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Samsung Gear S enters the smartwatch fray with 2-inch screen, 3G connectivity

Android and Me - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:31am

Shortly after LG took the wraps off of its new G Watch R smartwatch, Samsung responded by introducing a new wearable of its own.

The Samsung Gear S is the newest wristwatch from the folks in Seoul, and it’s got a few tricks up its sleeve that make it stand out from the rest of Samsung’s Gear family. First, and probably most noticeable, is its large 2-inch Super AMOLED display, which is curved and features a resolution of 480×360.

The second big feature found in the Gear S is 3G connectivity. Yep, that’s right, the Gear S has a SIM slot for its own 2G/3G connection. That means that you can use the device to conduct calls and respond to messages using its onscreen keyboard. Connectivity options include 2G 900/1800 and 3G 900/2100 or 2G and 3G 850/1900.

Packed inside of the Gear S’s body, which is IP67 rated for resistance to dust and water, lives a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 300mAh battery that Samsung says will last 2 days with “typical usage.” Also included are a bevy of sensors such as an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate, ambient light, UV and barometer.

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On the software side of things, the Gear S comes preloaded with Tizen and a host of Samsung applications. Those include S Voice, Power Saving Mode, S Health and Music Player.

Samsung has also introduced another Gear device called the Gear Circle. This piece of headgear is meant to be paired with a smartphone and allow the wearer to receive calls, listen to music and issue voice commands over a Bluetooth connection. It’ll vibrate when you’ve got incoming notifications and can be magnetically clasped around your neck when not in used.

Both the Gear S and Gear Circle are expected to begin rolling out globally in October. No pricing details for either product have been given.

So there’s Samsung newest wearable offerings. The Gear S looks like an interesting unit, and while we’re sure that some folks will be disappointed that it’s running Tizen and not Android Wear, the fact that it’s got a beefy (for smartwatches) 2-inch display and its own 3G connection ought to win it at least some attention.

What do you think of Samsung’s Gear S? Has its big screen and cellular connectivity piqued your interest?

HTC One remix: performance champ

Android and Me - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:00am

Like most other mid-range phones, the spec sheet of the HTC One remix doesn’t have much to brag about. The phone’s equipped with a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s paired with a measly 1GB of RAM. Yes, the KitKat version of Android running on the phone is optimized to work well with just half a gig of memory, but we all know that 2GB is the sweet spot these days. Simply put, the specs on the HTC One remix are underwhelming.

Fortunately for HTC, the specs of the One remix seem to have little bearing on how the phone actually performs. When running benchmarks, the numbers clearly show that the HTC One remix isn’t on the same level as the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 or the LG G3. It’s not even close. But when you load up a game or stream your favorite HD show from YouTube, Netflix or Google Play, you’d never guess that the phone is only half as powerful as today’s flagships.

HTC One remix benchmarks
  • 3DMark: 4654
  • AntuTu: 17145
  • GFXBench: 103
  • Quadrant: 9945
  • Vellamo: 705 (metal), 1153 (multicore)
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It’s true that benchmarks do a great job showing how individual devices are able to handle 3D graphics, loading webpages or handling complex algorithms, but they don’t give you a real sense of how the phone will handle apps or games. In our experience with the HTC One remix, the phone was able to keep up with the Samsung Galaxy S5 while playing Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5: Blackout and The Room Two. The HTC One remix is a little slow when loading these games, but the extra second or two isn’t noticeable unless you’re comparing two devices side by side. We’re willing to go out on a limb and say that the gaming experience may actually be better on the HTC One Remix than many flagship phones thanks to its front-facing BoomSound speakers. They definitely make the phone larger than it needs to be, but the immersive audio created by the phone is quite impressive.

The One remix’s 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor should get a lot of credit for the device’s impressive performance, but the real reason it exceeds expectations is because it is a mid-range device with a 720p display. Swap out the HTC one remix’s display with a high-resolution 1080p screen and this article would be littered with doom and gloom references. Since the HTC One remix’s 720p display only has 44.5 percent of the pixels of 1080p screen, the Snapdragon 400 processor don’t have to work nearly as hard as the Snapdragon 801 and 805 processors used in the HTC One (M8), Galaxy S5 or the LG G3.

Some will say that buying a mid-range phone often means you need to make a few compromises. In the case of the HTC One remix, performance isn’t one of them.

Accessory of the Day: Nexus 5 case and screen protector $8.99

Android Guys - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:00am
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It’s always nice to add the peace of mind that comes from securing your device with a protective housing. This Nexus 5 case from Spigen has a non-slip texture thanks to its soft feel coating. Sporting a thin profile and 4 layer screen protector, this is a steal at $8.99 (Prime eligible).


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Metromile Brings Per-Mile Insurance And Car Stat Tracking App To Android

Android Police - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:15am

mAuto insurance is a thing, and OBD-II diagnostic plugs are also a thing. Metromile brings these two things together in a marvelous fusion of data and pragmatism. With the new Android app, you can get diagnostic data out of your car and take advantage of Metromile's insurance rates based on how much you drive.

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The service is currently only available in California, Oregon, Washington and Illinois. If you are lucky enough to live in one of those locales, the "Metronome" OBD-II device is free.

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightly Builds Go Live For The GSM Moto G 4G

Android Police - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:01am

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The Moto G is easily one of the best choices on the market for a low-cost smartphone. One of the more appealing aspects of the handset is that it's essentially unlocked and free of carrier ties (in most cases, anyway), allowing users to more easily do all the things that carriers attempt to block on their branded handsets.

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Among those things is rooting and ROMing, and now CyanogenMod 11 nightlies are rolling out for the Moto G 4G GSM.

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Download the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 qHD wallpaper

Android Guys - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:54am
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The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be released by Samsung at their event in Berlin, but if you can’t wait for the device in the flesh, then here’s the Note 4 wallpaper in qHD resolution for your enjoyment.  Indeed, while the device has yet to even be released we can get our hands on the first QHD wallpaper. A quick glance and we can see that it’s very Note-like and falls in line with previous backgrounds.

Thanks to the guys over at SamMobile we can already download the 17MB+ .PNG wallpaper for our smartphones. Heck, at 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, we can also load this on tablets and desktops.

Link to high-resolution wallpaper

 

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Developers deserve the ultimate Nexus phone

Android Guys - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:30am
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Each annual Nexus phone gives us a refreshed software experience that us Android nerds crave, but the amazing software isn’t usually backed up by the most amazing hardware. Each phone seems to bring us one or two really high-end hardware features, but then sacrifice something important.

I want to start with the third phone in the Nexus family. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus brought us one of the first 720p HD screens which simply amazed me, but that compensated for the poor camera, bad battery and somewhat cheap build quality. The HD screen was the highlight of this phone’s hardware because Google wanted to push developers to update apps to HD.

The LG Nexus 4 ditched the plastic for a premium glass feel, even though it was a bit fragile. The phone sported the fastest Snapdragon S4 Pro processor on the market, 2GB of RAM, an okay 8-megapixel camera, but lacked a couple big things. LTE support was absent in this phone which was a huge drawback for a lot of people. Storage options were only at 8GB and 16GB with no expandable SD card slot. Perhaps Google was trying to push cloud saving by doing this, but really it had to be to cut costs. Of course, the phone’s battery was a bit mediocre as well.

LG’s Nexus 5 was a really solid step from the Nexus 4, with an OIS camera, slightly better battery life and LTE support. The build of the device is solid, but feels a little cheap compared to other flagships. Many people argue that this is the Nexus phone they’ve always wanted. Google made sure this phone had a 1080p HD screen and a screaming fast Snapdragon 800 processor, to push developers to update apps to Full HD and support Qualcomm’s 800 series of chips.

I believe each phone is learning from the previous one’s mistakes, but battery life, camera and build quality are all things that really need to be focused on. Obviously Nexus phones are sold as low as $299, so the view is that corner’s have to cut somewhere. Google sells these phones not to make profit from the actual device though, but the apps that developers build and consume. Google Play apps and widgets are not put on the home screens just for the fun of it, but because Google really wants us to buy content.

Developers have done an incredible job filling the Play Store with apps for us all the enjoy. Downloads from the Play Store passed Apple’s App Store back in 2012, and revenue from the Play Store is expected to pass the App Store in 2016. That will be a huge milestone once it happens.

The Nexus phone should not only be an invitation to Google’s playground, but a reward for being a dedicated builder, developer or even a fan of the Android OS we see today.

A high-quality, premium Nexus phone that doesn’t cut corners is what Android builders deserve. OnePlus was able to sell one of the highest quality phones to date with a price of only $299, and they aren’t even making money from Play Store sales like Google. Here’s what I have in mind for the next Nexus phone.

“Motorola Nexus X”:

  • 1080p 5.2 inch AMOLED screen
  • Snapdragon 805, or Tegra K1 “Denver” for 64-bit processing
  • 3GB RAM, or 4GB to take advantage of Denver’s 64-bit capabilities
  • 13-megapixel camera with optical zoom and 5-megapixel front
  • Good speakers. Either on front, or on bottom.
  • At least 32GB storage available
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Good build quality with slim bezels. I’m fine with plastic, but some metal would be crazy nice.

That’s just my dream phone really, but I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

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Nova Launcher gets updated with new drawer animations in version 3.1 (out of beta)

Android Guys - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:39am
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Nova Launcher is one of the best and most popular launchers out there. It’s full of customization, updated regularly and runs as smooth as butter. Beta version of the app got updated about a week ago and is now out of beta. What’s new? Here’s the changelog:

  • Drawer animations / transitions: Circle (not compatible with all devices), Slide Up, Zoom and Fade
  • App Drawer Search and a list of recently installed and updated apps
  • Bug fixes

If you’d like to get the new version now, you can do that via the Google Play Store.

Nova Launcher (Playboard) | Nova Launcher (Play Store)

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Android and Me - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:31pm

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play Store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

App Swap

App Swap

Description: App Swap is a drawer which allow you to easily launch your applications. It works with your existing launcher (Google Now, Nova, Yahoo Aviate, Everything Me,…). There are two ways to launch it, from your home screen or with a swipe up from your navigation bar.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Peacekeeper

Peacekeeper

Description: The Peacekeeper App is a tool that gives individuals and families a way to effectively safeguard their own households and communities for as little as $.89 cents/month per user (for households ranging from 6-12 people when they subscribe for 1 year).

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

SpinMe Alarm Clock

SpinMe

Description: Suck at waking up? Are you the type of person to set multiple alarms a few minutes apart from each other just to make sure you wake up on time? If so, say hello to your new alarm clock.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

WeTransfer

WeTransfer

Description: Simply select your photos & videos or use the share button, add your friends’ email addresses and upload up to 10GB! Enjoy inspiring backgrounds during the transfer. Your friends will receive an email with a download link. There’s no signup!

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Fragment

Fragment

Description: With Fragment, you now have the power to transform any image into totally unique, one-of-a-kind prismatic art you’ll want to share with everyone. Whether you’re looking to completely redefine and enhance your level of mobile photography, or simply want to add a subtle dose of creativity to your pictures, Fragment puts the artistry in your hands.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

SuperBetter

SuperBetter

Description: SuperBetter isn’t a game. It’s just an awesome tool created by game designers who take the best of games and apply it to your real life so you can get stronger, happier, and healthier.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 


Montage Parodies Soundboard

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Description: Comes with 18 sounds used on the montageparodies subreddit and montage parody YouTube videos, can play multiple sounds at the same time and has optional shrekt or not shrekt background.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Calc+

CalcPlus

Description: Your calculator has any features such as: touching to edit number and operator, reusing previous calculation result for the next calculation, sharing and storing result with note app? —> Calc+ can do all of them.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Android Wear BeeLink

BeeLink

Description: BeeLink is a Android Wear application that allows users to connect Android Wear devices to nearby Bluetooth devices. The application puts wear in command, allowing users to connect/disconnect the wear device to a tablet, phone or any other bluetooth device.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Showear: Android Wear Lock

Showear

Description: Showear is a simple utility avoiding your shower to take control of your smartwatch, but generally speaking it is a lock screen for Android Wear.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

LG announces G Watch R for Q4 ’14

Android Guys - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:20pm

LG on Wednesday announced the G Watch R, its round smartwatch powered by Google’s Android Wear. Made of stainless steel and a calf-skin strap, the G Watch R features a plastic 1.3-inch OLED display with a 320×320 pixel resolution. With an artisanal elegance, the LG G Watch R boasts a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces…. Read more »

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Samsung officially announces Gear S standalone smart watch, as well as Gear Circle earbuds

Phandroid - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:56pm

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Hold onto your hats folks — looks like LG prompted Samsung to issue their smart watch announcement a bit early. The company today confirmed the existence of a new smart watch that might hold a tremendous amount of value for those who don’t fancy tethering to a smartphone for their smart watch needs.

What you see above is what we’ve been calling the “Gear Solo,” and comes with its own embedded 3G radios so you can make calls and use data without having to tether it to a smartphone. Beyond that, it actually sounds like a pretty powerful smart watch under the hood. Here are the specs you can look forward to:

  • 2-inch Super AMOLED display at 480 x 360
  • dual-core 1GHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage
  • WiFi N, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/GLONASS
  • 300mAh battery

Samsung says you can get up to 2 days of “typical” usage out of this thing, though we’re sure that will eventually vary from person to person. As for software you can expect Tizen to be running on this bad boy (which we know isn’t the most popular thing Samsung could have used).

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The design looks pretty sleek, but you’re out of luck if you want to customize the wrist band.

Following that announcement is the Gear Circle, an accessory that’ll let you listen to tunes, make phone calls and issue voice commands on either your phone or smart watch. We thought the Gear Circle would turn out to be a smart watch with a circular display, but it looks like Samsung had something totally different in mind. Where does it get its name? The fact that it can wrap around your neck and clasp into a magnetic mechanism, effectively making a “circle.” You can also call it the geekiest necklace you’ll ever wear.

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Samsung expects their latest products to be available this October, and we imagine they’ll push them quite heavily alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 expected to be unveiled in one short week. No pricing details have been mentioned at this point, though we’re sure Samsung will be throwing us the details once they are finalized.

Samsung Announces Tizen-Powered Gear S Smartwatch And Gear Circle Earbuds

Android Police - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:35pm

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This is a story you've heard before - Samsung has announced another smartwatch. Not content with its current bevy of smartwatch offerings, the South Korean manufacturer has introduced the Gear S, a new Tizen-powered watch with a curved display that Samsung says "enhances the smart wearable experience."

The watch has a 2.0" SAMOLED display at a 360x480 resolution, a 300mAh battery, a dual-core processor, and a handful of sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate monitor, barometer, and sensors for ambient light and UV.

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Official LG G Watch R pictures emerge

Phandroid - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:33pm

LG G Watch R Specs officially announced!

We’ve just learned what’s inside LG’s latest smartwatch as the LG G Watch R Specs have been officially announced. Now we learn about the outside as LG has just issued a number of stunning pictures of the LG G Watch R:

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There’s a whole lot we could say… but we’ll let you be the judge in the comments!

LG makes the G Watch R official

Android and Me - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:33pm

LG has just announced the round counterpart to its first Android Wear smartwatch, the stunning LG G Watch R. And if what the company is showing off today ends up resembling the real deal when it’s released later this year, the competition has their work cut out for them.

The LG G Watch R is essentially an LG G Watch but with a round Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display. The display takes up 100% of the watch’s face, unlike the Motorola Moto 360, and according to LG, “produces stunning image clarity even under bright sunlight and superb clarity when viewed from any angle.” The full spec rundown of the G Watch R looks like this:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 410mAh
  • Operating System: Android Wear (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
  • Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass), Barometer, PPG
  • Color: Black
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

While the G Watch R won’t be out in “key markets” until early in the fourth quarter, it will be on display at IFA next week. Be on the lookout for much more to come on the LG G Watch R in the near future.

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LG G Watch R Specs officially announced, coming in time for the holidays

Phandroid - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:08pm

Ever since LG announced their circular Android Wear smartwatch we’ve been dying to know more. Now we do. LG has announced a teaser to the device’s IFA debut, making clear some of the specs we’ve so desperately desired to see, officially announcing them before Motorola does so for the famed Moto 360. Here they are…

LG G Watch R Specs:

  • 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 4GB Storage (eMMC)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 410mAh Battery
  • IP67 Certification
  • Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass), Barometer, PPG
  • Color: Black
  • Frame: stainless steel
  • Strap: 22mm calf skin leather strap

In their press release, LG makes sure to rub in the fact that its the, “first watch-style wearable device to feature a circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display and utilizes 100 percent of its watch face.” That is, of course, a dig at the Moto 360 design that cuts off a small fraction of the screen.

If you’re looking to buy the LG G Watch R for the holidays – whether as a gift for someone else, gift for yourself, or sticking it on your list for Santa – you’re in luck: it’ll be available in Q4 in key markets. I’d anticipate key markets includes the US of A, other parts of North America, and most of Europe at a bare minimum.

Keep in mind that Android Wear is only compatible with Android 4.3 and above, so if your phone is outdated, you better upgrade that while you’re at it.

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See our LG G Watch R Picture Gallery!

LG Officially Announces The G Watch R: Same Guts, New 1.3" Circular P-OLED Screen And Stainless Steel Body

Android Police - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:00pm

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After a few teases of its premium follow-up to the G Watch, LG has finally let loose official details for the G Watch R. The immediate takeaways: a 1.3" P-OLED [Plastic Organic LED] display, stainless steel body, a heart-rate monitor, leather strap, Q4 availability in "key markets" and, not surprisingly, no pricing at this time.

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As far the insides go, this is basically still just the G Watch. It has the same Snapdragon 400 CPU, the same 4GB of storage, the same 512MB of RAM, the same IP67 rating, and a very-slightly-larger 410mAh battery (compared to 400mAh in the G Watch).

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You can now get 8 amazing Sega games (and a live wallpaper) for around $3.89 in the latest Humble Mobile Bundle

Phandroid - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:04pm

Humble Sega Mobile Bundle

Last week we told you guys about the latest Humble Mobile Bundle to hit the ground running, once again offering up some of the best games on Android, but at a much deeper discount (all in an effort to help charity). The Sega themed bundle initially offered up 6 games — Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, ChuChu Rocket!, and Virtua Tennis Challenge, Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II and Crazy Taxi — all for about $3.78 or more with the promise of 2 more titles to be added later.

As was expected, Humble Sega Mobile Bundle is back with 2 new titles to add to the mix: Sonic CD, and Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition. But that’s not all, the bundle also including a special “Happy Sonic! Live Wallpaper” as a bonus, which should fit nicely on the Android launcher of your choice.

The going rate is currently at $3.89 (the average donation amount) in order to unlock all the titles listed above. If you’d like to relive Sega’s glory days, you can find the Humble Sega Mobile Bundle deal here and don’t forget to check out their newly overhauled companion app linked below.

Humble Bundle (Playboard) | Humble Bundle (Play Store)

The new Cricket is now offering $100 to switch from T-Mobile or MetroPCS

Phandroid - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 5:40pm

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If you ever said to yourself, “Man, you’d have to pay me to use Cricket” today’s your day. The now AT&T owned prepaid carrier is offering up a $100 credit to anyone who leaves T-Mobile or MetroPCS (also owned by T-Mobile) for up to 5 lines.

Those crazy enough to switch to Cricket from T-Mobile, heaven help you. With JUMP early upgrades, free music streaming, free data roaming, and all the other recent moves T-Mobile has been making in recent months, it’s easy to see where I choose to spend my money. But because no 2 people have the same wireless needs, you may find saving a few bucks upfront with Cricket’s cheaper monthly rates and new promo to be a bit more enticing. Cricket’s deal is valid until October 19th and will only work for those porting their number to one of Cricket’s available Basic, Smart, or Pro plans.

This new move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering AT&T officially purchased Cricket earlier this year for $1.19 billion which, to be fair, greatly expanded Cricket’s footprint from their CDMA days of yore. Cricket and MetroPCS often go head-to-head in rural markets offering up affordable off-contract devices for those on a budget.

As a one time (and still bitter) Cricket customer, I’ll admit, current customers using newer GSM devices assure me things have changed since they’re now operating on AT&T’s network. Guess you’ll just have to take their word for it.

[Cricket]

Android Wear App Update Adds A Confusing Way To Report Bugs To App Developers, Support For Ambient Light Sensors

Android Police - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 5:17pm

device-2014-08-27-115440If you've found a problem with your Android Wear watch, you can now submit a bug to wearable app developers. That's definitely a good thing, since certain parts of the platform could use a little spit and polish. But hold your horses: the process for recording and submitting the bug is on the far side of confusing. First update the official Android Wear app to version 1.0.1.1379611, now available on the Play Store.

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HTC Desire 510 carrier availability announced for the US and Canada, here’s where you’ll be able to buy one

Phandroid - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:53pm

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Announced during the wee hours of last night, the HTC Desire 510 is a sexy little entry level Android that wont break the bank. While the official announcement did a good job at revealing the new handset (which seriously, looks awesome), it was mum on exact availability details like when — and more importantly, where — we can plan on picking one up in the future.

This afternoon, HTC USA took to their Twitter account to reveal exactly where we can pick up the HTC Desire 510 later this year, listing off Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile and even Cricket. For this living a little more north, HTC Canada also chimed in, revealing that the handset will be available from Fido Mobile, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile (Canada, of course). For those that need a little refresher on exactly what the HTC Desire 510 offers up, check out some of the basic hardware specs listed below.

HTC Desire 510 specs

  • 4.7-inch FWVGA display
  • Quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 8GB of internal storage (microSD up to 128GB)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi N, GPS w/ GLONASS
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99mm, 158g

One of the coolest parts about the HTC Desire 510 is that HTC will also offer a compatible Dot View case made especially for the device. A stylish way to the protect the handset, the Dot View case allows you to see specific notifications and interact with the device even while the case is closed. HTC recently updated the Dot View app on Google Play to allows users to upload their own images, while expanding notification support. Slick.

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