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Xperia Z3 Compact leak confirms Snapdragon 801 processor

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 02:40 PM PDT






Rumored to debut this fall at Berlin's IFA show, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact leak now confirms that the miniature flagship phone will sport a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor from Qualcomm. Other specs include a 4.5-inch 720p HD display, 20.7-megapixel camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing selfie cam.





















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Android L doesn't have a name, but we have winners!

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 02:40 PM PDT






Last week Phil and the gang were at Google I/O and we were all hoping a nickname was going to be announced for the new OS, dubbed Android L. We asked you all to play along with us and throw out your guesses. Would it be Android Lollipop? Android Lima Bean? Maybe Android Limoncello (my personal fave).





















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Google Play Services 5.0 rollout now complete, Android Wear apps should start showing soon

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 02:38 PM PDT

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It usually takes a couple of weeks for each Play Services update to fully rollout, but Google has announced that Play Services 5.0 has "rolled out to devices worldwide." One of the biggest features of Play Services 5.0 is Android Wear services. Developers have been asked to hold off releasing Android Wear apps in the Play Store until July 7, but with the rollout completed, hopefully we will see some apps sooner.


Google Play Services 5.0 also provides a dynamic security provider, which is a replacement of the secure networking APIs. This will allow Google to update security patches more rapidly. Also, Google Play Games will get Quests, which will reward players without the need to update the game, and users will also get the ability save game progress.



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Nova Launcher Beta update brings Android L goodies to our casual devices [DOWNLOAD]

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 02:18 PM PDT

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TeslaCoil developer Kevin Barry is back with another update to the world famous Nova Launcher Beta. Announced on the app's Google+ Community page, Barry lists off some of the new features now available in the Nova Launcher 3.0.2 Beta 1 update, many of which bring a few Android L goodies to us non-Nexus users (as well as better compatibility for those running the Developer Preview). Here's the short list:



-"L" Folder Preview (Nova Settings – Folder – Folder Preview – Line)

-"L" App Drawer Icon (Long-press app drawer – Edit – Tap Icon – All white icon under "Built-in")

-"L" App Animation (Nova Settings – Look and Feel – App Animation – Slide Up)

-Minor tuning for running on Android L Dev Preview

-Optimizations and bug fixes



This should help those of you without the gall to run the new Android L Developer Preview, which really isn't meant to be used on a primary Android device (although we found it to be more than stable). You can either join the Nova Launcher Beta community to get in on the latest betas as they arrive in Google Play, or download direct from the developer here .






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[New App] Radical.fm, An Ad-free 'Pay-What-You-Can' Music Service Touting 25 Million Songs, Launches On Android

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 02:11 PM PDT

Radical-Thumb Just like traditional radio, listening to internet radio without paying money requires putting up with ads. Well, usually. Radical.fm tosses this entire concept out the window by letting users stream music for free. If listeners would like to donate to the company to help out, it would be nice, but such generosity is not required. There's a catch, though. The Android app, despite just launching, already looks like it hasn't received an update in three years.





[New App] Radical.fm, An Ad-free 'Pay-What-You-Can' Music Service Touting 25 Million Songs, Launches On Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Alleged HTC Volantis specifications leak

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 02:11 PM PDT

google-sign Renowned leaker, @Evleaks, took to Twitter earlier today to bestow upon us some more information with regards to Google's next Nexus tablet, codenamed Volantis, which we believe will be designed and manufactured by HTC. We first heard about the device last month when we were sent an early render and some alleged specifications, but it



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‘OnePlus Tab’ leak suggests OnePlus-made tablet in the works

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 01:54 PM PDT

So far, OnePlus has kept itself busy in 2014 by teasing its One smartphone, officially introducing the device and then inviting consumers to buy one. Just because OnePlus is done hyping up and revealing its handset doesn't mean that it's going to just sit back and handle sales, though, as a new leak has revealed that OnePlus may be cooking up another new device.


An image of the alpha version of the OnePlus website that shows an entry for a "OnePlus Tab" has been leaked. According to @evleaks, the screenshot was taken just a few days ago on July 29.


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The bad news for those of us that are hungry for details is that that's all that we know about the OnePlus Tab right now. The name suggests that it's a tablet-type of device, and considering that OnePlus used CyanogenMod on its smartphone, we wouldn't be surprised if that OS made an appearance on the OnePlus Tab as well.


Despite the fact that we don't know much about this OnePlus Tab, it may still be a product worth keeping an eye on. After all, the OnePlus One features some pretty impressive specs and only costs $299 without a contract, so it'll be interesting to see what OnePlus can do with a tablet.


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Google rolls out Google Play Services 5.0

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 01:12 PM PDT






Google has released Google Play Services 5.0, which is now rolling out to devices worldwide. Google Play Services allows developers to connect with Google services like Google Maps, Cloud Messaging, and more. This release contains support for Android wearable devices and updates to the Wallet API, Drive API, and more.





















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OnePlus leaks suggests a tablet could be coming soon

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 01:12 PM PDT

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If the process of buying a OnePlus One wasn't frustrating enough, how 'bout trying your luck at one of their upcoming tablets? Still not official, @evleaks posted a screen grab of the OnePlus website, showing a link for a OnePlus Tab, right next to the link for their hard-to-get smartphone. While there's no info provided just yet, we're sure OnePlus will once again use their grassroots marketing and rock bottom low pricing to lure in prospective customers. If you guys had to build the perfect tablet — one that didn't "settle" — what kind of hardware would you like to see?


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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter ends with Android app goal reached

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 12:57 PM PDT






The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign has now ended, and the group's massive stretch goal of $5 million in order to launch, among other things, the development of an Android app for the famous children's reading service was met and exceeded.





















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Amazon facing FTC complaints about kids making in-app purchases

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 12:57 PM PDT






The FTC is reportedly wrestling with Amazon about their implementation of in-app purchases on Kindle devices. The FTC claims that Amazon hasn't been providing sufficient warning about IAPs, particularly when it comes to kids making the purchases. Meanwhile, Amazon is defending itself by saying they promptly offer refunds when complaints about undue purchases are made, and have improved the way they warn users about in-app purchases.





















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Google Play Services 5.0

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 12:11 PM PDT

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Google Play services 5.0 is now rolled out to devices worldwide, and it includes a number of features you can use to improve your apps. This release introduces Android wearable services APIs, Dynamic Security Provider and App Indexing, whilst also including updates to the Google Play game services, Cast, Drive, Wallet, Analytics, and Mobile Ads.


Android wearable services


Google Play services 5.0 introduces a set of APIs that make it easier to communicate with your apps running on Android wearables. The APIs provide an automatically synchronized, persistent data store and a low-latency messaging interface that let you sync data, exchange control messages, and transfer assets.


Dynamic security provider


Provides an API that apps can use to easily install a dynamic security provider. The dynamic security provider includes a replacement for the platform's secure networking APIs, which can be updated frequently for rapid delivery of security patches. The current version includes fixes for recent issues identified in OpenSSL.


Google Play game services


Quests are a new set of APIs to run time-based goals for players, and reward them without needing to update the game. To do this, you can send game activity data to the Quests service whenever a player successfully wins a level, kills an alien, or saves a rare black sheep, for example. This tells Quests what's going on in the game, and you can use that game activity to create new Quests. By running Quests on a regular basis, you can create an unlimited number of new player experiences to drive re-engagement and retention.


Saved games lets you store a player's game progress to the cloud for use across many screen, using a new saved game snapshot API. Along with game progress, you can store a cover image, description and time-played. Players never play level 1 again when they have their progress stored with Google, and they can see where they left off when you attach a cover image and description. Adding cover images and descriptions provides additional context on the player's progress and helps drive re-engagement through the Play Games app.


App Indexing API


The App Indexing API provides a way for you to notify Google about deep links in your native mobile applications and drive additional user engagement. Integrating with the App Indexing API allows the Google Search app to serve up your app's history to users as instant Search suggestions, providing fast and easy access to inner pages in your app. The deep links reported using the App Indexing API are also used by Google to index your app's content and surface them as deep links to Google search result.


Google Cast


The Google Cast SDK now includes media tracks that introduce closed caption support for Chromecast.


Drive


The Google Drive API adds the ability to sort query results, create folders offline, and select any mime type in the file picker by default.


Wallet


Wallet objects from Google take physical objects (like loyalty cards, offers) from your wallet and store them in the cloud. In this release, Wallet adds "Save to Wallet" button support for offers. When a user clicks "Save to Wallet" the offer gets saved and shows up in the user's Google Wallet app. Geo-fenced in-store notifications prompt the user to show and scan digital cards at point-of-sale, driving higher redemption. This also frees the user from having to carry around offers and loyalty cards.


Users can also now use their Google Wallet Balance to pay for Instant Buy transactions by providing split tender support. With split tender, if your Wallet Balance is not sufficient, the payment is split between your Wallet Balance and a credit/debit card in your Google Wallet.


Analytics


Enhanced Ecommerce provides visibility into the full customer journey, adding the ability to measure product impressions, product clicks, viewing product details, adding a product to a shopping cart, initiating the checkout process, internal promotions, transactions, and refunds. Together they help users gain deeper insights into the performance of their business, including how far users progress through the shopping funnel and where they are abandoning in the purchase process. Enhanced Ecommerce also allows users to analyze the effectiveness of their marketing and merchandising efforts, including the impact of internal promotions, coupons, and affiliate marketing programs.


Mobile Ads


Google Mobile Ads are a great way to monetise your apps and you now have access to better in-app purchase ads. We've now added a default implementation for consumable purchases using the Google Play In-app Billing service.


And that's another release of Google Play services. The updated Google Play services SDK is now available through the Android SDK manager. For details on the APIs, please see New Features in Google Play services 5.0.










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100 lucky Ara Scouts get to trial Google's Project Ara phone

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 11:58 AM PDT






Google's modular Project Ara phone concept will get publicly tested by 100 members of the public through a program called Ara Scouts. The modular phone experiment was born out of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team and now it seems that 100 members of the public will be receiving an early prototype to test, use, and provide Google with feedback on how to improve Ara before it gets released commercially sometime early next year.





















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Android L preview: Do Not Disturb mode

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 11:58 AM PDT






Proper system-level "do not disturb" settings have been a hit-or-miss feature depending on what manufacturer's phone you choose, and was a completely missing feature on stock Android devices — a void filled by countless free and paid third-party apps that have done a great job. For as good as these apps are, there's really nothing that can beat a well-done system settings pane that lets you cancel out sounds, calls and notifications on your schedule at the lowest level.


Luckily one of the many improvements in Android L is the inclusion of a proper Do Not Disturb mode, which helps you keep your phone silent when it needs to be whether that's overnight on a schedule or just for a limited one-off situation.





















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Samsung to shut down its Video and Media Hub August 1

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 11:58 AM PDT






Samsung has sent emails to customers informing them that the company plans to shut down its Video and Media Hub on August 1. This news comes as Samsung has already pulled the plug on its Music Hub service.





















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Smarty Pins is a Maps-powered geography trivia game from Google

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 11:42 AM PDT






Google has launched a new, Google Maps-based trivia game called Smarty Pins. The game asks you a number of geographically-based questions, and you drop your pin in the correct location to answer. The questions have a great range of difficulty, and pull from different topics like entertainment, sports, and history.





















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Two versions of LG’s G3 QuickCircle case are set to touchdown at Clove in the U.K. by July 21

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 11:41 AM PDT

LG-G3-Quick-Circle-cover-case Clove Technology has today announced that it will be selling both variants of the QuickCircle case for LG's flagship smartphone of 2014, starting Monday, July 21. According to the independent smartphone retailer, the official accessory will be sold as an add-on to the handset and will be available in three different colorways — Metallic Black,



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T-Mobile to start offering equipment installment plans for accessories on July 20

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 11:08 AM PDT

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Need a payment plan for some accessories? T-Mobile customers will be happy to hear that on July 20, the carrier will start offering equipment installment plans (EIP) for accessories. Not only accessories will be eligible we assume. Would a $15 case really require a payment plan? Probably not. But for things like headphones or a smartwatch, this would be really helpful and make products much more accessible. T-Mobile will likely implement a minimum for eligibility and it does not seem that the carrier will attach any interest to the cost.


Source: TmoNews




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30 best Android apps of all time

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 11:04 AM PDT

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Here it is ladies and gentlemen. The creme de la creme. The apps that most people will swear that they cannot live without. These apps have become ubiquitous with Android and if you're looking for good stuff it's assumed that you have this stuff already. It's quite a long list so take your time and go through it. Enjoy the best Android apps that the Google Play Store has to offer.


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best android apps - amazonAmazon


[Price: Free]

If you're into online shopping and eBooks, there are few better places to that than Amazon. They are one of the few shopping apps with international support and they are one of the most trusted online stores in the world. Along with Amazon Mobile (shown), dedicated Amazon Kindle app to read eBooks you purchase on Kindle on your Android device. It has a huge selection, good perks, and awesome deals.

Get it on Google Play you can get the

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Apex Launcher best android apps Apex Launcher


[Price: Free / $3.99]

There are a lot of great launchers out there, and we've covered them before. When it comes to user friendliness, customization, and general popularity, Apex Launcher is simply a must have. It has a variety of customization options, a bunch of add-ons available in the Google Play Store, and comes in both free and paid options. It's one of the best and has been for a very long time.

Get it on Google Play

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best android appsApp Dialer-local T9 app search


[Price: Free / $3.99]

The App Dialer-local T9 app search app is a mouthful to say but it's actually a pretty simple app. It opens a window on your home screen with a keypad on it. You then use the keypad to type out the letters that correspond with the app you'd like to use. For instance, if you're looking for the Google Play Music app, you'd type 4-6-6-4-5-3 and all the apps with "Google" in the title will show up. This is a great way to search your app drawer without actually flinging through page after page and it's an amazing way to find apps quickly. If you use a lot of apps then this is a must have and it's free!

Get it on Google Play






beautiful widgets - best android appsBeautiful Widgets


[Price: $2.59]

Beautiful Widgets rose to fame during the days when everyone wanted the HTC Sense clock and weather combo widget. Since then, it's only gotten better. It has widgets for phones and tablets, weather, clock, and combination widgets. It even has toggle widgets and more. It's highly customizable with thousands of weather and clock skins to choose from. You really can't go wrong picking it up.

Get it on Google Play

Beautiful Widgets - best android apps




Clean Master - best android appsClean Master – Free Optimizer


[Price: Free]

Even though a little bit of this application is snake oil, it does provide a number of really useful services. For instance, when you download and app and uninstall it, the data folder will stay there. You can use Clean Master to get rid of those empty folders from apps long since uninstalled or otherwise use it to clean out your device. It can free up some space, clean out the cache, and get your phone just cleaned out. It's also free so there's no harm in trying it out.

Get it on Google Play






dashclock widget - best android appsDashClock Widget


[Price: Free]

If you're running Android 4.2 or higher, DashClock Widget is a must have. It's a widget you put on your lock screen that comes with extensions. These extensions offer virtually unlimited functionality including weather, toggles, notifications, calendar support, flashlight support, and a whole lot more via the Google Play Store. Also, it's free, so there's no reason not to have it.

Get it on Google Play

DashClock Widget - best android apps




Dropbox - best android appsDropBox


[Price: Free]

When it comes to cloud storage, Dropbox is pretty much the king. It's free to use, the app is just fantastic, and you can earn additional space in a multitude of ways. In many cases (i.e. their recent Space Race competition), the additional cloud storage space earned is permanent most of the time. It's even bundled with a number of devices like the HTC One and the Galaxy Note 3. It's a great app that serves a great purpose.

Get it on Google Play

Dropbox best android apps




ES File Explorer best android appsES File Explorer


[Price: Free]

File management isn't something most Android users think about until it's something they have to do. Thus, it is always a good idea to keep a good file manager around in case of emergencies. That means apps like ES File Explorer have a home on a best Android apps list. It has practically every feature you need in a file explorer from root permissions to built-in archive functions. Also, it's free and free is great.

Get it on Google Play

ES File Explorer best android apps




evernote best android appsEvernote


[Price: Free]

Note taking has become an essential function on Android and Evernote is the pinnacle of note taking on Android. It has a boat load of great features including cloud support and a desktop app. You can use the app for free but there is a premium option too if you want Evernote to do more. It's the most popular note taking app and is rated a 4.7 in the Google Play Store which means even regular users can barely find anything wrong with it.

Get it on Google Play

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Firefox best android appsFirefox Browser


[Price: Free]

Mozilla's Firefox browser is one of the most popular desktop browsers out there. The same can be said for their Android browser offering. It's a solid selection with a lot more features than pretty much every stock browser offering from Android, Samsung, HTC, and others. It's quick on most devices and it works well. It doesn't hurt that it has a name that people trust. An update earlier this year also brought cross-device syncing of things like bookmarks and passwords much like Chrome does and that's a huge deal. It's free, check it out!

Get it on Google Play

Firefox best android apps




Flipboard best android appsFlipboard


[Price: Free]

There are a lot of RSS readers out there. The case can be made that apps like Feedly could be on this list and we agree. However, we felt we could only choose one news reader app and we chose Flipboard. When it comes to absorbing content, Flipboard is simply the best looking reader out there. It has international support, a lot of news sources, and enough customization to make it your news reader.

Get it on Google Play

flipboard best android apps




Google Chrome - best android appsGoogle Chrome


[Price: Free]

Google Chrome is pretty much the new stock Android browser. It comes with the always preferable "developed by Google" label and it is packed with features. You get gesture controls, bookmark syncing, a solid browsing experience, and a lot more. There are a lot of great browsers, but Chrome owns the title of being the best on desktop and it can compete in every area for that title on Android. It also comes pre-loaded on most devices these days so chances are that you already have this app.

Get it on Google Play

Google Chrome best android apps




Google Keep Best android appsGoogle Keep


[Price: Free]

We expressed earlier that note taking is a now essential activity on Android. Evernote is a great app but some people simply don't need that much stuff. If you're into note taking and need something a little more lightweight, Google Keep is there for you. Aside from being colorful, clean, and simple, it also syncs with your Google Drive so you can access it anywhere. It's a great alternative to Evernote and a good app in its own right.

Get it on Google Play

Google Keep best android apps




Google Play Music best android appsGoogle Entertainment Suite (Music, Moves & TV, Games, Books)


[Price: Free]

Okay, so technically Google Play Books, Movies & TV, Games, and Music may all be separate apps but they are all part of a single ecosystem. The Google Play Store has books, games, music, movies, and TV shows and these apps, while separate, are all really just individual interfaces to the whole Play Store. With these apps, you can purchase and access the entire media library that Google has to offer and Google offers an extensive media library. If you're into marrying yourself to the Google ecosystem, these are must have apps. Thankfully most of these do come pre-installed on most devices these days so you won't have to search for them.

Get it on Google Play

Google Play Music best android apps




HD Widgets best android appsHD Widgets


[Price: $1.99]

If you're looking for something that looks great and smooth, HD Widgets is what you want. Much like Beautiful Widgets, this app works to give you a variety of different widgets including clock, weather, combo, toggles, and more. They run in sizes suitable for phones and tablets. They can be customized to suit practically any theme and there are two add ons (Colourform and Kairo) that gives even more customization options. They're a great way to compliment your home screen.

Get it on Google Play

HD Widgets best android apps




Helium best android appsHelium


[Price: Free / $4.99]

Backing up your device is always important. In fact, backing up any computing device is important, so it's only natural an app that backs things up be included in a list like this. We chose Koushik Dutta's Helium app. It backs up your apps, app data, and more to either your phone or your computer (your choice). The best part about this software is you don't need root to use it. It's one of the few options non-rooted people have when it comes to backing up apps.

Get it on Google Play

Helium best android apps




IFTTT best android apps increase productivityIFTTT


[Price: Free]

IFTTT is a unique application that allows you to control what you device does by linking actions within applications together. For instance you can favorite an image on Instagram and then set it up in IFTTT for you to save that image to your Google Drive. Once you create the "recipe" (as they're called) to do that, your device will save any image you favorite on Instagram to Google Drive. There are a metric ton of uses for this app and it's limited only by your creativity and imagination. You can also find helpful recipes by doing a quick Google search to help give you ideas for good ones for you.

Get it on Google Play

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lastpass best android appsLastPass


[Price: $12 per year or $1 per month subscription]

LastPass is a password manager application that stores all of your passwords and then uses them to log into your apps and websites for you. This is a great way to keep track of all of your stuff so you don't have to remember those passwords yourself. This also allows you to create much more powerful passwords because you don't have to actually remember them. It's free to try for two weeks but after that you'll need a $12/year subscription. It's the best there is in password management and you should have it!

Get it on Google Play

best android apps




Netflix best android appsNetflix


[Price: Free w/subscription]

When it comes to streaming video, one of the name on everyone's list is Netflix. It requires a $7.99 (soon to be $8.99) per month subscription and offers thousands of titles that you can stream right to your device (and a number of other devices). It's compatible with practically every facet of the Android experience including Chromecast, tablets, phones, and Android TV. It's easy to use and one of the best out there if it's available in your country.

Get it on Google Play

Netflix best android apps




Nova Launcher best android appsNova Launcher


[Price: Free / $4.00]

Nova Launcher is the "go-to" replacement launcher for people looking to get away from the stock offerings. It's touted far and wide as one of the best and it has a large set of features and add-ons including theme support and a boat load of other customization options. It even has the "Okay, Google" hotword available on your home screen like you get with the Nexus 5. If you don't like your stock launcher, this is a must have app to fix the problem.

Get it on Google Play

Nova Launcher best android apps




pandora best android appsPandora


[Price: Free / $4.00/year]

If you like streaming music for free and don't mind a few advertisements every now and then, Pandora is probably the best app out there. It's one of the few legitimately legal ways to get free music with nothing more than radio-style advertisements getting in the way. It's used by millions around the world and it not only lets you listen to music to like but helps you discover new music that sounds like the music you like. You can get the premium service which removes many of the restrictions and the advertisements as well.

Get it on Google Play

Pandora best android apps




pocket casts best android appsPocket Casts


[Price: $3.99]

If you're into podcasts, Pocket Casts is simply the best out there. You can use it to view audio or video podcasts, sync between your devices, switch between the dark and light theme, and enjoy its simple to use interface. You can even configure it to automatically download podcasts over WiFi or mobile data so your podcast is downloaded and ready to go when you need it. It's light, fast, clean, and it does the job.

Get it on Google Play

pocket casts best android apps




Poweramp best android appsPoweramp Music Player


[Price: $3.99]

There are a metric ton of music players out there. Some are free, some are paid, and many come with a bunch of unique features. However, when it comes to solid performance and great features, Poweramp is about as good as it gets. It comes with a slick interface, fast library scanning, and even a built-in, 10-band EQ. You can get a 15-day free trial to check it out, but the app will set you back a few bucks. If you need a flawless music experience for your local content, this is about as far as you need to go.

Get it on Google Play

Poweramp best android apps




Realcalc best android appsRealCalc


[Price: Free / $3.49]

Every Android device comes with a calculator and in most cases the basic functions are good enough to get by. However, for high school and college students as well as professionals who need to use more complicated math, they need something more. RealCalc is a fully functional scientific calculator. One may not expect a scientific calculator making a list like this, but there are millions of students and professionals who do need one. You can pick up the free or paid variant. It looks good and it works well.

Get it on Google Play

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Sleep As Android best android appsSleep As Android


[Price: Free / $2.99]

There are a lot of great alarm clock apps for Android. When you get right down to it, though, it's the same functionality wrapped in different interfaces. All except one anyway and that's Sleep As Android. This app actually analyses your sleep patterns to help you get a better night's rest. Here's how it works, you put the phone in your bed with you and it uses the accelerometer to measure how much and when you move. It's really something different and unique. If you need a better alarm app, check it out.

Get it on Google Play

Sleep As Android best android apps




Best Android appsSpotify


[Price: Free / $10/month subscription]

Spotify is one of the best music streaming services available period. In a recent move, they made the service free to use on mobile which means you can get the same experience on mobile that you do on the desktop. If you don't mind the ads, you can find tens of millions of songs that you love, create playlists, share playlists with friends, and just enjoy your tunes. It's one of the few music streaming options that allows for on-demand play and the subscription service is reasonable if you want to go all out with no ads.

Get it on Google Play

spotify best android apps




Swiftkey best android appsSwiftkey


[Price: Free with in app purchases]

Third party keyboards are everywhere and that makes it easy to find the features you need. However, when it comes to the go-to keyboard that everyone recommends, the winner is Swiftkey. It recently went free with a number of themes that you can purchase for an additional charge. With it being free there is no reason not to dub this the winner of the third party keyboards. Some people like others better but generally speaking most people who don't use the stock keyboards use SwiftKey.

Get it on Google Play

swiftkey best android apps




Tasker best android appsTasker


[Price: $2.99]

If you like to tinker and play with your phone or you want it to do exactly what you want, then you want Tasker. This app can be difficult to use for beginners but once you get the hang of what's going on, it's a truly powerful app. You can make your phone do pretty much whatever you want it to do when you want it. A bonus is many NFC tag apps have Tasker plugins so you can even use this app to program your NFC tags beyond what you normally could before.

Get it on Google Play

Tasker best android apps




TeslaLED best android appsTeslaLED Flashlight


[Price: Free]

Turning your LED flash into a flashlight is another one of those functions you won't know you need until you actually need it. Many custom ROMs like CyanogenMod (Torch) and OEMs (Samsung's Assistive Lighting) have flashlights built in but not everyone has it. For those who don't, TeslaLED is one of the best out there. It has a number of widget options and it's done by the same people who do Nova Launcher.

Get it on Google Play

teslaled best android apps




zedge best android appsZedge


[Price: Free]

Last on our list is Zedge. Zedge is one of the best apps available that can give you both wallpapers and ringtones. It has a huge selection of free ringtones and wallpapers for you to choose from. It's just a matter of finding the ones you like. It's free, everything in it is free, and it's one of those highly rated apps a lot of people have but no one seems to talk about very often.

Get it on Google Play

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Wrap-Up


Even with a list of 25 apps, it's impossible to cover all the best Android apps out there. People have so many different preferences and usage habits that there are potentially thousands of amazing apps that we simply didn't have the space to add here. So by all means, if there's a great Android app you think people should know about, let everyone know in the comments.




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T-Mobile to get 8-inch LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 10:55 AM PDT

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T-Mobile has announced that they will be joining the ranks of carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 to their customers. The LTE enabled version of the tablet can be added to a T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan for no additional cost. T-Mobile will give customers an additional 1.2GB of data per month through the end of 2014, but that will drop back to only 200MB free per month after that for the life of the tablet.


T-Mobile will start accepting online orders on July 16th and retail locations will start selling the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 on July 23rd. The device will be priced at $16 per month for 24 months, or $384. This announcement comes about one week after Verizon announced the device would be coming to their network. Hit the break to read the full press release.



Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 Coming Soon to T-Mobile's Data Strong Network

The affordable Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 and America's fastest nationwide 4G LTE network — a multimedia match made in heaven


July 02, 2014 09:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) today announced preregistration is open for the Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0, an affordable new family-friendly tablet, which – through the Un-carrier's Tablet Freedom program – can be added to your existing Simple Choice Plan at no additional cost with nearly 1.2 GB of free LTE data every month through the end of 2014 and 200MB of free data per month beyond that for the life of your tablet. The Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 will be available to order at www.t-mobile.com beginning July 16th and will be available for purchase in participating T-Mobile stores nationwide starting July 23rd.


"The Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 is perfect for the family who needs a tablet for all their multimedia use – priced so you won't break the bank in the process"


"The Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 is perfect for the family who needs a tablet for all their multimedia use – priced so you won't break the bank in the process," said Jason Young, Senior Vice-President of Marketing for T-Mobile. "And only the Un-carrier offers true Tablet Freedom, so you'll get free LTE data every month for the life of your tablet."


The Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 is designed for multimedia use by multi-tasking families that stream movies, music and TV shows, and who take and share loads of photos—and is also a perfect match for T-Mobile's Data Strong network. And at $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $16, the sleek new tablet is an affordable choice for customers looking to get the most value and utility out of their new family tablet.


The tablet's Multi-User Mode and Kids Mode allow everyone in the family to have a personalized tablet experience, while Multi Window™ allows for easy multi-tasking for families on the go. Running on the latest Android Kit Kat operating system, the Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 also features a brilliant display with 3-megapixel camera and 1.3 -megapixel front camera. The 1.5GB memory and 4450mAh battery provide seamless multimedia use for video play and internet consumption.


The Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 is the latest addition to T-Mobile's expanded tablet lineup – now including a range of Samsung devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition – offering customers a range of tablets for every need and every price point.


About the Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0


Something for everyone. Designed with the whole family in mind, the Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0 offers virtually endless entertainment options. The new Multi-User Mode, brilliant display and lightweight design make this tablet easy to use and difficult to put down.

Always entertaining. Watch your movies come to life and take your games to the next level on the 8-inch display. You can also browse online, read a book and easily stream videos to your TV to share with the whole family.

Family friendly. Now everyone in the family can have a personalized tablet experience with their own music, games, apps, photos and more. It's the best way to keep everything organized and make sure your personal selections are available at the touch of a finger.

Better by design. A lightweight build with a fresh design adds a touch of elegance to the Galaxy Tab® 4 8.0, while making it easy to hold and comfortable. Plus, Multi Window™ makes it even easier to operate.

Device Pricing for well-qualified customers. Down payment + 24/mo payments req'd. If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on phone becomes due. Total: $384.00 0% APR O.A.C..


Limited time offer. Taxes & fees addit'l; total device tax due at sale. 200 MB free data avail. every 30 days for as long as you own and use registered device with T-Mobile. No roaming. Qualifying mobile Internet & voice plan req'd for free 1GB of data. See T-Mobile.com for specific offer and service details


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Google’s DevArt exhibition starts tomorrow with unique code-based pieces

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 10:55 AM PDT

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Tomorrow, some very unique pieces of art will be put on display in London. Google's DevArt exhibition showcases art that was entirely designed using code. At the start of the year, Google opened up applications and now it is ready to put on display what people have completed.


One of the more interesting pieces is from Zach Lieberman. He has designed a digital piano that utilizes live radio feeds from across the world for notes. Cloud servers grab sounds similar to the musical note and return to be played on a 360-degree speaker. This is so that the sound resembles the area where it is coming from relative to where the user is standing.


There are a ton of cool pieces, so be sure to check out the source link.


Source: Google DevArt

Via: Engadget




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Top app, device and accessory sales for July 2, 2014

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 10:55 AM PDT






The best part about today being Wednesday is that we're that much farther from Monday, and that much closer to the end of the week — which for those of us in the U.S. comes a day earlier than usual. Happy birthday, 'murica. Here are today's top deals:





















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The Wolf Among Us comes to Android through Amazon Appstore

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 10:41 AM PDT






The Wolf Among Us is bringing its particularly gritty point-and-click gaming to Android by way of the Amazon Appstore today. It's made by Telltale, the same folks behind The Walking Dead series of games, which are also excellent. The Wolf Among Us puts players in control of Bigby, a sheriff with a temper problem who also happens to be a wolf.





















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Pressy review: The little 3.5mm plug that could

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 10:41 AM PDT






The surprisingly handy accessory opens up a new world of hardware actions


Many of us with Android devices have tasks we would like to accomplish without looking at our screens, but which may not have a dedicated or customizable hardware button (and some devices don't have any hardware buttons at all). Many of us also have headphone jacks on our devices we rarely (if ever) use, particularly given the vast number of Bluetooth audio solutions. If you're in both categories, Pressy, a new Android-only accessory originally funded through Kickstarter and now shipping (first to backers and pre-orders), may be exactly what you're looking for.





















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Samsung Scandinavia leaks some tablet information

Posted: 02 Jul 2014 10:19 AM PDT

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It is not much, but the Samsung Scandinavia site has leaked some information indicating they may be getting ready to start selling a couple new tablet devices. What is unclear is whether these are new models or just models already available elsewhere and they are just getting new model numbers for the Scandinavian market.


The two pages that Samsung Scandinavia posted are placeholders for device information. They do not reveal anything about the devices themselves except for the model numbers. Those are SM-T360 and SM-T365. This appears to put the devices in the Galaxy Tab 4 line. Current 8-inch versions of the device carry SM-T33x model numbers while the 10.1-inch version gets SM-T53x numbers.


Some sources are speculating the change in the second digit could signal a slightly larger version than 8-inches. Considering the first digit stays the same, it seems likely these may still be 8-inch variants.


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source: SammyToday




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