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Here’s what the new, better Google Glass looks like

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 03:06 PM PST

This is the new Google Glass.The FCC has given us our first glimpse at Google's next-generation Glass headset today, thanks to a public filing that includes detailed photos of the new glasses aimed at enterprise. Tony Fadell was put in charge of redesigning Google Glass into something non-nerds would actually want to wear, and based on the FCC's images, it

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Verizon’s new deal showers switchers with cash, data

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 02:17 PM PST

verizon-deal-650Verizon Wireless is just about matching the deal other carriers have offered for a while to entice customers on other networks. It's essentially offering to buy you out of your contract with up to $650 per line, less the trade-in value of your current device. But Verizon also has a few extra bonuses to brag

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New Google Glass hardware shown off by FCC before official announcement

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 01:43 PM PST

Remember earlier this year when reports suggested that new Google Glass hardware, dubbed Enterprise Edition, was in the works? Well, Google still hasn't announced any new Glass, but that didn't stop the FCC from going ahead and posting images of the unannounced hardware.

A new FCC listing includes several images of the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition. The biggest change with the new hardware is the inclusion of a hinge that should help protect against accidental bumps. A hinge was one of the most requested features following the original version of Glass, so it's nice to see Google listening to user feedback and including it with the Enterprise Edition.

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In addition to the hinge, this new Google Glass Enterprise Edition is packing a prism that looks significantly larger than the Explorer Edition. The device's power button has been relocated, as well.

Other changes that are rumored to be included with the new version of Google Glass include an updated Intel processor, better Wi-Fi connectivity, and better battery life. And in case the battery life improvements aren't enough, it's said that Google is prepping an external battery pack attachment to extend Glass's life even farther. Finally, the whole package is said to be waterproof.

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This new Google Glass Enterprise Edition looks like a solid improvement over the Enterprise Edition that was first offered years ago. The bad news is that, as its name suggests, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition is intended for business use. That means that any regular consumers looking to upgrade to the new Glass will find it difficult to get a hold of the upgraded hardware. That's kind of a bummer for any Glass fans out there, but hey, maybe Google will eventually release a new consumer version of Glass with the improvements included with the Enterprise Edition.

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How to work around ‘until next alarm bug’ in Marshmallow

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 12:44 PM PST

Newer versions of Marshmallow are seeing this tiny bug. Photo: Nicolás FischmanIt looks as if suers who've upgraded to the latest version of Android, Marshmallow 6.0.1 have noticed that the option to toggle Do Not Disturb "until next alarm" has gone missing. If the option has gone missing on your own Android handset, there's a handy workaround posted by the Android Police that will have it

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: KeyMe, Phone

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 12:43 PM PST

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Action Launcher 3

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App info: Action Launcher 3 replaces your homescreen with a colorful, customizable and speedy app you'll quickly learn to love. Try it out for free!

 

2. Cavernaut

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App info:  Pilot your spaceship through a maze of caves on an alien planet. Try to reach the surface, while collecting luminum crystals which you can trade for upgrades. 

 

3. Wallpapers QHD

Wallpapers QHD

App info: Wallpapers QHD (Background HD) are beautiful wallpapers for your phone and tablet. Cool wallpaper in the highest resolution (HD wallpapers and QHD wallpapers) and, of course, 3D wallpapers.

 

4. KeyMe

KeyMe

App info: KeyMe is a safe, smart and inexpensive solution to frustrating lockouts, and a convenient way to copy and share your keys.

 

5. Phone

Phone

App info: Update the Phone app for your Android Marshmallow device* to improve your calling experience and gain control over calls with features like caller ID and call blocking.

 

Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.


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14 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (12/15/15 - 12/28/15)

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 12:39 PM PST

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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14 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (12/15/15 - 12/28/15) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Veer Contacts Widget Makes Quick Work Of Getting In Touch With Your Most Oft-Used Contacts [Sponsored Post]

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 12:24 PM PST

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Overall, most of us would probably say that Android is a pretty efficient mobile OS. Quick access to features and apps that users want—like Google or the camera, for example—are there out of the box, making it easy to do what needs to be done without a lot of hassle. One area that could be improved, however, is something that everyone likely does often: accessing contacts.

That's where a relatively new app called Veer Contacts Widget comes in handy.

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Veer Contacts Widget Makes Quick Work Of Getting In Touch With Your Most Oft-Used Contacts [Sponsored Post] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The best Android apps and games of 2015

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 09:44 AM PST

What's your pick? Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of AndroidOur smartphones and tablets get better every year, and in many ways, so do the apps and games that run on them. 2015 brought us a brand new music streaming service from Apple that boasts a number of advantage over its rivals, a terrific email client from Microsoft, and a video streaming app from Twitter that

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Verizon is offering up to $650 to get you to switch carriers

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 08:43 AM PST

Switching carriers is a big decision for a lot of people, so obviously incentives are something worth considering. And with all the major wireless networks in the United States offering up some kind of deal to grab a potential customer's interest, being competitive still remains an important factor right out of the gate.

Verizon Wireless is stepping up its switcher promotions in an attempt to get a few more customers from other carriers to join the Big Red ranks. Right now, the carrier is offering up to $650 for someone to switch from one of the other networks. The kicker is you'll need to sign up for a monthly device payment plan (along with your plan), trade in your current device, buy a Verizon phone in its place, and port your old number over to Verizon's network.

The trade-in has to be in good working condition to be eligible, and Verizon says that the new line has to stay active for at least 6 months (or they can charge you that promotional reimbursement money they sent you).

The promotional money that Verizon is offering will be available via a Visa prepaid card, which the carrier says will be shipped out to you within eight weeks after receiving and accepting the trade-in. Verizon is offering up to $650 to pay off a device, or they'll fork over $350 to pay off an early termination fee (ETF).

Do you plan on taking advantage of Verizon's offer?


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FiLMiC Pro Brings Advanced Manual Video Capture To Select Android Devices For $10

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 08:24 AM PST

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The video capture app FiLMiC Pro has been on iOS since time immemorial, but now it's on Android too. It brings the kind of granularity and power to video recording that we've thus far really only gotten with still photos on Android. It'll cost you, though, and device compatibility is spotty.

This app uses the Camera2 API, so if the maker of your device has opted not to include that (boo), you won't be able to install FiLMiC Pro.

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FiLMiC Pro Brings Advanced Manual Video Capture To Select Android Devices For $10 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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iPhone 6s Plus vs. Nexus 6P vs. Lumia 950 XL: Who wins the smartphone NASCAR?

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 08:14 AM PST

How long does it take an iPhone to lap a Nexus and a Lumia?If all of the big boys' flagship phones – the iPhone 6s Plus, the Google Nexus 6P, and Microsoft's Lumia 950 XL – raced in NASCAR, which would be the fastest phone around? This speedtest video puts that concept to the test, making all three phones "run laps" to see which is the fastest. The

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Samsung is reportedly producing two different screen sizes for the Galaxy S7

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 07:13 AM PST

We're still a ways out from seeing Samsung's next flagship, but that's not stopping the rumor mill from churning out reports about the Galaxy S7. The latest rumor comes from Korea's Electronic Times, which indicates that Samsung is planning to produce the Galaxy S7 with two different screen sizes. The company will reportedly offer the standard Galaxy S7 with a flat, 5.2-inch display, while the Galaxy S7 edge will feature a 5.5-inch display with curved edges on both the left and right sides.

The report also indicates that Samsung's initial mass production run will produce 3.3 million Galaxy S7s and 1.6 million Galaxy S7 edges. From what we can tell, it seems as though Samsung is following Apple's strategy after the iPhone found success by offering two models with different screen sizes. Will that same success strategy carry over into to the Android world? That remains to be seen, but Samsung garnered plenty of praise for last year's Galaxy S6, giving the Galaxy S7 a lot to live up to.


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HTC Vive gains FCC approval

Posted: 28 Dec 2015 07:13 AM PST

The HTC Vive won't be going on sale until April of next year, but HTC's virtual reality system can't seem to go more than a few days without making the news. The FCC has given the Vive its seal of approval, listing the Vive's headset, controllers, base station and link box separately on its site. No exact specifications or new images are revealed in the FCC listings, but they do contain images that show where the FCC labels will be placed on each device.

Last week we were treated to two images that showed off the updated HTC Vive headset and controllers, which will be unveiled at CES next week. Along with the new developer kits, HTC is also planning to shows off  "a very, very big technological breakthrough," which is the reason why HTC chose to scrap the original December launch plans and move things back to April.

While there are quite a few VR players at the moment, there's no real indication as to how big the consumer market will be until the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift go on sale in 2016. Everyone who's tried the competing devices claims that the HTC Vive offers a more refined and immersive experience since the system can track your entire body and enable you to actually move around within virtual environments. If HTC and Valve can find a way to bring Vive to market at a reasonable price, it may become the product that pulls HTC out of the gutter in 2016.

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[Bonus Round] Blown Away: First Try, Cavernaut, Don't Screw Up, Spin-Circle, And Space Jet

Posted: 27 Dec 2015 03:24 PM PST

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a unique platforming, a cave-based navigation game, a sarcastic take on Simon Says, a circular twitch game, and a space-based MOBA.

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[Bonus Round] Blown Away: First Try, Cavernaut, Don't Screw Up, Spin-Circle, And Space Jet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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