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4 years ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST!

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We're getting the gang back together this afternoon for what we're told will be the 165th edition of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! On tap this week: Google Glass gets is monthly software update, the Moto G gets Android 4.4.2 (yes, already) — and we're going to answer a whole bunch of your questions, live.

If you want to watch and participate in the live Q&A, swing on by the Google+ Event for this episode. Or you can always watch live here at Android Central — or even from our app.

The show kicks off at 4 p.m. EST — that's 9 p.m. in London. We'll see you in a few hours!

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4 years ago

BlackBerry: Android and iOS combined for 40 million new BBM registrations in 60 days

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CEO drops cryptic hint at desire for 'BlackBerry experience' on Android

A few small nuggets of Android news out of BlackBerry's otherwise not-exactly-uplifting quarterly earnings report this morning. We'll break it down here in handy bullet-point form:

And that's that. The kids at CrackBerry are covering this as only they can.

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4 years ago

Sega gets festive with great deals on Sonic mobile games

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Everyone's favorite blue hedgehog gets selected price cuts for the holiday season

From today until January 1, Sega is getting in the festive spirit by offering a range of price cuts on selected Sonic the Hedgehog mobile titles. Sonic Jump is going free for the promotion, while there are savings of up to 80% across other titles. 

Four other Sonic titles have been reduced from their respective regular prices, down to to just $0.99. So, if you're interested, you can grab Sonic CD, Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I and Episode II for under 4 bucks. And that's not half bad. 

Source: Sega (Google Play)

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4 years ago

Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition passes Google CTS, launching Dec. 24

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The "CyanogenMod Edition" Oppo N1 — the limited edition version with CM 10.2 out of the box — has passed Google's Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) and is scheduled to become available from Dec. 24. It's the first time a CyanogenMod-powered phone has passed Google's tests, which are designed to ensure device security and compatibility with apps in the Android ecosystem.

The news was shared on the CM-dev mailing list and on Twitter by manufacturer Oppo, which gave glimpse of the exclusive packaging, stickers and case included with the device. Writing on the CM-dev list, community lead Abhisek Devkota (better known as ciwrl) described it as "a major milestone for everyone in this project," adding "aside from root access, we were not forced to make any compromises in terms of features or functionality."

The CM Edition Oppo N1 isn't listed on the manufacturer's online store just yet, but the vanilla N1 recently launched in the U.S. and Europe for $599 and €449, so it's likely the CM version's price will fall somewhere around this level.

Source: @Oppo; Google Groups via Engadget

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4 years ago

HTC Butterfly S updated to Android 4.3 + Sense 5.5

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The HTC One family may be the focus of HTC's Western product lineup, but the Butterfly line remains a popular choice in Asia, with the Butterfly S being the current flagship in that series. And from today the 5-inch handset is being updated to bring it in line with its metal-clad sibling, moving up to Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5. A changelog posted on Twitter by ROM developer @LlabTooFeR shows a familiar list of new features — including an improved Gallery app with new video highlights, BlinkFeed improvements including custom feeds and improved social network support.

The version number of the latest firmware — 2.21.708.1 — indicates that this is for the Hong Kong version of the Butterfly S, so if you've got that model then it's time to start hammering that "Check for updates" button.

Source: @LlabTooFeR

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4 years ago

New Samsung 'Pro' tablets rumored for early 2014

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Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4/10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite rumored for Q1 launch

Rumors have been circulating for the past several weeks surrounding possible Samsung tablets arriving in early 2014, and now one outlet is claiming to have nailed down the specific branding behind these devices. SamMobile reports through "insider" sources that Samsung will launch four new tablets in the first quarter of next year — the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. The "Pro" models will purportedly come in Wifi and LTE variants, while the Tab 3 Lite will have a 3G cellular option in addition to Wifi-only.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 'Game Edition' spotted with bundled Gamepad

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Samsung Gamepad packaged with 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 and HDMI adapter​

After what seems like an eternity, the Samsung Gamepad is just about ready for release. The accessory is designed to clip onto smartphones sized between 4 and 6.3 inches, but it can also serve as a Bluetooth controller for larger gadgets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range. And it seems Samsung wants to capitalize on the Gamepad's tablet gaming potential with a new bundle, dubbed the "Galaxy Tab 3 Game Edition."

Sighted in box form by Samsung fansite AllAboutSamsung, the Galaxy Tab 3 Game Edition includes a Samsung Gamepad, a Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch tablet and HDMI adapter. That combination should allow you to play supported games on the Tablet using the Gamepad over a Bluetooth connection, or on a larger display using the tablet and controller in "console mode."

There's no word on when this bundle might appear on store shelves, but with a European release for the Gamepad said to be imminent, hopefully there's not too much longer left to wait.

For more info on how the Samsung Gamepad enables console mode, check out our hands-on feature with the device.

Source: AllAboutSamsung

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4 years ago

Foursquare overhauls interface in latest update

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A move to deep colors and flat design

Foursquare has just undergone a pretty substantial interface refresh with the latest update. Today's change marks a move away from the "map" home screen view to a bigger focus on friends, suggested goings-on and check-ins. When first launching Foursquare you'll now notice a cleaner view with deeper colors and flatter styling that simply lists your friends, with access to a full map of locations hidden behind an additional interaction.

When tapping on a suggested place, the search button or the menu key you can get into a map view (each with different functions, of course) that is more familiar. The slide-in panel from the left is familiar and simple, with again deeper colors and a bit smoother design.

Functionally, not many things have really changed. You can still check in immediately with the pin icon in the bottom of the home screen, and view a friend's check-in or search for a place with just one tap. While it's certainly something new to get used to, we're fans of the bold design.

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4 years ago

#CESlive update: Awesome guests, sponsors, a Vegas meetup and more!

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With CES fast approaching, it's time for a quick #CESlive check in! We have a few important updates to relay in regards to the awesome show coverage we'll be bringing you from the floor of the biggest electronics and tech show of the year.

In case you missed the announcement (and if you did, you should read the press release and watch this video), Mobile Nations is teaming up with Geek Beat to put on #CESlive. We have a big area in South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center where we'll be broadcasting a whole bunch of awesome interview from. Between the two teams we'll have THIRTY people at CES - so outside of the live stage we'll be running and gunning the best coverage you'll find at the show. It's going to be awesome.

Now onto the updates!

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4 years ago

This interactive Moto X magazine ad is pretty ingenious

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Choose your Moto X color, now in a paper advertisement

Motorola is taking its increasingly-clever advertising into the print world. A new magazine ad for the Moto X will run in the January edition of Wired that goes a step above other plain-old printed paper advertisements. 150,000 issues distributed across New York and Chicago will contain a completely interactive Moto Maker experience, with touch points that change the color of a Moto X displayed prominently on the page.

The ad is made possible by paper-thin electronic elements that make up a battery, LEDs and even a keyboard-like membrane for the color selector. We've seen interactive ads in limited runs of magazines before, but this one just fits the Moto Maker idea so well. You can check out a video demo of the ad above.

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4 years ago

Moto G getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat starting today!

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No preamble needed: Motorola is delivering Android 4.4.2 KitKat starting today for the Moto G.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Android 4.4, KitKat: Android 4.4.2, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. KitKat includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, smarter power use, and more tools and capabilities for better app development.
  • Phone dialer: Improved the phone app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.
  • Camera - Focus and exposure: Enhanced the "touch to focus" option with a new circular, on screen control that can be dragged by your finger around the viewfinder to adjust a photo's focus and exposure.
  • Gallery - Photo editing: Added new photo editing options to the Gallery app including new filter effects, draw on your photos, advanced cropping, and adjustments to color, exposure, contrast and more.
  • Printing documents and pictures: Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.
  • Hangouts - SMS/MMS support: Incorporated a new version of Google Hangouts that supports integrated SMS/MMS messaging. Hangouts can be set as the default SMS app under Settings > Wireless > Default SMS app.
  • Accessory: support Added support for Square credit card reader.

The update is for both the U.S. and global versions of the Moto G.

Source: Motorola

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4 years ago

Plague Inc. Mutation 7 now available with loads of new content

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New diseases and gameplay modes to keep the game fresh

A new mutation (update, if you prefer) to Plague Inc. is now available, bringing new gameplay modes and features. You can now experiment with real life diseases of all kinds in 14 new gameplay modes, opening the door to new strategies to infect the entire globe. Above all other diseases the Black Death may be the most interesting, and it's available in the latest version.

You can also see how your diseases would change the world if it was also undergoing another worldwide event, such as a mini ice age or a financial crisis. Just more variables to take into account when playing the game if you so choose.

The latest version of Plague Inc. is available from the Play Store link above. The game is free with one scenario also being free — additional scenarios can be purchased for $0.99 each, or $2.99 for the whole lot. Those who have played Plague Inc. a lot will no doubt say it's worth the money.

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4 years ago

Holiday Photo Contest: Day 7 collectible winner!

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

We have reached the halfway point in our two-week long Holiday Photo Contest, and that means seven people have been selected as winners of Android mini collectibles. Each winner has submitted a photo in the forums that shows the idea of "holidays," and we've had a great time looking at every submission.

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

Win a Nexus 5 Ballistic SG MAXX Case from ShopAndroid!

You heard right, folks. Starting today, we're giving away a Ballistic SG MAXX Case for the Nexus 5 to one lucky contestant!

All you have to do to enter is head over to the ShopAndroid Accessories Blog to check out our detailed hands-on review of the Nexus 5 SG MAXX Case. After reading, simply visit the entry form link at the bottom and share the post on Facebook and/or Twitter. You'll then automatically be eligible to win yourself a brand new case!

The contest kicks off right now and ends on Monday, December 23 at 12pm PST. One lucky winner will be chosen and contacted via the email used on the entry form. So keep your eyes open and good luck!

Review: Ballistic SG MAXX Case for Nexus 5: The OtterBox Rival?

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4 years ago

Riptide GP 2 adds immersive mode for KitKat devices

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Get rid of the navigation bar when playing this awesome game

Riptide GP 2 is one of the better graphical and gameplay experiences out there today, and it's about to get even better with immersive mode support for KitKat devices. Immersive mode lets apps (and in this case games) take over 100 percent of your screen real estate if you're using a device with on-screen navigation buttons. That means along with the status bar disappearing, your navigation bar gets out of the way to give you just that little bit more space to see and play.

Along with the improvements to KitKat support, Riptide GP 2 is also adding native support for x86 processor devices, and fixed multiple bugs across the game. If you haven't had a chance to see immersive mode in action on your own device, now may be a good time to check it out with a great game.

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