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Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 – Need to know!

Oct 19, 2014 3:41 pm

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have been announced and Android Lollipop is well on its way. Here's everything we know right now about it! [more]

Big Android BBQ 5: three days of food, fun, and Lollipop

Oct 19, 2014 3:09 pm

The Big Android BBQ is something of a unique Android event most years in that it's usually a few weeks before the next version of Android is released. This means that while project teams for things like CyanogenMod can still discuss a good many things, most are still waiting on the new version of... [more]

AC editors' apps of the week: New Words With Friends, Source, Ultimate Rotation Control and more

Oct 19, 2014 2:21 pm

Here are a few apps we think you should try It's that time of the week again. When we single out a handful of apps that we think you might want to take a look at, then read the comments to see which ones you think we should try. There are all sorts of ways to discover apps — both new and old... [more]

[APK Download] Play Movies & TV joins the fun with Material Design update

Oct 19, 2014 1:55 pm

Alongside Play Games, the Play Movies & TV app is getting a new look. The app has been flattened and there are now large graphics for content. The icon has been altered and the red color found throughout the app is brighter with the update. Rather than waiting for the update with Material... [more]

Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root

Oct 19, 2014 1:24 pm

If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you can check out its awesome new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later. A third-party developer has extracted the... [more]

[APK Download] Play Games gets the Material Design treatment

Oct 19, 2014 1:18 pm

  A fair amount of updates are expected over the coming weeks as Android 5.0 Lollipop revamps the recommended design for applications. Of course, Google leads the way by updating its stock apps first. Here we have Play Games getting an update that brings the brand new Material Design look.... [more]

Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon leaks once again, this time in black and red

Oct 19, 2014 12:40 pm

In less than nine days, Motorola will be unveiling another handset to put on the market. This one, however, is expected to be a carrier exclusive. We are talking about the DROID Turbo that is heading straight to Verizon. A few images were found within the coding for the Verizon’s page... [more]

Everything you need to know about Backdrop for Chromecast

Oct 19, 2014 12:29 pm

Here's the lowdown on how to get fantastic looking Backdrop images onto your TV Google first announced Backdrop for Chromecast back at Google I/O, but has now finally flipped the switch and let us customize what images we see displayed by our Chromecast when it's in idle mode. There are a few... [more]

Sony accidentally confirms PS4 Remote Play is en route to Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

Oct 19, 2014 12:24 pm

Back in September, Sony announced PS4 Remote Play — a revolutionary new feature which equips users with the facility to take a PlayStation 4 controller and stream games from their console to an Xperia smartphone or tablet that supports the service. At the time, the Japanese company revealed... [more]

Weekly poll results, and the return to normalcy

Oct 19, 2014 12:18 pm

The results are in — polls will remain on the homepage We tried a little experiment last week with our weekly poll. Google did a really nice job with the way they handled the implementation of embedding a poll into a post and we had to give it a spin. It looks good, and more importantly, is... [more]

Watch our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 video review!

Oct 19, 2014 11:33 am

Our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is here and ready for your enjoyment, and to accompany it we also have a comprehensive video review of the device. With a new aluminum frame, great QHD screen and improvements all around, there's a lot to like with the Note 4 — be sure to watch our... [more]

Here's another look at the Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo

Oct 19, 2014 10:34 am

The Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo still isn't official, despite the number of leaks we've seen from photos to full-on specs, so here's another press photo instead. While we've seen the new Verizon Droid in both red kevlar and black kevlar, the latest leaked image shows a heretofore unseen version... [more]

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 13 – October 19, 2014

Oct 19, 2014 10:25 am

Yup, this week was a little crazy, but a good crazy. Google announced the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player (Android TV) and kicked off the “Be together. Not the same.” campaign. That wasn’t it as Android L was officially named Android Lollipop and given 5.0 for the version.... [more]

Nexus Player passes through FCC, may go on sale again soon

Oct 19, 2014 8:37 am

On Friday, Google pulled the ability order the new Android TV device, the Nexus Player, as fast as it was put up. While some assumed that Google had a limited stock and quickly went through it, Google shed some light showing that it was something else. A message later in the day popped up on... [more]

Nexus Player rolls through the FCC, gets the all-clear

Oct 19, 2014 8:36 am

After briefly having its pre-orders stopped due to not being approved by the FCC, the Google-designed Nexus Player has received that coveted approval from the Federal Communications Commission. With that approval we expect to see pre-orders begin again soon on Google Play. [more]

This textured hard case and holster combo for Samsung Galaxy S5 is 50% off today!

Oct 19, 2014 7:04 am

The Amzer Shellster combines the protection of a durable, textured hard case with a fold-out kickstand and the convenience of a swivel clip holster for your belt, pocket or purse. Pick up this entire combo today for just $9.95! [more]

Android Authority this week

Oct 19, 2014 6:58 am

This week was the closest thing to Christmas we have in the Android World. After a long, long summer, Google finally gave Android L a name (hello, Lollipop!) and launched the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Packing new features and a beautiful design language, Lollipop is coming from early November to Nexus... [more]

From the Editor's desk

Oct 19, 2014 6:00 am

Phil is away on a much-needed break from being the Editor-in-Chief of the biggest and baddest Android site in the universe, and I get to sit in his chair for a day or two. I'm trying not to click all the things, or replace all the pictures with cat gifs, and in the meantime I wanted to share a... [more]

Samsung Gear S will have own Plan on Sprint

Oct 19, 2014 12:56 am

Samsung’s Gear S is going to be the first popular SmartWatch with a 3G connection, so there are a lot of questions to be answered about how the device will be used practically as a separate device on a wireless plan. It seems that as far as Sprint goes, your Gear S can be used […]... [more]

HTC launches One M8 Eye, Desire Eye and RE camera in India

Oct 19, 2014 12:48 am

After announcing the Desire Eye and RE camera in an event earlier this month, HTC has launched the devices in India. Also launched in the country is the One M8 Eye, which is essentially a One M8 with a 13 MP camera sensor. [more]

Android TV Developer Kit able to sideload Android 5.0 Lollipop

Oct 18, 2014 5:44 pm

There are not many out there, but the ADT-1 does exist. It was the Android TV device given to select Google I/O attendees in June. Today, owners of the set-top box can sideload the latest version of Android. It is Android 5.0, version LPX13D. It is rolling out as an over-the-air software update,... [more]

India gets the HTC One (M8 Eye), Desire Eye, RE Camera, and a few more devices

Oct 18, 2014 4:09 pm

The latest round of devices from HTC have all made their way to a new region. The One (M8) Eye, Desire Eye, and RE Camera are all available in India. The price for the One (M8) Eye and RE Camera converts to about $634 and $162, respectively. Pricing for the Desire Eye has yet to […] Come... [more]

Xperia app confirms PS4 Remote Play may come to Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet

Oct 18, 2014 4:08 pm

While Sony had initially announced that PS4 Remote Play will be headed to its newest flagship phones and tablets, information available on the Xperia Lounge app confirms that older Xperia phones may be treated to the same feature. While promoting the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the app says that... [more]

Clamshell Galaxy Golden 2 goes through regulatory certification in China

Oct 18, 2014 3:56 pm

Though its flip phone form factor may be reminiscent of dumb phones, the clamshell Galaxy Golden is a feature-rich smartphone, and one that may have a new successor. Regulatory papers filed with China's TENAA for certification suggests that Samsung has a Galaxy Golden 2 is in the works. Like last... [more]

10 Galaxy Note 4 forum threads you need to be part of

Oct 18, 2014 2:55 pm

Chatting it up about your new Note 4 is half the fun of having one A lot of people now have a brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in their hands. We know, some people are still waiting, but enough people already received their own unit that there is plenty to talk about. And by plenty, we... [more]

Google updates Material Design guidelines with new resources

Oct 18, 2014 2:33 pm

With the Android 5.0 SDK being available, Google had to put finishing touches on its design. The Material Design guidelines have been updated with new resources. This what what helps developers ensure their applications follow what Google expects Android to look like today. The most notable... [more]

Hands-on: Android 5.0 Lollipop new apps and features [VIDEO]

Oct 18, 2014 1:46 pm

We went hands-on with the new Android 5.0 Lollipop Developer Preview and almost lost it over some of the new features arriving in the new update. For a list (and video) of some of the new features, check out the post. [more]

Android 4.4.4 update for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 rolling out

Oct 18, 2014 1:30 pm

Samsung is rolling out an over the air update for the T-Mobile version of its Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 tablet, which will bring the device up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. [more]

Google releases video covering speech recognition and how we communicate with technology

Oct 18, 2014 1:19 pm

Google has been a huge advocate of using speech to communicate with technology. The “Ok Google” command can be found across many platforms with a wealth of information ready to be found. For the technology to be of any use, though, it must understand the user. Google has released a... [more]

In pictures: Galaxy Note 4 versus Note 3

Oct 18, 2014 12:25 pm

There are huge changes in the physical design and material choices between the Galaxy Note 4 and its predecessor the Note 3. Not only did Samsung make the big step towards a premium feel with a metal chassis, it also toned back the fake leather back to remove stitching and refined the overall... [more]

T-Mobile now rolling out Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Oct 18, 2014 11:56 am

If you own a T-Mobile-branded Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) today could just be your lucky day as the operator has just started rolling out the much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to all its LTE variants of the slate currently located in the United States. When perusing the... [more]

Nexus Player pre-order facility withdrawn from the Play Store

Oct 18, 2014 11:40 am

Earlier today, Google published a pre-order page for its new Nexus Player on the Play Store to invite eager Android enthusiasts to reserve themselves a set-top box prior to its official release. Unfortunately, though, within a couple of hours of going live, an “out of inventory”... [more]

Best new Android apps and games of the week: Botanicula and more!

Oct 18, 2014 10:59 am

We're rounding up the best new Android games and apps for you again this week. Over the last seven days, we've seen some refreshing new video messaging apps. There's a good mix of IAP-less premium games and freemium titles to dig into as well. If you're good to go, let's dive into our top ten... [more]

T-Mobile taking pre-sale registrations for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

Oct 18, 2014 10:58 am

T-Mobile has already announced it will sell its version of Google's Nexus 6 smartphone and now the carrier has posted up a webpage for people to register their interest in getting both the 5.9 inch smartphone and the nine inch Nexus 9 tablet from the company. [more]

15 Lollipop songs to blast in celebration of Android 5.0 [VIDEOS]

Oct 18, 2014 10:40 am

We assumed it all along but Google has finally bestowed the "Lollipop" name upon Android 5.0. Following that up with the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player, Android fever is in full force. What better way to celebrate than with Lollipop themed jams while you dig into Android 5.0? [more]

Android Wallpaper: Fall Colors

Oct 18, 2014 10:00 am

If you've looked out a window lately you've probably noticed some new colors (depending on where you live). The leaves are changing to warm colors, and then falling to the ground to create a crinkly carpet. If you live in an area that features these changes you know how beautiful it can be, which... [more]

Microsoft offers Bing Rewards Android app for US users to rack up and monitor points

Oct 18, 2014 9:36 am

Microsoft has released an Android version of its Bing Rewards app for US residents, allowing those folks who are also members of that service to not just generate points but to monitor them and exchange those points for prizes. [more]

Oppo releases KitKat based ColorOS 2.0 for its Find 7 and 7a smartphones

Oct 18, 2014 8:27 am

Oppo has released its new ColorOS 2.0 for its Find 7 and Find 7a smartphones, based on Android KitKat, which offers a new UI shell for those devices. [more]

Shuffle in positions may signal more Android/Chrome consolidation

Oct 18, 2014 8:25 am

Sources within Google indicate some top level executives have shifted around and the changes may be another sign that the company is moving closer to a merger of its two operating systems. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who is the vp of engineering for the Android operating system, has had the engineering... [more]

Get ready to tap with Android 5.0 Lollipop Easter egg

Oct 18, 2014 7:59 am

Google including an Easter egg or two in a release of Android should be no surprise to anyone. The company enjoys having fun with their software releases and challenging fans to find the stuff they have hidden. The Easter egg included in Android 5.0 Lollipop may be their most ambitious yet as it... [more]

Get the Android Lollipop look and sound with wallpapers and sounds

Oct 18, 2014 7:12 am

Now that Google has announced the release of Android Lollipop many people are anxiously waiting for the update to hit their device. Some are fortunate enough to have devices that can handle the final developer previews and several devices will get Lollipop in November. For others though, the wait... [more]

Nexus Player sold out… but not on eBay (update: it hasn’t cleared FCC)

Oct 18, 2014 7:09 am

It's not surprising that the $99 Nexus Player - the first official Android TV device - sold out in its first day. Even limiting the Nexus Player to 2 per customer, they sold out well before 24 hours. So, as is typical with such cases, we're now seeing the Nexus Player on eBay for $150. [more]

Spooky Saturday Sale! Pick up one of these Galaxy S4 skin cases today for just $2.95!

Oct 18, 2014 7:02 am

Made of a highly durable TPU material that feels great when gripped, the Mobi Products Soft Shell Case features anti-slip properties that gives your Samsung Galaxy S4 more grip on all types of surfaces. Plus, it has a special anti-dust coating! Choose from 5 bright colors and save 80% today [more]

Galaxy Note through the years

Oct 18, 2014 6:00 am

The Galaxy Note series has always been about productivity, creativity, and functionality. It's about getting things done, about having the power to do so. So the Note line has always tried to maintain top-of-the-line guts to keep up with all of the things it knows you want to do with it. This... [more]

Nexus Player faces FCC certification holdup, showing 'out of stock' on US Play Store

Oct 17, 2014 11:52 pm

Well, that didn't last long. After going up for pre-order on the Play Store yesterday, the Nexus Player is now showing out of stock, although it may not just be just a case of the device being sold out. An update on the device's product page suggests that the Android TV box is not yet approved... [more]

Google Play carrying Nexus 9 cover and keyboard folio

Oct 17, 2014 11:32 pm

Two accessories for the Nexus 9 arrived in the Play Store on Friday. Both have to do with protection and usability. The first is the official Nexus 9 Cover that also folds into a stand. It comes in Black, Lime Stone, Coral Amethyst, and Mint Indigo with the polyurethane material. The other... [more]

Nexus 9 launching in India soon, listed on Play Store for Rs. 28,900

Oct 17, 2014 11:07 pm

After stating that the Nexus 6 will be available in the country before the end of the year, Google is set to launch the Nexus 9 in India. The device has been spotted on the Indian Play Store, with both Wi-Fi only and LTE configurations listed as coming soon. The 16 GB Wi-Fi only variant will be... [more]

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 17, 2014

Oct 17, 2014 10:33 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!! Android TV Nexus 9 and Nexus... [more]

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Material Design in pictures and video

Oct 17, 2014 5:27 pm

Lollipop is upon us, kind of. The latest developer preview of Android 5.0 includes a more Material Design-inspired interface all around. It's just the kind of thing we've been waiting for — and sure get developers' creative juices flowing. There are small changes everywhere — and when... [more]

Want a Nexus Player from Amazon? How about a nice Fire TV instead?

Oct 17, 2014 5:25 pm

Jeff Bezos didn't get rich by being dumb. Smart move from Amazon. Thanks to everyone who sent this in! [more]

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