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3 years ago

Facebook Messenger updated to v4.0, brings free Wi-Fi calling

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A new Facebook Messenger update is rolling through the Google Play Store right now. Listed a v4.0, it features quite few changes over the last update, though some were previously available on the beta. If you weren't part of that, the update brings along groups, forwarding, conversation shortcuts and adds a free calling over Wi-Fi feature.

  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn't in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
  • Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply).

The update is live now, so everyone should be seeing it. If you haven't already grabbed it already, you can hit the Play Store link above to get it downloaded to your device today.

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3 years ago

Save $50 on the HTC One M8 Unlocked or Dev Edition for a limited time!

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Anybody hankering to get their hands their hands on a developer edition of the HTC One (M8) will only have until the end of tonight to get one at the promotional price of $50 off. The developer edition has an easily unlockable bootloader and doesn’t have any of that nasty carrier bloatware on top.

At midnight tonight, the cost of the HTC One (M8) Developer Edition will go up to $700, so better get cracking at the HTC online store. Expect yours to ship in the next week or two. Anybody still sitting on the fence? Who’s already ordered one?

Source: @HTCUSA

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3 years ago

Vine updated with Vine Messages - direct video conversations with your contacts

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If you're a Vine user and have been wondering when they'd be expanding their services, today is a good to check for updates. In an updated dubbed their biggest update since launch, Vine has now introduced VM's or Vine Messages if you prefer.

Vine messages are one to one. You can send a Vine message to multiple people to start several separate conversations at once.

Found a great Vine video? Simply tap the Share button under the Vine post, then choose "Vine Message" to share it privately. Your friends can respond directly to keep the conversation going.

Vine messages aren't limited by your Vine contacts, either - you can send a VM to anyone via email or SMS, even if they're not part of the Vine community.

Keeping things simple, to send a Vine message, go to the Messages screen or tap the Message button on your friends' profiles and you're off to the races. The update is live right now, so give it a go and let us know how it works out for you.

Source: Vine

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3 years ago

Google Opinion Rewards expands to the Canada, Australia, and the UK

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Opinion Rewards, a Google app that pays its users to fill out surveys, has just expanded beyond the U.S. into Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

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3 years ago

Google Play Store adds a 'People' section, shows what you and your pals like

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People in Google Play

Google Play today added a "People" section to the Play Store app. Apps and other content that you've hit the +1 button on and have left reviews for will now be visible to friends you have circled in Google+. You don't have to do anything to see this new feature — just open the sidebar in the Google Play Store and it's there, at least for us on version 4.6.17.

Google also gives suggestions for other folks to follow, and other content recommendations that you might like. You'll also get recommendations "From familiar faces," and see who's making the recommendation, so you know who to give a hard time if something suspect shows up.

All in all, it's a nice integration, and should be a good source of discovery for when you're looking for new music, movies and apps.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC One (M8) preferred over Samsung Galaxy S5 by Android Central readers

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The HTC One (M8) earned 13,719 votes in our poll while the Samsung Galaxy S5 only garnered 5,859 votes

We ran a poll last week pitting the Samsung Galaxy S5 against the HTC One (M8) in a purchasing scenario, and the results are pretty definitive. Out of nearly 20,000 votes, 70% picked the HTC One (M8), while the remaining 5,858 votes went to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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3 years ago

White House objects to commercial use of David Ortiz’s selfie with President Barack Obama

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It looks like that Ortiz / Obama selfie didn't have the proper clearance before going viral. As it turns out, the White House frowns upon the use of the president's likeness for commercial purposes — which is exactly what Samsung had planned when they retweeted the "spontaneous" photo.

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3 years ago

Google reportedly considering adding cellular service to Google Fiber cities

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Google Nexus 5

Welcome to Google Town

Google Fiber is in the process of turning the cable internet service on its head with low-cost, high speed service, and according to a report from The Information (subscription required) Google is considering doing the same for mobile phone service. The report cites a range of options for Google, but the central premise revolves around a combination of a city-wide Wi-Fi network coupled with an MVNO agreement with a national carrier.

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3 years ago

FireChat bringing off-the-grid messaging to Android

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FireChat bringing off-the-grid messaging to Android

Messaging without the internet

FireChat found its way from iOS to Android today, offering an interesting, decentralized way of instant messaging. FireChat plugs into a kind of mesh network, where mobile devices connect to one another over Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth, and not requiring any outside involvement on the internet. Obviously the range on this is limited, but at least it works when you’re outside of cellular coverage, plus it’s an interesting open local network to meet other people nearby. Image sharing is also enabled, which is nice, but the lack of private, one-on-one messaging might be a problem.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Ace Style offers entry level specs at an entry level price

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An entry level Samsung handset by the name of Galaxy Ace Style is being shown off in Germany, boasting KitKat 4.4 compatibility and not much else. The SM-G310HN packs a modest 4-inch 800x480 display, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera without flash, and a dual-SIM version will be available. As you might expect, the pricetag is fairly low, hovering between €200 and €300. Above, you can see it next to the Samsung Galaxy Core for scale.

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3 years ago

Step on the pitch in Pele: King of Football

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Be the legend

Hey futbol fans! A free-to-play game featuring the legendary Pele just landed. You can control him through a lengthy career mode which takes you from humble beginnings to worldwide championships. The core gameplay is simply goal-kicking, using intuitive gesture controls similar to Flick Soccer, but over time you can unlock a bunch of items to customize your player. Every 20 minutes there's an online leaderboard competition to win stuff. The real kicker here is that you can win real world items from playing, including jerseys, signed balls, or even a trip to Brazil.

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3 years ago

Galaxy S5 Zoom cameraphone gets pictured

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Here it is, folks, your first look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom. We've seen benchmarking data on the expected follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and thanks to a new photo leak we get to see what the zoom-lens-toting back side looks like. And it's leathery.

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3 years ago

LG G Flex now available in Rogers stores

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The LG G Flex (yes, we dislike the name just as much as you do) was destined to be available at Rogers in Canada this spring. That we already knew. Announced today on the carrier blog, and running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, the rather unique smartphone is now available at Rogers. The price? $199 on select 2-year plans.

Sporting a 13MP rear shooter (with a 2.1MP sibling on the front), an advanced Qualcomm processor, self-healing chassis, LTE connectivity, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, the LG G Flex is a premium smartphone.

Read our in-depth review and head on over to the Rogers Store to place your order.

Source: Rogers Store

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3 years ago

Google stock split arrives as 2-for-1 deal for investors

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The long-awaited and much-clamored-for Google stock split has arrived. The split, which will see one share of GOOG stock divided into two shares, is a little more complicated than a simple straight-forward split. Instead of two shares of GOOG at half the value of the pre-split stock, investors will now see two separate stock tickers for Google: GOOG and GOOGL. Class A shares trade under GOOGL and retain voting rights, while the new Class C shares will take over the classic GOOG ticker and lose all voting rights.

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3 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One M8 is shipping

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HTC One M8 GPe mockup

If you've been patiently awaiting word that your Google Play edition HTC One M8 has shipped, well, there's a good chance it did. Yesterday. We just got a heads up that ours will arrive today (with overnight shipping), so we'll soon get a chance to see how Google's working the Duo Camera features, and whether the popular Dot View case still works. Stay tuned for more.

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