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Deal: Pick up an Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet for just $79 ($60 off)

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 11:03 AM PDT

Dead Trigger 2 players can win prizes by creating their own animated storylines

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 11:02 AM PDT

Dead Trigger 2 Zombie Date

Dead Trigger 2 has been around for a fair amount of time now, receiving new content such as the Valentine's Day update to help keep it fresh. In case you were getting antsy for even more, Madfinger Games has teamed up with Plotagon and come up with a way for users to create new animated storylines using the existing characters.

To start off, Madfinger Games and Plotagon are holding a competition where users will be able to turn their stories into animated content, with every week having a different theme. This week's theme is Zombie Date. You can use the scenes, sounds and characters to make your very own story come to life.

Needless to say, prizes are on offer, with the winner receiving a Golden AK47 as well as all Plotagon content which adds up to around $130. Second prize consists of 2,500 DT2 in-game currency plus all available Plotagon content while 3rd place gets 1,000 in-game currency as well as all available Plotagon content. All you have to do is download Plotagon, and create a video based on the week's theme. Then, name your creation, publish it and get your friends to like and share it as well. The winner will be decided according to how many votes it receives at Plotagon's website.

There is a small catch here, in that the Plotagon software is only available for iOS, PC, and Mac operating systems. Boo! But as an Android user you should not be deterred by this blatant discrimination, you should rather concentrate on the big picture of killing zombies, getting your creation published and laying your hands on a prize. You can download the relevant software by clicking the source link below. If you choose to participate in the competition, don't forget to come back and let us know all about it and good luck!

Source: Madfinger Games
Via: DroidGamers

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Cyanogen OS 12 update for OnePlus One temporarily pulled to add 'OK OnePlus' feature

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:52 AM PDT

The Cyanogen OS 12 software update for the OnePlus One has been halted temporarily due to the company wanting to add a new "OK OnePlus" feature for its owners.

The over-the-air rollout for Cyanogen's version on Android 5.0 Lollipop for the OnePlus One actually started a week ago.

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How to take better photos with the HTC One M9

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:52 AM PDT

A few simple tips and tricks to help you to take great shots on your M9

The HTC One M9 marks a change in course for the Taiwanese manufacturer, as it relocates its Ultrapixel camera around the front, and settles on a traditional high-megapixel shooter for the main camera. The M9's 20-megapixel shooter has been one of the main points of contention among HTC fans and critics since the phone's arrival. It's not a bad camera, but it does require a little tweaking in order to get the best results.

We'll take a look at some basic tips for getting the most out of your M9's camera after the break.

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Phontabulous – simple photo sharing app

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:49 AM PDT

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Phontabulous is a simple private photo sharing app. Simply upload your photos and share individual pics or albums with friends and chat on the flicks. Price: Free Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 Content Rating: Medium Maturity AndroidTapp.com Android App Review: Pros & Cons: Pros Simple private photo sharing app! Cons Very limited features.... View Article

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Twitter will now allow users to receive direct messages from anyone

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:37 AM PDT

Twitter is making a big change in its direct messaging feature, allowing users the option to receive direct messages from any other Twitter user.

Previously, Twitter only allowed for direct messages to be sent to people who followed each other on the service. Now users can make a change in their settings to allow anyone to message them. This option is opt-in only, so you don't have to do anything if you want to keep things the way they are.

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Incredible photos taken with the LG G4’s new ‘professional grade’ camera

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:34 AM PDT

The LG G4 will offer an f/1.8 aperture. Photo: LGBased on the specifications LG has already confirmed and a few unofficial leaks, we know the company's upcoming G4 is going to be pretty special. If taking great photos is important to you, it could well be your next upgrade. The photographs below were all taken with the G4's new "professional grade" camera, which has

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Giveaway: LG G3 and LG VR

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:33 AM PDT

Our friends over at PhoneDog are hosting a giveaway for 5 winners to each win an LG G3 smartphone and LG VR headset. There's a bunch of ways you can enter using the widget below.

The contest is open internationally. Entries will close on Friday May 1st, 2015 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Winner will be chosen at random from the pool of entries. There will be 5 winners in total, and each winner will receive an LG G3 smartphone and an LG VR headset. You must reply to us from the email you entered with to claim your prize. The winners will be emailed, and announced on Facebook (make sure to like PhoneDog on Facebook!).

Share the competition with your friends using the widget below and earn extra entries for every friend that enters using your link! Good luck!

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Xiaomi preparing for new global smartphone launch

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:33 AM PDT


Xiaomi has scheduled a "Premier" event for April 23rd in New Delhi when many people expect the company to launch a new device for the global market. The device has been described as a "lite" version of the company's flagship Mi 4 smartphone and appears to be dubbed the Mi 4i. A lower case "i" has figured prominently in the teasers that Xiaomi has been releasing.

Thus far Xiaomi has released three teasers about their new device. The first two focused on the resolution of the display and the battery size of the device. The latest ad targets the craftsmanship of the smartphone and asks whether all smartphones are "Crafted the same?" The answer put forth is, "iDISAGREES" which is the same tagline used in the two previous teasers.

Sources indicate the Mi 4i is expected to run on a Snapdragon 615 processor and will have 2 GB of RAM. The device will have a 4.9-inch full HD display and will run Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box, with Xiaomi's MIUI skin on top. Sources say the phone will support 4G LTE and should work in most global markets.

Xiaomi has slowly been working their way toward being a player in the global smartphone market. They have already risen to become the third largest manufacturer in China based on sales in their home country and in India. However, they have been very deliberate about not expanding from those markets too quickly, so the release of a global smartphone is a major step for the company.

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source: fonearena

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Chrome 42 for Android let websites send notifications to the notification bar

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:18 AM PDT

Android Wear update brings support for WiFi, always-on apps and more

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:10 AM PDT

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Google has detailed a forthcoming upgrade for Android Wear that allows users to finally break away from their phones. The big change being outed today is full support for WiFi. Whereas before you had to have your Android Wear smart watch connected to your phone via Bluetooth in order to get notifications, you can now instead have your watch connect directly to a WiFi network.

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This means that if you happen to leave your phone at home, or simply somewhere far from you (such as a locker at work) you can still get notifications, send messages and everything else you do as long as both devices are connected to the internet.

Google is also bringing support for always-on apps for any app on Android Wear. Your watch faces have already had this functionality, but it can now be implemented for any app. There are many reasons one would want to keep an app always at the ready (such as a list of instructions on how to fix, cook or install something) so this is a much welcome change.

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Other changes include the ability to scroll through your notifications timeline by a simple flick of the wrist, an easier and quicker way to gain access to your apps and contacts (simply tap the display) and the ability to draw out emojis instead of having to speak a command. Google says the rollout will happen over the next couple of weeks beginning with the LG Watch Urbane (no real way to buy that yet so we're not quite sure who that is useful for) so stay on the lookout!

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Google Search history now downloadable

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:03 AM PDT


Last year Google started testing an option for users to download their search history instead of just viewing it in their browser. Google appears to have now rolled out this feature to all users. If you surf to your history, accessible at history.google.com, you can click on the settings icon in the upper right corner and you should see an option to Download. According to a statement from Google,

"You can download all of your saved search history to see a list of the terms you've searched for. This gives you access to your data when and where you want. When you download your past searches, a copy of your history will be saved securely to the Takeout folder in Google Drive. You can download the files to your computer if you want a copy on your computer."

When Google finishes processing an account's history, an email will be sent notifying the user the file is ready for download. Since search histories can include some sensitive information, Google advises users to use 2-step verification on their accounts and to be sure they will not be forced to leave the file behind on a computer they no longer have access to, like a work computer.

The file that Google delivers is a zip file that contains JSON files. Based on a sample, it appears Google packs three months worth of data into each JSON file.


source: Google Operating System Blog

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Last chance: Get the camera-equipped Extreme Micro Drone for half price now [Deals]

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 10:02 AM PDT

redesign_Microdrone_MF-2_0914If you've always wanted a camera-equipped quadcopter drone but balked at their typically high prices, then now's the time to treat yourself — before it's too late. For a limited time only thanks to Cult of Android Deals, you can get the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 — a fully functional, high-tech, camera-equipped quadcopter drone — for the unbeatable price of $74.99

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Latest LG Watch Urbane teaser is a beautiful look at Barcelona

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 09:59 AM PDT

The LG Watch Urbane was one of the hotter wearables we got our hands on at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. And while we're still waiting on the Android Wear device to become available — and it sounds like that's going to be sooner rather than later, because it'll be the first to have the latest Android Wear updates — LG's given us a new teaser.

If you've ever wondered about the city we visit each year for the latest in mobile tech, yes, it does look this cool.

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Get an unlocked, refurbished Samsung Galaxy S5 from eBay today only for $299

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 09:59 AM PDT

You can purchase an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 from eBay for $299, which is a 50 percent savings on the device.

If last year's technology doesn't bother you, eBay has quite the deal on the Samsung Galaxy S5, but the offer is good for today only. Priced at $299, a 50 percent savings, the Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display, and has already received its Lollipop update.

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Chrome team discusses latest Chrome 42 update for Android

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 09:34 AM PDT


Last week Google released an update to Chrome for Android taking it up to version 42. At the time it was noted that a couple new features were added, including support for push notifications and quick home screen icon creation. The Chrome developers have followed up on that release with some more information about how and why they see these additions as a step forward for the browser.

One of the main goals the Chrome team is pursuing is to increase engagement between users and the companies or individuals behind the sites they visit. The Chrome developers recognized this created a balancing situation for developers who had to decide between the reach of mobile web site and the engagement provided by a native app. The addition of push notification support is meant to augment that second criteria by saving users the effort of manually checking a site for updates. Instead, the site can function more like a native app.

According to the Chrome team, users can expect to see some early adopters like Beyond the Rack, eBay, Facebook, FanSided, Pinterest, Product Hunt, and VICE News start to roll out support for push notifications over the next few weeks.

As mentioned when version 42 was released, the Chrome team also added some new capabilities so that users can quickly and easily setup an icon on their homescreen to launch the browser directly to a site. The browser developers felt this would be an easy way for users to get back into their favorite sites, especially when they are just passing time while commuting or waiting in line. The Chrome developers do indicate that sites have to be "modern, mobile-optimized" sites, like Flipboard or Medium, to have this option available for users. If present, the browser will provide the user with a one tap button that will create an icon on their device homescreen.


source: Chromium Blog

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Why the Xperia Z4 makes perfect sense… for Japan

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 09:11 AM PDT

OnePlus halts CM 12S rollout to add new ‘OK OnePlus’ feature

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 09:11 AM PDT

Big Android Wear update brings Wi-Fi, gestures and emojis

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 08:53 AM PDT

You can now draw emojis on Android Wear. Photo: GoogleGoogle is rolling out a massive Android Wear update that hopes to greatly improve the way we use our smartwatches. It finally brings support for Wi-Fi and a new app launcher, and also adds gestures, the ability to draw emojis, and more. "Individually, these changes are small, but collectively, they promise to make even year-old hardware

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Samsung starts rolling out Lollipop OTA for the Galaxy S5 in Brazil

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 08:48 AM PDT


Samsung has at last started pushing out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of its former flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, located in Brazil. As for added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can 'pin' a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

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AT&T to offer the LG G Flex 2 starting April 24

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 08:48 AM PDT


The LG G Flex 2 has been only available at Sprint here in the U.S., but there will be another option soon. AT&T will carry the curved device in select AT&T stores and online on April 24. So far, they only plan on carrying the Platinum Silver version.

Pricing will be $299 with a two year contract or you can opt for a payment plan on AT&T Next with $0 down. You can go for the 30 month plan, which will be $23.64 per month or the 24 month plan, which is $29.55 per month, and finally, the 20 month plan, which is $35.45 per month. This brings the full retail no commitment price to $708.99.

The G Flex 2 is a really nice phone, but with the Galaxy S6 available at $199 now, save a $100 and get the better phone.

Full Press Release:

LG G Flex 2™ Available At Select AT&T Retail Stores And Online Starting April 24


DALLAS, April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T1 announced the LG G Flex 2 in Platinum Silver will be available for purchase in select AT&T retail stores and on www.att.com starting Friday, April 24. The award-winning G Flex 2 is the latest addition to the largest portfolio of LG smartphones available from any U.S. carrier.

G Flex 2 Features
The G Flex 2 is the latest addition to LG's G Flex line of smartphones and has been improved with an advanced curved design and a slimmed down, higher resolution display to support better ergonomics.

The iconic curved design of the G Flex 2 follows the contour of your face, while also providing a reassuring ergonomic grip, which makes it easy to hold and operate. While the 5.5-inch Full HD P-OLED curved display of the G Flex 2 provides stunning color and smooth crisp video.

The smartphone features a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with Laser Auto Focus and OIS+. Laser Auto Focus allows you to focus fast while the floating OIS+ lens steadies the shot for sharp, focused imagery even in less than ideal lighting situations. The rear camera supports a variety of shooting options, including a voice activated Cheese Shutter, Burst Shot and Panorama Shot. Easily take and preview selfies with the front camera that supports LG's Gesture Shot. A simple hand gesture activates the count down timer to take the selfie, and Gesture View enables you to automatically preview the picture when you lower your arms.

The G Flex 2 also features convenient notifications with Glance View. Key information such as time, recent messages or missed calls is discretely displayed with a downward swipe from the top of the curved screen – even when the smartphone is asleep and the display is off.

Under the hood, the G Flex 2 runs the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor, featuring 64-bit capable CPUs optimized for Android 5.0, making it speedy enough and efficient for robust multi-media playback and multi-tasking.

Other key features include:

  • Dimensions: 5.87 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor
  • Storage: 3 GB RAM and up to 32 GB internal storage, additional storage available via the internal microSD slot that supports up to a 2TB microSD card2
  • Battery: Fast Charge3 3,000 mAh (LG Fast Charger is included in the box)

G Flex 2 Pricing
The LG G Flex 2 runs on the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network and the network with the nation's strongest 4G LTE signal.4Qualified customers can purchase the G Flex 2 for $0 down with AT&T Next5 at $23.64 per month for 30 installments on AT&T Next 24,$29.55 per month on AT&T Next 18 for 24 installments, or $35.45 on AT&T Next 12 for 20 installments. You can also buy the smartphone for $299.99 with a two-year agreement6 or at no annual commitment for $708.99.7

For more information visit: www.att.com/gflex2. For a full list of available accessories visit: http://ift.tt/1CbciuT.

1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
2Portion of on-device memory occupied by existing content. Up to 21.16GB is available for additional user content. SD card sold separately.
3Fast Charge is supported on the LG G Flex 2™ using the LG 15W wall charger included in the box. All battery life claims are approximate and actual battery performance will vary.
4Nationwide carriers' LTE. Signal strength claim based ONLY on average LTE signal strength. LTE not available everywhere.
5Requires 20-mth or 24-mth or 30-mth 0% APR installment agreement and well-qualified credit.  Wireless service (voice & data) is required and is extra. Tax due at sale. If wireless service cancelled, device balance due. Other charges and restrictions apply. Visit att.com/next for AT&T Next requirements.
6Requires 2-year wireless service agreement with qualifying voice and data plan. Activation/upgrade, early termination and other fees, charges and restrictions apply. See store for pricing details.
7May require activation of of qualified wireless service (voice & data). 

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions of people and businesses around the globe stay connected through leading wireless, high-speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. We're helping people mobilize their worlds with state-of-the-art communications, entertainment services and amazing innovations like connected cars and devices for homes, offices and points in between. Our U.S. wireless network offers customers the nation's strongest LTE signal and the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network. We offer the best global wireless coverage.* We're improving how our customers stay entertained and informed with AT&T U-verse® TV and High Speed Internet services. And businesses worldwide are serving their customers better with AT&T's mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://ift.tt/VSO2qc YouTube at www.youtube.com/att.

© 2015 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Reliability and signal strength claims based on nationwide carriers' LTE. Signal strength claim based ONLY on avg. LTE signal strength. LTE not available everywhere.

*Global coverage claim based on offering voice and LTE data roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, and offering the most wireless smartphones and tablets that work in the most countries.

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Leaked renders allegedly showcase the design of the Xperia Z3 Neo

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 08:48 AM PDT


Some leaked internal press renders have surfaced today, allegedly showcasing the design of the long-awaited Xperia Z3 Neo. However, we can't actually be certain that handset in these shots is the device the leaker specified as one of the images is annotated with the text "Xperia Z The Fourth Generation" — so it could, in fact, be the upcoming Xperia Z4.

Hit the break to see the smartphone in all its glory.

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Recent rumors suggest that the Xperia Z3 Neo will pack a 4.8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2.2-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 3,100 mAh battery.

Source: Gizmobolt

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Best Verizon Android Phones

Posted: 20 Apr 2015 08:39 AM PDT

Samsung’s S Health arrives on the Play Store

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Android Wear getting big update with Wi-Fi, always-on apps, and more

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