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4 years ago

What we’ve got here is a failure to stream - Talk Mobile


Our media lives in a world of clouds, and those clouds have to be frustrating and secure. Who's gonna do it? You? You, media consumer? I have greater obstinance than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your MP3 and you curse the studios. You have that luxury.

4 years ago

Ask AC: Do I have to have a Wifi-enabled TV to use Chromecast?


Nope. Just an HDMI port and a nearby power plug.

Have a Chromecast question? Ask it in our forums!

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4 years ago

What's your AC App signature?


As we continue working toward v1.4 of the official Android Central App, let's take a look at another of our favorite features.

Anytime you post in the forums or leave a comment on a blog post, you post a signature, letting folks know that you're using the best damn Android Central app we've ever produced. And you can customize that signature so that you stand out even more. 

Give it a shot. Just go into the Settings menu and customize away.

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4 years ago

And here's the full, high-res HTC Robert Downey Jr. commercial


Now that it's leaked, HTC's gone and released the full thing. Enjoy.

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4 years ago

Google+ update will make switching accounts easier, improves location controls


Looks like a pretty decent Google+ update is coming down the pike, according to Google's Virgil Dobjanschi. Rolling out in the next day or so in version 4.1 is:

  • Easier switching between accounts. You won't have to sign out and then back in anymore. Same for pages you manage.
  • Better options for sharing your location. You'll get to choose just how precise a location you share with your circles, and it's done on a per-circle basis. So you could share the city for folks you don't know as well, and be more precise with folks you do.
  • Google Apps for Business. Finally supported.
  • Access photos and video from Google Drive. Maybe one day everything will live in one place. But for now, it's good to be able to get to them wherever they are.
  • Bye-bye Messenger, hello Hangouts. No great surprise here, and perhaps the bigger news is taht you'll be able to export all you Messenger conversation from Google Takeout.

Indeed, a good update. If you're not yet seeing it, hang tight. And if for some reason you've yet to circle us, we're at google.com/+androidcentral.

Source: +Virgil Dobjanschi

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4 years ago

Save on microSD cards from Amazon today


Amazon's got SanDisk storage cards as its Gold Box deal today, should your phone still support expandable storage. Here's the breakdown:

Thumb drives and SD cards are on sale as well.

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4 years ago

HTC Robert Downey Jr. ad leaks in full


Hyped Television Commercial

HTC has been releasing a steady trickle of Vines and Instagram videos from its upcoming ad campaign, starring Robert Downey Jr. and an assortment of acronyms. Today the full version of the first ad has leaked on YouTube, giving us an (admittedly blurry) look at a one minute, 44-second cut of the first #HTChange commercial.

Between all of HTC's various vines and publicity stills, there's not much we haven't seen before, but it's still worth a look.  It's also just the very beginning of HTC's two-year deal with RDJ, so there's certain to be more stuff like this in the pipeline.

Source: YouTube

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4 years ago

O2 UK reveals 4G plan pricing and data limits


'Introductory' offer gives customers up to 8GB of data until Oct. 31

O2 UK, which will be going head-to-head with Vodafone when it launches its 4G LTE network on Aug. 29, has announced the pricing and data caps for its 4G plans. As part of an "introductory extra data offer" customers signing up get an increased data allowance until Oct. 31.

Prices start at £22 per month on O2's "Refresh" plans, which are billed in addition to a monthly fee for a 4G phone. The cheapest plan comes with 1GB of data, or you can step up to 3GB (5GB until Oct. 31) for £27, or 5GB (8GB until Oct. 31) for £32.

There will also be 12-month SIM-only "Simplicity" plans available, with 1GB for £26, 3GB (5GB until Oct. 31) for £31, or 5GB (8GB until Oct. 31) for £36. All of O2's 4G plans come with unlimited calls and texts.

On the whole, O2's pricing isn't drastically different to what's on offer from 4G rivals Vodafone and EE -- you're still dealing with data caps, and there's still a hefty premium over the standard 3G service. Like the other networks, O2 is also offering bundled music and sports deals with its 4G packages, and there's also a gaming bundle available that'll allow gamers to play online without eating into their data allowances.

O2's 4G network will go live on Aug. 29 in London, Leeds and Bradford, and the operator says it'll have a total of 10 4G markets by the end of the year.

Source: O2

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4 years ago

Sony IFA press conference confirmed for Sept. 4


Sony will do its thing in Berlin just hours ahead of Samsung Unpacked

It was rumored around a month ago, but now it's official — Sony will hold its IFA press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 4, just hours ahead of Samsung's "Unpacked" event. As the Berlin-based IFA is a general consumer electronics show, Sony will likely be showing everything from cameras to TVs to laptops. But on the Android side we're expecting to see the company's new flagship phone — the Xperia i1 or "Honami" — the crazy new "lens camera" accessory and perhaps another look at the Xperia Z Ultra.

With all this taking place on the same day as Samsung's big event, where the Galaxy Note 3 is expected, it's going to be a busy day for Android announcements. We'll be covering both events live from Berlin, so keep it locked to AC early next month.

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4 years ago

Samsung's dual-screen Android flip phone is official


Samsung W789 unveiled on Samsung China site with quad-core CPU, Android 4.1

A day after yesterday's fairly comprehensive leak, the Samsung W789 ("Hennessy") has been officially unveiled, and it's now out in the open for all to see on Samsung's Chinese website. As rumored, Android-powered flip phone packs dual 3.3-inch HVGA displays, a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In addition, there's a 5-megapixel camera, a microSD slot (no word on internal storage) a 1,500mAh battery, and support for both GSM and CDMA networks.

There's no word on whether the W789, or some variant of it, will ever see release outside of the Chinese market. However if you're after a more premium Android clamshell, you might want to wait on the Galaxy Folder, which purportedly heading to Samsung's native South Korea.

Source: Samsung China (Translated); via: Engadget

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4 years ago

HTC One Mini launches on Vodafone


Prices start at £33 per month on 3G, or £42 p/m on 4G

Vodafone UK has launched HTC's new miniaturized handset, the HTC One Mini. The Mini, which we reviewed a few weeks back, packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and a similar metal chassis to the full-sized HTC One. The 4G LTE-capable handset arrives on Vodafone ahead of the network's 4G switch-on (in London, anyway) on Aug. 29.

The HTC One Mini on Vodafone is available on 3G contracts starting at £33 per month — that gets you unlimited calls and texts, a free One Mini and 1GB of data — or on 4G contracts from £42 per month which ups the data cap to 2GB. If you're after a larger 4G allowance, you can get a 4GB HTC One Mini bundle for £47 p/m or 8GB for £52 p/m. Voda's 4G plans also come with a choice of free Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile.

Still unsure as to whether the HTC One Mini is the one for you? Check out our full review.

Source: Vodafone UK

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 10.2 nightly builds now rolling out


Initial nightly rollout begins for Android 4.3-based custom ROM

While some have been compiling "unofficial" builds since the CyanogenMod 10.2 source code became available, there have so far been no "official" builds of the Android 4.3-based custom ROM. Today the CyanogenMod download portal has become populated with the first nightly builds for a handful of devices, including various members of the Samsung Galaxy families, The 2013 Nexus 7, Nook HD, and LG Optimus G.

With the Android 4.3 source code becoming available less than four weeks ago, this is has been a quick turnaround on the developers' parts to get the first nightly builds of CM 10.2 prepped and available. As always, though, these nightly builds are considered unstable and experimental, so flash 'em at your own risk.

The new builds come with many goodies, including but not limited to the new Focal camera app, a version of Superuser compatible with Android 4.3, and the ability to send Google Voice messages through standard SMS apps via Voice+

Follow the source link below to check and see if an official build is ready to download for your device.

Source: CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

Box updated with design refresh, new widget


Account switching, new folder views and sorting highlight this update.

A new update to Box is bringing several interface improvements to what was previously tired-looking app, including some new features to improve usability. First and most noticeable is a visual refresh to the home screen of the app, which now has an updated slide-in left panel for navigation between folders and access to accounts and settings.

Now that settings are found in that drawer, hitting the overflow menu button gives options to refresh or sort your files, which now offers several more options including by folder name, date and size. Also helping usability is a new thumbnail view with larger previews of files.

Those looking for a more feature-filled Box widget now have that option as well, with a full resizeable version that shows  a scrollable list of file updates for your account and gives options to refresh and add new files right from the widget. This is overall a considerable update, and you can grab your download of the latest version at the Play Store link above.

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4 years ago

This is why content deals all suck


Woe to you oh earth and sea, for the music companies send the beast with wrath because they know the time is short

This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I listen to it at least three times a week over Google Play All Access. Or at least I used to. When I tried today, I noticed it — as well as all my other "classic" Iron Maiden albums — were gone from the My Library page in Google Play Music. 

Thinking it was just a glitch, I jumped into the Play Store to re-add them all. That's when my heart was broken. It seems that all the Iron Maiden albums that I like (i.e. the ones that don't totally suck) have been removed from the Play Store.

Alex has confirmed that they are still available in Merry Olde England, but +Benji Hertel, developer at Lookout and noted Time Lord, has confirmed that they are gone from Rdio. This means it has to be some sort of evil twisted licensing deal gone awry. Or Qualcomm. 

Content providers, fix your shit. Deliver the stuff people want to the people who want to pay for it, or we'll steal it. It ain't rocket science.

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4 years ago

OpenTable now makes it easier to find and book tables quickly


Access to even more information with fewer steps to get it.

An improved first launch experience is on the menu with the latest update to the OpenTable Android app tonight. With necessary improvements to the somewhat dated-looking experience offered before, the v3.0 update now gives you a quick and simple reservation search along with recommended restaurants right when you launch the app. The new UI lets you set your location, date, time and number of people and quickly find a table without any extra pages or taps.

Those recommended restaurants on the main page are what OpenTable calls "Great Tables", a curated list of highly-rated restaurants in your area with their availability displayed prominently. When you do tap in to search results or listings, you now get a view of ratings from the results page and can even sort those results by user ratings.

The OpenTable app update has just been pushed out to the Play Store, and you can grab your own install or update from the link at the top of this post.

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