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3 years ago

LG G Pro 2 begins its international rollout in Asia

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LG G Pro 2

Country-by-country availability to be announced locally

LG made a big splash at Mobile World Congress back in February when it officially unveiled the LG G Pro 2, and now it's ready to launch the phone in Asian markets. While it isn't ready to announce specific pricing, street dates or an entire list of countries, LG is giving us an indication of the big markets that will be getting the new phone — Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. You can also keep in mind that the device has already hit LG's home country of South Korea.

Though we can expect the phone to change a bit ever-so-slightly depending on the market, you're going to see the same Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 1080 x 1920 display and 13MP (with OIS+) camera that have proven to be very capable. We're still on the lookout for more information on the launch of the LG G Pro 2 here in the U.S., but now that it has an official announcement in Asia other markets can't be too far behind.

More: LG G Pro 2 preview — even bigger, even better

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3 years ago

Bell Canada drops Galaxy Gear price to $99, available in 3 colors

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$250 price drop as Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo get ready to hit stores

With the official launch of the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo on the horizon, Bell Canada has cut the price of the original Galaxy Gear to $99.97 at its online store. No special strings to pull or promo codes to apply -— the price has simply been cut by $250 for the smartwatch. You'll even have your choice of black, ivory (white) or orange.

We saw Best Buy drop the price of the Galaxy Gear to $150 recently, but this drop to $99 is as low as we've seen it. If you're in Canada and want to give the Gear a shot, it may be worth a look from Bell.

Source: Bell

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3 years ago

Google Play Services 4.3 now rolling out with new APIs, support for latest Play Games improvements

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Google Play Services

Four more APIs get rolled into Play Services for easier access by all developers across devices

Version 4.3 of Google Play Services is now rolling out to devices, bringing with it a new set of APIs, refreshes of other existing APIs and improvements related to the Google Play Games announcement from this morning. Entirely new to Play Services are Google Analytics, Tag Manager, Drive and Address APIs.

Google Analytics and Tag Manager are previously-standing independent APIs that are now being rolled into Play Services — this means developers can interact with these APIs much in the same way as they did, but they can be updated independent of the OS and easier accessed by developers. Both of these APIs let developers have better insight into how their apps are performing (Analytics) and have better control over assets in their apps (Tag Manager) so that changes can be tracked and made on the fly.

The newly-introduced Drive API is also being brought into Play Services, and the latest version includes the ability to pin files, let apps create folders and give apps notifications when files are changed. The Address API is also new, and allows developers to request to view addresses — for example when a user is filling out a delivery or online order form — without having to request the device's actual location.

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3 years ago

Flyne updated with new UI and new features

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Popular offline RSS and Twitter reader gets a major facelift

Flyne has seen a pretty major update today, bringing a new Tablet UI, changes to the standard interface, and a handful of new features. If you're not familiar with Flyne, it's an offline reader that can aggregate popular feeds, and with a 99-cent in-app purchase it can tie into your Feedly or Twitter accounts. Made by the developer of Falcon Pro, the app is polished and well designed.

Todays changes are looking good. The full list:

  • New list based navigation, with big or small article previews (toggle it in the display settings)
  • Polished looks for both day and night themes
  • Double tap to close article
  • Zoomable, downloadable images
  • Mark as read while you scroll
  • Feedly two way sync
  • New tablet layout
  • Faster preloading of articles
  • Smoother navigation
  • New transition animation
  • Many bug fixes

Current users should see an update notice from Google Play shortly, and those who want to give it a spin can hit the link above.

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3 years ago

Chrome update fixes audio bug that plagued the HTC One

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A quick heads up, folks, that the Chrome browser for Android has gotten an update today. The changelog is vague in the usual ways, noting "stability and security updates."

But for those who are using an HTC One, you'll need to download this new version right away, as it fixes a pretty annoying audio bug that would cause the phone to launch straight into speakerphone mode when placing a call — damned near deafening, thanks to that Boomsound thing blasting from the front-facing speakers. Not everyone saw this bug — but for those of us who did, this is a most welcome fix.

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3 years ago

Google Play Movies comes to dozens of new countries, Play Music expands to 4 more

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Google Play Movies

63 countries now have Google Play Movies, with 25 now having Play Music as well

Well it turns out Google has been busy signing deals to expand Google Play Movies, as the content choice has just expanded to 38 new countries around the world today. And the new countries truly are around the entire world, with a huge crop of countries from Europe, Africa, South America and many other regions represented:

Aruba, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, Sweden, Togo, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zambia.

This is the first large expansion since December, and brings the total number of countries with access to the Google Play Movies store to a staggering 63 — let's see how long it takes for another huge expansion.

Looking at another area of the Play Store, Google Play Music — including the subscription All Access offering — has expanded to four new countries as well, all of which are in Europe: Greece, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden. This brings the total for the music service up to 25 countries now, and while it isn't 63 countries it's nothing to shake a stick at.

Source: Google Play Support

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3 years ago

WhatsApp promises it's not Facebook and that it doesn't even want your data

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Actions speak louder than words, of course, but WhatsApp today used a few hundred to promise us that it has "respect for your privacy" and that having been bought by Facebook for umpteen-billion-dollars (it was $16 billion) won't go to its head, leading it to steal all your personal data. "If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn’t have done it," WhatsApp's Jan Koum wrote in a blog post.

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3 years ago

Rovio launching new RPG called Angry Birds Epic, doesn't give timeline for Android release

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iOS users in Australia, New Zealand and Canada have an early look before wider launch in late Spring

The Angry Birds franchise just keeps getting bigger, and the latest release is a full-blown RPG called Angry Birds Epic. Rovio claims this new free-to-play game will be a complete and extensive RPG title with an extensive campaign, turn-based gameplay, end game content, item crafting and more, all set on the fantasy world of "Piggy Island." Being free-to-play we can expect some in-app purchases to make an appearance, but details aren't known just yet.

Rovio is smartly doing a soft launch of sorts, making the game available to folks in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as well as only making it available for iOS users at this point. No solid date on a wider launch is being given right now other than "later this Spring," and not a single mention of Android accompanies this announcement either. We have to expect that Android details will be shared as we get closer to a full launch, but in the meantime we at least have a look at a nice trailer for the game.

Source: Rovio

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3 years ago

Motorola updates Active Display with bug fixes, renames Motorola Care to Help

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Two quick updates with uneventful changelogs for your new Motorola devices

Two Motorola apps — Active Display and Motorola Care — are getting updates in the Play Store today, but the changelogs aren't all that interesting. Active Display gets the standard and nondescript "bug fixes" in the changelog, and Motorola Care seems to be the exact same app as before, but has been renamed to Motorola Help (which frankly makes more sense).

You can download the latest version of Active Display from the Play Store link above, and you can snag the latest Motorola Care (Help) update right here.

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3 years ago

March Madness: The best Android apps for following The NCAA Basketball Tournament

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NCAA apps for Android

March Madness has begun! Here’s how to follow the NCAA games on Android

NCAA Tournament brackets have been picked, and games start on Tuesday. It’s a great time for fans, and with the help of a few Android apps, you’ll never miss a minute of it. We've got apps for keep tabs on scores, stats, players, teams, news, and video of the action. There's even a game tossed in just so you can stay in the spirit between matches.

NCAA March Madness Live

NCAA March Madness Live for Android

The first stop is the obvious: the official NCAA March Madness app. You can mark your favorite teams for score notifications, make your picks in the official Bracket Challenge, and catch up on news and video replays. The catch is that in order watch all of the live streaming video of the games, you need to have a paid TV subscription with access to TNT, TruTV, TBS, or CBS. Games that show up on CBS don’t require a paid subscription, at least. Also, if you’re outside of the U.S., you won’t be able to download the app

Download NCAA March Madness (Free)

theScore

theScore for NCAA

For the rest of us, theScore is by far the best way to keep tabs on scores across many sports, basketball included. They’ve updated to include a lot of new features for NCAA. One is an upset tracker, so you can find out when a lower-ranked team is about to bust your bracket. You can get a full bracket view to figure out who’s playing who next. As always, you can mark teams and players you care about, and catch up on the latest news.

Download theScore (Free)

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

Yahoo Fantasy Basketball on Android

If you’re into the fantasy sports thing, Yahoo’s Android app can help you keep tabs on your picks, results, and the latest NCAA news. You can manage your draft, negotiate trades, and deal with injured players whereever you are with the Yahoo Fantasy sports app.

Download Yahoo Fantasy Sports (Free)

Google Now

Google Now for NCAA

For more casual watching, you can keep tabs on what’s happening in NCAA with what’s already baked into your phone. Google Now can be enabled to provide final score and game reminders in the notification tray. Just hold down your home button, drag your finger up to the Google icon that pops up, and release. Scroll down to the bottom, tap the magic wand at the bottom in the middle tap Sports teams, and tap Add a team at the bottom. Rince and repeat to keep adding the NCAA teams you’re interested in.

Download Google Now Launcher (Free)

NBA Jam

NBA Jam

Okay, so it’s not NCAA, but NBA Jam is a fast and fun two-on-two basketball game that should keep you pumped for the next game. Local and online multiplayer are supported, along with quick one-off single-player games and a long-term career mode. NBA Jam is an over-the-top classic that basketball fans will have trouble putting down.

Download NBA Jam ($2.49)

How are you following NCAA basketball on Android?

Those are our top picks for NCAA Android apps, but what how are you guys keeping track of everything? Who are you rooting for?

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3 years ago

Godzilla - Smash3 wreaking havoc on Android this May

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Movie tie-in being shown off at GDC ahead of debut

The new Godzilla movie hits movie theaters this May and Godzilla - Smash 3 will be rampaging on to Android and iOS right along side it. The first mobile Godzilla game, Smash3 will shown off this week at GDC in San Francisco. According to the developers it's a mix of "rampage-style and puzzle" with some pretty nice looking graphics, too.

We're on the ground all week at GDC so keep it locked to Android Central all week for the very best the show has to offer!

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3 years ago

Amazon celebrates Appstore's 3rd birthday with 60% off popular titles, discounts on in-app purchases

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Various deals will continue for a full two weeks

As the digital confetti sprinkling down the Amazon Appstore website might suggest, Amazon is celebrating the Appstore's third birthday — and that means deals on apps. For the next two weeks, you'll see various deals on apps and games through the Appstore, including up to 60 percent off titles like Wheel of Fortune, Terraria, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown and many more.

Not to leave the free-to-play apps out of the mix, Amazon is also offering discounts on in-app purchases across a variety of great titles — like Asphalt 8, The Hobbit, Sonic Dash and Despicable Me: Minion Rush — that gives 50 percent of the value of your in-app purchases back in the form of Amazon Coins that can be spent elsewhere in the Appstore.

The deals will keep rolling for the next two weeks, so you'll have to keep an eye on the Appstore to keep up on all of the latest deals as they come and go.

More: Amazon Appstore

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S3 seeing a minor software update

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A quick heads up for owners of T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S3 that a small software update should be heading your way. It keeps things on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and mainly includes fixes. Android Central Forums member jazman_777 does report that it seems to pre-load the Google Drive app on the phone.

The update is available either through OTA or through Samsung Kies, and you'll find more at the source link below.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Samsung Gear 2 Tizen SDK now available

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Developers looking to get their apps on Samsung's new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have a little treat waiting for them today — the Tizen SDK is now available. You can find it at http://developer.tizen.org.

Technically this one's called the Tizen SDK for wearables, and Samsung's boasting more than 100 partnerships already. Current apps include: Atooma, Banjo, Dacadoo, EasilyDo, Feedly, Focus Trainer, Glympse, iHeartRadio, iwunta (Cloudwear), Life360, Runtastic, Sleep Genius, Spritz, Strava, Vivino, CNN, Conde Nast, eBay, Expedia, Flick Dat, MapMyFitness (Under Armour), MyMusicCloud, and News Republic (Mobiles Republic).

For more on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, see our hands-on from Mobile World Congress.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

AT&T's Moto X Android 4.4.2 soak test starts today

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A quick heads up for those of you on the soak-test plan for AT&T's Moto X — look for your Android 4.4.2 update any time now. According to the folks behind the test, your update should start pushing this afternoon. (If not sooner.)

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