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HTC One M8 GPE and M7 GPE to see Android 5.0 Lollipop this week

By Jonathan Feist

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Does this sound familiar? It was only a little over a week ago that HTC announced that both the original M7 and the new M8 versions of their HTC One Google Play Edition phone should see an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop last week. They are at it again, putting out a tweet suggesting the hold could be released by the end of the day December 1st.

At this stage of the game, the race is on to see which manufacturers will bring joy to their Google Play Edition owning customers before other non-GPE phones see the update. Android 5.0 Lollipop has been rolling out to devices around the globe for the better part of three weeks now, with the first GPE device to see the update being the LG G Pad 8.3 a couple days ago.

HTC One M8 GPE Software Update Tracker

Sadly, HTC does not really include the GPE version of their devices on their software update tracker. However, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the HTC One (M7) GPE and HTC One (M8) GPE are in the hands of Google’s QA lab, expected to receive technical approval for OTA deliver by the end of day today, Monday, December 1, 2014.

As always, we recommend that you do not bank on this update, after all, this announcement comes from the same hands as last time. On the bright side, this does mean that there is a very good chance we’ll see the OTA update for Android 5.0 Lollipop on both versions of the HTC One GPE soon, maybe even this week.

How many GPE HTC One M7 and M8 owners out there are eagerly awaiting Android 5.0 Lollipop?

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Google shares its list of best apps of 2014

By Jonathan Feist

Google Best Apps of 2014

With American Thanskgiving under our belts, somewhat literally, many of us have turned thoughts to the next big event. If you were thinking Christmas, this article is for you, but if you were thinking about ‘best of’ lists for 2014, you’re thinking what Google is thinking.

The Google Play Store now has their Best Apps of 2014 page up and running.

Google is not the only ones to share favorite apps lists, as I am sure most of our readers are familiar, every week our apps guy Joe Hindy puts out a segment called Google Play Weekly. Also, I promise, we’ve got our own best of lists for 2014 coming soon.

Google Play Weekly Android apps

Included in Google’s best of 2014 list are some of your favorite apps, many of which are more than expected to make this list, including Link Bubble, IFTTT, SoundHound, Secret and Google Fit.

A few of the apps on the list that were not as expected, include Frontback, Monki, Obscure and Rundavoo. Not to suggest that these apps are not worthy of Google’s best of 2014 list, just that there is a good chance many have never heard of these apps. That said, there are no games on this list, leading us to believe that Google will have more ‘best of’ lists coming.

Be sure to check out Google’s Best Apps of 2014 list, then stay tuned for many more best of lists to come soon.

Are there any surprises for you on Google’s Best Apps of 2014 list?

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8 common problems with the Amazon Fire Phone and how to fix them

By A.Rahul Sharma

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After a successful foray into the world of Android tablets, Amazon finally made a move into the smartphone arena following years of rumors. Impressive hardware and a unique 3D interface and capabilities were let down by a hefty price point. That said, if you did pick up the Fire Phone, you may have come across some issues in your daily use. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at the some of the common problems that plague Fire Phone owners, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them.

Disclaimer: Not every user of the Amazon Fire Phone will face these issues, and it is quite likely that you won’t come across any of the problems listed below.


Problem #1 – Wi-Fi doesn’t connect

Many new smartphones come with Wi-Fi connection problems and the Fire Phone is no exception.

Potential Solutions:

  • Try restarting the fire phone by pressing and holding Power and tapping Restart
  • Toggle Airplane mode on and off again.
  • Turn both the phone and the router off for at least thirty seconds, then turn them back on.
  • Make sure the phone is up to date by going to Settings – Device – Install system updates – Check now.
  • Use an application like Wi-Fi Analyzer to check how busy your Wi-Fi channel is, and switch if necessary.
  • Go into Settings – Wi-Fi then select your network and Try adding the network again and ensure you enter the correct password.
  • Check that your router firmware is up-to-date by checking with the manufacturer or ISP.

Problem #2 – SIM doesn’t work

It’s important to remember that the Amazon Fire Phone is available exclusively from AT&T, and is not compatible with any other network. That said, users with AT&T SIM cards have faced some connectivity issues.

Potential Solutions:

  • Contact AT&T and ask them for an unlock PIN for the phone.
  • If you’re not an AT&T customer, you will need to sign up for AT&T services before being able to use this device.

Problem #3 – Texts, calls and network connection not working

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Some Fire Phone users have complained that they have trouble receiving and sending texts, making calls, or connecting to their mobile network. All of these issues could be related to your carrier, however, the fault is sometimes to do with the phone itself.

Potential Solutions:

  • Make sure you don’t have Airplane mode switched on.
  • Check that the Fire Phone is up to date.
  • Restart the device by holding the Power button and tapping
  • If you switched phones from an iPhone, you may have problems if you did not deactivate iMessage before transferring your SIM card. You can still deactivate iMessage by reinserting the SIM into an apple phone and going to Settings – Messages. If you no longer have an iPhone you will have to call Apple support.
  • Make sure your network plan covers all of the data that you need.
  • Go to Settings – Device – Get info about your Fire and check that the serial number, phone number and IMEI are listed. If they aren’t, you’ll have to contact AT&T about activating your device.

Problem #4 – Issues with purchasing and accessing content

Some users have reported issues purchasing applications or content from the Amazon App Store. In other instances, purchased content does not show up on the phone, or doesn’t work when they try to access it.

Potential solutions:

  • Make sure the Fire Phone is connected to the internet through mobile or Wi-Fi connection.
  • Go into Settings and toggle Airplane mode on and off again.
  • If you are in an area with poor Wi-Fi wait until you are in a more stable location to purchase content.
  • Verify your registration by going to Quick actions – Settings – My Accounts – Deregister your phone. If the wrong account is listed, tap Deregister and then tap Register again to set up the correct account.

Problem #5 – Limited content

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Some users have complained that there are numerous applications missing from the Amazon store that they could get in the Google Play store.

Potential solutions:

  • Use a cloud service to transfer applications onto the Fire Phone.
  • Connect the device to a computer and simply drag and drop files.
  • Go into Settings – Applications & Parental controls and select Allow non-Amazon app installation. Tap OK when the warning appears.
  • Download applications as APK files from the Google Play Store on your desktop or from an alternative app store.

Problem #6 – Phone overheats

Many Fire Phone owners have commented that their device suffers from overheating.

Potential Solutions:

  • Make sure you’re not running any unnecessary applications that could be overworking your processor.
  • Try restarting the phone by holding down the Power button and selecting
  • Try going to Settings – Display – Configure low motion settings and turning off Dynamic Perspective. This can also improve battery life.
  • Some users have commented that the latest software version 3.5.1 helps with the problem by providing enhanced performance. Check you’re up to date by going to Settings – Device – Install system updates – Check now.

Problem #7 – Crashing and freezing problems

Some users have commented that their phone experiences freezing or crashing problems when using certain applications.

Potential Solutions:

  • Restart your phone by holding the Power button then selecting If your phone screen doesn’t respond, simply hold the Power button until the device shuts down.
  • Make sure that all applications are up to date by going to My Apps – App Updates.
  • Make sure the phone is up to date by going to Settings – Device – Install system updates – Check Now.
  • Go into Settings – Applications and uninstall applications one by one to see if this removes the problem, or do a factory reset and selectively reinstall.

Problem #8 – Bad battery life

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A lot of Fire Phone users have complained about disappointing battery life.

Potential Solutions:

  • Check that the phone is up to date by going to Settings – Device – Install system updates – Check now.
  • Turn off Dynamic perspective by going to Settings – Display – Configure low motion settings.
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Mystery of Fortune – Indie app of the day

By Joe Hindy

Mystery of Fortune screenshot

What is Mystery of Fortune?

Mystery of Fortune is a strategy RPG that is actually done by the same people who did Rebirth of Fortune 2 which we reviewed a couple of days ago. Yes, we’re on a strategy RPG kick this week. This title is $2.77 with in app purchases in the Google Play Store.

Much like its predecessor, there is a lot of content in Mystery of Fortune. There are 25 characters you can have on your side and over 35 enemies you can face. There is also a bunch of stuff to do and levels to complete. There are also more customization options like giving characters macros so they’ll automatically heal themselves if they’ve lost so much health. These newer elements helps give a more well-rounded strategy aspect to the game.

Unfortunately, this title plays a little more like a time waster style game (like Angry Birds) than it does a strategy RPG. The story line is thin much like its predecessor and that’s a consistent weakness in these games. Thankfully, all of the other parts of it are fun so it makes up for the lack of deep story a little bit. This is definitely geared more for the casual gamer than it is for hardcore fans of the genre.

A solid time waster with familiar mechanics.

PROS
  • Decent graphics and familiar mechanics make this game feel like a strategy RPG.
  • The lack of story may dissuade some people but there is a perk in that playing the game for smaller increments of time is much easier.
  • Much like other titles in this series, there is a lot of content to play through and collect.
  • Some deeper game play elements like character macros are a nice touch.
CONS
  • Geared more toward casual gamers than hardcore fans of the genre which is disappointing because the game looks really good.
  • In app purchases can get expensive and are a little stereotypical.
  • No Google Play Games achievements or cloud saving.
7.0

Overall, it’s a solid title if you want to waste some time. Fan of strategy RPGs like Final Fantasy tactics would probably prefer a game like this over something like Temple Run but they still won’t be fulfilled in the same way they would have been playing a game like Final Fantasy Tactics. It’s $2.77 which isn’t a bad price and you can get it by clicking the button below.

Check out the previous indie app of the day: BitLit
Join us in the Apps and Games section of the Android Authority forums! Just don’t forget to read the rules first!

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Mystery of Fortune – Indie app of the day

By Joe Hindy

Mystery of Fortune screenshot

What is Mystery of Fortune?

Mystery of Fortune is a strategy RPG that is actually done by the same people who did Rebirth of Fortune 2 which we reviewed a couple of days ago. Yes, we’re on a strategy RPG kick this week. This title is $2.77 with in app purchases in the Google Play Store.

Much like its predecessor, there is a lot of content in Mystery of Fortune. There are 25 characters you can have on your side and over 35 enemies you can face. There is also a bunch of stuff to do and levels to complete. There are also more customization options like giving characters macros so they’ll automatically heal themselves if they’ve lost so much health. These newer elements helps give a more well-rounded strategy aspect to the game.

Unfortunately, this title plays a little more like a time waster style game (like Angry Birds) than it does a strategy RPG. The story line is thin much like its predecessor and that’s a consistent weakness in these games. Thankfully, all of the other parts of it are fun so it makes up for the lack of deep story a little bit. This is definitely geared more for the casual gamer than it is for hardcore fans of the genre.

A solid time waster with familiar mechanics.

PROS
  • Decent graphics and familiar mechanics make this game feel like a strategy RPG.
  • The lack of story may dissuade some people but there is a perk in that playing the game for smaller increments of time is much easier.
  • Much like other titles in this series, there is a lot of content to play through and collect.
  • Some deeper game play elements like character macros are a nice touch.
CONS
  • Geared more toward casual gamers than hardcore fans of the genre which is disappointing because the game looks really good.
  • In app purchases can get expensive and are a little stereotypical.
  • No Google Play Games achievements or cloud saving.
7.0

Overall, it’s a solid title if you want to waste some time. Fan of strategy RPGs like Final Fantasy tactics would probably prefer a game like this over something like Temple Run but they still won’t be fulfilled in the same way they would have been playing a game like Final Fantasy Tactics. It’s $2.77 which isn’t a bad price and you can get it by clicking the button below.

Check out the previous indie app of the day: BitLit
Join us in the Apps and Games section of the Android Authority forums! Just don’t forget to read the rules first!

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15 best new Android apps and Android games from November 2014

By Joe Hindy

Amazon Echo best new Android apps


Here we are ladies and gentlemen. The home stretch! We’re about into the final month of the year 2014 and that means it’s time to take a look back on the best Android apps and Android games released in November 2014.


Amazon Echo

[Price: Free]
First up is Amazon Echo and this is a pretty fun little app. It’s kind of like Amazon’s answer to Google Now or Siri and unfortunately it is invite only for right now. In order to use it, you’ll have to pick up the Amazon Echo hardware which is a device that houses seven microphones and turns your audible requests into various information. It does work on smartphones and tablets so if you manage to get an invite and get the hardware, you’ll still be able to use it on your Android devices. It’s a fun, unique idea, and some good competition for the others.

Amazon Echo best new Android apps


angry birds transformers new android apps and gamesAngry Birds Transformers

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The Angry Birds franchise has been getting a little tired as years go by but Angry Birds Transformers is actually pretty fun. It’s a 2.5D game with elements of 2D platformers and some shooting. It’s bright and colorful and free to play although the in app purchases are a little aggressive. In any case, it won’t cost you anything to try it out and it does feel like a fresher game than its namesake would have you believe.
Get it on Google Play


BitLit best new Android appsBitLit

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
BitLit is a new application that aims to be the software you use to turn your physical book collection into a digital book collection. It works by allowing you to scan your bookshelf with your camera and then trying to find either really cheap versions of those books so you can buy them at the lowest possible price or finding them for you totally free so you don’t have to buy it over again. It’s a little rough around the edges as the app developers try to get more publishers on board but if you’re an avid reader, you should definitely give it a shot.
Get it on Google Play
BitLit review best new Android apps


civilization revolution 2 new Android apps and gamesCivilization Revolution 2

[Price: $14.99]
Civilization Revolution 2 was released this month and it is the latest installment to the Cid Meier’s Civilization series. It had some release day hiccups that seems to have been mostly fixed by now and its rating is rebounding thanks to that. It is expensive but fans of the series and of the genre can probably justify the cost. It’s a big game with decent, colorful graphics, and it’s from the one of the biggest names in the history of strategy games.
Get it on Google Play
Civilization Revolution 2 new Android apps and games


Disney Movies Anywhere best new Android appsDisney Movies Anywhere

[Price: Free]
Disney Movies Anywhere was released earlier this month and its premise is easy to understand. It is essentially a digital storefront for all things Disney and that includes the popular Pixar movies as well. There’s no subscription needed, there is cross platform support, and for a limited time, signing up nets you a free Disney movie. There have been some issues with getting accounts set up but according to the update release notes, it is a problem Disney is working on.
Get it on Google Play


Facebook Groups best new Android appsFacebook Groups

[Price: Free]
Facebook Groups was released because Facebook apparently hates putting things all in one application. With this, you can create and manage Facebook groups much like you can on the website. Of course, it’s safe to say that any of this funcitonality that is in the official Facebook app will probably be phased out before too long. There are some features that still need implemented but otherwise it seems to be working pretty well.
Get it on Google Play
Facebook Groups best new Android apps


The Hunt new Android appsThe Hunt

[Price: Free]
The Hunt was already a popular application on iOS when it arrived on Android earlier this month. With this app you can take pictures of various outfits and other members of the service will tell you what they are and where to buy them. You can do other things like browse around, see what other people post, and there are more social aspects built in. It’s definitely a fashion app so if you’re interested in fashion, you may like this.
Get it on Google Play
The Hunt new android apps


Kingdom Rush Origins best new Android appsKingdom Rush Origins

[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
Kingdom Rush Origins is the latest installment in the already popular and highly rated Kingdom Rush franchise. So far it garners an impressive 4.8 out of 5 rating in the Google Play Store and if you’ve played a Kingdom Rush game before then you know what’s coming. It’s a strategy game that takes place before the story lines of the two Kingdom Rush games that are already out. It’s inexpensive and by all accounts a lot of fun if you like strategy games.
Get it on Google Play


Google Messenger new Android appsMessenger

[Price: Free]
Google released a new text messaging app this last month called Google Messenger. It’s a pretty basic text …read more

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Razer Nabu Smartband available on Tuesday for $99.99

By Jimmy Westenberg

razer nabu

The time has come for those of you North American residents waiting for the Razer Nabu Smartband, as the company has just announced its availability. The band will be available beginning on Tuesday, December 2nd for $99.99.

Wishing for an even lower price? There is an opportunity to get one even cheaper, as early adopters of the Beta program will be able to pick theirs up for $79.99 on launch day. If you’re one of the Nabu Beta testers and signed up for the program before September 2014, you’re all set. You should be receiving an email shortly with your pre-order link to get the product for the discounted price. Unfortunately, the pre-order page for non-Beta testers is already closed, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck.

The device will be available for purchase from Razer’s online store for $99.99, and will be available in small/medium and medium/large sizes. The first ones to be available are the black versions, though Razer plans to introduce the green, white, and orange versions sometime in the near future. For those unaware, the Razer Nabu is a smartband made from hypoallergenic materials, and is compatible with Android devices (running 4.3 and above). It offers notifications, fitness statistics, and more. Oh, and the company is quoting 7-day battery life on a single charge.

Do you plan to order a Razer Nabu? Tell us what you think!

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HTC One GPe Android 5.0 updates could arrive as soon as Monday

By Alex Wagner

The saga of the HTC One Google Play edition Android 5.0 updates continues! Thankfully, we’ve got some good news to share.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, has revealed on Twitter than the One (M7) and One (M8) GPe Lollipop updates are currently in Google’s Quality Assurance labs and that they’re slated to get technical approval by the end of Monday. If they do, then HTC will begin pushing the updates out over the air that same night.

@MirekToman Miroslav, the SW for M7 & M8 with the fixes are in Google’s QA lab. Their target is to provide TA by end of day Monday.

— Mo (@moversi) November 29, 2014

We’ll just have to wait and see if these new and improved Lollipop updates get approval from Google or if they end up like the last one that got delayed. The good news is that we’ve only got another day to wait to find out what happens, and what’s more, the actual push could begin just hours after the update is approved by Google. Let’s hope that everything goes according to plan this time.

@iCTechReviews If we get TA by EOD Monday, I’ll have the SW OTA the same night (in a few hours of TA).

— Mo (@moversi) November 29, 2014

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Android Authority this week

By Bogdan Petrovan

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And so, this week of thanks giving and deals hunting is coming to an end. The news-scape was dominated by Black Friday deals from retailers small and large, and we did our best to highlight the most interesting ones. But it wasn’t all deals: reports emerged about Samsung’s plan to restructure its business, after smaller than anticipated Galaxy S5 sales and fierce competition took their toll on the Korean giant’s profits; we learned more about the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9, and their carrier variants; we discussed the EU Parliament’s resolution to break up Google; we looked at another troubled giant, Sony; we learned about OnePlus plans in India; and brought you some inside info about LG’s curved G Flex 2.

Welcome to Android Authority this week.

Inside AA HQ

It’s been an amazing year for Android Authority, and while many of you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I think it’s a good time to say a huge THANK YOU! to each and every one of you. It’s such a cliché, but it’s entirely true: we wouldn’t be here without you, our readers. We wouldn’t get to talk about and play with the world’s most exciting technology without your support. Not to mention, make a living out of it! So, on behalf of everyone here, thanks for making our dream jobs possible!

1 million subscribers on YouTube!

We did it! When we started the channel almost 4 years ago, we never in a million years (no pun intended!) thought that we would have reached a million subscribers. We couldn’t have done it without our great team and you guys, the fans. We listen to each and every comment and are continuously trying to improve our product. Thanks so much everyone.

To celebrate hitting the 1 million YouTube subscribers mark we have a ton of prizes this week that we are giving away which include a Nexus 6 & 9, Sennheiser Momentum headphones, Creative Sound blaster Roar Bluetooth Speaker, 25 Android Authority T-shirts and 25 AA sticker packs. If you are one of our 1 million subscribers head on over to the giveaway page and get your entry in.

With the holiday season officially open, we’re working on completing our best device roundups and putting out gift guides for every pocket. Keep an eye out for them next week.

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here some interesting posts for your Sunday reading:

Sony Smartwatch 3-7

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Top news of the week

Here are the top news in the Android world this week:

Nexus 6 and 9

Black Friday deals

best black friday deals

Samsung reorg

Samsung logo

Google’s EU troubles

Sony in search of profit

OnePlus news

G Flex 2 is coming

LG G Flex Hands on AA (15 of 19)

Sound off

We always want to hear your feedback. Whether it’s criticism or praise, feel free to tell us what you think about Android Authority’s content, design, and community. Comment here or get in touch with us on our social channels:

Happy Sunday!

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1 Million YouTube Subscriber Special Giveaway!

By Derek Scott

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We at Android Authority have been working diligently to make the finest videos in all things Android and mobile technology. And, we have some great news to announce; we’re about hit one million subscribers! And we’re extremely grateful.

This week, we have a special Sunday giveaway to celebrate as Android Authority is hitting one million subscribers on YouTube. We wouldn’t have been able accomplish this without you, our fans, and we truly appreciate the support you give us!

To celebrate this huge milestone, we are giving away a ton of cool prizes away for all our followers around the world!

What’s up for grabs? Check it out below!

Prizes

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We are giving away over $2,000 worth of prizes this week and you have 54 chances to win a prize! This is an international giveaway so everyone is welcome.

How to enter the giveaway

This week’s giveaway is for our YouTube subscribers. If you are subscribed to our YouTube channel you are entered. It’s that simple.

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Terms & Conditions

  • The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.)
    • If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize.
  • We are not responsible for lost shipments.
  • You must be age of majority in your Country of residence.
  • We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur.
  • Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win.
  • We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway.

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