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App of the Week: My Data Manager

Posted: 18 May 2014 02:21 PM PDT

MyDataManager1 This week's app, My Data Manager, made its debut appearance on the Google Play Store last year and has been regarded as one of the most elegant, user-friendly, secure and feature-packed third-party data monitoring clients ever since. So, consequently, we've decided to bring it its very own review here at Cult of Android. My Data

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Bike routes in Google Maps get elevation profiles

Posted: 18 May 2014 02:18 PM PDT


This past week saw Google implement a few updates to their Google Maps platform, including Quick facts for some locations and extensive transportation data for public transportation options in the U.K. One more addition that has been added to Google Maps, at least on the desktop interface, is elevation profile data for bike routes.

The elevation information is available for almost all bike routes in the countries where Google makes bike routes available. The only exception appears to be those routes that are virtually flat. Besides the graphical representation of the route, Google will display the total elevation change going up and going down.

Oddly enough, Google has only made this information available via the desktop interface. This seems like it would be a more useful feature on mobile devices. Hopefully cyclists will not have to wait long for Google to make this available in the Google Maps app on their Android devices.

source: TechCrunch

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Chrome Web Store now has an interface for mobile devices

Posted: 18 May 2014 02:04 PM PDT


It may not be fully functional, but it now exists. A user of Google+ discovered that the Chrome Web Store has an interface built specifically for mobile devices. The mobile interface shows details about the app or extension along with the gallery.

Right now, everything is basic and categories do not yet exist. In fact, a homepage isn't even there. Instead, you have to be redirected to the Chrome Web Store to see information regarding a specific app or extension.

Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Source: +Fran├žois Beaufort

Via: Google Operating System

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Heathrow Airport says Samsung went off course with rebranding statements

Posted: 18 May 2014 02:04 PM PDT


Last week Samsung issued a press release indicating they were "taking over" Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport. The branding campaign supposedly included special signage promoting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 that would appear in place of current signage, wayfinding, website and digital screens in the terminal for a two week period. Heathrow officials have issued a clarification of the campaign in response to complaints of possible confusion indicating the campaign is not as extensive as Samsung made it sound.

A Heathrow spokesperson says, "Heathrow Terminal 5′s signage and passenger wayfinding has not changed. Samsung have rented advertising space in Terminal 5 with a tongue-in-cheek campaign using the line: 'Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5′." According to the officials, the advertising spaces that Samsung has acquired for the marketing campaign are existing surfaces. Probably the biggest different compared to prior campaigns is that Samsung has apparently secured rights to all of the surfaces in the entire terminal for the two week period that starts on May 19th.

source: Android Central

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HTC One (M7) for T-Mobile gets Sense 6 in update

Posted: 18 May 2014 02:03 PM PDT


Carrying around an HTC One (M7) with T-Mobile? Go ahead and grab a software update. The carrier is rolling out the Sense 6 update to HTC's flagship from last year. It brings a flew of features such as an updated BlinkFeed and a tidier launcher. The update started rolling out on Friday, so many of you should have gotten the update already.

Let us know in the comments how you are liking the update.

Source: T-Mobile Support

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Today Calendar Adds An Auto-Updating Date To Its App Icon - Why Doesn't Google Calendar Do This?

Posted: 18 May 2014 12:10 PM PDT

unnamed (1) At Android Police, we're Android evangelists. It's pretty rare that you'll get us to admit that Apple does something better than Google. But in terms of almost obsessive attention to visual design, Apple has the upper hand. Case in point: the iCal app icon on the iPhone and iPad updates every day, putting the correct day of the month on the icon. Why doesn't Google Calendar on Android do that, years after its inception?

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Facebook's Snapchat competitor 'Slingshot' might launch as early as this month

Posted: 18 May 2014 09:09 AM PDT

After a spurned attempt to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion last year, Facebook is gearing up to launch its own ephemeral messaging app, internally codenamed "Slingshot". The app, which is said to have a "simple and speedy user interface" (not unlike Snapchat) is designed to take on Snapchat with short video and photo messages that disappear after one viewing. The app has reportedly been in the works for several months, and might launch as early as this month.

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Deal of the Day: Mobi Hard Shell Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Posted: 18 May 2014 03:18 AM PDT

Made from a durable polycarbonate, these Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hard cases are strong enough to withstand drops and thin enough to keep in your pocket. The back of this hard case features a soft coating that's comfortable to hold, easy to manage and helps prevent unwanted drops.

The Mobi Hard Shell Case is available for just $4.95, 75% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!

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Chromecast launching in Australia on May 28, pre-order from Dick Smith now

Posted: 18 May 2014 12:35 AM PDT

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The Chromecast is Google's answer to getting content from your mobile device or Chrome browser to your TV. This media streaming dongle was released last year in the US but didn't see any light in the Australian market. To date, we haven't seen any sign of the Chromecast on Google's Play Store in Australia. Surprisingly the well known electronics store, Dick Smith, has put up a pre-order page on their website to order Chromecast.

According to the website, the Chromecast will be sold at a relatively modest price of AU$49 and released/shipped on May 28th. AU$49 is a bit expensive when compared to the US price of only $35USD. But, for what the Chromecast can do, it is well worth ...

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Top 6 Android stories this week: Moto E, One Mini 2, and Android Silver

Posted: 17 May 2014 11:19 PM PDT

This week in your world of Android: Motorola introduced the amazingly cheap Moto E, the hotly anticipated G3 broke cover, LG teased more G Pads, Samsung put a launch date on the Tab S, HTC revealed the beautiful One Mini 2, and we learned the possible launch date of the Android Silver program.

These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It's Android Weekly.

Budget is no longer a dirty word

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While its competitors are busy fighting each other at the high-end of the market, Motorola is quietly undermining them with cheap, attractive devices. The Moto E, starting from $129, got everyone talking this week, and that alone should worry incumbents.

Buy the Moto E from Amazon ($129)

Oh look, it's the G3

lg g3 teaser

Just in case you missed all the leaks, LG began teasing the G3 this week, with a video that all but reveals its design, but stops short from giving hints of the phone's specs and features.

The G Pad Family

LG G Pad 7, 8, 10.1

In the week's other big LG news, the Korean company will release a bunch of new G Pad tablets. Let's hope they live up to the original G Pad, one of the nicest tablets of 2013.

AMOLED tablets return on June 12

samsung premiere 2014 invitation

More leaks completed the picture of the AMOLED-equipped Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5, and now we also have a launch date to attach to Samsung's latest tablets. The Korean giant all but confirmed the Tab S line will debut on June at its Premiere 2014 event.

HTC One Mini 2: mid-range specs in a premium body

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The HTC One Mini 2 is essentially a slightly smaller One (M8), on the outside at least. Its innards are less exciting, but for some people, looks are more important than personality. Who are we to judge?

Farewell Nexus

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Notorious leaker @evleaks just confirmed the worst fears of Nexus fans. There won't be a "Nexus 6″, he says, and Android Silver devices may only launch in February of 2015. Can you wait that long?

What's the biggest Android story this week? Tell us in the comments.

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gReader Hits Version 3.7, Brings New Themes, Custom Notifications, And More

Posted: 17 May 2014 07:17 PM PDT


Even though Google Reader has long been dead, many of the tools that remained in its wake are still going strong, and the way that most users utilized the tool has gone largely unchanged. The conversion to Feedly was a rather smooth one in my opinion, and integration with some of my favorite apps, like gReader, has been flawless.

Today, gReader received a rather significant update to version 3.7, which brings about many new changes and improvements, including a pair of new themes, custom notifications, better shortcut management, and several others.

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OnePlus One forum members getting a crack at purchase invites

Posted: 17 May 2014 04:54 PM PDT

Although we've already got some hands-on time with the OnePlus One under our belt, there's a good many folks out there interested in the device still waiting for even just an invite to purchase one. The company is well aware of that and is still sticking to their plans to have invites out soon however, they've now added an additional potential way to obtain one. As noted on their blog, they have two contests planned but they're also going forward with a plan to offer certain members of their own forums a invite as well.

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