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2 weeks ago

Weather Time for Wear gives you the weather and all the options you might need

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Out of all the watch faces that you can currently find in the Google Play Store for your Android Wear device, weather apps are some of the most helpful at a glance. There are plenty of them out there right now, and one to take a look at is Weather Time for Wear.

It's free with in-app purchase options that unlock the good stuff, but mostly gets the job done well. Lets take a look.

Weather Time for Android Wear definitely has the design aspect of things down. The default screen is a blue sky with fluffy white clouds — even when that is not at all what it looks like outside — and all your information overlaid onto it. At the top of the screen you'll see the time, underneath that there is the date, and at the bottom of the screen you'll see the temperature along with an icon for weather conditions.

The free version of Weather Time for Wear gives you access to some options, but to get the full experience you'll need to drop $2.00. All of your options are available on your phone and they are all divided up into one of several categories; Weather Settings, Look and Feel, Notification Settings, Touch Event Settings, and General Settings.

Each category is named so that you can easily find the options you're looking for in a pinch. In Weather your options include one of three weather providers, as well as the location you want information for. You can use either your current location, or one you set manually. You can also adjust the units for your Temperature, Wind Speed and Pressure. With premium you can see far more than just the temperature, you can also see condition, location, step count, wind speed and several more.

Look and Feel is where you can adjust your background, ambient mode backgrounds, clock settings, date settings and battery indicator settings. There is plenty to play with here, even if you don't pick up the paid version. You have 12 or 24 hour settings for your clock, including the option to include seconds. You can also adjust the format and font of where everything sits on your watch face. While you need premium to grab the other weather screens, you can still change yours to a color of your choice.

Notification settings let you decide when and how cards show up on your smartwatch. There are vibrate settings for things like the temperature changing, or your phone disconnecting, but they are for the premium version. There is also a handy 'do not disturb' function, which disables those vibrations during selected hours. Touch event settings is a premium only option. It allows you to enact some extra nifty features. These include opening the current forecast when you tap the weather icon, opening your agenda when the calendar icon is tapped, and opening the agenda when the date is tapped.

Your last category is General Settings. This one has far fewer options, in that there are only 3 of them. You can adjust the 'Ok, Google' placement, change where the status bar sits, or show a system indicator shadow.

Weather Time for Wear does a great job of getting you the weather info you need to plan your day, while also giving you plenty of options. Considering everything you get with the free version of this app, the upgrade is very much a personal preference. Does this seem like the weather app for you, or have you already found one that works well?

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2 weeks ago

Expansys USA discounts 16GB WiFi Nexus 9 to $290

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Expansys is currently offering a pretty good deal on the 16GB WiFi variant of the Nexus 9, discounting it to $290.

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2 weeks ago

Moto G 2015 accessibility options

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Android phones have come a long way in the accessibility department, and the Moto G 2015 is no exception. Using the features and tools Google has provided for Android Lollipop, the Moto G 2015 has plenty of options for those with trouble seeing or hearing, and even those of us with motion control issues.

Being there is fine, but knowing how to use them is the important part. that's where we can help. Have a gander at the Moto G 2015 accessibility options.

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2 weeks ago

Check out Russell live tonight on TWiT's All About Android show

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Our Russell Holly will be joining the TWiT team on tonight's All About Android show, and you can tune in and watch it live. Starting at 5 p.m. PDT, or 8 p.m for those on the East Coast, you can check out all of the conversation as it happens.

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2 weeks ago

Skype for Business now heading into preview on Android

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Microsoft has announced the preview for its upcoming Skype for Business offering on Android. Skype for Business will come as an update to the existing Lync 2013 app when it arrives later this year.

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2 weeks ago

Developers in Qatar, Kazakhstan and Nigeria can now sell paid apps in Google Play

Developers in Qatar, Kazakhstan and Nigeria are now able to list paid apps in Google Play, and display the apps using local currency pricing. The changes, which are reflected on the Google Play Developer Console, indicate that developers in these regions are now able to set pricing for their apps, as well as in-app purchases using local currency.

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2 weeks ago

Third-party ROMs for Android Auto are coming

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Hacking away at automobile infotainment is great for the tinkerers, but it raises legitimate safety concerns as well.

One of the features to Android Auto is the promise of a semi-walled garden. Google controls what apps work in Android Auto, and what can be shown on the screen as to create the safest possible ecosystem in which phone and car can interact. As we've seen exploring all of the apps available for Android Auto, this isn't a perfect system. On top of the occasional usability bug, Android users who have grown accustomed to the open and modular nature of the OS find the head unit display to be more than a little limiting.

A way around this was always going to happen, and now it has. Pioneer AVIC units have had their security stripped and the ability to install modded versions of Android Auto onto these aftermarket head units.

On a high level, this is a huge win for consumers who want to do more than the manufacturer intended with their hardware.

The AVIC Development Mod alters the behavior of the SD Card in the head unit, making it possible for anything compatible to boot instead of the factory software. This not only means Android Auto can be expanded with things like themes and alternate user interfaces — it also opens the door to install Android Auto on Pioneer AVIC hardware that didn't initially come with it installed. It also means access to features like Wifi, which might have been disabled by Pioneer in your unit for whatever reason, potentially could become available to you at some point in the future. As is often the case with these sorts of things, it's up to the modding community to sink its teeth into this and see what is possible now that all the locked doors have been removed.

On a high level, this is a huge win for consumers who want to do more with their hardware than what the manufacturer originally intended. The potential to add Android Auto alone to other devices is awesome, especially if it ends up working smoothly. Obviously this also opens up a significant avenue of risk, especially when you consider the unstable history of third-party ROMs that have been cobbled together without access to the source code. The potential for something to go wrong leading to a distracted driver performing triage while doing 65 mph on the highway is shadowed only by the potential for a less-than-reputable installer to offer you a killer deal on what is now dangerously insecure and potentially fully exploited aftermarket gear.

Android Auto

There's no reason to be concerned about something like the recent Jeep hijacking demo happening with these Pioneer units, but some of these aftermarket kits can be connected to quite a bit more than the speakers. In very much the same way that a rooted Android phone can be exploited, this in-car system is now highly vulnerable. If you're installing something like this by yourself, there's probably not a ton to worry about. If you're having someone else do it for you, anything could happen. You can head to the AVIC411 forums for details, and if you're feeling brave there's a step by step for trying things out for yourself.

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2 weeks ago

365 Body Workout brings fitness to your Android TV

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Fitness apps are all over the Google Play Store, for both your phone and your smartwatch. Now you can add Android TV to that list, with 365 Body Workout. Bringing fitness to your living room becomes a breeze with this app, where you can track your workouts, integrate with Google Fit, and personalize your workouts.

If you haven't seen this one yet, you can check it out right here with us.

When you open 365 Body Workout on your TV you'll see all of your options arrayed at the bottom of the screen; Quick Workout, Calendar, My Workouts, Exercises, Settings and Unlock.. Each one covers pretty much precisely what it says, and we'll go over each one so you know what you're getting into. The menu and navigation is all very clean which makes it easy to get what you need to without any issues.

Quick Workouts gives you a choice between a 2, 5, or 12 minute workout. After you choose a duration, then you'll see a preview of your workout. This preview includes slides for each workout with the name, number of sets, and number of reps for each exercise. After you start, the screen will give you a counter, along with a simulation of what the exercise being performed correctly looks like.

Calendar gives you a running calendar for each month. It's primarily there to help organize your workouts by letting you know where your rest days are located. It's designed very well, one month rolling seamlessly into the next.

My Workouts is where you can build and customize your workout experience. Each workout requires a minimum of 2 exercises, but you can keep adding on past that as well. In the menu of exercises, you'll see there are dozens of them, but most have been locked. We'll get to unlocking them in just a minute here. You can save, reset, and name your workouts here as well.

Exercises brings up the same menu of exercises that you saw when adding specific exercises in My Workouts. Here you can take a closer look at each exercise, as well as seeing it performed with proper form. Considering how easy it is to hurt yourself when working out using bad form, this is a really handy way to double check before rolling into a full workout.

Settings only gives you access to three things — Trainer, Music and Google Fit. In Trainer you can adjust the settings for the audio trainer that pops up during your workouts. This ends up being options like the gender of the trainer. You can turn the included music on or off during workouts, as well as integrating 365 Body Workout with Google Fit.

The final option from your main menu is Unlock. As we mentioned earlier, many of the exercises in the app are locked. There is only one way to unlock them, and that's via an in-app purchase of the $2 Premium edition. Considering how many exercises you unlock, it's definitely a purchase worth considering.

365 Body Workout is a great app for anyone who prefers working out at home, to sweating in the gym. With it's personalization touches, integration with google fit, and catalog of exercises it works extremely well. With the added benefit of being able to clearly see how each exercise is performed on your tv, you can even avoid some unnecessary injuries. Just don't accidentally tumble into your television.

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2 weeks ago

Repeat: Don't buy a Galaxy S3 in 2015

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It's the dawn of a new era for Android smartphones. We have an influx of phones between $200 and $400 that aren't awful to use. But they're also not necessarily available in stores. And that breaks one top suggestions when someone asks "what should I get?" — hold a phone in your hand before opening your wallet. While that hasn't always been possible (and we're talking way back from the online-only Nexus One, if not before that), it's still a good rule of thumb.

But maybe there's another reason to avoid brick-and-mortar stores altogether.

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2 weeks ago

Pushbullet adds end-to-end encryption for SMS, notification mirroring and more

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Pushbullet, the app which allows you to reply to notifications and messages on your phone from your computer, now offers end-to-end encryption for added security. With this, the information that is being transferred between your phone and computer is fully encrypted until it is received on the other end.

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2 weeks ago

Google may be in for a trademark battle with BMW over Alphabet name

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Google's announcement late on Monday that it plans to restructure its company under the new Alphabet umbrella took most people by surprise. That included German car maker BMW, who has trademarked "Alphabet" as the name of one of its subsidiaries, which could force Google into a court battle over the brand.

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2 weeks ago

LastPass goes free on mobile devices, still requires subscription for cross-platform syncing

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LastPass, a popular password management app, has made its app free to use on mobile phones and tablets, but still requires a $12 annual fee to sync that information with a computer. Previously, the company offered its services for free on computers, but required the fee for mobile users, and that has now changed.

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2 weeks ago

Rite Aid will begin accepting mobile payments in its stores starting August 15

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Rite Aid has announced that it will begin accepting mobile payment systems in 4,600 stores across the U.S. beginning Saturday, August 15. This means that customers will be able to make use of NFC-based payments with services like Google Wallet. Rite Aid has also announced that Google's new payment system, Android Pay, will be supported when it launches later this year with Android M.

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2 weeks ago

We're answering your OnePlus Two questions in the Android Central Forums!

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The OnePlus Two has finally hit my desk, complete with retail packaging and a flat USB-C cable. While we've already done a lengthy hands-on with the phone, it was in a controlled environment and only for a couple of hours. We also knew the software wasn't a final build, and to expect something a little different when this phone here arrived. True enough, we've got a different software build here with some new buttons to push.

As you might expect, it'll be a little while before we're ready to share a full review with you. In the mean time, I'll be answering questions over in the forums as frequently as possible. Just hit the link below and you're there!

Take me to the OnePlus Two forums on Android Central!

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2 weeks ago

Meet the affordable Lenovo-backed ZUK Z1 with USB-C connectivity

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Lenovo-backed startup ZUK has announced the Z1, a new affordable smartphone with USB-C connectivity. ZUK will price the Z1 at 1,799 yuan ($280) and hopes to attract customers with the USB 3.1 speeds support to load and unload data quickly to and from the 64GB internal storage.

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