Sports fans will be happy to hear that Fox Sports Go is now available for download on your Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick. With it you can catch live NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, UFC, college football, college hoops, and UEFA Champions League soccer, provided you also have a supporting cable package.
We've all been there: we're reading an article — maybe one of the lovely reviews here on Android Central — and then your screen turns off because you didn't scroll up in however many seconds. It's not your fault we fit so many words on your screen. Then you have to fumble around for the power button to turn it back on and find your place again.
Don't you just wish there was a way to keep the screen on just a little longer while you're looking at it? Well good news, everyone! Motorola has added in a handy feature on the Moto X called Attentive Display, and it's here to end those days of mashing the power button.
The later you get into CES, the weirder it gets, and CES 2015 has been no exception to that rule. After the surprise revelation that Audi had an LG webOS smartwatch we had to wonder what else there could possibly be. Turns out there was still plenty of weird to be found at CES.
The folks at SwiftKey had an absolutely huge 2014, filled with users all around the world who have no idea how they managed to use a smartphone before this app existed. Not only is SwiftKey a big deal with Android users, but with iOS 8 opening the doors to third party keyboard the app quickly rose above the rest. When you add those users to the impressive accomplishment of working with Stephen Hawking to create a better language system for his chair, huge is the only way to describe the last year. It'll be hard to top those accomplishments in 2015, but according to SwiftKey VP Rhodri Thomas a big part of this coming year is going to be more third party themes for their keyboard.
Given how incredibly popular the Frozen keyboards have been, there's no doubt we'll see keyboard themes for all kind of pop culture this year. I'll take a Walking Dead board, how about you?
While we're still getting to know the new YotaPhone for review purposes, Phil and Cali got a chance to talk about the phone live today with YotaPhone Managing Director Matthew Kelly. In many ways this has been one of the more interesting phones at CES, and that has everything to do with the software that drives the e-ink display on the back of the phone. Using the back of the phone is cool for getting information at a glance, but the folks at YotaPhone are really driving home how much you can actually do with the touch capabilities on this second display. One of the big things we saw today was the way certain SMS messages are displayed to users. For example, if someone sends you a message that just contains the word "cool" you'll see an image of a man straightening his bowtie. You know, because bowties are cool.
Super nerdy Doctor Who reference aside, YotaPhone 2 has got some seriously cool stuff going on inside. Especially now that we know it's headed to the US soon, this phone is well worth keeping an eye on.
At CES 2015, Miami-based manufacturer BLU announced a handful of new phones that come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and specs. While BLU does not have any of their devices in the major carriers, the company does sell them for a very reasonable price unlocked on Amazon. We stopped by by BLU to get a quick feel of the new devices and see if the low priced devices were worth your hard earned money.
We're coming at you this like live from the Mobile Nations/GeekBeat/Purch stage in South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Which we mentioned because that's why it's crazy and loud and awesome and really just a heck of a lot of fun this week.
We wrap up the best of what we've seen here at CES 2015, brining along Phil, Alex, Andrew, Myriam Joire and Russell Holly.
The YotaPhone 2 is coming to a U.S. operator, Matthew Kelly, Managing Director, Americas, told GeekBeat.TV's Cali Lewis and our own Phil Nickinson this afternoon live from the CES Live stage here in Las Vegas. Kelley couldn't say the specific operator, only that it is "one of the big four." (The big four being Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.) It previously was announced that the phone would be available in North America, but carrier support would be a big feather in the fledgling company's cap.
The YotaPhone 2 — which sports a traditional AMOLED display on one side of the phone and a low-power, (nearly) always-on e-ink display on the back — has been one of the bigger hits of this year's CES show, thanks to those dual faces.
Additionally, the YotaPhone 2 will be coming to a Canadian carrier in 2015 as well. The specific carrier wasn't named.
Huawei's latest device, the Honor 6 Plus, has been available for a few weeks now (in limited markets) but here at CES 2015 we've actually had an opportunity to get our hands on it. The Honor 6 Plus is a step above the Honor 6, and comes in at the equivalent of about $320 unlocked. It packs a metal and glass body, 5.5-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. But that's not necessarily the most impressive part — it also has dual 8MP cameras that are capable of some neat tricks, too.
Android TV and PC games streamed to your living room
Right at the beginning of CES 2015 Razer, known primarily for its PC gaming products, launched its first Android TV device. The Forge TV is headed our way in Q1 for $99 on its own or $149 as part of a bundle with a game controller.
We stopped by the Razer booth to check it out, and one thing becomes pretty clear almost immediately. It's likely this is the Android TV box you're going to want to buy,
An absolutely addictive one-touch action game, Crossy Road, has made the jump onto the Google Play Store after being exclusively on iOS and the Amazon Appstore. Very simply, you have to get the chicken to cross the road so he can get to the other side. The catch is that there is no other side, and you're just dodging traffic, speeding trains, torrential rapids, and hungry eagles for as long as possible before meeting an inevitable and grisly demise.
Alcatel has announced today that it is launching its own e-commerce channel to sell unlocked phones and tablets directly to consumers, breaking away from its traditional model of selling via carriers. The new store expansion to the U.S. follows a launch in Europe in November of 2014, and an expansion to Canada will be coming at some point in Q1 2015.
Toshiba has announced full-sized 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB SD memory cards that can shoot thumbnails over to your Android device for a quick preview simply by tapping your device to your camera. 16 thumbnails and available remaining space are shown through the dedicated Memory Card Preview App, though you'll still need to pop the SD card into a computer to get full access to the pictures. As neat as the mash-up of SD and NFC may be, Toshiba announced a Wi-Fi-enabled SD card that sounds decidedly more useful.
Streaming live television from your home to wherever you are has always been a cool idea, and there's basically only one big name in this particular corner of the world. Slingbox has been the go-to for this technology for quite a while today, and at CES this year we got a chance to ask them why that is. Ultimately, it comes down to supporting the users where they want to watch content, as explained by Sling Media CMO Mark Vena. The ability to deliver whatever content the user wants on whatever device they currently have on them at the time is what makes having a Slingbox more valuable to many of their users. Additionally, the new content suggestion tools built in to the Slingbox apps makes it so users have extra reasons to stick around and watch things from YouTube or even other channels with similar content.
It also doesn't hurt that the new Slingbox M1 comes in at $150, which is a significant price drop from some of their previous offerings. But hey, whatever lets us watch the game wherever we are, right?
While it feels like the big thing at CES this year is letting your smartphone act as the center of your connected world, the folks at Olympus are perfectly happy having their cameras do all the heavy lifting. Many Olympus cameras come with WiFi onboard now, and with that comes the opportunity to use your phone to help with photography. The Olympus Share app lets you use your phone as a remote, but you can also pull the photo straight to your phone and edit whatever shot you have just taken. It's an ideal setup for those who are interested in that instant share from a smartphone, but still want to shoot with a more capable camera.
It also doesn't hurt to take a look at how nice the new OM-D E-M1 looks, especially when you know you can use your phone to play with whatever you shoot immediately after.
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