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4 years ago

Springpad will shut down June 25th, users will be able to export data soon

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Springpad will shut down June 25th, users will be able to export data soon

Although it has been rumored to be coming for the past few days, Springpad has now announced that it is shuttering its services on June 25th. At this point, the company says that online and sync features will not available to users. As a consolation, Springpad announced that it would be making an export tools for users and developers to take their data with them so that they can have access to important files after the service will be closed.

4 years ago

Google Play site gets a mobile optimized version

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Google Play site gets a mobile optimized version

Although most Android users have never really complained about the site, considering they have the app to use, not everyone using a mobile device has had access to a nicely formatted for mobile Google Play Store. Everyone visiting the site previously from a mobile was met with the desktop version and while that's fine for when you're on a desktop browser, it made for getting around the Play store on a mobile cumbersome.

4 years ago

Android Central 186: Phil says relax

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Android Central 186: Phil says relax

Folks get all up in arms about something that's not going to happen, Jerry gets all up in arms over something that happened previously, we answer your questions live on air. It's the Android Central Podcast!

4 years ago

YouTube aims to help content creators with Creator Preview project

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YouTube aims to help content creators with Creator Preview project

If you're out there creating original content and putting it on YouTube, Google wants to help you do it even better. As announced on the YouTube Creator blog today, a Creator Preview project has been launched based on the idea that those who create content want to know more about what's in the works.

In addition to what's highlighted in the video above, YouTube has laid out some of the features they're currently working on to get added for content creators and it's a pretty awesome list that not only includes additional features but new mobile management tools as well.

4 years ago

Verizon LG G3 render continues the tradition of carrier branding to the extreme

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Verizon LG G3 render continues the tradition of carrier branding to the extreme

A Verizon Wireless variant of LG's oft-rumored upcoming LG G3 smartphone has now leaked shown brandishing the carrier's logos. The Verizon logos can be seen both on the front and the rear of the device in the latest leaked press photo for the LG G3 smartphone, continuing Verizon's tradition of branding devices to the extreme.

4 years ago

Samsung may soon offer a stand-alone smartwatch

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Samsung may soon offer a stand-alone smartwatch

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Hot off the release of the new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, rumors are once again flying that Samsung may also be gearing up to release a stand-alone smartwatch that would work without the need to be connected to a phone. Much like the Neptune Pine or Omate TrueSmart watches, Samsung's offering would take its own SIM card and essentially be a wrist-size phone with full cellular connectivity.

4 years ago

HTC Desire 816 review

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HTC Desire 816 review

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HTC's mid-range flagship packs a gigantic screen into a more affordable handset

If HTC is to stage a financial recovery, it'll need more than just a compelling high-end smartphone. So as the company seeks to navigate back into the black for more than a quarter at a time, it's pursuing two major growth markets with increasing vigor — the mid-range space in general, and China in particular. And the first handset to arrive under this new mid-range strategy is the Desire 816, the new head of the HTC Desire family.

It's a massive 5.5-inch phone that looks a little like a cross between an HTC One and an iPhone 5c, and it's a device aimed squarely at China, where it went on sale shortly after its Mobile World Congress debut. Even the name invokes the number eight's status as the luckiest number in Chinese culture — an eight, followed by eight doubled. It's no accident that this phone is very specifically branded as Desire eight-sixteen, not eight-one-six.

But clearly HTC thinks there's an appetite for a big-screened handset at a lower price point outside of Asia, as the Desire 816 will shortly be arriving on European shores, complete with support for local LTE networks. So how does it shape up? And how much of the premium user experience of the HTC One is intact in this self-styled "mid-range flagship?" Join us after the break to find out.

4 years ago

AT&T version of the Galaxy S5 Active leaks out in new render

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AT&T version of the Galaxy S5 Active leaks out in new render

A new leak is showing off what is believed to be the first press image of the Galaxy S5 Active. The photo shows the device's front surface, which comes with a trio of Android navigation keys in a design language that's very similar to the Galaxy S4 Active released last summer. The Galaxy S5 Active was last shown off in a leaked YouTube video detailing some of its features, but this time we are seeing what appears to be a leaked, clear press photo posted by serial leaker evleaks.

4 years ago

Google Now Reminders can finally be set using nothing more than voice commands

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Google Now Reminders can finally be set using nothing more than voice commands

Creating a voice reminder inside Android's Google Now search has just gotten easier with less screen taps required. Google has quietly flipped the switch on its servers so that no updates are required that would allow users to create a reminder from start to finish by only using their voice and not having to tap on the screen for confirmation.

4 years ago

The Connectedly Show has arrived - listen here and subscribe!

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The Connectedly Show has arrived - listen here and subscribe!

In case you missed it, we recently launched the latest site in the Mobile Nations family, Connectedly. Today we're kicking off the Connectedly Show with our pilot episode and we'll be back in the coming weeks with many more. We're super excited to get things rolling and we're going with a slightly different format for these shows, so you definitely don't want to miss them.

In this episode you'll get an idea of our collective connected roots, and how we all got started in the tech world. Going forward, we'll be covering all kinds of connected devices — from Sonos to Phillips Hue to Google Glass. Of course there will still be plenty of smartwatch chat, some phone talk and a bit of random banter thrown in for good measure.

4 years ago

Grab a Moto E from Tesco for just £69 until May 27

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Grab a Moto E from Tesco for just £69 until May 27

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Moto E

The new ultra-affordable Moto E hasn't been with us for long but this bank holiday weekend Brits can already get a great deal on one. Supermarket chain, Tesco, is offering a £10 discount on all purchases over £75 at its Tesco Direct shopping service until May 27, which drops the price of the Moto E to just £69. That's £20 below the recommended list price.

4 years ago

AT&T offers $50 off select FitBit devices with purchase of HTC One M8

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AT&T offers $50 off select FitBit devices with purchase of HTC One M8

AT&T offers $50 off select FitBit devices with purchase of HTC One M8

AT&T offers $50 off select FitBit devices with purchase of HTC One M8

AT&T is pairing up one of our favorite fitness trackers with one of our favorite phones, and helping you save money. Starting today, AT&T customers can save $50 on a Fitbit One or Fitbit Flex when purchasing a new HTC One (M8). The HTC One is available on-contract with AT&T for $199 and also comes pre-loaded with the Fitbit app.

4 years ago

Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

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Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

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Android Central Podcast

We're up to episode 186 of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World. A number without a great deal of significance, except for bringing us one show closer to Episode 187. Anyway. Coming up this week we've got Verizon launching some sort of snazzy better LTE service, Google+ shakes things up, we lose our scthuff over Google recognizing that there's more to advertising than phones and tablets, Secret hits Android — and that's just in the first half-hour.

Plus we'll answer more of your questions live. Join us today at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — and hit up this link to join in on the fun!

4 years ago

Fugoo Style review

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Formerly known for their tinny sound, unreliable connections and bulky designs, Bluetooth speakers have come a very long way in the past two years – now, and for a fairly reasonable price, you can walk away with full, rich sound that can easily fit in a small bag and connect to your phone and tablet with little to zero interference. The future of mobile audio is here.

One such product is the Fugoo Style (Amazon), a compact and beautifully designed speaker that produces some seriously impressive audio. It fits six proprietary acoustic drivers, dubbed the Core-X, into a slim body that’s just 7.4 inches long and weighs 1.1 pounds. And what’s remarkable about the Style is that it’s not just beautiful, but durable as well – it’s IP67 rated to be dust proof and waterproof for up to one meter for 30 minutes.  Not only will it survive being jostled around in your bag, but it’ll also survive wind, sand, moisture, and more.

4 years ago

1Password 4 arriving on Android early next month [Updated]

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1Password 4 arriving on Android early next month [Updated]

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1Password 4 will be making its way to Android on Tuesday, June 10. The app, built for both phones and tablets, has been in beta testing since November. 1Password 4 for Android is a completely new app, rather than an update to the existing 1Password Reader app.

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