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T-Mobile won't just pay your ETF — they'll pay off your phone as well

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 11:36 AM PDT

T-Mobile's new Carrier Freedom program is designed to steal customers from Verizon and AT&T by offering to pay all of their outstanding phone payments and device leases.

T-Mobile announced this plan as part of their "Uncarrier 9.0" press event. It says that this new program is for phone or tablet customers who bought their devices on AT&T Next or Verizon Edge plans.

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T-Mobile announces new plans for businesses, starting at $16 a line

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 11:22 AM PDT

T-Mobile has announced its latest Un-carrier move, this one aimed at businesses.

T-Mobile will offer businesses plans with unlimited talk and text, with 1GB of data included, for $16 a month for 10 to 19 lines.

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Grab the Samsung Galaxy Tab A stock wallpapers here!

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 11:18 AM PDT


Yesterday, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab A lineup in Russia, and today, thanks to SamMobile, we can download the full set of official wallpapers that come preloaded on the slates.

Hit the break for the full gallery.

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Downloading a wallpaper is extremely easy. Simply click on the image you wish to save. You will then be redirected to a webpage where you'll be presented with the full-sized picture. Right-click, or press and hold on a mobile device, and select "Save Image As".

Source: SamMobile

Come comment on this article: Grab the Samsung Galaxy Tab A stock wallpapers here!

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Futuremark Releases Alternative 3DMark 'Sling Shot' Benchmark For Android To Make Your Brand New Phone Cry

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 11:17 AM PDT

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Some graphical benchmarks are meant to be fairly boring but reliable tests of visual output - the reliable Quadrant benchmark from Aurora Softworks is a good example. Others create an intense graphical test by making a fully-realized 3D environment, essentially a tech demo that's meant to be a digital ruler for the performance of competing components or devices. 3DMark's Android benchmark, with its space battle cutscene, is one of these tests.

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Futuremark Releases Alternative 3DMark 'Sling Shot' Benchmark For Android To Make Your Brand New Phone Cry was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Gameloft To Make Modern Combat 5 Free-To-Play In Next Update

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 11:17 AM PDT

MC5-Thumb Modern Combat 5's release was hardly unexpected. After all, it's a sequel in one of the most popular franchises on Google Play. Nevertheless, it was a surprise to see the Gameloft title launch without a single in-app purchase in sight. In exchange, the publisher priced the title at $7. Reasonable.

Ryan put the game through its paces, and while it wasn't without its caveats, it easily provided enough content to justify the price tag.

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Gameloft To Make Modern Combat 5 Free-To-Play In Next Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Deal: Pick up the Jive Jumbo Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker for 42% off

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 11:12 AM PDT

Weekly Photo Contest: Breakfast

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 11:07 AM PDT

We're always told breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this week it'll be the most important meal to photograph if you want a shot at winning the photo contest. We want to see the best pictures you can snag related to your morning meal of choice — we're sure there will be plenty of great shots this week.

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Microsoft is making Windows 10 ROMs for Android smartphones

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 10:53 AM PDT

The HTC One M8 for Windows. Photo: HTC Swapping Android for Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year may not require you to buy a brand new smartphone. Microsoft is working on ROMs that will allow users to swap Google's operating system for its own on selected devices. Microsoft is currently working with Xiaomi to develop a Windows 10 ROM —

The post Microsoft is making Windows 10 ROMs for Android smartphones appeared first on Cult of Android.

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U.S. availability for the HTC One M9 begins April 10th

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 10:25 AM PDT

AW 4.4 code suggests Android Wear may eventually support iOS

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 10:25 AM PDT

Get the new Moto X with a bamboo back for just $259

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 10:22 AM PDT

The Moto X with a bamboo back. Photo: Motorola If you're looking for a killer deal on one of 2014's best smartphones, look no further than this eBay offer on the second-generation Moto X with a bamboo back — which is now just $259 on Verizon. The device included in the deal is a 16GB model, and obviously comes without a contract. The listing

The post Get the new Moto X with a bamboo back for just $259 appeared first on Cult of Android.

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HTC plans to steal some of Samsung’s thunder, commits to April 10th US release date for HTC One M9

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 10:18 AM PDT

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The HTC One M9 has already been launched in Taiwan, but the company has been a bit hushy about release dates for other regions. Thankfully the questions are over for those of us in the United States: the HTC One M9 will be available starting April 10th (which coincidentally happens to be the day Samsung is launching the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge).

That news was revealed during a Q&A session with HTC's Jason McKenzie this morning as he took questions regarding the company's groundbreaking new "Uh-Oh Protection" plan.

Details are scarce, but McKenzie was clear in saying that availability would only "start" April 10th. Whether that be at retail or through one or more carriers at the same time is yet to be determined, but it's important to know that they're not promising every carrier and store will have it on that day.

What he did promise is that the phone will eventually make its way to all major carriers in the United States, which we identify to be Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular.

Other interesting notes from the Q&A:

  • Uh-Oh Protection is available no matter which carrier or retailer you buy your device from

  • Phones with root or custom ROMs are eligible to be replaced under Uh-Oh Protection

  • Uh-Oh Protection does not cover lost or stolen devices

  • The $100 credit to buy the next HTC One you get for going 12 months without an accident is not dependent on trading your HTC One M9 in — you can keep your old phone and still use your credit for a new one (or trade the phone in and stack the credit on top of that)

  • Uh-Oh Protection will be available for buyers of the HTC One M8, but only if you buy your HTC One M8 after the HTC One M9 has launched.

Let us know if you'll be planning to pick one up once they finally hit store shelves.

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Watch T-Mobile's latest Uncarrier event here at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT!

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 10:08 AM PDT

Up next, folks, is T-Mobile's latest "Uncarrier" event. This one's been branded "A real piece of work," so we'll have to see what John Legere & Co. have up their sleeves.

Strap in. It should be good.

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OnePlus One prices increasing in Europe starting March 25 thanks to exchange rates

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 10:08 AM PDT

The falling value of the Euro will drive up the price of the OnePlus One starting on March 25 across Europe.

OnePlus has made the tough decision to raise the cost of the OnePlus One across Europe as the Euro continues to drop in value. New pricing will go into affect on March 25, which leaves one more Tuesday of open sales before the increase.

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Motion Tennis for Android is here for all the racket swinging you ever need

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 10:08 AM PDT

Rolecule Games has been creating innovative games for the iPhone and Apple TV for a while now, and finally, the first of them has made the leap to Android and Chromecast. Motion Tennis is a tennis game you play across both devices with the motion of swinging your hand with your phone in it simulating the movements in the game.

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HTC One M9 launching in the U.S. from April 10

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 09:37 AM PDT

During the company's Uh-oh presentation on YouTube, HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie has revealed that the HTC One M9 will begin to hit the U.S. market from April 10.

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Watch HTC's 'Uh-oh' video presentation live

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 09:21 AM PDT

HTC's special presentation beings at 9 a.m. PDT.

This morning HTC announced Uh-oh protection, the next evolution of its old HTC Advantage program, which gives HTC One M9 buyers in the U.S. a year of free cover against accidental damage. Following up on this morning's announcement, HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie will be taking questions as part of a live video presentation, streamed on YouTube. Check past the break to watch the live video!

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TeamViewer QuickSupport Adds Android TV Compatibility For When Your Dad Needs Help With His New Nexus TV

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 09:20 AM PDT

unnamed Or your mom, or grandparents, or siblings or children, whatever. The point is that TeamViewer thinks that there's a market for remote support on Android TV. The QuickSupport app allows remote users to remotely view and control an Android device from a standard PC - it's essentially the reverse of a conventional remote desktop app. And now it works on your TV! How 'bout that.

Honestly, the Android TV interface is so stripped down and simple - think Roku meets the Play Store - that it's hard to imagine a situation where someone would buy a unit for themselves and not be able to operate it.

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TeamViewer QuickSupport Adds Android TV Compatibility For When Your Dad Needs Help With His New Nexus TV was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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iRig 2 mobile guitar interface launches with better sound, more flexibility

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 09:07 AM PDT

IK Multimedia has announced that iRig 2, their followup to their successful guitar interface for mobile devices, is now shipping.

iRig 2 aims to provide better sound quality and increased flexibility over its predecessor. The interface still plugs into the headphone jack on your Android device, letting you send your guitar's signals to compatible apps.

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OnePlus One’s Lollipop updates will be out by the end of March

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 09:04 AM PDT

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OnePlus has always sad the Lollipop upgrade for their OnePlus One was right around the corner, but we haven't gotten an official release date… until now. The company promising that both the Lollipop-based Oxygen OS and Cyanogen OS 12 will be out by the end of March.

Here are the timelines they're dishing out for each of the two Lollipop ROMs that will be available:

  • CM 12S: The official OTA update for the OnePlus One will be released on or before March 30, 2015

  • OxygenOS: available for download on or before March 27, 2015

In case you don't remember, Oxygen OS is a new ROM built internally by the folks who once headed up the popular Paranoid Android ROM. Cyanogen Os will remain the standard software for the OnePlus One for now, so that's the only one you'll be able to get over-the-air. Those interested in using OxygenOS can manually download and flash the ROM at their own convenience.

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Oh, and if you don't believe OnePlus is serious about meeting the deadlines stated above, they've promised to give away 5 64GB units of these things if either release window is missed. No skin off their back to give away 5 phones should they happen to miss it, of course, but that is still 5 phones they won't be making profit on – that's what we call ballsy. Be sure to keep an eye out on your phone and the OnePlus One forums in case they're able to push the update out of the door sooner than expected.

[via OnePlus]

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Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Event' winners!

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 08:52 AM PDT

Our photo contests themselves aren't exactly big events, but this week we were looking for pictures of events that you were a part of. We ended up with lots of great entries this week, and we narrowed it down to just two that are going to take home prizes this week. Read along with us and see the winning entries.

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How to get March Madness scores with Google Now

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 08:37 AM PDT

The Big Dance is just beginning ...

And while there are apps aplenty to keep bracket-makers and die-hard fans watching and trash-talking, not all of us need that. Some of us just want to see how far our local team has gotten so far. Some of us just need a quick way to find out what channel the next good game's going to be on. Some of us just want a quick way to get the score and then get on with our lives.

Some of us just need Google Now.

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Super Mario on Android? Nintendo announces they will finally release mobile games

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 08:34 AM PDT

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Having Nintendo's games on other platforms is something we've always asked for, and it seems like the Japanese gaming giant is finally giving in to that plea. The company has confirmed that they are in partnership with mobile game publishing house DeNA to release games under the Big N banner on smartphones and tablets later this year.

Unfortunately details of the deal weren't made clear. We don't know if they will look to port existing games or create new ones, whether they'll look to use their existing intellectual IPs or create new ones. We don't even know how many games Nintendo is planning to release or whether this is just a one-time deal.

But it's huge of Nintendo to even make movement on the mobile front for a few different reasons:

  • Nintendo has been reluctant to join the mobile bandwagon in the past, likely in a bid to boost demand for their own hardware.

  • Nintendo is historically stubborn, and proud to be so. Case in point: we still don't have a full-blown console RPG for Pokemon despite fans basically promising to buy a Wii U if they do.

  • There's no incentive for Nintendo to see the mobile scene do well as they don't sell smartphones like their competitors Sony and Microsoft.

So why bother? Well, their console strategy isn't exactly working. Despite beating Sony and Microsoft to market in the latest generation they've struggled to get any strong momentum with the Wii U. In fact, they're already working on a new console set to be released at some point next year.

We'd say this is a case of Nintendo finally figuring out that they need to adapt to a rapid-changing industry. Great companies are applauded when they can stick to their beliefs and do well without reacting to trends, but those who know when it's time to swallow pride are held in even higher regard. We're hoping this new focus on mobile is simply the first step for them in a wide sweeping of changes they so desperately need to make.

[via Wii U Daily]

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge UK pre-orders begin March 20th

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 08:27 AM PDT

How smartphones are changing the way we shop

Posted: 18 Mar 2015 08:27 AM PDT

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