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4 years ago

Martian smartwatches now available on Amazon

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Listed at $299, Martian watches look to bring a smart watch with a touch of traditional style

If you're interested in smartwatches, but wanting something that looks a little more classic on your wrist, Martian smart watches may be what you're looking for — and now they're available for everyone via Amazon.

Mixing a small scrolling OLED screen with a traditional analog dial, they look like, well, a watch. A watch with an Android app, and out-of-the-box the Martian watches will handle calls, texts, Facebook, Twitter, email and more. Another listed feature is an on-board accelerometer that can be used to do things like send calls to voicemail with the flick of the wrist. A built in speaker and microphone allow for making and receiving calls, as well as sending SMS and using other voice commands.

Available in the more traditional Passport model (seen above) or a more sporty Victory model, the watches list at $299.99. I've ordered a Passport model to put through the paces, so be sure to hit me on Google+ with any quick questions and keep an eye out for a real-world review after a week or so with this one. Hit the break for the full press release.

More: Martian Watches

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4 years ago

Leaked document points to Nov. 20 launch for T-Mobile Nexus 5

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With Nexus 5s already in the hands of Google Play Store buyers, we're starting to see the first indications of when it'll arrive at subsidized prices on U.S. carriers. Sprint's is due to arrive from Nov. 8, and if the latest leaked documents are to be believed then T-Mobile shouldn't be far behind.

The leaked retail planning guide obtained by TmoNews shows the T-Mobile Nexus 5 arriving alongside the Nexus 7 on Nov. 20, ahead of T-Mo's Black Friday promotions. It's unclear how much T-Mobile might charge for the N5, but given the device's low cost and the carrier's recent tendency to offer $0 down deals for major devices, we wouldn't be surprised to see some competitive pricing.

In the meantime, there's of course nothing stopping you picking one up from the Play Store and loading it up with any T-Mobile SIM.

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition lands in Canada November 8

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Tablet launching tomorrow at major Canadian retailers

Samsung's latest high-end Android tablet, the stylus-toting Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition, will be arriving in Canada from tomorrow, Nov. 8. Canadians will be getting the Wifi-only octa-core Exynos version of the Android 4.3 tablet, which packs a 2560x1600-resolution, 10.1-inch display, 3GB of RAM and the same S Pen functionality as its smaller sibling the Galaxy Note 3.

The new Note 10.1 will arrive at Best Buy, Future Shop and "other major retailers" tomorrow in the "classic white" color. There's no word on when (or if) the "jet black" version will be joining it. However Samsung is offering a bunch of promotional goodies for Note 10.1 buyers, including a $20 Samsung apps gift card, three months of free Rdio streaming, two free ebooks from the "For Dummies" series and 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years, as part of an offer that runs until Nov. 30.

For more on the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition check out our full review below.

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition review

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4 years ago

Android U.S. market share dips slightly, Samsung improves its position

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HTC and Motorola both drop market share; LG holding down 5th place

Releasing its monthly report on the U.S. mobile industry, comScore shows Android with a slight decrease in market share as of September 2013. A three-month average ending in September shows Android with 51.8 percent of the U.S. market, down 0.2 percentage-points. Apple naturally holds the second spot at 40.6 percent, with BlackBerry and Microsoft taking up third and fourth place.

In terms of manufacturers (chart shown below), comScore shows Apple still on top with that same 40.6 percent of the market, up 0.7 percent, with Samsung holding second place strong with 24.9 percent of the market, up 1.2 percent. HTC holds onto third place just barely at 7.1 percent, down 1.4 percent between periods. Motorola drops to 6.8 percent market share, and LG 6.6 percent. If you're counting that also leaves 14 percent divvied up among various other small manufacturers.

Source: comScore

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4 years ago

Here are your Nexus 5 contest winners

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For those about to rock a new Nexus 5 from Android Central, we salute you

If you can remember with all the mind-blowing stuff we've seen so far this week, we're giving two lucky folks a new Nexus 5 of their very own. The contest is now over, the random number generator has been activated, and we have your winners. Let's all send out happy thoughts and congratulations to:

  • John in Colorado
  • Jon in the UK

Congrats John and Jon, and thanks for being part of things here. It's folks like you who make Android Central as good — and as fun to be a part of — as it is. We're trying to think of other ways to give away great stuff, so always be on the lookout for it.

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4 years ago

Rochester Optical to offer prescription and fashion lenses for Google Glass in early 2014

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Company also hires wearable tech figure Tim Moore to lead new efforts

With increased excitement over Google Glass as of late, it seems fitting that a company start offering prescription lenses for the headwear. Rochester Optical announced today alongside the hiring of industry figure Tim Moore that it will bring custom prescription, fashion and sport lenses that work with Google Glass in early 2014. Currently, you can only choose from a simple pair of sunglass or clear protective (and non-prescription) lenses from Google.

Although many Glass Explorers that need prescription lenses have been making due with either contacts or wearing both their regular glasses and Google Glass at the same time, it's wonderful to hear that a third party will be making custom lenses. Not only does this open up the market for other companies to get in on Google Glass market, it also means even more people out there can potentially wear the tech in the future.

Source: PRWeb; +Tim Moore

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4 years ago

The KitKat Clock app has a subtle but impressive feature

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Dismiss an alarm before it goes off, right from the notification bar

If you're running a device with Android 4.4 KitKat (Nexus 5 or a custom ROM at this point) and set an alarm in the stock Clock app, you'll be in for a subtle little treat. Google's latest Clock app, which has received yet another facelift with a little more eye candy, now notifies you two hours ahead of when your alarm is set to go off, letting you dismiss it before you're startled by that alarm tone. The notification is silent and subtle, with the option to swipe it away, tap "dismiss now," or tap to enter the Clock app.

It's not something that everyone will use — hopefully we're all sleeping swiftly through the night — nor is it something that we haven't seen from third-party apps before, but it's features like this that remind us Google is working on even the smallest details.

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4 years ago

The Nexus 5 speaker: Yes, there's only one — and software may be hurting what you hear [updated]

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Audio output sounds great in some apps — and lousy in others​, especially with spoken-word playback

Two things you need to know about the the speakers on the Nexus 5: First, there's only one speaker. Never mind that you see a pair of speaker grilles — there's only one speaker hidden back there. As we first learned on the LG G2 — a close cousin, insofar as the hardware goes — there's a speaker, and there's a microphone. Not two speakers. That's been confirmed by iFixit's teardown, as well, not that it was a surprise. Stick your finger over one of the speakers and it's readily apparent.

There other thing we've discovered is that the Nexus 5 speaker can be pretty decent, or it can be downright horrible — and it appears that software may be to blame here.

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4 years ago

New YouTube comment system integrated with Google+ now available

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A better signal-to-noise ratio and more interaction with people you care about

Just as was promised back in September, YouTube is getting a new comment system based on Google+ with several new features. The new system will surface comments from people whose comments you care about most, such as your Google+ friends, the video maker, engaged commenters and other well-known YouTube personalities. Of course if you still want to see the flood of comments roll in, you can switch to "newest first" from "top comments."

One of the biggest bonuses in moving to Google+ for YouTube comments is being able to have a mix of private and public discussions on a single video. You can limit your comments to just specific circles or specific people, right alongside your public comments that everyone can see on the page.

A likely best of all if you're a YouTube video creator, you now have even better ways to moderate comments on your videos. You can review comments before they're made public, block certain words or auto-approve comments from specific people.

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Source: YouTube Blog

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4 years ago

Google Opinion Rewards pays you in Play Store credit to take surveys

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Answer a question, pay for that in-app purchase in Candy Crush

The Google Opinion Rewards app has just launched in the Play Store, and it may be a good way to build up your Play Store credit balance. The idea isn't new — after you download the app, you'll occasionally be asked to answer a handful of questions, and you'll be rewarded with money to spend on apps, movies, books and music in the Play Store.

Google says the surveys will show up about once a week, and you'll be notified on your phone when a survey is ready to be answered. The questions will be simple and range from things like "Which logo is best?" to "When do you plan on traveling next?" The app is currently U.S.-only, and it isn't clear how much Play Store credit you'll get for answering each survey.

You can download the app (from the Play Store link above) right now and answer a few questions about yourself, and then wait for the first real surveys to come in.

Source: +Google Consumer Surveys

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4 years ago

Google Text-to-Speech now on Google Play, update rolling out

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New version adds Korean support

As part of Google's ongoing effort to spin off certain software features into Google Play for easier updating, the company has today launched the Google Text-to-Speech engine as a standalone app on the Play Store. The will push out automatically to those using an older version (not you, Nexus 5 owners, you're already up-to-date out of the box). If you install it on a device that doesn't have it already, it'll appear as an option alongside whichever manufacturer-loaded text-to-speech service is currently in use.

The only major change we're seeing compared to the older pre-loaded version is the addition of Korean as a supported language. However the ability to update text-to-speech without requiring an OS upgrade presents the possibility of Google introducing more advanced TTS features through future app updates.

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4 years ago

Gallery and Photos: Why does the Nexus 5 have two ways to handle images?

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You'll likely be using two apps to manage your pictures on Android 4.4

If you're lucky enough to have picked up a Nexus 5 this week, you may be puzzled by two of the apps on your new phone. Not necessarily by the apps themselves, but rather the existence of both at once on one phone — Photos and Gallery. Two pre-installed apps that have many overlapping functions between them. You can tap either one to get to your photos, and in either case you'll have access to your automatically backed-up Google+ photos as well.

So why does the Nexus 5 have both a "traditional" Gallery app and this new Photos app at the same time? There are a few reasons. Let's dig into this somewhat bothersome phenomenon after the break.

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4 years ago

Pebble smartwatch gets a firmware update, but it only benefits iOS for now

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Just a quick heads up to all you Pebble smartwatch owners out there. Your watch should be receiving a firmware update today, but don't go looking for any new features just yet. The update brings new functionality to iOS users (and iOS 7 in particular), with a slew of new notification possibilities in version 2.0 of the Pebble SDK.

So, again, expect a firmware update, but your Pebble app will remain as is for now. Our pals at iMore.com have more on the update.

More: Get Pebble

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4 years ago

Get your fingers sticky with a little physics puzzle game called Green Jelly

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There's no shortage of Cut the Rope games out there, I know. But maybe you've been thinking that's not enough. You need more physics puzzlers to play on the go. I've been there, man.

One of my favorite games in that style has long been Spider Jack, which comes from a Russian developed called MaxNick. Their latest physics puzzler Green Jelly (not to be confused with Jelly Bean or that rock band) plays a lot like Cut the Rope, but it also has some clever gameplay mechanics of its own that make it worth a look.

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4 years ago

Photo editing improvements in the Android 4.4 KitKat Gallery

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A few simple changes to make your pictures look a little better

There's a great grouping of user-facing features in the latest update to Android 4.4 KitKat, but one has been generally overlooked. Although it hasn't received much of a visual refresh from what was available in 4.3, the built-in photo editor in the Gallery app has received a bit of a facelift, with a few new features to boot.

This is one of those "tightening the screws" kind of updates that brings the experience up a notch or two, making it just a little easier to edit and tweak your photos to your liking. This isn't going to rival anything you can do with a true photo editor on your desktop, but then again that process isn't as easy as using the Gallery.

Hit the break for a closer look at the new features and capabilities of Gallery in Android 4.4.

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