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3 years ago

HTC One M8 Google Play edition unboxing and hands-on

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HTC One M8 Google Play edition

Some of HTC's custom software survives in the latest member of the GPe ranks

Behold, the HTC One M8 Google Play edition. Same M8, less HTC. Look, there's not a lot here you haven't already read in our comprehensive HTC One review. Same 5-inch display. Same loud speakers. Same tall but sleek form factor. The difference here is software.

And as has been the case with other GPe devices, things get a little interesting here. While we tend to think of Google Play editions as "pure Google" devices, though that's not quite the case. There's still a little HTC code left over. That's a good thing, actually. The question is whether you want a phone stripped of some of the features that make it unique — and that explain some of the hardware peculiarities inherent to the M8.

Pique your interest yet? Let's break down this new HTC One M8 Google Play edition.

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3 years ago

Google searches on mobile can now link directly to apps worldwide, supports 24 new apps

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Google Search 'Open in app'

Creating a seamless experience for moving between search results and your own apps

Google has been experimenting with new ties between keyword searches on mobile and Android apps, and now that functionality is being expanded pretty dramatically. Back in 2013 Google started partnering with a selective few big names like IMDb, Wikipedia and Open Table to have an "Open in app" button placed in Google search results when performed on your Android phone. This means you can quickly jump from web search results right into an app without leaving the browser to track it down yourself.

Back then the functionality was very limited in terms of apps but was also U.S.-only. Today Google is expanding the contextual app linking to users worldwide who have their devices set to English, and is adding even more app partners. A full 24 apps are being added, with even more to come as Google is making it simple to get in touch and have your own app updated to participate in the program.

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3 years ago

The Project Ara team takes us behind the scenes in new video

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Before the Project Ara team heads into their Google hosted Ara Developers Conference on April 15-16, 2014, they've decided to go ahead and offer a bit of a behind the scenes look at their development processes in a new video.

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3 years ago

Cyanogen Inc. unveils their new logos and branding

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Back in September, the CyanogenMod team went commercial and became CyanogenMod, Inc. Since then, they've been busy working with the likes of Oppo on the their N1 smartphone but it has come time once again to evolve and as such, they've now unveiled their new brand identity, logos and highlighted their core values.

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3 years ago

Nest halts sales of Nest Protect smoke alarm over potential safety issue

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Nest has put a halt to sales of their connected Nest Protect smoke detector over concerns that the alarm could be unintentionally deactivated. Protect smoke alarms have a "Protect Wave" feature which allows users to deactivate the alarm when it's activated under not dangerous conditions (say, smoke from cooking) by waving at the alarm. The Nest Wave feature has been found in Nest's own testing to be possible to be deactivated under "a unique combination of circumstances".

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3 years ago

Amazon Fire TV and Fire Game Controller hands-on and first impressions

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Amazon Fire TV and Fire Game Controller

A compelling experience, and yet another great way for Amazon to have its content in front of as many people as possible.

For the past few weeks rumors have been building that Amazon was ready to make a big step into the living room with some sort of streaming media and gaming device. When the Fire TV was announced, it turned out to be far more than a simple "streaming stick" — this is better described as a latest-generation Kindle Fire, minus the screen and plus a remote and TV-friendly interface. It has a quad-core processor, a full-featured operating system and access to one of the largest media and app libraries in the world.

Thanks to Amazon Prime overnight shipping we have our hands on the Amazon Fire TV and the (optional) Fire Game Controller, and we're already putting it through its paces. Spoiler alert: our first impressions are pretty darn positive. Read along and see what you'll be getting with an Amazon Fire TV on day one — you may find it tough to keep your mouse away from the Amazon 1-Click order button.

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3 years ago

Sprint will pay rivals' termination fees when you sign up for a Framily plan

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Sprint is getting a little “uncarrier” themselves with a new promotion that offers to pay your early termination fees if you’re willing to switch to them. You can get up to $350 for every line terminated when making the switch; just snap a picture of your last bill, send it to Sprint, and they’ll send you a Visa card with the cash on it. There are a few terms and conditions here and there, but you can read all of that at Sprint’s site starting tomorrow. The promotion will run from April 4 until May 8.

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3 years ago

Facebook Messenger updated to v4.0, brings free Wi-Fi calling

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A new Facebook Messenger update is rolling through the Google Play Store right now. Listed a v4.0, it features quite few changes over the last update, though some were previously available on the beta. If you weren't part of that, the update brings along groups, forwarding, conversation shortcuts and adds a free calling over Wi-Fi feature.

  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn't in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
  • Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply).

The update is live now, so everyone should be seeing it. If you haven't already grabbed it already, you can hit the Play Store link above to get it downloaded to your device today.

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3 years ago

Save $50 on the HTC One M8 Unlocked or Dev Edition for a limited time!

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Anybody hankering to get their hands their hands on a developer edition of the HTC One (M8) will only have until the end of tonight to get one at the promotional price of $50 off. The developer edition has an easily unlockable bootloader and doesn’t have any of that nasty carrier bloatware on top.

At midnight tonight, the cost of the HTC One (M8) Developer Edition will go up to $700, so better get cracking at the HTC online store. Expect yours to ship in the next week or two. Anybody still sitting on the fence? Who’s already ordered one?

Source: @HTCUSA

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3 years ago

Vine updated with Vine Messages - direct video conversations with your contacts

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If you're a Vine user and have been wondering when they'd be expanding their services, today is a good to check for updates. In an updated dubbed their biggest update since launch, Vine has now introduced VM's or Vine Messages if you prefer.

Vine messages are one to one. You can send a Vine message to multiple people to start several separate conversations at once.

Found a great Vine video? Simply tap the Share button under the Vine post, then choose "Vine Message" to share it privately. Your friends can respond directly to keep the conversation going.

Vine messages aren't limited by your Vine contacts, either - you can send a VM to anyone via email or SMS, even if they're not part of the Vine community.

Keeping things simple, to send a Vine message, go to the Messages screen or tap the Message button on your friends' profiles and you're off to the races. The update is live right now, so give it a go and let us know how it works out for you.

Source: Vine

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3 years ago

Google Opinion Rewards expands to the Canada, Australia, and the UK

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Opinion Rewards, a Google app that pays its users to fill out surveys, has just expanded beyond the U.S. into Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

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3 years ago

Google Play Store adds a 'People' section, shows what you and your pals like

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People in Google Play

Google Play today added a "People" section to the Play Store app. Apps and other content that you've hit the +1 button on and have left reviews for will now be visible to friends you have circled in Google+. You don't have to do anything to see this new feature — just open the sidebar in the Google Play Store and it's there, at least for us on version 4.6.17.

Google also gives suggestions for other folks to follow, and other content recommendations that you might like. You'll also get recommendations "From familiar faces," and see who's making the recommendation, so you know who to give a hard time if something suspect shows up.

All in all, it's a nice integration, and should be a good source of discovery for when you're looking for new music, movies and apps.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC One (M8) preferred over Samsung Galaxy S5 by Android Central readers

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The HTC One (M8) earned 13,719 votes in our poll while the Samsung Galaxy S5 only garnered 5,859 votes

We ran a poll last week pitting the Samsung Galaxy S5 against the HTC One (M8) in a purchasing scenario, and the results are pretty definitive. Out of nearly 20,000 votes, 70% picked the HTC One (M8), while the remaining 5,858 votes went to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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3 years ago

White House objects to commercial use of David Ortiz’s selfie with President Barack Obama

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It looks like that Ortiz / Obama selfie didn't have the proper clearance before going viral. As it turns out, the White House frowns upon the use of the president's likeness for commercial purposes — which is exactly what Samsung had planned when they retweeted the "spontaneous" photo.

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3 years ago

Google reportedly considering adding cellular service to Google Fiber cities

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Google Nexus 5

Welcome to Google Town

Google Fiber is in the process of turning the cable internet service on its head with low-cost, high speed service, and according to a report from The Information (subscription required) Google is considering doing the same for mobile phone service. The report cites a range of options for Google, but the central premise revolves around a combination of a city-wide Wi-Fi network coupled with an MVNO agreement with a national carrier.

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