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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

LG G3 Vs HTC One M8-50

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

    

AT&T Nexus 6 availability: pre-orders start tomorrow, $249 on contract

By Bogdan Petrovan

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AT&T is the second US carrier announcing the availability of Google and Motorola’s Nexus 6.

Just like T-Mobile, which announced its Nexus 6 release date on October 15, AT&T will open pre-orders for the Nexus 6 from tomorrow November 12.

The Nexus 6 will be available on AT&T for $249.99 on a two-year agreement, while unlocked the price is $682.99. That’s a bit more than the $649 price tag of the Nexus 6 in Google’s Play Store. AT&T’s press release doesn’t specify what version will be available at this price, but we assume it’s the 32GB model. AT&T will only offer the Midnight Blue model at launch.

If you opt for an installment plan, you can have the hard-to-buy device for $0 down with $22.77/month (AT&T Next 24), $28.46/month (Next 18), or $34.15/month (Next 12). Going this route also nets you a $50 discount on the Moto 360, Moto Hint, or Moto Sliver 2.

So far, the Nexus 6 has been made available in small numbers on Google’s Play Store and from Motorola.com. In addition to T-Mobile and AT&T, Sprint and Verizon will also be carrying the device, although availability at launch could be limited on all carriers.

Nexus 6 AT&T pre-orders will be open online and in-store. No information yet on when will AT&T begin shipping the device to eager customers.

Are you buying the Nexus 6 from AT&T?

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DALLAS, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T1 announced today that its first Nexus device, the Nexus 6, with Android 5.0 Lollipop, will be available for preorders beginning Wednesday, Nov. 12, at www.att.com and in AT&T retail stores.

You can get the Nexus 6 in Midnight Blue for $0 down with AT&T Next for $22.77 per month with AT&T Next 24,2$28.46 per month with AT&T Next 183 or $34.15 per month with AT&T Next 12.3 You can also purchase Nexus 6 for $249.99 with a two-year agreement4 or$682.99 with no annual commitment.5

New and existing AT&T customers who activate a new line of service on AT&T Next(SM) can choose to save $50 on the Moto 360, Moto Hint or Moto Sliver II6 when purchasing a Nexus 6 on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,7 covering more than 300 million Americans.

“The Nexus 6 with Android 5.0 Lollipop is the first Nexus device to join AT&T’s leading device portfolio,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Mobile Devices, AT&T. “The power of the nation’s most reliable network, covering more than 300 million Americans, paired with the collective innovation from Google and Motorola make this device a winning combination for AT&T customers.”

“We’re excited to collaborate with Motorola and AT&T to introduce customers nationwide to Nexus 6 with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s biggest software release yet,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP, Engineering for Android.

Designed by Google and Motorola, you can now enjoy a larger smartphone from Nexus, equipped with a 6-inch Quad High Definition display, a 3220mAh battery and a 13MP rear-facing camera. Additional key features include:

  • Best of Google: Shipping with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6 gives you the latest Android updates from Google. This means you’ll have the newest version of Android to enjoy the latest features and enhancements including a new Material Design aesthetic, where colors are bold, animations are fluid, and shapes are richly textured. Heads-up alerts notify you of calls and messages and allow you to act on, or dismiss, them without interrupting what you’re doing. Easily switch back and forth between Chrome tabs and apps such as email and music to browse the mobile web more easily.
  • More Doing, Less Charging: Android 5.0 Lollipop provides you with power-saving features to get the most out of your battery based on your personal usage. Equipped with a large 3220mAh battery, the Nexus 6 enables you to go longer and charge quicker. Charging is lightning fast, allowing you to quickly boost your battery life by 6 hours with only 15 minutes of charge time.8
  • More Epic Shots: Capture almost any moment with Nexus 6, which is outfitted with a 13MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization, a dual LED ring flash and a 2MP front-facing camera. Using HDR+, the pre-installed Google Camera allows you to take photos effortlessly.
  • Immersive Stereo Sound: Nexus 6 comes with dual front-facing stereo speakers that provide immersive sound, giving you a great audio experience for movies, music and games.

AT&T is focused on giving our customers a top-notch experience through fast and friendly service. Being recognized as the highest ranked wireless provider for overall purchasing experience by J.D. Power,9 for the third time in a row, shows this commitment to the customer experience is making a difference. AT&T outperformed competitors in the J.D. Power 2014 Volume 2 study and received the “Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-Service Wireless Providers, Three Times in a Row.”

For more information about Nexus 6, visit att.com/nexus6.

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Source:: android authority

    

Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order from AT&T tomorrow

By Alex Wagner

Was your clicker finger not fast enough to snag you a Nexus 6 when it was available from Google Play and Motorola? We can’t blame you, because those units sold out in a matter of minutes. Thankfully, we’ll get another shot at buying an N6 tomorrow.

AT&T says that it’ll begin taking pre-orders for the Nexus 6 both online and in stores on November 12. Pricing will be set at $0 down and 30 payments of $22.77 per month with AT&T Next 24, 24 payments of $28.46 with AT&T Next 18 or 20 payments of $34.15 with AT&T Next 12. If AT&T Next doesn’t appeal to you, you’ll also be able to get an N6 for $249.99 with a two-year contract or $682.99 without a commitment.

AT&T will also have a special offer for customers that pick up a Nexus 6 and an accessory. If you buy an N6, you’ll be able to get $50 off of a Moto 360, Moto Hint or Moto Silver II Bluetooth headset.

AT&T’s announcement only mentions the Midnight Blue version of the Nexus 6, so it sounds like that might be the only model that you’ll be able to get from Ol’ Blue. That’s kind of a bummer for folks that want a Cloud White Nexus 6, but hey, at this point we’ll take any new Nexus pre-orders that we can get.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Meet the Devs – Kyle Parker

By Joe Hindy

Kyle Parker developer interview

Welcome back to our Meet the Devs segment! In this piece we take a little time to get to know the people who really make Android what it is today and that is the app developers. In this week’s developer interview, we are talking to Kyle Parker.

Name: Kyle Parker

Developer Name: Kyle Parker

Country: United States

Website: N/A

Google+ Profile/Page: Kyle Parker G+

How many people on your team? 3

Kyle Parker developer interview

Apps

The Traveler
bConnected

About your company?

I work at Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana, and lead a small group of developers. The “official” description of my group is:

Part of Information Technologies Services at Ball State, Developing Technologies is focused on providing innovative, creative and out of the box ideas and skills to drive the next generation of data-driven web, mobile, and desktop experiences for students and faculty. The ultimate goal is to reduce the hassle factor for students. We aim to knock down and break through the walls that separate students from the academic and institutional data and services they rely on each day, while offering a rich and immersive experience.

The unofficial description is we are a creative, R&D group that has the exciting opportunity to work with the latest and great technologies to create cool apps for our students. And with our latest app – The Traveler – we were able to create something for a worldwide audience. With over 100,000 downloads in 200 countries, an official Glassware for Explorers, and mentions from Samsung, LiveMint.com, Lonely Planet and dozen other sites around the world, Traveler has become a huge success for us. Not to mention the 30 countries and 5 continents our students have visited using Traveler, while recording over 100,000 miles of paths, 25,000 media items, and almost 80GB of data.

What level of experience do you have with coding and development?

I graduated from Ball State University with a BS in computer science in 2000. Immediately after graduation, I began working at my alma mater as a developer in our central IT department. My career started in the web, where I focused on designing, developing, integrating, and enhancing our content management system, built on the Vignette platform. Right away, I had the opportunity to work on a campus-wide system that touched every aspect of the university. We were able to integrate course information for the students; employee information for faculty and staff profiles; and events for calendars. The admin site and page templates were initially built using TCL (pronounced “tickle”) and a Sybase backend database. After the first couple years, I rewrote everything using Classic ASP and migrated to Microsoft SQL Server. As the primary developer for the CMS (and for the most part, the sole developer!), I learned how to architect a complex, multi-tiered system; manage over 200 users across campus; and support the system that powered the university public-facing web site.

After spending several years on the CMS, my role gradually evolved and I began working on the various enterprise web apps for our student and employee services, such as undergraduate admissions, reporting, intranet apps, and more than 50 other apps. Initially our apps were built with Classic ASP and MS SQL Server, then we migrated to ASP.NET (C#). Using all of the past experiences from designing, developing, and supporting our app catalog, a co-worker and I created the foundation and architecture for the .NET environment. We developed a robust framework of methods and procedures for the staff to use as we moved forward with .NET.

For the past three years, I have been focused on mobile, specifically Android. My role transitioned from the enterprise to the sandbox – I spend my days creating, designing, and imagining “cool” apps that our students can use on the device they have in their hands every single day. It is a great position to be in, and has been a rewarding and exciting challenge to learn and experiment with the latest and greatest technologies. My office looks like a Best Buy showroom – dozens of tablets; phones from the Original Droid to the Nexus 5, MAXX and Note 3; a smart TV; a couple Chromecasts; 3 pair of Google Glass; and thanks to I/O, the new Samsung Gear Live!

What languages do you know? How and where did you learn them?

The common thread throughout my years of development is “self-taught”. While college provided a foundation in CS, all of the languages I’ve learned have been on the job or for fun. I’ve learned by doing – scouring the web for examples of cool sites or apps; reading books and practicing with examples; or diving head first and hacking to see what I can pull together.

As I mentioned earlier, my languages include: Android and Java, Classic ASP and ASP.NET, and MS SQL Server/T-SQL. I’ve dabbled with iOS and HTML5, but wouldn’t consider myself an expert at this point. My experience doesn’t have the breadth of others, but I love digging into a language and learning all I can about it.

What level of experience do you have with design?

While I’m not a professionally trained designer, I pride myself in trying to follow solid design principles and develop good-looking apps. I’m a developer/software engineer, but I’m also passionate about design and visual appeal. Way, way, way back when I was a wee little tike in the 6th grade, I knew I wanted to be an architect. I planned on attending Ball State – one of the best architecture schools in the country – and become an architect. For the remainder of my high school career, I worked toward that goal and continued to build on those interests. My art and design classes were complimented by engineering and math courses. Despite the fact I transferred out of architecture within the first semester of college, that love of design, aesthetics, and architecture (in all regards) never left. I tell myself that instead of designing builds, I design software …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Get an Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 for just $74.99

By AA Deals

Imagine soaring high above in the air, diving and dodging, performing amazing stunts and recording it all along the way. That’s exactly what you get with the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0, which flies at a range of up to 400 feet while recording your adventures in the sky thanks to a built-in camera.

While obviously best suited for outdoor use, it is also more than capable of being used (carefully) indoors and can even perform amazing tricks, thanks to a self-righting algorithm and special sensors that will help stabilize it back to its horizontal flying position after a trick is finished.

As you can might already know, such an advanced ‘toy’ can command quite the premium pricing, but thanks to Android Authority Deals you can get your hands on the drone nearly half off at just $74.99. Even better, that includes free global shipping in the mix!

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You can get your hands on this deal by clicking here!

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Source:: android authority

    

10,000 Samsung Gear S watches sold in South Korea on launch day

By Rob Triggs

samsung gear s first look aa (4 of 6)

Samsung announced its Gear S a couple of months ago and has recently launched the smartwatch in South Korea and the US. The Gear S managed to shift 10,000 units on its launch day in Korea, marking a strong start for Samsung’s latest wearable.

The Samsung Gear S is a little different than some smartwatches currently on the market. For starters it comes fully SIM-enabled, allowing it to place and take calls without the need for a companion smartphone.

S-Voice, a heart rate monitor, GPS, curved display, and IP67 dust and water resistance also make for a compelling hardware offering. These are all likely to be contributing factors to the smartwatch’s early appeal. The Gear S is also running Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, like many of Samsung’s earlier watches, rather than Google’s Android Wear platform.

The watch made its debut through South Korean carriers SK Telecom and KT. The Gear S should also now be available through AT&T, Sprint and at Best Buy’s Samsung Experience Stores in the US, with T-Mobile and Verizon versions to follow shortly. We should have a better picture of the watch’s global appeal come the end of the year.

What do you think has made the Gear S a popular choice? Are SIM capabilities a must for all future smartphones, or are a combination of style and hardware features, such as a heart rate monitor, more appealing?

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Source:: android authority

    

Xiaomi sold phones worth $163 million in 12 hours today

By Bogdan Petrovan

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Today is 11.11, Single Days in China. Think of it as a Black Friday on steroids. The event started in the ‘90s as a pretext for single people to get together. Then Alibaba and other Chinese e-commerce companies took hold of it and turned it the largest shopping day in the world.

Alibaba sold two billion dollar worth of stuff in the first two hours of Singles Day, and a big chunk of that went to mobile companies. The biggest and flashiest of all? Xiaomi.

The rising star of the mobile world sold a huge number of devices in just 12 hours – 720,000. Hugo Barra, the former Googler who heads Xiaomi’s international expansion, took to Google Plus to announce the impressive milestones the company hit in the first 12 hours of Singles Day:

  • ¥100 million (US$16 million) in 4m 48s
  • ¥550 million (US$90 million) in 4 hours (last year’s full day sales)
  • ¥1 billion (US$163 million) in 12 hours
  • 720,000 Mi phones sold in 12 hours

These amazing statistics are representative for both the size of the Chinese e-commerce market and Xiaomi’s sheer force.

Still largely unknown to the average Western customer, Xiaomi is rising to power in China and other fast-growing markets in Asia, including India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The company, which analysts have compared to Apple, for its focus on the user, but also to Amazon, for its low margin strategy, has risen to third place globally last quarter. To fuel its global growth, Xiaomi is now in talks for investments that would value at it $40 billion.

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Source:: android authority

    

Deal: Sony microSD cards and memory sticks for up to 83% off on Amazon

By Bogdan Petrovan

sony microsd card

With internal storage options and cloud access remaining limited for most people, microSD cards are more important than ever. If you’re looking for affordable microSD or memory sticks from a reputable brand, Amazon is selling Sony memory at massive discounts, today only.

Amazon has microSD cards, SD cards, and flash memory sticks at discounts of 35% to 83%, though most items are in the 60-70% range.

SD cards start from $7.99 (60% off) for a 16GB unit, with the 128GB model costing $59.99 (67% off)

In the microSD card department, you have the following offers:

There are also several flash drives with capacities of up 64GB, as well as two Microvault USB drives for smartphones:

Check out the full list of discounted memory from Sony. The deal is valid today only, so make sure to place your order in time.

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Source:: android authority

    

GM to build Android Auto competitor, coming in 2016

By Jonathan Feist

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General Motors has announced a partnership with Harman International to build their own Android powered competitor to Android Auto. The new OS will be found in GM vehicles starting in 2016, and may make it to other automotive manufacturers shortly after.

The infotainment system will be the product of a $900 million agreement with Harman International, and will produce a full fledged Android OS, skinned for your automotive needs.

GM currently uses a number of services in their lines of vehicles, including QNX by BlackBerry and software from Microsoft. Shifting to Android opens the doors to the plethora of Android apps already available through the Google Play Store, makes it easier to send out updates to customer vehicles and more.

android auto first look (11 of 18)

Android Auto will not be left out in the cold, GM still plans to use Google’s minimalist, distraction-limited Android powered OS for some vehicles. GM and Harman International are also both still active members of the Open Automotive Alliance, an organization headed by Google to ensure the responsible implementation of Android in the car.

GM customers will enjoy functions like mapping and music that have previously been unavailable with the limited scope of in-dash infotainment systems. Left to be seen is GM’s approach to the hardware. GM was a leader in their time with On Star communications in their vehicles. We hope that the new vehicles can handle their own data connection, and that GM strikes a nice deal with the carriers so they can offer drivers at least a touch of free-for-life monthly data.

Perhaps the greatest advantage to a GM built, in-dash Android OS is that it will not require a companion Android device to operate, as you would with Android Auto.

What do you think, is GM on the right track creating their own Android OS for the car, or is Android Auto the better way to go?

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Source:: android authority