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Pebble App Updated To v2.3 With Firmware v2.9 Bringing Actionable Notifications, User-Defined Replies, And More

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 03:32 PM PST

unnamed The Pebble continues to chug along even with Android Wear garnering most of the limelight among the Android faithful. Today's Pebble update adds a few new features, some borrowed from Wear, and some that improve on it. You'll need the recently released v2.9 firmware and the just released app (v2.3), but it's quick to update.

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Here's the changelog for the newest version of the Pebble app.

  • Android Wear Notifications. Reply and act on Android Wear notifications (requires Firmware v2.9+).

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Pebble App Updated To v2.3 With Firmware v2.9 Bringing Actionable Notifications, User-Defined Replies, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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How to get the most out of S Note on the Galaxy Note 4

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 03:22 PM PST

Tips for taking notes, on your Note

S Note has been a thing on the Galaxy Note line for a while. Think of it as a full-blown notebook that you can write, type or even speak text into, then add snippets like a map, or a video or a picture to round it out. It's powerful and has a bit of a learning curve to make the most of it.

We've been using it on the Galaxy Note 4 for a bit, and have found a few tips that will make things a little easier and make your notes not only look better, but have a wee bit more function as well. The app itself walks you through the basics when you first use it, so let's go beyond those and make the most out of the S Note app on the Note 4.

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First of many wallpapers taken from the HTC One M9 leaked online, resolution confirms 1080p display

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 03:10 PM PST

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The HTC One M9's unveiling is less than 2 weeks away and as we approach their March 1st event, fans are continuing to piece together every last shred of information relating to the device. Our latest bit of info relates to the display and one of the many stock HTC wallpapers featured in the One M9.

Android developer @LlabTooFeR has leaked one of the many wallpapers featured in Sense 7 (the One M9's custom Android software) and will continue doing so every day until the phone's launch. Android developers like LlabtooFeR regularly get a hold of leaked HTC software builds, taking them apart and customizing them as part of their own ROMs. In this case, he seems to have come across a leaked HTC One M9 build, making available 1 of the wallpapers inside for download.

Dimensions of the wallpaper once again confirm reports that — unlike the majority of other Android flagships launching this year — HTC will be opting for a 1080p display on the One M9 and wont play into the game of higher pixel density as a way of touting a device's superiority. Ironically, this is one way the One M9 will have a real-world edge over the competition, with less pixels for the CPU to push theoretically bringing better battery life and performance.

Download wallpaper on MediaFire

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Deal: Grab the Dell Venue 8 7000 from Best Buy for only $369.99 ($30 off)

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 02:43 PM PST

Tha 13 Icon Pack From Tha Phlash Is The Bloodiest, Goriest, Nastiest Way To Rotten Up Your Home Screens

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 02:20 PM PST


Most people who know me are aware of how much I love horror movies. And out of all genres of horror, old school slashers are probably my favorite - the more guts, the better. Also, I'm a sucker for a chainsaw...but generally only when Leatherface is holding it. <3


If you're into blood and gore like I'm into blood and gore, and you want to translate that particular obsession onto your homescreen, a new icon pack from Tha Phlash called 13 is sure to make you tingle all over.

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Tha 13 Icon Pack From Tha Phlash Is The Bloodiest, Goriest, Nastiest Way To Rotten Up Your Home Screens was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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HTML code reveals One M9 name on HTC’s official website

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 02:14 PM PST

There's bloatware, and then there's bloatware

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 01:52 PM PST

There's been a lot of talk about "bloatware" of late. Some of our doing, some not. And the latest round has started to reach inconceivable proportions.

But just like Wallace Shawn's Vizzini, we keep using that word. Bloatware. And perhaps it does not mean what we think it means.

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ASUS definitely plans to release smartwatch not using Android Wear

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 01:29 PM PST


Back in January Asus let it be known they were working on a successor to their Zenwatch smartwatch wearable. Part of their plans include extending battery life by looking for some new chip technology and possibly an alternative operating system to Google's Android Wear. CEO Jerry Shen revealed late last week that the company is working on a solution that does not involve Android Wear as the way to achieve longer battery life in a smartwatch, although the Zenwatch successor may still get Android Wear.

According to Shen, "we will have another (smartwatch) that is not based on Android Wear and features a longer battery life." The other smartwatch he is referring to is something other than the second-generation Zenwatch which Shen says will use Android Wear. A non-Android Wear device could be announced alongside the next Zenwatch or it could be the third-generation of the device that gets the alternate operating system.

As part of their future strategy Asus is looking at a Mediatek system-on-chip that is still under development to power their forthcoming wearable devices. Combined with a new operating system, Asus hopes to squeeze seven days of life out of a single charge.

source: Focus Taiwan

via: G for Games

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Deal: Buy a Nvidia Shield Tablet (16 or 32GB) from Amazon and receive a $30 gift card

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 01:28 PM PST

NBA filmed yesterday’s All-Star game using virtual reality cameras for viewing on Samsung’s Gear VR

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 12:49 PM PST

Toronto Raptors v Atlanta Hawks

In case you're not a basketball fan, we'd like to inform you that there was an NBA All-Star game on yesterday. It's the game where the NBA's best come together to showcase their skills and be recognized for their greatness.

Whether you like basketball or not, if you have a pair of Samsung Gear VR and a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 you might find it cool that the NBA hired BigLook360 to shoot footage in a perspective fit for virtual reality. Their intention is to make footage of the weekend's event — including the All-Star game, the dunk contest and the 3-point shootout, available on Samsung's Milk VR app.

You won't be able to digest the entirety of the event from this unique perspective, but you will at least get all the highlights as if you were courts ide yourself. Not a bad way to check the game out if you weren't able to pay for airfare, lodging and thousands of dollars for an actual seat at the arena. There's no hard ETA on the content's arrival, though it's said everything will be available in just a few short weeks.

[via Wired]

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Updating your apps through Google Play

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 12:36 PM PST

Keeping your apps up-to-date

Now that you have some great apps installed on your Android — whether you have just a few or have went wild and installed all the apps — you'll want to keep them all up to date. Apps get updated for different reasons. Sometimes developers offer new features or a new look to things, other times updates address pesky bugs that keep things from being perfect. Updates are important, and so is managing them on our end.

The Play Store app gives us a little leeway with how and when we update our apps. You can let things be more or less automatic and update themselves (apps that need new permissions are never automatically updated) or you can manually go through and inspect each update before it's installed. Both methods have their advantages.

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Deal: The Hardcore Android Gamer Bundle gives you 8 paid games for only $3.99

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 12:15 PM PST

Toshiba shows off prototypes of its Project Ara camera modules

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 11:37 AM PST

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone effort will get some third party help from companies like Toshiba. It recently showed off some early prototypes of camera modules that can be used with the current Spiral 2 design of the smartphone.

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Samsung’s next Galaxy Tab S will be even thinner than the iPad Air 2

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 11:07 AM PST

Samsung's existing Galaxy Tab S. Photo: Samsung While Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge may be dominating the headlines right now, they won't be the only excited devices the South Korean company releases this year. New Galaxy Tab S slates are also on the horizon, and according to inside sources familiar with Samsung's plans, they're going to be made of metal

The post Samsung's next Galaxy Tab S will be even thinner than the iPad Air 2 appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Samsung announces mass production of Exynos 7 Octa 14nm, possibly for Samsung Galaxy S6

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 11:04 AM PST

Discuss it at AndroidForums: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge

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Samsung today announced that they started mass producing an Exynos 7 Octa configuration built with a 14nm die process. Such a small die makes room for better performance with significant savings in power consumption.

In comparison to 20nm Exynos 7 Octa chipsets, Samsung says this new chipset is 20% faster and 35% more power efficient. Those are some pretty big gains that could have huge impacts on device performance and battery life.


The question: which device is this going inside? Samsung obviously wouldn't name drop anything, though they did confirm that it'd be fitted inside upcoming top-line devices. We imagine they're referring to none other than the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Of course, it's all speculation until we get the official announcement so let's cool our engines until March 1st arrives when Samsung heads to Barcelona for the announcement.

[via Samsung]

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Samsung begins production of an Exynos 7 Octa CPU with a 14nm process

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 10:53 AM PST

Samsung has begun mass production of a new version of its Exynos 7 Octa processor, made with a 14nm FinFET process technology. The company previously announced the Exynos 7 Octa in October, but made using a 20nm process.

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7 unique smartphones you’ve likely never heard of

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 10:42 AM PST

Deal: Amazon’s Fire TV only $34 with 3-month subscription to Sling TV or $84 without

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 10:13 AM PST

Deal: Get up to 50% off PNY memory and portable chargers at Amazon

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 10:04 AM PST

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Amazon's big deal of the day is all about smartphone accessories again. PNY is the company this time, and while they might not be the top brand when it comes to this flash memory stuff they're still quite solid. Highlights of the sale include 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Class 10 microSD cards $8.75, $14.49, and $23.23, respectively (adapter pictured above not included).

They've also got 32GB, 64GB and 128GB Class 10 full-sized SD cards for $14.49, $23.99, and $48.99. For those with devices that have full-sized USB ports or using USB OTG cables there is a collection of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 flash drives available.

PNY is also offering up portable battery chargers between 3,000mAh and 8,000mAh, and for anyone in the market for an SSD those can also be had for a respectable discount. All of it is waiting for you at Amazon right here so be sure to check them out if you've been looking to add new pieces to your tech-filled life.

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The basics of Google Maps for Android

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 09:38 AM PST

New to Google Maps, or just looking for a refresher? We're here to help.

Google Maps

Google Maps is one of the biggest and best products from Google, and its integration and power within Android is one of the main selling points for many phones today. But with a system this powerful things start to get complicated, and it isn't always obvious how to do the most basic things you want to do in a mapping app.

Whether you're opening up Google Maps for the first time on your new phone or just need a refresher on the app you've kept on your home screen for months, we're here to help. Read along for our quick guide to the basics of Google Maps on Android.

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Sprint’s LG G3 is getting its Android 5.0 Lollipop update

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 09:12 AM PST

Sprint continues to bring Lollipop to the masses. Photo: LG LG G3 handsets on Sprint are finally getting their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates. Users have a long list of improvements and new features to look forward to, including Android TV support, Smart Lock, and much-improved visuals. The G3 is one of a number of Sprint devices receiving Lollipop this month, with the update already gracing

The post Sprint's LG G3 is getting its Android 5.0 Lollipop update appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Lollipop update rolling out to the Sprint LG G3

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 09:10 AM PST

Samsung will reportedly use a metal frame in the Galaxy Tab S2

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 08:51 AM PST

Sprint’s LG G3 now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 08:35 AM PST

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Sprint LG G3 owners better have their phones charged and be near a WiFi hotspot right now: Android 5.0 Lollipop is officially rolling out. Sprint mentioned that the update is going out over the air, but didn't confirm its size, version number or whether this is a staggered process (it usually is). They did take care to highlight the benefits of updating:

  • Material Design for fluid animation, multicolored themes and 3D views

  • More efficient battery use

  • Android™ TV support

  • Notifications on the lock screen and customizable options with prioritized notifications for events, reminders, messages and calls

  • Updated Lock Screen features allow users to quickly access notifications and active apps

  • Enhanced low vision and color blind capabilities for added Accessibility

  • Integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities

  • Enhanced Messaging with Google Hangouts™ support for SMS and MMS and a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons

  • Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ apps automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files

We'll be searching for more info about the upgrade, but in the meantime be sure to head to the Settings > About Phone menu on your phone if you're looking to pull it down. Don't forget to come back and let us know how you're liking Lollipop once you've installed it.

[via Sprint]

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Last chance: Pick your prize with the Choose Your Own Android Smartwatch giveaway [Deal]

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 08:09 AM PST

images_medium Smartwatches are becoming increasingly popular, and there's good reason for that; having timely information on your wrist and being able to perform simple tasks without pulling out your smartphone can be incredibly useful. If you haven't already invested in one, why not try to win one of the best available in the Choose Your Own

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