Amazon have implemented their OAuth 2.0 protocol Login with Amazon (LWA), which was announced last year, on the Kindle fire, bringing single sign-on for Amazon customers.
Starting today, mobile apps and games that use Login with Amazon on these Kindle Fire devices will no longer need to ask Amazon customers to sign in each time the app is run. Instead, the first time the app is run Login with Amazon will automatically use the account registered to the Kindle Fire device. The user will then simply need to consent to share their information once for each of those apps to be automatically signed in.
Apps that have been granted single sign-on permissions will be able to go into their account online via ‘Your Account’ -> ‘Manage Login’ to see those apps.
All third generation of Kindle Fire are supported including:
For developers to implement single sign-on for their apps, you’ll need to setup your development environment by following the steps below:
If anyone thought the Samsung Galaxy S5 would be a flop then they’d be wrong as Phones4U are reporting that the newly launched device sold double the units the Samsung Galaxy S4 shipped on its own launch day.
We’re thrilled to announce that Phones 4u has seen record success with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5, with sales on the first day alone being double that of the Samsung Galaxy S4 during the same period.
Registration ahead of the pre-orders period alone for the Galaxy S5 reached over five figures, with the actual pre-orders “escalating significantly” past the Galaxy S4.
Scott Hooton, Chief Marketing Officer at Phones 4u comments: “The Samsung Galaxy S5 is clearly one of the most anticipated handsets of 2014. We’re incredibly pleased with the success it’s had at Phones 4u in such a short space of time already, with sales of the new smartphone being double those seen for the Galaxy S4 on its launch day last year.
It seems the Samsung Galaxy S5 has gotten off to a flying start and is set to continue its success in shipping huge numbers. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available to buy at all Phones 4u stores and online now.
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Feels like it’s almost every other day the Humble Bundle guys are offering up a new batch of Android games on the cheap. Last time around, we saw cross platform titles, but for Humble Mobile Bundle 5 — it’s all Android.
This time around we have 6 DRM-free titles offered up for charity and to score all of them, all you have to do is beat the average of $4.78 (or pay whatever you want for only the top 3). Here’s the full list along with their current going prices on Google Play, so you can see what you’re saving.
If you tally all these games up, that’s over $20 in savings. Don’t forget that if you beat the average, you’ll also get a few bonus titles to be announced later in the week (plus, you’re helping charity). Check out the trailer below to see what’s up for grabs.
The day Glass Explorers have been anxiously awaiting is finally here, and just in time for the open registration event! After a lengthy 4-month wait, XE16 has emerged and transcended its potential vaporware moniker to became a reality. As we've already learned, this latest installment includes a massive version bump to KitKat, photo bundles, photos in Hangouts, sorted voice commands, and much more.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Google Glass XE16 Update Is Live, Bringing KitKat, Photo Bundles, Sorted Voice Commands, Improved Battery Life, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Today is a big day for Google. In addition to opening up its Glass Explorer Program to all U.S. residents and kicking off the Project Ara Developers Conference, Google has opened registration for the 2014 edition of its I/O developer event.
Google is now accepting applications for I/O 2014 tickets through the event’s official website. Registration will be open until April 18 at 2:00 p.m. PDT / 5:00 p.m. EDT, giving ample time to everyone that’d like to attend I/O 2014 the chance to apply for a ticket.
Shortly after registration closes, Google will randomly select applicants and offer them the opportunity to buy a ticket. Pricing for Google I/O 2014 tickets will be set at $900 for general admission or $300 for an academic admission ticket.
In the past, Google sold tickets to I/O on a first come, first served basis. Because of the popularity of Google products and the fact that the company often gives away free devices at the event, tickets often sold out an hour or two after going up for sale. The application system that Google is using for tickets this year gives more people the chance to get a ticket since it eliminates that mad rush and also keeps registration open for a full four days.
How many of you are going to apply for a ticket to Google I/O 2014?
Alright, Android developers and general enthusiasts: the floodgates are open. Google is now accepting registrations for Google I/O 2014, which takes place at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco on June 25th and 26th. If you've got a spare nine hundred bucks and the means to get there, you can submit your details and hope for a spot.
Things are a bit different this year. Instead of a mad dash for a limited number of tickets, not to mention no small amount of confusion and frustration as Google's registration buckles under the pressure, attendance will be under a general lotto system.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Google I/O 2014 Registration Now Open - Get Your Entry In Now, $900 Tickets To Be Drawn Randomly After April 18th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Rumors of “Gear Glass,” a Samsung made Google Glass competitor, date back to last year when we first heard whisperings the Korean wearable was in the works. That same month, a Samsung patent filing would later reveal one possible design the headset could take shape as when it finally hits market, looking more like sports eyewear than a sleek version of Google’s headset. Well, the model revealed in last year’s patent filing may have been just that — a sports variant — as a new design has been found in yet another Samsung patent filing.
Uncovered by the folks at WhatMobile.net, we find a design much more in tune with Google Glass, only more… obstructive? While this version of Gear Glass looks more like a typical Bluetooth earpiece, it features an arm that wraps around the user’s eye. The result? Something more like a Dragon Ball Z scouter than Google’s implementation. Remember, Glass hovers above eye-level and doesn’t obstruct view. This version of Gear Glass is much different.
We should note that patent filings aren’t always indicative of a real-world product, only ideas manufacturers attempt to protect in order to cover all their bases (should they decide to actually act on a device shown in a patent filing). For an idea of how Samsung might tackle input on Gear Glass, make sure you check out the previous filing on Samsung’s augmented reality patent.
Current rumors point to a Samsung Gear Glass launch somewhere towards the end of this year, hopefully a lot less costly than Google’s variant. Design wise, let us know which version you think would sit better with consumers — Google Glass or Samsung Gear Glass?
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Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S5 globally last Friday, making it available for purchase at retailers all over the world. That said, not everyone is able to get their hands on it just yet. Sprint MVNO Ting isn't able to offer the devices at the same time as the carrier it's reliant on - but at least this time the wait isn't too long. Ting Galaxy S5 pre-orders are now available, with devices shipping out May 5th.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Ting Now Has The Galaxy S5 Available For Pre-Order For Less Than $600, Will Start Shipping By May 5th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It’s probably one of the most interesting projects in mobile at the moment and one that gives us goosebumps every time we see its name come across our feed: Project Ara. A modular smartphone project, Ara sets to create a smartphone that essentially allows consumers to build (and upgrade) their own custom smartphones, similar to what we saw in the PC industry with desktop towers. Just smaller. Much smaller.
With the Project Ara Developer Conference kicking off today (you can watch it live here), the folks at The Verge were able to catch up with Paul Eremenko, the man currently heading the project. The video, uploaded to YouTube earlier a few hours ago, dives into the folks behind Project Ara — Google’s Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) group — who are on a fast track to creating a smartphone for the everyday-man.
Google’s ATAP team is small and “lean,” composed of engineers who originally worked at DARPA and have set an aggressive time schedule to launch a real, fully functional consumer-ready product early next year. Eremenko says that their self-imposed time pressure yields higher quality innovation with little risk aversion. ATAP’s goal is to create something more than a prototype, and is the reason we’re seeing Project Ara come to fruition in such a short amount of time (2 years). You owe it to yourself to watch the video and learn more about Project Ara.
Mother's Day will arrive next month, but it's never too early to appreciate that special woman who brought you into this world and/or devoted many years of her life to raising you. Many will be happy to receive nice flowers, a thoughtful card, or some article of clothing - but for that tech-savvy, Nexus-toting mom out there, the Play Store is here to help. Google has kicked off a Mother's Day promotion that will last until May 5th, offering up an entire year's subscription to certain magazines for just $5 and 50% off a good number of books (unfortunately, since there's no gifting functionality built into Google Play, you will have to buy these things under her account somehow).Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Samsung hasn’t yet learned its lesson with the Gear family of smartwatches. Even though the original Galaxy Gear sold very poorly, the company hasn’t bothered to expand compatibility in its new line of Gear devices. Yes, the new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are only compatible with a few Samsung devices. However, it’s been discovered that it may not be difficult to make the Gear Fit work with many other devices.
If you sideload the Gear Manager and Gear Fitness APKs onto a device running Android 4.3 or higher, you may be able to get the smartwatch to work! While you won’t get 100 percent functionality, most features work just fine. That includes notifications, changing the background and Find My Phone.
This workaround has been confirmed to work on the Nexus 5, the HTC One (M7) and the One (M8), and it may work with many other devices as well. This alone shouldn’t be a reason to throw down the money for a Gear Fit, though, as it’s always possible that an update could break compatibility. Still, it’s cool to know that the Gear Fit is far less reliant on Samsung devices than the Galaxy Gear was.
There were some rumors about Samsung making the Gear line officially compatible with more devices, but there hasn’t been any more info on that since. Hopefully Samsung will go through with it, or else the new Gear line will fall to the same fate as the Galaxy Gear.
If you’re anything like us, you’re not a fan of big bezels. It’s one of the reasons the newest flagships appeal to some of us less than they should. The HTC One (M8) has absolutely massive bezels, making the device so much larger than the display hints at, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 has slightly thicker bezels than the Galaxy S4. To some of us, this small bezels in a smartphone make or break a device.
This leaked photo of the LG isai FL amazes me with just how thin the bezels are. The top border is almost as thin as the sides, which is something you rarely see in production phones. And yes, this phone is actually coming out in Japan on au by KDDI.
It features LG’s now standard buttons on the back of the device instead of on the sides, which seems to appeal to many people. There are also on screen keys, as expected, but the appearance of a recent apps button is a welcome surprise. The device looks like it runs KitKat, which is great, though the custom launcher doesn’t have an ideal design.
With bezels generally growing smaller, this year’s flagships were disappointing in that regard. Seeing what’s possible in bezel reduction is quite amazing, and I wish device manufacturers would bring such designs to the States. Maybe this is an indication of what we’ll see from the G3. What do you think of the LG isai FL? Tell us in the comments!
Many Android enthusiasts buy the Nexus line of devices not for the low price, but for stock Android. It’s pretty much the only way to get stock Android and quick updates straight from Google anymore, though the Moto X comes fairly close. The pure Google experience is something special, a light and fast interface with its own quirks and bugs but a feel like no other version of Android.
Though this is true for many, Nexus devices are also all about modifying the software in the most outrageous way possible. This means the devices will see ports of pretty much every ROM possible, and the latest to be ported to the Nexus 5 is HTC Sense 6. Yes, the full ROM from the HTC One (M8) has been ported to the latest Nexus smartphone.
This port is in its alpha stage at the moment, meaning it can not be used as a daily driver. However, many of the important things are already working:
While I wouldn’t suggest running it for a prolonged period of time, unless you’re going to help with development of this ROM, you can give it a shot and brag to your friends that you have what is essentially an HTC One without the gargantuan bezels. Hit the source link for the original XDA thread to learn more and get flashing, but do so at your own risk! Tell us how you like it in the comments, and what ROM should be ported to the Nexus 5 next.
It's that time again. The Humble Bundle folks are back with another mobile bundle. This time we're looking at six games: Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Bag It!, Carcassonne, The Cave, The Room Two, and R-Type II. Three of these games are available for whatever you feel like paying, but you need to beat the average in order to get all six along with the next wave of games that's sure to arrive roughly a week from now.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Humble Mobile Bundle 5 Is Live With 6 Android Games, Including The Cave, The Room Two, And Aralon: Sword And Shadow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
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. Most companies have come to their senses on naming standards, like Samsung with their letter and number scheme. Let’s take a look back at the wild west of Android device names. Here are the 12 weirdest/worst.12. Samsung Galaxy Mega
When someone in the tech community jokingly creates a name for your next product, and then it actually gets used, you know it’s a bad name. That’s exactly what happened when Chris Ziegler mockingly said that Samsung would use the name “Mega,” and they actually did. What’s next? The Samsung Galaxy Ginormous?11. ASUS Padfone
Anything that could slightly be confused with a feminine hygiene product is automatically a bad name. To make things worse Asus changed the “ph” in “phone” to the letter F. Replacing letters with phonetic equivalents is never a good thing. Just look at all those “cool” products that replace the “s” with a “z.”10. ZTE Skate
This is the story of a company who ran out of adjectives so they started using verbs. Rejected ideas include “ZTE Run, Shoot, Skip, Pass, and Jump.” Or maybe we’re not taking this literal enough. Maybe the phone was literally named after a roller skate. Either way, this is a real fail.9. YotaPhone
The YotaPhone is one of our favorite devices, but we have to admit the name is a little weird. The first time you hear it you are guaranteed to think it’s the “Yoda” phone. The first time I heard about this phone I didn’t even think it was real. I just thought it was a joke. “Who would name a phone after Yoda?” If people think your phone is a joke it might not have the best name.8 OnePlus One
The device may be great when it finally launches, but this name is just plain weird. First of all, the company name sounds like a feature on Google+, but then to name your first ever phone “One” is either really dumb or really cocky. HTC already has a thing with “One,” but even if you ignore that the “OnePlus One” name just sounds silly. Someone just really likes addition.7. HTC ChaCha/Salsa
The HTC First was not the first “Facebook phone.” HTC released the ChaCha (in the US, Salsa everywhere else) with a dedicated Facebook button. What do you think of when you think about Facebook? Latin dance moves of course. Makes sense, right? We like to think someone at HTC just really likes spicy condiments, and “ChaCha” was their way of sneaking it in.6. HTC EVO 4G LTE
Back in the day the “4G wars” were a lot more intense than they are today. Every company under the sun just had to put “4G” in the name of their device. HTC decided to take it a step further and add “LTE” on top of that. What makes this name even more ridiculous is the uppercase letters. The official branding is “ HTC EVO 4G LTE.” Stop yelling at us!5. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
“Wait, are you telling me the display is 210.1 inches!? Does it come with a stand?” Samsung has moved to a numerical naming standard since the silliness of some of their early Android devices, but that hasn’t solved all of their problems. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has an excessive amount of numbers in the name. Is this a tablet or an area code?4. Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman
I honestly could not believe this was a real name for a real device. Want to make sure people know what feature your phone has? Just include a sentence in the name of the device. “Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.” “ LG Nexus Live with Google Now.” “Samsung Galaxy Live with Cheap Plastic.”3. Casio G’zOne…
If you’re naming a phone here’s some free advice: don’t choose a name that no one knows how to pronounce. Casio did not take this advice with their series of G’zOne devices. Is it “G Zone?” Is it “Gzzz One?” For a quick laugh go to YouTube and watch people try to pronounce “G’zOne” in unboxing videos. The sad thing is these devices could have had so much better of a name. They are all super tough and durable. Let your imagination go wild.2. ZTE Iconic Phablet
Another bit of advice for anyone naming a phone: don’t just plainly describe the device. Or, in the case of ZTE, how you want people to describe the device. I can’t wait for their next device, the “ZTE Best Phone Ever.” To make things even worse they have a special variant of this device for Boost Mobile called the “Boost Max.” Generic names for the win!1. Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
The grand prize of weirdest and worst Android device name has to go the “Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch.” This name is so long that some places even put a comma between the “II” and “Epic.” It’s so long that you have to take a breath halfway through it. To me this phone is the perfect example of corporate branding gone wrong. Samsung wants their branding in the name, and Sprint wants something unique for their network. The result is this obnoxiously long abomination of a name.
Do you agree with our rankings? Which phone do you think has the worst name? Did we leave any out? Let us know in the comment below!
Today the nice folks at Tech21 have graced us with a their new Impact Shell for the all new HTC One M8. The case comes in three different colors: black, red, and purple and cost about 35 dollars. I know what you’re thinking, “35 dollars, that’s alot of money for a case”, however Tech21 has proven time and time again that their products are worth the cost, as seen in the S4 case review. Without further adieu lets break it down:
Overall, the case doesn’t attract any pesky dust particles and it slides easily out of my pocket without getting hung up. The best thing about the Impact Shield is the size of it. It fits the One like a glove and hardly adds any bulk to the phone. The Impact Shield is a must have and if you just picked yourself up a new HTC One M8, 35 dollars is a cheap insurance policy to keep your device looking good and protected.
If you’re still debating about getting an HTC One, cruise over and check out our review here. If you already have your’s check out the gallery below of the Impact Shell.
In the wee hours of last night, @evleaks dropped a nice little leak for us to drool over. What you’re looking at is what Mr. Leaks claims to be the upcoming LG Isai FL, a phone that is sure to make the bezel-hating crowd scream in glee. But not so fast — this model is only for Japanese carrier “au” by KDDI.
While it’s rare to see a Japanese smartphone make its way to other parts of the globe, it’s entirely possible we’re simply looking at the Japanese variant of the rumored LG G3. You’ll notice what appears to be LG’s trademark rear button placement which is found on the LG G2 and the LG G2 Mini (and the LG G Flex), and given last year’s Isai (L22) was the G2, it’s likely the above pictured L24 is the G3. Really, we can only speculate at this point.
Last year’s Isai (left) compared with the LG G2 (right)
Given the LG G2 already had some of the smallest bezels on the market, LG really only has themselves to 1-up. With a rumored 2K display and Snapdragon 801 processor — would the Isai design make a worthy upgrade to last year’s LG G2?
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!Sixth Sense by Greg Mapes Why we love this look:
Quite simply, it’s because it helps deliver the new clock widget that comes with the HTC One M8. Instead of coughing up a couple hundred dollars for a new device you can install these at no cost at all. Not that we don’t recommend that phone; she’s a beauty with brawn.
You can download three different versions of this widget; black, grey, and white. Note that while this only works with Zooper installed, it does play nice with a number of launchers. Your widget size setting may vary depending on what sort of grid layout you’re using so play around a bit!
What you’ll need:Flat for Zooper Widget Full (Playboard) | Flat for Zooper Widget Full (Play Store)
The day is over halfway expired, but that should be plenty of time to decide if you want to take advantage of a one-day sale Amazon’s having on Kingston MicroSD cards.
We’ve got 8GB all the way through 32GB — sorry, folks, but there aren’t any 128GB models to be found here. The quick breakdown of goods available:
All of them come are class 10 UHS-1 standard, and come with a standard-sized SD adapter for use with any slot that’ll take them.
It’s no SanDisk sale, but Kingston isn’t a bad brand to get behind for reliable, quality microSD cards. Head to Amazon using the links above to check them out if you’re interested (but be quick about it, because it won’t last long).
At the recent Accel Design Conference, Google's head of design for Android, his holo-ness Matias Duarte, sat down for an interview with The Verge Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky. The wide-ranging chat touched on how Duarte approaches design, some things he looks at when thinking about Android's UX, and the death of mobile. How's that for a teaser?
Android Design Head Matias Duarte Talks About The Essence Of Design, Google I/O, And The Death Of Mobile was written by the awesome team at Android Police.