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3 years ago

Looking for free Android apps on Amazon? There are nine up for grabs today!

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Amazon today is offering up some nine free Android apps. As in gratis. Pay nothing, spend nothing. Free. Android. Apps. A couple are for Kindle tablets, but the other seven should work on smartphones as well. All you need is the Amazon Appstore app, and you're on your way.

Here's the list:

If you need to install the Amazon Appstore, you can snag it here for sideloading.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 versus iPhone 5s

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With the announcement earlier this week of Samsung's Galaxy S5, the stage is set for one of the biggest smartphone rivalries of 2014. The Galaxy S5 will go head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 5s until the Cupertino company announces the iPhone 6 — or whatever's next — later this year. And at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the Mobile Nations team had the chance to compare Apple and Samsung's flagship devices.

Reporting for iMore, here's what Richard Devine had to say —

In terms of design, both Apple and Samsung went for iterative bumps with their respective flagship devices. Apple is of course in its 's' year with the iPhone which usually means nothing much in the way of design changes. Samsung has retained the overall look and feel of its recent Galaxy devices such as the Note 3 and its predecessor the Galaxy S4, while making some subtle and welcome changes to how its made.

Both have pretty fantastic looking displays. We know Apple's Retina Display looks the business, but Samsung has also done a pretty great job with the 5.1-inch 1080p panel on the Galaxy S5. This also means a pretty noticeable size difference between the two, but the Galaxy S5 has much slimmer bezels and a flatter home button to help keep the bulkiness to a minimum.

Check the link below for iMore's full report, or head past the break for the comparison video.

More: Galaxy S5 versus iPhone 5s on iMore

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3 years ago

Eyes-on the Samsung Gear Fit Manager application

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The app that makes Sammy's latest wearable tick

With the new Samsung Gear Fit comes the Gear Fit Manager for the Galaxy device it's attached to. While we weren't actually able to give it a full and thorough hands-on at Mobile World Congress – this demo unit didn't have a connected Gear Fit close at hand – we did at least get chance to take a quick look at it.

The Interface is very much in keeping with the new look Touchwiz on the Galaxy S5 with a very flat, very brown look about it. It basically does for the Gear Fit what the Gear Manager app does for the Galaxy Gear and Gear 2. Manage clock faces, wallpapers, connected apps and notifications all from within this one application.

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3 years ago

Samsung announces support for Microsoft services with Knox

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Microsoft enterprise tools now accessible with Samsung's security platform

Samsung has today announced that it has been working alongside Microsoft to bring some of its enterprise services to Knox. Going forward accessing Microsoft Workplace Join, Windows Intune, Windows Azure and Cloud Printing of Microsoft Office documents will all be possible on Samsung mobile devices secured with Knox.

Knox becomes the first Android platform to get access to Microsoft's Workplace Join, which will be available on devices in the coming months. It's also a pretty big deal to see Samsung device users able to access Office 365 documents and cloud printing through Samsung's own platform. The two have been partners away from mobile before now, but it's still a pretty big deal to see them co-operating in mobile enterprise like this.

You'll find the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

European Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-order pricing starting to emerge

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Prices range from €699-729 in eurozone, £550 in the UK

A few days after the announcement of Samsung's latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, SIM-free European pricing for the device is starting to emerge. A number of ourlets across the continent are starting to list the GS5 for pre-order: Clove has the 16-gigabyte GS5 up for pre-order at £550 including VAT, with the black and white versions shown as arriving April 11. Meanwhile rival retailer Unlockd-Mobiles has the phone listed for £549.98 in black, white and blue and due in stock the same day.

Amazon Germany and Spain have the 16GB Galaxy S5 available for pre-order for €699 and €729 respectively. The prices put Samsung's latest around the same price point as the Sony Xperia Z2, which sports similar internal specs and is due to go on sale in late March. Pre-order prices are subject to change as release dates approach, but nevertheless these numbers should give buyers a rough idea of how much the European GS5 is going to cost.

More: Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on; Samsung Galaxy S5 forums

Source: Amazon.es; Amazon.de; Clove, Unlocked-Mobiles; via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

T-Mobile LG G2 KitKat update now rolling out through PC utility

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The Android 4.4 KitKat update for LG's G2 on T-Mobile isn't rolling out over the air just yet, but it is available direct from LG through its PC utility, and there's also a direct download link available for those wanting to snag it from LG's servers and attempt a manual update.

The G2's KitKat update brings the phone up to the latest version of Android, complete with white notification bar icons, along with performance improvements across the board. Elsewhere, AT&T's G2 started receiving its KitKat update on Sunday and the UK is expected to follow in March.

Download link via XDA; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ hands-on

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Same design with improved internals and display mark a significant improvement on the original

Lenovo announced a new and improved Yoga Tablet at Mobile World Congress and we got chance to take a very quick first look at it. At first glance the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is the same tablet as the original. It has the same design, the same fold out kickstand, camera placement, front facing speakers, everything. But, arguably this is the tablet the original should have been.

The 1920x1200 resolution display is far better than the originals 1280x800 panel, which for a tablet we recommend for heavy media consumers improves the experience greatly. The internals have been bumped too, with a Snapdragon 400 inside now instead of the MediaTek CPU in the original and USB OTG support has also been added. We've got Android 4.3 on board, and an 8MP camera round back that sadly is still in the same awkward location as its predecessor.

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3 years ago

All Three UK customers 'now on a 4G tariff'

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Three 4G LTE now live 'in 36 large towns and cities'

Following the completion of its staged 4G rollout, Three UK says all of its customers now have access to its LTE network. The operator says some 1.7 million of its customers are already using 4G-capable devices, and are set for a "seamless transition" to the faster network. As previously announced, all Three customers with a capable device will get access to 4G at no extra cost.

Three claims its LTE network is now operational in 36 large towns and cities, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Reading and Liverpool. Looking ahead, the operator aims to have 50 cities and 200+ towns covered by the end of this year, and over 98 percent UK population coverage by the end of 2015.

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3 years ago

Samsung Gear Fit named Best Mobile Device at Mobile World Congress

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Samsung's newest wearable stole the show

Samsung walked away from Mobile World Congress this week with the coveted Best Mobile Device award, but not for the Galaxy S5. Instead, its latest wearable, the Gear Fit, claimed the accolade and stole the show. The Gear Fit is an interesting and exciting device, crossing a smartwatch and a fitness band with a pretty stunning curved Super AMOLED display.

The award was announced on the final day of the show in which we saw a number of big device announcements from the likes of Samsung and Sony among others. We managed to grab some hands on time with the Gear Fit – alongside the Gear 2 – earlier in the week, and you'll find that right after the break.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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3 years ago

HTC seeks Spanish biker who helped Peter Chou to timely MWC arrival

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Heroic Timely Cyclist

What do you do if you're stuck in traffic on the way to an important meeting on day one of Mobile World Congress? If you're HTC CEO Peter Chou, you might think on your feet and seek help from a local motorcyclist. According to the company's official blog, the HTC boss found his cab gridlocked in traffic on the morning of Feb. 24, when he was on his way to a meeting at the Fira de Barcelona. Determined not to miss his appointment, Chou instructed his cab to honk at a passing biker before asking him for a lift to the MWC venue. Ten minutes later, HTC's CEO arrived safely at the Fira on the back of the man's green Honda Scoopy.

But the biker didn't accept the cash Peter Chou was offering for the favor, and now Chou is determined to track him down and see that he's properly rewarded. So HTC is now trying to locate "a good-looking man, 45-50 years old, riding a Green Honda Scoopy with a yellow plate," between 08:24 and 08:35 on the morning of Monday, Feb. 24. If that's you, or you know who it might be, HTC wants you to e-mail info@htc-one.es or use the hashtag #HTCseeksBiker on Twitter and Facebook.

Source: HTC Blog

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3 years ago

Weekly poll: What was your favorite thing to come out of Mobile World Congress?

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We've returned from Barcelona and Mobile World Congress and are still digesting everything we saw this week — it was quite the mouthful.

But right now it's time to hear from you fine folks. What's your favorite thing that came out of MWC this week? Something from Sony? Samsung? LG? Nokia? (Nokia?!?!)

Hit up the poll after the break and let us know. Have a dark horse? Toss it in the comments!

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3 years ago

One Sony Xperia Z2 UK pre-order offers handsome audio bundle

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Sony Bluetooth speaker and new noise-cancelling earbuds bundled to sweeten the deal

Sony's newly announced Xperia Z2 isn't scheduled to go on sale for a little while yet, but one UK retailer is already offering a pretty sweet audio bundle with pre-orders. Clove Technology has put the Xperia Z2 up for pre-order at £550 inclusive of VAT, and for that you also get a Sony Bluetooth speaker and a pair of its new noise cancelling earbuds.

We managed to take a quick look – although no listen – at the earbuds during a Mobile World Congress briefing in Barcelona, and Sony seems pretty happy with them. Regardless, the bundle is worth a reported £120, so if you're looking at picking up an Xperia Z2 then it might be the way to go.

New Sony phones being bundled with another item aren't uncommon. Previous releases have seen the Smartwatch 2 thrown in as well, and as pre-orders open up elsewhere it'll be interesting to see what else we can pick up. Clove has all three colors in stock, and is slating April 7 as the current availability date. This will be subject to change, but gives us something to go on at this point.

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Motorola's Active Display updated to obey vibration settings

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Motorola's updates continue today, and next on the list is Active Display. One of our favorite features from the Moto X (and new Droid phones) will now honor the vibration settings. You can toggle them on and off in sound section of the settings menu.

Get your download on in Google Play. 

Thanks, Mr. Orange 645!

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3 years ago

Hands-free Google Voice Search hits desktop Chrome beta

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Just say "Ok Google"

Google Voice Search has been slowly rolling out to the Google Chrome browser for some time now, and now the beta version is just listening for your command. The listening search box is present on Google.com and in new blank tabs, and just like with the Google Now Launcher it is always listening for the command "Ok Google". Say that and Google Voice Search springs to life, waiting for you to perform a search, set a timer, or whatever else it is you want to do through Google.

The latest beta version has the option enabled, though according to the Google Chrome Blog the feature "will be rolled out to English (U.S.) users on Windows, Mac and Linux over the next few days, with support for additional languages and Chrome OS coming soon."

All you need is the latest Chrome beta for your hands-free Googling, and you can download that right here

Source: Google Chrome Blog

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3 years ago

Moto Assist gets a couple bugfixes

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If you're rocking a Motorola phone that supports Motorola Assist — that's basically the Moto X, Moto G and the new Droid phones — you've got an update waiting for you today. It's basically bugfixes and improvements, but one you'll want to get.

Here's the deal:

  • If you have audio issues with Drive Mode while connected to a Bluetooth device, you'll get a little troubleshooting help.
  • And if you're in an "available" meeting status, meeting mode won't fire off. (Which makes sense.)
  • Plus, more bug fixes.

Get the update at the link above.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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