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4 years ago

Skippable ads coming to YouTube mobile apps

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Google announced today on its Mobile Ad Blog that the full TrueView ad experience will be coming to YouTube mobile apps in the same way that it has rolled out to desktop users. TrueView is Google's fancy way of saying that users can skip a pre-roll advertisement after a short period of time if they don't like it. This provides both a better ad experience to the end users who don't want to see terrible ads and better feedback to the companies buying ad placement on videos.

The post points out that implementation of TrueView is still in testing, but early indications are that it is having the same positive effects that were seen when it was implemented on the desktop. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you're starting to see skippable ads in your videos.

Source: Google Mobile Ad Blog

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4 years ago

Google Play Music updated, brings Google TV support and expanded notifications in Jelly Bean

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The Google Play Music app has received an update, which brings a few welcome and overdue features. One new feature is the support for expanded notifications for Jelly Bean devices. One of our favorite features of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is the richer and more interactive notifications, so it's great to see more apps taking advantage.  Plus, Google Play Music is one of my most used apps, so I'm definitely glad that I'll be able to control and view more directly from my notification tray. Another new item is a quick link to your Nexus Q settings should you have the Nexus Q app installed.

The update also brings support for Google TV devices. When we received Sony's new Google TV box last month, we were astonished to find that the Google Play Music app was deemed 'incompatible'. It was frustrating to say the least; If you are buying a Google TV unit, you expect to be able to install the core Google apps. This update has corrected that and should make the app work with the newer Google TV models, such as the Sony box mentioned earlier and the Vizio Co-Star.

To get the update or the free app, hit up our Google Play Store link, and screenshots of the notifications and settings are after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Rush hands-on

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Rather than letting Virgin Mobile steal the show, Boost Mobile also introduced a handful of new devices tonight, one being the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Rush. Unlike it's Galaxy counterpart on Virgin, this phone's got a 3.5-inch display, a 3 MP camera and a 1 GHz processor. This guy is noticeably less powerful than the Reverb, and its display is noticeably worse. However, for the $149.99 price tag, it'll be a tough device to beat, especially for those tantalized by the promise of $40 unlimited plans. The Rush will be available online and in stores in late September. Check it out below.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Reverb hands-on

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We're live in New York tonight where Samsung is teaming with Boost and Virgin Mobile to announce a bevy of new devices to flood the prepaid market in the coming weeks. First up is the Samsung Galaxy Reverb, a remarkably handsome little device that'll be available for preorder on Virgin Mobile starting on August 29. For $249.99 you'll get a 4-inch WVGA display (it looks great), a 5 MP camera, 4 GB of internal storage, and a 1.4 Ghz single-core processor. It's relatively thin and light at 128.7 grams and 11.30 mm thick, and it will run on Virgin's 3G EVDO Rev A network.

For a prepaid "budget" device, the Reverb is certainly packing a punch with that processor, and speeding through the homescreens felt fluid and smooth. The Reverb will thankfully ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with a TouchWiz that's not too different from just about every other recent Galaxy device. We'll put it through its paces in the coming weeks, but until then, you can check out our shots from this dimly lit bar below. The Reverb will hit shelves in mid-September.

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4 years ago

Boost Mobile announces the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G and the Galaxy Rush

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Boost Mobile has announced the addition of two new Android devices to their prepaid lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G, and the Samsung Galaxy Rush. The Galaxy S ii 4G looks pretty familiar with a 4.52-inch display, dual-core Samsung Exynos processor, and Wimax connectivity. It's pretty safe to say that this is a rebranded Samsung Galaxy S II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch. Thankfully, the name has been shortened but the features haven't. It still remains a popular phone on Sprint, and should be a big hit for folks looking for prepaid value, checking in at $370 dollars retail.

The Galaxy Rush is a bit more of a mystery, as all Boost is saying is that it's an "affordable Android 4.0 smartphone available late September for $149.99" with a 3.5-inch screen and front and rear cameras. Samsung makes many budget models in their Galaxy line, and this looks to fit right in.

Both phones can be activated on Boost's no-contract $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan, which has a "shrinking payments" feature. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile’s Monthly Unlimited plan shrinks by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text and data. 

The Galaxy S II 4G will be available starting Sep. 6, and the Galaxy Rush will follow later in the month. Read through for the full press release.

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4 years ago

From the Android Forums: Managing recovery versions

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Shiny Top asks in the Android Central forums,

I have two Galaxy Nexus phones, bought 3 weeks apart. I have uninstalled Rom Manager from both.

One, when I reboot into recovery, has CWM Recovery version 5.8.0.2 and the other has 6.0.1.0.1. The 5 version has larger letters and can be controlled by touch or volume and power button. The 6 version can only be controlled by the volume and power buttons. I don't know how to change the version and wonder if anybody can enlighten me. I prefer the 5 version if that matters.

We're glad you asked. There's two ways to install ClockworkMod recovery on your G Nex -- an easy way and a less-easy way. Let's hit the break and have a look at the methods.

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4 years ago

US Cellular makes the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G available today

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If you are a US Cellular customer who happens to be in the market for a new Android device featuring a physical QWERTY keyboard you will want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G. Officially available as of today, this phone features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1GHz processor under the hood. With a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP on the front the device is certainly capable of capturing your memories as they take place. The QWERTY keyboard offers five rows of separate keys, which is sure to help you answer those texts, emails, or shoot out a quick tweet without any delays. Additionally the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G is also a 4G LTE device, so if US Cellular offers 4G LTE in your area you will now be able to take advantage of that.

The pricing of the device is a bit odd, but still reasonably priced. If you are in a 4G LTE market, or a market that will be live by the end of 2012 the device will run you $129 after the $100 mail in rebate currently available. If your area is not in the immediate 4G LTE plans the device will run you $179 after the same $100 mail in rebate.

Source: US Cellular

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4 years ago

AccuWeather for Android updated with Nexus 7 support

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The latest update to AccuWeather for Android brings several notable enhancements, the biggest of which is complete Nexus 7 support. The new 4x2 widget is quite nice actually, with a simple layout and basic white/black/blue color setup, showing the current time and weather, as well as today's and tomorrow's forecast. It's interesting to note that the design of the new widget is starkly different from the old 4x1 widget, which is still available. A quick list of the updated features can be found below.

  • Now supports Nexus 7
  • Includes a brand new (optional), beautiful, bigger widget with the clock
  • Fixed the rare maps issue on ICS devices
  • Simplified permissions as per user requests
  • Several other defect fixes including notifications, display and performance

If you're looking for another great weather app, especially if you have a Nexus 7, be sure to check out the Google Play Store link above. The app is free with ads, or $2.99 without.

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4 years ago

Skout review - yet another way to find local singles on Android

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Skout is a location-aware social networking app for Android, allowing users to find people nearby that are looking to chat or otherwise mingle. The app has a really great dual-pane layout that’s accessed with swipe gestures, making it fast and easy to flip through local singles, check direct messages, and get notifications on who’s checking you out.

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4 years ago

Wild Blood trailer teases intense 3D medieval action

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Gameloft has given us a little taste of their first Unreal-powered title, Wild Blood. It looks to be a no-holds-barred 3D combat game, complete with high fantasy gear and the full complement of custom abilities. Gameplay will span the gamut of melee hack-and-slash, archery for ranged combat, and more than a few explosive spells.

Of course, Gameloft isn't saying too much that isn't in the trailer, but with coins dropping out of just about every defeated enemy, I can't help but assume that in-app purchases are going to be a big part of the picture here (as is the case with most Gameloft titles). Let's just hope that at least they'll make the game free if they're going to be pushy with the microtransactions. 

Still, the the art's fantastic and the gameplay looks hectic. Who's interested? Anyone else getting a slight Infinity Blade vibe from this one?

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 marries an ambitious pen input and user interface to hardware that's a little tough to digest, especially when you can get better for less.

In light of the recent ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its ongoing litigation with Apple, it'd be hard to imagine that Samsung hasn't thought twice about its tablet strategy. Continually pushing out a revamped iteration of the flop before it (see: Galaxy Tab 2 10.1) has proven to be as ineffective as it is effortless, a sign of the times that just may have given birth to Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 10.1. It marks a shift from "content consumption to content creation", an evolution that Samsung is banking on to finally cement its name in the tablet market.

But is the integration of the S Pen into the user experience enough for the Note to stand out in a sea of Android tablets trying to do just that? And, more important, has Samsung found a niche worth a $500 price tag? Let's find out.


The Galaxy Note 10.1 is mostly fast and fluid, a testament to its top-notch processor and 2GB of onboard RAM. It's also handsome and well-designed, taking cues from the GS3. Samsung's S Pen has evolved into a sophisticated tool with exciting potential.


That said, the Note 10.1 feels like it may snap in half at any given moment, and its certainly one of the least-sturdy tablets on the market today. The 1200x800 display is a joke compared to its competitors, and really distracts if you're familiar with nicer screens.



The Galaxy Note 10.1 is unique and stands out among a seemingly endless sea of competitors, though not always in a good way. Samsung has stepped back and reshaped its tablet strategy, now focusing on user experience rather than specs alone, and if you keep an open mind about the included S Pen, you just might find it more handy than you would have imagined. However, we believe the $500 you'll spend on a base Note 10.1 would be better spent on two Nexus 7s. However, if you've got your heart set on a full-sized tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the way to go if you want to keep from breaking the bank.

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4 years ago

Sprint announces Ice Cream Sandwich bugfix for the Epic Touch 4G

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If you are currently sporting a Sprint Epic Touch 4G on the Sprint network and love Ice Cream Sandwich, but are experiencing some bugs, you will be happy to know a fix is on the way. Today Sprint announced that it will be rolling out an update (in stages) to address battery life issues, and hopefully others as well. The update will bump the device up to version S:D710.10S.FH13 (MR 4), so if you have yet to receive the update be sure to check manually. Notice any changes that aren't listed, be sure to hop into the forums and let us know!

Source: Sprint; via: Android Central Forums; thanks, JayWill72!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 available on 1saleaday for $499.99

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Daily deal site 1saleaday.com has a pretty good offer available if you're looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) for use on AT&T's LTE network. For a penny under $500, you can get this unlocked AT&T model, in either blue or white, for about the next 10 hours (at the time of writing). It still isn't cheap, but it's probably the best deal you'll see on an unlocked superphone right now.

So if you've been holding out for a good price on the AT&T LTE model of the Galaxy S3, your chance to buy awaits at the source link below. If you're on the fence, check out our AT&T Galaxy S3 review.

Source: 1saleaday

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4 years ago

Fancy review - like Pinterest, only shoppier

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Fancy was featured in Google Play for awhile, offering what looks like a Pinterest clone, but it does a few things differently. Like Pinterest, it showcases shiny products in a visually appealing format and allows users on the network to create categorized collections. Usually these kinds of sites revolve around home and fashion, and though there’s plenty of that on Fancy, you’re just as likely to find cool phone cases and miscellaneous gadgets.

What really sets Fancy apart is that they form partnerships with vendors so if you add something of theirs to your collection, you can often earn promotions usually in the form of coupon codes for discounts on online orders. As you might expect, Fancy has a lot more “buy now” links and the like.

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4 years ago

HTC One V hits Cricket on Sept. 2

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HTC and Cricket Wireless are teaming up to launch the One V on the network starting next Sunday, Sep. 2. The One V, which we reviewed back in April, is HTC’s leading entry-level device, bringing to the table a striking industrial design with an HTC Legend-style aluminum chin. On the inside, the One V is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and 512MB of RAM, with a 5MP camera around the back. We noted in our review that the One V packs one of the most impressive entry-level smartphone cameras around, thanks to HTC’s ImageSense tech.

On the software side, you’ve got Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, backed up by a basic version of HTC Sense 4.0, as well as music playback enhancements through Beats Audio.

Cricket’s not saying how much it’ll be charging for the One V when it launches, but based on the rest of the carrier’s smartphone offerings, the One V looks set to become something of a hero device for Cricket in late 2012. Any Cricket fans out there? Let us know in the comments if you're tempted by HTC's latest aluminum-clad beast.

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