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Image of Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 leaks, showing off the tablet-sized phone

Posted: 31 May 2014 04:07 PM PDT

The Samsung Galaxy Mega series of devices isn't exactly targeted at the general user here in the States, but it's meant to be a line of devices that can offer the size of a flagship device, or even bigger, for a low price. Can't afford both a tablet and a smartphone? A Galaxy Mega may be a great option for you.

But the mid range lineup might be getting a new addition, and it has reached a new level of huge. Overtaking the existing Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 is the leaked Galaxy Mega 7.0, which features a 7.0-inch display (obviously). This is a new level of large for Samsung, as putting a tablet-sized display into a smartphone is pretty extreme (though not unheard of previously).

This device will feature a 720p resolution, a quad core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. This is by no means a powerhouse, but it will mean a fairly low price for the target market. Sadly, a price, release date, or availability for different countries aren't available. We'll just have to wait to hear more info. What do you think of this tablet-sized smartphone?

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Motorola releases source code for Moto E, updates RAZR M/HD code to KitKat

Posted: 31 May 2014 03:10 PM PDT

If you've picked up a Moto E for the purpose of modifying it, today is your lucky day. Motorola has released the full source code for the device, allowing developers to start building their own kernels. This means you'll soon see new advancements in the modification scene, assuming enough developers have the Moto E. But at that price, it's hard to resist.

Motorola has also updated the source code for both the Motorola RAZR HD and the RAZR M. The source code is now for Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the version the devices are running. Good news for everyone, and it's good to see Motorola supporting these devices.

If you're interested in modifying your Moto E, head to GitHub in the source links to download the source code. Also, make sure you take advantage of Motorola's official bootloader unlock method to get started. How many of you have purchased a Moto E, and do you plan on modifying it?

Source: Motorola, GitHub

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Apps of the Week: Hurricane, Bridge Constructor Medieval, Origami Live Wallpaper and more!

Posted: 31 May 2014 02:23 PM PDT

It's the last edition of Apps of the Week for the month of May, and we've pulled together a great list of apps from the folks here at Android Central to get the month ending on a good note. Just as we do every week, this list is comprised of apps that we've all been using whether they're new, old or maybe just recently updated. What really matters is that we're using the apps, and want to give a personal recommendation for them.

Read along with us this week and see the apps that we've been using — you may just find an app or two that work for you as well.

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Moto E kernel source code shared by Motorola

Posted: 31 May 2014 02:09 PM PDT

Like spending your free time tinkering with gadgets and kernel source code? Then you're going to be pretty happy to learn that Motorola has just posted the kernel source for the Moto E and updated the code for the RAZR M and RAZR HD.

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[New App] NVIDIA Posts An App For The FaceWorks Tegra K1 Demo, Despite A Complete Lack OF K1 Hardware

Posted: 31 May 2014 01:52 PM PDT

unnamed (10) Look into the eyes of Ira. He can see into your vey being. His hypnotic gaze is scouring your soul, peeling away layers of intellect until only chaos and madness remains. He's like the most terrifying of Lovecraftian horrors, except he's bald and has a five o'clock shadow.


If you've watched any of NVIDIA's trade show keynotes in the last few years, you probably recognize Ira from the company's FaceWorks technical demo.

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13 best Android apps of May 2014

Posted: 31 May 2014 12:54 PM PDT

May 2014 was a great month for Android. We saw some awesome smartphones and some big announcements. Google I/O is now just around the corner. There were also a ton of great Android apps and games that got released. In this list, we check out the best Android apps of May 2014. If you'd rather watch than read, click the video above.

addappt icon the best Android apps of May 2014addappt: up-to-date contacts

[Price: Free]

First up this month is a nifty application called addappt. This app is what I always envisioned the future of managing contacts to be. Here's how it works. You add someone on addappt and whenever they update their contact information, their information is automatically updated on your contacts list. The only problem is getting everyone you know to use it but it is free on iOS and Android so that may help.

Get it on Google Play

AllCast Receiver the best Android apps of May 2014AllCast Receiver

[Price: Free]

AllCast Receiver is an application that allows people to use AllCast to stream their Android devices to other Android devices. Previously AllCast could only stream to things like Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast. All you do is install this app on the phone or tablet you wish to stream to and it will begin appearing on the AllCast list of supported devices. It's free to use so if you use AllCast you should also use this.

Get it on Google Play

AllCast Receiver screenshot the best Android apps of May 2014

baldur's gate icon the best Android apps of May 2014Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition

[Price: $9.99]

Baldur's Gate is a mammoth RPG with dozens of hours of game play. It was originally released in 1998 and some say this helped pave the way for the RPG genre on PCs. It's a little expensive at $10 and there are add ons that you can pay more to get, but this is one of the biggest, longest games available on Android today. To see more, check out our review linked below.

Get it on Google Play

Circix the best Android apps of May 2014Circix

[Price: Free]

Our next app is a fun little brain teaser with over 200 free levels, colorful graphics, and tablet support. You essentially connect the blocks to one another but you can only connect each block so many times as denoted by the number. It starts out easy and gets progressively harder and there are additional levels available for purchase if you really like it. The core game is free to play in the Google Play Store.

Get it on Google Play

circix screenshot the best Android apps of May 2014

facesin icon the best Android apps of May 2014FacesIn

[Price: Free]

FacesIn is a new social network aggregator that uses your GPS location and the GPS check ins of your friends to alert you when a friend is nearby. If you use Facebook, Foursquare, or other check-in services, you should definitely give FacesIn a shot. It's free to use and supports a number of popular social networks with more to come in future updates and it has a really nice design.

Get it on Google Play

frequency icon the best Android apps of May 2014Frequency

[Price: Free]

Frequency can only be described as an RSS feed for videos. Using this app you can subscribe to a number of video channels from a number of sites. This includes proprietary video feeds that don't show up on places like YouTube or Vimeo. It has a nice, if somewhat cluttered design, it's free, and if you like internet videos, you should check it out.

Get it on Google Play

lens blur live wallpaper the best Android apps of May 2014Lens Blur Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free]

Next up is actually an application that works with Google Camera. It's called Lens Blur Live Wallpaper and what it does is take blur pictures you took with Google Camera and turn them into a sort of pseudo parallax live wallpaper for your home screen. It's suffering from a pretty bad bug right now but we expect it to be fixed soon and it is free to use so if you have Google Camera, you should check this out.

Get it on Google Play

monument valley the best Android apps of May 2014Monument Valley

[Price: $3.99]

Monument Valley is a puzzle game with some astounding design and game play. You play as a princess who must find her way through levels that are all based heavily on optical illusions. You can bend, move, twist, or otherwise manipulate levels to get through them and it is quite impressive. It's $3.99 which is a tad expensive for only 10 levels, but it rocks a 4.7 rating in the Play Store which is also impressive.

Get it on Google Play

peek icon the best Android apps of May 2014Peek

[Price: $4.09]

Peek used to be a feature that was baked into ParanoidAndroid but is now a standalone application that anyone can download and it doesn't need root. What it does is allow you to view notifications without pressing any buttons. It's the closest you can get to the Moto X lock screen without actually buying a Moto X so if that's what you're looking for, you should give Peek a try.

Get it on Google Play

quickclick the best Android apps of May 2014QuickClick

[Price: Free]

QuickClick is a nifty application that allows you to program your hardware buttons to perform actions. For instance, you can tap your volume button twice and have it turn on your LED flash to use as a flashlight. It's free to use and comes with a number of functions so if you've always wanted more out of your hardware buttons, give this one a look.

Get it on Google Play

sunrise calendar the best Android apps of May 2014Sunrise Calendar

[Price: Free]

Sunrise Calendar is a brand new application with a gorgeous design. In terms of functionality it does pretty much everything you'd expect a calendar app to do and it adds some other fun things like the ability to invite people. It isn't compatible with Exchange or tablets yet but it will soon. It's free to use and worth a look if you want something different out of your calendar.

Get it on Google Play

whistle camera the best Android apps of May 2014Whistle Camera

[Price: Free]

Whistle Camera came out this last month and it's a camera application which means it does camera app things. The key feature is that it uses the microphone to listen for your whistle. When you whistle, the app counts down and takes a picture. This is a great little tool to use when your hands are otherwise engaged or if you don't want to move for selfies. Oh and it's also free.

Get it on Google Play

xcom the best Android apps of May 2014XCOM

[Price: $9.99]

Last and certainly not least this month is XCOM. This award winning PC game was originally released in 2012 and it's now available for Android. It comes with a $10 price tag but it's as good of a game as I've ever seen on Android. You command a team of troops as you strategically move and fire on alien enemies bent on your destruction and also includes an in depth upgrade feature. This is as good as it gets folks, check it out.

Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

If we happened to miss any awesome applications that were released in May 2014, please feel free to leave us a comment and let us know!

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Through the looking glass: The Nexus 5 under the microscope

Posted: 31 May 2014 12:23 PM PDT

Your phone is filthy and covered with scratches — but it still looks better than your computer monitor

I chanced across my little USB microscope the other day while looking for a printer cable. I never found the printer cable, but I did keep the microscope on my desk because I knew I would find time to play with it err, um, do some work with it. While the folks who make USB microscopes always show interesting pictures of money or plants or something else all nature-ish and educational, I just had to look at phones, because I'm that kind of nerd. And my wife doesn't allow me to have money. Just kidding. Not really.

Anyhoo, after looking at screens for a bit I decided to grab my Nexus 5 and check it all out. I learned a couple things, and I figured it was interesting enough to share.

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Sony launches wireless charging plate and cover case for Xperia Z2

Posted: 31 May 2014 12:19 PM PDT


We are all sick and tired of having so many wires in our house. Luckily, many Android manufacturers believe in wireless charging methods. Sony is no different and has launched two accessories for the Xperia Z2 for owners in pursuit of a wireless life. The company now has a wireless charging plate and cover case. The wireless charging standard chosen by Sony is Qi.

The cover case protects the phone and allows it to be used on any Qi wireless charging plate. It even includes a kickstand for some hands-free viewing. The plate is quite simple: put the get the Xperia Z2 in its cover case and put it on the system to start charging. And even if you do not have a Xperia Z2, the wireless charging plate will work with any Qi-enabled device.

No word yet on pricing and a release date.

Source: Sony [Wireless Charging Plate WCH10] [Wireless Charging Cover WCR12]

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Firefox OS nightly now compatible with Nexus 5

Posted: 31 May 2014 12:19 PM PDT


Had enough of stock Android on your Nexus 5? Then put Firefox OS on it. A developer over on XDA was successful in bringing a Firefox OS nightly to Google's vanilla smartphone. There are a few minor issues being worked on, so you may want to wait just a little bit longer. Though, people are saying it can be used daily without much of an issue. The two problems have to do with the camera preview and enterprise features. But if you just cannot wait any longer, hit the source link to get started.

Source: XDA

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Google reveals new page to handle data suppression requests in EU

Posted: 31 May 2014 12:04 PM PDT


Earlier this month a European court created a new "right to be forgotten" for citizens living in the European Union covered by the court's jurisdiction. This new right means users can request search engines suppress information that may be returned by a search query. After the ruling was issued, Google started to receive a flood of requests for application of the new right. Google indicated at the time that they would create an online mechanism for users to submit these requests. That process has debuted via a help request form accessed on Google support pages.

According to Google, this is just an initial effort that they expect to be refined over time. At this point, it is still a manual process of reviewing each request on a case-by-case basis. It may always stay that way given the requirements a user has to meet in order to get information suppressed. The results have to show up in response to a query on the user's name and not some other search. The information the user objects to has to be inaccurate or outdated, not just negative. Users will also have to submit a photo ID to prevent fraudulent requests.

Thus far it appears Google is the only search engine to implement any kind of standard, user-facing process for requests to suppress information even though the ruling applies to all search engines.

source: Google

via: 9to5Google

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 press render leaks

Posted: 31 May 2014 12:04 PM PDT


Here is a pretty clear look at the upcoming Galaxy Tab S 10.5 from Samsung. It seems like the Galaxy Tab S line with closely resemble the design language of the Galaxy S 5. Even the software looks the same, albeit scaled for a 10.5-inch tablet.

On the front is the same button layout and fingerprint sensor. And for the back panel, Samsung is using an identical material. On the right side we have a charging port, microSD card slot, and a speaker. The left side has nothing but a speaker. While the bottom is bare, the top has the power and volume buttons.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

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Liquid Leap fitness device from Acer closer to hitting market

Posted: 31 May 2014 11:19 AM PDT


At the end of April, Acer indicated they were preparing a couple devices for a summer release, the Acer Liquid Jade smartphone and the Acer Liquid Leap fitness tracker. The company has unveiled more information about the Liquid Leap wearable device which will only be sold in conjunction with the Liquid Jade smartphone.

The Liquid Leap will come equipped with a 1-inch touchscreen and a rubber wristband in one of five colors – black, white, aquamarine, pink, or orange. It leans heavily toward a form factor similar to Samsung's Gear Fit device. The Liquid Leap will be able to track steps, measure distances covered, assess sleep quality, and estimate calories burned. When mated with the smartphone, users will be able to control music playback, check SMS messages, and view notifications. According to Acer, the battery should last approximately 7 days between charges.

At this time it is not yet known which markets will see these devices, but sources think it is becoming more unlikely they will make it to the U.S.

source: liliputing

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Leaked image of 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega device spotted

Posted: 31 May 2014 11:04 AM PDT


Although most device manufacturers would classify a device with a 7-inch screen as a tablet, Samsung appears to be intent on introducing a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 (or possibly Galaxy Mega 7.0 or Galaxy W) that will be considered a smartphone. The device was just recently cleared by the FCC, so it looks like it is definitely heading to the U.S. market.

The leaked image comes from a case maker who is working on their accessories to be ready for the device's launch. The unit shown in the image is labeled for China Mobile, so it looks like China will be getting a version of the device in addition to South Korea where it may be marketed as the Samsung Galaxy W. You may also notice the strong resemblance, especially in terms of the bezels, this device has with Samsung's smartphone models versus their tablet devices.

Samsung has an event scheduled for June 12th to introduce a new series of tablet devices. Since the Galaxy Mega 2 may be considered a smartphone by Samsung, it is unclear whether the device would be announced at that event.

source: ortud.com

via: GSMArena

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 leaks out in new images

Posted: 31 May 2014 08:26 AM PDT

The master of leakers, @evleaks, is back again with another leak. Today's leak brings us several images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, an upcoming Samsung tablet that has yet to be announced. Judging from the above picture, the tablet appears to be thin, light, and focused on minimizing bezels. Nonetheless, the bottom bezel still features a physical home button flanked by two capacitative buttons, per standard Samsung style. The back is rocking the same stippled look as the Galaxy S5 and has a camera positioned smack dab at the top of the tablet.

Specs aren't known, but the pictures reveal dual speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, charging port, and a microSD card slot. The software also looks to be toned down from some of Samsung's past tablets, perhaps a result of Samsung and Google's agreement to come a little closer to stock Android. Gone is the magazine style UI that filled many of Samsung's latest tablets, it's replaced by a more standard tablet UI. We're not sure if it's altogether better though, the magazine UI took better advantage of the space than this new set-up. We'll have to see it in person before we make the final judgement.

Hit the source link below to see a couple more angles of the device.

Would you be interested in a tablet like this one?

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10 things you need to know about the new LG G3

Posted: 31 May 2014 08:08 AM PDT

The LG G3 is upon us. And like any smartphone not named iPhone or Galaxy S, it's sort of swimming upstream. That is, it's got to fight against huge marketing budgets, cults of personality, and out-and-out fanboyism.

But as we've been saying for years now, LG's long made excellent smartphones. And in the past year they've truly come into their own right, with features that are now being aped by other manufactures.

We're still in the early stages of working with the LG G3, and we've got a little time before it's going to hit store shelves. But here are the top 10 things you need to know about LG G3 as we see them so far.

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[Deal Alert] PasswordBox Lifetime Memberships Available For Just $9.99 From StackSocial

Posted: 31 May 2014 06:52 AM PDT


Hey, do you remember the time when we posted about that really awesome password manager that could automatically log into most of your apps and websites with just one tap? Just like that other password manager, you could pay the annual subscription fee of $12 for unlimited storage, that's a decent option... But what if I told you that StackSocial is offering lifetime memberships to PasswordBox for just $9.99? I think you might have a hard time passing that up!

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Review 13: The Terminator

Posted: 31 May 2014 06:38 AM PDT

Press renders of the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S leak ahead of official announcement

Posted: 31 May 2014 06:38 AM PDT

Notorious leakster @evleaks just posted press renders of Samsung's 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S, an AMOLED tablet that the South Korean manufacturer is scheduled to unveil on June 12 in an event in New York.

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Best Sony Xperia Z2 Accessories

Posted: 31 May 2014 03:07 AM PDT

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is one of the best flagship devices currently available, and is a testament to Sony's growth as a major player in the Android smartphone world. The Xperia Z2 adds to what was already great about the Xperia Z1, while addressing the issues its predecessor had, resulting in a smartphone with a beautiful display, signature Sony design, minimalistic and fast UI, a fantastic camera, and top of the line hardware.

We've already seen some great cases for the Sony Xperia Z2, a summary of which is also available below, and to help you get the most out of your device, here are some of the best accessories for the Sony Xperia Z2!

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Deal of the Day: LLOYD Flex Case for HTC One (M7)

Posted: 31 May 2014 02:07 AM PDT

Get your Lloyd on! Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this flexible case provides great protection for your HTC One (M7) from day to day use and accidental drops. The back of each case features a large portrait of Lloyd surrounded by a glossy and easy-to-grip exterior.

The LLOYD Flex Case is available for just $3.95, 80% off today only. Colors include black, clear, smoke and green.

Check out other great deals on HTC One (M7) accessories at ShopAndroid.com!

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You can now pick up a Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 for just $399

Posted: 31 May 2014 01:54 AM PDT

Samsung-Galaxy-TabPRO-12-2 Samsung unveiled its latest flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, back in June, 2013, and three months later the device was available to purchase from several retailers in the U.S. for a whopping $749. However, if you haven't had the opportunity or the wherewithal to pick one up before now, it may interest to

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HTC is believed to be developing a smartwatch it’s convinced will challenge the Moto 360

Posted: 31 May 2014 01:54 AM PDT

HTC-stand-MWC-2014 A report has appeared online disclosing that HTC is currently in the process of designing its first ever smartwatch, with the name One Wear, as a rival to Motorola's upcoming Moto 360. The wearable piece of technology was recently demoed at a private manufacturers event and is scheduled to hit the shelves somewhere around late

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Samsung reportedly collaborating with Oculus on VR headset

Posted: 31 May 2014 01:07 AM PDT

Earlier last week, it was revealed that Samsung was working on its own VR headset, and that the manufacturer was working on getting its product available to the masses before a consumer version of the Oculus Rift hits stores. A new report from Engadget states that Samsung is in fact seeking Oculus' help in developing the VR headset. More details after the break.

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Galaxy Gear Now Getting Tizen OS As An Update

Posted: 30 May 2014 08:33 PM PDT


One of the main reasons why Samsung decided to release a 2nd generation Galaxy Gear watch was due to battery life and performance issues found on the original, as reported by several early adopters. Now it seems folks still owning the watches are in for a treat.

We know Samsung has officially ditched Android on the wearable side for now, as they are proudly opting for Tizen; another open source Linux-based operating system that Samsung has helped develop from the ground up.

Tizen was first introduced with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches and is now available as an update which you can install by either flashing it manually or by downloading it through Kies. The update itself is noted to wipe all user data so be sure to back up any important information before updating but other than that, it brings a bit new apps and obviously the battery and performance increase.

To read more about the update, check out the source link below.


Galaxy Gear Now Getting Tizen OS As An Update is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 30, 2014

Posted: 30 May 2014 07:49 PM PDT


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That's why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day's hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

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Android TV will be showcased at Google I/O, packs a secret weapon


GO Launcher EX updated to version 5 with new flat theme and features


Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Electric Blue for Verizon leaks


Samsung is collaborating with Oculus for VR headset


Google releases Stars Chrome extension and web interface


HTC One (M8) Prime development halted indefinitely

Here's a better look at Motorola's next flagship

Moto X code gives you $50-75 off, free pair of SOL Republic earbuds, and free Skip

Oppo officially announces N1 Mini

This could be the Galaxy S 5 Mini (SM-G800F)

Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Electric Blue for Verizon leaks


HTC 'One Wear' to possibly be round and come in different materials

Samsung Galaxy Gear finally gets updated to Tizen

Samsung files for "Galaxy Wear" trademark, could this be its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch?


Original Galaxy Note 10.1 seeing KitKat update in Germany


Original Galaxy Note 10.1 seeing KitKat update in Germany

Samsung Galaxy Gear finally gets updated to Tizen


Motorola factory in Texas to close by the end of this year

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