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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: FBReader, PlayerPro, Headless and more!

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See what apps have made their way onto the devices here at AC

It's time again for another edition of our Apps of the Week column, where we show off the apps that are on the devices of the Android Central writers. Whether they're tools, media players, live wallpapers, readers, games or something obscure and fun, you can count on us to bring you a grouping of apps every week that are worth looking at.

This week we have a tool to help you read, a media player, a couple of great games and some odds and ends for you to check out. Read on past the break to see how the picks this week stack up against the rest.

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3 years ago

4.3 update for T-Mobile HTC One coming next week

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Update still "on-track" for middle of next week says HTC America president Jason Mackenzie

HTC One users on T-Mobile, get ready for your moment in the sun next week, as the Android 4.3 update is headed your way as scheduled according to HTC America president Jason Mackenzie.

We've seen unlocked editions, as well as Sprint and AT&T versions get the update here in the states, and folks on T-Mobile and Verizon are understandably getting a little antsy. Hopefully, no "last second issues" keep the timeline from unfolding as planned.

Mrs. Hildenbrand says "whoop-whoop!"

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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3 years ago

Samsung's new Note 3 commercial is a piece of genius

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Samsung has taken stop-motion animation and the Note 3 and turned them into a really great ad

Samsung always makes commercials people like to talk about. On that level, they are doing exactly what they need to do, because the first rule of advertising is to get people to talk about your product. But sometimes, a company does it so good we have to comment. With the latest Galaxy Note 3 commercial, this is one of those times.

A great commercial shows just what your product can do, how well it can do it, and shows you why you want a product that can do these things. Samsung hits it out of the park this time. 

There may be no mockery of other products, or over the top acting and production (or lens flares), but this one is real gold in my book. Let's see more like this, Sammy.

Source: SamsungMobile on YouTube

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3 years ago

The future of CyanogenMod: 'We still have a lot of convincing to do'

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The 'how' of loading custom firmware isn't as difficult as the 'why'

Speaking to what would traditionally be the target audience for custom Android ROMs at the Big Android BBQ, Steve Kondik of the newly-incorporated CyanogenMod Cyanogen, Inc. spent a little time laying out the future prospects for the company. As we would expect this close to the announcement of its plans, we were given much of the same information.

Yes, a so-called "one click" installer is on its way. As are several new and inventive features like cloud backup and secure messaging. The Oppo N1 will even be released in short order as the first phone to ship (at least in some capacity) with CyanogenMod pre-loaded.

And even with 8.2 million users of its custom firmware, there are clearly still hurdles in CyanogenMod's future.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 leaks out for T-Mobile U.S.

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Looks like at least some folks in the U.S. might be able to get Sony's latest and greatest after all

Just this morning we reported on comments from Sony CEO Kaz Hirai regarding breaking into the U.S. market. The comments weren't that promising, but some better news may be breaking now with the leak of this image from the serial tipster @evleaks. What we're looking at is reportedly the Sony Xperia Z1 for T-Mobile. 

We're only treated to the rear of the device, but the Sony G-Lens with 20.7MP sensor is clearly present. No other information is available at this time, but it's sure to be a glimmer of hope for American Sony fans. 

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

C Spire HTC One also getting Android 4.3 update

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Like Sprint and AT&T before it, C Spire Wireless' HTC One is also getting the Android 4.3 treatment. A post on HTC's official blog confirms the update to version 2.04.563.3 for C Spire users, bringing with it a similar blend of new Sense features and the latest version of Google's OS.

We're still waiting on Android 4.3 for T-Mobile and Verizon HTC Ones, as well as European handsets.

Source: HTC; via: AndroidPolice

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3 years ago

Verizon might offer Developer Edition Galaxy Note 3, official site suggests

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Could a bootloader-unlocked Verizon Note 3 be on the cards?

Back in June Verizon and Samsung teamed up to offer a special "Developer Edition" Galaxy S4, with an unlocked bootloader, for those who like to tinker with their devices. Today it seems a second such handset might be on the cards, as a listing on Samsung's U.S. site makes reference to a "Developer Edition Galaxy Note 3."

Enter the start of the Note's model number on the Samsung support site and one of the predicted options is:

"Coming Soon! Samsung Galaxy Note® 3 (Verizon) Developer Edition | SM-N900VMKEVZW"

No such device has been officially announced just yet, so we'd take this leak -- potentially revealing as it may be -- with a pinch of salt until we get word from Verizon or Samsung.

Are you in the market for a hackable, unlocked Verizon Galaxy Note 3, or are you happy with the regular retail version? Make yourself known in the comments!

Source: Samsung US Support; Thanks, Johnny!

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3 years ago

AT&T kicks traditional data plans to the curb, it's Mobile Share or nothing

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Under then banner of simplifying their array of plans, AT&T today announced that they're ending the availability of the traditional cellular plans on October 25 in favor of their Mobile Share plans. Mobile share, if you'll recall, is AT&T's shared data plan system, wherein you received unlimited phone minutes (you still use those?) and texts plus a bucket of data of a size of your choosing. Data packs range from 300MB per month for $20 up to 50GB for $500. Oh, and there's a monthly charge for every smartphone connected to the plan that starts at $50 on the lowest data tier and drops to $30 by the time you hit 10GB.

The mobile share plans are more reflective of how we use our smartphones these days, where most of us could care less how many minutes are attached to our plan, but care very much how much data we have available. AT&T's move to dump the traditional minutes+text+data per line also mirrors that of US rival Verizon.

AT&T claims that the Mobile Share plans offer a better value for "95 percent of customer use cases," and is careful to point out that those currently on traditional plans won't have to switch to a Mobile Share plan, even if upgrading.

But is this really a good deal for you?

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S4 Mini home button leaks

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Just in case you forget where to send the money each month

OK, so this is a leak from @evleaks and might not really be the Galaxy S4 Mini for Verizon. But if it's real, we can't help but think Verizon is just trolling the crap out of everyone here. If that's the case, we say well played Verizon, well played. In any case, it appears that the S4 Mini, which we already saw leaked today for AT&T and Sprint, will be going to Big Red sooner or later. 

Comments are open. 

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Google Play changes coming Nov 21, will focus on tablet apps

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Apps designed for tablets will be more visible from your tablet come November 21

Google has announced that some changes are coming to Google Play on November 21, and that the tablet app section will take front and center.

With all new tablet sales being 50 percent Android, Google wants to expand and showcase the "Designed for Tablets" section of Google Play, where applications that have been written to take better advantage of the extra real estate that a 7-inch or 10-inch tablet can offer are highlighted.

Come late November, users browsing the Google Play app on their tablet will now have the "Designed for Tablets" view as the default when looking through the top lists (Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free, and Trending). We'll still be able to switch to see all apps if we like, but this should make sure we notice the apps that will look and run best on out tablets.

If you're an app developer, you'll want to get in on this action. The Android Developers Blog is a great place to start, and getting your app primed for the big tablet push is their goal. Hit the source link and get started. And don't forget to holler at us when you're done — we're always looking for the best apps to feature on the blog.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

Customization, colors, and accessories: making the smartphone fashionable - Talk Mobile

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For all the time we've spent in Talk Mobile talking about specs, services, carriers, and usage, we haven't spent much time on what these devices look like. Sure, they're mostly glass slabs with white or black framing (with a few exceptions), but beyond that glass, what else is there?

3 years ago

Alleged Nexus 5 images show Android 4.4 KitKat interface changes

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New hardware and software shown in the latest round of Nexus leaks

There's a new batch of Nexus pictures floating around today, showing what's purported to be the Nexus 5 from LG complete with plenty of looks at Android 4.4 KitKat

The images, taken in Italy and displayed on the Tutto Android website, show us a look at the lock screen, the home screen, and a look at the apps of the Nexus 5. Of course, this leads to speculation of exactly what we're seeing, and things like a Tap to Pay mode in the settings and transparent status and navigation bars have a lot of folks excited.

Just as interesting is some testimony from the leaker themselves. The Nexus 5 is said to be fast and smooth, with KitKat being a "lighter" version of the OS that helps in the performance department. Dual stereo speakers are acknowledged in the bottom portion of the device, and the camera is said to provide excellent image stabilization.

Combined with the rumors of a reveal next week, things should start getting exciting right about now. The changes and new hardware look pretty interesting, and we're hoping for an official announcement soon. As things stand now, the only people that really know anything are the people not saying anything.

Hit the break to see the rest of the images, and check out the source link for their take on what they are seeing.

Source: Tutto Android

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3 years ago

Android Central at Big Android BBQ 2013!

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Let's get together and talk some Android

It's that time of year where the Android nerds (geeks, enthusiasts, etc.) head down the Dallas, Texas to talk about our favorite mobile operating system and all things associated. Yes, the Big Android BBQ 2013 is under way today, and Android Central is here! Well, I'm here, not all of AC, but if you're attending the BBQ this year be sure to come say "hi" if you see me walking around.

I'll be attending as many different talks as I can, and hopefully running into a few AC readers while I'm at it. I'll be joining friend of the site Russell Holly on stage to give a talk about reviewing devices as well (11:30 - 12:30 CT, Room 4) if you want to stop by and join in the conversation.

It's going to be a fun couple of days, so let's get to it!

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3 years ago

Sprint LG G2 goes up for pre-order, shipping by November 8

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$99 on contract in black or white for LG's latest and greatest

A little behind rival carriers AT&T and Verizon, Sprint has today finally made the LG G2 available for pre-order ahead of a November 8 release date. You'll pay $99 today to reserve one on a new 2-year deal, though you'll be waiting almost a month before it hits your doorstep. You'll have the choice of colors too, Sprint will be selling both the black and white versions of the G2. 

There's a lot to love about the LG G2, and we've been playing around with International as well as AT&T and Verizon versions already. If you're interested, be sure to check out the other reviews at the links below. Otherwise, hit up the source link to get your pre-order on.

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3 years ago

Sony CEO talks breaking into the U.S, doesn't look so promising

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Leaves questions over whether the Xperia Z1 may make it to the U.S.

Sony's CEO, Kaz Hirai, has been speaking to Japanese media, with market share and breaking into the U.S. in particular on the table. With Japan and Europe accounting for around 60% of Sony's smartphone sales, and it seems priority one for Hirai is to maintain and build on that: 

"Our biggest priority is maintaining our share in Japan or increasing it ... But getting into the U.S. market requires a lot of resources and marketing, so we have to go one step at a time"

So, if you read between the lines, you could argue it may be some time before we see the Xperia Z1 in the States. If at all. That would be a shame, since the Z1 has a lot going for it, and it's a match for any of the high-end Android devices out there right now. But Sony wants to keep making money, so perhaps it makes sense for them to hold off on trying to crack America for now. 

Source: Reuters via The Verge

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