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T-Mobile Uncarrier 7.0 event being held on September 10

Aug 29, 2014 11:48 am

The next phase in T-Mobile’s route to carrier domination continues on September 10. On that date, T-Mobile will be holding Uncarrier 7.0 at a store in San Francisco. This is one day after Apple unveils its next iPhone and any other products, so T-Mobile could be piggybacking off of their... [more]

T-Mobile's 'personal' Uncarrier 7.0 event to be held at San Francisco store on September 10

Aug 29, 2014 11:19 am

T-Mobile's scheduled their next Uncarrier event (this one being Uncarrier 7.0), and they're holding it on September 10th. The tagline for this event? "This time it's personal"… whatever that means. Unlike previous Uncarrier events, which have taken over convention spaces and theaters, this one... [more]

Lenovo Vibe X2 leaked images reveal metal chassis

Aug 29, 2014 11:17 am

When a leaked Lenovo roadmap was discovered a little over a week ago, one of the devices listed was the Lenovo Vibe X2, a sequel to the Lenovo Vibe X. The roadmap document seemed to hint at the device being available in a wide variety of colors. Some newly discovered photos of the device add... [more]

The Puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster for HTC One M8

Aug 29, 2014 11:13 am

And here we have a look at the Puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster for the HTC One M8. It's a single-layer case made of a stuff plastic, but it's got a sort of matte soft-touch coating going on that feels pretty nice. (All the texture on the case helps with that as well.) You'll get the phone... [more]

New LG model number spotted on LG U Plus site

Aug 29, 2014 11:00 am

It is not much to go on, but a previously unreported LG device has shown up on the web site of South Korean carrier LG U Plus. The mystery device has a model number LG-F520L. Outside of that, there is no other information to go on. To try to add a little context though, the […] Come comment... [more]

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

Aug 29, 2014 10:00 am

This week we talk about a bunch of music app news, Amazon buying Twitch, a huge update for Google News & Weather and even more Android apps news! [more]

How to clear your browsing data in Chrome

Aug 29, 2014 9:56 am

You can protect your privacy and cover your tracks by clearing your browsing data in Chrome for Android We've all been here: A friend asks to borrow your phone (or just steals it), and you start to sweat, fully aware of what's lurking there in your browser history. What if they see that you're... [more]

New and current customers will receive $100 bill credit for activating a line on AT&T Next

Aug 29, 2014 9:24 am

Starting today, new and existing AT&T customers who activate a new AT&T Next line with a smartphone will receive $100 credit to their bill. AT&T, like other carriers and their similar plans, offers customers a chance to purchase a new smartphone or upgrade to a new one with zero money... [more]

Join us at 4 p.m. EDT today for Android Central Podcast Episode 200!

Aug 29, 2014 9:17 am

And just like that, we've reached Episode No. 200 of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World. How's about that. On tap today: We'll take a look ahead at next week, which is going to be a wee bit insane, what with the Samsung Unpacked event and the IFA conference in general, plus Motorola's... [more]

From Android Forums: HDMI on the LG G3, SmartSwitch, car chargers, and more!

Aug 29, 2014 9:08 am

The Android world has been busy, busy, busy as we slide into a long holiday weekend, and the forums have been abuzz with chatter in anticipation of some sure-to-be huge happenings next week. Time to check in on discussion surrounding the latest gadgets and gizmos in the Android World, where else... [more]

Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

Aug 29, 2014 9:03 am

Softbank owned mobile carrier Sprint will soon be offering a Sony smartphone for the first time. The deal is designed to both give Sony’s mobile division a much needed boost and strengthen Sprint’s handset line up as it looks to stem the tide of subscribers that are heading for other... [more]

Samsung highlights thinness, weight and screen resolution in new Galaxy Tab S promotional video

Aug 29, 2014 8:45 am

We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air. The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad... [more]

Nike+ running app to come pre-loaded on Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

Aug 29, 2014 8:38 am

Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device. Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the... [more]

Android comes up on iOS in the US in latest Kantar report

Aug 29, 2014 8:37 am

Android has gained some ground in the US according to the latest report from consumer analytics firm Kantar Worldpanel. According to the latest metrics, Android has gained over 11 points of market share in a year’s time for a three month period ending in July. Much of this gain comes from... [more]

HTC One E8 makes US debut on Sprint

Aug 29, 2014 8:21 am

If the HTC One M8 is too rich for your blood on Sprint, its plastic-bodied sibling with half the storage is now available from the pin drop network. Meant for Asia and Eastern Europe, the HTC One E8 is now available in the USA, but just through Sprint. The E8 brings nearly the same specs and... [more]

Report: Sprint to offer their very first Sony phone soon; Xperia Z3?

Aug 29, 2014 8:03 am

Take a quick stroll through Sprint's history of phones and you'll find that the company has never offered a single Sony Android smartphone. Ever. Shocking, isn't it? That could change soon, though, as Reuters reports Sprint and Softbank will look to offer their first smartphone from Sony. [more]

Nokia’s HERE Maps coming to Android, exclusive to Samsung devices for now

Aug 29, 2014 7:46 am

If any of you have ever used a Lumia phone, you may have some experience with Nokia’s fantastic HERE Maps app. The application is similar to Google Maps in that features advanced turn-by-turn navigation and downloadable maps. Nokia announced recently that they would be bringing the app to... [more]

AT&T handing out $100 on new line activations

Aug 29, 2014 7:46 am

AT&T has announced a new promotion, offering a $100 bill credit to customers when they activate a live with a smartphone on AT&T Next. The offer has been run before, and is extended to both new and current customers. The promotion runs through September 30, 2014. [more]

Aereo-like programming service coming for Android devices

Aug 29, 2014 7:41 am

Tablet TV allows people to receive over-the-air TV on tablets. [more]

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for August 29, 2014

Aug 29, 2014 7:37 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. Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em! [more]

Optivent ORA-1 Android-powered headset takes to Kickstarter, isn't for the style-conscious

Aug 29, 2014 7:29 am

Yet another Google Glass challenger has taken to Kickstarter; this time it's the Optivent ORA-1. The company, which is seeking to raise at least $100,000, stakes their claim to fame on running Android 4.2.2 (with a promised upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat and a "Flip-Vu" display that pivots up in... [more]

Waterproofing needs to start coming standard on every phone

Aug 29, 2014 7:27 am

Having a waterproof phone just makes sense, and the tradeoffs just aren't as big as they used to be I went camping over the weekend, and after four days in the "wilderness" (or as wild as I'll get involved with) I realized it's really awesome to be carrying a smartphone that's waterproof. And now... [more]

Waterproofing needs to be standard on every phone

Aug 29, 2014 7:27 am

Having a waterproof phone just makes sense, and the tradeoffs just aren't as big as they used to be I went camping over the weekend, and after four days in the "wilderness" (or as wild as I'll get involved with) I realized it's really awesome to be carrying a smartphone that's waterproof. And now... [more]

Nike+ Running transforms the Samsung Gear S into a fitness tracker

Aug 29, 2014 7:27 am

Samsung and Nike have teamed up to bring Nike+ Running to Samsung's new Gear S smartwatch. The app uses the GPS and 3G wireless in the Gear S to view their progress, send out real-time stats, and maps their runs, all without the need for a smartphone. Nike+ Running will track distance, pace,... [more]

Deal of the Day: LLOYD Anti-Glare Screen Protectors for Samsung Galaxy S3

Aug 29, 2014 7:24 am

These screen protectors are custom designed to shield your Galaxy S3's display while reducing annoying glare at the same time. Durable and scratch resistant, the TruTouch sensitivity provides a more natural feel on your touchscreen. The LLOYD Anti-Glare Screen Protectors are available for just... [more]

Note 4 cases surface hinting at a design different from what has been leaked

Aug 29, 2014 7:15 am

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated phones thats getting revealed at next week’s IFA 2014 event, and for a while now we thought we had a pretty clear picture of what the upcoming phablet would look like. However, accessories retailer Trait-Tech have put some cases... [more]

Samsung's latest ad sees New York choose between Galaxy Tab S and iPad Air

Aug 29, 2014 7:01 am

Samsung took to the streets of New York City to see who favors the Samsung Galaxy Tab S over Apple's iPad Air. Since this is an advertisement from Samsung, for Samsung, it comes as no surprise that everyone in New York appears to be a huge Galaxy Tab S fan. But one can't help but think Samsung... [more]

Nokia’s Here maps come to Android, but only to Samsung devices for now

Aug 29, 2014 6:51 am

Today Nokia announced that users of Samsung Galaxy devices will soon be able to download the free Here app for Android. The app will become available to other Android devices by the end of the year. [more]

OnePlus looking to get off the invite system by October, but is that too late?

Aug 29, 2014 6:43 am

OnePlus hopes to wash their hands of this invite stuff at some point in October. That much was confirmed in an Ask Me Anything session over at the Android subreddit. [more]

OnePlus is ditching their invite system for a more traditional pre-order

Aug 29, 2014 6:42 am

The OnePlus One has had the opposite of a smooth launch so far. Between a clunky invite system, an exploding phone and an incredibly sexist contest, consumers waiting to get their hands on the self-proclaimed “flagship killer” have been getting restless. Luckily the folks at... [more]

Sony's flagship Xperia Z3 could be coming to Sprint

Aug 29, 2014 6:27 am

According to a Reuters report, Sprint plans to offer a Sony flagship smartphone in the near future. Sources reveal the operator (and parent company SoftBank) will have a new smartphone available in the US and Japan in time for the winter holiday season. Since we're expecting Sony to launch the... [more]

Best Deals of August Roundup

Aug 29, 2014 6:10 am

Check out the most popular offers from the Android Authority Deals Store in August! [more]

Nokia brings HERE mapping to Samsung smartphones and Tizen watches

Aug 29, 2014 4:04 am

Nokia today announced that the company had partnered with Samsung to bring its maps and location platform services to Tizen-powered wearables and Android smartphones. It marks a significant step forward for HERE, moving on from its exclusivity period on Windows-based platforms, though only those... [more]

AT&T halts Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One (M8), severe battery drain to blame

Aug 28, 2014 11:58 pm

AT&T has had to halt the Android 4.4.3 update to the HTC One (M8). Users have reported sever power drain issues just days after AT&T finally pushed out the update. [more]

NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting software update with a slew of improvements

Aug 28, 2014 10:32 pm

An update is currently rolling out to the Shield Tablet, sized at 84.1MB, and it gives the device improvements, fixes, and new features. Unlike other hardware manufacturers, NVIDIA rolls out its software updates in one giant wave rather than making some device owners wait around a bit. The most... [more]

Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 appears in brief new video, shows just the display

Aug 28, 2014 10:18 pm

A video showing the Galaxy Note 4 has surfaced. Well, it sort of shows the Galaxy Note 4. The video is just 15 seconds long and shows a Samsung device with the model number SM-N910. All you can see is its display as a dummy box is covering any actual design. In the video, the […] Come... [more]

Update pushed to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark includes international WiFi calling

Aug 28, 2014 10:03 pm

Owners of the Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, get over to the Software Update menu. The Samsung flagship from 2013 is getting an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings international WiFi calling to the device. The GS4 is the first Sprint device to get the international WiFi calling update. Now,... [more]

Are you ready to Note? Samsung wants to know with latest Galaxy Note 4 teaser

Aug 28, 2014 9:46 pm

Samsung really wants to make sure everyone is prepared for its Galaxy Note 4 introduction next week. The company has released teaser after teaser in the run up to its IFA 2014 event on September 3. It all started late last week with a video emphasizing the Note series’ handwriting... [more]

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 28, 2014

Aug 28, 2014 9:12 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!! Apps Microsoft OneDrive app... [more]

Motorola and Yo contest didn’t go so well, but 20 more Moto 360 smartwatches are up for grabs

Aug 28, 2014 9:10 pm

Did you enter the Motorola and Yo contest to win a Moto 360? If you did, you might have thought you won the coveted watch, but ended up in disappointment. Today at 3:00pm CST, as planned, All contest participants received a link through the Yo app. Most people thought that if you were one of... [more]

Google unveils ‘Project Wing’, a drone-based delivery system

Aug 28, 2014 8:49 pm

Amazon already unveiled their future drone-based delivery system a few months ago, but you didn’t think Google didn’t have something similar planned did you? It’s seems to be the perfect application for Google X Labs, and it is. They just unveiled “Project Wing”... [more]

Moto S or the Nexus X just passed through the FCC

Aug 28, 2014 8:26 pm

An unknown Motorola device just past through the FCC that is likely to be either the Moto S or the Nexus X. The model name is listed as 3578, which isn’t the typical Motorola scheme. It’s usually “XT” followed by a number. So what makes us believe it’s a Moto S or a... [more]

Samsung asks if you're 'Ready to Note' in latest Note 4 teaser ad

Aug 28, 2014 8:18 pm

Samsung's gone ahead and released yet another Galaxy Note 4 event teaser ad, this time choosing to go full-on promotional with the "Note" name but not actually explaining anything about what the phone does. You see lots of people having fun, listening to music, going to parties, eating ice cream... [more]

Motorola apologizes with another Yo promo to win the Moto 360

Aug 28, 2014 6:20 pm

After complaints about the misleading Yo promotion to win one of 20 Moto 360 smartwatches, Motorola is trying to make amends with users by running another contest for another chance at winning. [more]

HTC halts Android 4.4.3 update for AT&T HTC One M8

Aug 28, 2014 6:04 pm

Update: HTC has confirmed to us that it's halted the Android 4.4.3 update for the AT&T HTC One M8 after a number of people have reported severe battery drain post-update. If you've yet to update, well, sit tight. If you're one of the ones experiences issues, we've got a forum thread on it... [more]

Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo and other tech giants looking to court Cyanogen Inc [RUMOR]

Aug 28, 2014 5:56 pm

After gaining $22 million in series B funding last year, Cyanogen Inc’s first foray into the mobile arena was a little bumpy to say the least. Not so much because the new software company failed to live up to any expectations on their end, mind you (CyanogenMod 11S is some pretty amazing... [more]

Google's secret Project Wing drones could give speed to Google Shopping Express deliveries

Aug 28, 2014 5:29 pm

Though your next Nexus smartphone may not be delivered by Google via its delivery drones, or Amazon's drones for that matter, Google has been actively and secretly flight testing drones in Australia for some time now. Dubbed Project Wing, after two years of testing and development of this... [more]

Wipeout 2 brings the big balls back to Android

Aug 28, 2014 5:18 pm

Fans of the Wipeout TV show will be glad to learn the Wipeout 2 game has just arrived at the Google Play Store. It's fun, it's wacky and it's free! [more]

Chrome Beta has a new account switcher and 'Guest Mode' on Windows, Mac and Linux

Aug 28, 2014 5:12 pm

The Beta channel of Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux has just been updated to include a refreshed style of account switcher and a brand new Guest Mode. Chrome Beta 38 refreshes the look entirely of switching users, making it easier to share a computer using Chrome. You'll now get a quick... [more]

Android customization – Screen Filter, dim your display to see in the dark

Aug 28, 2014 5:00 pm

Building on previous Android customizations, Screen Filter dims your display so to help you see your device in the dark. No vision correction here, sorry, just a super dim display that is easy on the eyes. [more]

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