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3 years ago

Amazon for Tablets updated with new UI features, Prime Fresh groceries

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Hot on the heels of Amazon's big Fire TV announcements yesterday, the online retail giant has turned its attention to its regular Android tablet app, updating it with some new UI features and support for buying groceries through Amazon Prime Fresh, its food delivery service currently available in Seattle, San Francisco and parts of Southern California.

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3 years ago

SwiftKey update brings Google+ and Evernote personalization to the masses

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Swiftkey for Android is a neat way to make typing in data on your smartphone even more of a breeze. The app itself has just been updated, adding some sweet new functionality which was previously in the beta program. Should you have the stable version installed on your device, you’ll now be refreshed with new personalization options. (Emoji support is still limited to SwiftKey beta for the time being.)

We’ve just bumped Swiftkey on our devices to version 4.4.5.273, which includes the following:

  • Added the ability to personalize from Evernote notes and Google+ public posts
  • Fixing several forced closes/crashes

It's worth noting that should you be running KitKat, you'll need to re-configure your default keyboards after updating. Annoying we know, but that's the way it goes. Download Swiftkey from the Google Play Store and tell us what you think about the new features.

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3 years ago

KISS Photo Bomb app can add rock and roll to all of your pictures

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KISS is going mobile and today have announced the launch of the KISS PHOTO BOMB app for Android and iOS devices. With the free app, users can "KISSIFY" their photos and text messages with things like KISS members, KISS make-up, KISS frames and even KISS emoticons. Snap away then share to your favorite social service.

Check out more at KISSPHOTOBOMB.com

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3 years ago

Samsung 'G906S' appears in benchmark results with 1440p display, Snapdragon 805 [Updated]

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Signs of a possible "2K-capable" Samsung smartphone have been appearing online for some time, but today there's fresh evidence that 2014 might yet yield a Galaxy phone with the super-high-density 1440p panel Samsung itself said was coming this year.

Is Samsung testing a phone with a '2K' display?

Benchmarks spotted on GFXBench show a Samsung "SM-G906S" device rocking a 2560x1440-resolution display. To put that model number in context, the Galaxy S5 is SM-G900, and the letter at the end usually corresponds to a hardware or carrier variant. Benchmark results themselves are all over the place, which isn't surprising for a product presumably still in development.

Update: The benchmark listing now offers additional info on the hardware lurking inside this beastly phone. The SoC is listed as a quad-core Qualcomm CPU at 2.5GHz with an Adreno 420 GPU — so it's almost certainly Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 805. In addition there's a little under 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 15.8-megapixel camera and a 2560x1400-resolution 5.2-inch display.

We've mulled over the possibility of a Samsung "super flagship" with a higher-res display (and similar specs) appearing later in the year, so check out the article linked below for our thoughts on how (and why) Samsung might do a 1440p smartphone.

More: Could Samsung go all-out with a 'Galaxy S5 Prime' later this year?

Source: GFXBench; via: PhoneArena

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3 years ago

European Union vote clears the way to end roaming charges, enforce net neutrality

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Free roaming within the European Union is a step closer today, after the European parliament voted in favor of laws that would abolish roaming fees between EU member states, as part of a package of telecom reforms. The package, originally proposed by EU lawmaker Neelie Kroes, moves Europe closer to a single market for mobile communication, especially with the recent arrival of 4G LTE roaming agreements between European carriers.

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3 years ago

Motorola goes behind the scenes with the monsters of their April Fool's Day boot animation

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Yeti takes to the Moto X boot screen

Motorola surprised us with a yeti, an alien and the Loch Ness monster on April 1, with a new, supernatural boot animation for April Fools' Day. And now the manufacturer is giving a sneak peek behind the scenes of the stop motion-animated scene.

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3 years ago

Sony: Fix coming for Xperia KitKat audio bug

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Since Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra started receiving their Android 4.4 KitKat updates a couple of weeks back, some Xperia owners have been reporting audio glitches on their devices. Specifically, a troublesome bug would sometimes cause notifications and calls to be played through the internal speaker rather than the external speaker, making them almost impossible to hear. But there's good news for those affected this morning, as Sony says a fix is on the way.

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3 years ago

An updated Sony 'Compact' could be headed to Japan

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Sony 'Altair' looks like an refreshed Z1 Compact for Docomo

The small but mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact might have only just arrived in the West, but it's old news in Japan, where it's been available since December under the Xperia Z1 f monicker. And there are already signs a refreshed "Compact" might be on its way to Japanese shores, as a Docomo-bound Sony miniature has just passed through the FCC.

The Sony "Altair" carries the model number SO-04F, which follows the formatting used by the Japanese carrier. (Remember, foreign phones need to pass through the FCC too, to allow legal roaming within the U.S.) And technical drawings from today's FCC filing show an outline very similar to that of the Xperia Z1 Compact, or Z1 f, along with matching proportions. There's little information on what hardware might lurk inside, but a back panel photo found by XperiaBlog points to the same 20.7-megapixel camera used in Xperias Z1 and Z2. If the "Altair" comes to market as an Xperia Z2 Compact or Z2 f, it's likely it could closely match the internals of the full-sized Xperia Z2.

Source: FCC, XperiaBlog

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 kernel source code released

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Open-source bits for Sense and GPe models now available

As required under the GPL, HTC has released the kernel source code and framework support files for the new HTC One M8. Code is available through HTCDev for the regular Sense version of the phone on a variety of carriers, as well as for the Google Play edition M8 made available last week.

As always, the files won't be of any use to normal M8 owners, but it's good news for those hoping for a kick-start to hacking and modding efforts around HTC's 2014 flagship.

Source: HTCDev

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3 years ago

Samsung ChatON updated with 'recall' messages, large file transfers

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In you're onboard with Samsung's ChatON messaging client, you'll be pleased to learn that it's been updated today with a handful of significant new features. ChatON 3.5 introduces the ability to recall messages you've already sent, avoiding potential embarrassment. The feature works in 1-on-1 chats and can be used even if the other person has already read that incriminating message.

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3 years ago

Intel releases 64-bit-optimized KitKat, talks new chips for Chromebooks

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Chromebook-friendly 'Braswell' chip also revealed at China conference

At its Developer Forum in China today, Intel reportedly confirmed the release of a version of Android 4.4 KitKat optimized for 64-bit Intel Architecture chips, following up on its recent announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. CNET quotes the company as saying "With this release, the company ported, validated and tested the Android Open Source code on IA [Intel Architecture], taking on the work that developers typically would need to do on their own. This release will provide the ecosystem with 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices."

We got our first look at 64-bit Intel chips running Android back at Mobile World Congress in February, where the developer also announced its new Merrifield and Moorefield CPUs aimed at Google's mobile OS.

The chip giant also unveiled new CPUs for Chromebook and other low-power devices at the conference. Its new "Braswell" architecture will reportedly follow up from Bay Trail and take the form of a system-on-a-chip (similar to the approach used in traditional smartphone processors). Braswell will reportedly be based on a new 14nm manufacturing process, allowing for improved performance and power efficiency.

Source: CNET

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3 years ago

Android Central Daily Roundup for April 2, 2014

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all the news you need to know

The articles from today that you don't want to miss

The Mobile Nations Newsroom is in full swing, and the news is coming hard and heavy — just the way you told us you like it. That means things may slip off the front page before you get a chance to see them, and that's not something we want to happen!

If you look at the top of the Android Central homepage, you'll see the featured stories. These are also in the Android Central app, right above the list of posts. You'll find the best of the best featured here, in short these are the posts you don't want to miss. Because I love lists, I'm also dropping a list of today's top posts below.

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3 years ago

Angkor's thousand-year-old temples are now Trekk-able on Google Street View

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Over 100 amazing new historical sites now viewable up close and personal in Google Maps

Google is expanding its Street View data again, this time adding more in-depth Trekker data (those are the sweet imaging backpacks) for Angkor's thousand-year-old temples in Cambodia. Clearly a very historic place that couldn't be mapped by traditional Street View equipment or even high-resolution satellites, this type of imagery really shows off the power of the Trekker program.

The new data can be seen through more than 100 iconic historic sites in the area such as the Bayon Temple, with over 90,000 new panoramic image views available for locals and potential tourists alike to enjoy.

Source: Google Maps Blog

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3 years ago

Moto G Forte launches in Mexico, is actually just a Moto G with a Grip Shell

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Nextel Mexico now carrying 8GB version for those interested

Rumors of a 'Moto G Forte' for certain markets started swirling last week, leading many to believe that a more rugged version of the budget phone was destined for Latin America. Motorola quietly took the wraps off of the phone today, confirming that the actual device is far less exciting — it's simply a Moto G with a rugged Grip Shell case pre-installed.

The Grip Shell case is available for pretty much any Moto G owner to buy and put on their own device already, but Motorola seems to think there's some marketing angle to having a tougher phone case right out of the box on the Moto G — at least in Mexico. The promo page shows off all of the same great points of the Moto G we've come to expect, including its quad-core performance, solid battery life and surprisingly-low price. Motorola is even throwing in 50GB of free Google Drive storage with a Moto G Forte purchase.

The Moto G Forte is on sale now from Nextel Mexico, with no clear indication that other operators will be picking up the device.

Source: Motorola (Spanish); Nextel Mexico (Spanish)

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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Architecture

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Take a moment to appreciate the architectural marvels around you

If you stop for a moment and look around, no matter where you are there's surely some brilliant feats of architecture that you can appreciate. Whether you're looking at a hand-crafted barn made of wood or a 30-story building made of metal and concrete, you can see what keeps our buildings, bridges and infrastructure standing and functional. This week's photo contest is building on that idea with the prompt "architecture," hoping to have you take your best shots of the buildings around you.

Your photo is going to be the cream of the crop this week to win a prize, as we're going to be picking just a single winner to receive a SuperTooth Disco 4 Bluetooth speaker for their entry.

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 8) 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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