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4 years ago

Android developers encouraged to update Play Store listings with tablet screenshots


Tablet screenshots will now show in Play Store listings for users browsing on that device

The official Android Developers Blog has just put up a post explaining to app developers guidelines for uploading and displaying screenshots of their apps running on tablets. Developers can now specify the difference between screenshots being uploaded for phones, 7-inch and 10-inch tablets, so that when users view the Play Store listing from each of the devices they will see views of the app relevant to that device. With Google's continued focus on tablet design and making apps look great on larger screens, it's important to show users what they're getting while browsing the Play Store.

If you're a developer and have tablet-optimized apps, check in your Google Play Developer Console for instructions on how to manage your screenshots. The rest of us will see the benefit of this initiative as more apps are properly designed for tablets.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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4 years ago

Droid RAZR M receiving small bugfix update


Improved Wifi performance and a whole host of bugfixes packed into a small update

This isn't the big Android 4.2 update you may have been hoping for on your Droid RAZR M, but an 80MB update containing a good number of improvements is hitting devices starting today. The update to software version 98.15.66.XT907.Verizon.en.US brings fixes and improvements across the board:

  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Voice volume has been improved at set level
  • Camera improvements in touch-to-focus, notifications and low light performance
  • In-call audio is routed to ear piece while connected to headset has been improved
  • Video streaming pixelation has been improved
  • Support for Mobile Device Management has been improved
  • Media sync with Back Up Assistant Plus has been improved
  • Visual Voicemail connectivity improvements have been made

The update will be coming OTA (Over The Air) and can be prompted to download by checking manually in the phone's settings, or received later when pushed to the phone. Have you seen the update pop up on your device yet? Chime in in the forums and let the other members know what to look forward to.

Source: Verizon Support; PDF; PDF

More: Motorola Droid RAZR M Forums

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 European launch to include Need for Speed giveaway, new Hub apps


The first 100,000 customers will get an exclusive version of Need for Speed 'Samsung edition'

Samsung has partnered with multiple companies to bring new content to the Samsung Hub for the upcoming Galaxy S4 launch in Europe, scheduled for April 27. EA is providing a version of Need for Speed Most Wanted that not only has been optimized for this particular phone, but includes "in-game Samsung branding." The first 100,000 European customers will be able to download the game for free through the Samsung Hub -- everyone else, including Galaxy Note 2 owners, can still purchase a copy.

Michelin will be offering their real-time traffic app 'Traffic' and eatery locator and reviewer 'Restaurant' apps at launch, with with tourist attraction app 'Travel' following this summer. The children's apps 'Nighty Night' and ‘Little Fox Music Box’ by Goodbeans will be Samsung Hub exclusives. Random House Mondadori is bringing 3,400 Spanish language books, which include international best-selling authors, to the Hub as well.

The full press release, with complete details from Samsung about these content providers, can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Fiber expands TV offerings with HBO and Cinemax


Three new premium channel packages now available for Google Fiber TV customers

When Google Fiber first launched, there were some glaring omissions in its TV offerings, but one of the huge ones is being addressed today with the addition of HBO and Cinemax to its lineup. As additional packages added onto your current TV service, you can now grab HBO for $20 per month which includes 7 different HBO channels, and Cinemax at $10 per month for 8 channels. Those wanting the whole deal can get STARZ, Showtime, HBO and Cinemax together as a "premium package" for $40 per month.

If you're lucky enough to have access to Google Fiber, head to the source link below and see the details for having one of the new packages added to your service. If you're like most of us and don't have it yet, here's yet another reason to salivate uncontrollably waiting for availability to expand.

Source: Google

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4 years ago

Facebook Home now available internationally


The U.S. exclusivity for Facebook Home has been a short one

Facebook has announced in conjunction with a talk at D: Dive Into Mobile that Facebook Home is set to be available internationally starting today. Following a brief period of U.S. exclusivity to iron out the bugs, folks around the world should have access to Home provided they have one of the supported devices. For now, those devices seem to still be just the HTC One X, X+, One; Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2; and of course the HTC First.

We can confirm on our own devices that Home is now available in the U.K. at least -- have you found it to show up in the Play Store elsewhere in the world? Let us know in the comments below. And if you're not so sure about what Facebook Home is and how it works, be sure to see some of our great guides to understanding Home.

Source: AllThingsD

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4 years ago

T-Mobile confirms HTC One launch date of April 24


Availabile both in-store and online, pricing remains unchanged at $99 down

Responding to a rather random post on Twitter, the official @TmobileHelp Twitter account has confirmed an April 24th launch date for the HTC One on T-Mobile. This lines up directly with the leaks we saw yesterday, which pegged the launch for "select stores" on that date. In a subsequent reply it also confirms that the device will be available both in-store and online at the 24th, which is important.

No changes to pricing are given, but we've known for a while now that the HTC One will carry the same $99 down and monthly installments (in this case $20/month for 24 months) as all of T-Mobile's new high-end devices. The total cost of ownership still works out to just $579 -- not bad.

Source: @TMobileHelp

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4 years ago

Motorola following 'better is better' strategy post Google acquisition


Motorola phones with Google's influence, running stock Android, to hit in the second half of 2013

Speaking to PCMag, Motorola design chief Jim Wicks has a whole lot of good news for Motorola fans out there. The integrity of Motorola's handset business after an acquisition by Google has been under quite a bit of scrutiny, but Wicks is quick to say that we'll be seeing phones soon that are truly designed by both Motorola and Google. If you'll recall back to previous talks, the companies had "12 to 18 months of products in the pipeline" which needed to be drained before truly new Motorola devices could hit. The strategy for Motorola is going to be quite a bit different from what we've seen before as well. First, Motorola is focusing on providing a stock Android experience with fast updates going forward. He said:

"From a software and UI perspective, our strategy is to embrace Android and to make it the best expression of Android and Google in the market. It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience."

The new Google-ized Motorola is also focusing on a strategy to fight against the "bigger is better" theme that has been a driving factor in Android device sizes, instead going for "better is better". Using the RAZR M as an example, Wicks explained that Motorola wants to make phones that feel "just right" in the hand, rather than just one-up the competition in every single spec and size -- "that's the easy way out" he says. 

The final pillar bringing this all together will be a new design and branding message that persists across carriers, rather than individual lines -- think Droid on Verizon and Atrix on AT&T -- that break up Motorola's vision. Although Wicks was quick to point out that the collaboration with Verizon has been a successful one, he says that Motorola is interested in also doing self-branded devices going forward.

That is, assuming Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are okay with Motorola attempting to do their own thing. There's nothing about this strategy that we don't like on paper, but we'll have to see how a new Google and Motorola combination can deliver on these ideas. We could be seeing some really interesting products out of Motorola in the coming months.

Source: PCMag

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4 years ago

Dungeon Hunter 4 now availabile in the Play Store


The latest in the Dungeon Hunter franchise is now available and free-to-play on Android

When Gameloft teased us with a trailer for Dungeon Hunter 4 and said the release was "coming soon", they certainly weren't kidding. The latest iteration in the Dungeon Hunter series is now available in the Play Store, and it's also free to download and play. The game is a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler title, with single player and multiplayer co-op modes available. Building on the previous version, Dungeon Hunter 4 has all new enhanced graphics and gameplay elements that should make it feel like a whole new title.

If you're interested in giving the new Dungeon Hunter 4 a shot, you can download it from the Play Store link above. There's a pretty large "additional file" download required to get up and running, so be sure to stick your device on Wifi if you're tight on mobile data for the month.

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4 years ago

LG to 'Share the Genius' May 1 in NYC


A mic on a stage, eh? Not sure what LG's got up its sleeves for May 1 in New York City, but it wouldn't surprise us in the least to see the excellent LG Optimus G Pro make an appearance in its U.S. form, especially with recent rumblings of it hitting AT&T shortly thereafter. (Check out our mini review of the Korean version if you've yet to do so.) "Share the Genius" likely is a nod to the software features on the phone, which LG is more than happy to tell you it had before its Korean neighbor. And "Capture the Spotlight in True Brilliance" fits perfectly with the Optimus G Pro's excellent 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display.

So, yeah. Set your calendars, folks.

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4 years ago

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Camera software update imminent


Android powered camera getting new Smart Modes, S-Memo and compatibility with remote viewfinder app

Owners of the Verizon Galaxy Camera will be interested in this one, a software update is heading your way. The update pegged as coming 'soon' doesn't bump the Android version, but does add a variety of new features. First up is the addition of Samsung's S-Memo app, more commonly found on smartphones such as the Note 2. S-Memo doesn't appear to have the ability to take photos in-app, but allows the import of anything from the gallery. 

The camera app gets the bulk of the updates though, with an extra 4 Smart Modes being added. The new modes are for Dawn, Party Indoors, Snow and Food and takes the grand total of Smart Modes up to 19. 

Also included is the ability to make full use of Samsung's Remote Viewfinder application. Remote Viewfinder is available for a range of devices -- even the iPhone -- and lets you control timer, zoom, and a range of other options. If you manage to snag the update in the coming days, be sure to jump into the Galaxy Camera forums and let us know how you're finding it. 

Source: Verizon

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S4 officially confirmed via Samsung website


No Verizon logo on the home button, so you can cross that off your list of things to worry about

Up until a couple of days ago, we've only had leaks to confirm the existence of Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Today, Samsung has made two new pages live on its official website -- one for the black Verizon model, and one for the white.

Carrier branding looks to be more conservative than with the Galaxy Note 2 -- no home button branding in sight. Other than the Verizon logo on back, this version seems to be identical to the other carrier variants. The same specs and hardware features are shared with the entire U.S. Galaxys S family this time around.

For the official specifications list, as well as pictures from all angles of both the black and white models, check out the Samsung links at the bottom. If the previous availability leak pans out, we can expect Verizon to start selling their Galaxy S4 on May 30.

Sources: Samsung 1, Samsung 2; via Droid Life

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4 years ago

Quick app: Battery Core Live Wallpaper


A neat new live wallpaper that adapts and changes as your phone's battery depletes

We've taken a look at several different great live wallpapers out there, and we've stumbled upon another that's worth showing off. It's called Battery Core Live Wallpaper, and it's nice to look at but also functional for monitoring your battery state and usage. Live wallpapers have come a long way as device specs have improved, and this is a nice example of a wallpaper that can be turned on and not be a big resource drain.

With a whole bunch of features even in the free version, it's certainly worth a look. Skip down past the break and see a little more of what Battery Core Live Wallpaper has to offer.

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4 years ago

The Archos GamePad review


It’s one of those products we want to love on principle alone - but does it measure up to expectations?

Imagine a 7-inch Android tablet, and in the housing there’s a built-in game controller, complete with dual joysticks, directional buttons, even shoulder buttons. That’s what you have with the Archos GamePad. Android gamers have long been using controllers of one sort or another with their phones and tablets with varying degrees of success, but the GamePad is the first device to bundle everything together in one unit.

Just having the controls there is not enough, though. They have to function well to be useful, and integration into the games we love to play is a big deal. This is where Archos has to succeed, and quite frankly they have failed. Read through and see what I mean.

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4 years ago

DISH's bid for Sprint is a good one all around


More money for Sprint, a potential life-saver for DISH

Early Monday morning, satellite TV innovator DISH Network threw a monkeywrench into Softbank’s plans to acquire a 70 percent interest in Sprint. It did so by offering a 13 percent premium over Softbank’s bid, and rather than buy a majority of Sprint, DISH is proposing a full merger.

For those of you who really want to understand the thinking that went into this, watch the AllThingsD video interview with DISH chairman Charlie Ergen. It’s a long video, but damn, you have to admire the straight-up answers Ergen gives to the audience. 

My take on the whole thing is pretty simple.  DISH Network is part of the old world, just like cable TV, except that it has no easy way to deliver broadband access. Cable companies, at least, have DOCSIS networks. So even if the whole planet starts to cut the cord and adopt an over-the-top Internet TV model, cable companies can still get paid for the plumbing.  Satellite? Not so much. Without adapting a new business model, these guys are dying a slow death.

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4 years ago

Logitech's next living room move makes greater use of your Android smartphone


Using your Android smartphone to control your home entertainment system isn't exactly a new concept, especially for Logitech, maker of one of the first Google TV set-top boxes. And today, the company -- which actually is getting out of the remote control business -- announced a pair of new devices that make even greater use of your Android smartphone.

As you'd expect, the new lineup -- comprising the Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control -- includes remote controls, but that's just half the story.

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