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Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 03:06 PM PST

Ting's GSM network, which it announced late last year, has officially entered into an open beta. Previously, customers could test the network out on an invite-only basis.

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@Upleaks Twitter account goes offline shortly after leaking HTC One M9 promo videos [WTF]

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 03:04 PM PST

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And just like that, @upleaks has mysteriously disappeared from the world of Twitter. His account — and all his tweets — were taken offline less than an hour after he posted videos of what could be the upcoming HTC One M9 (leaked image, followed by leaked promo videos). We're not sure exactly what happened or where he went, (or if he's ever coming back), but we hope HTC's hit men/lawyers aren't going to be too rough on him. It's entirely possible he's just laying low for a bit, so we'll keep an eye out.


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Samsung Norway takes Galaxy S6 rumors and turns them into crazy, off-the-wall concepts

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 02:24 PM PST

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By now, we've all heard a lot of crazy rumors regarding #TheNextGalaxy, the still unannounced Samsung Galaxy S6. Apparently Samsung Norway has been listening too, taking some of these rumors — some crazy, others not so much — and having some fun with them, transforming them into some pretty elaborate concept devices.

There's 5 total posted on their new "Is this the next?" domain, the first dealing with front firing speakers and showing an almond shaped phone with pull out stereo speakers. The second concept quotes a rumor about durability and shows a phone with its own built-in airbag. For the third, Samsung takes 3-sided display rumors and dreams up a phone with a twisting triangular shaped design.

Samsung Norway Galaxy S6 concepts

For the larger display rumor, Samsung reaches back to their flexible AMOLED concept device shown at CES a few years back, displaying blueprints for a phone that extends into the size of a tablet. Finally, rumors of an "all-glass" Galaxy S6 are dreamed up into a phone that look like glass-blown Wii-motes, complete with little circuitry housed inside.

It's definitely an interesting approach to the numerous rumors that leak out ahead of a phone's launch. We're not sure where Samsung Norway was going with this, but don't take this as much of a confirmation of anything as it their way of saying they're confident the real thing will blow you away. Only 4 days and 19 hours left to go. Our bodies are ready.


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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet leaks out ahead of MWC 2015

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 02:14 PM PST

Top 10 tips and tricks for Google Maps on Android

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 02:08 PM PST

Google Maps is a powerful tool, so make it work for you with some of these clever tips and tricks.

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If you haven't noticed by now, we're lined up a pretty great series of getting to know Google Maps. We've covered everything from the basics down to more intricate uses, and now we wanted to round up the top tips and tricks for using Google Maps on your Android.

Some of these are big time savers, while others simply give you more options in configuring Maps to work the way you want it — in any case they'll help you be a master of mapping on your Android.

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Pebble returns to Kickstarter, this time for Pebble Time

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 01:37 PM PST


Pebble, the once small startup which made its name on crowd-funding site Kickstarter has returned to its old stomping grounds, probably to prove a point that it still matters in the smartwatch game with its new smartwatch, Pebble Time.

We only heard recently from CEO Eric Migicovsky as the company celebrated its 1 millionth Pebble that their next smartwatch would introduce new hardware and a software experience unlike we've seen. Pebble Time certainly attempts this.

At its core it remains a Pebble. Pebble Time is 20 percent thinner than previous Pebbles and the company believe a discreet curve to its chassis allows it to fit more comfortably on ones' wrist. It may look flimsy but it features a Gorilla Glass ...

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One M9 won’t see many aesthetic changes, new videos and images prove it

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 01:28 PM PST

Meet the Devs – DJantel Ware

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 01:28 PM PST

HTC One M7, Moto X (2014), Moto G (2013) now receiving Lollipop updates in Canada

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 01:28 PM PST

Amzer Pudding TPU Case for the Droid Turbo

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 01:23 PM PST

Generally speaking, people who want a case on their phone that doesn't add a lot of bulk are at a disadvantage from the start.

The Droid Turbo is not a thin phone by any stretch, but Motorola worked hard to make it comfortable to hold despite the bulk added by the battery. It's a great device on its own, which makes putting a case around it complicated for some. Adding even more bulk, especially with a case that doesn't offer the same grip points on the sides and back, makes the phone noticeably less enjoyable to use. Case makers have to be careful with the finishing textured used in Droid Turbo cases if they want happy customers, and that's clearly what Amzer was aiming for with their Pudding TPU case.

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HTC One M9 gets shown off in leaked promo videos

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 01:07 PM PST

After letting loose some images of the device earlier today, Upleaks has now leaked 3 promo videos for the HTC One M9 ahead of its official unveiling at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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HTC One M9 design back-and-forth continues with new video leaks

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 01:02 PM PST

Will the HTC One M9 have an evolutionary design or an all-new look? That's the question that's been flying around the mobile world lately, and today some new videos have surfaced in support of the former.

@upleaks has posted a trio of videos that claim to show off the HTC One M9, and the device shown in the videos has a look that's largely similar to the One (M8). The phone does have a squircle camera sensor, no Duo Camera setup, and a side-mounted power/lock button, but outside of those few tweaks, we're looking at a One (M8).

Obviously this design is quite different from that one that leaked out at the end of January. That one had a fresh, new look with redesigned BoomSound speakers, a centered front-facing camera, and more. We won't know which is the real deal until March 1, but I'd say that either is possible at this point. While these leaked videos look legit, well-known leaker @evleaks has floated the theory that HTC has created a bunch of fake promo material to keep the true One M9 design a secret. Considering how heavily-leaked the One (M8) was before its announcement last year, I'd say that that theory is plausible.

Which One M9 design do you think will end up being the real thing?

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Report: New Galaxy S6 handsets to see price hike, S6 Edge will suffer from supply constraints

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 12:27 PM PST

Leaked HTC One M9 promo videos show a familiar One M8 design, new theme engine and more [VIDEO]

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 12:18 PM PST

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After leaking promo images of the HTC One M9 earlier today, @upleaks teased that videos were also incoming to cast away any doubt as to the legitimacy of his leaks. As promised, @upleaks delivered, posting 3 separate promo videos showing the HTC One M9 carrying that all too familiar One M8 design. Oddly enough, almost as soon as they went up, he removed them as to protect his sources. No matter, we got the rest of them cached and are uploading the screenshots as I type. We did manage to get one of the videos uploaded onto a site and you can watch that promo video down below (there's no audio).

There are some notable differences as pointed out in the videos. Namely, the new 2-tone finish (the same one we saw in our leak many weeks ago), and the new placement of the home button. HTC also seems to have replaced their Beats Audio software with Dolby Digital, something we doubt anyone will notice. Additional software features were also highlighted, and we'll be updating this post with more info shortly. Sit tight.

Update: Found another mirror with a compilation of all 3 videos. Not sure how long this one will stay up, but enjoy.

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What is full disk encryption in Android Lollipop?

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 12:06 PM PST

Keeping your bits and bytes as safe as possible through encryption is a complicated affair.

There's a lot of information out there about Android 5.0 Lollipop's "default" full disk encryption (FDE). Some of it is good information, some of it is bad information, and plenty of it is just repeated snippets of speculation. While this makes for good conversation — and FDE is something worth talking about — we wanted to break down the finer points into an easy-to-read discussion.

This isn't meant to be the be-all end-all document on Android encryption. Google has already posted that one. We're going to tackle the consumer-oriented questions we keep hearing. As always, use the comments for discussion so we all can learn a little something.

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Another leaked shot of the original HTC One M9 prototype appears, video evidence on the way

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 11:48 AM PST

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And here we are with another one, folks. Despite @evleaks' declaration that the original HTC One M9 prototype was a decoy build, more and more shots of the prototype are finding their way into the wild, onto promotional materials and in the hands of retailers.

Another promotional render has been leaked by @upleaks, who believes this particular design is the real deal. They're so sure, in fact, that they've promised to bring another piece of evidence more strong than anything else — video. They say to keep our eyes out for that tomorrow so we'll certainly be waking up bright and early to check.

This all sounds like some sort of witch hunt by now. Who can prove what the real HTC One M9 is? And at the end of the day, you'll have to ask yourself one more question: does it even matter?

It does for a good amount of you — we've heard how you'll be passing if it looks just like last year's HTC One M8 — but there is a sizable crowd of folks who are just as eager to buy it no matter what. Regardless of how it looks on the outside it should still be a significant enough upgrade on the inside for us to take notice, but we won't know either way until March 1st hits.

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We'll see you at GDC 2015!

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 11:38 AM PST

Posted by Greg Hartrell, Senior Product Manager of Google Play Games

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is less than one week away in San Francisco. This year we will host our annual Developer Day at West Hall and be on the Expo floor in booth #502. We're excited to give you a glimpse into how we are helping mobile game developers build successful businesses and improve user experiences.

Our Developer Day will take place in Room 2006 of the West Hall of Moscone Center on Monday, March 2. We're keeping the content action-oriented with a few presentations and lightning talks, followed by a full afternoon of hands on hacking with Google engineers. Here's a look at the schedule:

Opening Keynote || 10AM: We'll kick off the day by sharing to make your games more successful with Google. You'll hear about new platforms, new tools to make development easier, and ways to measure your mobile games and monetize them.

Running A Successful Games Business with Google || 10:30AM: Next we'll hear from Bob Meese, the Global Head of Games Business Development from Google Play, who'll offer some key pointers on how to make sure you're best taking advantage of unique tools on Google Play to grow your business effectively.

Lightning Talks || 11:15AM: Ready to absorb all the opportunities Google has to offer your game business? These quick, 5-minute talks will cover everything from FlatBuffers to Google Cast to data interpolation. To keep us on track, a gong may be involved.

Code Labs || 1:30PM: After lunch, we'll turn the room into a classroom setting where you can participate in a number of self-guided code labs focused on leveraging Analytics, Google Play game services, Firebase and VR with Cardboard. These Code Labs are completely self-paced and will be available throughout the afternoon. If you want admission to the code labs earlier, sign up for Priority Access here!

Also, be sure to check out the Google booth on the Expo floor to get hands on experiences with Project Tango, Niantic Labs and Cardboard starting on Wednesday, March 4. Our teams from AdMob, AdWords, Analytics, Cloud Platform and Firebase will also be available to answer any of your product questions.

For more information on our presence at GDC, including a full list of our talks and speaker details, please visit g.co/dev/gdc2015. Please note that these events are part of the official Game Developer's Conference, so you will need a pass to attend. If you can't attend GDC in person, you can still check out our morning talks on our livestream at http://ift.tt/1DP99Be.

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Official Superbike Game SBK14 Slides Into The Play Store Months After The Race Is Over

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 11:37 AM PST

SBK-Thumb The Superbike World Championship is a chance for riders to take modified versions of publicly available motorcycles and take them to the track in countries all over the world. The 2014 season may be over, but that doesn't mean some Android-toting fans haven't been craving a chance to get a virtual taste of the action. After months of waiting, the timely-released iOS game has made its way over to Google Play.

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Official Superbike Game SBK14 Slides Into The Play Store Months After The Race Is Over was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Chainfire Updates CF.lumen To v3.0 With Unrooted Mode, 'Freeload' Option, And More

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 11:37 AM PST

cf Chainfire's screen modifying app CF.lumen has been updated to v3.0 with a few important changes, not least of which is a mode for unrooted devices. You won't get full functionality, but it's better than nothing, right? If you want to verify that, you can also get all the pro features for free now. Seriously.

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Here's the changelog for v3.0.

  • Added KCAL driver (see XDA thread for details)

  • Added Rootless driver (see XDA thread for details)

  • Added freeload option

  • Backuptool script updated (requires un-/reinstall of driver to become active)

If you load CF.lumen on an unrooted device, it will automatically default to using the rootless driver.

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Chainfire Updates CF.lumen To v3.0 With Unrooted Mode, 'Freeload' Option, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Twitter for Android gets ‘While you were away’ feature

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 11:33 AM PST


While we like to keep a close eye on our timelines, it is nearly impossible to monitor Twitter at all times. That is why Twitter introduced the 'While you were away' feature to recap missed content that a user would find valuable. Twitter collects top tweets published between timeline checks. A banner at the top of the display reads "While you were away…" followed by the content. Initially, iOS devices were exclusive to the feature; however, Twitter is rolling it out for Android today.

The 'While you were away' feature does not appear to be included in a download-required update.

Source: Twitter

Come comment on this article: Twitter for Android gets 'While you were away' feature

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Kyocera will unveil a solar charging smartphone prototype at MWC

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 11:29 AM PST

HTC One M9 leaks show an iterative design

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 11:23 AM PST

More images of the HTC One M9 seem to have leaked ahead of the HTC flagship's expected reveral at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. The design is rather iterative, building on the curvy all-metal language established by the One M7 and One M8 before it.

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The best weather apps for Android

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 11:23 AM PST

We can always talk about the weather … and weather apps. And these are some of the best weather apps for Android.

Unless you happen to live in a holodeck or maybe a climate-controlled biodome, the weather has ways of encroaching on our lives if we're not prepared for it. Maybe you should've grabbed a jacket before that cold front blew through. Maybe today's line of storms weren't the best time to wear a white top. Maybe you should've shoveled the driveway now before the last cold blast blew through and froze your driveway solid. Save yourself from an ice slick, or a cold wind blowing through your thin shirt, and keep a weather app handy. Your phone may have come with a weather app or widget, but that should never stop you from checking out the competition.

And so while we're about to showcase apps that will vary drastically in bells and whistles, keep in mind that if the weather data that app provides isn't accurate enough for your particular place, then you should keep looking for something that does.

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Prezi's New Android App Zooms Into The Play Store Raring To View Your Presentations

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 10:34 AM PST

Prezi-Thumb When I was in high school, we were taught how to use PowerPoint. Before I graduated from college, Prezi presentations were starting to feel just as commonplace. The latter allowed students to create lively, zoom-able slideshows online and access them from wherever they could connect to Wi-Fi. Starting now, they will be able to access them from their Android devices as well.

Okay, students have been able to fire up Prezi on iOS for years, but that doesn't diminish how many stand to benefit from this release.

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Prezi's New Android App Zooms Into The Play Store Raring To View Your Presentations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Carriers think the Galaxy S6 Edge is prettier than the iPhone 6

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 06:23 AM PST

The Galaxy S6 Edge, teased by T-Mobile. For the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung is ditching all of its tacky plastic in favor of an all-new design made entirely from premium materials — and already its efforts are paying off. According to carrier partners that have been given a sneak peek at the next-generation devices ahead of their official debuts on

The post Carriers think the Galaxy S6 Edge is prettier than the iPhone 6 appeared first on Cult of Android.

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