The very first thing that college sports fans did when the Moto Maker customization tool came out was make a phone in the colors of their alma mater. Now that's a little easier thanks to Motorola's College Collection. To facilitate better collegiate customization, the College Collection includes nine new back colors and three new accent colors (which don't seem to be available on the standard Moto Maker site). If that's not enough for you, the customized phones also include a clear case with your school logo.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
[Gig 'Em Aggies] Motorola Introduces The College Collection With 43 Moto X Custom Color Combinations And School Cases was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Just in time for March Madness, Motorola is letting your wear your college pride right on your sleeve. Actually, they are letting you wear your college pride right on your phone with new customization options being rolled out to Moto Maker. The Moto X College Collection combines official school logos with new back and accent color options to create any true fan’s dream phone.
Motorola parsed through the numerous college color schemes and settled on nine new additions to their selection of back cover colors as well as three new accent colors. While this doesn’t include all the various shades that different schools use, Moto feels they offer enough variety to get a close approximation (in reality, the results are often far from perfect). A selection of clear cases emblazoned with official college logos rounds out the look. As of now, 40 different schools are available with more planned in the future.
The logos are a nice addition, but the big news really is the addition of new color options for Motos in the making. This marks the first major addition (other than wood back plate options) to the Moto X creation service’s list of customization options since it launched last year.
As a bonus, Motorola is offering education discounts for those purchasing the device with a registered .edu email address. Check out all of the Moto X College Collection options at Motorola’s site.
AllCast developer Koushik Dutta has added DLNA server support to his media Chromecasting app. Now anyone with AllCast installed can stream media straight from their DLNA servers to a Chromecast device with minimal effort.
A competing app, LocalCast, recently added the ability to cast network storage files via Samba. The catch was that you had to stream files to your Android device first before sending them out to a Chromecast.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
AllCast Updated With DLNA Server Support - Cast Media Stored On A DLNA Server Directly To A Chromecast Using Your Android Device was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Nexus 7 2013 is already one of the best tablet deals around, but you can never have too much money. To that end, you might want to know that Newegg currently has both the 16GB and 32GB WiFi models on sale, at least for refurbished options. The 16GB version is $193.99, a bit less than $50 off the retail price, and the 32GB version is $244.99, $25 off of the new model.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
[Deal Alert] Refurbished 16GB Nexus 7 2013 Is $193.99 ($244.99 For 32GB) At Newegg Plus $50 Visa Rebate Card was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Customers of T-Mobile in the Netherlands should be able to start charging Google Play purchases to their phone bills, in addition to more traditional payment methods. Google has updated its support pages to reflect the change.
Competing mobile carrier Hi in the Netherlands got carrier billing last year. At the time, Dutch news sources were reporting that T-Mobile would be getting carrier billing soon, as it already had deals in place in many other EU nations.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
T-Mobile In Netherlands Gets Google Play Carrier Billing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google has delivered an update to Play Music for Android, adding the ability to create a radio station based on user-created playlists. The release is the latest in a line of incremental updates following a move to Play Music v. 5.4 back in February.
Playlist-based radio stations, like those based on a single song or artist, offer automated music streams based around the listening preferences of the user. With an entire playlist as a basis, that automation should become a bit more granular given the greater selection of user-defined songs to seed Play Music’s radio-generating algorithm.
The latest version of Google Play Music is tagged with version number 5.4.1413N and follows close on the heels of the recent v5.4.1409N release. That update also added radio-related functionality, including the ability to pin stations for offline playback, as well as a number of small UI tweaks and fixes.
Find the latest version of Google Play Music in the Play Music Store. The app itself is free, but to unlock the service’s full potential Google offers its All Access subscription for $9.99 per month.
Download: Google Play Music
Motorola on Friday announced that the Moto Maker experience has gotten even better. A post on the handset maker’s blog tells us that college students, alumni, and fans can now create Moto X designs that more closely mimic their beloved institution’s colors.
Available immediately, the Moto Maker now includes nine new colors and three new accent colors as well as pre-configured school combos. These combinations, it should be noted, employ clear cases with school logos for up to 40 schools. With additional themed cases on the way, there’s even more to be had for college students. Indeed, anyone who registers with a valid “.edu” email address can receive the Moto X for $339, a $60 savings.
Those looking to pick up a school logo case with their Moto X can do so for a $34.95 fee. Oh, and if you’ve got a case of decision paralysis, head to the design gallery to see some inspirational color combos curated by Motorola.
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It's hard to overstate my love for AirDroid, the app that hosts a tiny, web-based interface for managing your phone with a desktop browser. And it just keeps getting better: the latest update has added notification mirroring, a la PushBullet and Notifications+. That means that once you enable the setting in AirDroid and Android, you'll get visual indications of incoming notifications on your AirDroid desktop.
AirDroid Adds Desktop Notification Mirroring And Drag-And-Drop Folder Uploads In Version 2.0.9 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
You can never have enough battery power, especially when you're traveling. A handy flashlight and a fancy LCD for management don't hurt either. If you're in the market for an external battery pack, Woot has an especially big one on sale today: a massive 16800mAh portable charger from Gorilla Gadgets. You can pick it up for $39.99 plus Woot's usual $5 shipping, which is $30 off the same product on Amazon.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
[Deal Alert] Woot Has The Gorilla Gadgets 16800mAh Portable Battery With Built-In Flashlight And LCD For $39.99 ($30 Off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
When I thought that the uNu Unity Battery Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 couldn’t get any better, it just did. The uNu Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat takes everything that the Unity case provided and adds the ability to wirelessly charge your device.
Covering the extra battery and performance of this would be going over old ground and was covered in my uNu Unity Battery Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 review, so go and have a read of that to understand just how good these range of cases are.Design
The design follows the same as that of the Unity Case; they have similar dimensions, button aesthetics, and fit. The only difference is you get a panel on the rear case for the charging points. It’s very minimal and hardly noticeable.
The wireless charging mat is also very minimal and doesn’t look out of place on a bedside table or desk.Functionality
The uNu Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat does exactly what it is supposed to do – wirelessly charges your Samsung Galaxy S4. Sure it seems a novelty at first, but it doesn’t get old and soon becomes second nature. The simple task of plugging your device in to charge now seems like a chore and simply laying your device down on the charging mat seems so easy you take it for granted.
The device does take longer to charge and you’ll find around an hour charge on the wireless mat will probably only yield around a 10% battery gain. But remember, you’re charging two batteries wirelessly. Ok, so it’s not really wireless since it’s charging through the two contacts on the back, but it’s still without wires so that counts.Conclusion
The novelty never gets old and the uNu Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat is extremely good. It takes all what was good about the unity case and makes it a ton better. I just love being able to charge my Galaxy S4 without having to plug it in – I just wish I had more of these mats laying about the rest of the house.
The uNu Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat is available for only $89.95 from uNu.
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We’re huge fans of changing the home screen around a bit and creating a new user experience for our Android. So much so that we present our ongoing series of Get This Look posts. In a nutshell we show you a new layout, app, widget, or icon set for your Android handset and tell you which apps you’ll need to mimic the feel.
Some of these are a little easier to create than others and many of them can be tweaked to no end. The following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish; your results will vary. Which is awesome! If nothing else, this is a great way to discover new apps, widgets, icons, and more!Minimal by Scott Tech Why we love this look:
Everyone loves a fancy looking clock widget, but this Zooper widget goes one step further offering a futuristic look coupled with notification counts, weather, and even music controls. Having all the information in a 5 x 2 space means it leaves your homescreen space to fill with other widgets, folders, or apps. What you’ll need:Minimal - Zooper Widget Pro (Playboard) | Minimal - Zooper Widget Pro (Play Store)
A few updates have hit the Google Play Store in quick succession that bring some welcomed functionality to the Google Play Music app for Android.
The first of which sees the ability to pin radio stations for listening to them offline when you don’t have an internet connection, as well as bringing some improvements to the user interface to make it easier to navigate. For example, there is a new “Play Next” option included in the menu.
Following on from this, Google have issued yet another update today which allows users to listen to radio stations based on user-generated playlists. This will assist in music discovery by taking music that a user likes and recommending new content based on their current interests.
Here’s the full changelog for both incremental updates.v5.4.1413N * You can now start radio stations based on your playlists v5.4.1409N * Added the ability to pin radio stations. You’ll now be able to listen to your offline radio stations even when you don’t have any connection * Added ‘Play next’ in the context menu * Lots of shuffle and unshuffle fixes * The queue understands and shows what you are playing from (playlist, album, etc) Google Play Music (Playboard) | Google Play Music (Play Store)
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A recent content agreement between Ouya and Mad Catz will see the service be included on the M.O.J.O. Android Micro-consoles, and in addition the price is being dropped to $199.99 in the United States, with similar discounts being applied worldwide.
OUYA on M.O.J.O is expected to appear on the Micro-Consoles later this spring, with all existing and upcoming OUYA content being made available.
“Up until now, the game console experience has been locked inside a box,” said Julie Uhrman, CEO and founder of OUYA. “Together with the hardware veterans at Mad Catz, we end that. Today’s announcement signifies the inception of a truly open platform where independent developers can bring their creations to the platforms where gamers actually play: everywhere.”
OUYA latest numbers claim more than 680 games, with more than 33,000 developers on board, so this is a huge step forward for Android gaming, and the Micro-Console M.O.J.O.
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After nearly a year of free reign on Android devices, Vine is announcing changes to their terms of service that will change the way some of you use the service forever.
Effective immediately, Vine is banning any and all sexually explicit video content from their app. It’s a move Vine says won’t affect 99% of its user base, but for those of you that had no problem getting your jollies off in 6 seconds or less (or uploading it), you’ll now have to look to other Android applications for your sexual fetishes
While we can’t say we necessarily disapprove with the move, it’s one that’s been a long time in the making. It wasn’t too long ago Vine began banning hashtags used for finding sexually explicit material (seriously, #vineafterdark was the worst), making it more difficult for would-be voyeurs to target their favorite Vine content. The altogether removal of Vine-porn shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone and really, we’re just wondering what took them so long.
While we’re sure there are some of you disappointed by Vine’s decision, Vine would like to go on the record that they’re not against all “explicit sexual content” found on the web — it’s just no longer allowed on their service. It’s just a bit strange given parent-company Twitter doesn’t seem to have much problem with it, home to countless porn stars advertising their assets without fear of censorship (theres an option to flag your account as displaying “sensitive content”).
From henceforth, should you happen to come across sexually explicit material in your Vine travels, you now have the option to “report this post” in the Vine app by clicking on the 3-dot menu at the top.
So tell us, Phandroids… were any of you apart of that 1%?
You’ve heard us gush over Mediocre and their casual gaming masterpieces like Granny Smith and Sprinkle. Today, the boys are back in town, this time with an entirely new title on Google Play called Smash Hit.
It’s probably not what you would have expected from the game maker. You wont find quirky character designs are a cutesy side story. Smash Hit is unapologetically pure, casual gameplay, at its very finest. Players are taken through 50 different rooms filled with glass planes and given 1 objective: smash all the glass in sight.
Levels are on rails, meaning the only thing you have to worry about is the amount of balls in your inventory, and lining up the perfect shot. Glass and projectiles are brought to life using Mediocre’s trademark lifelike physics, and although graphics are simple, they feature realistic lighting techniques that’ll make your jaw drop.
Although Smash Hit is completely free to download, you may want to consider buying the premium version for $2. The full version allows you to save your progress at check-points and gain access to cloud game saves — nice bonuses, but something you might be able to do without if you’re feeling up to the challenge. Either way, it sounds fair deal for a game that provides some good, old fashioned fun. Link below.
Download on Google Play: Smash Hit
If you tend to visit more unconventional sources for your pornographic needs, you might want to sit down for this. Vine has just announced that they are officially banning sexually explicit posts.
They have previously taken action in making sexual content more difficult to find, but the company is finally calling it quits on pornographic posts.
For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet –– we just prefer not to be the source of it.
They are, however, allowing posts that pertain to ”primarily documentary, educational or artistic in nature”.
If you have any questions regarding what you can and cannot post, here are the new Terms of Service. It explains everything you need to know about content blocking and what exactly they allow on their social network.
Also, as you may remember, Twitter owns Vine. Twitter created Vine. Will Twitter be the next social network to dump pornography? Who knows.
Via: The Verge
The Xbox One SmartGlass app has always been pretty good, but there were always a couple of things holding it back in comparison to other versions. Namely, Android users never had the ability to receive a notification for new messages as soon as they come in. They were instead forced to check manually, which can be a drag.
But today’s update changes all of that as Microsoft has finally added push notification support, so there should be no excuse for you missing your friends’ cries to come play Titanfall when it drops March 11th. Push notifications weren’t the only new thing Android users got in today’s upgrade, though.
Microsoft has added the ability to unsnap a snapped app without having to use the remote feature. You also get a tweaked friends list that automatically shows your favorites at the top, much like the full-sized app now does on the Xbox One following the March upgrade. Microsoft has also cleaned the activity feed up a tad. Finally, you can now access all your own GameDVR clips with a new menu option instead of having to jump into your profile view.
You should be looking for version 2.2, which is only available for devices running Android 4.0 or higher. It’s just 14MB large so you shouldn’t have much of a problem grabbing this one over your 3G or 4G connection. Find it for free in the Google Play Store right here.
[via Xbox One Daily]
We feel like we’ve only begun settling in with our Nexus 5 and here come rumors of its followup already buzzing around the net. We don’t expect to actually learn anything about the “Nexus 6″ for at least another 7 months, but rumors out of Germany are suggesting Google might, once again, contract LG for the building of the next Nexus due out later this year.Nexus 6 and Nexus smartwatch
These latest rumors coming out of Gizmodo (Germany) claiming to even have a few details of the device, saying it will be a lightweight version of the LG G3 said to launch this June. Also mentioned was LG also building the much rumored Nexus smartwatch, a growing trend in wearable computing.
Android fans are sure to point out the fact that LG was already “chosen” as the manufacture of the last 2 Nexuses/Nexi ( Nexus 4 and Nexus 5), leaving us to question the legitimacy of these rumors. Really, it’s tough to say with certainty exactly what Google will do. Although, typically, Google hasn’t stuck with any one manufacturer more than twice when building the Nexus, they’ve never actually come out and said 2 was ever the magic number.
Of course, we (as well as most of you) would have liked to see another OEM take a stab at building a low cost smartphone running stock Android software, with HTC and Sony immediately coming to mind.6-inch Nexus?
Another point to consider is whether or not Google will even call the device the Nexus 6 or simply the Nexus 5 (2014). The number designates the display size of the device, not the generation. It’s entirely possible they could always go big and build a 6-inch smartphone (based on the LG G Flex or LG G Pro 2) but that’s territory very few OEMs (or consumers) are willing to go.
A small update was released to Google Play Music yesterday (the changelog just posted today), adding a brand-new feature to the service's radio function. You can now start radio stations based on playlists, as opposed to artists or songs. This will certainly be a welcome feature if you've already got a library of playlists set up, though if you don't utilize them there's probably not much of a reason to start.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Google Play Music 5.4.1413N Update Now Lets You Start Radio Stations From Playlists [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Nvidia wanted to wow us when it unveiled the Shield over a year ago at CES 2013, so naturally it pre-announced a bunch of games for the device. One of the titles mentioned at that event has only now arrived on Android. Rochard is a sci-fi platformer that was originally developed for the PlayStation Network and Steam, but now it's in the Play Store for $6.99.
[New Game] Rochard Finally Makes Its Way To The Play Store As A Tegra 4 Exclusive was written by the awesome team at Android Police.