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4 years ago

Flyne, a news reader from the developer behind Falcon Pro, goes live

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Developer Joaquim Verges — you might remember him as the man behind the popular Twitter app Falcon Pro — has just released a new Android applications — Flyne. It's an offline reader that allows you to take your favorite articles with you, on the go, without worrying about a data connection.

The app itself is free, and you can pull in sources a curated list, but you'll need to pony up 99 cents for Feedly or Twitter access. The app itself is stylish in the manner you'd expect from the force behind Falcon, so this one's well worth a look. There's a dark theme available as well. (We're fans of that, for sure.) 

The article content takes center stage here, with other elements floating on top and not much chrome to distract from what's important. Give 'er a go, we say.

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4 years ago

Meet Ara, Motorola's open and modular smartphone project

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Joining forces with Phonebloks and developing a platform in the open

Building off of a project it called "MAKEwithMOTO," Motorola is ready to unveil its plans for modular smartphones called Project Ara. Ara, for short, is all about building a system that makes the process of creating smartphones that are upgradeable, customizable and open. Partnering with the folks at Phonebloks that recently brought this idea to a wider audience, Motorola wants to do with smartphone hardware what Android has done with smartphone software.

Motorola thinks that you, the end user, should be able to decide how much your phone costs, what it's capable of, how it looks and how long it will be in use. The concepts — shown above, and once more after the break — certainly have our gears turning. The basic idea at this point is to have a main "endo" (endoskeleton) that acts as a frame to hold various other modules in place. Those modules could be anything from a camera or a battery to a physical keyboard or various sensors.

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4 years ago

Touchless Control app updated in Google Play

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OK Google Now, you're getting an update

Motorola has updated the Touchless Control app for the Moto X and Droids Maxx, Ultra and Mini this evening. The change log is short but sweet:

  • New "Find my phone" command that triggers an alarm to make your phone easy to find
  • Improved accessibility access for the visually impaired
  • Bug fixes

Bug fixes are always welcome, any improvement to accessibility for those who need a little assistance is super, and for Moto X users, the Find my phone command is new. You can try that out by saying "OK Google Now, Find my phone." Say it loud across the room for maximum effect.

It's one of those apps that worked as well as advertised, and we hope the update does what it sets out to do without any hidden bugs. Grab it from Google Play via the link above.

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4 years ago

Verizon's HTC One update delayed for a month, says HTC exec

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Verizon stalls with the finish line in sight

HTC America VP Jason Mackenzie has taken to Twitter this evening to break the bad news about the HTC One 4.3 update on Big Red:

It's disappointing, but are we really surprised to see Verizon delay yet another software update? Fill the comments with all your good thoughts.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: The 100% Indie developer project will help you get seen and get paid

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The 100% Indie project is a joint venture between Chillingo and Samsung to help independent developers get noticed. On top of that, the money is pretty swell, too.

Phil talks with Amy Fleming a little about the project, which should be a popular one at the Samsung Developer Conference.

Give it a look, and if you're a developer give 100% Indie a shout!

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Get connected with David from Topi

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With more than 1,300 attendees from over 33 countries, the Samsung Developers Conference is a perfect place to talk about Topi. Designed to help people get together (no, not that way) at places like a big conference, Topi keeps you connected both with others in your venue as well as the outside through popular social media sites.

Andrew got to spend a few minutes with Topi co-founder and CEO David Aubespin, and we had a look at the app along with the customizations made just for SDC13. 

The most important thing at any conference of this nature is soaking in as much information as you can. Topi can handle your groups and schedule, so you can focus on just that. Have a look via the Google Play link above.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Nicolas has the coolest toys

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How is that for a table full of fun? ARMdevices.net's Nicolas Charbonnier is at the Samsung Developers Conference and he spends a few minutes with Phil to talk about some really wild Android "fakes" from China.

They are all ARM powered, which is Nicolas' forte, and you'll see everything from a $50 iPhone 5S clone to a crazy e-ink touch screen device that has a two-week battery life. Of course, they all run Android.

This is without a doubt the most interesting thing you'll see on the Internet tonight. 

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Wrapping up the day one keynote, podcast style

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The day one keynote today at the Samsung Developers Conference was chock full of information, showed some great stuff from developers — both current and coming soon — and was a showcase of where Samsung wants go with their Android line in the future. It was a lot to wrap your head around.

Luckily, Phil and Andrew found some time to hash it all out the way we do best around these parts. Of course, I'm talking about a podcast.

This is the best 20-minute wrap-up of today's events you'll find on the web, from the people you know and trust right here at AC. You won't want to miss this one.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Cruzerlite is on the case

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The folks at Cruzerlite are more than just a case company. They're dyed-in-the-wool Android fans, and it shows. And of course anywhere you have piles of Android devices, like for instance, the Samsung Developer Conference, you'll find Android fans.

Join Andrew as he talks about case design with Joel and Roger, see a slick new design with a Halloween feel, and watch Roger try to scratch the living daylights out of a Cruzerlite design. It's great to see what the fellows from Cruzerlite think about the hoopla surrounding SDC13.

Of course, you can always find great Cruzerlite cases at Cruzerlite.com and at ShopAndroid.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Watch day 1 of the Android Central Live show from SDC 13 all over again

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We're coming at you live — as in right this second — from the inaugural Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco! Today and Tuesday, following today's keynote and a multitude of developer sessions, we'll be chatting with ourselves about the day's events — and, more important, with some of the key players at the conference. 

We're kicking off any second now, so ease on past the break for the live show and live chatroom.

Update: That's it for Day 1, folks! We'll be back live at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday!

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Inside Samsung with Philip Berne

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This segment from Samsung Developers Live sees Phil chat with Samsung Marketing Manager, Technical Media and old friend Philip Berne. These two could go on for hours (and honestly, we wouldn't mind) but they spend a great 10 minutes talking about products, features and the future from Samsung.

They talk a little about cameras (including the hot new Galaxy NX), smart watches, and the future of Samsung's smart phones. Of course, we get a little bit of inside baseball from Philip, as he describes the reasons behind the trend of bigger and bigger smartphones (spoiler — we're asking for them) as well as his favorite device from his huge stash.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Brandon and Brian from ChallengePost.com

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We're live at the Samsung Developer Conference all day today and tomorrow, and the best part of it all it getting to talk to the people who work with the code to make magic.

On that note, we've got a special treat with Brandon and Brian from ChallengePost.com, who know a thing or two about code, development, and most importantly, getting the right people together to make some of that magic happen. ChallengePost is a unique take on the way developers look for projects, as well as the way people with projects look for developers. They're also sponsoring the big happy hour event at SDC13 tonight, which is always a very important role.

Take a few minutes to hear what Brandon and Brian have to say, and be sure to check out ChallengePost.com if you're looking for the right people to build for you, or if you're looking for the right people to build for.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Mashable's Christina Warren and the multiscreen future

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Android Central Live is coming at you from the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco today, and we're kicking off the day's interview segments with Christina Warren, Senior Tech Analyst for Mashable. Christina's joined by our own Phil Nickinson to talk all about Samsung's multiscreen ambitions — from dual-screen viewing with a phone or tablet and smart TV, to the smartphone wars and where Samsung and Android stand among other ecosystems.

Check out the video above, and stay tuned throughout the rest of the day for more discussion and interviews from the Samsung Developers Conference.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Rockstar makes GTA V companion app, iFruit, available for Android

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Custom license plates or take the dog for a walk all on your very own iFruit

Perhaps a little late to the party, Rockstar Games has finally released the iFruit companion app for GTA V into Google Play for Android devices. GTA V was launched a little over a month ago, and the iOS version went live at the same time, so while we've had to wait a while, the important thing is that it's here. And of course, it's a total play on that other fruit phone.

So, what's it all about? Signing in with a Rockstar Social Club account hooks you in to your GTA V experience, be that on PS3 or on Xbox 360. With it, you can do a bunch of tinkering to your in-game vehicles, buy yourself a bunch of custom license plates, and even take your dog for a walk. 

That's right, Chop, your in-game pooch is present in a kind of Tamagotchi style way. You can feed him, train him, take him for a walk, all in the name of improving his behavior while you're playing GTA V. 

So far, it seems to be working just fine on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7, but there's a bunch of reports suggesting that not everyone is able to install this. If you're having some specific troubles, drop us a line in the comments and tell us what you're using. 

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4 years ago

Nexus 5 specs outed on Wind Mobile pre-registration page

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Smaller Canadian carrier lifts lid on Google and LG's next Nexus phone

Update: Unsurprisingly, the Wind pre-reg page has now been pulled.

Original post: The Nexus 5 leaks continue, and today it's Canada's Wind Mobile that's let the cat out of the bag a little early. Wind's newly-published pre-registration page shows the render we remember from earlier leaks, alongside a full spec sheet for the unannounced device. 

There's no guarantee that the spec sheet is 100 percent accurate, however it is an official carrier registration page, and what it's saying lines up with previous Nexus 5 leaks. In any case, the short version is we're dealing with a 4.95-inch 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 3, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage and an 8-megapixel OIS (optical image stabilization) camera. You'll find the longer version after the break.

We're expecting things to become officially official with regards to the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat towards the end of the week.

Source: Wind Mobile

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