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Google’s insane new requirement forces app developers to list a physical address

Android and Me - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:18pm

In a new mandate, Google is requiring developers of paid apps or apps with in-app purchases to list a physical address on their app details page. Jared Rummler, of JRummy Apps, pointed out the change in a new Google+ post today. He included a screenshot of the new requirement informing developers that, as of September 30, developers of paid apps or apps with in-app purchases will need to include a physical mailing address in the app details section.

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The requirement doesn’t give any sort of argument to support the new change, making it even more controversial. While Google has had access to developers’ addresses for a long time, they were only available to find if you purchased the app and then went into your Google Wallet account and looked at the details of the purchase. This new change makes it far easier for spammers and others to find a physical address for developers.

One of the issues surrounding the change is that developers already frequently get spam through email. Throwing a physical address out there in the open could cause spam to come to their home and even allow others to find them in their own home. Jared Rummler points out the example of this very week when a disgruntled customer emailed him, threatening his life because he believed that JRummy worked for the government and stole his personal information. That in itself is enough to turn you against the new requirement.

What are your thoughts on the change?

XLTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 now available from Verizon

Android and Me - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:13pm

Some two months after being officially unveiled by Samsung, Verizon has announced today that the 10.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S is available now through Big Red with access to its new XLTE network.

We reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 a couple weeks back and found it to be one of the better Android tablets you can buy at the high-end of the pricing spectrum. Specs-wise, the Tab S 10.5 comes with a 2560×1600 Super AMOLED display, front and rear-facing cameras, 16GB of expandable storage, a 7900mAh battery, Android 4.4 and access to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, including XLTE.

Verizon will be selling the tablet for either $499 on a two-year contract or $599 without. The original WiFi-enabled Tab S 10.5 comes in at $499, so you’re paying $100 more for the addition of LTE. Not bad for those that need it.

If you’re in the market for a high-end Android tablet and want to use it on Verizon, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is going to be your best bet. Check out our full review for more information on the Tab S 10.5.

Thursday App And Game Sales: Wayward Souls, Archos Video Player, Leo's Fortune, And More

Android Police - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:02pm

thumbnailSo many apps to buy and so few dollars with which to do it. We can help you stretch your app budget at least a little farther with some sales. More for less? You can't argue with that. Literally, you are not able to construct a cogent argument against this proposition.

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Apps

Archos Video Player – $0.99 from $4.99

Oscilab Pro – $4.99 from $9.99

Games

Wayward Souls – $1.99 from $5.99

Star Horizon – $1.99 from $3.99

Autumn Dynasty – $2.99 from $4.99

Leo's Fortune – $2.99 from $4.99

Thursday App And Game Sales: Wayward Souls, Archos Video Player, Leo's Fortune, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Paramount Made An Android Game For The Upcoming Movie Interstellar... And It's Surprisingly Cool

Android Police - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:01pm

unnamed (9)Science fiction buffs are getting very excited about Interstellar, the upcoming movie from director Christopher Nolan (of The Dark Knight and Inception fame). To drum up a little more excitement, Paramount has created and published a mobile game tie-in. Interstellar Is a free download for Android 4.0, and unlike a lot of licensed games, it has no in-app purchases... so you can save your money for Coke and popcorn. Unlike even more licensed games, it's got some unique ideas and a solid presentation.

Paramount Made An Android Game For The Upcoming Movie Interstellar... And It's Surprisingly Cool was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Got your credit cards ready? Nexus 9 rumor gives us an October launch date

Android and Me - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:50pm

Are you ready to buy the HTC Nexus 9? The latest rumor claims that the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet will be unveiled on October 16. Google Play and brick and mortar retail availability details are still unknown, but we suspect the tablet will go on sale shortly after Google shows it off to the world. The 2012 Nexus 7 made it into customers’ hands roughly two weeks after it was unveiled and the 2013 model started shipping six days after Google’s launch event.

Based on multiple rumors, the HTC Nexus 9 is expected to feature an 8.9-inch display, LTE support, 64-bit Tegra processor, 4GB of RAM, NFC, 1.6-megapixel font-facing camera and an 8-megapixel main camera. Most of us know the spec list by heart already, but we have no clue what the HTC Nexus 9 tablet will look like. We did get a sneak peek at the Nexus 9 keyboard cover earlier this week, but HTC and Google have somehow managed to keep the design of the tablet under wraps. The initial HTC Nexus tablets claimed that it would be positioned as a premium device, so we won’t be shocked if HTC incorporates design elements and materials from the HTC One (M8).

Are you ready for a new Nexus tablet?

Anonymous tipster: The HTC Nexus 9 will be launched on 16th October…

— Paul O’Brien (@PaulOBrien) September 18, 2014

Same source: Announcement rather than launch of the HTC Nexus 9 on 16th October. 8.9″ (of course!)

— Paul O’Brien (@PaulOBrien) September 18, 2014

Qualcomm has shipped 1 billion Android devices with its processors inside

Android and Me - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:44pm

Qualcomm is, without a doubt, one of the world’s leading mobile chip manufacturers. It seems like just about every flagship Android device launched inside the US is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon. So just how many devices have been shipped running a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor?

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf made the announcement today at Qualcomm’s Uplinq conference in San Francisco that Qualcomm has shipped 1 billion Android devices running Snapdragon processors. If you think back over the years, Qualcomm’s road to 1 billion devices shipped was no easy path. Qualcomm has faced some tough competition, battling everyone from Intel, to TI, Samsung and MediaTek to put its chips inside the next big Android phone.

With Qualcomm having now set its sights on the low-end market, there’s good reason to believe the next billion Android devices shipped will come up faster than you think. Long live the king.

Google Now TV Cards And Their Customization Options Appear To Have Launched For Users In The UK

Android Police - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:38pm

TVThumbGoogle Now is only as good as the cards it tosses up for users to play around with. Since launch, TV cards and the ability to customize them has been a luxury exclusively available to people in the US. Now it looks like the feature is trickling out to residents of the UK as well.

A couple of readers on that side of the Atlantic Ocean sent us these screenshots of the feature in action.

Google Now TV Cards And Their Customization Options Appear To Have Launched For Users In The UK was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



[Update: Newer APK] Google Play Services 6.1 Begins Rollout With Refreshed Google Fit Preview, UI Tweaks, Other Small Changes [APK Download]

Android Police - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:10pm

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At Google I/O this year, we learned that Google Play Services is generally updated on a six-week cycle. As expected, the mighty puzzle piece behind Google's Android services is getting an update starting today that introduces a number of small changes that most users probably won't notice but which may make developers' lives a little bit easier.

Among the changes users probably will notice are some UI tweaks. The Google Settings app has a refreshed header (which is carried through all GMS-bound settings), and Google Play Games has a new dialog for toggling your profile from public to hidden.

[Update: Newer APK] Google Play Services 6.1 Begins Rollout With Refreshed Google Fit Preview, UI Tweaks, Other Small Changes [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Chromecast's Backdrop Casting Feature May Finally Be Rolling Out Soon

Android Police - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:09pm

nexus2cee_nexusae0_Crr_thumb_thumb_thumbAmong the many things announced at Google I/O was support for casting custom backdrops to the Chromecast. We haven't heard anything about it since then, but now users are beginning to report seeing "Casting Backdrop" listed on their devices.

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By default, the Chromecast cycles through a catalog of nice images when not in use. Custom backdrops will allow you to connect your Google+ galleries to the device or simply choose a specific category of images from the main feed.

Chromecast's Backdrop Casting Feature May Finally Be Rolling Out Soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Now might be a great time to buy an second-hand Android

Phandroid - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:07pm

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Have you been able to avoid the temptation of screaming “TAKE MY MONEY” while throwing your Android phone at the feet of Tim Cook and the Apple horde?  Then now might be a great time to pick up a new, slightly used Android device. Bloomberg reports that phone trade-in site Gazelle has experienced a rash of folks handing over their Android smartphones in exchange for cash that will presumably be used toward the purchase of a shiny new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus (the phone launches tomorrow).

A quick search of Craigslist and eBay seems to confirm that there are indeed plenty of newish Android devices going up for sale at prices we likely would not have seen before folks were overcome with the desperation to buy the new iPhone. These include devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, which are still some of the best Android handsets money can buy. Used trade-ins via services like Gazelle should trickle down to the secondary market in the coming weeks.

Swappa, a site that allows users to sell and buy used smartphones, has confirmed that they too have seen an uptick in folks selling their old phones in anticipation of Apple’s new releases, but in their case it is last year’s iPhone 5s that is dominating the resale market. At any rate, plenty of folks see the new, larger iPhone options as reason to upgrade.

And that’s great for Apple, but even better for Android fans looking for a great deal on a good-as-new smartphone (we’ve seen the Galaxy S5 listed in places for as low as $200, a price that was practically unheard of for a slightly used version of the phone just a few weeks ago). Let us know if you are seeing the same sort of deals on the second-hand market in your area.

AT&T Announces Galaxy S4 OTA Update (I337UCUFNI1) Providing Connectivity Improvements And The Like

Android Police - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:01pm

GalaxyS4-ThumbAn over-the-air software update is set to hit AT&T's version of the Galaxy S4. The change log for this one isn't particularly long, but it will bump users up to baseband number KOTH49H.1337UCUFNB1. There's a certain satisfaction that comes from having the freshest set of software available on a device, and that feeling is what the bulk of owners will notice about this release.

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As for what's actually new, AT&T says this update will provide better connectivity when making calls and text messaging.

AT&T Announces Galaxy S4 OTA Update (I337UCUFNI1) Providing Connectivity Improvements And The Like was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



OnePlus is opening pre-orders for the One for a limited time

Android Guys - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:51pm
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For those of you who have been trying to get your hands on a OnePlus One but haven’t been lucky enough to receive an invite, OnePlus’ announcement today should be extremely exciting. OnePlus released a plog post that stated they were going to start a pre-order system for the One. Up until now the One could only be purchased by those who had invites, and those invites were difficult to get. Although many people criticized the invite system, OnePlus says that it was very useful. W

With today’s announcement of pre-orders, the One should be much easier to get, at least for a limited time. Unfortunately, OnePlus says the pre-order system will only exist for a short time, and we do not know how long that period will last. The pre-order system is set to launch in late October, so if you want a OnePlus One, you better be one of the first to hit that “Buy” button.

What do you think of how OnePlus is approaching pre-orders? Tell us in the comments!

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Verizon could unveil Motorola’s latest Droid in October

Android Guys - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:41pm
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After Google had bought Motorola Mobility, one of the aspects of the smartphone world they wanted to focus on was battery life. Their smartphones over the last couple of years have done well, particularly the Droid Maxx series, with battery life lasting over two days with normal usage. As they continue to discover new ways to increase battery life, it seems they want to help battery life by providing fast charging.

CNET reports that people close to Verizon have informed them of a new phone Verizon plans to unveil in October. Like most of the Droid phones this phone will be made by Motorola, and its unique feature will be fast charging. So even if your phone is close to dying, plugging it in for a few minutes will theoretically give you enough juice to last throughout the day.

Phones from Samsung and Oppo have already touted this feature, but Motorola has also introduced this in another phone. Motorola’s newest Moto X was announced to have a similar ability, with 15 minutes of charging giving you enough battery to last for 8 hours. I’m assuming the new Droid will have even more impressive fast-charging capabilities. The @DroidLanding Twitter account tweeted on September 9 “Faster charging is a big deal. That’s why we made it a bigger deal.”

The Droid line has had impressive battery life, this will certainly help things.

What do you think? Would this feature bring you to buy this phone? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

via CNET

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Sprint taking Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders September 26

Android Guys - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:24pm
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Looking to pre-order your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 through Sprint? You’ll have to wait just a week longer; the carrier on Thursday announced the device will be offered in pre-orders effective September 26. Tapped with a $720 suggested retail price, qualified Easy Pay customers can spread the cost out with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $30 each. As is the case with the other wireless providers the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will have a retail launch on October 17.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders start September 19

Android Guys - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:03pm
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Verizon on Thursday confirmed its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be available for pre-order effective September 19. It’s not clear what day the carrier expects the smartphone to actually go on sale; however, we’re thinking the same (October 17) as the others.

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Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4 will be $299.99 with a new two-year service agreement. Big Red also says that Verizon Edge is also available however they stopped short of providing finer details. For a limited time, customers who activate or upgrade to a smartphone with one of the carrier’s MORE Everything plans with 1GB+ monthly data will receive an extra 1GB of data per month for up to 24 months.

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Noodlecake Updates Wayward Souls With Controller Support, And Ports Its Predecessor Mage Gauntlet To Android

Android Police - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:00pm

unnamed (2)I've been playing the heck out of Noodlecake and RocketCat's Wayward Souls RPG-roguelike ever since it landed on Android. While the top-down action game does have some excellent touchscreen controls, there's just no substitute for a real gamepad. That being the case, the developers have issued an update that adds controller support. Now you can slash, stab, and zap your enemies with clicky abandon, until they inevitably surround and kill you on the second floor.

Noodlecake Updates Wayward Souls With Controller Support, And Ports Its Predecessor Mage Gauntlet To Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



The new Moto X will not be available on the Sprint network

Android and Me - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:42pm

While the Moto X had some exclusive aspects to its launch in 2013, eventually it became available for all of the major wireless networks. The safe bet before the announcement of the new Moto X this year would have been the same thing would be the case this time around, but it looks like that might not be the case after all.

According to the official Motorola Mobility Twitter account, replying to a question from a Twitter user regarding a launch date for the new Moto X for Sprint, that won’t be happening. The tweet is pretty straightforward in its message: “The new Moto X won’t be available on the Sprint network.” So, just like that, any hopes that Sprint subscribers would be able to get their hands on the new hero device from Motorola have been dashed.

@griffithgg The new Moto X won’t be available on the Sprint network. Thanks for checking in.

— Motorola Mobility (@Motorola) September 17, 2014

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean it will always be the case. It does mean, though, for right now it looks like there aren’t any plans to bring the device to the Now Network. And, as it stands, the only pair of carriers to announce support for the new handset are AT&T and Verizon. Technically speaking, though, the 4G LTE-connectivity will work on T-Mobile as well in the GSM unlocked variant.

Are you a Sprint customer that was hoping to get a new Moto X?

Motorola Confirms The New Moto X Won't Be Available On Sprint

Android Police - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:40pm

composited-image-00000The updated Moto X just went on sale earlier this week with delivery dates toward the end of the month. So far only the GSM devices for AT&T and T-Mobile have popped up, but Verizon has confirmed it too will have the phone soon. If you have been waiting on the seemingly inevitable Sprint announcement, you are about to get some bad news—Sprint won't carry the 2014 Moto X. Ouch.

@griffithgg The new Moto X won’t be available on the Sprint network.

Motorola Confirms The New Moto X Won't Be Available On Sprint was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Google Play Gift Cards Go Live In South Africa

Android Police - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:36pm

PlayStore-Thumb CardsGoogle Play gift cards are now available at the bottom of the world. No, not Antarctica-look up a bit. There you go, South Africa. In the most southern of African nations, gift cards are starting to appear on store shelves in increments of R 150, R 250, and R 450. Residents can rush to their neighborhood shop and pick one up for the low price of, well, any of the three numbers I just listed.

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Dear Tim Cook: watch your Google rant get destroyed in 2 paragraphs

Phandroid - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:02pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook today published an open letter to customers, passive aggressively attacking Google’s business model without ever mentioning the company’s name. This led some sites to sensationalize Cook’s rant as a heroic piece of literature that single handedly “ripped apart Google’s business model in 2 paragraphs.

That’s funny, because it only takes 2 paragraphs to flip all of that upside down.

Dear Tim Cook,

I appreciate your company’s strong stance on protecting customer privacy. I strongly agree that Apple is an industry leader in privacy. After all, recent product launches prove this is true: Apple knows absolutely nothing about its customers. And from what I’ve seen, neither does Siri.

What pioneering bravery it took to ignore consumer demand - despite an overwhelming amount of data – and insist on launching small screened iPhones until privacy breaching company’s like Google and Samsung exploited this information. What principle it took to release the Apple Watch with a rectangular face, while Google excavated consumer’s deepest desires for optional round-faced smart watches. Keep up the good work and fight the good fight! #IgnoranceIsBliss

Love,
Phandroid

PS: thanks for the leaked celebrity pics!

This comes on the heels of a new Google patent that tracks and identifies everyone in a room. The privacy doomers and gloomers will have their field day, but if Google responsibly integrates these types of ideas into their products and services, they’ll continue to outpace Apple in growth and innovation. How much smarter can Siri get if it doesn’t know who the heck you are?

I truly am an Apple fan, by the way: I’m typing this on Macbook Pro. I think the world is going to massively enjoy the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. I’m excited for the implications that Apple Pay may have on NFC and mobile payments as a whole and believe that Apple Watch will help bring wearables mainstream.

That being said, Apple has a Jobs-based mentality of saying “screw what the consumer wants… we’ll make what they don’t know they want yet.” I fear this sentiment echoes in Apple’s hallways, without the ability to be fulfilled in Steve Jobs wake. Move on, Apple… responsibly collecting consumer data is the key to creating the most successful products you can.

UPDATE: I found this in last week’s edition of the Washington Post

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