Category: Android News

Google Maps snags update, improved Android Wear navigation notifications

Google Maps for Android has just picked up an update. Head to the Google Play Store and you’ll find the newest version of Google Maps with improved support for Android Wear notifications.

Weekly poll results: Who is trading the Chromecast for a Nexus Player?

Android Central readers love their Chromecast

Earlier in the week we asked everyone about their plans to upgrade to a Nexus Player from the Chromecast. Now it’s time to look at the results.

This was actually closer than I thought it would be, with only 39.2-percent of responders saying they have no plans to replace their Chromecast with the new Nexus Player. I assumed that number would be a lot higher, because I know a whole  [Read More…]

MetroPCS launches Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 as carrier’s first tablet


T-Mobile and MetroPCS on Friday announced that the pre-paid brand is launching its first tablet, the $ 150 Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7. Available immediately, the tablet can be paired with one of three new rate plans designed for data users. Pricing begins as low as $ 10 per month for existing customers; a $ 5 monthly discount is applied when adding to an existing rate plan.

$  [Read More…]

Android Central 208: Zed Thrice Ved

This week: We’ve gone hands-on with the HTC Nexus 9, we’ve spent some quality time with the updated Android 5.0 Lollipop preview, we recap the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v and the latest Android Wear update — and of course we’ll answer your questions live!

Thing 1: Nexus 9 and more Lollipop Nexus 9 hands-on and first impressions Android 5.0 Lollipop: What to expect when… Android 5.0 Lollipop Material Design in pictures and video Lollipop  [Read More…]

Amazon sees Fire TV content tripling since launch


If you’ve been considering an Amazon Fire TV then you might now give extra consideration toward pulling the trigger. According to Amazon, the content available for the device has tripled since its launch six months ago. Thanks to partnerships from the likes of Spotify, PBS, NFL, A&R, and Lifetime there is an increasingly larger selection of shows, music, games, and other forms of media.

We continue  [Read More…]

How to invite friends to Inbox by Gmail!

google inbox

Inbox by Gmail has gathered a lot of attention, and for good reason. I am a lucky person to have it, and it is a great tool, clearing my inbox within minutes, along with adding all sorts of new functions. Well Google is not being shy about adding people, as now anyone with Inbox can invite up to 3 people!

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US Prepaid Carriers Buyer’s Guide

Sponsored by MetroPCS

With kids back in school and budgets tight, prepaid carriers are often the way to go for anyone with a smartphone. Instead of paying your monthly bill after having used your wireless service, you pay beforehand for a set bucket of data.

There are compromises to be made when signing up for a prepaid carrier, but for the most part, the added flexibility makes it all worth while. Conditions  [Read More…]

Inbox invites hit user inboxes

Folks who are using Inbox — Google’s new take on email management — just received a new item in their inbox — three invites to pass out to friends and family. Finding them is easy enough — just tap the icon to compose a message and you should see a golden ticket in the recents list. Tappa-tappa and you can enter an email address of the person you would like to invite.

We have no idea  [Read More…]

Canadian pre-orders for Nexus 6 to begin on October 29th


For those north of the border, don’t think Google has forgotten about you when it comes to the Nexus 6. The device will be available for pre-order in Canada on October 29th and will cost $ 749 for 32GB and $ 799 for 64GB.

Unfortunately that’s a $ 100 markup on what the US will be charged.

Whilst it doesn’t justify the price hike for  [Read More…]

Android Central Podcast – Live!

Live at 4 p.m. EDT Oct. 24

The Android Central Podcast is recorded live in front of a live studio audience, so you can catch us in the act.

To take part in the live Q&A, hit this link. Or watch us live from your phone with the all-new Android Central app!

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