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4 years ago

BBM claims 20 million active users on Android and iOS

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Multiplatform BBM launch brings total active users to 80 million

BlackBerry has announced that the recent launch of its BBM messaging app on Android and iOS has added 20 million active users to the platform in its first week of availability. The news comes days after the company revealed the app had passed 10 million downloads in its first day. The new additions bring BBM's total active accounts to 80 million across BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices, according to today's press release.

That's a significant increase for BlackBerry's messaging network, but it's worth remembering that it's still early days for BBM on Android and iOS, and a short-term spike in users is to be expected. Nevertheless it'll be interesting to see how successful BBM is at holding onto these active accounts in the months ahead.

You'll find more coverage of today's numbers and other BlackBerry happenings over on CrackBerry.com.

Source: CrackBerry

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4 years ago

Get caught up on Android Central Live ahead of Samsung devcon day two!

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Later today we'll be kicking off our live coverage of the second day of the Samsung Developers Conference, but until then there's still time to get caught up on all the news, interview segments and discussion from day one. The place to find all our coverage of the conference, including keynote news, the day one podcast and interviews with developers, journalists and Samsung people, is our fancy SDC portal page. So hit up the link below and scroll down to see all the content.

More: Android Central Live at Samsung Developers Conference

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4 years ago

WSJ: Google watch with Google Now in late stages of development

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Google's Android-powered smartwatch 'could be ready for mass production within months'

Rumors of Google working on its own Android-powered smartwatch are nothing new — we've been hearing whispers to that effect from several sources over the past six months. But a report in The Wall Street Journal today gives us our clearest indication yet as to when the elusive wearable might make itself known. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the paper reports that the Android-powered watch is in the late stages of development, with Google currently working to fine-tune the device to improve power efficiency and battery life. The company is reportedly now in talks with Asian suppliers to begin mass production of the device, according to today's story.

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4 years ago

International Galaxy Note 3 getting another OTA, reactivation lock now defaults off

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Another 'stability' update for the unlocked LTE-capable Note 3 with a couple of important fixes

The international Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) is getting yet another over-the-air update this morning, bringing it up to firmware version UDMJ6. The 116MB update includes stability fixes according to the official changelog, in addition to a change that may be of interest to anyone selling or giving away their device in the future. Until now the "reactivation lock" feature, which requires your Samsung account details to use the phone after a factory reset, defaulted to "on." It's a useful anti-theft feature, but if it could cause you some headaches if you weren't aware of it. As such, the new update sets it to "off" by default, requiring Note owners to manually enable it under Settings > General > Security.

Other changes in the OTA include a fresh coat of paint for the Samsung keyboard, as well as fixes for bugs preventing certain features, such as direct pen input and the one-handed windowed mode, from being reactivated after enabling Pebble's accessibility service.

If you're updating this morning, hit the comments and let us know if you're seeing any other changes or fixes.

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4 years ago

EE rolls out 4G LTE in 14 new markets

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EE, the UK's most widespread 4G LTE network operator, has announced that it's switched on LTE in 14 new towns this morning — Benfleet, Caerphilly, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Grays, Harlow, Hatfield, Kenilworth, Rayleigh, Southport and Worksop.

The network expansion comes one day before EE's new 4G price plans come into effect, with a new tiered approach to data speeds, higher mobile broadband allowances and EE's first PAYG LTE deals.

The carrier recently claimed to have 60 percent UK population coverage with its 4G network.

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4 years ago

Flyne, a news reader from the developer behind Falcon Pro, goes live

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Developer Joaquim Verges — you might remember him as the man behind the popular Twitter app Falcon Pro — has just released a new Android applications — Flyne. It's an offline reader that allows you to take your favorite articles with you, on the go, without worrying about a data connection.

The app itself is free, and you can pull in sources a curated list, but you'll need to pony up 99 cents for Feedly or Twitter access. The app itself is stylish in the manner you'd expect from the force behind Falcon, so this one's well worth a look. There's a dark theme available as well. (We're fans of that, for sure.) 

The article content takes center stage here, with other elements floating on top and not much chrome to distract from what's important. Give 'er a go, we say.

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4 years ago

Meet Ara, Motorola's open and modular smartphone project

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Joining forces with Phonebloks and developing a platform in the open

Building off of a project it called "MAKEwithMOTO," Motorola is ready to unveil its plans for modular smartphones called Project Ara. Ara, for short, is all about building a system that makes the process of creating smartphones that are upgradeable, customizable and open. Partnering with the folks at Phonebloks that recently brought this idea to a wider audience, Motorola wants to do with smartphone hardware what Android has done with smartphone software.

Motorola thinks that you, the end user, should be able to decide how much your phone costs, what it's capable of, how it looks and how long it will be in use. The concepts — shown above, and once more after the break — certainly have our gears turning. The basic idea at this point is to have a main "endo" (endoskeleton) that acts as a frame to hold various other modules in place. Those modules could be anything from a camera or a battery to a physical keyboard or various sensors.

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4 years ago

Touchless Control app updated in Google Play

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OK Google Now, you're getting an update

Motorola has updated the Touchless Control app for the Moto X and Droids Maxx, Ultra and Mini this evening. The change log is short but sweet:

  • New "Find my phone" command that triggers an alarm to make your phone easy to find
  • Improved accessibility access for the visually impaired
  • Bug fixes

Bug fixes are always welcome, any improvement to accessibility for those who need a little assistance is super, and for Moto X users, the Find my phone command is new. You can try that out by saying "OK Google Now, Find my phone." Say it loud across the room for maximum effect.

It's one of those apps that worked as well as advertised, and we hope the update does what it sets out to do without any hidden bugs. Grab it from Google Play via the link above.

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4 years ago

Verizon's HTC One update delayed for a month, says HTC exec

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Verizon stalls with the finish line in sight

HTC America VP Jason Mackenzie has taken to Twitter this evening to break the bad news about the HTC One 4.3 update on Big Red:

It's disappointing, but are we really surprised to see Verizon delay yet another software update? Fill the comments with all your good thoughts.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: The 100% Indie developer project will help you get seen and get paid

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The 100% Indie project is a joint venture between Chillingo and Samsung to help independent developers get noticed. On top of that, the money is pretty swell, too.

Phil talks with Amy Fleming a little about the project, which should be a popular one at the Samsung Developer Conference.

Give it a look, and if you're a developer give 100% Indie a shout!

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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4 years ago

Android Central Live: Get connected with David from Topi

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With more than 1,300 attendees from over 33 countries, the Samsung Developers Conference is a perfect place to talk about Topi. Designed to help people get together (no, not that way) at places like a big conference, Topi keeps you connected both with others in your venue as well as the outside through popular social media sites.

Andrew got to spend a few minutes with Topi co-founder and CEO David Aubespin, and we had a look at the app along with the customizations made just for SDC13. 

The most important thing at any conference of this nature is soaking in as much information as you can. Topi can handle your groups and schedule, so you can focus on just that. Have a look via the Google Play link above.

More: Samsung Developers Conference portal

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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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