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4 years ago

ASUS-made Nexus 10 refresh reportedly arriving this year

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ASUS is to manufacture this year's 10-inch Nexus tablet, according to reports from Geek.com

In addition to being behind the highly-praised second-generation Nexus 7, ASUS might be about to replace Samsung as the manufacturer of a refreshed Nexus 10. That's according to Geek.com's Russell Holly, who has a pretty reliable track record in pinning down unannounced Google hardware.

Holly reports that "multiple sources" have confirmed the arrival of an ASUS-built Nexus 10 before the end of the year. Like the current Nexus 7, the new device is to be available on the Google Play Store and brick-and-mortar retailers "in time for the holiday season," according to the report. Given the success Google and ASUS have had with the Nexus 7 line, an ASUS Nexus 10 makes a lot of sense, and shows that the relationship between the two is in good health.

There's no word on what's to come in terms of internal hardware, but we'd expect an equally dazzling high-resolution display in the upcoming tablet, along with a suitably beefy CPU. It'll also be interesting to see whether ASUS is able to offer a 10-inch Nexus tablet at a lower price point than Samsung's 2012 Nexus 10.

So would you be in the market for a larger ASUS-made Nexus tablet? Be sure to shout out in the comments!

Source: Geek.com

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4 years ago

Google bringing 'relevant ads' to Maps search on mobile

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Google recently rolled out a new look for Maps on Android, bringing it in line with other Google properties and focusing on search, with a prominent search bar at the top of the screen. Now the company says it's going to start displaying local, "relevant" ads at the bottom of the screen after users search within the Maps app for Android and iOS. The new ad system, Google claims, will be "attractive for users and more effective for advertisers."

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4 years ago

New Nexus 7 hitting the UK from August 28

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We've been seeing UK Nexus 7 pre-order dates for a while, but today we have confirmation that Google and ASUS' latest 7-inch tablet will be arriving on British shores around the end of August. The Taiwanese manufacturer has confirmed to Android Central that the official UK launch date is Aug. 28, which ties in with what some retailers have been saying. (Though curiously, PC World and Currys are still listing a Sep. 13 release date.)

Retail prices for the new Nexus 7 are set to be £199.99 for the 16GB model and £239.99 for 32GB.

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4 years ago

Could NVIDIA be preparing its own-branded 'Tegra Tab?'

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Leaked images from China show tablet with camera, microHDMI, stylus slot

In the absence of major tablet design wins for its Tegra 4 chip, it seems NVIDIA might choose to follow up the Shield gaming handheld with an own-branded Android slate. The images, which have appeared on Chinese site MyDrivers, show a concave chassis which shares some design cues with the NVIDIA Shield, with "Tegra Tab" branding. Around the back there's a camera — supposedly a 5-megapixel unit — headphone jack, microUSB and microHDMI ports Interestingly, there's what seems to be a stylus slot in the top left corner. A close-up of the top right corner reveals what could be a SIM slot or some kind of secondary button.

Based on the relative size of the ports in the image, it'd seem we're dealing with a smaller tablet — something around the 7 to 8-inch mark.

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4 years ago

Google Wallet pulling support for gift, loyalty cards

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A little bit of bad news tonight if you use Google Wallet for gift cards and loyalty cards. According to an e-mail that just went out, support for NFC redemption of gift cards and loyalty cards will end on Aug. 21. Any remaining balance will have to be spent by then.

Google stresses that all other Google Wallet features remain — including the NFC tap-to-pay functionality — and even hints that "other options for gift and loyalty car redemption within Google Wallet" might be on the way.

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4 years ago

Facebook beta updated, adds a couple new options

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The beta track for the Facebook app got an update tonight. 

New in Version 3.6 is the ability to cancel a photo upload while it's in progress, and you'll like and comment on Pages recommendations.

You'll need to join Facebook's beta group if you've not done so already — and be sure to follow the instructions. (By the way, that's the same process you have to go through to take part in the beta track for our app, too.)

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4 years ago

Light Flow update adds a bevy of new features, including remote notification clearing

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Notification support added for 72 new apps, including the new Skype app

One of the most popular notification light apps, Light Flow, has received a major update today. Along with new features to support the latest version of Android, more support has been added for multiple new apps, including device-specific support:

  • Swipe away notifications
  • Remote clearing of notifications read on other devices (e.g. hangouts, email)
  • Handle restricted profiles for users
  • Support for new Gmail folders (e.g. promotions, social, updates etc)
  • Exclude notifications from sleep mode
  • Support for incoming calls
  • Samsung multi-window support
  • Better support for HTC one root users

While many of these new features are great, the most notable is surely the ability to (finally!) remotely clear notifications. This feature was made possible by a new API that was made available with the Google Play Services update.

Previously, getting a new email meant triggering Flow Light to activate an LED notification that would persist even after clearing that notification via the web or another device. Now, once that email has been checked elsewhere, Light Flow can turn off Android's LED notification, giving some clarity about new versus old notifications.

Click through the Play Store link up top to download the newest version of Light Flow.

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4 years ago

Shameless self-promotion time ...

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It's shameless self-promotion time here at Android Central. (Which is any damn time we please, actually.) If you're running Android 4.x and have yet to try out our app, now's a really good time. We're getting ready to ramp up on Version 1.4, which should bring some new features as well as some much-needed improvements in stability. 

So hit that link above, give it a go — and know that we're hard at work making it better with each version.

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4 years ago

Watch the LG G2 event all over again

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If for some reason you missed our LG G2 event liveblog yesterday, well, you missed a lot. You missed a 5.2-inch superphone that's gone and moved allt he buttons to the back, for starters. You missed a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. You missed 24-bit audio at 192 kHz. 

And that's just for starters.

Peep the full video after the break. The meat starts at 1 hour, 12 minutes and 30 seconds in. The event starts at about 1:20.

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4 years ago

Best Buy finally looks to have Pebble smartwatch in decent numbers

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If you've given up hope on Pebble actually fulfilling your Kicksktarter reward, it's worth swinging by Best Buy's site today. The big-box retailer appears to actually have the smartwatch in stock — and indeed our order is already showing as having shipped. 

You can have any color you want, too, so long as it's black. And at this point, Best Buy may be your best bet. 

More: Pebble at Best Buy

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4 years ago

T-Mobile sold about 600,000 Samsung Galaxy S4s in Q2

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A little bit of Android news out of this morning's T-Mobile earnings call, following its Q2 earnings announcement: The carrier mentioned some pretty strong sales for the Samsung Galaxy S4. And while it lagged behind the iPhone by a few hundred thousand units, it's still right up there.

This was not a quarter that was defined by any one device. As we said, we sold about 900,000 iPhones, which is terrific, a great success. We also sold about 600,000 Galaxy S4s.

It's tough to extrapolate to the other operators, but figure decent sales one way or the other.

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4 years ago

How to use Chromecast on incognito tabs

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From time to time you might find yourself wanting to use Chromecast on a tab that you might not otherwise want to show up in your browser history. (Yes, as a warning to parents and a reminder to perverts, Chromecast can beam anything from a browser to the big screen. Anything.)

But in Incognito Mode, extensions are turned off by default. Flipping the switch is easy, and you can do it for individual extensions.

Just type chrome://extensions and you'll be taken to the Extensions page. From there, scroll down until you find "Google Cast," and then click the "Allow in incognito" checkbox. Now it'll work in Incognito mode, and you'll be able to Cast all those ... things .. that you might not want prying eyes to see.

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4 years ago

Ask AC: Do you leave your Chromecast plugged in all the time?

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It's a burning question that's heating up our Chromecast forums: Do you leave your Chromecast plugged in all day?

(We'll pause as the groans subside for that pun.)

But, really, do you leave your Chromecast plugged in all day? Here's how I do things.

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4 years ago

Incipio FIXIE Universal Tablet Stand review

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The Incipio FIXIE stand is one of the handiest accessories for the Nexus 7 that I've ever used

You've just found a review one of the handiest little gadgets for tablet owners ever made. The Incipio FIXIE Universal Tablet Stand takes a simple concept — something to hold your tablet so you can see the screen while it's on a table or desk — and fleshes it out so that it will work great for almost any situation.

It's universal, hence the universal bit in the name, and works for 7-inch and 10-inch (and any sizes in-between) tablets with or without a cover or folio case. You set your tablet in the rubber coated cradle arms at the bottom, and it faces you rather than point towards the ceiling like it does while laying flat. This makes it great for reading, watching a movie, or as a digital picture frame.

But the secret here is the adjustability of the whole works. The stand is a two piece design, with an aircraft aluminum build the uses a "cam" effect to hold the screen at several different viewing angles. Want your tablet to sit upright at a steep angle so you can read an article on the web or an e-book? It can do that. Want to lay your tablet back so it's at the perfect angle for typing out an email? Move things around and that's covered, too. The same goes for landscape viewing of movies, or just sitting with a nice slides show while charging or not in use.

I like to keep my tablet on my desk in case I need to play a game in the middle of the day do some work with it, and I've never really cared about how it was sitting there. But the past few days I've been trying the FIXIE stand, and I'm not going back. With the angle that suits me perfectly, it gives me yet another bit of screen real estate that I can keep my instant messages open in while using my computer monitors in full screen. The flexibility of the FIXIE stand means you'll probably find the right use for it, too. 

You can grab the Incipio FIXIE Universal Tablet Stand from ShopAndroid via the widget in the beginning of this post or by clicking on this link. Head past the break to see a slew of images of it in action and how it works.

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ Android 4.2 + Sense 5 update rolling out in Asia

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BlinkFeed, video highlights and more in biggest update yet for the One X+

HTC has finally updated one of last year's high-end handsets, the One X+, to the latest version of its Sense software and the newer Android 4.2.2 OS. The new update brings the One X+ in line with the most recent HTC user interface, with the BlinkFeed home screen experience, automatic video highlights in the gallery app and an updated music app with visualizers. That's in addition to standard Android 4.2 features like lock screen widgets and Daydreams.

According to reports from XDA and VR-Zone it's only unlocked devices in Asia that are receiving the update at present, but Europe and (eventually) the U.S. should follow before too long. (And we're sure you'll be able to find a custom ROM or two out there if you can't wait.)

The hefty 484MB over-the-air package now going out will update Asian HTC One X+ devices to software version 2.17.709.12.

The One X+ roll-out follows the HTC Butterfly's bump up to Android 4.2 and Sense 5 last month.

Source: VR-Zone, XDA

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