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[Bonus Round] Steampunk Tower, Blazin' Aces, And Statue Of Liberty: The Lost Symbol

Posted: 20 May 2014 03:17 PM PDT

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a literal tower defense game, a 2D aerial shooter, and an adventure game featuring the biggest leading Lady on Earth.

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Tuesday Tweaks: Apex Launcher is so good it really should be your launcher of choice

Posted: 20 May 2014 03:04 PM PDT

Apex launcher For today's Tuesday Tweak, we're focusing our attention on a very flexible third-party launcher named Apex, which incidentally recently passed the five million installations milestone. This application supplies its users with the ability to completely alter the appearance of the software on their device and is available to download on any smartphone or tablet running

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Oppo N1 Mini confirmed by FCC filing photos

Posted: 20 May 2014 02:33 PM PDT

Oppo N1 Mini FCC

The FCC has inspected and approved a device going by the Oppo N5116, and judging from the released pictures and specs, it looks like it's going to be a mini version of the Oppo N1. We knew this device was coming, but thanks to this filing we're getting a much better look at how the device is going to look. The Mini keeps the design of its bigger brother and looks nearly identical, except for the slimmed down screen.

The display on the N5116 measures about 5 inches, which is still really hard to call a "mini" device, but since the normal N1 sports a 5.9-inch screen, it's almost excusable. It's also only a 720p screen as opposed to the 1080p screen found on the bigger variant. The battery capacity has shrunk a bit, as expected, but the camera resolution (and the swivel that houses it) looks to be the same as the bigger N1.

No word on release date or exactly what Oppo's going to call this phone, but we'll keep you updated. Hit the links below for the rest of the leaked pictures.

source: FCC

via: Phone Arena

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Chrome OS updated: better window controls, launcher folders and more

Posted: 20 May 2014 02:17 PM PDT

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As Chromebooks continue to grow in popularity, we'll likely continue to see plenty of changes heading to Chrome OS as it continues to evolve into a true and worthy alternative to traditional operating systems like Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Most of these changes are subtle under-the-hood ones, but every once in a while Google throws Chrome OS an update that brings noticeable improvements with it. Today is such as day.

Update 35.0.1915.116 offers several new UI improvements, including the support for folders within the Chrome OS Launcher. In short, you can now better organize your apps, which has become important as more offline and online apps show up each day. There's also some changes to window controls, bringing back the minimize button and the left/right tiling of windows can now be done via a long-press on teh maximize button.

That's not all, here's some of the other changes highlighted by the Google Chrome blog:

  • Hotwording (or "Ok Google") is now available on New Tab Page and Google.com for English (US) users.

  • We've implemented captive portal detection during a signed-in session, which will help you get online in cafes, hotels, airports, and other locations which provide internet connectivity via a captive portal.

As for when your particular Chromebook (or box) model will see the update? The update should start pushing out now to all Chrome devices with the exception of the Samsung Series 3 Chromebox and the Asus Chromebox.

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Chrome Stable Hits Version 35, Brings Undo Close Tab, Better Fullscreen Video Support, And More

Posted: 20 May 2014 02:11 PM PDT


While Chrome Beta users have been on version 35 for the last several weeks, those who prefer to stay with the Stable build are finally getting a taste of what's been cooking under the beta hood for a while now. This includes some navigation enhancements, improved video support, and a few others.

What's New

  • Undo Tab Close

  • Fullscreen video with Subtitles and HTML5 controls

  • Support for some multi-window devices

  • Support for casting some videos with Chromecast

  • Other bug fixes

Version 35 is rolling out through the Play Store now, so jump in and grab the update.

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Chrome for Android updated with support for multi-windows, full screen video, and undo function for closed tabs

Posted: 20 May 2014 02:11 PM PDT

Chrome for Android has an update on the way. The new update is said to add "support for some multi-window devices," which sounds like a method to fully support devices with multi-window features — like the Note 3 and Galaxy S5 — without a second "helper" application involved. We've reached out to Google for full clarification. Other improvements include full screen video playback with HTML5 controls and subtitles, and an "undo" function for closed tabs. Of course bug fixes and stability improvements are part of every update.

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PSA: The New Google+ App Adds Navigation Shortcuts To Your Friends' Locations, But It's Super-Hidden

Posted: 20 May 2014 02:11 PM PDT

Twitter no longer mulling SoundCloud acquisition

Posted: 20 May 2014 01:57 PM PDT

We had reported that Twitter is considering making a bid to acquire German music service SoundCloud, but now it appears that the social network is no longer interested in a deal.

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Verizon’s voice-over-LTE service will include video calling at launch

Posted: 20 May 2014 01:42 PM PDT

Moto X+1 codenamed Victara, coming to all four US carriers

Posted: 20 May 2014 01:14 PM PDT

Though the Moto X didn't sell well, those that did buy it are notorious for loving the device. A lot of us here at Android and Me purchased one for ourselves and love it to death. It did have its faults, like a very unimpressive camera and a battery that was on the small side, but they could easily be forgiven. Now that rumors surrounding the Moto X's successor are swirling, we have very high hopes for the device.

Rumored to be released as the Moto X+1, a new codename for the device was leaked today thanks to @evleaks. The Moto X+1 is codenamed Victara, so if you see any references to Victara, you'll know what you're looking at. @evleaks also stated that the device will be available on all four carriers, though this doesn't state if there will be any exclusivity deals on things such as Moto Maker. We dearly hope not.

The new Moto X will be coming sometime late summer, so we can expect it in a mere few months. I'm very excited to see what Motorola does next, as the company has already impressed me. Will you be getting yourself the Moto X+1? Leave a comment!

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Use IFTTT to make tracking your health with Fitbit even better

Posted: 20 May 2014 12:48 PM PDT

With so many fitness trackers coming out these days, how do you possibly pick which one will be best for you? If you're a big fan of If This Then That (IFTTT), with newly announced recipe support, it looks like Fitbit may be the tracker for you.

Announced on the official IFTTT blog, a new Fitbit channel is now live on IFTTT for making all sorts of crazy health and activity related recipes for automating your fitness. If you aren't familiar with IFTTT, it's a service that allows you to create recipes for performing actions across platforms, services and apps. Examples of what you can do with the new Fitbit channel on IFTTT include things like when you achieve your daily fitness goal through Fitbit, IFTTT will post an automatic Facebook status through your account telling the world you beat your goal. Or you can have your sleep logs recorded by Fitbit, and automatically entered into a Google Drive spreadsheet.

To get going with Fitbit and IFTTT, just visit the Fitbit channel, activate it, and start creating recipes. Let us know what you come up with in the comments. With IFTTT, the possibilities are almost endless.

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Here is a full 360-degree view of the new HTC One M8 Prime

Posted: 20 May 2014 12:36 PM PDT

HTC One M8 Prime 360 degree view evleaks

After giving us a sneak peek at the alleged " HTC One M8 Prime" earlier today, @evleaks is now going all out, opening up that cropped image to a full sized, 360-degree view of the HTC One M8 Prime. Let's take a minute to marvel at the thing…


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New rumors surface regarding Sony Xperia Z3 coming later this year

Posted: 20 May 2014 12:19 PM PDT


At MWC 2014, Sony indicated that they thought the once-a-year flagship strategy was a dead-end for smartphone manufacturers. Living up to that prediction, even though Sony has just released the Sony Xperia Z2 and is still struggling to get it to the U.S. market amidst supply issues, a leak has already surfaced regarding the Sony Xperia Z3.

According to the IT168 web site in China, Sony is going to give the Xperia Z3 a metal chassis and the exterior will receive a PVD coating. This should give the Xperia Z3 a mirrored stainless steel look. The PVD coating should provide more corrosion resistance, better impact resistance and better scratch resistance. The process is also more environmentally friendly than other manufacturing options like electroplating. The downside is that is is a more complex process, which may seem to be a slightly odd choice for Sony given some of the challenges they have experienced with the Xperia Z2.

Although these reports are still early, the Xperia Z3 will come with a 1080p display, perhaps a bit of a disappointment when so many devices seem to be aimed at the QHD standard. Otherwise, it should be a worthy contender packing a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 20.7 MP rear-facing camera.

Sources put the release date as early as August. That would certainly make it to market in time to serve as Sony's second flagship release of the year and would cover the second half of 2014.

source: IT168

via: G for Games

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Chrome OS updated with launcher folders, improved window controls, and more

Posted: 20 May 2014 12:08 PM PDT

We love it when a Chrome OS update brings some new features and UI changes. The under-the-hood fixes are always appreciated, but you often don't get that fuzzy update feeling unless there are changes you can see. Lucky for us, the 35.0.1916.116 update brings a couple great new features to the UI — folders in the launcher, and the return of the minimize button. Hooray!

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Five tips for avoiding viruses and malware on your Android

Posted: 20 May 2014 12:08 PM PDT

Keeping infected apps off your Android requires common sense more than anything

It's not exactly a secret that Android's pretty open, and that it's possible for bad people to do bad things with apps. That's possible with any computer system, of course. And like any other computer system, Android has checks and balances that help keep you safe. Most of them are done without you having to lift a finger. There are gates that have to be opened for malware to get through, and chances are the bad guys are hoping you'll hand them the key in the first place.

There are basic steps you can take to help make sure that doesn't happen.

We'll walk you through five easy ways for keeping virus- and malware-laden apps off of your Android.

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Is this our first look at the HTC One M8 Prime?

Posted: 20 May 2014 11:53 AM PDT

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Revered Twitter leakster @evleaks promised that we were only just getting started with all the HTC One M8 Prime leaks, and he has come through with another — a very clean look at the upper-back portion of the device's press render. It certainly does look HTC One-ish with that extra depth information camera and that iconic white stripe racing through it.

While this photo obviously doesn't tell us much we can take a couple of things away from it. For starters, it seems HTC has elected to go with a raised camera sensor for the primary camera as opposed to the flush installation on the original HTC One M8.

And while it's hard to tell from a cropped press render, the material doesn't look quite as shiny as the original M8 did in its press photos. This could lend credence to the rumor from yesterday suggesting HTC has gone with a new material made of a composite of aluminum and liquid silicone. This would stand to give the device that same premium feel while giving it more grip for those who complained about how slippery the original M8 is.

And that's all that's new today. So far, we know that this thing could come in at 5.5 inches, have 2560 x 1440 resolution, a Snapdragon 805 chipset, 3GB of RAM and will be waterproof. Sounding like quite the impressive phone for sure, but we'll have to wait for official word to see if this is more than just wishful thinking.

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Verizon announces plans to introduce HD voice calls via VoLTE later this year

Posted: 20 May 2014 11:19 AM PDT


There's no question Verizon Wireless is one of the more expensive options when it comes to choosing wireless services. But ask any happy customer and they'll tell you that, in most cases, you get what you pay for. Yesterday we told you guys about Verizon's plans to double up their 4G bandwidth by rolling out XLTE across their network. Today, Verizon is back for round 2 announcing their plans to bring voice-over-LTE to their customers as early as this year.

Rolling out over the next few months, VoLTE will operate on the AMR-wideband standard (adaptive multi-rate wideband) to deliver an HD voice experience to Verizon subscribers (and on par with HD voice services from Sprint and T-Mobile who also use the same codec). Of course as we saw with XLTE, you'll need a compatible VoLTE device — making and receiving the call — to take advantage of crystal clear voice calling. Verizon says they'll have a "robust" lineup of VoLTE devices when the service goes live, with many other existing devices receiving a simple software update to enable VoLTE.

But it's not just for voice calls. Verizon is saying that customers will have the ability to switch from VoLTE calls to video calls on the fly, leaving us to wonder if they wont have a separate VoLTE dialer app or something along those lines. VoLTE is just the first step of Rich Communication Services Verizon has planned for their customers. Expect large file transfers, "robust" group messaging, and enhanced location sharing in the future.

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The Fitbit channel on IFTTT lets you automate based on your activity

Posted: 20 May 2014 11:15 AM PDT

One of the leading fitness bands out there, Fitbit, now plugs into the service that plugs into everything else, IFTTT. Between these two, you can set up handy if-this-then-that tasks that automagically kick in with the right triggers. New Fitbit triggers include daily activity summary, daily goals achieved (steps, distance, calorie burn, etc.), and sleep data. On the action side, outside applications can now log heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, and weight from connected channels into the Fitbit service. Examples of IFTTT recipes include sending you an iOS notification if you don't meet your daily exercise goal, or logging sleep data in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

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Some Mobile Game Publishers Are Forcing Developers To Go Free-To-Play (And Pay-To-Win) Or Go Home

Posted: 20 May 2014 11:06 AM PDT

unnamed Free-to-play is a divisive topic in the games industry right now. Some developers and publishers, especially in the mobile gaming world, love it - free games get downloaded more, and they have the potential to bring in more revenue. Gamers used to the "pay once, pay forever" model of games and software in general over the last 30 years think it's changing the industry and damaging both the economics and the mechanics of gaming itself.

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Meet the HTC One M8 Prime’s massive UltraPixel camera

Posted: 20 May 2014 10:34 AM PDT

HTC-M8-Prime The One M8 has been on sale for almost two months now, and when it launched, we all assumed this device would be HTC's flagship smartphone for 2014. But over the past week, it has become apparent that that's probably not the case. Just like Samsung, HTC is planning a "Prime" version of its latest

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 mass production beginning, 808/810 to be formally unveiled by year’s end

Posted: 20 May 2014 10:29 AM PDT

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According to Digitimes, Qualcomm has officially announced its plans to begin volume production of its eight-core Snapdragon 615 at a special event held in Shenzhen, China.

In addition to announcing its plans for the Snapdragon 615, Qualcomm also reportedly will fully unveil its 64-bit 6-core 808 and 8-core 810 by the year's end. Keep in mind that "revealing" them doesn't necessarily mean they'll be available in any commercial products this year, though one can certainly hope.

The Snapdragon 615: a powerful mid-range offering

While there was a time when the Snapdragon 600 found itself in flagship devices like the Galaxy S4, the Snapdragon 615 is aimed at the mid-range market and as an alternative to processors made by competitors like MediaTek and even Samsung.

The Snapdragon 615 will be produced on a 28-nm manufacturing process at TSMC and will offer eight Cortex A53 cores. Additionally, the Snapdragon 615 has LTE Category 4 connectivity via a Gobi 9×25 modem.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and 810: 64-bit era truly begins

Although the Snapdragon 615 is a meaningful step forward and could certainly be a welcome offering at the mid-range, what really has us excited are Qualcomm's 64-bit 808 and 810 series.

Announced last month, both processors will be manufactured at TSMC on a 20-nm manufactuering process and will feature LTE Category 6/7 via a Gobi 9×35 modem. The Snapdragon 808 hexa-core variant will have two Cortex A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. Meanwhile, the eight-core 810 will have four A57 cores and four A53 cores. Both SoCs will utilize all cores through ARM's big.LITTLE architecture.

Of course, before 64-bit processors can really make a big dent, Android will need to be updated to better take advantage of the technology. While we can't say for sure, odds are that the next major version of Android will make some necessary moves in that direction.

What do you think, excited for the next-generation of Qualcomm or perfectly happy with your Android experience as it is and in no rush to get the next big thing? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Reported HTC One M8 Prime image reveals raised Duo Camera

Posted: 20 May 2014 10:23 AM PDT

Information about the rumored HTC One M8 Prime hasn't been as plentiful as that of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime (despite the tremendously leaking nature of the standard HTC One M8, but that doesn't mean it's not too late to start. After yesterday's M8 Prime specs leak, today we're looking at what is purported to be the M8 Prime's camera.

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Verizon to flip the switch on nationwide HD Voice VoLTE in a few months

Posted: 20 May 2014 10:12 AM PDT

Verizon has just announced their plans to start rolling out voice over LTE, also known as HD Voice and VoLTE. The system should be rolling out over the next couple of months, and enable high-quality audio calling provided both users are in an area with a VoLTE network and are using supporting handsets. They'll be using AMR-wideband to deploy HD Voice. Verizon promises this upgrade will also include the ability to instantly hand off to a video call, and will eventually lead to improved file transfer size, group messaging, and location sharing.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumored to have 5.7-inch 1440p display

Posted: 20 May 2014 05:42 AM PDT

If the rumors are to be believed, the Galaxy Note 4 will feature a QHD display. The folks at GSMArena got their hands on a document that allegedly reveals key details about Samsung's upcoming flagship device's display. It's said to measure in at 5.7 inches with an eye-popping 1440p resolution.

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Samsung to call its Google Glass competitor “Gear Blink”?

Posted: 20 May 2014 05:34 AM PDT


We've heard a couple rumors about Samsung's upcoming Google Glass competitor, but it's not until now that we knew anything about the name. Samsung has filed a trademark for the name "Gear Blink" in its home country of South Korea.

While the trademark doesn't offer any more details about the device, the name is suggestive of a Glass type device. Not much else is known about the device at this point, but more details are sure to emerge soon.

Source: Kipris

Via: SamMobile

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