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From the Editor's Desk: Process all the things

From the Editor's Desk: Process all the things

As we continue to search for the best smartphone camera, let's take a minute and enjoy the damn pictures

When, exactly, did we become so damn cynical about smartphone cameras? In my lifetime we've gone from Polaroids and those point-and-shoots with the crazy five- or six-shot (I don't remember how many) flashes to friggin' computers with 4- or 16- or even 20-megapixel shooters in our pockets. We're able to take multiple pictures, select, edit and then share them with the world just seconds later. No more 24-hour processing. No more hoping you get the right prints back. No more lugging out large photo albums that you might care about once or twice a year. We have unlimited virtual storage.

So why the hell can't we just enjoy the shots?








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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 14 – April 20, 2014

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 14 – April 20, 2014

Now that the Galaxy S 5 and HTC One (M8) have officially launched globally, all eyes are focused on the upcoming OnePlus One, which will debut this week. Not to mention, things are starting to heat up regarding the LG G3. Will Google offer an extremely low-priced Nexus? Speaking of low-priced, we found out that Motorola has something else in the cooker. The Project Developer’s Conference was this week, and we got our best look at how these modular phones will work. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

Best Android keyboard replacement apps [April 2014]

How to setup and use Sense TV on the HTC One (M8)

Reviews

HTC One (M8) Review: The Rolex of smartphones

Featured Android Game Review: Neon Commander [Arcade]

Apple vs Samsung

Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features

Apps – New

Google releases stock Camera app in the Play Store

Google’s new Camera app introduces Lens Blur via software optimization

Chrome Remote Desktop exits beta and can now be used by anyone

Apps – Updates

Samsung Group Play updated to version 3.0

Dailymotion’s Chromecast support exits beta and is open for all

Casting live streams to Chromecast added to YouTube app

Location suggestions and autocomplete now a thing in latest Google Calendar update

Flickr update introduces complete redesign

MLB.TV knocks it out of the park with Chromecast support

Facebook introduces new Nearby Friends feature for location sharing

Updated WatchOn app for Galaxy S 5 now available in Play Store

Sony adds Xperia keyboard to the Play Store for Xperia devices

Samsung’s Milk Music will soon implement ads, $3.99 monthly to remove them

Carriers

Aio Wireless to offer group discounts similar to Sprint’s Framily plans

Download Booster on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 hidden but can be activated

AT&T starts rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for LG G Flex

Android 4.4 now available for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active

AT&T alters GoPhone plans by providing more data and free tethering

MetroPCS has the Samsung Galaxy S 5 online and in-store starting today

Galaxy S 5 available for pre-order on Ting for less than $600

T-Mobile says no to overage charges, and John Legere starts petition for all U.S. carriers to do the same

Verizon extends latest More Everything discounts to those that bring their own 

LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon Wireless

Verizon Droid MAXX now available in high gloss red and black with chrome accents

Verizon rolls out an update for the HTC One M8

Verizon LG G2 can now be upgraded manually to KitKat

Chrome

Office Online makes its way to the Chrome Web Store

Chromebooks

‘Easy Unlock’ feature for Chrome OS leaks, could unlock a Chromebook with a nearby smartphone

Chromecast

Dailymotion’s Chromecast support exits beta and is open for all

Casting live streams to Chromecast added to YouTube app

MLB.TV knocks it out of the park with Chromecast support

Gaming

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 launched with 6 games

Gameloft’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings onto the Play Store

Google

Google to update Android icons to more resemble web icons

Document reveals Android’s pre-touchscreen development

Google purchases drone company Titan Aerospace

Google wants more eye real estate with camera-embedded contact lenses

Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features

Google’s Gmail makes access to your smartphone’s photos much easier

Hoverboards, Teleportation and Space Elevators? Just some of the projects the Google X team discussed

Matias Duarte thinks ‘mobile as a concept is actually dead’

Google hosts early Mother’s Day sale

Google Camera APK teardown reveals hidden modes and features

Google talks design in “Google Design Minutes” video series

Google holding internet scavenger hunt for a chance to attend I/O in June

Google+

Images of rumored redesigned Google+ app leak

Google Glass

Glass user has Glass pulled off his face and smashed

Plastic surgeon aided by Google Glass while operating on patients

Google Glass update to come this week with Android 4.4 KitKat

Google Glass target of DeGeneres bit on sale day

Hardware

MediaTek shows off MT6595 chipset with LTE integration

LG finally ends rumors and confirms its own mobile processor is in the works

Phones – Amazon

The Amazon smartphone finally shows itself and more details emerge

Phones – HTC

HTC One M8 Mini May release rumored again

Verizon rolls out an update for the HTC One M8

HTC One (M7) will receive Sense 6.0 next month

Phones – Huawei

Pictures of Huawei Ascend P7 leaked

Phones – LG

Two LG Isai FL photos leak, could be indicative of the G3 or even the Nexus 5 successor

LG Isai FL in pink leaks alongside some specifications

LG G3 could be released in July

New LG devices, including possible LG G3, surface on AnTuTu

Mystery LG device hits AnTuTu Benchmark site

LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon Wireless

New LG L65 appears to be joining the L Series III family

LG L65 joins the L Series III as another mid-range smartphone

Verizon LG G2 can now be upgraded manually to KitKat

AT&T starts rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for LG G Flex

Phones – Motorola

Motorola to introduce new ultra-thin smartphone very soon

Moto E is Motorola’s ultra-thin smartphone for Mexico

Motorola’s 2012 DROID devices still slated to get KitKat in a few more weeks

Verizon Droid MAXX now available in high gloss red and black with chrome accents

Phones – Nexus

Android 4.4.3 could be dropping today

A very low-priced Nexus phone might be in the works

Phones – OnePlus

OnePlus One gets a price tag for different markets

OnePlus introduces invite system for the OnePlus One

Image of OnePlus One internal components leak

Photo samples taken from OnePlus One’s camera surface online

OnePlus One team reveals a little of the CyanogenMod 11S interface

Images of the upcoming OnePlus One leak along with the StyleSwap covers

Phones – Oppo

Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a cameras get taken out for an Ultra HD showcase

Phones – Phillips

The Philips W6618 has a 5,300 mAh battery – the largest in a smartphone

Phones – Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumored to feature a three sided Youm flexible display

Samsung to announce the Galaxy S 5 Zoom on April 29 with a new name

The Galaxy S 5 costs a little more to produce than the Galaxy S 4 and lot more than the iPhone 5S

Security team finds Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner susceptible to molds

Download Booster on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 hidden but can be activated

Galaxy S 5 available for pre-order on Ting for less than $600

Samsung targeting 35 million Galaxy S 5 units sold for this quarter

Samsung releases new colorful ads for latest devices

Updated WatchOn app for Galaxy S 5 now available in Play Store

MetroPCS has the Samsung Galaxy S 5 online and in-store starting today

Android 4.4 now available for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active

Phones – Sony

Sony Xperia Z2 deliveries to be impacted by parts shortages causing delays

Sony adds Xperia keyboard to the Play Store for Xperia devices

Sony Xperia Z2 gets minor OTA update

Phones – Vivo

Vivo Xshot will have a 24 megapixel camera with OIS and f/1.8 aperture

Phones – ZTE

ZTE teases upcoming ZTE Star 1 smartphone

Project Ara

Project Ara gets an inside look before prototype is finished

Google’s Project Ara phones will be available to purchase in January 2015

Toshiba plans on bringing Project Ara to wearables

Google to launch $100K developers’ challenge for Project Ara

Project Ara showcases its current look

Project Tango

Project Tango gets the teardown treatment

Google, NASA test Project Tango equipped SPHERES in Zero G

ROMs

CyanogenMod support released for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″

Security

Security team finds Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner susceptible to molds

Set-top boxes

Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime to be added to Amazon Fire TV voice search this summer

AllCast receiver released to Amazon Appstore for Fire TV

Smartwatches

An Android Wear smartwatch might be in Samsung’s future

Samsung releases new colorful ads for latest devices

Samsung clarifies 20 devices that are compatible with new Gear devices

Tablets

Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

Xiaomi teases their first tablet

Updates

Android 4.4.3 could be dropping today

Motorola’s 2012 DROID devices still slated to get KitKat in a few more weeks

HTC One (M7) will receive Sense 6.0 next month

Android 4.4 now available for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active

AT&T starts rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for LG G Flex

Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

Verizon rolls out an update for the HTC One M8

Verizon LG G2 can now be upgraded manually to KitKat

Sony Xperia Z2 gets minor OTA update

Wearables

Samsung Gear Fit goes through a bunch of scenarios in latest commercial

Uncovered patent shows Samsung working on a Google Glass competitor

Miscellaneous

Samsung files trademarks on Galaxy V:, Galaxy Adore, and Galaxy S Fitness

Major smartphone OEMs and wireless carriers agree to support anti-theft measures

New website is ‘dedicated to the creative processes that go into design at Samsung’

HTC releases duo-camera SDK for developers

Samsung devices receiving custom Amazon Kindle store

Motorola celebrating fifty application updates with a Hangout full of questions

Over one-third of Galaxy S 5 upgrades were by iPhone users

HTC hires former marketing head at Samsung to be an adviser

Smartphone cameras to rival DSLRs in 12 to 18 months according to HTC

New wireless charging technology can charge up to 40 devices at once

 


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Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for LG G Flex

Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for LG G Flex

The SURFACE Case with kickstand is the perfect LG G Flex hard case; combining a super-slim design, protective outer shell and a magnetic kickstand for convenient viewing. The exterior even features a custom soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent accidental drops.

The Seidio SURFACE Case is available for just $18.95, 46% off today only. Color options include black, blue and red.

Find more great deals on LG G Flex accessories at ShopAndroid.com!








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Apps of the Week: Alpha Zero, Bloom.fm, Zoodles and more!

Apps of the Week: Alpha Zero, Bloom.fm, Zoodles and more!

Another wonderful roundup of apps from the writers at Android Central

Another week is in the books, and that means it's time for the latest edition of our Apps of the Week post. We round up a single app picked by each of the writers here at Android Central and put them on display every Saturday afternoon. The apps we pick out never have to follow a theme or a certain purpose — all that matters here is that we use the app and want to tell more people about the reasons why.

This week we have another great roundup of apps, including a new game, another music service and a great way to repurpose an old Android device for your kids. Read along with us and see how this week's picks stack up.








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