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Friday Pro Tip: Android can actually slow down speech during calls

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 01:41 PM PDT

Android HQ Do you sometimes struggle to hear and understand people on the other end of the phone because they're speaking too fast? Well, if so, you may be interested in todays Pro Tip as it illustrates how to use your Android device as an accessibility tool to slow down the speech of the other calling party.

The post Friday Pro Tip: Android can actually slow down speech during calls appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Some Users Are Experiencing A Complete Loss Of Gmail Sync On Android, Google Is Aware And Is Actively Looking Into It

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 01:27 PM PDT

Gmail-Thumb A particularly aggravating issue happens to be plaguing a number of Gmail users on Android as of late. Affected people report a complete loss of the ability to sync their accounts, both manually and automatically. The cause is still unknown, but users report experiencing it following the 4.8 update. Yet clearing updates and returning back to a previous version doesn't fix the problem, suggesting some other source is to blame.

Some Users Are Experiencing A Complete Loss Of Gmail Sync On Android, Google Is Aware And Is Actively Looking Into It was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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GO Weather 5 released to Play Store with special offer to get Premium version free

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 01:05 PM PDT


If the weather apps that were recently reviewed by TalkAndroid did not strike the right chord with you, a new version of GO Weather may be just what you are looking for. The makers of the popular GO Launcher have released an updated version of their standalone weather app, GO Weather, taking it up to version 5.0. The new version comes with a redesigned user interface to improve the user experience.

The app promises the usual assortment of weather related functions like radar maps, satellite images, weather reports, and a variety of widgets. Being from GO Launcher EX, it should be no surprise the app is theme-able with over 1,000 already available. The update adds a new, "gravity sensor" dynamic background, a Weather sidebar, a new font, and some fixes from the previous version.

To celebrate the launch of the new version, users can get the Premium version for free from July 4th – 6th. The Premium version removes ads, includes a probability of precipitation forecast, 24-hour and 10-day detailed forecasts, and special widget themes only available for the Premium version. To take advantage of the special deal, grab the free version using the download links below. Then open the app, head to the Sidebar Menu -> Settings -> About GO Weather EX -> Enter Code, using either appsales or appszoom for the code.

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4th Of July App And Game Sales: Sine Mora, ROM Toolbox Pro, Peek, And More

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 11:20 AM PDT

thumbnail It's been 200-some-odd years since the colonies rage quit the British empire, and what better way to celebrate than with some cheap apps and games? There's nothing particularly patriotic about these selections, but it's capitalism at its finest. And isn't that the most American thing of all?



Fireworks Deluxe Full – $0.99 from $1.49

RepetiTouch Pro – $0.99 from $5.49

gps4cam – $0.99 from $2.99

Jimi Guitar – $1.99 from $3.99

GeoTask – Free from $1.99 (use code 'appoftheday')

One Fish Two Fish - Dr.

4th Of July App And Game Sales: Sine Mora, ROM Toolbox Pro, Peek, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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SoulCraft II: League of Angels fantasy action-RPG released first on Android

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 10:44 AM PDT

Germany-based developer MobileBits has released SoulCraft II: League of Angels, a sequel to their popular mobile fantasy action-RPG, and the Android version is the first one out of the gate.

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[New Game] SoulCraft 2 Is An Action RPG With Wings

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 10:36 AM PDT

e SoulCraft 2, as the name implies, is the sequel to the popular original SoulCraft. These are pretty standard action RPGs, but instead of wizards and orcs, there are angels and demons. Well, there are also in-app purchases, which are the real demons.

If you've ever played a hack and slash RPG, that's the experience you get in SoulCraft 2. Just slap some wings on the conventional RPG classes and you'll get the idea.

[New Game] SoulCraft 2 Is An Action RPG With Wings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Video: buying the OnePlus One (invite giveaway soon!)

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 10:21 AM PDT

The launch of the OnePlus One was far from perfect, but no amount of PR blunders and delays can change the fact that the OnePlus One is an amazing phone. If it weren't for that pesky invite requirement…

But what happens when you do get an invitation? Josh wanted to give you a quick walk through the process of claiming an invite and ordering the phone, as well as some thoughts on what's coming next for OnePlus and our coverage of the device.

And yes, we'll soon be able to give a few OnePlus One invitations away, so stay tuned next week on Android Authority.

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Android L preview: Battery and power management

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 10:11 AM PDT

The next version of Android introduces battery-saving features for developers and users alike

You can never have enough battery power. Battery life is one of the main areas of smartphone performance in which there's still a huge amount of room for improvement. Batteries in the leading Android phones are getting bigger all the time, and that's one way to make things better. But the Android L developer preview also brings software improvements aimed to boost longevity, including new battery stats and a battery-saving mode for users, and tools to help developers make more battery-friendly apps.

Let's take a closer look.

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OnePlus One confirmed to get Android L update

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 10:09 AM PDT

The list of devices that will receive Android L grows!

OnePlus confirmed today that the OnePlus One will receive an update to Android L. The company didn't say much about what will be included in the update, but it did promise that Android L will be pushed to the One "within three months" of the final build's release.

The OnePlus One is a a fairly new flagship smartphone, so it's not a shock to learn that it'll be upgraded to the next major version of Android. It's always good to get confirmation straight from the horse's OEM's mouth, though. And while the OnePlus One may still be somewhat difficult to come by, those of you that are waiting to purchase one can at least rest easy knowing that once you finally get a unit, you'll be able to move to Android L.

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Deal: Tylt battery packs and battery cases are 50% off

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 08:03 AM PDT

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This summer, don't let battery life anxiety ruin your holiday. Power packs are one solution, and the web is full of options, though few are as nicely designed as Tylt's.

If you were mulling buying a Tylt battery pack or battery case, now may be the right time to do it. Until July 9, the company is taking 50 percent off the price of select portable power products if you use the promo code "fireworks".

Here are the products that you can get on the cheap (er) by applying the promo code at checkout:

  • ENERGI Power Case for Galaxy S III

  • ENERGI Sliding Power Case for Galaxy S 4

  • ENERGI Power Case for iPhone 5/5s

  • ENERGI Sliding Power Case for iPhone 5/5s

  • ZUMO Portable Battery Pack

  • POWERPLANT Portable Battery Pack

  • ENERGI Battery Pack

  • ENERGI Travel Charger w/ Built-in Battery

Happy shopping!

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

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 08:03 AM PDT

It has been a couple of weeks but we are still seeing a lot of new stuff coming from Google I/O. This week we talk about a dedicated Android Wear section that opened up in the Google Play Store. While they were at it, Google also bought Songza for about $15 million. Update Wednesday also happened and Google brought new UI to Google Docs and Google Slides while YouTube can now stream content from Google Play TV and Movies. Finally, Microsoft Office is asking for beta testers to try out the tablet version of Microsoft Office on Android which means eventually that will be a thing that exists. Here are five Android apps you shouldn't miss this week!

Android Wear Android appsAndroid Wear

[Price: Free]

The official Android Wear application was released this last week and if you have a smartwatch that runs the OS then you should probably have this app too. It doesn't do much but it does help the integration of your Android device and your Android Wear device and that includes voice preferences, notification settings, and configuration.

Get it on Google Play

Android Wear Android apps

Eliss Infinity Android appsEliss Infinity

[Price: $2.99]

Eliss Infinity was released this last week and it won an award for being the most innovative game. We're not sure who gave out the award but so far the game has rave reviews and people seem to enjoy playing it. The concept is simple, you use your fingers to control various planets and you can do what you want as long as other colors don't touch. It's a little too minimal for my tastes but I know a lot of people like that.

Get it on Google Play

Android L Keyboard Android appsAndroid L Keyboard

[Price: Free]

Next up is the Android L Keyboard that was released to the Google Play Store by an XDA member earlier this week. The ratings are pretty good and it seems to be usable by people who aren't on the developer preview. It's also free so if you want to have Android's latest keyboard, this is what you're looking for.

Get it on Google Play

Heads Up Android AppsHeads Up!

[Price: $0.99]

Heads Up is an application that allows you to have the Android L style pop-up notifications without actually having Android L. There are a few bugs that are still being worked out but the in general the app seems to be well received. It's a buck in the Google Play Store and if you've been wanting the Android L style notifications, this is a good way to go until Android L comes out.

Get it on Google Play

Android apps Eat24Eat24

[Price: Free]

Eat24 is an awesome application that lets you order food for pickup or delivery. It's also been updated with the ability to order things using your Android Wear smartwatch and that was demo'd at Google I/O. Even if you don't have Android Wear it's a really fun application to see what's in your area and the folks at Eat24 are generally kcool and fun. Check out their app. It's free.

Get it on Google Play

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Pebble's place in an Android Wear world

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 07:28 AM PDT

Does a monochrome, non-Android smartwatch even have a chance anymore? We argue that Pebble indeed does.

Android Wear is the new hotness. Of that there is no doubt. Mini smartphones on our wrists, basically, running fully baked versions of Android, with a specialized user interface better suited for wearables. This is the future.

But it wasn't that long ago that we were singing the praises of Pebble, the Kickstarter darling that raised $10 million, survived the long road to release and was actually one of the larger stories at CES this past January with the release of Pebble Steel, its metal second-generation watch that gave the smartwatch a much more sophisticated look.

But we all know how quickly the seas can change in the tech industry, and today the winds blow for Android Wear.

So is there still a place for Pebble in the new Android Wear world? We think you can make a strong case for it.

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Cut the Rope FULL FREE 2.4.2 APK

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 06:44 AM PDT

Cut the Rope Full Free android game update with various bug fixes and improvements. Great game that has been continuously updated with new packs. Cut the Rope is one of the best puzzle games ever made for android. The game itself is clever, simple, detailed game perfect for time wasting.

Great for playing casually. Cut the rope is one of the most fascinating, brilliant creations of time. This game is a great way to pass the time on the bus and sort of flex those brain muscles a little. Impressive how a simple game with a great but simple design can be so funny, nice and sometimes challenging. This game is just excellent in every way. Very addictive and never really got bored of it. It is excellent to have on your phone to play from time to time. The difficulty level also feels about right, with it is not too hard to just make it through the levels, and then challenging but not too difficult to collect the remainder of the stars.

How to play? You have to collect gold stars, discover hidden prizes and unlock exciting new levels in this addictive fun, award-winning, physics-based game! This game is made for somebody that looks for challenges every day. It has very interesting 400 levels, and the graphics are also nice and you get to feed candies to om-nom along with his friends from past and future too. Everyone should play this game at least once. Everyone seeing this review should also try cut the rope 2. It's equally interesting. Nice game overall and recommended for everyone!

Cut Rope Game edition:

Requires Android: 2.3+

Download File: 28MB (Cut the Rope FULL FREE APK)

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Verizon may finally bring LTE data to prepaid plans this month

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 07:13 PM PDT

Verizon has held its stance that only postpaid customers should receive LTE data on its network, but starting this month that may be ready to change. According to a source of Droid-Life, Verizon is set to add LTE data access to its prepaid ALLSET plan on July 17th to better compete with the growing prepaid offerings from other carriers.

Assuming that this comes with no price premium (that's still to be determined), starting this month we could be looking at a base Verizon ALLSET prepaid plan that offers unlimited talk and text with 500MB of LTE data for $45. Verizon also offers month-to-month data buckets at the rate of 500MB for $5, 1GB for $10 and 3GB for $20.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 3, 2014

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 07:06 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!!


How to find Android Wear apps in the Play Store

Android L Developer Preview walkthrough

Android Wear

Runtastic and RunKeeper get Android Wear support

Milestone No. 1: Android Wear gets updated to version KMV78V on Gear Live and G Watch

Here are 27 additional Android Wear apps ready for download


VLC for Android Beta is finally available in the U.S.

Runtastic and RunKeeper get Android Wear support

'OK Google' now works in 9 new languages, dialects, accents

Clear Notification button created for Android L by Koush

Here are 27 additional Android Wear apps ready for download


Sprint to release LG G3 on July 18

T-Mobile to "double down" to refund customers charged for premium SMS

Verizon Prepaid to get 4G LTE on July 17


Want to see a new feature come to Chromecast? Just ask

Google Glass

Rochester Optical to design fashionable lenses, frames for Google Glass


New render of LG G Vista for Verizon shows back of device

Sprint to release LG G3 on July 18

Samsung pokes fun at iPhone owners again with new 'Wall Huggers' commercial

Xperia Z3 Compact screenshot leaked


Don't expect a version of CyangenMod based on the Android L Developer Preview


Moto 360 could be quite expensive compared to other Android Wear devices

Milestone No. 1: Android Wear gets updated to version KMV78V on Gear Live and G Watch

Here are 27 additional Android Wear apps ready for download


OnePlus tablet, HTC Volantis leaks determined to be hoaxes


Check out the most recent market share trends in U.S. smartphone platforms, OEMs and apps

Up, Up and Away: HTC hits earnings estimate for Q2, turns profit

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[Bonus Round] Bounden, Nexionode, Blek, Disney Bola Soccer, And Let It Goat

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 06:34 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 game that gives you an excuse to "dance" with people, a science fiction puzzler, a game made out of squiggles, dots, and lines, Disney's half-hearted soccer cash-in, and a half-hearted Disney spoof.

[Bonus Round] Bounden, Nexionode, Blek, Disney Bola Soccer, And Let It Goat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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LG G Watch starts to ship to eager wrists

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 05:41 PM PDT

Just as promised, Google has begun to ship out the LG G Watch, matching its original promise of a July 3 ship date. Various members in our forums are receiving shipment notices as of today, Thursday, July 3, that Google is beginning to ship out the watch, though no delivery date estimate accompanied the shipment notification.

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Up, Up and Away: HTC hits earnings estimate for Q2, turns profit

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 05:36 PM PDT


Look at that!

HTC delivered a phone worthy of high praises in the HTC One M8, and the hard work paid off.

The OEM looked like it was spiraling downwards just a few months ago, as CEOs said they were looking ahead to a June rebound. And they were right.

HTC's June numbers arrived today to close out Q2, and things are looking up.

Revenue is up over May (but down from April), and the company even turned a profit of $75.5 million (post-tax) this quarter. The quarterly projections were also hit.

While this is good news, the company is going to have many more months like this in order to be on the right track again. The quality of the next flagship and longevity of the One (M8) are going to be extremely important in the next few months for HTC.

Source: HTC

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HTC sends affordable Desire 516 to Europe to tackle Moto G

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 05:29 PM PDT

HTC's more entry level Desire 516 will land in August in Europe to take on Motorola's Moto G and other budget handsets. The phone will be arriving in Austria and Switzerland and will cost around $270 or €199 unlocked and contract-free in either white or grey hues.

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Verizon Prepaid to get 4G LTE on July 17

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 05:21 PM PDT


It looks as though Verizon Prepaid will finally be able take advantage of the carriers 4G LTE network, starting on July 17. This is good news for Verizon users, who may have been frustrated that the company has been lagging behind in prepaid data speeds.

Verizon's ALLSET plan, which includes 500MB of data, will get 4G LTE access and users can add what the company calls BRIDGE DATA to the plan, at 500MB for $5, or 3GB for $20. We are not sure yet whether or not the 4G LTE access will be full or throttled, or if BRIDGE data pricing will change.

Source: Droid-Life

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LG G Watch shipment notifications hitting buyers’ inboxes

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 05:11 PM PDT

Eagerly awaiting the public launch of the first Android Wear hardware? If so, I've got some good news for you, friend.

Our own Brooks ordered an LG G Watch when it hit the Play Store's virtual shelves last week, and today he received an alert that it had left the warehouse and was on its way to him. The LG G Watch's product page says that any new orders will ship in one to two business days.


It's great to see that Google is pushing the first batch of Android Wear hardware out so quickly after Google I/O. After all, no one likes to wait months for new goodies to be released. And with a new Android Wear update and a multitude of Android Wear-friendly apps, the LG G Watch buyers that are receiving these shipping notifications will have plenty to do when their wristwear arrives.

Did any of you order an LG G Watch? If you did, have you gotten a shipping notification?

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Clear Notification button created for Android L by Koush

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 05:06 PM PDT


Android L is now available to Nexus owners to download in beta, however, because of the fact that it's still in beta, it is a little buggy. There are a number of issues with the software in its current form. Luckily Koush has developed a solution to one of those problems.

The new notification system in Android L is nice, but it lacks a way to clear all notifications, and instead users have to clear them one by one. That solution has now been fixed. But not by Google.

Developer Koush has created the fix, an app that adds a Clear Notification button. It looks great, is simple, and works perfectly!

Source: +Koushik Dutta

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Sprint to release LG G3 on July 18

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 04:19 PM PDT


The LG G3 is making its way around the world, and being released in the US is a top priority. Today it was announced that the device would be available from Sprint starting on July 18th, or for pre-order starting in July 11th.

We don't yet know how much the device will cost on Sprint, but we do know that users will be able to get it for a $0 down payment, and $25 monthly payments for two years. Not only that, but if you purchase the G3 between July 11 and July 24, you'll get a $150 cash reward card. Or, if you purchase is between July 24 and August 14, you'll get a $100 reward card.

Source: Sprint

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If these leaked specs from the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact are true, it just might be my next phone

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 04:19 PM PDT

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact specs

Earlier this week we got a sneak peak at what could be the front panels from the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Other than it's large bezels, the images didn't reveal much. And while it seems crazy for some to think that Sony could already be looking to release a Sony Xperia Z2 followup, there was really nothing indicating the phone would launch anytime soon.

Be that as it may, we were definitely intrigued at the idea of a Sony Xperia Z2 with updated hardware, (even if the Z2′s specs are more than adequate at present). Yesterday, XDA developer DooMLoRD tweeted out a screen shot allegedly taken from the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, along with some of the device's specs. Let's just say there may be a market for what Sony's cooking up. Here's what we could be looking at:

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (D580x)

  • 4.5-inch display,

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor / Adreno 330 GPU

  • 2GB RAM

  • 20.7MP rear / 2.1MP front facing cameras

Although the screenshot shows Android 4.4.2, we have no reason to believe the phone could at least ship, or immediately be updated to Android 4.4.4 which recently began rolling out to a number of Xperia Z devices. Although consumers normally have to compromise in areas like performance when looking for a smaller Android device, this Z3 doesn't seem to sacrifice much.

Still up in the air is the battery size or display resolution, but if everything checks out, it's looking like this could be my next phone (providing it ever comes to the US). With the current trend of Android smartphones growing larger and larger every year, personally, I had given up hope that an OEM would ever release a smaller device with flagship specs. C'mon, Sony. Do it for me.

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Want to see a new feature come to Chromecast? Just ask.

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 04:06 PM PDT


Have you ever sat back while using your Chromecast, only to find out that the feature you'd like to have on the device doesn't exist?

Have you ever wanted to tell Google about it?

Well now you can.

Google recently asked what Android apps users would like to see on Chrome OS, and now they're doing the same with the Chromecast, with a new suggestion page.

You can even look at the submitted ideas from others and vote for them. Here are just a few.

"Add streaming from Google Drive"

"Connect to Android TV so you would only need one Android TV per house, meaning multi-room multiplayer, watch different/same thing on two different tvs etc"

"A Chromecast enabled remote. Once playing a video, I hate having to turn my phone's screen on, and find the pause button by looking at it. A simple Bluetooth remote akin to the Roku's remote that worked once a stream is started would be ideal."

Want to submit your own idea? Just click on the link in the source below.

Source: Chromecast Suggestions Page

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