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3 years ago

Light Flow receives interface refresh, Galaxy Note 3 compatibility

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27 new apps now compatible with the service, including Google Keep

One of the most popular notification sound, vibration and LED control apps, Light Flow, is picking up a notable update with a refreshed interface and lots of compatibility improvements. First off you'll notice a refreshed white interface that takes advantage of new design and animations popularized by Google Now. The developer now makes use of the "card" UI for selecting notifications in the settings and for newly refreshed widgets.

On the back-end, the update brings compatibility fixes for the Galaxy Note 3 as well as other Samsung phones using its Knox enterprise security suite (provided you're not rooted). As usual the app adds new app compatibility, and this time around we see 27 new supported apps including Google Keep and the official BBM client.

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3 years ago

AOL releases news app for Android - yes, really

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The name we all know for dial-up internet is now bringing news to our smart phones

In an attempt to ride its memorable brand name for as long as possible, AOL has just released a full-fledged news reading app on Android. Not unlike many other apps in this genre, the Flipboard-esque interface lets you casually scroll through top news broken down by category. Entertainment, food, health, money, sports and others are all represented here, and AOL says that if you're signed in the content will tailor to you over time as you use it.

Beyond just news, the new AOL app gives you access to a full AOL email experience on both phones and tablets within the app. While its odd that it wouldn't break this out into a separate app, it's there and accessible right from the top bar. The whole interface is pretty standard and doesn't exactly make us want to drop everything and start using it as our primary news reader, but it is a first release after all.

If you're used to the AOL news ecosystem and want to give the app a shot, it is now available in the Play Store.

More: AOL Blog

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3 years ago

Android Central 153: The Galaxy Note 3 special edition podcast

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Android Central 153: The Galaxy Note 3 special edition podcast


Audio-only stream below

Alex has the new Galaxy Note 3 in his hands, listen as we field your questions about Samsung's next BIG thing.

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3 years ago

Moto X Developer Edition unboxing

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Carrier-free and unlockable, the Moto X Developer Edition still looks and feels like a Moto X

If you ordered a GSM Moto X developer edition, you might already have yours in your hands. If so, you're probably playing with it and will just smile over this post. If you haven't received yours yet, the good news is that they're shipping out — you'll probably have it soon. Run and check for a tracking number right now, if you like. We'll wait.

Essentially, this is a pentaband, SIM unlocked Moto X. There is nothing different about the way it's built, there is nothing different about the features, and other than the words "Developer edition" engraved into the back, it even looks like a white and black Moto X from Moto Maker. There are two differences, though.

The bootloader is completely unlockable. You're free to get in there and fool around with stuff if you like, and doing things like flashing a custom recovery or rooting should be fairly easy. 

The second, and to me, equally as important, difference is that there is no carrier branding or involvement. No T-Mobile or AT&T "value-added" applications are present, and software updates will come directly from Motorola without your carrier doing months of testing. It also means little to no support from your carrier, so keep that in mind if you're thinking of going the dev edition route.

Enough talk. I wanna play with my new phone. Hit the break to see the unboxing video.

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3 years ago

U.S. has to wait a little longer for Android 4.3 on the HTC One, exec says

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Updates for carrier-branded phones not expected by the end of September as hoped

This probably shouldn't surprise anyone, but if you've got a carrier-branded version of the HTC One here in the good ol' U.S. of A., you can quit mashing that "Check for updates" button. While the unbranded (and European) versions of the M7 have been or are in the midst of being updated, as is the developer edition, the others look to miss HTC's self-imposed Sept. 30 deadline, according to HTC Exec Jason MacKenzie.

The word about a month and a half ago was that they were "working hard" to get Android 4.3 and an updated Sense released to everyone by the end of September

Now, MacKenzie says, we'll have to wait a little longer.

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3 years ago

HTC One Dev. Edition 4.3 ROM posted

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A path back for the Developer Edition HTC One when you need it

You got the Developer Edition HTC One so you could dig in there and really mess stuff up. It's fun, and a good way to learn about how Android works at the nerd level. But after you're done mucking around with things, and need your camera or Bluetooth back, you want to return it to the way is comes out of the box.

Luckily, HTC gives you a pretty easy way to do it. They've posted the 4.3 update ROM for the Developer Edition at their website, and with it you're juts a few clicks away from restoring your phone to a "stock" working condition. Of course, the prior versions are still available should you have a reason to want to go back. Kidding. Never go back.

You'll find them at the HTCdev site linked below(search for Brightstar US WWE) and it's something everyone with a Dev edition M7 should keep handy.

Source: HTCDev

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3 years ago

The self-driving, artificially intelligent, infinitely connected future - Talk Mobile

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There's one thing we can be almost certain of in the years to come: we're going to wear and carry more tech with us every day. Our smartphones will be more powerful, our watches smarter, and our glasses more connected. We'll carry sensors and radios everywhere, and they'll collect more data than ever before. But what are we going to do with that, where are we going to access it all, and how will we be entertained by it?

Increased connectivity and more devices mean new challenges to be faced. How are we to overcome the restrictions of our packet-driven internet system in order to move television from switched digital transmission to IP? How are we going to build watches that are smart enough to be useful, but still small enough to not be cumbersome, and well-designed enough that we're willing to wear and use them?

How are we going to get to a point where we have displays everywhere with an omnipresent artificially intelligent computer assistant following us everywhere and anticipating our needs? How are we going to meet the challenges of terrain, signage, weather, and - most of all - human drivers to make driverless cars a reality? It's time to talk about the connected future.

3 years ago

LG explains OIS with a man cave, a football helmet and a chicken

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Apparently this is also an ad for the LG G2. But it's also a great explainer of optical image stabilization. 

With a chicken.

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3 years ago

Using the Moto X on Sprint

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Can your choice of carrier hamper an otherwise great phone experience?

It has been almost two months since the Moto X was introduced to the world as Motorola's refreshed philosophy on the smart phone. AT&T was the first US carrier to have the phone on sale, and although Sprint lagged behind by a few weeks it now carries the woven black and white varieties for the same $199 on-contract price as the other carriers.

Motorola made it a point to ensure that the Moto X is nearly identical across the major carriers in the US, so when looking at the Sprint model there aren't that many things to distinguish it from the others. This isn't a carbon copy of what you can get on AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile, though. Let's take a look at what it's like to use the Moto X on the Sprint Network.

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3 years ago

Here's what's going on with the Galaxy Note 3's region-locking

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'Unlocked' EU and American Note 3s only region-locked if you first 'activate' them with an unapproved SIM —​ and even then, there's a way back

Over the past day or so it's come to light that "unlocked" Samsung Galaxy Note 3s from Europe and Latin America seem to be locked to SIMs from their specific regions. Note 3 devices sold in these countries were packaged with an ominous sticker warning of incompatibility with SIMs from outside their approved regions. As we reported yesterday, that'd present a serious inconvenience (not to mention expense) for frequent travelers who use local SIM cards when overseas.

Fortunately, though, fresh details have come to light today which point to the situation not being quite as serious as it first seemed. Let's take a look at what's going on with region-locking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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3 years ago

Beats buys back HTC's remaining 25 percent stake in company

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Beats Electronics free of HTC control after $265 million buyback deal 

It was rumored over the summer and today it's official — Beats Electronics, the company behind Beats Audio and Beats By Dre, has bought back the remaining 25 percent stake in it held by HTC in a $265 million deal. The Taiwanese smartphone maker originally acquired a 50.1-percent stake in Beats at the height of its success in 2011, before founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre bought back half of that a year later.

Over the course of the partnership, the companies' fortunes have diverged, with HTC falling on hard times as Beats has grown and expanded its business beyond headphones. HTC described Beats as an "important partner" in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, without going into further details about the consequences of the buyback. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Source: Dow Jones Business News; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Special edition Galaxy Note 3 podcast today at 4PM ET

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We're taking your questions on Samsung's latest oversized phone, the Galaxy Note 3

After last night's LG G2 podcast, we're switching things up a bit for our regular Friday podcast, and this week it's going to be all about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I've got the European Galaxy Note 3 in-hand, and I'll be joined by Jerry and Andrew for an hour of Note 3 discussions, questions and opinions.

We'll kick things off today, Friday, Sept. 27, at the usual time of 4PM EDT — that's 1PM PDT or 9PM BST. We'll be talking all about the hardware, software, build quality, that crazy 4K video camera and the recent houpla over region-locking. But we need your questions, too! And we'll be doing a live Q&A through Google+ as the podcast goes out, but if you want to email your Note 3 questions in, then actips@androidcentral.com is the place to send 'em.

And if you've not seen it already, our video walkthrough of the Galaxy Note 3 is a great place to get started. We'll see you later today for the podcast!

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3 years ago

HTC One Max likely headed for October 15 launch

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We've been hearing rumors about HTC's One Max — a 6-inch version of the Taiwanese company's flagship phone, possibly with a fingerprint sensor — for the past few months. There've been leaked renders, leaked photos and leaked specs, but the device itself has remained elusive.

In recent days the HTC One Max has appeared at Chinese certification body TENAA, with full front and back images revealing the phone's enormous screen and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. And today reports from Chinese social network Weibo point to a possible launch date of Oct. 15 — which would be a plausible timeframe if HTC wants to get these out in time for the holidays. Importantly, though, the Oct. 15 date matches what we've been hearing from our own sources, so we're pretty confident the "Max" will be with us on or around this date.

In any case, hopefully buyers wanting a big-screen HTC experience won't have too much longer to wait.

via: PhoneArena, Weibo

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3 years ago

Android Central 152: The LG G2 podcast special

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Android Central 152: The LG G2 podcast special


Audio-only stream below

Jerry and Andrew have been living and breathing the LG G2 for a few weeks now, and they tackling some of your burning questions about one of the hottest devices of the year.

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3 years ago

Speedtest.net app updated with new interface, maps feature

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Drastically improved UI with better accuracy and new tools

Everyone's favorite app for comparing network speeds, Speedtest.net, has received a substantial update today with a new interface. The new interface won't be much of a surprise for anyone who has used the app recently on iOS, but it is drastically nicer looking than what Android users had previously. The app performs better in terms of UI but also in network accuracy, and packs a few extra features.

It is now easier to share speed results right from the first page, as well as dive deeper into your results by looking at their details and even where on a map each speed test took place. The new app is a welcomed update, and we're sure many of you will be grabbing this download as quickly as possible.

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