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4 years ago

Amazon holding Appstore Easter egg hunt, offering discounts and Coin rewards on selected apps

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Amazon holding Appstore Easter egg hunt, offering discounts and Coin rewards on selected apps

Amazon holding Appstore Easter Egg hunt, offering discount and Coin rewards on select apps

Amazon holding Appstore Easter Egg hunt, offering discount and Coin rewards on select apps

Amazon is holding a digital Easter egg hunt in its Appstore, offering discounts and rewards on several apps through tomorrow. Several popular games and apps are featured in the hunt, including NBA Jam, Candy Crush Saga, and Frozen Free Fall.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung's 2014 flagship smartphone is bigger, faster and more polished, with water-resistant credentials and a more modern user interface. It'll sell millions and millions. But the question remains: Is it the right phone for you?

For most of the phone-buying public, Samsung's Galaxy line of phones has much broader brand recognition than the Android OS that powers them. With popular devices like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, the Korean electronics giant has clawed its way to the top of the Android food chain, claiming the title of No. 1 phone manufacturer in the process. Look at any chart of smartphone market share and it's clear the real battle is between Samsung and Apple, with most other manufacturers left to fight over scraps.

So the launch of a new Samsung flagship is an event of huge importance to the mobile industry. With Samsung's vast marketing machinery already in full swing, it seems inevitable that the new Galaxy S5 will be the biggest-selling Android phone of the year. Indeed we've already witnessed lines forming outside Samsung stores across Europe for the April 11 global launch, and early sales figures are apparently encouraging. Tens of millions of people will buy the Galaxy S5, just as they did the Galaxy S4.

Click here for our full review.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

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Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone is bigger, faster and more polished, with water-resistant credentials and a more modern user interface. But is it the right phone for you?

For most of the phone-buying public, Samsung's Galaxy line of phones has much broader brand recognition than the Android OS that powers them. With popular devices like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, the Korean electronics giant has clawed its way to the top of the Android food chain, claiming the title of No. 1 phone manufacturer in the process. Look at any chart of smartphone market share and it's clear the real battle is between Samsung and Apple, with most other manufacturers left to fight over scraps.

So the launch of a new Samsung flagship is an event of huge importance to the mobile industry. With Samsung's vast marketing machinery already in full swing, it seems inevitable that the new Galaxy S5 will be the biggest-selling Android phone of the year. Indeed we've already witnessed lines forming outside Samsung stores across Europe for the April 11 global launch, and early sales figures are apparently encouraging. Tens of millions of people will buy the Galaxy S5, just as they did the Galaxy S4.

4 years ago

ShopAndroid store Easter sale: Save 20% on all Android cases and accessories!

ShopAndroid store Easter sale: Save 20% on all Android cases and accessories!

Easter Sale

Easter Sale

With the start of the Easter break, we're ready for four-day weekend and an excuse to stuff our faces with chocolate. But bargain-hunters also have a reason to celebrate — a weekend of hot deals over on ShopAndroid.com, where you can save 20% on all Android cases and accessories!

The ShopAndroid Easter sale starts now an runs through Tuesday, April 22, and all you need to do to take advantage is use coupon code HOP14 during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

We've got cases for all the latest Android devices, including the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, as well as the Galaxy S4, Moto X and many others. So be sure to take advantage of the sale while it lasts!

And there's good news for multi-platform mobile fans, as the HOP14 coupon code also works on the iMore Store, Windows Phone Central Store and ShopCrackBerry. Your shopping cart will follow you through all four stores, so you can buy from all four stores and check out once.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 hitting MetroPCS today

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Samsung Galaxy S5 hitting MetroPCS today

Samsung Galaxy S5 hits MetroPCS today

Samsung Galaxy S5 hits MetroPCS today

MetroPCS has today announced the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S5 at retail stores across the US, as well as on the website. If you're waiting for Samsung's latest flagship Android smartphone, you'll be able to pick one up on plans from $40.

4 years ago

HTC talks cameras, optical zooming on the not-so-distant horizon

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HTC talks cameras, optical zooming on the not-so-distant horizon

HTC
HTC One M8

HTC

Vodafone UK took some time out to sit down with Symon Whitehorn, the resident camera expert at HTC. Discussions covered the Duo Camera as well as what consumers can expect to see in the future. With the HTC One (M8) sporting an impressive shooter, it only makes sense that we look ahead to see what HTC has planned.

4 years ago

Google offering credit towards movie rentals with British Chromecast

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Google offering credit towards movie rentals with British Chromecast

Chromecast

Chromecast

A quick heads up to any Brits looking at getting a Chromecast soon that Google is throwing in a little Play Store credit for good measure. Currently advertised in the UK Play Store, if you buy and set up a Chromecast by July 15 Google will give you £4.99 towards a movie rental from the store.

Given some of the current rental prices in the British store, £4.99 could get you one movie with enough change left over to give you something towards a second. Once you're set up head over to chromecast.com/offers to redeem.

4 years ago

HTC snatches up former Samsung marketing guru who helped launch Galaxy brand

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HTC snatches up former Samsung marketing guru who helped launch Galaxy brand

Galaxy S5, HTC One M8

Galaxy S5, HTC One M8

HTC is aiming high with its latest signing. According to reports, the company has hired Paul Golden who was previously at Samsung. It marks a rather desperate move as the company continues to operate in losses and experience declining market share, but Golden helped launch the incredibly successful Galaxy brand for Samsung, making this also an interesting step for HTC to make.

4 years ago

Samsung to add premium subscription to Milk Music service

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Samsung to add premium subscription to Milk Music service

Milk Music

Milk Music

Samsung partnered up with Slacker to release Milk Music last month. The service was freely available to all high-end Galaxy smartphone owners, opening up a world of music with a personalized experience. That's all set to change as the company has revealed plans to add a premium subscription to the streaming service.

4 years ago

Verizon releases Droid Maxx in two new color options, quietly cuts storage to 16GB

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Verizon releases Droid Maxx in two new color options, quietly cuts storage to 16GB

Verizon Droid Maxx

Verizon Droid Maxx

$99 on-contract gets you a couple cool color options for a great phone on Verizon.

The Motorola Droid Maxx is getting slightly old at this point, and in order to freshen things up a bit Verizon is releasing two new color options of the device. Alongside the previous black model, you'll now have the choice of a bright glossy red (which looks similar to the Droid Ultra) or black with chrome accents if you're looking to stand out from the crowd. Here's the catch: You can only get the two new colors with 16GB of storage, with the old black model offering 32GB of storage for $50 more on-contract or $100 more off-contract.

Aside from that, this is the Droid Maxx we know from before — it has some seriously impressive battery life along with all of the great new features recent Motorola phones are known for such as Touchless Control and Active Display. You'll just have to decide whether the lower price and new colors are worth the 16GB reduction in storage for you.

Verizon's online store is already listing the new Droid Maxx colors for sale, and you can pick them up right here for $99 on-contract, or $499 off-contract.

Source: Verizon

4 years ago

Quick tip: "OK Google" works just fine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Quick tip: "OK Google" works just fine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

OK Google on the Galaxy S5

OK Google on the Galaxy S5

A little tip worth pointing out for new Samsung Galaxy S5 owners, that the "OK Google" hotword works out of the box in the new Touchwiz launcher. It may seem obvious to some, but having spoken to a few people in the past couple of days that didn't know about it, it's worth highlighting.

It's actually the Google Search widget that takes care of things, and this is preloaded onto the homescreen when you first fire up the phone. So, without any additional downloads, just say "OK Google" while on the main homescreen. From there take advantage of the voice activated benefits it brings with it such as setting alarms, set some music off playing and, well, searching the web. Piece of cake!

OK Google isn't supported everywhere just yet, but if you're in a country that does you shouldn't have any problems putting it to use on the Galaxy S5.

4 years ago

Cloud Raiders gets clan support on Android

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Cloud Raiders gets clan support on Android

Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android EVGA Tegra Note 7
Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android
Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android
Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android
Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android

Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

Many genres spring from a single popular game. The casual strategy genre owes its popularity to Clash of Clans, for instance. And once a game reaches that level of fame, other developers inevitably release their own games that draw inspiration from it. Cloud Raiders is Game Insight’s take on Clash of Clans.

Although a first-class effort, Cloud Raiders has lacked one key element since its release in February: clans! You can’t take on Clash of Clans without clans. Today Game Insight released a major update to Cloud Raiders that corrects this oversight and adds a proper clan system. Read on to learn about how clans affect the game and how to join Android Central’s own clan!

4 years ago

You'll need an invite to purchase a OnePlus One at launch

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You'll need an invite to purchase a OnePlus One at launch

OnePlus

OnePlus

Pick up your invite from contests, forums and friends who already bought the phone

In the true spirit of riding the hype train, OnePlus has announced that you'll need an invite to buy its flagship OnePlus One phone when it launches. Taking to a forum post to explain, OnePlus says that an invite-only system — dubbed the "OnePlus Invite System" — is the best way to bridge the gap between supply and demand right at launch.

Rather than do a more standard reservation or pre-order system for the limited number of devices, OnePlus will offer up invites to purchase the phone via its forums, contests and from other OnePlus One buyers. The thinking is that there will only be invites made available for precisely the number of phones that are made and ready to be purchased — though it seems a bit exclusionary to make people go looking for an invite rather than having a simple online store where you can place an order and be backordered if no stock is readily available.

OnePlus isn't offering up any invites right now, and says that more information on how the initial wave of invitations will roll out when the phone is finally launched. As time goes on, the invites to purchase a OnePlus One will be easier to obtain until presumably at some point you'll be able to just buy one like every other phone.

Source: OnePlus

4 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case
Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Case

Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

It's expensive, but highly functional — so long as you can keep the window clean

The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case is an expensive way to protect your phone. But, damn, does it ever look nice. We first got a glimpse of this guy at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it's now available for purchase, along with the phone.

For the newcomers out there, this is a case that replaces the back cover of your Galaxy S5. It has the same rubber gasket as the stock back, so you retain the IP67 rating for dust and moisture — an important thing to look for with any Galaxy S5 accessory, but admittedly less of a concern with Samsung's own products. The inside of the back cover is nearly identical to the back it's replacing. But the external look and feel are completely changed, replaced by a leather-like cover. It looks great. It feels great. (And if you're like us and putting a black cover on a white phone, the contrast is quite striking.)

The design of this case can't be understated.

4 years ago

Motorola celebrates 50 app update milestone with Hangout on Air to talk software

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Motorola celebrates 50 app update milestone with Hangout on Air to talk software

Motorola Gallery app

Motorola Gallery app

Punit Soni to field questions live with #AskMoto hashtag

Motorola has made a big deal out of bringing several of its devices' core functionalities out into the Play Store for easy updating, and it is now marking the milestone of 50 updates to over 15 apps over the last 8 months. Touchless Control, Active Display, Motorola Camera and Gallery are just a few of the apps updated regularly through Google Play rather than a complete system update, and to celebrate the accomplishment Motorola is hosting a live Hangout on Air to talk software.

Punit Soni will be leading the event, and is requesting questions from the public — simply post with the hashtag #AskMoto on Google+, Facebook or Twitter to ask your question, and hopefully Punit will read it during the event. Thanks, questions and suggestions are all welcomed, he says, and while the number of questions is sure to balloon to an unanswerable number, it may be worth watching.

The Hangout on Air will kick off at 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, April 23rd, and you can RSVP to watch at the Google+ event page below.

Source: Motorola; Google+ Event

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