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HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6 pre-orders kick off: which are you buying?

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 03:12 PM PDT

How the AC editors use (or don't use) their Chromebooks

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 02:51 PM PDT

The one where we ask ourselves if a Chromebook works for us.

We're pretty bullish on Chromebooks around here. Even though they may not fit our lives quite right, we know that for plenty of folks a good, sturdy and inexpensive Chromebook is just the ticket for the things they need. We've talked about the pros and cons since Google first sent out the CR-48 units as a pilot. We'll continue to talk about the pros and cons, because we think the idea of a Chromebook is a great one.

Today we're going around the table to see how we use our Chromebooks. Or why we don't use a Chromebook. I have a feeling that our personal needs and wants will mirror what plenty of our readers think, on both sides of the argument.

Sit back and have a read to see how we do it.

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Using Amazon's Kindle app to read all the books

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 02:06 PM PDT

Amazon has built an empire, a big part of which is giving you everything you need to never want to leave.

The original Kindle experience was the spark that took ebooks from a cool thing that one friend of yours did to make all of their books digital to a global phenomenon that has threatened the very existence of brick and mortar book stores. Amazon created an experience where all of the books you could possibly want to read were easy to access, reasonably priced, and offered a simple yet powerful user interface.

A lot has changed since Amazon's first attempt at the Kindle, including the expansion beyond their own ereaders. The Amazon app is one of the most popular digital reading experiences out there, due largely to those same core values that made ebooks cool in the first place.

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Snag the Android Auto compatible Pioneer AVH-4100NEX for just $570 from Amazon

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 02:06 PM PDT

Amazon currently has a pretty good deal going on the recently-released Android Auto-sporting Pioneer AVH-4100NEX — dropping the price of the unit to just $569.95.

While the unit carries an MSRP of $700, Amazon's deal marks it down from its previous price of $849.99. While it's still a tad expensive, the discount makes it a bit easier to get some Android Auto into your car.

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Expensify Gets A New Tab Bar, Launcher Button, And Other Design Changes In Update To Version 5.0

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 02:05 PM PDT

Expensify-Thumb Nearly two years after Expensify's last major version number change, the expenses-tracking app has hit 5.0. Like any x.0 release worth its weight, users are treated to a substantial visual overhaul. And don't worry, the company's covering it.

Expensify's former home screen is gone. Developers have crammed the same content into a new tab bar and a launcher button at the bottom of the app. It still looks more iOS than Android, but folks who prefer things at this end of the phone will be happy not to have to reach up as often anymore.

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Expensify Gets A New Tab Bar, Launcher Button, And Other Design Changes In Update To Version 5.0 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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This GIF wonderfully illustrates the evolution of Samsung’s Galaxy S line

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 01:49 PM PDT

Samsung Galaxy S evolution

It's hard to believe that original Samsung Galaxy S was announced all the way back in March of 2010 without an LED flash or even 1080p video recording. Since then, the device has slowly evolved every year, eventually reaching the 6th iteration, the premium Samsung Galaxy S6 we see today.

The folks at GadgetLove are at it again, compiling every Galaxy S6 iteration into a single, mighty morphing GIF. Mesmerizing, isn't it? While Samsung has largely kept to the same "Galaxy S" design language throughout the years, sometimes it's easy to forget how far we've come since 2010. Anyone out there own every Galaxy S iteration?

Check out our original Samsung Galaxy S review right here .


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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 01:43 PM PDT

Sony’s augmented reality glasses are now available for $840

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 01:43 PM PDT

Here's how you can be one of the first 30 people in the U.S. to get an ASUS ZenFone 2!

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 12:37 PM PDT

Fifteen hard-core Android Central Forums members are getting a first crack at reviewing ASUS' newest flagship phone. Now we're looking for the next 15.

ASUS is gearing up to release the ZenFone 2 this spring. But that's really just the beginning of the story of this phone. And we'll help tell that story, for sure. But the first chapters are going to be written by you, the members of Android Central.

We're giving you a chance to get your hands on the ZenFone 2 before just about anyone else. Fifteen of our most prolific forums posters will be among the first to get to take the ZenFone 2 out for a test run. They'll get to know the ins and outs of the phone and give the skinny before anyone else. But they're not the only lucky ones. We're looking for 15 more to give the ZenFone 2 a go. That's where you come in. So that's 30 lucky winners testing out a top-end ZenFone 2 — with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage! — before just about anyone else.

Think you have what it takes? Read on for the details.

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Third-party tweak fixes Lollipop’s memory leak on rooted Androids

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 12:23 PM PDT

Lollipop's dreaded memory leak is fixed for some. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android Lollipop's memory leak has been plaguing Nexus users since Android 5.0 was released late last year, and despite several updates since then, Google has failed to fix it. Fortunately, third-party developers have stepped in with a patch. The tweak is intended for devices running AOSP ROMs based on Android 5.0 and up, and it's available

The post Third-party tweak fixes Lollipop's memory leak on rooted Androids appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Google brings data saving from mobile to the desktop with a new Chrome extension

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 12:18 PM PDT

Slack launches two-factor authentication following unauthorized database access

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 12:07 PM PDT

Slack has enabled two-factor authorization for users, following unauthorized access to their database which stores user profile information.

Slack had the database which stores user profile information accessed without authorization, and to ensure account security they have rolled out two-factor authorization for all accounts. A very small number of accounts were found to be affected by suspicious activity, and Slack has already reached out to those users.

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DOWNLOAD: All of the stock wallpapers from the HTC One M9+ (Quad HD)

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 12:04 PM PDT


We don't expect the HTC One M9+ to have many different wallpapers compared to the flagship that was officially released today, but they did have to be upscaled to Quad HD resolution. Here's the full set of wallpapers swiped straight from the HTC One M9+ we're expecting HTC to announce in April (click to enlarge):

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DoorDash Delivery Service Rings Google Play's Doorbell, Is Now Ready To Serve Android

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 12:00 PM PDT

DoorDash-Thumb DoorDash gets food from a local restaurant to your door without you having to check the establishment's website to see if the place delivers. Just fire up the app, do a quick search, and place your order. You can browse through menus and track deliver through status updates. Payments are handled through the app.

Since 2013, the service has been an iOS exclusive. Now it's available in the Play Store (it's about time.

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DoorDash Delivery Service Rings Google Play's Doorbell, Is Now Ready To Serve Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Planning ahead: HTC One M9 cases

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 11:52 AM PDT

We've narrowed down our top cases for the HTC One M9 that should serve well in shielding against damage

With all the buzz around the HTC One M9, we're just sitting here, thinking ahead about how best to protect the device. Skins, hard cases, side pouches, hybrids — we're not bias. But we are taking our selections into serious consideration before hitting the streets with a brand new device.

Jump past the break and check out which cases for HTC One M9 made the list.

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New LG flagship smartphone rumored to launch late April with a curved display

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 11:37 AM PDT

LG is said to be launching a new flagship with a curved display towards the end of April.

LG may be bringing the curved display from the G Flex line to their next flagship smartphone, which is rumored to be launching towards the end of April. Their next flagship, which is probably the LG G4, is said to feature a Quad-HD display somewhere around 5-inches in size that is also curved. With the G Flex series, LG offers a curved and flexible display, but this display may just feature the curve without the flex.

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Test drive the HTC One M9 at select Best Buy locations, see for yourself if it’s worth the hype

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 11:34 AM PDT

HTC One M9 wild 1

Sometimes seeing is believing. When it comes to the HTC One M9, it's definitely one of the most beautiful Android devices to date (it has been since the One M8). The premium aluminum materials, 2-tone finish, and polished edges, pick one up and you'll feel the difference right away. HTC knows this and it's why you'll soon be able to give the One M9 a whirl at your local Best Buy.

We know, everyone has been coming down kind of hard on HTC for nearly recycling last year's design. But it's not entirely unheard of in mobile. Take a look at the last few Sony Xperia flagships, LG's devices, or even Samsung's, and you'll have a hard time telling them apart from their latest. We loved the way the HTC One M9 felt in the hand when we played around with it at Mobile World Congress and quite honestly, we think you will too.

If you're on the fence about which new Android to buy this year — the HTC One M9 or the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge — it seems Best Buy has you covered. For store availability (you'll want to call ahead of time to make sure they have a display set up), you can check out Best Buy's HTC One M9 landing page here .

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HTC’s Vive VR headset will be free to qualified developers

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 11:23 AM PDT

Vive, HTC's VR headset. Photo: HTC If there's one way to encourage developers to build software for a brand new device, it's to give them that device absolutely free. That's what Valve and HTC are doing with the new Vive VR headset, which won't cost a penny if you're a qualified developer. Valve and HTC have already been providing Vive Developer

The post HTC's Vive VR headset will be free to qualified developers appeared first on Cult of Android.

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What Sci-Fi tech are you most looking forward to seeing in the years to come?

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 11:14 AM PDT

Vine now supports 720p video viewing from the Android app

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 11:14 AM PDT

Vine now supports higher-resolution 720p video as viewed from the Android app, with video uploads for that same resolution coming soon for those users.

Vine announced the new higher-resolution videos in a blog post, adding that they will be viewable on both their iOS and Android apps "over the coming days".

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Moving from an iPhone to the Galaxy S6? You need to know these things

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 10:43 AM PDT

It only takes a few minutes to move in to your new smartphone, as long as you push the right buttons.

Switching phones has always been kind of a pain, and smartphones didn't so much make things easier as create different problems along the way. If you're an iPhone user planning to grab a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, it's not going to take you long to notice how moving from one ecosystem to the other isn't exactly as simple as entering in a username and password. Not to worry, though, we've got everything you need right here.

The biggest challenges when moving from iOS to Android is making sure you're not jumping through hoops on the simple stuff. Contacts, email, social networking, and any photos or files you want to move over. As long as you still have your iPhone nearby, all of this stuff is a breeze once you know what buttons to push.

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SmartEyeglass, Sony's augmented reality glasses, now available in 10 countries for $840

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 10:43 AM PDT

Sony's SmartEyeglass is officially available in 10 countries around the world, priced at $840.

Sony SmartEyeglass is their take on a Google Glass type product, which changes the way you interact with your surroundings is now available for purchase. The device will connect to compatible smartphones, allowing text to be rendered, and symbols and images to be shown in your field of view. Back in February we saw pre-orders for the device begin for developers and enterprise customers.

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The newest HTC One M9 commercial still doesn’t show what makes the device stand out

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 10:43 AM PDT

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 10:27 AM PDT

New shake-up at HTC as designer Becker announces departure

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 10:11 AM PDT


HTC's management team has been shaken again this week as their VP of Industrial Design, Jonah Becker, has announced he is departing from the company. Becker took over from his predecessor Scott Croyle less than a year ago as the lead designer for the company. Those two, along with Claude Zellweger, were principals with One & Co, a design firm that HTC acquired back in 2008. Zellweger will continue to work on connected products for HTC's line, but a statement from the company says Creative Director Daniel Hundt will be taking over Becker's role and will focus on the company's smartphones.

According to some sources, there is a growing struggle within HTC between the design team and the sales team. This could be the reason HTC has seen two lead designers leave the company now within the space of a year.

HTC issued the following statement concerning Becker's departure:

We can confirm that Jonah Becker has left HTC; he had been with the Company since HTC acquired One & Co over six years ago. We would like to thank Jonah for his work with HTC, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. He has been succeeded by Daniel Hundt, based in our San Francisco design office.

Becker's move comes only one week after Peter Chou moved on from his role as CEO to lead the new Future Development Lab. In his place, chairwoman Cher Wang took over as CEO. Thus far there is no indication that Becker's decision was directly related to that change in leadership.

source: @JonahABecker

via: Engadget

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