3 years ago

Microsoft announces official OWA app for Android, coming later this year


Office 365 users will soon have an official app for their Android devices

Microsoft has announced Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android. If you’re in a company that uses Office 365 for Business you probably are already familiar with OWA. Outlook Web App is the webmail service that comes with Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Server. A dedicated OWA app for Android is expected to come later this year.

Outlook Web App includes access to email, calendars, contacts, tasks and more. OWA is a competitor to Google Apps. Microsoft did not give a firm release date for the Android app.

We’ll of course let you know when you can get access and download it. If it’s anything like OWA for iPhone you can look forward to features like conversation view, mark as junk, support for Outlook flags and more. You’ll also be able to manage your schedule, view shared calendars and find contacts.

Anyone out there using an Android handset and using Office 365 at work? Let us know if any of you would use this app.

Source: Microsoft; Via: WPCentral

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3 years ago

Best Android games of March 2014

Android games

Need Android games? We got 'em! Here are our favorite game releases for March 2014

In our ongoing quest to bring y'all the best games the Google Play Store has to offer, we're going to start rounding up our favorite Android game releases every month. Often this will include big releases that you might have missed throughout Android Central news stories or our picks of the week, but we'll try to dig up some hidden gems for you too. We're also going to be rounding up the month's non-game apps in a separate post, so keep your eyes peeled.

March was a pretty solid month for Android gaming! It was particularly nice to see so many of these launch so closely in line with their iOS counterparts. Below you'll find some action, some strategy, some RPG, and even a rare high-quality trivia game.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile removes employer discounts from Simple Choice plans


Tomorrow might be April 1st, but T-Mobile's not joking around with their latest move: they're scrapping employer rate plans discounts. Gone is the supposed complexity that came with wondering what kind of discount you might get on your Simple Choice plan based on where you work, replaced instead with a T-Mobile gift card worth $25 when your purchase a new device… based on where you work. It's simpler than trying to figure out if it's 15% or 5% or 2.8% that you'll get off of your bill.

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3 years ago

Chrome for Android will translate the web into emoji

Emoji translation in Google Chrome

Lest you think you'd have to wait for April 1st for all of Google's April Fools' Day jocularity, there's more to be had tonight: try translate to emoji in Chrome on for size. That's what Google has in store for Chrome on Android, but they very cleverly intended it be saved for the day itself — the hidden feature doesn't activate until the date and time matches that of April 1st. But you can trick it by manually skipping your date forward to April 1st, when a tap on the overflow menu will offer you the Translate to Emoji (with a little yellow dude on a surfboard).

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3 years ago

Google+ now shows the total number of views you've received


Good news, folks! If you like to use the Internet as some sort of popularity contest, Google+ has you covered, as it now shows the total number of views your profile, posts and pictures have received. If you've got it but don't want to flaunt it, you can hide the number in your settings. (Same as you can the number of circles you're in.) Try not to let this go to your head, m'kay?

And while you're at it, be sure to circle up +Android Central.

Source: +Eddie Kessler

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3 years ago

LG G2 Mini supposedly headed to Sprint


According to habitual leaker and knower of things unknown @evleaks, the LG G2 Mini will be headed to Sprint as the LG LS885.

While most of us reading here at Android Central will give the Mini — and it's decidedly low-end specs — a pass, it should be a nice addition to Sprint's entry-level line-up. The G2 Mini features a 4.7-inch qHD (that's 960 x 540) display, and will come in two different configurations — a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon, or the Tegra 4i quad-core. We assume the US version will be packing the Qualcomm. Both versions run Android 4.4.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Withings Bluetooth-equipped Blood Pressure Monitor now available


Wirelessly check on your systolic and diastolic

Android users looking to stay healthy might want to check out this wireless blood pressure monitor from Withings. This is a new version of a previous award-winning blood pressure monitor made by the company. Android support is probably the biggest change for you.

You’ll be able using the Withings Health Mate app from Google Play to connect to the wireless blood pressure monitor. That app for Android is also used to connect to various other Withings products like weight scales, baby monitors, activity trackers and more.

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3 years ago

Original Pebble smartwatch now available at Target for $149


A quick heads up, folks, that you can now buy the original Pebble smartwatch at Target for $149. This is the classic plastic model, and it's available in red, black or white. (In fact, white's a Target exclusive for now.) [Target]

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3 years ago

Gmail Shelfie: share your selfie as your friend's Gmail theme


Google is celebrating Gmail's birthday and April Fool's today. They've announced "Shelfies" as a way to share your selfies (SHare sELFIES — get it?) through the Gmail interface.

Billed as a replacement theme that will be rolling out in the next few hours, Google also tells us that self-portraits are much more popular than pirate themes. They even have a chart to prove it.

As far as April Fool's pranks go, this one is pretty lame. If this is something that really ends up rolling out, it's even lamer.

Source: [Gmail blog]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 screen tech picked apart, revealing notable improvements over its predecessor


Brightness, viewing angles and color accuracy are record-setting, but power drain hasn't increased

Although it's easy to think that the Samsung Galaxy S5 simply has the same AMOLED display as the S4 with a slightly larger footprint, it turns out Samsung has cranked up the quality of the display in the last year as well. According to tests from the folks at DisplayMate, the Galaxy S5's display outperformed it in many regards, even setting records in some categories, and ended up being the best-performing display that they had ever tested.

Brightness, screen reflectivity, performance in ambient light, color accuracy, viewing angles and power efficiency have all improved in the fifth iteration of the Galaxy S. Screen brightness is a full 22 percent higher than the Galaxy S4 while using the same amount of power, and its Super Dimming Mode offers serious power savings when there's no need to light the screen completely. It is also the most color-accurate phone or tablet display they have ever tested while in "Cinema Mode," scoring excellently in both color and white point calibration.

While the size and resolution of the Galaxy S5's display may not be much to write home about, it turns out we're all in for a major treat in terms of overall display quality with Samsung's latest flagship.

Source: DisplayMate

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3 years ago

Nest partners with Virgin Group for in-flight personal climate control


Google Maps aren't the only ones playing a little early April Fool's Day shenanigans. Sir Richard Branson, Virgin founder and Tony Fadell, iPod designer and head honcho at Nest, have teamed up to deliver a not-so-believeable skit for Total Tempetature Control.

Sadly, not every seat will really have it's own thermostat, and we can't really select an exotic location and bask in the tropical glow.


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3 years ago

John Frusciante’s new album (sort of) streaming from satellites to your phone

Enclosure Album

John Frusciante's new album is out of this world

John Frusciante has a new album, titled Enclosure, which will be available April 8 worldwide. But if you have an Android or iOS device, you can get a sneak peak via an ingenious app and a satellite.

Frusciante has loaded a recording of Enclosure into a self-launched satellite, and with the new app you’ll be able to preview the tunes when the satellite is over your location.

You’re not actually streaming from the satellite, of course, but it’s a novel way to use location data.

You can grab the Android app at the Google Play link above.

Source: johnfrusciante.com

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia A1-830 review


Acer's Intel-powered A1-830 is well-built, but not without some cut corners

Remember Acer? The company that, upon Android’s introduction, stepped out of its Windows-powered comfort zone and introduced the Iconia A500, a clunky but noble first stab at the increasingly popular Android tablet market? Acer continued to experiment with various sizes and shapes, but never really managed to enter that upper echelon monopolized by big names like Samsung, LG and Asus.

But despite its lack of a blockbuster hit, Acer has honed its Iconia line into a budget-friendly, solidly built alternative to its expensive competitors. Last summer’s A1-810 was built to compete with the iPad mini for half the price: the end product was a tablet that appealed to new and novice tablet users alike.

Enter the Iconia A1-830, the follow up to the 810 introduced at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. It takes what made the 810 work – modest specs, a 4:3 ratio, and a sub-$200 price tag – and refines it into a sequel-worthy package. Here’s a look at what Acer can do for $180.

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK Xperia Z2 pre-orders ready to ship April 14


Vodafone UK has announced that current pre-orders of the Sony Xperia Z2 will be shipping on April 14. Rival carriers seem to be experiencing delays in getting the device into the hands of customers, with delivery times slated for late April or early May. A Vodafone UK representative confirmed the date in a post on the official Vodafone forum.

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3 years ago

How to change the apps in your HTC One M8 lock screen dock

HTC One M8 lockscreen

App shortcuts are easy to switch out on the new HTC One, with one caveat

HTC was one of the first Android manufacturers to allow for app shortcuts in its lock screen, giving quick access to some of your most frequently used applications without actually having to unlock the phone first. That feature returns on the HTC One M8.

By default, you've got four app shortcuts on the lock screen: Phone, Messages (texting), Internet and Camera.

But what if you want different apps there? It's pretty simple to switch out.

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