Category: Android News


Google URL Shortener shortens name to URL Shortener

A quick heads up that the excellent new app to go along with Google’s URL shortener (but not one actually developed by Google proper) has changed its name to, simply, URL Shortener — for the obvious reasons. The change also has allowed the app to return to Google Play after a couple days in limbo.

    

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Amazon Prime’s annual fee will increase to $99 this summer

Amazon this morning in an email to its customers announced that starting July 30, its annual fee will increase to $ 99. In the email, Amazon notes the increase in fuel and transportation costs, along with the increase in the number of items available for free two-day shipping. It also mentions the more than 40,000 movies and TV shows available for streaming. Not mentioned: Any hope of getting a video player for Android.

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Tech21 Impact Mesh and Impact Shield for Galaxy S4 Review

Up today for review is the Impact Mesh case and the Impact Shield screen protector from Tech21.  These two accessories are a match made in heaven for someone looking to provide great protection for both body and screen of the Galaxy S4.  Let’s dig into, the case first:

The Good:

Case feels sturdy and shock absorbent material is quite impressive See through so you can still see the back of your S4 Not slippery, so you don’t have to worry  [Read More…]

Mohu Channels aims to make TV fun again with custom channels

Mohu has taken to Kickstarter to raise funding to make TV less confusing. If you’re like me, then you’ll probably watch TV from many different sources: over-The-Air (OTA) broadcast TV and streaming apps, Netflix, Hulu+, YouTube and Crackle, to name a few. Mohu has identified that having to switch between all these different inputs in order to find what you want to watch is often confusing and frustrating, and they wouldn’t be wrong.

We’ve set out to make this new  [Read More…]

HTC Backup updated for AT&T’s HTC One

If you’re running an HTC One on AT&T and use the HTC Backup app, you’ll want to pick up today’s update. It’s got fixes for Sense 5.5 (which you should now have along with the Android 4.4.2 update), supports contacts and text messages, you can choose to back up to Google Drive or Dropbox, and you can now sign in with your Google account. Good additions, all.

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Google Search App Updated – Brings in expanded card information

Google have pushed an update to their Google Search App bringing in a variety of new features. The new changes primarily revolve around the Google Now cards which now include extra information for various sports and expandable information relating to stocks.

Also included in the update is improvement to image searching which now allows a user to open an image in the browser and quickly save it.

In addition, Google has performed a number of under-the-hood enhancements including bringing the  [Read More…]

EE announces 4G LTE roaming in Spain and France, more countries to follow

UK mobile operator EE has announced that its customers can now use 4G LTE networks in Spain and France, with 4G roaming in these countries available “immediately” through the carrier’s existing roaming data bundles for consumers and small business customers. EE says it plans to extend 4G roaming to “all major travel destinations during 2014,” with the U.S., Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands on track to join the list by the summer.

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Amazon Prime music service rumors continue to gather momentum

The rumors of an Amazon Prime music streaming service continue to grow. The latest report out of the Wall Street Journal suggests that Amazon plans to introduce the service along with an increased rate Prime subscription, with the end goal being to get folks buying more music from its MP3 store.

    

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HTC drops unlocked One price to $499, but you should probably hold off on buying

HTC has shaved the price of the unlocked One by $ 100 down to $ 499, and it doesn’t take much thought to wonder why it’d do such a thing. With an extremely-teased date of March 25th looming, it makes sense to drop the price of the unlocked One as it approaches a year old. Until today you were expected to drop a full $ 600 for the unlocked model, and while we think it was  [Read More…]

Google Wallet introducing ‘orders’ section to track and receive updates on shipments

Google Wallet, while most associated with NFC payments, is actually most-used as an online payment option competing with the likes of Amazon and PayPal. With today’s update to the Google Wallet app, purchases made with the service can now be tracked and managed right from the app. This was always possible (albeit in a basic way) from the Google Wallet website, but having it moved over to mobile has advantages.

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