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3 years ago

Live from the HTC One event in London and New York City! (11 a.m. EDT, 3 p.m. GMT)

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HTC

Join us on two continents to see what's new in HTC's latest flagship

Today is the day. Teased, leaked and basically splayed all over the place for some time now, we're finally going to get our official introduction to the new HTC One. Codenamed M8, this thing has been hyped up to incredible levels. HTC's own Cher Wang and Peter Chou both told us at MWC back in February that March 25 would see "the best get better," and here we are.

Not doing things by halves, HTC is throwing two separate launch events on opposite sides of the Atlantic. We're live in both London and New York City and we'll be bringing you guys with us to both in the liveblog below!

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3 years ago

HTC app listing outs Google Play edition HTC One (M8)

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HTC

Official app description reveals stock Android version of unannounced flagship

With many HTC Sense 6 apps now appearing on Google Play, further details of the HTC One (M8) features are starting to leak out through HTC's own app listings. Not least of which is the news of a Google Play edition M8, revealed in the description for the HTC Gallery app.

From HTC's blurb (emphasis ours) —

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3 years ago

HTC Sense 6 apps hit Google Play ahead of new HTC One launch

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Sense 6 apps

BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack and SenseTV listed on Google Play, complete with screenshots

We're just hours away from the expected arrival of the new HTC One (M8), and we're starting to see signs of the final preparations being made for the phone's launch. HTC has this morning released three new HTC Sense apps onto Google Play — HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack, and HTC SenseTV.

Update: HTC Gallery and HTC Guide have joined the fray.

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3 years ago

LG Knock Code coming to G2 and G Flex in April

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Firmware update scheduled for 'specific countries' next month

LG's Knock Code looks pretty cool. Tapping on your screen to wake things up is a good idea to start with, and adding different "codes" to start different apps is pretty damn genius if you ask me. Tonight's news letting us know it's pushing out to other phones as early as next month is welcome, indeed.

In a press release this evening, LG reaffirmed that they will be pushing out Knock code to phones released earlier, and they are starting with the G2 and the G Flex. Things will come with a firmware update starting in April to "specific countries." LG didn't name those countries, but my money says that Asian and European countries will get first crack at it.

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3 years ago

Fitbit updates their app for the new HTC One and Sense 6

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Fitbit has taken the initiative to update their Android app a day early, and they now support the new HTC One — that phone we're going to see tomorrow.

There's a new widget and a new look to the login, but the interesting bits of the change log tell us there will be integration with BlinkFeed on Sense 6 and higher, and a new mobile track has been added for the HTC One. Things have come a long way since they chose to only support Samsung devices, I guess.

It's nice to see any developer update an app sooner rather than later. If you're a Fitbit user, grab your update from the link above.

Thanks everyone sending this in!

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3 years ago

Google partners with Oakley and Ray-Ban, hopefully bringing new Google Glass style options

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Nobody has ever said they were pretty

Ready for a pair of Google Glass that has a bit more style and flair? You may have your chance, as Google has partnered with Luxottica — the parent company behind Ray-Ban and Oakley glass and sunglass frames — for an undisclosed amount of money. We bet it was a whole helluva lot.

Not only do folks at Luxottica have design chops, but they have retail presence as well. The Italian company has controlling interest in LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut and other smaller retail outlets.

Both some redesign with an eye for mainstream style and a retail channel where people can see what they are buying are great moves forward for Google Glass, which has seen its share of bumps in the road. While nothing is certain, we still expect Google to announce retail availability and pricing of Glass sometime this year.

Source: +GoogleGlass

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3 years ago

Ventev Powercell 6000+, Wallport r2200 and Chargesync Micro USB cable review

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Ventev Powercell 6000+

High-end charger accessories with a few neat tricks will keep all of your mobile devices charged up and ready to use

There's no shortage of ways to keep your phone and tablet charged up nowadays. Between reverse-charging technologies, battery packs, wireless charging mats and plain old wall chargers, you have more choices than you probably need. At the same time, every single manufacturer you've heard of — and dozens you haven't — make these accessories.

Ventev is one of the companies you probably haven't heard of, but it makes some pretty nice charging accessories to keep your phones, tablets and other accessories charged up and ready to go. Its latest lineup consists of the Powercell 6000+ dual-port battery pack, the Wallport r2200 dual-port 2.1A wall charger and some great no-tangle colored USB cables.

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3 years ago

LG shows off the G Watch in all its rectangular glory

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G Watch

The first good look at LG's newest wearable

While much of the Internet love affair with Android Wear centers around the Moto 360, plenty of folks are just as interested in LG's G Watch and it's more angular design. We haven't really had a good look at the G Watch from the existing press, and it's nice to get a decent picture.

LG has posted a new picture on their Facebook page showing a good head-on look at their Android Wear offering. It looks a lot like existing smartwatches, which makes sense — especially on a touch-enabled device.

We're not going to pass any judgment — even though most readers seem to have done so already — and look forward to giving this one a spin.

Source: Facebook

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3 years ago

Google releases a Photowall app experiment for Chrome and Android

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Google has a neat Chromecast application to show off today. Photowall lets you and your friends get together and display images right on your television.

You can create a Photowall using your Android phone or tablet, or from your laptop using the Photowall Google Chrome Experiment page. Everyone sends photos to the big screen, and when you're finished the application automatically generates a video and drops it on YouTube so you can share it with friends who weren't around to help make it.

It seems like a nicely done little application — both on the Android side and the web app itself, and we'll be playing with it ourselves. If you have a Chromecast, give it a try!

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Google Now rolling out to Chrome desktop users

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Roll out begins today, should be available for all in the next few weeks

We've seen Google Now for Chrome on the desktop for folks using beta builds, but starting today it's pushing out to all users. You won't need to fiddle with any settings or flags or do any sort of wizardry, but you will need to be on the latest version of Chrome — which you should be anyway for security reasons. Once Google Now for Chrome is available for you, you use it just like you would on the phone, with reminders and cards in your tray, and voice commands through the Google website. For more information, see this Google help topic page.

Source: +Google Chrome

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3 years ago

Aging LG Optimus F3 lands on Boost

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Boost Mobile today announced that it's now carrying the LG Optimus F3, a phone that hit parent company Sprint in June 2013. The Optimus F3 (See our hands-on) sports a 4-inch display and runs Android 4.1. Boost is selling it for $129. [Boost]

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3 years ago

MicroSD cards are ridiculously cheap today on Amazon

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If you're in the market for a new microSD card — and we can think of a couple reasons (Exhibit A and Exhibit B) coming on why you should be — they're on sale today as Amazon's Gold Box deal. The bottom line? a 64GB card for as low as $35. Head on over there now and check it out.

A reminder, though, that SD cards work a little differently in Android 4.4 KitKat.

For more great accessories for your Android phone and tablet, be sure to visit our store at ShopAndroid.com!

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3 years ago

Spotify for Android gets new follow features and a little prettier

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Images added to playlists and long press to delete radio stations

Spotify has pushed out an update to its Android app that brings a couple of nice new features with it. You can now find people using your profile by tapping the friends icon and find what music they're listening to. Maybe you'll find some hot new bands to listen to. Or maybe you'll find out your friends are secret One Direction fans.

Also new is the ability to long press to delete a radio station you've created and Playlists view now has "pretty images." Nice.

Snag it for yourselves at the Play Store link up top.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 now available for preorder

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A quick reminder, folks, that T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available for preorder. The Galaxy S5 will run $0 down and $27.50 per month when paired with one of its Simple Choice plans, or you can buy it outright for $660. Pre-order here.

For more, hit up our Samsung Galaxy S5 forums

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3 years ago

Google Play gift cards make their way to Austria

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€15, €25 and €50 denominations being spotted in stores across the country

A quick heads up for our friends in Austria that Google Play gift cards look to be available there now. Even though Google hasn't updated its official support page to add Austria, the folks at Android Police have obtained an image from an Austrian who has obtained one of the new gift cards.

It was purchased apparently from Spar, so if you're looking for some maybe head there first. Once you've purchased, head into the sidebar menu in the Play Store on your Android phone or tablet, hit Redeem and enter the code beneath the scratch off panel. After that, you're good to go!

Source: Android Police

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