecraft, half Telltale sort of experience.

The game will be coming to Android alongside Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, iOS, Mac, PS3 and PS4 later this year. In true Telltale Games style, it'll be a story driven experience delivered over a series of "episodes."

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2 days ago

How to use the Auto Start Manager app on the ASUS ZenFone 2

Auto Start Manager app

Control which apps start on their own, but beware of the possible consequences.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 sure comes with a lot of apps pre-installed. Some of us aren't happy about that, some of us love them being there, but most of us will use a few and do what we can do to get the others out of sight. Thankfully, that's pretty easy to do on the ZenFone 2. But some apps can only work effectively when they are pre-installed with special permissions by the manufacturer on a phone that's not rooted. The Auto Start Manager app on the ZenFone 2 is a good example.

it's a simple idea — select which apps are allowed to start on their own, with no interaction from the user (that's you and me). To do this, you need elevated permissions, but since it's a system app directly from ASUS it can have those permissions without you having to root your phone. Other apps are able to do the same thing, but they will need root to do it.

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2 days ago

Android Central 243: Nexus Fireworks


Audio-only stream below

On this week's podcast: We talk tablets, and how we're finally ready to recommend the Nexus 9. Plus BlackBerry's prepping an Android slider (really?!?!?!) — and we answer your questions live on air.

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