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1 hour ago

Verizon's LG G Pad 8.3 tablet gets a minor software update

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Verizon Wireless is currently rolling out a small software update for its version of the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. It won't update the device to Android 5.0 Lollipop but it does address a few minor issues with the tablet.

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2 hours ago

Dictionary.com updates free and premium Android apps with new features

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The Dictionary.com free and premium apps for Android have both been updated to version 5.0 in the Google Play Store. Both versions include a visual redesign and a new Word of the Day quiz widget, but the ad-free premium version includes a bunch of other new additions.

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2 hours ago

Xiaomi reportedly raising over $1 billion in new round of funding

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A new report claims that Xiaomi is raising over $1 billion in a new funding round that could be finalized as early as Monday. The latest influx is supposedly led by All-Stars Investment, run by former Morgan Stanley analyst Richard Ji.

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5 hours ago

Amazon is finally shipping the Nexus 9 Magic Cover, but only in one color

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Amazon has started shipping the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9, but only in a single color. Should you be looking out for a new cover through the online retailer, you'll have to make do with Coral Amethyst (pictured above), though at least it's something, right?

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6 hours ago

Santa Phil Day 6: Win one of two Nexus 9 tablets and keyboard folios!

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Nexus 9

The Six Days of Santa Phil are coming to a close, and we're going out right. Up for grabs today are two 32GB Nexus 9 tablets. You've got the opportunity to win one, and someone else has the opportunity to win the second. (You're not winning both, in other words.) And with each tablet we'll throw in a keyboard folio for good measure.

To enter: Leave your best holiday haiku here in this contest thread. (Not in the comments below. If you leave your haiku in the comments here, we can't be held responsible for the amount of ridicule you may endure.) That's it. We'll accept entries through 5 p.m. PDT Monday, Dec. 22. Good luck!

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6 hours ago

The ASUS ZenWatch video review walkthrough

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Got two minutes? Here are the broad strokes of the ASUS ZenWatch, the first Android Wear from the Taiwanese manufacturer. And two minutes really is all it takes to convey that this is arguably the best-looking Android smartwatch thus far, from the stainless steel body to the hefty leather strap. And should you want to use something else, that strap is plenty easy to swap out.

On the negative side? Well, there's not a lot. ASUS doubles up on some of the software, and it tends to nag you about installing other apps more than anyone else we've seen so far. But otherwise you get the same Android Wear experience as on other smartwatches — only in a design that definitely turns heads.

When you're done here, be sure to check out our complete ASUS ZenWatch review!

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19 hours ago

gReader update brings Material Design, Lollipop support

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Both the free and the ad-free versions of gReader have been updated recently. The apps, both in version 4.0, brings a lot of visual changes to give your news a fresh look. With the update, gReader gains support for Lollipop, brings Material Design to its look, and adds a new card view for item lists.

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19 hours ago

Google+ brings 1-click Auto Enhance to video uploads

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Google just brought over its Auto Enhance feature that debuted with photos to videos. The feature isn't enabled automatically for all videos, but with a single click, you can allow Google to use its algorithms to fine-tune your videos. The feature will work on the Google+ Photos app on Android as well as on Google+ for Mac, Windows and Chrome OS.

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19 hours ago

Verizon's holiday deal takes 50 percent off select Android phones

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Verizon is running a holiday promotion for those who are willing to sign a two-year contract with the carrier. Through the deal, Android smartphones priced at $199 or higher with a contract will be discounted by 50 percent, meaning the new, expensive Android flagship you've been eyeing could start as low as $99.

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20 hours ago

Google sends out last Inbox invites for the year

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Ending the year, Google announced that it has sent out the last batch of Inbox invitations for 2014. Those who requested an invitation by emailing Google directly were given one, and Google says that it won't be sending out new invitations for the Gmail-based email service until 2015.

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20 hours ago

Google to bring Nexus 9's Tegra K1 processor to Project Ara

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Project Ara will offer a few choices in processor selection, and now Google has announced that it is working with Marvell and NVIDIA to bring their application processors as options for the modular smartphone. Both the NVIDIA Tegra K1, the same chip that's found inside the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Marvell PXA1928 will be joining Rockchip as options for Ara's processing power.

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21 hours ago

Google searches for partner to bring its autonomous vehicle to life

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Google is looking for a car manufacturer to partner with in building autonomous, self-driving cars. Though Google has built concept and prototype cars in the past, the search giant says that it doesn't want to be an auto-maker and is instead searching for a partner to bring its vision to consumers within the next five years.

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22 hours ago

Google publishes Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012)

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Google has just posted the factory image of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the WiFi version of the 2012 Nexus 7. This follows the rollout of the Android 5.0.1 on many Nexus devices recently. With the factory image up, an OTA update can't be too far away, and we'll keep you posted on AndroidCentral if we see Android 5.0.2 on other Nexus smartphones and tablets.

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23 hours ago

Android Central 215: Woes and wows

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It's that time of year in which Google tends to dump a bunch of year-end updates on us. Some good. Some ... could use a little more time in the oven. We take a look at some of the bigger changes of the past couple weeks — including the major Android Wear 5.0.1 update — and see what's worked out, and what needs more work.

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