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CyanogenMod 11S – OnePlus One UI showcased

Android Guys - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:38pm
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Carl Pei of OnePlus took to the official OnePlus forums to put a bit of clarity around all the OnePlus rumors that have been making the rounds around the Internet recently, and by doing so revealed some images of the device UI.

There has been a lot of speculation and excitement about the operating system of the OnePlus One. As you know, we’ve been working with the Cyanogen team on this product for quite some time, starting from when OnePlus was just an idea. Both teams have been deeply involved in both the software and the hardware parts of the experience, and it’s been an amazing ride so far.

Although we’re still running pre-production versions of CyanogenMod 11S, I’d still like to share with you some of the things that the Cyanogen team has been working on.

The new stuff is pretty cool, so here’s a taste of what’s to come.

If you don’t like the new default UI of CyanogenMod 11S, then you can always just select the previous theme in the settings menu to return to the standard CyanogenMod look and feel we’re all used to.

Thoughts?

SOURCE: Phandroid

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CyanogenMod 11S – OnePlus One UI showcased for all to see

Phandroid - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 9:33pm

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Earlier tonight we saw a supposed leak of the upcoming OnePlus One. The leak included press renders of the phone, a variety of back covers, and supposedly depicted the phones upcoming UI. Carl Pei of OnePlus took to the official OnePlus forums moments ago to put an end to the rumors running rampant this evening:

There has been a lot of speculation and excitement about the operating system of the OnePlus One. As you know, we’ve been working with the Cyanogen team on this product for quite some time, starting from when OnePlus was just an idea. Both teams have been deeply involved in both the software and the hardware parts of the experience, and it’s been an amazing ride so far.

Although we’re still running pre-production versions of CyanogenMod 11S, I’d still like to share with you some of the things that the Cyanogen team has been working on.

The new stuff is pretty cool, so here’s a taste of what’s to come.

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So there you have it – the default UI of CyanogenMod 11S. If you’re not a fan of CM’s new UI for Android, Steve Kondik has confirmed in the past that if you’d like to go back to the standard CM and Android Holo UI, you can. Just as shown above, visit CM’s Theme settings and select as much or as little Holo as you heart desires.

EDIT: I reached out to Carl asking for a screenshot with software keys. Here it is!

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What do you think of the OnePlus One’s UI and CyanogenMod 11S? Let us know in the comments.

Source: OnePlus

OnePlus One press renders leaked – interchangeable wood, carbon fiber, and denim back covers too

Phandroid - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:04pm

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We’ve had our reservations about the OnePlus One. An upcoming smartphone that’s made a name for itself for being different from “the other guys,” we haven’t actually seen any product. To top it all off, the leaks we have seen appear to be nothing more than a rebranded Oppo Find 7. But all of that may have changed tonight.

Some new “leaks” are once again piquing our interest, allegedly showing the upcoming smartphone, not only in a variety of press renders, but some of the removable back covers that will be available for the device as well. We have to admit, the phone and the “StyleSwap” covers look pretty damn cool. Take a look.

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Design wise, the phone looks very similar with the Oppo Find 7 only the display looks as if it’s floating on the front of the device. An interesting design choice, we’re wondering if this might be in an effort to keep the display from shattering should the phone fall on one of the 4 corners. You’ll see USB cables featuring both micro and Lightning connectors. Only white and black were pictured, but we’re guessing the red “Never Settle” back cover we saw in a previous leak will also be available around launch.

With CynogenMod Inc. on board, it’s strange we see a UI more in tune with Xiaomi’s MIUI than AOSP. It’s possible CM could be loaded for western markets, while that custom UI we’re seeing in the above images is for China.

After taking a good look at the device, what do you think? This is the final puzzle piece as we await the phone’s launch on April 23rd.

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[OnePlus BBS Forum | via Android Authority]

Moonshine UI themed icons now available on Google Play

Phandroid - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:01pm

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Earlier this week, we got a supposed sneak peak at Google’s upcoming icon changes for a future version of Android, dubbed internally as Moonshine. If you’re anything like me, after seeing Android’s upcoming Moonshine UI icons, you’ve been drooling to get that sexy, flat design on your Android devices. Thanks to talented Android designers, you can now rock those new icons inspired by Google’s upcoming designs.

The Moonshine icon pack on Google Play aims to get the job done by currently 60 icons in XXX-HDPI as well as 6 gorgeous wallpapers that complement Moonshine’s theme. Nexbit Designs, the brains behind the icons, plan on adding new icons as they go and they’re even accepting suggestions if you want something included that currently isn’t themed.

To get started, all you’ll need is a supported launcher such as Nova, Apex, ADW, Smart, Unicon, or Action Launcher. Then, head on over to the Google Play Store and download ‘Moonshine‘ for FREE.

Get your flat on.

Top 10 Android app updates this week: CNN, WeMo, Flickr

Android and Me - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:40pm

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently-upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Beats Music – Version 1.0.8

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What’s new in this version:

  • Brand spanking new widget
  • Find Your Friends — find and follow your Facebook friends on Beats Music
  • Improved Facebook and Twitter account management
  • Thousands of new tracks available in The Sentence
  • Offline Mode & Downloading improvements
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Talon for Twitter – Version 2.2.3

Talon

What’s new in this version:

  • [New] Full screen layout option
  • [New] Pre-cache images option
  • [New] Draft system for multiple drafts
  • [New] Plain text browser option
  • [New] Tweet multiple images
  • [New] Pictures in DM’s with TwitPic
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Photoshop Express 2.2

Photoshop Express

What’s new in this version:

  • Add borders, frames, and edges to your photos
  • Pet-eye (a.k.a. green-eye) correction
  • Better navigation with Tool Tips
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Beamly TV – Version 4.0.1

Beamly TV

What’s new in this version:

  • zeebox is now Beamly
  • All the fun you’re used to – plus a great new look and brand new features to make your TV viewing more social than ever. Come on in and enjoy!
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Flickr – Version 3.0.0

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What’s new in this version:

  • Capture everything: Take stunning photos and videos. We make it easy.
  • Save it all: All your pictures in one place. Take them everywhere.
  • Advanced editing: Gorgeous filters. Powerful editing tools. All for free.
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

MLB.com At Bat - Version 3.0.1

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What’s new in this version:

  • Introducing a new $2.99 monthly subscription option
  • Improved audio connection handing
  • Improved application performance
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

WeMo – Version 1.1.4

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What’s new in this version:

  • Greater flexibility when scheduling events related to sunrise and sunset.
  • New Rule: Away Mode makes it look you’re home even when you’re not.
  • New IFTTT trigger: long-press the Light Switch to trigger customizable IFTTT recipes without turning on the light.
  • Bug fixes and general improvements.
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Homesnap Real Estate – Version 3.0.0

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What’s new in this version:

  • Bigger Photos
  • Better Graphics
  • Faster Snapping
  • Faster Maps
  • More Listings
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Zombies, Run! – Version 3.0.3

Zombies Run

What’s new in this version:

  • Streamlined New Look: We’ve made it easier than ever to get fit, escape zombies, and become a hero!
  • Season 3 is here, with 60+ new missions released weekly starting from April 16th!
  • New Statistics view: See every aspect of your runs, game, and music graphed in detail
  • New Codex: See and read about the supplies and artifacts you collect from your missions
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

CNN App for Android – Version 1.4.2

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What’s new in this version:

  • New Holo UI
  • The video playback bug for Android 4.4 (KitKat) users is now fixed
(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Google I/O Registrations Are Now Closed, Lottery Winners Notified On Monday April 21st

Android Police - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:53pm

nexusae0_io_thumb_thumbThe procrastinators out there have missed their chance to (maybe) give Google $900 for a ticket to Google I/O this year. The registration window is closed, but we don't yet know who's going. That news will hit this coming Monday.

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The morning of April 21st, Google expects to alert the winners of I/O slots via email. At that time, they will pay up the registration fee and all will be well.

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Google may be creating a sub-$100 Nexus phone using MediaTek processors

Android and Me - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:44pm

The Nexus line of devices have long moved on from their original purpose. The Nexus One proved what can be done with high end hardware and stock Android, basically serving as guidelines for other Android manufacturers. The Nexus S also had some amazing hardware, introducing a more refined version of Android. But from there, hardware being the highest end possible lost focus. The Nexus line was now more of a developer phone.

As time went on, that tagline also wore off. The new Nexus devices are cheaper, off contract alternatives showing off true, stock Android (now that it’s in a usable form, unlike pre-ICS). So why do the Nexus devices have to be powerful? Well, if this rumor is true, they won’t exclusively be this high end for long.

The latest rumor claims that Google will be creating a new Nexus device that will cost the customers under $100. It seems insane, but it’s really not that unlikely. To meet this goal, Google will be using MediaTek for the processor.

The Moto G uses a Qualcomm processor and costs $180, still making Motorola a profit. But Xiaomi can make the Hongmi for $85 using a quad core MediaTek processor, price it at $130, and still earn a profit. Google can easily pull off a $100 smartphone with some impressive hardware if the company sells the device at cost.

Not only would this be good for Google and consumers, it would be an excellent way for MediaTek to gain reputation in the United States. Whenever we hear about MediaTek, many of us think of them as a “budget” processor maker. But low cost doesn’t always mean low power, and a cheap Google smartphone could prove that and benefit MediaTek greatly.

Now for some speculation. Considering the substantial relationship Lenovo has with MediaTek, and Motorola being the perfect way to enter the US market, it would seem logical that Lenovo would have Motorola build this Nexus device. Plus, with Motorola’s expertise at building awesome budget smartphones, it would be the perfect choice.

I actually think it would be a pretty good idea for Google to venture into the budget smartphone market with the Nexus line, as the line no longer needs to stay high end. Plus, it would further push the market in a more positive direction. What do you guys think of a sub-$100 Nexus smartphone powered by a MediaTek processor? Tell us in the comments!

Motorola working on an even lower spec’d Moto G, could it be the $100 Nexus? [RUMOR]

Phandroid - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:31pm

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Looks like Motorola may have found their market. In an attempt to build upon the success that was the low-cost Motorola Moto G, the soon-to-be Lenovo owned OEM may soon release an even lower spec’d smartphone to help further capture the low-end market.

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Uncovered by Brazilian site TechnoBlog, this unnamed phone (Moto E, perhaps?) will come in 3 slightly different variants (XT1021 with single SIM, XT1022 dual SIM, and XT1025 dual SIM with digital TV). If the Moto G wasn’t quite so low-end for you, this Moto G Lite drops them as far as anyone should be willing to go. Here’s a quick spec list:

  • 4.3-inch display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 5MP camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 1,900mAh
  • Android 4.4 KitKAt

Currently, the phone is rumored to launch in May, although whether or not we’ll see this outside of emerging markets remains to be seen. We should note an earlier rumor from today that mentioned we could see a new $100 Nexus smartphone. Given Motorola’s history with releasing Google Play edition variants of their devices in the Play Store, we can’t help but wonder if it could be the smartphone leaked with the specs above. But it seems the real question is: how low can Motorola go?

Battle of the Blur: Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Google Camera

Phandroid - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:33pm

The trend in smartphone camera tech this year seems to be the addition of hardware and software that help users blur backgrounds, creating stunning effects previously reserved for high-end cameras and DSLRs. You saw it on our reviews of the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5, only to have Google bring their own solution with the announcement of Google Camera app on the Play Store.

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We marched our way to Building 44 – home of the Android Dessert Statues – and tested out all three to determine the differences. This will make the debate of the Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 a whole lot more complicated.

HTC One M8 Camera

The “blurrred background” effect sits squarely on the One M8′s turf. This is one of the primary reasons HTC added a second lens: the first takes the actual picture and the second collects depth information, allowing the user to not only blur backgrounds after the picture is taken, but to change which item in the picture is the focal point, subsequently blurring the rest.

Here’s a picture taken with the HTC One M8 Camera in automatic mode.

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Then I used HTC’s UFOCUS to tap on the KitKat and blur the background with ease. Quite beautiful, although you can see it had a little trouble around the edges of the KitKat due to it’s shiny, reflective surface.

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Supposing we wanted a different dessert as our optical delicacy? No problem. Same picture, different tap, different result, equally awesome. One of the great and unique things about the HTC One M8 camera is that you can select a different item to serve as the focal point- you won’t find that on the Galaxy S5 or with the Google Camera App (on any phone).

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Now let’s stick with the HTC One M8 but give Google Camera a try for the preferred software.

HTC One M8 with Google Camera

The Google Camera is available for download and can be used on any Android phone with Android 4.4 KitKat or above. For this comparison, we fired up the app on both the HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5 and took photos with each, comparing the results with the native camera of each.

We took the pictures from a number of distances. From further away the Google Camera had some difficulty- here it not only focuses on the KitKat, but also keeps the lawn and jellybean in focus. This is mostly due to the feature being designed for closer up pics, but despite the quality, it’s cool that you can use it wherever you want.

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As we could predict, when we got closer the quality was much better and the blur was much more accurate.

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At times, with the right distances and lighting, we’d even say the quality of the effect was excellent.

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But at other times it faltered, possibly due to human error in the process of taking the picture and guiding your hand upward.

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The Google Camera works differently than either the HTC One M8 or the Galaxy S5. Whereas the HTC One M8 effect is made possible from its hardware, Google Camera achieves blurred backgrounds with its software.

To achieve the effect you move your camera vertically, similar to the motion of taking a panoramic picture. To put it in video game terms: you strife with the camera upwards.

Now let’s jump over to the Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5 Camera

What a disaster. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was able to take some great photos of the statues, but no matter how close or far we stood to various statues, the selective focus would not kick in. We got a pretty great picture of the scene itself, but as you can see, blurred backgrounds are nowhere to be found, no matter the distance.

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The Galaxy S5 Selective Focus feature seldom works unless you’ve got just the perfectly right conditions, subject, background, and distance. Here is an example of it working properly with a nearby Google sign.

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Now let’s stick with the Galaxy S5, but open up the Google Camera app and give that a whirl.

Galaxy S5 with Google Camera

This is pretty shocking: whereas I couldn’t get a blurred background picture of the statues to save my life on the S5, I was able to do it with ease on the Google Camera using the Galaxy S5. The resulting photos were pretty amazing, from a number of different distances.

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Downsized Photos

There is one really important caveat with the Google Camera: it downsizes photos. The Galaxy S5 maintained huge image sizes with the blurred effect and HTC One M8 photos were as expected. Both were larger than the somewhat tiny resulting photos of the Google Camera.

  • Galaxy S5: 5312 x 2988
  • HTC One M8: 2688 x 1520
  • Google Camera: 1024 x 576 (on both phones)

Although the Google Camera produced much better quality than perhaps even the HTC One M8, photo size is something you’ve got to consider depending on where these photos will end up.

Side-by-Side Comparison

Here four images stacked for easier comparison:

HTC One M8:

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Google Camera (on the HTC One M8):

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Google Camera (on the Galaxy S5):

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Galaxy S5 Fail:

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This will definitely heat things up in the already viscious battle of the Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8. If you haven’t already, check out our full Samsung Galaxy S5 Review and HTC One M8 Review!

What combination do YOU think performs best? Take Our Poll

Official CyanogenMod Support Arrives For The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" And 8.9", First Nightlies Up

Android Police - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:44pm

Cyanogen-ThumbAmazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets are very affordable, and the hardware is pretty compelling. It's just a crying shame that the Fire OS powering the device doesn't quite have the feature set that we enthusiast have come to expect. But that's nothing a little ROM action can't address, and CyanogenMod has just the solution - nightlies for the 2012 Kindle Fire HD 7" and 8.9."

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The builds currently available show up as experimental because they were produced on demand, but regular nightlies are due out starting today.

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Samsung Milk Music to move to in-app ad model, $4 a month ad-free service

Android and Me - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:37pm

We’ll forgive you if you’ve entirely forgotten about Samsung Milk Music. Milk Music is Samsung’s music streaming service that’s only available for some Galaxy devices, previously for free and ad-free. I have expressed my enjoyment for the service, as it’s legitimately pretty nice, but even I forgot about it entirely. However, there are some changes coming to the service.

Running a music streaming service, with all the licensing fees, can’t be cheap. Thus, the time of ad-free and subscription-free service is coming to an end. Samsung will soon introduce ads into the service, luckily keeping it free in the process. However, those who want ad-free service will have the ability to sign up for a $3.99 a month subscription, which will also offer some exclusive features.

While we don’t know what these features may be just yet, I’m pretty excited to find out. Though the service doesn’t particularly outclass others, like Spotify and Google Play Music, it has some nice features. Maybe Samsung can grow this service into something bigger. However, I can’t see myself using it for now. Do any of you still use Milk Music? Leave a comment!

Samsung releases list of 10 “hidden” features on the Galaxy S5

Android and Me - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:32pm

Sure, these aren’t “hidden” features. But they aren’t well known, even for a Samsung fan like me. Samsung has released a list of 10 features of the new Galaxy S5 you may not have heard about, and it’s surprisingly interesting. There’s some good stuff in there that looks legitimately useful and wasn’t shown off at the launch event.

Some of my favorite features on this list are the call features. While in a call, the display will show you the last few interactions you had with the caller, in case you forgot what their last text message said. Also, when getting a call in a different app, you’ll get a cool popup with answer and reject buttons, and a small box will stay on the screen indicating the call duration.

There are also some cool new camera features, modes and other neat stuff strewn throughout the OS. And unlike many of Samsung features, these actually look fairly useful for the most part. Check out the list in full by hitting the source link and tell us what you think of these features in the comments!

AT&T Boosts Prepaid GoPhone Plans With More Data And Tethering At No Charge

Android Police - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:19pm

gophone_logoAT&T is looking to make its prepaid service a bit more competitive with the options from carriers like T-Mobile and various MVNOs. The new GoPhone plans include increased data caps and free WiFi tethering. The best part – current customers get the upgrade automatically with no increased charge.

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Here are the plan alterations listed by AT&T.

  • Increased data from 2 to 2.5 GB for $60 a month + enabled Wi-Fi hotspot capability + unlimited talk
  • Increased data from 250 to 500MB for $40 a month + 500 minutes of talk
  • New plan (Wal-mart only) with 1GB of data for $45 a month + unlimited talk
  • WiFi hotspot included

There is also a new basic phone plan with unlimited data, talk, and text for $45 per month.

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OnePlus One 50MP camera samples leaked, show an incredible amount of detail and bokeh

Phandroid - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:06pm

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Throwing even more coal into their hype train’s furnace, the folks at OnePlus are now (officially) showing off the photo capabilities of their upcoming handset, the OnePlus One. Taken by OnePlus forum member Martin Mal, the images show, not only an impressive amount of detail, but a healthy helping of bokeh as well. This is actually the second time photos from the handset have “leaked,” the first time showing a few snapshots that weren’t in their full resolution.

First thing you may notice is these are actually 50MP images, delivering an output of 8,160×6,120 resolution and weighing about 10MB in size. We’re guessing the phone is employing a similar feature to that of the Oppo Find 7especially after the most recent leak — that allows the phone to piece together 8MP images into a single 50MP shot. If you look at the HDR image here, it’s shot in a more typical 4,160×3,120 (13MP) resolution at only 3MB in size.

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Once again, the depth of field is incredibly impressive from a smartphone standpoint, especially considering it doesn’t appear to be the typical software tricks we’ve seen from HTC or Samsung. Not bad, OnePlus. Not bad at all. We know how much importance some of you place on your smartphone cameras, making the OnePlus One’s low $400 price point sound even more attractive. We can’t wait for the phone to be unveiled, even if you’ll need an invite to purchase one at launch.

 

[Google+ | OnePlus Forums]

Phandroid Recap: Cortana vs Google Now, Galaxy S5 Review, and more! [April 13-19]

Phandroid - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:06pm

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Is it Friday already? Yes, it is, which means it’s time for another Phandroid Recap! Once again we had a lot of great stuff go up on the site this week. Reviews, hands-on videos, comparisons, lists, and much more. With all of this content going up you probably missed a few things. Below you will find a “cheat sheet” for all the big stories and features. Read up so you can be informed about all the things your geeky friends will want to talk about this weekend. We won’t tell them you cheated.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

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We reviewed Samsung’s latest flagship device this week. Most places rushed up reviews after just a few days of use, but we wanted to use the phone for a week before sharing our thoughts. Overall we liked the phone a lot, but it definitely has its flaws. Rob gave the Galaxys S5 a very good 4.5 out of 5 score. Here is an excerpt from the full review:

We’ve grown to expect an awful lot from Samsung, perhaps even holding them to a higher standard, which is why not being absolutely blown away by the S5′s awesomeness seems like a disappointment. The fact remains: the Samsung Galaxy S5 instantly becomes one of the best phones on the market, perhaps is the best all-around phone, and the vast majority of users will be pleased and impressed by its performance.

Google Now vs Cortana

There is a new kid on the block, and her name is Cortana. Earlier this week Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 for developers around the world. Included in the update is their new virtual assistant that they hope will compete with the likes of Google Now and Siri. We went hands-on with Cortana to see how she stacks up against Google Now. We asked them both a wide range of questions to see how they each handle things. The results may surprise you.

Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S

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The vast majority of smartphone owners in the world have either an iPhone or “Galaxy.” These two devices are dominating the market right now. Naturally, we had to put the two up against each other and compare them. The Galaxy S5 easily wins the spec battle, but the iPhone wins in things like build quality and design. Things like the camera and software are much more even. If you’re interested to see how these two device stack up check out the full comparison.

We can spend all day giving you our opinions on the matter, and we hope they help making an informed decision easier, but ultimately the device you buy comes down to personal preference. Do you favor a big, beautiful display above all things? Go with the Galaxy S5. Is an intuitive interface and access to apps a priority? Then the iPhone 5s is a no brainer.

Official Google Camera app released to Play Store


The biggest  news story this week was Google releasing their camera app to the Play Store. This is the app that can be found on Nexus devices, but now it has been stripped out of the OS like so many other Google apps. Along with the release came a brand new user interface and some cool new features like Lens Blur. Google has made some big improvements in this version. If you have a KitKat device you can download Google Camera for free.

12 weirdest Android device names ever

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There was a time when Android phones were coming out so often that companies were using anything and everything for names. Rocks, stones, metals, liquids, animals, weather conditions, an even emoticons were used as inspiration. Since those days the names of devices has gotten a lot better, but we can’t forget those horrible names of the past. We compiled a list of 12 devices that we consider to have the weirdest names. What other devices do you think should be on this list?

Honorable Mention

Samsung to start charging about the price of a gallon for “Milk”

Android Guys - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:45pm
Milk Music Premium

Were you one of the many enjoying your free “Milk”? Well, Milk Music is having a price increase for a new premium service.

Samsung will still be providing its free basic service, but will be including ads. Currently the service is ad-free as part of a special introductory offer. The premium service will cost you $3.99 for ad-free music after the introductory offer ends.

Milk Music is a streaming radio service powered by Slacker and offered to select Galaxy models. The current device list incldues: Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5.

Unfortunately Samsung has not given many details about what the premium service will include, only that it will be ad-free and have “some exclusive features” for a price of $3.99 a month. What are those features? I guess we will have to wait to find out.

Samsung has not publicized a date for the new service to be available. Meanwhile if you own one of the the noted lucky Galaxy devices, you can download the app at the Google Play Store or with Samsung Apps.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Milk Music™ (Playboard) | Milk Music™ (Play Store)

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[Deal Alert] Free Lyft Ride Worth Up To $50 With This Promo Code For First Time Users

Android Police - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:45pm

Lyft-ThumbWhy hail a cab when you can just use your phone? No, I don't mean placing a call. With apps like Lyft and Uber, getting a ride, paying the driver, and ending up where you want to go continues to get easier and more affordable. But the trend, though growing, is still relatively new. That makes this Lyft offer just the ticket for newbies hesitant to give Lyft a go.

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UPDATE: Verizon rolling out minor update to HTC One (M8)

Android and Me - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:28pm

The HTC One (M8) was missing one thing here in the States, and that was extreme power savings mode. For whatever reason, the feature was taken out of the devices here but were promised to be put back in. Following in Sprint’s footsteps, Verizon is now rolling out an update for the HTC One with the feature in tow.

The update changelog does not mention the power savings mode, but it includes a bunch of other fixes. Things like data connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity and roaming notifications have been fixed, along with some new features in the Gallery like copy/paste and mute for video highlights. It’s a very small update, but a welcome one.

Now it’s time for the other models to get updated with the extreme power savings mode. It’s a really useful feature, so I can’t wait until it’s available on all models. If you have a Verizon HTC One (M8), head to Settings to check for updates and tell us if you’ve already downloaded it!

Update: It looks like this update in fact does not feature the extreme power savings mode. It’s unfortunate, but Verizon has yet to include it on its HTC One (M8). We apologize for the wrong information.

Party like it’s 1998: Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition makes its long awaited debut on Android

Phandroid - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:25pm

Baldurs Gate Enhanced Edition

T’was the year of 1998. Chumbawamba was getting knocked down (only to get up again), the Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers at the Super Bowl, the WB kicked off its new network, A Bug’s Life had barely hit theaters, and President Clinton officially found himself out of a job. While all that was happening, there were those too busy playing the newly released Baldur’s Gate in their parent’s basement to even notice.

After numerous delays and launching in late 2012 for the iPad, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is now finally ready to make its Android debut. Priced at a whopping $10 on Google Play, the game doesn’t come cheap. But those of you who have been playing the game since it released almost 16 years ago can maybe educate some of the younger whipper snappers on what they’ve been missing.

Baldurs Gate Enhanced Edition Android

Based on the Dungeons & Dragons and universe, Baldur’s Gate is a point and click RPG through and through. The game runs on an improved version of the original Infinity Engine, a time when sprites still reigned as king (no fancy 3D polygon characters here). Keep in mind that even though it is a $10 game, it does offer in-app purchases as well. Here’s what you can buy in addition to the actual game:

  • Brothers Lost: Lend your aid to Rasaad yn Bashir, the Sun Soul monk, as he scours the Cloud Peaks in search of his lost brother.
  • Neera and the Red Wizards: Save the wild mage Neera from the cruel machinations of Thay’s dreaded Red Wizards.
  • Path of the Bloodied: Join the blackguard Dorn Il-Khan in taking revenge against those who betrayed him in Luskan.
  • Gallery of Heroes: Reimagine your character with eleven never-before-seen character portraits from acclaimed Icewind Dale artist Jason Manley!
  • New professionally recorded voice sets to choose from to further customize your character.

Given Baldur’s Gate II: The Enhanced Edition sequel was also promised to be making its way to Android nearly 6 months ago, we imagine it wont be much longer before its sequel also arrives on the Play Store. For those wondering what all the hoopla is about, you can check out Machinima’s quick explanation of the game below.

UPDATE: Might wanna be leery if you plan on playing the game with your smartphone. Due to the small font in the game, it appears it might be unplayable on anything smaller than a tablet. (Thanks, ScottyByrd!)

Download on Google Play: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition

AT&T bolsters GoPhone offerings with more data, new option

Android Guys - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:02pm
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AT&T on Friday announced that its no-cotnract  GoPhone plans will receive extra data allotments each month at no additional cost. Taking effect April 25, the $40 rate plan increases data from 250MB to 500MB per month. The $60 rate plan will improve from 2GB data to 2.5GB data with Wi-Fi hotspots being tossed in as well. Also, a new $45 rate plan will be offered at Walmart stores which includes 1GB of monthly data.

Today’s consumers expect great value and choice, which is exactly what we’re bringing to our GoPhone customers…we’re giving customers more for less, and making it even easier for them to enjoy their smartphones the way they want – all on a superior, reliable network.

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