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4 years ago

Special edition LG G2 podcast tomorrow at 9PM ET

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An hour of talk about the G2, and nothing but the G2

By now you've read our massive reviews of the LG G2, both the AT&T version as well as Verizon's model. We've done our best to cover it all, but there will always be more questions, right? We're going to cover that this week with a special edition podcast all about the G2.

Join Andrew and Jerry — and their G2s — tomorrow (September 26) at 9PM Eastern. That's 6PM for you left-coasters, and 3PM for folks in Hawaii. Aloha. We'll be talking about the differences between the models, giving up our super-secret likes and dislikes, and fielding your questions — both live and the ones you mail in. It should be a lot of fun. 

To ask a question live, you'll need to be signed into Google+, where you'll find the event as it happens. To mail in a question, shoot us a message at actips@androidcentral.com with the subject G2 and we'll do our best to get to it.

We're pretty stoked about the G2, and we know a lot of you are as well. See you tomorrow!

More: +Android Central

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4 years ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 2 now available - donate to charity for 6 great games

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Six great DRM-free Android games and soundtracks up for grabs

Following up on the success of the first Android-only version of the Humble Bundle, it's time for a follow up — Humble Mobile Bundle 2. If you're not familiar with the Humble Bundle model, the idea is that you pay whatever you want to receive a selection of Android games, and choose how you want to allocate the money you do spend. You can split up your payment between the app developers and charity, and even specifically to each app.

If you donate over the average of what has been donated up to that point, you receive additional games as incentive. The games are DRM-free, often include soundtracks in the price and are usually a great group of hidden gems. Here are the games this time around in the Humble Mobile Bundle 2:

  • Star Command (new to Android)
  • Time Surfer (new to Android)
  • Punch Quest
  • Bloons TD 5
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands
  • Carmageddon

So what are you waiting for? The average donation for Humble Mobile Bundle 2 stands at just $4.30 to pick up 6 DRM-free Androd games. Head to the source link below to check out the games and donate now.

More: Humble Bundle

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4 years ago

Gmail app getting updated with new, cleaner design

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Gmail for Android gets the cards treatment

The Gmail Google+ account says that they will be rolling out a new update for the Gmail app today that brings a better conversation view, better multi-select, and an overall cleaner design for Android users. In addition, you'll be able to tell is sync is enabled or disabled right from your inbox with a new notification card.

The new cards-inspired design is the latest we've seen that has Matias Duarte's influence, and paves the way for what we think is Google's goal — a unified design among all the Google applications for Android.

The update should start rolling out today, and if it follows Google's usual schedule all users should have it in about a week.

Source: +Gmail

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4 years ago

Google Voice adds support for SMS short codes

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A welcomed feature that has been a long time coming

Thousands of hearts rose and sank today when a Google Voice update landed in the play store, and it turned out to just be an update to add texting short codes to the service. While we've been holding out for a somewhat bigger update to Google Voice for some time now, we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

The addition of texting short codes means that folks who rely on Google Voice as their primary number can use these codes for things like online banking, SMS alerts from services and many other uses. Previously if you attempted to enter a short code, the app would offer to attempt and send it via the default messaging app and carrier number — while this was useful because you'd get the short code sent, it wasn't from the number you wanted.

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4 years ago

AT&T Moto X SOAK test invitations going out

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AT&T and Motorola have an update cooking for the Moto X

We've been tipped that the AT&T version of the Moto X has some new software ready for testing, and the usual method — a SOAK test — is about to begin. Members of the Motorola Feedback Network who have registered their Moto X devices are receiving invites to participate in "an early preview of a new software release."

We've seen SOAK tests from Motorola in the past for small, incremental updates as well as full-blown version updates. We've also seen T-Mobile (and possibly Sprint) versions of the X get an update that fixes the camera (among other things), and there's been a leak of Android 4.3 firmware for the phones floating around. We have no idea which of these it could be, or if there may be something new in the works.

We'll know more once the test software itself starts to arrive. See the full [redacted] text of the message Motorola is sending, after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

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4 years ago

Lights, oven, locks: Controlling your home from your phone - Talk Mobile

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Over the years our homes have gradually improved, with better insulation, more efficient heating and cooling, modern layouts, and exceedingly solid building codes. But the infusion of technology into our homes has been slow, incremental, and typically severely isolated.

Sure, there have been computerized home automation systems for decades, but they've generally been unwieldy, expensive, and difficult to install in even new builds (let alone existing homes). But maybe rise of lightweight operating systems, miniaturized sensors, wireless networking, and cloud technology can making the automated house more of reality than we ever thought possible?

How can mobile technology and connectivity make our homes safer and more secure? And what good can a smartphone or tablet do us in the kitchen, or helping out with chores around the house? And when are we going to get to the day where every surface is an interface - and should every surface be an interface anyway?

4 years ago

AT&T to sell the Pebble smartwatch starting Sept. 27

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Here's a quick heads up, folks, that AT&T will sell the Pebble smartwatch for $150 starting Sept. 27. That's the same Pebble you can buy directly from the company itself, or from Best Buy, soon to be sold in carrier stores. 

And, yes. You can put Jerry's face on it. Or Android Central's own Lloyd

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Griffin desktop dock for the Moto X

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A simple and effective desktop dock for the Moto X

 

Here's a quick look at the official Griffin desktop dock for the Moto X. This is about as simple as it comes, folks. You get a desktop dock on which you place your phone for charging (and syncing, if that's your thing). The phone sits top the microUSB plug just as you'd expect, with a vertical back adding some stability. For power, there's a microUSB port in the back of the dock.

That's it, really. Connecting the phone automatically launches Daydreams — Android's screensaver app, basically — and Touchless Control still works great, so you can bark orders to your phone while it's sitting there.

The base of the dock is beefy, but the phone is going to rock forward and aft a little bit when you touch the screen. To that end, the microUSB plug will tilt forward a few degrees, so you don't have to worry about breaking anything.

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4 years ago

Verizon LG G2 review

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So much to love in one ph​one, with a few potential deal-breakers thrown in

For those who used them, LG's most recent flagships the Optimus G and Optimus G Pro generally have been regarded as really nice devices with solid hardware and a unique software experience. For the end of the 2013 smart phone season LG is launching a new device, the LG G2, that is logically a successor to the original Optimus G, but pushes up the screen size and borrows many design and software cues from the G Pro.

There's no more "Optimus" in the name here, but that doesn't mean that the LG G2 doesn't build on a long history of solid LG phones. LG has taken the latest in internal hardware specs and wrapped them up in a distinctly LG design language that also has a few quirky new features. On the software front it's generally more of the same, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Read on with us after the break for our complete review of the LG G2 on Verizon.

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4 years ago

Alcatel bringing the affordable One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve to T-Mobile

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Alcatel is delivering two entry level Android phones to T-Mobile, and they offer what they say is high-end industrial design and features without the high-end price. First up, the One Touch Evolve, will retail for $28 down, with 24 monthly payments of $31 $3, according to Alcatel. The specifications are as follows:

  • 4-inch WVGA 800x480 display
  • Android 4.1
  • MediaTek 1GHz CPU
  • 4GB of internal storage with SD card slot
  • 512MB RAM

Next we have the One Touch Fierce, which will sell for $20 down and 24 monthly payments of $6. The specifications for the Fierce are as follows:

  • 4.5-qHD 960x540 display
  • Android 4.2
  • MediaTek quad-core 1.2GHz CPU
  • 4GB internal storage with SD card slot
  • 1GB RAM

It's clear T-Mobile and Alcatel aren't targeting the choosy consumer — someone who reads Android Central, for instance — and simply want to deliver at the price point. We've put in a call for clarity on the price of the Evolve, as it appears that there may be a typo at play in the information we were delivered.

Update: We heard back from Alcatel, and sure enough the price for the Evolve was in error. The One Touch Evolve will cost $28 down, with 24 monthly payments of $3, and not the $31 as originally reported.

The Evolve and Fierce will be available at retail partners on October 5, and the Evolve should hit T-Mobile online and select retail locations on October 16, and the Fierce will be available at the same outlets on October 23. There are a slew of press images and the press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Taiwanese HTC One getting Android 4.3 update

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Camera fixes and custom music in video highlights also included

Right on schedule, the HTC One has started receiving its Android 4.3 update in HTC's home country of Taiwan. The 512MB over-the-air update for the Taiwanese HTC One contains the latest version of Google's OS, along with "improvements to color contrasts in low light situations" and the ability to add custom music to video highlight reels in the gallery. The latter feature was present on the HTC One Mini, but until now it's been absent from the full-sized One.

Elsewhere, HTC America president Jason Mackenzie has promised a 4.3 update for the unlocked U.S. developer edition HTC One this week, and a similar update for Canadian customers by the month's end. There's also speculation that European HTC Ones will get a different update next month containing Android 4.3 and a newer HTC Sense 5.5 software experience with additional features.

Source: @LlabTooFeR, XDA

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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear now available in parts of Europe

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Ahead of the U.S. launch next week, Samsung's latest oversized smartphone the Galaxy Note 3, and its smartwatch companion the Galaxy Gear, have landed at some retailers in Europe. In the UK both are available from Samsung's flagship store at London's Westfield Stratford shopping center, which is selling the Note 3 for £649, the Galaxy Gear for £299 or both together for £848 (a saving of £100.)

Elsewhere, independent retailer Carphone Warehouse has the Note 3 for £629.95 SIM-free, or free on contracts from £47 per month. Both devices should start popping up at more UK and EU retailers over the next week, and we'll have much more Galaxy Note 3 coverage for you before the week's out, so stay tuned!

More: Galaxy Note 3 hands-on, Galaxy Gear hands-on

Source: Samsung UK, Carphone Warehouse

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4 years ago

Amazon announces 'Mojito' - version 3 of the Kindle Fire OS

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New Kindles will ship with an all new version of the Fire OS

Part of the giant release announcement Amazon made tonight about new Kindle Fires was a nice document about the new version 3 of the Fire OS, code named Mojito. Built atop Android 4.2.2, Mojto offers the same Android app compatibility as previous editions, but has hundreds of new features and low-level platform enhancements. While interested parties certainly should see the documentation for all the changes and information, we're going to take a look at a few highlights.

  • Carousel and Grid  — users can choose the layout of their home area, wth easy switching between the familiar carousel and a new gird mode.
  • Cloud Collections — organize your applications, books, magazines and newspapers in the cloud. Amazon Whispersync synchronizes your catalog across any number of Kindle devices.
  • 1-Tap Archive — free up space intelligently. The Fire OS can identify the things you haven't used recently and store them in your cloud with one tap to free up space.
  • System-level social integration — Twitter and Facebook sharing done directly within the OS, including importation of your Facebook calendar and contacts.
  • GameCircle and Whispersync for Games  — developers can integrate game progress and profile syncing across devices using Amazon Web Services.
  • X-Ray for movies, and TV and music —  the updated X-Ray service now shows more information for movies and TV, and music lyrics have been added.

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4 years ago

Amazon introduces Kindle Fire HDX tablets, refreshed Kindle Fire HD

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Extending the Kindle Fire brand to a third generation with impressive new specs and features

Amazon has just announced its third generation of Kindle Fire tablets, going by the "Kindle Fire HDX" branding, along with a refreshed version of the older Kindle Fire HD at a new low price. Starting with the new devices, the Kindle Fire HDX comes in a familiar 7-inch and 8.9-inch varieties, both with upgraded specs all around.

Both HDX models feature quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processors, 2GB of RAM, 16, 32 or 64GB of storage and new higher-resolution displays. Those displays clock in at 1920x1200 (323 ppi) on the 7-inch model and 2560x1600 (339 ppi) on the 8.9-inch — which also has a new 8MP rear camera. Amazon says that the overall weight of the HDX has improved dramatically as well. The HDX 8.9-inch is 34 percent lighter than the previous model (just 13.2 ounces).

On the software side, the new HDX tablets are running Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito," which brings several new features like X-Ray for Music, Prime Instant Video downloads and updates to all of the pre-installed apps. Amazon is also introducing a new service it calls a "Mayday button," which delivers 24x7x365 tech support for your tablet for free.

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4 years ago

Twitter enabling notifications for recommended content, powered by @MagicRecs

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Constantly evolving algorithm recommends content that may be relevant to you

Twitter is rolling out a new feature to its first-party mobile apps that will push notifications to you for recommended content on the service. The feature comes after a trial with willing users following the @MagicRecs account, which is a Twitter experiment to build a recommendation engine for finding users and content on the service.

These recommendations are now integrated into the Twitter apps themselves, without the need to follow the @MagicRecs account. You will now start to see push notifications for new content that may be relevant to you if you're using the official app.

Before you get too up in arms, Twitter is quick to remind us that you can turn off recommendation notifications (or any notification type, for that matter) in the app's settings. Just head to the Twitter app > settings > account > notifications and uncheck "Recommendations," second from the bottom.

Source: Twitter Blog

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