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The LG G3 and two more Android devices get July shipping dates for T-Mobile

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 02:11 PM PDT

Fancy an LG G3 on T-Mobile? Then you might want to get your wallets ready for July 16. That's the day that the LG G3 is expected to make an appearance on the Uncarrier network. We should also see two more Android devices join T-Mobile just a few days after that.

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Apps of the Week: Wave Wave, Duolingo, Android L Keyboard and more!

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 01:42 PM PDT

Another busy week here at Android Central is behind us, and to cap it all off we're going to give you a look at our favorite apps of the week. We have each of the writers here at AC select an app of their choice to put on display each Saturday, giving you a glimpse at what we're using on our own phones on a regular basis.

This week is packing a few apps to have some fun with, a way to learn a new language and a chance to get a little taste of Android L on your phone without flashing a factory image. Read along and see how this week's picks stack up — you may find something that's right for you.

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[He's Dead, Jim] QuickOffice Will Be Removed From The Play Store After Its Features Are Implemented In Google Drive

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 01:08 PM PDT

unnamed (10) So long, QuickOffice, we barely knew you. Well, that's not true - the app has been around for years, long before Android itself, and before Google acquired the company last year it was considered one of the better options for those who needed Microsoft Office-style editing on the go. But now that Google is integrating the main features from QuickOffice into Google Drive/Docs, most notably the ability to edit Microsoft Office files, there's no reason to keep it around.

[He's Dead, Jim] QuickOffice Will Be Removed From The Play Store After Its Features Are Implemented In Google Drive was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Using Android Device Manager

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 12:25 PM PDT

Whether it's under the couch or in the hands of the bad guy, Android Device Manager will help you find or erase your missing phone

While we hope you'll never need to use it, Android has a great native tool to help locate and remote wipe a lost or stolen phone. It's called Android Device Manager, and all you need is a Google account to set it up on your phone, and you can use any other online device to track it down or wipe it. The important thing, though, is that you need to have it set up and ready before anything bad happens.

That's where we come in. We'll help you get it set up and have a look at what you can do with it. In just a few easy steps you'll know all there is to know about Android Device Manager.

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LG Chromebase now available on Amazon for $329

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 12:08 PM PDT

Google's Chrome OS was back in the spotlight this week due to its upcoming ability to run Android apps. One of the newest Chrome OS devices is LG's Chromebase, a low-cost Chrome OS all-in-one PC. Now, the Chromebase is on sale on Amazon for the low price of just $329, making it one of the cheapest full-sized PCs to date.

The Chromebase doesn't require hefty internals which cuts down the cost significantly. The specs include a 22-inch 1080p IPS display, 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port, and an ethernet port. Before you start bashing the Chromebase for its meager spec list, remember that it uses Chrome OS which requires very little power to run. Cloud storage is also emphasized with a free 100GB of Google Drive storage bundled with the Chromebase. A mouse and keyboard are included.

While we don't see the Chromebase replacing a dedicated PC for most people, it certainly makes for a low-cost option for a full-size all-in-one. It could, perhaps, be a good family PC for the kitchen or other communal place. Easy to access and view for things like watching TV shows or reading recipes. Head to the source link below if you want to purchase a Chromebase, or perhaps just want to check out the Amazon reviews.

What do you think of concepts like the Chromebase?

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Google Play adds new TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central and more

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 11:41 AM PDT

Google has revealed it has added a number of new shows from Viacom's various cable networks to the Google Play Store, including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Spike and TV Land.

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LG Chromebase available for $349.99 or even less at some retailers

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 11:26 AM PDT

The LG Chromebase, the all-in-one Chrome OS PC, is now available for purchase for $349.99, or for even less at some online retailers such as Amazon and Newegg.

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Quick Twitter Beta App Update Adds Support For Android L Preview Build

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 11:05 AM PDT

unnamed (5) Let's be clear about this: developers don't have any kind of obligation to update their apps for the Android L preview release. It's a preview - by definition, it's not ready for prime time, and developers shouldn't have to immediately treat it like consumer software. That said, it's nice to see that some have already begun to prepare for the full Android L release later this year. Even relatively large players like Twitter are getting in on the action.

Quick Twitter Beta App Update Adds Support For Android L Preview Build was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Facebook ran secret psychological experiments on users

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 10:41 AM PDT

A report from a team at Facebook that was first published in a scientific journal earlier this month reveals that the social network ran secret psychological experiments on 600,000 users without their awareness.

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Android L’s ‘Heads up’ notifications now available for any Android 4.3+ device [DOWNLOAD]

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 10:33 AM PDT

Heads Up notifications

Hey, all you non-Nexus elite. If the Android L Developer Preview (which arrived exclusively for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7) got you feeling down in the dumps with all its glitz and glamor, don't worry. It appears that many Android devs are working 'round the clock to bring some of those flashy features introduced in Android L — like the all new Heads Up notifications — to our "filthy casual" Android devices.

Fresh out the Google Play Store is "Heads Up! notifications" by Woodblock Without Co.. The developer announced the availability of the app over on XDA (where it can be previewed/downloaded for free) and as the name suggests, Heads Up! brings Android L type Heads Up notifications to any device running Android 4.3+ — Android L not required. This app is not only great for themers who like to hide the notification/status bar using 3rd party launchers, but also for times when your phone goes into full screen media mode (like watching a movie or playing a game).

In fact, the best part about the app is all the many filtering options it provides. You can whitelist only specific apps, or filter out "silent" heads-up notifications and/or ongoing ones. There's even an option to only display heads-up notifications while in fullscreen mode.

Heads Up! is only a buck on Google Play, but if you'd like to try before you buy, you can always download straight from the developer via XDA here .

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Trapper Keeper returns from the 70s and 80s as a tablet case

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 09:41 AM PDT

Kensington has bought the rights from Mead to sell a series of universal tablet cases that have the distinctive Trapper Keeper design that was popular for school folders in the 1970s and 80s.

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Review 15: X-Men

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 09:41 AM PDT

Ouya and Pebble offer special Reading Rainbow Kickstarter rewards

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 07:41 AM PDT

Ouya and Pebble are helping to fund the current Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign by offering limited edition versions of their hardware products as rewards for backers.

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Verizon’s LG Vista could be G Pro 2 Lite

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 07:21 AM PDT

It wasn't too far in the past that we got a look at a device called the LG Vista that seemed bound for Verizon. At the time, we weren't entirely sure what the device was, but now @evleaks is back with some more detail. The Vista is pictured next to the G3 (right) and we can see that the Vista is substantially wider and has some different camera and logo placements, making us believe that it's the LG G Pro 2.

Rumors have surfaced claiming that the Vista is actually a lite version of the G Pro 2, and we're starting to believe them. With Verizon set to release both the G3 and the Vista, it would make sense that Verizon would want a flagship device with a more mid-range device alongside it. The Vista could very well be a G Pro 2 Lite, with the same 5.9-inch display but slightly toned down internals. Though judging by the above picture, the software looks to have improved by adopting the same UI as the G3.

The move wouldn't be the first time we've seen it done. Samsung has done the same thing with its smartwatches and the Galaxy Note brand with its Neo series of less powerful devices. LG and Verizon could simply be doing the same thing to reach a wider audience.

What do you think of the LG Vista? Good or bad plan?

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GE to sell Link LED lightbulbs controlled by Wink app

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 06:49 AM PDT

General Electric has announced plans to sell a new family of LED lightbulbs, the Link, that can be controlled remotely anywhere in the world by the new Wink app as part of their connected home efforts.

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Deal of the Day: Case-Mate Barely There Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 04:10 AM PDT

This Samsung Galaxy S5 hard case takes your preference for sleek design into serious consideration. There's no dual-layers, screen covers or clips to worry about here. It's one piece that simply snaps over the back, leaving complete accessibility all around.

The Case-Mate Barely There Case is available for just $11.95, 40% off today only. Colors include black, clear and metallic gunmetal.

Find more great deals on Android accessories at ShopAndroid.com!

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Android L’s Material keyboard now available on Google Play

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 08:34 PM PDT

Android L wallpaper

Google's early Android L Developer Preview is nowhere near daily driving status (broken apps… broken apps everywhere), but that doesn't mean there wasn't a few goodies to be found inside. Earlier today, we posted a veritable smorgasbord of L goodies, including Google's all new Material redesigned keyboard. Given it's one of the few apps in Android L rocking Google's new Material design, it's probably the most lusted over by Android users not willing (or able to) flash the experimental release.

The apk extracted from the Android L system dump was made available on XDA, but there a few hoops Android users had to jump through to get it up and running. One of those was uninstallation of the regular Google Keyboard (if installed). If sideloading isn't your cup of tea, some new folks are making the app available via the Google Play Store where it is now available for free as "Android L Keyboard."

But just like the XDA supplied apk, this too will require users to jump into the keyboard's settings, selecting the "Advanced settings" option, then choosing "Material" under "Color scheme." After that, you should be up and running with the cleanest keyboard this side of Fleksy, and 1 step closer to getting a true Material experience on your Android.

Download on Google Play: Android L Keyboard

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 27, 2014

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 08:34 PM PDT


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That's why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day's hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Android Wear

Google Maps updated to include Android Wear support


Google Maps updated to include Android Wear support


Amazon hosting two day promotion full of free apps


Matias Duarte talks Material Design

Sundar Pichai talks Google's platform expansion, open approach, and relationship with Samsung

Google forges partnership with MediaTek for Android One device development


Google+ Photos introduces new World Cup face paint after-effects


Google forges partnership with MediaTek for Android One device development


Front of the Samsung Galaxy F in gold leaks


Asus Android Wear device to be thinnest in the category


System dump brings Android L wallpapers and APKs to the masses, get the new material themed Google Keyboard as well

Android L Preview now has root


System dump brings Android L wallpapers and APKs to the masses, get the new material themed Google Keyboard as well


Samsung announces trial program at select locations

Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 27, 2014

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Download: Android L Wallpapers, Keyboard, Bootanimation and more for your Android device

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 08:24 PM PDT

android-l-n5-n7 A system dump of Android L, courtesy of the Developer Preview images released by Google, has been uploaded online allowing Android users to get their hands on some new goodies from the upcoming version of Android right away. This includes the new keyboard, wallpapers, fonts and other updated Google Apps like Play Services, Search and

The post Download: Android L Wallpapers, Keyboard, Bootanimation and more for your Android device appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Reflecting on Google I/O 2014: From our Android community to Android everywhere

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 08:05 PM PDT


Being what some would call a bit of a fanboy, making the pilgrimage to Google's annual developer conference was nothing short of a dream come true. I sit here in the cabin of this airplane, unable to relax and unable to close my eyes like unlike many other passengers during our journey across the country. The truth is, even though Google I/O 2014 has come and gone, the best is yet to come. And that's what's truly exciting. Before we talk about the future, let's revisit and reflect on not only the events, but the experiences over the past few days.

Google provides live streaming for countless sessions as well as their highly anticipated keynote presentation for all to watch and listen to from anywhere in the world. Yes, the keynote is where we learn all of the juicy details about Google's upcoming products and services, but as I mentioned, you can get that at home.

For me, the true experience of Google I/O comes from the relationships built and social aspect of the conference. Attending Google I/O allowed me to meet some truly amazing people from the Android community that I've wanted to meet for years. From big bad famous Googlers, to ex-Googlers, to Android bloggers, and all sorts of friends from far and wide that I've only known on Google+ for the past 3 years. Being able to finally meet and hang out with so many of these amazing people made the past few days just truly awesome (Queue everything is awesome music.)

After parties and social aside, Google taught us this year that Android is everywhere and it's going to get even better as time goes on.

Android One is going to provide low cost phones to remote places of the world where having a capable smartphone is sometimes out of the question. Google has well over a billion Android devices out there right now. The next billion consumers are ready to join the Android ecosystem.

With Android Auto, Google will ultimately make the roads safer by removing some of our technological distractions while we're on the road. Google's success with the smartphone market is now being applied to the automobile industry. The connected car is here, now let's unify the experience.

As for Android TV, Google is really putting the brand into the product this time around. Android TV will provide a rich and unified entertainment experience for the living room. Chromecast is here to stay if you're interested in streaming content, however if you're into gaming and apps, you'll want something a bit more powerful. Android TV is the answer.

Android Wear aims to show the ever expanding wearables space just exactly how Google plans to shape the wearable computer industry. Being able to seamlessly integrate your wearable device into your current platform and ecosystem is very rewarding. In fact, in just two days time I've come to love my LG G Watch more than Google Glass, which I've had for a year. This could also be the fact that my Glass only lasts 1-2 hours before dying, but that's a story for another time.

The Android L preview is not only gorgeous (sorry, fanboy remember?), but it brings about many changes to Android that makes the experience easier for consumers. However, the real point here is that Google took a pointer from Apple and released a developer preview months in advance, giving developers time to ready their applications and services. This will result in a more stable final release as well as (fingers crossed) more applications using the new design language, resulting in apps not looking out of place when it comes to matching the new style.

The future of Android and Google's new plans to unify all of their platforms in design as well as integration show us that the future is going to provide stellar user experiences when Android reaches it's final form. We'll no longer think of Android Auto, Android TV, Android Wear, or any other facet of Android. We'll just think of Android as one large platform spanning across various devices and gadgets. A platform to unify all of the things.

Lastly, I'd like to thank our Rob and Steve for making Google I/O so enjoyable and an experience I'll never forget. Here's to the future of Android with Phandroid and Google I/O 2015.

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Sundar Pichai talks Google’s platform expansion, open approach, and relationship with Samsung

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 06:41 PM PDT


On Wednesday at the Google I/O 2014 keynote, Sundar Pichai and Google introduced new platforms centered around Android. The newest arms of Android include Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto. With them, Google is ensuring Android has a presence in various areas of a person's life. Interviewed by Wire, Pichai explains why Google has an approach in which Android and Chrome are appearing in many different areas while working together. He also spoke about why Google has a horizontal approach in being open and welcoming users of other platforms (like iOS) with their products (like Chromecast). Pichai even noted that the company has healthy relationship with Samsung and often gets to see their roadmap of what is to come.

On why Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto exist:

There's been a big evolution since the days of personal computing. People had a concept of one computing device per family or maybe per person. We've clearly evolved to computing devices becoming more personal. People increasingly have a lot of those in their lives. So to us, the thing was, how do you build a computing platform and an experience which spans all those screens? How do you get it all working for users in a cohesive way? We need to bring Android and Chrome to every screen that matters for users, which is why we focused on phone, wearables, car, television, laptops, and even your workplace. Also, we wanted to do things in a way in which they were really contextually aware. A major theme was this notion of your phone being at the center of this connected experience –voice enabled, with Google Now cards accessible.

Although Android Wear will presumably stick with Android devices exclusively, Pichai explained why Google includes outside users:

It's a good question. We do take a more open approach in these things. For example, you can plug a Chromecast into your television and still continue to use your iPhone or an iPad. We do take a horizontal approach–we want many things to work together. But, sure, there are other players who build end-to-end systems where they think through every piece of it. We do envision a world where having an iOS or an Android device it doesn't preclude you from buying a certain car.

The entire interview is worth reading, so hit the source link below to get started.

Source: Wired

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Curious about Android L? Join the discussion in the forums!

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 05:41 PM PDT

In the aftermath of Google I/O, we're digging into all of the new stuff around the latest version of Android. With the release of factory images for the Nexus 5 and 7 that let you try out Android L for yourself, it seems a good number of people have taken the jump to trying out the first release of the software to get a glimpse of the future. For many it's still too early (understandably so) to give it a try considering the developer-focused nature of this early release, but that doesn't mean you can't learn a little bit while others give it a try.

Whether you've gotten your hands on a device with Android L or not, we think more than a few of you still have a lot you want to learn about the new software, and the best place to do that is in the Android Central forums. So if you've got questions or answers on Android L, hop into the forums and get in on the discussion!

Join the Android L discussion in the Android Central forums!

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Gold trimmed Samsung Galaxy F press render appears once again

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 05:12 PM PDT

While the first press render of the Galaxy F only showed off a partial view of the device otherwise known as the Galaxy S5 Prime, another render has now appeared courtesy of @evleaks and this time around we get a full look at the device with its 'glowing gold' trim.

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Gargle Voice To Get Butter Foistmail Transition. With New Opt-In Scaring Feature This Meek. OK Bye

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 03:53 PM PDT

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Has Google Voice ever screwed up a voicemail transcription for you? Of course it has, because if you've used Google Voice and received a voicemail, you are guaranteed to have received an admittedly hilariously error-riddled paragraph accompanying said voicemail. This week, that's finally changing, according to Googler Alex Wiesen.

Starting this week, just go into your Google Voice settings on the web, and you'll be asked if you want to anonymously share your voicemail messages to make transcription better.

Gargle Voice To Get Butter Foistmail Transition. With New Opt-In Scaring Feature This Meek. OK Bye was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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