Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

Ever since, and even before Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy S5, rumors pertaining to yet another high-end smartphone line have been rife. There’s talk of a feature-rich Galaxy S5 ‘Prime’, which is being accompanied by further reports of a Galaxy Alpha, and although it’s hard to determine whether these are two separate entities or indeed, one in the same, some new, high-quality photographic evidence of the latter has just emerged. Details, as well as those images, can be seen below.

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Gaming doesn’t get more mobile than the folks at Gameloft. The company has been making mobile games for what seems like forever, and with the arrival of high-end smartphones and tablets, it has become the go-to place for highly realistic, highly fun games.

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You can now download the latest version 4.9.13 of Google Play Store APK which brings with it a bunch of changes and bug fixes that users have been facing for quite a while.

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Waterproof smartphones are all the rage right now, a trend which Sony brought to the mainstream with the release of its Xperia Z handset, and other big names followed suit, such as Samsung, with the release of the Galaxy S5. But the big question in everyone’s mind is: is it possible to add waterproofing credentials to your existing smartphone without busting your bank? Well, yes, it’s possible, and it will cost you only 30 bucks!

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Saving links to be read later may seem like a simple, forgettable feature but as apps like Instapaper and Pinboard have already proven that there’s plenty of use for such a feature. Now, two years after buying Instapaper competitor Spool, Facebook has launched its very own read-it-later service.

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Concepts are a double-edged sword in that while they often dazzle, leaving us wishing that they were real, it’s often the case that these products are unrealistic, infeasible, or simply impossible to create in the real world. With the smartwatch market currently experiencing something of a boom, we’ve seen a fair few wondrous concepts in this department already, yet the new, innovative design you see before you is not only extremely creative in beaming notifications using its projector, but it’s also something that you can, quite literally, get your hands on.

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Mobile gaming has been growing at an impossible rate ever since the iPhone and Android smartphones arrived, and Gameloft is one developer that has made a handsome business out of games that are built for smartphones and tablets. One of Gameloft’s most successful and indeed most popular games, Modern Combat, has received a launch trailer for the latest game in the franchise.

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We live in a time where even the faintest cellular – or data signal – is considered a blessing for our communication needs. Take that away from someone’s life and panic ensues.

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Sports and fitness giant Nike may have made the internal decision to discontinue the fabulous FuelBand hardware in favor of exploring health and fitness based software solutions, but that doesn’t mean the company has abandoned the thriving community it has worked so hard to amass. The FuelBand will be sorely missed by many who used the wearable on a daily basis, but NikeFuel, the universal method that the company invented to measure and incentivize user activity, is still going strong, and can actually be swapped out for real-life Nike products at a secret branded vending machine.

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As TV shows go, Game of Thrones is among the most popular, and given that most movies and series spawn games to supplement the experience, it was only a matter of time before a Game of Thrones title emerged. Today, the time has come for Game of Thrones Ascent to make its grand introduction at the Google Play Store and Apple’s iTunes Store for Android and iPhone respectively, and if you’re captivated by the show, you’ll almost certainly want to check this one out.

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At this year’s Mobile World Congress, we were on hand to witness the big announcement of the Nokia X range, a line of smartphones that would run on a forked version of Android made to appear, and function, like Windows Phone. But just five months after February’s MWC, the now Microsoft-owned firm has decided to cease this particular endeavor, with Asha also being scrapped as a part of a shake-up that has seen the Redmond lay off almost 20,000 Nokia staff, and finally, it would seem, the company’s sole focus is Windows Phone.

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With LG’s new flagship phone, the LG G3, being out in the wild, it was only a matter of time before the company did its usual trick of downsizing it for the more budget-oriented markets out there. It’s a tried and tested formula for many companies these days, and LG is not shy about following suit.

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For cellular customers in the United States, it’s time for good news again, as the US Senate has just passed a bill that makes unlocking of cellular phone devices legal again, preceded by the passing of a similar bill back in February this year by the House of Representatives.

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Even though Apple’s iPhone remains the subject of acclaim for its high-end, premium finish, the same cannot quite be said when it comes to durability, with scratches, scrapes, cracks and dents commonplace among the iPhone-rocking faithful, and as such, the market for protective cases and shields is very lucrative indeed. Logitech, an official distributor of third-party Apple accessories and peripherals, has just come through with a cheap, robust solution for iPhone users looking to keep their handset guarded at all times, and notably, doesn’t go overboard with regards to adding bulk.

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One of the great benefits of owning a Nexus device, or a Google Play Edition of any other popular handset, is that the updates arrive quickly and without those cumbersome delays as vendors take the time to make their own personal tweaks. With Android KitKat 4.4.4 having trickled out a short while ago, those rocking the Nexus 5 have been able to get their fill almost immediately, and today, the search giant has rolled out a very minor bump to those based in Australia, New Zealand and India. Allied to this release of Android 4.4.4_r2, the Big G also pushed Glass’s software to XE19.1, and below, you can catch all of the relevant details regarding both updates.

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It’s a polarizing fact that, to many, celebrity is everything, and when we consider those who command the lion’s share of the media spotlight, reality TV queen Kim Kardashian is right up there. But while, in tech circles, she doesn’t really get much of a mention, her new iOS and Android game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood has taken the charts by storm, and the free-to-download app, it is reckoned, could rake in an eye-watering $200 million per year.

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Snapchat has just added a cool new feature allowing users to add location-specific filters to snaps before sending them out. The image and video-sharing IM service, which has a popular following among college-age users, has seen its user base soar in recent times, and having added IM-like chat features in a large update earlier on in the year, has now baked in a geofiltering service as an extension of those traditional, Instagram-esque overlays it recently rolled out.

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For better or worse, lots of people get their movies via torrents. One of the things that often puts people off the process is the unwieldy way of getting movies down the pipe and then onto a TV. Popcorn Time beta, which is an app for Android, seeks to rid users of the headaches usually associated with BitTorrent by making it possible to stream torrents on the fly. It’s been a popular app since its introduction, but the new beta 2.0 release is sure to take things to a new level.

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At the I/O Developers Conference, Google took the opportunity to unearth several new products, and among them was Android L, the next major release of the company’s flagship mobile OS. Much was made at the time, and since, of the so-called ‘Material Design’ that would see the the interface overhauled from the ground up with layering and other effects helping to make the operating system feel more alive and active. The UI, it was also said, would be a lot more clean, and below, you can catch a pretty decent glimpse of how some of the search company’s own apps like apps like YouTube, Gmail and Maps may eventually look.

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For a good while now, it has been suggested that Samsung would be coming through with a device finished in a more premium, perhaps metallic material. The Korean outfit has stuck faithfully with polycarbonate through the Galaxy generations, and although the sales figures would suggest that, at a consumer level, this isn’t a problem, there’s definitely a growing faction of Samsung fans that would love something a little more substantial. With the likes of the iPhone and HTC One series having catered to those with a thirst for the stronger stuff, it now looks like Samsung will finally cave, and according to a new report, the so-called “Galaxy Alpha” will be announced next month.

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