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3 years ago

Comment and win a Belkin Miracast Video Adapter!

Just add a comment to this post and keep an eye on your email to see if you won!

We recently took Belkin's new Miracast Video Adapter for a spin, and now you have a chance to pick one up for yourself completely free from Android Central. There aren't any crazy hoops to jump through, questions to answer or pictures to take, simply toss a comment on this post below and we'll pick one person to receive the Miracast Video adapter.

First, a few quick rules:

  • One comment entry per user, let's cut down on the spam.
  • This particular giveaway is restricted to the U.S. and Canada only (sorry int'l folks, we have plenty of contests coming for you, too!)
  • We'll be closing off this contest tomorrow, February 5th, at 11:59pm ET and picking a winner at random.
  • Keep an eye on your email inbox, as we'll contact you immediately to confirm you won.

Good luck, everyone!

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3 years ago

Buy a red Nexus 5 and have it delivered today via Google Shopping Express

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That is, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area

Google Play is offering overnight shipping for about $19 if you are looking to pull the trigger on a red Nexus 5 today, but if you happen to live in the San Francisco area you can have it delivered today for free. Google's up-and-coming delivery service, Google Shopping Express, is making its debut delivering items from Google Play today with the Nexus 5, and it's a pretty sweet system.

Primarily used for regular shopping items such as home essentials and food, Google Shopping Express acts as a middleman delivery service to pick up things you just don't want to leave the house for and deliver them to your door the same day. The service is currently operating at a very limited capacity — hence the geographical restriction — but to entice folks to take advantage it's free for the first six months if you sign up.

And that means you can pick up a red Nexus 5 (either 16 or 32GB) for the same price as Google Play, not pay any shipping costs and have it today rather than several days from now. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to get a few more people trying Google Shopping Express to us. You can order from on the web at the source link below, or from the Android app at the link above.

Source: Google Shopping Express+Nexus

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3 years ago

Android U.S. market share dipped slightly in Q4, Samsung gained as an OEM

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Motorola holds down the third-place spot with 6.7 percent of the market

Reporting its market share numbers for Q4 2013, comScore shows Android taking a small dip in overall share of the U.S. at the end of the year. Compared to the period ending in September 2013, Android dipped by 0.3 percentage points to 51.5 percent of the market as of December, with Apple gaining to 41.8 percent — BlackBerry and Microsoft round out the three and four spots, naturally.

On the manufacturer side, Apple leads things in the U.S. still with that same 41.8 percent of the market, with Samsung a relatively distant second-place with 26.1 percent, which is up 1.2 percentage points in the quarter. In a very distant third place, Motorola is holding things at 6.7 percent, just marginally above LG with 6.6 percent and HTC with 5.7 percent. That of course only adds up to 86.9 percent, with a variety of other manufacturers making up the gap to 100 percent of the market.

Source: comScore

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3 years ago

Verizon Moto G now receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

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All Moto Gs are now up-to-date with the latest software

Following up roughly three weeks after the European Moto G started receiving its KitKat update, the Verizon model is having its day of update glory. Several people, including one of our readers @JoshuaWorth, have started pulling down the update to Android 4.4.2.

Aside from the general improvements that come along with Android 4.4, the Moto G will now be able to take advantage of the latest Motorola apps that have been pulled out into the Play Store for easy updating, such as the recently-refreshed gallery. Seeing the update on your own Verizon Moto G? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: @JoshuaWorth

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3 years ago

Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming to Android in March

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Gameloft's next movie tie-in gets the full comic book treatment

There's a new Captain America movie headed our way in April, and Gameloft today drops word that it will be producing the official mobile game. The Winter Soldier is set to hit Android and iOS in late march prior to the release of the movie. Promising a mix of action and tactical options and some pretty hot looking comic book styled graphics, The Winter Soldier looks to be a complete Captain America experience. 

While it'll be an official game of the cinematic release, it will be an original story. Since it's coming before the movie, it's good to know that we're not going to be dodging spoilers. It looks pretty exciting, and we're looking forward to getting our hands on it down the line. For now, you'll find the official trailer up top, and the full press release after the break. 

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 now available in red

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New color option launches on Google Play

After a flurry of recent online leaks the Nexus 5 is now available in "bright red" through the Google Play devices store.

The new color has launched on the Google Play Store at the same price point as the black and white versions — $349/£299 for 16GB, rising to $399/£339 for 32GB. The new colored Nexuses look set to ship in the next 1-2 days.

On the retailer side, British outlet Carphone Warehouse will have exclusivity over the new color option in the UK, with the device going on sale tomorrow at 6 a.m. Carphone's website has reduced its SIM-free Nexus 5 price to match the Google Play store, too.

LG says the new color will be available from this month in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Korea," with broader European availability by the end of the month.

Hit up the Play Store link above to buy, then drop by the comments and let us know if you're picking up a new red Nexus!

More: Nexus 5 review; Nexus 5, two months on

More: LG blog; Thanks Kris!

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3 years ago

Iridium GO! brings a satellite hotspot to Android and iOS

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Satellite communications company Iridium today announced Iridium GO!, a portable hotspot that runs from the heavens down to your Android or iOS smartphone. While larger than your traditional Wifi hotspot, GO! is just 4.5 by 3.25 b 1.25 inches and weighs 10.4 ounces. You can mount it externally — remember that it'll need line-of-sight to the satellites — but it's not meant to be a permanent outdoor solution.

Voice and data are routed through the Iridium GO! app. You'll get about 4 hours' talk time, the company says. It's not a dumb data pipe — again, things have to be routed through the app — but Iridium will have an SDK for developers to tie into. Initial partners include:

  • OCENS – Transforming GRIB and classical weather, ocean and fishing data into interactive decision tools
  • Global Marine Networks (GMN) – Optimized email services for maritime use
  • Satcom Direct – Mobile applications that enable connectivity for passengers while in flight
  • Appareo Systems – Engineering and manufacturing of electronics, software and data communications solutions for aviation and agriculture
  • DeLorme – Communication, information, and safety applications
  • AIRSIS – Solutions for the energy and transportation industries
  • JouBeh Technologies – Innovative Iridium OEM hardware and software solutions provider for various applications

This isn't a product for most of us. And while price wasn't announced, expect it to be around the $800 range. But for those who need satellite communications, it's going to be a great option.

More: Iridium

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3 years ago

LG G Pad 8.3 down to £200 at UK retailer

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Larger-screened tablet for the same price as Google's Nexus 7

LG's G Pad 8.3 is one of the more impressive mid-sized Android tablets available today, with an 8.3-inch 1920x1200-resolution screen, a metal body and a Snapdragon 600 CPU. It's also got LG's colorful, love-it-or-loate-it Android UI, but that's easy enough to pare back if it's not your cup of tea. In any case we're starting to see the G Pad appearing at discounted prices in the UK, where it debuted around the £260 mark in October.

UK retailer Expansys is offering the 16GB G Pad for £199.99 — within 99 pence of Google's base Nexus 7 model, which comes with a smaller screen and slightly less powerful CPU. It's not a Nexus, meaning you won't get speedy updates or the pure Android software experience, but still, the G Pad 8.3 is a fine tablet for this price.

If you're on the fence, be sure to check out our full review of the LG G Pad 8.3, linked below.

More: LG G Pad 8.3 review

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

Facebook Lookback gives a look back at your life on Facebook

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Take a look at the most important moments captured by the social network

Facebook, believe it or not, is all of 10 years old today. And to celebrate, it's giving you a look back at your life on Facebook with a video montage. You'll see a sampling of your first interactions on Facebook, your most-liked posts, important pictures and life events set to some heart-touching music.

You simply have the option to watch and share the video (naturally), but don't have the ability to download it or anything like you could Google's holiday video, but it's still a nice gesture regardless. Folks have undoubtedly kept record of a good portion of their life at this point on Facebook.

Check it out at http://facebook.com/lookback (it's tough to find in the app, but doable if you hunt around), you may just be reminded of a few lost memories.

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3 years ago

Microsoft has a new CEO today and we couldn't help but notice...

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That Microsoft used Youtube embeds for all their videos. Oh, the irony.

Seriously though, you can read all the coverage about Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, at our sister site WPCentral.com.

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3 years ago

Sony calls it a day with software updates for a host of older devices

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It's the end of the road, but not totally unexpected

In not totally un-expected news, Sony has announced that a bunch of its older – read mostly 2012 – devices won't be getting any more software updates. It's a pretty hefty list, but all things have a shelf life. As it stands the Xperia Arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia Ion, Xperia Acro S, Xperia Go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia Miro, Xperia Sola, Xperia Tipo and Xperia U are done. 

If you're still holding on to one of these devices then it's sure to be a bit of a blow. But phones coming up on two-years old and with Snapdragon S3 chips inside were always going to reach this day sooner or later. Some, like the Xperia S, made it to Jelly Bean having launched on Gingerbread, which isn't a bad run all told.

More: Solving the impossible problem of Android updates

via Xperia Blog

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3 years ago

Google and Cisco enter patent cross-licensing agreement

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Networking equipment manufacturer Cisco has announced that it's entered into a "long-term patent cross-licensing agreement" with Google covering "a broad range of products and technologies." Aside from the obvious benefits involved in each company having a license to the other's patents, the deal is intended to reduce the risk of future lawsuits by keeping IP out of the hands of patent trolls. In today's news release Google Deputy General Counsel for Patents Allen Lo is quoted as saying "Our agreement with Cisco will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products."

The news comes hot on the heels of a similar agreement between Google and key Android partner Samsung. Google also held onto Motorola's patent portfolio following its agreement to sell of the smartphone maker to Chinese firm Lenovo.

Source: MarketWired

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3 years ago

ASUS bringing new Chromeboxes in March, priced from $179

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ChromeOS in box form, and the entry-level models carry a great price

ASUS has taken the wraps off their new Chromebox line, and are hoping the perfect form-factor and the right price will get people interested.

They are releasing three different models, each with a different CPU. The entry level model will come with a capable Intel Celeron 2955U CPU, and should serve the casual user. For folks who need a little more oompf, there will be a model with the core i3 4010U, and in select markets (read not the USA — Boo!) they will offer a core i7 4600U model. The i-series machines will also support 4K UHD display output.

The rest of the hardware is what you would expect. 16GB SSD, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi and 10/100/1000 Ethernet, display ports, full size SD card slots — basically everything you need on a small Chrome desktop or HTPC setup. The RAM is listed as paired SO-DIMM, so it looks to be upgradeable. No word on the disk drive yet.

Pricing is where they seem to shine. The entry-level model will start at just $179, and availability is expected in March. no word on pricing for the CPU upgrades, but hopefully they follow suit and are affordable.

We've been telling you that Google is serious about ChromeOS — maybe even more so than Android. As manufacturers continue to build devices, and Google continues to improve the operating system, we think exciting times are in store for those ready to adopt it.

One of these is on my radar for sure — what say you?

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3 years ago

LG G Flex now available online from AT&T, shipping tomorrow

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After a little over a week of pre-orders, AT&T's LG G Flex is available to buy online, with orders placed today due to ship tomorrow, Feb. 5. For the uninitiated, the G Flex is LG's curvy, bendable phone with a 6-inch screen and funky back-mounted buttons. Full price is a whopping $694.99, or $299.99 on a two-year plan; on AT&T's "Next" installment plan you'll pay $34.75 per month over 20 months, or $26.73 over 26 months.

Meanwhile, pre-orders placed over the past week or so should start shipping today. Next up is T-Mobile's G Flex, which arrives tomorrow.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Sony Smartwatch 2 goes Brazilian for the FIFA World Cup

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FIFA edition arrives alongside a silver metal banded version in the UK

Sony is an official partner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and in celebration of this the Smartwatch 2 is getting a colorful makeover. Well, it's getting a yellow and green band, anyway. The FIFA edition has been outed by UK retailer Clove for arrival in March, and besides a watch band designed in honor of the host nation Brazil, there's nothing else different about it. 

It isn't alone, either. A less colorful, but slightly more premium looking silver metal banded version will also be going on sale in March. Again, the only difference is the band, but this one might attract those folks looking for a higher quality finish. Both will cost £132 inclusive of VAT, and there's no word as yet on whether or not the bands will be available separately. Anyone tempted? 

Source: Clove

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