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Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

Jul 30, 2014 8:37 am

Today T-Mobile added another Samsung device to their line-up of phones, announcing the Samsung Galaxy Avant as a low-budget alternative to the pricier Galaxy S5. Packing a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, the Avant seems like a solid choice for... [more]

Sony Xperia T3 coming to Canada in August

Jul 30, 2014 8:16 am

Bell, Virgin, SaskTel, and Sony Stores across Canada will be offering up the Xperia T3 starting in August. The Xperia T3 isn't top-of-the-line by any means with 1 GB of RAM and a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, but the 5.3-inch 1280 x 720 Bravia display may be enough for students heading back to... [more]

Square getting an EMV chip update for more secure mobile credit card payments

Jul 30, 2014 8:10 am

The little card reader that launched a mobile payments revolution — Square — today unveiled a new version of their card reader that is designed to work with the EMV chipped credit cards. EMV credit cards are a mainstay around the world and just starting to make headway in the United States... [more]

Samsung files patents for three new smartwatches and new gesture control technology

Jul 30, 2014 8:09 am

Samsung is no stranger to releasing multiple variations of the same ideas, and if some recent patents are to be believed, they will continue that tradition by releasing more smartwatches. According to three patents filed by the tech giant yesterday, Samsung has plans for a new line of watches... [more]

Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

Jul 30, 2014 7:58 am

It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as... [more]

Daily Deals: Galaxy S4 Feather SHINE and HTC One M7 LLOYD Flex Case

Jul 30, 2014 7:55 am

Need an incredibly slim hard case that contours perfectly to your Galaxy S4 without adding extra bulk? How about an easy-to-grip HTC One (M7) skin case that shows your love for Android Central? You're in luck because both covers are available and they're on the cheap! Incipio Feather SHINE Hard... [more]

Tablet owners can now enjoy free data, text and voice plans with FreedomPop

Jul 30, 2014 7:53 am

FreedomPop has announced that it will offer 500MB a month of free 4G LTE data for tablets that supports Sprint's network, along with direct sales of Apple's iPad mini and Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 on their website. [more]

Using the S Health app on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Jul 30, 2014 7:44 am

Samsung has covered a lot of health and fitness bases on the Galaxy S5 Health and fitness has a big focus in the Samsung Galaxy S5, something we learned from the very moment it was introduced on stage. Samsung is making it easy to get involved in tracking your activity with the heart rate sensor... [more]

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini gets a mini teardown, finds mini parts

Jul 30, 2014 7:40 am

The iFixit team managed to get their hands on a Galaxy S5 Mini for a teardown, and found that the device has a lot in common with its standard sized sibling, the Galaxy S5. Both devices for instance feature the same dust and water resistance seal, as well as the micro-SIM tray and the microSD... [more]

Samsung Galaxy Avant brings Samsung style on the cheap to T-Mobile

Jul 30, 2014 7:25 am

If you're looking for a relatively affordable Samsung Android phone on T-Mobile, the new Samsung Galaxy Avant just might fit the bill. The phone, which is set to retail for $216 and can be had for as little as $9/month over 24 months, has a 4.5-inch 960x540 display (245ppi), an unspecified... [more]

Virgin Mobile rolls out a fully customizable prepaid plan

Jul 30, 2014 7:24 am

Virgin Mobile will be rolling out a new no-contract wireless plan, sold initially through Walmart. The mobile operator will be offering Americans the ability to activate up to five phone lines for a monthly fee starting from just $7 for each line. Available on August 9th, those who opt for Virgin... [more]

Virgin Mobile to roll out a fully customizable prepaid plan with limited web access

Jul 30, 2014 7:24 am

Virgin Mobile will be rolling out a new no-contract wireless plan, sold exclusively through Walmart. The mobile operator will be offering Americans the ability to activate up to five phone lines for a monthly fee starting from just $7 for each line. Available on August 9th, those who opt for... [more]

Top app, device and accessory sales for July 30, 2014

Jul 30, 2014 7:02 am

Looking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in... [more]

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact gets photographed again

Jul 30, 2014 6:59 am

About a month ago, we had a chance to see the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact when it posed alongside the Xperia Z3. Today, more images have leaked, but this time they are solo shots from Mr. Blurrycam. It’s also possible that the previous leak isn’t the same phone as this one since the... [more]

Sprint's first quarter 2014 results show they finally turned a profit

Jul 30, 2014 6:34 am

Sprint today released its earnings report for the first fiscal quarter of 2014, detailing a net income of $23 million, the best result in over seven years. The US mobile operator also confirmed that 3G network maintenance was largely complete, while LTE coverage expands to cover approximately 254... [more]

Blurry images of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact allegedly leaked

Jul 30, 2014 6:29 am

Very blurry images of what is allegedly the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Android smartphone have made their way to the Internet, a few weeks after photos of the larger Xperia Z3 were posted as well. [more]

Metal-clad Galaxy Alpha allegedly set for an official launch next week

Jul 30, 2014 6:29 am

Samsung's mysterious Galaxy Alpha may be set for an official unveil as early as next week. The South Korean manufacturer has been rumored to be working on a device with a metallic chassis for a long time now. While earlier rumors referenced a high-end flagship dubbed the Galaxy S5 Prime, lately... [more]

Samsung's smartphone market share takes a nosedive in Q2 2014

Jul 30, 2014 3:35 am

Samsung's dismal second quarter continues as the smartphone manufacturer lost market share for the first time in recent memory. While Samsung is still the leading smartphone vendor, it shipped 74.3 million units in Q2 2014, down from 77.3 units from the same period last year. [more]

Samsung's latest smartwatch design patents reveal rounded displays

Jul 30, 2014 3:08 am

If Samsung's latest patent filings are anything to go by, it looks like the manufacturer is mulling smartwatches with rounded displays, much like Motorola's upcoming Moto 360. [more]

Free 90 days access to Google Play music with purchase of Chromecast

Jul 30, 2014 1:22 am

If you’re one of the few Android users who has still not picked up a Chromecast HDMI streaming media player yet, Google is now offering 90 days of unlimited music from Google Play with the purchase of the dongle. read more [more]

Samsung’s Kid Store reaches 900 apps

Jul 29, 2014 9:54 pm

The Kids Store, a Kids Mode storefront available with Samsung devices, has hit a milestone. The company has announced there are 900 applications available meant just for children. With such a large pool of content, Samsung has introduced two categories to find apps easily. Users can find apps... [more]

Google Search can now utilize hotel confirmation emails for suggestions

Jul 29, 2014 9:34 pm

One of the best features of Google Search is its ability to reach into Gmail and utilize information to tailor a personal experience for a user. For example, this means that the service can track packages for you by using shipping confirmation details. The latest addition to Google Search takes... [more]

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 29, 2014

Jul 29, 2014 9:03 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!! Apple vs Samsung Apple drops... [more]

Z Launcher gets updated as more folks are invited to the pre-beta program

Jul 29, 2014 8:04 pm

If you signed up for the Z Launcher pre-beta and have been making use of it, you'll want to make sure you get the latest release available. As noted on the Z Launcher blog, a new update is available right now and it aims to fix a lot of issues folks were running into while putting it through its... [more]

Link Bubble 1.3.0 update brings Android Wear support, Pro version now 50% off for a limited time

Jul 29, 2014 5:12 pm

Link Bubble is one of the best apps to happen to Android in a long time and today, a new update is adding some fun new functionality to the app. Android Wear users (or future ones) will be happy to find the popup web browser now supports Android Wear in version 1.3.0 — but not […] [more]

TuneIn Radio Pro price jumps from $3.99 to $9.99

Jul 29, 2014 5:12 pm

TuneIn Radio Pro, the paid version of the popular music service that removes adds and introduces even more features, has raised its price today from $3.99 up to $9.99 without explanation. It's of course completely acceptable for developers to raise prices of their app if they feel as though it's... [more]

'Fake ID' and Android security [Updated]

Jul 29, 2014 4:57 pm

What's going on with the latest Android security scare? Today security research firm BlueBox — the same company that uncovered the so-called Android "Master Key" vulnerability — has announced the discovery of a bug in the way Android handles the identity certificates used to sign... [more]

Xiaomi sells through batches of phones in China and India in under a minute

Jul 29, 2014 4:47 pm

Xiaomi is known for selling through batches of devices in record time, breaking sales records just about every time it has a sale on devices. This time around, Xiaomi released its first batch of Mi 4 smartphones, selling through them in just 37 seconds in China. Unfortunately, Xiaomi didn’t... [more]

Verizon’s LG G Vista will officially be available July 31st

Jul 29, 2014 4:40 pm

We’ve heard a lot about the LG G Vista, and it looks like it’s almost time for the device to be released to the public. The G Vista will finally go on sale (on Verizon, at least) this Thursday, July 31st. The specs match up with what we’ve heard, including a Snapdragon 400 CPU,... [more]

The best Android apps for Chromecast

Jul 29, 2014 4:37 pm

The Chromecast is a fantastic little device that has quickly made our TVs leagues smarter than they were before. Every day new Chromecast-friendly Android apps are beaming all sorts of new content to the big screen, and it's getting to the point where finding the really great ones can be a... [more]

Google Play Developer Publishing API now open to all developers

Jul 29, 2014 4:34 pm

Google has opened up their Google Play Developer Publishing API to all developers on the Play Store, which is great news for anyone looking to add some extra functionality to managing their apps. The new API makes it easier to manage in-app purchases and subscriptions, upload new APKs for beta... [more]

Facebook files patent for unibody phone design, could be new Facebook Phone

Jul 29, 2014 4:28 pm

Despite the original Facebook phone and the HTC First both being complete failures, Facebook isn’t giving up on the mobile hardware business. The latest patent shows Facebook has ideas in mind for a unibody, slim device that involves “co-molding the display with the body of a... [more]

Android malware can attack devices with “Fake ID” exploit

Jul 29, 2014 4:15 pm

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard of any major security exploits in Android, but it looks like another pretty massive security vulnerability has been uncovered by Bluebox Security. The latest exploit takes advantage of Android’s failure to check the authenticity of digital... [more]

Morrowind on Android port is currently in the works

Jul 29, 2014 4:09 pm

You read that correctly, Morrowind on Android is a thing that may actually happen via a port called OpenMW. [more]

Google Now helps out with search results relevant to your hotel stay

Jul 29, 2014 4:03 pm

Google Now is constantly picking up new features that don't even require an app update, and the latest is localized results based on your upcoming hotel reservations. If you've booked a hotel and have a confirmation email sent to your Gmail account, you can now ask Google Now to show you relevant... [more]

T-Mobile to carry the Sony Xperia Z3

Jul 29, 2014 4:02 pm

There are still a few things we don’t know about Sony’s elusive Xperia Z3, but it looks like T-Mobile is going to be one of the carriers offering Sony’s latest device, whenever it’s announced.  T-Mobile has made an effort to carry multiple flagships from many different... [more]

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides pick up new home pages with Material Design look

Jul 29, 2014 3:36 pm

Google Docs and several other Google Android apps are receiving hints of Material Design in their latest updates, and now the web components of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are coming along for the ride. Google is promoting its simple shortcut URLs to go straight into your Google Docs, Sheets... [more]

LG G Vista looks set to arrive on Verizon on July 31st

Jul 29, 2014 3:13 pm

The LG G Vista has been making its rounds for a while now through several leaks but the device more commonly likened to the 'G3 lite' looks as though it might finally be released. As expected from the previous leaks, it's headed to Verizon with a reported street date of July 31st. As far as specs... [more]

Link Bubble updated with… Android Wear support?

Jul 29, 2014 3:12 pm

Link Bubble has been upgraded to version 1.3, which brings a plethora of improvements, changes and bug fixes. But there is one addition that is a bit odd - Android Wear support. [more]

Instagram launches Bolt picture messaging service, but only in select countries

Jul 29, 2014 2:59 pm

Following up less than a week after it prematurely let the cat out of the bag, Instagram's new messaging service, named Bolt, is now available for users in some countries. It's what can basically be described as a Snapchat clone, where you sign in and quickly send pictures back and forth between... [more]

Stephen Colbert reviews the Kim Kardashian app so we don't have to

Jul 29, 2014 2:38 pm

Thank God. Because I did the last one four years ago and am still trying to wash that stench off. If this somehow is your thing, you can download it here. [more]

5 hilarious Android phone pranks that are completely harmless [VIDEO]

Jul 29, 2014 2:32 pm

If you're like me you find great joy in pulling pranks on your friends. When a perfectly planned and executed prank comes together it is a thing of beauty. Nowadays everyone is carrying a device that is chock full of pranking potential. [more]

Link Bubble updated with several improvements, bug fixes and Android Wear support

Jul 29, 2014 2:21 pm

Link Bubble is an awesome app that helps you surf the web better and now, the latest version has arrived on the Google Play Store. Released as v1.3, this update is pretty hefty on improvements, bug fixes and changes. We've got the full change log for you to look through but before we get into... [more]

StumbleUpon releases huge app update with new features and UI tweaks

Jul 29, 2014 2:21 pm

StumbleUpon has just updated their Android application with a plethora of new features. Check it out! [more]

Samsung's Kids Store on Galaxy S5 and Tab S now has 900 apps

Jul 29, 2014 2:14 pm

Samsung has announced a major expansion of its Kid Store, included as part of the Kids Mode feature found on its Galaxy S5 smartphone and Tab S tablets. [more]

Google Drive updated with new Material Design-inspired “home screens” for the web

Jul 29, 2014 1:50 pm

Google has updated Drive with brand new “home screens,” which feature an updated view to find your most relevant and recently edited documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. The new look is clearly inspired by Material Design, which we expect to continue its rollout to other Google... [more]

Android Deals: Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 for $279, super savings on super hero movies, and more

Jul 29, 2014 1:40 pm

If you’re in the market for a new tablet, today’s deals might be for you. The savings start with the Galaxy Tab Pro but they don’t end there. Deals abound on plenty of apps and games as well as music and movies to help round out the month of July. [more]

Plants vs. Zombies 2 gets wizardly in Dark Ages Part 2

Jul 29, 2014 1:38 pm

Plants vs. Zombies 2 has had another content update, continuing on the original Dark Ages update we saw back at E3. Dark Ages Part 2 introduces a new boss battle, a new Arthurian challenge, two new plants (magnetshroom and peanut), 10 new levels, and both a wizard zombie and a king zombie who... [more]

Swiftkey Keyboard updates with new themes, performance improvements and more

Jul 29, 2014 1:17 pm

SwiftKey pushed an update to the Play Store today, their largest update since making the popular keyboard free to the public. While the update features a ton of performance improvements, it also features some new themes and three new languages (Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen). It should be noted that... [more]

Google issues patch for Android’s Fake ID vulnerability to AOSP and OEMs

Jul 29, 2014 1:13 pm

Another day, another Android security scare so it seems. The latest comes by way of what researchers are calling the “Fake ID” exploit. The vulnerability — found in all Android devices since 2.1 — allows for malicious applications to bypass normal Android security by... [more]

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