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LastPass gets a material update on Android

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 03:12 PM PDT


The LastPass password manager app for Android got an update this week to incorporate Google's Material Design philosophy for Android. As part of the announcement of LastPass's update, the company also announced they were partnering with Samsung to offer a premium upgrade to buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge as part of the Samsung Galaxy Gifts program.

The Material Design update to LastPass includes changes one would expect. There is now a floating button for new actions like adding a site or a secure note. LastPass now uses the "hamburger" menu or a left edge swipe to access the main menu. Within that menu, LastPass now includes a Settings option that has been simplified unless a user wants to dig in deeper for more advanced stuff.

The overall look of the app uses more white space and a simpler color palette. This should make everything easier to read for users. One big change regular users of the app may notice is that it now opens to the Vault instead of to the browser mode. LastPass says this change was implemented in response to the extensive feedback received from customers asking for this.

LastPass included a number of bug fixes and stability improvements as well with this update.

If you are a new owner of a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge and want to give LastPass a try, you can check the Samsung Galaxy Apps store to receive a free Premium upgrade. If you already have a Premium account, the gift from the partnership with Samsung will extend your expiration date.

You can use the Google Play download link below to get the LastPass for Android app if you want to give it a try.

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Material Design Music Player Gramophone Now Available In Public Beta On The Play Store

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 02:36 PM PDT

unnamed Are you looking for a local music player that fits in with your oh-so Material Android 5.1 custom ROM? Then let you fingers do the walking to Gramophone, now available on the Play Store. This stand-alone music app has been in private beta for some time, but now you can grab it without even messing with that awkward Google+ community invitation system. It's a free download for Android 4.1 or later.

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Material Design Music Player Gramophone Now Available In Public Beta On The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Legere, Trump launch flame war over the weekend

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 02:33 PM PDT


T-Mobile CEO John Legere is no stranger to having his tweets picked up and turned into headlines, a limelight that he seems to relish as he continues to push T-Mobile up through the ranks of U.S. carriers. Likewise, Donald Trump seems to be one of those larger-than-life characters in U.S. culture and he is not afraid to Tweet. Unfortunately, the two crossed paths over the weekend and it was not pretty although it has been entertaining for those who enjoy a good flame war.

It all started when Legere tweeted about some noise in his hotel room at a Trump property caused by some street musicians. For some unknown reason, Trump took this as an invitation to respond that "T-Mobile service is terrible!" and asking why it cannot be improved. In response to that, Legere posted that he was immediately leaving Trump's hotel.

The sniping has continued throughout the weekend. Trump has even gone so far as to criticize Legere's hair after the T-Mobile chief posted a picture while out for a run with his daughter. You read that right – Trump was criticizing someone's hairdo.

The flaming seems to be dying down, especially after Legere indicated he was done and would no longer be retweeting any of the memes that the Internet was generating. Whether the two gentlemen were really annoyed and irritated with each other or just realized they could have some fun pushing on each other is unknown.

sources: @realDonaldTrump, @JohnLegere

image via: GeekWire

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Are the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge overpriced?

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 01:59 PM PDT

Friday Debate: Apple Watch, Galaxy S6, and One M9

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 01:42 PM PDT

Samsung takes gentle dig at Apple in welcoming them to smartwatch market

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 01:42 PM PDT


In a recent interview with CNBC, Samsung's VP for mobile in Europe Rory O'Neill indicated the tech giant is "delighted" to see Apple entering the wearable market. O'Neill says the source of the pleasure Samsung derives from Apple's move is because it confirms there is a market for wearable devices.

"Great competitors offer great things to consumers and the fact that there are so many great competitors in this space mean that there is absolutely a market. I mean, that's what it tells you."

The presence of Apple as a competitor in the smartwatch space means everyone, including Android Wear device manufacturers, will have to step up their game. That will be a win for consumers everywhere no matter which platform they opt to buy.

In making these comments, O'Neill did manage to take a dig at Apple by noting that "Apple has followed us into that market." Samsung has already produced several wearable devices, including smartwatches, over the past couple years. Considering all the lawsuits between the companies arguing about who was first, Samsung seems to be enjoying a position of being a relatively long-term player in the market compared to Apple.

source: TechRadar

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AC editors' apps of the week: Microtrip, Snapseed, Timely and more

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 01:39 PM PDT

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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Galaxy S6 Edge Battery Life – First 24 hours

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 11:11 AM PDT

We go hands-on with the Huawei SnapTo

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 11:06 AM PDT

Huawei has recently announced the SnapTo and we got to play with it for a few minutes at a media event in New York. The Huawei SnapTo is an unlocked LTE Android device with some decent specs for under $200. It supports LTE for T-Mobile, AT&T, along with smaller wireless service providers.

Want to see it in action? Check out our Huawei SnapTo hands-on video.

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Top accessories for the Moto X (2014)

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 10:51 AM PDT

A phone can be awesome all on its own, but when you bring accessories to the party, it can reach new heights.

While users could certainly just buy a phone and have that be the end of it, if you want to help get the most out of your Moto X, there's a few accessories you should consider investing in beyond a simple case. And after our months with the Moto X, here are the accessories that we believe can take your Moto X experience to the next level.

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Oppo N3 image processing updated, we compare it, gauge reactions

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 10:45 AM PDT

LG G4 leaked in all of its leather-bound glory

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 07:36 AM PDT

Save 50% today on this protective skin case for the Droid Turbo

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 06:23 AM PDT

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LG G4 preview: Everything we know so far

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 04:53 AM PDT

Thanks to a slow trickle of info from LG — and a torrent of new details from a leaked microsite — we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the company's biggest smartphone release of 2015 — the LG G4.

The LG G4 is almost upon us. The Korean company has been announcing some of its next flagship's headline features over the past week, and more recently a leaked (and only partially complete) microsite for the phone dropped even more info on us.

Between all the various details emerging online, the G4 is slowly starting to come into focus, and we've brought all the information you need to know — both official and unofficial — into this extensive preview. Join us after the break.

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Android Authority this week

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 02:10 AM PDT

Samsung Galaxy S6 International Giveaway!

Posted: 12 Apr 2015 02:10 AM PDT

Project Tango Price Cut in Half, to become Available for More Users

Posted: 11 Apr 2015 10:48 PM PDT

If you've been waiting for your very own Project Tango (and you already have an invitation), now is your time to make your move. The formerly $1024 tablet that performs real-time 3D spatial mapping is now only $512. The price has been effectively cut in half to bring it more in line with most developers' budgets.

This news comes from emails sent out to those who are holding on to Project Tango invites, but have not yet purchased a device. The email went on to say that the reason for the price drop is to encourage first-round developers to purchase the device before it is made available to more people. So if you find yourself wanting a Tango Tablet, be patient for just a little longer, and you will finally get yours soon.

Source: Android Police

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LG G4 receives leak and a complete website

Posted: 11 Apr 2015 06:32 PM PDT

The LG G4 has just received a massive leak, courtesy of @evleaks. Not only is there a full picture of the front of the device, there's also a link to a full official microsite for the G4 that's full of specs, images and pretty much everything that you could possibly imagine about the G4. With that in mind, the best course of action is to dive right into the specs of the device.

The LG G4 will feature a 5.5-inch IPS QHD display that utilizes LG Quantum technology for increased brightness and more vivid colors. Inside, the device will be powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM, which is dependent on whether you choose 16GB or 32GB of storage for the device. Other specs will include a removable 3000mAh battery, wireless charging, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB 2.0, HDMI SlimPort and while the site lists the OS as Android 4.4.2 KitKat, all of the images are using Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is what the G4 will use.

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And, of course, the camera is the star of the show. LG is placing a lot of emphasis on the camera, and with good reason. The G4 is equipped with a 13-megapixel shooter that features laser autofocus, an infrared color spectrum sensor, optical image stabilization 2.0, dual LED flash and a redesigned camera app that's both fast as well as equipped with fully manual controls over the camera.

The design of the G4 deserves a mention. The G4 features a slim arc design like the G3, allowing it to curve naturally in your hand. The front of the phone features fairly small bezels and a subtly patterned glass that makes for a nice design touch. The back of the G4 comes in plastic with a hammered texture and three color options of metallic gray, ceramic white, and shiny gold. You can also get a leather version that features a swatch of leather with a distinct stitch down the center of the phone. The leather option comes in six color choices of black, orange (traditional leather), cranberry, baby blue, gold and yellow.

All in all, the G4 is shaping up to be a fantastic phone. The site has been pulled down now, but thanks to Android Central, you can still see a few of the images below.

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In pictures: Is this the LG G4?

Posted: 11 Apr 2015 05:08 PM PDT

A collection of LG G4 images from the recent microsite leak

Thanks to the leaking in full of an apparent LG G4 Korean microsite we have a pretty good idea what to expect from LG's next flagship phone. As the leaked site likely won't stay online forever, we've collated just about all the leaked G4 images, and present them below for your perusal. Behold, our best look yet at what might be LG's leather-clad 2015 flagship...

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Xiaomi schedules ‘global Mi phone premiere’ for April 23

Posted: 11 Apr 2015 03:32 PM PDT

LG is going to show off the G4 on April 28, but it looks like the Life's Good crew won't have the end of April all to itself.

Xiaomi's Indian page now includes a teaser that reads "i IS COMING" and says that there's an event happening in New Delhi, India, at 2:30 pm (5:00 am ET) on April 23. The only things we know about the event is that it's going to include the reveal of a global Mi phone and that Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, President Bin Lin, and VP Hugo Barra are all going to be there.


Right now, the only thing that we really know about the purpose of this event is that some new Mi phone is going to be shown there. Exactly what the phone is and what features it'll include are a mystery. With three of Xiaomi's top executives making the trip there, though, it's clear that this event is a big deal for Xiaomi. The good news is that we've only got another 12 days to wait before all is revealed. Stay tuned.

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