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Google updates Chrome OS stable channel

Nov 20, 2014 6:36 pm

Google has announced the stable channel for Chrome OS devices will be getting an update over the course of the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, the update will not be hitting all devices as the Dell Chromebook 11, the HP Chromebook 14, the Acer C720 and the Toshiba Chromebook are all excluded.... [more]

Android Studio nears 1.0 with Release Candidate 1

Nov 20, 2014 6:02 pm

If you're an app developer who's switched (or is considering switching) to Android Studio, you'll no doubt be glad to learn that the popular IDE is nearing its first whole-integer release. [more]

Score deals in participating apps with 'Buy with Google' promotion

Nov 20, 2014 5:48 pm

Google announced today that it has some deals in store for those of you shopping around the with your favorite retailer apps from the Google Play Store. If you choose "Buy With Google" you can snag some great deals from several different participating retailers. [more]

Motorola Camera update brings new timer options, wrist flick gesture for camera switching

Nov 20, 2014 5:27 pm

Motorola's Camera app for its Moto X, Moto G, and Droid devices snagged an update today. While it's rather minor, it did nab a couple of new features. The update brings new 3-second and 10-second options for the timer, and extends the double wrist flick gesture to now handle switching between the... [more]

Chrome OS update focuses on Google Drive with Chromecast, Launcher support

Nov 20, 2014 5:09 pm

Google announced today that Chrome OS has gotten a new update on its stable channel, bringing with it a few notable changes. If you're on a Chrome OS device, you can now enjoy Chromecast support for media files stored on Google Drive, along with the added ability to display apps installed on... [more]

Android customization – build a music sleep timer and music alarm clock using the Tasker Task Timer widget

Nov 20, 2014 5:00 pm

If your normal alarm is boring, come build your own music alarm clock with Tasker, complete with sleep timer, so you can go to sleep to your tunes as well. [more]

It’s not Lollipop: AT&T Note 3 and Sprint GS5 get 4.4.4 updates

Nov 20, 2014 4:58 pm

The Sprint Galaxy S5 and AT&T Galaxy Note 3 have finally received updates to Android 4.4.4. [more]

Hangouts video calls get Google Drive file sharing support

Nov 20, 2014 4:44 pm

Today, you can share a file from Google Drive while taking part in a Hangouts video call. It seems like this feature should have existed for quite some time already, but only now is it available. You will never have to leave the conversation. Hangouts video calls will have a dedicated button... [more]

Business card scanning heads to the Evernote for Android app

Nov 20, 2014 4:29 pm

Folks using Evernote on a premium level will be happy to know that the Android application can now scan business cards. The app will pickup on all information labeled on the card and store it online, not to mention organize it into correct fields. Furthermore, it will have increased accuracy when... [more]

Google Play Music now lists relevant YouTube videos for All Access subscribers

Nov 20, 2014 4:21 pm

Looking to heat up the integration with YouTube's new subscription service, Music Key, Google has dropped an interesting little feature for All Access subscribers into the Google Play Music app. Now, when browsing for music or playing a song, the app will show if there is a music video related to... [more]

Divide Productivity Preview is available in the Play Store, but you’ll need an invite

Nov 20, 2014 4:14 pm

More attention from Google is being given to enterprise users of Android. The company launched a preview of Divide Productivity in the Play Store. It works with the Android IT Preview Program to bring over existing enterprise accounts from Exchange/ActiveSync or Notes-compatible infrastructure.... [more]

Google Play Music on Android Wear: How to use it and what it still needs

Nov 20, 2014 4:05 pm

There's room to improve with Play Music on Wear, but at least it's finally here One of the primary reasons for me to get a smartwatch was for music. Not to listen from it, per se, but to control music from it. Being able to leave the phone inside while I walk my laps is still a somewhat... [more]

Contributor by Google removes advertisements in return for donations

Nov 20, 2014 3:54 pm

Google is experimenting with a crazy idea that will strip advertisements from select sites. And some of the sties are quite massive, so the value is incredible. All you have to do is donate anywhere between $1 and $3. Contributor disperses this money among the sites to pickup the cost of... [more]

Need For Speed No Limits coming soon to tear up the road on Android

Nov 20, 2014 3:36 pm

Electronic Arts' next game in its long running Need for Speed series is coming to the Google Play Store. Need for Speed No Limits is a mobile-exclusive racing game that was announced today with a trailer that combined gameplay footage with video featuring noted professional rally racer Ken Block. [more]

Gmail team talks about the technology that created Inbox

Nov 20, 2014 3:33 pm

Inbox was the Gmail team’s method of taking a fresh approach on sorting and managing your email inbox, and so far it seems like it’s gone over smoothly with most users. Inbox hit the market at a time when people expect their apps and services to work flawlessly regardless of what... [more]

Google’s mandatory device encryption is slowing down the Nexus 6

Nov 20, 2014 3:19 pm

Prior to the launch of the Nexus 6 and Android 5.0, we knew Google was moving to making device encryption mandatory for all new devices shipping with Lollipop. As far as security goes, that’s a great move, but it looks like it’s actually having some negative effects on the Nexus 6.... [more]

Sprint already dropping price of Nexus 6, issuing refunds for those that already bought one

Nov 20, 2014 2:45 pm

The Nexus 6 was going for $299 on contract, but in quick fashion, they have dropped the price down to $249. They even dropped the off contract price down by the same amount, bringing it to $648. Even better news….those that bought the device from 11/14 to 11/18 will get a refund as a credit... [more]

15 Tips & Tricks for Android Lollipop Users

Nov 20, 2014 2:42 pm

If you're a new Lollipop user we've got a few tips and tricks to help you get started with Google's sweetest release. [more]

Pebble rolls out revamped Android app, firmware support for 80+ new languages

Nov 20, 2014 2:40 pm

Pebble has announced today that its smartwatch and related apps are receiving a pretty massive update. For Android, the update comes on two fronts in the form of a completely revamped app, as well as new firmware for the device that brings support for a staggering number of new languages. [more]

Google working on a double keyboard for mobile devices to translate languages between two different people

Nov 20, 2014 2:31 pm

Patents are interesting in that they show what companies are working on, but at the same time, you might never see the product. Google has applied for a new patent that is rather interesting. It’s a new form of communication on a mobile device for two people that speak different languages.... [more]

Winter tech wear: Touchscreen gloves for $19, Bluetooth Beanie for $25

Nov 20, 2014 2:23 pm

Android Authority Deal Store is offering up touchscreen gloves for 61% off and a unique Bluetooth Beanie for 57% off! [more]

Google Cardboard app brings you front-row to John McCartney's concert

Nov 20, 2014 2:21 pm

Jaunt has released a new virtual reality app for use with Google Cardboard that places you front and center in the middle of Sir John McCartney's Live and Let Die concert. The app requires Google Cardboard and a recent 5- to 6-inch smartphone. Looking through Cardboard, you'll be immersed into... [more]

Kingdom Rush: Origins takes the series back in time

Nov 20, 2014 1:41 pm

Kingdom Rush: Origins, the latest installment in the Kingdom Rush series of games, is now available on Android. The tower defense game adds new locations, new troops, and of course, new towers. As the name suggests, Origins takes place before the events of the first two games. [more]

Google launches Search app for Android TV

Nov 20, 2014 1:31 pm

Starting today, Android TV users can download and install a dedicated version of Google’s Search app directly from the Play Store. This application, which has been solely developed for Android TV users, allows them to search for content using their voice, but that’s not all the... [more]

Twitter adds ability to share tweets privately via direct messages

Nov 20, 2014 1:25 pm

Twitter is on a never ending quest to improve its messaging features, and today provides even more evidence of that. The micro-blogging service announced today via its blog that users will now be able to share tweets privately through direct messages. [more]

Google launches invite-only Divide Productivity Preview

Nov 20, 2014 1:15 pm

After having acquired Divide, a company that helps users manage their work-life balance by creating containers for enterprise and personal content on Android phones, Google is now launching the Divide Productivity Preview on the Play store. The suite is at this time invite-only and integrates... [more]

Google adds China to its list of supported Play Store Merchants

Nov 20, 2014 1:11 pm

Google has again increased the international availability of its Play Store Merchant accounts by adding China to the mix. This announcement comes just two weeks after the search engine giant expanded support to seven additional Eastern European countries. For those unaware, Merchant accounts are... [more]

Toys R Us Black Friday 2014 ad: kid-friendly Android tablets on sale for cheap

Nov 20, 2014 1:01 pm

Toys R Us is readying their big Black Friday event for next week, and with that we've gotten our first look at the ad scans for the big day. Alongside a ridiculously massive sea of toys, games and other kid-centric stuff are a healthy selection of Android tablets receiving steep discounts. [more]

Google launches its search app for Android TV with voice support

Nov 20, 2014 12:59 pm

Owners of smart televisions with Android TV can now download a version of Google's Search app made especially for the operating system. The app allows users to search for content using their voice, among other features. [more]

In pictures: Motorola Droid Turbo versus Moto X

Nov 20, 2014 12:42 pm

Two phones with shared DNA definitely show their differences on the outside It's no secret that the Motorola Droid Turbo and Moto X were cut from the same cloth, but they definitely have different exterior features to them. The Moto X is smaller, sleeker and a bit more unassuming, while it's... [more]

Asus ZenWatch Review

Nov 20, 2014 12:40 pm

We take a look Asus' first offering in the Android Wear space in this comprehensive review of the Asus ZenWatch. [more]

Corning introduces us to Gorilla Glass 4

Nov 20, 2014 12:39 pm

  Corning has just unveiled a tougher, thinner, clearer version of its incredibly popular Gorilla Glass panel. According to the American company, Gorilla Glass 4 is more durable on impact than its predecessor and can now survive a massive 80% of all tumbles and falls from up to 1m (3.3ft)... [more]

Google Contribute to make ad-free blogs a reality

Nov 20, 2014 12:35 pm

It looks like advertising isn't the only way way to fund your favorite sites anymore. Google announced a new program called "Contributor" today that allows people to contribute money to participating websites via a monthly subscription to get rid of ads. [more]

Sony Xperia Z3v review: A Sony flagship finally comes to the U.S.

Nov 20, 2014 12:13 pm

Sony is known for great TVs, cameras, and the PlayStation, but a lot of people, at least in the U.S., don’t know they make smartphones. Sony is a heavy duty name brand, but for whatever reason, it has taken a while to leverage it with U.S. wireless carriers. The tide might be turning as the... [more]

Two new Final Fantasy games coming to Android this year

Nov 20, 2014 12:13 pm

Two new Final Fantasy games and a portal app for managing FF on mobile devices are set to release in 2015. [more]

Wind Bat. Play whistling

Nov 20, 2014 12:06 pm

Wind Bat. Play whistling
Wind bat is the first game where you play whistling! Guide the character through the obstacles using your whistles! If you don’t believe it, look it up! Share your scores via Facebook and Twitter… Wind bat is the hands-free game and is totally FREE! Wind Bat. Play whistling is... [more]

2nd generation Moto 360 could launch in early 2015

Nov 20, 2014 12:03 pm

The Moto 360 has only been around for a couple of months now, and already has become the most popular Android Wear smartwatch. Still, it’s far from perfect as many have complained about internal hardware, the lack of an Always On display, and poor battery life. Of course there is also that... [more]

Google Cardboard gets concert video courtesy of Paul McCartney and Jaunt

Nov 20, 2014 12:02 pm

In case you were wondering whether virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard may have any use outside of converting games to a sort of reality for the players, Jaunt hopes you will find the answer is yes. The company has been working on an immersive camera technology to record... [more]

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 now getting an Android 4.4.4 update all its own

Nov 20, 2014 11:51 am

Heads up, folks, Android 4.4.4 is now rolling out to users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T. Sure, we might be looking at Android 5.0 Lollipop on the horizon for the Note 3, but it'll likely be a little while before we see it rolling out across US carriers. So here's an update to 4.4.4... [more]

Square launches worldwide support for its Android Register app

Nov 20, 2014 11:41 am

Square has expanded the reach of its Register software for Android worldwide. It announced today that the app is now available in the Google Play Store "even in countries without integrated Square processing." It can now also accept payments from 130 different currencies. [more]

Go tree-free with the Doxie portable scanner, only $139 at [Deal]

Nov 20, 2014 11:33 am

For a world where we are so tethered to our digital lives, so much of is still dependent on paper. You remember paper, right? The compressed form of tree pulp used to writing and printing. Why can’t we reconcile this paper-filled existence with our technologically advanced society? Now we can,... [more]

Endomondo adds Pebble support and more in latest update

Nov 20, 2014 11:16 am

Workout tracking app Endomondo has been updated, adding support for the Pebble smartwatch. Pebble support lets you keep track of your workouts right from your wrist. [more]

Verizon is now selling the 7-inch and 10-inch LG G Pad LTE tablets

Nov 20, 2014 11:10 am

Verizon Wireless is now offering the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and LG G Pad 10.1 LTE tablets on sale. The 7-inch model is priced at $249.99 without a contract, or for $49.99 with a two-year contract, while the 10.1-inch tablet is being sold for $299.99 without a contract or for $199.99 with a two-year... [more]

Wireless Nexus 7 tablets to get Android Lollipop starting in December

Nov 20, 2014 11:09 am

The list of devices already getting Android Lollipop or about to get the update increased a little bit today when an ASUS spokesperson confirmed the “update will roll out for Nexus 7 LTE/3G models around the beginning of December 2014.” Of course we knew the update was coming to the... [more]

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 20, 2014 10:36 am

Holiday shopping can be tough, we know. Finding the best gift for your loved ones can be a pain, but we're here to help. This is the Mobile Nations 2014 Holiday Gift Guide so we can help you find the perfect gift for every name on your list. And this doesn't have to be for just that special... [more]

YouTube Music Key service reportedly starts its private beta test

Nov 20, 2014 10:31 am

Google's previously announced YouTube Music Key has reportedly begun its private beta test, allowing its first invites to check out the early features for this latest music-themed subscription service. [more]

SwiftKey update boosts performance, adds a dozen new languages

Nov 20, 2014 10:00 am

Keyboard launches, closes more quickly; more Indian languages added SwiftKey today announced a pretty significant update to its Android keyboard application, focusing on a number of back-end improvements. The keyboard now appears on screen between 15 percent and 20 percent faster, SwiftKey writes... [more]

Sprint cuts $50 from Nexus 6, giving bill credit to early orders

Nov 20, 2014 9:58 am

Sprint has lowered the prices for both the two-year and no-contract plans for its version of the Nexus 6 just a few days after it started selling the smartphone. It will offer a $50 bill credit for anyone who purchased the 6-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop device ahead of those changes. [more]

Tell us your favorite Galaxy Note 4 feature and win an S-View Flip Cover!

Nov 20, 2014 9:54 am

Samsung phones and S-View covers are two peas in a pod, and the Note 4 and its variant of the case are no exception. For folks who want more coverage of their shiny new Galaxy Note 4 and don't mind the extra bulk of a wrap-around flip case, the S-View Flip Cover is a good choice. Because of that... [more]

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 20

Nov 20, 2014 9:23 am

Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the... [more]

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