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Deal Alert: Save $50 on the Nexus 9 at Amazon

By Jimmy Westenberg

Nexus 9-30

If you’ve been waiting for the next deal to arise with Google’s Nexus 9, today is your day. Amazon is currently offering the Nexus 9 for $50 off. The deal extends to both storage size variants (32Gb or 64GB) and to both color options (Black or White). Amazon’s deal means that the 16GB tablet is only $349.99 (13% off), and the 64GB model is $429.99 (10% off).

If you’re in the market for a new Android tablet, you might want to consider taking advantage of this deal. In our official Nexus 9 review, we explain that even though it suffers from multiple hardware issues (occasional overheating, poor battery life), we’d still recommend this tablet for the price. Now that you can save $50, this is a great deal on a solid Android tablet. Google’s Nexus 9 also features an 8.9-inch with 2048×1536 resolution. It also boasts a dual-core 2.3GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 6700mAh battery.

We’re unsure how long this deal will last, but you better act fast before it’s over. Bonus: if you order now, it will arrive before Christmas! Follow the link below to jump right to the deal. Are any of you planning on taking advantage of this deal?

Buy now on Amazon!

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Droid Turbo updated with Advanced Calling and VoLTE

By Dustin Earley

The Motorola Droid Turbo is receiving an update today that, despite not bringing the device up to Android 5.0 Lollipop, does include some very welcome additions to Verizon’s latest flagship Android device.

Today’s update, which should bring your Droid Turbo up to build 21.44.8, includes support for two highly desirable calling features Verizon has been pushing hard lately. The two features go hand-in-hand on Verizon and complete the company’s vision for next-generation networking. The first is the self-explanatory VoLTE, which allows you to places voice calls over Verizon’s LTE network. The second is Advanced Calling 1.0. Advanced Calling is more like a suite of new features that allow users to do things like place voice calls, make conference calls, use HD Voice and simultaneously use voice and data, all right from the stock dialer app.

The update also comes with the regular stability, security and performance fixes most Verizon updates include. It’s not entirely clear how this update will be rolling out, but there are users who are already reporting seeing the update. If your Motorola Droid Turbo sees an update in the next couple days, let us know in the comments below.

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Top 10 new Android games this week: Roller Polar, Inferno 2

By Steve Raycraft

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Rogue Legend: Tame the Wild

Description: Plant crops, grow them, and sell them for money. There are upgrades to buy and things to find. You can create and scavenge materials to craft items or save up your money to buy them. Make or buy blocks and use them to build your own house however you like.

Roller Polar

Description: Take control of your Polar Bear and ride the snowball down the mountain. Watch out for the boulders, trees and wildlife! Day and night the ball keeps rolling, faster and faster it goes, what’s the highest score? Nobody knows!

Game of Thrones

Description: Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series is a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO’s groundbreaking TV show. This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell.

Pixel Boat Rush

Description: The gameplay mixes a one-touch racing mechanic with two weapon/defensive buttons. The progression features an in-depth career mode and RPG-like humoristic conversations with parodic characters!

Outcast Odyssey

Description: EXPLORE! COLLECT! BATTLE! Outcast Odyssey takes the best features from dungeon crawlers and RPGs and mixes them with card battlers to create a fast-paced, fun-to-play adventure game set in a unique world of monsters, magic and machines.

Godfire: Rise of Prometheus

Description: Godfire: Rise of Prometheus is an action-adventure experience unlike any other on Google Play, with console-quality graphics, vicious free-flow combat and epic boss battles.

Inferno 2

Description: The sequel to Inferno+, Radiangames’ critically-acclaimed twin stick action RPG. INFERNO 2 boasts even more devious levels, more weapons, more upgrades and powers, more enemies, and more customization, along with more insane explosions and particle effects.

Touch Racing 2

Description: Race extreme speed cars, offroad rally vehicles and power boats in this awesome arcade R/C racing game! From the award-winning development team that brought you the multi-million downloaded RunBot.

Marvel Contest of Champions

Description: An Elder of The Universe known as The Collector has summoned you to a contest of epic proportions against Marvel super villain Kang The Conqueror. Experience the ultimate free-to-play fighting game for your mobile device.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath

Description: In the dusty, undeveloped wastelands of Western Mudos, cantankerous townsfolk find their settlements besieged by belligerent outlaws. Along comes Stranger, a drifter turned bounty hunter, with a unique double-barreled critter-firing crossbow.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Android users will get exclusive access to free Hulu content this holiday season

By Dustin Earley

‘Tis the season to watch some free TV on your Android device. The official Android Twitter account is putting the word out that this holiday season, Android users will get exclusive access to free content through the Hulu app available on Google Play.

Unfortunately, the promotion is only available to Hulu users in the U.S. But those that are living in the States will be able to watch Constantine, The Flash, Gotham, South Park and more, all from their Android device of choice. Oh, and The Mindy Project too. If that’s your thing.

This isn’t the first time Google has teamed up with Hulu to give away free stuff. Recent Chromecast buyers were offered two free months of Hulu Plus simply for buying the $35 TV stick. We’re not sure how long this new promotion will run for, so if you’ve been waiting to get caught up on this season’s hottest shows, now’s your chance.

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Verizon continues to go back and forth on Title II classification

By William Neilson Jr

Verizon Scam

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As I have discussed a number of times, Verizon can’t seem to make up its mind on whether they really support Title II classification. They love Title II when it helps them receive all sorts of financial benefits but can’t stand it otherwise.

For those that do not know, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering whether to reclassify all internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Being classified as a Title II organization includes new rules that must be followed to ensure that actions by your company are “in the public interest.”

For example, the second subsection of the Title II rules state that common carriers can’t “make any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services.”

Essentially, this classification would allow the FCC to protect net neutrality by regulating against against paid prioritization. In fact, ISP’s are already using Title II classification when they want to receive a number of different financial benefits. In some areas of the country, building out your broadband system under Title II allows your company select tax breaks.

But Verizon can’t seem to decide whether or not they favor Title II classification. On one hand, Verizon proudly claims to be a Title II service in a number of different states when applying for local franchise agreements in New Jersey, Washington DC and other states.

“Verizon NJ has been upgrading its telecommunications facilities in large portions of its telecommunications service territory so that cable television services may be provided over these facilities. This upgrade consists of deploying fiber optic facilities directly to the subscriber premises. The construction of Verizon NJ’s fiber-to-the-premises FTTP network (the FTTP network) is being performed under the authority of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and under the appropriate state telecommunications authority granted to Verizon NJ by the Board and under chapters 3 and 17 of the Department of Public Utilities Act of 1948. The FTTP network uses fiber optic cable and optical electronics to directly link homes to the Verizon NJ networks.” – Huffington Post

Then Verizon decided that Title II classification would be terrible for their company and the country.

“Reclassification under Title II, which for the first time would apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet, would be a radical reversal of course that would in and of itself threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation.” – Verizon Public Policy Blog

Then Verizon’s CFO decided to claim that Title II wouldn’t really decrease their investment.

Speaking at a UBS investor conference Verizon CFO Francis Shammo was asked, “Obviously there’s a lot of commentary coming out of Washington about this move to Title II… What’s your view of that potential occurrence down in Washington and does it affect your view on the attractiveness of investing further in the United States?” Shammo answered that Title II will not affect Verizon’s investments. “I mean to be real clear, I mean this does not influence the way we invest,” he said. “I mean we’re going to continue to invest in our networks and our platforms, both in Wireless and Wireline FiOS and where we need to. So nothing will influence that. I mean if you think about it, look, I mean we were born out of a highly regulated company, so we know how this operates.” – Ars Technica

Now, Verizon’s CFO is speaking out about his own comments. He wants everyone to know that even though he admitted previous to Title II having no effect on their investment, Title II classification being made permanent will in fact cause Verizon’s investment in broadband to go down.

BusinessInsider

By classifying themselves under Title II in recent years, Verizon was able to receive over $4.4 billion in additional revenue. That number doesn’t even include the tax benefits nor the fact that Verizon never came remotely close to fulfilling their promised broadband deployment goals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and others.

Verizon, like other telecommunication companies, likes to claim that classifying them as Title II would engulf them in excessive red tape. But as Sonic.net’s CEO mentioned on a podcast (per TechDirt), that isn’t true. In fact, the CEO stated that there is little additional red tape attached to Title II classification and that Title II is only a “regulatory burden” if you’re an ISP that’s doing bad stuff to consumers.

Essentially, Verizon is for Title II but only when they can make several billion off it.

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Friends can now share to Chromecast without your Wi-Fi password

By Sean Riley

The latest update for the Chromecast has brought with it a “guest mode” that you can enable by going into the Chromecast app on your device and simply flipping the “Guest Mode” switch to on. Now anyone (with an Android device running at least 4.3) within range of your Chromecast will be able to share to it without the need for your precious and zealously-guarded Wi-Fi password.

I can see this as a great feature to turn on at a party if you want to let people keep tossing up their favorite videos or music without having to let them use your device or providing them all with your password. Just remember to turn it off again when the event is over, lest you fall victim to some pranksters doing a hostile takeover of your TV.

And if you don’t have a Chromecast, remember that if you buy one before December 21st you will get $20 in Google Play credit.

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Nexus 6 in both colors currently in stock at Motorola’s site

By Jimmy Westenberg

nexus 6 first impressions (16 of 21)

Just because Google’s Nexus 6 has already officially launched, doesn’t mean you can actually buy one. In fact, customers are still waiting to get their hands on the device. If you’re still looking to buy one, now may be your chance. Motorola currently has the 32GB Nexus 6 in stock on their website, in both Midnight Blue and Cloud White for $649. The 64GB model is still unavailable, and who knows how long it will take to find one.

This device’s launch has been one of the worst we’ve ever seen from Google. We’re sure the addition of carrier support has something to do with it, as most U.S. carriers don’t have them in stock yet either. If you can remember, T-Mobile delayed their launch date by a week due to “software issues,” and AT&T had to send back their inventory due to a bug that makes the screen go blank. Even Sprint had a rough start with the launch, as they quickly dropped the price of the phone, and began issuing $50 refunds to customers who paid the full $299 price tag. Suffice it to say, you better hurry on this deal, because we’re not sure when the device will be back in stock.

Follow the link below to grab your own Nexus 6. But act fast! They’ll likely sell out soon, like they have every other time they’ve been made available.

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Nokia HERE Maps now available on the Play Store in beta form

By Dima Aryeh

While Nokia hasn’t historically shown much support for the Android platform, it looks like the company is giving our OS another chance. Which is fair, we’re #1. Nokia has released its maps app on the Play Store, called HERE Beta, and you can give it a shot right now!

One major feature that’s missing in Google Maps is an easy way to save maps for offline use and use of those offline maps in navigation. Nokia HERE is available offline, so you can navigate and even find points of interest without an internet connection. That’s a huge feature, so the app is already worth a try.

The app supports 118 countries, though not all will have full navigation support. If you want to give it a shot, hit the source link to download the app from the Play Store. And tell us what you think! I’ve been sick of Google Maps lagging constantly, so I’ll be giving it a shot myself.

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Godus – Indie app of the day

By Joe Hindy

Godus screenshot

What is Godus?

Godus is a mixture of a simulation game and a god-mode game. You play God as you sculpt a world, help people develop, and do other God-like things. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

Here’s how Godus works. You play as God but unlike games like Black and White where you have an avatar that carries out your commands, you do everything yourself by hand in a truly omnipresent fashion. You can do things like change the landscape and create mountains and water where there weren’t those things before. There is a sort of sandbox element as well because the whole world is accessible to you. There are also people that kind of do what they want but you can guide them along as you so choose.

It’s definitely something a little bit different. There are a lot of simulation elements because you can control pretty much everything but it’s also one of those games that plays itself because you can choose to do very little. The graphics are pretty decent and they’re also built in such a way that they serve a purpose which was pretty cool. The world has a topographical map look and you use that feel to alter the world as you see fit.

A little bit Sims and a little bit Black and White.

PROS
  • There is a lot to do in this game and it’s pretty much all optional.
  • Free to play and the in app purchases aren’t nearly as obnoxious as many casual games.
  • Easy mechanics allow you to enjoy the content without figuring out how to play the game.
  • Comes complete with a large world that can be edited in its entirety.
  • Decent graphics and sound along with Google Play Games services make the game feel more complete.
CONS
  • It’s still buggy for a lot of folks but it’s new so that’s expected.
  • If you don’t like sim games, casual games, or god-mode games, you probably won’t like this.
  • Can take a long time to load even on newer devices.
8.0

Godus is definitely something simulation fans and casual gaming fans can enjoy. It’s a more relaxing sort of game because there isn’t the pressure of imposed time limits or level-based game play. There are the smaller things like Google Play Games services which only add depth to the game. It’s free to play so it won’t cost you anything to try it out.

Check out the previous indie app of the day: Desire42
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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Nexus 5 production has stopped, Google confirms

By Bogdan Petrovan

Google Nexus 5 black aa 5

The news that the red and white versions of the Nexus 5 have been removed from the Play Store sparked speculation about a similar fate awaiting the black version as well.

It looks like fears were founded this time, as an unnamed Google spokesperson confirmed to TechRadar that production of the Nexus 5 has stopped. Once the stock runs out, the black version of the Nexus 5 will be removed from the Play Store for good.

“Once they are gone, they’re gone, so we’d suggest people get them while they can,” said the Google representative.

Currently, the black Nexus 5 (16 and 32 GB) is listed as out of stock in the US Play Store. It’s not clear if more stock will be added.

With today’s short production cycles, which push the 6-month limit in some cases, it should come to no surprise that Google and LG have decided to wrap up Nexus 5 production. Still, when the Nexus 5 remained in the Play Store along newcomer Nexus 6, some thought Google would continue to offer the 5-incher as an option for users looking for a smaller phone.

Our Kevin Nether looked at how the Nexus 5 is holding up a year after its market debut, and found that “if you’re looking for a stock-Android experience, extremely quick updates, and decent build quality, you still can’t go wrong with the Nexus 5.” Here’s his video:

Will there ever be a new version of Nexus 5? It may be just wishful thinking, but we can’t rule out the possibility either. But, for now, the oversized Nexus 6 remains Google’s reference phone.

Even after the Nexus 5 reaches end-of-life status, you will still be able to get it from various retailers, and probably at steeply discounted prices.

Will you be said to see the Nexus 5 go? Or is newer always better for you?

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Source:: android authority