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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Godzilla - Smash3 wreaking havoc on Android this May

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

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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T-Mobile Galaxy S3 seeing a minor software update

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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Samsung Gear 2 Tizen SDK now available

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

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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3 years ago

Sprint lights up 20 new LTE markets

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Sprint lights up 20 new LTE markets

Sprint today announced 20 more markets that can now take advantage of 4G LTE data speeds. They are:

  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.
  • El Centro, Calif.
  • Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Kenosha, Wis.
  • Lancaster, Pa.
  • Mason City, Iowa
  • Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Nogales, Ariz.
  • Ocean City, N.J.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Peoria, Ill.
  • Provo/Orem, Utah
  • Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

In addition, Sprint launched its high-speed "Spark" service in Provo, Utah, and Trenton, N.J.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

HTC Sense 6.0 demoed on leaked video, shows motion gesture controls

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HTC Sense 6.0 demoed on leaked video, shows motion gesture controls

New user interface, double-tap to wake and more

The HTC leaks continue, with this video showing what appears to be Sense 6 running on a current HTC One. While it's alleged it's the same software we'll see on the new HTC One (M8), it does at least explain – so far – the presence of Beats in the video. There are a few interesting things to note from the video.

There is a new user interface which seems to match what we've seen in previous leaks, and an interesting looking Motion Gesture menu. It looks like we'll be able to double-tap to wake the phone – much like LG's Knock On – as well as launching the camera with the volume button when the phone is in landscape orientation.

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3 years ago

Google bringing 'game gifts,' new categories, updated SDK and more to Google Play Games

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Google bringing 'game gifts,' new categories, updated SDK and more to Google Play Games

Google gets serious about gaming at GDC

We thought it was great when Google updated Google Play Games last week some much wanted — and needed — features, but it seems that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Google has expanded their presence at GDC, and it looks like they are going all-in with mobile gaming.

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3 years ago

Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 a Vodafone UK exclusive

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Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 a Vodafone UK exclusive

British mobile operator Vodafone has announced that it'll exclusively carry the gold color Samsung Galaxy S5 "from launch." The gold GS5, like other models, will go up for pre-order from next Friday, March 28, ahead of an April 11 launch.

The "copper gold" Galaxy S5 is one of four colors available at launch, the others being charcoal black, shimmering white and electric blue — you'll find more of all four flavors of Galaxy S5 in our hands-on gallery.

More: Galaxy S5 hands-on; Galaxy S5 forums

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

Pocket Casts 4.5 adds Chromecast support

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Pocket Casts 4.5 adds Chromecast support

One of our favorite podcatchers gets even better

As you might have noticed, we're kind of big on podcasts here. And when it comes to podcatchers, Pocket Casts is always among our recommendations. Today, Pocket Casts has hit version 4.5, and with it comes a host of new features.

Perhaps most important is that Pocket Casts now supports Chromecast. Just tap the Chromecast icon to stream to any connected TV. (And if you haven't yet experienced the sultry sounds of Jerry Hildenbrand over a proper home entertainment system, prepare to be amazed.) Album art is displayed on screen and does a great imitation of a screen saver (much like Google Play Music), so you won't have to worry about burn-in.

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3 years ago

Moto X launches in Australia at $549, no Moto Maker in sight

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Moto X launches in Australia at $549, no Moto Maker in sight

Unlocked carrier support for Telstra, Optus and Vodafone

Following up on the announcement that it would be making its way down under, Motorola has officially launched the Moto X in Australia. A full seven months after launching in the U.S. and even two months after the U.K., folks in Australia will have their chance to pick up a Moto X for AUD$549 outright. Sadly there's no Moto Maker customization at this point — nor is it expected — so you'll be selecting from either black or white at this point.

We're no pros at the frequencies in use by the Australian carriers, but based on the information provided and a little insight from the folks at Ausdroid we're looking at support for Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. The Motorola site is still listing the device as "coming soon" and there aren't any carrier or retailer announcements just yet, but we can expect that information to make its way out soon as well.

Now that the Moto X has made its way officially to Australia, the next rollouts we can expect to see — based on what Motorola has said so far — are to India and Germany, with Moto Maker making its expansion as well to the U.K., Germany and Mexico.

Source: Motorola; Ausdroid

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