T-Mobile’s 10GB/$100 Deal Set to End on the 29th

T-Mobile Nationwide 4G LTET-Mobile’s neat plan that offers 10GB of data to share among 4 lines for $100 is drawing to a close. The special offer will be grandfathered until January 2016, so if you act fast, you can seize the extra cheap, overage-free data and keep it for a little over a year. If you want to snag the deal, swing on over to T-Mobile’s website by next Wednesday and sign your family up for a family plan.

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Galaxy Note Edge to be Launched Thursday in Japan

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Samsung’s funky and clever upcoming device is eagerly awaited by techies everywhere. (Or at least right-handed techies everywhere.) We’ve been waiting patiently to get a launch date for the phablet, and today we learned some new information. Japan will be receiving the device on its largest mobile carrier (NTT DoCoMo). The device will be black only until November, when a white version will be released as well.

The special device and its curved screen will eventually be available stateside sometime this year on all four big carriers, but as of right now, no one but Samsung knows when.

Source: NTT Docomo

Via: Phone Arena

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 20, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Guides

Copying apps from your old phone or tablet to your new phone or tablet with Android Lollipop

How to make sure your Android phone or tablet is backed up on Google’s servers

Android TV

Nexus Player now available on the Play Store for $99

Android Wear

[New Android Wear App] Tempo-Motion is another great option for watch faces

Google Fit app gets exposed prior to official launch

Apps

Spotify announces new family plans starting at $14.99 a month

Play Music gets a Material Design makeover in Nexus 4 port

Gmail 5.0 update will support Outlook and Yahoo accounts

Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root

Carriers

AT&T to launch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 October 24th

Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

EYE Experience for HTC One (M8) on T-Mobile to start rolling out tomorrow

Collectibles

Lucky Lucy’ special edition Halloween Android figurine on sale tomorow

Google

Were OEMs to blame for Android Silver never coming to fruition?

You can now filter apps in the Play Store by ratings

Phones

HTC’s Android 5.0 update roadmap leaks

EYE Experience for HTC One (M8) on T-Mobile to start rolling out tomorrow

LG teases a new concept phone that has mood swings

Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

“Ambient display” appears to be Nexus 6 spin on Moto Display

Google’s Nexus 6 gets compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4

OnePlus pre-order system will go live for 24 hours on October 27th

AT&T to launch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 October 24th

Updates

HTC’s Android 5.0 update roadmap leaks

EYE Experience for HTC One (M8) on T-Mobile to start rolling out tomorrow

Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

Miscellaneous

Motorola video invites people to join company

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Nexus 6 pre-ordering starts October 29 on Google Play

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Head over to your calendar and make a note for October 29. While the Nexus 9 is already available in the Play Store, the Nexus 6 and Nexus Player have remained on hold. The Nexus 6, though, will be ready to go in the Play Store next week. The pricing is steep even with the base 32GB storage option at $649. Relying upon Google for excellent pricing is not an option. This year, it seems that going with a carrier to get a Nexus device is the way to go.

Here is a breakdown of the choices:

  • Nexus 6 (32GB, Midnight Blue) — $649
  • Nexus 6 (32GB, Cloud White) — $649
  • Nexus 6 (64GB, Midnight Blue) — $699
  • Nexus 6 (64GB, Cloud White) — $699

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‘Lucky Lucy’ special edition Halloween Android figurine on sale tomorow

LuckyLucy_Halloween_Box_800-500x375Lucky Lucy, Android’s latest Halloween-inspired black cat is due to be sold on the DeadZebra starting October 21st. Lucy is reminiscent of TrickerTreat, the pumpkin-designed figurine from 2013. The black cat has a double-sided head, featuring a snarl or a smile, depending on which way it’s facing. Lucky Lucy goes on sale tomorrow morning at 11:00 am. Dead Zebra has a limit of one per household.

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Google’s Nexus 6 gets compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4

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This fall, two massive devices will be on the market and consumers will have a very difficult choice to make. Should they go with Google and the Nexus 6 or Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4? Fortunately, you can take a look at a video comparing the two. Carphone Warehouse has both devices on hand for a really good breakdown. Unsurprisgly, the Nexus 6 is a lot bigger than the Galaxy Note 4. After all, the Google device does have a 5.96-inch display compared to its foe’s 5.7 inches.

There is a common ground for the two. The resolution of the displays both equal 2560×1440 and are AMOLED. Inside, Google and Samsung opted for a Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM and 3220mAh batteries. They also have 32GB of internal storage; however, Samsung follows its tradition by including a microSD card slot.

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Source: TechnoBuffalo

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Spotify Family gives discount for multiple accounts

Listening to Spotify in all its unlimited access and ad-free glory is pretty much a requirement for most people these days (especially if you’re sick and tired of that Spotify guy’s voice) and it will not cost you an arm and a leg. But what if you have an entire household clamoring for their very own account? The expenses of paying for multiple subscriptions would then get to you. Your favorite music streaming service is trying to help you out with that by giving you big discounts with its Spotify Family package.

Now we know what you’re saying. Why should you need to get more than one account when you can just share? Well, you don’t really want your kids to know that you’re actually listening to their One Direction playlist right? And also, there is just a limited number of devices that will let you play music simultaneously. With Spotify Family, you can maintain up to five different accounts, with separate log-in details, personalized recommendations and their own playlists and saved music as well. All subscriptions will get the usual ad-free listening experience, offline access to music they’ve saved and full access to its catalog that currently has over 20 million songs, with 20,000 being added everyday.

With the advent of more and more music streaming services like Google’s All Access, Pandora, Deezer, and others, Spotify has to up its game in order to keep up with the competition. They’ve been experimenting with several ways to commercialize its service. One that they’ve recently adapted is to let those who watch their video adverts to the end get an additional 30 minutes of ad-free playback (obviously, for those just using the free service).

Those who have a regular Spotify premium account, which costs $9.99 per month, will get 50% discount when you add another subscription to your account. You can add as many as four more for each account, meaning you will only be paying $29.99 per month for five subscriptions, instead of $49.95. Spotify Family will roll out in the US first but will eventually be available globally in the next few weeks.

VIA: SlashGear

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Will Digital Wallets or Credit Cards Reign Supreme?


A lot of different payment options besides cash have sprung up in recent years. While credit and debit cards have been around for quite a while, they are far from the new kids on the block now. The most recent developments in payment options are digital wallets and contactless payment.

The term “digital wallet” is actually a rather broad and all-encompassing term that enfolds a number of disparate payment options. The term digital wallet can include ID verification and multiple payment options that can cover purchasing with multiple different credit cards, according to Credit Cards. However, it’s important to note that digital payment options are still in their infancy. Credit cards, on the other hand, are a staple of the world economy and of people making purchases. For digital wallets and other contactless payments to take over from credit cards, some serious changes in economic infrastructure and consumer opinions will need to take place.

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Digital Wallets
There are a number of different options available when looking for a digital wallet, otherwise known as an e-wallet, or other contactless payment method. For the most part, digital wallets are all smartphone apps available through various companies for both Android phones and iPhones. In fact, Hong Kiat provides a list of ten potential digital wallets anyone can download and use. Some of the companies that offer these services include Google, Apple, PayPal, and Square.

These apps don’t just hold on to your payment information, they can also store data from loyalty programs and member cards so you can continue accruing your earning rewards and the like even without the physical card. To use these digital wallets, all you ever have to do is swipe your phone across a reader. Of course, this means the business you’re shopping at needs to have a device capable of reading the unique wallet signals. If the store has the proper reader, then customers have an even easier and more convenient check out experience.


On the business side of things, there are expectations of digital wallets becoming the next big thing and taking over the world of payments. In an interview about digital wallets with CNet, Mario Shiliashki, the senior vice president of emerging payments for MasterCard said of the rise of e-wallets; “It’s absolutely an opportunity for us; we see it as what will help our business grow for the next 10, 20, 30 years, even faster than we’ve grown in past decades.”

The Odd Case of Contactless Payment Cards
“But I thought digital payment options were supposed to avoid the need for cards?” Some of you might ask, well, that’s why contactless payment cards are an odd mixture of both digital wallets and regular credit and debit cards. They can be considered in the group of digital wallets since you just need to swipe them pass a sensor to pay, but they’re a plastic card that still sits in your actual wallet and holds all your credit and debit card info. However, contactless payment cards don’t necessarily have to be cards; according to Transport for London, contactless payments might be made with key fobs and stickers as well.

In an article discussing the new San Francisco startup, Coin, Slate discusses the new idea of another type of payment card. This card, which Coin states will “simplify, improve, and fit seamlessly into your life,” is another plastic card with a changeable magnetic strip that can mimic the attributes of up to eight different credit cards. The card syncs up to an app on your smartphone via Bluetooth where you can designate which card it is to mimic at that particular moment. But like a regular credit or debit card, you swipe this one

Credit Cards
There’s not too much to say about credit cards. They’ve been around for a number of decades, a ton of people have them, or multiples of them, and just about every business has a card reader. Of course these generalizations aren’t entirely true, but the fact is that credit cards are all over. And with mobile card readers and POS systems like those by Shopify becoming more and more popular, credit cards don’t really look like they’re going away any time soon. Although, during the CNet interview, when discussing global payment usage, Shiliashki stated, “This gives us a lot of runway to truly revolutionize the world and digitize payments, both in the 15 percent that is already using credit card networks, but also in the 85 percent that is still using cash.” Time will tell what Shiliashki and Mastercard will do.

Who Will Win?
As you can see, digital wallets, contactless payments and credit cards aren’t really disparate payment methods. All three are intertwined with credit cards as the primary foundation. The other methods are really just different ways to store your credit card info to make it easier to pay. Perhaps something major and different will be developed in the future at some point. However, until then, credit cards could technically be called the winner since the other payment methods stand on the back of the little plastic cards.



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OnePlus One pre-orders will go live on October 27th. For one hour.


oneplus one pre-ordersOne of the most widely criticized parts of OnePlus‘ campaign to sell its maiden smartphone, the OnePlus One, has been its handling of device distribution and its use of the maddeningly exclusive invite system. Stopping short of admitting the invite system was a mistake, OnePlus went on the record about a month ago to say that they would instead be using a pre-order system starting in October. OnePlus has finally announced that these OnePlus One pre-orders are going to start on October 27th, but with one teeny, tiny, big detail: the pre-orders are only going to be open for an hour.

Yes, you read that correctly. According to OnePlus’ blog post, on October 27th 15:00 GMT, people can pre-order the OnePlus One for one solitary hour. It would seem that the pre-order system isn’t actually what we thought it was going to be, and in fact, OnePlus says at the bottom of the post:

“While the pre-order system won’t completely replace the current invites method, it is certainly a huge step towards expanding the reach of OnePlus.”


While the OnePlus One is still fantastic value for flagship level hardware specifications, and OnePlus did give away 50,000 invites a few weeks ago, the combination of the pre-order and invites system still clearly lacks the flexibility that some people actually want when purchasing their smartphones.

What do you think about the OnePlus One pre-orders system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: OnePlus via Phone Arena



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Sticker Story – A new app from the makers of Word Creativity Kit

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Rating: 5
Price: $1.99  App Store


Gebo Kano ehf., the developer behind Word Creativity Kit, today is proud to announce the release of Sticker Story – The storybook creativity kit for kids 1.0, its new educational app developed exclusively for iPad. Full of amazing original stickers, letters and backgrounds to play with, Sticker Story is storytelling for kids. Children can create a sticker story book with one or more pages. When finished they can view the story as a beautiful book and even export it to iBooks or readers to share with friends and family. The full version includes more than 400 stickers and backgrounds:

* Kids Life
* Spooky Halloween
* Amazing Superheroes
* Medieval Life

Sticker story is not only a picture book creator. Each sticker theme contains alphabet stickers with letters matching the theme. Children can add those letters to the story to practice with, learn the letters and write words. When a child clicks a letter sticker, the letter name is played. Each sticker pack is categorised into four categories:

* Persons
* Objects
* Letters
* Backgrounds

Sticker Story – The storybook creativity kit for kids 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

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Overview Calendar Offers a New Perspective on the Classic Calendar

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Price: $2.99  App Store


We believe time flows smoothly through our lives, not left, right, up, down or next page. Gladsome Studios created a simple scrollable calendar timeline with a straightforward perspective on your life. It gives you entire weeks at a glance and lets you swipe through your days.

“The timeline in Overview Calendar resembles how many of us think about time, which makes it intuitively understandable and easy to use on the move. The key advantage is that it just gives such a great overview of a persons life. That’s where the name comes from,”
says Tobias Renstrom, designer of the Overview Calendar App.

Naturally, it syncs straight away with your existing calendars, from Apple, Google, Facebook or Microsoft and any other calendar in your phone. It brings all your calendars together in one smart app. You can use Overview Calendar on your mobile in parallel with whatever calendar you are using on your laptop or desktop. Overview Calendars offers everything you are used to from a calendar and more, including alarms, recurrence rules, color mark-ups, addresses, maps, notes, day view, week views and tasks.

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TuneTime Interval Timer Adds iOS 8 Health Support

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Atlantia Software today lifted the covers off the latest version of its interval timer app for iOS, TuneTime Interval Timer. The update brings a host of improvements in support of iOS 8, most notably the addition of integration with Apple’s Health app and the ability for users to specify calorie burn for custom workouts. Once a user enables the integration in the app settings and authorizes Health, any time they complete a workout that has specified calorie burn, those burned calories will be automatically entered into the Health app alongside the rest of the users data.

“The Health app and possible integration was for me, one of the most exciting features that arrived with iOS 8″, said Nick Bonatsakis, Atlantia Software developer and sole proprietor. He added, “Given the focus of TuneTime as a fitness app, it was a perfect fit to add Health support, so I’m thrilled to be able to roll it out for folks to enjoy. It was also a great opportunity to add a few more improvements that users have been asking for such as improved music selection capabilities.”

TuneTime Interval Timer 3.2.1 is currently Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category.

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Google Fit app gets exposed prior to official launch

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The next version of Android will include the brand new Google Fit application. Not much of the app has been seen; however, Android Police was able to take it for a spin through a leaked Nexus 6 dump. Even though nothing is at this point, the current state of the Google Fit app shows things are pretty smooth with Material Design being present. The design makes Google Fit unique because otherwise it just acts as any other fitness tracking app would.

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The GIF above shows the app’s refresh animation on the main screen. Pull down and your statistics will update accordingly. Below that, users can view charts breaking down activities based on time and other measurements.

There is a manual input option for when the device running Google Fit is unable to communicate. The user just has to put the time, activity, and duration. Google Fit asks users to compose their profile. This includes gender, height, weight, and goals.

Source: Android Police

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“Ambient display” appears to be Nexus 6 spin on Moto Display

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When Motorola introduced the Moto X, one of the angles Motorola took in making their sales pitch for the device was how software features could be more useful and valuable than top of the line specs in a smartphone. To drive home this point, they included a variety of features including one originally called Active Display, now Moto Display, that would cause the display to turn on when a notification was received or when it detected the phone had been picked up. It looks like that same feature has found its way into the Nexus 6.

A screenshot of some display setting for the Nexus 6 shows an entry for a feature called “Ambient display” with a description that reads “Wake screen when device picked up or notifications arrive.” This seems to clearly suggest Google benefited from having Motorola produce the Nexus 6.

On the Play Store page for the Nexus 6, there are a couple entries that include a reference to “Ambient Display.” The entries outline the potential impact on standby time for the device if Ambient Display is turned on, which appears to be about a 25% reduction. Despite the hit to battery life, the feature is considered a great convenience and difficult to give up once one gets used to it.

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Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

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Sprint has today published details of an update it’s now rolling out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G2 currently situated in the United States. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of new features, but it does include a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Improvements to LTE attachment
  • Enhancements to HD Voice
  • Google security patch

If you own a Sprint variant of the G2 and want to initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, then ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Sprint

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How to make sure your Android phone or tablet is backed up on Google’s servers

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Android phones and tablets have had the “Back up my data” option for some time now, but it’s actually a lot more useful now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is upon us.

Upon setting up a new device with Lollipop, you are given the opportunity to install apps from an older device. You can do it with Tap & Go, which uses NFC to pair the older device with the newer one, but you won’t have a choice as to which apps you want to install on the new device. It’s all or nothing. The second option allows you to select from one of your existing devices, and you can hand pick the apps you want to be restored. The caveat is that the older device needs to be set to back up to Google Servers, which is the “Back up my data” option.

This setting is one of the first options that is seen during the initial setup process for any Android device prior to Lollipop. You might have unchecked it, and if that’s the case, you want to make sure it’s turned on. This will also help in the event you misplace your device or you had to perform a factory reset. In either of these events, you won’t be able to use the Tap & Go feature.

To turn it on, it’s quite simple. Every Android phone is different, but you need to head into your Settings, and find Backup & Reset. It’s under the main settings screen for Nexus, Google Play Edition, Motorola, LG, and HTC devices. For Samsung devices, it’s under Settings, but you have to go to the General tab. Once you find, Backup & Reset, just tap it and you will then see the option, Back up my data. Just make sure it’s either checked or switched to the On position.

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Now under Back up my data, it says, “Back up my app data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings to Google servers.” I just want to point out that “app data” isn’t meant in the literal sense. It just means your actual apps, and not the data that is in them. So no game progress or any settings or databases saved in those apps.

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Nexus Player back on pre-order, Nexus 6 starts October 29

It is definitely busy weeks for Google, especially for those in charge of the sales of its Nexus devices. After a short and amusing fiasco involving FCC requirements, the Nexus Player is now “back in stock”, meaning it is once again available for pre-order. But the Google Play Store Devices section has another surprise waiting. The Nexus 6 has finally appeared in the pages but don’t get your hopes up just yet as the smartphone isn’t going to be available for pre-order until October 29.

Although it went on pre-order at the same time as the Nexus 9 tablet, the Nexus Player Android TV device was promptly marked as “out of inventory”. The reason had little to do with actual supplies but more because Google failed to get the FCC’s stamp of approval for the device before it put the product up. That said, that was quickly resolved over the weekend, with the Nexus Player appearing in the FCC website. Now the Player is back in pre-order and is noted to ship in 3 to 4 weeks. As a reminder, the Nexus Player itself, which comes with the remote, costs $99.00 but you will have to order the Gamepad separately if you want that as well, for an additional $39.99.

The Nexus 6 strangely didn’t go to pre-order at the same time as the other two new Nexus devices, though Google did mention that it will start at a much later date. That date is now known to the public, as the product page clearly states that it will begin on October 29. The Nexus 6 will be available in two color options of Midnight Blue and Cloud White and in two internal storage configurations with matching prices. The 32 GB version will cost $649 but the 64 GB isn’t that far behind at only $699. This Motorola-made smartphone boasts of a 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED screen, a fast 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, still unspecified RAM size, a 13 megapixel f/2.0 rear camera with OIS and double LED flash, a 3,220 mAh battery with Turbo Charging, among other things.

Now that the pre-order dates and prices for the three Nexus newcomers have all been set, the Android world will be waiting with bated breath for the actual shipping date of these devices, expected to be around early or mid November. That period isn’t just significant for would-be owners of the new devices but also for the Android community in general, as it would mark the finalization of Android 5.0 Lollipop and start the process of getting the latest Android version ported for their devices.

SOURCE: Google Play Store (Nexus Player), (Nexus 6, 32 GB Midnight Blue)

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How to make sure your Android phone or tablet is backed up on Google’s servers

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Android phones and tablets have had the “Back up my data” option for some time now, but it’s actually a lot more useful now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is upon us.

Upon setting up a new device with Lollipop, you are given the opportunity to install apps from an older device. You can do it with Tap & Go, which uses NFC to pair the older device with the newer one, but you won’t have a choice as to which apps you want to install on the new device. It’s all or nothing. The second option allows you to select from one of your existing devices, and you can hand pick the apps you want to be restored. The caveat is that the older device needs to be set to back up to Google Servers, which is the “Back up my data” option.

This setting is one of the first options that is seen during the initial setup process for any Android device prior to Lollipop. You might have unchecked it, and if that’s the case, you want to make sure it’s turned on. This will also help in the event you misplace your device or you had to perform a factory reset. In either of these events, you won’t be able to use the Tap & Go feature.

To turn it on, it’s quite simple. Every Android phone is different, but you need to head into your Settings, and find Backup & Reset. It’s under the main settings screen for Nexus, Google Play Edition, Motorola, LG, and HTC devices. For Samsung devices, it’s under Settings, but you have to go to the General tab. Once you find, Backup & Reset, just tap it and you will then see the option, Back up my data. Just make sure it’s either checked or switched to the On position.

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Now under Back up my data, it says, “Back up my app data, Wi-Fi passwords, and other settings to Google servers.” I just want to point out that “app data” isn’t meant in the literal sense. It just means your actual apps, and not the data that is in them. So no game progress or any settings or databases saved in those apps.

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Nexus Player now available on the Play Store for $99

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Following a false start, Google’s Nexus Player finally passed through the FCC yesterday and is now available to order on the Play Store for $99.

Google states that the device will start shipping within the next three-to-four weeks, which, according to our calendar, should be sometime around the second week in November.

If you like the sound of the Nexus Player and want to grab one — hit the source link below.

Source: Google Play Store

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Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root

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If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you could always check out its new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

A third-party developer has extracted the keyboard APK from an official Android L developer preview build and made it available to download from a secure file sharing website. It’s free, has no ads, and does not require root access.

Hit the break for the download link and instructions on how to install the file on your smartphone/tablet.

Installing the keyboard is easy. Simply navigate to this page, tap the download button and click install when you’re prompted to do so. You may have to allow installations from third-party sources if you haven’t already. To do this head into settings, then security and check the box entitled ‘Unknown sources’ and you’re good to go.

If you happen to run into any issues along the way do be sure to drop a comment in the section below, and we’ll do our very best to get you back on track.

Download: Android File Host
Source: XDA

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Copying apps from your old phone or tablet to your new phone or tablet with Android Lollipop

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Android 5.0 Lollipop has a very cool new feature that will make it so much easier to setup a new phone or tablet. You can now restore all or some of the apps from a particular device. No more will you have to type and search for every app that you want to download and install because Google will automatically download and install all the apps that were installed on your older phone or tablet.

In this guide, I will walk you through how it all works. I have also included a hands on video at the bottom to give you a better idea.

A couple of caveats though. The first is that actual app data (such as game progress or settings) will not transfer over so you will still need to restore backup data manually and/or sign in to accounts. Also, your home screens on your new device won’t get configured exactly the same as your old device. In my experience, only a few of the apps were actually placed on the home screens, and no widgets. Any proprietary apps that are tied to certain manufacturer’s phones will not get downloaded. That also holds for any apps that simply aren’t compatible with your new device. Lastly, if you have performed a factory reset of your phone or tablet and starting from scratch as in not really moving to a new device, you might not be able to restore the apps that were on the device before the factory reset. Most of the time, the device that was factory reset didn’t show up in the device list, but it did appear one time for me.

With all that said, this new feature is so convenient, you’re going to love it. There are two ways in which to initiate the process and it all happens during the initial setup of your Android phone or tablet.

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If you have the old device handy and it has NFC (as well as your new device), you can simply select the first option, which is Tap & Go. Just make sure both devices are turned on and unlocked. Hold them together back-to-back and you will hear a tone which will begin the process. The two devices will connect via Bluetooth and the information from the old device will get transferred to the new device once you verify your Gmail password. Your new device will proceed to download every app that was on the older device.

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You can opt to skip the NFC method and select from any devices that are currently backed up on Google’s servers. This is actually the better option in that you will have the ability to select which apps you actually want installed on your new device. All you need to do is enter your Gmail address and password to get the ball rolling. You will then be able to choose which device you want to restore from. One caveat is your older device needs to be set to back up to Google’s servers. You can find that under Settings > Backup and Reset. Just make sure “Back up my data” is checked or switched to on.

As I said, depending on the scenario between devices, the setup of your home screens from your old device will either get partially transferred or not at all to your new device. For example, if you’re new device has the Google Now launcher, but your old one doesn’t, you won’t see anything on your new device’s home screens after the restore process has finished. If both devices have the Google Now Launcher, Google will place some of them correctly. I have yet to see an example of a full restore, but that could happen if both devices are running Lollipop (I didn’t test), but the bottom line is that you just saved a lot of time trying to figure out all the apps that you needed to download. Your home screens probably need a new look anyway.

I put together a video showing you how it all works below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

I hope this guide helped. If you have any issues or I missed something, please let us know in the comments.

 

 

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EYE Experience for HTC One (M8) on T-Mobile to start rolling out tomorrow

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When HTC announced their new EYE Experience, a bundle of improvements to their camera features, they indicated a variety of devices would receive the update over the coming months. Owners of the unlocked version of the HTC One (M8) were probably glad to see they were near the top of the line when the update started rolling out last week along with an update to Android 4.4.4. Now owners of the device on the T-Mobile network will be joining in on the fun as the carrier has given their technical approval for the update.

Users can expect to see an OTA update appear on their devices starting as soon as Tuesday, October 21st. This was announced by Mo Versi, HTC’s vice president for Product Management, via a tweet earlier today.

source: @moversi

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Motorola video invites people to join company

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Although Motorola continues to languish behind bigger companies like Samsung and Apple in terms of market share for smartphones and tablets, that has not stopped them from producing some noteworthy devices. The latest such device is the new Nexus 6 smartphone from Google and Motorola has a new Droid device, the DROID TURBO, ready to be released by Verizon. The company also made a big point about last year’s Moto X being produced in the U.S., although the company is now bracing for ownership by China-based Lenovo. With so much change and activity, Motorola wants to make sure job seekers do not forget them and have release a video to highlight the company and what it is like working there.

In the video, Motorola tries to show that the company, despite an 85-year history, is looking forward to the future and is not the same type of company of even one generation ago. If you think a career with Motorola may be for you, visit the Careers portion of the Motorola web site by heading over to www.motorolacareers.com. Before you do though, you may want to check out the new video they produced.

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source: phoneArena

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[APK Download] Android 5.0 Messenger app can be installed on Android 4.4, no root required

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In the weeks preceding the launch of a new version of Android, it is inevitable that developers try to take apps from the new builds and get them to work on older builds. This is a welcome practice for impatient users and those of us with outdated phones that may not receive the newest Android update. We recently posted downloads for the newest versions of Play Movies & TV and Play Games, and today we have a download for the stock Android 5.0 Lollipop messenger app.

Posted earlier today on AmongTech, the download is said to work perfectly, no root required. Users running Android 4.4 can simply download the .apk, install and voila, your portal for SMS and MMS just got a whole lot prettier thanks to Android’s new Material Design. Hit the download link and let us know in the comments how it is working out for you.

Source: AmongTech [APK Download Link]

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Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shown off in comparison video

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After giving us the world’s first underwater unboxing, the folks at UK’s Carphone Warehouse are back again, this time with an early hands-on with the phone everyone’s talking about: Motorola and Google’s Nexus 6. More of a quick comparison video, Carphone Warehouse pits the device against the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in a quick spec roundup, another Android phablet looking to give Motorola a run for their money.

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This actually marks one of the few times we’ve gotten to see the Nexus 6 outside of blurry photo leaks and press renders. What we found interesting was how much noticeably larger the Nexus 6 was in comparison to the Galaxy Note 4. If you’re a phablet lover looking to challenge the constrains of your pockets, then this will be the device for you.

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While it can be argued that having a stock Android experience is more “beneficial” than a manufacturer UI like TouchWiz, keep in mind that often times stock Android trails behind OEM skins in terms of features. And anyone who’s ever experienced a Samsung device knows there’s certainly no shortage of features (overkill even). Check out the comparison video down below for an early look at the Nexus 6.

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Galaxy Note Edge gets a launch date in Japan

The Galaxy Note Edge finally has its official launch date. Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo had announced that the smartphone will be landing on its network alongside the Sony Xperia Z3 on October 23, making it one of the first places that you can get Samsung’s smartphone.



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A Quick Look At The Next Step Toward Material For Google Play Books On Android Lollipop

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Have you gotten tired of these app walkthroughs yet? We’ll, we have one more for right now – Google Play Books. The update to Google Play Books that we’re looking at here is – like everything else – pre-release, meaning things could change a little or a lot before the app is actually released. But what we’re seeing so far is a minor nudge for the app, bringing it into line with the rest of Google’s apps.

A Quick Look At The Next Step Toward Material For Google Play Books On Android Lollipop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[APK Download] Android 5.0 Messenger app can be installed on Android 4.4, no root required

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In the weeks preceding the launch of a new version of Android, it is inevitable that developers try to take apps from the new builds and get them to work on older builds. This is a welcome practice for impatient users and those of us with outdated phones that may not receive the newest Android update. We recently posted downloads for the newest versions of Play Movies & TV and Play Games, and today we have a download for the stock Android 5.0 Lollipop messenger app.

Posted earlier today on AmongTech, the download is said to work perfectly, no root required. Users running Android 4.4 can simply download the .apk, install and voila, your portal for SMS and MMS just got a whole lot prettier thanks to Android’s new Material Design. Hit the download link and let us know in the comments how it is working out for you.

Source: AmongTech [APK Download Link]

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Block Fortress: War launches on Android

If you play Minecraft, you know that there are a slew of mods for that game including some that turn the game into a shooter. A new game has landed for Android gamers to check out called Block Fortress: War and it reminds me a bit of one of those Minecraft shooter mods.

In Block Fortress: War players will get to take control of some interesting warring creatures and control their fate. The game has block building elements, like Minecraft, and adds in RTS elements in a tactical game. Players get to play as one of five races with unique troops, heroes, and blocks for each race.

There are over a dozen heroes that players can play with different strengths, weaknesses, weapons, and abilities. Armies can be customized with different weapons. Players also get to build defenses by placing blocks, turrets, bombs, and more.

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The game offers campaigns on five different planets. Google Play Services are supported and players can fight to the top of the 1v1 player leader boards. The game landed October 16 and size varies depending on the device. Android 2.3 or higher is required to play. Block Fortress: War is a free download with in-game purchases.

SOURCE: Google Play

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Enterchained lets you hack and slash your way to glory

Little did General Maximus Decimus (yes, we know he’s fictional) know that his iconic line “Are you not entertained?” will one day be repurposed by game developers into something more, well, entertaining. This new hack and slash type of game is called Enterchained, and just like in the movie Gladiator, you are the source of entertainment for the bloody thirsty audience at the Colloseum where you have to fight way your way to freedom, but this time with a twist.

The extra challenge laid on you is that you have to fight the merciless soldiers while you’re chained (hence, the name, get it?) to a companion, that is actually controlled by AI. And your enemies are not polite soldiers who will wait their turn to kill you. They will attack you all at the same time, sometimes alone, sometimes in packs and always with a variety of weapons. But don’t worry, you and your partner will also get to use various paraphernalia, including the chain that binds you, to hack at them, throw sharp, pointy objects and trip them as they go around you.

You will be able to unlock different kinds of weapons as you go along. There are 45 items up for grabs, including The Needle, a Spiked Chain Helm, The Mammoth, The Flying Horror, among others. You can mix and match the items, depending on your strategy and what kind of enemies you’re facing. Aside from the button mashing joy of just hacking and slashing, the game also has some quests for you to fulfill, just in case you get tired of all the blood and swords.

Make no mistake, your mobile screen will turn red a lot of times (if you do things right) so if you’re averse to violence or if you don’t want your kids exposed to this kind of stuff, keep away. The simplistic graphics lessens the effect of the violence, but it is still bloody. You can get Enterchained from the Google Play Store for only $0.99 and with no other in-app purchases needed.

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