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HTC One (M9) compared to One (M7), One (M8) in hands on video

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 02:48 PM PST


This is definitely not what HTC wanted to happen the day before its MWC 2015 event. A press member with early access to the device posted a hands on video with the One (M9) being compared to its predecessors. The video does not show or reveal anything we have not heard already; therefore, all it is really good for is seeing the One (M9) in a few more angles.

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The HTC One (M9), along with any other products from the company, will be announced during a press event held at 10:00AM EST.

Via: Android and Me

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Huawei Watch appears in two official videos on eve of announcement

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 02:33 PM PST


Tomorrow, Huawei will be one of the companies holding a press event at MWC 2015. Among the expected devices is the Huawei Watch that already exposed itself in Barcelona. Now, two promotional videos were posted on the company's official YouTube account. The first video shows a man exploring a frigid and snowy environment with his Huawei Watch being a guide. The other involves Huawei employees providing insight to the Watch's design. Both do highlight the elegance and technological prowess expected from the Huawei Watch.

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How to use your Android to prepare for severe weather

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 02:22 PM PST

Severe weather takes many forms.

Blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, even haboobs can turn a regular day into a disaster, and if you're not prepared, it can turn from disastrous to downright dangerous. While you're stocking up the liquor cabinet, boarding up the windows, and collecting the games/movies from around the house to keep any little ones happy and distracted, don't forget to prepare your phone for the rough road to come. There's a lot more to preparing your phone for severe weather than just charging it up.

Be prepared.

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New Android Wear-powered Huawei Watch shown off in two promo videos

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 01:28 PM PST

Huawei Watch and its stainless steel body shown off in official promo videos

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 01:02 PM PST

Huawei's no stranger to the wearables market, having launched the TalkBand B1 in 2014, but the company will be making its first step into the world of Android Wear in the near future.

The official Huawei Device channel on YouTube has posted two promo videos for a device called the "Huawei Watch." The device runs Android Wear and has a sapphire glass front, a 42mm watch surface, stainless steel unibody case, and support for swappable bands. Huawei says that it'll offer straps made of different materials and designs for both men and women.

In a video that focuses on the design of the Huawei Watch, Huawei says that it wanted to create a "timeless design" for its smartwatch. And since most classic watches have round faces, Huawei chose a round face for its Watch.

We don't yet know many of the Huawei Watch's specs or availability details, but I expect those to be revealed in the coming days at MWC 2015. Looking at its design, the Huawei Watch looks like a nicely-designed Android Wear device that could be worth a look for folks that want a smartwatch that doesn't look like a smartwatch.

Based on what we know of it so far, what do you think of Huawei's first Android Wear device?


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The Huawei Watch is shown in two official videos on their YouTube channel

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 12:52 PM PST

The Huawei Watch, based on Android Wear, gets demoed in two official videos found on their YouTube channel .

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HTC One M9 hands-on video hits YouTube before tomorrow’s unveiling

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 12:02 PM PST

HTC will pull back the curtain to unveil the HTC One M9 in less than 24 hours, but that doesn't mean you need to wait 'till then to see the first hands-on video of HTC's flagship smartphone. A reporter who received early access to the device mistakenly published a video to YouTube, giving us a good look at the build of the phone and comparing it to the HTC One phones from the past two years.

While the One M9 doesn't appear to hold any more secrets, we're hoping that HTC does have a few tricks up its sleeve to show off at tomorrow's big press event.

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AC editors' apps of the week: YouTube Kids, Scholly, SoundHUD and more

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 11:52 AM PST

Our weekly app picks

Appday Sunday is on Saturday this week, because we expect a wee bit 'o news from Barcelona to start up on Sunday the second. They have phones and stuff at Mobile World Congress, ya know! Anyhoo, we're here to share our favorite apps with everyone. Apps we use and love. Apps we want to showcase because we think they are just that good.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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We're live from Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2015!

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 09:07 AM PST

Greetings from Barcelona, Spain! We're back in town for the annual Mobile World Congress. And to say that this year's show is going to be insane wouldn't get anywhere close to doing it justice.

But this year's show is going to be insane. Trust us.

Coming up Sunday: We'll be liveblogging the HTC event at 10 a.m. EST. And at 12:30 p.m. EST we'll have Samsung's Unpacked event.

And even as big as those two events are, they're just a fraction of the news that's going to drop. Just leave our Mobile World Congress page open for the next few days. You're don't want to miss a thing.

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Spacetime Studios to launch MOBA game Call of Champions for Android

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 09:07 AM PST

Spacetime Studios, creators of hit mobile MMORPGs like Arcane Legends and Pocket Legends, have announced their next game titled Call of Champions. It will be a free-to-play MOBA-themed fantasy game and, what's more, it will be released sometime this year.

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This dual-layer hard case for the 2nd gen Motorola Moto G is only $6.95 today

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 07:22 AM PST

This Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen.) hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while sporting a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies and more. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior. Get yours today and save 46%

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11 best new Android apps and Android games released in February 2015

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 06:32 AM PST

Sprint’s new plan includes unlimited talk, text, data, and your phone for one price

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 09:16 PM PST

Sprint today announced a new plan that'll launch on March 1, but if you want to sign up for it, you won't be able to do so at a Sprint store.

The new Best Buy One Plan will be available starting March 1, and it'll only be available at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores. The plan will include unlimited talk, text, and data, as well as a two-year lease on a shiny new Android smartphone.

Pricing will be set at $75 per month for devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or LG G3, though Sprint says that other devices will be available for lease and that pricing may vary. If you'd prefer a 12-month lease to a 24-month one, you can pony up an extra $10 per month and upgrade every year. Finally, customers that sign up for a new line of service on a Best Buy One Plan will get a $200 Best Buy gift card.

Sprint says that both new and existing customers can get the Best Buy One Plan, so if you're ready to upgrade to a new phone, you can mosey on in to your local Best Buy and get this new plan on Sunday.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet receives hotfix with minor enhancements

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:33 PM PST


Owners of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet should start noticing a popup to install an update with minor enhancements. Labeled version 2.2.1, this hotfix improves areas such as the display and video streaming.

The update includes the following according to NVIDIA:

  • Display color-space correction

  • Improvements to Netflix experience

Source: NVIDIA

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Need 128GB of flash storage in a mobile device? Samsung is making it happen

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:03 PM PST


Dedicated storage in a mobile device is becoming extremely slim as files are getting bigger and bigger. The sizes of applications, games, photographs, and videos today would never fit on a device released two or more years ago. That explains why consumers clamor for flagship devices to have microSD card slots. Fortunately, Samsung has announced the mass production of its 128GB memory that uses Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 technology.

Here is a quote from Samsung's Jee-ho Baek, Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing:

"With our mass production of ultra-fast UFS memory of the industry's highest capacity, we are making a significant contribution to enable a more advanced mobile experience for consumers. In the future, we will increase the proportion of high-capacity memory solutions, in leading the continued growth of the premium memory market."

Samsung claims that its UFS memory can outperform the speed of reading found in current high-end smartphones by 2.7 times.

Worried about the price of this, especially when the amount of storage is 128GB? Don't worry, Samsung also has 32GB and 64GB variants.

There is a possibility that we see this form of storage debut on Sunday when the Galaxy S 6 is announced for the world to see at MWC 2015.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Mad Catz announces the S.U.R.F.R. and L.Y.N.X. 3 game controllers ahead of MWC 2015

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:52 PM PST

Sprint announces new $75 wireless plan offered exclusively through Best Buy

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:35 PM PST

Sprint announced today that it has partnered with Best Buy to offer an exclusive unlimited plan, fittingly called the "Best Buy One Plan," through the retailer starting at $75 per month with a leased Android device.

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Google rethinks Mountain View campus with new proposal

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:33 PM PST


Certain locations are synonymous with companies headquartered there — Redmond (Microsoft), Cupertino (Apple), Mountain View (Google). While Microsoft is sitting comfortably in its current campus, Apple is expanding with a multi-billion dollar campus resembling a giant ring. That project is set to complete sometime next year. Google, too, wants to expand and has revealed what it will propose to Mountain View's City Council.

The North Bayshore section is targeted by Google for the construction of lightweight block-like structures to allow constant rearranging. The company notes that different teams, such as self-driving and Search, have different needs. Massive canopies are featured in the proposal and Google shows trees, cafes, bike paths, and landscaping spread throughout the area.

Hit the break for images and a video tour of the proposal.

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Source: Official Google Blog, Google+

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Mad Catz announces mobile game and media controllers

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:18 PM PST


There are two new controllers announced available for pre-order today from Mad Catz. The company unveiled the L.Y.N.X.3 and S.U.R.F.r controllers for consumers that want optimal gaming and media consumption controllers for their mobile devices. Mad Catz provides plenty of buttons controls while keeping the hardware compact.

For mobile gamers, the L.Y.N.X.3 is the ideal controller as it mimics the design of a standard gaming controller. There are two analog sticks, shoulder buttons, four action buttons, and a directional pad. The L.Y.N.X.3 itself looks so unique because of its ability to fold and fit into tight spaces. The analog sticks fold inward and the clip comes over the entire controller to confirm its closure. Mad Catz ported over the PC, Mobile Game, and Multimedia modes from the bigger L.Y.N.X.9, too. An app available in the Play Store allows gamers to assign controls to specific genres.


Being that it has a full QWERTY keyboard, the S.U.R.F.r acts as the perfect accessory for media consumption. This controller works with various platforms and services such as Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. In addition to a full keyboard and media buttons like any other remote, the S.U.R.F.r has dual analog sticks. And, for some gaming, it has makeshift shoulder and action buttons as well as a directional pad.

Both products will be available for demonstrations at Mad Catz's booth at MWC 2015. The L.Y.N.X.3 sells for $69 and the S.U.R.F.r's price is $79.

Source: Mad Catz (1) (2)

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Unannounced Huawei Watch exposes itself in Barcelona

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 05:18 PM PST


This weekend will see the the arrival of new phones, tablets, wearables, and more as hardware manufacturers head out to Barcelona for MWC 2015. Spotted inside Barcelona Airport by incoming press members is the advertisement seen above. It shows an unannounced smartwatch belonging to Huawei promoted for everyone to see. That's right, Huawei has exposed its own product prior to any sort of official announcement.

The advertisement displays what is called the Huawei Watch and the following tagline: "Timeless design. Smart within." Below that, Huawei offers an explanation of both adjectives. The Huawei Watch is timeless because of its classic design while being smart due to Android Wear.

The device does look very classic and stylish, so it will be interesting to see where the Chinese company sets its price. Also, the watch faces seen in the advertisement match the class of the Huawei Watch's design.

Source: Android Central

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Woolet aims to be the wallet you’ll never lose

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 04:23 PM PST

Shake Your Android Phone or Tablet to Generate Writing Prompts

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 04:14 PM PST

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shakephrase Shake-a-Phrase is a fun app for elementary school and middle school students to use to start stories and practice recognizing parts of speech. It was initially launched as an iPad app and I just discovered this week that it's also available fore Android users.

Shake-a-Phrase has three basic modes; shake it, story starter, and quiz mode. Each mode has five themes; animals, monsters, fairy tales, sports, and random. In "shake it" mode students shake their phones or tablets to have complete, but random sentences appear on their screens. The "story starter" mode presents students with a new random story prompt each time they shake their tablets. In both of these modes students can favorite sentences and prompts to refer to later. Shake-a-Phrase's quiz mode presents students with random sentences in which they have to identify nouns, adjectives, verbs, conjunctions, and prepositions.

Students enjoy using Shake-a-Phrase, in part, because of the physical act of shaking their tablets to start a story. They'll also enjoy it because of the fun sentences that are generated by the app. If you only have one tablet in your classroom, consider using Shake-a-Phrase as a story prompt generator. Each time you use it you could have a different student take a turn shaking the tablet. Just make sure you have a good case on that tablet first.

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