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Dattch, a dating app for lesbian and bisexual women, makes its way to Android

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 12:26 PM PDT

Dattch (www.dattch.com), a popular dating app for lesbian, bisexual and bicurious women, is now available on the Google Play Store. Dattch been out on iOS for nearly a year, and single ladies can now find other single ladies from their Android device today.

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Did Google show off a redesigned status bar coming to a future version of Android?

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 12:05 PM PDT

Android status bar alleged leak and current

Before we start, we just wanna say proceed with caution. While we're extremely skeptical of this latest leak, sometimes it's fun to look for signs or hidden clues to future Android releases — even when they aren't really there. Like Jay-Z and all that "Illuminati" business.

That being said, an image that popped up on Google's I/O homepage that is leading some to believe that they may have inadvertently revealed some design changes coming in a future version of Android. It's not much. In fact if you weren't looking, you probably would have glazed right over it. But an image of a Nexus 5 is showing some small revisions to the status bar icons introduced in Android 4.4 KitKat. You can see a tweaked WiFi status and smaller battery icon, and it appears that everything if finally leveled in relation to other status icons.

It's entirely possible this was merely someone at Google's marketing team exercising a little too much creative freedom when it came to designing the image, or it's subtle clue of changes coming in a new Android release. Yes, we've noticed the time says 4:40 (usually indicative of the Android version) which either means the designer didn't want to make things too obvious, or that additional KitKat updates are coming around the bend. Speculation is fun, right?

For Google I/O 2014 kicking off next week, we just want to say we aren't expecting much outside of updates to Google apps and lots of talk centered around Android Wear — nothing about major firmware updates until much later in the year. Yes, we understand how sad it must look for anyone outside Android circles to see us getting so excited about even the tiniest changes, but hey, this is Phandroid. You can find the image on Google's I/O 2014 events page here .


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Google Play Movies now supports 21 new countries

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 11:50 AM PDT


Earlier today, Google announced on its Twitter account that it has added 21 new countries to its list of supported countries for the Google Play Movies. The complete list of new countries is shown below and together with the new additions brings the service's availability to a total of up to 90 countries globally.

Check out the list of newly supported countries right after the break.

  1. Albania

  2. Argentina

  3. Armenia

  4. Azerbaijan

  5. Belarus

  6. Croatia

  7. Czech Republic

  8. Estonia

  9. Greece

  10. Kazakhstan

  11. Kyrgyzstan

  12. Lao People's Democratic Republic

  13. Latvia

  14. Lithuania

  15. Moldova

  16. Poland

  17. Slovakia

  18. Tajikistan

  19. Thailand

  20. Turkmenistan

  21. Uzbekistan

The company announced 35 new supported countries back in March and 13 more back in December last year. You can also check the list here by Google to see a complete list of supported countries for Google Play Books, Movies, Music and Newsstand.

Via: 9To5Google

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Nokia’s next Android smartphone could be revealed on June 24

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 11:35 AM PDT


In just over three days, Nokia will be launching something new. What exactly that is, we do not know. However, it is almost certain to be the company's next Android smartphone. The color scheme used in the teaser above matches that of the original Nokia X, leading many to believe that the next iteration is coming soon. The title for the teaser is "Green with Envy" and includes a countdown to a June 24 launch.

What do you think it is? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Nokia

Via: Phandroid

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Android Central 190: T-Mobile and Amazon on Fire; Google I/O preview

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 11:28 AM PDT

Strap in, folks. This one's gonna be a doozy. We were in Seattle this week for the launch of the Amazon Fire Phone and T-Mobile's latest "Uncarrier" events, and they both were big ones. Plus we give some last-minute thoughts on Google I/O before next week's developer conference. Join us!

Thing 1: Amazon Fire Phone

Thing 2: More T-Mobile Uncarrier craziness

Thing 3: Google I/O preview

  • Things we think we think.

Thing 4: Other stuff

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Amazon Will Give Developers Up To $15,000 In Amazon Coins To Entice Users If They Update Apps For Fire Phone

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 11:10 AM PDT

Amazon-Fire-Phone-2 Amazon is hoping the Fire Phone will be a hit with consumers despite the higher than expected price and AT&T exclusivity. To make its case, the retailer is looking to ensure there are plenty of apps and games that take advantage of the device's unique features. Developers can get up to $15,000 in Amazon coins to give away to users if they go along. There are some caveats, of course, but that's a lot of free money.

Amazon Will Give Developers Up To $15,000 In Amazon Coins To Entice Users If They Update Apps For Fire Phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Searching Google for bands now presents you with your music apps

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 10:40 AM PDT

music_search_screenshot (1) Google made a nice improvement to search on Android this week that's going to be a big hit with music lovers. When looking for bands or artists, Google Search will now present users with handy links to their music apps. This isn't just a ploy to sell more music through the Play Store; Google Search

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Sprint Kyocera Hydro Vibe review

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 10:24 AM PDT

Sprint and Kyocera team up yet again to make that mid-range phone that does just enough to make you consider it if you're in the right price bracket

Sprint and Kyocera are a bit of a dynamic duo in the U.S. wireless market, releasing new devices together every time you turn around. Between Sprint itself and its prepaid carriers Boost and Virgin Mobile, Kyocera pretty heftily blankets the low- to mid-range market with solid, waterproof and often rugged devices. The Kyocera Hydro Vibe on Sprint is another entrant squarely in that mid-range group, offering a few neat features, respectable hardware and access to Sprint's Spark LTE network for just $29 on-contract or $229 without any agreement.

That's not a whole lot to ask for a phone with some pretty competent specs, including a quad-core processor, 4.5-inch display, complete waterproofing and a neat bone-conducting speaker. But in many ways it's just what everyone expected — the Hydro Vibe was never going to be a device with barn-burning performance or crazy features, it's meant to fill a very specific niche on Sprint's network that Kyocera has been filling for years. And they keep making these devices because people keep buying them — read along and see if you should consider being one of those customers with our full review of the Kyocera Hydro Vibe.

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Verizon rolls out Android 4.4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 10:05 AM PDT


Verizon has started pushing out Android 4.4.2 via an over-the-air update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on their network. Both devices receive the usual improvements and changes that come with KitKat along with some Samsung specific improvements. For the Galaxy S III, users will now be able to use Samsung's multi-window feature on their device, splitting the screen in half to run two apps at once. Samsung's KNOX 2.0 framework is also included in the update. Verizon indicates there are several smaller changes included, like apps being renamed or some widgets being removed to go with the general improvements to things like stability and connectivity.

For the Galaxy S4 Mini, the update includes a font size adjustment feature for the messaging app and a batch of new emoji's. A camera shortcut has been added to the Lock Screen as a default, Google Hangouts with SMS is preloaded, and the Google Printing framework is now part of the package. The Galaxy S4 Mini also gets access to KNOX 2.0.

If you have one of these devices on Verizon, keep an eye out for a notification letting you know the update is ready to be installed on your device. That may be a few days as Verizon pushes the update out in phases.

source: Verizon Galaxy S III, Verizon Galaxy S4 Mini

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Motorola Droid owners to leapfrog yet another update to KitKat 4.4.4

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 09:54 AM PDT

Motorola is skipping Android KitKat 4.4.3 on Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini smartphones for Android 4.4.4 to take into account an OpenSSL vulnerability. David Schuster took to Google+ to announce that the manufacturer cancelled the release of Android 4.4.3, which consumers have been patiently waiting for, to work on testing and readying the latest version of KitKat. The bad news is the wait will be prolonged, but there's light at the end of the tunnel.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 09:54 AM PDT

This was one action packed week in the world of apps. In Google's update Wednesday, Google Drive and Google Hangouts got some updates. Supercell, makers of Clash of Clans, released Boom Beach. CyanogenMod released their CyanogenMod Theme Showcase app which is actually awesome if you run CM11. Facebook launched its third messaging platform. This time it's called Slingshot. The people at Nokia that Microsoft didn't buy out went ahead and made an Android launcher that is currently in open beta. Follow this link to try it out! Finally, here are five Android apps you shouldn't miss this week!

peek icon the best Android apps of May 2014Peek

[Price: $4.09]

First up in trending this week is Peek. Peek was recently updated to version 2.0 which brought a lot of new features. You can now see the app when you turn your screen on even after the polling time has ended. There is also a new algorithm in place to make motion detection better. Aside from that there have been a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. It's a fun application and you should check it out.

Get it on Google Play

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Life Time Alarm Clock Android appsLife Time Alarm Clock

[Price: Free]

Over the last year or so, apps with new functionality have been getting news but apps with nice designs have been getting a lot more news. In the spirit of that, let's say hello to another well designed alarm clock called Life Time Alarm Clock. This app looks really nice and includes some features that aren't necessarily new but seem more polished in this app. This includes smart snooze, wake challenges, and more that add to the peripheral experience of the alarm clock.

Get it on Google Play

Terrain Home android appsTerrain Home: Sidebar & Search

[Price: Free]

Nokia isn't the only huge company coming out with a launcher this week. As it turns out, Samsung had a hand in our next app called Terrain Home. This launcher goes directly after the Google Now launcher because it does the same side bar thing that has a bunch of cards that contain information and it eventually learns which ones you really want.

This is really cool because Google Now didn't really have a competitor on Android before this and it's available for non-stock Android devices. Unfortunately, it's only available in North America and it is only a beta release for right now which means there are bugs.

Get it on Google Play


[Price: Free]

Yo is either the dumbest app ever or among one of the smartest ones. Here's how it works. It attempts to communicate as much as possible with a single word which is yo. This seems really dumb at first but when you look at the use cases it can be a pretty awesome little tool. Let's say you follow a local sports team. They can use this app to send you a yo whenever the team scores. You see it, understand the meaning, and move on. There are a lot of uses for an app that communicates quickly with just one word if you happen to be creative. It's free in the Google Play Store right now.

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Yo android apps

AOSP EmailAOSP Email

[Price: Free]

Last up this week is for all you stock Android fans out there. The AOSP Email app has been released to the Google Play Store. In an effort to break as many apps free from the actual ROM as possible, Google has released the email app. It's only available to stock Android devices which kind of sucks but if you fall into that category you no longer have to wait for ROM updates to get the latest version. It's in the Play Store from here on out.

Get it on Google Play

AOSP Email

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Several Sonic titles from Sega on sale for Android devices

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 09:51 AM PDT


If you are a fan of Sonic The Hedgehog, Sega has a special going on right now that you might be interested in. Several Sonic titles are on sale for only 99 cents. The titles are normally $2.99 each except for Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing which is still listed at $3.99. Hit the break for the full list and download links.

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Moto X+1 video shows off design and software changes

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 09:28 AM PDT

moto_x_back_closeup_corrected-100048569-orig We've seen brief glimpses of the Moto X+1 several times in recent months, but the latest is a five-minute video that gives us a hands-on look at the device's software and design changes. Although it is vastly different to its predecessor, the device does appear to have slightly slimmer bezels and a more rounded form

The post Moto X+1 video shows off design and software changes appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Several Sonic games currently on sale for $.99 via Google Play

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 09:22 AM PDT

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The weekend is nearly here, and if you're looking for a fun time-waster Sega apparently wants you to turn to Sonic for your fix. Sega has now slashed the prices down to $.99 for several Sonic titles including classics like the original Sonic the Hedgehog and newer games like the Sonic 4 episodes.

Specifically the following games are now on sale:

This isn't the first time that Sega has put its Sonic titles on sale only to raise the prices later, so it's pretty likely that the price cut is temporary. Since we aren't sure how long the promo will last, you're probably wise to move quickly if any of these games seem up your alley.

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Path spins messaging out into its own app: Path Talk

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 08:54 AM PDT

Social network Path has spun its messaging service off into a new app, Path Talk. Path says that since its introduction last year, messaging has become their app's biggest feature. Path says that they created Talk to make messaging easier to access and use.

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How to use Guest Mode on the LG G3

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 08:41 AM PDT

Guest Mode lets you give other people limited access to your LG G3

We've all been there — you want to show someone something on your phone, but without handing over the keys to all your personal data. There are third-party apps that can help out, but the LG G3 comes with a built-in feature that makes it easy to give other people limited access to your device.

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Microsoft teases possible successor to the Android-based Nokia X

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 08:17 AM PDT


Considering Microsoft already makes a small fortune of Android, we suppose it's only natural they actually have a few handsets that run off of the OS.Taking to the (currently MS run) Nokia Conversations blog, Microsoft Mobile has now dropped hints about the possibility of a new "Nokia" X phone in a new 'green' image, which is followed by a countdown timer that will end on June 24th.

Despite receiving lukewarm reception among Android users, the Nokia X has actually sold relatively well in Asia and other markets, so it's no shock that Microsoft Mobile wants to keep the momentum going. What's unclear is whether or not the phone will retain the "Nokia X" branding now that Nokia and Microsoft Mobile (formerly Nokia's handset division) are no longer directly related.

It's certainly possible that Microsoft will be able to use the "Nokia X" brand, regardless of the fact that what remains of Nokia likely isn't involved in this project. On the other hand, the phone could also end up as the Microsoft X — though that would certainly be a bit confusing with the existence of the Xbox brand.

As for the specs? While today's teaser tells of nothing, previous rumors claim the handset will continue to offer modest specs such as a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, a 4.3-inch display and 1GB RAM.

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Galaxy S5 Active review

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 08:12 AM PDT

This Galaxy S5 is ready to take a beating

If you've been holding on to that older Samsung Rugby Smart or even last year's Galaxy S4 Active, you'll be pleased with what you're about to read. With the Galaxy S5 Active, Samsung has once again taken their best selling device and sent it back to engineering to create a version that you can beat and abuse without ending up with something that no longer works. And they managed to keep everything we love intact while doing it.

If you want or need the features and specs from the Galaxy S5, but know that you'll be dragging it through the mud, the blood and the beer, then the Galaxy S5 Active was built for you.

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Friday Freebie: Win an Incipio DualPro Shine case for Galaxy S5!

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 07:57 AM PDT

The Incipio DualPro Shine case is a great choice for those who need double-layer protection for their Galaxy S5 and want something a little flashy at the same time. It's of course on sale from ShopAndroid (in three colors), but we also wanted to give you a chance to win one completely free as well. All you have to do to win is drop a single comment below this post, and keep an eye on your email inbox for a message from us indicating that you've won. It's that simple.

First, a few quick rules:

  • One comment entry per user, let's cut down on the spam.

  • This particular giveaway is restricted to the U.S. and Canada only (sorry int'l folks, we have plenty of contests coming for you, too!)

  • We'll be closing off this contest tomorrow, June 21st, at 11:59pm ET and picking a winner at random.

  • Keep an eye on your email inbox, as we'll contact you immediately to confirm you won.

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T-Mobile announces Google Play Music as a top contender for Music Freedom

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 07:57 AM PDT

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has given an update on the carrier's recent Un-carrier 5.0 and Un-carrier 6.0 announcements. Un-carrier 5.0 was the announcement of T-Mobile Test Drive, which lets people try T-Mobile's network for free. Un-carrier 6.0 was Music Freedom, which lets customers use several music services without that data usage counting against their high-speed data limit.

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Deal of the Day: SPE Top Pouch for Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Note 2 and Note

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 07:57 AM PDT

The SPE Top Pouch is a slim, genuine leather top case that fits your device perfectly for all-around protection. It features an extendable top flap which is used to secure your phone inside the pouch. Easily slide the flap through the stitched opening on the front of the case and you're safe against drops and scratches.

The SPE Top Pouch is available for just $13.95, 53% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!

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Sonic Dash 1.14.0.Go APK

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 07:44 AM PDT

Sonic Dash

SEGA of America updates Sonic Dash android app with Google special event. Sonic Dash is a great game. You should play it. It lets you choose any character and run. They even achievements multiplayer score count. There are so many characters of your choice. There's players such as shadow and tails. And if you use a special character 50× you get a cooler one free. This game gets better with each update, now you have to play as the Android Robot on the character select screen 50 times before the event is over to unlock a very unique and exclusive character for you to play as.

The best old memories of sega on android phones even better now and newer styles. A great game to have if your a fan of the Sonic the hedgehog series. This game is really fun to play and is always offering new challenges and goals to keep it entertaining. It's a wonderful game that makes you want to play it every day. With the addition of the android robot to complete a special challenge to unlock, a special character is also just as fun. The challenges are awesome, and it really test put your reflexes the only way sonic can.

Sonic Dash is a cute little game for the phone. Its simple and fun to use, it reminds you a lot of the old levels you use to get on the old games to get a chaos emerald. Feels like temple run but with a Sega twist, if you are bored it gets you addicted. You play as Sonic the Hedgehog as you dash, jump and spin your way across stunning 3D environments. Swipe your way over and under challenging obstacles in this fast and frenzied endless running game. Play as Sonic the Hedgehog as you dash, jump and spin your way across stunning 3D environments. Swipe your way over and under challenging obstacles in this fast and frenzied endless running game. Collect Rings, tackle the bad guys, and collect exclusive items to furthermore thrill the ride! Recommend this game to any Sonic the Hedgehog fan, or anybody looking for a fun game to play.

Previous versions:

- Sonic Dash APK 1.13.0.Go

- Sonic Dash APK 1.8.0

Requires Android: 2.3.3+

Download File: 44MB (Sonic Dash APK)

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Galaxy Note 4 benchmarks hint at Snapdragon 805 processor, QHD display

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 07:40 AM PDT

samsung-galaxy-note-3-review-overall The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will launch with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 805 processor and a super sharp Quad HD display, according to leaked AnTuTu benchmarks. There will also be a second variant powered by a new Samsung Exynos chip, which is based on next-generation ARM Cortex technology. Recent leaks on Samsung's own website confirmed a

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Archos selling full total smart home package starter kit for $250

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 07:23 AM PDT

ash-slide_06 With Nest and Honeywell being just two names in the new "smart home" trend, it comes as no surprise that others are making the push into the foray. Today Archos made its leap into the market with a total smart home package. The smart home set up we got to play with at CES will cost you $250, this starter package comes with a "specialized" 7-inch tablet, two wireless cameras, two movement tags, and two weather tags to place throughout your home. To supplement the hardware, there is an Android or iOS app that allows you to control these devices straight from your smartphone.

Archos will continue to add more to the line up with a series of add-ons. These include an alarm siren, motion detector, a remote-controlled socket plug, and a pet tracker. The Archos smart home can control up to 13 devices within a range of 65 feet (20 meters). So if you're in the market for a smart home set up that won't break the bank, you may want to give Archos a look. We have a gallery for you below. Enjoy!

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Google Now brings up quick links for music apps when you do a music search

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 06:41 AM PDT

Google Now has a new trick up its sleeve. When you perform a music search with Google Now, it brings up quick links to listen instantly via your favorite music apps. Of course, the usual search results also pop up, but it knocks out the hassle of having to close Google Now, open your music app, search for the song, artist, or album, and then play it. One quick tap will bring it straight to you via your music app of choice.

So no, this news isn't earth-shattering, but it's a good example of how Google is constantly working to make Android more intuitive and efficient. And let's face it, we've all searched for music before and wished we could play it in our app straight from the web.

What's your favorite feature of Google Now?

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