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Verizon’s XLTE network speeds reach more than 300 markets

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 03:21 PM PDT


The new XLTE network over at Big Red is growing impressively. Verizon announced that the speedy network reaches more than 300 markets, just 200 shy of its 500 total for 4G LTE markets. While XLTE is not LTE-Advanced, it does bring increasing network speeds in those particular markets.

Other networks have similar approaches to this sort of network speed. Sprint calls it Spark and T-Mobile does not bother renaming it at all. AT&T, though, has not announced any sort of network.

Hit the break for the full press release.

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless has expanded its newest technology — known as XLTE — in Fort Walton Beach to boost 4G LTE network capacity and enhance high-speed services for customers. Today, more than 300 of Verizon's 4G LTE 500-plus markets have been enhanced with XLTE, with more scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

XLTE utilizes Verizon's AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum, which allows Verizon to deliver significantly increased capacity — at a minimum, doubling the capacity — over its high-speed 4G LTE network. This means more customers in high-traffic locations can access the company's most advanced technology at the same time to send photos, download videos, surf the Internet and use other popular applications on their smartphones, tablets and other devices during times of peak usage.

"Fort Walton Beach customers are especially mobile and enthusiastic users of 4G LTE — sharing photos and video, downloading large files, and staying connected to enjoy a great wireless experience," said Krista Bourne, president — Houston/Gulf Coast Region, Verizon Wireless. "With XLTE, Verizon Wireless continues to enhance its network to ensure the best possible experience and continue to deliver on our brand promise to customers."

XLTE technology is particularly effective in enhancing wireless network performance in settings with a concentrated group of high-data demand customers, such as densely-populated areas, rush hour commutes, concert venues, sports arenas/stadiums and other large event locations.

First launched in December 2010, the Verizon 4G LTE network build is virtually complete, covering more than 500 markets nationwide and nearly 97 percent of the U.S. population. Verizon's XLTE deployment is a major part of the company's ongoing commitment to enhance network reliability and superiority. The company has invested more than $90 billion nationwide since 2000 to build and enhance its wireless network, and consistently earns top rankings from independent consumer reporting and testing institutions for network quality and performance.

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Oddly shaded version of blue Samsung Galaxy S 5 shows up

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 03:21 PM PDT


Twitter tipster @evleaks has uncovered a possible new color for the Samsung Galaxy S 5. The posted image shows the device in a blue with some hints of teal mixed in, especially on the back. There is no indication of a network that this version could land on.

What do you think of this color?

source: @evleaks (official site)

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Ninja Revenge 1.1.4 APK

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 03:11 PM PDT

Divmob updates Ninja Revenge android game with Google compliance fix and improve performance. Ninja Revenge is a great game it has action and violence which you play as an enrage ninja-killing every assassin to revenge the dead of his wife. When they dare to drive a ninja angry, there will only be blood!

This is a simple game that you can be learned quickly. Decent graphics, addicting and will help pass the time. A nice mix of different upgrades. If you play daily mission, you can get coins which help with upgrades. The game is very nice for people who would like this sort of thing. You can getting stronger or doing missions or just trying to collect gold coins. The additional skills you can get makes the game fun and different.

This game is three words; fun, competitive and challenging. Similar mission of subway surfer, Ninja Revenge is challenging and not boring unlike other ninja games. Features with true ninja experience, Ninja Revenge is good enough as you play on your android phone or tablet. Comes with power-ups, utilities and tons of missions make you can discover each time more powers and items, fun and nice. The game also has excellent multiplier system and the sound effect along with the act of killing gives the real feel of revenge.

Requires Android: 2.2+

Download File: 15MB (Ninja Revenge APK)

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Android L keyboard surfaces on Google Play

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 03:08 PM PDT


Since the Android L developer preview was made available by Google, developers have been busy at working breaking it down and extracting code to be used on current Android platforms while we wait for the official release of the next version of Android based on L. One of the most noticeable changes in Android L is the keyboard which uses the new Material design framework. Developers had already pulled the apk for the keyboard out of Android L, but installation on other devices required root and some work with custom recoveries and flashing zip files. Now a couple developers have posted a version of the keyboard on Google Play that does not require root and only needs Android 4.0 or higher to work.

You can grab the Android L Keyboard using the download links below. If you decide to install the keyboard, note that you may need to visit the settings to get the Material layer to work properly.

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Sony readying Android 4.4.4 update for Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, rolling out to Z1 Compact

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 03:08 PM PDT


The latest round of devices to receive Android 4.4.4 include the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1 Compact. The latter of the trio is already receiving the update to the latest version of Android as it has gone live in Russia, Italy, and Indonesia. The others have received certification to receive the update but there is no expected timetable for when that will happen.

Has your Sony device received the Android 4.4.4 update? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Xperia Blog

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Quickoffice being removed from the Play Store in the coming weeks

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 02:38 PM PDT


Now that Slides has become a standalone app, Google's productivity line has rendered Quickoffice useless. Google acquired Quickoffice in 2012 and its two year run under new management is ending. It will be removed from the Play Store in the coming weeks. Spiritually, it will live on within the Slides, Docs, and Sheets apps.

Source: Google Apps (Official feed)

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Multi-language support in Google Now delayed until summer

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 01:56 PM PDT

Google is now delaying support for seamlessly switching between languages on the fly with its Google Now search. Originally planned for a roll-out within the next few days, the feature is now delayed for a launch later this summer due to the discovery of some last minute bugs.

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Get an eye on new notifications style in Android L with Heads Up! app

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 01:56 PM PDT


One of the new features that Google showed off in Android L last week was a new way of displaying notifications in a floating window that will pop up over running apps. If you want to get an idea of how this may work without installing Android L and you have a device running Android 4.3 or 4.4, you may want to check out the new Heads Up! app fro XDA member Dr.Alexander_Breen.

Heads Up! will let you whitelist apps that should display their notifications as "heads up" type floating windows. You can also toggle the options to ignore things like ongoing notification or silent notifications. The app can also be set to only show the floating notifications when using your device in full screen mode, such as when watching a movie or playing a game.

Check out the video and screenshots below that show how Heads Up! works. If you want to give it a try, it is only 99 cents on Google Play.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Google Docs, Sheets, Slides permanently replace Quickoffice

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 01:38 PM PDT

After having acquired Quickoffice, Google had made ported many of the document suite's features to its Google Drive service. As such, Google will be retiring Quickoffice and migrating users who need native document editing and creation to Drive's standalone Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps. The move will affect both iOS and Android users as Google suggests that users migrate to those apps instead.

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Catch Phil on BBC TV at Google I/O!

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 09:26 AM PDT

Wandering the halls of the Moscone Center in San Francisco last week for Google I/O were many folks from many different countries all around the world, including press from all corners of the globe, too. Two continents met in those halls when our very own Editor-in-Chief, Mr Phil Nickinson, bumped into the folks from BBC Television. You know, the British guys. And so, Phil ended up making a cameo appearance on the BBC and its dedicated tech show, Click!

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From the desk of a different editor: Welcome the 'new' Android

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 07:23 AM PDT

Android is getting more than a face-lift, and I think we're all going to love it

I love being able to go to Google I/O each year. It's a perk that shines like a diamond amongst all the headache and stress that comes with every job, and a highlight of every year. Going to I/O not only sends us home as better Android bloggers, but on a personal level it gets me excited to see and talk with all the developers — both big names and independents — that will make the future of mobile and Android in particular even better. After this year, I know we're all going to be amazed at what's in store.

The keynote (as always) was incredible and seeing the new devices was exciting, but that was just the frosting on the cake. The real delight was seen in the individual developer sessions, especially (to me, anyway) the new Material Design-focused meetings. Be sure to watch the replays on the Google Developer YouTube channel to see all the whys and hows, but I want to talk about what the videos won't show you — the passion in the audience.

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Deal of the Day: LLOYD Flex Case for HTC One (M7)

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 05:21 AM PDT

Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, these flexible cases provide great protection for the HTC One (M7) from day to day use and drops. The back of each case features a large portrait of LLOYD surrounded by a glossy, easy to grip exterior.

The LLOYD Flex Case is available for just $3.95, 80% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!

Check out other great deals on Android accessories at ShopAndroid.com

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Android Weekly: top 8 Android stories this week

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 03:48 AM PDT

This week in your world of Android: Google I/O brought us Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, and a preview of Android L release, Android One was announced as a way to bring more smartphones to developing countries, Chrome OS and the Chromecast got some big new features, we learned that Nexus is here to stay, and we heard a couple of juicy Note 4 rumors.

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

Here comes the L release

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At Google I/O, the company gave us a preview of the features and design coming to Android devices this fall through the new L release. From a new design language called Material, to building blocks for creating a consistent experience across platforms, and cool new features, L release is the biggest Android update in years. Plus, we get to try out all the goodies right now, thanks to beta versions available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013).

Android Wear

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Android Wear was no secret, but this week we saw the full release of Google's smartwatch centric operating system. The first devices to be powered by AW are the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, with the round Moto 360 expected later this summer. Asus too is rumored to release an Android Wear watch, due in September for $150!

Android One: Google's play at the low end

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Flagships may be flashy, but the majority of Android devices are at the low end of roster. Google wants to improve the quality of entry-level smartphones with Android One, a program that will bring decent devices for $100 or less to developing markets, starting with India.

Android on the road

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Using Android hands free was one of the big themes of Google I/O this year, and nowhere is that more important than behind the wheel. Android TV attempts to bring the power of Android to the dashboard, without compromising on safety and usability.

Android TV – does Google finally get TV?

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From your phone, to your wrist, to your car, and now your living room. Android TV is not Google's first attempt at conquering the living room, but it's the most promising yet. With a sleek interface adapted to the big screen and built-in gaming capabilities, Android TV could turn out to be a real success.

Chrome OS and Chromecast news


Google's other big platform is Chrome, and Google I/O brought some cool news on this front as well, including the ability to run Android apps on Chrome OS and screen mirroring on the Chromecast.

The future of Nexus

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The Nexus program isn't going anywhere, a top Android executive said this week, putting an end to months of rumors and speculation. So, when can we expect a new Nexus device? According to one report, it may be this fall, when HTC's Volantis tablet is due, possibly alongside the full launch of the L release.

On the horizon: Note 4

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The next big device on the horizon is Samsung's Galaxy Note 4. Rumors claim Samsung is speeding up its production cycle, with the device scheduled to be available as early as the beginning of September.

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

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Google to prevent OEMs from customizing the UI on Android Wear, Auto and TV

Posted: 29 Jun 2014 12:37 AM PDT

Google is actively preventing OEM partners from adding customized elements to Android Wear, Auto and TV, according to a report over on Ars Technica. It's no secret that Android as a mobile platform is fragmented when it comes to personalized OEM user experiences. There's a lot left up to individual manufacturers when it comes to loading the Android smartphone with software and other pieces that add yet more functionality on top of what's already available in vanilla Android.

This is set to change with Android TV, Auto and Wear.

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Twitter 5.15.0 APK

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 07:13 PM PDT

Twitter android app update with several improvements and bug fixes. This app gives you express yourself in many ways. This is great app for twitter lovers. Tried others, this is the best one. Its straight forward an simple to use. It also lets you post Vine videos on it so that just makes it better!

Twitter is helpful to get information and easy to talk. This app is actually pretty good for keeping up to news, seeing what is going on out there and expressing your mind. You have to join the conversation: Tweet your own text, photos, and video to your followers — and maybe make a few fans along the way. You can See what your favorite celebs and athletes are chatting about. Be the first to hear breaking news. Catch a glimpse behind the scenes at concerts, sporting events, and more.

Other twitter clients don't offer what the official twitter app does.And this one is better, It's simple to use, fast and is frequently updated. Good news for football lovers, the World Cup has arrived on Twitter. Twitter team are launching this features to help you make the most of every moment. It's easy to follow your favorite team and players right from the start.

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Requires Android: 2.1+

Download File: 11.5MB (Twitter APK)

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[Bonus Round] Eliss Infinity, Super Pixelander, Star Nomad, And The Ministry of Silly Walks

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 06:57 PM PDT

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a space puzzler, a space arcade game, a space RPG...

[Bonus Round] Eliss Infinity, Super Pixelander, Star Nomad, And The Ministry of Silly Walks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Moto 360 to be in Moto Maker and launched with Moto X+1

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 04:36 PM PDT


It is expected that the Moto 360 will launch alongside the Moto X+1 later this summer, but more interestingly, according to recent rumors the Moto 360 will be included in Moto Maker.

As of right now, it is a little unclear as to what options the Moto 360 will have in the Moto Maker, but it is likely that users will be able to change the wristband. Motorola has stated that they want to offer a leather wristband, a metal one, and a sporty rubber one. Despite this, production of the metal wristband may be delayed, as Motorola only had the leather one to show at Google I/O.

Source: PhoneArena

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Android ‘L’ to add improved real-time audio processing

Posted: 28 Jun 2014 03:49 PM PDT


When Android 'L' was previewed at Google I/O, the main focus was on the user interface and changes that were coming to it. Despite this, Android 'L' will have a number of changes under the hood too.

One thing that Android has had a lot of trouble with over the years is real-time audio processing. Companies have been able to make great audio devices for iOS devices, but this isn't as true for Android ones.

According to Glenn Kasten, a software engineer on Android's media team, all the troubles with Android's audio processing capabilities are about to change. Apparently, the team has completely rewritten the Android audio API's, which now reduce input and output latency, something that is essential for real-time audio.

Source: GigaOM

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