April showers bring May flowers and sweet Android apps

Not unlike Phil’s Atlantean hometown, you may need a bucket to deal with April’s deluge of high-quality of Android app releases. Lucky for you, we’ve wrung out the Play Store for our top five picks. There are quite a few big names this go-around, including some apps straight from Google. Ready? Let’s dive in.






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Motorola has set May 13th as the date that they will unveil their next smartphone, and we’ll be there to tell you all about it. The event, which will take place in London, will see the introduction of “the next smartphone from Motorola to make these connections happen.” The phone is said to be “made to last” and “priced for all”, though the invitation is mum on any specifics about the phone. We have no indication that there will be a companion event in the United States, as we’ve seen several manufacturers do recently — HTC had simultaneous events in New York and London when they were unveiling the HTC One M8.

Motorola’s current flagship, the Moto X was only revealed in August 2013, and the less expensive Moto G in November. Rumors have been swirling about a successor to the Moto X to be dubbed the Moto X+1, with leather being added to the current stable of colorful and wood backs available on the Moto X.

Whether the Moto X+1 or another device is what we’ll see in two weeks is unknown, but we’ll definitely be on hand to bring you the best coverage of whatever Motorola’s latest smartphone will be.






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Yahoo has released Yahoo Screen, its on-demand video streaming app for Android into the Google Play store. Yahoo Screen launched on iOS in September, so it’s arrival on Android feels a little overdue. Screen showcases videos from a variety of sources, including Comedy Central, The Onion, The New York Times, and Saturday Night Live, as well as Yahoo original content. You can share videos you like via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and email.






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If you’ve always thoughts that the audio quality from your smartphone wasn’t up to snuff, you’ll want to check out the newly announced HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon edition from Sprint. The Harman/Kardon edition One (M8) comes with an anodized aluminum chassis with champagne gold speaker grills on the font. The HTC One …


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Surprisingly high-quality build and subtle design choices with an industry-leading price point have us intrigued

We’ve just wrapped up an event here in San Francisco with CyanogenMod and OnePlus, where we finally have our hands on the much-awaited OnePlus One. This much-hyped device has drawn a good number of followers (and critics) over the past few months with an interesting marketing campaign, and now we have the hardware (and software) to look at for ourselves and see how things stack up.

Be sure to hit the break for an extensive gallery of the OnePlus One hardware, along with a few comparisons of other devices and our first impressions, after the break. We’ve got more on the software and its new version of CyanogenMod as well.

Naturally, we’ll be bringing more in-depth coverage of the OnePlus One as we spend more quality time with it.






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New features will make their way to other CM phones and the open-source project once work is complete

CyanogenMod and OnePlus took the stage today at an event in San Francisco to announce that the OnePlus One (be sure to check out our initial thoughts and gallery) will be the launch device for the latest version of CyanogenMod, dubbed “CM 11S.” A slight departure from the quick iteration of CyanogenMod releases in the past, CM 11S is a brand new release that’s being timed to head out on the OnePlus One hardware, showing off the latest CM has to offer. CM 11S isn’t a radical departure in terms of design, but there’s a lot going on here under the hood.

The three main pillars that users can see with the release of CM 11S are a redesigned camera app, a new theme engine and the release of the new Gallery app from beta to a complete version. Under the hood, five months of design work alone went into completely rewriting CyanogenMod’s theme engine to make it easier for users and designers alike to make their phone completely unique.

This is still CyanogenMod through and through — let’s go through a few of the details.






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Niantic Labs Field Trip app for Google Glass has received an update that enables voice controls. And all you have to say is “Okay Glass, Explore Nearby” to kick Field Trip into high gear. Field Trip hit Google Glass back in August of 2013, and it’s just now getting support for those voice commands that typify Glass.






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New premium Android devices with Google-controlled software and fast updates could arrive next year

Google could be preparing sweeping changes for the Android ecosystem next year, according to a report from The Information. The site has published details of what it calls the Android “Silver” program, a new lineup of premium Android smartphones it says will replace the current Nexus line. Silver, the report claims, is intended to combat Apple’s iPhone and allow Google to assert more control over the high-end Android market, currently dominated by Samsung.






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HTC’s promise to deliver the HTC Sense 6.0 update to the HTC One, One max and One mini before the end of May is a little closer to reality today as seven devices were moved from the Integration to the “Certification” phase. This means that the HTC Sense 6.0 code …


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It looks like the rumored HTC M8 Ace may not be the One (M8) mini or One (M8) max after all. According to Engadget, a trusted source has revealed that the HTC M8 Ace is a replica of the HTC One (M8) which trades in its aluminum unibody shell for …


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