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4 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Food' winner!

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We saw dozens of fantastic food pictures this week.

It's been a week since we announced that we're looking for the best pictures of food you can take with your Android phone, and after hundreds of entries we've picked a winner.

Thanks to Gezim for showing us this fantastic picture of various meats and cheeses, taken with his Galaxy S4. We've contacted you and will be sending out an NVIDIA Shield handheld gaming system very soon.

Since we're in full swing of our weekly photo contests and getting more and more entries every week, we've got a very special photo contest coming up this week with some fantastic prizes that you won't want to miss. Keep your eyes here on Android Central and in the Photography Contests Forum for this week's contest.

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4 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy S4 extra battery kit

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Samsung's official kit gives you an extra battery, an external charger and a protective battery case

 

Removable batteries in smartphones are becoming less common, but Samsung still includes a removable juicer with each of its handsets, allowing a second one to be swapped in on a long day. And Samsung's official extra battery kit for the Galaxy S4 provides you with a second battery, along with a couple of extra things to help you manage the switchover.

Check past the break to take a closer look.

Buy: Samsung Galaxy S4 extra battery kit on ShopAndroid.com ($47.95)

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4 years ago

Middle Manager of Justice now available on Google Play, save the world from your cubicle

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Command your team to make the world a safer place, just like you learned to do in business school

The highly-touted game Middle Manager of Justice is now available for Android. It's a "save-the-world-because-you're-a-superhero" game with a big twist, because instead of honing your super powers and seeking out evil crime lords in a one on one setting, you're the department manager of the team.

You hire and assemble your team, and increase their skills by forcing asking them to do menial tasks around the office. When the time comes to go up against the forces of evil, you're in control of the action and your heros are at your command. It sounds a lot like the Android Central offices, but with more exercise and less foot long Subway sandwiches.

You fortress, err office, is customizable ala something from the Sims series. Deck things out the way you like, or to optimize training, or what ever silly scheme comes to mind. Irreverence and silliness abound in Middle Manager of Justice — and that's what makes it great.

You can find it for free (with the obligatory in-app purchases) in Google Play through the link above. If you download and run the game on a Tegra device, you'll have access to extra costumes for the Crimebot and @Man characters. It looks like a really fun time-waster, and a great way to spend the rest of the day. The trailer and some screenshots are after the break.

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4 years ago

Notif Pro hits v1.0 with new reminders functionality

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A different take on the notification system.

Notifications have a renewed sense of importance since the improvements to the system in Jelly Bean, and while most apps use them as an entrance to another interaction with their app, Notif uses them in a bit of a different way. The main idea of Notif is to be a tool for you to create custom notifications of any type and display those in a number of ways to fit your needs.

Notif is a new way of thinking outside the box about notifications on Jelly Bean devices, and with its latest update to version 1.0 it is adding even more functionality and polish to an already useful app. Hang with us after the break where we spend a little more time looking at the new features.

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4 years ago

The Basics: Copying ringtones, notifications and alarm tones to your Android

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Big, clunky desktop programs are a thing of the past when you're using an Android smartphone

For most people around these parts, not having to use a program like iTunes to copy files to and from your Android is a good thing. We're used to the ease of drag and drop, and for the most part, it works really well. But not everyone has a grasp on it, and the idea that a phone can act (more or less) like a thumb drive is a bit difficult to grasp.

We can't really blame anyone, the fruit companies (Apple and BlackBerry) pretty much conditioned people to using a dedicated program on their computer to interact with their phones. Whether or not it was easier makes no difference, it's what a lot of folks grew accustomed to. It's high time to change that, and we'll start with the most basic task of all — adding sounds you can use for ringtones, notification tones and alarm sounds.

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4 years ago

AT&T LTE launches in 6 new locations, expands in 12 more

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This week's expansion brings the total number of LTE markets to 365.

AT&T keeps barreling through its nationwide LTE expansion, and this week it is lighting up six new markets and expanding in a dozen more. If you have an LTE handset (most do nowadays) and the proper provisioning on your acount, you should see new or improved service in the following areas.

New markets

Expansions

  • Saginaw-Bay City, MI expansion (Bay City area)
  • Akron, OH expansion (Portage County)
  • Buffalo, NY expansion (Niagara Falls)
  • Rochester, NY expansion (Monroe County)
  • Richmond, VA expansion (Farmville)
  • Nashville, TN expansions (Rutherford County, Wilson County, Williamson County, Cheatham County)
  • Tri-Cities, TN expansions (Carter County, Hawkins County, Washington County)

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4 years ago

What we’ve got here is a failure to stream - Talk Mobile

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Our media lives in a world of clouds, and those clouds have to be frustrating and secure. Who's gonna do it? You? You, media consumer? I have greater obstinance than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your MP3 and you curse the studios. You have that luxury.

4 years ago

Ask AC: Do I have to have a Wifi-enabled TV to use Chromecast?

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Nope. Just an HDMI port and a nearby power plug.

Have a Chromecast question? Ask it in our forums!

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4 years ago

What's your AC App signature?

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As we continue working toward v1.4 of the official Android Central App, let's take a look at another of our favorite features.

Anytime you post in the forums or leave a comment on a blog post, you post a signature, letting folks know that you're using the best damn Android Central app we've ever produced. And you can customize that signature so that you stand out even more. 

Give it a shot. Just go into the Settings menu and customize away.

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4 years ago

And here's the full, high-res HTC Robert Downey Jr. commercial

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Now that it's leaked, HTC's gone and released the full thing. Enjoy.

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4 years ago

Google+ update will make switching accounts easier, improves location controls

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Looks like a pretty decent Google+ update is coming down the pike, according to Google's Virgil Dobjanschi. Rolling out in the next day or so in version 4.1 is:

  • Easier switching between accounts. You won't have to sign out and then back in anymore. Same for pages you manage.
  • Better options for sharing your location. You'll get to choose just how precise a location you share with your circles, and it's done on a per-circle basis. So you could share the city for folks you don't know as well, and be more precise with folks you do.
  • Google Apps for Business. Finally supported.
  • Access photos and video from Google Drive. Maybe one day everything will live in one place. But for now, it's good to be able to get to them wherever they are.
  • Bye-bye Messenger, hello Hangouts. No great surprise here, and perhaps the bigger news is taht you'll be able to export all you Messenger conversation from Google Takeout.

Indeed, a good update. If you're not yet seeing it, hang tight. And if for some reason you've yet to circle us, we're at google.com/+androidcentral.

Source: +Virgil Dobjanschi

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4 years ago

Save on microSD cards from Amazon today

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Amazon's got SanDisk storage cards as its Gold Box deal today, should your phone still support expandable storage. Here's the breakdown:

Thumb drives and SD cards are on sale as well.

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4 years ago

HTC Robert Downey Jr. ad leaks in full

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Hyped Television Commercial

HTC has been releasing a steady trickle of Vines and Instagram videos from its upcoming ad campaign, starring Robert Downey Jr. and an assortment of acronyms. Today the full version of the first ad has leaked on YouTube, giving us an (admittedly blurry) look at a one minute, 44-second cut of the first #HTChange commercial.

Between all of HTC's various vines and publicity stills, there's not much we haven't seen before, but it's still worth a look.  It's also just the very beginning of HTC's two-year deal with RDJ, so there's certain to be more stuff like this in the pipeline.

Source: YouTube

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4 years ago

O2 UK reveals 4G plan pricing and data limits

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'Introductory' offer gives customers up to 8GB of data until Oct. 31

O2 UK, which will be going head-to-head with Vodafone when it launches its 4G LTE network on Aug. 29, has announced the pricing and data caps for its 4G plans. As part of an "introductory extra data offer" customers signing up get an increased data allowance until Oct. 31.

Prices start at £22 per month on O2's "Refresh" plans, which are billed in addition to a monthly fee for a 4G phone. The cheapest plan comes with 1GB of data, or you can step up to 3GB (5GB until Oct. 31) for £27, or 5GB (8GB until Oct. 31) for £32.

There will also be 12-month SIM-only "Simplicity" plans available, with 1GB for £26, 3GB (5GB until Oct. 31) for £31, or 5GB (8GB until Oct. 31) for £36. All of O2's 4G plans come with unlimited calls and texts.

On the whole, O2's pricing isn't drastically different to what's on offer from 4G rivals Vodafone and EE -- you're still dealing with data caps, and there's still a hefty premium over the standard 3G service. Like the other networks, O2 is also offering bundled music and sports deals with its 4G packages, and there's also a gaming bundle available that'll allow gamers to play online without eating into their data allowances.

O2's 4G network will go live on Aug. 29 in London, Leeds and Bradford, and the operator says it'll have a total of 10 4G markets by the end of the year.

Source: O2

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4 years ago

Sony IFA press conference confirmed for Sept. 4

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Sony will do its thing in Berlin just hours ahead of Samsung Unpacked

It was rumored around a month ago, but now it's official — Sony will hold its IFA press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 4, just hours ahead of Samsung's "Unpacked" event. As the Berlin-based IFA is a general consumer electronics show, Sony will likely be showing everything from cameras to TVs to laptops. But on the Android side we're expecting to see the company's new flagship phone — the Xperia i1 or "Honami" — the crazy new "lens camera" accessory and perhaps another look at the Xperia Z Ultra.

With all this taking place on the same day as Samsung's big event, where the Galaxy Note 3 is expected, it's going to be a busy day for Android announcements. We'll be covering both events live from Berlin, so keep it locked to AC early next month.

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