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3 years ago

Feedly Pro unveiled: Article search, HTTPS, Evernote save and more


$5 per month or $45 per year; early adopters can get Feedly Pro for life today for $99

With the demise of Google Reader, Feedly has emerged as one of the main players in the RSS world. Today it's announcing a premium reader service, which includes many frequently-requested features that are absent from the free version. Feedly Pro subscribers will get the ability to search within feeds, just like in the Google Reader days, HTTPS browsing for added security, and one-click saving to Evernote. What's more, pro users are promised "premium support" should they run into any difficulties.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Android 4.2 update now rolling out


4G LTE version of Sony tablet first to get the 4.2 update

Sony recently promised Android 4.2 for the Xperia Tablet Z in early August, and now the updates are beginning to roll out, starting with the 4G LTE version of the tablet — model number SGP-321. The Tablet Z LTE is getting a firmware update to version 10.3.1.A.0.244, which according to XperiaBlog is the same build how hitting Xperias Z, ZL and ZR. The update juggles around the on-screen controls, moving them to the middle of the system bar in the typical Android 4.2 style. And there's now a traditional notification bar up top, too. Similarly, you'll now find quick settings in the notification shade, just like on a Sony smartphone.

We'd also expect to see Android 4.2 features like lock screen widgets, Daydreams and multiple user accounts on the tablet, though we have no specific information on whether they're included or not.

Posts on the XDA forums reveal that while some users are getting the upgrade already, many aren't — so it seems we may be looking at a staged rollout for this particular update. If you've got an Xperia Tablet Z, be sure to check for OTA updates and new firmware via the PC Companion app or Bridge for Mac. Let us know how you get on down in the comments.

Source: XperiaBlog; XDA

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3 years ago

From the editor's Desk: Chromecast a go-go


I think I just saved $500 by spending $35.

I'll most likely be canceling my Xbox One subscription this week. It's not that I wouldn't love to have one — I loathe that aging, noisy beast that's currently in my living room. But it's getting harder and harder to justify that much money on some that's mostly been replaced by a $35 USB-powered dongle. No, I won't be playing hardcore games with it, and it doesn't get anywhere near replacing Kinect. But I think I'm going to be replacing my old Xbox with a cheap Blu-Ray player and calling it a day.

But maybe the most important part of Chromecast is one that's gotten short shrift in nearly every review I've read, including ours. Chromecast is in its infancy. Having an SDK — software development kit — means that anyone and everyone can essentially write an app for it. Koushik Dutta — the developer behind ClockwordMod recoveries and Helium backup (to name but two projects) has been teasing a few on Google+. Streaming local files from a phone or tablet. Streaming files from Dropbox. Streaming files from RSS (and wrapping them in individual channel UIs).

And that's just one developer.

Reviews of devices are great. But it's important to remember that Chromecast is just getting started, with the SDK currrently available as a developer preview. It'll be interesting to how the ecosystem grows. You can't yet distribute Chromecast apps. Will it be a walled garden? Wide open like Android? I imagine anything that plays alongside DRM-enabled apps like Netflix will have a bit of oversight along with it.

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3 years ago

AC on the road: What's in Jerry's gear bag


It's been a while since any of us here at AC talked about what's in our bag and on our desks, so I decided to have a frosty beverage or two and do a little sharing. We're in a great situation for an Android fan to be in around these parts, and with all the review units, loaners, stuff Phil send to us to learn and try and the stuff we swap amongst ourselves we pretty much have our choice of selection of smartphones and accessories. It's one of the best perks of one of the best jobs I've ever had, and trust me — I know how lucky we all are because of it.

For now, let's ignore the fact that working for Android Central means we have a pile of great Android devices that we go to frequently, and discuss the ones we use by choice — the ones we gladly paid full price for if we had to. Think of this as our personal best list, and the stuff we would choose if we were forced to choose. I'm kicking this round off, but you'll hear from each of us in turn.

A few quick words of wisdom before anyone clicks through. This is what I like. There is no right and wrong here, and my list probably won't match anyone else's. That's a good thing. The world would be a pretty boring (and scary as hell) place if everyone thought like me. 

OK, ready? Let's go.

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3 years ago

HTC One Max for Chinese market pictured


A bigger screen and faster processor set the one Max apart from the current HTC One models

A Chinese variant of the HTC One Max has been spotted by the folks at ePrice. Looking very much like the HTC One the world already knows, the Max (also known as the T6) does have some key differences. Besides the removable back cover, dual-SIM variation, and SD card support we would expect in an Asian version, the processor and screen have both received a major bump compared to the current model. The HTC One Max is said to have a Snapdragon 800 running at 2.3GHz, and carry a 5.9-inch screen. 

We're not sure how closely this will resemble any models that may be released in the west, but we know a lot of folks are interested in what HTC is doing with the bigger One. There's another picture after the break, and some pricing and availability speculation (spoiler: Asia) at the source link.

Source: ePrice

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3 years ago

Getting the most out of Google Now voice actions


'Remind me to use Google Now more often'

Google Now gets more and more powerful every day, which is aided by the fact that much of the processing it does is handed off to a Google data center over the Internet. Aside from the inherent issues when you don't have connectivity, this gives Google Now a ton of capability in terms of voice recognition, and lets Google add new capabilities without pushing app updates.

We've all played around with the standard voice actions in Google Now — making calls, sending text messages and performing searches — back when it was just "Google Search", but there are so many more things that it can do for you. While there are dozens of different voice actions available, we've compiled a list of several that can truly be incorporated into your daily life.

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3 years ago

Win a box of AC swag!

It's the weekend, the bosses take the day off, and Michelle and I have cooked an awesome little plan where we're gonna give away three boxes full of random Android Central swag!

There may be a t-shirt, there may be stickers, there may be a coffee mug, pens, sticky notes or any manner of great AC stuff crammed into a box and sent to your door. We've got a big pile of it, and the best thing to do when you have a pile of cool stuff is to share some of it.

Want to try and win one of the boxes? That's the easy part. Make sure you registered at AC with a real email address. If we pick you, we need to know how to get in contact with you. If you didn't and we pick your name, we'll never know where to send your loot and we have to give it to someone else. That would totally suck, so make sure it doesn't happen. 

Once you've done that, just leave a comment below. At 11:59 PM Pacific time Sunday night, we'll shut it down and pick three winners at random. All that's left for you to do is check your email and see if you were one of them.

Ready? Set? Go!

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3 years ago

Vine update adds notifications and Facebook sharing


Post sharing still limited to just Facebook and Twitter.

An update to the 6-second video sharing service Vine is adding new activity notifications and sharing intents. If you choose to have them turned on, you will now receive push notifications whenever someone likes, comments or mentions you in a Vine post. Notifications can be managed in the standard ways of choosing your ringtone and toggling whether or not to have vibrations or a notification LED for notifications. Naturally, you can turn them off completely as well.

This latest update also adds proper sharing directly to Twitter or Facebook from the app. Just hit the menu button below a Vine that you want to share, and you'll be given "Share on Twitter" and "Share on Facebook" options. Although we would prefer if Vine just used the standard Android sharing intent to let you share Vine links to any app, this is a good start.

You can grab a download or update to the latest Vine app from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: GyroSpace 3D, Flashify, Rymdkapsel and more!


The best apps the Android Central writers have been using this week

It's a new month, but we're going to keep moving along with our Apps of the Week column just like nothing changed. As we do each Saturday, we've asked the Android Central writers to each submit an app that they have been using on their devices and tell us a little bit about why it works for them. We round them up in hopes that you'll find them just as useful as we do.

This week we have an interesting live wallpaper, a game you can get hooked on and a few tools as well. Stick around after the break and see how this week's picks stack up.

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3 years ago

Ask AC: How do I cancel my Google Play Music All Access subscription?


If Google Play Music All Access isn't for you, cancelling it is easy

We spend a lot of time talking about how much we're enjoying the Google Play Music All Access subscription service, but it's also important to know how to cancel it if you've given it a try and decided it's not for you. We don't judge, there are several good reasons to not want or need access to Google's music catalog, and that monthly fee adds up if it's not something you want.

Luckily, cancelling is pretty easy. 

Grab your Android, and fire up the Google Play store app. Head to the store page for Google Play Music, either by searching for it or by finding it in the My Apps list. On the page for the app, near the top, you'll see the cancel button. Tap it and follow the directions. When you're finished, you'll not be billed the next time your installment date rolls around and your subscription will end.

It's worth noting that if you cancel and want to come back, you'll lose any introductory price promotion you may have now for joining the program early. You also won't be able to try 30 days for free more than once, so if that's your goal you'll need to devise another plan. Google wasn't born yesterday.

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

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3 years ago

Android Device Manager beginning to push to phones


The settings on a few phones have turned up an entry for the new Android Device Manager — have you checked yours?

Update: TJ, a reader and admitted Android nerd shot me the apk file. You can download it here. The normal concerns of security and such apply, of course. 

It looks like the first stage of the new Android Device Manager is pushing out to a few people, but the service is not yet live. Google told us their new "find my phone" service would be hitting all Android devices running Android 2.2 or higher sometime this month, and while there's nothing to be found on the web side, the device administrator is showing up slowly.

Oddly enough, there doesn't appear to be an associated apk file or a new version of Google Play services attached, and right now nobody is really sure where to find the details. The good news — and this is really good news — is that the reports are coming from everywhere, not just the U.S. Look for Android Device Manager to be a world-wide roll out.

You'll surely want to check and see if you're one of the chosen few, so here's how you can do that. Grab your phone, and open the settings. Under the Security section, look for the Device administrators section. Tap it, and see what's there. We're not seeing it yet on any devices in the office, but Reddit is full of folks with the new settings. If you see it, too, be sure to shout out in the comments.

Source: Reddit

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3 years ago

Chromecast-a-day: The final dongle

This is it, folks. The final offering from our weeklong "Chromecast-a-day" contest. We've given away a half-dozen already, and today rounds it out.

To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. That's it. We'll pick from entries through midnight PST tonight. We've got a little catching up to do, so stay tuned for a week's worth of winners.

Good luck!

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3 years ago

Talk Mobile Security and Enterprise recap + Take our survey for a chance to win $100 at Best Buy


With everything that we do on our mobile devices, security is becoming more important than ever. Even more so when we mix professional business onto those same devices. How do you keep it secure? How do you balance work and personal on the same device? That was Talk Mobile Security and Enterprise week, so let's dive right in to it.

3 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One and Galaxy S4 start to see Android 4.3 OTA


The latest version of Jelly Bean seems to be on it's way, giving us a better idea of what "timely" updates are

Scattered reports of users with both the HTC One Google Play edition and the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phones seeing an OTA update to Android 4.3 are coming in this evening. We've seen the kernel source for both devices uploaded to the web — a legal requirement before any software is delivered — so we've been expecting the updates.

Users should see the same basic experience that Nexus users have been playing with, plus the few minor additions that Samsung and HTC have made with Boomsound and Flipcover support. 

There are bound to be a few bugs, but perhaps the most exciting part of the whole thing is that we've got a good idea what "timely" updates means, at least this time around.

If you've got either of the Google Play edition devices, start hammering that button.

More: Android Central forums. Thanks, everyone who sent this in! 

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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 Mini leaked for Verizon


Verizon may be getting a Galaxy S4 Mini of their own

For Big Red customers looking for a new phone that's a bit more svelte than today's average Android phone, The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with a big fat Verizon logo has been outed in some leaked pictures over at Engadget, We're going to assume that the SCH-i435 will be the same basic Mini as the world version Alex had a look at last June, though it's always possible Verizon has done a little tweaking here and there.

While the Mini won't satisfy anyone's need for raw specs, we found it a decent performer, though slightly hampered by a less than stellar screen. But being one of the few phones available under 4.5-inches, that may be a trade-off many are willing to make. It looks like Verizon is betting on just that, and the S4 Mini should be a great seller if it's priced accordingly with a new agreement. 

Of course, nothing is official until Verizon says it's official, and we'll keep an ear to the ground for more news on this one. After the break there's one more picture that gives a good impression of the overall size compared to the iPhone 5. For more images and details, including comparisons to its bigger bother, be sure to have a read of our Galaxy S4 Mini review.

Source: Engadget

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