The new HTC Desire 620 is coming in early 2015 and is poised to be a successor to the Desire 610. The phone's meant to carry on with the 610's mission by providing an "an affordable smartphone that balances quality performance with stunning design."
One of the coolest things about Android is the way we, as users, can take control of core parts of the operating system and change them up. We've seen it with keyboards, messaging apps, and of course, the launcher itself.
There are some really great third-party launchers for Android. Apps like Nova Launcher or Action Launcher are extremely popular, and proof that those of us using Android relish having a choice to do things a different way. These apps have hundreds of thousands of downloads for a reason. Having said that, it's important to know just how to manage your launcher(s) on your phone or tablet. Have a look at setting defaults (and removing any defaults) in Android Lollipop.
When it comes to which carrier to use for your smartphone there are two main considerations to take into account: cost and coverage.
Although landing an AT&T or Verizon account may yield impressive coverage, the cost may be difficult for some to swing every month. This fact is even more pertinent with the wider availability of free and ubiquitous Wi-Fi networks. The quality of the coverage also matters in relation to your work and home life. Once again, AT&T or T-Mobile could be amazing, but if you get zero bars at home, their service is useless.
Recently, I spent some time using Ting in the US. Never heard of 'em? No worries, as I tested them out for a few weeks.
The 2014 Moto X will go on sale tomorrow on Republic Wireless with a special price for 24 hours, dropping to $349 until December 11. The discount starts at 11am ET/8am PT, and applies both when ordering directly from Republic, as well as when customizing their phone through Moto Maker.
Rocking a Blackphone? The anti-surveillance device manufacturer has announced updates for its PrivatOS, a custom OS running on a forked version of Android KitKat that offers several privacy features like end-to-end encryption between two Blackphone users. The new version of PrivatOS, which will be rolling out to users next year, features an app store with content curated by the Blackphone team and a new feature called Spaces.
Today's Amazon Gold Box deal of the day sees the 2014 Moto G discounted to just $149. The deal is valid on the unlocked US GSM and global GSM versions of the device, and includes both black and white color variants.
Google today announced that Chromecast will shortly be available in India, with the company's own Play Store, local carrier Airtel and India e-commerce site Snapdeal offering the HDMI dongle from tomorrow. Pricing for the Chromecast will set local buyers back by Rs 2,999 ($50).
Indian smartphone maker Micromax has unveiled a new phone called the "Canvas Selfie" at an event in India. In case the name didn't tip you off, the phone is meant for the selfie aficionados out there, boasting a 13MP front-facing camera and selfie-focused software tweaks as its main features.
Amazon has rolled out a pretty significant update for its Kindle reading app for Android. The update, available through the Google Play Store, brings a number of new and notable features to the list, including X-Ray for Books and Textbooks, the ability to create flashcards to study textbooks, and get push notifications. Along with the new features, Amazon also promises improvements in the app as well as bug fixes.
The official steel band for the Moto 360 looks decent, but so do alternatives
Ever since we got our first up-close look at the Moto 360 — the first round Android Wear smartwatch — we've pretty much been in love with it. And we're not alone. We're also not alone in that while the Horween leather straps that come with it are great, we very much wanted to see what the official stainless steel bands would do. We just wanted metal on our wrists.
So we waited for the $80 bracelets to arrive. In the meantime we made do. Some third-party bracelets fit the round body. Some didn't. Some of us cannibalized the Pebble Steel, with surprisingly good results.
Today, we've got the official steel band on the Moto 360. Here's what's up.
MetroPCS has some insanely affordable phones, and we’re going to help you find the best ones.
MetroPCS is particularly nice because you don’t have to break the bank when buying a phone without a contract, though most of those devices are on the mid- to low-end when it comes to specs. On the other hand, you’ve got good monthly rates and the month-to-month freedom to switch carriers whenever you want.
If you happen to be in Turkey or South Korea and just can't wait to get your hands on a Google Play gift card, you can now snatch one up at retailers in the two countries. Cards purchased in Turkey will come in denominations of 25, 50, and 100 lira. In South Korea, you can snag the cards in denominations of ₩15,000, ₩30,000, ₩50,000, ₩100,000, and ₩150,000.
The first step toward Chrome OS and Android working together in harmony
We got a glimpse back at Google I/O at the upcoming coziness between Chrome OS and Android, and beyond limited cross-platform app compatibility one of the first signs of this tie-up is Smart Lock. This is the sought-after feature that keeps your Chromebook unlocked so long as its within Bluetooth range of your phone running Lollipop, and even though its currently limited to the Chrome OS dev channel and labeled as "beta" we've kicked the tires on this new feature a little bit.
This certainly isn't the full-featured Chrome/Android integration that was demoed at I/O, but proper Smart Lock is here for anyone to use so long as they're ready to do a few tweaks on the Chrome OS side and get things figured out. Read along and see how it works.
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