- How to carve your own Android-inspired pumpkin [VIDEO]
- Android Wallpaper: L stand for Lollipop
- Sundar Pichai gets a promotion, finds himself the new head of Google’s core products
- Pocketing your phablet, Inbox invites, buying a car, and more [From the Forums]
- Inbox by Gmail ‘app’ now available in the Chrome Web Store
- LG G Pad 7.0 LTE, LG G3 now available at US Cellular
- Mobile Roar 67: Inbox invites, T-Mobile G1 birthday, and more!
- 20 best apps & watch faces for the Moto 360
- AT&T starts selling Kindle Fire HDX 7″ today
- Save 50% on these feather-light Bluetooth headphones with this exclusive deal
- Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 for $360 on eBay
- All Grand Theft Auto games on sale right now in the Google Play Store
- Samsung Galaxy S5 said to get Lollipop as early as December
- The Nexus 5 is now back in stock on Google Play (all colors, 32GB only for now)
- LG G3 Screen is official: 5.9-inch phablet with NUCLUN, LG’s in-house 8-core mobile processor
'Tis the season to bring large vegetables into the house and cut shapes into their hard outer skin. Of course I'm talking about Halloween and jack-o-lanterns. Carving pumpkins and gourds is a tradition that goes back thousands of years, but I don't think the first pumpkin carvers had anything like this in mind. Today people carve everything and anything into pumpkins, including their tech loyalty. In this guide we'll show you how to carve our beloved Phanbot into a "PHAN-O-LANTERN." If you've ever carved a pumpkin before you should be familiar with the process, but for any newcomers we'll go over the steps. Stick with us and you won't lose any fingers in the process. If you do, well, that just makes you Halloween costume that much scarier. WHAT YOU'LL NEED * Medium-sized pumpkin * Large knife * Small knife * Large spoon * Tape * Marker * Scissors * PHAN-O-LANTERN template (DOWNLOAD .PDF) WHAT TO DO * Use your knife to cut a lid into your pumpkin, then use your spoon and hands to scoop out all the guts and seeds from inside. * Print out the PHAN-O-LANTERN template and cut out the grey areas with your scissors. * Tape the template onto you pumpkin, use the marker to trace the cut-outs. Remove the template. * Use your knives to cut along the lines. Pop out the sections as you go. * Place a small candle or light inside the pumpkin to light it up. BE CAREFUL and you'll end up with all the fingers you started with and a pumpkin that looks something like the photo above. If you'd like to carve vicariously through me you can watch the video below. If you decide to carve the PHAN-O-LANTERN yourself be sure to send us a photo! Happy Halloween!
_See past editions of Android Wallpaper_ How funny would it be if there was a guy out there that closely followed candy trends, but has no idea about Android? All of a sudden the amount of searches for "lollipop" go through the roof. "Lollipops are going to be so hot this year!" Jokes aside, Android Lollipop is a hot topic these days, and s big reason why is the brand new Material Design language. People dig it. If you want to get a little of that Material Design on your device you can load up one of the 11 HD wallpapers from Lollipop below. To get one of these wallpapers on your phone, tablet, or even PC, simply tap or click on the image to see it at full resolution. Then long press or right-click to save the image. Let us know which one is your favorite, and be sure to share a screenshot if you use one of these wallpapers! Enjoy, and have a great weekend! _Push new Android Wallpaper to your Android device with our Pushbullet channel._
There's no question Google has their hands in just about everything these days. That's nothing new. Because of a vast and ever growing product portfolio, Google has typically seen itself run by a large group of execs, with CEO Larry Paige overseeing things, of course. But it looks like that could soon change. After the departure of high profile execs like Andy Rubin and Vic Gundotra, Larry Paige is now reportedly handing the reins of their entire product line to none other than Sundar Pichai. This is yet another promotion for Pichai who joined up with Google back in 2004, only to quickly rise in the ranks and move from Chrome lead, to head of Google's Android division. Although it's a major milestone for both Pichai and Google, Sundar's title wont change -- at least not at first -- despite having execs from products like Maps, Search, social, and more now reporting to him instead of Page. There is one exception, however, with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki keeping the video unit separate from Pichai's management for the most part. Google is continually evolving and the newest change in management is a clear sign that they're looking to keep the innovation flowing. We wish Pichai the best of luck in his new (still hush-hush) role. [Re/code]
Is that a phablet in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Yes, we’ll answer that question today in our weekly roundup of the very best Android Forums has to offer. Would you read on if I told you there might be an Inbox invite waiting for you? HOW DO YOU CARRY YOUR EXTRA LARGE PHONE? The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Nexus 6, and even the iPhone 6 Plus are all what we would consider phablets — those extra large phones that straddle the line of tablet territory. While many love the extra screen real estate when it comes to surfing the web, watching video, and running apps and games, the flip side is that these devices are in reality still quite bulky. Why aren’t there more discussions about HOW TO CARRY A PHABLET LIKE THE NOTE 4? It’s certainly pocketable, but is it better suited for a holster? Do you toss it in your bag and go? Opinions welcome. ITCHING FOR INBOX Google launched their new inbox solution, aptly named Inbox, this week on an invite-only basis. Everyone wanted one, but there were few to come by (at least initially). Google+ was overrun with excited Gmail users begging and pleading for their golden ticket, and Android Forums wasn’t all that different. Now that the dust has settled, DID YOU GET AN INBOX INVITE? Have any you’d like to share with the forum faithful? GETTING STARTED WITH ANDROID PROGRAMMING You know how it goes: make Android app, profit to the tune of thousands of dollars a day. But what comes before, in between, and after those steps? HOW DOES ONE ACTUALLY GET STARTED PROGRAMMING FOR ANDROID? That’s the million dollar question…or at least you hope it is. BUYING YOUR FIRST CAR Normally we’d expect Android Forums to be a place where we can go to get some advice on buying our next smartphone, but lucky for _sfbloodbrother_ we’ve also got quite a few auto enthusiasts. IN THE MARKET FOR HIS FIRST CAR, HE HAS BEEN SOLICITING HELP from the forum goers for a few months and is finally on the verge of laying down his cash. Any last minute suggestions? AND MORE… * Droid Turbo vs Nexus 6 * How long until Amazon discontinues the Fire Phone? * The BEST Android Forums threads And that will take us into the weekend. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for an Android Forums account. We’ll be scouring the subs for next week’s best threads, and yours could be among the chosen few. Until then, have a great weekend.
Earlier this week we watched as Google unveiled Inbox by Gmail, their radical new take on electronic mail. Although initially limited only to a small group of people, last night Google pushed out their first batch of invites which, for the most part, seemed pretty large. We know many of our readers are avid Chrome users and for those who have the the browser installed on their computers, we just wanted to let you know that an Inbox Chrome app is now available in the Web Store. We're not even gonna sugar coat it -- the "app," is anything but. While an icon does appear in your Chrome app drawer, it's little more than a shortcut taking you to inbox.google.com. We know. Pretty lame. Like many of you, we had hoped Google would have released something more akin to the Google Keep Chrome app which can operate outside the browser (and even has its own icon in your dock). I guess this is as good as it gets for now, but we'll keep our eyes peeled for any further Inbox updates. [Inbox by Gmail on Chrome Web Store]
U.S. Cellular has announced availability for the LG G Pad7.0 LTE. You'll be able to get the data-connected tablet for $99 on a new two-year contract, and should be able to find it both in-store and online. The 7-inch tablet won't break the charts in terms of performance, but with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 1280 x 800 resolution, a 5 megapixel camera, 16GB of storage and more it should be worth its low price tag. The LG G3 is also roaring into US Cellular's stores today. Many of you are already quite familiar with this device (especially if you've read our LG G3 review), but if not here's a quick refresher on its specs: * 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display * 3GB of RAM * 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 chipset * 13 megapixel camera * 16GB or 32GB of internal storage You can grab that one for $99 on a two-year contract as well, though the LG G3 is eligible for a $0 down payment to walk away with the device (so long as you agree to pay it off in equal installments over the course of a couple of years). Be sure to check both of them out over at US Cellular's website or by stopping by your local retail location.
Hey bro, you got any invites? That's the question being asked across the internet this week as Google introduced a brand new email app called "Inbox." We talk about this new app and how Google is changing the way we use email. Happy Birthday to the T-Mobile G1! We remember the phone that started Android's dominance, and share stories about our first smartphones. All of this, and much, much more in this week's episode. Thanks for watching/listening! BIG NEWS * Inbox by Google * T-Mobile G1 is 6 years old QUICK HITS * Nexus 6 pre-orders begin Oct. 29 * Android Wear 4.4W.2 rolling out * OnePlus One pre-orders begin Oct 27 * Don't buy the iPad Mini 3 WINS/FAILS * Kevin: OS X & iOS 8 handoff features/ Apple Pay charges BoA customers double, rollout issues * Joe: Christian Bale as Steve Jobs / Inbox invite-only * Chris: HTC One M8 EYE Experience + Android 4.4.4 updates / iPhone 6 Genius bar experience APP PICKS * Kevin: Digital Dudz * Joe: Skype for WP gets drawing feature * Chris: Facebook Rooms (iOS) / FotoSwipe FOLLOW US * Joe Fedewa (@tallshmo) * Chris Chavez (@gamercore) * Kevin Krause (@youdontknowkev)
The Moto 360 has been available for a while, but it wasn't until the last couple updates that it got really good. Battery life has been drastically improved, and performance is better too. Now is a great time to pick one up. If you're a new Moto 360 user, or you've had one for a while, there are some apps and watch faces you need to try. These apps and faces will work on any Android Wear device, but they look especially nice on the Moto 360. MOTO 360 APPS ENDOMONDO One of the best uses for a smartwatch is a workout companion. You can easily check your wrist to see stats instead of fumbling for your phone. There are a couple of fitness apps that work with the workout voice commands, but Endomondo is my favorite. You can say "start a bike ride," "start a run," or "start a workout" to use your last activity. Once you start a workout you can see stats for duration, distance, speed, calories, and more. FACER Facer is part app, part watch face. You can use Facer to make your own personal watch faces. It's incredibly flexible and easy to use. We put together a guide for how to make your own analog or digital watch face. If you're not feeling creative you can check out Facerepo.com and download faces that other uses have made, including our very own Phandroid watch face! FIND MY PHONE Everyone loses their phone at some time or another. Find My Phone is an essential Android Wear app that allows you to use your Moto 360 to locate your lost phone. Just make sure you download the app on your phone before it gets lost. Now you can launch it from your watch whenever you can’t find your phone. It allows you to tap a giant button to make your phone ring and vibrate obnoxiously until you find it. LOCKABLE The Moto 360 doesn't have a lot of security features. It needs a phone to work, but it wouldn't be hard for someone to just pair it with their own device if they get a hold of it. Lockable is an app that adds a lockscreen to your watch. You can lock your device with a swipe from the top of the display, or set it up to lock after a certain amount of time. MOTOROLA CONNECT The Moto 360 has a special companion app from Motorola. With the Motorola Connect app you can remotely check the battery life of your 360 and manage a few of the special features that other Android Wear devices don’t have. Those include customizing the built-in watch faces, adjusting your wellness profile, and tracking your smartwatch location. It's a must-have for the Moto 360. SLUMBER FOR ANDROID WEAR A few Moto 360 users have reported screen burn-in from the charging screen image. The burn-in leaves an outline of a circle from the charging indicator. Obviously this is something you want to avoid, and the ever-reliable Android developers have a solution. Slumber replaces the standard charging screen with a blank black image. You won’t be able to see the charging progress, but we already told you how to check that with your phone. SPS: FOOTBALL WEARABLE EDITION We haven't talked a lot about games for Android Wear devices, but they do exist. One of the newest and most fun is a simple game called SPS: Football. You've probably played a game like this before. All you do is try to keep the soccer ball in the air as long as possible by heading it with the soccer player. It's the perfect type of game for a watch. TOCKLE Tockle enables control of your phone from your wrist. Toggle WiFi and other system settings, send an SMS message, and even activate your awesome Tasker tasks from your wrist. And that is the simplest way to think of Tockle. It's like Tasker for your Moto 360, or any other smartwatch. The usefulness is really up to your own imagination. WEAR BATTERY STATS Battery life is a big topic for the Moto 360. At launch the battery life was pretty bad, but a couple recent updates have brought big improvements. If you're still curious about battery life you can track it with a handy app called Wear Battery Stats. You can see battery life in a chart, and even see which apps are using the most juice. The app can be checked on your watch and phone. WEAR TIP CALCULATOR Not many apps have taken advantage of the Moto 360’s circular display. Wear Tip Calculator certainly does. It's a beautiful and simple app for finding tip amounts at restaurants. The UI is made up of a circle that is used to adjust the tip percentage. This is one of the first few Android Wear apps that look much more at home on the Moto 360. NEXT: Watch Faces
AT&T and Amazon are continuing their love affair today with the former now selling the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch. There are a few different ways to pay for it if you're not interested in getting one straight from Amazon. You can either pay $99.99 and sign a new two-year agreement, pay for it for $10 over 20 months with AT&T Next, or pay the full $200 outright. You can also get it for $49.99 for a limited time when buying it with the Amazon Fire Phone -- no surprise they're trying to move units of that particular smartphone considering Amazon's bottom line took a major hit due to its lack of sales. The Kindle Fire HDX is a very decent tablet for $200. It features 1900 x 1200 resolution and Qualcomm's 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 inside. You'll also have 32GB of internal storage to play around with, front and rear cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band WiFi N and 4G LTE radios. Loaded up software-wise is Amazon's Fire OS which connects you to movies, music, apps, games, books and many of Amazon's other great services. The the phone might not be all that, but no one has ever really gone too wrong buying a Kindle Fire tablet. Be sure to stop by an AT&T store or head online to order one if you've been waiting for the carrier to offer it on their own store shelves. [via AT&T]
How much would you pay for a pair of wireless headphones boasting a lightweight design and the ability to drop some heavy bass? What if we throw in a noise-canceling outer shell and built-in microphone for hands-free voice calls? We’d say thats worth at least $60, but you won’t have to pay that much to get your own pair of TOCCs Feather Buds. Thanks to AndroidArea.com you can snag a set for only $24.99. Grab your pair today and take advantage of free shipping.
One reseller on eBay is holding a nice sale on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 if you're in the market for one. The tablet, which is the 16GB version, usually goes for $550, but you can get it for $360 through a buy it now offer. It includes free shipping and the peace of mind that out of 214,000+ reviews only less than 1% of people had issues. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S line is one of Samsung's best yet. The 10.5 inch display is loaded with 2560 x 1600 resolution, and it's all powered by Samsung's 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa and 3GB of RAM. Other bells and whistles include WiFi ac MIMO at 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz, Bluetooth 4.0, MHL 2.1 for video out, an 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, a 2.1 megapixel front camera, a microSD card slot for up to 128GB of expandable storage and Android 4.4 KitKat. For all that, $360 isn't a bad price to pay at all. You'll want to jump in on this soon as the listing states limited quantities are available, and we're sure they won't last long at such a good deal. Head to eBay and order one right now if you're interested.
Rockstar games is giving everyone a little treat ahead of Halloween next week. The company has placed all three of their Grand Theft Auto games on sale, including Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto Vice City and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. They're coming in at price points of $2.99, $2.99, and $3.99, respectively. Those are some good prices for mobile versions of a series of games that defined their generation. The Grand Theft Auto series was by far one of the most successful back when it enjoyed mid-2000s prominence, and it was as much fun as advertised. The graphics may not have aged too well up against contemporary counterparts, but Rockstar did a well enough job remastering the graphics for high resolution displays that you should still find it an enjoyable experience. Use the Google Play links above to get going if you're interested.
Samsung was caught teasing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 earlier in the week suggesting the company was well underway on the big update for the big phablet. But what about the smaller, yet older brother released early in the year? According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 won't take long to find its bag of candy, as well. Purported sources suggest the Samsung Galaxy S5's Lollipop update is expected to begin rolling out this December, a very welcome timeline considering most companies are playing it safe by estimating early 2015. That Samsung hasn't come out and said anything about their plans to beat everyone to the punch suggests they don't have total faith in their ability to reach that deadline, though we sure won't reprimand them from trying. Recent leaks have already given us an early look at how Samsung would be fusing both TouchWiz and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Doesn't look quite as clean as stock, but it does seem to be a very nice change of pace over TouchWiz's current drags. Let's hope to hear something in a more official capacity before too long.
As we approach the 1-year anniversary of the Nexus 5 officially launching in the Play Store, a few days ago the phone -- all colors, all storage configs -- was suddenly no longer available for purchase on Google Play. This was puzzling, especially after we thought the phone would stick around as a much smaller, much cheaper unlocked option for those of us that couldn't stomach the Nexus 6. Some point this evening, the 32GB model -- all colors -- has once again become available for purchase in the Play Store, showing shipping times of about 1-2 days before leaving the warehouse. Although we're not seeing the 16GB model, we've heard reports that others have seen it, so we'll keep an eye out. In the meantime if you were thinking about pulling the trigger on a Nexus 5 (it's still a damn good Android phone), now's your chance.
Rumors of an LG-made processor have been floating around the net for years now. Straight out of left field, LG is now finally putting those rumors to rest by officially announcing their first ever processor for mobile devices: NUCLUN (pronounced "Noo-klun"). The eight core SoC employs the power of ARM's big.LITTLE technology to not only offer more power, but handle it more efficiently by taking advantage of four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A15 cores, and four 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A7 cores . The A15s will handle the heavy loads, while the A7s will tackle less CPU intensive processing. It's a feature we've seen for while now in rival Samsung's Exynos SoC. LG's processors also offer the added benefit of LTE-A Cat 6 for maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbs (and are still fully backward compatible with existing LTE networks). The new NUCLUN processor will officially make its debut inside an all new LG phablet dubbed the LG G3 Screen. The new phablet -- made specifically for the Korean market -- will come equipped with a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, 32GB internal storage (with micro SD card slot), 2GB RAM, 13MP OIS / 2.1MP cameras, 3,100mAh battery, and 1W speaker (like we saw on the LG G3). The G3 Screen will be available in both black and white when it launches at a later date, although LG wasn't talking specifics just yet.