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  • Major Google Play sees savings as much as 85 percent off

    1 August 2014, 6:51 pm by: Chuong H Nguyen

    Google is having a huge sale on select Google Play app titles with savings as much as 85 percent applying to purchases of apps as well as in-app purchases. Final Fantasy V, Paper Camera, and Weather Pro are among some of the titles included in the sales.
  • Microsoft claims Samsung isn't paying up on patent licenses for running Android

    1 August 2014, 6:15 pm by: Andrew Martonik

    Microsoft has filed legal action against Samsung today in New York on the basis that Samsung has stopped paying to license intellectual property from Microsoft for its Android devices. Since 2011 Microsoft and Samsung have held a cross-licensing agreement that…
  • Ballistic Every1 Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4

    1 August 2014, 6:14 pm by: Phil Nickinson

    The Ballistic Every1 Case turns the Samsung Galaxy S4 into something different. Something ... dangerous. OK, maybe not dangerous. But it certainly turns it into something that's a little less prone to danger. The case comprises two parts: There's a front…
  • Google Photos' rumored divorce from Google+ could help increase photo sharing

    1 August 2014, 4:52 pm by: Chuong H Nguyen

    Google is rumored to reorganize its Google+ social networking service, which could potentially result in Google separating the photos feature of Google+ into its own standalone service. The move may help Google increase photo sharing and uploading and compete…
  • Google Now Launcher now available on most Android devices

    1 August 2014, 3:58 pm by: Derek Kessler

    The Google Now launcher is now available on any Android device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher. The launcher places Google Now just a swipe to the right away on your home page. Additionally, when you're on the home page all you have to do is say "Ok…
  • Flappy Bird is back, but only on Amazon Fire TV

    1 August 2014, 3:45 pm by: Derek Kessler

    The apparently-too-addictive Flappy Bird has made its triumphant return, but it's only on the Amazon Fire TV. Oh, and it's now Flappy Birds Family. The new version of the flash-in-the-pan smash hit game was promised to return this month, and indeed it has,…
  • Unlock your phone legally starting today

    1 August 2014, 3:00 pm by: Joseph Keller

    President Obama will today sign a bill into law that will allow American citizens to legally unlock their phones in order to take them to another cellular carrier, either in the United States or abroad. The President announced his intent to sign the bill last…
  • Android Central 196: Podcast to the Danger Zone

    1 August 2014, 2:37 pm by: Phil Nickinson

    Andrew is dodging the Blue Angels as they get ready for Seafair in Seattle, and we're podcasting in the Danger Zone anyway, going a day early and without any real preparation. So you know this one's going to be fun! Join us for more on Android Wear, where…
  • Transport Empire review

    1 August 2014, 1:36 pm by: Paul Acevedo

    Russian publisher Game Insight knows a thing or two about city building games. We've covered several of the publisher's genre entries in the past. Each one distinguishes itself by setting and premise most of all, with The Tribez & Castlez having a cheerful…
  • How to create a voice note on the Galaxy S5

    1 August 2014, 12:25 pm by: Andrew Martonik

    Two quick and easy ways to record what's on your mind right now Let's face it, we don't all have fantastic memories. And that's okay, because these wonderful smartphones we all have are great at remembering things for us — that is, if you know how to use…
  • Facebook is down! Facebook is back!

    1 August 2014, 12:04 pm by: Phil Nickinson

    Update: It seems that Facebook is back online both in web browser and the Android app. You are free to carry on with your day. In the meantime, feel free to perform your own mood experiments.
  • The Nexus family — a smartphone retrospective

    1 August 2014, 11:13 am by: Phil Nickinson

    We take a look back at the five Nexus smartphones that captured our nerd hearts As debate continues over whether we'll ever see a Nexus 6, or whether it'll be replaced by something else, like the rumored "Android Silver" program — and such conversations seem…
  • Daily Deals: HTC One M8 Double Dip Case and Galaxy Note 3 Feather Case

    1 August 2014, 9:55 am by:

    Happy Friday, folks! Today at we're offering some sweet discounts on both the HTC Double Dip Hard Case for the One (M8) and Incipio Feather Case for Galaxy Note 3. There are plenty of colors to choose from for each model and they're in…
  • Google Now Launcher support appears to be coming to more devices

    1 August 2014, 9:27 am by: Alex Dobie

    Update: It's now officially available on any device running Android 4.1 or higher. The Google Now Launcher has received a small update today, and while there's nothing obviously new in the app itself, we're seeing some interesting changes to the launcher's…
  • HP, Gilt, and Michael Bastian partner for stylish new smartwatch

    1 August 2014, 8:42 am by: Derek Kessler

    HP is jumping into the smartwatch game, but they're partnering with designer Michael Bastian and online luxury retailer Gilt to make one that looks good. Details of this smartwatch will do are slim, but we do know that they're aiming to have it work with iOS…
  • Sony Xperia T3 available exclusively at Carphone Warehouse in the UK

    1 August 2014, 6:11 am by: Harish Jonnalagadda

    Announced mid-July, the svelte Sony Xperia T3 is now available exclusively in the UK at Carphone Warehouse, with monthly plans starting at £22.50.
  • Chromebook reviews: Find 'em all here!

    31 July 2014, 8:14 pm by: Jerry Hildenbrand

    A one-stop shop for all your Chromebook review needs We're all Google all day around here. We can't get enough when it comes to Android, and Lloyd happens to have a place in his heart for Chromebooks, too. We're big fans, and we just love seeing a platform…
  • Verizon's LG G Pad 8.3 gets KitKat update

    31 July 2014, 7:13 pm by: Andrew Martonik

    Though many may have forgotten that the device exists, Verizon has just started pushing out an Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the LG G Pad 8.3. The update that started rolling to unlocked G Pad 8.3 customers back in April is now on the Verizon model, bumping…
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 also receiving nondescript VoLTE-related update

    31 July 2014, 6:53 pm by: Andrew Martonik

    T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 3 seems to be picking up the same update treatment as its Galaxy S5 did earlier today, with two different updates hitting devices depending on what version of software they're currently on. For those who were in a VoLTE market and…
  • Amazon Appstore now in more countries

    31 July 2014, 5:32 pm by: Chuong H Nguyen

    Amazon says that its Appstore for Android is now available in 236 countries and territories following this recent expansion of 41 more regions. That said, not all apps within the Amazon Appstore catalog will be available in all regions due to local laws and…
  • How to use the Samsung Galaxy S5 as a flashlight

    31 July 2014, 5:17 pm by: Richard Devine

    We've all been there. We've all at some point in our lives needed a flashlight and we've only got our phone in our pocket. There have been flashlight apps for as long as there have been flashes on phone cameras but fortunately on the Samsung Galaxy S5 they're…
  • 'BadUSB' malware highlights the danger of plugging random mystery drives into your computer

    31 July 2014, 5:14 pm by: Derek Kessler

    Another day, another apocalyptic prognostication of computer security doom, this time focusing on the omnipresent USB connection. It's called 'BadUSB', and it's a malware proof-of-concept created by security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell that…
  • Hulu finally adds some free viewing options to Android app

    31 July 2014, 3:35 pm by: Chuong H Nguyen

    Hulu Plus has been updated for Android users so that you don't need a Plus subscription to stream select video content. Previously, the Android app requires that users pay for the $7.99 monthly subscription to access video content, but now it looks like Hulu…
  • Verizon Galaxy S5 getting OTA with myriad of interface and app fixes

    31 July 2014, 2:44 pm by: Andrew Martonik

    T-Mobile's Galaxy S5 isn't the only variant getting an update today, as GS5 owners on Verizon are getting a more sizable update with a proper changelog from the carrier. After pulling down the OTA you'll be on software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9, which…
  • Updated Qi wireless charging means your phones won't have to be directly touching the charger

    31 July 2014, 2:23 pm by: Derek Kessler

    The new Qi v1.2 specification will enable wireless charging through even greater spans than before. The current Qi standard is capable of blasting power wirelessly through up to 7mm of space, but the new standard amps that up to 45mm (1.77 inches). This will…

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