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3 years ago

Moto G versus Nexus 4

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How does last year’s Nexus shape up against this year’s entry-level champion?

Motorola’s latest entry-level handset, the Moto G, has been turning heads thanks to its relatively low price point and compelling specs and feature set. It’s a step below the Nexus 5 — the device it tied with in the “best value” category of our most recent Android phone roundup. But what of the Nexus 4, no longer available on Google Play, but relatively easy to track down from other online vendors.

If you’ve got a Nexus 4, is the Moto G a valid upgrade path? And if you’ve got around $200 to spend on a smartphone, which is worth your money? We’ll take a look at both devices in more detail after the break.

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3 years ago

Colin McRae Rally reportedly powersliding towards Android

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Already on iOS, Codemasters' classic rally title is reportedly bound for Android

Colin McRae Rally is a classic game, no doubt. Anyone who's ever played the console original will likely agree, and following a release earlier this year on iOS, Codemasters is reported to be bringing it to Android as well. Our pals at iMore are big fans of the mobile remake, and so you'll understand we're quite excited to get our hands on it here as well. 

The news comes courtesy of Pocket Gamer, though at this point lacks any kind of timeline, indication of price, device support, anything really. But, they say it's coming, and that at least makes us happy. It's usually $1.99 in the iOS App Store, so it's not likely to break the bank, and it's an awful lot of game for it as well. Any fans of the original out there that would love to have this on their Android devices? 

Source: Pocket Gamer

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3 years ago

VSCO Cam making its way to Android tomorrow

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App will be free with additional presets and tools available for purchase

One of the more popular camera and photo editing apps out there, VSCO Cam, will be available in Google Play starting tomorrow. On its blog VSCO Cam says that its app will offer the highest quality of photo presets and tools available for Android photographers out there, and given its popularity on iOS we tend to think they're doing something right.

VSCO Cam has been in private beta for Android users since the end of July, but there was no real indication of when it would finally debut for the general public. Now we know it'll be hitting the Play Store tomorrow, and it will be free to download and use with 10 presets and various editing tools. VSCO Cam will monetize with in-app purchases for better preset packs and tools, but it's good to see a basic feature set come out for free.

The app will be available for "most" devices running Android 4.0 and above, so be on the lookout tomorrow for the official release.

Source: VSCO Cam Blog

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3 years ago

For the bold: Cutting your own Nano SIM card

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Mini and Micro and Nano, oh my! A guide to cutting your own SIM cards

My favorite blog posts always start with the disclaimer of "We're not responsible if you do this and it makes bad stuff happen." But, we're not, and it could. You've been sufficiently warned.

I have a feeling a lot of us are ordering a Moto X today. Enough to crush the website, at least. Each and every one of us who ordered is going to need one thing — a Nano SIM. Most Android phones currently use a Micro SIM, some older models use a Mini SIM (note that a full-sized SIM looks like a credit card, and none of your phones use one), but the Moto X uses a Nano version.

You can get a new SIM card from whoever provides your cell service, but for some of us that means waiting for the mail or driving a few miles or more to go pick one up. And there's a good chance it won't be free. Luckily, cutting your own isn't that difficult.

Read on.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA Shield December software update released

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Gamestream, Game Mapper and fullscreen improvements in latest OTA

NVIDIA has released another over-the-air update for its Android-powered Shield gaming handheld. The NVIDIA Shield December update enhances some of the features added in the previous October update, enabling 1080p resolution with 60 frames per second in "Gamestream" console mode when connected over Ethernet, as well as improving 720p/60fps performance over Wifi. And Gamestream has also been expanded to support new PC titles such as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

The Gamepad Mapper feature has been augmented too, with a "community profiles" feature (in beta) allowing Shield owners to share gamepad mapping profiles. Gyro input can now be mapped to the analog thumbsticks, and the right thumbstick has been improved for use in first-person titles.

Finally, fullscreen mode has been updated with the option to auto-hide the status bar, and view it with a swipe-down gesture (similar to Android 4.4's immersive mode). These settings can be controlled via the "Display" menu in the Settings app.

All in all, a pretty significant update for Shield owners. We've got the full changelog after the break.

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3 years ago

Announcing the winner of our BBM4ALL Video Contest!

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The results of our BBM4ALL Video Contest are in! After watching all of the awesome BBM4ALL video submissions we have picked a grand prize winner!

The passion of the CrackBerry and Mobile Nations communities never ceases to amaze me. There were some very creative entries from the Android Central, CrackBerry and iMore communities showing off plenty of BBM love. We saw a wide range of ideas in the videos and it definitely made for a tough time in picking a winner. We narrowed the field down to our top picks and ultimately chose the one that we think was best. The winning video shows off a great idea, high production and could totally stand up as an actual TV ad for BBM. 

So with that, the grand prize winner is ... 

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3 years ago

Reminder: If Motorola's servers ever come up, you can grab a Moto X off-contract for $350

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Motorola's servers appear to be taking quite a beating early this morning. But if you somehow manage to get through, here's your reminder that the Moto X — our current pick for the best Android phone available — is $150 off today, outright. That means $350 total gets you an off-contract, 16GB Moto X. Another $50 bumps you up to 32GB.

Accessories are still 30 percent off today as well.

Buy now: Motomaker.com

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3 years ago

Cyber Monday is here! Save 25% on ALL Android accessories at ShopAndroid!

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Today is the day Android fans!. CYBER MONDAY. The BIGGEST online shopping day of the year is here. If you've been itching to buy something from ShopAndroid, today is your day to do it!

All day Monday, and going right up until Tuesday midnight, you can save 25% on ALL Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com. If you haven't visited our store for a while, be sure to click over and take a browse. We have everything you could want for your Android device, and then some. The selection is HUGE: cases, chargers, screen protectors, memory cards and more... you name it, you can buy it from our awesome store. 

To take advantage of the Cyber Monday savings, all you need to do it use coupon code CYBER13 during the checkout process. It's as simple as that. 

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3 years ago

Samsung announces 'merlot red' and 'rose gold' black and white Galaxy Note 3s

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'Rose gold white' Note 3 headed to China this month

A couple of days after it quietly unveiled the new color options in Argentina, Samsung has today officially announced the arrival of the Galaxy Note 3 with "rose gold" accents in black and white, as well as a new "merlot red" model. The two rose gold versions have front and back designs similar to the existing "classic white" and "jet black" Note 3s, but with bronze accents in place of the standard silver edges. The merlot red version with silver accents sports a more traditional paint job.

The new Note 3 colors join the existing classic white and jet black with silver accents, as well as the lesser-spotted blush pink variant. Samsung says the the "rose gold white" Galaxy Note 3 will launch this month in China, with other colors to be launched "according to each market’s preference."

Update: We've got a gallery featuring all the new Galaxy Note 3 colors after the break.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Newegg has Cyber Monday deals on LG G Pad 8.3, Dell Venue 8

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Two tablets and a Bluetooth speaker with solid discounts today

It's just after midnight, and that means that the so-called Cyber Monday shopping deals can officially kick off. Electronics retailer Newegg has a nice set of deals again this year, with a few solid choices for the Android lovers out there. First up are two tablets — the Dell Venue 8 is $50 off, down to $129.99, and the LG G Pad 8.3 is $100 off, just $249.99 today. Newegg also has a Bluetooth speaker fro JLab Audio on sale for $59.95, down from a regular price of $199.99. To get the full discount on all three you'll need to enter the promo code on the product page, which is good for today only.

We have a running list of even more Cyber Monday deals available as well for those of you wanting to pick up some new tech at a discount.

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3 years ago

Google Play has 100 bestselling books up to 75% off

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Bulk up your digital book library on the cheap

Google Play is kicking off a big sale of books, putting over 100 bestselling titles on sale up to 75 percent off. Usually you expect to see lesser-known or old titles on sale at this time of year trying to capitalize on folks who are in the buying mood, but putting some of the best books out the right now at deep discounts is great to see.

Popular titles like the Hunger Games trilogy, Ender's Game and more are all here, and they're at some pretty amazing prices — some as low as $1.99. If you're looking to pick up digital copies of some of the hottest books out there right now, or just want to build up your Google Play Books library for the future, hit the link below.

100 bestsellers on sale at Google Play

Source: +Google Play

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Airplane: Is this year over yet?

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I should really know better than to actually say "I think I'm done traveling for the year" out loud. Because here I find myself, in Palo Alto, Calif., once again. In the same hotel, actually, that I stayed at for Google's Honeycomb event back in 2011.

What the hell am I doing back in California, on the tail end of the Thanksgiving holiday? You'll have to wait a few weeks to find out.

But for now, a few musings from today's trip at 40,000 feet.

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3 years ago

OPPO N1 goes on sale Dec. 10 for $599

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Choice of ColorOS or CyanogenMod with no hacking required

OPPO's latest big flagship phone, the N1, will go on sale direct to consumers starting December 10th for $599 in the U.S. and €449 in Europe. Built to have some of the latest in hardware innovation, the N1 is sporting a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage, along with an interesting 13MP camera that swivels to face either direction on the device. It also has a touch panel on the back for navigating through the interface while using the N1 in one hand.

Beyond just its hardware, the N1 has the interesting feature of being able to run CyanogenMod out of the box through the stock recovery without any rooting or advanced tinkering required. Although there will be a limited run of special devices with CM pre-installed, all N1's will be able to make the quick conversion from OPPO's default ColorOS to CyanogenMod.

A full list of countries that will have the N1 available at launch isn't readily available, but OPPO has put up a page with a country locator that can give you a pretty good idea. You'll see the third-party OPPO Style store selling to most of North and South America, Europe and Asia, with Amazon also selling to the U.S. and some other retailers such as Mobicity in Australia getting in on the action.

Source: +OPPO

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3 years ago

Save $50 on select Kindle Fire tablets as Amazon starts Cyber Monday early

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7-inch HD model just $119, 7-inch HDX version only $179

Amazon has announced a sale on their two most popular tablets, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX. The 16GB Kindle Fire HD, introduced in 2012, normally sells for $169 (that's about 30-percent off) and 2013's Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch has a list price of $229, making this sale about 20-percent off.

While Amazon's Kindles aren't a standard Android tablet, and have no access to Google Play or any of Google's play services, they are very well built and fine pieces of equipment for those who want to use Amazon's services.

This sale likely won't last long, so if you've been considering either now might be the time to act.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

Our top 5 apps: Ask the AC Editors

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The first applications we install on every phone

As editors and writers for a place like AC, we look at a lot of apps. Some are good, some are bad, and to be honest — most are somewhere right in the middle. That's bound to happen with so many applications in the platform's store, and like all things the average is, well, average. We try to share ones we think are worth looking at every Saturday, but each of us has a core set of apps that get installed on every phone we have. And at certain times of the year, that's a lot of phones.

Apps are important. You don't really need them, as the essentials  — things like messaging, calendar or a calculator —come pre-installed on your phone. But our phones are a lot more capable and fun with them. Hit the break and see the five must-have apps from Phil, Alex, Andrew and myself.

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