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

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 04:06 PM PDT

unnamed (12) Update 3: Live on YouTube is back, more than two weeks after it debuted and almost immediately vanished. The description still says it's only for the Xperia Z2, but we have no way of confirming that, so your mileage may vary.


Update 2: ...aaaaaaand it's gone.


Update: Commenters who own the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Tablet Z2, as well as the previous-generation Z1, have said that their phones are listed as incompatible.





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Earin offers a wireless headphone experience without limits

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 03:36 PM PDT


There's a new Kickstarter campaign worth keeping our eyes… or ears on. Earin comes to pioneer a new generation in audio. This set of earbuds is said to offer unprecedented flexibility and a true wireless experience. Earin may very well be the true wireless headphone set we have been waiting for.


What's the problem with current wireless headsets?


Finding the right wireless or bluetooth headset can be a challenging quest. It seems there is always something wrong with such gizmos. Firstly, none of them are truly wireless, even if they don't connect directly to the audio source. There is always some kind of band or cable bringing the headset together. This makes using wireless devices a bit more uncomfortable than expected.


Bluetooth technology can also be a bit fraile. I have returned multiple bluetooth headsets due to weak connections and constant issues. These also tend to not be as portable as expected, sometimes offering over-the-ear form factors and annoying necklace-like contraptions.


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I still haven't found the right bluetooth headset, so I have continued to stick with wired solutions.


How is Earin better?


I am not saying Earin is here to fix all your headphone problems. After all, Kickstarters are not always what we expect, but it does look like a very promising project. We can begin by telling you Earin headphones are truly wireless. They have no cables or plastic connecting them.


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These earbuds go right into your ear, offering what the manufacturer promises to be amazing sound quality in the smallest form factor possible. All components are built right into each earbud. These can be stored in a "capsule" that also works as a charger. This capsule literally looks like a keychain, making portability a huge focus.


Battery life is a very important factor. As expected the Earin headphones can't really go against your humongous Beats Wireless in terms of battery life, but it doesn't fare very badly, either. Those 50 mAh batteries can make the Earin earbuds last 2.5-3 hours.


Earin-3


Will you Kickstart Earin?


Earin's Kickstarter campaign will be around for 37 more days, but over 2000 backers have already blown away the company's £179000 goal. The Super Early Bird special is already depleted, but you can sign up to get these earbuds for just £99, which is not a bad price for a bluetooth headset.


Backers should be getting their Earin earbuds by January 2015, which is a pretty long wait, but it could be worth it. Who is signing up?




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Moto G 4G now available for purchase through Motorola site

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 02:49 PM PDT






If you've been waiting for the Moto G 4G to arrive on the Motorola site, today is your lucky day. The Moto G 4G LTE has now landed on the Motorola website and is available for direct purchase for only $219 in either white or black.





















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Soap, an intelligent router, will monitor and secure everything connected

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 02:49 PM PDT

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The latest entrant into the crowdfunding field is Soap, an intelligent router. The product aims to control every wireless device in your home with its lone router. It monitors and keeps everything that is connected secure. On the Indiegogo page, it is called "all-in-one home automation platform" due to the fact that it has almost no limit to the types of wireless devices it can work with. The secure side of Soap protects you from hackers and malware (to an extent) and keeps things private by hiding the devices that are connected.


There are four different Soap models, so make sure to contribute to the one that will suit you best. Hit the break for the video.



Source: Soap (Indiegogo page)




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Samsung explains the magic behind the Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Tab S

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 02:49 PM PDT

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Samsung's brand new Galaxy Tab S features a gorgeous Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560×1600, coming in either 8.4 or 10.5-inch sizes. After spending some hands on time with it, one this is clear: the display is incredible. So after receiving so much praise about just how good the display on the Galaxy Tab S is, Samsung decided to reveal the magic behind it.


Super AMOLED displays have always been favored by Samsung while other manufacturers lean towards LCD displays. LCD display require more work to produce colors because they require color filters, a backlight, and a light diffuser. The biggest drain for an LCD display is its backlight since it is always on. The Super AMOLED display consumes less power because it has no blockage and need for a backlight to push colors. Less work, better battery life.


The company also touts the contrast of its Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Tab S. Specifically, Samsung believes it stays true to colors with blacker blacks and whiter whites. Its display also covers 90% of the AdobeRGB color spectrum compared to 70% with LCD displays. How can Samsung do this? By literally turning off pixels. This allows more shadows and detail to be shown in images with high contrast.


Since Super AMOLED displays are so rich and vibrant, you should have no issues taking the Galaxy Tab S outdoors. The display is less reflective, too. The Adaptive Display technology tailors the viewing experience for the environment's conditions and the content being displayed. With a lot of text, the display will focus on crispness for the font and softness for the background. The Galaxy Tab S will find the optimal design.


Source: Samsung Tomorrow




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Sony releases Live on YouTube app for Xperia devices

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 02:35 PM PDT






Sony has just released an app exclusive to Xperia devices called Live on YouTube, which does exactly what you expect it would. Users can boot up the app and start a live video stream from their Sony smartphone's camera, keep tabs on how many viewers and likes they have, as well as share links to the online broadcast to anyone they think would be interested.





















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Samsung has launched over 100 Android smartphones so far

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 02:33 PM PDT

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While Samsung was not the first company to launch an Android smartphone, they are now the largest Android smartphone vendor. Since they launched their first Android device in 2009, Samsung has launched roughly 114 Android devices.


The first Samsung Android smartphone was simply called the Samsung Galaxy, and while it didn't impress many at the time, it was the start of a long journey for the company. Since then they've taken the smartphone world by storm with their Galaxy S series, as well as their popular Android tablets, which the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S is a part of.


Source: PhoneArena




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Oppo Find 7 with QHD display now available for pre-order

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 02:33 PM PDT

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The Oppo Find 7a was up for pre-order a few weeks ago however the QHD variant of Find 7 is also now available for pre-order with a shipping date of "early July".


Interested customers have the option to pre-order either the US version (enhanced TMO support) or the International version, however both the devices are priced at $599. The device is also available Astro Black or White color.



As for the specs, the device sports a 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 display powered by a 2.5 GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera and is packed with Color OS which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The company says that its working on a KitKat update for both the Find 7 and Find 7a.


source: Oppo Style




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Google announces new Glass at Work program, first round of certified partners

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 01:19 PM PDT

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Google has announced a new certification program for their Google Glass devices to help encourage development of apps for the enterprise. The Glass at Work program announced five new Certified Partners that are producing Glassware to help businesses. The new partner companies include:



  • APX Labs – producer of Skylight, an app that is described as providing "workers with hands-free, real-time access to enterprise data and the expertise they need to do their job."

  • Augmedix – an app that enables doctors to access electronic health records data via Glass so that they can focus on patient care instead of pulling files.

  • CrowdOptic – software that detects broadcast events as seen through mobile and wearable devices that can then deliver this for live broadcasts or in conjunction with context-aware applications.

  • GuidiGo – provides information and a "story" through partnerships with museums and cultural institutions to help people connect with art and culture.

  • Wearable Intelligence – makes data, communications information and workflow option available to workers in the field, in particular those in the energy, manufacturing, and healthcare industries.


Developers partnering the Glass at Work program are eligible for co-branding and listing on Google's web site dedicated to the program.


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FitIt Pebble Pro for FitBit lets you track your progess right on your smartwatch

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 01:09 PM PDT






In my endless pursuit to connect all of my little gadgets to one another, I came across a cool Android app called FitIt Pebble Pro for FitBit. The app ties your FitBit into both your Android device and Pebble smartwatch to make for some awesome interconnected FitBit fun. The official FitBit app has a great looking step widget, but this app takes things above and beyond with widgets for all of the stats that your FitBit is tracking.





















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LG G3 European version unboxing and hands-on

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 12:05 PM PDT






The unlocked G3 for Europe cuts the RAM to 2GB, but boasts built-in wireless charging


After a few weeks with the Korean version of the LG G3, we've finally got our hands on a finalized, unlocked European version of the phone. Unlike the Olleh-branded G3 we've been using in recent weeks, this Euro G3 — the LG-D855 for those keeping track of model numbers — rocks production software out of the box, as well as built-in Qi wireless charging. The LG G3 will land in Europe in early July, but we've given it the hands-on treatment already, and you'll find our first impressions — and comparisons with the Korean G3 — after the break.





















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Nuance said to be exploring possible sale to Samsung

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 12:05 PM PDT






Nuance Communications stock prices are rising as speculations of a potential sale of the company to Samsung Electronics are heating up. Nuance provides speech and voice recognition software for many products in the market, including cars and GPS, Samsung's own line of Galaxy phones and tablets, as well as Apple's voice assistant Siri.





















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Secret expands exploration and improves interface

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 12:05 PM PDT






Secret today received an update that will let you snoop in on secrets in the broader world. Initially, Secret was only limited to what a stream of your friends and what they liked and shared. But now with the latest update to Secret you can now look out beyond your friends to see what gossip is anonymously spreading in the world and around you in the Explore stream.





















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Image and spec details for Motorola Moto X+1 leak

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 12:05 PM PDT

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Although Motorola has kept a pretty tight lid on information about the Motorola Moto X+1, leaks seems to be inevitable regarding new smartphones. The latest concerning the Moto X+1 gives us a look at a portion of the front of the device and shares some details on what the specs will be like for the device. The photo shows a device with more rounded corners than the Motorola Moto X, but otherwise it will be a larger version of the current device.


The new device will supposedly come with a 1080p AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, and storage size options of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. In a change from its predecessor, the new Moto X+1 will include a microSD slot so memory can be expanded even further. One item that is still not finalized is the camera that will be included. Supposedly Motorola is testing two different cameras and that choice will impact the release date.


The source for this latest information says Motorola will announce the Moto X+1 in late August or early September. Are you looking forward to Motorola's next top-tier smartphone?


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90% off Xtreme Guard’s tempered glass screen protectors using this coupon code [DEALS]

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 11:43 AM PDT

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Ever since the first "tempered" glass screen protectors started hitting the market, we have to admit — we were intrigued. Unfortunately, their steep pricing always kept us admiring from afar. It's a good thing we came across this awesome deal from Xtreme Guard and their line of "Spartan Shieldz" real tempered glass screen protectors.


Normally priced at $40, these screen protectors can be yours for only about $4 using their special 90% off promo code: Huge90off2. Keep in mind you'll need to add at least 2 items in your cart to get the discount.


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Typically, we'd opt for those cheap, 99 cent plastic screen protectors because any form of protection is better than nothing. The only problem we found with plastic screen protection is that they can quickly and easily become scratched up, requiring another purchase after only a few months of use. Now, we can't vouch for the quality as we've never tried this brand, but this is simply a deal we couldn't afford to pass up.


What's more, you can purchase Xtreme Guard's traditional plastic screen protectors complete with back protection for next to nothing. The choice is yours but if you've always wanted to see what the tempered glass hype was about, now's your chance. Link below.


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This Android-powered router will let you remotely disconnect devices

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 11:20 AM PDT





A fresh Indigogo campaign has kicked off for Soap, a new Android 4.4 KitKat-powered wireless router with a built-in capacitive touchscreen. Through a paired mobile app, users can remotely manage devices connected on the same network, including game consoles, other tablets and smartphones. Namely, that means shutting off the Xbox when the kids need to start doing homework.





















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Sprint expanding LTE roaming to more rural and regional carriers

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 11:20 AM PDT






Sprint has signed agreements with 12 carriers to expand the LTE footprint of everybody involved. The dozen carriers, all smaller regional and rural networks, cover 34 million Americans not touched by Sprint's fledgling LTE network. The roaming agreements will expand Sprint's LTE coverage into those areas, as well as giving those carriers access to Sprint's network.





















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AllCast user interface adapted for the big screen in its latest update

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 11:04 AM PDT

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The latest AllCast update has just hit the Play Store, and it brings some exciting new changes that users have been dying for. The biggest change is a new tablet-optimized user interface, so you won't have to deal with a stretched out phone interface when you're trying to find your way around all your content.


There are some other interesting changes as well, including a feature that will automatically pause playback on an incoming call, a refined user interface for browsing and viewing photos, and more. Oh, and a staunch declaration that Hodor should be named King for 2016.






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Domino’s app lets you order pizza by voice

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 10:23 AM PDT

mmmm-pizza Domino's Pizza has today added Nuance voice recognition to its Android and iOS apps, enabling users to order pizza using their voice. The technology provides a "human-like" customer service experience that hopes to make it easier to order your dinner on the go. "The platform, in partnership with Nuance, will redefine technology convenience – and



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Reddit Now – Indie app of the day

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 10:15 AM PDT

Reddit Now review


What is Reddit Now?


Reddit is a very popular site. People go there to find out news, complain about things, indie app of the dayand post pictures with the goal of making normal people hate the internet. Unfortunately, one slight drawback is the occasionally bland interface that is quite efficient but not all that much to look at. Today's indie app of the day is Reddit Now and it tries to solve that problem.


Reddit Now is a pretty standard Reddit app on the face of it and includes most of the features you'd expect out of a Reddit app. That means you can comment, upvote, downvote, messaging, multi-Reddit support, inbox, Reddit Gold support, save images for offline viewing, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Regular users shouldn't feel like they're missing much if they switch over.


Where Reddit Now really shines is the UI. It employs a card-based UI that shows the stats on the post, the up and down vote buttons, the favorite button, a menu button, and of course part of the post itself. It lets you know when things are gifs, images, video, or text. At the top there are slide-able tabs that change based on what part of Reddit you're currently browsing. It's quite enjoyable to look at although the interface and all that media all at once may be considered too cluttered for some people.


In terms of performance, the app performs smoothly. It is a little resource intensive but that's likely because of all of the information that it has to receive and display. If you have an older device or internet connection issues there may be some lag or longer load times. If you're one of those people, a more simple Reddit app may be your best bet.




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PROS


  • Beautifully designed UI.

  • Little to no feature loss over other Reddit apps.

  • Multi-account and Reddit Gold support.

  • Phone and tablet support.




CONS


  • Card UI is a far reach from the original UI. Purists might not like it.

  • Can be CPU and/or data intensive may result in underwhelming performance for some.

  • Occasional bugs reported here and there.






7.0

Overall, Reddit Now is a beautiful application. If there were one site that could use a little flair, it is Reddit. Purists may not like the card UI and some people may not like the resource intensive nature of Reddit Now. However, if you're a fan of the card-UI and you've always wanted Reddit to be a little more colorful then this is a good app to try. It's free in the Google Play Store and you can find it using the button below.





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The 8 Best Android Widgets of 2014!

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 10:15 AM PDT




Widgets don't garner the huge draw that they once did. One day years ago widgets used to be an essential feature that set Android apart from its competition but the competition have since gotten wise and have added widgets as well. That said, a lot of people still use widgets and they can be an important part of any phone home screen set up. Below is our updated list of the best Android widgets and above is our original video for the best Android widgets!




best android widgets - battery widget rebornBattery Widget Reborn


[Price: Free / $1.99]

Battery Widget Reborn was but a beta at this point last year and it has blossomed into one of the must have widgets if you need a battery widget. It's customizable in a number of ways that allows for a bunch of shapes and colors. This means it'll go well with almost any theme and it's not overly expensive at $1.99 for the pro version.



More battery information than you can shake a battery at.




PROS


  • Sleek, customizable widget can find a place in almost any theme.

  • The app itself is informative with pretty much any battery stat you need.

  • Includes other goodies like Dash Clock support, a torch function, and more.

  • There is a free version you can try first!




CONS


  • Some bugs associated with the app such as update issues.

  • If you have slow internet, the Play Store authentication can take longer than expected.






8.0

If you need a battery widget, we recommend you take a look at this one.






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beautiful widgets - best android widgetsBeautiful Widgets


[Price: Free / $2.75]

Beautiful Widgets has been around for a long time. It came about and received popularity when people were looking for a substitute for the famous HTC Sense camera widget and has remained popular ever since. The price has gradually declined over the years but it's still an amazing option for those who need widgets.



There's a reason it's been popular for years.




PROS


  • Many widget styles and they come in a myriad of sizes.

  • Hundreds of themes to match any home screen decor.

  • Includes widgets for clock, weather, toggles, and battery among others.

  • First paid Android app to ever reach 1 million downloads.




CONS


  • There are some bugs here and there, including issues with location and weather being reported.

  • Surfing themes can be a pain because there are a whole bunch of them.

  • May be slow, laggy, or unresponsive on older or lower end devices.






8.0

With its mammoth theme selection and many widget styles, Beautiful Widgets is a great option for those who know they need something but are unsure what it is.






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clock now best android widgetsClock Now


[Price: Free]

Clock now is a minimal-style clock widget that resembles Google Now cards. It's in the style of the old Google Now cards but nevertheless there are those who enjoy that kind of theming. It comes in dark and light colors and has a few widget styles.



Sometimes simple is better.




PROS


  • Neutral theming and transparency helps this app work on almost any theme.

  • Includes clock widget and toggles widget.

  • In the style of Google Now cards and Holo theming which fits right in on Nexus devices.

  • It's free!




CONS


  • It is a little simple and that means fewer customization options.

  • If you need something more than a clock or a toggle then this is not the app for you.

  • Developer no longer supports this app so eventually it will become incompatible with everything.






7.0

It's not as complex as some of these others but sometimes you don't need complex. It's also free which is a huge plus.






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digical calendar best android widgetsDigiCal+ Calendar & Widgets


[Price: Free / $4.95]

A good calendar widget can be hard to come by thanks to the sheer amount of information they need to display. DigiCal+ Calendar & Widgets seems to have this task under control with their calendar widgets. It rates a 4.5 rating in the Google Play Store. Even though the widgets aren't all that customizable, they do come in neutral colors so it should fit with most themes. The calendar app itself is fairly solid too.



A calendar widget worth your time.




PROS


  • Transparency and neutral colors help this app work with most themes.

  • Boasts six different calendar views and six widgets that also work on the lock screen.

  • Some light customization options to help tweak the widgets to your taste.

  • Holo light and dark themes available for Android purists.




CONS


  • $4.95 can be steep for a calendar app. We think it's worth it but we understand if you don't.

  • If you enjoyed the weather addition to the calendar, be prepared to pay for a subscription for it.

  • A few graphical and performance glitches on certain (older) devices.






7.5

There's a free trial if you want to try it before you buy it but if you're looking for calendar widgets, it doesn't get much better than this.






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HD Widgets - best android widgetsHD Widgets


[Price: $1.99]

HD Widgets was right alongside Beautiful Widgets as an older app that became popular when the HTC Sense clock widget was in town. It has since expanded greatly and has adapted to today's widget needs much better. It boasts complete customization, a lot of widget options, and even a couple of add ons. You can watch our review of HD Widgets below.





PROS


  • Amazing level of customization.

  • Widgets for clock, weather, toggles, battery, and others.

  • Colourform and Kairo theme packs extend customization and styles.

  • Widgets for tablets too!

  • The actual app is fairly functional as well.




CONS


  • Widget selection changes based on your screen size, operating system, etc. So your mileage may vary.

  • Latest update has caused some issues for some people.

  • Not all widgets are supported on Kairo and Colourform and we think that's a shame.






8.0

This is a masterpiece in the world of widgets and $1.99 is about half the price that it used to be.









taptu icon - best android widgetsTaptu


[Price: Free]

Taptu is an interesting news app that throws design standards out of the window and does its own thing. The app itself is pretty good but the widgets are also really solid. Usually with a news app you get a list of stories that you can view if you click the app. Taptu widgets allow for a more custom experience and it's a little more friendly for those who want to browse news from the home screen instead of the app.



One of the best ways to bring news to your home screen.




PROS


  • The widgets are somewhat customizable which is still better than most widgets from news readers.

  • Taptu itself is a very solid and enjoyable news reader.

  • Social media support so you could actually use this to check social media too.

  • It's free!




CONS


  • There are a lot of features and some of them you probably won't use.

  • There have been some bugs and server issues popping up recently that Taptu is working on but they aren't fixed yet.






7.0

If you want news on your home screen, this is the app we recommend.






taptu - best android widgets


ultimate custom widget (uccw) - best android widgetsUCCW – Ultimate Custom Widget


[Price: Free]

You've been reading this whole time about widgets made by others so now we'll talk about making your own! UCCW made its way into fame when it became the first truly competent application that lets you build your own widgets with your own features. There are a limited number of actions that you can assign but this is great for people who just can't find what they're looking for in these other apps.



You've tried the others, why not make your own?




PROS


  • Create your own widgets with your own themes and colors.

  • Plenty of widget features including unread counts for gmail, missed calls, battery, clock, weather, and many others.

  • You can share skins which means you can download skins too. So if you find one you like, you don't have to build it.

  • It's free!

  • Plenty of add ons and skins available in the Google Play Store.




CONS


  • There is a learning curve for this app so may have to sit down and actually learn it.

  • It's still a work in progress and that means there are bugs here and there. Some of which have been around for a long time.

  • If you're skills in design rival that of a farm animal like mine do, your widgets will turn out pretty bad.






7.5

It's free in the Google Play Store so there's no reason not to try it out!









zooper widget pro best android widgetsZooper Widget


[Price: Free / $2.49]

Last and certainly not least is Zooper Widget. Much like UCCW, Zooper Widget allows you to create your own custom widgets. Unlike UCCW, Zooper is a bit more polished of an effort and you can create some truly amazing stuff with this app. Our own Jonathan Feist has a whole series dedicated to making awesome Zooper widgets. To get everything, it'll cost you $2.49 but you can use the free version to try it out first.





PROS


  • The most polished 'make your own widget' experience out there.

  • You can create some truly awesome stuff with this.

  • Loads of customization.

  • You get most of the features in the free version but the pro version is still very much worth it.




CONS


  • Like UCCW this is a work in progress and thus there will be bugs.

  • Also like UCCW if you have the design skills of a first grader, your widgets will look like they were designed by a first grader.






8.5

If you're looking to create your own widgets, stop reading and go get this.






Zooper Widget Drop Shadow AA best android widgets


Wrap up


This is a small sample of the widgets that Android has to offer. It's a really good sample, but a sample nevertheless. If we missed an incredible widget or set of widgets then feel free to let us know in the comments!




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OnePlus One pre-orders to start in Q3, but invites aren’t going anywhere

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 10:08 AM PDT

OnePlus-One-boxed OnePlus today confirmed its rollout plans for the One going forward. The good news for those still looking to get their hands on the device is that the company will begin accepting pre-orders during the third quarter of 2014. The bad news is, you're still going to need an elusive invite to get your hands



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Chinese government discloses long list of patents Microsoft leverages over Android manufacturers

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 09:49 AM PDT

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It's no secret that Microsoft owns quite a few patents that they license out to anyone wanting to make an Android device. Microsoft has revealed a handful of these patents since they've begun filing lawsuits, but there's no definitive list of just how many patents Microsoft uses in licensing negotiations.


However, a Chinese government agency has cleared up some of the mystery surrounding Microsoft's patent portfolio by publishing a very comprehensive list of 310 patents thanks to a Chinese antitrust review that Microsoft was going through. The list describes patents ranging from Microsoft's in-house developments, as well as patents they acquired through the Rockstar Consortium last year. 73 of the patents were listed as standard essential patents, 127 of the patents Microsoft claims are used in Android, and then there are 68 patent applications and 42 "non-essential patents." Out of those 310 patents listed, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce decided that about 200 of the patents were vital to building an Android device. That's pretty substantial.


Microsoft brings in a ton of revenue from licensing patents out to Android OEMs. Estimates put it between $1 and $2 billion per year, but it could be much higher. Up until now, we haven't really known how much legal leverage Microsoft has over Android manufacturers, but thanks to this information (that Microsoft probably isn't too happy about) we can just how useful a strong patent portfolio really is.


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Google announces first partners for its "Glass at Work" program

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 09:42 AM PDT






Google Glass is getting down to business with a new program called Glass at Work. They're now certifying enterprise partners and their tailored solutions. The first batch includes APX Labs, which is making a business workflow solution, AugMedix and their patient data software, CrowdOptic, which is working on a multi-user broadcast app, and others.





















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How to add, buy and read a book from Google Play Books

Posted: 16 Jun 2014 09:42 AM PDT






Google Play Books can make any Android device a great eReader, but how do you use it?


Sure, Kindles and Nooks have (relatively) long been forces to reckon with in the digital book arena, but Google Play Books allows you to enjoy your favorite page turners on so many more Android devices.


But how to get started? How do you buy and add books to your library? How do you even go about reading the darn books on the device? It's not anything too crazy, we promise. Read on to find out the answers to these and other burning questions you may have.





















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