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HTC puts Camera app up on Play Store

By Dima Aryeh

In its quest to put every built in app onto the Google Play store, HTC has now uploaded its official Camera app. This will allow HTC to update the app at its own pace instead of waiting for full system updates to release a new version of the app. It also means quicker bug fixes and faster feature releases.

But before you get excited that you can give the app a shot on any device, it’s only compatible with a few HTC devices. You won’t be able to install it on any hardware, which is a real shame because the HTC Camera app is real nice. With a significant amount of manual control, it would be great on other devices.

If you want to check it out, hit the source link to get to the Play store! You might even see an update for your HTC device already out.

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ThL T6 Pro review

By Gary Sims

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The Bottom Line

PROS
  • Price
  • Octa-core processor
  • 5 inch display
  • Dual SIM
CONS
  • Less than vibrant display
  • Battery life
  • 3G only
7.0

ThL has managed to make what is probably the cheapest 5 inch, 720p HD smartphone on the market. For the price there isn’t much to complain about. But if I have to moan about something then it is probably the battery life.

The Chinese smartphone maker ThL has released some interesting phones recently, including the ThL 5000, which featured a 5000mAh battery; the ThL T200, with its 6 inch display; and the ThL L969, the company’s first 4G phone. ThL has now launched the ThL T6 Pro. Not only does this 5 inch, 720p HD device use the same octa-core processor as the ThL 5000, but it costs less than $120.

So what kind of phone can you expect for $120? I got hold of a T6 Pro and I tested it out for a few days, and this is what I discovered.

Spec sheet

Display 5 inch, 1280 x 720
Processor 1.4GHz, octa-core Mediatek MT6592M, Cortex-A7
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB, microSD card slot, up to 32GB
Camera 8 Megapixel Rear Camera, 2MP Front Camera
Battery 1900 mAh
Connectivity GPS, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth
Networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz. 3G 900/2100MHz.
Software Android 4.4 with Google Play
Dimensions 143.9 x 71.6 x 8.2 mm
Colors White, Black
SIM slots 1x Normal SIM, 1xMicro SIM

Design

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The T6 Pro is about the size you would expect for a device with a 5 inch display. It isn’t the world’s thinnest, at 8.6mm, but neither is it thick. The bezels down the sides of the display good, but not ultra-thin. Compared to say a Nexus 5, the T6 Pro is a few millimeters longer, 2 mm wider and about the same thickness. In other words to hit this price point the designers at ThL have made the phone’s dimensions distinctly middle-of-the-road, which is perfectly acceptable. I am used to 5 inch devices, my daily “go to” device is a 5 incher. So for me this means the T6 Pro is easy to handle, has a good grip and actually feels quite light.

On the front is the 720p HD display, with three capacitive buttons on the bottom (menu, home and back). Toward the front top edge is the speaker grill and the front facing camera. Looking around the sides, the power button is on the right, and the volume rocker is on the left. The power button can be easily reached by your index finger when held in your left hand. On the top is the micro USB port and the headphone jack. On the bottom is a small thumbnail space to help prise off the back cover, it also acts as the gap in the outer shell for the microphone. For a little bit of decoration the phone has two metal bands running down each side.

On the back is the slightly protruding camera lens, the LED flash, the “thl” logo and the speak grill. Since the camera protrudes from the back then the phone is prone to rocking when placed on a flat surface. This is most noticeable when trying to type. The back cover is matte plastic with a slight dimple effect. Overall the design is pleasing and the phone is easy to handle.

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Display

The 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display on the T6 Pro is good considering the price point of this phone, however there are some negative aspects. The viewing angles are OK, but not excellent, and overall the color reproduction can only be classed as fair. The display can’t be called vivid and when placed side-by-side next to a device with a better display, you can see that the whites are slightly grey and the primary colors lack punch. Also the display supports just two simultaneous touch points and not the more standard five, however that really isn’t a problem at all, except for the most advanced Fruit Ninja players! Having said all that, having a 293ppi display on a budget device is a big plus. Overall the display adds to the user experience, and although there are better 5 inch displays out there, you won’t find one on a phone in this price bracket.

Performance

For a budget device the choice of processor in the T6 Pro is excellent. The octa-core MediaTek MT6592M runs at 1.4 GHz and gives the phone more than sufficient processor power for most tasks. The processor packs 8 x Cortex-A7 cores and while the Cortex-A7 core isn’t as fast as ARM’s Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A15 cores, the Cortex-A7 is more energy efficient.

The T6 Pro’s AnTuTu scores are surprising for this price point. The device hasn’t been designed to take one of the top spots, however it still manages a score of 26696. These octa-core devices are very good for tasks which perform …read more

Source:: android authority

    

MinuteQuest – Indie app of the day

By Joe Hindy

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What is MinuteQuest?

MinuteQuest is a very old school, 2D RPG with minimal game play mechanics. It features a lot of bad guys, a lot of equipment, and even a little bit of a story line. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store.

Here’s how MinuteQuest works. You play with a giant menu screen that also functions as your controller. You tap the right side to make your hero move forward and the left side to make him flee. As you fight, you earn gold and experience, level up, learn new skills and get more powerful. Eventually you can buy things which is a plus. Otherwise, you’re essentially just tapping and letting the hero kill things. It can get monotonous but this is a time waster and not a full fledged game so it’s somewhat forgivable.

As you play you’ll obviously get stronger and different equipment combinations offer different stat bonuses. The extremely minimal interface means that this is a tiny game clocking in at just under 4MB. It’s not very entertaining at the beginning but gets more enjoyable as you get more items to equip and get up there in levels so you may have to grind a bit before the game becomes fun.

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If it were any more old school, it would be only text.

PROS
  • Quick and easy game play mechanics makes this a great time waster.
  • Leveling up, equipment combinations, and pets add a bit of depth into the game.
  • Totally free (ad supported) with no in app purchases.
  • Very small game (4MB) which is great for those with limited space.
CONS
  • If you want more meat in your game, you may need to look elsewhere.
  • It takes a minute to get settled into the game. After that it runs the risk of becoming too repetitive.
7.5

Overall, it’s a free, ad-supported game and it’s small. It’s perfect for people with older devices with limited storage. The developer also seems to update on a fairly frequent basis to add new content for you to acquire. If you like really old school games or you rock an older device with limited storage, you should give this one a try.

Check out the last indie app of the day: A Better Camera
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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Source:: android authority

    

Nexus 6 coming to Sprint from Friday, November 14

By Bogdan Petrovan

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Following T-Mobile (right after launch) and AT&T (earlier today), Sprint announced the availability on its network of the highly anticipated Nexus 6.

The Sprint Nexus 6 will begin shipping on November 14, this Friday. That means that there’s a very good chance that Sprint customers will be able to get their hands on the device sooner than customers of AT&T and T-Mobile, who will only open pre-orders tomorrow.

Sprint hasn’t announced the on-contract price yet, but it’s likely to be in the $200-$250 range. Unlocked, Sprint’s version of the Nexus 6 can be yours for $696 without tax, more than the Play Store price and AT&T’s version.

If you opt for an installment plan, you can have Motorola’s expansive smartphone for $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $29.

With limited availability on Google’s Play Store and Motorola.com, carriers remain the best chance for most US buyers. Rumor has it Sprint will only be carrying the 32GB Midnight Blue version, just like AT&T.

Are you opting for a carrier to get the Nexus 6 or still hoping for a Play Store miracle?

Show Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 11, 2014 – Before the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, Sprint (NYSE: S) will offer Nexus 6 with 2.5GHz LTE data speeds and a pure Android™ experience coupled with rate plans like the Sprint Family Share Packoffering the best value for families who want shared data. Nexus 6 by Motorola is one of the first devices to be loaded with Google’s latest Android 5.0, Lollipop, operating system.

Nexus 6 will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 14, in Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. With Sprint Easy PaySM, well-qualified buyers can purchase Nexus 6 with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $29 (SRP: $696; excluding taxes; service plan required).

The Sprint Family Share Pack offers the best value for families with its shared-data plans. A family with up to 10 lines can get 20GB of shared data and unlimited talk and text for only $100 a month through 2015.1 For a family of four, that’s a savings of $60 per month versus AT&T’s and $40 per month versus Verizon’s current pricing through 2015.2

Sprint also offers Nexus 6 customers unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network for $60 per month with the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan – a $20 savings per month compared to T-Mobile’s $80 unlimited plan.3

“Nexus 6 sets the stage for exciting new developments in smartphones with a stunning 6-inch Quad HD display, perfect for movies, videos and surfing the Web,” said Doug Kaufman, director-Device Strategy, Sprint. “With pricing plans like the Sprint Family Share Pack, families can take advantage of all the features of Nexus 6 without worrying about expensive rate plans or running out of data each month.”

As first device from Sprint to ship with Lollipop, Nexus 6 also comes equipped with a contoured aluminum frame, 6-inch Quad HD display and 13-megapixel camera. The large screen is complemented by dual front-facing stereo speakers that deliver high-fidelity sound, making it as great for movies and gaming as it is for getting work done. It also comes with a Turbo Charger for up to six hours of battery use with only 15 minutes of charge.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Motorola and Sprint to introduce customers to Nexus 6 and Android 5.0, Lollipop, our biggest release yet,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president, Engineering for Android.

The Sprint 4G LTE network serves 540 cities, making it easy for customers to take advantage of all the great features of Nexus 6. Customers seeking additional information can visitwww.sprint.com/nexus6.

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Source:: android authority

    

Microsoft combines its best subscription services for $199

By Eric McBride

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Christmas is the time of giving, and as the holiday season approaches, Microsoft apparently wants to start the gift of giving a little early. Anyone that uses a lot of Microsoft services on a daily basis might want to consider this particular offer, as the Redmond company has combined four of their top subscription services into one convenient and significantly lower priced package.

The name of the new bundle is “Work & Play”, and includes Office 365 Home, Skype Unlimited World, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Music Pass. To have all four yearly subscriptions separately would cost around 450 bucks a year, which is why the $199 price tag of the Work and Play bundle could save consumers with a lot of Microsoft subscriptions some serious cash.

As great as a deal as this is for those that heavily rely on Microsoft services on a daily basis, it’s not likely that your average Windows user or Xbox gamer would need such a service. But as it’s centered on those that already have multiple Microsoft subscriptions, I imagine that many holding multiple subscriptions will happily jump on board this particular offer. And remember, these application subscriptions all happen to be for cross platform applications, meaning that the $199 provides access across Windows, Android, and IOS devices.

The Work and Play bundle can be purchased in US Microsoft stores, and is available until January 4th.

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Source:: android authority

    

Chromecast adds support for several family friendly games

By Andrew Grush

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When the Chromecast was first announced, we couldn’t help but be excited by the idea of a media streamer that was tightly integrated with our mobile devices while also managing to be extremely affordable. Since then, the platform has evolved considerably, adding a number of video and entertainment services (both officially and unofficially thanks to the SDK), and more recently adding screen mirroring capabilities to the mix.

With the holidays just around the corner, Google is now adding several new Chromecast compatible apps to its ever growing library. In addition to bringing casting functionality for the Showtime Anytime and Starz apps, Google is also introducing a number of new family friendly games. While gaming has existed on the Chromecast for a while (in limited capacity), this is the first time that Google has officially showcased the Chromecast as a gaming device.

In a blog post Google mentions classics like Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly Dash, Connect Four Quads, Simon Swipe, and Scrabble Blitz. There’s also quiz type games like Big Web Quiz and Emoji Party. For those that are into dancing (kids, kids at heart, etc), Just Dance is also getting Chromecast support. As for controlling these games? As always, you can simply use a phone or tablet. It’s also worth mentioning that these are multiplayer experiences and so multiple phones and tablets (Android and/or iOS) can join in on the fun.

For more details on the games, be sure to check out Google’s official blog post or head over to Chromecast’s app list. Have you tried any of these games yet, if so, what do you think of the experience? Does the Chromecast have potential as a family gaming device?

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Source:: android authority

    

Get a HTC One (M8) for $499, while supplies last

By Bogdan Petrovan

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As part of its Hot Deals promo, HTC has put the One (M8) for order at an attractive price of $499. That’s $150 off the normal price of the $649.

The deal included an even better discount valid for the first 200 buyers ($299 unlocked) but that was exhausted before we publish this post. Still, $150 off the list price is nothing to sneeze at, so make up your mind fast, as this reduced price is only valid for the 300 customers.

At the time of this writing, the deal was still on for the developer and carrier versions. Get it here and act quickly.

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LG’s AKA lineup brings devices heavy on character and light on specs

By Sean Riley

The specs on the new AKA (pronounced “AW-kuh”) phones from LG aren’t going to blow anyone away, but that really isn’t the point with these devices. LG is adding another line to the specs list that they want you to pay attention to, and that is personality.

The AKA phones have four distinct personalities named Eggy, Wooky, YoYo and Soul. A chip located in the back cover of the phone dictates which personality your phone will have, and so swapping Wooky for YoYo is just a matter of buying yourself a new cover.

While it sounds like you can dive quite deep into the backstory on these characters, the quick take on each is that Eggy “falls in love easily,” Wooky looks like the runt of the litter and speaks entirely in slang, Soul is big on music and beer and YoYo got her name due to her weight fluctuations brought on by a love of Coke and hamburgers. (Yes, you seriously read that description of YoYo correctly.)

The front covers are vaguely reminiscent of Samsung’s S-View Flip Covers, except that rather than a small window providing some useful info, the top quarter of the front is completely uncovered and reveals your character’s blinking eyes. You can slide the screen down farther to get the time and some notifications it seems, but it definitely isn’t the glanceable convenience of the S-Views.

For a taste of some of the good times you can expect to have with these lovable scamps you are going to watch LG’s ad below.

If all of that quirky fun sounds good to you then the rest of the specs may be relevant.

  • 5-inch 720p display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16 GB storage w/microSD slot
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with laser focus
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera

Now with all of that said, unless you are in South Korea, it is unlikely that you are going to have the opportunity to pick up one of the AKAs. They go on sale there today for the equivalent of $460 and at the moment there are no international launch details.

I can see value in the idea that LG is trying to execute on here. We see stories of kids befriending Siri and other similar services that have been given a personality of sorts. An entire phone built around that concept is a natural, whether this precise implementation has it right or not.

Do you see this idea catching on with younger smartphone buyers?

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Source:: androidandme

    

HTC One (M8) discounted to $299 as this week’s HTC Hot Deal

By Nick Gray

HTC Hot Deals is back with an incredible price on the HTC One (M8). HTC is slashing the price of the HTC One (M8) to $299. But there is a catch – you have to be one of the first 200 people to complete your purchase of the HTC One (M8) in order to secure the $299 price. If you’re not one of the first 200, HTC does have a consolation prize. Customer 201 through 500 can purchase the HTC One (M8) for $499 which is roughly $80-150 cheaper than the usual off-contract price of the phone. The promotion will allow you to choose between the US unlocked HTC One (M8) or a Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint branded One (M8).

The HTC One (M8) flash sale kicks off in 15 minutes (12pm EST) and runs for 12 hours. But we have a feeling that the all 500 of the HTC One (M8)’s will be sold in less than an hour. If you want to get your hands on one, we recommend you have your credit card ready and multiple browsers fired up. After multiple glitches during last week’s sale of the Nexus 9, HTC has promised a better experience this time around.

Ready. Set. GO!

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Source:: androidandme

    

LG G3 (D855) receives its first TWRP compatible rooted Android Lollipop ROM

By Rob Triggs

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The other day Lollipop .kdz files appeared for two versions of the LG G3, the F400S and D855. The latter handset now has a rooted Android Lollipop ROM available which can be installed by the traditional and more favourable TWRP .zip method.

.kdz files are installed through PC based flashing tools, meaning that you can’t easily use a recovery option to backup and restore older OS versions that contain all your favourite apps, messages, contracts, etc. Instead you are left to use factory reset images if you want to go back to an older OS version, not ideal if you just want to try something out.

Fortunately, XDA Forum member skin1980 has created a .zip file of Android Lollipop for the D855 version of the LG G3 that can be flashed through the tried and tested TWRP custom recovery. This method allows LG G3 owners to keep the old bootloader and move back to old KitKat based backups with ease, although users will need to remember to flash a modem file when switching back. If this wasn’t helpful enough, the ROM also has a kernel available that supports rooting.

The ROM is based on the latest v.20A LG build of Android Lollipop, meaning that it has a few extra bug fixes and patches applied compared with some of the .kdz files we reported on the other day. It’s not clear if this is the final build that LG intends to roll out in the coming weeks, but reports suggest that the build is stable.

The only requirement to try this out is ROM is that you’re running the international D855 version of the LG G3 (don’t try this on other carrier branded versions!) and that you have TWRP installed. The instructions and files can all be found in the source link below.

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Source:: android authority