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Asus ZenFone teaser shows off interesting camera tech

Dec 21, 2014 7:27 pm

CES is right around the corner, folks, and that means we're sure to see some fancy new offerings from our favorite brands relatively soon. Jumping ahead of the action today was Asus, which ran a teaser on its Facebook page for a new ZenFone which appears to be sporting dual rear cameras. [more]

AC editors' apps of the week: Parkopedia, Bluetooth Auto Connect, Aftership and more

Dec 21, 2014 2:07 pm

See the apps we recommend this week Sunday is app day here at AC. We look back at the apps we found ourselves using this week, and each of us pick out one that we want to recommend. Sometimes, the apps are boring utilities that work really well, sometimes they are games that keep you occupied and... [more]

Lionsgate giving The Hunger Games, Catching Fire to select Samsung devices for free

Dec 21, 2014 12:29 pm

Everyone is in a giving mood this week! With Christmas just days away, we are seeing holiday surprises everywhere. Lionsgate is giving gifting two films from a blockbuster series to owners of select Samsung devices. The company will add The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to... [more]

Leaked screenshots show Lollipop + Sense on HTC One M8

Dec 21, 2014 12:28 pm

New details have surfaced of what Android 5.0 Lollipop and Sense 6.0 will look like together. Screenshots revealed by persistent HTC leaker LlabTooFeR have revealed Android 5.0.1 and HTC Sense 6.0 running on the HTC One M8. The software still looks like HTC Sense, but with new animations and... [more]

VPN One Click your privacy online

Dec 21, 2014 8:54 am

VPN One Click your privacy online
VPN One Click your privacy online, unlocks all blocked services like Twitter, Facebook, Skype, etc. by connecting to a Virtual Private Network Server. Your public IP address will be different from the real one and the connection will appear as coming from a different country to full... [more]

Android Authority this week

Dec 21, 2014 8:01 am

Night is engulfing the northern hemisphere, but the world of Android is never truly sleeping. This week Google pushed big updates to some of its core apps, we’ve got a peek inside the relationship between Cyanogen and OnePlus, Micromax launched its first Cyanogen OS device, Huawei introduced... [more]

Gift idea: Show your Phandroid pride with the PhanBot Bluetooth speaker [CONTEST]

Dec 21, 2014 7:30 am

For our final gift idea we're taking a look at the GOgroove Phanbot, a simple stereo desktop speaker that just so happens to be the shape and color of our beloved Phandroid logo. [more]

Nexus 4, Nexus 9 to miss out on some Android 5.0 Lollipop camera features

Dec 21, 2014 7:24 am

As Android device makers continue to work on bringing Android Lollipop to legacy hardware, one of the issues we will see is the inability of older devices to take advantage of all features available in the new operating system. This is a result of some older hardware simply not being capable of... [more]

From the Editor's Desk: Galaxy Notes everywhere

Dec 21, 2014 7:00 am

The Galaxy Note has moved out of it's niche Phil is spending some much-deserved holiday time away from his desk this weekend, so you're stuck with me. He'll be back with more weekly punditry next Sunday. In the meantime ... I had a very interesting day this past week. Some last minute holiday... [more]

Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge Lollipop videos

Dec 21, 2014 5:29 am

Sammobile has uploaded videos of the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy Note LTE-A Broadband running Android 5.0.1. The momentum builds! [more]

Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi: Android 5.0.2 update now available to download

Dec 21, 2014 4:24 am

Google has released the factory image for LRX22G, Android 5.0.2 for the Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi variant. It contains several bug fixes. [more]

Moto X (2014) now receiving Lollipop update in the UK

Dec 21, 2014 3:23 am

If you own a Moto X (2014) and reside in the UK, you may want to listen up, as Motorola has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in the region. All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into... [more]

Nexus 9 case roundup

Dec 20, 2014 3:50 pm

Keep that Nexus 9 covered When a new Android tablet like the Nexus 9 arrives, third-party cases soon follow. The folks at our store are working out exactly what we're going to carry for the Nexus 9, but we know two things about early adopters who already have their Nexus 9 in their hands —... [more]

Phandroid’s news app gets a visual makeover, goes Material Design [Video]

Dec 20, 2014 3:27 pm

Phandroid's Android news app has been updated with a fresh Material Design look and feel. You'll find all of the required animations, transition, floating action button, and everything else that comes fits Google's new design language. Check out our hands-on video as we dive into the our latest... [more]

T-Mobile rolls out a software update for its HTC One M7

Dec 20, 2014 1:36 pm

T-Mobile owners of the HTC One M7 smartphone could start seeing a small software update for their device over the next few days or weeks. The download will bring the version number up to 6.10.531.10. [more]

Verizon's LG G Pad 8.3 tablet gets a minor software update

Dec 20, 2014 11:43 am

Verizon Wireless is currently rolling out a small software update for its version of the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. It won't update the device to Android 5.0 Lollipop but it does address a few minor issues with the tablet. [more] updates free and premium Android apps with new features

Dec 20, 2014 11:14 am

The free and premium apps for Android have both been updated to version 5.0 in the Google Play Store. Both versions include a visual redesign and a new Word of the Day quiz widget, but the ad-free premium version includes a bunch of other new additions. [more]

Xiaomi reportedly raising over $1 billion in new round of funding

Dec 20, 2014 10:55 am

A new report claims that Xiaomi is raising over $1 billion in a new funding round that could be finalized as early as Monday. The latest influx is supposedly led by All-Stars Investment, run by former Morgan Stanley analyst Richard Ji. [more]

Motorola Moto X (2014) heading to India on December 22

Dec 20, 2014 10:30 am

We have good news for prospective buyers of the Moto X (2014) in India. Online retailer Flipkart, the self-proclaimed “Online Megastore,” announced that the 32GB version of the Motorola handset will be available on December 22. It will be available only in black. Flipkart did not... [more]

Facebook makes special holiday features available for Messenger

Dec 20, 2014 10:12 am

Despite claims that Google+ is a “dead” social network, it appears Facebook has decided to take a page or two out of Google’s playbook for the holidays. Google+ users are familiar with the goodies that Google makes available for their social platform during different times of... [more]

T-Mobile, FTC reach $90 million settlement over ‘cramming’

Dec 20, 2014 10:12 am

When a carrier surprises customers with unauthorized (or unknown) charges on their monthly bills, it is known as cramming. Over the last few months, the largest carriers in the United States were exposed for doing so. The government is coming down on them with little remorse. On Wednesday, Sprint... [more]

Android Wallpaper: Over the river and through the woods

Dec 20, 2014 10:00 am

Over the river and through the woods, to Grandfather's house we go!" This poem was originally written about Thanksgiving, but it works just as well this time of year. Our wallpapers this week are all about the river and woods. [more]

Archos VR Available For Purchase

Dec 20, 2014 9:55 am

Talk Android reported previously that Archos was working on a VR headset that would be compatible with most phones, including the Nexus 5, that would offer 360° viewing and would be compatible with apps that run with Google Cardboard. Well, now you can pick up a set today! For just $36.68 USD,... [more]

Google+ Auto Enhance expands its reach to videos

Dec 20, 2014 9:41 am

When uploading photographs to Google+, you may know them a bit different about them. The social network will actually aim to make them better with a feature called Auto Enhance. It makes slight changes here and there, some of which may go unnoticed by the user. Auto Enhance is now capable of... [more]

Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012) is available

Dec 20, 2014 9:24 am

Have the 2012 model of the Nexus 7? Then go ahead and install the latest version of Android. On the Android Developers site, Google posted the Android 5.0.2 factory image for people that like doing things themselves. The factory image posted, though, is only for the WiFi variant... [more]

Amazon is finally shipping the Nexus 9 Magic Cover, but only in one color

Dec 20, 2014 7:45 am

Amazon has started shipping the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9, but only in a single color. Should you be looking out for a new cover through the online retailer, you'll have to make do with Coral Amethyst (pictured above), though at least it's something, right? [more]

Santa Phil Day 6: Win one of two Nexus 9 tablets and keyboard folios!

Dec 20, 2014 7:14 am

The Six Days of Santa Phil are coming to a close, and we're going out right. Up for grabs today are two 32GB Nexus 9 tablets. You've got the opportunity to win one, and someone else has the opportunity to win the second. (You're not winning both, in other words.) And with each tablet we'll throw... [more]

The ASUS ZenWatch video review walkthrough

Dec 20, 2014 6:56 am

Got two minutes? Here are the broad strokes of the ASUS ZenWatch, the first Android Wear from the Taiwanese manufacturer. And two minutes really is all it takes to convey that this is arguably the best-looking Android smartwatch thus far, from the stainless steel body to the hefty leather strap.... [more]

This Samsung Galaxy S4 skin case comes in 5 colors and is only $2.95 today!

Dec 20, 2014 6:21 am

Made of a highly durable TPU material that feels great when held, the Mobi Soft Shell Case features anti-slip properties that give your Galaxy S4 more grip on all types of surfaces. Plus, it has a special anti-dust, glossy coating with cut-outs for all ports and buttons. Gets yours today and save... [more]

Minuum Keyboard receives 3.0 Update

Dec 20, 2014 2:52 am

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... [more]

Disney releases Club Penguin for Android with some holiday flair

Dec 19, 2014 11:31 pm

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,... [more]

RunKeeper update brings support for GPS in Android Wear devices

Dec 19, 2014 11:16 pm

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... [more]

How To Switch To Dev Channel On Your Chromebook In 3 Simple Steps

Dec 19, 2014 8:56 pm

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... [more]

Chromebook Dev Channel Introduces “Ok Google” Hotword From Any Screen

Dec 19, 2014 8:19 pm

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... [more]

Telltale Games releases Tales from the Borderlands for Android

Dec 19, 2014 8:06 pm

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... [more]

Samsung Galaxy S6 Metal Frame Pictures Shown In Alleged Leak

Dec 19, 2014 8:00 pm

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... [more]

gReader update brings Material Design, Lollipop support

Dec 19, 2014 6:23 pm

Both the free and the ad-free versions of gReader have been updated recently. The apps, both in version 4.0, brings a lot of visual changes to give your news a fresh look. With the update, gReader gains support for Lollipop, brings Material Design to its look, and adds a new card view for item... [more]

Google+ brings 1-click Auto Enhance to video uploads

Dec 19, 2014 6:04 pm

Google just brought over its Auto Enhance feature that debuted with photos to videos. The feature isn't enabled automatically for all videos, but with a single click, you can allow Google to use its algorithms to fine-tune your videos. The feature will work on the Google+ Photos app on Android as... [more]

Verizon's holiday deal takes 50 percent off select Android phones

Dec 19, 2014 5:54 pm

Verizon is running a holiday promotion for those who are willing to sign a two-year contract with the carrier. Through the deal, Android smartphones priced at $199 or higher with a contract will be discounted by 50 percent, meaning the new, expensive Android flagship you've been eyeing could... [more]

Google sends out last Inbox invites for the year

Dec 19, 2014 4:57 pm

Ending the year, Google announced that it has sent out the last batch of Inbox invitations for 2014. Those who requested an invitation by emailing Google directly were given one, and Google says that it won't be sending out new invitations for the Gmail-based email service until 2015. [more]

Magnetic Balls Puzzle Game – casual & addictive game

Dec 19, 2014 4:57 pm

Magnetic Balls Puzzle Game - casual & addictive game
Magnetic Balls Puzzle Game is a casual game to match and destroy three or more similar balls. Although simple and relaxing to play there’s realistic physics, power-ups and strategy involved. Play among two game modes in four realms… let’s check out more in this video... [more]

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop reportedly rolling out to Moto G (1st and 2nd gens)

Dec 19, 2014 4:46 pm

Moto G 2013 & 2014 owners: your Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update should be on its way soon! The update has reportedly begun rolling out to a few users, so be on the lookout for your update. [more]

Google to bring Nexus 9's Tegra K1 processor to Project Ara

Dec 19, 2014 4:45 pm

Project Ara will offer a few choices in processor selection, and now Google has announced that it is working with Marvell and NVIDIA to bring their application processors as options for the modular smartphone. Both the NVIDIA Tegra K1, the same chip that's found inside the Nexus 9 tablet, and the... [more]

Google’s new holiday ad features an Androidified Santa

Dec 19, 2014 3:52 pm

Take a look at Google's new holiday ad, All Sorts of Sizes for Christmas Surprises! The Androidified Santa in the video is giving out smartwatches, phones and tablets for the holidays. [more]

Google searches for partner to bring its autonomous vehicle to life

Dec 19, 2014 3:51 pm

Google is looking for a car manufacturer to partner with in building autonomous, self-driving cars. Though Google has built concept and prototype cars in the past, the search giant says that it doesn't want to be an auto-maker and is instead searching for a partner to bring its vision to... [more]

Sony’s “Welcome to the New World” teaser video is nothing short of bizarre

Dec 19, 2014 3:11 pm

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... [more]

Google publishes Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012)

Dec 19, 2014 3:06 pm

Google has just posted the factory image of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the WiFi version of the 2012 Nexus 7. This follows the rollout of the Android 5.0.1 on many Nexus devices recently. With the factory image up, an OTA update can't be too far away, and we'll keep you posted on AndroidCentral if... [more]

Save 50% on all Verizon Android phones $199 and over

Dec 19, 2014 3:04 pm

Verizon is currently offering all Android smartphones for $199 and up for 50% off! Hurry before the deal is done! [more]

Android Central 215: Woes and wows

Dec 19, 2014 2:09 pm

It's that time of year in which Google tends to dump a bunch of year-end updates on us. Some good. Some ... could use a little more time in the oven. We take a look at some of the bigger changes of the past couple weeks — including the major Android Wear 5.0.1 update — and see what's worked... [more]

Android 5.0 Lollipop begins arriving for Moto X (2014) owners in the UK

Dec 19, 2014 2:02 pm

Heads, up, UK Moto X (2014), there's an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop possibly waiting for you! We've received word from multiple readers that the update to Google's latest and greatest is rolling out now. [more]

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