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26
Mar

3rd generation Motorola Moto X in the works for late summer release


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Amidst all of the excitement about the springtime releases of flagship smartphones, Motorola has revealed that the next generation of their top-tier Motorola Moto X device should be coming out in late summer, probably August or September. This timeline was revealed by Motorola President Rick Osterloh in a response on Twitter to a question about the time-frame for release of the next Moto X. Osterloh indicated Motorola tries to “stay on a roughly annual cycle” for product releases. 

The next Moto X is expected to come equipped with a Snapdragon 810 processor. True to previous efforts to distinguish their devices on more than just hardware, the next Moto X is expected to be “smarter than any other smartphone.” During the most recent round of #AskRickO questions on Twitter, Osterloh also revealed that Motorola does not have any current plans to do a smaller screen on their next device, although he seemed to get the message that there are users out there looking for a quality device in the sub 5-inch range.

source: @rosterloh
via: phoneArena

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26
Mar

Verizon’s HTC One M9 pre-orders begin April 1st, available in-store April 10th


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Verizon has just announced that pre-orders for the HTC One M9 will begin Wednesday, April 1st, and the device will be available in-store on Friday, April 10th. If you’d like to pick one up on a two-year contract, the device will be available for $199.99 in both Gold on Silver and Metal Gray 32GB variants. For those who’d like to take advantage of Verizon’s Edge program, the device will cost you $24.99 per month for 24 months. The carrier has also revealed that the One M9 Dot View case would be available on April 1st for $49.99 in Onyx Black and Candy Floss color options.

While the HTC One M9 doesn’t differ from the M8 as much as some would have liked it to, it’s still one heck of a great smartphone. The One M9 sports a 5-inch full HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion up to 128GB. It has a non-removable 2840mAh battery, loud and clear front-facing BoomSound speakers and a beautiful all-metal construction. The 20MP rear-facing camera could definitely use some work, but if the camera quality on your smartphone isn’t important to you, we think you’ll like the M9 quite a bit. To learn more about this device, check out our full HTC One M9 review.

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If you’re not too keen on spending your money on a two-year contract, the unlocked One M9 is going up for pre-order at 12:01 a.m. tonight on HTC.com.

Are any of you holding out for the Verizon HTC One M9?



26
Mar

Poll: Do you need official apps so long as there are good third-party ones?


Earlier this week I wrote about how it’d been a full year since Instagram updated its official Windows Phone app and what we, the Windows Phone users could do about it if we were unhappy. Our advice was to use something like 6Tag, an excellent third-party solution but some of the comments on the post raised an interesting question. A question we’re going to put to you, the Windows Central audience.

Do we really need official apps as long as there are good quality, third-party solutions available in the store?

26
Mar

Check out dbrand’s Galaxy S6 and One M9 skins including wood and leather



New reviews, carrier pricing and pre-order dates are all the hype today as we get closer to HTC and Samsung’s new phones. Feeling a bit crafty? Check out dbrand’s upcoming skins for the Galaxy S6 and One M9, which include 5 different colors, mahogany wood, white or black leather, different shades of metal, matte white or black and multiple carbon fiber options.

All of these options look quite tempting. While the Gorilla Glass back of the S6 and all-aluminum back of the One M9 look fantastic already, I personally have my eyes on a black faux leather alternative…

Do you plan on buying a case or skin for either of these devices? If so, we’d love to hear which!


The post Check out dbrand’s Galaxy S6 and One M9 skins including wood and leather appeared first on AndroidGuys.

26
Mar

Star Wars Rebels: Recon hits the Play Store


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Nothing can stop the Star Wars franchise at this point. From television to apparel to movies and video games, George Lucas’ beloved child can be seen around the world. Star Wars Rebels is an ongoing television series airing on Disney XD. To supplement the television series, Disney has released a mobile game titled Star Wars Rebels: Recon. This action-platformer tasks players with fighting against (suprise!) the Empire.

The game is free-to-play, but there are in-app purchases to fully experience Star Wars Rebels: Recon. Four levels are included at no cost.

For Everyone:
BATTLE against the Empire as Ezra Bridger, the street-smart hero, and dodge TIE fighters
DRIVE an Imperial AT-MP and activate boosts to take down the Empire’s legion
COLLECT Hope and gift to citizens to earn boosts
CUSTOMIZE your secret Rebel Haven with rewards like living units, towers, building mods, and art
DISCOVER secret rooms, Stormtrooper helmets, and play to earn rewards from Chopper

With In-App Purchases:
UNLOCK 30 additional levels, with more Empire enemies, boosts, secret rooms, and rewards to expand your Rebel Haven
BATTLE STAR WARS BOSSES including TIE bombers, AT-DPs, and TIE fighters
WIELD a Lightsaber as Kanan Jarrus, the cowboy Jedi, and battle with your twin-blaster as Sabine Wren, the explosive artist

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26
Mar

Drupe lets you contact your friends with just two swipes of your finger


With the growing number of social networks, messaging apps, and video chatting applications in the Google Play Store, sometimes keeping track of all of them can be daunting. Usually, to message someone on Facebook, you’ll need to open the Facebook application, click on the Messages tab, type in your friend’s name, then start typing your message. drupe, a new app in the Play Store, aims to streamline this process.

drupe is an app that constantly floats on your screen so you can take advantage of it anytime you’d like. Once you swipe over the four “drupe dots”, the app will open and will show you a list of frequently contacted friends on the left side and your most used social networks/messaging apps on the right. So instead of navigating to an application and typing in your friend’s name to get in contact, all you need to do is open drupe, select the friend you’d like to contact and drag their image over to the app you’d like to use.

One of the more interesting aspects of the app is that it supports a few misfits like Google Maps navigation and calendar shortcuts. So if you forgot how to get to your friends house or want to schedule a calendar entry with your friend, drupe makes that easy.

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You can rotate your contacts view between recently contacted and favorites, and you can change which order your apps are displayed on the right. If you can’t find a contact on your list, just click the search bar on the bottom of your screen. And probably the most overlooked feature of this app is just using it for launching apps more quickly. Once you launch drupe, click on an application and you’ll be thrown right into it.

drupe certainly has the right idea. It’s incredibly smooth, convenient and customizable. If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, drupe can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store.

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26
Mar

Verizon announces April 1 pre-order for HTC One M9, April 10 in-store


Verizon announced today that it will begin pre-orders for the HTC One M9 on April 1, with the device set to become available in-store on April 10.

26
Mar

Halo Online trailer shows what the Russians, and no one else, can play


A trailer showing gameplay footage from the recently-announced free-to-play PC multiplayer shooter Halo Online has appeared online, letting the rest of the world check out what only gamers in Russia will get to play.

26
Mar

Apple Watch support starts hitting popular iPhone apps


A number of apps have been updated to add compatibility with the Apple Watch just under a month before the device is available for purchased.

Updated apps include Target, Dark Sky, Evernote, and task manager Things. While you won’t be able to make use until you’re able to get your hands on an Apple Watch next month, this is what will be waiting for you when you do:

  • Target – The Target app lets you add items to your list and find aisle locations for items. The app’s glance lets you swipe up from the watch face to see when your store is open and how many items are on your list.
  • Dark Sky – The popular hyper-local weather app brings its accurate forecasting to your wrist.
  • Evernote – Evernote on the Apple Watch lets you dictate notes, view your recently-created notes, search, and create reminders.
  • Procreate Pocket – The wrist-bound version of the iPhone sketching app serves as a digital artists palette, letting you choose colors, switch tools, and more while working in the app on your iPhone.
  • Sky Guide – Sky Guide’s Apple Watch app view a calendar of upcoming astronomical events, get notifications about these events, and alert you when the International Space Station is about to fly over.
  • Things – The to-do app lets Apple Watch users view existing tasks, create new ones, and more.
  • Transit App – You can quickly view departure times right on your wrist.

You’ll be able to use all of these apps and more when the Apple Watch arrives on April 24.

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26
Mar

This is pretty much the last way we’d ever charge our phone


Neck pillows with batteries. Is nothing sacred anymore? (And were all the renders newer than the HTC Desire taken?)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1597283296/powerup-pillow-the-portable-charging-pillow-for-ev/widget/video.html

Behold, the PowerUp Pillow. Currently going for a $25 pledge on Kickstarter.

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