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4 years ago

German retailer leak outs Moto G specs ahead of announcement

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Quad-core CPU, 4.5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera

A day before we're expecting to get the official word on the Moto G, it seems one German retailer has already spilled the beans on Motorola's upcoming entry-level version of the Moto X. The Phone House briefly had the Moto G listed along with specs, which reportedly include a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p LCD display and a 5-megapixel camera. Other notables include HSPA+ data connectivity (no word on LTE), 8GB of internal storage and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

If accurate, we're looking at a cut-down version of the Moto X, a possibility that's been reinforced by a couple of recent leaks pointing to a £135-150 UK SIM-free price point.

We'll be live in London tomorrow morning to bring you full coverage of the Moto G announcement, so stay tuned.

Source: TheUnwired, GSMArena

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4 years ago

Google Glass officially adding music in 'the next two weeks,' stereo earbuds available soon

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Official video shows proper stereo earbuds plugged into USB port

Along with the XE11 update that came to Google Glass late last week came the realization that Google Play Music can be properly sideloaded and installed on the $1,500 wearable. It ties into Glass as you'd expect — with full voice support and Google Play Music All Access at the ready. And that brought the obvious response — neither the bone-conducting speaker nor the new mono (and not very comfortable) earbud are very conducive to proper listening. 

It appears, however, that, yes, Google has larger plans for music and Google Glass. Rolling Stone tonight reports that Google Glass will officially get music functionality in "the next two weeks." It's not known whether that'll be rolled out special, or with the next expected monthly update, which should be XE12.

Also, a video uploaded Nov. 5 (apparently made live this evening) shows producer Young Guru ordering a meal in Spanish — thanks to Google Glass — then using the music discoverability feature to identify a song in the restaurant, and then listening to it through Glass.

And he does so, it appears, using a proper set of stereo earbuds, and in various color. (Though they do appear to be, at first glance, of the same large, uncomfortable nature as what's shipping in v2 of Google Glass.) We've got no idea when those might be made available to those of us who don't work with Jay Z and Alicia Keys.

Nothing official from Google Glass as of yet. So it's apparent that we'll be getting music playback directly from Glass, it's not yet known if we'll get some sort of more battery-friendly playback via the phone as well. Check out the full video after the break.

Source: Rolling Stone; Also: Phandroid

Update: The New York Times says the music features will roll out on Tuesday; the stereo earbuds will be available for $85 by the end of the month.

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4 years ago

Google's App Translation Service now open for all developers to use

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Service can cost as little as $75 per language for a small app

Google is working to bring more of Google Play to countries with languages other than English, and launching its App Translation Service is a big step in the right direction. Announced back in May at Google I/O, the App Translation Service is an easy and relatively inexpensive way for app developers to have their apps and Play Store pages professionally translated to dozens of other languages.

Now any developer can take advantage of this service right from the Developer Console with a few clicks. After going through a "localization checklist" that makes sure your app is ready to support other languages, you simply choose from one of many professional translation services, select which languages you'd like to translate to and you're on your way. You can even communicate with the translator along the way to make sure the app works just right with the new localization.

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4 years ago

Vector 19: Brian Klug on the new Nexus

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Vector is our cross-platform analysis show focused on bringing you the biggest stories and best analysis in tech. Sadly, Phil Nickinson wasn't able to join us this week (soon!), but Brian Klug of AnandTech absolutely was and, after briefly wrapping up the Apple A7 talk from last time, we dove into the new Google Nexus 5 and what the future holds for mobile chipsets, displays, cameras, and more. Yeah, he starts describing high-density in arc light minutes again...!

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4 years ago

HP Chromebook 11 review

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A Chrome OS laptop with a bundle of great features, marred by a case of performance anxiety

Update: A statement from Google and HP confirms that the Chromebook 11 is currently no longer on sale, due to a small number of reports that the charger is overheating during use. We will keep up with this story as the situation develops.

There's no shortage of Chrome OS devices out there to choose from, and save for the Chromebook Pixel they all pepper the lower end of the market. The Chromebook 11, a smaller (as in 11 inches) ARM-powered follow up to the larger Chromebook 14 from earlier this year, is yet another inexpensive Chromebook from HP and Google that builds on the same strategy as the devices before it.

Put together a small and portable form factor, fill it with inexpensive components and sell it on the cheap — it's a recipe for topping the sales charts for a laptop on Amazon, but is it really a product to get excited about? No matter where you stand on the merits of using a Chrome OS device, there are more than a few things the $279 Chromebook 11 has going for it. Read along after the break and see what HP's latest inexpensive Chromebook is all about.

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4 years ago

You can now design a custom Moto X on all four major U.S. carriers

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Custom inscriptions return to Motorola's design tool as well

So long, exclusivity. AT&T's had it for months. Verizon went live overnight. And now everyone's gotten in the game and you can design your own custom Moto X for Sprint and T-Mobile as well with the Moto Maker online studio.

What do you get with this newfound power? A whole bunch of permutations, that's what. Choose from 18 back colors. A black or white front. Seven accent colors. And — making its long-awaited return — you can have a custom message inscribed on the back.

We are, however, still waiting on wood.

More at motomaker.com.

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4 years ago

Philips hue review: instant atmosphere for your home

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I’ve been using the core set of the Philips hue light bulbs for a little while now, and they’re pretty great. For those unfamiliar, these are Wi-Fi-enabled LED light bulbs that can change color through an Android or iOS app. Many of the color schemes are prepackaged with the app, based on photos fed into it, though you can can input and color pick from your own pictures too.

There are a few presets that are “scientifically proven” to enhance concentration, relaxation, reading, and energy. This is all enabled through a hub that you plug in directly to your Wi-Fi router, which  communicates to the light bulbs over ZigBee, which is a decentralized, low-energy, low-speed wireless standard. Setup is super-easy; just replace your lightbulbs, plug in the hub, start the app, and hit the button on the hub in the pairing process.

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4 years ago

EE 4G LTE network extends into rural Cumbria

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Promotional mobile broadband price plans to offer 20GB for £25 per month

UK mobile operator EE, currently the country's most widespread 4G LTE network, has announced that it's switched on 4G service in parts of rural Cumbria as part of its latest network expansion. The carrier says this gives 2,000-plus residents and businesses in the area access to its 4G LTE services, and it's launching new promotional prices for 4G mobile broadband designed to let Cumbrians use LTE as their main means of connectivity.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire 500 launches in the UK

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Mid-ranger available in Carphone Warehouse stores starting today

Originally announced for the UK market back in August, HTC today sends word that its mid-range Desire 500 handset launches today at the Carphone Warehouse. CPW has exclusivity over the white version, and will also sell the Desire 500 in the standard black, seen above.

The Desire 500 packs a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera with HTC's ImageChip tech. On the front is an 800x480-resolution 4.3-inch display, and there's 4GB of internal stroage, expandable via microSD by up to 64GB. As you might expect, the Desire 500 runs HTC's Sense UI, with the same BlinkFeed home screen reader found on high-end HTC phones.

A quick glance over the Carphone Warehouse's online store reveals on-contract prices starting at £15 per month, and a very reasonable SIM-free price of £199.99. More details at the link below, and in the press release after the break.

More: Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

Win some great prizes in the Samsung Pen.UP drawing contest

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You could win a Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, a Galaxy S4, or some kickin' earbuds (plus accessories!) 

Earlier, we told you about Pen.UP — Samsung's new artists social network. It's a great idea and a very nicely done app, and anyone who enjoys making or viewing modern digital art (and has a supported Samsung device) should really take a look. I'm hooked, and can see a lot of time spent scrolling through all the great stuff people have made.

If you're the type who likes to create as well as look, Samsung and AC have a great contest (U.S. only) for you. We want to see your drawings, and as a little incentive to get Pen.UP off the ground Samsung has three very nice prizes to give away.

  • First Prize: A Galaxy Note 3 (on your carrier), an S-View Flip Cover, and a Galaxy Gear
  • Second Prize: A Galaxy S4 (on your carrier) and an S-View Flip Cover
  • Third Prize: A Massive Sound ESH70 wired stereo headset and a Flip Cover for your current Samsung Phone

That's a pretty great set of prizes! And winning them will be fun. Hit the break and pay close attention, as we explain how to enter.

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4 years ago

Moto Maker landing page now live on Verizon site

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We've been pretty sure that this was coming, but seeing this Moto Maker page on Verizon's website seals the deal. Listed as temporarily out of stock, the custom-designed Moto X will soon no longer be an AT&T exclusive.

Supposedly, see Moto Maker open for all, with rumors of it being available for the rest of the big four (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) and some compelling evidence that it happens for both Verizon and T-Mobile on November 11. 

Will the Moto Maker program and the price drop revive interest in one of 2013's best phones? We think so. Hit the comments to share your thoughts.

Source: Verizon. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Samsung's Pen.UP is a great social network for people who love to create digital art

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Whether you're sharing or just looking, Pen.UP is filled with great art from people just like you and me

The folks at Samsung love the S Pen on the Note series. If you've tried one, you can probably understand. It;s not a stylus, it an integral part of the device that can do some pretty wonderful things — including create some excellent digital art. 

To showcase all this great work, Samsung has set up a unique social network that features original work from people just like you and me. Open to folks with a Samsung Note 10.1, Samsung Note 8, Samsung Note 3, Samsung Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S3, Pen.Up is a lot like Instagram for the pictures you draw instead of the pictures you take with a camera. It's a great idea, and it's filled with some of the best artwork from creative Android users you'll find anywhere.

It's also feature-rich. You can follow people, comment on their posts, even favorite their work to show how much you like it. Of course, they can do the same to you. Hashtags are supported (which is going to be important right very shortly — stay tuned) to make for easy sorting and searching, and built-in categories let you find just the sort of thing you're looking for. Submitting your own content is easy, but even if you're not artistic it's still a great place to find some really cool pictures.

I'm just getting settled into Pen.UP (we've been a little busy here at AC the past few weeks), but I'm really liking what I see. This is something I'll stay interested in, both by just looking as well as posting my own drawings from time to time. We've got a full walkthrough after the break to help explain it all a little better, and if the Pen.UP app isn't already installed on your Samsung device, you can grab it at the Google Play link above. 

I'll see you there, look for gbhil!

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4 years ago

'Redesign, polish' delay Recon Jet's shipping by 'a few months'

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Bad news for folks waiting on the Recon Jet. The $500 Android-based heads-up-display — think of it in the same family of wearables as Google Glass — will miss its expected launch in December.

Recon Instruments co-founder and CEO Dan Eisenhardt in a blog post and email to those who preordered over the weekend announced that "certain aspects of the latest prototype fell short of my expectations, so some redesign will be required." Eisenhardt notes that they have "mapped a clear path to resolving each of the option issues," but "the bad news is the time necessary to execute the re-design will delay first shipments by a few months."

More: Recon Jet update

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Smart Voice Recorder, Meltdown, Rayman Fiesta Run and more!

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A healthy selection of app picks to check out this week

It's Saturday, and along with all of the other great things that come with the weekend we have the Apps of the Week column for you to enjoy. We take up this time slot every week to show off a collection of apps from the Android Central writers, each one showing off an app they've been using in the last week.

This week's collection is primarily made up of some great games, with a few different tools and other apps thrown in for good measure. Read along after the break and take a look at what we've picked out this week, you may just find an app or two that suit you as well.

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4 years ago

The Nexus 5 F.A.Q.

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Answering the most common questions we're getting about Google's new Nexus 5

Whether you have you new Nexus 5 in hand, or are covering all your bases before you decide to dust off the credit card, you've got questions. The most rewarding part of our job here at AC is answering those questions, and we always give it the old college try. 

Hit the break, and see what the top ten questions we're getting are, and their answers. Plus one bonus mystery question that we just have to get the real answer to.

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

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