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11 min ago

This is Android L on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 Android L

Eight-minute video shows next version of Android on Samsung's flagship phone

As we approach the anticipated launch window for Android L, it's not unexpected that major OEMs might have their hands on pre-release code for the next version of Google's OS. What's a little more unusual is seeing one of these unreleased builds being laid bare online, and that's exactly what we're seeing today courtesy of Samsung fansite SamMobile. And on the whole we're witnessing a surprisingly comprehensive overhaul of Samsung's TouchWiz UI, mostly thanks to Material Design.

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1 hour ago

Best Tasker plugins

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Tasker is a mighty powerful app in its own right, but I'll confess, one of its best features is the plugins that help it do even more than it could on its own. (The best feature is — and always will be — the wonderful support community that gathers around this app.) Plugins come in many sizes and shapes, but a few stand head and shoulders above the rest.

We've covered some of these before, and others will be making their first appearance. Without further ado, let's get automating!

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2 hours ago

Google Play Newsstand gets revamped with new Material Design look

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Google Play Newsstand

The Google Play Newsstand app is rolling out a new look that incorporates the Material Design choices that are a part of the upcoming Android L release. Google says this will allow the online magazine and reading app to have "bigger images, more contextual headers and smoother transitions."

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2 hours ago

British red phone boxes are turning green to charge your smartphones

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Famous British red phone boxes are being revived to charge smartphones. The new solar-powered hubs are painted green and branded "Solarbox", but retain much of the same iconic design. Gone were the days of wired calls, say hello to free public charging.

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2 hours ago

Brushed Stainless Pebble Steel gets another price drop at Amazon, now just $169.99

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Earlier this week, Pebble dropped the price of the Pebble Steel to just $199 — which is a $50 savings off of the original price tag. Some eagle eyed shoppers have spotted an even better deal though, as it appears that you can pick up a brushed stainless model of the Steel at Amazon for just $169.99 — an additional $30 savings.

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2 hours ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 2

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 hours ago

Roku Screen Mirroring beta launched for Android devices

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Roku has started a beta of a new feature for its Roku 3 TV set top box and its Roku HDMI Streaming Stick that will allow them to mirror screens from Android devices to big screen televisions.

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2 hours ago

Many more games added to two latest Android Humble Bundle deals

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Two new Humble Bundle "pay what you want" deals were launched last week with games made for Android devices and now even more games have been added to both bundles.

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2 hours ago

Alcatel C1 GoPhone available this month on AT&T for $59.99

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Alcatel Onetouch has today announced availability of the Alcatel C1, a GoPhone device available pre-paid on AT&T. Beginning this month, the C1 will be available nationwide in the US for $59.99. The C1 features a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 2MP camera, and is running Android 4.2.

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2 hours ago

My Android is slow: 5 things you can do to speed your phone back up

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Make your Android fast again — it is possible

We've all been there. You have a fancy, new, highly complex Android-powered computational device that can do everything from checking your email to surfing the web to controlling your microwave so your popcorn doesn't burn. It's shiny, and screaming fast while doing all the things we wanted it to do. Everything is roses all around.

Android Central BasicsFast forward a year down the road, and besides the shiny wearing off, things aren't as zippy as they used to be. Apps take longer to open and run. Transitions between screens take longer to redraw than we would like. The speed demon that your device once was is starting to get a little frustrating to use. Your Android is slow.

Don't fret. This happens to every computer, even the Android one you carry in your pocket. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to alleviate your pain and get back to Speed Racer mode again. None are difficult, and we're going to take a look at the five best things you can do to "fix" a slow Android.

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3 hours ago

Fruit Ninja for Android gets new update with major gameplay changes

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As promised a couple of weeks ago, developer Halfbrick has releases a major update to its popular touch-themed arcade game Fruit Ninja for Android devices that greatly changes the basic gameplay of the title.

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3 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha teardown reveals razor thin display assembly

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A full disassembly of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha gives us a peek under the hood. The most noteworthy aspect of the device's internal hardware is the super-slim 1.4 mm display, which is half the width of the iPhone 6 front panel. This actually makes repairing fairly difficult given how much adhesive Samsung uses. There's also a gasket around the headphone jack, which hints that all-around waterproofing may have been a consideration at some point.

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4 hours ago

Angry Birds maker Rovio looking to simplify its business with potential layoffs

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The Finnish studio behind Angry Birds, Rovio has announced that job cuts may be on the cards to simplify the company. CEO Mikael Hed admitted in a blog post published today the company has been growing on assumptions, a tactic that's clearly not sustainable in today's competitive market.

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4 hours ago

Vertu's latest luxury phone offers exotic materials and high-end specs for $6,900

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The $10,300 Signature Touch out of your budget range? Vertu understands your plight, which is why the luxury phone manufacturer just announced the Aster, a $6,900 hand-crafted smartphone constructed out of titanium.

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