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Xbox One SmartGlass Beta App Updated With Ability To Purchase Games Remotely And Other New Features

Android Police - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:53am

XboxThumbMicrosoft may have its own smartphone platform, but when so many Xbox gamers walk around with Android phones in their pockets, it would be a shame to ignore them (or their wallets). So the company has rolled out another update to its Xbox One SmartGlass beta app, and this one introduces the ability to purchase games and add-ons for the console remotely. It's a nice feature for people who have run out to buy an Xbox One with or without Kinect.

Xbox One SmartGlass Beta App Updated With Ability To Purchase Games Remotely And Other New Features was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



LG ships record-high 14.5 million smartphones in Q2

Android Guys - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:35am
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Things are looking good for LG this week as the company announces is second quarter results. With a record high 14.5 million smartphones shipped in the three-month window LG is up 20 percent year-over-year. Sales are up 16 percent as compared to the same quarter from last year; this is the highest increase since Q1 2010. Thanks... Read more »

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[New Game] The Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Tie-In Game Is Here To Mock Your Childhood, But At Least It's Not An Endless Runner

Android Police - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:32am

tHave you heard? Michael Bay actually hates every single person who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s. This is the only explanation for what he is doing to our beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the upcoming film reboot. Setting aside this insult to history, there's a new game to go along with the move launching in the Play Store today, and it looks better than most of the movie tie-in games.

[New Game] The Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Tie-In Game Is Here To Mock Your Childhood, But At Least It's Not An Endless Runner was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Google Maps adds Explore feature to help you find new places

Android and Me - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:03am

Google Maps for Android is adding a new feature to help you venture out more. The new Explore feature is signified by a button that pops up next to the compass button in the bottom right corner of the screen. Tapping on it brings up the Explore menu, a list of new and interesting places to discover around you. The list is intuitive, changing depending on the time of day so that you won’t get suggestions for nightclubs at 9 a.m.

The Explore options also change depending on the weather so that you won’t get told to go on a nature hike during a rainstorm. All in all, the Explore feature adds a nice boost to the rather stark Google Maps experience. Right now, Explore is only available in specific areas, but it will expand as time goes on. The change is also on Google’s end, so you won’t get Explore until Google pushes it to you. If, however, you don’t have Google Maps installed, then simply follow the link below to get it.

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Google's Latest Play Store Promotion Highlights Games That Don't Need An Internet Connection

Android Police - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:56am

nexusae0_play_store_thumbGoogle sells a lot of games, but often, the ones downloaded from the Play Store require Internet access even in single-player modes. (Square Enix, Gameloft, we're glaring at you.) So for the latest promotion, they've decided to highlight games that don't require such frivolities. You can play them on a train. You can play them on a plane. You can play them in a box. You can play them with a fox.

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Reminder: Verizon HTC One Remix (One Mini 2) available today

Phandroid - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:46am

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In case you’ve already forgotten, here’s another friendly reminder: Verizon’s latest smartphone — the HTC One Remix — is available today for $50 on a new two-year contract, $22.49 per month for 20 months with $0 down on Verizon Edge, or $450 outright. The HTC One Remix might sound like a souped up version of the HTC One M8, but it’s actually just a rebranded version of the HTC One Mini 2 (which doesn’t quite match the same prowess as the phone it’s based on, but does provide a decent smartphone experience for its cost.

The HTC One Remix features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13 megapixel camera with LED flash, 5 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band WiFi N, GPS w/ GLONASS, a 2,100mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6. Sounds like quite a bit for the low stack of cash you’d be forking over. You can purchase one now by stopping in at your local Verizon store or ordering one online right here.

LG Mobile has a record quarter with 14.5 million smartphones shipped; ends 3-quarter streak of losses

Phandroid - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:09am

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LG had a pretty good Q2 2014 that they can be proud of. The biggest highlight for their mobile division was that they shipped a record-high 14.5 million smartphones, enough for the mobile division to turn a profit for the first time in four quarters. Those profits came on the back of $3.51 billion in sales, $83.4 million of which was pure profit.

It’s not a huge amount of money to drop into the pocketbook for a big company like LG, but a profitable business means they can continue to invest in their research and development and keep introducing the innovations that helped them to results like this. LG has made considerable strides in their phone business in the past two years.

A noticeable uptick in smartphone quality, new display features that no other company is matching (such as 4K resolution and virtually unbreakable displays) and improved software have all contributed to a product line that is now pulling as much attention as HTC’s One series. They still have some ways to go to match Samsung’s prowess, but doesn’t everybody these days?

LG made it a point to mention that it wasn’t only the LG G3 and other flagship smartphone releases that helped them to these results, though. They gave a good portion of credit to the L-Series III lineup, a collection of mid-range smartphones to fit any budget. They might not be as flashy as LG’s recent releases, but the phones seem to be good enough at their affordable price points to fill the needs of many smartphone users.

For the entirety of the company, LG pulled in 399.8 million in net profit (26% increase year-on-year) on the back of $14.93 billion in revenue (7% increase quarter-over-quarter). Let’s hope the rest of 2014 is just as good for the company because there’s nothing quite like healthy competition.

Verizon Formally Launches The HTC One Remix ($50 On Contract) And Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 ($360 On Contract)

Android Police - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:06am

remixthumbBig Red is welcoming two new devices to its stable today: HTC's mid-range One Mini 2 One Remix, and Samsung's 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4. Both are available on the Verizon website right now, and should be in retail stores today or soon thereafter. The One Remix costs $49.99 on-contract (half of what we expected), or $449.99 without the commitment, which actually isn't bad as far as Verizon phones go.

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LG posts Q2 profits, record number of phones sold

Android and Me - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:53am

LG has released its Q2 profits and things are looking up for the South Korean company. LG posted sales of $3.5 billion from the mobile division, a number that hasn’t been since 2010. As a whole, LG’s mobile arm posted an operating profit of $83.4 million. That operating profit is well up from the the past three consecutive quarters of losses. Money isn’t everything though, so how many phones were moved?

During Q2 2014, LG managed to sell over 14.5 million smartphones. That number is up 20 percent from Q2 2013, and also 17 percent up from Q1 2014. The boost in sales and profit is likely due to the success of the LG G3, which we praised in our review of it. Having a successful flagship combined with LG’s steady mid-range sector has allowed the company’s mobile division to bounce back. With such a success from the G3, LG will likely realize that its new approach with the the G3 is one that works.

While sales will likely slow throughout the year, the difference shouldn’t be too vast as LG continues to release the G3 in different markets around the world. Variants such as the G3 Beat should also contribute to steadier sales than last year’s models. A final note is that LTE-equipped phones accounted for over a third of the phones sold. Such a number reflects the growing demand for LTE in the world. If LG plans to score another success, it needs to continue to cater to that demand.

Skype 5.0 for Android makes it easier to find your friends

Phandroid - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:19am

Skype has just dropped version 5.0 of their Android app. Despite a huge version change, this update only brings us a couple of new features (though some very key ones if you have previously had trouble finding your friends and family members who may or may not be on Skype).

Specifically new to the Android version is the ability to finally find contacts by linking your address book to Skype. Skype will eventually ask you to verify your real phone number in order to use this feature, but that shouldn’t be much of an issue if you’re looking forward to pain-free methods of finding friends who have Skype accounts.

The feature is even more robust for people who use a Microsoft account to sign in. Like the phone address book functionality, Skype will look to match contacts from your Microsoft account’s address book to people on Skype.

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Thankfully none of this is being forced on the user if they want no parts of it — simply head into settings and disable it. And if you want to use the functionality but don’t want to make your phone number known you’ll have the ability to hide that from public view. It sounds like a pretty solid update, though we’re more interested in hearing about the return of full group chat functionality without the excessive battery drain.

Skype – free IM & video calls (Playboard) | Skype – free IM & video calls (Play Store)

How to instantly speed up the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 & LG G3

Android Guys - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:51am
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Hidden deep in Android, following the KitKat 4.4 release, is a feature that can be enabled to instantly speed up your Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3, and pretty much any Android device that supports KitKat. It’s called ART, and that stands for Android Runtime, which is the successor to the Dalvik system... Read more »

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Watch This App: Chron Watch

Android Guys - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:50am
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So you’ve got an Android Wear device and now you’re looking for some Android apps to go along with it. We’ve got you covered. Our Watch This App column is designed to help educate readers in the various apps available for the platform and highlight the best of the bunch. Watch This App: Chron Watch Customization of your watch…... Read more »

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HTC: Watch from our recent video is not a real product

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:30pm
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We’ve seen a brief cameo of an unknown watch yesterday in HTC’s official Design Video. Rumors started that the watch is in fact HTC’s Android Wear smartwatch which is about to be released in the near future. It seems that’s not the case, HTC released an official statement in which they said the following: HTC encourages…... Read more »

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[DEALS & STEALS] Get Anker’s Astro E3 10,000mAh external battery for $25.99 (68% off) on Amazon

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:58pm
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Many people would say that battery life is the main problem when it comes to today’s smartphones. I personally tend to agree with that. It’s always a good idea to have some extra juice on you if possible and external battery can be a great solution. Well, if you’re in market for one we have a... Read more »

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[Bonus Round] Super Heavy Sword, Super Tank Arena Battles, Watercolors, And Solarmax 2

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:28pm

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an excellent action-platformer (think Mario with swords), a 2D take on Battlezone, a startlingly original puzzle game, and a simplified space strategy title.

[Bonus Round] Super Heavy Sword, Super Tank Arena Battles, Watercolors, And Solarmax 2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Samsung Galaxy Alpha images and details leak

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:17pm
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We’ve been hearing a lot about Samsung’s upcoming powerhouse smartphone, which was once referred to as the Galaxy S5 Prime. Bits and pieces have trickled out about it having a QHD display and an aluminum body to match the build quality of the HTC One. But it seems like the “Galaxy S5 Prime” turned out... Read more »

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[DEALS & STEALS] Google Play Summer Sale has already kicked off although there’s no official announcement just yet

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:59pm
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It’s summer. Many of you are out there on a vacation of some sort. Perhaps you want to play a game or do something productive on your Android device while you’re lying around resting. If that’s the case then we have some news for you. Android Police released a list of apps and games which are... Read more »

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Google Officially Introduces New "Explore Nearby" Functionality For Maps

Android Police - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:35pm

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Recently, we posted about a new feature Google was testing to help users better "explore" their surroundings, offering more fine-tuned exploration options for a user's immediate vicinity or their destination, with suggestions of what to do in the area based on time of day or conditions. The interface would apparently get its own button in Google Maps' primary view, but the button only appeared for a few users at the time.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha leak shows smaller 4.7-inch display, aluminum frame

Phandroid - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:25pm

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And here we were thinking the long rumored Samsung Galaxy Alpha would be nothing more than an ultra premium, Samsung Galaxy S5 with a 2K display and aluminum build. Turns out, we may have been wrong in our assumptions.

The folks at SamMobile published a few very clear leaked images of the device. Sure the rumored aluminum frame makes an appearance, but when compared side-by-side against the Samsung Galaxy S5, you’ll notice a much smaller all around size. Said to feature a Galaxy S3-sized 4.7-inch display, this could be more of an iPhone 6 challenger than anything.

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According to the tipster, the Galaxy Alpha features 32GB of internal storage and the absence of the usual SD card slot. You’ll also notice Samsung’s trademark faux leather battery cover, only this time with much smaller perforated holes (possibly addressing concerns the Galaxy S5′s looked like a Band-Aid).

Because Samsung already offers a smaller Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini with sub par specs, we’re hoping they’ll go with more higher-performance hardware for the Galaxy Alpha, but nothing has been confirmed at this point.

We expect we’ll learn more about the device as we near it’s rumored August limited release, in the meantime you can check out the leaked pics below.

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Watch This App: Pomodoro Wear

Android Guys - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:20pm
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Trying to get yourself into good working habits and/or need help focusing on tasks? Have you ever considered the Pomodoro Technique? Designed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, this is the method that encourages short bursts of sold work followed by small breaks. Typically broken into 25 minute sessions and 5 minute breaks, it’s found…... Read more »

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