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Watch this: Samsung Galaxy S5 running leaked Android 5.0 Lollipop build [VIDEO]

Oct 31, 2014 5:15 pm

When Google showed off Android 5.0 Lollipop’s new Material Design aesthetic during this year’s Google I/O, the first thing we thought about was how this would translate to the custom skins offered by OEMs like HTC and Samsung. Just before we kick off the weekend, the boys at SamMobile... [more]

Android Central 209: New Nexus, Droid Turbo and You!

Oct 31, 2014 5:11 pm

We're back from yet another week on the road, this time for Verizon's Motorola Droid Turbo event, as well as Google's Lollipop open house. (Be sure to check out our hands-ons with the Nexus 9, as well as the Nexus 6.) Plus, we answer a whole bunch of your questions live on air. Join us! This... [more]

How to manually make an Auto Awesome in Google+

Oct 31, 2014 4:11 pm

Auto Awesome photos and videos are somewhat enigmatic to many, due in large part to the usually random way that they're picked and gussied up by Google. There's animated (Motion) Auto Awesomes, there's collage (Mix) Auto Awesomes, and then there are Movie Auto Awesomes. And while they'll show up... [more]

Poll results: Who is running the Lollipop preview?

Oct 31, 2014 4:09 pm

Earlier in the week everyone was asked if they were running the Lollipop preview on their phones. We know that availability is very limited, but we also know that Nexus users are over-represented here at AC. I needed to get a feel for just how many of us were excited about what's coming —... [more]

Nexus 6 from Google Play working with Verizon SIM cards

Oct 31, 2014 4:07 pm

This year is a little different for consumers seeking a Nexus phone because the Nexus 6 will be widely distributed. Carriers will offer the Nexus 6 with an on-contract price, something that has not been done in three years. The Nexus 6 is already available through Google Play in a version that is... [more]

Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 leaks yet again, TouchWiz gets more Material

Oct 31, 2014 3:58 pm

Earlier this month, we were treated to an 8-minute video of Android Lollipop running on a Galaxy S5 thanks to the folks over at SamMobile. Now it looks as though the publication has gotten its hands on yet another version of Google's newest, and it brings Samsung's TouchWiz further in-line with... [more]

Google Play Movies & TV arrives in Roku’s Channel Store

Oct 31, 2014 3:30 pm

One of the best things about Google is that the company acknowledges that other platforms exist. Today, Google Play Movies & TV is available in the Channel Store for Roku devices. Owners of such devices get Google’s vast library of films and television shows in standard and high... [more]

Google’s Copresence leaked, send content directly between nearby Android and iOS devices

Oct 31, 2014 3:28 pm

Hidden inside the latest Google Play Services apk, Google's Copresence sounds awesome. Sending files directly between Android and iOS devices could suddenly become a whole lot easier. [more]

HTC unveils its new Rapid Charger 2.0

Oct 31, 2014 3:25 pm

Following closely in Motorola’s footsteps, HTC has today taken the wraps off its new Rapid Charger, which takes full advantage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology that’s integrated into all of its latest Snapdragon chipsets. The Rapid Charger is a 15W wall-based plug, which is capable... [more]

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera tips and tricks

Oct 31, 2014 3:22 pm

This handful of tips can help you get the most out of your Note 4's camera Samsung has made strides in improving the quality of its cameras with the Galaxy Note 4, and we want to help you get the most out of it. As the camera quality has been beefed up the software has scaled back some, and while... [more]

Hack and Cast your way to glory in Battleheart Legacy, now available on Google Play

Oct 31, 2014 2:54 pm

Craving some more fantasy action on your Android device? You can now get your fantasy RPG on in "Battleheart Legacy," released today as a follow up to the very popular "Battleheart." For anyone not familiar with the original, Battleheart Legacy features an immersive fantasy world, engaging... [more]

Verizon responds to AT&T by offering more data on $80 & $100 plans, $150 port-in credit

Oct 31, 2014 1:54 pm

Need more data for that new Droid Turbo? Verizon has just announced that it is upping data allotment on its midrange More Everything plans for a limited time. $80 will now score you 10GB of data per month, while $100 will net you 15GB. Perhaps even better, the deal isn't limited to new customers;... [more]

Droid Turbo available, Nexus pre-orders, Halloween, and more [From the Forums]

Oct 31, 2014 1:50 pm

This Halloween there isn’t much scarier than going to order a Nexus 6 only to find it out of stock. If that’s you or if you are among the lucky few to secure your new Google smartphone, this week’s From the Forums is for you. Also, we take a look at Droid Turbo discussion and what’s... [more]

Best Android apps and games of October

Oct 31, 2014 1:12 pm

Hopefully you guys are gearing up for a fun-filled Halloween, but we wouldn't let October slip by without rounding up the very best Android games and Android apps that have been released in the last 30 days. Both Google and Microsoft had a few really interesting new apps available this month. It... [more]

New video shows Android 5.0 running on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Oct 31, 2014 12:55 pm

If you cast your mind back to September, you may remember that the folks over at SamMobile managed to get their mitts on an exclusive preview of Lollipop running on a Galaxy S5, but as Samsung was still working on a strategy to make TouchWiz compatible with Google’s Material Design guidelines,... [more]

Oh, that's where the Droid Turbo's SIM card is

Oct 31, 2014 12:46 pm

Manufacturers are always looking for clever ways to integrate necessary smartphone parts into their designs, putting buttons, ports and slots all over the place. Motorola has a trick up its sleeve with the Droid Turbo's SIM card slot, hiding it beneath the volume rocker on the side. The trick is... [more]

Red Light Green Light – a fun and challenging tapping game

Oct 31, 2014 12:41 pm

Red Light Green Light - a fun and challenging tapping game
Red Light Green Light is a fun and challenging tapping game, where you must tap the buttons that appear as quickly as you can while the background is green, to earn a specified number of points within a time limit. Tap when it’s red, and you will loose points. There are 30 playable... [more]

Google Play Movies & TV now available on Roku Players

Oct 31, 2014 12:29 pm

If you're a Roku owner who likes taking a dip into Google's ecosystem, there's a bit of good news today: Google Play Movies & TV is now available on Roku Players in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Canada. [more]

The Wolf Among Us tears into Google Play Store

Oct 31, 2014 12:13 pm

Following an early launch on Amazon, Telltale's gritty adventure game The Wolf Among Us is now available on the Google Play Store. The first episode is free, with additional episodes available for $4.99 each or the whole season for $14.99. [more]

LG G3 Dual-LTE set to launch in Russia within the next couple of weeks

Oct 31, 2014 12:12 pm

LG has today announced its plans to launch a dual-SIM variant of its flagship smartphone, the G3, in Russia. The handset will be available in both Metallic Black and Silky White colorways and is set to go on sale within the next couple of weeks for RUB 26,990 — approximately $630. This is the... [more]

Good Albums – Photo Organizer. A fast & lightweight alternative gallery app

Oct 31, 2014 11:47 am

Good Albums - Photo Organizer. A fast & lightweight alternative gallery app
Fast and lightweight, Good Albums is an alternative gallery app. First of its kind gallery app to group photos by moments. Easy to organize your pics into awesome albums. SafeView, brilliantly hide your personal photos, and only show relevant photos to your friends Highlight features:... [more]

How to bring back the ‘steps today’ card on your Android Wear smartwatch after installing Google Fit

Oct 31, 2014 11:41 am

Google released the Fit app a few days ago, which keeps track of all our fitness activities. If you own an Android Wear smartwatch and installed the Fit app, you might have noticed that you’re no longer getting a “XXXX steps today” card. Instead, you might be seeing a card for... [more]

Truedialer by Truecaller – try this replacement for your boring dialer & contacts

Oct 31, 2014 11:30 am

Truedialer by Truecaller - try this replacement for your boring dialer & contacts
Truedialer is a smart phone dialer unlike any other! Replace your old, slow and boring dialer for the quickest and most convenient way to find your contacts. This dialer uses a simple and easy to use numeric pad to help find numbers within your phonebook, and beyond your phonebook with... [more]

(New Game) Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary

Oct 31, 2014 11:12 am

(New Game) Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary
Boulder Dash®-30th Anniversary™ is the first collaboration by Peter Liepa & Chris Gray, the two original creators of the multi-million unit selling Boulder Dash, since the first game in the series was released in 1984 by First Star Software, Inc. Cave Explorers, Dig This! Boulder... [more]

HTC Dot View trick shows up just in time for Halloween

Oct 31, 2014 10:54 am

If you are the owner of an HTC One (M8) and have a Dot View case, you may find yourself treated to a little trick courtesy of HTC. When HTC updated the Dot View app recently, they snuck in some surprises for users. During the day today, Halloween, users are discovering that the Dot View... [more]

Bitmoji – Create your own personal Emoji by Bitstrips

Oct 31, 2014 10:48 am

Bitmoji - Create your own personal Emoji by Bitstrips
Bitmoji is your own personal emoji! Create an expressive cartoon avatar Choose from a growing library of moods, stickers and comic scenes – featuring YOU! Put them into any text message, chat or status update If you’re one of the millions of people with a Bitstrips avatar: Just... [more]

Spider-Man Unlimited update weaves in new levels

Oct 31, 2014 10:47 am

Spider-Man Unlimited arrived on mobile back in September. The game instantly webbed me with its great graphics, a huge array of collectible characters, and overall excellent use of the Spider-Man license. But I also caught many bugs in my review that I hoped would be fixed before long. [more]

New Halloween images show low light capabilities of Nexus 6

Oct 31, 2014 10:37 am

As Google prepares to unleash the Nexus 6 on the world, one of the changes we will see with this device is Google’s move to position it against competitor’s flagship devices. Along with more of an effort to load the device up with top of the line hardware, buyers will also pay a... [more]

Angry Birds Transformers – action-packed 3D shoot ‘em up adventure

Oct 31, 2014 10:26 am

Angry Birds Transformers - action-packed 3D shoot ‘em up adventure
Angry Birds and Transformers collide in this action-packed, 3D shoot ‘em up adventure! The EggSpark has transformed the eggs into crazed robots who are destroying Piggy Island, but who can stop them?! Autobirds, ROLL OUT! Have you ever seen an alien robot Angry Bird? Enter the... [more]

AT&T upping data available on $40 and $70 plans

Oct 31, 2014 10:19 am

AT&T is bumping up data allotments on their $40 and $70 plans from 2 GB to 3 GB and 4 GB to 6 GB, respectively. The change kicks in November 2 and applies to Mobile Share Value plans. [more]

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

Oct 31, 2014 9:57 am

Microsoft released some free apps, Google releases a virtual tidal wave of Material Design updates, new games are great, and more awesome apps news! [more]

HTC One Dot View Case does Halloween right

Oct 31, 2014 9:54 am

If you're rocking an HTC One M8 and have a Dot View Case and love Halloween, head on into the Dot View app and scroll over to the Holiday Themes. There you'll find a happy Halloween Jack-o-Lantern. Apply him and watch him bounce. Just like kids after way too much candy. Figure we'll see new... [more]

Amazon exec admits Fire Phone pricing was too high, but it was more than that

Oct 31, 2014 9:48 am

The Amazon Fire Phone was a dud based on the fact that company took a $170 million hit because of it. Pricing was probably the biggest complaint of the phone, which was $199 (32 GB) on a two year contract. Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp told Fortune, “We didn’t get the price... [more]

OnePlus One dressed in Kevlar pictured

Oct 31, 2014 9:24 am

Pictured above appears to be a OnePlus One with a StyleSwap cover made of Kevlar. In fact, it looks a lot like the DROID Turbo’s ballistic nylon that features Kevlar underneath. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we will ever see this option since OnePlus put the kibosh on StyleSwap covers... [more]

We're podcasting an hour early today — join us at 3 p.m. EDT!

Oct 31, 2014 9:22 am

This is the last podcast before the Daylight Saving Time change here in the U.S., and between that and Halloween being tonight we're going to go an hour early this week. [more]

Samsung’s Android Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 is progressing nicely

Oct 31, 2014 9:11 am

SamMobile has managed to get its hands on an updated version of Android Lollipop running of the Samsung Galaxy S5. [more]

Best Android games from October 2014

Oct 31, 2014 9:11 am

The weather is starting to get a little chilly, which means you may find yourself spending more time indoors. Don't worry, we've got plenty of new games from October to keep you busy. [more]

HTC ekes out a small 3rd quarter profit

Oct 31, 2014 9:10 am

HTC made a profit for the second straight quarter, which is something we haven’t seen in a while. They just reported 3rd quarter results which showed NT 0.6 billion ($19 million) in net profit after taxes. Interestingly enough this small profit is lower than the last quarter, which came in... [more]

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 31

Oct 31, 2014 8:43 am

Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the... [more]

Amazon Fire Phone's latest update was just for bugfixes

Oct 31, 2014 8:38 am

For the two brave souls who asked, the 3.5.2 update for the Amazon Fire Phone was just bugfixes. Nothing in the changelog about buyer's remorse at all. Source: Amazon Thanks, DiVirus and Scott! [more]

It's Halloween tonight — let's put down the phones and concentrate on driving

Oct 31, 2014 8:16 am

A quick reminder, folks, that it's Halloween tonight. The kids are going to be out and about, wearing all sort of stuff that they can't see out of or walk well in, and worrying more about how much candy they get than whether they're wandering into the street. And so it's more important than ever... [more]

Sprint plans to lease you the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $20 a month

Oct 31, 2014 8:00 am

Sprint has today announced a new program customers will be able to take advantage of. For those who desire either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Sport, you'll now be able to lease the smartphones at $20 a month for 24 months. And if you qualify, Sprint will also charge you absolutely nothing... [more]

Freaky Friday Sale: LG G3 slim hard cases for only $14.95!

Oct 31, 2014 7:22 am

This custom hybrid case is designed to guard your LG G3 against impacts with a inner TPU core underneath a durable polycarbonate exterior. The shell features a glossy UV coating that prevents color fading and wear. You even have the option of separating the skin from the shell if you want to swap... [more]

BBM update will bring Message Retraction, Timed Messages and more

Oct 31, 2014 7:03 am

BlackBerry's instant messaging service BBM will be seeing an update across all OS platforms in the next few days. It has been available through BlackBerry Beta Zone for some users from a few weeks now and it now ready for everyone. The most notable new feature is Timed Messages which allows users... [more]

Tronsmart launches world’s first octa-core media player, with 4GB RAM option

Oct 31, 2014 6:58 am

Tronsmart has announced the world's first Android based TV media player with an octa-core processor. Uses Allwinner A80 Soc and comes with up to 4GB of RAM. [more]

Latest Chrome Beta contains a dino themed Easter egg

Oct 31, 2014 6:43 am

The latest Chrome Beta build of Google's Android web browser contains a dinosaur themed Easter egg. Here's how to find it. [more]

HTC struggles to remain profitable against strong competition

Oct 31, 2014 5:20 am

HTC has published its business review for Q3 2014, highlighting revenue at NT$41.9 billion for the previous quarter. While HTC isn't quite out of the woods just yet, it's positive to see the troubled company maintain profitability after turning things around back in Q2. [more]

Angry Birds: Transformers guns its way to the Google Play Store

Oct 31, 2014 12:22 am

Rovio's Angry Birds: Transformers is now rolling out for all Android gamers. Hit the Play Store to get your fix of Optimus Red, triangle Bumblebee and more. [more]

Gmail Updates Web Calendar

Oct 30, 2014 11:54 pm

The next time you visit, you may notice some slight changes. Now, when viewing your calendar, updates will happen without needing to be refreshed. So if you get an invite for a certain time, or another party updates and event, you will see that happen immediately instead of... [more]

Verizon Releases two new ads for the Droid Turbo

Oct 30, 2014 10:39 pm

Verizon has released two official advertisements with one of them featuring the star of the two “viral videos:” James Franco.  The other video shows how tough and sturdy the device is, dropping, banging, washing, and even bending it to showcase just how much of a scrap this piece of... [more]

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