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2 years ago

Google Now will cache your cards for when you're without a connection

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Google Now users that happen to find themselves in deep cavernous places without a cellular signal to be had will now be able to view their cards even without a connection. The latest update to Google Search enables the caching of cards for when your phone is offline and you still want to check in with whatever Google Now is suggesting you do. When you without a connection and trying to use Google Now, you'll be told how long ago the content was last updated, so at least you'll have an idea of how old those suggestions really are.

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2 years ago

Unlocked and Developer HTC One M8 receiving Extreme Power Saving mode update

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Unlocked and Developer HTC One M8 reciving Extreme Power Saving mode update

HTC has issued an update to the developer and unlocked editions of the HTC One M8. The update, software version 1.54.1540.9, comes in at 117.98 MB and contains the Extreme Power Saving mode and camera and gallery feature enhancements.

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2 years ago

Moto X+1 name shows up in Moto Maker, promptly removed

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Though the site has since been scrubbed, for a brief time this morning you could get a glimpse of the Moto X+1 branding through Motorola's own website. The Moto Maker service, which let users craft their own custom Moto X exposed the codename of the Moto X in the URL: "FLEXR1". But if you changed that URL to read "FLEXR2", a logical codename for a Moto X sequel, then you were presented with the branding of "Moto X+1".

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2 years ago

OnePlus revises their 'smash' contest to allow winners to donate perfectly good phones to charity instead

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OnePlus's "smash" contest has drawn to a close, with 140,000 entrants to be winnowed down to 100 winners tomorrow — but they might not have to smash their phone after all. Responding to criticism about the campaign, OnePlus has revised the contest to state that in order to qualify for the $1 OnePlus One, winners will have the choice of smashing their old phone, or donating it to the Medic Mobile charity.

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2 years ago

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

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Android Central Podcast

It's gonna be a big one on the Android Central Podcast this week, folks. We've got the OnePlus One in our hot little hands. We've got the announcement of a new version of the HTC One M8. The Sony Xperia Z2 appears to be destined for Verizon. We've got more on the Amazon smartphone. Samsung's got a new new camera attached to a smartphone. LG's scheduled its next event, and the G3 keeps leaking out all over the place.

And, yes, we'll answer your questions live!

Hit up this link to join us at the live Google Hangout as we record the latest episode of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! Things kick off at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London. See you in a few!

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2 years ago

New Moto X and Moto G boot animation welcomes in the warmer weather of springtime

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Alright, Moto X and Moto G owners, Motorola thinks it's time to welcome in the spring. And they're doing so with a boot animation, just as they did for the winter and April Fools' Day. Except now it's ten seconds of melting snowmen, flowers, and a chick breaking from its egg.

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2 years ago

AllCast for Fire TV will soon support video on the TV and audio from your phone

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The AllCast for FireTV receiver app will soon let you use your headphones as a wireless headset with your Amazon Fire TV. Using the app, you will be able to stream audio from the Fire TV to your phone without streaming the video, letting you watch a movie or TV episode without the sound disturbing others.

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2 years ago

Sprint announces new international add-on for Framily Plan subscribers

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Sprint's new International Connect: Call & Text $15 add-on plan lets Framily Plan subscribers use their voice and text allotments to call and text internationally at no additional charge. Except for that $15, that is. With it, Sprint Framily Plan subscribers can count international calls to 65 countries against the voice minutes they're already paying for, and texts to more than 180 countries (which is just about all of the countries there are).

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2 years ago

Media Browser goes on sale to celebrate latest server release

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Media Browser is a handy service, which turns your home PC into a multimedia server. With apps available for Windows 8, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The server beta has been updated, and to celebrate the release the team has placed all of its mobile clients on sale.

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2 years ago

LG Optimus Exceed 2 now available on Verizon prepaid plans

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Verizon Wireless has added a phone from LG to its prepaid lineup, the Optimus Exceed 2. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features a 4.5-inch, 800 x 400 display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM. It has 4GB of internal storage, as well as a 5-megapixel camera. The connectivity of the Exceed 2 includes Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, though it lacks LTE support, running only on Verizon's 3G network.

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2 years ago

Adidas loading offline Spotify playback on its Smart Run miCoach wearable

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Adidas today confirmed the company has worked with Spotify to offer the music streaming service with offline playback on its miCoach Smart Run accessory later this year. The Smart Run, an Android-powered smartwatch, will require users to have a Spotify subscription, but will ultimately offer a complete music experience without internet connectivity.

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2 years ago

Here's an old but even better shot of the upcoming LG G3

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LG G3

So. Remember that earlier picture of the LG G3 that was close-in on the rear buttons but Instagrammed to within an inch of its life? A mysterious tipster has slipped us (and others, apparently) what appears to be the original. Uncropped. Unfiltered. And with a better look at the notes taken along with it.

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2 years ago

EE Kestrel 4G phone now available, £99 on PAYG

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British operator EE's budget-centric "Kestrel" handset is now available on contract and Pay As You Go through the carrier's online and brick-and-mortar stores. Contract prices start at £13.99 per month, and on PAYG it costs just £99. Built by Huawei and heavily branded by EE, the Kestrel features a 4.5-inch qHD (960x540) display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of storage.

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2 years ago

Samsung to hold a healthy media event on May 28

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Smartphones aren't the only pieces of kit consumers are going crazy for these days. Wearable tech, including products that monitor health, are becoming the must-have gadgets. Samsung already has the Gear Fit, but if an invite to an event in San Francisco on May 28th is anything to go by, the South Korean manufacturer isn't quite done with this market just yet. According to the invitation, Samsung is looking to start a "new conversation around health".

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2 years ago

LG G3 struts its stuff in new leaked photos

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The LG G3 is the upcoming flagship Android smartphone expected to be announced later this month. We've previously looked at renders and images of the LG G3 showing off its rear buttons and the like, but today two high quality photos of the device have been leaked. While the mobile device looks similar to its predecessor, the LG G2, there are notable differences between the two LG handsets.

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