If you buy a Fitbit, Jawbone Up, or one of the other fitness sensors out there, you're committing to a single software ecosystem. That can be a problem if you want to use your hardware with third-party apps. Plenty of Android users know the pain of being unable to wirelessly sync a Fitbit with most Android devices. The Angel fitness and health sensor is an attempt to build a completely open device that app developers can plug into and create new experiences for users.
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Even with the now thoroughly leaked LG Nexus 5 about to make an appearance, you can still save some cash in the short term by picking up the LG G2 from Amazon. The AT&T variant can be had right now for a mere $99.99 on contract for all new lines and upgrades.
The LG G2 on Ma Bell is closely related to the standard international edition of the device, unlike the Verizon version which took some liberties with the casing.
New devices almost always have some sort of defect buyers should be on the lookout for, and the new Kindle Fire HDX tablet is no exception. Now that Amazon's newest Android device is getting into people's hands, reports are beginning to surface of a strange purple or blue haze around the edge of the screen.
The issue seems present on all edges of the screen equally, and is particularly evident on white backgrounds.
Update 2: We've now received independent confirmation from a credible source that there will be no news, Android or otherwise, at this event. Sorry, everyone - continue your Nexus reveal date conspiracy theorizing as normal.
Update: Geek.com has updated its story with a statement from a "reliable source," and that source is playing down any hopes of a Nexus reveal next week:
We just received a tip from a reliable source telling us that the 10/24 event will not feature any hardware.
The newest update to EA's free-to-play racing title Real Racing 3 has an assortment of shiny new things to dangle in front of you. Of course, you'll have to pay for most of them, but the game is a free download, and there aren't many games that can match to overall quality of the racing experience in RR3.
Included in this update are Ferrari vehicles like the 458 Italia and the V12-powered F12 Berlinetta.
Wall Street analysts always read the tea leaves to come up with predictions of how a company will perform each quarter. If said company does better, investors are happy. If it does worse, investors are angry. The financial system is really based on our primal urges. Today, investors are very happy with Google. The company that spawned Android announced Q3 earnings last night that beat expectations, and the markets are going wild – Google stock is currently trading over $1000 per share.
Any-do has been one of the premiere to-do managers on Android since its debut, and now the same developers are building an alternative to Google Calendar for Android. Google has done a lot to make Calendar a better app as Android has evolved, but maybe there is room for some innovation in this space. Cal plugs into your existing calendar accounts seamlessly and presents your appointments in really slick interface with easy-to-access options.
Need to get at something on your desktop, but just aren't nearby? You need remote access, and many Windows PCs have that feature built right in. Microsoft's new Remote Desktop app for Android lets you hook into the included remote access system so you can use your PC from a phone or tablet. It's also completely free.
The computer you're accessing needs to be running the remote desktop host, which is not included in the basic version of Windows.
If you're feeling a bit diabolical today, just be patient – Dungeon Keeper has begun its slow rollout on Android. This refresh of the classic strategy/tower defense game is currently only available for download in Canada, Australia, and Singapore, but is slowly hitting more countries over time. Prepare your minions.
This version of Dungeon Keeper has been optimized for tablets with new HD graphics and new gameplay mechanics. All the goodies from the classic title are here, but some of the changes (sadly) revolve around in-app purchases.