Project Ara modules will be sold through Play Store-like online marketplace

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 - No Comments »
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Project Ara, Google’s futuristic modular smartphone, is edging towards its pilot release, in early 2015. Talking at a Purdue University event, the head of the project explained how Google plans to sell the modules making up Ara phones. Paul Eremenko, Ara project leader and member of Google’s ATAP skunkworks division, explained in a Q&A session that the Ara module store would be. 

HTC rules out prospect of the One (M8 Eye) heading to Europe

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 - No Comments »
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The 13-megapixel version of the HTC One M8, the One (M8 Eye) was made official earlier this month, after it appeared on HTC’s Chinese online store. It was also reportedly heading to India, and many were hoping that the smartphone would land on shelves outside of Asia sometime soon. Sadly that doesn’t look to be the case. HTC representatives have said that the HTC One (M8 Eye) won’t. 

Ascend Mate 7 hits 1 million sales milestone ahead of full release

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 - No Comments »
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The Ascend Mate 7 was one of the surprise hits of IFA this year, impressing with its build quality, great screen, and accurate fingerprint scanner. Huawei’s 6-inch beast is off to a good start in stores as well, even if it hasn’t launched yet in Europe and North America. Huawei announced on Twitter that the Mate 7 hit an early milestone, roughly a month after it went on sale in China. 

New Google Now cards for solar eclipses and Police Activity

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 - No Comments »
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As far as Google‘s app update Wednesdays go, we just closed out a fairly quiet one. Not to be forgotten, and just in the nick of time, Google Now is seeing some new cards pop up, putting an eclipse over crime. The first card is dedicated solar eclipses, perfect being that one is taking place later today, October 23rd, and the second card brings you local Police Activity for your. 

Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2014

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 - No Comments »
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; As mobile devices get lighter and thinner, there is a slight downside: less space in which to jam a speaker. Smartphones never had particularly great (or even good) audio quality, and though we’ve seen a few standouts here and there, they aren’t getting any better. Luckily, Bluetooth audio devices have never been better. There are a lot of good speakers out there, as well as. 

Chromebook shipments up by 67%, most sold in USA

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 - No Comments »
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When the first Chromebook was released it raised an interesting question, “do I need a laptop which is web-centric and can’t install native applications?” I, like many others, was skeptical. However I eventually bought a Chromebook and for certain tasks I have found my Chromebook to be my preferred device when I am away from my PC. It looks like I am not the only one. 

Best Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Cases

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 - No Comments »
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is the smallest in the latest series of mid-range tablets from Samsung. With signature design elements, including a faux leather back, solid build quality and decent mid-range specifications, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is a good new addition to the mid-range tablet market. If you’re looking for a tablet which features Samsung’s signature features but at. 

Google Hangouts updating to v2.4 on Android

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 - No Comments »
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Google is pushing out a small update to the Hangouts app on Android. Hangouts v2.4 is rolling out now bringing with it bug fixes and a handy Google Voice tie-in UI improvement. If you do not already have Hangouts, head on in to the Google Play Store to get your free copy. Be sure to grab the Hangouts Dialer as well, if you wish to use the app to make calls. Truth is, Google has not yet. 

Samsung to Release Note 4 Developer Edition on Verizon

By AndroidChief | On Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014 - No Comments »
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Samsung has a special off-contract Note 4 coming to Verizon for only $662.53. The device is the Developer Edition and features an unlockable bootloader for quickly loading ROMs onto your device. Unfortunately, since the phone is only available off contract, it’s very likely that it won’t develop the large following of other unlockable devices like the Nexus line. Interestingly. 

Sprint doubles data on their low-end shared data plans

By AndroidChief | On Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014 - No Comments »
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We’ve seen major carriers compete on double data for large family plans, but today Sprint announced a new competitive offer for customers who don’t need quite so much data. The new plan offers 1 GB of data for $20 a month, which is almost double from the old 600 MB plan and considerably more than what you’ll get from AT&T or Verizon for the same price. The rest of the. 

Firebase, a cloud database company, joins Google’s Cloud Platform team

By AndroidChief | On Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014 - No Comments »
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Google has announced that they’ve acquired a new cloud database company, Firebase. The Firebase team will join Google’s Cloud Platform developers in an effort to make development for mobile devices even easier. Firebase exists to allow developers easy ways to keep data synced between mobile applications and web sites and apps, which can be a pretty tricky and difficult task otherwise.. 

Google may sell Project Ara modules in a Play Store type marketplace

By AndroidChief | On Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014 - No Comments »
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Google’s Project Ara is one of the most highly anticipated developments in the modern smartphone world, assuming it gains traction with developers, manufacturers, and consumers. We know the basic idea behind it, but one thing that Google has never truly clarified was how potential customers could purchase smartphone “modules” for their devices. Thanks to a new interview. 

Solar eclipse and police activity cards now showing up in Google Now

By AndroidChief | On Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014 - No Comments »
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Good news for heavy Google Now users; you’re getting two new types of cards in your automatic information feed. Google has added in support for police activity as well as solar eclipses. The police activity is pretty useful, as it shows nearby criminal activity which can give you a heads up on areas or roads to avoid. The solar eclipse card is pretty weird, but it gives you information. 

Samsung and Barnes & Noble introduce Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1

By AndroidChief | On Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014 - No Comments »
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Soon after the release of their first tablet/e-reader hybrid, Samsung and Barnes & Noble are back with a bigger iteration of their first. This time dubbed the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1, it aims to offer a bigger screen size, and that’s about it. The new tablet is priced at $300 (after a $50 mail in rebate), and comes with $200 worth of free content from the NOOK store. Users will receive. 

Google library updates will help developers bring Material Design to pre-Lollipop devices

By AndroidChief | On Wed, Oct 22nd, 2014 - No Comments »
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We were first introduced to Material Design back at Google I/O, and since then we’ve seen a number of Google’s apps slowly make changes that better fit in line with Google’s new design guidelines. Beyond that, a number of 3rd party developers have also taken inspiration from MD in the recent months and introduced changes that reflect these guidelines. Now with the Android 5.0 SDK. 

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