Android M will reportedly bring Android Auto-like functionality directly to our cars

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Android Auto was formally announced earlier this year as Google’s big push into our automobiles. The platform doesn’t actually bring Android to our cars directly, but instead provides a software layer of sorts that works with compatible touchscreen infotainments by way of our existing smartphones. Android Auto is expected to surface in a number of upcoming vehicles in 2015, but it. 

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars comes to Android

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Grand Theft Auto is possibly one of the most well-known video game franchises, and they’re bringing some good news to the Android community today. Their long-awaited title GTA: Chinatown Wars is finally available in the Google Play Store. After its original launch on a number of different mobile platforms, it’s finally make its way to Android a mere 5 years after launch. The game. 

The most influential smartphones of all time

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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The speed and scale of the smartphone revolution has been nothing short of incredible. The dream of equipping every human on the planet with a direct conduit to our collective knowledge in the shape of the Internet is being realized. It’s a tool for communication, for accessing information, for entertainment, for navigation, and for recording our own lives and experiences to share.. 

Android customization – Android Lollipop Priority mode and Interruptions settings

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Last week in our Android customization series we took our fist look at a manufacturer specific feature, LG’s Guest Mode. The feature allows you to lock down your device so you can securely hand it over to someone to play with, it has its limitations, so be sure to check it out before you put it to use. This week, we’d like to look at a new set of options in Android 5+ Lollipop. 

Samsung’s Holiday Dreams ad features a video shot on 74 Samsung devices

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Samsung has always had some clever advertisements around the holiday season, and it looks like they just released an ad to top them all. Samsung built a rig of 74 different products, mainly Galaxy phones and tablets, to show one intricately-shot video. The two and a half minute ad features a story called Holiday Dream, swooping and bending around from device to device. Without the 74 different. 

Android TV Launcher comes to the Play Store

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Google’s second attempt at a media streaming set-top box platform is keeping many faithful Android users hopeful. The company’s first attempt, Google TV, was a great idea, but never took off due to a host of different reasons — including a lack of timely updates. Google is aiming to change that, as they have just released the Android TV Launcher app to the Play Store. 

Grab a ton of Square Enix games for 50% off on Google Play today

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Square Enix, the video game company who has released popular games like the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series, is having a huge sale on Google Play today. You can find a total of eleven games discounted by up to 53%. Though Square Enix puts out some of the best quality games on Android, they’re usually pretty expensive. It’s not uncommon to see these games reach upwards. 

Amazon deals: SanDisk microSD cards and Kensington accessories 50% off

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Amazon has 50% off deals on some SanDisk microSD cards, as well as accessories from Kensington. SanDisk’s microSD cards are highly rated, with the 32GB model of the class 10 (48MB/s) occupying the bestselling spot in its category. The entire range, from 8GB to 128GB has discounts compared to the list prices, ranging from 31% to 52%. Here’s the breakdown: SanDisk Ultra 8GB 48MB/s for $8.49 (35%) SanDisk. 

Galaxy S6 allegedly will offer aluminum chassis and subtly curved display

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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It’s no secret that Samsung isn’t having the best of years. Between a disastrous 3rd quarter earnings report and the less-than-great performance of the Galaxy S5, Samsung really needs to hit the ball out of the park with the next-gen Galaxy S. The good news is that Samsung may finally be taking the (somewhat arguable) decline of the Galaxy S line seriously. We’ve heard Samsung promise. 

BBC launches a dedicated iPlayer Radio app for tablets

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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BBC radio is practically considered a British institution by some, and although the BBC published a separate iPlayer Radio app for listeners quite a while ago, the broadcaster is doing one better for tablet users with a new dedicated app. The new app, designed specifically for tablets, makes use of a larger display through improved navigation, categories, and more detailed programming. 

Take a virtual trip with Google Cardboard and Street View

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Have you ever wanted to see the Giza Necropolis but can’t stand long haul flights? A virtual tour probably sounds pretty enticing then, and Google has taken us one step closer to virtual sightseeing with a little VR easter egg hidden away within Google Maps. Paired up with Google’s inexpensive Cardboard headset and Map’s Street View mode, you can now take a 3D look. 

Amazon launches Prime Now: one-hour (!) deliveries in Manhattan

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Amazon just introduced the latest perk for Prime subscribers: one-hour or less delivery of “tens of thousands of daily essentials.” Initially available in select parts of Manhattan, Amazon Prime Now lets users order stuff like “paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries” and have it delivered at their doorsteps within an hour. The service is available between 6AM and 12PM. 

Verizon has the Moto X (2014) for just $49.99 on 2-year contract

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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The Moto X 2014, much like it’s predecessor from last year, snagged quite a bit of love from the press. The size, shape, customization, and features made it a fantastic offering. While it’s currently on sale at Motorola, Verizon has an even better deal for those customers willing to be burdened down with a carrier agreement. The Moto X 2014 on Verizon is now just $49.99 on a. 

Sony confirms Lollipop for core Xperia Z2 and Z3 devices in early 2015

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Sony has confirmed, through Twitter, that Android Lollipop updates for its latest Xperia devices will arrive at the beginning of next year. We originally heard suggestions of an early 2015 release date back in October. The tweet states that it is the “core” Xperia Z2 and Z3 series that are in line for the update. It is a little unclear whether or not this includes the full. 

IFTTT update brings a new look, new channels, and bug fixes

By AndroidChief | On Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 - No Comments »
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Everyone’s favorite automation app, IFTTT, is receiving a new update to its Android app beginning today. The update brings a slightly revamped interface, over a dozen new channels, improved recipe syncing, and a handful of bug fixes. Let’s begin with the interface. The improved UI tweaks are small, but make everything a bit easier on the eyes. The icons are more prominent and the text. 

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