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Google could be working on an even cheaper Nexus

Android Guys - 17 min 42 sec ago

If the Nexus 5 wasn’t budget enough already. a new report has surfaced that suggests Google has partnered with MediaTek for a very low-priced Nexus smartphone.

With Nokia lining up their budget Android handsets aimed at developing markets, it’s expected that the MediaTek processor will power the Nexus device that could sell for only $100 in order to further spread the Nexus brand.

Whilst details are scarce at the moment, it certainly makes sense for Google to offer a budget Nexus device running pure Android to not only advertise Nexus, but also promote Android as Google intended.

SOURCE: mtksj

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Flickr 3.0 debuts with new look, filters, and more

Android Guys - 20 min 45 sec ago

Flickr on Thursday rolled out a new version of its Android and iOS applications. Redesigned with a new UI and Instragram-inspired features, the app lets users take and share pictures as well as videos (up to 30 seconds). What’s more, the app provides editing tools like crop, rotate, exposure, and colors. Those who like to dig deeper into metadata can also do so with the mobile app.

On Flickr, everyone gets 1,000 gigabytes of storage free, enough space for more than 500,000 photos, pretty much all the space you’ll ever need. Our new Auto Sync feature lets you seamlessly upload all your original quality photos from your phone automatically to your account, so that Flickr can be your camera roll in the cloud.

Flickr (Playboard) | Flickr (Play Store)


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HTC said to be working on optical zoom lenses for 2015

Phandroid - 25 min 43 sec ago

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HTC has been taking a lot of flak for the cameras they’ve been sticking on their flagship devices. The HTC UltraPixel sensor from yesteryear is sufficient for most ordinary needs, though there is an eventual ceiling in terms of quality up against sensors inside phones like the iPhone 5S or the Samsung Galaxy S5.

But they could be looking to change that next year. Vodafone informant Symon Whitehorn apparently let slip that HTC is closest to the advances the mobile industry needs for smartphones to be able to outdo high-end point-and-shoot cameras, and even approach DSLR-like capabilities.

He said in order for any of that to happen we’d need to see some form of optical zoom, noting that we should be on the lookout for something from HTC within the next 12-18 months.

Not lost on us is the fact that there are phones with optical zoom lenses out there, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy K. The difference is those phones add quite a bit of girth to add those capabilities — we imagine Vodafone’s insight into HTC’s plans hint toward that being possible in a more traditional, slim form factor.

Either way, it’s something HTC’s going to have to do if they want to change the public opinion that has grown about their imaging capabilities with the apparent lack of a vertical jump in their latest offering.

[via Vodafone]

HTC Reportedly Hires Successful Former Samsung US Marketing Executive

Android Police - 32 min 47 sec ago

HTC-ThumbHTC has reportedly snagged up Paul Golden, a former Samsung US marketing executive who helped turn the Galaxy brand into a household name (or at least the closest an Android device has come), according to a Bloomberg report. He will serve as a consultant for Chairman Cher Wang. During his time with Samsung, from 2008 to 2012, the company's global smartphone market share jumped from 4.5% to 21%. HTC's, meanwhile, currently sits at less than 2%.

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5 must-see theming apps to make your Android device yours

Android and Me - 36 min 53 sec ago

Screenshot_2014-04-12-19-22-25_eewmotox20140412_193932One of the things that makes Android a truly beautiful platform is customization. I’m not talking about custom ROMs or root mods; I’m talking about how no other major mobile platform out there lets you customize your device the way Android does. There may be some caveats, but you have the ability to make your Android device completely unique. My wife hates using my Nexus 5 because it’s so different from her Galaxy S4. Maybe that’s a bad thing; I’m not sure. But what I do know is that I have my Nexus 5 set up exactly the way I want it, and I love it. My home screen looks awesome, and not only is it super functional, it’s also fun to use. The beauty is that I can change it tomorrow if I get a new idea. My home screen isn’t going to look like everyone else’s iPhone (although I could make it look like iOS if I wanted) or Windows Phone; my device looks like no one else’s because it’s Android.

This is the sixth post of a recurring series about making your Android device yours. Today I want to share a few new apps/widgets/icons that I’ve been obsessed with lately. My goal here is to offer customization ideas that will work for all Android devices, whether you’re still running Gingerbread or you’re on the latest version of Android, Kit Kat. You don’t need to be rooted. You don’t need to be running a custom ROM. All you need is a little bit of time and an itch to change things. If that sounds like you, read on my friend. We’re going to have fun diving into the world of customization and making your device truly unique.

Within the last couple of months, some new Android theming apps have come around that, in my opinion, are insta-buys. They’re so good, I feel like I have to share them with the whole world. My biggest complaint is that I don’t have enough devices to use them all at once.

Screenshot_2014-04-17-21-45-38_hxknexus520140417_214633 Widgets

Zooper by Beard is a set of clock and weather widgets. I previously talked about Zooper Widget and how you can make your own awesome widgets. If you buy Zooper Widget Pro, you can apply other people’s awesome work. Themers known as La Barba and Richard Colón have put together a killer minimal collection of 12 clock and weather widgets to decorate your home screen. All the clock and weather widgets featured in this post are Zooper by Beard unless otherwise noted. Zooper by Beard is an $1 add-on to the Zooper Widget Pro purchase. Totally worth the buck in my opinion. Also, I know they’re already at work adding more widgets to the collection.


To take advantage of these fantastic icon packs, the easiest method is to run a custom launcher like one of the ones we talked about in this post. If you pick up these icon pack themes from the Google Play store, most of them help you out in applying them. Or, inside the custom launcher, you will be able to find the option to apply a theme. It should be pretty straight forward. Each launcher is a little different, so I won’t give specific instructions on how to apply the icon theme. Most apps will be automatically themed on your homescreen when applied. Then, if you want to further theme your apps you can generally long press an app on the homescreen and change the icon from there. Be sure to ask the community any questions you have regarding applying a theme.

Screenshot_2014-04-15-18-40-59_aHhnexus520140415_184141Paper icon pack by Samer Zayer is one of my favorite new packs to come out in a long time. It’s an original idea and done so well. Paper has 900 icons already, and more are added every week. It also has some fantastic crinkled paper walls to go along with the icons. This pack will make any home screen look amazing. It obviously goes great with Zooper by Beard. It’s on sale right now for $0.99 if you act fast.

White Line icon pack by Sonny Sekhon actually isn’t new, but since Android 4.4 KitKat, white icons just look so clean along with the white status bar icons and nav bar (if you have a device with soft keys). Also, I absolutely love the blurred wallpapers that come with this theme pack. White Line has 1000+ icons and is worth every penny of the $1.49 purchase price, all 149 of them.


There are two rad wallpaper apps that have hit the Play Store within the last month and a half. The first I want to bring up is Behang by Ted Bates Jr. Behang is a beutiful collection of unique wallpapers from blurred photos to geometric color schemes. Most of the wallpapers in the post are Behang walls. You can also find his work online at knok.in or throw this awesome pixel pusher a bone by purchasing his app in the Play Store for two bucks. The app makes it super easy to scroll through, view and apply the wallpapers to your homescreen, and new wallpapers are being added all the time.

The second wallpaper app I want to feature is wlpapR by Jacek Malinowski. Again, these walpapers are a set which can be found online, this time at yackovsky.pl/wlpapr/. wlpapeR is a app that gives easy access to the walls prepared by Jacek and will only run you $1.10. Unfortunately, I don’t have any screen shots on this post featuring wlpapR, but go check out the website and check out Jacek’s G+ to see some awesome screen shots with his work. Just like Behang, wlpapR has new walls being added to the collection all the time.

Screenshot_2014-04-10-22-32-37_rECnexus520140410_223528So what themes/widgets/icons/wallpapers are floating your boat these days? There are obviously lots of other theming apps out there. If I’ve left out something that you feel is worth mentioning, please comment below and let us know what you’re using and why you think it’s awesome. You can also use the HTML <img> tag and show us your homescreen. Please! Share your homescreens! Additionally, be sure to follow your favorite themers/developers on G+ or twitter to see what new projects they have going on that you can support and potentially have an influence on. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to let us know what topic you’d like to see covered in an upcoming edition of make your Android device yours.

Moto X setup: Action Launcher Pro, Behang wall, Cryten icons (on sale), Zooper by Beard

1st Nexus 5 setup: Action Launcher Pro, wlpapR wall, Banded icons (unreleased beta set by Alex Miller), Zooper by Beard

2nd Nexus 5 setup: Action Launcher Pro, Paper wall and icons, Zooper by Beard

3rd Nexus 5 setup: Action Launcher Pro, Behang wall,White Line icons, MNML Weather UCCW Skin, M Zooper by Beard

CNN App Gets A Holo Makeover With Support For Tablets And Phones In One App

Android Police - 37 min 47 sec ago

cSimply getting the news is not enough – your news source should also not be horrible looking. The CNN app has long failed on that second count, but now it has a shot at redemption. CNN has updated its app with a Holo UI and support for multiple screen sizes.

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The updated look has a proper action bar and a grid layout of stories. I'd hesitate to call it card-based, but it's close at times.

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HTC smartphone with optical zoom lens is ‘not too far off,’ says exec

Android and Me - 47 min 6 sec ago

HTC has placed a major focus on camera tech with its past two flagship smartphones. The original HTC One (M7) brought with it an UltraPixel camera that placed an importance on low-light performance rather than a high megapixel count. Then the One (M8) came along packing a Duo Camera setup, which features an UltraPixel shooter as well as a secondary camera that allows the user to blur either the background or foreground of a photo. Now an HTC executive has given us a hint as to what HTC’s next major camera feature will be.

Symon Whitehorn, HTC’s imaging expert, has revealed to Vodafone U.K. that his company will release a smartphone with an optical zoom lens in the near future. “Optical zooming in a smartphone is not too far off at all for HTC,” Whitehorn teased. “I can’t give too much away, but within 12-18 months we’ll see huge advances in phone optics.”

Several manufacturers have been focusing on camera tech with their recent flagship smartphones. Samsung has a 16-megapixel shooter in its Galaxy S5, Sony’s Xperia Z2 has a 20-megapixel sensor and the Nokia Lumia 1020’s packing a 41-megapixel PureView cam. Smartphones are increasingly becoming the “one gadget to rule them all” for many folks, and consumers are demanding quality cameras in their handsets so they can ditch their dedicated shooter.

An optical zoom lens will help make smartphone cameras even better than they already are. We’ve already seen some handsets come to market with an optical zoom lens, but the rest of their spec sheets have been fairly lackluster, which didn’t help them to really catch on. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of hardware companies like Samsung and HTC will crank out when they begin putting optical zoom lenses on their flagship phones.

How important do you feel a smartphone’s camera performance is?

[New Game] Classic RPG Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Finally Arrives On Android

Android Police - 1 hour 1 min ago

bOne of the most iconic games of the late 90s has finally come to Android. Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition launched on iOS a few months ago, but it was a rocky ride as licensing issues nearly killed the game. Now Android users get the chance to spend $9.99 to relive the glory days of Dungeons & Dragons-style computer RPGs.

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Baldur's Gate is an epic RPG set in the Forgotten Realms.

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Prospective Google Glass buyers can “try on” before buying

Android Guys - 1 hour 4 min ago

Google is making it easier for those wanting to purchase Google Glass but are hesitant in spending the rather large $1500 for a pair. Google has launched a new free Home Try-On Program allowing potential customers to find what color and frame style they want before committing to the purchase.

The package allows customers to receive a package with Glass in four different colors along with the different styles of prescription frames. Google place a $50 hold on your credit card until they receive the home kit back, but otherwise the Home Try-On kit is completely free.

Now before you think that $50 is a small price to pay to not send back four Google Glass devices, they are non-functional. You’ll get Google Glass devices in Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, and Sky, and have 10 days to return the kit to Google using the prepaid shipping label.

So if you were wondering what Glass feels like before purchasing, then the Home Try-On program is for you.


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MetroPCS now offering Samsung Galaxy S5

Android Guys - 1 hour 9 min ago

MetroPCS on Friday announced the immediate availability of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. Priced at $649, the flagship handset can be paired with the carrier’s rate plans that start at $40 per month. Interested parties can visit MetroPCS.com or one of their retail stores across the country to pick up the Galaxy S5


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MetroPCS Picks Up The Galaxy S5, Will Sell You One For $649 Without An Annual Contract

Android Police - 1 hour 22 min ago

GalaxyS5Black-ThumbThe Galaxy S5 has been making the rounds since its global launch a week ago. It's already available at the major US carriers, and now it's trickling down to the smaller options out there. Today the device has come to MetroPCS, a prepaid service owned by T-Mobile, where it's available for $649 without an annual contract. The site shows the phone as currently available in-stores, but the online inventory should appear at some point.

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Verizon LG G2 KitKat upgrade now available through PC tool

Phandroid - 1 hour 27 min ago


Seems Verizon wanted to deliver some KitKat love without drumming up a ton of noise, as they’ve quietly started rolling the upgrade out the upgrade to their LG G2. It’s build VS98024A, but there’s one catch in order to get it — you’ll need a Windows PC, as it’s only available using the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant.

The tool is available by hooking your LG G2 up to your Windows PC using a USB port. You should be prompted to install it automatically. From there, follow all the prompts and you should be well on your way to KitKat.

There’s no full changelog to be had at this time, though you can expect everything that comes with the base KitKat upgrade. Any LG or Verizon changes will have to come with official word, but we have a feeling that won’t take long to come to light. Give it a go on your G2 if you have one and let us know how it’s treating you!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

[Interview] Koushik "Koush" Dutta On Leaving Cyanogen, Inc. And His Return To ClockworkMod

Android Police - 1 hour 38 min ago

duttaKoushik Dutta, better known as "Koush" to the Android power user community, was one of the original Cyanogen, Inc. employees when the company incorporated last year. But he's been giving Android users some great stuff for much longer than that: most people's first exposure to his work comes from ClockworkMod, still one of the most widely-used custom recoveries available, not to mention various tools like ROM Manager, ClockworkMod Tether, and DeskSMS.

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Samsung Decides That Free Milk Music Users Will Get Ads After All, Premium Subscription To Cost $3.99 Monthly

Android Police - 1 hour 47 min ago

Milk-ThumbThus far Milk Music has provided a fat-free experience. Since launching two months ago, the music streaming app has been straightforward, rather minimalist, and ad-free. But after taking time to reflect on the matter, Samsung's decided that perhaps a little bit of fat wound be healthier long-term. So the company's adding ads to the free version of the software, with a new ad-free premium subscription soon to launch for $3.99 a month.

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Verizon DROID MAXX now available in two new colors, half the storage

Phandroid - 1 hour 57 min ago

droid maxx new colors

Verizon’s DROID phones are getting a bit long in the teeth, so the company feels the need to spice things up a bit. The Motorola DROID Maxx — considered to be the highest end model out of the three — is now available in a new glossy red package, as well as the kevlar black with chrome highlights. You can see images of the changes above.

But more than that, these things also come in at a $50 discount (making them $99.99) at the expense of half of its storage — down to 16GB from 32GB. It’s a shame Verizon decided to halve the storage considering that was one of the biggest redeeming factors about its lack of a microSD card slot, but if you aren’t down with that then you’re just as free to go with the original model.

You can find the models online today if you’re interested, but you won’t be able to get an in-store look until they hit shelves April 22nd. Swing over to Verizon to check them out.

[via Verizon]

Top 10 new Android games this week: SideSwype, The Voyage

Android and Me - 2 hours 45 min ago

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.


Description: Polymer is a strategic shape-creating game that combines the logic of Rubik’s Cube, the sliding mechanism of Chuzzle and the creativity of Lego.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


Disco Zoo

Description: Travel to regions around the world and collect everything from pigs to dinosaurs for your Disco Zoo. Discover hidden animals through casual puzzle play. Manage and expand your zoo to maximize earnings. Throw funky disco parties to get your animals and visitors groovin’!

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


Mikey Hooks

Description: RUN, JUMP, SLIDE and HOOK! Collect coins and find hidden Golden Shorts! Watch out for enemies and spikes!

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


Hopeless: Space Shooting

Description: A weird abandoned planet, monsters lurking in the dark and bright glowing lights…Could this planet be the end of the journey for the cute little Blobs? How long can you survive in this shooting game?

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


Dream Chamber

Description: In Dream Chamber, uncover the culprit in this simultaneously breathtaking and dream-like quest. A humorous adventure with a quirky cartoon graphic style.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


The Voyage

Description: The Voyage is a swashbuckling pirate experience featuring 100 fiendish puzzles and a race to defeat a mischievous new adversary: Captain Bodnar Bucklebeard.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


Moonball: Lite

Description: Tap and collect Moonball through our solar system and beyond in this epic and addictive space adventure! Moonball: Lite is completely free to play but some in-game items, such as power-ups, will require payment.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)



Description: A beautiful minimal block puzzle game from the creator of Slydris and CRUSH! SideSwype is an elegant and unique combination of 4-way block sliding and match-3 gameplay wrapped in a stunning audio-visual package.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Description: Become the Amazing Spider-Man in this open-world 3D adventure full of crime-fighting and non-stop action as you face the web-slinger’s greatest challenge yet! New York is under threat from a city-wide crime spree and only our hero Spider-Man can stop it!

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


FarmVille 2: Country Escape

Description: Farm at your own pace, whether you have 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Play with friends or on your own in our new Anonymous Mode: Facebook not required. You can also play when not connected to the Internet. Join a Farm Co-Op to trade and share, and go on Farm Adventures to collect rare goods. Now you can finally play FarmVille anytime… anywhere. Best of all, it’s free!

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


HTC looking for marketing boost by hiring former Samsung mastermind

Phandroid - 2 hours 59 min ago

HTC RDJ commercial

From 2012 onward, HTC has seemingly done everything right. They stepped everything up, from the quality of their smartphones to the scaled back Sense user interface that was once seen as bloated and in the way. The HTC One from 2013 built on that formula even further, and this year’s HTC One M8 almost perfected it.

But one thing HTC hasn’t been able to do as well is market the thing, which can make or break your smartphone no matter how good it is. The Taiwanese company is looking to change that after a failed $1 billion experiment with Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr, as they’ve gone and scooped up the man largely responsible for the Galaxy brand that has swept the globe.

According to Bloomberg, Paul Golden — Samsung’s chief marketing officer for the United States — has been snapped up by HTC on a currently temporary basis to directly advise chairperson Cher Wang. Paul Golden was at his Samsung post for the four year stretch between 2008 and 2012.

If you haven’t already figured it out, he was part of Samsung’s whole “Next Big Thing” push that began with Samsung directly mocking Apple in a series of ads to hype up the Samsung Galaxy S2. It was that campaign that started Samsung’s ascension to super stardom in the smartphone world, becoming the top OEM around the globe not named Apple.

So can he do the same for HTC? That depends. It’s one thing to have good ideas. It’s another thing to have the marketing dollars to back it up. Samsung has some serious cash flow from the various arms of their big electronics business. They have deep pockets and big bank accounts that can move enough capital to fund a war.

HTC, on the other hand, has been in the negative for quite some time, and unless the HTC One M8 can turn things around it’s going to be tough for them to be restored to former glory. At least it shows HTC knows what it needs to do to achieve that, though, and they’re making tangible efforts to get that done.

Contra: Evolution Goes Free In The Play Store, Still Packed With In-App Purchases

Android Police - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:45pm

nexusae0_icon57_thumb1_thumbThe Konami classic Contra came to Android last year, but despite the healthy dose of nostalgia, Contra: Evolution wasn't an awesome experience. The introductory price was $0.99, but the gameplay was bogged down by in-app purchases. Now the game has gone free, and the IAPs have been tweaked a bit.

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As we all know by this point, Google doesn't have a mechanism for a paid app to go free then return to paid.

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Motorola Droid Maxx given two new paint jobs

Android and Me - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:24pm

Since taking the wraps off of the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx in July 2013, Verizon has released the Mini and Ultra in black, red and white variants, but the Maxx has only been sold in plain ol’ black. That’s finally changing today, though, as Verizon has launched two new color options for the Droid Maxx.

Verizon has announced that the Droid Maxx is now available in a pair of new hues: black with chrome accents and high-gloss red. Both models are being sold on Verizon’s site today at a price of $99.99 with a two-year contract, $20.83 per month with Verizon Edge or $499.99 full retail. Those folks that prefer a brick and mortar buying experience will have to wait for the units to hit stores on April 22.

Besides the new colors, these Droid Maxx models are the same as the original black unit that launched last year. If you need a spec refresher, well, that’s what I’m here for:

  • 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display
  • Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System (1.7GHz dual-core CPU)
  • 10-megapixel rear, 2-megapixel front cameras
  • 16GB storage
  • 3500mAh battery
  • 4G LTE, global roaming support
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Considering that the Droid Mini and Droid Ultra have already been released in a couple of new hues, it’s good to see Motorola and Verizon finally get around to giving the Droid Maxx some new duds as well. After all, who doesn’t love having more color choices when it comes to buying a new smartphone?

The Droid Maxx’s product page and its “Add to Cart” button can be found right here.

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