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Verizon Moto X (2nd gen) to launch without simultaneous voice and data, requires future Advanced Calling 1.0 update [LEAK]

Sep 20, 2014 5:21 pm

Verizon's upcoming Moto X (2nd gen), set to launch on September 26th, will handle simultaneous voice and data quite differently from previous Android phones. [more]

Oculus to make 'VR Quest' dungeon crawler game for Samsung Gear VR

Sep 20, 2014 4:56 pm

Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, announced today they will release a game, with the working title "VR Quest", for Samsung's upcoming Gear VR device. [more]

Verizon launching the Motorola Moto X (2014) on September 26

Sep 20, 2014 3:25 pm

On September 26, the Moto X (2014) will be available through Verizon. A leaked internal document shows that the wait for the Motorola flagship is almost over. Verizon will have both 16 and 32GB versions with Moto Maker customizations being an option. As expected, it will cost $99/$149 with a new... [more]

Motorola Moto 360 owners reporting image persistence on display

Sep 20, 2014 3:11 pm

Across the web, there are reports that Moto 360 owners are experiencing something called image persistence. It is similar to burn-in on an AMOLED displays, but this round Android Wear smartwatch features an LCD. The problem is identifiable when an image is basically imprinted onto the display.... [more]

What is an APN, and how do I change it?

Sep 20, 2014 3:01 pm

Having the right mobile network settings makes a difference Two or three years ago, any smartphone fan in the U.S. would have called you crazy if you were to predict how the telecom networks have changed. Verizon and Sprint have phones that can run on AT&T or T-Mobile, cheap pre-paid plans... [more]

Samsung introduces KNOX Express and Premium, pricing is free to start

Sep 20, 2014 2:41 pm

Samsung is making some changes, for the better, to its enterprise mobile security solution. KNOX is getting two knew offerings called KNOX Express and KNOX Premium. At no cost at all, KNOX Express has basic features that are useful to IT managers. Devices can be managed through an online portal... [more]

Best Android apps and games of the week: Goat Simulator and more!

Sep 20, 2014 12:36 pm

We've got another batch of the best new Android games and apps to have launched in the last week for y'all. Goat Simulator is by far the most recognizable launch this week, but we've got a few apps for businessy types, too. Hop into the Google Play Store and check out our picks, and as always,... [more]

15 best keyboard for Android apps

Sep 20, 2014 12:25 pm

Everyone types a little differently and in this list, we'll help you find your best keyboard for Android. [more]

How to change the new Moto G Shells

Sep 20, 2014 11:56 am

Changing up the color of your new Moto G is cheap and done in a snap Due to cost constraints the Moto G doesn't get the full Moto Maker treatment like the Moto X, but the new version still has the ability to swap out the outer casing for a new one. Motorola is again offering its "Shell" system on... [more]

Samsung SM-A300 shows up in UAProf file

Sep 20, 2014 11:26 am

After the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was released earlier this year, word got out that Samsung was working on a whole series of smartphones based on the metal chassis design. Despite the apparent “premium” design, the devices appear to be decidedly mid-range in nature. We have already seen... [more]

Your public Google+ images might now show in Google Maps

Sep 20, 2014 8:41 am

You absolutely still have control over your own stuff, but now's a good time to check what you've been sharing Google recently started making some photos that you've posted publicly to Google+ visible in Google Maps as well, as evidenced by the notification we all got in Google+. That's not in... [more]

iPhone 6 Plus vs OnePlus One quick look

Sep 20, 2014 7:55 am

The OnePlus One delivers top specifications and an optimized Android experience at half the price of the iPhone 6 Plus. But who wins when price is no consideration? Let’s see how these devices stack up in our iPhone 6 Plus vs OnePlus One comparison! [more]

Deal of the Day: LLOYD Flex Case for HTC One (M7)

Sep 20, 2014 6:01 am

Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this flexible case provides great protection for the HTC One (M7) from day to day use and accidental drops. The back of each case features Android Central's Lloyd surrounded by a glossy, easy to grip exterior. The LLOYD Flex Case is available... [more]

Don't want to create a Google+ profile for your new Gmail account? Now you don't have to

Sep 20, 2014 2:52 am

After introducing mandatory signups for Google+ with every new Gmail account back in 2012, Google has eased its stance, and will now let users choose whether they want to create a Google+ profile when they sign up for a new email address. [more]

Pebble Update adds Emojis, Compasses, and More

Sep 20, 2014 12:05 am

Pebble released a new update to its famous ageing smartwatch today filled to the brim with goodies. Included in the update are some bug fixes and stability improvements, emoji support, and magnetometer support. We’ve all been there: stumbling through the streets searching in vain for our... [more]

Instapaper is now free to use, with new premium features and social community

Sep 19, 2014 11:57 pm

Instapaper has launched version 4.0 of their Android app, it is now free to use with a premium option to unlock speech-to-text and more. A new social community brings user profiles and Browse options. [more]

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 19, 2014

Sep 19, 2014 8:55 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!! Chrome Chrome for Windows, Mac,... [more]

Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux can now Run Android Apps

Sep 19, 2014 8:36 pm

You probably already know that you can run Android apps on your Chromebook, but did you know that you can now run Android applications on your desktop PC through Chrome? If you download a custom version of the Android Runtime extension named ARChon, you can package an unlimited number of... [more]

Weekly sidebar poll results: Leather or links?

Sep 19, 2014 5:08 pm

AC readers have spoken - and we love us some metal We're having a hard time deciding which Moto 360 look we like best — the leather strap or the metal bracelet. Both have their merits, both have their drawbacks. Get hot and sweaty, or pull the hair on your arm every time you reach for... [more]

Android Central 203: Moto Moto Moto!

Sep 19, 2014 4:17 pm

We've got most of the game back together to round up our reviews of the best of Motorola's new lineup. Plus what we're expecting in the weeks ahead, and we answer a slew of your questions live on air. Thing 1: Reviews! Moto G (2014) review Moto 360 Review HTC Butterfly 2 review Thing 2: Other... [more]

Moto G (2014) review

Sep 19, 2014 3:59 pm

Things didn't change much in the last year, but they improved enough to keep the Moto G a go-to inexpensive choice Since Motorola was purchased by Google the Moto X has been the headline grabber for the company. But in the background, it's the lower-end Moto G that has been pushing Motorola back... [more]

Accessibility features on the LG G3

Sep 19, 2014 3:30 pm

LG's additions to Android's accessibility settings are notable and helpful Modern smartphones, like the LG G3, are built for everyone in mind. That means folks who get up every morning, strap on their FitBit and go for a run, as well as those who just need a bit of help holding something small... [more]

Folr – location tracking app to keep up with family & friends

Sep 19, 2014 3:11 pm

Folr - Accept or Deny Request
Folr is a location tracking app for keeping up with family and friends. It allows real-time tracking of other devices along with history of places visited. There are several useful scenarios for an app like this; use it as a family tracker, for the jealous type- track a spouse or mate,... [more]

See how the new Motorola commercials were made in a behind-the-scenes video

Sep 19, 2014 3:02 pm

The new Motorola commercials for their new devices are pretty good, but that’s to expect from Motorola’s marketing team. If you’re interested in seeing just how the commercials were created, Motorola has released a behind-the-scenes video, which you can see past the break.... [more]

iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3 quick look

Sep 19, 2014 2:56 pm

The LG G3 is one of the most successful Android flagships, and it’s certainly a tough nut to crack for the iPhone 6 Plus. Let’s see how the LG G3 does against the new iPhone 6 Plus in our quick look comparison! [more]

Could a gold Moto 360 be on its way?

Sep 19, 2014 2:55 pm

Right now, Motorola’s Moto 360 watch is only offered in silver and black, but could that be changing soon? The company posted a promo image recently, which you can see above, that clearly shows a gold framed watch, but when asked, they responded generically with “Although we... [more]

12 best Android adventure games

Sep 19, 2014 2:38 pm

You're always taking your smartphone or tablet on adventures so why not let them take you on one for a change? Here are the best Android adventure games! [more]

From the Forums: Show us your Moto 360, Scottish independence, and more

Sep 19, 2014 2:02 pm

Will you give up you Android device in favor of a new iPhone? Will Scotland vote for independence? How’s your Moto 360 style? All these questions and more answered in this week’s edition of From the Forums. [more]

This hack allows you to run any Android app on Chromebooks

Sep 19, 2014 1:52 pm

Last week Google opened the door for Android apps on Chrome OS. The first four apps arrived: Duolingo, Evernote, Vine, and Sight Words. Google promises that more apps will be on the way in the coming months, but until then we asked what apps you'd like to see. But why be limited to the apps... [more]

Android Central Podcast - Live!

Sep 19, 2014 1:44 pm

Live at 4 p.m. EDT Sept. 19 The Android Central Podcast is recorded live in front of a live studio audience, so you can catch us in the act. To take part in the live Q&A, hit this link. Or watch us live from your phone with the all-new Android Central app! [more]

Mobile Roar 62: Moto 360 Review, Android Silver, and U2 Virus

Sep 19, 2014 1:05 pm

It's still Motorola Mayhem™ around these parts. We share our final thoughts on the Moto 360 and Moto G after putting them through the paces in our full reviews. Apple news is still coming in hot and heavy after the release of iOS 8. [more]

What’s the hottest device of the Season? What would you recommend?

Sep 19, 2014 12:52 pm

Whether its smartphones, Android Wear, tablets or accessories -- we've seen a lot of cool stuff unveiled this summer. With that in mind, which products were your favorite and what would you recommend to others? [more]

Official: Android L will have encryption turned on by default

Sep 19, 2014 12:38 pm

Android is about to get a whole lot more secure. The Washington Post is reporting that Android L will automatically encrypt user data out of the box. This will make it much more difficult for law enforcement officials (a.k.a NSA) access your personal private data. [more]

Samsung introduces My KNOX app for better business security on Galaxy S5 and Note 4

Sep 19, 2014 11:54 am

Samsung has just launched a new app as part of its enterprise and business themed KNOX mobile security division called My KNOX, designed to offer better protection for employees who use their own smartphones for work. [more]

Moto G (2014) review

Sep 19, 2014 11:29 am

Things didn't change much in the last year, but they improved enough to keep the Moto G a go-to inexpensive choice Since Motorola was purchased by Google the Moto X has been the headline grabber for the company. But in the background, it's the lower-end [Moto G](/moto-g "Moto G") that has been... [more]

How to change how Wifi networks are sorted on your Android

Sep 19, 2014 11:17 am

A few taps in the settings can make it much easier to see available Wifi networks Sometimes the simplest of functions on your phone, such as managing Wifi networks, can be heavily obscured. With Android being an open source platform and hardware manufacturers customizing the way the operating... [more]

LG billboard earns Guinness World Record entry

Sep 19, 2014 11:02 am

LG has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for a classic advertising medium, the billboard. Constructed just outside the King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia, the new LG billboard spans the length of two football fields. More precisely, the billboard comes in at 240... [more]

Android L may hit Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 by early December

Sep 19, 2014 10:32 am

Although Android L was first released as a developer preview back in the summer during Google I/O, no official release date for Google’s next iteration of their mobile operating system has been announced. Nevertheless, as Google continues to push out application updates that incorporate... [more]

We're podcasting live today at 4 p.m. EDT!

Sep 19, 2014 10:03 am

We're gonna have the gang back together for this one. We'll wrap up our reviews of the Moto 360, Moto G and Moto X, check in on the latest with the Galaxy Note 4, see if there's any movement on the Nexus front, and of course we'll answer your questions live on air. Join us at this link at 4 p.m.... [more]

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

Sep 19, 2014 10:00 am

This week we talk about Android apps running on ChromeOS, Goat SImulator, Dragon Quest, battery saving, and more Android apps news! [more]

The Oppo N3 will have a new cooling system

Sep 19, 2014 9:44 am

Now that the Oppo N3 has been teased and leaked, we’re starting to find out a little more information regarding the new flagship device.One thing that still plagues smartphones and mobile phones is the fact that, on occasion, they get a wee bit toasty. Throw in the problems with lower... [more]

Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-A500F) leaked in photos

Sep 19, 2014 9:29 am

After the Galaxy Alpha debuted, it came to light that there would be a slew of similarly designed A series devices. After Samsung finally added metal to its plastic little world, people were paying more attention to the Korean company and hoped it would add metal to more of its devices. Well... [more]

TinyCam Monitor puts home surveillance on your wrist with Android Wear extension

Sep 19, 2014 9:24 am

If you use an IP camera system for home surveillance and own an Android device, chances are you have used tinyCam Monitor. The software that brings live video feeds from supported cameras positioned around your home to your smartphone display can now do the same for your smartwatch. [more]

You can also pre-order a Galaxy Note 4 in the UK from today

Sep 19, 2014 9:17 am

In addition to a the U.S. market, today marks the official start date for Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders in the UK. Per the company's announcement a couple of days ago, eager Note 4 buyers can now pre-order the device from Samsung's ten retail stores across the country before general sales begin on... [more]

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 19

Sep 19, 2014 9:00 am

We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments! [more]

Study: Average Android gamer plays 37 minutes per day

Sep 19, 2014 8:59 am

How much time per day do you spend playing games on your Android device? Flurry breaks down the stats on a region-by-region basis. [more]

Real time strategy game Star Wars: Commander now available for Android

Sep 19, 2014 8:28 am

The popular iOS real time strategy game Star Wars: Commander that was released at the end of last month and has received a plethora of high ratings is now available for Android. Players will be able to choose between the Empire and the Rebellion. From there they can build bases, train troops,... [more]

Galaxy Note 4 is available for preorder today on two carriers

Sep 19, 2014 8:04 am

And in other don't-need-to-line-up news, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available for preorder today on a couple of U.S. carriers. (Two others go up next week.) Here's the deal: AT&T — $34.42 monthly, $299 on contract, $850 outright (preorder) Verizon — $34 monthly, $299 on contract, $699... [more]

Sony announces SmartEyeglass and software development kit preview

Sep 19, 2014 8:01 am

Sony isn’t interested in sitting back and watching other manufacturers get into the smart glass game. They just announced SmartEyeglass which is another version of Google Glass. The image above doesn’t look all that appealing, but Sony says it’s a prototype. It will do most of... [more]

Deal of the Day: Puregear Hard Shell and Holster Combo for LG G3

Sep 19, 2014 7:51 am

With this custom fit LG G3 Hard Shell Case and Holster you get everything you need in one package to protect against impacts. The textured polycarbonate cover wraps around your device and features an easy-grip rubberized finish. You'll definitely dig the fold-out kickstand and rotating clip on... [more]

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