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3 years ago

The top app, device and accessory sales for June 16, 2014

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Catching back up from the Father's Day Weekend (I like to stretch it out as long as possible), and there are still all sorts of deals lingering. So let's just get to it, shall we?

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3 years ago

Snapdragon 805-equipped Galaxy S5 LTE-A tipped for imminent Korean launch

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Reports out of South Korea suggest that Samsung is getting set to launch an LTE-Advanced version of the Galaxy S5 later this month. The device is said to sport a Snapdragon 805 SoC and can reportedly achieve download speeds of up to 225Mbps.

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3 years ago

In three weeks, Blackphone hopes to satisfy privacy concerns

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After having been available for preorder since the beginning of the year, the privacy-centric Blackphone will be shipping in three weeks for $629. The device is pitched as an Android smartphone that's designed around security and privacy, both areas of growing concerns with the rise of malicious software, hacks, and government surveillance.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 models for Verizon and AT&T now have a root method

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If you've been itching to get root access on your AT&T or Verizon Galaxy S5, today brings some good news. Famed cracker and Sony's BFF geohot has built a tool that will root your S5 and let you get on with all those things you've been wanting to do but couldn't — like kill Caller Name ID or Baby Crying Detector. As usual, having root access comes with some caveats, and this tool is still early in it's development cycle so there may be bugs.

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Father's Day thoughts ...

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Monkeys

It's Father's Day here in the U.S. (there are fathers outside the U.S., right?), so I'll try to keep things short this week. We'll see how that goes. It's funny to see all these "Best Father's Day Gadgets" lists for something that's largely a made-up holiday. Do we do that for Mother's Day? I dunno.

That said, here's what probably would be on mine: A proper tablet (and, seriously, those new Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets are really good), a Nest Thermostat (I'm still digging mine), anything and everything Sonos (expensive, but so good), a Chromecast, and a good set of Bluetooth buds for using out in the yard, or exercising. Those are all things that I use if not every day, at least a few times a week.

I think next year I'll ask the family to forgo cards, though, and just stick with the hugs.

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3 years ago

Don't miss two special interviews in this week's podcast!

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A quick reminder, folks, that you'll want to check out the audio-only version of our latest episode of the Android Central Podcast, as we've got a couple interviews that should be relevant to your interests.

First up is SwiftKey CMO Joe Braidwood, who walks us through the changes to one of Android's most popular third-party keyboards, as well as the company working on an iOS keyboard.

And then we've got Mobile Nations Design Director David Lundblad (he's amazeballs) on the line to talk about last week's controversial redesign of the Android Central header. (Well, controversial in the sense that some folks love it, and some don't. We know which group outnumbers the other, though, and you'll note that the header remains.) He talks about the decisions that went into the changes, and what's still to come.

You can check out both interviews here.

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3 years ago

Sprint pushes 'urgent' update to its HTC One M8

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Sprint HTC On M8 update

Fix is for broken voice and data on both the proper and Harman/Kardon versions

If you've got an HTC One M8 on Sprint, heads up — there's an "urgent" software update waiting for you. This one addresses "network connectivity maintenance and improvements" for both voice and data. And, according to the fine folks in our HTC One M8 forums, it was one hell of a bug, basically making it so voice and data wouldn't work.

The update brings your software versions up to 1.54.651.10. Best get on Wifi and get it now. It should be available for both the proper version of the M8, as well as the exclusive Harman/Kardon model.

More: HTC One M8 forums; image via nathy321

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3 years ago

Skip waiting for invites and purchase the OnePlus One at Oppomart for $389

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While many are still waiting for OnePlus to hand out enough invitations for its debut Android flagship, the One, Oppomart has confirmed on its website the retailer has units in stock for purchase. We recently reviewed the "flagship killer", which sports impressive hardware at an affordable price, something other manufacturers fail to do for consumers. Oppomart has the 16GB OnePlus One listed for $389.

There is a catch, however.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Prime World Defenders, Newsblur, Soul Calibur and more!

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Apps of the Week

As many of us get our weekend World Cup viewing under way, the folks here at Android Central have put together our weekly roundup called Apps of the Week. This isn't a soccer-themed list, though — we've pulled together an app that each of us here at AC have been using in the last week, no matter what it is. That means we get a nice diverse list of games, utilities, media apps and other odds-and-ends.

This week we have two games, a news reader, an alarm clock app and a couple others to round out the weekly selections. Read along with us and see how they stack up.

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3 years ago

Moto E review

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Moto E

The little phone that reaches past its price point

I've been excited to have a look at the Moto E since its announcement in the middle of May. At $129 US, the Moto E is about the same price as dinner and a movie, and the buzz about how well it performs in the entry-level smartphone domain put it at the top of my wishlist. I've had a little time with it, and have to say I'm not disappointed in the least.

Motorola is no stranger to budget-priced smartphones that perform well. I carry a Moto G (sadly, the generation one version with no LTE) as my backup should I do anything silly to the phone I'm using daily, and I chose it because it was cheap and would do just about anything I wanted a smartphone to do. After years of low-priced models that failed to deliver, Motorola found their niche. Now they have expanded it with an even lower priced model in the Moto E. Let's have a quick look at how it fares in daily use.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab S up for pre-order in the UK, prices start at £330

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Tab S to hit UK market on July 4, 8.4-inch for £330, 10.5 for £420

Aside from an official Samsung sign-up page, we haven't heard a whole lot about when and where British consumers will be able to get hold of Samsung's new high-res, SuperAMOLED-toting Galaxy Tab S tablets. But today both Tabs have gone up for pre-order at Currys PC World, with prices starting at £329.99 for the 8.4-inch Tab and rising to £419.99 for the 10.5-incher. That's slightly more than Apple's Retina iPad Mini (£319) and iPad Air (£399), but cheaper than Samsung's earlier Galaxy Tab Pro slates.

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3 years ago

Review 14: The Amazing Spider-Man

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 The Amazing Spider-Man

Review is like app or game coverage but for movie series, television shows, comic books, and other geeky entertainment. It's great stuff you can watch and enjoy on your Android phone, tablet, or Chromecast! On this week's episode Georgia, Guy, Dave, and Rene talk about Spider-Man, from the comics to the cartoons, the Sam Raimi trilogy to the current Mark Webb films, including the latest Amazing Spider-Man 2!

Support Review: Go to squarespace.com/review for a free trial and 10%!

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3 years ago

New Twitter feature allows you to embed tweets within your tweets

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Twitter is testing a new feature that allows you to embed tweets within your tweets, provided you're using the official Twitter client for Android.

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3 years ago

Press render of the Galaxy F (S5 Prime) leaks, reveals brushed metal back

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Even before the launch of the Galaxy S5, the Internet rumormill was abuzz with reports of a metal-clad Quad-HD variant, dubbed the Galaxy S5 Prime. After months of leaks, possible device sightings and rumors, we have our first clear look at the purported Galaxy F, thanks to notorious leakster @evleaks.

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3 years ago

Android 4.4.3 update reportedly rolling out to Galaxy S5 this month, Galaxy S4 to follow suit in July

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A leaked Samsung KitKat update schedule document mentions that the manufacturer is set to roll out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update to the Galaxy S5 later this month, and for the Galaxy S4 in the month of July. An earlier version of the document, which was leaked last month, revealed that the South Korean manufacturer was starting to integrate the latest Android build into the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4.

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