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4 years ago

Tech giants blast FCC's net neutrality proposal

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Tech giants blast FCC's net neutrality proposal

FCC net neutrality proposal could slow down certain applications on the Internet

FCC net neutrality proposal could slow down certain applications on the Internet

In an open letter to the Federal Communications Commission, major Internet and technology companies are united in their fight to keep the Internet free and open. Companies that include Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix among others, are standing together to fight the FCC's plans to split the Internet into faster and slower speed lanes as part of a new upcoming vote.

4 years ago

Would you implant an NFC chip into your hand?

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Would you implant an NFC chip into your hand?

NFC chip hand implant

NFC chip hand implant

Game developer Zoe Quinn recently implanted an NFC chip in the space between her thumb and index finger. Appropriately enough, she's since programmed the chip to send a link to her Humble Bundle page for Deus Ex, a popular shooter game about cyborgs. So, if you bump into her, you can tap your phone against the base of her thumb and get a free video game about human/robot hybrids. Here's a video of the operation, which starts at about the four-minute mark. It's not for the squeamish, and it certainly doesn't help that she had to inject it herself with a giant needle.

4 years ago

Google Play Services 4.4 can tell when you're walking or running

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Google Play Services 4.4 can tell when you're walking or running

Google Play Services

Google Play Services

Google has released the 4.4 update for Google Play services, along with a list of new services and APIs. Features have been tweaked and added in the Maps API, new activity recognition features have been added, Games Services have been tweaked to allow multiple game gifts, Wallet fragments now allow an Instant Buy button inside an app, and a new way of displaying mobile ads will allow more targeted ads and direct purchase.

4 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Red

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Weekly Photo Contest: Red

Weekly Photo Contest: Red

 Red

After seeing the success of our previous photo contest, "yellow," we're going to give it another whirl this week with a basic color-themed photo contest: "red." And when you think about it, it comes off last week's "bricks" contest quite well also. We're looking for the best pictures you can take that show off the color, idea or accent of red, and we can't wait to see what you do with it.

This week's entries are each in the running for an Android Central t-shirt, so you can show off your AC knowledge anywhere! We'll be picking three winners this week, so make those pictures great.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (May 13) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

4 years ago

Google Player Developer console now lets you squelch draft and unpublished apps

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Google Player Developer console now lets you squelch draft and unpublished apps

Google Play dev console

Google Play dev console

Here's a fun little addition to the Google Play developer console. You can now choose to filter out unpublished apps, or apps in draft status. That means we won't have to see our old Smartwatch Fans app anymore, now that we've unpublished it and replaced it with Connectedly. (Which you should totally download now!)

Nice.

4 years ago

Google Wallet update adds quick account switcher, rearranges settings

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Google Wallet update adds quick account switcher, rearranges settings

Google Wallet

Google Wallet

Falling in line with other recent Google app updates, Google Wallet is being updated today with a simple quick account switcher so you can access your various Wallet accounts easily. You'll now have the option to switch between active Google Accounts from the slide-in panel on the left of the app — along with re-entering that account's PIN — on the fly. A far cry from the previous version, which required you to wipe out the app entirely and start over with a new account.

4 years ago

The HTC One M8 will be $100 off tomorrow from HTC.com

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The HTC One M8 will be $100 off tomorrow from HTC.com

 The HTC One M8 will be $100 off tomorrow from HTC.com

The HTC One M8 will be $100 off tomorrow from HTC.com

HTC is running a Mother's Day promotion where its flagship HTC One M8 will be offered for half off. The One M8 will be sold through HTC's online store for just $99, down from the usual $199 asking price, with a two-year contract through carrier partners AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

4 years ago

The business logic behind building an Amazon phone

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The business logic behind building an Amazon phone

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
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An Amazon phone might make more sense than you think

Over the last month or so there have been enough informative leaks to say, almost with certainty, that Amazon will be releasing a phone. I say "almost" to leave the door open to a change in plans, however small that chance may be.

I recently learned that Amazon has hired several former BlackBerry designers. It sounds like they've brought smart people on board, and I can certainly understand why a good engineer would be tempted to go work for Amazon in light of what's happened to BlackBerry over the past few years. BlackBerry has almost entirely lost its consumer market share and is busy returning to its enterprise roots. On the other hand, Amazon is practically 100 percent focused on the consumer — aside from its obvious leadership in cloud computing, which is enterprise and small-business focused.)

It's interesting to think about Amazon's intentions here. How will it make money selling phones if it doesn't plan to sell them at a profit? Jeff Bezos has repeatedly said he doesn't want to make money when you buy the phone, but instead when you use the phone.

4 years ago

R.B.I. Baseball 14 swings onto Android

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R.B.I. Baseball 14 swings onto Android

R.B.I. Baseball 14 swings onto Android

R.B.I. Baseball 14 swings onto Android

The 2014 MLB season is well underway. Teams like the Brewers, Athletics and Giants are out on top right now. If your team isn't doing so hot you can change that with R.B.I. Baseball 14 for Android. You can't actually help your team in real life, but you can take your team to the World Series in this virtual world.

4 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks' winners!

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Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks' winners!

Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks winner
Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks winner
Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks winner
Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks winner

 Bricks

We put out the request last week for all of your best "bricks" photos, and just as we've come to expect, you all delivered. We saw five whole pages of entries come into the forums for another successful photo contest, showing off a variety of styles and devices while still following the prompt.

4 years ago

HTC One M8 gets CyanogenMod nightlies

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HTC One M8 gets CyanogenMod nightlies

HTC One M8

HTC One M8

First round of nightlies ready for flashing

If you're ready to rid yourself of HTC Sense 6 on your M8, you now have a chance to give CyanogenMod a spin. The free and open-source version of CM has hit nightly status for the metal-clad HTC flagship, and the builds are currently available at the CM downloads site.

Be warned, that as nightly versions there will be issues to work out. You are doing the community testing for the builds, and should be prepared to submit bug reports and do your part to make things better. Don't worry, though, usually these are pretty complete and alpha/beta testing is often a lot of fun.

Source: +CyanogenMod

4 years ago

Huawei Ascend P7 hands-on

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Huawei Ascend P7 hands-on

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Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
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Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei improves upon earlier efforts with a glass-backed chassis, redesigned software and new camera tricks

At an event in Paris, France today, Huawei officially unveiled its new high-end flagship phone, the Ascend P7. It's the latest in the Chinese manufacturer's premium "P" range, building on last year's P6, which the company says sold 4 million units across the globe. The P7's design heritage is plain to see — from the metal trim around the top and sides to the curved edge down below, this year's Huawei flagship looks an awful lot like last year's.

The biggest external change can be seen when you flip it over — the back panel is now made of glass, and sports a reflective pattern not unlike LG's "crystal reflection process," seen on the Optimus G. This effect comes to life through a combination of seven layers, Huawei says, and if you look close enough you can make some of them out — one forms concentric circles leading out from the "Huawei" logo, for instance, another is a checkered pattern. By any standard, the P7 is a good-looking phone. It's also extremely light, much less heavy than most 5-inch smartphones we've used.

4 years ago

Here's when you can expect your Samsung device to get Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Here's when you can expect your Samsung device to get Android 4.4.2 KitKat

KitKat on the Samsung Galaxy S4

KitKat on the Samsung Galaxy S4

So you have one of the many older Samsung devices that are still stuck on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or older, and you're wondering when you'll get that Android 4.4.2 KitKat update that Samsung promised back in February. A lot of devices have received their updates, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and even the Galaxy S3, as well as the Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 edition tablet and Galaxy Note 3 phablet. But what about your phone? Well, according to an internal Samsung doc, we've at least got a timeframe we can give you.

4 years ago

Amazon single sign-on now available on all Android devices

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Amazon single sign-on now available on all Android devices

Amazon app for Android

Amazon app for Android

Amazon's single sign-on launched for Kindle Fire three weeks ago, and as of today it's now available on more standard Android-based devices. The straight-forward Amazon app available in Google Play has been updated to support the single sign-on service and integrates with Amazon's other apps for Android. Sign in with the Amazon app and your other Amazon services apps on your Android device will also be logged in.

4 years ago

TuneIn Radio gets a major redesign, with great new ways to explore content

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TuneIn Radio gets a major redesign, with great new ways to explore content

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TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio

(Plus, Android Central is all up in here!)

We've long been fans of TuneIn Radio as an Internet radio app, and some 50 million monthly active users agree. Today the app has received a major update that not only freshens its look — it's now easier than ever to explore and listen to new content, and to help others do so as well.

For starters, you can now create your own customizable profile. That'll let your friends follow you and see what you're listening to on TuneIn. You can sign in with Facebook, which is nice, but we'd also love to be able to do so using our Google account. From there, you can "Echo" what you're listening to through your various social networks.

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