AndroidSPIN Google Android News, Phones and Tablets, Software and hardware reviews and more2016-04-15T19:43:42Z http://androidspin.com/feed/atom/WordPress Stormy Beach https://plus.google.com/+StormyBeach <![CDATA[The MicFlip cable brings a reversible micro USB tip to your device charging struggles]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170654 2016-04-15T19:43:42Z 2016-04-15T19:36:53Z OK, so we have all been there. We are trying to plug-in our phone or tablet and we flip-flop the cable 3 or 4 times to get it in the right way. As much as it pains me to say it, Apple has a good thing going with the Lightning charger. A few Android devices […]

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OK, so we have all been there. We are trying to plug-in our phone or tablet and we flip-flop the cable 3 or 4 times to get it in the right way. As much as it pains me to say it, Apple has a good thing going with the Lightning charger. A few Android devices have USB Type-C. Yes, some solely use wireless charging too. Those are isolated devices though and aren’t the standard across every Android device and it will be a long time before they are. That flip-flop struggle for micro-USB toting device owners out there can be nothing short of frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be anymore. There is a solution that I can’t believe wasn’t created years ago called the MicFlip.

MicFlip action image

The cable is just that, a cable. It comes in a variety of color options like silver, gold and red along with a variety of lengths from 8 inches, to 3 feet to 6 feet. The cable its self is nylon braided making it feel stiff and solid, not cheap and flimsy. The magic in the cable is just at the tip. It is an elongated gold-plated hexagon tip that is housed in an aluminum casing that allows you to plug it into your device no matter which side is up. Something so simple certainly makes life less annoying when charging.

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The MicFlip back story puts the product being one of those IndieGoGo campaigns that was wildly successful and actually turned into a shipping product. Winner Gear pulled out 1115% of their goal on August 7th with a whopping $150,877. They still have the page up for you to order your cables still. A little over a week ago they got more of the red/black variant in stock and are selling them for $30 for a pair of 6 footers. A single gold is $12 and the silver is sitting at $15. They are also tossing in free world-wide shipping on all orders. All of which is slightly less than you can get them on Amazon as they sit at $19.99 each.

Interested in snagging one? Head to their IndieGoGo order page or over to Amazon and get your hands on it.

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Stormy Beach https://plus.google.com/+StormyBeach <![CDATA[War Dragons comes to Android]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170652 2016-04-15T18:54:44Z 2016-04-15T18:54:44Z Pocket Gems’ has launched their hit title, War Dragons, for our beloved Android devices. The title boasts over 183 million battles fought and 13 million Dragons bred on those iOS devices out there and is pretty huge hit. War Dragons, in a nut shell, is a 3D real-time strategy game that puts you in control […]

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Pocket Gems’ has launched their hit title, War Dragons, for our beloved Android devices. The title boasts over 183 million battles fought and 13 million Dragons bred on those iOS devices out there and is pretty huge hit. War Dragons, in a nut shell, is a 3D real-time strategy game that puts you in control of a Dragon army. You will need to breed new Dragons, join forces with friends and build your fortress. I am completely comfortable admitting that the game caught my attention from their promo video, which, to say the least, is nothing short of awesome. Check it out.

I know you laughed the second that fire-breathing behemoth swooped in and lit the land on fire. Poor little Billy and Suzie. Be sure to check out the Dragon Days website for the back story on characters who met their demise before their show could really take hold.

The commercial, titled Dragon Days, takes viewers back to a simpler time when dragons and humans co-existed peacefully… and then burns it all to the ground. The tongue-in-cheek spot seamlessly contrasts the cheesy morning cartoon style of the ‘90s with War Dragons’ rich 3D graphics. Renowned animator, J.J. Sedelmaier, was chosen as the project’s creative director due to his sharp sense of humor and visionary comedic work. The commercial will begin airing nationally this month.

“Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to contrast the children’s programming we all grew up watching with the intensity of the gaming realm?! On top of that, this was a wonderful chance to combine two animation techniques that have been fighting each other for decades anyway,” said Sedelmaier.

 

There is a more, normal, launch video attached to the Play Store listing that gives a little game play action. This one just doesn’t make me smile as much.

War Dragon is a free-to-play title and is out now on Android. There are options to spend your hard-earned real-world money in-game as well as the chance to stick it to your iOS friends in combat. Snag it below when you get a chance.

War Dragons in the Play Store.

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Stephen Yuen https://plus.google.com/+StephenYuen <![CDATA[Samsung Pay ad recruits Lil Wayne and his penchant for champagne again]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170636 2016-04-07T10:13:39Z 2016-04-07T10:13:39Z A few weeks ago, we saw Samsung’s official Galaxy S7 ad which featured Grammy award winning rapper Lil Wayne enjoying his new Galaxy S7 edge by pouring champagne all over it while it remained functional. Lil Wayne is back again, but this time in a Samsung Pay ad – to keep the joke running, however, […]

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A few weeks ago, we saw Samsung’s official Galaxy S7 ad which featured Grammy award winning rapper Lil Wayne enjoying his new Galaxy S7 edge by pouring champagne all over it while it remained functional. Lil Wayne is back again, but this time in a Samsung Pay ad – to keep the joke running, however, Weezy is still enjoying his water resistant Galaxy S7 edge for the duration of the ad. Check it out below:

Not quite the outrageous hilarity of the original ad, but still a good one to highlight the water resistance of the Galaxy S7 range and the fact that Samsung devices offer Samsung Pay as a service. We can’t wait to see what Samsung thinks of next – or what what Lil Wayne will do when he runs out of high-end champagne.

What do you think about this Samsung Pay ad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: SamMobile

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Stephen Yuen https://plus.google.com/+StephenYuen <![CDATA[Android N Developer Preview might be running on non-Nexus devices at some point]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170634 2016-04-07T09:59:41Z 2016-04-07T09:59:41Z For the longest time, Android users have come to expect that Developer Previews are pretty much the exclusive realm of Nexus devices. But according to an interesting HTML code snippet on the Android N Preview page, that might be about to change (officially). According to Reddit user FUNExtreme who made the discovery, the snippet below […]

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For the longest time, Android users have come to expect that Developer Previews are pretty much the exclusive realm of Nexus devices. But according to an interesting HTML code snippet on the Android N Preview page, that might be about to change (officially). According to Reddit user FUNExtreme who made the discovery, the snippet below can be spotted – in it, below the “What’s New” heading, is the suggestion that the Android N Developer Preview might be coming to “more supported devices, including devices from OEM partners”. That’s right: “OEM partners”.

Android N Developer PreviewEven curiouser is the line that follows “seamless OTAs for your devices, from initial release to final N release without flashing”. What I suspect this means is that the Developer Preview could be presented in a OS-within-an-OS manner, not unlike how Ubuntu packages can run on PCs without actually overwriting the operating system, allowing any device to run Android N before the final version is released. This would allow OEMs to customize the look of their Preview, without needing to have a fully completed update. Of course, we could be wrong, but however this ends up being implemented sounds exciting for everyone. Win-win.

What do you think about the Android N Developer Preview being available to non-Nexus devices?

Source: reddit via Android Authority

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Stormy Beach https://plus.google.com/+StormyBeach <![CDATA[T-Mobile set to launch promo plan; 10GBs per-line for $35 a month on up to 4 lines]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170632 2016-04-06T04:38:59Z 2016-04-06T04:38:59Z Binge-On and Music Freedom have a way of pulling down data use for many Americans. Pair it with no overage charges and 1 year data roll-over and a lot of people see their total monthly use dropping significantly. To celebrate the magenta company is rolling out yet another promotional plan for consumers. It officially goes […]

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Binge-On and Music Freedom have a way of pulling down data use for many Americans. Pair it with no overage charges and 1 year data roll-over and a lot of people see their total monthly use dropping significantly. To celebrate the magenta company is rolling out yet another promotional plan for consumers. It officially goes live on April 6th and offers 10GB’s of data per-line, on up to 4 lines for $35 per line. Math wise, that is $140 a month for 10GB’s per line. Even more precise, that is non shared buckets with Binge-On, Music Freedom and the other perks of the carrier. None of that includes any device costs of course.

Thanks to Binge On and Music Freedom, 70% of video and 96% of the music T-Mobile customers on qualifying plans stream doesn’t even hit their high speed data bucket. Over the past three years, T-Mobile has created fundamental differences between Un-carrier Data and data from the carriers. Un-carrier Data not only rides on the nation’s fastest LTE network, but it also comes with unlimited video and music streaming from participating providers, no overages, worry-free roaming and the ability to stash your unused data  to use up to a year later; so you keep what you already paid for.

To add to the promo T-Mobile is also offering up a number of deals on a wide range of tablets too. If you pick up an iPhone, KG or Samsung device, you can get up to 50% of any same brand tablet. Total can’t exceed $200 though, but instead of just discounting the purchase, they are giving you a prepaid visa for the 50% cost. The cards could take up to 8 weeks to be delivered.

Source: T-Mobile

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David Pena https://plus.google.com/u/0/114472537793287610008 <![CDATA[T-Mobile announces over 100 services part of the Binge On and Music Freedom program]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170631 2016-04-06T04:20:23Z 2016-04-06T04:20:23Z Say what you will about the degraded video quality of Binge On, or the odd ball missing music services, it doesn’t change the fact that T-Mobile hasn’t pushed some boundaries and some buttons. Today they have announced that they are sitting at over 100 services between the two included programs. Pushing them over the top was […]

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Say what you will about the degraded video quality of Binge On, or the odd ball missing music services, it doesn’t change the fact that T-Mobile hasn’t pushed some boundaries and some buttons. Today they have announced that they are sitting at over 100 services between the two included programs. Pushing them over the top was the inclusion of Amazon Music, ESPN Radio, Uforia, Dailymotion, EPIX, Spike TV and TV Land to name a few. Lets cut to John Legere for the scoop.

For those not wanting to listen, here are some written details.

  • Since Music Freedom launched, T-Mobile customers have streamed 90 billion songs for free.

  • Today, T-Mobile customers are streaming 210 million songs every single day without using a drop of high-speed data.

  • With Binge On, T-Mobile customers are watching 2x more from free streaming sites on plans with limited data and have streamed over 190 million hours of video for free.

  • With Music Freedom and Binge On together, T-Mobile customers have saved over 350 petabytes of high-speed data.

“It’s a fact … Un-carrier Data is different than Carrier Data. It’s better! Nobody does data like T-Mobile!” said Legere. “Un-carrier Data is not only faster, it lasts a lot longer than the other guys… As of today, you stream unlimited music and video from over 100 providers – without ever touching your Un-carrier Data or worrying about overages—and you can stash what you don’t use for later. Try that with Carrier Data. It’s gone in a flash, and you’re getting hit with penalties—or they repossess it after a month or two. Ridiculous!”

All of this really makes the looming threat of unlimited data leaving T-Mobile in the near future a semi silly thing to upset about. Certainly there are plenty of users doing plenty of other things to gobble up tons of data, but a fair amount is generally always video and streaming music services. I know that’s usually a bulk of my data anyways.

Source: T-Mobile

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Stormy Beach https://plus.google.com/+StormyBeach <![CDATA[T-Mobile targeting data and text only users with new plans March 30th]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170622 2016-03-29T03:05:22Z 2016-03-29T03:05:22Z T-Mobile continues its efforts to help reinvent cell service. Over the years we have watched them announce a variety of plans, services and promotions that really have helped drive change across the industry. They aren’t perfect, but John Legere certainly pushes some buttons and gets into the headlines. The latest leaked info from the Magenta […]

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T-Mobile continues its efforts to help reinvent cell service. Over the years we have watched them announce a variety of plans, services and promotions that really have helped drive change across the industry. They aren’t perfect, but John Legere certainly pushes some buttons and gets into the headlines. The latest leaked info from the Magenta UnCarrier shows a variety of new plans set to launch in a few short days with data and text only.

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The new plans start of as low as $20 a month for 2GB’s of data and migrate all the way up to 22GB’s for $95 a month. The plans all include unlimited text, but will not offer your standard voice calling offering. Here is the full list.

2GB for $20
6GB for $35
10GB for $50
14GB for $65
18GB for $80
22GB for $95

It might seem odd to some, but those that use Hangouts, Skype or other VoIP services for their calls already, it makes sense to cut out the extra cost of minutes from your plans. I find myself utilizing around only 200 minutes a month myself and most of those are calls for work since the work phones don’t have Bluetooth headsets.

For a seasoned T-Mobile customer I am left wondering if Wi-Fi calling will still be an option with these data only plans. I expect answers to that question, and many others that I have yet thought of, to be answered in a day or so.

Could you cut the voice cord and go data only on your phone, or would the lack of telemarketing calls and bill collector dead-air voicemail’s leave you wanting more?

Source: Tmonews

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David Pena https://plus.google.com/u/0/114472537793287610008 <![CDATA[Rugged mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot, the Unite Explore, set to launch from AT&T April 1st]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170616 2016-03-29T02:46:08Z 2016-03-29T02:46:08Z AT&T is gearing up for a refresher on the Unite mobile hotspot device line of products with the announcement of the Unite Explore. The new Hotspot device is targeted for an April 1st launch date and features a bit more of a rugged design than any of the previous Unites before it carrying a IP65 […]

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AT&T is gearing up for a refresher on the Unite mobile hotspot device line of products with the announcement of the Unite Explore. The new Hotspot device is targeted for an April 1st launch date and features a bit more of a rugged design than any of the previous Unites before it carrying a IP65 dust and water rating (complete protection from dust and from water from a nozzle) and a hard shock-resistant outer casing.

Key Features:

  • Rugged design – dustproof, water and shock-resistant (IP65 rating and certified to meet MIL-STD-810G standard for shock resistance)
  • 4 Guest Wi-Fi with optional timer
  • Content filtering (parental controls)
  • Up to 22 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • BatteryBoost to help keep your smartphone charged
  • Dual-Band 802. 11ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi technology
  • LTE Advanced and globally compatible on 4G LTE
  • Intuitive touchscreen to monitor data usage, battery life and network connections
  • Securely connect up to 15 Wi-Fi devices (hotspot password required)

AT&T is prepping the device for $49.99 on a two-year contract. They leave out the full retail price tag in the press release, but my guess is $150 to $200.

It is an interesting product to push out under the circumstances. After all, they are heavily pushing DirecTV and their Unlimited plan, which can’t use a Hotspot device or tethering from your phone. Those that still rule the airwaves with a data bucket and live a bit more of an adventurous life style, could find some good use for it on their adventures though.

Source: AT&T

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Stormy Beach https://plus.google.com/+StormyBeach <![CDATA[Google suspected to kill off physical Google Wallet cards June 30th]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170610 2016-03-29T02:30:14Z 2016-03-29T02:30:14Z The internet is all sort of pissed off at a recent discovery made by the crew over at AndroidPolice. In a recent APK tear down of the Google Wallet app it has been unearthed that the physical card side of wallet will be shutting down on June 30th. The text string that alludes to this […]

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The internet is all sort of pissed off at a recent discovery made by the crew over at AndroidPolice. In a recent APK tear down of the Google Wallet app it has been unearthed that the physical card side of wallet will be shutting down on June 30th. The text string that alludes to this is pretty darn clear, but is not active in the app, just yet at least.

The relevant text states that “As of June 30, Google Wallet will no longer support the Wallet Card. You’ll still be able to use Google Wallet to send and receive money and we’re working to make those features better than ever. If you have money in your Wallet Balance, you can keep it in Wallet or cash out anytime.” There are other strings that say the Wallet Card will stop working soon, and Card will only work until June 30th. Obviously these messages will appear in different parts of the app for various reasons.

Apparently all operations will continue as normal through May 1st, such as ordering cards and adding money to them, once the 1st rolls around those options and abilities will cease to be a function. The text also states that you can withdraw the funds in the wallet account at any point going forward.

Obviously we can’t say this is all set in stone and that there is no hope for the future of the Wallet card as there hasn’t been an official statement leading to its demise, yet. It could be a sly way to test the users love for the option and save it from being cut. I’d bank more on it being in the pipeline with an official announcement landing sometime in the beginning of next month though.

This is particularly sad news for those of us that use the cards often. I for one use them as a means to pay my kids their allowance as it is easy to toss funds on and I get an alert as soon as they spend any money. I also use them for trips so that limits can be managed and because I know that any given moment I can shut them off. I imagine Google is pulling the plug since there are no fees to collect to profit from offering the service paired with the increasing push towards NFC tap to pay options from Android Pay and Samsung Pay, but removal of the physical card will certainly be a missed addition to my Google life as tap and pay options just are as common place as many of them like to think they are.

Are you a Google Wallet Card user? How will your shopping and spending habits be altered because of the changes?

Source: AndroidPolice

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Stephen Yuen https://plus.google.com/+StephenYuen <![CDATA[Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumored for July launch with Android N on board]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=170606 2016-03-22T05:06:39Z 2016-03-22T05:06:39Z Here’s a fun rumour to start your week – according to Korean website, The Bell, Samsung is going to be announcing its annual phablet smartphone as early as July. What’s more, what we’re assuming will be called the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 could be sporting the latest Android software, Android N. Naturally, given how early […]

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Here’s a fun rumour to start your week – according to Korean website, The Bell, Samsung is going to be announcing its annual phablet smartphone as early as July. What’s more, what we’re assuming will be called the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 could be sporting the latest Android software, Android N. Naturally, given how early this rumour is and the lack of other details, we’re going to have to take this rumour with a fairly sizeable grain of salt. The rumour also assumes a few things:

  1. Samsung will have its Android N software ready by July; according to Google, OEMs won’t be getting access to Android N till “Summer”, which starts in June for the Northern hemisphere. Samsung will have to work quick…
  2. Samsung would also have to push its launch schedule up again; the Galaxy Note 5 was announced in August, a month earlier than the year before, and we highly doubt they would bother doing it again (this was done to counter the announcement of the iPhone 6S), but it’s still possible.

We have to admit that we’re a little doubtful of this rumour, but we can’t dismiss it completely since it is within the realm of possibility given how far out we still are.

What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 being launched in July? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: The Bell via Phone Arena

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