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3 years ago

HTC BlinkFeed and Gallery updates bring One M8 bug fixes and tweaks

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The HTC One M8 may have only been out for two weeks, but that doesn't mean there aren't updates to be had. Today HTC pushed out updates to both HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Gallery. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements, BlinkFeed has been updated to let you "add more social content when you want" and the Foregrounder effect in Gallery now allows you to tap anywhere to apply the effect. Apart from that, bug fixes and performance improvements. Both updates are available now via the Google Play Store.

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3 years ago

Android update coming with regular malware scans

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A new Android update is rolling out that will add a bit more security when it comes to apps that may harm your device. The update from Google intends to make sure that apps installed on your device — from Google Play or elsewhere — are playing nice and "behaving in a safe manner". Currently the system scans applications at the time you install them, but now it will continuously check all the apps on your device, even after they've been installed.

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3 years ago

How to get the vertical display on the Samsung Gear Fit

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One of the big blunders of Samsung's Gear Fit was that the screen was horribly annoying to read in the horizontal orientation while on your wrist. It just didn't look right and you have to shapeshift your arm to be able to read it straight on.

With a quick update however, they've added a new option that lets you change the orientation to vertical instead — making things much easier to read. Of course if you like the horizontal layout better, that option is still there as well.

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3 years ago

How to enable Samsung Galaxy S5 developer options

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Samsung Galaxy S5 developer mode

Developer mode is easy to get to, you just have to remember to enable it

As has been the case since Android 4.2, the developer options have been hidden by default from your Android settings menu. This is a good thing, actually, as it'll keep curious minds from potentially breaking things. It also helps keep your phone more secure.

But there are plenty of reasons why you would want to enable developer options on your Galaxy S5. If you want to plug in to a computer and do any sort of command-line work, this is going to be your first stop. Or if you need some extra debugging options as a programmer. Or, maybe you are that sort of curious creature who just wants to see how things work. Nothing wrong with any of that.

But, of course, you're going to first have to turn developer mode on for your Galaxy S5. Here's how to do it.

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 is now available at retail from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon

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Verizon had the retail store lock down on the new HTC One M8 since the initial release, but now those of you with AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can get in on the brick-and-mortar sales fun as well. T-Mobile's availability kicks off tomorrow. The HTC One M8 is now available for purchase in carriers stores that aren't sporting a big red checkmark.

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3 years ago

Wind-up Knight 2 readies for battle on Android

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Wind-up Knight 2, a side-scrolling 3D platformer, is now available on Google Play. As a clockwork knight, you'll jump and fight your way through a bigger world than before.

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3 years ago

Listen to this: it's Phil on the Ausdroid Podcast!

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If you just can't seem to get enough Android (or enough Phil) you can check out episode 108 of the Ausdroid Podcast where our own Phil Nickinson guest starred this week. Phil joined Jason Murray, Dan Tyson, and Phil Tann to talk Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and other fun Android-like things. If you're a fan of Android and Australian accents — this one's for you.

Check it out: Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 now available on Telus

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 launches tomorrow around the globe, but if you're on Telus in Canada and not into Samsung's dimples, might we suggest the now-available HTC One M8 instead? Telus started taking pre-orders for HTC's latest and greatest at the announcement on March 25th, and the phone is now available for direct orders.

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3 years ago

Got your new Samsung Galaxy S5? Share your thoughts in the Android Central forums!

Samsung Galaxy S5 box

Join other early adopters in the Galaxy S5 forums!

The Samsung Galaxy S5's official global launch date isn't until tomorrow, April 11, but some folks have already managed to get their hands on Samsung's 2014 flagship. In the U.S., some carrier pre-orders have been arriving early, and in the U.K. some newly-opened Samsung stores are allowing pre-order customers to collect their handsets from this evening.

So, GS5 early adopters, we want to hear from you. And the best place to share your thoughts is over on the Android Central Galaxy S5 forums, which are already buzzing with discussion on Samsung's latest smartphone. Hit the link below to head on over there!

More: Samsung Galaxy S5 forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile offers up LTE tablets for the price of Wi-Fi models, free data through 2014

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Yesterday T-Mobile introduced a new Simple Starter plan that could get you in the cellular door at $40/month, and today they're shaking things up again by reducing the price of their cellular-enabled tablets to match that of their Wi-Fi-only siblings. Additionally, T-Mobile customers that activate a new tablet will get 1.2GB of free LTE data through the end of 2014.

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3 years ago

AT&T LG G2 receiving update to fix previous update

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There's a new update available for AT&T LG G2, and it fixes something that went wrong with the last update. If you'll recall, back in February the AT&T LG G2 got its first taste of Android 4.4.2. Unfortunately, it seems that that update to KitKat also introduced a few bugs that made things less convenient for Google+ and Google Wallet users.

Specifically, it made the Tap & Pay option for Google Wallet disappear. Now, with a 5.59MB update (679MB if you somehow haven't updated to Android 4.4.2 yet), that is fixed and all things are right in the world.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Android users can now stream directly to Sonos from Google Play Music

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Big news from Sonos and Google this morning, with the announcement that you can now stream Google Play Music on your Sonos system. Better yet, you don't even have to use the Sonos app to do it – though you absolutely can – since the functionality is being added right into the Google Play Music app for Android.

In Google Play Music, we've found a great partner to bring this vision to life for the first time on a global scale. Together, we've created a music experience that shows how media, devices, and sound can seamlessly work together in the home.

Tapping the Chromecast icon within the Play Music app should now bring up an option to stream to your various Sonos speakers as well as to any Chromecasts you have in your home. So if you live in Google Play Music, it's a completely seamless experience.

Give it a try, let us know how you like it!

Source: Sonos

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 has its private parts analyzed by iFixit

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One of the first things that goes along with the release of a new device is of course a good teardown video, and iFixit has offered one up again, this times for the Samsung Galaxy S5. In addition to rehashing the basic specs we already know, we get to see all the goodies that make the S5 tick.

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3 years ago

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff now available on Android. Freakin' sweet!

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After initially launching last week, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is now available to download on Android. Giggity Giggity Goo! The game will be instantly familiar to anyone who ever played The Simpsons: Tapped Out, and to fans of the show. We're rebuilding Quahog, after 'somebody' blew it up. We also get treated to this exclusive mini-episode, which opens up the game (word of warning, there's a couple of curses in there!)

FAMILY GUY: The Quest for Stuff begins with a new conflict between Peter Griffin and his arch nemesis the Giant Chicken. After an epic battle gone awry, Quahog is destroyed and Peter is to blame. With Quahog in ruins, players must help Peter rally classic FAMILY GUY characters in order to rebuild the town.

Developed by TinyCo, the gameplay follows a virtually identical path to that of Tapped Out. You begin to unlock different characters, send those characters to complete missions, earn coins and 'Golden Clams' and rebuild Quahog in your own unique and special way.

 The Quest for Stuff

The graphics are really sharp and some of the in-game quotes are absolutely on the money. It's clear that TinyCo has put a lot of effort into making this a genuinely good Family Guy experience for fans of the show. We even get to go to the Multiverse once a day with Stewie collecting coins. Freakin' sweet! The Quest for Stuff also has it's own social network, FaceSpace, where the characters will post their own hilarious status updates and photos throughout the game.

Of course, much like Tapped Out, The Quest for Stuff is a full on Freemium experience. Sure, you can wait – and wait – it out and earn currency in the game, or you can give in and cough up. I've not been playing it long enough yet to decide how good or bad the implementation of in-app purchases is, but I have encountered something potentially alarming.

 The Quest for Stuff

One of the 'missions' in the early stages of the game involves buying coins to get free clams. OK, you can ignore it and it won't hamper your progress, but I'm not at all comfortable with IAPs being marketed in this way.

But that aside, it's an enjoyable game to play. As a fan of the show I was suckered in right from the intro video – which you can catch up top – but only time will tell as far as longevity and the potential paywall is concerned.

 The Quest for Stuff

The download is free, it looks fantastic, so if you're a fan of the show I recommend checking it out. If you do, be sure to drop into the comments and tell us how you're finding it!

FAMILY GUY: The Quest for Stuff Now Available on the App Store and Google Play

(San Francisco, Calif. & Los Angeles, Calif.) April 10, 2014 -- After months of anticipation, FAMILY GUY: The Quest for Stuff launches today on the App Store and Google Play, delivering a striking game play experience crafted specifically for mobile platforms.

FAMILY GUY: The Quest for Stuff begins with a new conflict between Peter Griffin and his arch nemesis the Giant Chicken. After an epic battle gone awry, Quahog is destroyed and Peter is to blame. With Quahog in ruins, players must help Peter rally classic FAMILY GUY characters in order to rebuild the town.

Developed as a collaboration between mobile gaming studio TinyCo, Fox Digital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television Production, the game draws on the show’s 200+ episodes as well as current events in pop culture. With the same style and humor of the TV show folded into the game, FAMILY GUY: The Quest for Stuff delivers a laugh every time you play.

“Not only is the game exponentially more entertaining than reading this press release, it’s the only place you’ll find Peter and Quagmire napping together,” said Rick Phillips, SVP, Fox Digital Entertainment. “We’re excited to deliver a game that brings the spontaneity and eccentricity of the show to the mobile gameplay experience for the first time. TinyCo successfully marries the world of FAMILY GUY, its infamous cutaways, lampooning of current events, and irreverent humor with entertaining game mechanics.”

“We’ve had an absolute blast bringing The Quest for Stuff to life,” said Andrew N. Green, head of business development and business operations at TinyCo. “Working with an IP like FAMILY GUY wasn’t a responsibility we took lightly, and thanks to fantastic collaboration with Fox we’re delivering a game that both fans and newcomers will love.”

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3 years ago

Moving to a Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone? Here's what you need to know!

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Galaxy S5 and iPhone

Get set up and running with these handy hints!

If you're picking up a new Samsung Galaxy S5 and moving from a past life with an iPhone, then there's some questions you might have. Firstly, welcome! We hope you enjoy your new Galaxy S5, but likewise we know that changing platform can be daunting at first.

But we're here to help. After the break you'll find some helpful links, tips, tricks and apps to help you get up and running before you really start to explore.

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