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Samsung brings Swarovski bling to the Gear S watch strap because why not?

Sep 2, 2014 7:37 am

Samsung’s love affair with bling continues with the recently announced Gear S. The Gear S in itself isn’t affected, it’s the strap. The strap will be made completely with Crystal Fine Mesh, which is being introduced this month. Samsung feels these Swarovski cut crystals... [more]

Sky's NOW TV adds Google Chromecast support in latest update

Sep 2, 2014 6:45 am

Sky has updated its NOW TV mobile apps to add Google Chromecast support, enabling consumers to stream their favorite shows to a television and opening up a world of entertainment on a larger screen. [more]

What is Google Wallet and why should I care?

Sep 2, 2014 6:20 am

The basics behind Google's digital wallet Google Wallet has been around for a few years now, but most American users couldn't really use it before last November when Kit Kat landed and brought a new method for mobile payments and a method to try and prevent carriers from blocking the app. But if... [more]

Xiaomi sells 40,000 units of Redmi 1S in just 4.2 seconds in India

Sep 2, 2014 6:09 am

Xiaomi continues to witness overwhelming demand for its handsets in the Indian market. After selling 95,000 units of the Mi 3, most of them in flash sales lasting 2 to 5 seconds, the Chinese vendor announced today that it sold 40,000 units of the Redmi 1S in 4.2 seconds today. [more]

Case Mate Naked Tough Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Sep 2, 2014 5:11 am

Get tough and still show off your phone   It's one the dilemmas we face when we spend a lot of money on a new smartphone. Do we cover it up with a case and look after it or do we run 'naked' and show it off in all its glory. With the Naked Tough Case from Case Mate for the Samsung Galaxy S5 that... [more]

Paranoid Android 4.6 beta 1 introduces dynamic system bars

Sep 2, 2014 4:06 am

PA 4.6 beta 1 brings the much anticipated dynamic system bars, a new gesture for the Hover feature, and bug fixes. [more]

Leaked press images of the Xperia Z3 Compact reveal new color variants

Sep 2, 2014 1:33 am

Set for an official unveil at the IFA in a day's time, press images of Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact have leaked, giving us a look at the color variants. In addition to the black and white variations, the Xperia Z3 Compact will be available in red and mint colors, as detailed in the images below. [more]

Samsung and Swarovski bling out the Gear S, Galaxy Note 4 set to receive crystal-encrusted back covers

Sep 2, 2014 1:05 am

Looking to add a dash of style to the Gear S once it launches in October? Samsung is giving its curved screen smartwatch the Swarovski treatment by announcing a range of straps that features crystal studded designs. [more]

Gionee Elfie S5.1 is one of the thinnest Android devices ever announced

Sep 1, 2014 10:49 pm

  Ahead of IFA, the Gionee Elfie S5.1 has been announced, and it’s easily one of the most incredibly thin Android devices we’ve ever seen. The phone measures just 5.1 mm in thickness, excluding some bulge around some of the phone’s ports. Still, that’s an impressive... [more]

[New Wear App] Wear App Manager handles your Android Wear apps from your phone

Sep 1, 2014 10:38 pm

  A new application has been released onto the Play Store that adds in some much needed functionality for managing Android Wear applications. The app is appropriately called Wear App Manager, and it offers an interface for quickly viewing the apps you have installed on your Android Wear... [more]

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 1, 2014

Sep 1, 2014 9:16 pm

With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!! Accessories HTC Nexus... [more]

Google hosting event on September 15, probably to launch Android One

Sep 1, 2014 8:53 pm

The launch of Android One is looming. On September 15, Google could finally be launching its approach to bring low-cost devices to emerging markets. Invites for an event being held in India have been sent out and it is expected that Android One is launched on the aforementioned date. This lines... [more]

Samsung expanding Smart Home with new products and services

Sep 1, 2014 8:44 pm

Samsung has announced the expansion of its Smart Home family just in time for IFA 2014. The new products are designed to benefit a home with improvements in security and energy management. Everything from digital door locks to smart plugs will be a part of Samsung’s new Smart Home portfolio... [more]

Estimated Indian pricing for Motorola Moto G2 revealed

Sep 1, 2014 7:57 pm

The Motorola Moto G2 is expected to be announced at a Motorola event on September 5th in New Delhi. We have already seen information indicating the device will go for approximately €250 ($328 USD) when it goes on sale in European markets on September 10th. A new entry on Indian shipment... [more]

Apple is not so safe after all, right?

Sep 1, 2014 7:47 pm

The whole world gives Android the cold shoulder when speaking of privacy and security, but is Apple any better? Not really! [more]

Asus ZenWatch to get sub-$199 price when released

Sep 1, 2014 7:40 pm

Asus CEO Jerry Shen recently spoke at a media briefing in advance of this week’s IFA 2014 trade show and revealed the company’s upcoming smartwatch device, the ZenWatch, would sell for less than $199. Shen also indicated the device will come with voice recognition for English speakers... [more]

HTC Nexus tablet’s keyboard folio details emerge

Sep 1, 2014 7:37 pm

At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done... [more]

New info suggests AT&T will have very brief Moto Maker exclusivity period

Sep 1, 2014 7:25 pm

Some new information suggests AT&T will have a very small window of exclusivity with Moto Maker for the new Motorola Moto X+1. Previous reports suggested the new Motorola device’s Moto Maker customization would be available on both AT&T and Verizon, possibly with simultaneous... [more]

This LG G Watch charging dock looks gorgeous

Sep 1, 2014 7:11 pm

Looking for a great way to charge your LG G Watch that's not boring or ugly? The standard G Watch charging base works well (we love the magnets) but it lacks in the sexy department. A lot. A small start-up from Sydney Australia aims to change that with their Indiegogo campaign for the Moduul... [more]

Motorola logo on Moto X+1 likely a power button, Moto Aware will pair with Moto 360

Sep 1, 2014 7:03 pm

Another day, another round of Moto X+1 information. Today, everything has to do with the hardware of the device. The image above shows the Moto X+1 in white. In the four corners of the front, there seem to be sensors. According to TK Tech News, who has been following the upcoming Motorola device... [more]

Ahead of new rumored Nexus tablet announcement, custom HTC charging keyboard case leaks

Sep 1, 2014 4:52 pm

Ahead of a rumored and hyped new Nexus announcement this fall, leaks are beginning to emerge for custom, official accessories for the Android slate as a result of a collaboration between HTC and Google. We are now seeing a custom charging keyboard folio case with flip cover, which looks similar... [more]

This week's sidebar poll: Which new device are you most excited about?

Sep 1, 2014 3:51 pm

Here comes the silly season We hope you're buckled in and ready for yet another wild ride in the mobile space this week! We've got boots on the ground in Berlin, New York, Chicago and Cupertino to see all sorts of new stuff from names you know and already love. We'll be covering everything from... [more]

Worth another read: Smartphones and Sex — your answers

Sep 1, 2014 2:06 pm

Earlier this year we asked about how your smartphone affects your sex life. For some, it's a natural progression in the digital world. For others, it's a nonstarter. But it's also very much in the news this week in light of the exploitation of a number of celebrities (to say nothing of the... [more]

Upcoming Android smartphone will be just 5.15 mm thick

Sep 1, 2014 1:49 pm

The quest to make smartphones as thin as possible will take a new leap later this month when the Ginoee Elife S5.1 is released in China. A "coming soon" listing on a retail website shows that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean device will be just 5.15 mm thick. [more]

10 Best Ways to Secure Your Smartphone

Sep 1, 2014 1:27 pm

Lock your smartphone We've said a million times, and we'll say it till we're blue in the face. Lock your smartphone. Lock your smartphone! We were also slightly dismayed (though not exactly surprised) to hear in our recent poll that a good third of our readers do not lock their phones. And we say... [more]

ASUS CEO says ZenWatch will cost under $199 and will be out in October

Sep 1, 2014 12:16 pm

ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has reportedly stated that its upcoming ZenWatch device will be priced under $199 and that it will be released sometime in October. Shen made these statements well ahead of the company's official reveal of the device at IFA 2014 in Berlin on Wednesday. [more]

Microsoft begins to drop 2 GB file size limit for OneDrive

Sep 1, 2014 12:02 pm

Microsoft is prepping to drop the 2GB file size limit for OneDrive. Right now a small number of users can upload files larger than 2GB in size to OneDrive. Users on Reddit were the first to notice a change, with Microsoft sharing a statement to The Next Web to confirm the file size limit changes. [more]

Microsoft begins to drop 2GB file size limit for OneDrive

Sep 1, 2014 12:02 pm

Microsoft is prepping to drop the 2GB file size limit for OneDrive. Right now a small number of users can upload files larger than 2GB in size to OneDrive. Users on Reddit were the first to notice a change, with Microsoft sharing a statement to The Next Web to confirm the file size limit changes. [more]

MOTA SmartRing promises to offer Android app alerts on your finger

Sep 1, 2014 11:35 am

The smartwatch or smartband is apparently old hat to a company called MOTA, which announced today an upcoming product called the MOTA SmartRing, which it says will provide mobile app notifications on a device that can fit on a finger. [more]

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Berlin we go

Sep 1, 2014 11:35 am

And we can't forget the cheddarwurst As I sit writing this weeks column I'm actually on a train bound for London. More specifically, I'm bound for Berlin, Germany, where the Android Central team – of Alex Dobie, Derek Kessler and myself – are headed for the big event of the fall, IFA 2014.... [more]

Using an iPad Stand for a POS System

Sep 1, 2014 11:17 am

Nowadays, it appears that the ubiquitous iPads are even more commonplace with iPad-based point of sale (POS) systems growing in popularity. If you notice, especially in big cities, you can see an increasing number of small businesses that display their hip and efficient POS systems mounted on... [more]

Incipio NGP Impact Resistant Case for HTC One M8

Sep 1, 2014 10:49 am

Simple protection and some added grip for your M8 in a variety of great color options When you're looking for just the right case for your phone, there's no shortage of options with crazy bells and whistles out there. From multi-layer systems to belt clips and integrated screen protectors,... [more]

Bio Inc medical strategy simulator arrives for Android

Sep 1, 2014 10:48 am

Game developer DryGin Studios has released the Android version of its acclaimed, and fairly controversial, iOS medical strategy simulator Bio Inc, where the objective is to kill a virtual patient by creating diseases before other doctors can save the patient. [more]

Best new Android games from August 2014

Sep 1, 2014 9:00 am

Games, games, games. So many games came out this last month. Some simple, others complex. We even had a game from the now infamous developer of Flappy Bird. What more could you ask for? [more]

Back to school: The best Chromebooks to consider for young students

Sep 1, 2014 8:55 am

Chromebooks are a fantastic learning tool for children, and you won't break the bank buying one for the student in your life Choosing to buy a computer for a younger student making their way through elementary or middle school is more of a necessity than a choice nowadays, but you'd be right in... [more]

Google holding event in India on September 15, Android One on the way?

Sep 1, 2014 8:54 am

Google has sent out invitations for a press event in India taking place on September 15. The invitation simply says "Block Your Date" for Monday, September 15 at 12 noon, promising more details as the event approaches. Given recent reports of devices launching in India soon, the event likely... [more]

Google sending out invites for September 15th event in India, Android One launch imminent?

Sep 1, 2014 8:51 am

Google has begun sending out invites for an event in India that will take place September 15th. This could very likely be the launch event for Android One. [more]

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for Labor Day

Sep 1, 2014 7:23 am

Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage. There are lots of sales going on for Labor Day, so there should be something here for just about everyone. Give us a shout in the comments if you... [more]

Best Android Phones [September 2014]

Sep 1, 2014 7:00 am

As summer winds down we are once again ranking our favorite Android phones. Some familiar names made our list, but which handset came out on top? Will the fall’s big announcements shake things up in the coming weeks? Read on to find out. [more]

Deal of the Day: Amzer Shellster with Kickstand for LG Nexus 5

Sep 1, 2014 6:10 am

This high quality polycarbonate combo gives you protection against scratches and impacts while enhancing the grip on your Nexus 5 thanks to its unique texture. The included holster rotates 180-degrees and even folds into a kickstand, great for watching movies or browsing the web. The Amzer... [more]

Samsung expands its Smart Home portfolio, providing a sneak peek into the future

Sep 1, 2014 5:56 am

Samsung has today announced new products and services, expanding its Smart Home portfolio. The company is using IFA 2014 to refresh its connected home vision by increasing home safety, improving energy management and bringing future tech to the home of today. From digital door locks to IP... [more]

Samsung expands its Smart Home portfolio, providing a sneak peek into the future

Sep 1, 2014 5:56 am

Samsung has today announced new products and services, expanding its Smart Home portfolio. The company is using IFA 2014 to refresh its connected home vision by increasing home safety, improving energy management and bringing future tech to the home of today. From digital door locks to IP... [more]

Moto G successor spotted on Indian import database

Sep 1, 2014 4:15 am

Motorola is set to unveil the successor to the Moto G, dubbed the Moto G2, at an event later this week. It looks like India will be one of the first countries where the new Moto G will launch, with Motorola set to announce the device in the country on September 5th. According to a listing on... [more]

HTC Desire 510 mini-review

Sep 1, 2014 12:05 am

How does the HTC smartphone experience of 2014 translate into an entry-level device? While most of our attention here at Android Central goes to exciting new high-end devices, the entry and mid-range market has become ever more interesting over the past year, as manufacturers work to bring decent... [more]

Motorola’s new Moto X will likely launch with MotoMaker available on Verizon

Aug 31, 2014 6:44 pm

We’re still waiting on the Moto X+1 to be officially announced sometime this week by Motorola, but in the meantime we can still speculate on rumors about how the device will launch. The latest leak pinpoints what variations of the device will be available on Verizon’s network, and if... [more]

[Deal] Grab an LG G Watch for $50 off from Best Buy

Aug 31, 2014 6:37 pm

  LG’s G Watch might be slightly outdated thanks to the G Watch R, but it’s still a fantastic Android Wear device. Today, Best Buy is shaving a full $50 off the list price of the smartwatch, so you can pick one up for only $179, which definitely isn’t a bad price for how... [more]

Info about Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pops up on Samsung site

Aug 31, 2014 6:34 pm

As the days wind down to IFA 2014 and Samsung’s Unpacked event when the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be announced, leaked information about the device should be coming out at a steady clip. The latest example of this is a user agent profile (UAProf) file discovered on the Samsung... [more]

How to set 'Do not track' in Chrome

Aug 31, 2014 6:17 pm

You can request for websites to not keep track of your activity when using Chrome When you browse the Internet, the sites you visit pick up bits of information about you and your online habits. Some information, like websites you've visited, may be shared with third parties. Those third parties... [more]

AC editors' apps of the week: Star Wars Tiny Death Star, Yo, Fenix and more

Aug 31, 2014 4:02 pm

See the apps that we're all using this week Apps are what make these extremely powerful devices we all carry really sing. They offer up functionality and entertainment at our fingertips, and each week we like to point out the few that have stayed installed on our own devices. Some are new, some... [more]

Android Wear support for WhatsApp open to everyone

Aug 31, 2014 2:39 pm

WhatsApp has kept a long awaited feature in beta for all of August. Now, everyone can take advantage of WhatsApp’s Android Wear support as September rolls in. Users of the very popular messaging application can receive and respond to messages right from their Android Wear device.... [more]

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