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Deal of the Day: Puregear Folio Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 11:09 AM PDT





Puregear's Folio Case gives you the freedom to store your essential wallet items in the case itself, allowing more space in your pockets. The durable plastic backing is covered with a smooth material that's easy to grip. On the inside you'll find a protective microfiber lining that keeps your display free from scratches.


The Puregear Folio Case is available for just $19.95, 43% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 9 – June 15, 2014

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 09:40 AM PDT

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We are only a little over a week away from Google I/O, and the rumors are flying. Google might just unveil an answer to Apple's Healthkit, but expect a heavy dose of Android Wear. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab S. A very nice display, but did Samsung release too many tablets this year? Amazon will finally announce a smartphone this week. Will it make an impact? Can T-Mobile continue to shake things up with Un-carrier 5.0? It's time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.


Guides


Best Android Weather Apps and Widgets [June 2014]


How to change or clear default app settings in Android


Reviews


Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G review: Extra large and light on the wallet


Accessories


Logitech announces Type-S keyboard accessory for recently unveiled Galaxy Tab S


Check out the all new Galaxy Tab S series accessories



Apps – New


WakeUp allows you to turn your screen on without the power button


'Orange Is The New… App?' Netflix's hit show makes its way to the Play Store


Google releases Google I/O 2014 app


Microsoft releases Outlook Web App for Android devices


Apps = Updates


HTC updates HTC Gallery app to enhance UFocus blur function, other tweaks


Amazon releases Audible integration to Kindle app


1Password app gets major update


Feedly and Evernote get taken down by hackers demanding ransom


SwiftKey adds a bunch of new stuff with latest update and is now Free for all


Pushbullet and EvolveSMS team up to bring PC SMS connectivity to Android devices


Facebook app now lets you untag yourself from photos, perform more functions while offline


Google adds 'inferred events' to Google Now to further integrate Gmail and Calendar


Facebook Messenger app adds video sending


Peek update brings post-wake activation among other changes


YouTube app now includes 480p and 1080p streaming quality options


Twitter may be changing appearance of linked tweets


Cameras


Lytro to release Android powered camera


Carriers


Google Glass coming to AT&T stores


AT&T will offer 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S


Boost Mobile adds the waterproof Kyocera Hydro Icon to its lineup


Sprint pushing software update to HTC One (M8), improves network connectivity


Sprint could disappear after merging with T-Mobile, pay $2 billion if deal falls through


T-Mobile moves Uncarrier 5.0 event to new location


T-Mobile's Un-carrier 5.0 strategy to entail simplified, tax-included pricing


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 LTE rumored to be coming to T-Mobile


Samsung Galaxy Avant with LTE coming to T-Mobile


T-Mobile to add Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 to portfolio


Verizon to get LG G3 in mid-July


Android 4.4 KitKat finally arrives on the Galaxy Note II for Verizon


Verizon customers may be getting new tablet option with LG G Pad 7.0


Chrome


Project Athena clues in Chromium point to touch interface for Chrome OS


Chromebooks


Got a Chromebook? Got pics? Good news. Auto-sync to Google+ is now live


Chromecast


[Deal] Chromecast in Canada gets you $20 CAD Google Play credit until June 30


Gaming


Sega's 'Sonic Jump Fever' set for summer launch on Android


Angry Birds Epic now available in the Play Store, Rovio's first RPG


New Game: 'Band Stars' hits Play Store, challenge friends to create chart-topping hits


Google


EU "right to be forgotten" results may be flagged on Google search page


Google acquires Skybox Imaging for $500 million to improve Google Maps, expand Project Loon


Google releases Google I/O 2014 app


Google releases Hangouts plug-in for Microsoft Outlook users


For non-stop World Cup coverage, Google's got your back


Google to implement Quantum Paper, a new way to have uniform design across all platforms


Did Google subtly tease Android 5.0?


Google interested in buying stake Virgin Galactic


Google adds 'inferred events' to Google Now to further integrate Gmail and Calendar


Google to jump in fitness data pool


Google Play Fitness to be backed by Play Services, organizes fitness data in one place


Google Glass


Google Glass coming to AT&T stores


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema continues the "War on Glass," understandably bans Glass before previews


Glass firmware updated bringing Glass photos straight to your phone


Google may launch Glass internationally at I/O this year


Google releases 'Through Glass' video in celebration of Father's Day


Hardware


Samsung, LG reportedly working on Quantum Dot displays


Qualcomm announces new chip that will help in-home 4G LTE coverage


Home Automation


Honeywell Lyric, a smart thermostat, coming in August for $279


Phones – Alcatel


T-Mobile to add Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 to portfolio


Phones – Archos


ARCHOS announces the 50c Oxygen and 50b Oxygen smartphones


Phones – HTC


HTC One (M9) Prime to launch prior to One (M9) next year


Sprint pushing software update to HTC One (M8), improves network connectivity


Phones – Huawei


Huawei to unveil Honor 6 at June 24 press event


Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G now available to purchase in the U.S.


Ph0nes – Kyocera


Boost Mobile adds the waterproof Kyocera Hydro Icon to its lineup


Phones – Lenovo


Lenovo K920 shown off at electronics show in China


Phones – LG


LG releases new videos showcasing features of the LG G3


Verizon to get LG G3 in mid-July


LG may launch a G3 with Snapdragon 805 CPU next month


'Prime' phones could be in LG's future


Phones – OnePlus


OnePlus One delayed again due to CyanogenMod issues


OnePlus One shipments resume after software issues are solved


Phones – Oppo


Oppo confirms specs and pricing for the N1 Mini and R3


Phones – Samsung


Galaxy F makes multiple appearances over the weekend


Galaxy F gets a picture of it sitting next to the Galaxy S 5, specs get leaked


Samsung Galaxy F in Perfect Golden color leaks


Details regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, SM-G906 surface


Galaxy Note 4 with curved glass and Gear Glass on tap for IFA 2014


Galaxy Note 4 to have iPhone-like fingerprint scanner


Samsung reveals LTE-enabled Galaxy Core Lite


Samsung Galaxy Avant with LTE coming to T-Mobile


Samsung to update Galaxy S 5 to Android 4.4.3 this month, Galaxy S 4 next month


Android 4.4 KitKat finally arrives on the Galaxy Note II for Verizon


ROMs


M7 builds of CyanogenMod now available


Smartwatches


LG G Watch to be introduced, given away at Google I/O this month


Alleged LG G Watch specifications and photos leak


LG G Watch to hit the UK in early July


LG G Watch with built-in SIM card slot possibly being released only in Korea


Microsoft's Surface Smartwatch gets a test drive, shows several hardware sensors and multiple OS support


Online retailer reveals Moto 360 pricing


Pebble Steel will come to Best Buy on June 15th for $229


Pebble, Samsung smartwatches dominate the United States with more than 90% revenue since October


Samsung smartwatch passes through FCC, could run Android Wear


Smart Glasses


Galaxy Note 4 with curved glass and Gear Glass on tap for IFA 2014


Tablets


New LG G Pad tablets headed to European retailers, specs finally confirmed


Verizon customers may be getting new tablet option with LG G Pad 7.0


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 LTE rumored to be coming to T-Mobile


Samsung could offer a foldable tablet next year


Samsung Galaxy Tab S official, boasts 8.4 and 10.5-inch Super AMOLED displays


Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S


Samsung bundling Galaxy Gifts with new Galaxy Tab S


Galaxy Tab S tablets now available for pre-order


'First Look' video of Galaxy Tab S released by Samsung


AT&T will offer 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S


Check out the all new Galaxy Tab S series accessories


Updates


Android 4.4 KitKat finally arrives on the Galaxy Note II for Verizon


Sprint pushing software update to HTC One (M8), improves network connectivity


Samsung to update Galaxy S 5 to Android 4.4.3 this month, Galaxy S 4 next month


Wearables


Galaxy Note 4 with curved glass and Gear Glass on tap for IFA 2014


Miscellaneous


LG releases various SDKs ahead of June 24 Developer Event


ZTE eyes high-end market for future growth


Amazon announces Prime Music


Starbucks will begin rolling out wireless charging mats in stores across the US


Could Microsoft's Cortana find a way on to your Android device?




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From the Editor's Desk: Father's Day thoughts ...

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 07:15 AM PDT





It's Father's Day here in the U.S. (there are fathers outside the U.S., right?), so I'll try to keep things short this week. We'll see how that goes. It's funny to see all these "Best Father's Day Gadgets" lists for something that's largely a made-up holiday. Do we do that for Mother's Day? I dunno.


That said, here's what probably would be on mine: A proper tablet (and, seriously, those new Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets are really good), a Nest Thermostat (I'm still digging mine), anything and everything Sonos (expensive, but so good), a Chromecast, and a good set of Bluetooth buds for using out in the yard, or exercising. Those are all things that I use if not every day, at least a few times a week.


I think next year I'll ask the family to forgo cards, though, and just stick with the hugs.





















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Android Weekly: Samsung rumors, the Galaxy Tab S, and OnePlus One controversy

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 06:30 AM PDT

This week in your world of Android: Paranoid Android and CyanogenMod released big updates, a string of Samsung rumors surfaced, the G Watch leaked extensively, the OnePlus One finally shipped (not without controversy), news emerged about Google's plan to unify design across platforms, and Samsung introduced the AMOLED Galaxy Tab S tablets.


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


Custom ROMs fans rejoice


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Two of the most popular custom ROM projects had big releases this week. CyanogenMod 11 M7 brought the much anticipated Theme Engine to the stable Milestone 7 release, while Paranoid Android's RC1 brought to the public a series of cool features, including Hover.





Samsung rumor bonanza


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The Galaxy F is again in the news (or more accurately rumors), after the device leaked in several pictures this week. We also got to see the Galaxy S5 Mini in high definition spy shots, and even the Galaxy Note 4 joined in the fun, even if it's still months away.





G Watch: all you need to know


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Three distinct sources revealed details about the highly anticipated LG G Watch this week, including specifications, price, and release date. We even learned that the device will be given away at Google I/O in just two weeks.





OnePlus One, finally


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Fans were up in arms over a last minute delay of the OnePlus One, which was supposed to ship to customers with invites from June 6. After a bit of controversy, the device finally began making its way to eager buyers this Thursday.





A quantum leap in design


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Google is reportedly going to unveil a new design philosophy in the close future, one that puts emphasis on coherence across platforms. Dubbed Quantum Paper, the new approach could bring us similar experiences on the web, Android apps, and even iOS.





Galaxy Tab S series is here


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As expected, Samsung launched its first new AMOLED tablets in three years this week, under the Tab S moniker. Bringing beautiful displays and thin profiles, the Tab S is Samsung's new top of the line range.





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




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Don't miss two special interviews in this week's podcast!

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 06:14 AM PDT






A quick reminder, folks, that you'll want to check out the audio-only version of our latest episode of the Android Central Podcast, as we've got a couple interviews that should be relevant to your interests.


First up is SwiftKey CMO Joe Braidwood, who walks us through the changes to one of Android's most popular third-party keyboards, as well as the company working on an iOS keyboard.


And then we've got Mobile Nations Design Director David Lundblad (he's amazeballs) on the line to talk about last week's controversial redesign of the Android Central header. (Well, controversial in the sense that some folks love it, and some don't. We know which group outnumbers the other, though, and you'll note that the header remains.) He talks about the decisions that went into the changes, and what's still to come.


You can check out both interviews here.





















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Skip waiting for invites and purchase the OnePlus One at Oppomart for $389

Posted: 15 Jun 2014 06:14 AM PDT






While many are still waiting for OnePlus to hand out enough invitations for its debut Android flagship, the One, Oppomart has confirmed on its website the retailer has units in stock for purchase. We recently reviewed the "flagship killer", which sports impressive hardware at an affordable price, something other manufacturers fail to do for consumers. Oppomart has the 16GB OnePlus One listed for $389.


There is a catch, however.





















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Boom Beach 16.24 APK

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 09:44 PM PDT

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Boom Beach Android game now available in Google Play Store. For now this game is only in Germany and Finland, but here you have to download the APK file which you can install on your android phone or tablet everywhere you go. This is a combat strategy game where you fight an epic war against the evil Blackguard. In Boom Beach you will take your expeditionary force to beautiful paradise islands invaded by the enemy. From creator Clash of clans, Supercell brings Boom Beach to android with more conventional characters and weapons. Fight for every beachhead, free enslaved islanders and explore the uncharted archipelago. The fight becomes a race to harness the ancient powers hidden on the islands. Are you ready for the BOOM?



This tower defense and tower attack game has become popular very quickly on iOS. Like Clans, Boom Beach leans heavily on in-app purchases. Boom Beach is good game if you just want to be social and have fun. In the game you will explore a huge tropical archipelago full of danger and discover the mysterious power of ancient statues and Life Crystals. There are thousands of people trying to play the same, its mean you battle with players worldwide and take their Victory Points.



This is one of the most addicting game out there! Pretty good game for people with a little patience. Supercell has done an amazing job on this game. Not only is it fun and addicting but you can keep playing without spending any money. Screw candy crush, hog riders eat candy crush for breakfast brunch lunch and dinner. You download this game there's no going back. You'll wake up check your phone to see if you got attacked. Download this game and you'll find happiness!



Requires Android: 4.0.3+

Download File: 47MB (Boom Beach APK)






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T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 5.0 strategy to entail simplified, tax-included pricing

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 09:12 PM PDT

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Everyone hates taxes. They are just about everywhere and the consumer has to always take into account this extra expense. And more often than not, taxes still surprise the consumer when making a purchase. With T-Mobile's next Un-carrier 5.0 phase, that is all going to change.


At the June 18 event, which moved from Los Angeles to Seattle, T-Mobile is going to be unveiling simplified pricing. The carrier is going to be altering all post-paid customers bills to represent a price that includes all taxes and fees. Carrier bills are a complete mess right now and T-Mobile is aiming to clean it up.


Source: Phone Arena




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Twitter may be changing appearance of linked tweets

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 08:27 PM PDT

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Reports have surfaced indicating Twitter may be in the process of either testing or rolling out a new method for displaying embedded tweets in your timeline on mobile devices, including Android powered devices. Apparently when linking to another tweet, the mobile interface will display a linked tweet in its entirety with the posters name, Twitter handle and avatar.


It is unclear how Twitter would use this feature, although it would appear to eliminate the need to manually retweet items to add your thoughts. If just retweeting something with no additional comment, followers would apparently see more information about the account you are retweeting.


Twitter has not commented on the tweets that have been spotted that display this functionality. It does not appear to have rolled out to many users. The users who do have it could just be the first accounts to receive the update or they could be users selected for beta testing new features.


source: TheNextWeb




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YouTube app now includes 480p and 1080p streaming quality options

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 06:28 PM PDT

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Need to boost your streaming quality when using the YouTube application? Or even lower the streaming quality? Now you can. The YouTube app now lets you choose exactly what resolution to stream content in. From the start, all devices are set to 'Auto' with other options sitting behind the scenes (or the cog within the app). There were a few options already but it topped out at 720p. YouTube has raised the maximum to 1080p and added a low 480p as an additional option.


The new streaming quality options do not seem to be through an update in the Play Store. Instead, it could be something YouTube hit the switch on. If it is from an update, we have the download links after the break.


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