1 week ago

Cookbook Recipes for Android TV uses the biggest screen in your house for cooking


Not everybody grew up in a house where cooking was an everyday experience. Cookbook Recipes on the Google Play Store helps by giving you what you need to level up your cooking skills. Whether that means starting easy with scrambled eggs, or whether it's planning out meals for the whole family, this app has got you covered. It's available on Android TV and that means high res pictures and directions to help you make dinner delicious.

Cookbook Recipes is an absolutely free app available on the Google Play Store, and really that just makes it even better. You can tell just by looking at it that it was created using Google's Leanback UI which gives it a sharp look. At the top left of the screen is your search button. You can use voice commands, or go the keypad route, whichever floats your boat. When searching you can look up recipes by their actual name, or you can search by ingredient. The results will be made up of recipes already favorites of other users, and shows you the most popular results first.

On the main screen, the recipes dominate the page—which is really the point. You'll see a list of categories on the left of the screen. They're things like family meals, vegetarian, or beef, along with Cocktails, For Mom, and more. On the right side of the screen you'll see hi-res, close up shots of the recipes in each category.

You can either hit the category, or the picture to open up a recipe page. First you'll get a recipe pop up page. You'll get that same picture of the completed meal, along with the name, number of servings, and number of ingredients needed. At the bottom of the page you can save the recipe to your favorites—which adds favorites to the categories displayed on the main page. Under the recipe pop up are several suggestions for similar recipes, in case the one you selected isn't quite what you're looking for. Some recipes also display an estimated time to cook, but this isn't true for all of them.

When you go into the recipe you'll first see a prep page. On the left of the screen you'll get another picture of the completed item, along with the name of the recipe. On the right of the screen you'll see a detailed list of all the ingredients you need, which can range depending on the recipe.

Each recipe is broken down into steps, and each one is separated onto it's own page. There are no pictures once you get to this point, but the directions are easy to understand provided you have basic knowledge in the kitchen. Now each step of the recipe may call for multiple smaller steps, and not every recipe is separated in quite the same way.

Cookbook Recipes on Android TV really is just a fantastic app from top to bottom. It's got an easy to use interface that puts everything you need at your fingertips. You can find the recipe you want by name or ingredient, save your favorites, and find plenty of new ideas to try out. With details like cook time, serving size, and number of ingredients you can quickly and easily decide if this is meal for you in a pinch. With the added bonus of being free anyone who spends much time in the kitchen should definitely give it a try.

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1 week ago

Latest Pocket Casts update lets you get social with podcasts


While listening to your chosen podcasts on the move, being social with others is among the least of your concerns, especially with headphones blocking outside sound. Shifty Jelly, the developer of Pocket Casts, has released an update to help make it easier to discover new content and see what other users of the app are listening to.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll: What feature is most important in your next phone?

Fast charging on the Note 5

We've seen the 2015 lineup from just about everyone now (hurry, Google), and there are some really nice phones out there waiting for us to trade money for them. From excellent mid-range models with an easy price tag, to the highest of the high end for those who want to go premium, chances are everyone will find one they like. And because we're Android junkies, we will all probably buy one. Or two.

But the question of features, and which ones are the most important, always arises. We all want different things, and the most important thing is going to be different from person to person. Here's where you tell everyone what's most important to you.

The poll is below. Do your thing, then get in the comments and let's talk.

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1 week ago

Quick hits on the Verizon Note 5

Verizon Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is shipping a little earlier than the Aug. 21 date we were given last week, and that's just fine with us. We've been using an international model for a few days and now have Verizon's Note 5 in our hot little hands. And because this is Verizon we're talking about here, that means there are going to be some ... peculiarities compared to other models.

And, lo and behold, that's the case.

Here's what we've seen so far:

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1 week ago

Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks

Moto G 2015 camera

The Moto G 2015 has a pretty decent camera — especially considering the price. While you're not going to get the same quality as you would from a stand-alone camera, or even something like the LG G4 or one of Samsung's latest models, your new Moto G is capable of taking some very good pictures.

Time for a nice Sunday brunch. The Moto G 2015 did a great job capturing the details on both the new sign, and the not-so-new bracket that's holding it up. See more at http://phon.es/motog2015. #motog2015 #android

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A lot of depends on your technique (the photographer is always more important than the equipment), but knowing your camera is important, too. Here are a few tips to make the most out of the camera on the Moto G 2015.

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1 week ago

Listen to Andrew on the latest Tech Informist podcast!


When we're not busy talking everything Android at our own weekly podcast, the editors here at AC like to take up guest positions on various other shows. This week Andrew sat down with Kevin and Brad of The Tech Informist podcast to talk the Galaxy Note 5, new Nexuses, Project Fi and a little bit of everything in the Android world.

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1 week ago

More ways to read more stories at Android Central!

Android Central

We've got new ways for you to find the best stories on our front page.

A quick heads up for those of you who frequent the front page of our fair site. As we've done once or twice in the past, we've tweaked the homepage a bit, giving you more choice of the stories you see. We've got two sections — "recent," and "featured."

Recent is the firehose. It's everything that gets published, period. It's the good. The bad. The stories you can't live without, and the stories that we've written because we want to, even if they're not going to have the biggest audience in the world. (But, seriously, you should read every word we write!)

The "Featured" tab is where we're going to pick and choose a little more. So while stories will absolutely still rotate through there throughout the day, the movement won't nearly as fierce. If you're only able to check in a few times a day, that might be the place for you.

And in any event, you can flip back and forth at will. It's all about giving you more ways to read, and better ways to read. And it'll work on your phone as well as in a desktop browser.

And of course everything we publish will still hit Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. And you can subscribe to any one of our RSS feeds, and you can still use the Android Central App. (And, yes, the app is finally getting its Material Design update!)

So enjoy the additional choice. And definitely leave your feedback here. We're listening, and we're just getting started.

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1 week ago

Moto X Play coming to Canadian retail stores on Aug. 21


If you happen to call Canada your home and want to get in on Motorola's latest smartphone offerings, you're in luck this week. Motorola Canada has announced that the Moto X Play will be headed to retail stores in the great white north starting this Friday, August 21.

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1 week ago

Google+ isn't preloaded on the Galaxy Note 5


Here's some fodder for the "Google+ is dead" crowd. We've used two models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that don't have Google's own social networking app installed by default. (And that's saying something given all the crapware that's on Verizon's model.)

Google has begun walking back Google+ integration of late, first splitting out Photos and later saying it'd no longer be a requirement for commenting on YouTube videos.

Google Photos, however, is preloaded on the Note 5.

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1 week ago

Skype for Android updated with custom ringtones, photo sharing between conversations


Skype for Android has received a pretty nice update today, bringing along some oft-requested features. Coming along in today's update are personalized ringtones and the ability to forward photos from your chats to other Skype users.

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1 week ago

8 things to know about the Galaxy S6 edge+

Galaxy S6 edge+

Though it's a bit overshadowed by the Note 5, the Galaxy S6 edge+ just launched, too.

Perhaps the Galaxy Note 5 has picked up more attention because it's changed so much from the Note 4, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ is a relatively known quantity, but it still deserves some attention. Sure it's just a scaled-up version of the Galaxy S6 edge that launched months ago, but it also packs the new specs and features that came with the Note 5 — which definitely gives something to be excited about. Here's what you need to know about the Galaxy S6 edge+

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1 week ago

Android Auto spruces up its overview screen for music, navigation


Google today has updated its Android Auto app, bringing a little bit of an update to the overview screen once you're in the car.

The gist is that when you're listening to music of using navigation, you'll now get larger items in that center overview screen. They're definitely more attractive and easier to stab at when you're cruising down the road.

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1 week ago

Google acknowledges problem with Moto G and Android Auto


We've got a new entry on the "Known issues" list for Android Auto, and it's an interesting one. We've been discussing the Moto G 2015 and Android Auto in our AA forums. Some folks (mainly, me) have been able to get it to work. But others haven't. And today, Google's dropped the following:

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1 week ago

The 12000 mAh battery pack from Innori


All battery packs serve the same basic purpose, so each product has to find a way to stand out from the crowd.

Inside the very small package that is the Innori battery pack, is a pretty big 12000 mAh rechargeable battery. While there's nothing too flashy about this pack, the first thing I noticed is the fact that it is just about the same size as any of today's flagship phones — it even kind of looks like one.

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1 week ago

Straw Web Polling lets you create a poll from any browser


Straw, which specializes in mobile polling, has extended its efforts to the web. With Straw Web Polling, users can create polls in most modern browsers, including [ Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft's new Edge browser.

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