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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Android camera gets official on AT&T

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AT&T this morning announced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom — an Android-powered camera with LTE data — will be available on its network starting Nov. 8. It'll run $199 with a two-year contract, or $25 a month if you sign up for AT&T Next.

The camera-phone hybrid has been around for a few months now. Here's how Alex Dobie put things in his full Galaxy S4 Zoom review:

"The Galaxy S4 Zoom's hardware is best described as a head-on collision between the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy Camera."

Fair enough. 

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4 years ago

How to add and arrange home screens in Android 4.4 KitKat

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The launcher — the app that controls how your home screens look and act — arguably is the most important part of an Android smartphone. And from the earliest devices, we've seen manufacturers and app developers diverge from Google's solution and roll their own interpretations. (To varying degrees of success, for sure.)

In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google changed things up once more adding a couple of simple but much-needed features — the ability to add home screens, and the ability to rearrange your home screens.

Oh, Google Now is still attached to the far left — that's not going anywhere anytime soon, probably. But these new additions are welcomed, and easy to get used to.

We've got your primer videos after the break.

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4 years ago

Start your week with Nexus 5, KitKat and the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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If you missed Friday's live recording of the Android Central Podcast, you missed more than 80 minutes of Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat — and a whole mess of your questions. Fortunately, thanks to a little 21st century gramophone action, we've got the show recorded for posterity.

And we've got several choices for your listening pleasure:

Give 'er a go, folks. And thanks for listening!

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4 years ago

Moto G announcement set for November 13

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Sign up page goes live for live online announcement set for just over a week's time

Up until this point we were pretty sure the Moto G is a real thing, and today Motorola has outright confirmed that with a sign up page and an email in our inbox with a confirmed date for the announcement of the new device. Everything is set to go down on November 13, and interested parties can sign up now for the live online announcement. 

From recent leaks we're expecting the Moto G to be a more budget conscious offering in the Motorola stable, with a similar look to the Moto X but with trimmed down size and specs. A recent UK based leak suggested the Moto G might be hitting the market at just £135, which if true has us extremely interested. 

Whatever the Moto G turns out to be, we'll be following everything as it happens on November 13, so keep it locked to Android Central. 

Source: Motorola

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4 years ago

International Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update rollout begins

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Firmware for Vodafone Ireland available, others to follow

Following recent Android 4.3 launches on the Galaxy S4, it seems it's the turn of Samsung's 2012 flagship to get the updated version of Google's OS. Reports from SamMobile suggest that the international 3G Galaxy S3 (GT-i9300) has begun receiving the update, starting with owners of the Vodafone Ireland branded version.

The update brings the Exynos-based GS3 to software version UGMJ9, which includes Android 4.3 and all its associated features, as well as Galaxy Gear support, ANT+ support, the apps-to-SD feature from the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, among other TouchWiz features. The Galaxy S3 skipped over Android 4.2, meaning there'll be a lot of new stuff to see for international GS3 owners, who'll be updating from Android 4.1.2.

If you're on Vodafone Ireland (with a carrier-branded device) you should be able to update over-the-air or through Samsung's Kies desktop software. As usual, other carriers and regions are expected to follow in the days and weeks ahead.

Source: SamMobile; via: XDA

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4 years ago

'Glass Guides' to educate new Explorers over Hangouts

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In-person-pickups of Google Glass are no longer necessary, but Google still wants to make sure you understand the $1,500 device

The still-relatively exclusive Google Glass club is set to grow by as much as 300 percent in the days and weeks ahead, now that Google's allowed the first round of Explorers to invite up to three friends to try the $1,500 wearable. But one big change is that you'll no longer have to pick up your Glass in person at an office in either Los Angeles or New York. Now, Glass will come to you. 

That presents a little bit of a conundrum, though, as Glass is still very much not a consumer product. And while it isn't all that hard to get a grip on, there's a reason why Google wanted to meet Explorers in person and give a one-on-one walkthrough.

But it turns out Google's not just shipping-and-forgetting to those of us in this new friends-and family-plan. I got a call this afternoon (5 p.m. on a Sunday — on my landline — but whatever) inviting me to do a little sit-down for my new Google Glass with an official "Glass Guide," over Google Hangouts, of course.

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4 years ago

Everything you wanted to know about disabling apps on your Android

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Pre-installed apps can sleep with the fishes if you know where to look to do it

Recent versions of the Android platform have enabled a pretty powerful little trick — the ability to put just about any app to sleep. It's one of those thing folks who rooted their phones have been able to do, but now anyone can, thanks to Android's built-in application manager.

If you're new to all this (and we're seeing plenty of new faces every day) you'll need to know how before you dive in. You could probably find a short and incomplete explanation in the user manual that came with your phone, but we've a better idea. AC Ambassador Haalcyon has written up a complete primer that will show you how to put any app into a coma, as he calls it. Take a few minutes to read through it, and you'll be ready to say goodbye to those apps you never wanted to begin with. 

You've got a powerful little box in your hands. We're always here to help you learn how to effectively use it. Jump into the forums and have a look.

[Guide] How to disable apps

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4 years ago

Sony SmartWatch2 review

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Sony’s third try at a smart watch hits almost all the bases

Sony is no stranger to the concept of smart wearables. We’ve seen the Sony Ericsson LiveView (which is best forgotten by everyone) and the original SmartWatch introduced at CES in early 2012, which was a little bit better but suffered from connectivity issues. Their latest version, aptly (yet unimaginatively) dubbed the SmartWatch 2 has a history to build on, and to try and not repeat.

Wearables are going to be a lucrative business for the right people. We all saw how the Pebble ripped through its Kickstarter goals, so the desire is out there. It will take a company that can get the form and the function just right to steal it all. Could Sony have done it with the SmartWatch 2? Sales say no, but we all know that best selling doesn’t mean best. Hit the break, have a read, and see what you decide.

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Coming up for air

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Well, that was one hell of a week.

We were in the middle of Friday's (rather epic) podcast on the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat when we reminded ourselves that just days earlier we'd been at the Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco. So in the span of single work week we had an inaugural devcon from one of the biggest damn manufacturers of anything on the planet.

Then Halloween hit. It's kind of a thing when you have a couple young kids. 

A day later, we had the announcement of a new (and pretty major, imho) version of Android. And we had the announcement and retail launch of the Nexus 5.

And the iPad Air went on sale last week, too. Not sure yet if I need to get one — I'll probably decide I do just as soon as it's not easily available. But the initial reviews have me wanting to see just how light and thin that thing is.

Oh, and I finally got Google Glass. So, yeah. Just a few things to wrap my mind around this week.

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4 years ago

Nexus 5 camera samples and first impressions

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A quick overview of the new Nexus's photographic capabilities

Google's Nexus smartphones don't have the best reputation when it comes to photography. The Galaxy Nexus's rear camera was a pretty big disappointment, and the Nexus 4's was little more than adequate, despite the introduction of new features like Photosphere. So will this year be any different? Google certainly seems to thinks so — the LG-built Nexus 5 is pitched as a device for capturing "the everyday and the epic," boasting a new HDR+ mode and optical image stabilization (OIS) while maintaining megapixel parity with the last-gen Nexus, with its 8MP rear shooter. It also boasts a larger 1/3.2-inch sensor and f/2.4 aperture.

But is it any good in the real world? Let's find out after the break.

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4 years ago

Best Buy lists 'Sprint' Nexus 5 for $449 off-contract

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Pricing mirrors what Sprint is charging for the phone directly 

Best Buy's online store has started listing a "Sprint" Nexus 5, mirroring the same on- and off-contract pricing as the carrier's own store. We're looking at a $149.99 price for signing a new agreement, and $449.99 for the phone with no strings attached. All indications are that this is the exact same "D820" model as listed in the Play Store, which we would expect.

Many of us probably could have guessed that Best Buy was going to jack up the price a bit more, so it's good to see only a $100 premium placed on the phone outside of Google Play. Taking into account that you'll pay about $15 for shipping from the Play Store, it's not too terrible of a deal to pay $85 extra to have it right away — and with Google's own stock dwindling, you may have a better shot at picking one up from Best Buy.

The device is currently listed in both black and white in 16GB capacity on the site, and still has a "Pre-Order" button at this point. We can likely expect it to actually go on sale on November 8th, the same date Sprint is set to sell them.

Source: Best Buy

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: GroupMe, Thor: The Dark World, Media Converter and more!

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A great grouping of free apps for you to check out this weekend

Hard to believe it's already November, but we're moving right along on our Apps of the Week column every Saturday. As we do every week, we round up a group of apps picked by each of the Android Central writers, and give you a quick explanation of why they're installed on our phones and tablets. They may not be chart-topping apps that will blow your mind every time, but they work for us and we think they can work for you as well.

This week we have a list of both utilities and games, with the theme that each one is completely free. Read along with us after the break and see how this week's list compares to the rest — you may just find an app or two you want to try out for yourself.

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4 years ago

How to get Google Now off your Android 4.4 KitKat home screen

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Google Now on your home screen is a good thing — but you can turn it off if you wish

It was a couple years ago when some seer of an Android editor predicted that we'd one day find Google Now serving as our home screen. And in Android 4.4 KitKat, that has come true. Google Now is on the far left home screen. It's not just a widget. It's not some separate app. It is, for all intents an purposes, an integral part of the launcher and is a home screen.

But what if you want to get Google Now off your home screen?

There are a couple ways to do it — and one of them is going to cost you a fair amount of functionality.

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4 years ago

Android's SmartWatch will be Android compatible; coming this December

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Fashion watch company Android is getting into the wearables game with their own smart watch design

Android as a brand is used for more than just smartphones. One case where this is true is a small company that designs and sells moderately priced watches that feature bold, industrial design. They've been around a while, and have a considerable number of fans among "watch geeks" — including yours truly. 

I've been waiting for some company like Android to build a smart watch compatible with our Android phones since I first saw the Pebble. It looks like that's going to be soon, as the Android SmartWatch is said to be coming in December. The quick first look we see in the above image, and in the video after the break, aren't exactly the awe-inspiring design I was waiting for, but hopefully the price will be right and the functionality will be at least equal to the better units we see today. 

We'll know more when they tell us more, In the meantime, there's a video after the break that shows it off a bit, including the Galaxy S4 it's being used with. 

Source: Android Watches

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4 years ago

Inside KitKat: Changes to the lock screen widgets

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A little extra security is added to your Android as lock screen widgets can be disabled in the system settings

Kit Kat brings a change to one of the features from Jelly Bean that everyone has an opinion about —  the lock screen widgets. On one hand, they offer a bit of information from any application that supports them (quite a lengthy list) and can be great for things like music controls or messages. On the other hand, they were kind of clunky, required at least as much interaction as unlocking the phone, and for many, seemed like a unnecessary security risk, where anyone could pick up your phone and add widgets for access to private information.

Lock screen widgets are still present in Kit Kat, but you'll need to enable them in your settings should you wish to use them. Nestled appropriately under the "Security" section of the device settings, you'll see a line item for Enable widgets. While you're not really told as much — Google often has "issues" communicating well — the group of settings there for Owner information, Enable widgets, and Screen lock all have to do with the lock screen. An Android pro would figure it out, but not everyone's an Android pro.

Anyhoo, check the box next to Enable widgets and you'll be able to add lock screen widgets in the same way you did for Jelly Bean devices. Leave it unchecked, and you'll not be able to. If it's unchecked, and you're using a secure lock method, nobody else will be able to, either. This is how a feature like this should be offered. Nicely done, Google.

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