4 years ago

Google Voice numbers can now receive MMS from T-Mobile numbers


Still no outgoing MMS support, but it's a step in the right direction

Google announced that full MMS support will hit Google Voice in early 2014, but it has made at least one small step towards that goal today by adding T-Mobile MMS receive support. Just as has (theoretically) been the case with Sprint for some time now, Google Voice users receiving an MMS from a T-Mobile customer will have that picture emailed to them. You'll get a simple "MMS received" email to your Gmail account, along with the picture as an attachment, and you'll also get an SMS indicating that the picture was received.

There doesn't seem to be any noticeable delay, and we've just tested it ourselves and it seems to work just fine. Now this certainly isn't the most elegant solution ever, and it doesn't help us with outgoing MMS from Google Voice numbers, but it at least means that now when your friends and family send you pictures you'll get them if they're on Sprint or T-Mobile.

And now we play the waiting game until full-on MMS support comes to the service.

Source: +Alex Wiesen

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4 years ago

Google Keyboard update brings KitKat features, drops the holo blue


A little KitKat style on any device running ICS or above

The Google Keyboard is getting a nice update that brings it right up to speed with the latest KitKat features and styling, offering what was only available on the Nexus 5 for a few days. Now any device running Android 4.0 or above will see the newer black and grey look (no more holo blue here), along with a few new features. First up, the long-press menus have been revised and you now access emoji rather than just basic smilies if your phone supports it.

The update also adds "space-aware gesture typing," which is just a fancy way of saying you can swipe over the space bar rather than lifting your finger between words. You'll also see a better punctuation layout across phones and tablets of different sizes, making the best use of the real estate at hand.

You can grab an update to the latest Google Keyboard and get a taste of KitKat on your own device at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

What I'm using: The Zens Wireless Charger with the Nexus 5



Oh, wireless charging, how I missed you. Having used the HTC One and Moto X for the past 8 months or so, I'd been resigned to plugging in my phone every night. Not a huge deal, of course, but it does become a bit of a pain if you're like me and tend to top off at your desk while you're working.

The Nexus 5 can charge wirelessly, of course. That is, you don't actually have to plug the phone to do so. There are any number of wireless charges out there — and if you have one that's Qi-compatiable, you should be good to go. But I've very much been enjoying the Zens Wireless Charger of late, as provided by our pals at ShopAndroid.com.

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4 years ago

The Nexus 5 vs. the LG G2


The newest Androids from LG are similar, but there are still plenty of differences

Google releases one Nexus phone each year, and there is always plenty of competition from Android vendors to compare it to. We're going to have a look at how the new LG Nexus 5 stands up against the best of the competition, and the LG G2 seemed like the logical place to start.

A lot of folks are under the impression that the Nexus 5 is just the G2 with the buttons moved to the "normal" location. While they certainly share some of the same components, and have some of the same hardware features, they are two very different animals. 

Hit the break and have a look.

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4 years ago

Google Glass gets XE11 update, adds new directions, calendar search, setup and screencasting shortcut


A quick heads up for you folks (OK, you few folks) out there sporting Google Glass. The November update — XE11 — is now available.

New this month is the ability to designate home and work locations on Glass — just like you can in Google Maps, the easier to find your way home or to work. (And, more important, to route you around any traffic.)

You'll also be getting personalized calendar search, so you can ask Glass to show you what's coming up.

There's a new setup scheme as well, but you'll need to do a hard-reset to see that.

And finally there's a new shortcut in the notification drawer of your phone for screencasting.

Google's also changed up the shortcut for initiating a search. Instead of long-pressing the touchpad, you'll need to tap it three times slowly when the display is off.

More: XE11 release notes; via +Google Glass

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4 years ago

Lookout security coming to AT&T Android phones


Security software to be loaded on all compatible AT&T Android devices

Mobile security firm Lookout has announced that it's partnering with AT&T to bring its Android security suite to all compatible AT&T phones in the future. The app, which is already preinstalled on AT&T's Galaxy Note 3, is one of the leading antivirus and theft-protection apps on Android, with features designed to repel both digital and physical security threats.

Lookout has made the news with a number of high-profile partnerships over the past few months. It recently inked a deal with Samsung to include its software included as part of the KNOX enterprise security suite. And back in July the company partnered with T-Mobile to bring free Lookout security subscriptions to its Asurion PHP and Jump! customers.

With both Samsung and AT&T now onboard, Lookout looks set to significantly grow its user base in the months ahead.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Best Buy doing a blue Galaxy S4 for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon


Best Buy this morning announced that it'll carry a "Blue Arctic" (no, not Arctic Blue) Samsung Galaxy S4 starting Nov. 18. Preorders begin Nov. 10. You'll be able to get one for use on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint.

Here's how pricing breaks down:

  • Verizon: $249.99 with a two-year contract.
  • AT&T and Sprint: $199.99 with a two-year contract.
  • Outright: $749.99

The phone will be available online or in stores.

Source: Best Buy

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4 years ago

Sony confirms Android 4.3 and 4.4 update plans


Ten devices to get 4.3 from next month; five devices confirmed for KitKat upgrades

A week after the new OS version's announcement, Sony Mobile has revealed its upgrade plans for Android 4.4 KitKat, while committing to get the previous version, 4.3 Jelly Bean, onto some devices from next month.

Android 4.3 will arrive on the Xperia T, Xperia TX, Xperia V, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 "from next month." The T, TX and V will go straight from Android 4.1 to 4.3, Sony says, while the others will jump from the newer version 4.2.

As for KitKat, Sony isn't offering any timeframe, but says it will update the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 to Android 4.4. The manufacturer isn't confirming KitKat for any other devices at this stage, however it describes these five as the "first raft" of updates, suggesting others will follow.

Elsewhere, HTC is the only Android manufacturer to commit to any timeframes for 4.4 updates, saying it aims to get the new version of Android on unlocked HTC Ones within 30 days, and update U.S. carrier models within 90 days.

Source: Sony Mobile

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4 years ago

Rayman Fiesta Run now available on Android


New platformer arrives today on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Platform veteran Rayman returns to mobile today with the launch of Rayman Fiesta Run, a new running game that follows on from last year's Rayman Junge Run. Like that title, Fiesta Run features fast-paced platforming across a range of colorful worlds, with a total 76 individual levels. The concept isn't new — run around cartoon worlds tapping the screen to jump, collecting glowing critters as you go. But Rayman Fiesta Run seems nicely polished, with slick visuals and new ways to play including "invasion mode," which can be unlocked by beating stages, and three boss battles to contend with.

Rayman Jungle Run is available now on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore, priced at $2.99 in the U.S. and £1.99 in the UK. For the price, it's definitely worth a look if you're a platformer fan. The game is also available on iOS from today.

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4 years ago

Martian smartwatches now available on Amazon


Listed at $299, Martian watches look to bring a smart watch with a touch of traditional style

If you're interested in smartwatches, but wanting something that looks a little more classic on your wrist, Martian smart watches may be what you're looking for — and now they're available for everyone via Amazon.

Mixing a small scrolling OLED screen with a traditional analog dial, they look like, well, a watch. A watch with an Android app, and out-of-the-box the Martian watches will handle calls, texts, Facebook, Twitter, email and more. Another listed feature is an on-board accelerometer that can be used to do things like send calls to voicemail with the flick of the wrist. A built in speaker and microphone allow for making and receiving calls, as well as sending SMS and using other voice commands.

Available in the more traditional Passport model (seen above) or a more sporty Victory model, the watches list at $299.99. I've ordered a Passport model to put through the paces, so be sure to hit me on Google+ with any quick questions and keep an eye out for a real-world review after a week or so with this one. Hit the break for the full press release.

More: Martian Watches

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4 years ago

Leaked document points to Nov. 20 launch for T-Mobile Nexus 5


With Nexus 5s already in the hands of Google Play Store buyers, we're starting to see the first indications of when it'll arrive at subsidized prices on U.S. carriers. Sprint's is due to arrive from Nov. 8, and if the latest leaked documents are to be believed then T-Mobile shouldn't be far behind.

The leaked retail planning guide obtained by TmoNews shows the T-Mobile Nexus 5 arriving alongside the Nexus 7 on Nov. 20, ahead of T-Mo's Black Friday promotions. It's unclear how much T-Mobile might charge for the N5, but given the device's low cost and the carrier's recent tendency to offer $0 down deals for major devices, we wouldn't be surprised to see some competitive pricing.

In the meantime, there's of course nothing stopping you picking one up from the Play Store and loading it up with any T-Mobile SIM.

Source: TmoNews

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition lands in Canada November 8


Tablet launching tomorrow at major Canadian retailers

Samsung's latest high-end Android tablet, the stylus-toting Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition, will be arriving in Canada from tomorrow, Nov. 8. Canadians will be getting the Wifi-only octa-core Exynos version of the Android 4.3 tablet, which packs a 2560x1600-resolution, 10.1-inch display, 3GB of RAM and the same S Pen functionality as its smaller sibling the Galaxy Note 3.

The new Note 10.1 will arrive at Best Buy, Future Shop and "other major retailers" tomorrow in the "classic white" color. There's no word on when (or if) the "jet black" version will be joining it. However Samsung is offering a bunch of promotional goodies for Note 10.1 buyers, including a $20 Samsung apps gift card, three months of free Rdio streaming, two free ebooks from the "For Dummies" series and 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years, as part of an offer that runs until Nov. 30.

For more on the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition check out our full review below.

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition review

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4 years ago

Android U.S. market share dips slightly, Samsung improves its position


HTC and Motorola both drop market share; LG holding down 5th place

Releasing its monthly report on the U.S. mobile industry, comScore shows Android with a slight decrease in market share as of September 2013. A three-month average ending in September shows Android with 51.8 percent of the U.S. market, down 0.2 percentage-points. Apple naturally holds the second spot at 40.6 percent, with BlackBerry and Microsoft taking up third and fourth place.

In terms of manufacturers (chart shown below), comScore shows Apple still on top with that same 40.6 percent of the market, up 0.7 percent, with Samsung holding second place strong with 24.9 percent of the market, up 1.2 percent. HTC holds onto third place just barely at 7.1 percent, down 1.4 percent between periods. Motorola drops to 6.8 percent market share, and LG 6.6 percent. If you're counting that also leaves 14 percent divvied up among various other small manufacturers.

Source: comScore

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4 years ago

Here are your Nexus 5 contest winners


For those about to rock a new Nexus 5 from Android Central, we salute you

If you can remember with all the mind-blowing stuff we've seen so far this week, we're giving two lucky folks a new Nexus 5 of their very own. The contest is now over, the random number generator has been activated, and we have your winners. Let's all send out happy thoughts and congratulations to:

  • John in Colorado
  • Jon in the UK

Congrats John and Jon, and thanks for being part of things here. It's folks like you who make Android Central as good — and as fun to be a part of — as it is. We're trying to think of other ways to give away great stuff, so always be on the lookout for it.

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4 years ago

Rochester Optical to offer prescription and fashion lenses for Google Glass in early 2014


Company also hires wearable tech figure Tim Moore to lead new efforts

With increased excitement over Google Glass as of late, it seems fitting that a company start offering prescription lenses for the headwear. Rochester Optical announced today alongside the hiring of industry figure Tim Moore that it will bring custom prescription, fashion and sport lenses that work with Google Glass in early 2014. Currently, you can only choose from a simple pair of sunglass or clear protective (and non-prescription) lenses from Google.

Although many Glass Explorers that need prescription lenses have been making due with either contacts or wearing both their regular glasses and Google Glass at the same time, it's wonderful to hear that a third party will be making custom lenses. Not only does this open up the market for other companies to get in on Google Glass market, it also means even more people out there can potentially wear the tech in the future.

Source: PRWeb; +Tim Moore

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