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Getting started with Android Auto in your car

Android is everywhere. In your pocket. On your wrist. Occasionally (and unfortunately) on your face. In your living room. Even in your kitchen. And …

(Update: reminders too) You can also set alarms and send notes to your phone from Google Search

<b>Update:</b> Google’s support page “Link your phone to Google” indicates that, in addition to the four commands mentioned below, you can also use the “set a reminder” command. We couldn’t get it to work on our devices, but it’s worth trying for yourself.<p>The page also clarifies the requirements for the …

Best budget phones you can buy (August 2018)

There are a lot of great phones out there, but the reality is many of them cost well over $500. So what if you want a good phone but don’t want to spend a lot of money? There are plenty of cheap phones out there that aren’t so great, but the good news is that a cheap price point doesn’t have to …

The best iPad apps of 2014

iPad,Apps,Apple,iOS,Tablet computers,Technology,Microsoft,Gruff Rhys,Programming,Children's tech,Ebooks,Radio Times,Brian Cox,First world war,Antonio Vivaldi,Star Wars,Walt Disney Company,Winston Churchill,BBC,iPlayer,Software<p>From Pixelmator and Auxy to Microsoft Word and Gruff Rhys, the best apps …

10 best indie Android apps and Android games of 2014

As many of our regular readers know, we here at Android Authority do an indie app of the day to show off some of the good stuff that smaller developer studios (and individuals) are doing. Many of them are very good attempts but seem to be missing a little something to make them truly great but …

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I unlocked my phone with a tattoo

Getting people to secure their smartphones is a tough job. They contain our entire digital lives, everything from confidential emails to sensitive bank information. That presents a bit of a problem if we lose our phones and they fall into the wrong hands. Protecting against this can be as simple as …

You Will Be Mesmerized By These XBox And PlayStation GIFs

As much as the consoles change, the controllers really stay pretty much the same. These hypnotizing GIFs from the folks over at Gadget Love prove it.<p>Many gamers will remember the monolithic controller of the original Xbox that shipped with the system in 2001. Microsoft slimmed it down for Xbox 360 …

Visualized: Inside the Vertu workshop, where phones are made by hand (video)

While not everyone's comfortable with splashing out on a fancy Vertu phone, there's no stopping us from appreciating the company's craftsmanship and engineering expertise since its Nokia days. We're talking about dealing with various luxurious materials -- pearl, ruby, sapphire, titanium, gold, …

Study: Facebook Messenger still reigns in the U.S. but other countries look to WhatsApp

Facebook(s fb) may be the world’s most popular social network, but when it comes to social messaging, other apps are usurping its dominance. Facebook …

Judge denies Samsung motion to stay Apple patent damages trial

A federal judge has denied Samsung's emergency motion to stay a patent infringement damages trial while the validity of a key patent is re-examined.<p>After a jury found last year that Samsung had infringed on five Apple patents related to the iPhone's design and functionality, a judge vacated about …

The True Costs of Developing an App

<i>Jeremy Rappaport is a writer at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design in New York City. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>Everyone knows about the big names: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Instagram. Countless others …

Photos From the Xbox One’s Midnight Launch in Palo Alto (Slideshow)

When they shared a block at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, Calif., the cavernous Microsoft Store always seemed comically less popular …

Eric Schmidt writes a guide for switching from iPhone to Android

Thinking about making the switch from iPhone to Android? "Many" of Eric Schmidt's friends are, he says — and so he wrote them a 900-word guide to walk them through the process. Google's executive chairman took to Google+ today to share tips and best practices for abandoning Apple's ecosystem in …

Straight Talk quietly starts supporting AT&T LTE

Just like that, prepaid smartphone service Straight Talk has started selling SIM cards that support unlocked devices using AT&T-compatible 4G LTE.<p>With monthly plans that start at $45 for "unlimited" data, Straight Talk could be considered a better value than AT&T's own prepaid service, Aio …

Vine hits impressive 40 million users. The key? Comedy

In a very nonchalant tweet Tuesday, Vine announced that it has now surpassed 40 million users.<p>How much growth is that? A whopping 207% since it hit 13 million just two months ago.<p>Though Vine has only been around since January, it has quickly become a leader in the short-video market, and a big …

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Minuum, the little keyboard for big fingers, now available on Google Play

The Play Store offers plenty of keyboard replacement apps, but most of them are variations of the same theme, which is a software replica of a physical QWERTY keyboard layout, which in turn is a concept that hasn’t really changed since the 1870s.<p>Few keyboard apps have challenged the QWERTY …

Galaxy Gear specs and features explained by new reports

<i>Galaxy Gear concept</i><p>A couple of new reports offer more unconfirmed details on Samsung’s first Android-based smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, that’s expected to be unveiled during a special media event on September 4 right alongside the Galaxy Note 3.<p><i>GigaOm</i> has apparently managed to uncover specs and …

Facebook For Android Home Beta Now Lets You Control Your Music Apps From Cover Feed

Facebook doesn’t want you to ever leave its apps, not even to switch what song you’re listening to. So it’s began letting its Android app beta testers who’ve enabled Home to control Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Rdio from a notification at the top of cover feed. If popular, it could roll …

'Halo: Spartan Assault' Available for all US WP8 Devices

Microsoft has finally released ‘Halo: Spartan Assault‘ for all Windows Phone 8 owners in the US, ending Verizon’s one-month-long exclusive grip on the flagship shooter game.<p>The company made the title available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices worldwide back in July, but there was a catch …

iWatch Rumors Tick Louder As Apple Hires Nike FuelBand Expert

Rumors about Apple’s interest in a smartwatch concept have circulated for a while, but have seemingly picked up pace this year with hints that Apple has created a 100-person team for the device, and was trademarking the name in different parts of the world.<p>Now, a new snippet of information seems to …

Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear to ship soon after September launch

On September 4, Samsung is widely expected to debut the Galaxy Note 3 and possibly a smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear. Introducing a product isn’t …

Qualcomm's Snapdragon: Not Your Granddad's Mobile Processor

You may know — or think you know — what a mobile processor is. It’s the brains inside a phone. It runs everything else. And that’s about right for a first pass.<p>But what we have today inside a smartphone is not your granddad’s processor. Not at all.<p>First, a mobile processor is not a brain, but a …

Timely is the best-looking alarm clock you can get on Android

Alarm clock apps are nearly as common and as popular as weather apps, and while many people might argue that the phone's built-in alarm clock works just fine, there are a number of well-designed options for those looking for a little more. Rise is one of our favorites on iOS, and Timely brings much …

TechStars launches a connected devices incubator with ad firm

TechStars, the seemingly ubiquitous startup accelerator, has launched an internet of things program with New York digital ad agency R/GA. This …

What’s inside Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch? Here are some key details

It was about a week ago when Bloomberg reported that Samsung was getting ready to launch its smart watch called Galaxy Gear. Since then we have been …

CyanogenMod details Device Finder, promises a secure way to track lost phones

While there's no shortage of tools to find lost Android smartphones, they're not especially secure; it's theoretically easy to spy on a handset without consent. The CyanogenMod team may foil those would-be snoopers with its newly detailed Device Finder service. Unlike many locators, Device Finder …

Facebook Is Clarifying its Whitehat Program Processes

Facebook says it will make changes to clarify the processes behind its whitehat program for reporting bugs, after a frustrated researcher posted details of a vulnerability on CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s profile page having failed to gain the company’s attention.<p>Writing on the Facebook Security blog, …

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is real, and it's not a phone

Samsung is widely expected to reveal a smartwatch coined Galaxy Gear in the coming months, possibly as soon as Germany's IFA trade show in early September. A Bloomberg report last week ambiguously identified the Gear as being able to "make phone calls," but <i>The Verge</i> has learned today that the …

Instagram Bans Connected Apps From Using 'Insta' Or 'Gram'

Instagram has updated its Instagram Brand Guidelines to ban connected apps from using “Insta” or “Gram” in their names, as this could suggest that Instagram sponsors or endorses their product, TechCrunch reports.<p>The company started sending out emails to existing apps with “Insta” or “Gram” in their …