Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

18
Aug
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Amazon's first smartphone isn't that great, but the company is already moving to improve the experience with the device's first OTA update. This bumps the FireOS version up to 3.5.1, and includes a slew of new features and improvements:

The software version includes new and enhanced features:

  • Quick Switch

    With a double-press on the home button, Quick Switch allows you to easily alternate between or shut down running apps and tasks.

15
Aug
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HTC's One M8 is a solid phone. It's packed with high-end specs, and has a high-end build to match. Of course, all that also equates to a high-end price tag. In an effort to build an equally powerful phone with a much smaller price, HTC swapped out the M8's aluminum body for a much subtler plastic frame. The result is the One E8, a much more affordable M8 trapped in plastic shell.

14
Aug
1

When I was a kid, I loved camping. As an adult...well, I still like it, but I don't get to go that often for various reasons. Like work. And life. And some other thing. Of all the times I've been camping, I remember one in particular: I got abducted by aliens. There were tests, I made some friends, and maybe saved the world.

OK, that didn't really happen. But if it did, I imagine it would play out a lot like Bik, a new game from Zotnip.

13
Aug
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Mad Catz isn't generally the first name you think of when pondering high-end Android accessories, but I was pretty impressed with its CTRLR Bluetooth gamepad. In fact, it's my current favorite Bluetooth controller for Android (though NVIDIA's SHIELD controller is better than anything else available today). While we're on a high note, we decided to check out the STRIKEM Bluetooth keyboard and FREQM Bluetooth gaming headset. Let's dig in.

13
Aug
1

You know what's better than being able to stream Netflix, Hulu, Play Movies, Play Music, and loads of other content to a TV in your house? Having the option to stream it to more than one TV in your house. Sometimes the living room just isn't he place to be, but you're out of luck without a Chromecast in the bedroom. That's a bummer. Thankfully Best Buy is ready to save the day.

12
Aug
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If you're heavily invested in Amazon's book ecosystem, then you're probably an avid Kindle user. If you also happen to use Google Books, then you've probably noticed that Amazon's offering is lacking many of the features that make Books so good, like immersive mode. Well, Amazon stepped up its game today with a Kindle app update that brings that and much more:

4.6.0

  • Read books in immersive full-screen mode (Android OS 4.4+)
  • Tap the bottom right corner of a page to lock orientation
  • Control playback from the lock screen while audio is playing in the book
  • Choose system brightness in reader settings
  • Navigate table of contents by sub chapter
  • Pair with Bluetooth devices (Permission)

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Amazon, update your test device already.

12
Aug
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Whenever I review Bluetooth speakers, at some point or another I usually end up thinking "you know, this would be so much better if it floated off of some sort of base." Alas, that never happens and I have to deal with speakers that rest on a surface. It's a hard knock life.

Enter OM, coming to change the game with the OM/One speaker. It floats. It's a sphere. It's a floating sphere that plays music.

12
Aug
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Last Updated: August 20th, 2014

One of the easiest and most effective ways to add some flair to your device without any noticeable bulk is with a wrap. The high-quality wraps offered by Slickwraps.com are fantastic examples of how drastically a wrap can alter the look of a device, and we've teamed up with them to offer a pretty incredible prize package for one lucky winner:

  • 1 LG G3 (the winner will select the carrier/region)
  • 1 One-of-a-kind Android Police wrap (I'm jealous of this one – it's sexy)
  • 30 Additional wraps for the LG G3 (that's one per month for longer than a normal contract!)

Let's break down what you're getting here, because there's a lot to consider.

12
Aug
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When I was a kid, my dad used to tinker with model cars. As I got a bit older, he started buying them for me, as well; first, the simple snap-together kits, eventually moving up to ones that required glue, and then on to completely blank canvas vehicles that needed paint, glue, and everything in between. Those took some time, but there was a real sense of accomplishment when it was all finished (assuming everything went smoothly).

11
Aug
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I've been using Runkeeper to track my cycling activity for the last eight months or so, and it has never really let me down. That said, I'm always on the lookout for new (or improved) ways to monitor my rides outside of my bike's cyclometer, so when Runtastic reached out to me about taking its new fitness tracking band Orbit for a spin, I was down for the challenge. I've had it for the last few weeks, and so far I think it's a good start.

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