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Should I upgrade from the LG G3 to the G4?

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LG G3 vs LG G4

It's always the way. 12 months from the launch of a hot new flagship device comes its successor. And then come the questions.

It doesn't matter which phone from which manufacturer, without fail there's going to be something shiny and new that comes along a year later as you try to cling to your wallet while you're asking yourself whether you should upgrade.

LG's latest, the G4, is likely putting a fair few G3 owners in that very position right about now. It's got the newest hardware, the latest software, some pretty nifty camera improvements, and a healthy dose of leather if that's your thing.

So, if you're wondering, let's see if we can help out a little bit.

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Google Spotlight Stories is now available in Google Play, compatible with select devices

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Google Spotlight Stories has made its way to Google Play, but to start the app only works on select devices.

Google has released a new app that transforms your phone into a mobile movie theater by using a variety of video techniques to bring a unique experience. In Google Spotlight Stories, engineers and filmmakers are bringing stories to life using 2D and 3D animation, along with 360 degree cinema-quality video, and full-sphere surround sound.

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Latest Chrome for Android update brings faster online checkouts, touch to search

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Google announced the rollout of Chrome 43 for Android today, which brings faster online checkouts and more.

Google says that Chrome 43 will begin rolling out on Google Play over the next few days, bringing with it a faster checkout process when shopping online, along with a new touch to search feature.

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Android Auto hitting the road in 14 Chevy models later this year

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GM's CEO has revealed that 14 Chevy models will come equipped with Android Auto when they debut later this year.

Mary Barra, CEO of GM, says that Chevy will introduce 14 new cars this year equipped with Android Auto later this year. This will allow customers to use several features of their Android device in their vehicle. All of the cars will be in the 2016 model year, and will include Chevy's Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, and Volt lines.

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Verizon begins LG G4 pre-orders on May 28, in stores on June 4

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The LG G4 will go up for pre-order at Verizon on May 28, with availability in-store coming June 4.

Verizon announced that it will open up pre-orders for the LG G4 on May 28, ahead of in-store availability on June 4. Interested buyers will have the option of snagging the handset in metallic gray, black leather, or the Verizon-exclusive ceramic white.

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Facebook Messenger expands its direct payment feature, rolls out in New York City

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People who can use the direct payment features in the Facebook Messenger app now have some new options to check out.

In March, Facebook began its slow rollout of its new direct payment features inside its Messenger app. Today, it is adding some more options to those features, along with expanding its reach to include more people.

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Google releases Android 5.1.1 Factory Images for Sprint and US Cellular Nexus 6

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Nexus 6 owners on Sprint and US Cellular who don't want to wait around for the latest Android 5.1.1 update to land on their device can now manually flash the update, right from Google.

The latest build of Android 5.1.1 for US Cellular and Sprint customers is LMY47Z, and it can now be downloaded and installed on the Nexus 6.

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1 day ago

We're live from Google I/O 2015!

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Google I/O at Moscone West

The time, it has arrived. We're live from Google I/O 2015 this week in San Francisco. South of Market, at Moscone West, to be exact.

What to expect this week? Well, by now you've no doubt dived into our Google I/O preview. That just barely scratches the surface, though. We'll be liveblogging the keynote at 9:30 a.m. PDT. And then the sessions begin, which is where the real work begins, with developers getting the inside scoop of what's new, and the best way to go about doing things throughout the Google/Android/Chrome ecosystem.

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getgeeked is coming to San Francisco and Android Central is a partner!

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In case you haven't heard, getgeeked is coming to San Francisco on June 11 — and we're absolutely thrilled that Android Central is the lead media partner for the first West Coast event! So thrilled in fact, that we've teamed up with getgeeked and Lenovo to give away a Yoga Tablet Pro 2 to kick things off.

More on that giveaway coming later. For now, let's talk about getgeeked and the upcoming event!

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Microsoft brings its Office Lens document scanner app to Android

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Microsoft's Office Lens app, which lets people can documents and other items and convert them with multiple file formats, has launched officially for Android.

Microsoft continues to expand its Android support with today's official launch of its Office Lens app. The app was previously released for Windows Phone and the iPhone.

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Xiaomi to officially launch the Mi Store on June 1 for the UK, Germany, US, and France

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Xiaomi is now ready to officially launch its Mi Store in the US, UK, Germany, and France beginning on June 1.

After what appears to be a successful test in of their store in the US, UK, Germany, and France, Xiaomi is ready to launch its Mi Store officially on June 1. The company will start off with various accessories in stock, such as battery packs, headphones, and its rather cheap fitness band.

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How (and when) to use manual mode on the LG G4 camera

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G4 camera

The LG G4 takes excellent pictures. Using manual mode in the camera can take things a step further for those times when you want or need a bit more control.

You might have seen some of the amazing pictures the people with early access to the LG G4 have been taking. The camera hardware is great, the software seems to do a really good job of turning out images, and the camera app is easy to use and feature-packed. We think that LG has lived up to their promise of delivering an awesome camera on their latest Android flagship phone.

One other thing that LG has done right is include a slew of manual controls (using the new camera2 API) built into the camera app. They've put them behind a simple — but effective — interface and made them accessible to anyone, pro and amateur alike. While many of us are used to fiddling with things like exposure settings and white balance, it really is something for the novice to try, too.

Lets talk about how — and when — to use them.

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Watch our own Phil Nickinson on All About Android 215!

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Michael Wolfson, Phil Nickinson, Jason Howell, Ron Richards and Daniel Tyson

One of the highlights anytime we make it out to the San Francisco Bay Area is having the honor of swinging by the TWiT studios up in Petaluma to see some pals and the work they do at This Week in Tech up close and personal. And such was the case again this week as we crowded 'round the table for episode 215 of All About Android, joining hosts Jason Howell and Ron Richards, along with fellow guests Michael Wolfson and Ausdroid's Daniel Tyson.

And if that seems like a lot of us for one pre-Google I/O show, you're right. And it was incredible.

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1 day ago

Stroll scratch free with Tech Armor's easy-install HD screen protectors for Galaxy S6

Tech Armor HD Clear Screen Protectors

A newb-friendly application and quality display protection that doesn't turn your display grainy. We approve.

There are numerous screen protectors for the Samsung Galaxy S6 available across the web, offering different levels of protection and installation techniques. Tech Armor's HD Clear protectors, however, keep the beautiful resolution of your display while shielding from common enemies like keys, dirt, and other abrasive elements. Best of all, you get 3 protectors in each package, saving the extras for when it's time to replace one. Hit the break to check out what's included along with a quick and easy installation video.

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Fleksy adds millions of stickers with its new Imoji keyboard partnership

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The popular Flesky keyboard got a big update today, adding the new Imoji Sticker Keyboard, which lets users communicate using millions of stickers.

If you love stickers, then you are really going to go nuts with the update to the Fleksy. It adds the Imoji Sticker Keyboard, which brings millions of new stickers to Fleksy.

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