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All But Confirmed - Google Hangouts 1.3 Screenshots Suggest SMS/MMS Integration; Video Sharing Capabilities Coming Too

Article Contents<p>Several days ago, I started a series of rumor posts on my personal Google+ account discussing some Android rumors I felt were …

Gimme a break: Next Android called 'KitKat'

Google has announced that the upcoming version of its Android mobile operating system will be called KitKat, licensing the name from Nestle.<p>Android chief Sundar Pichai, in a Google+ post, revealed that Android has passed 1 billion activations and noted the KitKat branding of Android 4.4. This is …

KitKat mocks Apple with Android 4.4 parody video

The next version of Android will indeed be called "KitKat," and PR teams at both companies have clearly been working overtime in preparation for today's surprise announcement. KitKat's Google+ page has already received a makeover placing the chocolate-covered Android mascot front and center, but …

Weekly Photo Contest: Back to school

We've been getting back into our weekly photo contests, and we're hoping to get even more people involved with a special edition three week long …

Liquipel ‘Skins’ provide impact resistance without the bulky case

Admit it — you’re clumsy. You’d love to have one of those devices you can drop from a helicopter, but they’re not cool. The HTC One is cool, but it’s not waterproof or impact resistant. What to do?<p>Liquipel, a company that specializes is straddling the line between cool and durable, has focussed on …

Waterproofing

Still not a wallet, NFC has a second life as a safe, simple pairing tool

NFC, or Near Field Communication, radios may be better device pairing tools than they are digital wallets. At least, that’s how it appears based on …

Galaxy S3 and Note 2 beat the iPhone 5 in US customer satisfaction survey

Customer satisfaction surveys have long been touted by supporters of one company or another as clear indicators of success in the market. While these surveys are clearly not the best way to decide which product is better, they do provide us an idea about how the “average consumer” regards a certain …

Mobile

LG outs diminutive Bluetooth headset with 8 hours of battery life

LG's big ticket items may take up most of our attention span, but the South Korean firm's latest Bluetooth headset solution has caught our eye. Coming in at roughly the size of a matchbox (35.9 × 50.2 × 19.2mm), the BTS1 boasts an 8 hour battery life, features a built-in clip, supports the aptX …

Rumor: Sony to launch high-end camera attachment for smartphones

Smartphones have become the go-to piece of kit for taking pictures for the average consumer, even Nikon finally acknowledged that it’s starting to feel the pinch from this shift in technology. But at the moment, even the most high-end smartphone camera lack the versatility of a more expensive …

Back to Basics: NFC Explained

This week’s edition is going to focus on a piece of technology which was labelled the “next big thing” not so long ago. While it hasn’t quite lived up to that tag yet, it’s still become a staple in high-end smartphones. It’s time to talk NFC.<p>What is NFC?<p>NFC stands for Near Field Communications, and …

Credit Cards

[Update: Winners!] US/Canadian Giveaway: Win One Of Five Bluebuds X Wireless Earbuds From Jaybird And Android Police

If you're sick of snagging the cable from your earbuds on <i>everything possibly imaginable</i>, then there's but one solution for you: a set of Bluetooth …

AT&T Takes On T-Mobile With "Next" Upgrade Plan: Payment Installments On New Hardware, Trade In Option After A Year

Whether or not you want to partake in T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" experiments, they're obviously having an effect on the wider American carrier landscape. …

Rumor: Android 4.3 coming to Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, not Android 4.2.2

<i>Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Nexus</i><p>A new report says that Samsung is already working on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for some of its top devices, with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 said to make the jump directly to Android 4.3 and skip Android 4.2.2.<p>We will remind you that this is …

Galaxy Note

What is graphene? Here’s what you need to know about a material that could be the next silicon

Graphene, an emerging material that could change the way electronic components are made and help computing performance continue to grow, is …

The coating that makes iPhones touch sensitive is running out

No, iPhone screens are not magic. They are coated in a transparent material called indium tin oxide that senses when a finger makes contact.<p>ITO comes …

Android Fragmentation Concerns Overblown, Says Guy Who Helped Develop Android

Android fragmentation. It might be a legitimate concern for developers and OS zealots — and a marketing point for Apple in its smartphone platform …

Android News

AT&T teases network related July 16th announcement, says to 'get ready for what's next'

AT&T has just sent out a notice to the press to ‘get ready for what’s next’ in wireless on July 16th. The teaser image was distributed with a series of quotes about its 4G LTE network, praising its speed and reliability.<p>Since the notice was clearly geared towards talking about its wireless tech, it …

Rolocule turns your iPhone and Apple TV into a Wii-style gaming system (video)

If you've ever wanted to hurl your iPhone through your TV while enthusiastically playing tennis, now's your chance. This week, Rolocule Games launched an iOS app -- Motion Tennis -- that turns your Apple TV into a Wii-esque gaming console. To connect devices to Apple TVs, the game relies on AirPlay …

“K release” (Key Lime Pie?) Android arriving this fall; to support low-end devices and other hardware

An ample <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report offered details about three new products that Google is said to be working on, but also provided details about the upcoming major Android update, “known internally as ‘K release.’”<p>We have already talked about the Android console, smartwatch and new Nexus Q that …

Future version of Google Now might add car rental, event ticket cards

Looks like the folks at Mountain View have more in store for Google Now users. The latest version of the predictive search app introduced a few features, but <i>Android Police</i> reports the application’s code contains references to new functionality that could appear in a more substantial update soon. …

Google Now

Tip: Google Search Displays Your Contact's Phone Numbers And Addresses If You Join The Field Trial

I've known my wife for five years now, and I still struggle to remember her phone number. The only numbers I know are those I can recall from before …

Sceptre Releases A $299 Android-Powered Soundbar That Turns Your HDTV Into A SmartTV

We've seen Android running on a lot of things lately (outside of phones and tablets, that is) – ovens, game consoles, and a lot more. With people …

Android Central 140: Inside the Google Play edition phones

Love Crossword Puzzles? Add This One to Your List of Addictive Mobile Games This Summer.

Summer’s here, which means it’s<p>time to tackle all those put-off projectsplay with your iPhone instead of doing work.<p>Why not add a little more …

Inteliscope app version one shows off its iPhone-enabled sniping skills (video)

In the old days, when you wanted to double-tap a bad guy with an AR-15, you had to rely on plain-jane scopes or sights... booooring. Good thing we live in a more tactically technological time, the age of the Inteliscope -- a mount and app combo that lets you slap an iPhone or iPod touch atop an …

Android this week: Google’s keyboard for all; Galaxy S 4 updated; Xperia Z going stock

Google(s goog) continued an Android strategy this week to decouple core apps from the base software by releasing the native Android keyboard in the …

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review

Pros<p>Water and dust proof, powerful processor, hi-res screen, it takes pics underwater!<p>Cons<p>Not as rugged as its name suggests, bigger and heavier than …

iPhone 4 sales could be blocked in US after Samsung 3G patent victory

Samsung has won a surprise victory in a patent battle with Apple that could see the iPhone 4 and 3G-capable iPad 2 banned from sale in the US.<p>The …

Apple Has More Game-Changing Tech in the Works, Says CEO Tim Cook

Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.comLast year, Apple CEO Tim Cook spent a lot of time answering questions about how Apple would be different from what it was …

Apple under spotlight as Europe probes carriers for evidence of unfair iPhone sales tactics

The European Commission is scrutinizing Apple's iPhone sales practices to find out whether the company is unfairly squeezing out competitors, according to the <i>Financial Times</i>. While no formal antitrust probe has been opened, the <i>FT</i> saw a questionnaire sent to several European carriers asking if Apple …