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Apps of the Week: Screen Maker, Record Run, AmazonFresh and more!

Posted: 24 May 2014 03:09 PM PDT






It's Memorial Day weekend for many of us out there, so we've been busy getting in a little relaxation time, but we've still pulled together a great Apps of the Week column for your enjoyment this Saturday afternoon. Each week we pull together a list of apps from each of the writers here at Android Central, with a quick explanation of why and how we're using them throughout the week.


Read along with us for another edition of Apps of the Week and see how this week's picks stack up with the others — you may find an app or two that appeal to you.





















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[Weekend Poll] How Often Do You Use Google Voice Commands On Your Android Devices?

Posted: 24 May 2014 02:33 PM PDT

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Over the past week, Google's exposed a handful of new and useful voice-activated features on the Now app for Android. Whether it be figuring out information about your booked car rentals, setting reminders, or finally handling timer queries properly, Google really seems to want you to talk to your phone more. Our question today, though, is just how much do you talk to your phone or tablet?


Now, this a kind of hard question to answer scientifically, I know.





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T-Mobile puts Galaxy S5 update on hold due to bug causing slow download speeds

Posted: 24 May 2014 02:24 PM PDT






If you're on T-Mobile using a Galaxy S5 and wondering where the update is that we previously told you about, you're going to have to wait a little bit longer. The update (G900TUVU1ANE5) was meant to be an improvement for intermittent failures for text messages and MMS messages but it appears to of have caused more issues than it resolved.





















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EA's NBA Jam Updated With Google Play Games Support For Online Multiplayer, Leaderboards, And Achievements

Posted: 24 May 2014 10:33 AM PDT

unnamed (3) Listen, EA, you're one of the biggest video game publishers in the world. It's not my place to tell you what to do, and far be it from me to say that you have to support Android's standard online and social gaming featureset in your games. But it would probably be a good idea. Case in point: the over-the-top basketball game NBA Jam. The title just got updated with Google Play Games support.





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Review 12: Arrow

Posted: 24 May 2014 08:20 AM PDT

Deal of the Day: Griffin Technology Vehicle Dock for Motorola Moto X

Posted: 24 May 2014 07:19 AM PDT





This vehicle dock's lever-action suction cup with ball and socket arm allow you to mount to either your vehicle's windshield or dashboard. Once you dock your Moto X, it automatically puts your device into car mode for a completely handsfree experience. You can utilize voice commands to make commuting much safer for you and those around you.


The Griffin Technology Vehicle Dock is available for just $24.95, 38% off today only. Grab yours while supplies last!


Canada Deal: Seidio ACTIVE Case (w/ kickstand) for HTC One (M7)





















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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet reportedly headed to Verizon

Posted: 24 May 2014 04:34 AM PDT






The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is headed to Verizon, or so says serial tipster @evleaks. We've already had word directly from Sony that its latest tablet would be headed stateside – costing from $500 outright. There isn't any other information provided like when, or how much, but presumably it'll be coated with a giant Verizon logo and support for the carriers 4G LTE network.





















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Google Search now showing your car rentals, all you have to do is ask

Posted: 24 May 2014 04:03 AM PDT






Here's a nifty little trick that Google Search on your Android phone or tablet can now do; help you remember your car rental arrangements. All you have to do is to open up Search and ask "When is my rental car reservation?" Pretty neat.





















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Google aims for the heavens, might acquire satellite startup Skybox

Posted: 23 May 2014 11:16 PM PDT

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Google has been known to wander off its territory, venturing into new markets with lunatic ideas. In fact, their latest venture may very well get them closer to the moon, with rumors of possible satellite company investments coming soon. Google could be acquiring satellite startup Skybox.


This deal is said to go for a pretty penny, too, with an estimated price of $1 billion. Such information comes from Techcrunch, naming three confidential sources as their main informants. As expected, neither company is making comments, so we will simply have to play the waiting game until more details on this emerge.


What is Skybox?


Skybox is a Mountain View-based startup with a focus on satellite imagery. This company is different in that it offers high-quality images and video for its clients. They make their very own satellites, software and offer pristine footage. It's really quite impressive, and you can check their work out in the video below.




Skybox was only one of the alternatives, though. It's reported Google also had its eyes on Planet Labs, a similar company. This means they must have something big in mind.


What could Google want with Skybox?


This is the question of the year, and we have a few ideas of what Google could be planning. The first thing that comes to mind is, of course, Google Maps. The Search Giant is king in the map & navigation business. I wouldn't be surprised to see them somehow implement it into Google Maps.


There is also Google Earth Enterprise, which offers satellite imagery to organizations, institutions and businesses. Clients can simply take all the images and use them within their own services, servers and software/hardware. Would Google really spend a whole billion on that, though.


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There is one other area where Google could use Skybox's satellites – Project Loon. The idea sounds a bit… looney, but Google wants to bring internet to the whole world via balloons. The project is well on its way and Google has already acquired Titan Aerospace to help them with this endeavor.


Whether Google flies us to the moon or takes us to infinity and beyond, this is looking like a very unique acquisition. What do you think Google has in mind for Skybox?




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Google Play Gets A New Mobile Site

Posted: 23 May 2014 10:46 PM PDT

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If you've ever wanted to have both the simplicity of the Google Play app and the features of the Desktop site, then you're in luck.


Google has rolled out a proper mobile site for its users earlier today and it brings the Singe-page application loading found on the Desktop site to the mobile one. What this means is that the browser does't necessarily have to load every single content found on the page, it just loads anything not found in your cache, thus saving time and bandwidth!


Another thing is that you can easily purchase devices like a Nexus, Chromecast or even the Chromebooks from the mobile site, which something the Android app lacks.


Try it out for yourself on your phone or tablet with the source link provided below.


[Play Store]


Google Play Gets A New Mobile Site is a post from: Android in Canada Blog


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 23, 2014

Posted: 23 May 2014 10:41 PM PDT

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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!!


Apps


Motorola Modality Services now updateable through Play Store


New mobile app and features coming soon for YouTube creators


Allcast gets Twitch.tv support


IFTTT adds eBay and Netatmo Weather Station to its lineup


Setting reminders with Google Now just got a little easier



Carriers


Buy an HTC One (M8) through AT&T and get $50 off a Fitbit Flex or Fitbit One


Encased LG G3 T-Mobile developer edition photos leak


Comcast may be another company eyeing a bid for T-Mobile


LG G3 for Verizon press render leaks, Big Red's stamp is on the front once again


Mid-range LG G Pro 2 Lite for Verizon spotted at FCC


Google




Google TV


Hisense H6 Smart TV finally hits the market, available for less than $700


Phones


Photos of Huawei's Ascend D3 leak online


Huawei announces Honor 3X Pro and Honor 3C 4G


Buy an HTC One (M8) through AT&T and get $50 off a Fitbit Flex or Fitbit One


Leaked photos of LG G3 appear to show off removable battery, microSD slot


New teaser videos from LG give us an official look at the LG G3


LG G3 for Verizon press render leaks, Big Red's stamp is on the front once again


LG G3 benchmark leaks but does not show any performance figures


Mid-range LG G Pro 2 Lite for Verizon spotted at FCC


Encased LG G3 T-Mobile developer edition photos leak


Galaxy Note 4 rumored to release on September 3


Several new features for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 currently being tested


New leaked video shows Galaxy S 5 Active having 5.2-inch screen


Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active for AT&T press render leaks


Sony D2403 pops up in benchmarks, looks to be entry-level device with a high amount of internal storage


Project Tango


Google's Project Tango on its way to an upcoming tablet


Smartwatches


Samsung planning stand-alone smartwatch


Miscellaneous


Samsung and LG to use sapphire-covered screens




Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 23, 2014





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Sony D2403 pops up in benchmarks, looks to be entry-level device with a high amount of internal storage

Posted: 23 May 2014 07:33 PM PDT

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A GFX benchmark for a new Sony device has shown up in the wild. The device has a model number of D2403 and looks like it'll be a pretty solid mid-range offering in Sony's Xperia lineup. We're seeing a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 4.4 inch qHD screen. Best of all, it looks like the phone will have 16 GB of internal storage, which is a rarity for budget devices.


This one won't knock off Sony's high end flagships, but for people looking to save a few bucks, keep an eye out for this one to become official.


source: GFX Benchmark


via: Xperia Blog




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You can now ask Google about your upcoming car rentals

Posted: 23 May 2014 07:18 PM PDT

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Google Now keeps track of a lot of things for you, but sometimes it's more useful to be able to ask your phone a direct question and get an answer back, especially when it comes to things like car rentals. Thanks to the latest update from Google, you'll now be able to use Google voice search about any car reservations you have, and it'll pull information directly from your Gmail account and display it for you. If you already have a reservation, the app will pull up all the details for you, including pick up and drop off times. And if you haven't made a reservation, well, it won't return anything and you know what the next item on your to-do list should be.


source: Google+




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Springpad will shut down June 25th, users will be able to export data soon

Posted: 23 May 2014 06:08 PM PDT






Although it has been rumored to be coming for the past few days, Springpad has now announced that it is shuttering its services on June 25th. At this point, the company says that online and sync features will not available to users. As a consolation, Springpad announced that it would be making an export tools for users and developers to take their data with them so that they can have access to important files after the service will be closed.





















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Google Play site gets a mobile optimized version

Posted: 23 May 2014 05:55 PM PDT






Although most Android users have never really complained about the site, considering they have the app to use, not everyone using a mobile device has had access to a nicely formatted for mobile Google Play Store. Everyone visiting the site previously from a mobile was met with the desktop version and while that's fine for when you're on a desktop browser, it made for getting around the Play store on a mobile cumbersome.





















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Note Taking Service Springpad Is Closing Down June 25th, Data Export Tool Available Soon

Posted: 23 May 2014 05:21 PM PDT

s It's a sad day for the 400,000+ active users of note taking service Springpad. After six years of battling the Evernote behemoth, Springpad is calling it quits on June 25th. The website, apps, and sync features will go offline at that time, but the team is working to help you get your data out.


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An export tool is being developed that will allow users to get all the data they've dumped into Springpad over the years.





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Google Play Store gets a mobile web version

Posted: 23 May 2014 05:14 PM PDT

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We're not sure what took so long, but appears someone has flipped the switch on the mobile web version of the Google Play Store. Jumping onto http://ift.tt/S4X6Do from any mobile device — iPad, iPhone, or other smartphones and tablets — will now display content optimized for touch displays.


So… what's the point? Well, not everyone is exclusive to the Android platform and it allows those on the iOS/Windows/etc. devices to peruse the Play Store from the device of their choice. What's more is the "Device" section, which is unavailable in the Android app, can now be accessed for quick purchases of Google-endorsed hardware.


To get started, just click the link below from your mobile device. Cheers.


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Another Easy Sample For Notification Pages on Android Wear

Posted: 23 May 2014 05:09 PM PDT

Android Central 186: Phil says relax

Posted: 23 May 2014 04:07 PM PDT











Folks get all up in arms about something that's not going to happen, Jerry gets all up in arms over something that happened previously, we answer your questions live on air. It's the Android Central Podcast!


This weeks' stories



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YouTube aims to help content creators with Creator Preview project

Posted: 23 May 2014 04:07 PM PDT





If you're out there creating original content and putting it on YouTube, Google wants to help you do it even better. As announced on the YouTube Creator blog today, a Creator Preview project has been launched based on the idea that those who create content want to know more about what's in the works.


In addition to what's highlighted in the video above, YouTube has laid out some of the features they're currently working on to get added for content creators and it's a pretty awesome list that not only includes additional features but new mobile management tools as well.





















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Google Search can now pull up you car rental reservation info, adds hands-free reminders

Posted: 23 May 2014 04:04 PM PDT

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Google Voice Search is increasingly becoming one of the most useful functions in Android. With every passing date, it seems like we're learning new commands — and updates to existing ones — we can speak into Voice Search.


The latest is the ability to ask the Google Search app "when is my rental car reservation," and it'll pull up all the relevant info in a handy card. Google likely skims this info from your Gmail inbox and we'd guess it's only a matter of time before other types of reservations can be pulled up in the future.


Google Voice Search reminder update


In an update to an existing voice command, it appears the ability to set reminders can now be done completely hands-free. Previously, asking Google Search to set a reminder would get things started, but you'd have to physically interact with your device to finish it up. Now, Google Search will listen in between prompts, allowing you to set the time, place, or go even go back.


These new updates appear to have been activated behind the scenes on Google's side of things, or possibly during the last update. In any case, you can update Google Search right now if you haven't via the link below.



Download/update on Google Play: Google Search



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Friday App And Game Sales: Castle Doombad, Oil Rush: 3D Naval Strategy, Field Recorder, And More

Posted: 23 May 2014 03:18 PM PDT

thumbnail It's time once again to venture into the wide world of apps in search of deals on cool stuff. We wouldn't want you to overpay. Why? Because we care deeply about each and every one of you. Especially you. Yes, you.


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Apps

Weather Station – $0.99 from $2.34


ABBYY TextGrabber + Translator – $1.99 from $5.99


Field Recorder – $3.39 from $5.79


Triple A – $0.99 (plus 30 coins back) from $1.99 (Amazon)


Games

Castle Doombad – $0.99 from $2.99


Oil Rush: 3D Naval Strategy – $1.99 from $4.99


Mind Games Pro – $2.99 from $4.99


FlipPix Art - Sports – Free from $1.99 (Amazon)


Gunship-II – $0.99 from $1.99





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