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4 years ago

Security-focused Blackphone decides on Tegra 4i

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Security-focused Blackphone decides on Tegra 4i

Blackphone

The super-security focused Blackphone was first announced at Mobile World Congress in February, but today we're learning a little more about what makes it tick. Initial launch materials didn't specify exactly which CPU would be powering the Blackphone, but today sees the announcement that it will in fact be a Tegra 4i.

4 years ago

LG G2 Mini shipping in the UK from April 30 for £250

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LG G2 Mini shipping in the UK from April 30 for £250

LG G2 Mini

LG G2 Mini

The LG G2 Mini was first launched back in February as Mobile World Congress was getting underway and one UK retailer today drops word that it will begin shipping it from April 30. The folks at Clove Technology will have them ready to send you from this Wednesday priced at £250 inclusive of VAT.

4 years ago

Unnanounced 14-inch HP laptop spotted running Android

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Unnanounced 14-inch HP laptop spotted running Android

HP Slatebook

HP Slatebook

HP looks to have another new Android device in the pipeline, this time with a 14-inch display and a keyboard. Not content with phones, tablets and even Chromebooks, HP seems to have an Android powered laptop they're calling the Slatebook PC hiding away. The info was pulled up by the folks at Notebook Italia via a hidden video – embedded below – from the HP website.

4 years ago

Samsung Mobile Instagram teaser all but confirms the Galaxy K camera phone

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Samsung Mobile Instagram teaser all but confirms the Galaxy K camera phone

Galaxy K Event

Galaxy K Event

Samsung Mobile has posted an Instagram video to its account that pretty much confirms the new camera focused phone that we're expecting to be known as the Galaxy K. Also previously referred to as the Galaxy S5 Zoom, Samsung is hosting an event tomorrow, April 29, in Singapore and the video clip below is the clearest indicator yet that optical zoom is the thing.

4 years ago

Samsung announces new premium mobile audio products: Level Over, Level On, Level In, and Level Box

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Samsung announces new premium mobile audio products: Level Over, Level On, Level In, and Level Box

Samsung Level Lifestyle - Listening in the rain
Samsung Level Lifestyle - Hiking in the city
Samsung Level Lifestyle - Urban chic
Samsung Level Lifestyle - Friends
Samsung Level - Black Series
Samsung Level - White Series
Samsung Level -Level Box
Samsung Level On - Black
Samsung Level On - White
Samsung Level On - Black
Samsung Level On - White
Samsung Level Over - Black
Samsung Level Over - White
Samsung Level Over - White

 Level Over, Level On, Level In, and Level Box

Available in black and white models, Samsung Level headphones and speakers ship in mid-May

Samsung has just announced Level, their new line of premium mobile audio products. The Level line includes the Level Over (over-the-ear headphones), Level On (on-ear headphones), Level In (in-ear headphones), and Level Box (Bluetooth Speaker). They'll be available for sale at retail and online by mid-May in most of the world. Here's what JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics, had to say about Level:

4 years ago

What I'm playing this week: Fairway Solitaire

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What I'm playing this week: Fairway Solitaire

Fairway Solitaire
Fairway Solitaire

Fairway Solitaire

A fun time-wasting card game that's easy to get hooked on

I'm a sucker for catchy puzzle and card games, and one that I just keep coming back to is Fairway Solitaire. The game has been out for a good long while and it isn't the flashiest out there, but I keep finding myself picking it up for 30 minutes here and there whenever I have some time to kill. Despite the naming, you really don't have to know much about golf in order to understand or play the game, but it definitely helps the enjoyment a bit.

Whether you like to hit the links yourself or not, the mechanics of the game are dead simple. While it doesn't really match up with any traditional card game (that I know of, anyway), it's basically a mixed up and reversed version of solitaire. You have a field of cards out with only some exposed, a deck of cards in front of you to play with and different obstacles along the way to clear. Tap on the cards out in the field to play them into your hand, moving through the deck sequentially until the cards are all gone. Pretty simple, right? Well they like to throw a few slices and water hazards in the way, naturally.

4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Damon Wayans, developer ...

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From the Editor's Desk: Damon Wayans, developer ...

Flick Dat
Flick Dat
Flick Dat
Flick Dat
Flick Dat
Flick Dat
Flick Dat
Flick Dat

Flick Dat

The longtime actor and director has turned his production skills to Android apps

To be perfectly honest, I didn't know what he was doing there either. Why was Damon Wayans, the actor, writer, director, producer (and member of the legendary family) at the Samsung Developers Conference in December? Celebrity appearances (paid or otherwise) are nothing new at tech events — see Lopez, Jennifer; Kutcher, Ashton; Wilde, Olivia; and i.am, Will to name but a few. So you'll forgive me for not thinking all that much about the appearance that week.

Fast forward a few months. The Samsung Galaxy S5 launches with some $500 in free "Galaxy Gifts" apps. And tucked in there along with the likes of a WSJ subscription and Paypal voucher is Flick Dat, one of Wayans' apps. And it turns out it all started at, of course, a Hollywood tech conference.

"The very first one I went to was DigiHollywood," Wayans recently told me by phone. "And I get there, and everyone's giving out business cards. So it made me think … with all this technology, we still haven't conquered the business card." That's certainly true, I thought. For as high-tech as this job may be, you'll still catch any one of us taking notes with a pen and paper and handing out (and worse, receiving) scores of paper business cards.

Thus, Flick Dat was born.

4 years ago

Mute groups for up to 100 years with the latest WhatsApp update

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Mute groups for up to 100 years with the latest WhatsApp update

WhatsApp

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a super popular messaging client available on multiple platforms. Part of what makes WhatsApp fairly cool to use is the group feature, which has just been expanded on in a new release (version 2.11.230). You'll now be able to mute groups for an entire century. A minor, but secretly awesome feature. Not only that but you can also finally hide notifications.

4 years ago

Mailbox by Dropbox adds action buttons to email notifications

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Mailbox by Dropbox adds action buttons to email notifications

Action buttons are great for email and now, Mailbox has them too

Although there certainly hasn't been a lot of updates as of yet for Dropbox's email client otherwise known as Mailbox there is a notable one filtering through the Google Play store right now. It's a simple one but also one that will be welcomed by many as it's a pretty core feature to have included. What is it? Well, it's action buttons for email notifications that allow you to archive, snooze and reply from the notifications.

A simple, yet wonderful little addition that brings the app more in line with even that of the standard GMail client but should improve overall use of the app and save some folks some time. Other than that, it doesn't seem as though any other feature changes have been added but the usual bug fixes and UI improvements are noted to be in place so there's that. The app is available for free so if you're looking to test it out, no better time than right now.

4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Amazon MP3 Mover, Clumsy Ninja, Fenix for Twitter and more!

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Apps of the Week: Amazon MP3 Mover, Clumsy Ninja, Fenix for Twitter and more!

Fenix for Twitter

Apps of the Week

See the apps we have installed on our own phones and tablets this week

We're wrapping up yet another strong month of Apps of the Week columns, each of which bringing the latest apps that the writers here at Android Central are using. Nothing special about the last post of the month, though — we're going to keep showing off the apps that are on our phones and tablets today just like we always do. This week we have a great game, a few utility apps and a new way to view your Twitter stream. A well-rounded list, if we do say so ourselves.

Read along and see what apps we've picked out to show off this week, and see if one or two may just work for you as well.

4 years ago

comiXology updates Android app following being acquired by Amazon

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comiXology updates Android app following being acquired by Amazon

Say goodbye to the in-app purchases you knew, and welcome Amazon's new method

If you're a comiXology user and been wondering if any changes to your account would come about due to Amazon acquiring the digital comic provider, we now know of at least one change. An update to the comiXology app for Android is now available on the Google Play store and it's one you're going to want to grab to ensure your comics still keep flowing.

4 years ago

Seven minutes on OnePlus

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Seven minutes on OnePlus

The OnePlus One is official — and causing quite the stir with its grassroots marketing efforts. In this excerpt from our most recent podcast, Phil, Andrew and special guest JR Raphael sum up the announcement of the OnePlus One smartphone, whether its price and specs will end up disrupting the market — and if its marketing efforts have backfired.

Have a listen, and be sure to check out this week's complete episode!

4 years ago

How to set favorite contacts on the Galaxy S5

How to set favorite contacts on the Galaxy S5

How to set favorite contacts on the Galaxy S5

How to set favorite contacts on the Galaxy S5

If you have a lot of contacts, weeding through them to find a specific person or searching can be daunting. That's why most smartphones let you have a list of your favorite contacts. The Galaxy S5 is no exception. Here's how to add a contact to your favorites:

4 years ago

The Android Central Podcast video feed has returned!

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The Android Central Podcast video feed has returned!

Android Central Podcast video

Android Central Podcast video

A quick heads up for those of you who prefer to get your video of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World through an RSS feed rather than on YouTube.

Our feed has returned! We switched up some back-end stuff, making it quicker and easier (and much more stable) for us to serve up our weekly videos into your favorite podcatcher. All you have to do is subscribe. And you can do that with this link: http://phon.es/acvideo. That's it.

We'll have links to that feed in each episode, of course. And be sure to check out this week's episode, featuring special guest JR Raphael!

4 years ago

LG G3 looks to keep rear (but redesigned) buttons

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LG G3 looks to keep rear (but redesigned) buttons

LG G3

LG G3

And here we have what probably is our first real look at what's believed to be the hardware for the upcoming LG G3, as seen in a leak to GSM Arena. Unsurprisingly, the volume and power buttons remain on the back, just below the camera lens. (Hey, LG wasn't named "most innovative device manufacturer of the year" for nothing.) Interesting, though, is the sensor to the left of the lens. Possible that it's some sort of secondary camera, much like what HTC is doing in the HTC One M8? Or is it a speaker? We'll see.

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