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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 coming with 6-months free Deezer music in selected countries

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is almost upon us – or actually upon us in some cases – and for folks in selected countries your purchase comes with a musical value added bonus. Music subscription service Deezer has partnered with Samsung to offer a free 6-month subscription package with the Galaxy S5 that's worth £60/€60 in value.

Deezer hasn't yet made it to the U.S., – sorry folks – but for those picking one up in Europe this is a great deal to get with the phone. The Deezer catalog is pretty well packed out with music, and the subscription level of the package will allow for full access and offline caching.

via MusicWeek

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3 years ago

The new ZTE Redbull doesn't give you wings, or cost a lot

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ZTE has pulled the wraps off its latest – seemingly China specific – smartphone, the Redbull. And while it doesn't give you wings and may well end up the subject of a lawsuit, it does offer pretty decent value for money. Packing a 5-inch 720p display and a 13MP Sony CMOS camera sensor, the Redbull will cost the equivalent of just $135.

Other specs of note are a quad-core Snapdragon (MSM8926 or MSM8928) CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage with microSD card expansion and a removable 2400mAh battery. The Redbull also comes in an 'Energy' version – you can almost smell the lawsuit from here – which bumps the RAM to 2GB and onboard storage up to 8GB. This races the price slightly to around $160.

Oh, and it comes in a variety of colors, including some quite bright yellow and green options. It's gone on sale immediately in China, but there's no indication if we'll ever see it anywhere else. And if we did it'd likely have a different name.

Source: GizChina, CNMO

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3 years ago

LG G Pad 8.3 KitKat update now rolling out across Europe (Update: U.S. Too!)

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Update: It looks as though the KitKat update is also pushing out to U.S. models of the LG G Pad 8.3 as well as those across Europe. For now it seems as though there's no OTA but should you connect up to the LG PC Suite you might well find it waiting for you. Thanks to everyone who let us know!

As much as we enjoy using the LG G Pad 8.3, it pretty sorely needed an update to a more modern version of Android. Well, the time as come for an update, at least if you're using a European or U.K. version of the tablet. Several members in our forums and folks who have tipped us are indicating that their LG G Pad 8.3 is pulling down the big update to move from Android 4.2 to 4.4.

If you're using LG's latest tablet over in Europe, be sure to head into your settings and check for an update — you may just be greeted with a nice software update treat. There's still no word on U.S. versions of the tablet grabbing the KitKat update, but we have to imagine they can't be far off now that large numbers of people are already seeing it in other regions.

If the update is already on your device, be sure to hit up the forums and let other folks know how you're getting along on KitKat.

Via: Android Central Forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Nikon tries the Android camera again with the Coolpix S810c

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Nikon is back with a new camera in its point-and-shoot oriented Coolpix line, and this one's running Android. The Coolpix S810c has been officially introduced to the world in black and white with a price tag of $349.95 when it hits store shelves in May.

Nikon's first Android venture lagged behind on Gingerbread, but this time out we do at least have Jelly Bean of the 4.2.2 flavor. As you'd expect it also has Wifi connectivity, and with Android on board a wealth of sharing and social capabilities with access to the Play Store and your favorite apps. When you're away from Wifi, the S810c also has its own companion app for your phone to help you get your images and send them out into the world.

On the camera front, Nikon has packed the S810c with a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and a 12x optical zoom. ISO goes up to 3200 and it also has Nikon's Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction system to help 'banish blurry photos.' The display on the back is a manageable 3.7-inches with a 1.2million dot resolution. Oh, and as you'd expect it'll also take 1080p video.

So, a marked improvement from the last Android powered Nikon, but we'll wait until we see it to pass final judgment. What do you guys think of it?

Source: Nikon

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3 years ago

Buy a Galaxy S5 from Rogers, get a Gear 2 Neo for $49

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Save $170 over buying the phone and watch separately

We already knew that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would be coming to Rogers, but the carrier is sweetening the deal today by offering a steep discount on the Gear 2 Neo if you purchase the phone and wearable at the same time. If you agree to buy the Galaxy S5 on a two-year contract, you'll be able to pick up the Gear 2 Neo for just $49.99, a solid discount off of the $219.99 MSRP Rogers has listed.

The Galaxy S5 will set you back a cool $249.99 on-contract from the carrier, but if you're looking to pick up both of the latest gadgets at the same time the prices will work out in your favor. You can get your order of the Galaxy S5 lined up ahead of time with Rogers Reserve, and have it ready to go when the phone's available on April 11th.

Source: Rogers

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3 years ago

Google shares details on Project Ara third-party modules and designs with initial MDK release

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Project Ara

Three sizes of phones with various layouts will give several device style options, module configurations.

With its first developer conference on the horizon, Google has just released the first public version of the Module Developers Kit (MDK) for Project Ara. While things are still very early, the MDK gives us our first in-depth look at how Google is leading third parties into creating Project Ara devices and modules, and how everything will fit together.

The main point of the MDK at this stage is to make third-party manufacturers aware of the guidelines that will soon apply to them for making Project Ara pieces. From what's shown now, we know there will be three sizes of phones — Mini, Medium and Large — with Large being released at a later date. Each size will start with a basic "skeleton" that will then accept components to build a phone, primarily sourced from third parties. There will be different device layouts available within each size category, each giving you room for specific components.

Basic phone components such as Wifi modules, batteries, displays and speakers naturally have specific restrictions on their size and design as to make them all work together, and manufacturers will be required to follow them. Google even goes in-depth into how camera modules, for example, will be a specific size and use certain shapes. The early MDK includes reference designs and CAD files to get manufacturers started with basic modules as well.

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3 years ago

Motorola’s Credit program to potentially introduce new reward tiers

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Motorola

Free phones, cheap accessories and reward points all up for consideration

Motorola is sending out surveys to its current device financing customers indicating that the company plans to take the service a bit further in the future. Available since November of last year, Motorola's financing program works much the same as any other retailer — you are offered $0 down and 0% interest financing for your phone purchase, with somewhere between six and 18 months to pay off the bill. According to surveys of current customers, Motorola is considering throwing in even more incentives for buying your next phone on credit.

Extras such as discounts on Google products, cheap Motorola accessories, "points" for exchanging your phone and rewards for being a loyal Motorola customer are all up for consideration, though it isn't clear which ones are front-runners at this point.

Motorola is also considering an "Elite" benefits program that would charge you a small monthly fee to take advantage, but would offer specific deals like free phones at a certain point and other exclusive benefits not available to folks using regular device financing.

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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Flowers

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Find the fanciest foliage you can, and show how you take pictures of the plants

For many of us around the world, April is a time where the flowers really start to come out and show off their beautiful colors. But no matter where you live, there are always chances to see some amazing foliage and flowers whether it's in a manicured garden or a public space. We want to see what you can do to show off the flowers you find this week.

This week we're offering up prizes to two winners, with each receiving a ZENS Qi Wireless Charger.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (April 15) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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3 years ago

Facebook to kill in-app messaging in favor of using dedicated Facebook Messenger app

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Facebook Messenger

Low-end devices with constrained resources can keep using in-app messaging

Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use the core Facebook app to do their chatting. Though this change will be rolling out globally, there will be exceptions in place for lower-powered Android devices that apparently can’t handle the Pure Awesome of the Facebook Messenger standalone app, and for Facebook’s relatively fresh news app, Paper.

Though this means you’ll need to install and manage two apps, hopefully it will result in greater performance individually. What do you guys think of the change? Do you already have Facebook Messenger installed, or would you rather keep your Facebook chats bundled in the core experience?

Source: The Verge, TechCrunch

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3 years ago

HTC Flip Case for One M8 now in stock at ShopAndroid!

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HTC Flip Case for One M8 now in stock at ShopAndroid!

Got a new HTC One M8 and you're wondering just how to protect it? Fret not, for ShopAndroid.com is here to save you with a shipment of brand new HTC One M8 Flip Cases! This case, made by HTC for their brand new flagship, wraps your precious in a colorful and protective layer of premium material, while also allowing access to important features like buttons and cameras. There are even cut-outs for the speakers so you can pump out the tunes while rocking out in style.

ShopAndroid has the HTC One M8 Flip Case in stock and shipping now in Warm Black, Light Brown, and Sweet Lilac (otherwise known as "pink"), and you can pre-order Imperial Blue, Poppy Red, Orange Popsicle, and Atlantis (i.e. "green"). And should you want something that shows a bit more of what's happening with your HTC One M8, the [HTC One M8 Dot View Case is also available for pre-order).

Order Now: HTC One M8 Flip Case from ShopAndroid

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3 years ago

Clash of Clans picks up biggest update yet with 'Clan Wars'

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Clash of Clans has had one of its biggest updates in the infamous game’s history today. Now players can raid without any risk to their resources, shield, or trophies, and work towards two new achievements. This is done with a new system called war bases, where multiple players can lump all of their troops together in the same place and, once attack day arrives, they all head out to raid other war bases together. In the meantime, your village stays entirely separate from the whole affair. The full details on the update are available at the SuperCell forums.

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3 years ago

Google updates back-end in light of Heartbleed vulnerability

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If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the vulnerability sent server teams around the world scrambling to patch their systems. Among them: Google. In a posting today on the Google Online Security Blog, Google revealed that they had patched OpenSSL vulnerabilities in a number of their services.

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Architecture' winner!

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From concrete skyscrapers to wooden barns, we saw great photos of architecture this week

This week's photo contest was focused on taking great pictures of architectural features, and as usual the turnout was great. We saw dozens of great entries come into the forums over the last week, all showing off great architecture in an artistic fashion. No two pictures were alike this week, each making use of great vision and some clever editing.

Unfortunately we only had one prize to give away to just a single picture, but it was definitely an image worth the victory. Check out the winning picture below, and get ready to hop back into the forums for this coming week's photo contest, which will be announced shortly.

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3 years ago

Tri-band variant of Sprint Galaxy S4 receiving update to enable Wifi Calling

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No word on update for original Galaxy S4 on the carrier

The tri-band Galaxy S4 (that's the one with Sprint Spark capabilities) is the latest Sprint device to get the recently-introduced Wifi Calling feature. This means after the update you'll be able to make completely free calls when connected to Wifi without the potential of using up your minutes if you don't have an unlimited talk plan.

Best of all the service itself is free, with no strings attached — your phone will handle the move to Wifi calling seamlessly in the background. The update for Wifi Calling will be rolling out to all tri-band Galaxy S4s (sorry, the original Galaxy S4 isn't included in this rollout) starting today, with all updates being completed in a few weeks.

Sprint still plans to bring Wifi Calling to additional devices throughout the year, but it's good to see it at least getting to the most popular devices first.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Dropbox's new app Carousel aims to organize all of your photos

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Dropbox today announced a brand new app for handling photos called Carousel. In it, you'll be able to instantly back up pictures as you take them to the cloud, share photos with friends, view images by date and location, and leave comments on photos shared by friends.

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