One of the advantages of Android TV (Nexus Player and ADT-1) over Chromcast is that you can have a slideshow screensaver that will automatically turn on not only when the device is idle, but it will also come on when playing music. Chromecast only offers Backdrop, which will not display when you’re playing music. Backdrop is also limited in that you can only display photos from your Google+ account or other images that Google chooses, not to mention the transition speed is horrible. Android TV also offers Backdrop, but at this moment in time, it can’t be customized. However, you can still setup a highly customizable slideshow screensaver that can include your own photos from cloud services like Google+, Dropbox, and more. You can even set it to display other cool images from around the world. This screensaver will come on whenever your Android TV is idle, which means that it will also display when you’re streaming music from any service. Hit the break to find out how to do it.
The Fire Phone has been on the market for just over four months and commercial (or even critical) reception has been lackluster. Arguably the biggest issue with the handset is its price. Amazon is solving that issue now by lowering the price to $199. The list price prior to the discount is $449; however, the off-contract price of the Fire Phone actually started at $649. So now the Fire Phone has an off-contract price comparable to on-contract counterparts.
Will the price change affect the Fire Phone’s performance? We doubt it. Let us know in the comments if you intend of giving this handset a look for yourself or anyone else this holiday season.
Looking for some sweet deals out of Motorola? Cyber Monday is the day. The company is discounting its flagship smartphone. The Moto X (2014) will be discounted to $359 and $409 for 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. That is a savings of $140. Verizon customers looking to sign a contract can purchase the Moto X for $0.01 and $50.01 for the same models. Choosing wood or leather back panels will cost an additional $25. Finally, Motorola taking 30% off of each and every accessory it offers (except Chromecast) when purchasing a Moto X.
On December 1 at 12:00pm EST, you need to go to this page and register for a promotional code. That code will expire just before midnight on December 15.
The most unique thing about the Moto X is its customization. The handset is available in various colors and materials to truly make it your own. To promote the Moto Maker production approach, Motorola released a commercial titled “The Maker.” A man sits down in front of his computer and gets right to work designing his Moto X. On the other end is a Motorola employee assembling the device. The customer goes back and forth between colors, engravings, and more as the Motorola employee moves swiftly to create the tailored handset. The end product is a well-made, self-satisfying Moto X.
Hit the break to watch the video.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are back in action in a Samsung commercial, this time celebrating the holiday season. When we first saw the couple in a Samsung commercial, it was during warmer weather as they showed off their Samsung Galaxy tablets. For this latest edition of life in the Bell/Shepard household, we see several more Samsung products in use as the couple starts early in the morning on a day of holiday decorating. Some of the devices you may spot include the new Galaxy Note Edge, a Galaxy Tab S, a Galaxy Note 4, a Samsung Gear S, and even a curved Samsung television.
You can check out the two minute video after the break although you will probably see bits of it during commercial breaks throughout the holiday television viewing season.
The concept of themes applied to the interface of an Android device is nothing new as many third-party launchers have supported themes for a long time now. The ability to quickly change the look of a device is a feature that many people enjoy as witnessed by the popularity of third-party launchers along with the host of theme and icon packs available through the Play Store. Based on some new images that surfaced it appears Samsung may have realized they can keep people using their own TouchWiz UI if they add in the ability to load themes.
The tablet features a 1280 x 800 screen, a quad-core processor, and 8 GB of internal storage for apps and games. Unfortunately, it’s still running Android 4.2, but to compensate this bundle throws in a pair of JBL in-ear headphones and a Samsonite folio case. Not a bad deal, especially for the price.
With the holiday season just around the corner, Google has announced that seven new Android apps are coming to ChromeOS. Available in the Chrome Web Store under “Available for Android,” three of the new apps include Cookpad, CouchSurfing and OverDrive. There are four more but we’re still trying to discern what those are.
If you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 for the holidays, Staples has a fantastic deal on the 7-inch version of the tablet. It’s on sale for $149 currently, but the promo code 45209 will knock an extra $50 off, effectively bringing the tablet down to half of its original retail price. Plus, you get free shipping.
The tablet isn’t incredibly high end, but for $100, a 1280 x 800 resolution screen with a quad-core processor and Android 4.4 isn’t a bad deal. It’s available in black and white.
We’ve seen a few leaks and details regarding Samsung’s Lollipop update for the Galaxy S 5, but today we get our first taste of some actual leaked software. A ROM for the Sprint variant of the S5 has surfaced, and it’s mostly functional, including being able to place calls and send text messages. Plus, it has all of the extra features of Android 5.0 that we’re all waiting for.
Installing the ROM will completely wipe the phone, and it’s still a test build, so things aren’t guaranteed to be 100% functional. If you’re willing to flash it despite those things, hit the link below to get started.
via: GSM Arena