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3 years ago

TuneIn Radio Pro update lets you record to SD card, improves car mode design


No more running out of room on your internal storage for your favorite radio station cache

TuneIn Radio Pro is receiving an update today with a few fixes and new bits of functionality. First up is the ability to record radio stations (already a pro feature) to an external SD card — something folks with limited internal storage devices will enjoy. Car mode has also received a quick design refresh, although it still isn't much to look at — it just gets the job done.

The update has also corrected alarm volumes and fixed problems with opening links shared to you, as well as reduced the size of the Google Play buttons for buying music in the app. You can grab a download of the latest TuneIn Radio Pro — or buy for $3.99 — at the Play Store link at the top of this post.

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3 years ago

Light Flow update supports Sony SmartWatch 2, LG G2 power button LED


Text message handling with DashClock, Pebble and Hangouts also improved

One of the most popular notification, vibration and LED control apps, Light Flow, has just been updated to improve compatibility across multiple devices and apps. The biggest of the bunch will be Sony SmartWatch 2 support, along with the notification LED on the back of the LG G2 and Sony phones that came with an "illumination bar" down at the bottom.

The update also improves text message handling when you have DashClock installed or a Pebble connected when running Android 4.3, as well as genreal fixes for SMS and Hangouts. These updates are all included in the free version of Light Flow, which you can download from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

BBM for Android now compatible with Gingerbread


Thank you so much blackberry team. I was waiting this app. Its really great user friendly and smooth.

Via: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Samsung's updated Galaxy Gear rumored to run Tizen


Refreshed Gear said to be shown off at MWC later this month

According to confidential sources cited by USA Today, Samsung will show us a refreshed Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and it won't be running Android.

The sources, who want to remain nameless, say that the Tizen powered Gear will be presented at Mobile World Congress later this month in Spain. Here's where Android fans will get riled up, but this is actually something I've been expecting. Android is a rich operating system that works well with intricate mobile devices. The fact that it has a full application framework out of the box makes it especially attractive to both manufacturers as well as consumers, and the explosive ride to the top of the market share shows us exactly that. Android is perfect for your smartphone.

But maybe not your watch.

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3 years ago

Smartwatch Fans Podcast 02 - Give me all the watches!


With special guest host Phil Nickinson!

Our newest site here at Mobile Nations, Smartwatch Fans, has a podcast of their own — and the second episode has just wrapped up recording. Adam Zeis is joined by our very own Phil Nickinson as well as Kevin Michaluk for talk about all things smartwatches, including Pebble Steel, the Pebble appstore, Kreyos, iWatch and much more.

You can catch the whole podcast video above, or check out the dedicated feeds on the Smartwatch Fans page below.

Via: Smartwatch Fans

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3 years ago

Can fast updates and free screen replacements boost a slumping HTC?


HTC's 'Advantage' is peace of mind for both nerds and normals — but is it enough?

HTC this morning announced its “Advantage” program for American HTC One customers, a series of promises targeting some of the main pain points of Android smartphone ownership. Timely updates for the One, One Mini and One Max — and presumably whatever comes next. A free screen replacement if you smash your display within six months of purchase. And free cloud storage through Google Drive, which it was already offering on some devices. (Previously HTC had teamed up with Dropbox.)

It’s a package of services that sees HTC, amid declining revenues, looking beyond hardware and software to differentiate itself from the competition at large. In particular, it could give the smaller smartphone maker an opportunity to outmaneuver bigger manufacturers, particularly the dominant Samsung.

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3 years ago

VH1 app now available for Android


Watch your favorite VH1 shows right on your Android, and exclusive content is coming, too

VH1 has released their app for Android this afternoon, finally bringing the popular iOS program to hundreds of millions more eyeballs.

The app will play your favorite shows from the VH1 network, like Basketball Wives and Couples Therapy, as well as content like musician interviews and mash-ups from the VH1 blog. There's even some music tucked in there with VH1 Divas and the upcoming summer music festivals.

In addition, VH1 says there will be exclusive content for the Android app, like the re-release of VH1’s original movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, as well as a full episode preview of the next episode for Basketball Wives: LA after its season 3 premiere tonight.

The app requires Android 4.0 or higher, and you can grab it for free from the Google Play link above.

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3 years ago

ZTE Boost Max review: A big phone with a smaller monthly bill


One of the most expensive phones on Boost has a huge screen and solid build quality, but comes up short in the wrong places.

Being a Sprint MVNO, options for bringing devices to Boost Mobile is inherently limited. You're basically stuck with approved older Sprint devices that can be unlocked and moved over, and Boost's own lineup of phones. Knowing its target market of budget-minded prepaid buyers, Boost does its best to strike deals with manufacturers to get a wide range of devices on the shelves and keep the off-contract price low.

Coming in with a 5.7-inch display and an off-contract price of $299, the Boost Max is the prepaid carrier's first (physically) huge phone that's set to put a dent in your pocket, but not your wallet. At this price without a contract you won't get barn-burning internals or the best camera prowess available, but if you're hungry for a larger screen and are set on keeping the monthly payments low, you now have an appealing choice.

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3 years ago

HTC M8 leaked in case shot


Dark grey handset with on-screen buttons pictured in latest leak

Just as we're hearing news of the launch events for HTC's next flagship smartphone, Twitter leaker @evleaks has posted an purporting to show the successor to the HTC One contained in a case of some kind.

As expected, the "M8" appears to be a somewhat curvier version of its predecessor, complete with front-facing speakers and on-screen buttons. The band below the screen, home to capacitive keys on the M7, now serves only to display the HTC logo. Due to the nature of the leak we can't make out much else of the device, but we can clearly see out a volume rocker on the right edge, a power button in the top right corner and an opening for some kind of slot on the right edge. On the display we're seeing the same HTC Sense 6 image that leaked a couple of weeks back.

The image would certainly appear to show HTC's next big thing, but there's a lot we still don't know about the "M8" — one of the biggest mysteries being its apparent dual rear cameras. We'll be live from HTC's launch events on Mar. 25; until then share your speculation in the comments!

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Nokia X looking increasingly likely for Mobile World Congress


Nokia slipping out its own teasers for alleged Android device

Nokia X; at this point we'll be more surprised if we don't see it at Mobile World Congress on Monday. The device more commonly known as Normandy, alleged to run some construction of Android and tagged as a potential Asha replacement is now even being teased by Nokia itself. That's a giant, green X.

Posted on Nokia's Conversations blog is a reminder of its forthcoming press conference – that we'll be at, naturally – in Barcelona. There's plenty of green about, and four black crosses meeting at the same point. X marks the spot. Of course, for a few more days the rumor and speculation will continue, but soon enough we'll have everything we need to know. 08:30 local time it all goes down on Monday, February 24. Join us.

Source: Nokia

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3 years ago

An Android device and a DSLR can be really good friends


With just a USB OTG connector your Android device can be a great addition to your camera gear

Cameras generally scare me, but I do like exploring as many avenues as possible in pursuit of a good workflow. I recently picked up a new Canon 600D camera, and like all good nerds immediately started to look about for cool stuff I can do with it. Since I'd picked up a Canon, one of the first Android apps I looked at was the pretty excellent DSLR Controller by Chainfire. And, in hooking it up, I came across something that took me a little by surprise.

With no additional apps or tinkering, the Moto X I'm currently using asked me what app I wanted to use with the USB device. Two of the options were for photo import. This might be common knowledge to some of you guys out there, but it surprised me, so I figure I can't be alone.

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3 years ago

Samsung lays out which devices will get Android 4.4.2 KitKat


Samsung this morning announced which of its devices are planned to receive an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The list doesn't appear to contain any real surprises, but it's good to have some confirmation.

Here's how it breaks down for devices in the U.S.:

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3 years ago

HTC Advantage: A new level of commitment for Android customers


New HTC America initiative promises free screen replacement, software updates for two years, free storage for HTC One series phones in the U.S.

Amid decreasing sales and continued financial worries, HTC America this morning announced HTC Advantage, a program that swaps out broken screens, and commits to keeping the software on its current line of HTC One smartphones (including the HTC One Mini and One Max) up to date.

The promises are twofold, and simple:

  • If you crack your display in the first six months you own the phone, HTC will fix it for free.
  • HTC will provide timely updates for two years from the date the phone launches, both for major revisions of Android as well as improvements to its own Sense software.

In addition, HTC is giving either 25 or 50 gigabytes of free storage with Google Drive for two years.

Piqued your interest yet? Read on for more details.

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3 years ago

HTC's next big thing is coming March 25


New York and London events for 'M8' unveiling

Here we go! HTC has confirmed that its next flagship phone (the rumored "M8") will be arriving at events in London and New York on Mar. 25, with "save the date" invites now going out.

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils upgraded flash for Galaxy S5 camera


Upgraded Samsung flash 'will be used in the next Galaxy smartphone'

With less than a week to go before the expected Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has today handed us one small piece of the GS5 hardware puzzle. In a post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog, the company has revealed a range of new LED flash parts for upcoming smartphones. The components include reflector-integrated packages, side-view LEDs and a flip-chip flash LED. And according to Samsung, one of the reflector-integrated flash LEDs — the 3432 1.8t — will be included in "the next Galaxy smartphone, which is expected to be introduced later this month." That'll be the Galaxy S5, then.

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