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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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4 years ago

Google Glass receiving hardware refresh, explorers can now invite 3 friends

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Explorers who purchased Glass already can upgrade to the new hardware version for free

Google announced today that it will be expanding the availability of Glass, as well as refreshing the hardware based on Explorer feedback. While there aren't any specifics on a new design or exact features, Google is saying that the new version of Glass will have compatibility with future prescription and sunglass lenses, and include a mono earbud. Presumably other hardware changes will be made as well — Google has been listening to those with Glass and tweaking the design accordingly.

Any of those initial Explorers with Glass who purchased a pair before today will be able to swap them out for the new version for free as well, which is a nice gesture to those who jumped on the $1500 bandwagon early. Furthermore, Explorers now have the ability to invite three friends to become Explorers and pay for their own pair of Glass.

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4 years ago

New PS4 Android app drops Nov. 13, Sony says

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Sony today announced that Android and iOS will see new versions of the PlayStation App ahead of the next-generation console's release next month.

Android's version drops into Google Play for North America on Nov. 13 — two days before the console is generally available. Europe gets its app on Nov. 22, a full week ahead of console availability. 

In addition to being able to use your Android device as a basic remote control, you'll also be able to:

  • Use your Android device as a second screen. 
  • Purchase content for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita.
  • Watch your friends play.
  • Get other content straight from the PlayStation website.

Just a few weeks to go, folks.

Source: Sony

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4 years ago

Live Google+ updates event scheduled for tomorrow morning

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'A morning with Google+'

Google's ready to show the world some updates to its eve-growing social network, and an online event has been scheduled for tomorrow morning, Oct. 29, at 9.30am PDT (12.30pm EDT, 4:30pm GMT). There's no indication as to what the Google+ team will be revealing, but the scheduling of a live event suggests it could be something pretty significant.

And before anyone gets overexcited, future Android hardware and software is probably outside of the scope of this event. Nevertheless, we'll be watching live tomorrow morning, and we'll bring you full coverage of whatever's new in the world of Google+.

Source: Google+

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4 years ago

Samsung shows off multiscreen gaming platform at SDC 13

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Samsung focuses on gaming across smartphones and Smart TVs

At the its developer conference in San Francisco today Samsung showed off its new mobile gaming platform, which allows titles to run across its range of mobile devices and Smart TVs, using the Samsung Gamepad controller accessory. In mobile mode, the controller and handset come together to form an NVIDIA Shield-like handheld console; in console mode, the phone sits in a stand sending images to a TV, while the Gamepad controls things from afar.

During today's keynote presentation, Samsung Media Solution Center SVP Kyuho Kim said this approach would eventually evolve into a true multiscreen gaming platform capable of taking full advantage of both screens. For example, in a shooter you might see a sniper scope, map or inventory screen on the handset and your main view on the TV.

Unity CEO David Helgason also appeared on-stage walk through his company's partnership with Samsung through its new "game development kit." Helgason told attendees that Unity 4 would be optimized for Samsung devices and chipsets, making it easy to add "console mode" and multiple-screen support to games using the engine.

We got a look at the Samsung Gamepad running on the Galaxy Note 3 back at IFA 2013 and demonstrated many of these features, so check out our hands-on feature for more details.

For continuing coverage of the Samsung Developers Conference keynote, check out our SDC13 portal.

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4 years ago

Samsung selling 1 million mobile devices a day, exec says

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Samsung is selling 1 million mobile devices every day, executive vice president David Eun announced this morning at the Samsung Developers Conference at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. That's phones, tablets — any and all things mobile.

Now the trick is to get them all talking to each other.

"We know many of these devices and screens are connected," Eun said. "This is largely due to the fact that some 40 percent of the population connects to the internet. We hope to build along with you one of the largest platforms in the world for content, services, apps and ads. We call this the connoted home, and the connected life."

More from the conference at our SDC13 page.

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4 years ago

Samsung to include 'Chromecast' style sharing in their smart TV products

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No dongles required

Your new Samsung smart TV may have a familiar bit of UI baked in, as the new screen sharing features are a lot like the Chromecast.

The concept, as well as the user interface, is familiar to just about all of us. Using your mobile device, you can choose to send the data stream to your new Samsung smart TV. Pandora was given as the example, as they are actively working on support in their app.

We'll be sure to sit in on the sessions at SDC13 to find out more about the protocols used and abilities of this as it starts to work its way into consumer hands. Around here, we follow the mantra of "cast all the things." We're interested.

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