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New Floating Touch app brings Chat Heads-like experience to your settings

Floating Touch Let’s not beat around the bush here, Facebook Home was an awful idea. Who really wants a full-time Facebook experience? Not very many people we’d wager. Not everything about Facebook Home is horrible, however. In fact, Facebook’s “Chat Head” notifications have proven popular enough to see several unofficial spin offs including the Float...

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Twitter for Android gets an update, now supports direct message syncing

twitter Don’t you just hate when you read a Twitter direct message on your PC, only to find that your tablet or phone still has the same message marked as unread? Okay, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s still a minor annoyance. The good news is that Twitter is rolling out a new Android app, alongside a new cross platform sync feature that ensu...

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Three fixes for some annoying “features” in WhatsApp

whatsappgoogleWhatsApp is one of the more popular chat services available for mobile devices. It's cross-platform, easy to use and set-up, and a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. Today, we delve a little into the workings behind the popular App and bring you three fixes to some annoying "features" that the app has. WhatsApp may be ridiculou...

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The best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4! (video)

galaxy s4 cases The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year, and it’s probably one of the more expensive ones out there, especially if you pay for it outright. Most people like to protect their investments, and in this context, you do that by purchasing a case. Now, there are a lot of cases out there, making it hard to ch...

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The Moto X’ Clear Pixel camera could feature a RGBW sensor

Moto X ad According to Taylor Wimberley, the founder of Android and Me and a person that leaked stuff from Google’s kitchen before, the upcoming Moto X will feature a Clear Pixel camera. Wimberley revealed the info on Google Plus, and, when asked what Clear Pixel actually is, he said “It means ‘dark, blurry pics and lack of details’ will be things o...

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8 distinct Galaxy Note 3 model numbers spotted online

Samsung Logo A wild rumor made the rounds through the blogosphere yesterday, sparked by a report in the Korean publication ETNews. According to the report, Samsung is preparing no fewer than four distinct variants of the Galaxy Note 3, including a “limited edition” premium variant with an unbreakable display, an AMOLED version, an LCD version, and an LCD v...

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Moto X event denied by Motorola, apparently nothing scheduled for July 11

Motorola X Phone Ad Rumored to be officially unveiled on July 11, the Moto X will not be the star of that particular event, as Motorola apparently denied the meeting with the press. A few days ago we heard that a Moto X announcement could arrive on July 10-11, which is when select media members will attend some sort of special gathering. Then, we heard that the Moto ...

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Jelly Bean overtakes Gingerbread to become most popular Android version in use today

Google Lawn Statues of Android versionsJelly Bean now used on just under 38% of active Android devices. The latest set of numbers showing which versions of Android are actually being used in the real world have been published by Google. The new data shows that Android 4.x, which includes Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly bean, runs on over 61 percent of devices, while Jelly Bean itself (Andr...

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Android 4.3 Google Play edition OS version ported to Sony Xperia Z

Xperia Z Android 4.3 The leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version has been successfully ported to Sony’s flagship smartphone, although the port is still in beta. Xperia Z owners that are confident enough to perform the installation can head on to xda-developers (links at the end of the post) and read more details about this Android 4.3 ROM made for their handset by Tay...

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Android Jelly Bean is now the most used Android OS

android os distributionFor the first time ever, Android Jelly Bean is now the most used among the many flavors of Android OS. Latest data from the Android Developers Blog is showing that for the first time ever, Jelly Bean has surpassed Gingerbread which was previously the most used Android OS.  Android Jelly Bean's share is not almost 40% while Gingerbread slipped down...

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Monster Galaxy Note 2 has 288GB of storage, 9300mAh battery, dual SIM support

Custom Galaxy Note 2 288GBCustom Galaxy Note 2: 288GB storage, 9300mAh battery case | Image credit: xda-developers A custom dual SIM Galaxy Note 2 model packs a lot more memory and battery life than your average supersized smartphone, although such features come with a high-cost and can affect the looks of the device. While smartphone makers are constantly trying to make de...

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How the Motorola X Phone could change things

Motorola X Phone The X Phone is coming, and we know what it will be: mid-range, with some interesting nuances. The hardware won’t blow us away, but some of the new features might. We’re all reading about an “always on” feature for voice search, and of course the customization is a hot topic. Assembled in the US is nice for jobs, but does it matter to consu...

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Nikon says it’s feeling the pressure from smartphones, could be working on a “non-camera” product

Nikon-Coolpix-S800c I’m sure many of you, like me, have been using your smartphone as your primary method of capturing snaps for quite a while. But it seems that Nikon is a bit slow on the ball, as the company has finally woken up to the realization that an 8 megapixel smartphone is a clear preference over a point and shoot camera for the casual consumer. President...

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CyanogenMod’s download site gets a much needed makeover

CyanogenMod CM Old PageCM’s old page. CyanogenMod has been all over the news lately. New builds for new devices are coming out all the time, and they’re even doing their part to boost mobile security. However, one that hasn’t been new in a long time is their ROM download portal. It’s been around a long time and if there’s anything left in Cy...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 finally arrives to C Spire and MetroPCS

samsung galaxy s4 after the hype aa in hand In the United States, cellular carriers seem to have a specific pecking order that dictates when cross-carrier flagship devices rollout to their network. AT&T often seems to get first dibs, followed closely by either Sprint or T-Mobile. Despite Verizon’s dominance, Big Red is often the last of the big carriers. Than comes U.S. Cellular, Cri...

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Is that a Monkey King in your pocket?!

Monkey King PCPOP The all new ‘Monkey King’ from THL. You’ve probably never heard of ThL, but after today, you may not forget them. The Chinese mobile device maker has introduced a new phone with some impressive specs, and an even more impressive name. In regard to those internals, the standout feature is a 13MP front-facing camera, for those s...

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Acer Iconia B1 Review

acer iconia b1 reviewThe Android-powered tablet market is a vast one - just like the smartphone segment, it comes in a wide range of devices to choose from, where you can begin with the entry level segment and really go all the way with the high end market. With the Acer Iconia B1, we are looking at an entry level tablet that will cost under the £100 mark, where ...

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Who will get the third place? LG, Sony, and Huawei duke it out

best gold prize first shutterstock Credit: Gold medal/Shutterstock We are at a point in the mobile industry where the battle for the third place has become more interesting than the competition for the first position in the world market. Samsung and Apple are clearly ahead of the pack, and it’s hard to believe that anyone could disrupt their leadership in the next year or so. Bu...

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The G2 is indeed coming on August 7, LG reminds us in teaser video

LG G2 teaser At this point, we’re absolutely positive that the purpose of LG’s August 7 New York event is the launch of the successor to the Optimus G. The G2 (LG is reportedly dropping the “Optimus” brand for its high end devices) will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor and will be the first smartphone to feature 3GB of RAM, at least in the Kore...

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Rumor: Moto X phone to offer “pure Android” experience, “fast” upgrades and Clear Pixel camera

Motorola X Phone Ad A new set of Moto X phone rumors seems to reveal more information about the upcoming flagship Motorola smartphone, this time detailing Android updates and main camera. Android and Me’s Taylor Wimberly is the person behind the new rumors, the same source that has offered various details about the Moto X so far, many of them accurate. Wimberly too...

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Skype For Android Lockscreen Bypass

skype lockscreen bugWhen it comes to the digital world, you can say that there are no guarantees in terms of security, although certain measures and best practices can be applied to minimize the risk of a security breach. Users who love to Skype over their Android-powered devices might want to take note that there is the very real danger of someone bypassing your Andr...

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HTC One mini listing shows up on GFXBench web site, confirms long-rumored specs

HTC One Mini benchmark Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a bunch of new info pop up about the upcoming HTC One mini, a downsized version of the flagship HTC One. We’ve named it as one of several Android devices worth waiting out for, and for good reason. The rumored specs are really not that bad, and a recent appearance on the GFXBench web site confirms th...

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Android 4.3-running HTC One Google Play edition spotted at the Bluetooth SIG

HTC One Google Edition The HTC One Google Play edition running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has apparently been spotted at the Bluetooth SIG. According to the available documentation, the HTC PN071xx_Android4.3_G has received certification on July 5, with the application having been filed on June 18. PN071 is the model number of the HTC One, and that “G” most likely descr...

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White Motorola Droid Ultra alleged photo shows up

Motorola Droid Ultra XT1080 An alleged image of the Motorola Droid Ultra has hit the web well ahead of the phone’s official announcement. After just seeing a picture reportedly showing the new Droid MAXX, we’re now looking at the white version of the Droid Ultra, at least according to xda-developers user xavierk75. However, the user has not specified where he got the ima...

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AA Weekly: top Android news of the week, July 7, 2013

aa weekly July 7 This week, we’ve learned more details about the upcoming LG G2, Motorola teased the Moto X, the Galaxy S4 reached a sales milestone, HTC broke the hearts of One S users, and we got some interesting news about the Android 4.3. LG G2: tantalizing rumors LG is expected to stage a soft launch of its new flagship in mid-July, followed three weeks lat...

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Motorola Droid Maxx Photo Leaked

Motorola Droid Maxx Thanks to the well known industry insider evLeaks, we know have what it appears to be a final photo of the Motorola Droid Maxx. Judging from the leaked picture, it looks like the Android running smartphone features capacitive buttons and a Kevlar back panel. After Google acquired Motorola, they started working hard on the Moto X, but also on oth...

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Motorola Droid Maxx image leaks: capacitive buttons and Kevlar

motorola droid maxx leak feature We know that Motorola is gearing up to unleash the Moto X, but that’s not the only device that the Google subsidiary is preparing to unveil this summer. In addition to a low-cost smartphone codenamed DFX, which is aimed at developing markets, Motorola is also continuing its collaboration with Verizon for the Droid line. Previous leaks suggested ...

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Rogers Canada may be getting the exclusive on the Motorola X Phone

Rogers exclusive X Phone An internal screenshot from Rogers shows that the Canadian service provider will have an exclusive Motorola X Phone, with release in mid August. While we’re not sure if this means they have exclusivity to the Motorola X Phone in general, it does indicate they will have some sort of Rogers’ device. As you can see below, the all caps “excl...

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