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T-Mobile starts two-day sale for back to school

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 03:28 PM PDT

If you've been interested in picking up a new phone with T-Mobile, now is the best time to do it. The carrier is now hosting its back to school sale, which will last the next two days, and it has some pretty significant savings on devices ranging from high-end to budget. Basically, every kind of smartphone user will be satisfied.

  • Get $80 off the Samsung Galaxy S6 plus a free 3.1A T-Mobile car charger with code DEAL80OFF
  • Get $50 off the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with code NOTE4DEAL
  • Get $80 off the Samsung Galaxy S5 with code DEAL80OFF
  • Get $36 off the Kyocera Hydro WAVE with code DEAL36
  • Get $48 off the Certified Pre-Owned ZTE ZMAX with code CPO48DEAL
  • Get the Samsung GALAXY CORE Prime for $99.99 with a free 3.1A T-Mobile car charger with code DEAL40
  • Get the LG Leon LTE for $49.99 with code LEON50OFF
  • Get $90 off the LG G Stylo (to $199.99) with code BIGDEAL

All these codes come with free shipping as well! If you're interested in any of these deals, head to the T-Mobile site or give them a call, as the telesales will accept the sales codes as well. Will you be picking up a phone during this two-day sale?


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More Huawei Nexus Pics Leaked, Snapdragon 810 Confirmed

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 01:57 PM PDT

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We all know that Huawei will be responsible for producing the successor to the Nexus 6 and while the previous leak may have been a fake, this one may very well be the real thing.

A user on Google+ has uploaded a couple shots showing off the back and front of a Huawei Nexus prototype. Aside from the camera hump, the halo fingerprint sensor is clearly visible as is the Nexus and Huawei logos. The front features stereo speakers similar to the Nexus 6 from Motorola.

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Another picture from the same user shows the USB Type C connector on the bottom and the phone's bootloader menu which confirms the "angler" codename as well as the Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) SoC, 64GB of internal storage and 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

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Motorola DROID MAXX 2 backplate leaked, almost identical to Moto X Play

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 01:57 PM PDT

Verizon is getting a bunch of great devices thanks to the DROID brand, apparently including ones that Motorola won't even bring to the US itself. The Moto X Play was announced alongside the Moto X Pure and new Moto G, but it was said it will not be coming to the United States. That's a shame, because it's a fantastic budget option that has some beefy specs.

But thanks to HelloMotoHK, we get to see the backplate of the Motorola DROID MAXX 2. And aside from the DROID logo, it looks identical to the international Moto X Play, including the pattern on the back. Even the same white color is used.

If you're a Verizon user that was interested in the Moto X Play, it looks like you're in luck. The rest of us can remain disappointed. But it's definitely interesting that Motorola doesn't want to bring the device to the US while Verizon does. I guess Verizon has more sense than Motorola for once.


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BlackBerry Passport with Android Lollipop on board shown off on video

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 11:49 AM PDT

While the BlackBerry-branded Venice has been making the rounds as of late, it's apparently not the only BlackBerry device to be installed with Google's mobile operating system.

According to a new video published by Dudu Rocha Tec., there's a BlackBerry Passport out there in the wild that's running Android. And, to be specific, it's an Android Lollipop build that looks relatively untouched by proprietary software. It's pretty clear in the video that the Passport in question is a prototype unit, thanks to all the blurring of the owner's information, but it's working well enough in the video.

The keyboard trackpad works, too, which would help any future Passport-with-Android owners scroll through pages easily enough.

Whether or not BlackBerry will ever launch a Passport with Android installed is anyone's guess at this point, but considering how much attention the Venice has been getting lately, it doesn't seem completely impossible.

The question is: Would you buy a Passport running Android?


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Hearthstone's Grand Tournament Expansion Is Out With New Gameplay Mechanics And More Than 130 New Cards

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 11:40 AM PDT

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If you're looking around wondering why your place of business seems a little emptier today, you probably work with some Hearthstone addicts. The Grand Tournament, the second expansion to the wildly popular collectible card game is now live on mobile devices. It brings some new gameplay mechanics and more than 130 cards to collect and take into battle.

The Grand Tournament adds a new hero power that allows you to inspire minions.

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[Hands-On] neutriNote Is A Simple But Powerful Plain-Text Editor With PHP Markdown And LaTeX Math Rendering Support, Now In Beta

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 11:40 AM PDT

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There's always more than one way to approach the creation of an app and in the case of note-taking, it's very easy to make things too simple or too complex. From a design standpoint, powerful Android apps can sometimes leave intuitiveness and beauty aside (see Titanium Backup for more details).

neutriNote is a new app, currently in beta, that combines a simple and attractive front-end with a litany of features that can and should appeal to power users, especially of the academic type.

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[Hands-On] neutriNote Is A Simple But Powerful Plain-Text Editor With PHP Markdown And LaTeX Math Rendering Support, Now In Beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Cortana Public Beta Program Now Open To All Android Users In The US

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 11:40 AM PDT

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Just because you have an Android device, that doesn't mean you have to commit to using Google Now. Maybe you don't trust el Goog with that much information. Maybe, for some reason, you rather give that data to Microsoft instead. In such a case, you're welcome to use Cortana as your digital voice assistant.

An early Android version has been available since last month. We've even seen an update roll out that lets you launch Cortana using the Google Now "swipe up" gesture.

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How to download and install OxygenOS 2.0.1 on OnePlus 2

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 11:38 AM PDT

Get OxygenOS 2.0.1 on your OnePlus 2 now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidIf you don't want to wait for OnePlus' latest OxygenOS update for the OnePlus 2 to reach you over-the-air, you'll be pleased to know it's easy to download and install the update manually. Here's how. OxygenOS 2.0.1 is a big release for the OnePlus 2, with a patch for the dreaded Stagefright vulnerability and fixes

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Charge all your devices with the 6-foot Lightning + micro USB cable [Deal]

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 11:08 AM PDT

redesign_22040526395371.rnzmwGm216MLeifC4Cil_height640We've all experienced the frustration of searching around for an electrical outlet to charge a dying device, only to realize that your short charging cable can't reach far enough. It's annoying, and it sucks. But with this handy 6-foot long, MFi-Certified charging cable, this scenario becomes a thing of the past. Compatible with both Android, iOS, and

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Galaxy Note 5 could come to Europe after all — and soon!

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 11:08 AM PDT

Please, Samsung, bring the Note 5 to Europe. Photo: SamsungThe Galaxy Note 5 has already been a big disappointment for fans in Europe, who have been told they aren't going to get it — but new information suggests Samsung may have changed its mind. What appears to be a European version of the new phablet has been approved by the Bluetooth SIG, and a South

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Get the Do’s and Don’ts for Notifications from Game Developer Seriously

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 10:09 AM PDT

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Developer Marketing at Google Play

Editor's note: We've been talking to developers to find out how they've been achieving success on Google Play. We recently spoke to Reko Ukko at Finnish mobile game developer, Seriously, to find out how to successfully use Notifications.

Notifications on Android let you send timely, relevant, and actionable information to your users' devices. When used correctly, notifications can increase the value of your app or game and drive ongoing engagement.

Seriously is a Finnish mobile game developer focused on creating entertaining games with quality user experiences. They use push notifications to drive engagement with their players, such as helping players progress to the next level when they've left the app after getting stuck.

Reko Ukko, VP of Game Design at Seriously, shared his tips with us on how to use notifications to increase the value of your game and drive ongoing engagement.

Do's and don'ts for successful game notifications

Do's

Don'ts

Do let the user get familiar with your service and its benefits before asking for permission to send notifications.

Don't treat your users as if they're all the same - identify and group them so you can push notifications that are relevant to their actions within your app.

Do include actionable context. If it looks like a player is stuck on a level, send them a tip to encourage action.

Don't spam push notifications or interrupt game play. Get an understanding of the right frequency for your audience to fit the game.

Do consider re-activation. If the player thoroughly completes a game loop and could be interested in playing again, think about using a notification. Look at timing this shortly after the player exits the game.

Don't just target players at all hours of the day. Choose moments when players typically play games – early morning commutes, lunch breaks, the end of the work day, and in the evening before sleeping. Take time zones into account.

Do deep link from the notification to where the user expects to go to based on the message. For example. if the notification is about "do action X in the game now to win", link to where that action can take place.

Don't forget to expire the notifications if they're time-limited or associated with an event. You can also recycle the same notification ID to avoid stacking notifications for the user.

Do try to make an emotional connection with the player by reflecting the style, characters, and atmosphere of your game in the notification. If the player is emotionally connected to your game, they'll appreciate your notifications and be more likely to engage.

Don't leave notifications up to guess work. Experiment with A/B testing and iterate to compare how different notifications affect engagement and user behavior in your app. Go beyond measuring app opening metrics – identify and respond to user behavior.

Experiment with notifications yourself to understand what's best for your players and your game. You can power your own notifications with Google Cloud Messaging, which is free, cross platform, reliable, and thoughtful about battery usage. Find out more about developing Notifications on Android.


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Microsoft Cortana is here to replace Google Now on Android

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 10:08 AM PDT

Cortana is here. Photo: MicrosoftMicrosoft Cortana today makes its debut on Android in following its early release to a small number of testers last month. The beta release is available to anyone who's interested in testing it, and Cortana can be summoned using Google Now's home button shortcut. If you've switched to Android from Windows Phone, or you've upgraded your computer

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Microsoft officially releases Cortana for Android beta

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 10:00 AM PDT

Better late than never, right? While Microsoft had initially been aiming for a late June launch, and then announced Cortana would be making an appearance in beta form for Android sometime by the end of July, both of those launch windows were missed.

But now Microsoft is back, and it's actually bringing with it an official beta launch. Cortana for Android is officially available via the Play Store right now, and it's a free install for anyone that wants to give it a go. With Cortana, users will be able to replace Google Now as the digital personal assistant available by long-pressing the Android home button on their device, which should be good for easy integration and access to Microsoft's creation.

There are some noteworthy changes, though. First, Cortana for Android won't boast the "Hey, Cortana" feature like it does on Windows devices. However, the beta should work mostly the same as the Windows version, with Android users able to access the digital notebook that Cortana uses to keep track of likes, interests and other important pieces of information.

Cortana for Android is available right now. Who's going to give it a shot?


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Sony Releases Until Dawn Companion App For Android Shortly Ahead Of Console Game's Release

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 09:38 AM PDT

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Until Dawn, for the uninitiated, is not a game about seeing who can stay up the latest. It's a survival horror title set to hit the PlayStation 4 tomorrow, August 25th. Plays will be in for a frightening experience that's meant to be played multiple times, which each adventure lasting around ten hours.

Just before the big day, Sony has released the official Until Dawn companion app into the Play Store.

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iPhone owners snap up all of Samsung’s test drive devices

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 09:37 AM PDT

Try Samsung's latest smartphones for free. Photo: SamsungSamsung has been forced to postpone its Ultimate Test Drive promotion that gives iPhone owners the opportunity to try out its latest devices free for 30 days. The South Korean company says it ran out of test drive devices in just a few hours after "overwhelming demand." Samsung kicked off the promotion just a few days ago,

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Get a $100 Google Play credit when you buy the HTC One M9

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 08:56 AM PDT

There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a new phone, but free money is always a great incentive to give a phone a second look, even if it's not as new as some of the other devices on the market. HTC has just announced a new promotion that will give you $100 in Google Play credit when you buy the HTC One M9 from the company's website. The offer is only available in the US and will run through October 31 of this year. One hundred dollars in Google Play credit may not sound like much, but that's enough to buy nearly 50 paid games or apps or rent three dozen movies.

For those who aren't aware, the HTC One M9 also comes with Uh Oh Protection, which allows you to replace your damaged phone one time within the first 12 months,  no questions asked. Uh Oh Protection also awards those who baby their phones by giving them $100 off the purchase of their next HTC One if they do not use the Uh Oh Protection plan. Add that to the $100 Google Play credit and the HTC One M9 is practically a steal.


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tinyCam Monitor Pro v6.2 Brings Built-In Web Server Enabling Remote Playback Of Recordings, And More

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 08:37 AM PDT

tinycamProtinyCam recently made the big leap to version six dot oh, dragging along a new icon and material design. Oh the functionality front, we saw the introduction of 24/7 background video recording. This allowed users to keep recording long after they've switched their attention to another app.

With version 6.2, the developer has added in an internal web server that lets users record video on one device and remotely access them from another.

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Huawei’s new Nexus looks a lot prettier in latest leak

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 08:09 AM PDT

Huawei's Nexus has been given a face lift. Photos: OnLeaksHuawei's new Nexus smartphone has leaked out again ahead of its official unveiling this fall, and it looks a whole lot prettier this time. The handset's rather boring black plastic design has been replaced by a high-end aluminum one, which features front-facing speakers and a somewhat strange camera hump. Just like the Huawei handset that was

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Oppo announces its affordable R5s, coming to Europe

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 07:36 AM PDT

Oppo, a manufacturer known for creating extreme performance devices, has just released its latest affordable yet premium model. The Oppo R5s is the successor to last year's R5 and it brings in powerful specs for a low price. Oppo has packed it with a 5.2-inch 1080p AMOLED display, octa-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE, 2000mAh battery and Oppo's ColorOS 2.0, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

All of that comes packed into a slim 4.85mm body that looks svelte and sleek. This year, only one color option of a dark grey will be available. Oppo is launching the R5s across Europe at the affordable price of €199, or about $230 USD. For those looking to score quality specs at an affordable price, the Oppo R5s looks to be a very good option, provided you're comfortable using Oppo's custom software. Orders are now open and full availability begins tomorrow, August 25.


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Photos of Huawei’s 5.7-inch Nexus pop up

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 05:43 AM PDT

Nexus phones are always subject to a whole host of leaks, and with a rumor of two Nexus phones coming this year, that means double the leaks. This latest leak is claiming to show us Huawei's 5.7-inch Nexus variant, which has been reported multiple other times. The photos show the front and back of the device as well as the device in a simple case, so let's dive right in and talk about what we're seeing.

The back of the device is silver, possibly made of metal, and has both a Huawei and Nexus logo, with the latter taking prominence. There's also a circular cutout with a slight indentation which seems to have only one logical explanation of being a fingerprint scanner. There's a rather protruding camera hump at the top, as well, not dissimilar to classic Android phones like the DROID line. Within that, we can see a camera lens and a dual LED flash. Huawei nexus (2)

The front is barebones, with speakers at the top and bottom and front-facing camera. The case doesn't reveal anything new, but does show us that there's still a cutout for that circular spot on the rear of the phone, further indicating that it's a fingerprint scanner.

The photos leaked from a Google+ user in China who says he got them "from a friend." Huawei is based in China and manufactures its devices there, so the story checks out in that regard. In any case, take the photos with a grain of salt, as we have yet to get any official confirmation on the next Nexus devices.

We'll keep you up to speed on any more rumors and developments surrounding these new Nexus devices.

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LG unveils the G Pad II 10.1 with Android 5.1.1, Snapdragon 800

Posted: 23 Aug 2015 09:28 PM PDT

On August 14, LG let loose the G Pad II 8.0 on its Korean website, and now it looks like the larger sibling of the tablets is getting its time in the limelight, too.

LG has officially introduced the G Pad II 10.1, which features a 10.1-inch display with a 19280×1080 resolution. The screen has a nifty trick, too, that will dim the blue lighting of the screen's brightness in an effort to make reading whatever's on the screen easier. There's also the seemingly now-standard features, including Dual Window, which lets users run two apps side-by-side. There's also QuickMemo+, which will allow owners to create and save a note from anywhere.

Under the hood, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.26GHz. There's 2GB of RAM, with 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, and a five-megapixel camera on the back with a 2MP front-facing shooter on the other side. The battery is measured in at 7400mAh, and the G Pad II 10.1 is running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop under LG's proprietary user interface.

Unfortunately, this larger tablet doesn't appear to have a full-size USB port like the G Pad II 8.0 does, which is interesting.

LG says that there will be both Wi-Fi and LTE models sold in "key markets" in North America, Europe, and Asia. When that will be, though, and how much the G Pad II 10.1 will cost still remains a mystery. The company plans on showing off the tablet at IFA in September, though, so if you're interested in seeing more, stay tuned for that.


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LG G Pad II 10.1 features a Snapdragon 800 processor and a massive battery

Posted: 23 Aug 2015 09:19 PM PDT

LG G Pad IILG today announced that it will be unveiling "the most advanced model of its G Pad tablet," the G Pad II 10.1, at IFA in Berlin next month. As its name suggests, the tablet will come with a 10.1-inch screen with a WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution. Other specs of the tablet include a Snapdragon 800

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Floatify Version 8.0 Adds A Ton Of New Capabilities, Makes Google's 'Peeking' Heads-Up Notifications Look Like Junk

Posted: 23 Aug 2015 06:43 PM PDT

image (4)Floatify has been around for a little over a year now. It's an app that presents an alternate way to display notifications, specifically the Heads Up (AKA Peeking) notifications that were hidden in Android 4.4 and fleshed out in 5.0. The app has been continuously updated even as Lollipop has become public, and now it's a full-fledged alternative to most of Android's built-in notification systems. The latest update is something really special - we kind of wish Google would steal some of developer Jawomo's ideas.

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