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ES File Explorer gets Chromecast support through plugin

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The ES App Group, makers of the popular ES File Explorer Manager, released the ES Chromecast Plugin app a couple of days ago. It works in conjunction with ES File Explorer, and it allows you to cast your videos and photos from your device, network shares, or even from other cloud services to your Chromecast.

This is strictly Beta so expect some choppiness and a few bugs. They are looking for feedback, but I am not sure this one will offer any more than the other like apps that are already available. However, if you are a heavy user of ES File Explorer, you might want to give it a try. And if you never tried the ES File Explorer Manager app itself, give it a shot. It’s a full featured app for exploring all the files on your device. We have download links for both apps below the break.

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DROID Turbo is Now Available From Verizon for $199

Posted by Kellex October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Motorola, now a Lenovo company, has a new phone available today that we talked a lot about on Tuesday. Yep, we are referencing the DROID Turbo, a DROID device that is deserving of the name.

The new DROID Turbo can be purchased for $199 or 2-year contract with 32GB of storage in Metallic Red, Metallic Black, or Black Ballistic Nylon. If you want to double the storage to 64GB, you can have that with the Black Ballistic Nylon for $249 on 2-year contract. If you are looking at the full retail route, the 32GB and 64GB versions run $599 and $649, respectively. 

As you are well aware, the Turbo packs the best specs you can find in a smartphone at this time. We are looking at a 5.2-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB RAM, 3,900mAh battery, 21MP camera, and mostly stock Android 4.4.4 (full specs). This phone is a powerful phone, there is no denying that.

But is it the next phone for you? We are still testing our review unit to help figure that out. Until we get to a full review, be sure to check out our unboxing below, along with our video comparison of the DROID Turbo to the DROID MAXX and new Moto X. We also ran a comparison chart that shows Motorola’s entire line-up for 2014.

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Sony appoints new mobile boss, as smartphone sales falter

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Try as it might, Sony just can’t seem to catch a break. It’s seemingly been “restructuring” for the past decade as it attempts to find itself in a market that has little need for it’s once-brilliant products. Not that it’s products are any less brilliant than before mind you, but rather because everyone else can make them, too.

The company that gave the world consumer portable audio, the Playstation, and AIBO is no longer able to compete with its fellow industry giants. Japan’s once unrivaled electronics giant has fallen victim to foreign competition from companies like Samsung, LG, and even HTC or Lenovo.

As a result, Reuters is reporting that come November 16th, there will be a new President of Sony Mobile Communications when Hiroki Totoki, currently the Corporate Planning Director, takes the helm. This comes just a day before Q3 2014 results are in which has everyone bracing for some serious bad news.

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Whereas most failing companies can’t be faulted for trying, Sony seems stuck for not doing anything at all. Despite it getting rave reviews, its Xperia smartphones have been pushed with all the gusto and bravado of a wet marshmallow. Flagship phones are often exclusive to a single carrier, available to order unlocked directly from Sony Style for prices way beyond the average customer’s price range, or even passed up on entirely. Promotion is almost non-existent. All this despite consistently glowing reviews for its products.

As profits continue to sink and the company finds itself seeking the leadership required to make things happen, more and more people purchase easily recognizable phones such as the Galaxy series, iPhone, or even other lesser known products.

What’s quite clear is that Sony needs to get its act together, and it needs to do so immediately. Now that Samsung’s ship is starting to sail, this is an ideal time for a premium design company to step in and take control. Totoki really must take off the kid gloves and come out with a brand new marketing campaign, product line-up, and unique features the likes of which only Sony can produce if he wants a bright future.

Huawei Ascend Mate2 will not get Android KitKat

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

In our excitement over Android 5.0, we might have been guilty of forgetting that there are those who still live in a Jelly Bean world. As if to douse cold water over enthusiasm, Huawei‘s US outfit has just announced that its previous flagship, the Ascend Mate2, will not even be getting Android 4.4 KitKat. That practically puts an end to the software life of a smartphone that was practically just launched in January this year.

To say that Hauwei’s US fans are disappointed would be an understatement. The comments that followed the announcement is almost filled to the brim with vitriol, and, really, who can blame them? The Ascend Mate2 has been flagged as the company’s first proper entry into the US market, and yet already it has committed a major blunder. The only good thing that one can take from this is that Huawei at least had the guts to actually tell their users that they are pulling the plug as far as Android updates go. Definitely the opposite course that many Android OEMs are taking lately.

Perhaps it makes matters worse that Huawei offers no reason why it won’t put KitKat on the device. And it certainly can’t be due to hardware, because the Ascend Mate2 is pretty much a standard phablet, with a gigantic 6.1-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel (selfie friendly) front shooter, and a bountiful 4,050 mAh battery.

The company blog does mention users can “expect superior hardware with the latest software going forward”, implying they’ve decided to simply drop the ball in order to focus on, say, the Ascend Mate7, it’s latest flagship. Focusing on your star device is understandable. But abandoning the previous one is definitely perplexing. Huawei will undoubtedly take a hit for this, if not financially, at least in credibility. It will most likely still provide some updates here and there as far as its own software is concerned, but for Android, this is the end of the line.

SOURCE: Huawei

How to Play Music From Android Wear – XDA TV

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Yesterday, we showed you how to do some advanced things with your Moto 360 quite easily with the Moto 360 toolkit. We showed you How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360. Today, we are going to show you another trick with your Android Wear device, that is a little less technical, but not any less useful.

In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK show you have to sync music to your Android Wear device. This allows you to use the storage on your Android Wear device to save and play the songs from. Until recently Android wear devices were just a second screen, now they are getting more and more native functionality. Check this video out!


Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos

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The Wolf Among Us now available on Google Play Store

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

If you enjoyed the award-winning Fables graphic novel series and you have an Android device, then this is a game you should definitely have on your smartphone or tablet. The Wolf Among Us is an offshoot from that series and this game was developed by the same guys that brought you The Walking Dead game. Even though this is a point and click game and not an action one, it is still very much for mature audiences due to the subject matter and the violence and gore within the game.

Bigby Wolf is not the Big Bad Wolf from your fairy tales. He is part human and full-time detective, investigating a series of brutal murders in Fabletown, which is where all the fairy tales (and nursery rhymes) have come to live, if you’re still not familiar with the mythology of Fables. But even if you’ve not read the comic books, this game will still hook you in and might even lead you to read the books afterwards. You can control Bigby by clicking on items and navigating conversations as he interviews suspects, witnesses and would-be victims.

The visuals of the game are brilliant, as you would expect nothing less based on The Walking Dead games the developers had previously created. The game was actually previously available for Android but only through the Amazon Appstore, which some found to be mildly inconvenient.

The game has five chapters, with the first one available for free download from the Google Play Store. Chapters 2-5 can be purchased within the app itself. Again, this is not a game for children, as the mature take on fairy tale characters might end their childhood or traumatize them for life.

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[APK Download] Google Play Games gets Visual Update

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

androidplaygamesGoogle has started rolling out its latest update for its Google Play Games, and with it comes Game Profile improvements and design changes.

The application is now fully converted over to material design layout, so expect to see new animations, more color, and of course a new icon. Your Game Profile also is now updated to show your specialties and xp earned in each xp category, so you can compare your abilities with those of your friends, and hopefully have something to talk trash over.

The app will be updated automatically within the next few days, but if you’re impatient, you can download it right now below:

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Source: Android Police

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Google Wallet now accepts recurring transfers, shows Low Balance alerts

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Google is busy these days updating native Android apps, thanks to the new Material Design and the highly-anticipated release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop. Because of the Lollipop’s sweetness, we can expect to see more apps to be updated in the coming weeks.

The latest to get an update is the Google Wallet app. If you’ve been using the app for shopping, you may have already forgotten once or twice to add money to your Wallet Balance. It can be frustrating but with the updated app, you can automatically add money and you won’t run out of credits whenever you need to pay for something.

Adding Wallet Balance automatically is made possible through recurring bank transfers. It will require no Google Wallet fees. This new secure feature will give you money fast so you don’t have to worry of having a low balance. Just schedule a bank transfer so your Google Wallet will receive money automatically at a given date.

To notify you of a low balance on your Google Wallet, the developers also added Low Balance alerts. Wallet Balance doesn’t require any minimum balance but you always need to have enough to shop and pay for items. You can now keep track of Wallet Balance and the app will tell you how much you still have.

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Sony Xperia Z3 now available for purchase through T-Mobile

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

While those who pre-ordered the Sony Xperia Z3 through T-Mobile are now finally enjoying their new smartphone, those of us who did not are now finally able to order online as the official purchasing period has begun. The new flagship device from Sony has been gaining good reviews and now you can get your own by signing up with the US carrier (if you aren’t with them yet). While the device doesn’t come anymore with the free digital copy of DriveClub (since it was only for pre-orders), the Xperia Z3 has so much going for itself.

The smartphone sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display and runs on a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. It has a pretty impressive 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, with space for more with its micro SD card slot. Mobile photography enthusiasts will have a field day with its 20.7MP main camera and the capability of taking videos with 4K resolution. Sony also has a whole slew of built-in photography and video apps to make your multi-media imagery all the more fun to use and share.

Even if you won’t have DriveClub, Sony is throwing in a few freebies when you buy the Xperia Z3. You’ll get 6 free movie downloads: 22 Jump Street, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Captain Phillips, 30th Year Anniversary Edition of Ghostbusters, and Moneyball. You’ll be able to download the films until February 28, 2015. And with the front facing stereo speakers of your smartphone, watching the movies would be a nice experience.

You will be able to purchase the Xperia Z3 through T-Mobile for $0 down and just pay $26.25 per month for the next two years. But if you want to pay for it in its entirety, it will cost you its full retail price of $630.

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Yesterday, we reported that Amazon were listing a handful of new color options and bands to pre-order for the Moto 360, but now it looks like all of the newly-listed products have been removed and the product pages pulled from the online marketplace.

If you were one of the lucky few who were able to reserve yourself an unannounced unit, you’re going to be pretty disappointed as Amazon is issuing a full refund to your account in order to compensate for any funds prematurely taken to cover the cost and shipping of the device, rather than putting your name down on a waiting list.

We imagine it won’t be too much longer until Motorola finally takes the wraps of these new colorways, but for now we’re going to have to wait for them to become official before we can add one or more to the basket.

Source: Amazon

 

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