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Honda brings Android Ice Cream Sandwich to Civic's dash

Oct 1, 2014 5:29 pm

Honda is teaming up with NVIDIA to bring a Tegra-powered embedded Android experience to the Civic's infotainment system. Dubbed Honda Connect, the system is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra processor and runs a skinned version of Android 4.0.4 on a 7-inch touchscreen in the car. Honda Connect, which is... [more]

HTC REcamera goes through the FCC, confirming Bluetooth LE and WiFi

Oct 1, 2014 4:50 pm

We know that HTC is planning on launching some type of GoPro camera competitor in the near future, and it looks like it’ll be called the REcamera. The device will be some kind of smartphone accessory and will likely be fairly rugged and waterproof for capture action shots and the like.... [more]

Sprint and Verizon jump on the double data promotion bandwagon to compete with AT&T

Oct 1, 2014 4:35 pm

To match AT&T’s latest double data promotion, Sprint and Verizon have beefed up their offerings allowing customers to pick up a ton of extra data at little to no cost. AT&T bumped up their top data packages (anything 15 GB and up) and will give customers twice as much data for free... [more]

Weekly Photo Contest: Wheel

Oct 1, 2014 3:27 pm

Wheels, they keep us moving. Whether you're headed on a long road trip in a car, getting around town on a bike or maybe having a nice day at an amusement park in a Ferris wheel, there are more than a few wheels that we see on a daily basis. This week's photo contest is focused on the prompt... [more]

Two weeks and a very happy new relationship with a Chromebook

Oct 1, 2014 2:26 pm

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that I'd taken possession of my very first Chromebook – the Asus C300, reviewed here – and how I was going as close to "all in" as possible for a time to really get a feel for it. After a couple of weeks immersed in Chrome OS I'm not afraid to say how surprised... [more]

Verizon won't throttle its heaviest unlimited data users after all

Oct 1, 2014 2:22 pm

Verizon is backtracking on its plan to begin throttling data hogs on grandfathered unlimited plans on its 4G LTE network today. Originally, the carrier announced that starting on October 1, unlimited customers who use excessive data on a strained cell site may see their data speeds temporarily... [more]

Alleged Nexus 6 caught in the wild

Oct 1, 2014 1:51 pm

Today, an image of the Nexus 6 was captured showing the handset roaming (or riding a bike) out in the wild. It shows the massive display, lowered power/volume buttons, and Moto X-like design that we heard about a few days ago. A case of some sort of protecting the alleged Nexus 6, but we see... [more]

Hands-on with the Seek Thermal camera add-on accessory

Oct 1, 2014 1:30 pm

Want to see in the dark? There's a cool accessory for your phone that is going to make that possible. Seek Thermal ( is a portable camera that plugs into smartphones which adds the ability of thermal imaging. Multi-thousand dollar thermal cameras have been used by firefighters, law... [more]

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Messy' winners!

Oct 1, 2014 1:12 pm

Another weekly photo contest has come to a close, and while the number of entries wasn't staggering the quality of each one certainly was. We had a couple dozen great entries that followed the prompt "messy," making it tough to narrow down. In the end we were able to bring it down to just two... [more]

Following its rivals, Verizon brings more data to More Everything plans

Oct 1, 2014 1:06 pm

Following the lead of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon Wireless will now be giving subscribers of its More Everything plans even more data, though you'll have to sign up this month to qualify. More data begins with the 12 GB plan, which will now net you a 15 GB data bucket each month, and goes all... [more]

Catch Jerry on this week's All About Android show!

Oct 1, 2014 12:56 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! We present to you Episode 181 of TWiT's All About Android, featuring our very own Jerry Hildenbrand! (And, of course, Jason Howell, Ron Richards and Gina Trapani!) Check 'em out as they dish on the new Google Developer Distribution Agreement, Pushbullet... [more]

Google's Nexus 6 reportedly spotted engulfing the hand of its user on a bus ride

Oct 1, 2014 12:36 pm

Google's highly anticipated and unannounced Nexus 6 may have been publicly spotted out in the wild. From the looks of the image captured, it appears that someone was using the large-sized phone on a public transportation commute with a protective case around it. Despite its large size with a... [more]

Android 4.4.4 factory image for Nexus 7 LTE now available from Google

Oct 1, 2014 12:35 pm

Better late than never, Google has just posted the latest Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) factory image for the Nexus 7 LTE. Up until today the best you could get was Android 4.4.3, even though other Nexus devices had 4.4.4 available back in June. If you're not familiar with factory images, they're files... [more]

Dropbox updates Android app to allow users to export files to SD card

Oct 1, 2014 11:59 am

Dropbox is updating its Android app today, giving users of its cloud storage server a new way to export files directly to an SD card, which is a nice feature for folks who want to move files around without the need of a wireless connection. [more]

New LG trademark applications filed for new Frame devices

Oct 1, 2014 11:46 am

LG has filed several new trademark applications with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The three applications all include the term “Frame” in them and seem to correspond with existing device lines produced by the company. The trademarks include “G Flex Frame”,... [more]

This is Android One

Oct 1, 2014 11:41 am

Pure Android in a Google-backed $100 smartphone This year's Google IO developer conference wasn't just about the upcoming Android L release and the design changes coming with that version. One of the keynote's most important announcements was packed into a two-minute segment at the start of the... [more]

New Sony Xperia Z3X device info leaks, includes new curved camera sensor

Oct 1, 2014 11:12 am

New rumors and information are starting to surface about a new device from Sony, initially identified as the Sony Xperia Z3X. Although it appears from the name that the device may represent an expansion of the current Xperia Z3 lineup, there is the possibility this is the Z3′s successor... [more]

Keep up with the things you care about with Pushbullet's channels

Oct 1, 2014 11:11 am

Pushbullet has announced the arrival of channels. Channels notify you when something you care about happens, whether thats the latest update to your favorite webcomic, or your go-to Android news site publishes a new story in a specific topic. [more]

Sony’s Xperia Z3 heads to Canada for launch on October 31

Oct 1, 2014 10:56 am

Sony has announced that its teamed up with Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and WIND Mobile in order to launch its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, in Canada on Friday, October 31. The handset will be available to purchase from any of the operators bricks-and-mortar stores, as well as... [more]

LG’s latest budget-friendly smartphone to include LTE connectivity

Oct 1, 2014 10:40 am

LG is the latest company to venture into the rapidly growing budget-friendly smartphone market with its brand new handset, the F60. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not detailed the exact price of the device, but it did state that it will offer LTE connectivity for a very ‘reasonable... [more]

Best Android Phones [October 2014]

Oct 1, 2014 10:27 am

As fall rolls around, the leaves on the trees aren’t the only thing changing. There has been a shakeup in our monthly best phone rankings, including a new name at the top of our list. Which phone reigns supreme? Read on to find out. [more]

The best Android Wear smartwatch

Oct 1, 2014 10:17 am

Our continuously updated list of the best Android Wear watch you can wear We're now three devices into the Android Wear era — the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Moto 360. More are coming. The LG G Watch R will be available in the coming months, as will the ASUS Zen Watch. We're still... [more]

There's a new best Android Wear smartwatch

Oct 1, 2014 10:05 am

It's time for us to update our list of the best Android Wear smartwatch you can currently buy, now that there are three available for purchase. And it shouldn't come as great surprise that we've got a new winner. But that's just the start. We've also got two more watches we know are on the way.... [more]

Acer Chromebook 13 review

Oct 1, 2014 9:44 am

A step in the right direction for ARM Chromebooks, and one we can actually recommend I've made it no secret that I'm not a fan of ARM-powered Chromebooks. With their low performance and compromised battery life, ARM Chromebooks from a variety of manufacturers have never lived up to what... [more]

Samsung shares Galaxy Note 4 launch dates for each region

Oct 1, 2014 9:43 am

The Galaxy Note 4 has already launched in Korea, but when will you be able to get your hands on one? Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t like to keep things simple by launching it at the same time everywhere, but they posted an image on Facebook revealing when consumers in each particular area... [more]

Google Apps gets a business-grade phone system thanks to

Oct 1, 2014 9:13 am

Google has been pushing for growth in the enterprise world, but the lack of a voice phone system has made many companies reluctant. That is going to change because a new service called “Switch” is coming to Google Apps. It’s a cloud-based business-grade phone system that offers... [more]

Recent Android L builds looking a lot more mature with tweaked system UI [VIDEO]

Oct 1, 2014 9:04 am

Android L might not look totally different when it makes its way out of the oven compared to what Google first showed at this past year's I/O, but Google isn't against changing a few things up ahead of its official release. [more]

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 1

Oct 1, 2014 8:33 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 sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments! [more]

Teardown reveals how Sony waterproofed the Xperia Z3

Oct 1, 2014 8:12 am

Teardowns are nothing new. For most it can be boring, but for those that need to repair their phone, they are a godsend. The Xperia Z3 is a little different since it’s fully waterproof with a rating of IP65/IP68. You may not ever own the phone or ever need to repair it, but you might find... [more]

Sony Xperia Z3 heading to Canada starting on October 31

Oct 1, 2014 8:09 am

Sony has today announced plans to launch the Xperia Z3 in Canada on October 31, with support from Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and WIND Mobile. Should folk wish to purchase the new flagship smartphone without heading down to their local carrier store, Sony stores will also be stocking the... [more]

Sprint doubles data on high-end plans for families and businesses

Oct 1, 2014 7:52 am

Sprint has announced that, starting today, they are offering "double the data" on high-end data plans compared to AT&T and Verizon. Sprint's 32GB, 40GB, and 60GB Family Share Pack plans will now offer 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB at no extra cost. Customers must sign up by October 31 in order to... [more]

Get this reinforced skin case for your Galaxy S5 Active for 40% off today!

Oct 1, 2014 7:47 am

Sport a 3 dimensional look and brushed aluminum finish with the Rise Case from Body Glove. This durable gel case features reinforced corners for excellent impact protection, a horizontal raised pattern of the back which enhances grip and leaves access to your camera and ports. The Body Glove Rise... [more]

Samsung sheds more light on when the Galaxy Note 4 is launching in your country

Oct 1, 2014 7:46 am

After announcing its intentions to launch the Galaxy Note 4 in over 140 countries by the end of October, Samsung is offering up more details on when the device will be available in countries across the globe. [more]

TiVo app update enables content streaming Android devices

Oct 1, 2014 7:46 am

An update to TiVo's Android app now allows users to stream content from a TiVo box directly to their smartphone or tablet via home WiFi and mobile networks. [more]

Samsung Gear VR demo units starting to arrive at Best Buy stores

Oct 1, 2014 7:15 am

The Gear VR just might be the next big thing, but unless consumers can try it out, they will never understand the full potential of the device. That’s why Samsung will provide demo units to Best Buy stores for consumers to experience the world of virtual reality themselves. It’s being... [more]

Pebble and Pebble Steel now available for purchase in the UK

Oct 1, 2014 5:36 am

The popular smartwatch has skimmed its way to UK shores. Both the Pebble and Pebble Steel are now available for purchase without having to pay out to cover import fees (thanks to stock shipping from within the EU). Consumers are able to pick up their own Pebble from participating retailers. [more]

Best Android Apps & Games: September 2014

Oct 1, 2014 5:00 am

Best Android Apps & Games: September 2014
Check out the best Android apps & Android game recommendations of September 2014. We’ve included some of our HD video reviews too so you can see as well as read how awesome these apps are! They all are vetted for superior quality and we only list apps & games rated 4.0... [more]

Paranoid Android 4.6 Beta 3 “Solid Strawberry” brings more tweaks and bug fixes

Oct 1, 2014 4:32 am

Solid Strawberry is focused on bringing some more polish to the marquee features of the PA project, including the Recents interface and the dynamic system bars (DSB), as well as bug fixes. [more]

LG brings LTE to the budget segment with the F60

Oct 1, 2014 4:30 am

Budget handsets are miles better from what they used to be thanks to devices like the Moto G, although one factor they can do better is in terms of connectivity. LG is looking to remedy that with the launch of the F60, an LTE-enabled smartphone for budget conscious buyers. [more]

Moto X 2014 available in the UK, limited supply shipping from Unlocked Mobiles

Oct 1, 2014 3:47 am

Unlocked Mobiles has confirmed with us today that the UK retailer has the Moto X 2014 currently in stock, but supply is limited. Should you be looking to get your hands on an unlocked version of the new smartphone, this may well be your opportunity to grab one for £395. [more]

Vodafone makes the Smart 4 turbo and Smart 4 power more affordable

Oct 1, 2014 3:07 am

Vodafone has cut the pricing for both the Smart 4 power (pictured above) and Smart 4 turbo, placing both smartphones on more affordable plans. You can now pick up the former on plans from £18 a month (was £22.50) and the Smart 4 turbo starts from £14 (was £18.50). [more]

EE upgrades a further 18 towns in the UK to blinding 4G speeds

Oct 1, 2014 2:11 am

EE today announced the mobile network has launched 4G in 18 new towns across the UK, including Sandhurst. This takes the total number of major towns and cities with LTE connectivity through the company to 281 – reported to be over 75 percent of the UK population. [more]

Sony Xperia Z3 unboxing and first impressions

Sep 30, 2014 11:58 pm

The Sony Xperia Z3 has landed on our doorstep - before we put it through the paces, come check out our unboxing and first impressions of Sony's latest flagship Android smartphone. [more]

Sony’s Xperia M2 Aqua looks like it’s heading to Canada after all

Sep 30, 2014 11:41 pm

Last month, Sony introduced us to its Xperia M2 Aqua — a water and dust-proof version of its older brethren, the Xperia M2. At the time of the announcement, Sony stated that the device would be an ‘Asia exclusive’ and would not be making its way to North America. However, it now... [more]

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 30, 2014

Sep 30, 2014 9:55 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!! Apps Nokia HERE Maps for... [more]

Google+ now allows age and location post restrictions

Sep 30, 2014 9:36 pm

Google+ keeps adding new useful features, and the latest one’s a good one. The social network now allows users to limit their posts to be viewable by only people in a certain age range or geographic location. For example, you can now decide that only users 18+ or 21+ should be able to see... [more]

HTC M8 Eye captured in press image ahead of launch

Sep 30, 2014 9:22 pm

It’s obvious the HTC M8 Eye is really close to launch, considering the leaks we’re getting. An alleged press image, shown above, shows the M8 Eye in all its glory, with the same design as the HTC One (M8), but instead with a stellar 13MP camera and a secondary sensor for depth of... [more]

New video shows more refinements to Android L UI

Sep 30, 2014 9:02 pm

Earlier in September some images leaked that showed some tweaks to the Android L interface that appear to be in the works for the final release. Now a video has surfaced on the Chromium issue tracker that shows some more changes to the UI. The entry in the issue tracker also shows a new build... [more]

Hands-on with the rugged Cat S50

Sep 30, 2014 8:00 pm

Cat Phones has announced their S50 model earlier this month. It's a rugged LTE smartphone designed specifically to be used outdoors and in challenging environments. It's waterproof, scratch-resistant, dustproof and can withstand more than just a few bumps and scrapes. We first played with the Cat... [more]

Google keeping a close eye on All Access, YouTube’s music streaming service is “weeks” away

Sep 30, 2014 7:36 pm

Reports and rumors have been swirling about the changes Google would be making to music streaming service All Access. The company wants to raise awareness for All Access to show the real value it has over competitors. Right now, the number of subscribers is believed to be between 500,000 and a... [more]

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