Minuum Keyboard receives 3.0 Update
Popular 3rd party resizable Android Keyboard Minuum is receiving an update to its features, bringing a new design along with some neat new features. The update brings the keyboard up to date visually with Lollipop, meshing with the material look of the rest of the OS. New theme additions help complete the visual package as […] Come comment on this article: Minuum Keyboard receives 3.0 Update
2014/12/20 09:52 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Disney releases Club Penguin for Android with some holiday flair
Disney’s successful kid-friendly MMO, Club Penguin, has finally made its debut on Android, just in time for the holidays. It features the full experience that you would find on the desktop version of the game, so if you’re looking for a child-oriented game to sink your teeth into, this is a solid option. The game […] Come comment on this article: Disney releases Club Penguin for Android with some holiday flair
2014/12/20 06:31 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
RunKeeper update brings support for GPS in Android Wear devices
RunKeeper has released an update to their app that brings a pretty cool feature to users that have a GPS-enabled Android Wear smartwatch. The newest version of the app will let you launch RunKeeper on your smartwatch, then take a jog without having to keep your phone on you thanks to the built-in GPS. You […] Come comment on this article: RunKeeper update brings support for GPS in Android Wear devices
2014/12/20 06:16 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
How To Switch To Dev Channel On Your Chromebook In 3 Simple Steps
First off, you need to understand that this uses the Chrome Dev Channel. Chrome comes in three different flavors, which we refer to as channels: stable, beta, and dev. Of the three, dev – shorthand for developer – is the most unstable and has a few bugs from time to time. The trade-off is that you get […] Come comment on this article: How To Switch To Dev Channel On Your Chromebook In 3 Simple Steps
2014/12/20 03:56 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Chromebook Dev Channel Introduces “Ok Google” Hotword From Any Screen And How To Enable It
In a new addition to the Chromebook Dev Channel, which is the version of Chrome OS that has all of the experimental features, you can now call up a Google search with your voice from any screen so long as your device is turned on and unlocked. This feature is very similar to many of our […] Come comment on this article: Chromebook Dev Channel Introduces “Ok Google” Hotword From Any Screen And How To Enable It
2014/12/20 03:19 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Chromebook Dev Channel Introduces “Ok Google” Hotword From Any Screen
In a new addition to the Chromebook Dev Channel, which is the version of Chrome OS that has all of the experimental features, you can now call up a Google search with your voice from any screen so long as your device is turned on and unlocked. This feature is very similar to many of our […] Come comment on this article: Chromebook Dev Channel Introduces “Ok Google” Hotword From Any Screen
2014/12/20 03:19 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Telltale Games releases Tales from the Borderlands for Android
Plenty of people travel during this time of the year. Passing the time with a mobile device has never been easier due to the massive amount of apps and games available. Whether you are riding a train or flying in a plane, there is something for everyone to make travel enjoyable. The beloved Borderlands franchise […] Come comment on this article: Telltale Games releases Tales from the Borderlands for Android
2014/12/20 03:06 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Samsung Galaxy S6 Metal Frame Pictures Shown In Alleged Leak
I think it’s safe to say that the rumor mill for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is going to really hit its stride leading up to CES 2015. Rumors of hardware specs, what the case is going to look like and even whether or not it will be unveiled at CES 2015 seem to be debated […] Come comment on this article: Samsung Galaxy S6 Metal Frame Pictures Shown In Alleged Leak
2014/12/20 03:00 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Here’s what happens to your iPhone after it gets stolen
The world of contraband electronics probably isn’t one that you’re familiar with, but if you read about smartphones on a regular basis, you’re bound to come across stories of black markets all around the world selling devices for hundreds of dollars more than they’re worth. This is one of the most interesting we’ve ever read. FROM EARLIER: A step-by-step guide for recovering your stolen iPhone… and proof that it works In a recent article on Wired, Matthew Shaer recounted the story of a single batch of stolen iPhones, a tale that has far more twists and turns than you might expect. The story begins at a FedEx facility in California, where a package split open and dozens of unopened iPhones cascaded on to
2014/12/20 03:00 BGR
Moto G (2nd gen) users start receiving Android 5.0.1 Update
Just because the Moto G is not a Motorola flagship, does not mean Motorola treats it like a second-class citizen. Updates to the Moto G are equally as important as its Moto X as evidenced by users who are receiving Android Lollipop 5.0.1 today. No official press release was announced by Motorola for this update,... Read more » The post Moto G (2nd gen) users start receiving Android 5.0.1 Update appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/20 02:56 AndroidGuys
The app that puts Yosemite on your iPad’s screen is finally available to download
Duet Display is a brand new application that lets users repurpose old and new iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and turn them into handy second displays for OS X laptops and desktops — and it’s available for download right now. FROM EARLIER: This is the best reason to revive that old iPad and put it to good use The OS X application is available as a free download that users can grab from the company’s website, but the iOS app is a little pricier at $9.99. Once both applications are installed, users only have to connect their iOS and OS X devices using either a 30-pin or Lightning cable, and they’ll be able to extend the OS
2014/12/20 02:15 BGR
T-Mobile forks over $90 million to settle ‘unfounded’ cramming charges
Remember how indignant T-Mobile got when it was accused by the Federal Trade Commission of profiting from scams against its customers? Well now T-Mobile has agreed to fork over $90 million to settle the FTC’s charges, which it said were “unfounded and without merit” earlier this year. As part of the settlement, T-Mobile will have to provide full refunds to any affected customers. RELATED: FTC sues T-Mobile for allegedly hitting customers with hundreds of millions in bogus charges “Mobile cramming is an issue that has affected millions of American consumers, and I’m pleased that this settlement will put money back in the hands of affected T-Mobile customers,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Consumers should be able to trust that their mobile
2014/12/20 01:30 BGR
gReader update brings Material Design, Lollipop support
Hidely App Promises Password Protected Photos
With so many private photos leaked out into the public realm, sometimes we have to wonder is anything safe nowadays? Hidely seems to have come up with a solution for those of us that are camera happy, but want to keep these pictures safe from being automatically synced to Facebook or any online cloud server... Read more » The post Hidely App Promises Password Protected Photos appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/20 01:22 AndroidGuys
10 of the most popular apps this week (December 19)
Welcome back to the regular series aimed at helping Android users get more from their devices. If you窶决e looking for some new Android apps or games check it out: we have a handful of popular new titles to get you started. What you窶冤l find below are some of the hottest trending apps of the last... Read more » The post 10 of the most popular apps this week (December 19) appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/20 00:00 AndroidGuys
APP REVIEW: Horoscopes & Tarot by Astrolis
To be honest I have never had a huge interest in horoscopes. Every once in awhile I might check one out if it was offered front and center in a magazine or something, but it wasn’t something I sought out. When I got the chance to review an app that focuses on horoscopes and tarot... Read more » The post APP REVIEW: Horoscopes & Tarot by Astrolis appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/19 23:44 AndroidGuys
Act fast, the 32gb Nexus 5 is back in stock at the Google play store.
As of right now the Nexus 5 is back in stock. The Nexus 5 has been reported to be discontinued sometime next year so this may possibly be one of your last chances to get this superb device. This is one of the few Android phones that is running Lollipop now. Unfortunately the Nexus 6... Read more » The post Act fast, the 32gb Nexus 5 is back in stock at the Google play store. appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/19 22:27 AndroidGuys
Save 50% off Verizon Android smartphones $199.99 and above.
Now is as good of a time as any to pick up a new smartphone from Verizon as they are offering 50% off, the on-contract price, of any phone normally priced at $199.99 and up. Phones included in this deal from Verizon are the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, HTC One M8, Xperia Z3v, and... Read more » The post Save 50% off Verizon Android smartphones $199.99 and above. appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/19 22:05 AndroidGuys
$399 SHIELD Tablet bundle packs great games, great controller, GRID
Just in time for last minute shoppers, NVIDIA is offering a SHIELD Holiday bundle which includes a 32gb LTE SHIELD, a controller, and NVIDIA’s GRID gaming service. The bundle will cost $399 dollars and the sale starts tomorrow, Dec. 20 and runs through midnight Dec. 24. SHIELD runs the latest version of Android -5.0 Lollipop... Read more » The post $399 SHIELD Tablet bundle packs great games, great controller, GRID appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/19 20:06 AndroidGuys
First pictures of aluminum Galaxy S6 body leak
It’s uncertain when Sammy’s next flagship phone is to be announced, but more and more rumors are pointing to the phone having an all-aluminum body with either a curved screen or a curved back, like the Moto X and HTC One for the phone to be more comfortable to hold, according to HDBlog. Now, French... Read more » The post First pictures of aluminum Galaxy S6 body leak appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/19 19:43 AndroidGuys
Samsung to finally discontinue ChatOn in February
You no longer have to put up with Samsung窶冱 bloatware messaging app, ChatOn. The South Korean tech firm has decided to discontinue the messenger service from 1st February, 2015,. While users will not be able to send and receive emails, they can, however, store their chat history, photos and videos sent before its suspension. “Under... Read more » The post Samsung to finally discontinue ChatOn in February appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/19 19:26 AndroidGuys
“Welcome to the New World” teaser video from Sony suggests Xperia Z4 announcement imminent
Sony is up to something, as the internet has been abuzz the past few days regarding varying devices, but most specifically about the upcoming Xperia Z4. Well Sony has released a teaser video below that seems to hint at some features on their new flagship device. See it below. “Welcome to the New World” The... Read more » The post “Welcome to the New World” teaser video from Sony suggests Xperia Z4 announcement imminent appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/12/19 19:21 AndroidGuys
Google+ brings 1-click Auto Enhance to video uploads
Verizon's holiday deal takes 50 percent off select Android phones
Google Maps has just made Christmas window shopping insanely better
Google has a new amazing perk that will make Christmas and holiday window shopping insanely better for Internet users, as the company has updated its Google Maps Business View feature to include detailed imagery of certain business locations in New York and London, decorated for Christmas. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple窶冱 highest-resolution device ever is coming soon 窶彜o much of the fun of holiday shopping is seeing the lavish, seasonal displays in the windows of shops and department stores as you pass by,窶� Google on Friday wrote on the Latlong blog. 窶彜tarting today, with Google Maps Business View, you can see decked out displays in New York and London窶背ithout braving the cold weather, lugging bags
2014/12/20 00:45 BGR
T-Mobile wins a big victory over AT&T and Verizon that could bring lower prices
Score another win for the “Un-carrier.” Ars Technica notes that T-Mobile has now “won a declaratory ruling that could force AT&T and Verizon Wireless to charge lower prices for data roaming.” Essentially, T-Mobile has been arguing that America’s two biggest carriers have been charging unfairly high prices for data roaming that artificially kept the price of its services higher than it should be. RELATED: The sneaky brilliance of T-Mobile’s Data Stash plans A decision made by the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau may mean that T-Mobile and other small carriers will have a better chance of successfully challenging the rates they pay because the bureau largely agreed with T-Mobile’s proposed guidance for what constitutes commercially reasonable roaming charges. Verizon, of course, is none too happy with the
2014/12/20 00:00 BGR
Galaxy Note Edge [Very] Quick Review: I'm Sure It Looks Good In The Print Ads
Nearly two years ago, Samsung unveiled a prototype for a curved-edge display in a smartphone. They didn't give it a name, and most of us assumed it was a one-off engineering experiment that would never be explored much further. As it turns out, we were wrong - Samsung apparently set to work putting one half of the concept in production (as in, only one curved side on the screen), and now we have the Galaxy Note Edge.
2014/12/19 23:58 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google sends out last Inbox invites for the year
Flickr Update Brings Two-Column Layout For Tablets Plus Improved Sharing, Cropping, And Lightbox View For Everyone
Flickr has updated its Android offering with a series of improvements, most notably a more appropriate two-column view in the activity feed for tablet users. Beyond the widescreen-specific feature addition, there are also enhancements to your ability to share photos within the app, crop your uploaded photos, and browse photos with a fullscreen lightbox view. Giving tablets a more efficient layout is a pretty major addition, if only because enjoying photography is one of the big advantages of the larger screen.
2014/12/19 23:55 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Friday App And Game Sales: The Room Two, Ticket To Ride, Jota+, And More
Before you head off for the weekend, and maybe for the whole holiday week, why not load up on apps and games? Because money? Well, there are some sales to help with that. You like sales, right? Everyone does. Apps C Locker Pro – $0.99 from $2.49 Jota+ PRO KEY – $2.98 from $5.98 Games Ticket to Ride – $2.99 from $6.99 Small World 2 – $2.99 from $9.99 Secret of Mana – $3.99 from $9.00 McPixel – $0.99 from $2.99 The Room Two – $0.99 from $2.99 Hey, That's My Fish!
2014/12/19 23:54 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Android 5.0.1 Lollipop reportedly rolling out to Moto G (1st and 2nd gens)
Google to bring Nexus 9's Tegra K1 processor to Project Ara
Tesla reveals the next step in its plan to kill gas-guzzling cars for good
Tesla has been on a roll lately and now the company has unveiled the next step in its long-term plan to make electric cars the way of the future: A battery swap pilot program that Tesla promises will let you replace your Model S’s battery “in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank.” RELATED: This is what it’s like driving Tesla’s incredible new Model S P85D “Starting next week, we will pilot a pack swap program with invited Model S owners,” Tesla writes. “They will be given the opportunity to swap their car’s battery at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers at Harris Ranch, CA. This pilot program is intended to test technology and
2014/12/19 23:15 BGR
Protect your Galaxy S5 Mini with these 7 cases
Google’s new holiday ad features an Androidified Santa
Google searches for partner to bring its autonomous vehicle to life
The latest victim of the Sony hack: Next year’s flagship Android phone
The hackers responsible for the Sony cyber attack have leaked a treasure trove of data stolen from the company’s computer network, revealing many details regarding Sony’s current and future business plans, as well as many personal details concerning Sony employees. Gizmodo, however, discovered an interesting new tidbit in an alleged email thread from a Sony executive, and it might prove to be the most interesting leak so far, at least from a gadget perspective. FROM EARLIER: Sony hackers may have stolen the newest James Bond script The leaked inbox of Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton contained design concepts for the Xperia Z4 as part of a product-placement pitch for the upcoming new James Bond movie “Spectre.” According to a detailed email, Sony Mobile has specifically
2014/12/19 22:30 BGR
Imagination MIPS Creator CI20 review
Sony’s “Welcome to the New World” teaser video is nothing short of bizarre
Want to really get people thinking? Then release a video that encompasses very random scenes that ends with a warming “Welcome to the New World” message. That is exactly what Sony has done with its new teaser. Some of the more random scenes include a staring person with ample face paint, a woman smiling with […] Come comment on this article: Sony’s “Welcome to the New World” teaser video is nothing short of bizarre
2014/12/19 22:11 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Google publishes Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012)
Save 50% on all Verizon Android phones $199 and over
VPN Unlimited Premium Plan: 3 years of secure browsing for just $19
You’ll never want to fly again after watching this video of a plane in a winter storm
Fear of flying is all too common, but it’s typically unfounded. Your chances of being in an accident are astronomical, but if you went through what the passengers of American Airlines flight 280 went through, it would be hard to blame you for avoiding airports for at least a few months. FROM EARLIER: TSA’s new app could make dealing with airport security less of a nightmare On Wednesday, The Washington Post shared a video captured during an extremely turbulent flight which was diverted to Tokyo earlier this week. The flight was originally scheduled to make its way from South Korea to Dallas, Texas, but a huge storm over the Pacific Ocean was in the flight path. Ron Baker, a commercial pilot, says that the airplane
2014/12/19 21:56 BGR
Android 5.0.2 factory image for the Nexus 7 (2012) released by Google
Still have a Nexus 7 (2012) lying around? If so, you could soon be on the newest version of Android before anyone else. Google has posted an Android 5.0.2 factory image for the Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi. Yep, that窶冱 Android 5.0.2, not Android 5.0.1. The [...]
2014/12/19 21:55 Android and Me
Top 10 Android app updates this week: Fleksy, Zagat
Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the [...]
2014/12/19 21:33 Android and Me
Apple just made it easier than ever to buy an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus for the holidays
iPhone fans looking to score an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in time for Christmas will be happy to hear that Apple has yet again improved shipping times for iPhone orders placed on Apple.com. After improving shipping estimates twice in the past month, lowering waiting times to just three to five business days for some iPhone 6 versions, Apple is now ready to ship customers most new iPhone 6 models in just one business day. FROM EARLIER: You can finally get your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from Apple within a week Apple has not completely caught up with demand, as not all models can be shipped that fast, but customers will still be able to have a new iPhone 6
2014/12/19 21:32 BGR
Google Nexus 5 back in stock via Google Play (update)
Android Central 215: Woes and wows
Apple’s response to the BBC’s sweatshop labor report is completely tone deaf
Apple is a terrific company in many ways but it often does not handle criticism all that well. Although there have been times when Apple has shown a commendable willingness to own up to its mistakes — Tim Cook’s apology for the Apple Maps fiasco is one example — just as often it will get overly defensive and will insist, despite evidence to the contrary, that it hasn’t made any mistakes. Recall the company’s initial response to “Antennagate,” in which it told customers that they were holding their phones the wrong way, to get an idea of what I’m talking about. All of this brings us to Apple’s response to BBC Panorama’s newest report on working conditions in Apple suppliers’ factories that
2014/12/19 21:04 BGR
Android 5.0 Lollipop begins arriving for Moto X (2014) owners in the UK
TIDAL music service now streams on Sonos
Disney's Club Penguin arrives on Android
Deal: Red Nexus 5 16GB (D821) available from Expansys for $320
Minuum keyboard updated to 3.0 wth Lollipop support and new themes
Minuum is a pretty awesome keyboard replacement that takes word prediction to the next level by offering only one row of keys. All of the letters are condensed on this row and the keyboard will predict what word you want based on the position of your taps. It actually works pretty well, and [...]
2014/12/19 20:53 Android and Me
Leaked images reveal metal chassis for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6
More unconfirmed details about Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone have leaked online, with a couple of new reports featuring pictures allegedly showing a major design element of the Galaxy S6, as well as confirmation that at least one prototype is already in testing. FROM EARLIER: A leak may have just revealed the Galaxy S6’s most important feature A Samsung handset with model number SM-G920F, believed to be a version of the Galaxy S6, has been spotted on a shipping manifest on Indian site Zauba. The device has a listed value of around $300, much lower than the expected price for the Galaxy S6, and it’s marked as an R&D handset. More interestingly, French blog Nowhereelse has obtained some pictures from component assembly lines that
2014/12/19 20:45 BGR
T-Mobile Settles FTC 'Cramming' Suit For $90 Million
Bombastic T-Mobile CEO John Legere responded forcefully when the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against the Un-carrier over the summer for profiting from so-called "cramming." That's when a carrier allows third-parties to add premium SMS charges to customer bills without proper warning. Today the FTC has announced T-Mobile is settling the case for $90 million, most of which will go to customers who were charged for unauthorized services. All US carriers banned cramming late last year, but the FTC has been investigating and filing suits all through 2014.
2014/12/19 20:44 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Emails From Indian Court Docs Show Cyanogen / OnePlus Relationship Ended Poorly, Cyanogen CEO Is Kind Of A Jerk
According to documents found by XDA detailing the proceedings of the Micromax v. OnePlus lawsuit in India - resulting in the barring of sale of the latter's phone there - the falling out between Cyanogen and OnePlus was far uglier than previously reported, but probably as ugly as some of us imagined. A series of emails between Cyanogen Inc. CEO Kirt McMaster and OnePlus Global Director Carl Pei were revealed as part of discovery in the proceedings, and they show a less than amicable relationship was evolving between the two as the Micromax deal finalized.
2014/12/19 20:37 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
A Visit From Android Santa
BGR plays Halo 5 multiplayer live starting at 4:00 p.m. ET – watch right here!
The highly anticipated mutliplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians is launching later this month, but Microsoft has given us the opportunity to jump in for an early preview event this weekend. Starting today at 4:00 p.m. ET, the beta will go live and, providing there aren’t any issues, we’ll be playing for at least an hour right here on the site with an embedded stream from our Twitch channel. READ MORE: Huge leak reveals the first footage of Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer The Xbox One exclusive isn’t due out until late 2015, but starting on December 27th, 343 Industries will launch the full multiplayer beta for everyone who bought Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The beta will run until January 18th. Once you’re done
2014/12/19 20:30 BGR
Evernote Context automatically adds augmented intelligence to your notes
Most-used Android apps, Galaxy S5 Lollipop, dream vacations, and more [From the Forums]
Facebook's new Stickered for Messenger will let you slap stickers onto any photo
[Hallelujah] Since Hangouts 2.5, You Can Now Listen To Voicemail In The Background Or With The Screen Off
Ever since Google integrated Voice with Hangouts, listening to voicemail has been a highly-focused affair. Unlike traditional voicemail, which we're conditioned to hold up to our ear like a phone call, voicemail in Hangouts comes with a play button that encourages us to treat it more like the audio file that it is. This is the same way Google Voice has treated it on the web for forever. The downside is that turning off the screen or backing out of Hangouts has caused the message to immediately stop playing.
2014/12/19 20:00 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Android Wear 5.0 OTA Rollout Has Completed
According to Wayne Piekarski, senior developer advocate for Android, Wear, and Glass, the rollout of OTA updates to Android Wear 5.0 is complete now, meaning all users should have - by this point - had the opportunity to download and install the update if their watch is paired with a phone. Piekarski reminds watch face makers that time is ticking to migrate their faces to the official Watch Face API.
2014/12/19 19:59 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
8 common problems with the Nexus 9 and how to fix them
Next year’s ‘Android M’ update might take Android in an exciting new direction
Google is working on a new Android version that is specifically created to better fit cars, Reuters has learned, and that should offer users a smart car experience regardless of whether or not they connect an Android phone. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon Codenamed Android M, this Android version is not expected for another year, and is supposed to be a completely different take on adding smart features to a car than Google’s existing Android Auto project. Instead of requiring a smarpthone to be connected at all times in order to access certain apps while driving, Android M will be built directly into a car, being able to work independently from other Android devices.
2014/12/19 19:52 BGR
Intuit’s redesigned Turbo Tax app actually makes you want to do your taxes
Facebook’s new Stickered for Messenger app lets you cover your photos in stickers
If you窶决e a Facebook Messenger user, then ol窶� FB has a new app coming that might be right up your alley. Facebook has announced Stickered for Messenger, an app that lets you import your existing photos, slap stickers all over them, and then send 窶脇m out [...]
2014/12/19 19:41 Android and Me
Mobile Roar 75: Samsung Gear VR and the top tech stories of 2014
Deal: Red Nexus 5 16GB available from Expansys for $320
Shield Tablet gaming bundle packs in hardware, software for $399
RunKeeper Updated With Support For GPS On Android Wear Devices
Most of the things happening on Android Wear smartwatches are entirely dependent on the connected phone, but there is support for the watches to be a little more independent. The Sony SmartWatch 3, for example, has its own GPS chip that was enabled by the Android 4.4W.2 update. Now the popular fitness app RunKeeper has been updated to take advantage of it. With the new version of the app, you can start RunKeeper on the SmartWatch 3 (as well as any future watches with GPS) and leave the phone at home.
2014/12/19 18:27 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
BubbleUPnP Now Does On-The-Fly Local Transcoding When Casting Content In Unsupported Formats, No Server Required
If you're a user of the popular media hub / DLNA / UPnP service BubbleUPnP, the Android app has just received a significant functionality enhancement you may be interested in. Previously, if you wanted to cast a video or audio file not natively supported by Chromecast, you had to have a BubbleUPnP Server install on a computer on your local network so that the media could be transcoded before casting. The reason for this limitation was twofold: battery consumption on the Android device and the limited processing power of older phones.
2014/12/19 18:25 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
10 must-have gaming gifts under $25 on Amazon
Christmas is less than a week away. Hopefully, you’ve already finished your gift shopping, but it never hurts to have a last-minute guide to fall back on just in case you need a few extra stocking stuffers. The sales aren’t as easy to find as they were a few weeks ago, but we managed to cobble together a selection of affordable games and accessories for every modern game console that any gamer would appreciate. DON’T MISS: Last-minute gift ideas: 10 great tech gifts under $100 PS4 Watch Dogs DYNAMIC NAVIGATION: Watch_Dogs gives you the ability to not only use the city’s ctOS to your advantage, but the streets as well. In real-world Chicago, cut through one of the buildings or climb to the rooftops
2014/12/19 19:28 BGR
The Nexus 5 is back in stock on Google Play
You still can’t get a Nexus 6 directly from Google, but if you’re in the market for something a little smaller, its little brother — the Nexus 5 — is now back in stock on the Google Play Store. You may remember the phone vanishing from the Play Store last week, with some wondering if […]
2014/12/19 19:21 Phandroid
Obama comes out swinging against North Korea, says Sony made a ‘mistake’ pulling the film
President Barack Obama on Friday had tough words not only for North Korea — which earlier in the day had been named by the FBI as the chief culprit in the massive hack of Sony Pictures — but also for Sony itself. In particular, Obama said that he thinks Sony “made a mistake” by pulling the film from theaters in response to threats it had received from hackers tied to the North Korean government. FROM EARLIER: Read the FBI’s full statement naming North Korea in the Sony hack “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” Obama added. “If somebody is able to intimate folks out of releasing a
2014/12/19 19:10 BGR
Cyanogen CEO calls out Samsung on OS design
YU Digital, the baby of Micromax’s, launched a mid-range device that’s being advertised as the Zeus of phones. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, a 5 MP front facing camera in tandem with a 13 MP rear shooter. It will also pack dual-sim slots, 4G LTE, and […] Come comment on this article: Cyanogen CEO calls out Samsung on OS design
2014/12/19 19:07 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
These are the essential iPhone camera tricks used by pro photographers
The iPhone 6 can take stunning pictures, but that doesn’t mean the phone will do all the work for you. BostInno has put together a list of 10 essential tricks that pro photographers use to make sure their iPhones take first-rate pictures and while some are pretty obvious — most of us know to hold our phones horizontally at this point and to not use the pinch-to-zoom function unless it’s completely necessary — others really caught our attention as things we’ve never thought of before. MORE AWESOME TRICKS: One pro photographer’s secret tricks for taking world-class pics with your iPhone 6 One particularly smart trick listed by BostInno is to take pictures in bursts of threes, which will greatly increase
2014/12/19 19:02 BGR
Google Opinion Rewards is now easier on the eyes while you're answering surveys
T-Mobile will pay $90 million to settle 'cramming' charges
Verizon offering 50 percent off all smartphones $199 and over on-contract
If you’re in the Christmas spirit and looking for a new smartphone to buy, Verizon has you covered. The company’s latest Christmas deal is a steep 50 percent discount on all smartphones regularly priced at $199 or more on-contract. This means that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4,
2014/12/19 18:49 Android and Me
Win the Android smartwatch of your choosing from AndroidArea.com!
How to get Lollipop’s brilliant notification system on any Android phone for free
There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re an Android user, you still haven’t been given the opportunity to update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. As expected, the rollout has been fairly deliberate, but there are plenty of ways to brings your phone up to date without downloading Google’s official release. LAST TIME: Free Android app replaces your home screen with a gorgeous waterfall of real-time info One of the most useful features in Android 5.0 is the new notification system, one which takes a cue from the iOS Notification Center. With the new system, notifications will appear at the top or bottom of the screen momentarily. This gives you the ability to interact with a notification from within an app. If you
2014/12/19 18:36 BGR
Deal: Verizon is taking 50% off all Android smartphones $199.99 and up
Verizon is looking to push a few more smartphones out of the door ahead of the busy Christmas week. The carrier’s latest deal takes 50% off all on-contract Android smartphones that cost $199.99 or more. That should qualify recent devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Motorola DROID Turbo and the Sony Xperia Z3v, […]
2014/12/19 18:18 Phandroid
Obama is holding a news conference to discuss North Korea’s Sony hack – watch live right here
North Korea hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s deep investigation into the cyber attack has determined as much, and the U.S. government confirmed it publicly on Friday morning. You can read the FBI’s full statement right here. North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures is believed to be a direct result of the studio’s upcoming movie “The Interview,” which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two journalists who conspire to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. The theatrical release of “The Interview” has now been cancelled as Sony continues to comply with several of the North Korean hackers’ demands in an attempt to prevent them from leaking additional documents that were stolen in the hack. Now, President Barack
2014/12/19 18:15 BGR
The Nexus 6 Doesn't Ship With A Turbo Charger In Australia Yet, But Put Down Your Pitch Forks—There's A Good Reason
The Nexus 6 is a big phone with a big 3200mAh battery. Fortunately, it comes with a Motorola Turbo Charger that can breathe hours of life back into the phone in minutes. The thing is, Ausdroid has reported that folks in Australia are finding that their handsets aren't coming with the speedy charger in the box. Instead, there's a weaker charger in its place. What gives? The issue results from electrical standards in Australia, which the version of the Turbo Charger designed for the global market doesn't meet.
2014/12/19 18:11 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Reminder: Only 3 days left to enter our massive Gift-a-Day Giveaway!
It seems like just yesterday we kicked off our Gift-a-Day Giveaway, but nearly 20 days later we're almost ready to pick some winners. In case you've missed a few days, or you have no idea what we're talking about, consider this your wake-up call.
2014/12/19 18:05 Phandroid
T-Mobile cramming lawsuit results in $90 million settlement
Not long ago, the FTC sued T-Mobile for the practice of cramming, or adding fraudulent charges to a customer’s bill without their authorization. These charges were often premium text message services that offer wallpapers and ringtones for a monthly charge, though this charge is often alluded to be [...]
2014/12/19 18:01 Android and Me
SALE: Recharge your iPhone 6 and protect it at the same time
When you purchase something of value, like a new iPhone 6 or 6+, you need to protect it so that it will provide many years of faithful service. With the Afterburner iPhone 6 Battery Case, available at BGR Deals right now, you can do more than just protect your valuable investment. The Afterburner protects your iPhone 6 or 6+ from drops, dents, and dings. It features a slim design that doesn’t add a lot of bulk to your phone so it still looks as sleek and sexy as the day you bought it. Better than that, the Afterburner actually contains a backup battery pack that can hold 150% more charge than your iPhone 6’s standard battery. That means you’ll have
2014/12/19 18:00 BGR
Samsung's ChatON Service To Go Full Dodo By The End Of Q1 2015
Samsung's finally giving up on its flub of a chat platform, ChatON, early next year. Speaking to Engadget, Samsung confirmed that the app which no one asked be installed on their phone would be going offline on February 1st in all markets except the US, where it will shortly convalesce until some point before the end of Q1 2015. At which time, ChatON will die, and let's be real, probably go on to be reborn as some other not-very-good Samsung software product in a year or two, like a sort of crappy phoenix.
2014/12/19 17:55 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
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Asus ZenWatch Review: The Best Value Of Any Android Wear Device So Far
We've now seen the entire first generation of Android Wear watches, many of which have their own angle—a reason for being, if you will. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is great for outdoors, the Moto 360 is pretty and round, the G Watch R is rounder, and the original G Watch is cheap (sometimes). The Asus ZenWatch is the last device to hit the market, but just like the others, it now has the Android Wear 5.0.1 update.
2014/12/19 17:51 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Verizon releases sweet 50% off deal for Android devices priced $199 and higher
Verizon announced a new deal today just in time for last minute gifts for buyers looking for an Android phone. Any device that is normally priced $199 or more can be purchased for 50% off. To get an idea of what a deal this is, just check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which sells […] Come comment on this article: Verizon releases sweet 50% off deal for Android devices priced $199 and higher
2014/12/19 17:41 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Businessweek trolls BlackBerry in the most brutal way imaginable
The BlackBerry Classic is definitely something of a throwback to old BlackBerry Bold models, although it definitely features much better specs and software than those smartphone relics. However, Bloomberg Businessweek has just posted a “hands on” article about the Classic that brutally trolls the device by showing it being held by a pair of bony skeletal hands, as you can see in the picture above. The message is clear: The Classic feels ancient and dead. RELATED: Here’s why I love what BlackBerry is doing with the Classic “Wednesday’s launch revealed a set of features the device’s earliest users will find familiar,” Bloomberg Businessweek writes. “Chen is trying to appeal to the power users of old (“Don’t mess around with this thing,” he said
2014/12/19 17:39 BGR
T-Mobile will pay $90 million to settle "cramming" charges
Android startup Linshof shuts down before shipping anything
Intuit Releases A New TurboTax App With Modern Looks To Help You Manage This Year's Taxes
Intuit has released a new version of TurboTax into the Play Store that shouldn't look jarring on your Lollipop-powered device. Despite focusing on something as dense and complicated as taxes, the app is rich with color and comes with plenty of whitespace. This is about as friendly as taxes can look. This is far from Intuit's first Android foray. There have been apps for phones and one made just for tablets, back in the awkward days when launching different versions for each form factor was common.
2014/12/19 17:08 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
New Gresso Regal smartphone dons 18 karat gold and titanium, starts at heart-stopping $3,000
Ready for another expensive smartphone you’ll probably never buy? Gresso’s new Regal line of smartphone wants to put a nice dent in your wallet for a premium smartphone with a decent set of specs. That dent starts at about $3,000 for the cheapest option. What justifies that price tag? For one, they’re mare completely of […]
2014/12/19 17:19 Phandroid
Zauba listing includes Samsung SM-G920F believed to be Samsung Galaxy S 6
One of the leading indicators for new devices that are in the pipeline and on their way to market is the import data listing for India via the Zauba web site. Manufacturers ship devices there for testing which results in an entry in the database. The latest example of this is an entry dated December […] Come comment on this article: Zauba listing includes Samsung SM-G920F believed to be Samsung Galaxy S 6
2014/12/19 17:19 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
The 10 best video games of 2014
The first full year of the new generation is coming to a close. After much deliberation, I’ve settled on the ten games that stood out above all of the rest. These were the games that delighted me in 2014 — the games that I kept returning to, the ones I kept thinking about even after I’d put them back on the shelf. I didn’t have a chance to play every game released this year, so if your favorite game didn’t make this list, it’s probably not because I hated it — I just didn’t get around to playing it. So without further ado, here are BGR’s top ten games of 2014: 10. South Park: The Stick of Truth No other game in
2014/12/19 17:18 BGR