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4 years ago

Get Ready For It: Smartwatch Fans is expanding... and rebranding!

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Get Ready For It: Smartwatch Fans is expanding... and rebranding!

Logo Sneak Peak!
Logo Sneak Peek!

Logo Sneak Peak!

When we Welcomed Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family on January 1st of this year, we told the story of how the site came to be. In reality, we actually started 2013 with the goal of building a community and resource with a broader focus, covering not only smartwatches, but also other wearables and the broader world of connected devices often referred to as the internet of things.

The problem was, we couldn't find a domain name and brand that we loved. With the months rushing by and 2013 coming to a close and the urge to get a new community launched just as strong, we decided to not delay and get things rocking with the more niche-focused Smartwatch Fans. It's been a busy four months on Smartwatch Fans, and things are about to get a whole lot busier and way more fun.

4 years ago

Today Calendar's great scheduling experience rises out of beta

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Today Calendar's great scheduling experience rises out of beta

Today Calendar for Android

Today Calendar for Android

Today is a new calendar app for Android by Jack Underwood that aims to present you with a modern and streamlined view of your schedule. Today has a clean, white interface, replacing the gray UI of the stock calendar app. At first blush it looks quite similar to the leaked screenshots of the upcoming Android Calendar app update (though Today has been in development since before those screenshots leaked).

4 years ago

Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

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Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

Android Central Podcast

End of the week. Quitting time. Well, for some. For us, that means it's time for the return of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! And we'll give you three guess what we'll be talking about today.

Yep, it's the Galaxy S5's time in the sun. It's been a month and a half since we got our first look at it at Mobile World Congress, and now it's in our hot little hands. And our initial impressions are very, very good. So join us this afternoon as we get deep inside the Galaxy S5. What we like. What we don't like. What you think we don't like but really we do like. Yeah, it's gonna be one of those days.

And, of course, we'll be answering your questions live. So join us at the Hangout On Air for the live event at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London.

4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: What version of Android are you using?

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This week's sidebar poll: What version of Android are you using?

Sweet sweet Android

Sweet sweet Android

It's that time again. Right around the beginning of this year I decided we were going to start a little bit of quarterly fun and poll you, the readers of Android Central, about what version of Android you were using. It's by no means scientific, and there's not much we can't find out other ways — like checking the website stats — but it is a great way to get a discussion going. And that's what we do, or try to, is start discussion.

I'm a huge data nerd, even when the data is gathered in less-than-optimal ways. I got a lot out of our last look at who is using what version, and I like to think plenty of you all did as well. It's fun to compare a cross section of the tech-savvy against general numbers gathered from the big G each month. I'll stop yapping, see the poll below.

What version of Android are you using? (April 2014)
4 years ago

PayPal details fingerprint-secured payments for Galaxy S5, apps for Gear

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PayPal details fingerprint-secured payments for Galaxy S5, apps for Gear

PayPal has today announced the availability of their fingerprint-based authentication system in 25 countries. The system was first announced at MWC 2014 and is now ready for action on the Samsung Galaxy S5. With the app, users can simply swipe a finger over the home button on the S5 to authorize payments and perform other operations. This means you no longer have to login to PayPal with a username and password when using the mobile web, through apps or even in retail stores.

The S5 is also the first phone to incorporate the FIDO authentication standard that was developed by Google, Microsoft, MasterCard, and Lenovo.

4 years ago

Speck CandyShell and Candy Shell Grip for the Galaxy S5

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Speck CandyShell and Candy Shell Grip for the Galaxy S5

Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Grip case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Grip Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5
Speck CandyShell Case for Galaxy S5

Speck CandyShell Grip case for Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is upon us, and we're starting to take our first look at some third-party cases. Up first are the Speck CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases. They're similar in form, function and design, with the Grip case adding, well, grip. Both cases sport a glossy finish to them. That in and of itself tends to be just a wee bit slick, but the matte edging — and the grip on the grip case, which is made of the same material — helps you keep a hold on the edges.

It's simple enough to get the Galaxy S5 into the case — just slip it in there, making sure you've got all the edges properly seated. You don't have to remove the phone's battery door or anything, which is nice.

4 years ago

Latest Galaxy S5 commercial is fast and wet

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Latest Galaxy S5 commercial is fast and wet

There's a new ad for the Samsung Galaxy S5 that you can probably expect to see a lot of (along with the rest of Samsung's impending marketing blitz). The 30-second spot focuses on the networking speeds, camera, and waterproofing of the Galaxy S5. Blessedly it's just a fun, fast-paced commercial without trying to be all high-minded or unnecessarily combative. It's just here's the phone, and here are some of the fun things you can do with it, and we're perfectly okay with that approach.

4 years ago

Big lineups for the Galaxy S5 at UK Samsung Stores

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Big lineups for the Galaxy S5 at UK Samsung Stores

Samsung Experience Store

Samsung Experience Store

There's one type of phone folks line up for every year, but with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 it looks like there's another. This particular photo shows the line up outside the flagship Samsung Experience Store in Stratford, London, right before the 6 p.m. availability last night. And there's a ton of people.

Folks who pre-ordered at one of these stores throughout the UK were able to go and collect their shiny new Galaxy S5 the day before general release. It sounds like the other stores experienced similar line ups, with many people eager to be first to get their hands on the Galaxy S5.

It's no iPhone line, sure. But it's still damned impressive.

Get your Galaxy S5 yet? Be sure to swing by our Galaxy S5 forums!

4 years ago

Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system

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Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system

Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system

Today Rogers has launched their suretap wallet — a new app for NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 and Android devices that allows users to make payments at thousands of retailers using just their smartphone. Users can store eligible cards within the app, and at participating retailers can then tap their phones on the payment terminal for a transaction.

Suretap wallet lets you store cards such as a Rogers prepaid Mastercard as well as cards from Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana's Cookhouse, Harvey's, Kelsey's, Indigo, Earls Restaurants, Ardene, and Spafinder Wellness 365. Support for loyalty cards and coupons will be added in the future.

Learn more about suretap wallet, features and supported devices at rogers.com/suretap

4 years ago

Samsung Gear Fit teardown finds even smaller electronic bits inside, mostly battery

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Samsung Gear Fit teardown finds even smaller electronic bits inside, mostly battery

Gear Fit tear down finds even smaller electronic bits inside, mostly battery

Gear Fit tear down finds even smaller electronic bits inside, mostly battery

In traditional fashion there's a new device in town and the iFixit team has had their way with it. After a look inside of the Samsung Gear 2 earlier this week, up now it's the turn of the Gear Fit. And guess what? It's got some really small electronic parts inside. Apart from the battery.

4 years ago

Razer delaying its Nabu smartband to ensure no skin irritation issues

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Razer delaying its Nabu smartband to ensure no skin irritation issues

Razer Nabu

Razer Nabu

Razer has delayed the release of their Nabu smartband while they certify that the device is hypoallergenic. This is an effort to avoid the skin irritation problems that caused Fitbit to recall their Force band. The device was originally supposed to be released at the end of March, but some customers have reported that Razer sent them a notice informing them of the delay. The Nabu will now be available in late May or early June, according to Cedric Houston:

Got an email from razergaming letting me know that the Nabu is being pushed back to late May/ Early June. Which isn’t a problem because they are taking the time to prevent what happend to the Fitbit flex.

Did you order a Nabu band, and are you disappointed by the delay? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Udeze 'Kene on Twitter, Cedric Houston

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition headed to Verizon

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition headed to Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Today you can head out and buy yourself a Samsung Galaxy S5 all around the globe, but what if you want a developer edition? Well, that might be coming soon as well. As Samsung did for the Galaxy S4, it appears as if an early listing for a developer edition Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 has popped up on their website.

4 years ago

HTC One M8 now available to purchase on T-Mobile

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HTC One M8 now available to purchase on T-Mobile

HTC One M8

HTC One M8

Zero down and $26.50 a month plus a T-Mobile plan

April 11 sees another big new Android smartphone hit T-Mobile, with the official availability of the HTC One M8 on the carrier. Picking one up will cost you nothing up front, with a $26.50 a month payment for the phone over 24-months.

Plans start at $50 a month for 1GB of data, rising to $80 if you want to go unlimited. It's only available in the Gunmetal finish, but if this is what you've been waiting on hit the source link below to place your order.

4 years ago

Vodafone UK launches new entry level Smart 4 Mini for £50

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Vodafone UK launches new entry level Smart 4 Mini for £50

Vodafone UK sends word this morning of a hot new Android phone added to its lineup. No, it's not the Samsung Galaxy S5, say hello to the Vodafone Smart 4 Mini. OK, so it's not that hot, but it does occupy an important part of Vodafone's lineup, being a truly entry level Android phone at just £50.

Specs are exactly what you'd expect of such a cheap phone. 4-inch display, dual-core 1.3GHz CPU and just 512MB of RAM. It's running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which isn't exactly current but will be more than ample for the sort of buyer picking it up. With phones this cheap running Android, is there even a point to buying a feature phone anymore?

11 April, 2014: The latest addition to the Vodafone Smart range has landed, bringing you top-notch performance and functionality at an unbelievable price. For just £50 the Smart 4 mini outperforms its predecessor with a highly responsive 4” capacitive touch screen, dual core 1.3Ghz processor supported by 512Mb of RAM, and the latest version of Android Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2).

Designed to bring you the full Vodafone experience at an affordable price, and with a simple user interface it’s easy to get to grips with all that the Vodafone Smart 4 mini has to offer. With just a click or a swipe enjoy everything from high-speed internet browsing and access to the latest news, entertainment, maps and transport apps while you’re on the go as well as email and social networking services.

The Smart 4 mini launches as part of Vodafone’s ‘Within Reach’ Smartphone campaign; during which you can pick up great value Pay as you go smartphones at unbelievably low prices – the line-up includes the Sony Xperia E1 in purple from only £80 and the new HTC Desire 310 in orange at £100, when bought with a £10 top up or Freedom Freebee.*

If you’re new to smartphones you can pick up our handy smartphone guide to help you get to grips with your new phone. Available to both new and existing customers, you can pick up a copy of the guide in stores from the 15th May or you can access it online here: http://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.awin1.com%2Fcread.php%3Fawinmid%3D1257%26awinaffid%3D228921%26clickref%3DUUacUdUnU37253%26p%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.vodafone.co.uk%252Fcs%252Fgroups%252Fconfigfiles%252Fdocuments%252Fcontentdocuments%252Fvftst049701.pdf&token=1i5lGu1o

Furthermore, Pay as you go customers buying their first Freedom Freebee will receive a 30 day unlimited UK data allowance - so they can find their feet with everything their new smartphone has to offer.

The Vodafone Smart 4 mini is available in black and white, for further details please visit the Vodafone online shop.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 UK pricing round-up

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Samsung Galaxy S5 UK pricing round-up

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

The where and the how much if you're looking to pick up a Galaxy S5 in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is officially with us, and those folks who didn't jump on the pre-order wagon might naturally be wondering where they can buy one from.

The good news is; you can pretty much buy one everywhere. Major carriers and retailers all want to sell you the Galaxy S5, and while SIM-free pricing is largely the same across the board, there are a few deals across the different sellers.

So, here's a quick roundup of the where and the how much, UK edition. Head on past the break for more.

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