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The rugged Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is coming to Canada

Phandroid - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:02am

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If you’ve been wanting a super durable version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 you have been stuck with AT&T. The Galaxy S5 Active is finally leaving the US and heading to Canada. Bell, Rogers, and TELUS are all offering the Active for around CA$280 with a two-year contract and CA$700 outright. You can buy right now from Bell and Rogers, next week from TELUS.

Samsung tried to keep a sleek and slim profile for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, and make it as stylish as any phone could look. They went all out with the rugged look and feel for this one. A nice, protector bumper around the edges protects the device from drops, and its tight design gives IP67 and military-spec 810G ratings for dustproof, waterproof and shock resistant qualities. It even comes in camo.

The S5 Active still has the same 5.1-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 16 megapixel camera, and even the heart rate monitor. One thing it doesn’t seem to have is a fingerprint scanner, so if you care about that particular feature you may want to steer clear.

[via Mobile Syrup]

iDrive: 1TB of military grade encrypted cloud storage $19 [Deal of the Day]

Android Guys - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:00am
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Remember when 1TB of data seemed like some mythical foreign figure that would never be reached in your lifetime? I remember. The truth is, however, that I have three 1TB external storage drives sitting right here in front of me, filled to the gills. With resolutions and megapixel counts climbing faster than gas prices, you’re going to need some extra space.

The iDrive Pro Personal Plan affords you 1 year of 1TB cloud backup, plus 1TB of sync space, all secured by 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key. You can add unlimited devices, so all of your tablets, phones, and PC’s can stay connected. There’s even support for Facebook backup. I’ve paid over $200 for one of my physical drives. Sufficient storage space with built-in security is worth investing in at any price, especially $19!

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Moto 360 Review: Better Than You Feared, Worse Than You Hoped

Android Police - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:59am

mt2From the very first day Android Wear was in the news, the Moto 360 has been "the one to wait for." Every time we posted a story about the G Watch or the Gear Live, the comments were populated with no fewer than a million people declaring their intention to wait for Motorola's round smartwatch. Well, the wait was a bit longer than expected, but the Moto 360 has finally arrived.

Moto 360 Review: Better Than You Feared, Worse Than You Hoped was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Microsoft's Universal Bluetooth Keyboard Will Work With Windows, Android, And iOS, Just Like The One From Logitech

Android Police - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:58am

UMK_top_open_blackAs someone who spends all day in front of computer screens, I'm somewhat picky when it comes to input devices. I prefer Logitech mice, but their keyboards are always too mushy and over-designed for my taste - I'll take a chunky, clicky Microsoft keyboard every time. This being the case, I more or less ignored Logitech's admittedly cool K480 universal Bluetooth keyboard, which is designed to work seamlessly across Windows, Android, and iOS.

Microsoft's Universal Bluetooth Keyboard Will Work With Windows, Android, And iOS, Just Like The One From Logitech was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Accessory of the Day: Amazon premium headphones $9.99

Android Guys - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:40am
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Regularly priced at $24.99, these headphones are part of a time-sensitive deal that Amazon is offering today. The magnetic earbuds, coupled with a flat cord, are designed to keep you tangle-free while pumping crystal-clear sound comfortably to your ears. Calls are supported with the built-in mic and remote. At only $9.99 (Prime eligible) and having 3.5/5 star reviews, these little wired headphones are worth their salt.


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HTC Desire 510 for Sprint launches September 19, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile a few days later

Android and Me - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:28am

At the tail-end of August, HTC officially announced the Desire 510. While taking several design cues from the other Desire-branded family members, the new device lacks the high-end BoomSound front-facing speakers that several other HTC devices have launched with recently. Sprint has seen fit to give the mid-range device a launch date and a strikingly low price tag along with it.

The Desire 510 will officially launch on Sprint’s network beginning Friday, September 19. On that date, potential buyers can either order the device online or head into a Sprint retail shop to check out the new handset in person. The Desire 510 will run $0 on a new, two-year contract, or $199 sans any contract at all. The Easy Pay installment plan means a customers will be paying $8.34 for 24 months, with $0 down to kick things off.

The key features, as noted by Sprint, look like this:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon® 400 Processor
  • Sprint Spark enhanced LTE was designed to take full advantage of all three bands of Sprint LTE to deliver our fastest data speeds ever and improved in-building coverage
  • 4.7-inch TFT display for an outstanding visual experience
  • HTC Blinkfeed® aggregates the consumers’ chosen news feeds into a user-friendly experience on their home screens
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras for high-quality photos you’ll be proud to share
  • HD Voice for crystal clear call quality with reduced background noise while calling another Sprint HD Voice-enabled phone Sprint network upgraded areas

Boost Mobile will be launching the Desire 510 as well beginning September 22, with their device being an exclusive white variant. It will run new buyers $99.99. Virgin Mobile will be launching the blue option on September 23, and it will cost for $99.99 as well.

Do you plan on picking up the Desire 510?

Andy’s Threads brings awesome Android apparel to the masses

Phandroid - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:22am

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Back in the day you may remember a popular series of Android t-shirts that took the geek world by storm. There was Exploded Andy, Unstoppable Andy, Mountain View Mashers, and more. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen some creative Android apparel like those t-shirts, but Andy’s Threads is trying to fix that.

Andy’s Threads is a start-up clothing company that has been designing gear since 2011. Due to an increase in production costs they had to take a break, but now they are back, and they need our help. They are currently trying to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter to boost their new operations. Their goal is to bring down costs, build up inventory, and roll out more awesome designs. But enough about the logistics, let’s take a look at some of the shirts they offer.

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For $25 you can back the campaign and pick out a t-shirt. For $150 you can join the Droid Shirt Club and get a free Android shirt every month for a year. Head on over to Kickstarter to show your support. You can also buy some shirts right now from andysthreads.com. Show that Android pride loud and proud!

Adobe Releases EchoSign App Into The Play Store So Android Tablet Owners Can Put Their E-John Hancock Right Here

Android Police - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:09am

EchoSign-ThumbAdobe has brought EchoSign over to Android, so now workers can use the mobile app to close deals with clients, job applicants can use it to sign contracts, and just about anyone can use it to put their John Hancock on any of the myriad of documents that require a signature. The app lets people e-sign documents using either their fingers or a stylus and/or request signatures from others. Even better, it happens to integrate with a number of cloud storage providers (Google Drive and Box make the list, but Dropbox, oddly, isn't mentioned).

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with LTE up for pre-order, ships Sept. 30

Android and Me - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 8:46am

We are still working on getting an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet to review for you, but if that 16GB base model wasn’t cutting it for you then you’ll be glad to hear that the 32GB model with LTE is at last up for pre-order and will begin shipping September 30.

Again we haven’t gotten our hands on it yet, but based on our last year with the SHIELD Portable we have every reason to believe this is an excellent piece of hardware. NVIDIA did their homework and seemed to deliver everything that a gaming enthusiast could want with an 8-inch 1080p display, Tegra K1 processor, front-facing stereo speakers and of course, NVIDIA’s GameStream to bring your PC games to the tablet.

And for those of you that don’t feel like you want a dedicated Android gaming device, the SHIELD Tablet is a high-powered, basically stock Android tablet. NVIDIA has shown that they are going to keep their hardware up to date with the latest version of Android, so you are essentially getting a Nexus tablet with all of the amazing gaming features as a bonus.

You can pre-order the 32GB LTE version of the SHIELD tablet today from NVIDIA for $399 or AT&T will be selling the tablet on contract for $299. I can’t see going on contract for a $100 price cut, but it’ll be available to you if that’s tempting.

Have any of you already picked up a Shield Tablet? If not, does the LTE model tempt you?

Mid-range LG G3 Vigor coming to AT&T and Sprint on the cheap

Phandroid - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 8:42am

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The LG G3 family is getting a little bigger. Today, LG has announced a new mid-range device for the G3 series, and it’s coming to U.S. carriers. The LG G3 Vigor will be available on AT&T and Sprint later this year. The Sprint variant will be available in Burgundy Red and Metallic Black for just $299 off contract, or 24 payments of $12.50. AT&T will have pricing and availability later this year.

The Vigor has a 5-inch 720p IPS display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8MP camera, 2540mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. LG has designed the Vigor with “selfies in mind,” yet they gave it only a 1.3MP front-facing camera. We’ll save our judgement for when we can use this device ourselves, but it seems like a pretty standard LG phone. One that you might find on Verizon for $50 with a crazy name, but this time they slapped the “G3″ title on it. Hopefully it’s worthy.

[via AT&TSprint]

New Moto X preorders go live at AT&T, Motorola sales will begin at 11:00 AM CT

Android and Me - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:40am

If you’ve been itching to hand over some cash to add Motorola’s new flagship smartphone to your gadget utility belt, well, you can now do just that.

AT&T is now accepting preorders for the Moto X (2nd Generation). You can choose from Black Resin, Black Leather or Bamboo body options, and AT&T says that all three units will ship on September 23. Pricing for the Black Resin model is set at 24 monthly payments of $21.96 with AT&T Next 18, 20 monthly payments of $26.35 each with AT&T Next 12, $99.99 with a 2-year contract or $526.99 without a commitment. The Black Leather and Bamboo units will set you back 24 monthly payments of $22.80 with AT&T Next 18, 20 monthly payments of $27.35 each with AT&T Next 12, $119.99 with a 2-year contract or $546.99 without a commitment

Motorola will also take preorders for the new Moto X today. In addition to the regular model, Moto will offer the Moto X – Pure Edition, a SIM unlocked unit that comes with an unlockable bootloader, as well as the Moto Hint and Motorola Turbo Charger. Motorola will also replenish its stock of Moto 360 units today. All of that will go down at 11:00 AM CT.

Motorola’s new Moto X features many improvements over the original model, including a 5.2-inch 1080p display that’s larger than the 4.7-inch 720p screen on the first X. The new version also packs a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. Overall the new Moto X looks like a very respectable flagship for 2014, especially for $100 on-contract and $500 or so without a commitment.

Moto X (2nd Gen) goes up for pre-order from AT&T in black, leather, and bamboo

Phandroid - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:35am

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Yesterday we told you about the new Moto X going up for pre-order today. We were expecting pre-orders to go live at 11am Central, but AT&T has jumped the gun. They are offering the 16GB version of the new Moto X in black soft-touch, black leather, and bamboo. It’s available for $99 with a new two-year contract and $526 off-contract (Motorola asks $499 for the Pure Edition).

Motorola will have the new Moto X available later today with all the Moto Maker customizations, and the aforementioned Pure Edition. If you opt to buy the Moto X from Motorola you can get $50 off with an .edu email address. Buying it from AT&T will get the device on your front porch a day or two after September 23rd. Will you be buying the Moto X from AT&T, or are you waiting on Moto Maker? What color are you getting?

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CyanogenMod 11 M10 Adds Support For The Sprint Galaxy S5 And New Bug Tracker App, Drops Verizon And Sprint Galaxy Nexus

Android Police - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:19am

cidIt's that time of the month again, CyanogenMod ROM fans. In fact it's a bit past that time of the month, reportedly thanks to a heavy workload and the Labor Day weekend, but now that the CM11 monthly update is up to the M10 release, we won't hold it against the CyanogenMod Team. The biggest change to the M build is a brand new bug tracker app, which makes it easy for users to submit anonymized bug reports to CM along with a stacktrace whenever a system app crashes.

CyanogenMod 11 M10 Adds Support For The Sprint Galaxy S5 And New Bug Tracker App, Drops Verizon And Sprint Galaxy Nexus was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



NVIDIA Announces LTE SHIELD Tablet Availability, Coming September 30th For $399

Android Police - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:00am

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At the end of July we reviewed SHIELD Tablet (and loved it), but the big question on a lot of would-be users' minds was "when will the LTE model be coming out?" Well, we finally have our answer: soon. September 30th-soon, to be exact.

As you may remember, the LTE model is essentially identical to the Wi-Fi model, with the addition of LTE connectivity and increased storage – up to 32GB from 16GB.

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Nexus 9 keyboard cover leaked

Android Guys - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:38am
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With the Nexus 9 looking set for the third quarter of 2014, a recent leak claims to show off the rumoured keyboard accessory which is said to come with the Nexus 9 in a Microsoft Surface-like addon.

The seemingly large space above the keys is actually where the Nexus 9 will fold out and stand, covering up the seemingly unused space.

The inclusion of a keyboard accessory with the Nexus 9 would certainly boost the productivity of the device, but are you excited about it?

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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.

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

[Deal Alert] Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (16GB) On Sale For $219.99 With Free US Shipping, Down From $400 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



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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