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4 years ago

Diane von Furstenberg's Made for Glass collection now available for $1,800

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Diane von Furstenberg's Made for Glass collection now available for $1,800

If you're interested in Google Glass but want something a bit more stylish, wait no further, as Diane von Furstenberg's Made for Glass limited edition collection is launching in the US later today. Unveiled earlier this month, the collection designed by the iconic American fashion designer involves five new frames and eight new shades.

4 years ago

More like Moto 320, right?

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More like Moto 320, right?

More like Moto 320, right?

Android Wear is certainly interesting and it's great to see several different variations from several different vendors like Samsung and LG. Motorola is probably the most interesting because, instead of a rectangular display, they went with a circle. Well, almost. While they call it the Moto 360, it looks a lot more like a Moto 320. (Moto 324 if we're getting the compasses out.) While the top and sides of the display are decidedly circular, the bottom is cut off. It's a concession to the current limits of technology and design. Would a bigger bezel, thicker body, or extruded strap element have been a better choice? I don't know. All I do know is that the chunk missing from the Moto 360 is like a splinter in my eye. I can never not see it.

What do you think? Was cutting off the bottom of an otherwise perfectly round display the right choice for the Moto 360 to make?

4 years ago

T-Mobile takes $24 off Nexus 5 price online

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T-Mobile takes $24 off Nexus 5 price online

T-Mobile takes $24 off Nexus 5 price online

T-Mobile takes $24 off Nexus 5 price online

T-Mobile is running a special $24 discount promotion on the Google Nexus 5. This essentially takes the price of the Nexus 5 down to $372 with service from T-Mobile, even though said service doesn't require a contract.

4 years ago

Apps of the Week: AccuWeather, aLogcat, Rival Knights and more!

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Apps of the Week: AccuWeather, aLogcat, Rival Knights and more!

Romans in my Carpet!
LG Optimus Lockscreen

Apps of the Week

Another week has come and gone, and that means it's the weekend and time for our Apps of the Week column. We use this column each and every week to show off a single app from each of the writers here at Android Central, alongside a quick description of why it's installed on our phone or tablet. As you can imagine we go through a good number of apps here, so if there's something good enough for us to keep installed, it must be doing something right.

Read along with us this week and see the apps we have installed and want to show off — we have a few games, some utilities for media, a weather app and a few odds and ends on top of that. You might just find an app (or four) to install for yourself this week.

4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Let's go to Google I/O!

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From the Editor's Desk: Let's go to Google I/O!

Google I/O app

Google I/O app

We're headed to Google I/O this week in San Francisco. It'll be my fifth, which is a little hard to believe, and it's more than a little humbling. I still feel a little out of place around all the engineers and developers — the insanely smart people who make this dream job of mine possible. A lot of it's over my head, but at the same time I continue to learn a great deal about how the pieces of Android all come together. There are times I wish I did that sort of thing for a living, or even as a hobby. (I get the same feeling when I listen in on our internal tech team.) Code's just not my thing, though.

I say that as a reminder to myself of why we're at Google I/O this week. It's all about the building blocks for what's to come. It's easy to look at the announcements and pronouncements and then sneer and snicker when the more lofty of ideas doesn't come to fruition right away. (Android at Home, anyone?) But that doesn't mean they're not being worked on. And that doesn't mean we won't see something rise from a pile of ashes in the future. (Android TV, folks?) And above all, Google I/O is less about (or should be less, IMHO) about the shiny end products and more about making the sausage.

But you don't have to be much of a seer to be able to say this: There's going to be a lot of cool stuff this week. Google's official I/O page lives here, and you'll be able to watch a lot of the sessions live. You can stay up to date with all of our coverage here, and of course we'll be liveblogging the keynote on Wednesday.

Stay with us, folks. This is going to be fun. Thanks, Google, for doing it.

4 years ago

Best paid Android racing games

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Best paid Android racing games

Best paid Android racing games
Best paid Android racing games

Best paid Android racing games

Hey adrenaline junkies, are you looking for the best racing games for Android? Whether you're in it for a cartoony, over-the-top experience or a hardcore competitive one that will demand your undivided attention, we've dug up some of the very best the Google Play Store has to offer.

Though we're highlighting paid games in this round-up, there are some excellent free racing games for Android that are just as good, and in some cases better, depending on your tolerance level for in-app purchases. Even these premium racing games have IAP options, but we'll be sure to point them out for you.

Without further ado, let's buckle up and burn rubber with the top paid racing games on Android.

4 years ago

HTC 'Volantis' could possibly be the next Nexus tablet

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HTC 'Volantis' could possibly be the next Nexus tablet

The rumors of HTC working on the next Nexus tablet have been around for a while now but they've been rather all over the place. On some occasions the device was going by the name Flounder and on others it was dubbed the Nexus 8, and now there's Volantis. To go along with the names, there are now some specs, which are sure to raise some eyebrows and certainly some questions along the way. Have a look at what HTC could showing up to the party with.

4 years ago

HTC UK hosting contest to give away a real 24 carat gold HTC One M7

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HTC UK hosting contest to give away a real 24 carat gold HTC One M7

If you've been lusting over the real 24 carat gold HTC One M7 since we went hands on with back in October, we have some potentially good news for you. HTC UK is hosting a contest and one lucky individual will be able to collect one of the sought after devices by simply following @HTC_UK on Twitter and retweeting their contest posts.

4 years ago

Google Gesture concept sees real time translation of sign language [updated]

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Google Gesture concept sees real time translation of sign language [updated]

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Google was behind the Google Gesture arm bands, though it now seems more likely painfully obvious that this is a mock-up project from the marketing students at Berghs. Still, it's an impressive and out-of-the-box idea, no? Original follows.

4 years ago

Through Glass: Pushing buttons with tnkgrl

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Myriam Joire

My spouse took one look at me and said: "yep, you’re a fucking Glasshole." I’d just picked up the device at Google’s swanky San Francisco office and barely taken my first picture. This reaction would set the tone for my experience with Glass. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of wearing devices that enhance and augment my life. (I work for Pebble, after all!) I want to be a cyborg — bring on the implants!

It all started at Google I/O 2012 when I missed the opportunity to sign up for the privilege to be one of the first Glass Explorers. I was busy covering the event for Engadget, so I decided to line up later, not realizing there was a limited number of invites. That fall, I finally got to try Glass behind closed doors at Google’s HQ — after signing my life away, naturally. That first encounter was exciting: I was experiencing the future.

Fast forward to the spring of 2013. The first Explorers started getting devices, and the first reviews soon followed. Many lauded the technological achievement that is Glass but also questioned the usefulness of the product, even for tech-savvy early-adopters. Still, I was fascinated by one aspect in particular: hands-free photography. Better yet, the photos and videos shot with Glass looked half-decent.

Since I’d missed the boat at I/O the year before, I decided to ping my contacts at Google on the off chance one of them would be able to hook me up with Glass. Several weeks went by and nothing happened. I’d all but given up when, out of nowhere, an Explorer invite landed in my inbox. And that’s how I ended plunking down $1,500 only to be called a Glasshole by my spouse minutes later – I’m a sucker, I know!

4 years ago

Your weekend deals on apps, accessories and devices

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Your weekend deals on apps, accessories and devices

Google Play Store

Google Play Store

A weekend roundup of deals on all the things?!?!? Why not! Check back over the next couple of days and see what's been added. And if you've spotted something on your own, fire it off in the comments!

4 years ago

Samsung allegedly launching an Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O

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Samsung allegedly launching an Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O

Galaxy Gear Orange

Galaxy Gear Orange

Samsung is apparently set to launch an Android Wear smartwatch this upcoming week at Google I/O. CNET is reporting that the upcoming wearable is one of several new devices to run Android Wear. LG and Motorola are expected to show off new watches as well.

4 years ago

Google and Nest buy Dropcam for $555 million

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Google and Nest buy Dropcam for $555 million

Dropcam

Dropcam

Nest has just acquired Wi-Fi video streaming camera company Dropcam for $555 million. As you know, it was just a few months ago that Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion. This move will bring Dropcam into the Google family.

4 years ago

Mozilla set to take on Google Chromecast

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Mozilla set to take on Google Chromecast

Chromecast

Chromecast

Mozilla is set to take on Google's Chromecast with their own device powered by Firefox OS. Details on the unannounced streaming stick have been leaked and a video of the UI has been made.

4 years ago

The 5 best keyboard apps for Android

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The 5 best keyboard apps for Android

Android Keyboards
Fleksy
Minuum
Google Keyboard
SwiftKey
Swype

Android Keyboards

Tap away to your heart's content with these great keyboards for your Android device

One of the perks Android users have long since enjoyed is the ability to switch out the stock keyboard for a more preferable third-party solution. As the years have passed, the selection has got bigger and the quality of the apps available has continued to improve.

So, while our iOS using friends will still have to wait until iOS 8 arrives to try these things themselves, on Android we've got a pretty good selection to choose from. And here we round up some of the very best.

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