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3 years ago

Samsung and Amazon partner up for new custom Kindle experience

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Samsung and Amazon today announced a new custom Kindle experience for consumers who own Samsung Android hardware. This eBook service, Kindle for Samsung, is available to all Galaxy hardware running Android 4.0 or above. If you're using a smartphone from another vendor, fear not as the official Kindle app will remain available for download.

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3 years ago

Sony to roll out Android 4.4 to Xperia Z hardware in May

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Sony is set to bring Android 4.4 (KitKat) to consumers this coming May, according to the Sony website. Those who own older Xperia Z products will be updated to the later version of the operating system. This covers the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and the Xperia Tablet Z. We previously looked at the company's plans to bring Android 4.3 and 4.4 to its portfolio of Android hardware, which revealed a mid-Q2 launch for KitKat on older Xperia Z-series devices.

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3 years ago

How to turn off My Magazine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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How to disable My Magazine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

We love features — and the ability to turn them off.

Samsung's My Magazine feature on the Galaxy S5 is similar to HTC's BlinkFeed feature. It can filter in news stories and social updates from various networks for easy access in just a swipe. However, if you don't like My Magazine you can easily disable it altogether. Here's how:

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3 years ago

AT&T LG G Flex slated to get KitKat update tomorrow

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Owners of the LG G Flex on AT&T might find themselves checking their phones for a pending software update tomorrow, as a new support doc from AT&T indicates that an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat should be rolling out starting on April 17th. The AT&T G Flex last saw an update back in February, but it was a small bug fix release for Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This update will be chock full of KitKat goodness.

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3 years ago

Enter 'Weekly Photo Contest: Focus and Blur' to win an HTC One M8 Google Play edition!

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 Focus and Blur

With more ways than ever to get the sharpest or smoothest shot possible, we're ready to see what you can do with your phone camera this week.

With today's release of the Google Camera app, more than a few people are thinking about the great things that are possible with camera hardware and software in today's leading smartphones. You have more options than ever to take amazingly crisp and clear pictures, or selectively apply an artistic blur to them if you see fit. For that reason we're making this week's photo contest prompt "Focus and Blur" — and whether it's an amazingly sharp and in-focus shot or a smoothed-out picture with a shallow depth-of-field, we can't wait to see entries this week.

True to the spirit of what this contest is looking to do, we're going to give away a prize that is capable of taking some beautifully sharp and selectively defocused pictures — an HTC One M8 Google Play edition! We have just one to give away, so make that picture count!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (April 22) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Flowers' winners!

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Dozens of fantastic flower photos this week made it nearly impossible to pick just 2 winners

Flowers are clearly in bloom if you take a look through the entries in last week's photo contest, and the pictures of those flowers on display are quite incredible. It's a great time of year to see what nature is showing off, and every one of the entries across seven pages in the forums are spectacular.

We unfortunately could only pick two winners this week to receive a ZENS Qi Wireless Charger, but we enjoyed seeing every single entry this week. Read along and check out the winning photos from this contest.

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3 years ago

Google Camera: What's new, and a guide to the latest features

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Google Camera

The only complaint you can make is that Google didn't release these features sooner.

Google has dropped a pretty notable update to its stock camera app, given it a proper name and at the same time opened it up to non-Nexus devices running KitKat in the Play Store. While the interface still isn't mind-blowing, it has changed pretty dramatically from what you'd be used to if you used a Nexus 5 just yesterday. Google has overhauled the picture-taking interface for regular shots, panoramas and Photo Spheres, while also adding a brand new feature called "Lens Blur."

We've taken some time to walk through the new interface, and you can color us impressed with the changes that have been made. While we know most of you will be able to get your hands on the app right away and give it a try for yourself, we're going to take a run through all of the latest features of the Google Camera app and give you a few tips for getting the best shots possible.

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3 years ago

YouTube for Android updated to support casting live videos to Chromecast

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Head into the Google Play Store and you'll see YouTube sitting at version 5.5.27. The last time we covered an update for YouTube on Android was in late November when the app improved search results and channel pages. The changelog listed is old, but there are reports that there is now support for casting live videos to Chromecast.

Play around with the settings and you'll notice that the Preloading menu has been removed. You'll also find a Captions menu that has been added to YouTube for Android.

Play around with the app and let us know if you find anything else in there.

Download it now and let us know what you think.

Via: Droid Life

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3 years ago

Press render of the white LG L65 strolls onto the internet

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Over on Twitter, smartphone leakster evleaks has shared a new image of an upcoming Android handset from LG. It's called the LG L65 and appears to be a device aimed at emerging markets.

Specs for the LG L65 include a 1.2 GHz X2 processor, a 4.3-inch display and a 5MP camera. Other specs include Android KitKat, dual-SIM support and a removable back. Not mind blowing specs, but certainly appealing for those getting into their first smartphone.

Anyone interested in a handset like this?

Source: @evleaksES

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3 years ago

Blocking Mode on the Galaxy S5

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 Blocking mode

Samsung's do-not-disturb option is oddly named but easy to use

Sometimes Galaxy S5 features need quite a bit of explanation. This isn't one of those times. Blocking Mode is a poorly named but extremely useful function that serves as the phone's do-not-disturb mode. You'll find it in Settings>Personalization, or as one of Samsung's numerous quick settings in the notification pull-down.

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3 years ago

Battle of the Blur: Defocus camera showdown

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Defocus all the things

New camera options bring a little extra to your pictures, but who does it the best?

The new rage in smartphone cameras these days is selective focus. Think of a really nice portrait you've seen of a friend or family member, where they were in focus and there was a lovely background that was slightly out of focus. It really makes the subject "pop" and photographers — both professional and amatuer — love the look. It's only natural that this made it's way onto our phones. It's not really something new, as there have been apps that do the same thing for a while now. But seeing the folks who make our phones get into the game means more adoption, and hopefully, better results.

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3 years ago

Google announces Q1 2014 earnings: revenue up 19% year over year

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Google's first quarter 2014 results are in, and the company unsurprisingly made buckets of money. Revenue was up to $15.4 billion, a 19% increase from the same quarter a year prior. Earnings were also up, clocking in at $4.12 billion — 27% of revenues. That's an increase in the raw profit from last year, but also a drop in the share of revenue (it was 29% this time last year).

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3 years ago

Real Racing 3's latest update is all about open-wheelers

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Real Racing 3 has been updated to include a batch of open-wheeled cars. These new rides include the Caterham Seven 620R, KTM X-Bow R, Ariel Atom 3.5 and V8, plus the Porsche 911 RSR (2014) and Hyundai Veloster Turbo have been tossed in for good measure. That Turbo actually has a special event associated with it where you could win a real trip to Italy. There's also a new Road to Le Mans live event with unique rewards to be won. Finally, you can now check out the collections of your friends, because who doesn't like drooling with envy?

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3 years ago

Chrome Remote Desktop app exits beta, controls your computer on any ICS and above device

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Chrome Remote Desktop

Just a couple of weeks after a full-fledged Chrome Remote Desktop app entered closed beta testing it has been opened up for all to use through the Play Store. The completely free app will let your Android device — assuming it's running Android 4.0 or above — connect to and control any computer you have the Chrome Remote Desktop software installed on.

The client is simple, but mimics closely what you find doing computer-to-computer remote access with its existing Chrome and desktop clients. You can see all computers listed by the Google account they're associated with, connect by entering a PIN and control your computer from anywhere. You simply swipe around on the screen to move the cursor, tap to click and tap and hold to drag for selections or to move windows. The app offers a full on-screen keyboard for text input and a one-tap ctrl-alt-del button for those controlling Windows machines.

The app has worked pretty smoothly on our Nexus 7, but it's clear that you won't be getting any super heavy work done on a small screen controlling a full desktop operating system. For those who need remote desktop in pinch though, Chrome Remote Desktop is one of the simplest ways to go now.

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3 years ago

Get a head start on Mother's Day shopping with Play Store sale

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Even though it's not for another month, Google is holding a Mother's Day sale on the Google Play Store, offering major discounts on certain books, as well as magazine subscriptions.

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