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4 years ago

Time Warner brings CATV streaming app to the Kindle Fire HD and HDX

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Time Warner brings CATV streaming app to the Kindle Fire HD and HDX

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Kindle

Amazon's Kindles now have access to live and on-demand TWC content

Time Warner Cable has announced the release of their TWC TV app for the Kindle platform. In an update today that also includes the Xbox 360, Samsung smart televisions and Roku streaming players, the free app will allow customers to watch live and on-demand content without any additional hardware purchase. Users on the Kindle platform can download the app from the App store on their device, or from the web here.

The TWC app has been around a long time for Android and iOS, and there's not anything new in today's version that we can see from the press release. But this is an interesting move nonetheless.

Companies — even traditional media companies who are always late to the party — treat the Kindle as a separate platform. Like many of the users, they don't care that underneath things are Android-powered. The Kindle is not a Android tablet without access to Google Play — it's a Kindle.

This is a good thing. The open-source component of Android is meant to be used, folded, mutilated and shoehorned in all manner of ways, and I'm sure Andy Rubin is more than happy to see it done. The folks crunching the numbers in Google's financial department may not be as happy, but from a consumer standpoint they really aren't important. What is important is that Amazon was able to take the code and create their own highly successful platform from it.

Bring on the Android-powered coffee makers, and I hope they can run the TWC TV app.

4 years ago

Pebble announces its own app store; open to developers now, public gets it in 2014

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Pebble announces its own app store; open to developers now, public gets it in 2014

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Pebble appstore

Pebble appstore

Smartwatch manfacturer Pebble today has unveiled its own official "Pebble appstore," a one-stop shop for apps and other features for the popular timepiece. The app store is initially open to developers only and will expand for public use sometime after the new year.

So what will you get? The app store will comprise seven categories at first, and each will showcase featured apps. 

  • Watchfaces
  • Daily
  • Remotes
  • Games
  • Notifications
  • Tools and utilities
  • Sports and fitness

Apps that require a full Android or iOS app will be allowed to link back to Google Play or the Apple App Store.

More: Pebble Developer portal; Pebble blog

4 years ago

Acer C720 Chromebook review

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Acer C720 Chromebook review

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Acer C720 Chromebook.

The best budget laptop purchase you can make right now. {.intro}

If it isn’t entirely clear to everyone by now, Chromebooks are certainly a thing. And more importantly for budget-conscious computer buyers, inexpensive prices are the norm for these browser-centric laptops (save for the Pixel, of course). Google and its partners have peppered the landscape with Chromebooks hitting the $199 to $299 price range, and smack in the middle is the Acer C720.

At $249 the C720 hits the same price point as the long-standing Chromebook posterboy, the Samsung Chromebook, while in itself succeeding its older brother, the C710. Although it occupies the same price point as the underpowered Samsung offering, the C720 packs a surprising amount of punch.

Read along and see the merits of the Acer C720 Chromebook, and why it may just be your best choice when it comes to value in the Chromebook space.

4 years ago

AT&T announces 12 new 4G LTE markets

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AT&T announces 12 new 4G LTE markets

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ATT

AT&T has announced that it's switched on its 4G LTE network in another twelve markets, bringing its total LTE market count to 488. The full list, which you'll find after the break, includes locations in Colorado, New York, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Idaho.

If you've seen AT&T 4G LTE lighting up for the first time in recent days, shout out in the comments.

4 years ago

Samsung preparing 10.5-inch AMOLED tablet for next month, reports Korean press

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Samsung preparing 10.5-inch AMOLED tablet for next month, reports Korean press

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Samsung tablets

Following recent reports that Samsung is hard at work on 8 and 10-inch AMOLED panels for future handheld devices, an article in Korea's ETNews today raises the possibility of such a tablet arriving as early as January. The report claims the device will be a 10.5-inch tablet, potentially making it one of the largest in Samsung's portfolio. Earlier rumblings point to the 10-incher being positioned as a rival to Apple's iPad Air, suggesting the device might well feature a super-high resolution AMOLED panel. ETNews writes that Samsung hopes to sell around ten time as many of these new tablets as its last AMOLED-based slate, the Galaxy Tab 7.7. That device shifted just 500,000 units, the outlet reports.

If Samsung is to unveil a new 10.5-inch AMOLED tablet next month then CES 2014 would be one possible launch venue. Naturally, we'll be on the ground in Las Vegas next month to bring you full coverage of any new Android devices at the show.

Source ETNews; via: SamMobile

4 years ago

Sprint's HTC One getting an update for HD Voice, bugfixes

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Sprint's HTC One getting an update for HD Voice, bugfixes

Sprint HTC One update

Sprint HTC One update

Word on the street is that Sprint's version of the HTC One is in the midst of a software update today. Still no KitKat — we're looking to January for that — but some update is better than none. The sparse changelog (on the device, anyway) reads thusly:

  • HD Voice enhancements
  • Fixes and invalid alert message after inserting SIM card successfully

Good fixes, it sounds like. The update brings you to software version 3.05.651.5 and weighs in at about 250 megabytes.

More: Sprint HTC One forums; image via @GoodByeBluMnday

4 years ago

No voice calls on Delta flights, CEO says

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No voice calls on Delta flights, CEO says

Phone calls on Delta

Phone calls on Delta

A bit of good news today for those of you deathly afraid of someone making a phone call next to you on a Delta flight — it ain't gonna happen, CEO Richard Anderson said today in a memo to employees.

"Our customer research and direct feedback tell us that our frequent flyers believe voice calls in the cabin would be a disruption to the travel experience," Anderson wrote. "Delta employees, particularly our in-flight crews, have told us definitively that they are not in favor of voice calls onboard."

We're going to see more and more phones in use one way or another on planes. While we agree that the fear of in-flight phone calls largely is sensationalized — it's loud up there, and someone talking on a phone really isn't an different than someone talking to the person next to them — a little solace at 35,000 probably won't hurt us.

For more, see our special feature, "Below 10,000 feet: Gadgets on planes."

4 years ago

Vote for the Android Central Podcast in the 2013 Stitcher Awards!

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Vote for the Android Central Podcast in the 2013 Stitcher Awards!

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2013 Stitcher Awards

If you'll allow us just a single post of self-indulgence — something we rarely do around here, of course — we'd like to take a moment and invite you to vote for the Android Central Podcast in the 2013 Stitcher Awards. Stitcher has long been a favorite of ours, and many of you use it to download and listen to our podcast every week. (And, more important, to keep us ahead of iMore on the all-important Sitcher List.)

So if you're a Stitcher user — hell, even if you're not — take a couple minutes and vote for us, will ya? You'll have to navigate through some Facebook nonsense to do so, but c'mon, we're worth it.

Thanks! And see y'all at this Friday's show.

4 years ago

BlackBerry Messenger to be preloaded on LG phones

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BlackBerry Messenger to be preloaded on LG phones

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BBM

BlackBerry has announced that its BlackBerry Messenger app for Android will be preloaded on LG smartphones, with the LG G Pro Lite being the first come bundled with the messaging service. The decision to preload BBM on the G Pro Lite initially suggests that the companies are targeting emerging markets with the move — the entry-level 5.5-inch handset is sold in Russia, China, India and the Middle East.

Today's announcement follows recent hints from BlackBerry that it'd secured deals with "leading OEMs" to preinstall BBM on Android handsets. BBM will continue to be available as a free, standalone app for Android and iOS, the company says.

More coverage: CrackBerry

4 years ago

Red HTC One Max launching in Taiwan

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Red HTC One Max launching in Taiwan

HTC One Max in red

HTC One Max in redHot on the heels of the black variant that appeared first in Hong Kong last week, HTC has launched a red version of the 5.9-inch One Max in its home territory of Taiwan. Hardware-wise the red Max is identical to the silver version — including the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner — but sports a red plastic trim in addition to the anodized coating found on its metal parts. That gives it a pretty striking appearance, perhaps more so than the red HTC One, which has black accents.

The red HTC One is available now from local retailers priced NT$23,900 (around $804.) There's no word of any plans to launch the red version in other markets.

HTC One Max review

Source: Engadget Chinese

4 years ago

Gold HTC One now available in the UK

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Gold HTC One now available in the UK

HTC One in gold

HTC One in gold

UK retailers selling golden handset on-contract

Remember the gold HTC One? No, not the real gold HTC One — the one that's still made of aluminum but has a pale gold-colored exterior. The most exclusive of all the HTC One colors is now available from UK retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u. Both outlets are selling the phone on-contract, but apparently not SIM-free, so you'll need to sign up for a monthly plan to get your hands on the champagne-hued device.

Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u have deals on all the major UK networks except Three, with prices ranging between £17 and £62 per month depending on monthly data allowances and how much you want to pay upfront for the phone. The cheapest deal for a "free" gold HTC One is a £29 per month plan on Vodafone with 1GB of 3G data.

Source: Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u

4 years ago

7-inch Kindle Fire HDX down to £169 in the UK

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7-inch Kindle Fire HDX down to £169 in the UK

Kindle Fire HDX

Kindle Fire HDX

£30 discount on all 7-inch, Wifi-only HDX models until January 2

Amazon UK has announced that it's lowering the price of all 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX Wifi models by £30 until the new year. The promotion runs until Jan. 2 and sees the cheapest 16GB varaint "with special offers" — i.e. lock screen ads — coming down to £169. As always, buyers can configure their devices with up to 64GB of storage, ads or no ads, and Wifi-only or Wifi + 4G LTE.

Amazon's latest small form factor tablet features a 7-inch 1920x1200 display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, with Android-based software built around Amazon's content ecosystem. Here's what our own Jerry Hildenbrand had to say about the HDX in his recent review —

Should you buy one? That's going to depend on what you're looking for in a tablet. If you want something that has access to all the cool apps and Android features we talk about here at AC daily, then no — the Kindle Fire HDX is not for you. On the other hand, if you want a simple, yet elegant portal to a rich content library — and don't mind that it's Amazons — then you should definitely grab one.

Kindle Fire HDX on Amazon.co.uk

4 years ago

Pink Samsung Galaxy S4 arriving at Phones 4u in January

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Pink Samsung Galaxy S4 arriving at Phones 4u in January

Pink Galaxy S4

Pink Galaxy S4

New color variant available to pre-order now

UK retailer Phones 4u has scooped up yet another color exclusive — this time the Samsung Galaxy S4 in pink, which will be available from early January. The device comes with a light pink front and back, similar to the "blush pink" Galaxy Note 3, and sports a new bronze-color trim around its edges. P4u says it'll have exclusivity over the pink Galaxy S4 throughout January, and a pre-order page is live right now.

The pink GS4 will be sold on contract with prices starting at £33 per month for 3G (with 1GB of data on Vodafone) and £38 per month for 4G (6GB, also on Vodafone). And 4G buyers will get a free wireless speaker valued at £120 to sweeten the deal, the retailer says.

So... any takers?

More: Phones 4u

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active LTE-A headed to Korea

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active LTE-A headed to Korea

Galaxy S4 Active LTE-A

Galaxy S4 Active LTE-A

New Galaxy S4 Active model for SKT features Snapdragon 800, faster data and upgraded camera

Samsung has unveiled a new version of the Galaxy S4 Active in its home country, featuring an upgraded CPU, faster data speeds and an updated camera that brings it in line with the company's other 2013 flagships. The device boasts LTE-Advanced data speeds of up to 150Mbps, and as such it runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 CPU as opposed to the Snapdragon 600 used in the global GS4 Active. The camera is now a 13-megapixel unit, up from 8 megapixels on the original.

Like the global model the GS4 Active LTE-A is IP67-certified, meaning it's resistant to dust and water — for up to 30 minutes at three feet — and there's also a 1080p LCD display and 32GB of internal storage and a 2,600mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with LTE-A will be headed to Korean carrier SKT, priced at 900,000 won (around $855).

Source: SamMobile, Samsung (Korean)

4 years ago

Google Play Movies expands to over a dozen new countries

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Google Play Movies expands to over a dozen new countries

Google Play Movies

Google Play Movies

27 countries in total now have access to the expansive movie collection

Google Play is expanding its reach for Google Play Movies to 13 new countries today. That brings the total number of countries served by the movie service to 27, which is a solid number considering the deals that likely have to take place to make that happen.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • Jamaica
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zimbabwe

Unfortunately, Google Play TV shows is still lacking in its distribution, only being available in the U.S., U.K. and Japan at this time.

Source: Google Support

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