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4 years ago

Motorola starting software soak test for Verizon Droids

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Motorola starting software soak test for Verizon Droids

Motorola Droid Ultra

Motorola Droid Ultra

Attention, owners of the Verizon Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx: Motorola has just sent out invites for a software "soak test" for the trio of devices. Nothing definite, but that could well mean Android 4.4 KitKat is on its way. (Or it could be a lesser version. We've got our fingers crossed.)

It generally takes a few days for the soak test update to push — and it's entirely possible the update will push to everyone — soak test or not — at the same time. It's happened before.

Stay tuned.

More: Verizon Droid forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

4 years ago

Use Google Now reminders to keep you from burning your house down this Christmas

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Use Google Now reminders to keep you from burning your house down this Christmas

Google Now reminders

Google Now reminders

Every year around this time we all see stories of tragedies that occur because of house fires — and dry Christmas trees often are to blame. (We had one here in my town just last week.)

This year, I'm using my phone to help make sure that doesn't happen. Google Now has an excellent reminder feature. Just tell your phone what you need to be reminded of, and it'll take care of the rest. So in this case, I said:

"Remind me every two days to put water in the Christmas tree."

You can adjust the start date, what time you want to be reminded, and how often you want to be reminded to water your tree. I'm going to look every two days. Simple and effective. Stay safe out there, folks.

4 years ago

Pebble smartwatch on sale for $120 at Amazon and Best Buy

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Pebble smartwatch on sale for $120 at Amazon and Best Buy

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Pebble

Heads up, folks: If you're still looking to get a Pebble smartwatch, Amazon currently has them on sale for $120 — that's 20 percent off the full retail price. Best Buy does, too. We've no idea how long that price will last, and it's only good for the black or red colors.

While you're at it, be sure to read through our Pebble roundtable for our take on the wearable.

Thanks, Caleb!

4 years ago

Motorola reminds us that we still don't have wooden backs for the Moto X

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Motorola reminds us that we still don't have wooden backs for the Moto X

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Wood

Maybe Motorola are growing their own trees

Motorola has taken to Twitter to once again tell us that wooden backs for the Moto X aren't ready. Shown off at the launch event, and talked about every few weeks since, the wooden backed versions are the new Unicorn from Motorola.

Put this DIY project on hold. Trust us.

We've been trusting you, Moto. A little less "coming soon" and a little more wooden backs in Moto Maker is what we want now.

Source: @Motorola

4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 3 collectible winner!

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Holiday Photo Contest: Day 3 collectible winner!

Holiday Photo Contest
Holiday Photo Contest Winner

Holiday Photo Contest

The third of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

We're heading into our first weekend of the two week long Holiday Photo Contest, and it's time to announce the third of 14 winners. We're picking one submission each day that fits the prompt of "holidays," as you would expect, and posting their winning photo on the site for all to see.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

4 years ago

Get your new Kindle Fire HDX and pay for it over time with Amazon's new installment plan

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Get your new Kindle Fire HDX and pay for it over time with Amazon's new installment plan

Kindle Fire HDX

Kindle Fire HDX

Four equal payments and no hidden fees make for a great way to get a new Kindle HDX

We've talked about the Kindle Fire HDX tablets before. If you're looking for a great way to consume content from Amazon — that means music, books, movies, audiobooks, the web and apps — there is no better way. They have displays to die for, are absolutely fluid and smooth because of the Snapdragon 800 inside them, deliver great sound and are built well. They aren't a typical Android tablet in any way, but no tablet from any company is better for reading or watching video. 

And now, you can get them on four payments.

Amazon has a new deal where you pay one installment to get your Kindle HDX, then pay three more 90 days apart. Each installment is 25 percent of the total plus tax for the same exact Kindle as if you paid it all up front. The $229 7-inch version will cost $57.25 every 90 days, and the $379 8.9-inch version comes in at $94.75 per installment. There are no finance charges, no interest, and no credit check.

There are a few restrictions, though. Folks from Washington, DC or Florida need not apply, and you have to have been an Amazon customer for two years. In addition, you need to have a credit card on file that expires no earlier than March 2014 — no debit cards are accepted.

If you're interested, know that you need to order by December 24, and this is only valid while supplies last. Visit the link below for all the fine print.

Source: Amazon

4 years ago

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day nine: Win a Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch) from AC and Sprint

12 Days of Christmas giveaway day nine: Win a Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch) from AC and Sprint

Android Central

12 days of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for the next 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 7-inch. It's an excellent light-weight Android tablet, and chock full of the features that make Samsung devices a favorite. Be sure to get your name in the hat for this one!

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

4 years ago

The Nexus 7 Folio case

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The Nexus 7 Folio case

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Nexus 7 Folio

A solid case with a few neat tricks, but how can it ever be worth the price?

Google is no stranger to releasing disproportionately expensive accessories for its inexpensive devices. Since the days of the Nexus 4, you've been paying a premium to have an official "Google" accessory from the Play Store. The Nexus 7 Folio, the latest $49 case from Google for your tablet, falls right in line with that history.

The first thing you'll notice about this new accessory is that it follows much the same design (and two of the same colors) as the recently-released Nexus 5 Bumper Case, although this offering is ironically more of a "bumper" than what's available for the phone. The Nexus 7 Folio will cover just the edges of your tablet, with either the back or front protected by a flip cover, depending on whether you're using the device or not.

Let's see if it's worth your investment.

4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Shut up and buy this phone

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From the Editor's Desk: Shut up and buy this phone

Moto G

Moto G

After what's felt like forever, I've finally gotten my hands on the Moto G. Four of them, actually (look for a pre-Christmas giveaway this week), and one thing is immediately clear:

Motorola gets it.

That's not to say there aren't any number of great Android smartphones out there. I'd still recommend the HTC One any day of the week. Or the LG G2. Or the Samsung Galaxy S4. Or the Moto X, of course. There are plenty of other great choices, too, particularly if you don't mind either paying outright or locking into another contract with a carrier.

But for $199 — off contract, out the door — you simply can't do better right now.

4 years ago

Nine minutes on SIM unlocking your smartphone

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Nine minutes on SIM unlocking your smartphone

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SIM card

A bit of big (albeit nerdy) news last week came from the FCC and CTIA, wherein the governmental entity in charge of all those public airwaves and the wireless industry's advocacy group announced a set of standards for allowing us (the customers) to SIM unlock our phones.

Theoretically, that's a big deal because removing those locks is the first step in being able to use any phone on any network here in the United States.

But as we talked about on our most recent podcast, it's maybe more a symbolic victory than anything else. Technical hurdles still remain. Have a listen.

4 years ago

T-Mobile nearing deal to buy 700MHz spectrum from Verizon

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T-Mobile nearing deal to buy 700MHz spectrum from Verizon

T-Mobile

T-Mobile

In return, Verizon to receive cash and AWS spectrum in certain markets

T-Mobile could potentially be ready to wrap up a big deal for some of Verizon's spectrum. According to a report from Bloomberg, the carriers are nearing a deal to transfer 700MHz "A block" spectrum from Verizon to T-Mobile for somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 billion. Verizon initially purchased the 700MHz spectrum in 2008 for $2.6 billion. Further, the deal may also see T-Mobile transferring some AWS (that's 1700/2100MHz) spectrum to Verizon for certain markets. 

If approved by the FCC, the 700MHz spectrum transfer would be applicable to about 150 million people, indicating that this would be quite a large pickup for T-Mobile. The nation's fourth-place carrier currently holds spectrum in the 1900MHz and AWS bands, which is less expensive and fully functional, but can't always penetrate buildings in dense cities properly.

Adding 700MHz could be just what T-Mobile needs to round out its network offerings, so long as it plans to have the spectrum for a good amount of time and starts to deploy devices that support the frequencies. Sources claim the deal could be finalized as soon as next week.

Source: Bloomberg

4 years ago

Netflix finally adds profile support on Android

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Netflix finally adds profile support on Android

Netflix

Netflix

Share an account, but keep your libraries separate

The latest Netflix app update in the Play Store has a short changelog, but what's there has been a long time coming. That's right, proper profile support has made its way to Android after being available on practically every other platform, and Netflix users are going to be extremely happy about that fact.

No more handling of multiple accounts, and no more mixing of suggestions when you have a few different people sharing an account or device. Just see your most recent movies and shows completely separate from the others using the account. We're sure more than a few of you have been waiting for this one — snag the update from the Play Store link above.

4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Division Cell, Weather Underground and more!

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Apps of the Week: Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Division Cell, Weather Underground and more!

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Division Cell
Weather Underground
Douchebag Beach Club
Dead Trigger 2

Apps of the Week

Another full list of games and tools to try this weekend

Another week is behind us, and that means it's time to cap it off with another Apps of the Week post. Each week we take up a slot of time on Saturday afternoon to list an app that each of the folks here at Android Central have been using, and give a little explanation of why it's something we use. Not every app will be new or buzz-worthy, but if we're using it, we're going to tell you about it.

This week's list has a few different games (what else is the weekend for?) highlighted by another weather app that may just hit the spot for you. Read along with us after the break and see how the list stacks up.

4 years ago

Google purchases robotics firm Boston Dynamics

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Google purchases robotics firm Boston Dynamics

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Boston Dynamics

Are you ready for super-evil robots that will take over the planet in some sort of cybernetic revolt? I sure am.

We probably won't see maniacal robo-wargs that will swoop in and destroy all humans, but if we ever do, the two companies that could make it happen just got cozy. Google has announced that they have purchased Boston Dynamics, creators of terror the Big Dog and PETMAN, for an undisclosed sum. I'll speculate that it was 100 Billion Dollars. Not really.

All jokes aside, Boston Dynamics have the knack to make robots that are agile, strong and sturdy instead of fragile pieces of metal that need coddling. The kind of robots that could do stuff instead of just look pretty in a lab. Check out the WildCat — and hope it never chases you.

What does this mean? We have no idea. Andy Rubin is Google's new robot overlord, so I imagine he has some sort of plan for this. We can only hope that it's peaceful.

Source: NYT

4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 2 collectible winner!

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Holiday Photo Contest: Day 2 collectible winner!

Holiday Photo Contest
Holiday Photo Contest Winner

Holiday Photo Contest

The second of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

Two down, 12 more to go. Our Holiday Photo Contest where we give away Android mini collectibles every day is moving along, and we've picked another winner. We're picking one submission each day that fits the prompt of "holidays," naturally, and posting their winning photo on the site for all to see.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

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