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How to manually make an Auto Awesome in Google+

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 03:40 PM PDT

Auto Awesome photos and videos are somewhat enigmatic to many, due in large part to the usually random way that they're picked and gussied up by Google. There's animated (Motion) Auto Awesomes, there's collage (Mix) Auto Awesomes, and then there are Movie Auto Awesomes. And while they'll show up on any device on their own, only the lucky users on Android can make them on command.

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Poll results: Who is running the Lollipop preview?

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 03:27 PM PDT

Earlier in the week everyone was asked if they were running the Lollipop preview on their phones. We know that availability is very limited, but we also know that Nexus users are over-represented here at AC. I needed to get a feel for just how many of us were excited about what's coming — excited enough to install a potentially broken developer preview. The numbers surprised me a little bit.

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Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 leaks yet again, TouchWiz gets more Material

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 03:27 PM PDT

Earlier this month, we were treated to an 8-minute video of Android Lollipop running on a Galaxy S5 thanks to the folks over at SamMobile. Now it looks as though the publication has gotten its hands on yet another version of Google's newest, and it brings Samsung's TouchWiz further in-line with its Material Design update.

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Nexus 6 from Google Play working with Verizon SIM cards

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 03:21 PM PDT


This year is a little different for consumers seeking a Nexus phone because the Nexus 6 will be widely distributed. Carriers will offer the Nexus 6 with an on-contract price, something that has not been done in three years. The Nexus 6 is already available through Google Play in a version that is not bound to any specific carrier. There was some curiosity to see how the device would fare on certain networks.

It turns out, the Nexus 6 works just fine with a SIM card from…. Verizon. And this is right out of the box, no workarounds necessary. Interestingly, there is some belief that this would allow Google to push software updates straight to the device rather than having to wait on Verizon's approval. Why? Because it is not bound to Verizon.

It remains to be seen whether or not other carrier versions of the Nexus 6 allow for the same kind of SIM-swapping. Taking a Nexus 6 from AT&T and inserting a SIM card from Verizon may not work as we are seeing now.

Via: Android Headlines

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Google’s Copresence leaked, send content directly between nearby Android and iOS devices

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 03:05 PM PDT


There have been hints that Google was working on a new service for transferring data between users in relation to their the individuals' location. Dubbed "Copresence," footprints of the new service have now been discovered hidden inside the latest Google Play Services update.

According to the data, it could allow for both Android and iOS devices to communicate with each other, sending miscellaneous files, pictures or other media via Bluetooth or even over WiFi. A treasure trove of files were not only discovered inside the new Google Play Services apk (complete with introduction images), but also APIs in the Chrome Dev channel. Apparently it may not even require a Google account to login, again, a good indication that it will be cross platform. Of course, this is all opt-in (as revealed by the image file names).

Google Copresence

Typically, when 2 people want to send each other files this is usually done by uploading files to a cloud service like Google Drive — where they're then saved, then having the other person download said media. In an age of privacy, not everyone wants to upload media to the cloud. Using Copresence, users on iOS or Android can send files directly to one another, possibly even communicating in other ways like voice messages. Totally private and secure.

No word on when we can expect Copresence to launch, although with although the XML files and Chrome APIs suggest it could be coming really soon.

[via Techaeris]

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[Bonus Round] Boulder Dash, Tasty Tower, Escape from Montegrande, And Zombie Gunship Arcade

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 02:50 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 retro revival, a sickeningly cute jumping game, an appealing escape title, and a Flappy Bird clone with zombies.

[Bonus Round] Boulder Dash, Tasty Tower, Escape from Montegrande, And Zombie Gunship Arcade was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera tips and tricks

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 02:40 PM PDT

This handful of tips can help you get the most out of your Note 4's camera

Samsung has made strides in improving the quality of its cameras with the Galaxy Note 4, and we want to help you get the most out of it. As the camera quality has been beefed up the software has scaled back some, and while you don't get extreme granular control over your shots you do have a few different buttons to push to make the most of what the Note 4 has.

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Hack and Cast your way to glory in Battleheart Legacy, now available on Google Play

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 02:25 PM PDT

Craving some more fantasy action on your Android device? You can now get your fantasy RPG on in "Battleheart Legacy," released today as a follow up to the very popular "Battleheart." For anyone not familiar with the original, Battleheart Legacy features an immersive fantasy world, engaging real-time combat system, and loads of character customization.

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Motorola DROID Turbo battery life test: nowhere near 2-days, but still pretty great

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 02:21 PM PDT

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We're getting ready to charge up our newly purchased Motorola DROID Turbo for the day, but before we do, we wanted to share some personal battery life stats with you. By now we've all heard Motorola and Verizon's claims of 2-day battery life on the Turbo, one of the reasons we rushed out to buy the phone on day 1. So, just how true are those claims? Well, as to be expected they're a bit overly optimistic, we didn't get anywhere near the 2-day battery life as advertised but what we did get wasn't all that bad either.

After about 21 hours, our battery life was down to around 17% and still kicking. We know. On the surface, that doesn't sound too great considering the DROID Turbo is outfitted with a substantially large 3,900mAh battery but here is another factor to consider: our screen on time was a little over 5 hours.

Motorola DROID Turbo battery life Day 1

Now, we're not big phablet users but coming from a reasonably sized smartphone that is absolutely unheard of in our experience. Typically we only see around 2 hours of screen on time (full brightness) from most of our Android devices with light or normal usage before they die out in the same amount of time. With the DROID Turbo, we were doing quite a lot with it (installing apps, playing video games, streaming YouTube, taking pictures, loading Imgur). It's not extremely heavy usage, but definitely more than we'd do on a "regular" device where battery life is always something you keep in the back of your mind ("Should I watch this YouTube video? Nah, better wait until I plug in just in case").

One more factor to consider is we we had the brightness on nearly full blast the entire time we were using the DROID Turbo. And while battery life will never, ever, be the same for any 2 people (we know, you get 2 days of battery life on your old MyTouch 4G with blah blah screen on time whoop-dee-doo), we wanted to give you a ballpark figure of what to expect from the Motorola DROID Turbo should battery life be a major deciding factor in your smartphone purchases. Our guess for why battery life isn't all that groundbreaking? The phone's overkill 1440p display. We can only wonder how things would have looked on the Moto X with the same sized battery.

Keep in mind we still have our full review coming soon, in which we'll be sure to take into account multiple charging cycles and report back our findings. Stay tuned!

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Haunt The House: Terrortown May Be The Perfect Spooky Accessory To Your Halloween Night

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 01:54 PM PDT

a Whoooooooa! Look out! It's a spooky ghost! Did you see it? Aw, man. It was right there in that game. You know the one, Haunt the House: Terrortown. It's a new one that's just out in the Play Store, and it's on sale for Halloween. Seems fitting.

In Haunt the House you play the role of a restless specter, seeking to terrify and drive the mortals away from town. To do this you must double-tap on various objects to possess them.

Haunt The House: Terrortown May Be The Perfect Spooky Accessory To Your Halloween Night was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Mobile Roar 68: CurrentC drama, DROID Turbo, and Nexus 6 pre-order disaster

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 01:05 PM PDT

Apple Pay has brought mobile payments to the mainstream, but is the mainstream ready yet? A service called "CurrentC" is blocking Apple Pay and Google Wallet are many retail stores. What gives? Motorola has rekindled their relationship with Verizon to pump out another DROID, but we wonder why the DROID Turbo was not the Nexus 6. All that, and much more, in this episode!

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Best Android apps and games of October

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 12:39 PM PDT

Hopefully you guys are gearing up for a fun-filled Halloween, but we wouldn't let October slip by without rounding up the very best Android games and Android apps that have been released in the last 30 days. Both Google and Microsoft had a few really interesting new apps available this month. It was also a fantastic turnout for new games with lots of truly AAA titles be launched.

We're always eager to hear what you guys have installed, so be sure to hit up the comments with your favorite new apps. With that, let's dig into our top ten new Android apps that were released in October.

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Oh, that's where the Droid Turbo's SIM card is

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 12:39 PM PDT

Manufacturers are always looking for clever ways to integrate necessary smartphone parts into their designs, putting buttons, ports and slots all over the place. Motorola has a trick up its sleeve with the Droid Turbo's SIM card slot, hiding it beneath the volume rocker on the side. The trick is carried over from the design on last year's Droid Ultra and Maxx, but it's just as impressive (and hidden) this time around.

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Red Light Green Light – a fun and challenging tapping game

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 12:14 PM PDT

Red Light Green Light is a fun and challenging tapping game, where you must tap the buttons that appear as quickly as you can while the background is green, to earn a specified number of points within a time limit. Tap when it's red, and you will loose points. There are 30 playable and challenging... View Article

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Latest BBM Update Lets You Retract Messages, Delete Chat Content After A Set Time, And More

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 12:13 PM PDT

BBM-ThumbThere's a certain permanence to most instant messaging apps. The second you hit send, that's it, the message is out of your hands. You better hope you sent it to the right contact, fixed those embarrassing typos, or spelled their name correctly. Unless you're using the latest version of BBM, in which case you can call take backsies.

Now when you send a message by mistake, you can simply tap the retract button.

Latest BBM Update Lets You Retract Messages, Delete Chat Content After A Set Time, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Yes, the Nexus 6 will work on Verizon

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 10:53 AM PDT

Nexus 6 will work on Verizon. Image: Google When Verizon mysteriously disappeared from a list of carriers supported by the Nexus 6 on Google Play, some consumers were worried that the device would no longer be available on Big Red. But according to those who have already received the device, it works just fine on Verizon right out of the box. "Before doing

The post Yes, the Nexus 6 will work on Verizon appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Sprint Lease lets you rent a Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Sport for $20 per month

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 10:52 AM PDT

Sprint's already got a few different ways that you can buy a new smartphone, including a two-year contract, Sprint Easy Pay monthly payments and full retail pricing. If none of those payment methods are a good fit for you, Sprint's now got a fourth option.

Sprint Lease lets customers lease a Samsung Galaxy S5 or Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport at a price of $20 per month for 24 months. Once the 24 months are up, customers can either turn in their phone and end their service, turn in the phone and lease another model, purchase the leased GS5/GS5 Sport or continue leasing their GS5/GS5 Sport on a month-to-month basis.

Sprint Lease's monthly charge is slightly lower than Sprint Easy Pay's. With Sprint Easy Pay, customers will fork over 23 payments of $27.09 per month and one payment of $26.92.

Sprint also notes that it's got a special Sprint Lease offer for existing customers. Those current Sprint folks that lease a GS5 or GS5 Sport between October 31 and January 15, 2015 will get a $15 monthly loyalty service credit.

Having more options when it comes time to buy a new smartphone is always nice, so it's nice to see Sprint Lease arrive with the GS5 and GS5 Sport. Here's to hoping that the program expands to include more phones in the future.

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Weekend Mechanic 3D – Indie app of the day

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 10:52 AM PDT

What is Weekend Mechanic 3D?

Weekend Mechanic 3D is a reference guide that helps you learn about the internal combustion engine of a modern automobile. It features models and narrated tutorials to show and teach you how these parts all work together. It's free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

Here's how the app works. Inside is 3D rendered models of your most standard car parts that include things like the battery, ignition coil, and spark plug. You can view each part as a 3D model that you can spin and look more closely at. There is also an option to explode the model which will essentially deconstruct the part so you can see all of the individual pieces and we thought that was kind of cool.

The other part of this application includes narrated tutorials on what each piece and how it works. Currently there are only a few of these but the developers state that they are creating more. The narrations describe the part, its roll in the engine, and how the individual components of the part work together to make it work. The in app purchases will add more parts and narrations.

Weekend Mechanic 3D screenshot

3D rendered graphics show you how a car works.


  • Each part is 3D rendered and you can spin, zoom, and otherwise take closer looks at each part.

  • Each part can also be 'exploded' which will show you the individual pieces that make up the part.

  • Some parts have narration that will tell you how each part works, where it fits into the engine, and why its needed.

  • We're writing this review on the premise that the developers hold true to their word and add more content.


  • The in app purchases are a little expensive. Especially if each new piece becomes an in app purchase.

  • It is a new app so there are likely bug fixes and small issues that haven't been reported yet.

  • Along that same line of logic, it's a new app so there isn't all that much content just yet.

  • The design is a tad bland.


Overall, this is a really awesome idea. It's a little early on so there isn't a lot of content there yet and the in app purchases are a tad expensive. However, if you're looking for a reference guide for an engine then this is a very promising app. It's free to download so you can check it out and be there when the developers add more stuff.

Check out the last indie app of the day: Tower Dwellers

Join us in the Apps and Games section of the Android Authority forums! Just don't forget to read the rules first!

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Spider-Man Unlimited update weaves in new levels

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 10:52 AM PDT

Spider-Man Unlimited arrived on mobile back in September. The game instantly webbed me with its great graphics, a huge array of collectible characters, and overall excellent use of the Spider-Man license. But I also caught many bugs in my review that I hoped would be fixed before long.

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HTC One Dot View Case does Halloween right

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 10:52 AM PDT

If you're rocking an HTC One M8 and have a Dot View Case and love Halloween, head on into the Dot View app and scroll over to the Holiday Themes. There you'll find a happy Halloween Jack-o-Lantern. Apply him and watch him bounce. Just like kids after way too much candy.

Figure we'll see new additions here as we head into the winter holidays, no doubt.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 31

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 10:52 AM PDT

Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom. Today Amazon's got a great deal on $115-worth of apps now available for free. Definitely check that out.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments. Happy Halloween!

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Amazon Fire Phone's latest update was just for bugfixes

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 10:52 AM PDT

For the two brave souls who asked, the 3.5.2 update for the Amazon Fire Phone was just bugfixes. Nothing in the changelog about buyer's remorse at all.

Source: Amazon Thanks, DiVirus and Scott!

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DROID Turbo will tout its battery life as the “Moto Maxx” outside of the U.S.

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 10:50 AM PDT


Motorola has always been one to release their U.S. devices in other parts of the world. The original DROID was released to the rest of the world as the "Motorola Milestone." Now it looks like they will be releasing the DROID Turbo outside the U.S., but with a name that touts the battery life.

An invite to a November 5th event clearly shows the "ballistic nylon" back of the DROID Turbo. GSMarena reports that the device will be called "Moto Maxx." In all other aspects the device will be identical to the model we had hands-on with for Verizon

The Droid Turbo comes with a 5.2-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 21-megapixel camera, and a 3,900mAh battery which is supposed to last 48 hours. If you live outside the U.S., are you interested in the Maxx?

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Google gets fined for showing cleavage in Street View

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 10:50 AM PDT

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No, you are not reading The Onion. This is a real story.

Google has been fined by a Canadian court for using a photo in Street View that contained a woman and her cleavage. The woman in the photo claimed that she was so embarrassed it caused her emotional damage and a bout of depression. This all started in 2009, by the way, but today the case has finally been settled.

What kind of ridiculous amount of money did Google have to pay to make this woman feel better? A mere $2,000. The woman was hoping for more, but the judge did not buy her story about emotional damage and depression. If you don't want to be embarrassed by cleavage maybe you shouldn't sit on your front porch in the middle of the day in a low cut shirt.

[via GigaOm]

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Sprint plans to lease you the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $20 a month

Posted: 31 Oct 2014 07:25 AM PDT

Sprint has today announced a new program customers will be able to take advantage of. For those who desire either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Sport, you'll now be able to lease the smartphones at $20 a month for 24 months. And if you qualify, Sprint will also charge you absolutely nothing at lease signing for the chosen handset.

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