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Google holding a second round of Project ARA developers’ conferences in January

Phandroid - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:56am

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Developers with an interest in Project Ara will want to mark some new dates on their calendars. Google has just announced two new global developers’ conferences specifically aimed toward Project Ara and the module development kit. Version 0.2 is out and Google wants to make sure everyone is up to speed with the latest changes ahead of an anticipated 2015 launch.

These conferences help developers and hardware makers better understand Ara and how they can use the platform to start developing modules for the Lego-like phone project’s eventual release.  This time around, Google will have two central locations from which they’ll run the conferences — one in Mountain View, CA on January 14th, 2015, and one in Singapore on January 21st, 2015. Beyond those central conference sites, there will be 3-4 additional venues where the conference will be telecast via satellite:

  • Mountain View: Google offices in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London
  • Singapore: Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai

Folks at the central site will get full access to everything in person, but those at satellite locations won’t be subject to video alone — they’ll have staff from the Project Ara team available on-site for everything you need help with. Tickets will range from $25 to $200 depending on who you are and what you do. We imagine students will get a break more than anyone else as Google tends to hook that crowd up with significant discounts.

You’ll have to apply to attend at the Project Ara site here by November 26th 2014, and Google will be contacting you to let you know if your request has been accepted. They say you won’t find out any later than December 2nd so that should give you more than enough time to make travel arrangements in advance. Google also warns that they may exclude a location if developer interest isn’t high, though a promise that you won’t be left in the dark should quell any fears you may have.

[via Google+]

[Deal Alert] Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals For $389.99 ($260 Off)

Android Police - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:18am

$_12There aren't a lot of options for big tablets with styluses, so the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is kind of the automatic winner. The only problem is it's so darn expensive. Well, unless you're down with a refurb. You can pick one of those up on eBay right now for the reasonable price of $389.99.

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The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has a 2560x1600 LCD screen with support for the pressure-sensitive S Pen.

[Deal Alert] Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals For $389.99 ($260 Off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A Brief Look At How Android's Notification Shade Could Learn From Google's Inbox

Android Police - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:10am


Google's Inbox implements a really smart management paradigm - specifically, users can swipe in one direction to "snooze" a message (designating a time at which the message will reappear in the inbox), or swipe the other way to mark the message "done," essentially archiving it. Steve Albright, in a post to Google+, recently opined that this paradigm might find a good home among all of Android's notifications, rather than being confined to Inbox messages.

A Brief Look At How Android's Notification Shade Could Learn From Google's Inbox was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sprint Targets Galaxy S4 Mini With OTA Update Delivering International Wi-Fi Calling

Android Police - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:02am

GalaxyS4Mini-ThumbSprint has posted the change log for an over-the-air update with the Galaxy S4 Mini's name on it. The release will provide the smaller version of 2013's flagship Samsung handset with international Wi-Fi calling and a couple other niceties. It will bump devices up to version L600VPUBNJ1.


International Wi-Fi calling lets Sprint customers dial folks outside of the US using whatever Wi-Fi signal they can get their hands on. However, calls are only free when placed to Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

Sprint Targets Galaxy S4 Mini With OTA Update Delivering International Wi-Fi Calling was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Fantastic Freebies: Zero-cost deals to enrich your Wednesday [Deal of the Day]

Android Guys - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:00am

We’re plowing through hump-day with a round-up of some solid freebies for designers, entrepreneurs, and gamers. Enjoy these freebies:

Protect your flock of sheep from the invading aliens.

Learn how to code in CSS and HTML with this free bundle valued at $145.

Learn to learn by learning to cook. Bestselling author Tim Ferris teaches meta-learning by bringing you along as he meets the world’s quickest learners and top chefs.

Six tutorials and courses designed to teach business hacks and lifestyle optimization techniques to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Over $1,000 worth of design assets including illustrations, vector packs, brushes, fonts, tutorials and more.

Check this deal out, and many others at deals.androidguys.com!


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Reddit News Updated To v7 With Material-Inspired UI, Improved Comment Navigation, And More

Android Police - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:51am

rIf you're going to waste time on Reddit, you might as well do it in style. Reddit News has always been reliable, but now it's pretty stylish too with a big update to v7. What's included? Material stuff. You like that, right?

4 3 2 1

8 10 9

Here's the full changelog from the new version.

  • Every screen beautifully redesigned
  • Delightful animations throughout
  • Vastly improved comment navigation
  • Comprehensive moderator features
  • Support for Gfycat and imgurs gifv format
  • Brand new icon
  • SSL support for added security
  • Even more customizable, including several new font styles
  • And much much more

7 6 5

Okay, let's skip the part where we all point out the parts of the app that are not sufficiently material.

Reddit News Updated To v7 With Material-Inspired UI, Improved Comment Navigation, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can now order the Galaxy Note 4 developer edition for Verizon

Phandroid - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:47am


Just a quick heads-up that the developer edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now available over at Samsung’s website. This device comes with an unlockable bootloader, though the catch is that it will only work on Verizon –AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile customers will need to look to the development community for some after-market bootloader love.

Other than the key to unlocked shackles, everything about the developer edition Galaxy Note 4 is identical to the normal version you can buy from Verizon. That includes a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 display, 3GB of RAM, a quad-core Snapdragon 805 chipset clocked at 2.7GHz, a 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and more.

Need info on the phone itself? Our Galaxy Note 4 review should get you going. Now all that’s left for you to decide is whether the cost of smartphone freedom is worth $700 without a contract. Head to Samsung’s site to order one if you’re interested.

Sprint Brings Spark To 17 New Cities, Including Cleveland, Denver, Minneapolis, Sacramento, And Seattle

Android Police - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:09am

Sprint-ThumbSprint Spark is the carrier's attempt to make its LTE speeds competitive with its rivals, but it's only available in a select number of markets. Today Sprint has announced an expansion into seventeen new cities.

The largest metropolitan areas on this list spread from the West Coast to the Great Lakes. In Washington and California we see Seattle and Sacramento respectively. In Ohio alone there are six markets, including Cleveland and Columbus.

Sprint Brings Spark To 17 New Cities, Including Cleveland, Denver, Minneapolis, Sacramento, And Seattle was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pushbullet get Material Design update

Android Guys - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:05am

Pushbullet for Android has been updated to version 15.0.1, which now introduces material design for the app. Naturally, it looks fantastic and very, very Googly. It brings UI changes such as the floating action button, animations when opening sidebars, material design action toggles, and an overall refresh to the user experience.

It’s pleasing to see the mass adoption of Google’s new design language by many services, into services such as Pushbullet. It accentuates the potential success of the unification of design languages of Android, iOS, and desktop app/web design. This provides high hopes for the future of material design and its evolution.



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Pushbullet (Playboard) | Pushbullet (Play Store)    

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OnePlus to offer second pre-order opportunity on November 17th

Phandroid - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:55am

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OnePlus One pre-sales went up for about three hours this past Monday. The window of availability was originally set to one hour, but server issues made it difficult for many folks to complete their orders and found themselves ultimately shut out. This caused OnePlus to extend the window, but even that wasn’t enough to help everyone who was willing and able to pre-order the device.

Fortunately OnePlus says they’re planning a second pre-sale event on November 17th for those who didn’t get a chance to get in on the fun. According to a forum post on their official site, OnePlus will be taking the time between these two opportunities to shore up their servers and make sure no one runs into any issues the next time around.

There still seems to be high demand for the phone through this method as the company was able to rack up at least 20,000 pre-orders within the first 30-45 minutes. They imagine they could have sold even more had their servers worked properly.

The new opportunity will go live at 15:00 GMT (about 10am eastern) on the aforementioned November 17th date, so be sure to set a reminder (though we’ll certainly be posting a friendly reminder of our own when the date comes). Let us know if you were one of the unlucky few affected by server issues.

[via OnePlus]


Motorola Flip Case App Supports The New Window Case For The DROID Turbo

Android Police - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:39am

QFolio_Combo_BlkGry_540c57ev5knThe new DROID Turbo for Verizon is a beast of a phone, but Motorola isn't letting it stand alone. The company also announced a proprietary see-through case for the device, with the somewhat benign name "Droid Turbo Flip Case." It's a pretty standard full-body flip case offered in either leather or nylon, but it includes a screen cutout and a transparent cover that lets you view the phone's active notifications, or even answer a call or take a photo, without opening the case.

Motorola Flip Case App Supports The New Window Case For The DROID Turbo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Wolf Among Us Comes To The Play Store After Four Months Of Amazon Appstore Exclusivity

Android Police - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:19am

TheWolfAmongUs-ThumbThis summer Telltale Games brought The Wolf Among Us to Android, a game based on the Fables comic book series from Bill Willingham and DC Comics. There was a catch--the game was only available via the Amazon Appstore. It wasn't a Kindle Fire exclusive or anything, but many Android users don't particularly want to deal with the Appstore for content, even if this means missing out on whatever piece of software is currently the Free App of the Day.

The Wolf Among Us Comes To The Play Store After Four Months Of Amazon Appstore Exclusivity was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Icon packs that you must have on your Android device…Sixth Installment

Android Guys - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 8:00am
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As so many of you know I’m seriously addicted to icons. I have been collecting them for years now and have been doing it long before smartphones came along. I’ve got a very large collection of icons of icon packs that you can use to customize your computer OS, and of course now a decent collection since I’ve been using Android.

With that being said, I find it important to share icon packs that I enjoy with each of you. However, I mainly share them with you to support the developers who make them. Those guys and girls put a ton of hours into their work and I feel it’s important that we support them. Sure, it can get expensive to do that if you’re like me who has well over 7,000 icon packs, but pack by pack it’s cheap. Spending a dollar or two to support a developer who does what they do is well worth it, and it only encourages them do it more. So if you can, pick up an icon pack or two out of this post and help support these folks.

That’s right, I’m going to show you some of the newest, hottest, most amazing icon packs in the Google Play Store today that you need to have installed on your mobile device. These icons packs will make your phone scream with pleasure and will get everyone asking; “What awesome icon pack is that you’re using?”

You can check out some of our older posts on this same subject here: Android Icons You Must Have as well as my other three editions of this post here: Icon Packs You Must Have(Round One) here: Icon Packs You Must Have(Round Two) here: Icon Packs You Must Have(Round Three) here: Icon Packs You Must Have(Round Four) and here: Icon Packs You Must Have(Round Five).

I’m sure you’re ready for me to quit rambling and to show you all the good stuff. So without further delay, let me show you some awesome icons that I feel are worthy for each and everyone of you to purchase, download and install on your phone to make it look totally kick ass.


Nano by Rezza Woran  
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Rezza Woran is a new and upcoming designer in the icon industry, but I have to admit that with his second icon pack, Nano, that he has hit a home run. Nano is something considerably different than most icon packs you’ll see out there today, and that is a good thing.

Nano is a square icon set with rounded corners, which of course seems to be a pretty familiar thing right now and I actually happen to like the majority of them that are like this. But Nano incorporates a bit more to the overall look and feel of the icon. You have the inner part that holds the app icon itself. Then in the top left and bottom corners you have what to me looks kind of like a small banner running around the corners to really set the entire icons off and make them stand out.


  • 1900+ Custom Icons and more will come
  • 4500+ Activities
  • Unique Icon shaded style
  • Multi Launcher Supports
  • HD Icon 194×194 px
  • Unique App Drawer Style
  • Dynamic calendar support
  • Frequent Updates
Nano Icon Screenshot Nano Icon Pack (Playboard) | Nano Icon Pack (Play Store) Cirkify by CJames Designer Cirkify Icon Banner

Cirkify by CJames Designer is something that we see a lot of, icons with a bit of long shadows. However, there’s a bit more to it than just a round set of icons with those long shadows that we’ve all grown accustom to seeing in a lot of icon packs over the past few months or so now.

As you can see, Cirkify has an inner circle where the app icon lies within the background. Then there’s a small outer ring, a few shades lighter than the app icon background, to make everything stand out and give it a bit of a dimensional look. Then of course you’ve got the long shadow. But what is really different about Cirkify is the fact that CJames uses some vivid colors for the icons, such as yellow, orange, bright blue and other colors. A very nice touch and definitely something I like to see.


  • HD Icon Pack and Wallpaper
  • Over 2,000 unique icons
  • Icon requests update every Wednesday
  • Quick support and direct relations with developer
Cirkify Icon Screenshot Cirkify Icon Pack (Playboard) | Cirkify Icon Pack (Play Store)    

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PlayStation app updated with refreshed user interface and tablet support

Phandroid - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 7:48am


The PlayStation app in Google Play has gotten a nice upgrade. Sore eyes can rest easy knowing that Sony has redesigned the home screen to make it easier to find the things you need. The changes aren’t massive, but it does provide quick access to What’s New content and PlayStation Live video. You’ll also get a quick overview of online friends without having to jump into the friends menu.

The biggest change is newly-added support for tablets, so using the app on a bigger screen won’t simply result in an oversized phone user interface. Beyond that, it’s now easier to find friends on PlayStation. You can search for users by using their real name if they have enabled that on their account, and the app will also recommend friends that you may know (though our history with such a feature suggests it won’t get it right 100% of the time, so be careful about who you’re adding).

The upgrade is sitting over at Google Play right now. Set aside the reasonable 3.3 megabytes it costs to download and get going!


[via PS4Daily]

Accessory of the Day: OtterBox Defender for Galaxy Note 3 $36.99

Android Guys - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 7:00am

It’s time to protect that big, beautiful phone with the OtterBox Defender for your Galaxy Note 3. Rugged and protective, this case is a lifesaver for folks that tend to drop their devices. For just $36.99 (Prime eligible), you can secure that investment and protect your resale value.


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Oppo R5 has 5.2-inch AMOLED display, body that measures just 4.85mm thick

Android and Me - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:51am

The N3 isn’t the only new smartphone that the folks at Oppo announced today! And if a motorized swiveling camera isn’t your thing, maybe a super-thin smartphone is.

The Oppo R5 features an aluminum frame and a body that measures just 4.85mm thick. Yeah, that’s pretty thin. In order to help keep the R5’s internals cool inside that space, Oppo has included a Cool Element to absorb heat and improve thermal efficiency.

Of course, Oppo couldn’t create the R5 without giving its camera at least a little special attention. The Oppo R5’s 13-megapixel sensor is of the Sony Exmor IMX214 BSI variety, has an f/2.0 aperture and a Pure Image stitching feature that can create 50-megapixel shots. Oppo has also thrown in a Tracking Focus feature and the ability to alter the focus of a photo after it’s been taken.

So by now I bet you’re wondering what kind of specs Oppo was able to cram inside of the R5’s 4.85mm frame. Wonder no more, friends:

  • 5.2-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED display
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with Sony Exmor IMX214 BSI sensor
  • 5-megapixel front camera with wide-angle 83 degree lens
  • 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • 4G LTE
  • Oppo ColorOS 2.0 with Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 148.9 × 74.5 × 4.85mm
  • 2000mAh battery
  • VOOC mini Rapid Charger that can provide two hours of talk time in five minutes of a 75 percent charge in 30 minutes

The Oppo R5 is slated to go on sale in December for $499. Oppo also plans to offer an O-Music Bluetooth clip that can be used to control your music or snap a photo with the R5’s camera.

Oppo N3 has a swivel camera like the N1, but this time it’s motorized

Android and Me - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:33am

One year after the introduction of the Oppo N1, the folks at Oppo have taken the wraps off of their new flagship smartphone, the N3.

The Oppo N3 takes many features of its predecessor and attempts to improve on them. Perhaps the most notable upgrade is the 16-megapixel swivel camera, up from the 13-megapixel shooter found on the N1. The increased megapixel count isn’t the only difference between the two shooters, though, as the N3’s swivel camera is motorized this time around. It can rotate up to 206 degrees, and the swivel can be controlled by on-screen gestures, the O-Click remote or by touch.

Oppo has also thrown a fingerprint reader into the N3. It can be used for security and scrolling, the latter of which was a feature of the N1’s rear touch panel.

The Oppo N3’s full spec list looks like this:

  • 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 16-megapixel f/2.2 motorized swivel camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE, dual SIM
  • O-Click 2.0 Bluetooth Remote Control
  • 3000mAh battery
  • VOOC mini Rapid Charger, which can give you two hours of talk time in five minutes or a 75 percent charge in 30 minutes
  • ColorOS 2.0 with Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 161.2 × 77 × 8.7mm
  • Aluminum frame

The Oppo N3 will launch in December with a price tag of $649. Overall the N3 looks like a nice follow-up to the N1, gaining an upgraded camera and a slightly smaller display, which is good news for the folks that felt that the N1’s 5.9-inch screen was too large.

Time Is A Race You Must Embrace, Chase, Retrace, Or Maybe Erase With Void Watch Face

Android Police - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:00am


Well son, time is but an illusion of change
Yesterday you had a tiny phone with Snake
Today you're overcome by a desire so strange
To buy the biggest phablet Motorola can make.

Time comes, flies, runs out, it's an elusive affair
Don't waste it by constantly checking the clock
Free yourself from it, put a blank screen on your Wear
It's always noon somewhere, Paris, Rio, or Bangkok.

One smart dev sensed the deceptive nature of time
He made a watch face so black it seemed like Void
So before I trip on a word that doesn't rhyme
I'll advise you to instantly download it on your droid.

Time Is A Race You Must Embrace, Chase, Retrace, Or Maybe Erase With Void Watch Face was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Bumpies Galaxy S5 review

Android Guys - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00pm
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In a world of ever changing phones and tablets one necessity that will always be needed is a way to protect those devices. Devices using Android are constantly evolving getting bigger and more refined. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the more popular devices on the market. With this large and stylish phone it seems ashamed to have to protect it with a bulky phone case, adding to the size and changing the overall look of the phone. One company that strives to keep your device protected without adding extra to your phone is Bumpies. Bumpies intention is to free your phone and that is exactly what it does. Bumpies were originally designed for the IPhone and have now been created for the Galaxy S5.

The whole concept for Bumpies is to allow you protection without adding to the phone. Phones are not designed for cases, the cases are designed for the phone. Some of the more attractive aspects of the S5 is the screen size, the soft textured back, and being water proof. The screen size makes the phone large and to have to add to the size just makes it even more difficult to handle. The back of the phones texture is completely lost with a full case. The water proof becomes inconvenient to open the charging port with a case. Bumpies alleviate all these issues by being as minimal as possible.

Bumpies are four thin pieces that are held on with an adhesive to each corner of your phone. This minimal design is not just a gimmick there is thought put into them. With a hard outer shell and soft inner the Bumpies provide the same protection most large cases have. The corners are noticeable to the eye but are virtually non-existent in use. Bumpies provide the protection your phone needs in one of the most vulnerable places. This design allows the phone to look and feel the way it was intended no ports covered, no added size, and no covered speakers for better sound. The corners also provide a small amount of space between the phone and the surface you place it on. The small gap from phone to surface which means no muffled speaker or tiny scratches from dirt and debris.

Although Bumpies have been very well thought out and have years of research to achieve protection without added size they are not without their caveats. They are not for everyone and that is ok. The most obvious is that they are made for the casual user and not people with more demanding high impact jobs or sports. This flaw, if it should be called that, really does not take away from the idea in the first place. The only real complaint is the fact that once they are used there is no going back. This is an issue with Android phones in general because of two things, removable battery covers and sd cards. To get to the battery or card requires the Bumpies to be removed to take the back off.

Bumpies come in a range of colors and are $24.00 dollars plus tax and shipping. The packaging they come in was also well thought out doubling as an alignment tool for installation.  They are located in the San Diego, California and were designed by three friends. The whole purpose was to make a case that did not add bulk and allow the user to enjoy their phone the way it was intended to be. Installation is a breeze mainly because of the alignment tool and instructions. If you are anything like me and enjoy your phone the way it is in its pure form Bumpies are the most minimal approach to protection there is out in the market.


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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition has unlockable bootloader, $700 price tag

Android and Me - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:16pm

Samsung has a history of selling Developer Edition models of its flagship smartphones for Verizon, which offer unlockable bootloaders so that tinkerers can do things like load custom ROMs on them. That tradition continues today with the Note 4.

The Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition is now available for purchase from Samsung for $700, the same price that Verizon is charging for its no-contract Note 4. Both phones feature the exact same spec list, save for one notable difference: the Developer Edition has a bootloader that can be unlocked relatively easily, a feature that other Verizon smartphones lack.

While $700 is a lot more than most folks are accustomed to paying for a smartphone, it’s still nice that the option for to buy a Verizon Note 4 with an unlockable bootloader is available. If you’ve got $700 and an urge to tinker with a Verizon-branded Galaxy Note 4, you can buy a unit of your own at the Samsung link below.

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