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4 years ago

Google Fiber deal officially closes for Provo, Utah

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Details of the rollout are forthcoming in the weeks and months ahead

After an announcement in April that Provo, Utah would be the third city to receive Google Fiber, Google's gigabit internet and television service, the mayor of Provo has announced that an agreement has been reached between Google and the city. The deal has officially closed, and the roll out campaign is underway.

No specific details are available about which neighborhood will become the first 'Fiberhood,' or when the roll out is expected to be completed, but mayor John Curtis promises 'a course in Google Fiber 101' in the coming weeks and months.

According to the mayor, "It’s been an adventure and our internal team has worked extremely hard alongside Google Fiber’s to jump the last few hurdles and get the city ready for the significant upgrades about to take place. These changes will without a doubt transform our community and the way we operate in it." It's definitely an exciting time for the citizens of Provo. Which city is next?

Source: Provo InsiderThanks, Brian!

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4 years ago

SwiftKey Cloud beta launched with sync, backup and trending phrases

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New cloud-enabled SwiftKey keeps personalizations in sync and up-to-date

SwiftKey has launched a new range of cloud-based features as part of its new version 4.2 beta. SwiftKey Cloud allows users to back up their personalizations and predictions to the cloud, and keep them in sync across multiple devices. That means your personally-tweaked writing style is conveniently saved if you upgrade or switch devices. The new version also allows your dictionary to be automatically updated with "trending phrases" based on local current events, without requiring a separate app update.

The SwiftKey Cloud system itself uses Google+ sign-in, meaning you can get things set up with a single tap. When you log in with your Google accounts, SwiftKey will also personalize itself based upon your Gmail history. And it's become easier to personalize your keyboard through Facebook too, with support for the social network's APIs.

We've given SwiftKey Cloud a go for a little bit now and came away pretty impressed. Setup was quick and easy — brilliantly so. We saw nothing that should scare away an average user. You can remove devices and accounts as easily as you added them. Everything's handled over SSL and https, and removing an account does so on all devices.

The new SwiftKey beta is available now from the app's beta site, linked below. We've got official promo video, screen shots and the press release after the break. You're gonna want to give this a try.

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4 years ago

Official Droid Mini specs

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The smallest of the new Motorola Droids, the Droid Mini packs everything a smartphone user could want into a 4.3-inch HD display. The same Kevlar and Gorilla Glass construction as it's bigger siblings make it pretty tough, and the software enhancements like Droid Zap and the new camera make it fun to use.

We know a lot of you folks need to know what's inside the Droid Mini, and for you we've got the official specs after the jump.

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4 years ago

Official Droid MAXX specs

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The supposed new king of battery life, the Motorola Droid MAXX packs a whopping 3500mAh battery in a phone just .28-inches thick. Verizon is promising 48-hours of battery life, and we can't wait to put that to the test.

Besides offering great battery life, the MAXX is full of other goodies -- like wireless charging, Motorola's new eight-core X8 Mobile Computing System, and a snazzy Kevlar back. We know you want to see the full specs, so keep reading!

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4 years ago

Official Droid Ultra specs

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Verizon's official announcement was a little light on the Droid Ultra specifications, but they've posted an official set and we want to make sure you get to have a look at them. We've been scouring everything Verizon and Motorola have to say about the new Droids, and we have to say -- a lot of people are going to like these phones.

If you're looking for the absolute ram Droid Ultra specs, keep reading.

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4 years ago

Riptide GP 2 makes a splash in Google Play

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The sequel to one of the best racing games for Android is even better than the original

Chances are you've played Riptide GP on your Android. If you haven't, you've surely heard others rave about it (it's a staff favorite around here) and should have probably checked it out before now. C'est la vie. The good news is that the sequel is out, and it keeps everything great from the original and adds multiplayer and game options that make it my new favorite.

Vector Unit has outdone themselves. The same great watercraft action you loved in Riptide GP is there, along with multiplayer, Google+ login and cloud sync, and customization options for your vehicles like we see in other high-end racing games. You earn credits by competing in races, and use those credits to buy performance improvements for your existing ride or save them up to buy an all new, and hopefully better one from the store. Of course there is an in-app purchase mechanism, but by no means is it necessary to buy credits -- winning them is far too fun. 

The multiplayer and social aspect is also great. Race against up to three of your friends in real-time through Google+, and if you have more than one Android the cloud sync keeps track of your progress flawlessly. My wife and I have been thoroughly enjoying Riptide GP 2 and the multiplayer fun, and I'm pretty sure you will, too. 

Riptide GP 2 will play well on any high-end Android device, but playing on a Tegra-powered system really shines. I've tested the build Vector Unit sent on the HTC One, HTC One X (international Tegra 3 model), the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7, and the Galaxy S4 and it runs without a hitch. We've also got those NVIDIA Shield review units here, and trust me when I say that Riptide GP 2 is the first game you'll want to buy if you have ordered a Shield. It is that much fun.

Riptide GP 2 is available for $2.99 at Google Play. Grab it from the link above, and hit the break for a video and a bunch of screen shots.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Ultra

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Verizon's latest Motorola flagship brings a new design and feature set 

The Motorola Droid Ultra is the phone Verizon will show you when you walk into a store. The latest in the Droid line, it's bold and fast -- two things Verizon wants you to think of when you put Verizon and Droid together in your head.

It very closely resembles it's brethren, the Droid MAXX and Droid Mini. Think of it as the Moto Droid for the masses, and the one that will carry the most appeal to the average consumer. Being the thinnest smartphone available will help, as will the new "3D" design and the consumer facing features like Active Display that gives you notifications without turning on the screen, and the 5-inch screen itself. The Droid Ultra will be available in both black and red -- we've got a gallery of images of both after the break.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Mini

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The Droid Mini promises the features of the Ultra in a smaller chassis

It seems we're being inundated with "mini" versions of popular smartphones these days. First was Samsung with its Galaxy S4 Mini, then HTC with the One Mini. Today Motorola announced a "miniature" 4.3-inch handset of its own, the Droid Mini, promising thin bezels, an HD display and the same software suite that's found on the larger devices.  Like last year's RAZR M, Moto's calling the Mini's screen an "edge-to-edge" display, on account of its almost nonexistent horizontal bezels.

The Motorola Droid Mini lands on Verizon Aug. 22 for $99 on-contract. We've got your first look in our photo gallery after the break; stay tuned for video in the very near future.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Maxx

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The Droid MAXX promises two-days of battery life in a slim design

Verizon's latest battery champ, the Droid MAXX offers an improvement from last years RAZR MAXX's 32-hours of battery life, cranking things up to a full 48-hours. It also brings along a new style and checks in thinner than previous models.

You've still get the Kevlar construction, but things like wireless charging and Motorola's new 10MP camera have been added, and to go with the new look there are some new accessories.

You can see what we're talking about after the break, where we've got a slew of photos to look through.

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4 years ago

Verizon makes the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini official

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Verizon's 2013 Motorola Droid lineup

Verizon has unwrapped it's new Motorola Droid line, bringing the US the first Motorola Droids of 2013. They look to be real winners, sporting thin bodies, new designs, and an all-new Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System. Think of the eight cores on the device -- two for apps, four for graphics, one contextual and one for natural language -- working together to bring us an all-new experience.

First up, the Droid Ultra. Built with a Kevlar body and 3D design, it's the thinnest smartphone available. Following is the Droid MAXX, also built of Kevlar and 9-percent thinner than last year's model yet still delivers 48-hours of battery life (up from last years 32 hours). The Droid Mini offers the same great software in a more compact size.

All three phones offer some interesting software enhancements, including an Active Display that keeps notifications on the screen without turning everything on, Quick Capture to take fast pictures, Droid Zap -- share photos with anyone within 300 feet of you with a two-finger gesture, and the Droid Command center for Miracast support.

Pricing is as follows: The Mini checks in at $99, the Ultra at $199, and the MAXX at $299. These prices are with a new agreement, of course. The devices will be available on August 20, and pre-orders start now today at 1PM ET at droiddoes.com.

Purchasers will also receive an Ingress invite, and six months of free Google Play Music All Access.

We're heading over to the devices to have a good look -- keep an eye out. In the meantime, a gallery of pictures of the event and the official press release is past the break.

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4 years ago

Live from the Verizon Droid event

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Full coverage of everything Verizon, live from New York

We're on site in New York, seeing what Verizon has to show us all. We're expecting a handful of Motorola Droid devices, and we'll be sure to let you know everything Big Red has to tell us as soon as they tell us.

Stay tuned!

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4 years ago

Another Moto X video appears, offers four minutes of clear footage

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Once again the folks at the Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn are showing us what certainly appears to be the Moto X. These four minutes of video take us on a walkthrough of the phone, showing the exterior as well as a little glimpse of the software. There's nothing we haven't seen before, but we know you guys want all the Moto X news we can find. 

Anyone around who can translate? Drop anything we need to know in the comments, please!

Via: +Brian Shedrick jr.

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4 years ago

Sprint Vital mini review

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The Sprint Vital offers a lot of bang for your buck, but it's not for everyone, especially given the carrier's handful of other budget-friendly options.

Things have changed quite a bit over the past year in terms of what $100 can buy you, and for those who can’t stomach dropping more than a Benjamin on a new smartphone, there’s never been a better time to upgrade. Budget-busting flagships are no longer the only devices worthy of writing a check for – Android has come a long way, and yesterday’s specs are becoming more and more evergreen.

The Vital, made by Chinese manufacturer ZTE yet sold under the Sprint moniker, isn’t cracking any glass ceilings – a game changer this is not. But it does mark a welcome new addition to the growing “high-end budget” market, which is great news for consumers. It faces some stiff competition on Sprint’s shelves, though, especially given the carrier’s recent promotions offering some of yesterday’s top-shelf phones for pennies on the dollar.  For Sprint customers looking to save some money on their next smartphone, the Vital is just one of many choices offering some serious bang for your buck.

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4 years ago

We're answering your HTC One Mini questions on the Android Central forums!

The HTC One Mini is in the house - head to the forums for answers to your burning questions

The One Mini is HTC's upcoming 4.3-inch variant of its flagship device, with a 720p display and familiar industrial design. Last week we got our hands we got our hands on the device for a quick preview, but from today we've got one all to ourselves.

We'll have a full HTC One Mini review posted in the days ahead, but until then you can hit up our Q&A thread on the Android Central forums to ask whatever burning questions you might have about the device. If you're not yet a forum member, registration is free, quick and easy.

Hit the link below to get started!

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4 years ago

Sonos now plays music stored directly on your phone

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A quick but important update to the Sonos app today — you can now play back music and podcasts stored directly on your phone. (No, we're not sure how this wasn't an option before now, either.) Podcasts work so long as you're running at least Android 2.2, which should damn near be just about everyone reading this.

After you update your app, look for "This Mobile Device" in the menu, and you're good to go.

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