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App of the Week: Nova Launcher

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 02:31 PM PDT

Nexus-5-Nova-Launcher Today's app of the week, Nova Launcher, made its debut appearance on the Google Play Store last year and has been recognized as one of the most elegant, user-friendly, secure and feature-packed third-party launchers ever since. So, consequently, we've decided to bring it its very own review here at Cult of Android. Nova not only



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[New App] Sony's Live On YouTube Lets You Broadcast To YouTube From The Xperia Z2

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 02:12 PM PDT

unnamed (12) We've looked high and low, and even a little bit laterally, and we couldn't find an Android app that lets you broadcast a live video stream directly to YouTube. There are plenty of apps that will let you do so on other services, but so far you need a full computer to publish straight to Google's gigantic video box. Until now: Sony just released the Live on YouTube app to the Play Store.





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Amazon makes Fire TV and Kindle Fire more attractive with discount bundle

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 01:06 PM PDT






Amazon is now offering a bundle discount for those who are looking to buy both the Fire TV set top box and the Kindle Fire tablet together as a nice way to kick start the summer with some entertainment. The deal will bundle the Amazon Fire TV along with a 16 GB version of Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 7 tablet with Special Offers for just $249, a savings of $79 from the $328 list price if purchased separately.





















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OnePlus announces new accessories for your OnePlus One

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 12:23 PM PDT






So while you may not be able to get your hands on a OnePlus One smartphone just yet due to tight supplies, the company is now showing off a line of branded accessories if you're interested. Unveiled on the OnePlus blog, the OnePlus One accessories will come in a variety of colors and are designed to complement your smartphone. Pricing still is not yet announced, but hopefully the company will make the accessories just as equally affordable as the OnePlus One's wallet-friendly $299 entry price.





















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Galaxy Tab S 8.4 press renders leaked ahead of official debut

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 12:23 PM PDT






Ahead of an official announcement of Samsung's rumored Galaxy Tab S series, we now have what appears to be official press images of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. It appears that Samsung is keeping the design language of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 consistent with the flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone and with the previously leaked Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tablet.





















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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 press render leaks

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 11:20 AM PDT

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Just one day after seeing what the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will look like, we have a press render of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 from Samsung. Like the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, this 8.4-inch tablet borrows the design language of the Galaxy S 5.


This leak offers us all sorts of angles, too. The button layout is identical to the GS5 as Samsung is pushing this tablet in portrait mode compared to the landscape mode found on the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. And don't forget, Samsung will be implementing its fingerprint sensor here as well.


Source: @evleaks (Official site)




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Best Android apps and games for May 2014

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 11:10 AM PDT






Another 30 days, another batch of excellent new Android app and game releases


We've gathered up yet another collection of the very best Android apps and Android games to come out over the last four weeks. Whether you're looking for a fresh new tower defense game or an efficient new calendar app, we've got a little bit of something for everybody. If you're done enjoying that rapidly-improving weather, let's bury our collective nose in the screen for this month's top Android apps.





















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Fitbit redesign makes your exercises look better, at least in data form

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 11:10 AM PDT






The Fitbit app for Android today received an update that's brought a much-appreciated visual refresh to the app's Dashboard feature. The Dashboard, which gives you a visual overview of the exercises that the Fitbit tracker has logged, has been reskinned to present the data in a more pleasing fashion. Not only does the redesign now fit more data on a single screen, it does so with bigger text to boot.





















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HP's SlateBook is a 14-inch Android laptop

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 10:23 AM PDT






HP does Windows laptops, and HP does Chrome OS laptops, and now HP does Android laptops. Today HP unveiled the SlateBook, a 14-inch Android-powered laptop. If that sounds familiar, well, it should. It was just over a month ago that such an HP Android laptop was leaked, and today we're finally getting some better details.





















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What percent of a smartphone’s price comes from patent royalties?

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 10:03 AM PDT

Motorola may launch Moto X+1 at ‘the literal end of summer’

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 08:50 AM PDT

Remember earlier this year when Motorola said that it was targeting "late summer" for the launch of the follow-up to the Moto X? Well, the company hasn't said much about the device since, but the good news is that the rumor mill is more than happy to fill in Moto's silence.


A new report from @evleaks claims that the Moto X's follow-up, currently rumored to be known as the "Moto X+1," will launch in "the literal end of summer." He went on to explain that we could see the Moto X+1 launch during "the last days of September."


While an end of September release is still very much a rumor for now, it would make sense for Motorola. Most mobile manufacturers have stuck to a yearly refresh cycle for their flagship phones, and a late September launch would put the Moto X+1 a little over a year out from its predecessor.


As for the Moto X+1's specs, well, those are a bit more mysterious. The device is reportedly codenamed "Victara" and is expected to hit all four major carriers in the U.S. It's also said that the Moto X+1 will have 25 different back plate options in Moto Maker, including some leather backs.


Are you looking forward to the Moto X+1? Or is there some other current or upcoming flagship that's caught your attention?





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Deal of the Day: MYBAT Hard Shell Case for LG Nexus 5

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 07:18 AM PDT





Made from a durable polycarbonate, these LG Nexus 5 hard cases are strong enough to withstand drops and thin enough to keep in your pocket. The case snaps together around your device leaving access to all features. Oh, and, it sports a soft-touch finish that's comfortable to hold and easy to grip!


The MYBAT Hard Shell Case is available for just $4.95, 67% off today only. Colors include black, blue and red.


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From the Editor's Desk: Let's try this again ...

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 07:18 AM PDT






Giving this MobileFit thing another go ...


Today is June 1, the start of Mobile Nations Fitness Month. It's our third-annual endeavor of this sort, if I recall correctly. Yet I am still fat. But it's a new year. We've got new blood in the ranks, not just at Android Central, but at Mobile Nations as a whole.


So let's try this again, perhaps.


It's important to set goals, I guess. I just have to figure out what those are. And in fitting with my personality, it's important to start small, otherwise there's no way any of this will last two weeks, let alone a full month.


In another life I worked at a hospital, for a department that sold corporate wellness plans. The idea was we'd show the employees how unfit (unhealthy, really) they were, and propose small changes that could make long-term differences not only in lives, but in bottom lines. So I'm trying to make small changes. When I got an office last winter, I got a standing desk. (More on that later this month.) I'm using smaller plates when I eat at home. I'm carving out a half-hour most days for the exercise bike. (It's so much easier on the knees than running, though I do hate being stationary. Oh well. I'm finally catching up on "House of Cards.") And probably most important is that I'm going to lay off the sauce this month. (It's been nearly a week already, actually, and you're hearing this one before even my wife. Don't tell her. Let's see if she notices.)


Maybe that's too many little changes at once. I don't know. Giving up booze for a month may be a bigger thing than I realize (though that in and of itself perhaps tells me something). I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know how much effect any of this will have. My goal? Probably just to lose a few pounds, I think. I don't have a target number. I feel pretty good. I could look better. I could sleep better.


We could spend the month telling you what you need to do to be more healthy. We could listicle all the apps. And we'll do both those things, sure. But I'm sitting here at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, sweaty after another half-hour on the bike (HoC Season 2 is really good) and am doing so without any sort of headache. So maybe things already are changing.


Today's Day 1. Let's see how far we can ride this. You can find all of the June MobileFit stories from all of our sites here.





















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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 26 – June 2, 2014

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 06:34 AM PDT

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Well the LG G3 dominated the news once again, but this time it was actually unveiled for real. It sure seems like an awesome phone, but does it have a chance to steal some of Samsung's customers? HTC is said to be dropping development on the HTC One (M8) Prime, but it appears they still have a few more variants in the pipeline. What will the next flagship phone be? It appears Motorola is next in line with the Moto X+1. Android TV is oh so close, but will the failure of Google TV taint it in anyway? It's time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.


Accessories


Sony launches wireless charging plate and cover case for Xperia Z2


Android In The Car


Get a peek at possible Android for automobiles interface


Android TV


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


Apps – New


Sunrise Calendar app now available for Android



Apps – Updates


Samsung S Health app gets Stress level monitoring feature


Google's camera app getting an update with new timer and aspect ratio options


Microsoft working on real-time language translation through Skype


Pocket launches $5 per month Premium subscription service


AllCast can now send media to any Chrome Browser


Post acquisition by Apple, Beats Music adjusts pricing, trial period


Capsules.io integrates digital content directly into the physical world using GPS-based virtual containers


Google Maps Android update brings elevation levels for bikers and hikers


Sonos offering 6 free months of Google Play Music service to customers


Android Device Manager updated with Guest Mode


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


Carriers


AT&T officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active


Acer rumored to be releasing 5-inch device on AT&T


LG G3 carrier information for the United States


AT&T finally pencils in a release date for the ASUS PadFone X


Samsung Galaxy S 5 in gold press render for AT&T, Sprint leaks


Sprint website confirms 64GB Moto X


HTC One (M7) on Sprint now getting Sense 6 update


Sprint starts rolling out Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note II


Un-carrier 5.0 slated for June 18


New image discovered of HTC One Remix (HTC One Mini 2) for Verizon


Verizon getting Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Electric Blue


Prepaid no contract Verizon Moto G available from Amazon for only $70


Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6


Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Electric Blue for Verizon leaks


Chrome


Google bans external Chrome extension installations for Windows browser


Chromecast


Chromecast coming to Japan beginning tomorrow


Gaming


Samsung is collaborating with Oculus for VR headset


Google


Get a peek at possible Android for automobiles interface


Google reportedly acquiring Dropcam, pushing further into the home


Google reveals new self-driving car sans car parts


Sergey Brin discusses changes to patent system to end patent trolling


Google's Video Quality Report monitors ISP quality and suggests solutions


Google clarifies UFOs were not seen in Kentucky, merely a Project Loon balloon


Google releases Stars Chrome extension and web interface


Google reveals new page to handle data suppression requests in EU


Home Automation


Google reportedly acquiring Dropcam, pushing further into the home


Tony Fadell discusses plans for home infiltration with Nest


Phones – Acer


Acer rumored to be releasing 5-inch device on AT&T


Phones – Asus


Asus prepping two new ZenFone models for release


AT&T finally pencils in a release date for the ASUS PadFone X


Phones – HTC


More HTC One (M8) variants revealed


HTC One (M8) Prime development halted indefinitely


New image discovered of HTC One Remix (HTC One Mini 2) for Verizon


HTC One (E8) is official: a plastic One (M8) with slight changes


HTC to offer Amber Gold HTC One (M8) for $99 on-contract for one day


HTC One (M7) on Sprint now getting Sense 6 update


Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6


Phones – Huawei


Benchmarks for the Huawei Mulan confirm 8-core Kirin CPU and 4.9 inch screen


Phones – Lenovo


Lenovo's upcoming flagship leaks, big things to come?


Phones – LG


LG officially unveils the Smart and Simple G3


Hands on with the LG G3


Hands on with Quick Circle on the LG G3


LG G3 carrier information for the United States


See LG's "Simple is The New Smart" ad for the G3


LG G3 wallpapers now available, download them here


Taking a look at the new LG G3′s infrared auto focus


Breaking your LG G3 won't be the end of the world — repair is surprisingly simple


Leaked images show LG G3 and HTC One M8 being compared


Pricing for the LG G3 revealed in the UK


LG G Flex 2 and Vu 4 to be released in H2 2014


Phones – Motorola


Possible unannounced Motorola flagship with 5-inch+ display spotted in the wild


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


Sprint website confirms 64GB Moto X


Walnut backing for Moto X replaced by Rosewood on Moto Maker


Prepaid no contract Verizon Moto G available from Amazon for only $70


Phones – Nexus


Firefox OS nightly now compatible with Nexus 5


Phones – Oppo


Oppo officially announces N1 Mini


Phones – Samsung


AT&T officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active


Samsung SM-T2558 passes through FCC


Leaked image of 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega device spotted


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


Samsung testing Android 4.4.3 while working on rolling out Android 4.4.2 to some devices


Upcoming low-end Samsung phone spotted, featuring Android 4.4.2


Samsung Galaxy S 5 in gold press render for AT&T, Sprint leaks


Verizon getting Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Electric Blue


Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Electric Blue for Verizon leaks


Samsung rolling out KitKat update to international Galaxy S4 Active


Sprint starts rolling out Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note II


Phones – Sony


Sony launches wireless charging plate and cover case for Xperia Z2


Security


Lookout ups the ante on smartphone theft


Smartwatches


Samsung, Sony still trail Pebble in the 'smart wearable bands' category


Google shows off Android Wear notifications


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


New hands on video with the LG G Watch released


LG's G Watch could feature cellular connectivity


Microsoft readying cross-platform capable smartwatch


Samsung reportedly working on hand-controlled smartwatch


Samsung Galaxy Gear finally gets updated to Tizen


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


Tablets


Acer unveils Iconia Tab 8, features full-HD, Android KitKat 4.4


Asus releases teaser video for "The Next Incredible Thing"


AT&T finally pencils in a release date for the ASUS PadFone X


Another Flounder spotting hints at 64-bit Nexus 8 tablet


Toshiba announces low-powered, low-priced Excite Go 7-inch tablet


Benchmark results for Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4 appear online


Samsung Galaxy Tab S demonstration images surface, fingerprint sensor included


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 press render leaks


Original Galaxy Note 10.1 seeing KitKat update in Germany


Updates


Samsung testing Android 4.4.3 while working on rolling out Android 4.4.2 to some devices


Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6


HTC One (M7) on Sprint now getting Sense 6 update


Samsung rolling out KitKat update to international Galaxy S4 Active


Sprint starts rolling out Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note II


Original Galaxy Note 10.1 seeing KitKat update in Germany


Samsung Galaxy Gear finally gets updated to Tizen


Wearables


Liquid Leap fitness device from Acer closer to hitting market


Samsung announces new hardware platform to help you get healthy


Miscellaneous


Spotify notifies everyone that one user's account was breached


Amazon preparing to release music streaming service for Prime customers


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




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[APK Download] Latest Google Play Store 4.8.19 / 4.8.20 With PayPal Support, Simplified App Permissions, Bigger Buttons, And More [Updated]

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 01:06 AM PDT

Untitled-7 Google has certainly been busy today with all sorts of Play Store improvements, and here's a new version of the Android client to top it all off. Version 4.8.19 has started rolling out to devices, and we've got the APK below for you to install on your own.


We're digging in to see what's new. We already knew about the PayPal and some UI tweaks, but it's looking like there's more going on.





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Recent commits to AOSP will, once implemented, prevent write access to /system

Posted: 31 May 2014 05:41 PM PDT

We've heard talks of future Android versions not being too friendly to root users, but so far, workarounds have been found. The changes seen in AOSP could be avoided with an update to root apps. But the latest changes to AOSP that have been spotted could be a lot more drastic, if implemented.


The newest commits aim to improve security in Android, but at the cost of freedom when rooting. These commits will effectively block all write access to /system when in Android, meaning even root apps won't be able to access the partition. Modifying files in /system has long been a staple in UI customization, so this would be a significant change to those who love to root stock ROMs.


Luckily, it's not all bad. /system can still be modified from recovery, so many of these root apps can be updated to reboot your device and perform these changes via scripts. However, some apps will simply have to be redone. Also, custom kernels will bring this functionality back, so Android won't be any less friendly to the developer community. Only stock ROMs will be affected.


The issue is that many recoveries don't support this function, so users will have to be running a fairly new recovery. Considering how rarely people actually update the recovery, this may cause issues for users. While it's not hard to update the recovery, many users will end up blaming root app developers.


We know a lot of people love to root the stock ROM and use that, but with these changes, that will no longer be possible. However, a quick flash of a kernel through recovery will alleviate all these problems. It's one extra step, but it isn't a very difficult one. Unless of course you have a device that doesn't allow custom kernels.


While this news isn't really all that bad, this might just be the beginning. Google is obviously on a quest to make Android as secure as possible, which is great, but we hope that it won't make things too tough for root users. Google, you need to remember us phone modders and make sure we can still do what we want with Android devices.





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