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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Welcome to summer

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From the Editor's Desk: Welcome to summer

Android Central

Android Central

Has anyone come up with a way — short of moving to Sweden — that does something about that awful coating of sweat you get when you talk on the phone in the summer? I'm asking for a friend. OK, Bluetooth would be an answer, I guess, but who wants to be that guy?

Somehow, we're nearly through with June, and into July. (Yes, again.) Is it possible this has been one of the busiest years since I started doing this job full-time? Might well be, and we're not even covering things like the Xbox One (which I've preordered and will figure out why later) and the PlayStation 4. Insanity. Awesome insanity.

So, fresh off taking a break from this column for a week, some things I think I think. (With apologies to Peter King.)

4 years ago

A Windows Phone fan reviews the LG Optimus G Pro

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A Windows Phone fan reviews the LG Optimus G Pro

Optimus G Pro

Optimus G Pro

It's always good to try new things, and that includes your smart phone choices

Our own Anndrew Vacca was fairly smitten with the Optimus G Pro. He puts it plainly, that the OGP "has the features, style, and wow-factor to steal eyeballs (and customers) away from the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4", and that's a bold statement from someone who has been able to use all three. But sometimes, you want the point of view a more "normal" user has when you're interested in a new smart phone. We get it, and we understand.

WPCentral forums ambassador mase123987 recently spent some time with the 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro, and took the time to write quite the review over in the WPCentral forums. We're not going to spoil the ending, but it's a great read if you're a smart phone fan on any level. Go give it a read, and be sure to thank mase for his insight -- this is valuable stuff coming from someone without any preconceived Android prejudices. 

Review of the Optimus G Pro (and Android) by a WP Lover

4 years ago

A look into Google's visual design guidelines

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A look into Google's visual design guidelines

Icon design
Geometric shapes

Icon design

A treasure trove of cohesive design principles for developers and designers everywhere

As Google's Android matures, we all can see the shift in focus to great design. Google has long been at the forefront of the technology, offering services and features that most of us use every day, but it's clear that Mountain View now cares as much how their products look as they do how they work.

Getting a glimpse into Google's design language for Android usually means looking at the apps while you're using them, or opening up the files and studying the assets themselves. While Google offers some rudimentary suggestions at the Android developer site, that's only part of the picture. Developers and designers need to know how it all fits together. Apps, the web, and all the services under Google's umbrella.

Source: Behance (part 1), (part 2). Thanks, Melvin!

4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Ghostbusters Fans, Tasker, GetGlue and more!

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Apps of the Week: Ghostbusters Fans, Tasker, GetGlue and more!

Apps of the Week
Ghostbusters Fans
Tasker
GetGlue
Factory Balls
Despicable Me 2 Minion Rush
Launch Ticker
Where's My Mickey?

Apps of the Week

News, tools and fun - we cover all the bases this week

Welcome back to yet another edition of our Apps of the Week, where we show off the apps that the Android Central writers have been using over the past week. We have another full and diverse list for your enjoyment, and that means we're likely to show off at least one app that grabs your attention. What matters to us is being able to show off apps that we've personally enjoyed, because app discovery can be tough sometimes.

Hang with us after the break and see how this week's picks stack up with the rest. If you find one that you like, be sure to let us know how it works for you.

4 years ago

Eyes on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini cases

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Eyes on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini cases

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini cases
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini cases
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini cases
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini cases

Android Central

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini shares a similar range of cases to its bigger brother

Not particularly glamorous, but essential to some. Alongside our first hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini at the Premiere 2013 event in London, the range of official cases was also on display. Like the Galaxy S4, the Mini has plenty of choice in color and style, and even has its own version of the 'S View' flip case. Click on past the break for a few more snaps. 

4 years ago

AOL launching their own Google Reader replacement, request an invite on June 24

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AOL launching their own Google Reader replacement, request an invite on June 24

AOL Reader

Android Central

Another suitor enters the arena for the post-Google Reader world, Android app and third-party API included

AOL -- remember them? -- has quietly emerged as yet another potential Google Reader replacement, with the launching of AOL Reader. Launch is a pretty soft word to use at the moment as it's pretty much impossible to get in, though the folks at Engadget -- another AOL company -- say that invite requests will be accepted from June 24. Of particular interest is the news that AOL Reader will come at some point with an Android application, and that the API will be made available for third-party apps to hook into. 

4 years ago

Instagram sees 5 million video uploads in first day of feature availability

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Instagram sees 5 million video uploads in first day of feature availability

Instagram Video

Instagram Video

Users submitted 40 hours of video per minute at its peak

Everyone was quick to say that Instagram was playing catch-up with Vine when it released its new video option yesterday, but apparently it was doing something right. According to a statement given to CNET, Instagram users submitted 5 million unique videos in the first 24 hours of the app update hitting. That's a monumental number, likely made even bigger by the update hitting both Android and iOS at the exact same time -- Instagram on Android shows over 100 million downloads on the Play Store currently.

4 years ago

Talk Mobile Apps Week Recap: The best things you said

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While the first week of Talk Mobile 2013 was all about mobile gaming, in the second topic we tackled broader issues with apps, developers, and app stores. As with last week, we're working to move past the debates over features and specs and spark a discussion on what really matters: how these advanced devices have actually impacted our lives.

We're going to continue to tweak the Talk Mobile formula as we go, and your feedback is always welcome as we work to make Talk Mobile the best that it can possibly be. So feel free to sound off in the comments about what you think of Talk Mobile so far.

As with our first week's recap, we want to focus on the discussion that was generated, because that's really what we're after here. We've seen a lot of great comments spurring even better conversations about what's great and not so great about apps today, and we'd like to take a few minutes to highlight the best.

4 years ago

Vine for Android updated, brings performance updates, Facebook sharing and ability to clear cache

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Vine for Android updated, brings performance updates, Facebook sharing and ability to clear cache

Vine

Vine

The six second video app Vine gets a major update

Vine has been updated to version 1.1 in Google Play today, bringing along some much needed boosts in the performance category, Facebook sharing and the ability to clear out your local cache in the app settings. A quick look through the reviews of the original version in the Play store shows that plenty of folks weren't having a great experience with the app, and hopefully today's update alleviates most of their issues.

The change log has been posted, here's the sweet sweet bullet point version:

  • Search for users and hashtags
  • Share to Facebook
  • Improvements to capture speed, quality, and audio/video synchronization
  • Clear cache option available in Settings
  • Other bug fixes and UI improvements

Interesting that Facebook sharing came so quickly after the release of Instagram with video, but on Android that should have been an easy enough fix. What we're happiest seeing is a setting to wipe the local cache. What it does is erase any unposted Vines from your devices storage, freeing valuable space for other things. It's a step in the right direction, but it still doesn't address the real issue -- dumping possibly unwanted Vines there in the first place. We'd much rather see something asking you if you'd like to save your unposted Vine before just leaving it there. Every little bit counts -- especially with video files.

To update or try Vine for the first time, click the Google Play link above.

4 years ago

Android Central 139: Android cameras and Insta-Vines

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Android Central 139: Android cameras and Insta-Vines

Android Central

After a couple weeks away from the live show, we're back with Episode 139 of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! On tap: We'll get the lowdown on everything Samsung announced at its London event this week. Plus Instagram does video, we do more of your questions -- basically it's the best of the week in Android, all in one handy podcast.

4 years ago

Facebook bug improperly revealed some personal information to 'friends'

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Facebook bug improperly revealed some personal information to 'friends'

HTC First

HTC First

Approximately 6 million users affected; no evidence of malicious exploits of the bug

Facebook's security team made a post today to let users know of a bug that was discovered and fixed that has revealed some user's contact information to "friends" they did not intend to share with. The bug, which was pointed out to Facebook's White Hat Program by an independent entity, involved the combination of users uploading their contacts lists to find connections on Facebook, and the service's Download Your Information (DYI) tool. When users upload their contacts list to the site, Facebook analyzes it to recommend friends that you do not already have connections with, matching up phone numbers and email addresses to keep from offering duplicate contacts. When going through this analysis, Facebook inadvertently stored this personal information with user's profiles, allowing it to then be given to other users who downloaded their data with the DYI tool.

The end result, Facebook says, is that approximately 6 million Facebook users possibly had their phone numbers or email addresses made available to people who used the DYI tool to download their own (and therefore friends publicly available) Facebook data. For a vast majority of the users who had their data inappropriately shared, Facebook claims each individual address or number was only downloaded with the DYI tool once or twice. No other types of personal information was made available, and the DYI tool was not used by developers or advertisers, just individual users.

4 years ago

Spring cleaning giveaway round 2 winners

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Spring cleaning giveaway round 2 winners

Winners

Winners

My office is finally a bit more manageable, and I can see my desk. Thanks everyone for participating in the giveaways, it really does make us feel better to know that this stuff is going to people who will use and appreciate it instead of it just laying around. 

We promised a list of the winners, and now that everyone has been contacted and responded, here it is!

Congrats guys, I'll be sending your stuff out shortly. Hope you enjoy it all as much as I have. 

4 years ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST - join us!

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We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST - join us!

Android Central Podcast

Android Central Podcast

After a couple weeks away from the live show, we're back this afternoon to record Episode 139 of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! On tap: We'll get the lowdown on everything Samsung announced at its London event this week. Plus Instagram does video, we do more of your questions -- basically it's the best of the week in Android, all in one handy podcast.

Check back in at 4 p.m. EST as we do this thing. Namaste.

4 years ago

Instagram's newest, most important option

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Instagram's newest, most important option

Instagram

Instagram

Do yourself a solid and head on into the options for Instagram v4.0. There you're find a checkbox to keep the all-new InstaVines from automatically playing. Your ears will thank you. The ears of your friends will thank you. And it should speed up the app a little as well.

And we, also, thank you.

4 years ago

Your daily Talk Mobile hangout is here!

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Your daily Talk Mobile hangout is here!

Android Central

We're back! Your daily installment of Talk Mobile 2013 is live -- today we're talking about why some apps succeed where others fail -- and we're gonna hang out and chat about it for a bit.

Come join us!

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