Phandroid » Site News http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:17:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 PSA: talk about all the latest Android Wear smartwatches at AndroidForums.com http://phandroid.com/2014/06/26/android-wear-forums/ http://phandroid.com/2014/06/26/android-wear-forums/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:17:17 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=143724 Android Forums

If you’re looking for a place to talk about Google’s first batch of Android Wear smartwatches — including the LG G Watch, the Motorola Moto 360 and the newly-announced Samsung Gear Live — look no further. We have sections for the LG G Watch and Moto 360 already chock full of healthy discussion at AndroidForums.com, and the shiny new Samsung Gear Live section is live for those of you interested in that piece of wrist-bound tech.

Here are just a few choice threads you might want to dig into once you make your way over there:

Looking for even more coverage? Don’t forget we’ve gone hands-on with the Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live at Google I/O yesterday, and you can expect more coverage from the LG G Watch later on today. Get buzzing!

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30-Day Android Fitness Challenge (post your favorite apps!) http://phandroid.com/2014/03/26/android-fitness-challenge/ http://phandroid.com/2014/03/26/android-fitness-challenge/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:17:16 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=136600 I’m terribly out of shape. The weather is about to get warm. New Year Resolutions have crumbled into dust. But it’s time to change all that with the 30-Day Android Fitness Challenge, where Hershey’s KitKat and Android’s KitKat face off in an epic angel meets devil battle for our conscience.

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This challenge initially started (and failed) about a month ago, when I couldn’t decide between getting a Jawbone UP or Fitbit Force. Since then a lot has happened in wearable tech including the announcement of Android Wear, Moto 360, and the LG G Watch. Along with Google Glass, Samsung Gear 2, Samsung Gear Neo, and other breaking-the-mold devices, developers continue creating rich experiences in the health and fitness space.

It seemed like the perfect time to turn my quickly declining nimbleness into an exploration of Android as it relates to the possibilities and opportunities in fitness and health. I hope you’ll join me.

This is your time!

Participating takes absolutely nothing except a willingness to try some cool stuff and see how it goes. Membership to this exclusive club is free and so anonymous that you’re the only person that will know you’re in it. It’s hard to get the ball rolling, but once you find that reason to start, you can’t be stopped!

What you can do:

  • Leave a comment on this article suggesting and requesting apps, games, devices, comparisons, etc… related to health and fitness that you’d like to see discussed and reviewed in this series.
  • Follow along in our Android Fitness & Health Forum – we’ve just created this community to help people share their challenges, goals, and progress while staying motivated and informed. Help us shape the community while shaping up yourself!

What I plan on doing:

  • Wearing both a Jawbone UP and Fitbit Force for 30-straight days (different wrists), using them to their full ability, and reporting back the results with full reviews.
  • Using various apps and devices (suggested by readers in the comments) to plan and track my daily activity and reporting back in organized/themed posts
  • Using both our Android Fitness & Health Forum and my Google+ profile to share daily challenge results and random insights
  • Making a concerted effort to increase my activity, exercise daily, eat more healthfully, and do (or don’t do) the small things that add up over the course of the month and year.

Don’t forget to join in on the challenge in our Android Fitness & Health Forum, follow me on Google+, and leave a comment with suggestions and requests for this series!

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[Nifty] Phandroid News Chrome extension now available http://phandroid.com/2014/03/19/nifty-phandroid-news-chrome-extension-now-available/ http://phandroid.com/2014/03/19/nifty-phandroid-news-chrome-extension-now-available/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:32:35 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=136141 phandroid-featured-LARGE

Seeing as Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world, there’s a good chance that many Phandroid readers spend a good part of their day inside a Chrome tab or two. Just in case you didn’t have enough ways to get your Android news fix from us over here at Phandroid throughout the day, we’ve come up with a nifty Chrome Extension to let you know when we’ve got words that need to be read, making your life that much easier.

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It’s quick and easy to install. Just head on over to the Chrome Web Store and add our Chrome extension to your Chrome Web Browser or Chromebook. When there’s Android news to be read, you’ll know thanks to Chrome’s pop-up or toast notification system and you’ll also see a nifty red number on the Phandroid logo beside your address bar. Just click the Phandroid logo to view the latest news headlines in a drop down cards UI format. You can mark all news as read if you’ve already read them say via the Phandroid News app or click on a link to get your news fix in another tab. You can also configure the time interval for checking for new articles as well as the amount of desktop notifications to appear at once.

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A special thanks to Steve for all of his hard work. Don’t forget to rate and review this extension on the Chrome Web Store. Your feedback helps. Thanks!

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Get your Android news from the latest version of the Phandroid app on the Google Play Store http://phandroid.com/2014/02/25/android-news-phandroid-app-updated/ http://phandroid.com/2014/02/25/android-news-phandroid-app-updated/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:19:43 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=134735 phandroid-featured-LARGE

We know that you Phandroids love apps and app updates, so we’ve been working hard to bring you just that. After many months of blood, sweat, and tears we’re proud to announce a major update to our Phandroid News app. With our app you can stay up to date with Android news, search our site for your favorite topics, find out what’s going on with the Mobile Roar Podcast, and leave insightful comments.

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Version 2.0 of Android News by Phandroid brought a lot of graphical changes as well as plenty of under the hood code additions. We know that Android fans have become accustomed to a thing or two regarding Android design guidelines, so our latest update adds some much needed #HOLOYOLO over our previous iteration.

  • We added a slideout navigation menu that displays all of our site categories to help you find the Android news you’re looking for.
  • We’ve also implemented a nifty Cards UI, mimicking what you’ll find in Google’s arsenal of apps.
  • Like a dark theme? You can now swap between light and dark themes from settings.
  • You can now swipe down from the top to refresh the displayed articles or comments.
  • Speaking of comments, you can easily log into our Disqus comment system with your Disqus credentials, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • You can customize your notifications to stay up to date with Phandroid, choose vibration settings, toggle notification light, or sound alerts.
  • Don’t have the greatest eyesight for reading on a mobile device? Why not increase your font size under our visual options?
  • Find an article you like or want to comment on later? Just star it for easy access.
  • Widgets. Android news on your homescreen. Need I say more?

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Head on over to the Google Play Store and download the Phandroid News app. It works great on both phones and tablets.

Don’t forget to drop by the comments below and let the man, the myth, the legend (our app developer) Steve Albright know what you think. We appreciate your support and hope you love the updates: we’re trying our best to earn your 5-Star Review! Your feedback helps us continue to improve so we look forward to your comments!

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Write for Phandroid: we’re seeking contributors! http://phandroid.com/2013/12/12/seeking-contributors/ http://phandroid.com/2013/12/12/seeking-contributors/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:42:11 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=130774 The wild ride on the mobile tech market continues and despite having a very competent team of authors and editors, we’re always looking to bring new talent and perspectives to our team and ultimately, to our readers. As we approach a new year – one that we’re highly anticipating to be our best yet – we’re hoping some of you can help make that happen.

That’s right… we want YOU to be on our team. The tech community is filled with passionate, educated enthusiasts with loads of insight and knowledge to share. Think you got what it takes? Consider this your invitation to apply as a Contributing Author on the Phandroid team.

What positions are we seeking?

News Reporters
Android news is unrelenting; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re looking for folks who live and breathe mobile tech news. If scanning RSS feeds, swimming through sub reddits, monitoring social media, and digging around the deepest depths of the interwebz is on your daily agenda, than you know what we mean. If taking this news, analyzing it, explaining it, and providing your opinion sounds like fun… you might just be the right fit.

App & Game Reviewers
Are you constantly in search for the latest apps and games to land on the Google Play Store? Do you download and test so many new .apks that your app drawer is deeper than the Library of Congress? Continually giving unsolicited app and game suggestions and opinions to family and friends? Bring your insight to the masses as an Android App and/or Game Reviewer for Phandroid! Video capabilities and experience are a plus (but not required)!

International, European & Weekend Tech Bloggers
All of our current staff reside in the United States. Our audience is global. That presents a considerable problem when, you know, we’ve got to sleep. And we might be geeks, but we’ve got computer games to play things to do on the weekend, too. We’re looking for general tech bloggers who are eager to contribute on a wide variety of topics, who also happen to have availability that fills our gaps. We could really use your help!

What is a Contributing Author?

The contributor position is an unpaid position, but does have some perks. It provides a great opportunity to be published on a reputable news source. It’s a resume builder, opportunity to “get your name out there”, and allows you to engage in an open dialogue with a vibrant tech-loving community. At times we’ll have advanced access to apps and games, accessories to test, new phones/tablets/hardware to review, to which contributors may have access (among other things).

What are the expectations of a Contributing Author?

Contributing Authors will be expected to publish a minimum of 1-3 articles each week. They’ll communicate closely with the editorial team via E-Mail, Skype, and other means, passing back and forth story ideas that could be either time sensitive or open ended.

Maybe you already spend your time digging through tech sites and social media and would love to bring the information to our readers with your own spin. Maybe you’ve always wanted to create videos, write tutorial articles, or compose full blown reviews of the newest apps and games. We’re looking for a diverse set of contributors who can help take Phandroid to the next level.

How can you apply?

  • Send an E-Mail to rob[at]phandroid[dot]com
  • Copy and paste “Phandroid Contributing Author” in the subject line… without the quotes
  • Tell us your name, age, location and a little bit about yourself
  • Tell us which of the 3 positions most interests you
  • Tell us why you would make a great Contributing Author
  • Tell us how much time each week you hope to dedicate to Phandroid (be realistic!) and what type of content you would most like to contribute
  • Copy/Paste/Link us (no attachments) to related writing samples in the Phandroid style (optional)
  • Give us an idea of what you’ll bring to the table by sharing a few unique article ideas you would enjoy writing
  • Convince us that you’re the “go-getter” we’re seeking!

TAKE YOUR TIME
We’re looking for quality applicants, not how quickly you can show your interest/urgency. We’re expecting a large number of inquiries and will be unable to respond to every person. If we’re interested, expect to hear back from us in about a week, at which point we’ll narrow down the field of candidates with some follow up questions.

So… whaddaya say?

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Good luck!

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The Last Glass Invite: Android Forums Staff Appreciation http://phandroid.com/2013/11/08/glass-contest-day9/ http://phandroid.com/2013/11/08/glass-contest-day9/#comments Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:24:48 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=129097 jhawkkAnd then there was one. The last Google Glass invite we have to give away is going to a somewhat randomly selected Android Forums member.

If you haven’t joined Android Forumsyou should. It’s an amazing resource and an amazing community. It allows people with similar devices, issues, problems, ideas, and interests to share tips & tricks, offer support, and help everyone get the most out of their Android device. But Android Forums wouldn’t be possible without staff and an amazing cast of loyal members.

(Check out our Nexus 5 Forums)

We reserved this last Google Glass invite to one member who expressed immediate interest in buying the device and using their experience to help other Google Glass Explorers on Android Forums. The last Google Glass invite goes to jhawkk who has racked up an astounding 7,900+ posts and has been “thanked” an outrageous 2,400+ times.

Jhawkk is a prime example of the type of people that make Android Forums so awesome. We don’t have unlimited invites to share, but wanted to take the opportunity to symbolically thank all of Android Forums staff and premium members and loyal members for contributing to the site. There’s a good chance a few more invites will be thrown that direction depending on a few winners we’re still waiting to hear back from.

Here was the recap of our 9 day Google Glass Invite contest…

The Great American Glass Contest

We’re giving away 9 Glass invites in 9 days and you don’t want to miss an opportunity to score big… so check out our schedule below to see which contests are still open!

  • Day 1: Nexus 5 Forum Frenzy
  • Day 2: Rafflecopter #1
  • Day 3: Photoshop contest
  • Day 4: #GlassPhan contest
  • Day 5: Rafflecopter #2
  • Day 6: Developer Appreciation Contests
  • Day 7: On your mark. Get set…
  • Day 8: Mystery Word Hunt
  • Day 9: AF Staff Appreciation

Announcing the winners…

We’ve already announced winners for Day 2, Day 7, Day 8, and Day 9… but that leaves 5 more winners to announce. Stay tuned. In the next hour I’ll be announcing those winners along with some hilarious photoshops of Glass on celebrities.

Thanks again to jhawkk and all of the Android Forums Staff, Premium Members, and loyal members!

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Nexus 5 Forums: open for business http://phandroid.com/2013/10/31/nexus-5-forums-open-for-business/ http://phandroid.com/2013/10/31/nexus-5-forums-open-for-business/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:13:15 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=128518 Finally: you can now buy the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 Kit Kat. I’m sure many of you have already ordered your “precious” and while you’re waiting for it to arrive, you’ll be scouring the interwebz for every morsel of juicy goodness you can find. Don’t scour alone!

Did you already order the Nexus 5? Let us know in the Official “I JUST ORDERED THE NEXUS 5!!!” Thread!

Our Nexus 5 forums are open and ready for your delight. If you haven’t already, create an account and get to chatting. One your device arrives you’ll find the forums especially useful for support, tips, tricks, suggested accessories, and so forth. But for now, we ask that you continue to do what everyone else is doing and DROOL.

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Added Bonus: If you make at least 5 posts and start 1 thread you’ll be automatically entered to win a Google Glass invite!

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Get your Android Circle ready, Android Forums is now on Google+ http://phandroid.com/2013/10/23/get-your-android-circle-ready-android-forums-is-now-on-google/ http://phandroid.com/2013/10/23/get-your-android-circle-ready-android-forums-is-now-on-google/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:37:58 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=127897 Android Forums

Calling all Google+ers. Android Forums, the original and one of the largest Android forums on the web, is now on Google+. If you aren’t aware, Google+ is pretty much an Android haven, filled with Android news, developers, and enthusiasts alike. I mean, why shouldn’t it be? Both come from our beloved El Goog. It only makes sense for Android Forums to be there, tackling that space, the same way we rock the forums.

So go ahead, toss a Circle around +Android Forums and be sure to hit that +1 button to let us know you care.

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Bring your weekend to a close by following Phandroid across the Internet http://phandroid.com/2013/10/20/bring-your-weekend-to-a-close-by-following-phandroid-across-the-internet/ http://phandroid.com/2013/10/20/bring-your-weekend-to-a-close-by-following-phandroid-across-the-internet/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 20:21:28 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=127680 Phandroid Banner

It’s Sunday afternoon and you find yourself needing a little more Android in your life. Why not follow Phandroid across as many social media channels as possible? When Android 4.4 drops or the Nexus 5 launches in the very near future, you’re going to want to be sure you’re following us. Whether you’re on Twitter, tweeting about the cool stuff “u r” doing, checking out family and friends on Facebook, having intelligent discussions on Google+, or catching a sweet device review on YouTube, Phandroid has you covered. Don’t use social media? No problem! You can catch up with Phandroid with our Android app too.

Follow Phandroid:

Circle us on Google+ for the latest Android news.
Join our Android Forums Google+ community.
Like our page on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.
Subscribe on YouTube and check our our device reviews.
Android News by Phandroid app on Google Play (You should install this now.)
MySpace…. just kidding.

And for absolutely no reason at all, here’s a picture of the Nexus 5. Isn’t she gorgeous?

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Good news everyone: Derek Ross joins Phandroid http://phandroid.com/2013/09/10/derek-ross-joins-phandroid/ http://phandroid.com/2013/09/10/derek-ross-joins-phandroid/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:31:55 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=125308 Good News Everyone

Good news everyone, Phandroid is getting a new part-time writer. Who? Me. I like long walks on the beach, an unlocked bootloader, a nightly ROM to flash, and just about anything Android or Google related served up on a platter to consume. I’m Derek Ross.

I might be new to Phandroid, but that doesn’t mean I’m new to Android. I’ve been obsessing over all things Android since early 2010 when I first saw the Nexus One. Want to know all about Derek Ross and his Android obsession? Let’s get started.

My Android Experience

My first Android phone was the HTC Droid Incredible. I wanted so badly for the Nexus One to come to Verizon Wireless, my carrier at the time, and still my carrier. I decided to go for the next best thing and go for the HTC Incredible as it had similar internals and that was good enough for me.

From there, I heard about this thing called a custom ROM. I found out that I could hack and slack my phone until my heart was content. Man, I was in love. My first custom ROM was CyanogenMod 6 and then version 7 before finally landing on MIUI.

Being a man possessed, I learned everything there was to know about MIUI and joined up with the local MIUI.us team. I then learned how to port MIUI from the Nexus One ‘s official ROM and make themes. It was glorious.

From there, I upgraded to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 and I’m currently rockin’ the Moto X. I love flashing ROMS and tweaking everything that I can. I also used an HTC DROID DNA for about 9 months, but we won’t talk about that disaster.

GTV, Chromecast, Glass, and More

Besides Android phones and tablets, I’m also a Google TV Ambassador. Don’t ask me what that means now that Chromecast is the way of the future. Myself and other Ambassadors really don’t know ourselves. But hey, it sounds cool! In recent months, I wrote about how Chromecast was going to completely disrupt the living room, and that’s a good thing. I’m excited for Google’s future with Chromecast and to watch Google TV evolve into something more than it is now.

Derek Ross Google Glass

Besides handheld Android devices and Android devices taking over the living room, I’m also a fan of wearable technology. On July 5th, 2013, I officially became a Google Glass Explorer. Wearing Glass and using Glass has really changed my life. Besides being a pseudo celebrity everywhere I go, it’s an awesome feeling to be part of the wearable technology revolution. I enjoy being part of the big picture, helping use technology that one day will become a norm.

Beyond Android…

Besides Android devices, I have another obsession: Social media. Well… Google+.

I’m a huge supporter of Google+ as it’s the social glue that is tying in all aspects of Google, a unifying social project that is changing the way we use Google services. Thanks to Google+, I was able to setup the first Google+ Android Hangout Show, which ran for 74 weeks in a row but more importantly, allowed me to interact and engage with readers just like you.

If you use Google+, please stop by and say hi. If you’re going to the Big Android BBQ this year, I’ll be there and I might just be wearing a pink gorilla suit again (it was a dare).

Non-Android related, loves me some dark, dank beer. If I can’t see through it or never heard of it, chances are I’m going to love it. Right now I have a case of Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale in the fridge. That is my favorite season beer. It’s delicious.

What To Expect

While writing here at Phandroid, I plan on bringing you featured and opinionated articles, stuff that I’m really passionate about. I’ll try to snag a few news articles from time to time as well. Who knows? Maybe even a weekly column about Google Glass or something else?

I’m very happy to be here at Phandroid. Being part of the very first Android news website is exciting. I remember reading Phandroid back when I was still using a BlackBerry phone. My have I come a long way. I’d love to hear from all of you. Stop by the comments below and let me know what your very first Android experience was.

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CONTEST: Win a Limited Edition PhanBot by guessing Google IO’s biggest surprise http://phandroid.com/2013/05/15/limited-edition-phanbot-contest/ http://phandroid.com/2013/05/15/limited-edition-phanbot-contest/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 12:12:17 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=120767 Many would call Google IO the biggest Android event of the year (watch the keynote here) and I would undoubtedly agree. I’m here in San Francisco to bring you all the Google IO news, reviews, and insight your little heart can handle. And I didn’t come alone…

At Phandroid, we’ve been diehard Android fans since the platform was announced, and our blue android buddy has graced our pages from the start. Thanks to our friends at Accessory Power and GOgroove, we’ve now got a real live PhanBot to call our own, in the form of a portable speaker that absolutely rocks.

For a limited time, you can purchase the blue PhanBot and/or the traditional green PalBot for only $21.99 (including shipping) by entering the promotional code “PHANDEAL” when you check out. I think you’ll be really impressed with the GOgroove PhanBot on a number of levels. The deal will run until Sunday at 11:59PM Pacific, assuming they last that long.
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First of all, the audio is LOUD and clear! If you think this tiny speaker is more of a desktop decoration, think again. Its highest volume could ignite a miniature dance party and the quality of the audio is crisp, with plenty of base.

Second of all, PhanBot is easy to use: plug the neatly retractable cord into any 3.5mm headset jack and the PhanBot will begin delicately serenading you or blasting out tunes, depending on the volume you’ve set. Or perhaps it could blastingly serenade you, but we haven’t tried that yet.

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Thirdly, the PhanBot seems to have wonderful battery life. It comes with a MicroUSB to USB cord which you can conveniently connect to your computer for consistent power and/or charging.

Lastly, the PhanBot or Pal Bot will look gorgeous on the desk of any Android fan. It’s got a rock solid feel and substantial enough weight to seem like it has great build quality, yet light enough to make it an awesome option for portable music, regardless of where you’re going.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage of everything Android related over the past few years. That will continue for years to come, with the intent of constantly improving along the way. Special thanks to those of you who have made Phandroid and our beloved PhanBot a regular chunk of your life, whether through leaving comments, lurking on the forums, sending in news tips, telling Chris you love his perfectly spiked hair, or anything else. The PhanBot is somewhat representative of this exciting journey we’ve taken together.

Buy a PhanBot

Go ahead and snag a PhanBot now for $21.99 while supplies (and the special price) last or be an OG and go with the original green flavor Pal Bot. Remember, all you’ve got to do is enter the promotional code “PHANDEAL” to get the special price!

Win a PhanBot

Oh, wait, did I hear that you wanted to WIN one? Sounds like fun, let’s do it:

  • Leave a comment guessing what the biggest surprise announcement of Google IO 2013 will be
  • Comment must be received by the time the Google IO 2013 keynote live stream starts (estimated at 9AM Pacific on May 15th, 2013)
  • After the Keynote, Phandroid staff will pick from a randomly assorted collection of our favorite guesses to identify the winner.
  • Winners will be selected at the sole discretion of Phandroid.com and Neverstill Media, LLC
  • We’ll simply select a bunch of comments we enjoy and randomly select one of them. Main selection criteria are entertainment level, knowledge/realism, and accuracy.
  • There will be TWO winners: one will win a PhanBot and the other will win a Pal Bot. Winners will have 24 hours to respond once contacted or a replacement winner will be selected.

We’ll update this post once winners have been selected… that way, if you don’t win one, you’ll still be able to buy one for dirt cheap!

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Hello, Phandroid…goodbye, iPhone! http://phandroid.com/2013/04/26/hello-phandroidgoodbye-iphone/ http://phandroid.com/2013/04/26/hello-phandroidgoodbye-iphone/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:18:31 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=120015 Rob has loyally covered iOS topics for several years at iSource.com, but with the HTC One in hand and a smile on his face, he is welcomed to Phandroid as a brand new Android enthusiast.

iphone-line-appleHey, Phandroid nation, allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Rob Renk, and I have been writing over at iSource for almost three years now.  I have been a loyal Apple consumer for 20 years.  My first Apple computer was the LC ii, and I have never looked back.  I always appreciated Apple’s attention to detail.  I still have my Apple G3 tower from 1994, and the thing still works–so I don’t mind paying a premium for products that stand the test of time.

My interest in Apple products peaked, though, when the iPhone was first introduced at Macworld in 2007.  It was like no other phone I had ever seen or used.  I managed to talk my wife into using our tax returns for the ridiculously expensive phone that wasn’t even subsidized by AT&T at the time.

Since then, I have owned every version of the iPhone.  Our household has several phone lines, so there was always one available for a fully subsidized upgrade.  I eagerly anticipated the next release, more each year then the previous year.  I was that guy who got up at 3 am for the chance to pre-order my iPhone and have it delivered the day it went on sale.

But I grew tired of the incremental iPhone hardware releases.  For the previous two hardware upgrades,  Apple maintained the exact same physical appearance of the iPhone, and only made internal and OS changes.  For the average iPhone owner this isn’t a big deal.  Most consumers don’t buy a new phone every year, and the carriers have most of us locked into two-year upgrade eligibility cycles anyway.

For me, it hasn’t been enough. Is the grass really greener on the other side?

  • I wanted a bigger display, one that was not only taller, but wider as well.
  • I wanted to be able to personalize my interaction with my phone a little more.
  • I have always been a fan of jailbreaking my iPhone, and have recently written several articles on iSource to that end.  Although jailbreaking has filled part of the void I have felt, it wasn’t the complete package–not yet.

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So when the HTC One was announced, and I saw the attention to detail that went into creating this phone, and the larger, beautiful screen, I decided this was my chance to give Android a try.  Apple hasn’t announced the next version of the iPhone yet, but it is expected by many to be the iPhone 5S. In other words, same exterior, upgraded iOS and whatever else they happen to include in the upgrade.

Still not enough.

So I sold my 7 month old 16 GB iPhone 5 for $300 and bought a shiny new 32 GB Glacier Silver HTC One.  Over the next several months, I’ll be blogging frequently for Phandroid, sharing my experiences with Android in general and more specifically, the HTC One. Stay tuned for a variety of coverage as I learn the ropes of my favorite new operating system

Thanks in advance  for the warm welcome (please?) and I look forward to your comments!

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Farewell, Phandroid…hello, iPhone! http://phandroid.com/2013/04/26/farewell-phandroid-hello-iphone/ http://phandroid.com/2013/04/26/farewell-phandroid-hello-iphone/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:47:23 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=120006

Over the next several months, follow Kevin as he blogs about his experiences with the iPhone over at iSource.com.

I have a confession to make. I’m a bit of an Apple fanboy. It all started when I purchased my first PowerBook back in 2005. As a writer and musician, I bought into the idea that Macs were ideal production tools for artists. And I fell in love. Several MacBook Pros later, nothing has changed.

When the iPhone was first announced, I simply had to have it. The problem was, I couldn’t bring myself to sever ties with Verizon at the time. The carrier had been good to me, and I had been a loyal customer for my entire life as a cellphone user. So, we all know how the story goes. The Motorola Droid is announced, it’s advertised as a real machine for doing real things, not some frou-frou iPhone backed by colorful commercials and geared at people that want a simple and basic experience.

Droid Does was the slogan, and Droid did it for me. I jumped on board as soon as Verizon launched the phone. Simultaneously, the meteoric rise of Android began. The Droid quickly erased any desire I had for the iPhone, and I found myself blogging right here at Phandroid about the very phone I had completely flipped for. Years later, after countless platform versions, Google’s OS developed into a robust experience that rightfully earned it a place as the top smartphone operating system in the world.

But eventually the fragmentation got to me. The stagnation in device design. The lack of a unified experience or truly carrier-agnostic Nexus devices with stock Android. The iPhone 5 was released, a simply stunning device to behold. Carrier loyalties had wained  (though the phone is now available on all major US networks) and those feelings started creeping back in. If Google couldn’t give me a true Android flagship, I wanted the iPhone.

So here I sit today, at the dawn of a new era in my life as a mobile consumer. After the OG Droid, a Galaxy Nexus, Motorola RAZR M, and reviewing countless devices in between from manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and LG, I have traded in Android for iOS. I am now the owner of a shiny new iPhone 5 (check out some of my early opinions on the device in our head-to-head comparison with the Galaxy S4).

But this goodbye is not necessarily a permanent one. Think of it more as an experiment. You will still find me at our sister site iSource blogging my experiences transitioning from Android to iOS as well as covering the latest news and rumors in the lead up to the launch of the next iPhone.

Believe me, it won’t be easy. As much as I fell in love with Apple after getting my first Mac, Android really has taken hold of me. I will miss Google Now (despite my known issues with the system). I will miss widgets. I will miss big, beautiful displays and the option to choose a device that fits my lifestyle.

But perhaps the iPhone is the device that fits my lifestyle now. After years of being a smartphone user, I have come to find that I only use my phone for the most basic of needs. Messaging, making calls, light web browsing, and social media. Sure I play a game from time-to-time, but my phone is far from a media or productivity device. In this sense, the iPhone seems tailored for how I use my phone. Clean and intuitive.

But it won’t be without its challenges. There is plenty to learn, many habits to change. That’s why I will also be popping my head back in at Phandroid each week to give a quick update on how the whole experiment is going. With Google I/O right around the corner, I’m already nervous that I jumped ship too soon.

And then of course, there is the next iPhone, which will afford me an opportunity to really make a decision between the two platforms. It sort of feels like I’m leaving a faithful, homely, girlfriend simply because some other hot chick gave me the time of day. Maybe the next few months will be filled with the same sort of regrets. I have no idea. But life is about the adventure, and this is one I’m ready to take.

TL;DR: I now have an iPhone 5. You can find me over at iSource.com, but don’t think I won’t be keeping a close eye on Phandroid and keeping tabs on the Android world in general. So let’s see how this goes. It has been an awesome experience interacting with this community for the past three years, and I’m thankful for that. Wish me luck.

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Write for Phandroid: we’re seeking Contributors! http://phandroid.com/2013/01/15/write-for-phandroid-blogger/ http://phandroid.com/2013/01/15/write-for-phandroid-blogger/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:30:16 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=115177 Many of you are familiar with the Phandroid writing team: myself, Chris Chavez, Quentyn Kennemer, Kevin Krause, Edgar Cervantes, and some others that have passed through. Even with a team of full-time writers and editors, keeping up with Android news is a tall order. Pile on the need for phone reviews, tablet reviews, app/game reviews, accessory reviews, tips/tricks, tutorials, editorials, and other types of featured content, and we’ve got quite the task at hand.

We continually strive to provide the best Android-focused coverage on the planet, but perhaps we’re not utilizing our best resource… YOU!

The Android community is filled with passionate, educated enthusiasts with loads of knowledge to share. Not everyone aspires to be a full-time writer, but we know many of you enjoy writing and have great ideas and article concepts that could make Phandroid even better. If you think you’ve got what it takes, we would like to invite you to apply as a Contributing Author on the Phandroid team.

What is a Contributing Author?

The contributor position is unpaid. It provides a great opportunity to be published on a reputable news source. It’s a resume builder, opportunity to “get your name out there”, and allows you to engage in an open dialogue with a vibrant Android-loving community.

What are the expectations of a Contributing Author?

Contributing Authors will be expected to publish a minimum of 1-3 articles each week. They’ll communicate closely with the editorial team via E-Mail and other means, passing back and forth story ideas that could be either time sensitive and open ended. But what we’re REALLY looking for are team members who can provide Phandroid readers another dimension by helping people get the most out of their phone through unique ideas and articles.

How can you apply?

  • Send an E-Mail to jobs[at]phandroid[dot]com
  • Copy and paste “Phandroid Contributing Author” in the subject line… without the quotes
  • Tell us your name, age, location and a little bit about yourself
  • Tell us why you would make a great Contributing Author
  • Tell us how much time each week you hope to dedicate to Phandroid
  • Copy/Paste/Link us (no attachments) to 1-3 related writing samples in the Phandroid style (minus the typos)
  • Give us an idea of what you’ll bring to the table by sharing a few unique article ideas you would enjoy writing
  • Convince us that you’re the “go-getter” we’re seeking!

TAKE YOUR TIME
We’re looking for quality of applicants, not how quickly you can show your interest/urgency. We’re expecting a large number of inquiries and will be unable to respond to every person. If we’re interested, expect to hear back from us within 2 weeks, at which point we’ll narrow down the field of candidates with some follow up questions


Thanks and good luck!

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OUYA Backer Rewards: Phandroid Given Special Access To Dev Team and Launch Event, GameFans Branded On Consoles http://phandroid.com/2012/09/28/ouya-backer-rewards-phandroid-given-special-access-to-dev-team-and-launch-event-gamefans-branded-on-consoles/ http://phandroid.com/2012/09/28/ouya-backer-rewards-phandroid-given-special-access-to-dev-team-and-launch-event-gamefans-branded-on-consoles/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:27:34 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=108660 This image has no alt text

As we inch closer to the launch of the world’s first Android mini-console, today OUYA announced a few updates for early backers. First off, we all know the OUYA has been generating some buzz with consumers, and yes, even gaining support from a few big name game publishers like Square Enix. But what about smaller game developers and studios? Has the OUYA been met with the same warm reception as consumers? The answer is a resounding, yes.

OUYA announced today that over 1,000 developers have contacted their team looking to get in on the game changing console. Keep in minds that’s in addition to the 800 developers who have backed the console on Kickstarter, looking to get early access to the OUYA development kits. Now after a bit of calculating, that brings the new grand total to about 2,000 developers optimistic about the OUYA’s future and you know what else? We are too.

So much in fact that our parent company Neverstill Media has backed the OUYA at the highest tier on Kickstarter meaning you’ll see our newly launched sister site GameFans emblazoned on the back of every first run console. What’s more is Phandroid was able to get in on some of the action as well, qualifying for the “Elite Developer Special.” That means we’ll not only have direct access to OUYA’s developer team, but we’ll be on hand for the launch event in March. There’s also some whisperings that a Phandroid gaming app could soon be on the way as well.

OUYA also mentioned they’re already in talks with 50 international distributors that will help spread the console to the four corners of the globe. Seems the OUYA is playing all their cards right, gearing up for a huge release, and more launch titles than you can shake a controller at. March couldn’t come fast enough.

[GameFans | Kotaku | OUYA]

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