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4 years ago

HTC talks cameras, optical zooming on the not-so-distant horizon

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HTC talks cameras, optical zooming on the not-so-distant horizon

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HTC One M8

HTC

Vodafone UK took some time out to sit down with Symon Whitehorn, the resident camera expert at HTC. Discussions covered the Duo Camera as well as what consumers can expect to see in the future. With the HTC One (M8) sporting an impressive shooter, it only makes sense that we look ahead to see what HTC has planned.

4 years ago

Google offering credit towards movie rentals with British Chromecast

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Google offering credit towards movie rentals with British Chromecast

Chromecast

Chromecast

A quick heads up to any Brits looking at getting a Chromecast soon that Google is throwing in a little Play Store credit for good measure. Currently advertised in the UK Play Store, if you buy and set up a Chromecast by July 15 Google will give you £4.99 towards a movie rental from the store.

Given some of the current rental prices in the British store, £4.99 could get you one movie with enough change left over to give you something towards a second. Once you're set up head over to chromecast.com/offers to redeem.

4 years ago

HTC snatches up former Samsung marketing guru who helped launch Galaxy brand

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HTC snatches up former Samsung marketing guru who helped launch Galaxy brand

Galaxy S5, HTC One M8

Galaxy S5, HTC One M8

HTC is aiming high with its latest signing. According to reports, the company has hired Paul Golden who was previously at Samsung. It marks a rather desperate move as the company continues to operate in losses and experience declining market share, but Golden helped launch the incredibly successful Galaxy brand for Samsung, making this also an interesting step for HTC to make.

4 years ago

Samsung to add premium subscription to Milk Music service

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Samsung to add premium subscription to Milk Music service

Milk Music

Milk Music

Samsung partnered up with Slacker to release Milk Music last month. The service was freely available to all high-end Galaxy smartphone owners, opening up a world of music with a personalized experience. That's all set to change as the company has revealed plans to add a premium subscription to the streaming service.

4 years ago

Verizon releases Droid Maxx in two new color options, quietly cuts storage to 16GB

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Verizon releases Droid Maxx in two new color options, quietly cuts storage to 16GB

Verizon Droid Maxx

Verizon Droid Maxx

$99 on-contract gets you a couple cool color options for a great phone on Verizon.

The Motorola Droid Maxx is getting slightly old at this point, and in order to freshen things up a bit Verizon is releasing two new color options of the device. Alongside the previous black model, you'll now have the choice of a bright glossy red (which looks similar to the Droid Ultra) or black with chrome accents if you're looking to stand out from the crowd. Here's the catch: You can only get the two new colors with 16GB of storage, with the old black model offering 32GB of storage for $50 more on-contract or $100 more off-contract.

Aside from that, this is the Droid Maxx we know from before — it has some seriously impressive battery life along with all of the great new features recent Motorola phones are known for such as Touchless Control and Active Display. You'll just have to decide whether the lower price and new colors are worth the 16GB reduction in storage for you.

Verizon's online store is already listing the new Droid Maxx colors for sale, and you can pick them up right here for $99 on-contract, or $499 off-contract.

Source: Verizon

4 years ago

Quick tip: "OK Google" works just fine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Quick tip: "OK Google" works just fine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

OK Google on the Galaxy S5

OK Google on the Galaxy S5

A little tip worth pointing out for new Samsung Galaxy S5 owners, that the "OK Google" hotword works out of the box in the new Touchwiz launcher. It may seem obvious to some, but having spoken to a few people in the past couple of days that didn't know about it, it's worth highlighting.

It's actually the Google Search widget that takes care of things, and this is preloaded onto the homescreen when you first fire up the phone. So, without any additional downloads, just say "OK Google" while on the main homescreen. From there take advantage of the voice activated benefits it brings with it such as setting alarms, set some music off playing and, well, searching the web. Piece of cake!

OK Google isn't supported everywhere just yet, but if you're in a country that does you shouldn't have any problems putting it to use on the Galaxy S5.

4 years ago

Cloud Raiders gets clan support on Android

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Cloud Raiders gets clan support on Android

Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android EVGA Tegra Note 7
Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android
Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android
Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android
Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android

Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

Many genres spring from a single popular game. The casual strategy genre owes its popularity to Clash of Clans, for instance. And once a game reaches that level of fame, other developers inevitably release their own games that draw inspiration from it. Cloud Raiders is Game Insight’s take on Clash of Clans.

Although a first-class effort, Cloud Raiders has lacked one key element since its release in February: clans! You can’t take on Clash of Clans without clans. Today Game Insight released a major update to Cloud Raiders that corrects this oversight and adds a proper clan system. Read on to learn about how clans affect the game and how to join Android Central’s own clan!

4 years ago

You'll need an invite to purchase a OnePlus One at launch

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You'll need an invite to purchase a OnePlus One at launch

OnePlus

OnePlus

Pick up your invite from contests, forums and friends who already bought the phone

In the true spirit of riding the hype train, OnePlus has announced that you'll need an invite to buy its flagship OnePlus One phone when it launches. Taking to a forum post to explain, OnePlus says that an invite-only system — dubbed the "OnePlus Invite System" — is the best way to bridge the gap between supply and demand right at launch.

Rather than do a more standard reservation or pre-order system for the limited number of devices, OnePlus will offer up invites to purchase the phone via its forums, contests and from other OnePlus One buyers. The thinking is that there will only be invites made available for precisely the number of phones that are made and ready to be purchased — though it seems a bit exclusionary to make people go looking for an invite rather than having a simple online store where you can place an order and be backordered if no stock is readily available.

OnePlus isn't offering up any invites right now, and says that more information on how the initial wave of invitations will roll out when the phone is finally launched. As time goes on, the invites to purchase a OnePlus One will be easier to obtain until presumably at some point you'll be able to just buy one like every other phone.

Source: OnePlus

4 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case

Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

It's expensive, but highly functional — so long as you can keep the window clean

The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case is an expensive way to protect your phone. But, damn, does it ever look nice. We first got a glimpse of this guy at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it's now available for purchase, along with the phone.

For the newcomers out there, this is a case that replaces the back cover of your Galaxy S5. It has the same rubber gasket as the stock back, so you retain the IP67 rating for dust and moisture — an important thing to look for with any Galaxy S5 accessory, but admittedly less of a concern with Samsung's own products. The inside of the back cover is nearly identical to the back it's replacing. But the external look and feel are completely changed, replaced by a leather-like cover. It looks great. It feels great. (And if you're like us and putting a black cover on a white phone, the contrast is quite striking.)

The design of this case can't be understated.

4 years ago

Motorola celebrates 50 app update milestone with Hangout on Air to talk software

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Motorola celebrates 50 app update milestone with Hangout on Air to talk software

Motorola Gallery app

Motorola Gallery app

Punit Soni to field questions live with #AskMoto hashtag

Motorola has made a big deal out of bringing several of its devices' core functionalities out into the Play Store for easy updating, and it is now marking the milestone of 50 updates to over 15 apps over the last 8 months. Touchless Control, Active Display, Motorola Camera and Gallery are just a few of the apps updated regularly through Google Play rather than a complete system update, and to celebrate the accomplishment Motorola is hosting a live Hangout on Air to talk software.

Punit Soni will be leading the event, and is requesting questions from the public — simply post with the hashtag #AskMoto on Google+, Facebook or Twitter to ask your question, and hopefully Punit will read it during the event. Thanks, questions and suggestions are all welcomed, he says, and while the number of questions is sure to balloon to an unanswerable number, it may be worth watching.

The Hangout on Air will kick off at 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, April 23rd, and you can RSVP to watch at the Google+ event page below.

Source: Motorola; Google+ Event

4 years ago

Amazon adds Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime to their lineup of Fire TV voice search partners

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Amazon adds Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime to their lineup of Fire TV voice search partners

Amazon Fire TV remote

Amazon Fire TV remote

If you're like Gary Busey and enjoy talking to things such as your Amazon Fire TV, you'll be pleased to know Amazon has added new voice search partners to their still fresh set-top box. Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime are joining VEVO in integrating their full catalogs into Fire TV’s unified voice search.

“We’re excited and energized by the momentum we’re seeing with Fire TV,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “Customers are telling us they love it, developers are building for it, and we’re working hard to expand existing features and build new ones. We’re thrilled to have Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME integrating their full selection of movies and TV shows into Fire TV’s unified voice search.”

On top of that, Amazon took the time to note a few other things that are coming for the Fire TV as well. Game selection will be expanding and soon, you will be able to play touch-enabled games with the upcoming Fire TV app for your phone or tablet. Amazon FreeTime and Amazon MP3 integration is coming as part of a free, over-the-air software update and finally, Prime browse will make it even easier to discover movies and TV shows that are included in Prime Instant Video.

We've already ran through a full review of the Fire TV and one pain point we had with it was that the universal search wasn't as good as it could be, so it's nice to see Amazon is still improving that. Aside from all that, it seems Amazon didn't give up all the goods on release either. This announcement shows they're still looking to add more in hopes to make their set-top box the only one you need. The new additions will start rolling out this summer.

Source: Amazon

4 years ago

Battle of the Blur winner, and a look at how the cameras get it done

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Battle of the Blur winner, and a look at how the cameras get it done

G Pro 2
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M8
Nexus 5
Results

Defocus even more of the things

Your winner may surprise you ...

Earlier this week we posted up a few pictures using the various background blur techniques from four different phones. We also asked you guys to vote on which you thought was the best image, without telling you which phone it came from. No bias, no manufacturer loyalty, just your opinion from seeing a picture. The result is probably going to be surprising.

4 years ago

Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 pitted against iPhone 5s in extensive camera shootout

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Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 pitted against iPhone 5s in extensive camera shootout

Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and iPhone 5S

Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and iPhone 5S

We put the latest and greatest camera phones head-to-head to see which one shoots the best

It's a great time of year to be interested in smartphone cameras, as all of the major manufacturers have put their latest and greatest photographic technology into the flagship devices. The iPhone 5S is well-known for its camera quality, but how do the just-released Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 hold up? Well we know not everyone will get their hands on all three devices at once, so our very own Ally Kazmucha has gone above and beyond with an in-depth camera shootout over on iMore.

We have side-by-side-by-side comparison shots, in-depth analysis and information on what makes each camera stand out in different scenes. What one performs the best? You'll have to read through and see for yourself.

Read: iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One M8: Camera shootout!

4 years ago

Rogers turns on 700 MHz spectrum for communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto

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Rogers turns on 700 MHz spectrum for communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto

Rogers just activated their fresh 700 MHz spectrum in a few regions across Canada. Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver are the lucky cities today, though we can expect a nationwide rollout eventually. 700 MHz has been widely described as “beachfront” spectrum that’s particularly good at penetration, so you can keep a signal in elevators and parking garages, for example. It also provides added stability to everyday LTE connections.

4 years ago

Beats Music app updated with new widget, social account linking and player improvements

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Beats Music app updated with new widget, social account linking and player improvements

Although the Beats Music app wasn't the best out of the gates, they've realized some of the growing the pains along the way and listened to user feedback. A new update pushing through Google Play right now brings some requested social features but more importantly improvements to the music player, offline storage and music downloading, and of course, the usual list of 'bug fixes'. We've got the full changelog for you.

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