Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

12
Feb
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Back in December, Blu released its first 1080p phone, the Life Pure. It's a drastically different device than other Blu phones, in that the launcher and primary interface are very iOS-like. While most Android users probably scoff at that, it's actually a pretty good option for anyone looking to make the leap from iPhone to Android, as it eases the transition. With that said, the five-inch display may be one thing holding some users back from making the jump to the Life Pure, and with that, Blu released the Pure's little brother, the Life Pure Mini.

11
Feb
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If you spend a lot of time at a computer, then you probably realize how much easier it is to handle text messaging using a browser and keyboard. If you haven't yet explored that option, however, you're missing out. There are many different applications in Google Play that achieve the same end result, but MightyText is easily among the best – it's free, extremely easy to set up, and has both a Chrome extension and tablet app.

10
Feb
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Ever since Google Now became a thing, Search has been the go-to voice command hub for all of Android. There has been one nagging issue, however: when using a Bluetooth headset, a long-press of the action button would bring up the tired old Voice Dialer, which is essentially useless for anything other than making a call. What if I just have to know how tall Joakim Noah is while out cycling.

06
Feb
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If you prefer to get your news hot and steaming from the NBC pipeline, I feel kind of bad for you. Not really because of NBC itself, but because the app was just so ugly. Thankfully NBC woke up and realized the app was basically reminiscent of a child's plaything and had the developer, Zumobi Apps, craft a new one. This one's much prettier. Here's a comparison to prove it:

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05
Feb
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So, Android-powered game consoles are a thing. Whether anyone likes it or not, this is a direction that some companies are going, trying to reshape how we think of traditional gaming. It kind of started with the OUYA, a $99 Android console that takes a unique approach to the gaming console, as well as Android itself. It doesn't have the Play Store, but instead OUYA's curated game store where all games are free to try.

05
Feb
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Looks like another big "Update Wednesday" for Google, starting with the Drive app. Today's update brings just a couple of small-ish changes... unless, like the rest of the internet, you have an obsession with animated GIFs. Or you scan a lot of documents. Or both.

What's New

  • New 1x1 widget for faster document scanning
  • Support for animated GIFs
  • Bug fixes

It's worth noting that the widget doesn't actually show up under the widgets menu on launchers like Nova, but rather under the "shortcuts" option.

04
Feb
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Well, we've seen this coming for weeks now – leak after leak showed off the bright red Nexus 5, and now it's finally available. The cost is the same as other Nexus 5s: $350 for 16GB or $400 for 32GB. Not that we expected it to be any cheaper anyway. On the upside, if you want one for free, here's your chance.

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So there you go. Hit the link below to make one yours today.

04
Feb
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As we've clearly seen over the past several months, there's a new trend in portable charging solutions making the rounds on crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Some are simply smaller cables with an interesting design, while others – like ChargeCard, for example – are little more than a cable with a different form factor. Along those same lines is the Jumper Card, a new product that just hit Indiegogo today.

03
Feb
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Update: Since this post was published, Pebble has introduced a beta appstore for Android through their developer blog. Pebble encourages interested users to "help us finalize the Android app and ship it to everyone very quickly" by using the beta release and reporting any bugs. The beta release is certainly not without its issues, but interested parties can download it here.

Since Pebble first became available to the masses, finding good apps and watchfaces for the device has been sort of a hit-and-miss experience.

30
Jan
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At this point, I've gone hands-on with several Blu phones, including the Life Play, Life View, Life Pro, Life Pure, and Vivo 4.8 HD, so I'm pretty familiar with what type of stuff they're putting out these days. I didn't think much about the Life One X (aside from the fact it's another One X phone and they'll probably get into some hot water over that), but after getting some hands-on time with the phone, I think this is my favorite Blu handset yet.

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