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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Link Bubble, Citymapper, Agent and more!

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Apps of the Week: Link Bubble, Citymapper, Agent and more!

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Apps of the Week

We have another great set of apps to check out this weekend

It's another Saturday afternoon, and that means it's time for another edition of our Apps of the Week column. We take a slot every week to show off an app from each of the writers here at Android Central, along with a quick explanation of why it's on our device. These could be utility apps, background services, photography apps, social networks, games or just random odds-and-ends, but if the app is installed on our phone or tablet we want to tell you about it.

Read along with us below and check out the apps we've been using this week — you may just find one that will be a great choice for your own device as well.

4 years ago

How to easily sync your iCloud calendar to Android

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How to easily sync your iCloud calendar to Android

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iCloud calendar sync

iCloud calendar

One app makes it simple to keep using your iCloud calendar on Android

With all the awesome Android devices on the market today, it's perfectly understandable if you're ditching your old iPhone and coming to join us where things are more Google flavored. But, with leaving one ecosystem completely comes the problem of moving all your stuff with it.

iPhone owners may well have relied upon iCloud in a similar manner to Android users relying on Google. Fortunately, there's always something you can do to bring thing with you and here we're going to look at syncing your existing iCloud calendars to your Android device. You need not move it all to Google Calendar since there's a really simple way to carry on using it. Head on past the break to see how.

4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 unboxing: They do it so we don't have to

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T-Mobile Galaxy S5 unboxing: They do it so we don't have to

Now that we've got the T-Mobile Galaxy S5 price, what's next? Why, the ubiquitous unboxing, of course.

And good news on that front — T-Mobile's Des ('sup, yo!) has done it so we don't have to.

So what's inside the box? We don't want to spoil it, but it's a Galaxy S5. And a charger. And some papers.

4 years ago

Apple considering launching iTunes app for Android to help declining music sales, according to report

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Apple considering launching iTunes app for Android to help declining music sales, according to report

iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio

Apple's digital music revenues are declining, but could it really bring iTunes to Android?

As Apple's revenue from music sales on iTunes continue to decline, the company is considering the previously unthinkable — an iTunes app for Android. According to a report from Billboard today, Apple is looking to fill the gap left by declining traditional music sales through iTunes by both expanding the store to Android and launching a paid music subscription service. Google brought its own Google Play Music service over to iOS, but it'd be an entirely different situation if Apple did the same for Android.

Apple makes up roughly 40 percent of the U.S. digital music market, but the market as a whole is seeing double-digit declines in sales in recent years. It currently has a free, ad-supported radio service in iTunes Radio, but makes a vast majority of its profits in media from the standard single and album sales through the iTunes Store. The move to a flat rate subscription music service could be a new revenue stream for Apple, but it probably wouldn't close the gap and put it back on a growth path in digital music revenue.

Expanding out to Android would open its store to potentially hundreds of millions of new devices and users who would otherwise not shop at iTunes for music, but that doesn't make this an automatic slam dunk. Google and Amazon have pretty well entrenched themselves in the digital music sales on Android devices, not to mention the intense competition in the subscription music arena with the likes of Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, Beats Music and of course Google itself.

Most think that hell would freeze over before iTunes came to Android, but it may just be the way that Apple continues to expand its music revenues. The purported talks to make these new apps a reality are in very early stages, so it could be some time before our suspicions are confirmed.

Source: Billboard

4 years ago

Android Central 176: Android Wear and other things you can't buy

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Android Central 176: Android Wear and other things you can't buy

Phil takes a well-deserved day off, but the rest of the gang is here to talk about all the great Android goodies that should soon be hitting the shelves. Join us as we talk Galaxy S5, HTC One, and more smartwatches than you can shake a stick at.

4 years ago

Tell Google Now 'play some music' to launch an 'I'm feeling lucky' radio station

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Tell Google Now 'play some music' to launch an 'I'm feeling lucky' radio station

Google Now

Google Now

All Access subscribers will get the best experience, but it's a neat trick even for your own collection

Google is constantly working on the back-end service side of Google Now, as evidenced by the new key phrases you can say to the app to do things, even without an app update. We saw "take a picture" and "take a video" earlier this week, and now you can simply say "play some music" and watch Google Now start up Google Play Music for you and launch straight into music.

Google Play Music will be launching to play an "I'm feeling lucky" radio station, which is based on your listening habits and gives an "infinite" playlist of music. Google Play Music All Access makes this even better if you don't have a big music library of your own — and at $9.99 per month we're sure many of you are subscribers now. More than a few people are sure to take advantage of this feature when they just want to hear some music and let Google choose the tracks.

Via: +Google

4 years ago

See the Galaxy S5 and Gear smartwatches at select Best Buy starting March 21

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See the Galaxy S5 and Gear smartwatches at select Best Buy starting March 21

Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5

Here's a chance to try all of Samsung's new devices at your participating Best Buy before they go on sale

While Android bloggers and journos may get a chance to rub all up on new phones before they are available, it's not very often that everyone gets a chance. But that's what select Best Buy locations are doing, and it starts March 21 — that's today!

Stores with Samsung Experience shops will have the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit on display for you to fiddle with, and this will be your only chance to get a good look at them before the "mid-April" sell dates.

While playing with a display model attached to a bulky anti-theft device isn't ideal, it's better than nothing, right? Hit the source link below to find your closest location so you can go put your paws on some new Samsung goodies!

Source: Best Buy

4 years ago

Buying a Nexus 7 Folio case? Watch out for discoloration on your tablet

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Buying a Nexus 7 Folio case? Watch out for discoloration on your tablet

Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners
Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners
Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners
Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners
Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners
Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners

Nexus 7 (2013) with discolored corners

The 'Bright Red' Nexus 7 Folio is pretty great, except when it tarnishes your Nexus 7

One of Google's official Nexus 7 cases, the Nexus 7 Folio, came out back in December as it started to build up first-party case offerings for the tablet. It set folks back a cool $49, but when I reviewed it I found that it wasn't as extravagantly expensive as it may seem at first glance. The case is solid, has sleep/wake functionality, a nice dual-mode stand and kept out of the way as much as possible. I liked the case so much I've kept it on my Nexus 7 pretty much permanently since then.

Fast forward three months, and I took the case off my Nexus 7 for a change of pace. What's that? Deep reddish-orange lines all around the back of my tablet. Around all four corners and everywhere there's a cutout on the case, a deep red line on my otherwise pristine black Nexus 7. I can scrub all I want, and the lines don't seem to want to come off.

The big culprit here is likely the slightly loose nature of the case because it has an open-backed design. The edges are pretty rigid and have a ribbed design on the inside to make them tough, but they flex just enough that they can move around on the tablet over the course of daily use. everywhere the case can flex, it's leaving its mark on the back of the tablet.

4 years ago

Qualcomm updates Toq software with new release

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Qualcomm updates Toq software with new release

Toq update

Toq update

Qualcomm has updated the software for their Toq smartwatch today — both the Android app and the watch firmware — and have brought along a few noteworthy improvements.

Along with the enhancements and fixes that come with every update, today's release updates the Activity Tracker, updates the text conversation history, and brings a few new clock faces. To initiate the update, hit Google Play for the latest app and follow the instructions to update the firmware.

Source: @QualcommToq

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Experience teases the new phone on your existing one

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Experience teases the new phone on your existing one

Galaxy S5 Experience

Galaxy S5 Experience

Take a sneak peek at what's coming on April 11

Some of us have had the pleasure of seeing the Samsung Galaxy S5 up close and personal, but for those who haven't this app is about the closest you'll get before April 11. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Experience is essentially a demo app showing off some of the new features of the Galaxy S5 on your existing phone.

It's not really interactive, since you're lead what to tap and when. But it does show off the new look S Health, the HDR Rich Tone, Download Booster and plenty more of what's headed our way. Sure, it's not an accurate experience when you're looking at things like the camera, but it does give us a look at some of the software and walks through how to do things like turn on Download Booster.

Grab it for yourselves from the Play Store at the link up top. If you like what you see, we're only about three weeks out from actual phones in hands.

4 years ago

Amazon Appstore birthday deals continue with 14 paid apps for free

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Amazon Appstore birthday deals continue with 14 paid apps for free

Amazon Appstore

Amazon Appstore

Still get up to 60% off apps and in-app purchases on other selected apps

Amazon is still celebrating its Appstore's third birthday, and the next wave of deals are now available. Right now you'll find 14 paid apps completely free through the Amazon Appstore, worth over $50. (A subset of apps are also available in the UK from the Amazon Appstore, totaling £25 in savings):

  • POLARIS Office ($12.99)
  • Runtastic PRO GPS Running, Walking & Fitness Tracker ($4.99)
  • Swype Keyboard ($3.99)
  • mSecure - Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet ($9.99)
  • PrintHand Mobile Print Premium ($12.95)
  • Worms 2: Armageddon ($0.99)
  • Worms 2: Armageddon (Kindle Tablet Edition) ($0.99)
  • King of Math Junior ($1.99)
  • Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots ($0.99)
  • Dr. Panda's Airport ($1.99)
  • MONOPOLY ($4.99)
  • Sketchbook Pro ($4.99)
  • Ski Safari: Adventure Time ($0.99)
  • SpinArt ($1.99)
  • Battle Maiden Yuko Runner ($10.00)

But these aren't the only deals — as the birthday celebration continues, you'll be able to find other deals of up to 60% off on select apps and in-app purchases as well.

More: Amazon Appstore

4 years ago

Reminder: The Android Central Podcast is live today at 4 p.m. EDT

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Reminder: The Android Central Podcast is live today at 4 p.m. EDT

Android Central Podcast

Android Central Podcast

Just a heads up that the greatest Android podcast in the world is live today at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 1 p.m. for you west coasters and 8 p.m. in Jolly Olde England. We'll be talking all things Android Wear, Galaxy S5 release dates, and the upcoming HTC event in New York and London. And as always, we take your live questions about Android, mobile, or how to rebuild a hotrod (hey — it could happen) so be there or be square!

Join us and participate at the Google+ live event page, or you can watch right here on AC. See you all in a bit!

4 years ago

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE review

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Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE review

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Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE
Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE
Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE
Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE
Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE
Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE
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Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE

One of the best tablet choices available on the carrier, so long as you're alright with the inevitable Verizon cruft

LG's rethought and refreshed take on Android tablets, the G Pad 8.3, is coming around on five months old and is generally a known quantity at this point. That's not stopping LG from releasing a new variant of the tablet toting Verizon LTE though, and (aside from being tied to a single carrier) it's a cellular-connected version that many have been clamoring for since the original WIfi-only version was announced.

Luckily for us, Verizon hasn't mucked with things too much, and you're going to get the same solid G Pad 8.3 experience with this version as you would with any other. You won't be charged too dramatically, either — Verizon is asking just $199 with a two-year contract for the G Pad 8.3 LTE, or a modest $299 going month-to-month. At those prices with these specs and features, this may be one of the go-to tablets on the carrier. Read along and see how we feel about the combination of LG's tablet and Verizon's network.

4 years ago

Sprint selling Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit from April 11

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Sprint selling Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit from April 11

Samsung Gear 2 Neo

Samsung Gear 2 Neo

Alongside its Galaxy S5 pre-order news today, Sprint has revealed that it'll stock Samsung's new Tizen-powered wearables from the same date, April 11. Sprint's pricing for all three devices closely match what we've seen from other carriers — the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are $199.99, while the camera-equipped Gear 2 costs $299.99.

Sprint will sell the Gear 2 in Charcoal Black and Gold Brown, the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit in Charcoal Black. And the carrier will have optional Wild Orange and Mocha Grey straps available for the Gear Fit.

Earlier this morning AT&T opened up pre-order pages for the new Gear devices, with prices around the same levels.

Source: Sprint

4 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S5 price: $199 on contract, $649 outright

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Sprint Galaxy S5 price: $199 on contract, $649 outright

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Sprint this morning has announce its Galaxy S5 price — and it's right in line with what we've already seen. You'll pay $199 with a two-year contract — after a $50 mail-in rebate, mind you — or $649 if you're purchasing outright. Or if you prefer Sprint Easy Pay, the Galaxy S5 will cost $27.09 a month for two years, with $0 down.

Phones will be available on April 11, and you can preorder today. And for a limited time, anyone who purchases a GS5 on a Sprint Framily plan with Easy Pay will get a free Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (on a data plan with a two-year agreement).

Sprint's Galaxy S5 will be available in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White, and it'll be able to take advantage of Sprint Spark data speeds.

Source: Sprint

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