Category: Android News


Australian HTC Ones now seeing Android 4.4.2 update

Several different variants of the HTC One have been receiving their Android 4.4 updates in the last few weeks, and now it’s Australia’s turn. Vodafone’s support pages are confirming that the update is rolling out to its devices, while we’re receiving tips that HTC Ones on Optus devices are also pulling down KitKat.

    

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Nexus 5 and 7 now available from Google Play in several new countries

Along with the expansion of the Chromecast to a handful of new countries and Google Play Music and Movies coming to dozens of new countries, even more people can now also get their hands on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 directly from Google Play. The latest Nexus phone is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20.

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Chromecast now for sale in Canada, UK and 9 countries across Europe

Millions of new users to get their first taste of Chromecast today

It looks like the Chromecast is now available in the new countries slated for support by Google, as the clock has struck midnight in the E.U. Users in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. can now have a go with the little dongle that has caused such a stir — even garnering the “Gadget of the Year”  [Read More…]

Bringing Google Now to your wrist: This is the Android Wear interface

An interface that scales Google Now down to something usable on your wrist, with endless possibilities driven by developers.

Google has officially unveiled Android Wear, an operating system specifically tailored to wearable devices, and with that comes some new usability and interface challenges. Working with small wristwatch-sized devices and sub-2-inch screens, you quickly run out of room for interfaces and information. Alongside the launch of the new platform, Google has given developers an early look at  [Read More…]

Android Central Emergency Podcast Broadcast: Android Wear

Google today unveiled its Android wearable plans in the form of Android Wear, a platform that’ll first be used to power Android smartwatches. And we’ve already seen the first hardware announcements from LG and Motorola — the squarish G Watch and curvy Moto 360.

It’s big news for Android and wearable computing, and as such it’s time for an emergency Android Central podcast broadcast! Join Phil Nickinson, Kevin Michaluk, Adam Zeis and David Lundblad at 4 p.m. E.T. for  [Read More…]

The new HTC One M8 will go on sale minutes after being announced

The general trend when releasing a new phone is that it doesn’t necessarily hit retail stores until it a few weeks or months after being announced. It seems that HTC are looking to break that trend in the UK at least as Carphone Warehouse have announed that the next-generation HTC One will be available for immediate purchase just minutes after it is officially announced on March 25th.

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Skype version 4.7 for Android brings significant battery savings

“Imagine being able to leave Skype running on your phone all day without having to worry about your battery life.”

That’s how Skype are promoting their latest version of the popular app, promising to rid the battery woes that has plagued the app for sometime.

Version 4.7 of Skype sees improvements that aggressively tackle the issue of battery usage, to a point where Skype claim leaving the application running in the background all day will go unnoticed by users when  [Read More…]

Android Central 175: Android Wear

Google has announced Android Wear — it’s software platform for wearables — and along with it we saw a couple new smartwatches announced, the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. So Phil from Android Central, Adam from SmartwatchFans.com, CrackBerry Kevin and Mobile Nations Design Director David Lundblad got together to hash it all out.

(Warning: There’s a little bit of NSFW language in this one.)

Google officially announces Android Wear ‘Motorola announces ‘Moto 360,’ its  [Read More…]

Google Voice expected to merge into Hangouts this summer

Following trend with Google moving towards one single app that incorporates the functionality of all their social and communication services, it seems Google Voice is to be absorbed into the Hangouts app this summer.

Once the transfer of Google Voice into Hangouts is complete, you’ll be able to make VoIP calls directly from your Google phone number in the mobile app, just like on the web.

Google has already made its Hangout app take over the function of system-wide SMS  [Read More…]

Android Wear announcements today have Pebble founder excited

Pebble officially welcomes Google and partners to the smartwatch market

Android Wear, the LG G Watch and the Moto 360 are the hot topic of the day. Of course, Pebble — and how they see today’s news — is a big part of a lot of the conversation. Rather than speculate, we reached out to our friends at Pebble to see exactly what they think of it all.

We’re excited about today’s news from our friends  [Read More…]