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4 years ago

It's the last day to vote for the Android Central Best of 2013 Awards

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Your final chance to tell us your picks for the best of the year

We've been taking survey submissions for the Android Central Best of 2013 Awards, letting you, the readers, help us pick the best of the best in the Android world for 2013. The survey has a whole boatload of responses, but just in case you haven't had a chance to participate, we wanted to remind you that the window is quickly closing.

The Best of 2013 Awards survey will officially close tomorrow, December 27th, so be sure to hit the link below to give your input. We'll be posting the results just next week on Monday, December 30th.

Take the Best of 2013 Awards Survey

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod now available for existing Oppo N1 devices

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Simply install or revert to stock with official tools

Those who purchased the Oppo N1 before the CyanogenMod version was available will be excited to know that the official CyanogenMod ROM for the device is available to all users. As promised the official package is available for installation on any version of the Oppo N1, so if you want to ditch that ColorOS in favor of CM you now can.

CyanogenMod has been customized for the N1 to support all of the different hardware and software features that are found on the device. Some of the unique support they built in were for the rotating camera, the O-Click Bluetooth remote control as well as various features from ColorOS like double tap to wake.

The installation process is extremely easy, and if you want to revert at any time you will be able to load ColorOS back on the device. For full details of the loading process and download links for CM or ColorOS for the Oppo N1, be sure to hit the source link below.

Source: OppoForums

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4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 14 collectible winner!

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The final winner in our extra-long photo contest

We've finally reached the end of our Holiday Photo Contest, and that means we're announcing the final winner of an Android mini collectible. Just like the 13 previous winners, this member submitted their photo following the prompt of "holidays."

Stick around after the break to see the final photo winner — we think it's quite impressive.

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4 years ago

Buying an Android device over the holidays? Check out our reviews!

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Read Android Central's reviews of top Android devices

With Christmas a slowly fading memory, we're beginning to enter the post-holiday shopping season. And in the days ahead, many outlets will be offering discounts on some of the top Android devices of the moment. So what's worth buying and what should you leave on the shelf?

We've got links to all the information you could possibly need after the break.

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4 years ago

Editors' top apps: Jerry's picks for 2013

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The apps I used most throughout the year

Google Play now has about a gazillion apps to choose from. A cool part of our job here at Android Central is installing a lot of them and having a look. We then tell you about the great ones, other editors on other Android sites tell you about them as well, and the cream rises to the top. Some are from million dollar development houses, and some are from a guy like you or me who loves what he does, but what matters most is how well an app fits what you want it to do.

I'm not the biggest app user out there, and I find my tastes and choices are fluid. I'm not afraid to change what I use and like. A couple here are mainstream apps you'll find on just about any list of great apps, and some less so. But they are all apps I would recommend to anyone and everyone. 

Jump through, and have a look.

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4 years ago

Tegra Note 7 gets 4.3 update, brings AOHDR and new DirectStylus abilities

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Chimera computational photography architecture support for always on HDR now enabled

Nvidia has a little holiday gift for everyone with a Tegra Note 7 this morning. The Android 4.3 update is pushing out, and it brings along two notable enhancements — and improved stylus experience, and the Tegra 4 specific AOHDR (Always On High Dynamic Range) camera mode.

The DirectStylus enhancements start with the addition of a left-handed mode, which should help reject errant touches for all the southpaws out there. There is also a new help entry for the DirectStylus in the device settings to help answer any general questions, and the overall stylus response has been improved. In addition, there is also a new stylus removal and insertion notification, and screen capture now has the option to include the notification bar.

The new AOHDR feature is a Tegra 4 exclusive that allows the camera to better capture low light and bright light areas. As part of the Chimera computational photography architecture, AOHDR allows the user to take a full dynamic range picture in just one shot, with a real-time on-screen preview. This should reduce the slight blur often introduced with normal HDR photos that need two or more exposures to create the final product.

Other listed changes include video capture stabilization, improved camera performance under certain lighting conditions, and the ability to move application data to the SD card

The OTA should begin pushing now, so if you picked up a Tegra Note be sure to check for updates!

More: Nvidia

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4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 13 collectible winner!

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The thirteenth of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

It's the second to last winner in our Holiday Photo Contest, and while we're sad to see the contest coming to a close we're glad we've had the chance to give away so many prizes.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to see our final contest winner tomorrow, along with a roundup of every single photo from the contest.

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4 years ago

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition review

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It's big and the hardware is oh-so-sexy, but is it for you?

Just when everyone gave up hope on the rumor that Sony was going to be participating in the Google Play edition program, Google and Sony dropped the Z Ultra GPe right on top of us. Because it was a surprise, the Z Ultra GPe wasn't subject to the weeks (or months) of speculation and dissection that most phones go through before the come to market, but we all have a pretty good idea what to expect based on the Xperia branded Z Ultra and previous Google Play edition devices.

Does the Z Ultra fulfill the dreams and wants of everyone looking for a big Nexus phone? Maybe. It's definitely big, it's just about as Googly stock Android as the Nexus 4 or Nexus 7, and it's absolutely free of extra boot loader security so you can own your phone. That's going to tick all the boxes and satisfy some folks, and they have already made up their minds. 

For the rest of us, read on.

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4 years ago

Editors' top apps: Alex's picks for 2013

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Top ten apps for 2013

Got a new Android device this Christmas? Or maybe you're just looking for great applications for an older phone or tablet? Our regular apps of the week features are a great place to find new and interesting apps for your device -- but with 2013 drawing to a close, we've decided to take things a step further and reflect on our personal top ten apps of the year.

So here are my top recommendations — these are all fantastic apps that have either launched in 2013, or have been updated with significantly awesome new stuff. Head past the break and check them out!

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4 years ago

The best games for your new Android phone or tablet

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Shooters, strategy, racing, RPGs and more!

If you've found yourself the proud owner of a brand new Android smartphone or tablet this holiday season, one of the first things you might want to do — once the basics are taken care of — is get hold of some of the top gaming titles. Through the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore, Android has a wealth of gaming variety to choose from, from casual titles like Angry Birds to hardcore, competitive shooters like Modern Combat 4.

Fortunately we've been keeping track of some of the best Android games out there over the past few months, and we've got links to some of our top selections after the break. Dig in!

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4 years ago

New Android phone or tablet under the tree? Hit up the Android Central forums!

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Join the Android Central forums and get to know your new device — and the community!

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Android Central! If you're unwrapping a shiny new Android smartphone or tablet today there's probably a lot you want to find out about your new device. The once place you'll find plenty of hints, tips and friendly discussion is the Android Central forums. We've got device-specific forums for all the top phones and tablets, so jump past the break to for links to boards for some of the top Androids around!

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4 years ago

Latest Humble Bundle adds 3 more games for above-average donors

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Pick up nine games for a steal of a price

Just a quick message for those who enjoy picking up games from the Humble Bundle — three more games have just been added to the deal. As is often the case with the Humble Bundle, mid-way through the sale additional games are added to pick up some more donations. The new games are available to anyone who donated above average at any point in the sale, before or after the offerings were expanded:

  • Solar 2
  • The Bard's Tale
  • Bad Hotel

That means you'll now receive nine games in total if you donate over the average, which is currently set at just $4.31. It's a great deal for some DRM-free games that also benefits charity.

Source: Humble Bundle

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4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 12 collectible winner!

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The twelfth of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest

We're closing in on the end of our two week long Holiday Photo Contest, and for day number 12 we're going to give away another Android mini collectible. We've still been seeing a good number of entries each day, so let's finish out the last two strong as well.

Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!

Enter the holiday photo contest​

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4 years ago

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition review

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A great tablet struggling to find a value proposition

It's hard to say we weren't surprised when Google seemingly randomly put two new Google Play edition devices up for sale on December 10th. The LG G Pad 8.3 (along with the Sony Z Ultra) is a new device in Google's quasi-Nexus line that takes proven hardware from major manufacturers and loads it up with new software the way Google intends it.

Now of course the LG G Pad 8.3 isn't the first Google Play edition device, it is simply the first tablet to adorn the title. But in many respects, the story is much the same. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition is to the Nexus 7 what the HTC One and Galaxy S4 GPe's are to the Nexus 5 — a more expensive device option with a few unique hardware differences and software features to differentiate it.

The question really stands then, is the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe worth the extra dough over a formidable competitor, the Nexus 7? Read along with us after the break and see what the first Google Play edition tablet has going for it.

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4 years ago

Announcing the Kindle Fire HD Adobe Photoshop giveaway winner!

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Over 1200 entries, but we had to pick just one winner

The folks over at Adobe were in a giving mood this last weekend, offering up a free Kindle Fire HD preloaded with Photoshop Touch to an Android Central member. 

To win, you simply had to answer the question "What will you create with Photoshop Touch this holiday season?" A simple prompt that garnered over 1200 comments on the post. We always love seeing the amount of excitement around giveaways, but we also unfortunately had to pick just one winner.

Congratulations to ttriplett1 for his winning answer: "Best ecards ever!"

This surely won't be the end of our contests, so keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways in the future.

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