We just had to break out the original format for our Apps of the Week post. We missed it. Don't worry — we're still going to focus on best of categories and sort out the great new content as it hits Google Play, but not sharing our personal picks each week didn't feel right.
So you'll find our list of apps we love and think you should try each week on Sundays. Starting right now.
A rugged phone with a near-indestructible screen that doesn't compromise on performance and usability
Kyocera is probably best known for making "those rugged phones" for just about every carrier out there, but the just-announced Brigadier on Verizon has a few things special about it. The headline feature here is the all-new Sapphire Shield display, which the Brigadier uses instead of a traditional glass-covered display to provide drastically higher screen durability. It makes a traditionally-rugged Kyocera phone even more indestructible, all without compromising features like visibility or touchscreen sensitivity.
But a synthetic sapphire-coated display isn't the only worthwhile feature of the Kyocera Brigadier — this phone actually has much higher specs than your average mid-range phone from the manufacturer. It all adds up to a great combination for those who need a phone that can basically go anywhere and look no worse for the wear. Read along for our first impressions of the Kyocera Brigadier and a torture test of its Sapphire Shield display.
It's time to spill the deepest, darkest secret we have here at Android Central. It's one that folks get close to figuring out but for some reason have a hard time understanding with any real clarity. But it's simple. And I almost hesitate to share it in fear that others will emulate it. Are you ready? Here it comes.
We're here to help.
When you get down to it, it's that simple. Before we do any post — be it the nerdiest of the nerdy or something ridiculously simple — we ask ourselves (or we should ask ourselves), "Will this help a reader?"
A leaked photo may have revealed the specific hardware specifications of the much rumored Samsung Galaxy Alpha, along with a price tag, ahead of an official reveal of the device, which could come sometime later this coming week.
A new rumor claims Verizon Wireless is about to close a loophole that some of its grandfathered unlimited customers have used to continue to get that plan, even though Verizon stopped offering such a service for its new subscribers a few years ago.
In the past couple of days China's Xiaomi has been at the front of some privacy concerns. We didn't really get into it on AC because it's centered around devices that we aren't seeing any time soon in the west, but for anyone who is worried Hugo Barra has issued a response to said concerns.
The Nokia X2 still lists as coming soon in many of the countries that will see it launch, but that hasn't stopped the marketing beginning. What this is, is Nokia's newest promo video for the last X phone to run Android and it's perhaps more exciting than the phone that stars in it.
OK, maybe we're being a little harsh, but the Nokia X line hasn't exactly won our hearts since it was first announced in Barcelona back in February. Considering we're now in August and the X2 is the last of the Android breed, it's hard to grow too attached. A few of the issues we had with the original Nokia X have been resolved with the X2 – like a home button, thank you! – but the traditional Android fans would still find it hard to move over.
Just because you want to protect your Samsung Galaxy S5, doesn't mean you necessarily want to encase it in some bulky absurdity. That's where the BodyGuard Covert Case comes in. What it offers is a well built, sturdy case in a slim form factor that adds almost nothing to the bulk of the phone.
Our predictions of which phones will see the next version of Android
Look at the phone in front of you. You probably love it, and chances are it's one of the most used items you own. It's OK to be a little attached to it, and it's a great idea to keep it as long as you can instead of spending money on each and every new thing that comes along.
We know that's not always easy. Soon, we're going to start hearing more and more about Android L, how great it does something, or how cool some new feature looks. You're going to want Android L on the phone in your hands. Not that you need it, and nothing that your phone does today will stop working just because there's a new version of Android. Still, as Android fans, we just gotta have it.
For some of us, that means a new phone. Still hanging on to that Galaxy S3? Yeah, you're upgrading or rooting and romming. For others, getting Android L is a given — the Nexus 5 and most of the Google Play devices will have it in short order after it rolls out sometime later this year. But for most of us, we get to speculate and talk about it a little bit.
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