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How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 02:52 PM PST

We all search for plenty of wacky and one-time things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don't always want that sitting in our history forever.

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There are also plenty of times when we navigate somewhere that we'll never go back to, and there's no reason to have it saved in the app's history. Though the real power to wipe this all out from your account lies on the web, you can quickly remove specific searches and locations that you've recently navigated to right from your Maps app. Let us show you how to do it.

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New Sprint Family Share Pack plan offers 12GB of data on up to 10 lines for $90 per month

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 02:43 PM PST

Sony Mobile’s Decline? | The Friday Debate Podcast 005

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 02:43 PM PST

Rovio’s new puzzler Jolly Jam makes its way to the Play Store

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 02:43 PM PST

Samsung Galaxy S6 will reportedly feature Sony’s IMX240 camera sensor

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 02:43 PM PST

Marvel and comiXology team up to offer buy one, get one free deal on comics

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 02:06 PM PST

Marvel and comiXology have teamed up to offer a buy one, get one free sale on Marvel comics on their websites from today, Feb. 20, through Monday, Feb. 23. When purchasing any number of Marvel comics either the Marvel or comiXology site, use the code MARVEL during checkout to to get an equal number of comics of the same or lower value for free.

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Samsung continues to tease 'The Next Galaxy' in new video

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 02:06 PM PST

Samsung continued its online teaser campaign for "The Next Galaxy" earlier today with a Twitter post and video that seems to have a shapes and materials theme. This campaign is being launched ahead of the company's expected announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in just a couple of weeks at MWC 2015.

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Deal: Get at least $15 off Amazon Fire TV, even bigger discounts if you sign up for Sling TV

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 01:58 PM PST


The Amazon Fire TV is a very capable companion for your home entertainment center, but if you've been on the fence about buying one perhaps the company's latest deal is enough to push you over. You can grab one for $15, making it just $84 to have on shipped right to your doorstep.

Amazon's also giving you a reason to consider grabbing a Sling TV subscription for $20 per month by giving you a free Fire TV Stick or $50 off the Amazon Fire TV if you opt for it. The subscription comes with unlimited access to live television on any device that supports the Sling TV app. Yes, that includes the Android phone or tablet you likely already own.

We took a look at Sling TV while it was in beta, and while its roster of channels is a bit slim right now for $20 the service itself proved quite exceptional. There are optional channel packages you can add for $5 each if you're interested.

It's a great alternative for cord cutters who don't like the hassles of maintaining a cable TV package but still wouldn't mind paying for premium content. Check out the offer at Amazon right here, and if it doesn't sound like something you'd get value out of then you can find the standalone $15 off deal for the Amazon Fire TV right here.

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Lenovo’s first stylus-equipped smartphone, the Vibe Max, rumored for MWC 2015 launch

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 12:36 PM PST

Deal: Learn to make your own games with the Unity3D Game Developer Course Bundle

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 12:36 PM PST

Grab an unlocked Verizon Moto X (2013) Developer Edition for only $200 [DEALS]

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 12:34 PM PST

Moto X Developer Edition

I think it's safe to say that Android has advanced to the point where it's entirely possible to be content with some of the older hardware. Devices like the original Moto X (2013) with its pocketable size and great battery life, it's aged rather well. If you jump onto eBay, you can find the 1st gen Verizon Wireless Motorola Moto X Developer Edition for only $200.

Shipping is free and this is not a refurb — it's brand new. Since all Verizon handsets come out the box unlocked, you can also use this on your favorite GSM carrier although full LTE compatibility may vary. Better hurry. With limited stock, we don't imagine this deal will last for very much longer.


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Trivia Crack hit with growing pains thanks to a flood of user-submitted questions

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 12:01 PM PST

The latest mobile gaming app hit is Trivia Crack, but its method of using questions supplied by its many players has created a backlog of questions that are still awaiting approval. The app, developed by Etermax, gets an average of one million questions per day submitted by users, according to the developer's founder Maximo Cavazzani.

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LG G Flex 2 video walkthrough

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 12:01 PM PST

The LG G Flex 2 is close at hand, with the second-gen flexible phone's recent arrival in Asia, and a U.S. launch slated for early March. We've got the phone in our hands, and we're in the process of preparing our full review.

In the meantime, we've put together a quick video walkthrough reflecting our first few days with the G Flex 2, and you'll find it embedded down below...

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Microsoft eyeing Dropbox users with 100GB of OneDrive storage offer

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 12:00 PM PST


Companies with cloud storage services can always provide more space to retain existing users or pry others away from the competition. Right now, current Dropbox users can move over to OneDrive and receive 100GB of storage at no cost for one year. Taking advantage of this offer will require both Dropbox and Microsoft accounts. Once Microsoft verifies everything, a document for new OneDrive users will be added to Dropbox. Then Microsoft will freely add 100GB of storage to OneDrive to confirm completion.

The promotion is designated for people in the United States; however, select international users are seeing identical results.

Source: Microsoft
Via: TechnoBuffalo

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Android developers beware: fake Google Play violation email is a scam looking to steal your password

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 11:34 AM PST


Reports of phony Google Play emails being sent to Android developers as circulating around the web. We, at Phandroid, have also received one of these emails, little more than a phishing scam meant to steal developers' console passwords. Ours says we have 7 days to respond to a Google Play Store violation (some devs are receiving 3-day emails) and comes from a "gooogle.com.de" address (with an extra "O").

Google Play Violation phishing scam

Once the link in the email is clicked, developers are taken to a site that looks very similar to the normal Developer Console. We have to admit, the wording in the email doesn't feature the usual grammatical errors and is seemingly urgent enough that some developers might panic and miss it. Needless to say, avoid clicking or signing into anything from that email, lest you'd like your developer account compromised.

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Motorola's sending us a magical mystery box on Feb. 25

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 11:24 AM PST

Yep, Motorola has given us warning that we can expect some sort of "exciting announcement" next week, and that "everything you'll need fits inside one box." We have absolutely no idea what to expect come Feb. 25.

Yes, it could be a new watch, though there's absolutely no evidence to support that just yet. Yes, the timing is just before Mobile World Congress. But that also might or might not mean anything. Sure, a new phone or tablet is possible. The simple fact is is that nobody knows. Well, nobody but Motorola, that is. And the "everything you need fits" line sure makes it sound like it's maybe more than one something? (Or some crazy Project Ara stuff? Who knows ...)

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Samsung Galaxy S6: The Android Central wishlist

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 11:24 AM PST

What do we want to see from Samsung's next big thing?

The launch of a new Samsung flagship is one of the big events in the Android calendar, accompanied by an unprecedented quantity of speculation, rumors and even the occasional leak. Though Samsung's position in the smartphone market isn't quite as dominant as it was 12 months ago, the Korean giant remains a force to be reckoned with. And its products are still the lens through which a huge number of consumers experience Android.

Last year saw Samsung release the plastic, waterproof Galaxy S5, before changing course and going metal in later months with the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4. So with that in mind, it's time to consider what we want from the next Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S6, expected to launch ahead of Mobile World Congress on March 1.

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Learn to build games with the $39 Unity3D developer course [Deal]

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 11:22 AM PST

Game-dev-course It's never too late to learn game development. It's not as hard or as expensive as you might think, either. With the Unity3D Game Developer Course Bundle, you will learn everything you need to know to begin building your own mobile games with Unity3D. The bundle includes 7 course with over 40 hours of content,

The post Learn to build games with the $39 Unity3D developer course [Deal] appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Motorola’s sending us a mystery box on February 25th, and we have no idea what’s inside

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 11:18 AM PST

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Motorola has sent us (and every other member of the press, apparently) a note suggesting that we will be receiving a box next Wednesday, February 25th. "Everything you need is inside one box," they say, though they don't give us any hint as to what, exactly, will be inside.

So let the guessing game begin. Their next big smart watch announcement? A new Moto E? The company's first tablet in forever? Something totally mind-blowingly awesome that we can't even begin to fathom what it is?

It could be any number of those things. What we aren't expecting is a new Moto X — a bit too soon for one of those, we think — but anything is possible. Only one way to find out: circle back with us next Wednesday when we get to take a peek inside that box once it hits our doorstep.

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Motorola’s got an ‘exciting announcement’ coming February 25 that includes a mystery package

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 11:17 AM PST

Motorola today teased that it's got a big announcement coming next week, but exactly what that announcement will be about is a bit of a mystery.

Motorola pinged us today to say that it's got an "exciting announcement" to make on February 25 and that it'll be shipping a box to our door on that date. Unfortunately for the more impatient among us, Motorola wouldn't divulge much else about its announcement, saying only that everything we'll need will fit inside one box.

Motorola makes a pretty wide range of products that includes smartphones, wearables, tablets, battery packs, chargers, and more, all of which could fit inside a fairly small package. Whether Motorola's surprise is one of those products or something else entirely remains to be see, but hey, at least we don't have long to wait before this mystery is solved.

What do you think Motorola is planning to announce next week?

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Six new Lenovo phones have leaked ahead of Mobile World Congress

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 10:56 AM PST

Lenovo looks to be making quite a showing at Mobile World Congress, as six new phones from the company have leaked ahead of the show. The phones cover a multitude of sizes and purposes, ranging from budget phones to phablets, and most of them likely won't make it out China. Nonetheless, it's still interesting to see what the company is working on, and what we could expect if Lenovo ever expanded.

Lenovo Vibe X3

Lenovo Vibe X3

The Vibe X3 is Lenovo's 2015 flagship. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p display on the front of the device. On the back, a high-end 20.7-megapixel camera can be found, along with a fingerprint scanner. The phone is encased in a metal frame and utilizes front-facing stereo speakers. The design isn't mind-blowing, but it's oddly reminiscent of the HTC One X.

Lenovo Vibe Shot

Lenovo Vibe Shot

The Lenovo Vibe Shot is camera-centric smartphone that's even styled to resemble a high-end point-and-shoot. It features a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage plus a microSD card slot.

Lenovo Vibe Shot (2)

The camera is the real star, though. It's a 16-megapixel camera paired with optical image stabilization and three-tone flash for a natural brightness. The phone features an aluminum body with a dedicated camera button and comes in three color choices of black, white and red, though the red is more of an accent to the black.

Lenovo Vibe P1

Lenovo Vibe P1 and Vibe P1 Pro

The Vibe P1 and P1 Pro are Lenovo's battery-centric devices. The Vibe P1 features a 4000mAh battery while the Vibe P1 Pro uses an even bigger 5000mAh battery. Both phones feature quick charging capabilities, 64-bit processors and LTE support.

Lenovo Vibe Max

Lenovo Vibe Max

The Lenovo Vibe Max is an upcoming phablet. Not much is known about the device, but it will reportedly sport a 6-inch QHD display and come with a stylus. Judging by the size and stylus, it looks like its primary competitors are the Nexus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, both of which are difficult devices to compete with.

Lenovo Vibe S1

Lenovo Vibe S1

The Vibe S1 is Lenovo's budget phone. It comes in five different colors and features a front-facing camera that's optimized for selfies, which is apparently becoming a requirement for phones to have.

All six of the phones will run Android 5.0 Lollipop and will receive official announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. At that point, we'll learn more about pricing and availability.

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Deal: Google Play Movies offering Inception, The Matrix and more from $2.99

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 10:54 AM PST

Android finally has a universal native flashlight function

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 10:53 AM PST

Using the flash on your phone as a light source is something people have been doing for years, but the method used to activate your camera LED as a flashlight varies wildly depending on what phone you are using. As manufacturers start to release their own versions of Android 5.0, it has become clear that actually locating your flashlight for regular use is still going to be a guessing game from device to device. While you can always install a flashlight app of your choosing, it's mildly frustrating to see how non-obvious this procedure can be. At least, until now.

The good news is Google has implemented a solution that makes it so everyone with an Android phone can do the exact same thing to access the flashlight. The less good news is it's not so much a button as it is a Google Now command.

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Fantastic Friday Deal: 49% off LG G3 SURFACE Hard Cases

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 10:53 AM PST

The SURFACE Case with kickstand is the perfect LG G3 hard case; combining a super-slim design, protective outer shell and a magnetic kickstand for convenient viewing. The exterior features a soft coating that provides additional grip and helps prevent drops. Get yours in black, blue, red or violet today for only $17.95

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Google reportedly introducing refreshed Wallet strategy at Google I/O 2015

Posted: 20 Feb 2015 10:49 AM PST

Nexus 7 Google Wallet 2

There's no secret Google Wallet has become a bit of an afterthought after the introduction of Apple Pay and Google's lack of movement to get their payment platform out to more retailers. But that doesn't mean Google's willing to just lay down and let their rival in Cupertino take over.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is rethinking their mobile payments strategy and will look to reintroduce the next phase of their payment platform at Google I/O. The specifics are light for the time being, but it's said Google will look to provide great incentive to carriers, retailers and banks to get on board by using tactics such as increasing their share of profits.

And even if that isn't enough, it'd be hard for a good deal of them to turn Google away when they welcomed Apple Pay — which uses the same technology as Google Wallet for wireless payments — with open arms, exclusivity deals aside.

The New Google Wallet will apparently be more than just a "tap and pay" app, though, with Google looking to launch an entirely new payments platform based on it. We'd already seen great evidence of those aspirations in the current Google Wallet implementation, but it sounds like Google essentially wants to become the true middleman that everyone's been looking for.

Whatever the case may be, we're glad Google hasn't given up on their trek to push wireless payments forward even if Apple came in to steal all their thunder with one fell swoop. Google I/O should be quite interesting this summer, for sure.

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