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3 years ago

Best Quick and Easy Games for your Android Phone

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Looking for a fast fix with your Android games for your phone? Look no further

Playing games while on the move can be tricky. You're dealing with the relatively small screen of a smartphone and short amounts of free time. Meanwhile many games focus on longer play sessions and small, detailed controls. For tablet play that's fine, but we're rounding up bite-sized, finger-friendly fun available on Android that's best suited for smartphones.

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3 years ago

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

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Welcome to Friday, everyone! That means the end of the work week for many, the start for others, and hump day for a select few. But more important — it marks the return of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! And this week should be a good one. We'll keep on keepin' on with the new HTC One (which, by the way, still isn't announced), get to the bottom of all this KitKat/SD card stuff, and of course we'll answer more of your questions live!

So join us here at 4 p.m. EST — that's 8 p.m. in London, thanks to the U.S. time change — as it all goes down.

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3 years ago

Amazon game controller appears in leaked images

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Rumored set-top box has its own controller

A new image leaking out today shows what appears to be an Amazon branded game controller. The image obtained by Zatznotfunny shows a pretty regular looking game controller with the addition of Android styled back, home and menu buttons as well as those for media control.

The report claims that the controller will be an accessory available with the much rumored Amazon set-top box. The presence of Android control buttons is unusual for an Amazon product – they're not found on the Kindle Fire – but hints that this box may indeed be running a version of Android.

Source: Zatznotfunny via The Verge

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3 years ago

UK retailer drops 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) to £150

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Save £50 over buying one from Google Play

A quick heads up for any Brits looking to pick up a 2013 Nexus 7 that Staples has a great deal on right now. The 16GB Wifi-only version is currently available for just £149.99, a £50 saving over buying one direct from Google Play. Better still, you can have one delivered to your local store for free, in-store pickup if you wish.

For the money, the Nexus 7 is already pound-for-pound probably the best tablet you can buy. Knock another £50 off that and it's almost a no-brainer. Hit up the source link below to grab one while you can.

Source: Staples

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3 years ago

EE own-brand Android phone pictured

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UK carrier EE could be about to launch its own-branded Android phone, if a photo obtained by Engadget is to be believed. The tiny picture doesn't reveal much besides an EE-themed skin and a squarish design with capacitive keys. But apparently it'll be LTE-capable, and today's report indicates that it'll also support Cat. 4, allowing it to take advantage of the carrier's fastest 4G speeds.

We've seen own-brand handsets from UK carriers in the past, but this would be the first for EE, and the first with 4G LTE connectivity. Pricing will reportedly come in somewhere below the Alcatel OneTouch Idol S, currently EE's cheapest 4G phone, at £130 on PAYG. Engadget says the phone is still "a good few months off" from release, so it appears bargain-seekers will have a little longer to wait.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Samsung 'Activity Tracker' revealed in leaked slides

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New accessory tracks daily activities and shows 'simple' notifications

Samsung is betting big on mobile fitness gadgets this year. Exercise and health tracking a major focus of the Galaxy S5, as well as the new Gear 2 series smartwatches, and of course the Gear Fit. But the Korean company might have another trick up its sleeve, in the form of a competitor to traditional low-powered fitness accessories, as this morning Samsung fansite SamMobile has published images of a new Samsung "Activity Tracker."

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3 years ago

Chromecast set to go on sale in the UK soon

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Stockpiles at high street retailer show impending UK launch on the cards

Google's Chromecast is a hotly awaited item outside of the U.S. but according to this picture tweeted to us yesterday, UK buyers might be getting their hands on them pretty soon. The image shows stocks of Google's HDMI dongle that have been received at Currys PCWorld. 

Apparently they haven't yet been loaded up onto the store systems, so they're not going on sale just yet, but the fact the stock is in the country only means one thing. It also comes on the back of Google's Sundar Pichai talking an international expansion recently at SXSW in Austin, TX. 

No word on pricing, but to expect it in the £30-£40 ballpark wouldn't be unreasonable. And with the recent SDK opening up to developers, Chromecast remains one of the best value-for-money products out there right now. 

I picked one up on a trip to the U.S. and I've been really happy with it so far. Any Brits out there waiting (im)patiently for these to go on sale? 

Source: @Rage06

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3 years ago

Leaked benchmark info suggests Galaxy S5 Zoom being prepped

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19-megapixel phone-camera hybrid on the way later this year?

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom wasn't our favorite device of 2013. It was too bulky for a smartphone, and offered lackluster image quality compared to most point-and-shoot cameras. Nevertheless, it seems Samsung might be about to follow up on its phone-camera hybrid in 2014 with a Galaxy S5 Zoom. Benchmark info from GFXBench points to a SM-C115 device (the S4 Zoom was SM-C101) with a 19-megapixel camera and 4.8-inch 720p display.

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3 years ago

AT&T completes Leap Wireless purchase, will now use Cricket brand for prepaid instead of Aio Wireless

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AT&T

Cricket customers have grace period before needing to move to a new phone and plan; Aio Wireless customers will see no changes

Just eight short months after agreeing to buy Leap Wireless, AT&T has closed the deal that brings the prepaid carrier under its big corporate umbrella. And if you were one of the few people who thought AT&T wouldn't quickly mix things up after the purchase ended, you may be in for a little bit of change. Immediately after the close of the deal, AT&T is combining the newly-acquired Cricket brand (which Leap Wireless operated under) with its existing prepaid brand Aio Wireless as its sole prepaid offering.

Aside from a rebranding to using Cricket instead of Aio Wireless as the brand, not a whole lot is changing from a service perspective. Existing Cricket customers have a bit of a grace period to keep using their current phone, plan and number — once the integration is entirely complete, you will then visit a Cricket store and purchase a device and new plan that will transition them over to the AT&T network. That has the bonus of giving you a much larger and faster network, while keeping things less expensive and prepaid as Cricket customers are used to.

Cricket & Aio Wireless

Current Aio Wireless customers will see no changes whatsoever aside from a new name on the website, and their devices and plans will remain the exact same. Presumably the integration with Cricket will boost the prepaid carrier's overall speeds and coverage with the addition of new towers, customers and spectrum over time, but if you currently use Aio Wireless don't worry about sweeping changes (at least for the near future).

There's no indication here of what this means for AT&T's self-branded GoPhone prepaid offerings (the few that are left), but our assumption is that those are here to stay right now.

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3 years ago

Samsung announces 3 accessories that enhance Galaxy Core Advance's accessibility features

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Using the smartphone as a truly innovative tool for helping the visually impaired

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Core Advance, it focused on the new accessibility options that set it apart from the regular Galaxy Core. Today the company is following up the phone's launch with three new accessories that put those new accessibility features to good use, making it even easier for the visually impaired to interact with the device and the world around them. The Ultrasonic Cover, Optical Scan Stand and Voice Label are all aimed at using the Galaxy Core Advance as a tool to help those with a physical disbility, and the ingenuity is prettty impressive.

The Ultrasonic Cover is a case for the device that lets it detect obstacles and navigate unfamiliar areas by sending an audible or vibration alert to the user when an obstacle is near. They simply hold out the phone in front of them and let it go to work, helping the user detect people and objects as much as two meters away. The Optical Scan Stand leverages the optical character recognition capabilities of the camera by putting the phone in an easy-to-position stand where you can then place documents underneath the device and have whatever's on the page read aloud. Finally, the Voice Label is a tag that can be placed on objects and associated with a note and a voice label to then be recalled when the phone is placed near it using NFC.

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3 years ago

How to follow the 2014 Formula 1 season on Android

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Android Formula 1 apps

Follow every lap of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship on your Android device

The 2014 Formula 1 season is officially here! It may seem like only yesterday we were watching the 2013 Brazilian GP wrap up the season, but a new one is upon us. Rule changes galore, drivers switching teams, it's all shaping up to be one fantastic season and you can follow it all on your Android phone or tablet.

As much as we might want to be glued to our TV's watching every last minute, it just doesn't happen. But, with a smartphone in our pockets or a tablet in our bags we need never be too far away from the action. It's a shame many apps depend on where in the world you are, but head on past the break for just a few of the apps out there to help you keep up with your favorite motorsport!

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3 years ago

Facebook update brings pictures in comments, new photo editing privileges

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Group administrators get new control over pinned and reported posts as well

Folks on the stable release of Facebook are picking up some much-needed app improvements that have been in play on the Facebook beta channel for some time. The updates this time around mostly have to do with photos and photo management, starting off with the ability to post photos in comments on other posts. Further, you can now delete and edit your own photo albums, untag yourself from photos and upload multiple photos at once to a group. Group administrators have new options for pinning and unpinning posts, as well as managing pending and reported posts.

Hit the Play Store link at the top of this post to grab your latest update, we're sure more than a few folks will appreciate the new controls and features over photos.

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: What brand of smartwatch do you have?

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Which company has earned your dollars?

You've probably heard that 2014 is the year of the smartwatch. We're not sure that we would label it as such, but we do agree that they are going to get more popular, especially if Google or Apple jump into the fray. We've already seen some great new stuff with the Pebble Steel and Samsung's Gear 2 and Gear Fit, and if the vendors at CES and MWC have their way we're about to get flooded with even more.

Enough about the future. There are some great choices to go through right here and now. To the right, you'll find a poll. If you're mobile, you can also find it below. Let everyone know who built your smartwatch!

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3 years ago

Auto Text Expander brings awesome time-saving functionality to Chrome OS

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Auto Text Expander

Save keystrokes for commonly typed phrases, emails and more in Chrome OS

Anyone looking to boost productivity while using a Mac has undoubtedly found or been referred to check out the application TextExpander. This awesome tool lets you set up so-called "snippets" that, when typed in the proper way and casing, expand out to larger bits of text. It saves you keystrokes, saves you time and generally boosts productivity.

Since I've been using a Chromebook for several months, one of the biggest things I miss from my Mac is TextExpander — but I've found a fantastic Chrome extension that at least begins to fill the void left by that utility, and it's called Auto Text Expander. It's a free Chrome extension that works perfectly on Chrome OS (or Chrome for the desktop, if you don't use TextExpander), and it just boosted my productivity on a Chromebook substantially.

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3 years ago

Straight Talk now offering Nano SIM for those who bring their own phone

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No more scary scissors or expensive cutters required to use a Moto X on Straight Talk

Prepaid phone MVNO Straight Talk is opening up its SIM card options today by offering the smallest of the bunch, Nano SIMs, for anyone bringing their own phone to the network. More and more popular devices — such as the Moto X, new Droids and recent iPhones — are taking advantage of the smaller SIM form factor, previously forcing folks to purchase Micro SIMs and cut them down to size manually.

Nano SIMs are available online for just $6.99 — the same price as the other SIM sizes — and can be selected whether you're planning on using T-Mobile or AT&T bands on the carrier. Hit the source link below to order yours.

Source: Straight Talk

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