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3 years ago

The HTC One M8 comes in 24-carat gold too — just ask John Legere

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24-carat gold HTC One M8

Today is Samsung's day. The brand-new Samsung Galaxy S5 launched today around the globe, taking away some of the attention that the HTC One M8 has enjoyed over the past two weeks. Not one to let an opportunity slip by, and knowing that T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a compulsive sharer on Twitter, HTC sent the chatty exec a shiny new HTC One M8 wrapped in a brilliant 24-carat gold finish.

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3 years ago

The Galaxy S5 has a great Photosphere mode, but you have to download it first

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Surround Shot

Samsung's Surround Shot add-on lets you take Photosphere images

Many Android phone makers have developed their own take on Google's Photosphere — the feature on Nexus phones which lets you take 360-degree panoramic images. LG has its VR Panorama, HTC has Panorama 360 on the One M8, and Samsung launched Surround Shot on the Galaxy Note 3 last year. On the Galaxy S5, however, it's not included out of the box — it's a downloadable plug-in you need to snag from Samsung apps.

Read on for more info.

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3 years ago

Amazing Spider-Man 2 swinging onto a device near you next week

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Gameloft has released a new trailer and some new screenshots for their upcoming game The Amazing Spider-Man 2, coming next week. Spider-Man 2 was originally announced last month as an open world experience that would let you sling webs, crawl on walls, and fight villains in true Spider-Man style.

The game will take you through 8 detailed, open areas of Manhattan, including Times Square and Central Park, where you'll swing between buildings and fight enemies using combo-based combat. Gameloft says that the story of Spider-Man 2 is deeper, and features six boss fights and expanded side missions. There will also be a number of social events such as fights in Mysterio's Arena against waves of enemies.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices on April 17.

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3 years ago

Read this before buying a new Galaxy S5 back cover on eBay (or anywhere else)

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Galaxy S5 back cover

You may be able to get a replacement cover now, but there's a good reason to wait

One of the hotter topics in our Galaxy S5 forums today is the different colors of the Galaxy S5. Specifically, it's that the battery door for the white model is more of hard plastic than the softer black cover. (And if you can find the blue, I highly recommend it. It's so nice.) So, folks are hunting around for replacement battery door covers. Black on white should be pretty good — and blue on white may be even better.

And we're starting to see doors pop up on eBay, imported from China.

But there's a catch. And one that you need to be aware of before putting these covers on your phone.

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3 years ago

Get Ready For It: Smartwatch Fans is expanding... and rebranding!

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Logo Sneak Peak!

When we Welcomed Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family on January 1st of this year, we told the story of how the site came to be. In reality, we actually started 2013 with the goal of building a community and resource with a broader focus, covering not only smartwatches, but also other wearables and the broader world of connected devices often referred to as the internet of things.

The problem was, we couldn't find a domain name and brand that we loved. With the months rushing by and 2013 coming to a close and the urge to get a new community launched just as strong, we decided to not delay and get things rocking with the more niche-focused Smartwatch Fans. It's been a busy four months on Smartwatch Fans, and things are about to get a whole lot busier and way more fun.

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3 years ago

Today Calendar's great scheduling experience rises out of beta

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Today is a new calendar app for Android by Jack Underwood that aims to present you with a modern and streamlined view of your schedule. Today has a clean, white interface, replacing the gray UI of the stock calendar app. At first blush it looks quite similar to the leaked screenshots of the upcoming Android Calendar app update (though Today has been in development since before those screenshots leaked).

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3 years ago

Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

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End of the week. Quitting time. Well, for some. For us, that means it's time for the return of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! And we'll give you three guess what we'll be talking about today.

Yep, it's the Galaxy S5's time in the sun. It's been a month and a half since we got our first look at it at Mobile World Congress, and now it's in our hot little hands. And our initial impressions are very, very good. So join us this afternoon as we get deep inside the Galaxy S5. What we like. What we don't like. What you think we don't like but really we do like. Yeah, it's gonna be one of those days.

And, of course, we'll be answering your questions live. So join us at the Hangout On Air for the live event at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London.

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: What version of Android are you using?

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Sweet sweet Android

It's that time again. Right around the beginning of this year I decided we were going to start a little bit of quarterly fun and poll you, the readers of Android Central, about what version of Android you were using. It's by no means scientific, and there's not much we can't find out other ways — like checking the website stats — but it is a great way to get a discussion going. And that's what we do, or try to, is start discussion.

I'm a huge data nerd, even when the data is gathered in less-than-optimal ways. I got a lot out of our last look at who is using what version, and I like to think plenty of you all did as well. It's fun to compare a cross section of the tech-savvy against general numbers gathered from the big G each month. I'll stop yapping, see the poll below.

What version of Android are you using? (April 2014)

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3 years ago

PayPal details fingerprint-secured payments for Galaxy S5, apps for Gear

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PayPal has today announced the availability of their fingerprint-based authentication system in 25 countries. The system was first announced at MWC 2014 and is now ready for action on the Samsung Galaxy S5. With the app, users can simply swipe a finger over the home button on the S5 to authorize payments and perform other operations. This means you no longer have to login to PayPal with a username and password when using the mobile web, through apps or even in retail stores.

The S5 is also the first phone to incorporate the FIDO authentication standard that was developed by Google, Microsoft, MasterCard, and Lenovo.

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3 years ago

Speck CandyShell and Candy Shell Grip for the Galaxy S5

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Speck CandyShell Grip case for Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is upon us, and we're starting to take our first look at some third-party cases. Up first are the Speck CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases. They're similar in form, function and design, with the Grip case adding, well, grip. Both cases sport a glossy finish to them. That in and of itself tends to be just a wee bit slick, but the matte edging — and the grip on the grip case, which is made of the same material — helps you keep a hold on the edges.

It's simple enough to get the Galaxy S5 into the case — just slip it in there, making sure you've got all the edges properly seated. You don't have to remove the phone's battery door or anything, which is nice.

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3 years ago

Latest Galaxy S5 commercial is fast and wet

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There's a new ad for the Samsung Galaxy S5 that you can probably expect to see a lot of (along with the rest of Samsung's impending marketing blitz). The 30-second spot focuses on the networking speeds, camera, and waterproofing of the Galaxy S5. Blessedly it's just a fun, fast-paced commercial without trying to be all high-minded or unnecessarily combative. It's just here's the phone, and here are some of the fun things you can do with it, and we're perfectly okay with that approach.

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3 years ago

Big lineups for the Galaxy S5 at UK Samsung Stores

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There's one type of phone folks line up for every year, but with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 it looks like there's another. This particular photo shows the line up outside the flagship Samsung Experience Store in Stratford, London, right before the 6 p.m. availability last night. And there's a ton of people.

Folks who pre-ordered at one of these stores throughout the UK were able to go and collect their shiny new Galaxy S5 the day before general release. It sounds like the other stores experienced similar line ups, with many people eager to be first to get their hands on the Galaxy S5.

It's no iPhone line, sure. But it's still damned impressive.

Get your Galaxy S5 yet? Be sure to swing by our Galaxy S5 forums!

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3 years ago

Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system

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Today Rogers has launched their suretap wallet — a new app for NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 and Android devices that allows users to make payments at thousands of retailers using just their smartphone. Users can store eligible cards within the app, and at participating retailers can then tap their phones on the payment terminal for a transaction.

Suretap wallet lets you store cards such as a Rogers prepaid Mastercard as well as cards from Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana's Cookhouse, Harvey's, Kelsey's, Indigo, Earls Restaurants, Ardene, and Spafinder Wellness 365. Support for loyalty cards and coupons will be added in the future.

Learn more about suretap wallet, features and supported devices at rogers.com/suretap

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3 years ago

Samsung Gear Fit teardown finds even smaller electronic bits inside, mostly battery

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In traditional fashion there's a new device in town and the iFixit team has had their way with it. After a look inside of the Samsung Gear 2 earlier this week, up now it's the turn of the Gear Fit. And guess what? It's got some really small electronic parts inside. Apart from the battery.

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3 years ago

Razer delaying its Nabu smartband to ensure no skin irritation issues

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Razer has delayed the release of their Nabu smartband while they certify that the device is hypoallergenic. This is an effort to avoid the skin irritation problems that caused Fitbit to recall their Force band. The device was originally supposed to be released at the end of March, but some customers have reported that Razer sent them a notice informing them of the delay. The Nabu will now be available in late May or early June, according to Cedric Houston:

Got an email from razergaming letting me know that the Nabu is being pushed back to late May/ Early June. Which isn’t a problem because they are taking the time to prevent what happend to the Fitbit flex.

Did you order a Nabu band, and are you disappointed by the delay? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Udeze 'Kene on Twitter, Cedric Houston

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