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Tip: Chrome 'Answers In Suggest' Flag Enables Answers To Simple Questions Right In The Omnibar

Android Police - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:57pm

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Those willing to venture into chrome://flags can often enjoy experimental treats that haven't made it into default circulation yet. One flag in Chrome, brought to our attention by a tipster, enables "answers in suggest," giving users answers to simple questions right in the omnibar. So if for some reason you're wondering what the capital of Maryland is, or the population of the world, you can get the answer without actually performing a search.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (16GB) On Sale For $219.99 With Free US Shipping, Down From $400

Android Police - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:02pm

$_12There's supposed to be a Nexus tablet at some point, but what if your fingers are aching to tap on a new tablet right now? Well, you have a dilemma. There's no reason you have to spend big to get your gadget fix. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is usually a $400 device, but you can pick up a refurb for a mere $219.99 on eBay Daily Deals.

2014-09-15 19_58_17-Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8 4_ 16GB Tablet 2 3 GHz Quad Core Processor Refurbished

This is the 16GB version of the device, and you get it in your choice of black or white.

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AT&T And Sprint Add The Midrange LG G3 Vigor (AKA The G3 Beat) To Their Lineups

Android Police - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:30pm

LG G3 Vigor Jaguar Metallic Black vertical PVLAA left angle angleIf you like LG's style but aren't ready to pay for a top-of-the-line smartphone, AT&T and Sprint would like a word. Both of them have announced carrier-customized models of the LG G3 Vigor, which was launched this summer in international markets as the G3 Beat. The 5-inch phone is decidedly mid-range (stretching to low end for some specs), but it's got the same look and layout as the full-sized G3, complete with rear-mounted buttons.

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Thanks to Apple, Verizon customers with an upgrade before November 15 can upgrade now

Android and Me - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:39pm

As part of the impending iPhone 6 launch, Verizon has a deal to allow customers to upgrade earlier. If a customer’s upgrade eligibility date falls before November 15, they can upgrade now and grab themselves a new phone. And this isn’t some sort of loophole that requires you to jump through several hoops, this is straight from Verizon and should show up in your My Verizon account as long as you’re eligible.

The best part of the deal is that it’s not exclusive to the iPhone 6. The upgrade can be used on any phone, so maybe it’s time to take a look at that new Android phone you’ve been eyeing. Do note, however, that the deal requires you to sign into a new two-year contract to upgrade. Additionally, the deal is only around for a unspecified limited time. Pretty standard fare, but still something to keep in mind.

Anyone taking Verizon up on this offer?

Eat24: An app for hungry people with smartwatches ['Watch' This App]

Android Guys - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:58pm

If you’re a person that loves your food delivery apps and your smartwatch, then you’re in luck because the Eat24 app is compatible with Android Wear devices. For those who are not familiar with Eat24 it is an app that allows users to order food from various local restaurants from their phones (now smartwatches) for… Read more »

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Boxer, HTC Clock

Android and Me - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:31pm

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the 5 most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the Top 5 list more than 3 times.

1. Hangouts Dialer

Hangouts Dialer

App info: Now call any phone number in the world from your Hangouts app using your data connection. Download and install the Hangouts Dialer to activate phone calling functionality in the Hangouts app.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


2. HTC Lock Screen

HTC Lock Screen

App info: Swipe right to BlinkFeed, swipe left to Widget Home and swipe up to previously used app. Frequently-used information such as notifications, clock and weather are also available on lock screen. No need to unlock and type in password every time for these applications.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


3. 123D Catch

123D Catch

App info: Use your camera to capture people, places and things around you as amazingly realistic 3D models. Capture friends, sculptures, buildings or anything else you can photograph. Automatically transform them into interactive 3D models that can be shared with friends, family, and an ever growing community of 3D photographers.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


4. HTC Clock

HTC Clock

App info: HTC Clock offers better time management functionalities including World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch and Timer. World Clock: Time of current location as well as time of other cities.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


5. Boxer


App info: Boxer is a faster, smarter mobile email app that adapts to the way you work. Boxer supports your Gmail, Exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, Hotmail, iCloud, AOL, Office 365, IMAP and POP3 email accounts.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks and will place it in our Android and Me App Hall of Fame. We will post this Hall of Fame list in a dedicated series. Any app with * next to the title indicates it will now be added to our Hall of Fame list and will no longer be listed in this article.

Lassoh is a geo-social networking app for communicating with the world around you

Android and Me - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:24pm

Communicating with strangers at large, or your friends in close vicinity, is relatively easy with the vast amount of social networks and networking apps available on Android today. But posting content strictly relevant to the close world around you and letting those inside that world connect with you is a pain. One that Lassoh is trying to alleviate.

The premise behind Lassoh is relatively simple: connect with the world around you. Using your smartphone to interact with the people around you isn’t nearly as seamless as it could be. Joining local Facebook groups or responding to Craigslist posts misses the element of being present in the now — something that Twitter thrives on, but can be overwhelming with the signal to noise ratio. There simply is no good way to send out a virtual flyer or start a conversation strictly with the people in any desired area. This is Lassoh’s mission.

With Lassoh, you can start topic-specific feeds with anyone using Lassoh in a designated area. Sales, restaurant and entertainment reviews are all fair game. At a baseball game? Start a conversation with only people at the game. Trying to sell a textbook? Let everyone on campus know what you’ve got. Can’t decide what to get at the restaurant you’re at? Ask the restaurant. Interaction is limited to the area and people you want. And Lassoh has made a firm commitment to taking your privacy seriously.

The Lassoh Android app (also on iOS) is already complete, but they are still seeking support on Indiegogo to fund operational costs for the next year. One of the notable perks of donating is snatching up a unique paid username, which can be transferred or sold at a later date. Check out the video below, and read over the Lassoh Indiegogo page to see if Lassoh is something that appeals to you.

Moto Voice update will teach your old Moto new tricks

Android and Me - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:21pm

Formerly known as Touchless Control, the Moto Voice app has been updated and brings some of the features of the new Moto X to last year’s model along with the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx. As per usual with the Play Store, this is a rolling update and you may or may not have it quite yet.

One of my personal favorites is the ability to customize your launch phrase so you are no longer subject to people pranking your phone by saying “Ok Google” or “Ok Google Now” to access your voice commands. You can customize the phrase to anything you want, but according to Motorola employees a phrase with five syllables typically works best.

The update also allows you to perform commands for YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp, with other third-party apps to come. This is in addition to voice commands that will bring up Talk to Me and other Moto modes.

Additionally, this update brings support for the Moto Hint and the Moto 360 so you can complete your Motorola ecosystem.

Beyond that they indicate there were some user experience improvements and bug fixes.

While the hardware on the new Moto X is a worthwhile step up from any of last year’s Moto devices, there is no question that the software is a huge part of the Moto experience of late and this update brings some of that new life into your “old” device, which is always welcome.

If you have the update, let us know what you think.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


Google begins testing answers in auto-complete suggestions

Phandroid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:52pm

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There was a time when Google didn’t try to guess what you were searching, or show your results instantly as you type. It’s hard to believe that Google hasn’t always had these important features. They’ve become so essential to what people expect from a Google Search. A new feature is being tested by Google that takes auto-complete and instant results to the next level.

You can type certain questions in to Google and get a pretty little answer on top of the search results. Unlike the results that show up while you type, answers only show once you press enter. With this new feature enabled you can see answers to questions while you’re typing too. So if you type “Weather in New York” it will start showing before you complete the search. Here’s how to enable this.

  1. Open Chrome for Android
  2. Go to chrome://flags in a new tab
  3. Find the ‘Answers in Suggest’ flag
  4. Tap on the drop down box 
  5. Set it to ‘Enabled’

Now when you do a search in the omnibar you will see answers included in the suggested results. This feature further cuts down on the amount of time it takes to get an answer from Google. Getting your answers accurately and quickly is what makes people come back to Google every day. Are you going to enable this feature?

[via omgchrome]

YouTube to offer offline video downloading in India

Android and Me - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:28pm

There has been talk of offline streaming of YouTube for a long time. It’s long been rumored that the company will roll out offline streaming for mobile devices, allowing you to save videos to your device to watch later and preserve your precious tiered data. Little did we know that India would be the first to get this feature.

Yes, YouTube will be rolling out offline playback to India over the next few weeks. This coincides with the release of the Android One devices there, so people can save money on both smartphones and data.

It’s unclear what videos will and will not be available for offline streaming, though it was said that “much of YouTube” will be available offline. And though I wouldn’t use this feature myself, I’m jealous because I don’t have it and can’t wait for it to roll out in the US. There is no word when that will happen, so we’ll just have to wait. Would you have any use for this feature?

Moto Voice update adds features for Moto 360 users

Phandroid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:18pm

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One of the best reasons to own a Motorola device is the excellent Moto Voice capability. Simply put, it’s like Google Now on steroids. You can talk to your phone when it’s in your pocket, create your own personalized “OK Google” command, get a readout of all your missed notifications, and much more. It’s pretty cool. Moto Voice was just updated with some interesting additions for Moto 360 users.

After you get this update you will notice that Moto Voice knows if you have a Moto 360 connected, and it will adjust its behavior accordingly. Saying “OK Google” won’t wake up your phone and watch. The Moto 360 becomes your main device for voice commands. You will even see a toast notification on your phone if you try talking to it with your watch connected. This is obviously a very nice feature. As we get more devices that are always listening we will need features like this. Download the Moto Voice update below if you have a Moto X (1st & 2nd gen), Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra.

Moto Voice (Playboard) | Moto Voice (Play Store)

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime may have leaked

Android Guys - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:06pm

It looks like a Vietnam-based website may have leaked details about the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, along with images of the yet unreleased device.

According to Thegioididong.com, the Galaxy Grand Prime will feature a 5-inch display, 1.2-GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage.

There’s no details around the price, but the device is expected to go on sale in Vietnam around the October mark.


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HTC Nexus 9 keyboard case revealed in certification photos

Android and Me - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:04pm

At the beginning of September, a few leaked renders of what was believed to be the keyboard case for the upcoming Nexus 9 from HTC surfaced, with a few key details thrown in for good measure. Now, the purported first images of the case out in the wild have been found through a certification website

The images were discovered in China’s National Communications Commission database. The top-side of the cover looks quite similar to an Apple Smart Cover for their iPad lineup, but of course the other side of it reveals a full QWERTY keyboard. The folded sections on the front of the cover are used in the same way the Smart Cover is as well, supposedly, being able to fold and stand the tablet up in specific ways.

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As noted in the original report by Android Police, the keyboard in its current state looks a bit different than the one we saw at the beginning of the month, tied to the concept images. This is probably due to the images representing early stage concepts.

What do you think of the design?

Shazam adds immediate Google Play Music purchase option

Android Guys - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:00pm

Shazam just got an awesome new feature that allows you to instantly purchase a Shazam’d track from the Google Play Store directly from your Android device.

Once your Shazam a song you’ll see a new button that will take you instantly to the Google Play Store where you’ll be able to purchase it and listen to it as part of your Google Music All Access subscription.

The update is out now, so hit the the link below to update Shazam now.

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Panasonic's Android-Powered LUMIX Smart Camera (Phone) CM1 Is Pretty Slick, But Probably Not 900 Euro Slick

Android Police - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:00pm

lumix thumbSamsung's Android-based Galaxy Zoom phones haven't exactly been a runaway hit. Maybe it's because no one really wants a massive camera strapped to the back of their phone, or maybe it's because they're lumpy and expensive. Whatever the case might be, Panasonic is throwing its hat into the super powerful phone-camera with the LUMIX Smart Camera DSC-CM1, a gorgeous little point and shoot that hides a full Android phone (including calls and data) on its back end.

Panasonic's Android-Powered LUMIX Smart Camera (Phone) CM1 Is Pretty Slick, But Probably Not 900 Euro Slick was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verizon launches Advanced Calling, compatible with Galaxy S5 and LG G2

Android and Me - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:51pm

It’s been in the works for a while now, and it seems Verizon is finally ready to release it. The company has launched Advanced Calling 1.0, or Big Red’s version of VoLTE (Voice over LTE). This allows you to make calls over your data network, providing HD voice quality and allowing for video calls without any third party apps.

To use Advanced Calling 1.0, you’ll need to go through a few steps. First, you’ll need a fully updated Samsung Galaxy S5 or LG G2, as those are the only two devices currently supported. Updates went out for both devices recently to prepare them for this. Then you’ll need to go to the Advanced Calling website and enable the feature on your plan. Next, enable the feature in settings under Networks, and you’re good to go.

With everything done, you should be able to call people that also have a supported device and have it enabled, though we doubt that’ll be many people at first. You’ll have a group in your dialer to show you who can accept HD calls. And when calling, you’ll see two extra buttons for enabling your camera.

For those worried about using up your data, voice calls over LTE will be billed as standard minutes. Video calls will still cost you data, but you won’t have to worry about data overages chatting with friends.

While it’s not a very useful feature at the moment, as support is so limited, it’ll grow and become the standard over time. Voice calling has long needed an upgrade and I’m glad to see it’s finally getting it. How many of you can actually make an HD voice call? Leave a comment!

Via: Verizon, Droid-Life

Google Play Newsstand Paid Content Is Now Available In India And The Netherlands [Update: Russia And Spain Too]

Android Police - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:50pm

unnamed (32)Update 2: Google has updated its official list of countries with access to paid Newsstand content, and it looks like Spain is the only other country to get in today. Enjoy your magazines and newspapers, amigos - better luck next time for everyone else.

Update: At least one of our Russian readers says that paid Newsstand content is available in Russia as well. Nasdarovje, Pavel Azroyan! If anyone else sees paid content in a previously unsupported country, check out the Contact page and drop us a line.

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Shazam Integrates Google Play Music Track Streaming And Purchasing Into Its Android App

Android Police - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:49pm

Shazam-ThumbShazam, the app that makes identifying songs and TV show sound bites simple, also makes acquiring said content easy as well. Now the company has announced that it's adding Google Play Music to the app's list of supported streaming services and is integrating it directly into the experience. It's even giving Google's offering top placement.

The latest version of the Android app shows the store alongside Rdio, Beats Music, and Spotify.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has the best display ever used in a smartphone

Android and Me - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:48pm

DisplayMate is know for being hands-down the most comprehensive smartphone and tablet display analysis firm in the business. So when they say something good about a smartphone’s display, you know they mean it. Today, DisplayMate has published their findings on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and it’s nothing but good news for Samsung’s latest flagship.

According to DisplayMate, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 boasts the best display they have ever tested in a smartphone. From the Note 4′s analysis:

Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the Galaxy Note 4 is the Best performing Smartphone display that we have ever tested. It matches or breaks new records in Smartphone display performance for: Highest Absolute Color Accuracy, Highest Screen Resolution, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Peak Brightness, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and the smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle. Its Color Management capability provides multiple Color Gamuts – a major advantage that is not currently provided by any of the other leading Smartphones. The Galaxy Note 4 delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance: it is the first Smartphone display to ever get all Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all test and measurement categories (except one Yellow for a Brightness Variation with Average Picture Level) since we started the Display Technology Shoot-Out article Series in 2006, an impressive achievement for a display. The Galaxy Note 4 has again raised the bar for top display performance up by another notch.Dr Raymond SoneiraDisplayMate

While Samsung is busy bragging about being the first to market with oversized smartphone-tablet hybrids, they should be bragging about this. What better selling point for a device with a 5-plus-inch display is there than “Our device has the best screen on the market”? Apparently, Samsung has killed it in the hardware department. They probably won’t, but let’s just hope they don’t forget to remind everyone.

This is the Nexus 9 keyboard case

Phandroid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:29pm


Last week NVIDIA spilled the beans on the upcoming HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet. The leaked document stated the Nexus 9 will be released in the third quarter of 2014, which we are currently in. One of the exciting features of the Nexus 9 is the rumored Microsoft Surface-like keyboard case. We’ve heard rumblings of this accessory in the past, but now we can see it in the flesh.

It’s an interesting keyboard to say the least. At first glance it appears to be upside down. The area where a trackpad would normally be is above the keys. The reason for this is the tablet will fold out and cover that empty space. The benefit of a built-in kickstand, like the one on Microsoft Surface, is that space can be used for a trackpad. You can also notice some special keys for Android functions, such as a voice command button in place of Caps Lock. That way you can scream instead of SCREAM. One thing we can’t see in these photos is the charging mechanism.


Are you excited about the 9-inch Nexus 9 tablet? Will you buy this accessory to go along with it?

Thanks everyone!

[via Chinese VR-Zone]

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