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2 years ago

Android 4.4.3 update reportedly rolling out to Galaxy S5 this month, Galaxy S4 to follow suit in July

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A leaked Samsung KitKat update schedule document mentions that the manufacturer is set to roll out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update to the Galaxy S5 later this month, and for the Galaxy S4 in the month of July. An earlier version of the document, which was leaked last month, revealed that the South Korean manufacturer was starting to integrate the latest Android build into the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4.

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2 years ago

Why Microsoft can't simply bring Cortana to Android

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Experience is what matters, project manager tells search conference

An interesting couple of articles today from our sister site Windows Phone Central, regarding the possibility of Microsoft bringing its Cortana voice assistant (think Google Now) to other platforms, including Android. Of course, bringing Cortana to Android isn't as simple as just saying "Hey, let's bring Cortana to Android." And Cortana project manager Marcus Ash does a great job explaining the thought process that goes into even considering such a move.

The video above is from the SMX Advanced search marketing conference in Seattle, and it's absolutely worth a watch.

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2 years ago

Google Maps, preinstalled on, well, most phones, passes the 1 billion mark

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Google now has two apps that have amassed more than 1 billion installations each. Gmail was the first, and now there's Google Maps. To be clear, though, that's a little different than 1 billion downloads of, say, the Android Central App, which doesn't come preinstalled on any phone that has access to Google services. As we wrote when Gmail hit the Big B, "there are downloads, and then there are downloads." (If Google wants to bundle us, though, we'll be more than happy to oblige.) If anything, it's a better indicator of just how many Android devices — and proper, Googly Android devices — are out there.

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2 years ago

1080p and 480p streaming options added to latest YouTube app

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Last week we told you that a change in the latest YouTube app allowed better control over the resolution when streaming, and now two new (and requested) options have been added — 1080p and 480p streaming.

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2 years ago

Android Central 189: Tabs, keyboards and redesigns — oh, my!

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Audio-only stream below

Strap in, folks. This one's gonna be big. We've got the lowdown on the all new Samsung Galaxy S Tab tablets — both of them — from Thursday event in New York City.

Plus we talk with SwiftKey's chief marketing officer about the popular keyboard going free, adding emjoi and serving up a theme store. You'll find that starting at 40 minutes in — in the audio-only version of the podcast, which you can stream or download here.

And finally we chat with the design director of Mobile Nations about our shiny new header! If you wondered why we did what we did, here's your chance to find out! That section starts at 57:25. Again, this one's on the audio-only version.

Plus, we answer more of your questions live on air. Enjoy!

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2 years ago

Take a spin through the eyes of dads, thanks to Google Glass

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Sunday is Father's Day, so here's a Google Glass video of one of the small pleasures of being a dad. It might not be as touching as their Mother's Day vide, but it'll still put a smile on your face.

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2 years ago

Detailed AT&T customer data inappropriately accessed by unlocking company

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If you're an AT&T customer you may have received an email recently about a security breach within the organization. AT&T has now confirmed personal information such as Social Security numbers and call records may have been accessed by individuals not authorized to view such information.

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2 years ago

Samsung Gamepad review

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Samsung Gamepad

Samsung's controller accessory aims to turn your phone into a portable console

As smartphones become larger and ever more powerful, their gaming potential continues to increase, to the point where many high-end phones now match the graphical prowess of console titles from the previous generation. But while touchscreens are great for web browsing, apps games specifically designed around them, they're less ideal for traditional titles. There's something about playing a racing game, a shooter or a platformer on a touchscreen that just feels fuzzy and imprecise. Sometimes you just need an analog stick and some buttons.

As such, gaming accessories are big business, with the likes of Moga pushing portable controller accessories designed to fit your phone. Never one to turn down the chance to bolster its accessory lineup, Samsung recently entered the fray with its own gamepad accessory. The Samsung Gamepadavailable now on ShopAndroid.com — has been a long time coming, first revealed in mid-2013 and having gone through some serious design changes since then.

Building on its strength in the Android smartphone space, Samsung's aiming to set its controller apart from the competition with a companion app, dubbed "S Console," to help gamers find compatible titles. So what's the end result? Join us after the break to find out.

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2 years ago

Belkin's new folding covers will protect and prop up your new Galaxy Tab S

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After yesterday's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S line-up, Belkin has followed with their own accessories for the tablet. Specifically, a set of folding flip covers that serve double protective and standing-up duties. The aptly-named "Tri-Fold Cover with Stand for Galaxy Tab S" comes in both 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes, and purple or black flavors.

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2 years ago

Cheer your team at the World Cup with Adidas Live World Cup Wallpaper!

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Adidas Live Wallpaper

Show your nations pride this World Cup time and play with balls!

Two years ago adidas launched a live wallpaper app for Android to help celebrate the Euro 2012 football championships. Now, it's World Cup time and it's back with a pretty sweet update that still lets you play with balls! The tournament is going down right now in Brazil – with the hosts kicking things off in style in the opening game – and this live wallpaper is just the ticket to help you cheer on your team!

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2 years ago

Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

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This week's going to be a bit weird. Fair warning. We're doing our regular live show, as usual. And it's going to be epic, as usual. But even if you're a regular on Friday afternoons, you're going to want to check out the audio-only version we publish afterward, as it's going to have a couple guest interviews on it.

That's right: We want you to listen to us twice. C'mon. We're worth it.

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2 years ago

LG G3 goes up for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse, can be yours from £37.99/month

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LG's latest, the LG G3, is now up for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK, starting at £37.99 a month with no money down. The G3 is one of our favorite smartphones this year — just read our review of the LG G3 to find out why — and is expected to be delivered by Carphone Warehouse on the 1st of July.

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2 years ago

Win an NVIDIA Shield in our Father's Day Contest!

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NVIDIA Shield

Let's face it. Your dad is awesome. Most of them are. And what better way to show your love and appreciation than winning an Android-powered, super portable, tons-o-fun gaming system on his behalf. Am I right, or am I right!?

Father's Day is coming up this Sunday, we thought it would be fun to team up with our friends at NVIDIA to give away some cool gear. With that in mind, we're giving away an NVIDIA Shield + a $15 Google Play gift card to one lucky winner.

To enter, follow these simple steps:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Head over to the official contest thread in our forums and tell us WHY you should win the NVIDIA Shield!

Do these two things, and consider yourself entered in the contest!

To earn extra entries, Follow and RT this tweet from our friends @NVIDIATegra.

The Fine Print

  • Entries close on June 15th at 11:59 PM EDT
  • Contest is open to U.S. Residents ONLY
  • Enter ONCE. We check for those trying to game the system with multiple entries.

Good luck!

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2 years ago

The Daily Show takes on Google Glass: 'Do you hear what you're saying?'

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The Daily Show has turned its satirical lens onto Google Glass. Stories of Google Glass Explorers getting attacked, harassed, and expelled from venues are nothing new anymore, though to the average person seeing somebody walking around with Glass, it can be a touch unnerving. As Comedy Central's The Daily Show is apt to do, they dug into that uncomfortableness with comic results.

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2 years ago

The best zombie games for Android

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Best Zombie Games for Android

Prepare for the pending zombie apocalypse with these games

We all know that the zombie apocalypse is coming. Sure, we could talk until we're all blue in the face about how to survive in such desperate times. Even better, we could get some practice in with some awesome games on our Android devices.

There are so many great games out there, it's hard to list them all. However, these are some that really catch out attention.

Go ahead, get some gaming (and practicing) in. We're going to need all we can get to make it through in the future.

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