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1 week ago

NBA 2K15 dribbles onto Amazon

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2K's official NBA game launched today on Android, but for the time being it's going to be exclusively available for Amazon devices. NBA 2K15 offers substantially improved graphics while playing on the basketball court, and a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline by doing stuff like answering questions at press conferences and training their custom-made character. The soundtrack is curated by Pharrell Williams, which should keep gameplay moving nicely.

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1 week ago

Samsung announces 64-bit Exynos 7 Octa with significant performance improvements

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Samsung officially announced the Exynos 7 Octa today, the second mobile SoC from the manufacturer to use a 20nm process. The South Korean vendor is touting significant performance enhancements to the tune of 57 percent over the Exynos 5 Octa, which is achieved by using 64-bit CPU cores.

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1 week ago

Nexus joins the big leagues with premium devices and carrier backing

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A new era of Android brings a new strategy for Nexus devices

The announcement of Android 5.0 Lollipop brings us into a new age of Android, with a new design language, important new APIs for developers, and even new categories of device. It's been known for some time what this new Android era — the third, by our calculations — will entail for the platform itself, but it was only yesterday we learned the implications for Google's own hardware.

With the arrival of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the Nexus "subsidy" appears to be a thing of the past. These are relatively expensive, premium products, and they'll launch in the U.S. with support from all the major carriers. There's no doubt it's a significant change from the largely off-contract, Play Store-focused approach of previous years.

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1 week ago

Google may be more flexible toward OEM customization on wearables, TVs and cars in the future

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When Google announced Android Wear, Android TV and Android Auto at this year's I/O event, it mentioned that it was going to limit the amount of customization manufacturers would be able to undertake. However, that may change soon, according to vice president of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer.

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1 week ago

India included in first wave of countries to receive Nexus 6

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Now that the Nexus 6 is official, Motorola is sharing more details on when the handset will be available in countries around the globe. In a blog post yesterday, the manufacturer stated that the device would be heading to 28 countries by the end of the year, with India included in the first wave. Although an official launch date has not been confirmed, it is expected that the device will be launched in the country sometime in the month of December.

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1 week ago

Lenovo launches Yoga Tablet 2 and Yoga Tablet 2 Pro in India

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After unveiling the tablets in the UK last week, Lenovo has launched the 8 and 10-inch versions of the Yoga Tablet 2 and the 13.3-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro in India. Set to be available exclusively on Flipkart, the 8-inch Yoga Tablet 2 is set to go on sale starting October 17 for Rs. 20,999 ($340), followed by the launch of the 10-inch Yoga Tablet 2 mid-November for Rs. 28,990 ($470) and the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro by the end of November for Rs. 47,990 ($780).

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1 week ago

Today was a big day for Android, but there's more to come

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Google's still not done, and we love it

Whew, what a day, right? Google threw out all the stops all at once and we had a veritable flood of Android today, and chances are there was something to love in the mix for each of us. The Nexus 6, The Nexus 9, The Nexus Player and Lollipop came at us with a fury, and the overload felt really damn good.

Of course, we'll have discussion about what we saw, the good and bad, the expensive and the cheap, and how bad we want all of it anyway over the next few weeks while we wait. But we have to remember that Google isn't done yet! There's a good bit more in the pipes and on it's way to us, and we can get just as excited all over again.

Let's discuss what is still in store for Android fans

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

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Samsung once again leaves no feature behind, and makes improvements across the board in the Note 4

Since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note line in the fall of 2010, it has stood as the "tock" to the Galaxy S' "tick" in the product cycle year after year. The leading Galaxy S device of the year introduces all of the new software features, a new form factor and a new internal specs, while the Galaxy Note later in the year refines the physical design, enhances the software with new S Pen features and often fixes the pain points introduced with the Galaxy S — all while doing a little something extra with the increased screen real estate.

In many ways you could say the Galaxy Note is the device that Samsung really uses to push its limits. Where it tries things to see what sticks, then integrate it back into the next-generation Galaxy S.

This year is no different, and the Galaxy Note 4 is tocking right along, improving dramatically on the Galaxy S5. With a brand new aluminum exterior that looks and feels great, optical image stabilization on the camera, a new higher-resolution QHD display, top-end internals and small refinements on the software, this is a device any manufacturer would be happy to call its leading flagship.

Despite generally playing second fiddle to the Galaxy S5, it's actually not hard to say that the Galaxy Note 4 contains all of the features we wish were in the GS5 — if not for its larger screen size that's physically too much to handle for many. This is the real 2014 flagship for Samsung, and it's called the Galaxy Note 4. Read along for our full review.

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1 week ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Lollipop

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Android 5.0 lollipop statue

Yes, we know it was way too easy to pick the photo contest prompt this week. But how could we not choose "lollipop" in the week that Google finally unveiled Android 5.0? Just like every other week, though, we're looking for your best pictures fitting this prompt, and we're sure this week is going to be packed full of sweet shots.

We're picking out three winners this week, and each winner will receive an Android Central T-shirt for their winning entry!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (October 21) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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1 week ago

Sony gives Xperia Z3 Compact a ship date in U.S.

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Sony is now showing that the Xperia Z3 Compact is available for pre-order in its online store with an estimated ship date. The phone, which will work with GSM carriers in the U.S., is sold unlocked for $529.99, and Sony is estimating that the Xperia Z3 Compact will ship by November 3 whereas previously it was listed as backordered.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Station' winners!

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Another photo contest, another set of great pictures. This week had a good number of useful "station" pictures, and we had a great time checking out each one. We had to pick three to win this week, and these shots are deserving of their prizes.

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1 week ago

Here's who won an Olloclip for the Galaxy S5!

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Over the weekend we ran a quick contest for one of you lucky folks to win your own Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system for the Samsung Galaxy S5. We've had fun playing around with it and now it's time to announce who was drawn out to win!

Drum roll please...

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1 week ago

Sprint updates HTC One M7 with Google security improvements

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Sprint is rolling out a new software update for the HTC One M7 on its network, which contains bug fixes, enhancements, and Google security improvements. The update brings the software version to 5.05.651.2 and clocks in at 325.18 MB.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player: Welcome to the next era of Android

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With a new phone, tablet and living room play — to say nothing of new hardware — Android ushers in its next generation

And with that we've just had a whole bunch of Android awesomeness dumped upon us. Android 5.0 Lollipop is officially official. New nickname, a pretty major bump in version number (for what that's worth), and ... more waiting to be done. A new SDK drops Oct. 17, as well as new preview images. But we've still got a ways to go before final production software hits any devices.

Then we've got the well-leaked Nexus 6 smartphone, and the new Nexus 9 tablet beside it — from first-time Nexus manufacturer Motorola, and the return of HTC! — and ... there's more waiting to be done. They'll go up for preorder Oct. 17, and be available in early November. There's a mix of familiar and new here, and the more important of the two devices might surprise you. But we also have a few questions that will need to be answered in time.

And finally there's the new Nexus Player. This one, like Chromecast before it, largely managed to avoid any pre-announcement leakage. We've been expecting something given that Android TV demo boxes have been floating around with developers since Google I/O, but what we saw announced today actually is a bit of a departure. And we've got questions about that as well.

Read on for a breakdown of the important parts of today's news, and what remains to be answered.

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1 week ago

This official Nexus Player video reminds us that we'll never see the Nexus Q in white

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Google has posted an "official" Nexus Player video on YouTube. It shows off the circular design, gives us a glance at voice search via the remote, and even reminds us of the quad-core Intel Silvermont CPU. Not a list of things we don't already know, but it's well done and something every Android fan will want to see. Click it above and have a look.

And when it's done, notice the first link in the grid of related videos. Seeing the Nexus Q video again is little heartbreaking, especially if you fast-forward to 1:47. That's where you see the white Nexus Q.

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