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4 years ago

Best Motorola Moto X Cases and Covers

The time is now or never to start shopping for the best Motorola Moto X case for you, and we've chosen a handful of staff and community favorites to help you make your decision.

While the Motorola Moto X is still relatively fresh from its release across multiple carriers, the selection of cases is still pretty minimal. That's not to say that there aren't great cases and covers for the Moto X currently available, because there certainly are. And we're going to dive right in to some of those after the break.

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4 years ago

Quickoffice now free for all, courtesy of Google

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10GB of free Google Drive storage for installing the app before Sept. 26

After acquiring the app over a year ago, Google has just announced that Quickoffice is now free for everyone on both Android and iOS. The app, which is optimized for both phones and tablets, lets you edit and view Microsoft Office documents that are stored locally on your device without compromising formatting. The latest versions now let you work on documents that have been saved to your Google Drive as well, which is a huge deal for anyone that is used to dealing with Google Docs.

Better yet, if you install Quickoffice from Google Play by September 26th and link up your Google account, you'll be offered an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years. This is a great service, and we're going to assume that we'll continue to see more Quickoffice and Google Drive integration going forward.

Source: +Google Drive

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 video walkthrough

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Find out how Sony's Snapdragon 800-powered beast stacks up

We're in the process of reviewing Sony's latest smartphone, the Xperia Z1, but we've had just enough time with the phone to bring you a video walkthrough of the device. With a new aluminum-framed chassis, Sony's "Triluminos" screen tech and a 20.7-megapixel camera, the Z1 certainly has the specs to impress — but hardware alone doesn't tell the full story. So check past the break to find out more about the phone in our complete video guide. You'll find that, and a hands-on photo gallery after the break.

Got questions? Hit the Xperia Z1 Q&A thread in the Android Central forums.

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4 years ago

Republic Wireless gets the Moto X in November for $299 outright

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Fledgling operator Republic Wireless — which has some of the more interesting plans we've seen in some time — today announced that it'll carry the Moto X starting in November. It'll cost $299 outright — as in no contract — with plans starting at $5 a month.

Yeah, you read that right.

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4 years ago

Verizon's LG G2 is unlocked for AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA+

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Need to switch networks? Verizon doesn't seem to have a problem with that

Verizon's latest devices all have SIM card slots, and more often than not they have the right frequencies to properly roam globally on GSM networks abroad. But stuff an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM into the Verizon LG G2 and you'll find that the device is also unlocked for use on domestic GSM networks.

We're not entirely sure why Verizon has started to have a change of heart on domestic unlocking of the GSM portions of its devices, but several high-profile phones from Big Red have had this functionality out of the box. Our HTC One from Verizon was unlocked as well, and in both cases it doesn't require much jumping through hoops either.

Simply pull out the SIM tray on the G2 (it doesn't even require a tool), and place either an AT&T or T-Mobile Micro SIM in the slot. You'll be prompted to reboot the phone, then on boot up you'll be notified that your phone will need to switch into "GSM/UMTS" mode to work. Head into Settings > Tethering & network > Mobile networks > System select and double check that the switch has been made.

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4 years ago

Update rolling out for the Verizon LG G2

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Attention, Verizon LG G2 owners: There's an update awaiting you this morning. We're trying to track down a changelog — "enhancements and improvements" is all we've got so far —  but you're up to Software version VS98011A, so there's that.

Please stand by.

More: Verizon; Thanks, Cory, Jason and iLLusive!

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4 years ago

Are you going to use BBM on Android?

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Let's just make this simple, shall we? After the break, a straight up or down vote on whether you intend to use BBM on Android once it's available this weekend.

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4 years ago

We're answering your Sony Xperia Z1 questions on the Android Central forums!

Got questions about Sony's latest handset? Hit up the forums!

We've got the Sony Xperia Z1 in-house, and we're busy giving it the full review treatment. In the meantime if you've got questions about Sony's latest and greatest smartphone, you'll want to hit up our Xperia Z1 forums, where we're serving up the answers you crave.

Maybe you're wondering about how that 20.7-megapixel camera stacks up against the competition. Or how fast that Snapdragon 800 CPU really is. Maybe it's the 1080p "Triluminos" display that's piqued your interest. Whatever you need to know about the Xperia Z1, post in the forum thread linked below and we'll do our best to clue you in.

More: Sony Xperia Z Q&A in the Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Zombie Gunship lays down covering fire on Google Play

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Protect the bunker, wipe out zombies, help survivors, and upgrade your ship

A massively popular shooter game from iOS, Zombie Gunship, has found its way to Android today. Players man the guns in a military aircraft which is circling a zombie apocalypse survivor bunker.

From thousands of feet in the air, you've got to lay down a withering hail of fire on hordes of zombies as they move in towards your bunker, and provide cover for survivors fleeing for safety.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

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Samsung's latest hybrid device is a decent phone and a decent camera — but is that enough?

With the arrival of handsets like the Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One, it's officially the year of the cameraphone. As smartphone designs have become more homogenous, manufacturers have looked towards advanced imaging capabilities to differentiate their devices.

Phones like the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Beam and Galaxy Mega have proved that Samsung is a company willing to try any crazy idea once. Sometimes, as in the case of the Note, the result is a runaway success. In other instances, like the long-forgotten pico-projecting Galaxy Beam, it's a quickly-discarded flop.

Which brings us to the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung's interpretation of what a camera-centric phone should be in 2013. Smartphone on the front, camera around the back, the Zoom was one of the more interesting products to launch at Samsung's busy Premiere 2013 event back in June. But having spent a couple of weeks with the handset, we're not sure it exceeds the sum of its parts. Check past the break to learn why, in our full review of the Galaxy S4 Zoom.

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4 years ago

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing arrives on Android

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SEGA kart racer now available on Google Play

SEGA has today launched its popular kart-racing game Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing on Android through the Google Play Store. The title stars SEGA's spiky mascot himself, alongside friends (and foes) and characters from other SEGA titles. There's AiAi of Super Monkey Ball fame, Ulala from Space Channel 5 and Ryo Suzuki from Shenmue, among others.

The gameplay should be familiar to anyone who's played Mario Kart or any similar racers — race around a bunch of tracks from various game worlds and use power-ups to get ahead of the pack. Naturally, there's also a multiplayer mode allowing you to pit your skills against your friends.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is available now on Google Play, priced at $1.99 in the U.S. and £1.60 in the UK.

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4 years ago

Unlocking the Xperia Z1 bootloader will screw up your camera, warns Sony

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Sony bootloader unlock site warns of camera woes for those who unlock the new handset

If you've just picked up a shiny new Sony Xperia Z1 and want to get hacking away at the device, you may want to hold off for awhile. A new message on the Sony Mobile bootloader unlock site warns that —

"Warning! At the moment, unlocking the Xperia™ Z1 boot loader will stop the camera functionality."

So presumably if you go ahead with the unlock process, that fancy 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera will turn into a pumpkin. It's likely this is a temporary glitch — and given Sony's track record with allowing devices to be unlocked we'd expect a fix to arrive in due course. Nevertheless, if you want to actually take photos on your Z1 it seems you'll need to keep your hands off the bootloader for now.

We've got an email out to Sony, and we'll update this post with any further info they provide.

Source: Sony Bootloader Unlock; via: XperiaBlog

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4 years ago

AT&T flips the switch on four new LTE markets

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To 400 markets, and beyond

AT&T passed its 400th LTE market going live last week, and despite the milestone it is going to keep pushing along onto new markets. Starting today customers in the following four markets should see their devices connecting consistently to LTE, assuming they have the proper provisioning on their account:

If you live in or frequently travel to one of these markets, keep your eyes peeled for those improved data speeds.

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 (2013) receiving tiny OTA update, no changelog in sight

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Build JSS15R seemingly brings no user-facing changes

Many people that have their hands on a Nexus 7 (2013) are seeing a system update notification land on their tablets indicating an update to a newer build of Android 4.3. The update weighs in at just 8MB, and the only noticeable change to our eyes seems to be a build number jump to JSS15R — not to be confused with the previous update to JSS15Q a few weeks ago.

Those who have the update are still working to see what exactly has changed on the user-facing side, if anything. In the meantime most users have yet to see the update and are patiently tapping their fingers on the "check now" button of their Nexus 7. If you have received the update and notice a change, hop into the forums and let everyone know.

More: Google Nexus 7 (2013) Forums

Thanks, Noel!

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4 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Do you edit photos or video on your Android?

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There's a wealth of photo and video editors available — do you use one?

If you haven't watched the latest Talk Mobile 13 hangout, you should. There was a lot of great discussion about being creative with your mobile devices, from people who live and breathe mobile. It also got me thinking about some of the ways a lot of us use our Android devices "creatively." I figure the best place to start is where Android excels — sharing things like pictures and video.

Read on, it's a little long this week.

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