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Yahoo scoops up mobile analytics firm Flurry to strengthen their mobile products

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 02:56 PM PDT

Yahoo has been on a mission to strengthen their mobile products for a while now and to push that envelope even further, the company has now announced they'll be acquiring mobile analytics firm Flurry after having reached a definitive agreement. Flurry, was started in 2008 and today has reached over 170,000 developers across 1.4 billion devices monthly with their services being offered to pretty much every mobile operating system out there one way or another.

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Samsung answers 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rumors with the 5.2-inch Galaxy S5, but does bigger always mean better? [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 02:50 PM PDT

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 6 commercial

We can't pinpoint a specific phone launch or event, but we know at some point during the last few years, the tables quickly turned on Apple. No longer was Jobs and Co. leading the pack when it came to smartphone hardware and software, but instead, they were playing catch up with Android and her many manufacturing partners.

Take a quick look at current high-end Android devices and you're sure to find smartphones with better multitasking, huge batteries and full HD 1080p displays — all key areas where the iPhone can still be found lacking. We know this. We're sure many of your friends or family know this. It's no secret. Apple's strategy is the long term, and in order to keep consumers crawling back for more they purposely hold back many hardware features in order to introduce them in later models, piece by piece.

For those that haven't been keeping up with Apple news as of late, the manufacturer is gearing up for yet another "major" hardware redesign in the upcoming iPhone 6. It wasn't too long ago Apple was prosecuting leakers, but it seems current management is much more lenient. As a result there have so many leaks of the upcoming iPhone 6, we now have a pretty darn good idea of what to expect. So what is the single feature that will blow everyone's minds come this September? Just like with the iPhone 5, Apple fans can finally look forward what else, but a larger display.

Enter Samsung who is now capitalizing on current iPhone rumors in their latest ad spot. In order to keep consumers from once again waiting for the next big thing, they need to convince people not only is it not that great, but it's already here. The commercial depicts a situation almost eerily similar to one I've experienced myself. On one side you have an iPhone user excited about rumors of the iPhone 6 (finally) having a larger display.

In typical Samsung fashion, his friend dickfully reminds him the next big thing is already here, showing him the gargantuan display of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Like in Samsung's previous ad spots, the ad once again attempts to drive home the point that iPhone fans are silly/ignorant/dumb and if only they'd allowed them, Samsung would gladly free them from playing catch up the rest of their lives under Apple's reign. But are we comparing apples to oranges?

Look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X to find Android users have been enjoying larger devices with 4.7-inch displays since early 2012, at time when the iPhone 4s and its 3.5-inch display was still dominating the market. Android has long remained ahead of Apple when it came to giving consumers what they wanted: bigger display sizes. This much is true. But bigger doesn't necessarily mean better.

Some of you may remember a study from a few years back that showed that for many consumers, a 4.5-inch display was ideal screen size. For us, we're hoping Apple's choice to make the incremental jump to 4.7-inches for the iPhone 6 means a resurgence of similar sized devices from Android OEMs, a market largely untapped by current manufacturers. You can't throw a Chevy Suburban at a Porsche and claim that it's better. For some, a smaller screen size is is what affects their next smartphone purchase — why not face Apple on even ground?

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Facebook rolling out “save” feature for bookmarking News Feed content

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 02:46 PM PDT


Facebook is rolling out a new "save" feature that is designed to make using the social network a bit easier. In short, the new feature for desktop, Android and iOS allows you to save links to content that you encounter within your feed.

Technically all of this was already possible by sharing Facebook with services like Pocket, but it's still a welcome change and some users will appreciate a built-in option without having to utilize a third-party. As for the kind of content you can save? Honestly, just about anything shared by your friends such as music, movies, places, web links and plain old news.

Once saved, the items will automatically be categorized and you'll be able to read them at your earliest convenience. You'll also have the option of sharing or archiving items added to the Save feature. In case you forget you saved content to read later, Facebook will also give you occasional reminders about unread posts sitting in your saved section.

The new feature will go live to most users within the next few days, and you'll be able to find it in the "more" section from within the mobile app. What do you think, a useful addition or an unnecessary one?

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Views update brings comments and +1s to photo sphere shares on Google Maps

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 02:43 PM PDT

Google announced that it updated the views inside Google Maps to make it more interactive for viewers who love to see photo spheres. Now, with the update, you can add your +1 and comments to a photo sphere to let the photographer know how much you appreciate their images.

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Android Wear source code uploaded to AOSP

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 02:43 PM PDT

In a message posted on the Android Building Google Group, Bill Yi has announced that GPL projects for the software running on both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch have been posted to the appropriate places in the Android source tree. Interested developers can find them under the tag android-4.4w_r1, and we're told that there are very few changes since the KitKat 2.2 maintenance release. As of now, we don't see any specific repos for the Gear Live or the G Watch, but some very important portions (such as /system/core) are available.

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Did HTC leak its own Android Wear smartwatch?

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 02:36 PM PDT

On July 9, HTC posted a promotional video to its YouTube account on design and how it matters to the company. In that video there's a little something that's gone mostly unnoticed by the world: a couple small glimpses at what could very well be an upcoming HTC smartwatch.

Just three days ago now evleaks posted a picture of what is said to be a render of HTC's first Android Wear powered smartwatch. While the picture was an "artist reproduction," it is said to be a "100% faithful reproduction." In the "HTC Design" video posted to HTC's official YouTube account, a smartwatch is shown on a desk and on a monitor in some sort of 3D hardware design program that both look very similar to the reproduction from evleaks.

Earlier this year HTC confirmed it has its eye on the wearables market, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to know the company is hard at work putting something together. Still, if HTC really did show the world its Android Wear powered smartwatch some two weeks ago we can't help but find that interesting.

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Smart Rewards program pays you in promotions for your loyalty to Verizon

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 02:24 PM PDT

Verizon is providing subscribers with incentives for being loyal through a new Smart Rewards program. Described as a rewards program where customers gain "points...for their everyday activities and interactions with Verizon Wireless," the Smart Rewards program brings savings, discount offers, and promotions from established brands and local retailers to participants.

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Samsung’s latest ad cashes in on iPhone 6 rumor craze

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 02:19 PM PDT

Samsung is notorious for going after Apple and iOS users in its advertisements, letting the world know it's always one step ahead of the competition. In its latest ad, Samsung isn't even waiting for the iPhone 6 to drop with any new features. Even iPhone rumors aren't safe from Samsung anymore.

"Dude! iPhone might be getting a bigger screen."

"That hasn't happened yet?"

That's all the preface you need to know exactly what your in for with the new advertisement below. Rumors have come and gone time and time again saying that the next iPhone will launch with a larger display. We've seen an inordinate amount of rock-solid leaks pointing towards those rumors finally coming true lately. So Samsung has decided to rain on Apple's parade before it even starts.

The ad is certainly effective in what it's trying to convey. Which is exactly what Samsung has been telling consumers for some time now: The next big thing is here.

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The 27 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces Since Wear Launched

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 01:57 PM PDT

roundup_icon_large Android Wear has only been out for a few weeks, but already developers are trying their hands at designing apps for Google's wearable platform. Since this is a new usage paradigm for Android, it's hard to know what sort of user experiences will catch on and which will fall flat. This is the first installment of what will hopefully become a regular part of our roundups – all the best apps and watch faces for Android Wear.

The 27 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces Since Wear Launched was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Managed intents could be Google's key to the enterprise market

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 01:54 PM PDT

Control over how sensitive files are shared could be big for Google's place in a BYOD world

Earlier we got a little more information about the new enterprise features coming with Android L, courtesy of Samsung's contribution of portions of Knox. As consumers, it's not really the sort of thing we think about, at least not very often. But one of the bullet points really stood out to me, and I think it could be just the thing Google needs to build out their own piece of enterprise market share — managed intents.

Read on to see why I think this is Google's foot in the door of the enterprise.

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Samsung releases official statement regarding deforming back covers on Galaxy Tab S tablets

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 01:51 PM PDT

overheat back

Just a few days ago, we let you know about an overheating problem in Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablets. The overheating was causing a deformation on the rear cover of the device.

Now, Samsung has released an official statement on the problem. Hit the break for the official word.

Apparently, the deformation is only occuring on a limited amount of defective back covers. The statement also says it has nothing to do with the processor or material used for the back cover. (Of course this begs the question, then what the heck is causing the problem?) Check out the official statement below.

Contrary to certain media reports, the slight disfiguration that has formed on the rear surface of the Galaxy Tab S has been attributed to a limited number of defective back covers, which has no relation to the overheating of the application processor or the material used for the back cover. We would like to assure our customers that we have already resolved the issue. We ask affected customers to please contact their nearest Samsung Electronics customer service center.

Source: SamMobile

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Samsung says Galaxy S5 will relieve iPhone owners of 'screen envy'

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 01:27 PM PDT

Samsung is teasing iPhone owners and their small screens by saying, in usual Samsung marketing lingo, that the next big thing is already here. Highlighting the 5.1-inch display of the Galaxy S5, Samsung is telling you that iPhone owners don't need to wait for the much rumored iPhone 6 that our friends at iMore are anxiously awaiting to get a better display.

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Gameloft releases Modern Combat 5 trailer, pirates release the full game a little early

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 01:19 PM PDT


Modern Combat 5 will be available on July 24th, and Gameloft released an exciting trailer to wet your appetite. Interestingly enough, the game is already available thanks to underground pirating.

I am not condoning the pirating, but it appears Gameloft released the game a little early to a few people as part of a contest they ran on Facebook. How could you not think something like this would happen? One of the winners started the leak and now 1,000′s of players are enjoying the game a few days before it officially hits Android, iOS, and Windows 8 devices for $6.99

Gameloft Community Manager Florian Weber took to Facebook and said……"As you can imagine, I am really pissed off…Seriously, this is why we can't have nice things." What can he do at this point? He says if he finds specific people torrenting the game, he will instantly ban them from the game.

Assuming you are a good citizen and can wait a few days for the official release, check out the trailer below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: Polygon

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BBC Sports Android app adds Chromecast support and more

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 12:43 PM PDT

The BBC Sports app for Android has been updated today with a few new features, most notably a way for the app to connect to a Chromecast HDMI dongle for the first time so that live and on-demand video from the app can be streamed from a smartphone or tablet to a big screen television.

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Android 4.4.4 update now available for Moto G on Verizon

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 12:11 PM PDT

Android 4.4.4 is now available for the Motorola Moto G on Verizon. It comes as part of a larger software update for the Verizon Moto G, which brings the device's software to version 210.12.41. Motorola devices began receiving Android 4.4.4 earlier this month.

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Facebook's new save feature lets you get to that quiz later

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 12:11 PM PDT

Facebook will soon let you save your favorite things from Facebook. Not a local save, mind you, more of a Pocket for Facebook, and only in Facebook. With the save feature a tap or two will let you save a link, place, or bit of linked media (movie, TV show, or music) for later reference. Those hilarious (or incriminating) status updates and photos? You still can't save those — you'll still have to resort to a screenshot for that.

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Security analyst builds device that takes control of your Chromecast, endlessly Rickrolls you

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 12:06 PM PDT

It looks like a very common exploit was found within the Chromecast that can be used to take over the stream, displaying anything the person wants. It's actually pretty funny, as long as it isn't happening to you. Security analyst Dan Petro built the device and has called it the Rickmote.

This device, based on a Raspberry Pi, send a "deauth" command that kicks the Chromecast off of your network and into setup mode. Then it connects the Chromecast to its own WiFi network and streams the selected media, in this case a Rick Roll on repeat. And you can't do anything about it, as it's no longer on your WiFi.

It may be an exploit, but it's an exploit Google is unlikely to fix. The easy setup process is part of what makes the Chromecast so appealing to people, and adding complicated security measures would degrade the user experience. Google could add a passcode-type security measure, like a Bluetooth PIN, but we'll have to see if that will happen. Until then, fear the Rickroll.

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Monday Need-To-Know: Galaxy Gear owners in the U.S. can now trade Android for Tizen

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 11:54 AM PDT

Galaxy-Gear-Tizen Today Samsung announced that owners of the original Galaxy Gear situated in the United States now have the option to upgrade their device's operating system from Android to Tizen via the Kies desktop upgrade assistant. This announcement comes just two months after residents in Europe received the resources to upgrade their units. There are many

The post Monday Need-To-Know: Galaxy Gear owners in the U.S. can now trade Android for Tizen appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Gameloft's Modern Combat 5 Cracked And Released Early By Contest Winners: 'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things'

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 11:51 AM PDT

mc5 If you've played Gameloft's Modern Combat 5, then statistically speaking, you're almost certainly a pirate. That's because the game hasn't been released yet, and the only ones who have access to the final version are a few people who won a Gameloft contest. At least that's how it's supposed to be - one of the winners passed the game along to some pirates (or just did it themselves), who promptly cracked it and made it available for illegal download.

Gameloft's Modern Combat 5 Cracked And Released Early By Contest Winners: 'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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HTC One E8 versus M8: What's the difference?

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 11:10 AM PDT

The HTC One E8 is upon us, and we've got our hands on the lighter, polycarbonate version of HTC's flagship targeted at Russia, India and parts of Asia. As we've pointed out in our coverage so far, the E8 is essentially the internals of the HTC One M8 in a plastic case with a different camera. But beyond that there are actually quite a few smaller differences to get to grips with. For instance, only one has an IR blaster, and there are some LED flash differences too.

Check the table below for the full E8 vs M8 breakdown.

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Verizon HTC One Remix said to launch this Friday July 24th

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 11:06 AM PDT

htc one remix evleaks

HTC unveiled the HTC One Mini 2 way back in May, but we've been waiting for word on exactly what the Taiwanese manufacturer had in store for the device here in the states. With HTC and Verizon getting all buddy-buddy for the launch of the M8, it only makes sense they'll do it again for the One Mini 2.

As revealed by @evleaks ,it appears the HTC One Mini 2/ HTC One Remix is scheduled to launch this Friday, July 24th on Verizon, only a few short days time. The phone has been the subject of almost countless leaks these past few months, discovered in a recent FCC filing and even Verizon Wireless' own YouTube channel after the carrier inadvertently posted the phone a bit early on their account showing a 4.5-inch display and "cutting edge features. Guess it's no surprise then to hear a release was only around the corner.

Word on the street is this device might throw in an extra GB of RAM for good measure (the price of Verizon branding on its face?), giving fans of smaller smartphones even more reason to rejoice. Well, those on Verizon anyway.

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Samsung struggling with relative success, eyes Samsung Note 4 for help

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 11:04 AM PDT


When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S 5 earlier this year, it was generally praised as a solid smartphone and reports indicate it sold 5 million units in May. However, all things are relative and those initial sales lagged behind Apple iPhone sales and the pace that Samsung set with their Galaxy S 4. This appears to have contributed to some disappointing financial results and has left the company in the unusual position of needing a big hit with their next device to turn things around.

Industry watchers point to two factors that may have impacted the relative lack of success for the Galaxy S 5. First, the phone seemed to lack major innovations or changes that much of the market was hoping for like a metal chassis. Second, other competitors stepped up their game to compete and judging by reactions, both HTC and LG succeeded in those efforts.

To counteract these challenges, Samsung is reportedly looking to the forthcoming Galaxy Note 4 to help change the trajectory. New reports indicate Samsung once again has a metal chassis on the table for a flagship device. Supposedly the company is considering materials like stainless steel, aluminum and magnesium, although it is unclear whether these materials may be limited to a "prime" version of the device.

Sources also say Samsung is looking at implementing optical image stabilization for the camera. The camera itself will reportedly be a 16MP unit. Finally, Samsung is said to be working on adopting a flexible display, likely in some other manner than they did for the Galaxy Round. Reports indicate Samsung has increased capacity by 50% to meet the expected demand for a flexible display.

Some may notice that a couple of these "innovations" really just reflect features present in prime phones from other manufacturers.

Do you think these changes will be seen as truly innovative and help get Samsung back on track with smartphones?

source: ETNews

via: G for Games

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T-Mobile is testing a phablet from ZTE

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 11:04 AM PDT


About a week ago, we heard that a new device from ZTE, called the Olympia, could be headed to T-Mobile soon. Now today we are hearing that T-Mobile is testing a ZTE phablet. Is it the same phone? We don't know, but it seems likely.

Unfortunately we don't know too much more. The picture above doesn't reveal too much other than it looks like it's running stock Android. ZTE announced over the weekend that they would be adopting the Google Now Launcher on future devices, and this one could be among the first ones.

We will keep you posted.

source: evleaks

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Samsung says that overheating not to blame for warped Galaxy Tab S back covers

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 10:54 AM PDT

A number of Samsung Galaxy Tab S users have been reporting that the backs of their devices were becoming deformed, which is apparently due to defective back covers. While it was initially speculated that the deformation was the result of overheating, this appears now that this is not case. Samsung has apparently already solved the problem, which affected a limited number of devices. A Samsung spokesperson had this to say:

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Yahoo Mail review

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 10:54 AM PDT

This week we're going to be taking a deep dive into some of Yahoo's Android apps. Sure, Google trounced them in search in the early days, but Yahoo has managed to stick through it with a couple of bruises.

As it turns out, Yahoo has some pretty great apps. First and foremost, Yahoo Mail delivers some extremely sharp visuals thanks in no small part to the strong theme support. While looking through the inbox and other e-mail views, the background is blurred out, but as soon as you pop into a menu, you get a striking wallpaper and assigns a complementary highlight color through the rest of the interface. A similar set-up is available on the web, but unfortunately the two don't sync. Besides that, the icon set is flat and minimal, just the way we like it, and transition animations are smooth.

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