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3 days ago

BT in early talks to purchase O2 or EE

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According to reports, British Telecom is in early talks with Telefonica to purchase O2, the same mobile operator it released back in 2001. Not only has BT set its sights on O2, but the UK's largest network EE has also been offered in a separate deal.

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3 days ago

Samsung reportedly falls short of Galaxy S5 sales estimates

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Looks like there was some justification behind Samsung's decision to streamline its smartphone portfolio in 2015, as the Wall Street Journal reports that the Galaxy S5 failed to sell nearly as well as its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. According to the WSJ, Samsung sold 12 million units of the Galaxy S5 in the first three months, four million units less than what the Galaxy S4 achieved last year.

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3 days ago

Xiaomi launches Redmi Note in India for Rs. 8,999; 4G version also inbound

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After finding success with the Mi 3 and the Redmi 1S, Xiaomi has launched its third device in the Indian market, the Redmi Note. The handset will be available starting December 2 on Flipkart, and will be offered in two variants: A 3G dual-SIM version which retails for Rs. 8,999 ($145), and a single-SIM 4G version with Indian-specific LTE bands that costs Rs. 9,999 ($160).

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3 days ago

Reported Samsung restructuring could better integrate homes, phones

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Samsung Electronics reportedly is looking at a major re-organization after slumping sales at its smartphone division, according to the Wall Street Journal. With the change in management, one scenario could have co-CEO B.K. Yoon of Samsung's home appliance and television business take the reins of mobile from J.K. Shin, long the worldwide face of Samsung's smartphone business.

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3 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Bluenote, Amazon, Trine 2 and more

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Apps of the week

We're back with some more great app picks to share this week. We've got apps that will help keep you organized, apps that will help while you shop, and a couple of high-end games for high-end devices. All of them are things we find ourselves using often, and we think they're worth talking about.

Of course, we also want to hear about the apps you found over the past week, so be sure to let everyone know in the comments about apps that all of us should be trying. Sharing is caring!

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3 days ago

MOTA 12000mAh High-Capacity Power Bank review

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Charging, charging, charging....

MOTA's name is one that frequently pops up in conversations about wearables and accessories for your many devices. Their High-Capacity Power Bank is strong, sturdy, and big, but is it right for your gear bag? Will it get your through that weekend camping in the woods? Well, we've been putting it through its paces the last month to find out.

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4 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: Ask away!

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Phil Nickinson

It's a muggy Sunday morning here in Florida, I just got home from another attempt at exercising, and I don't much feel like working today. And seeing as how it's been nearly two months since the last time we did this, here we go.

Have something you want to ask? Ask away in the comments. Android, otherwise, whatever. Ask away. I'll answer questions throughout the day.

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4 days ago

Weekly poll results: Did Lollipop come to you, or did you go find it?

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Earlier in the week we asked about you, your phone (or tablet) and Lollipop. Specifically, how you got the two together if you could. Every year we see the same scramble to try and get the new version of the operating system on devices that have a build, and custom ROM makers always make things fun. This year is no different.

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4 days ago

Best Android apps and games of the week: The Banner Saga and more!

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The Banner Saga on the NVIDIA Shield Tablet

It's been another week, and another batch of awesome Android apps and games are ready for the downloading. There's a big dose of communication apps this week, and a healthy mix of action, strategy, and physics games to dig into.

Grab your closest Android device and dive into our top ten new apps in the Google Play Store. As always, sound off in the comments with your favorite recent Android apps and games.

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4 days ago

How to add a U2F Security Key to your Google Account

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Pretty blue key to a pretty sweet account

Security class in session

Your Google Account is important. "One login, all of Google" also means one login will not only get you into all of your services and data, it potentially could let someone else in, too. And that's why, as we've told you over and over again, you need to use two-step authentication. That way, even if your password is cracked or — god forbid — stolen, any would-be trespassers have to obtain this secondary piece of verification in order to do anything. For most of us, that second step is provided by Google Authenticator, but Google has given us another method: U2F Security Keys.

Ready to unlock your key to the kingdom?

Let's rap.

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4 days ago

Doctor Who Legacy celebrates its first birthday with lots of plans for new content

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Tiny Rebel Games, the developers behind Doctor Who Legacy for Android, are celebrating the game's first anniversary by offering a look at what's coming up next.

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4 days ago

Android One phones reportedly not welcome at many Indian retailers

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A recent report claims that many brick-and-mortar retailers in India have refused to sell the three current Android One smartphones, because Google and its hardware partners decided back in September to give online sales a head start.

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4 days ago

HTC Desire 820: The Android Central casual review

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Desire 820

HTC's second 'mid-range flagship' this year is a solid improvement in almost every area

The past year has seen the HTC Desire range — the Taiwanese manufacturer's line of mid-range handsets — expanded to cover everything from the super-cheap Desire 510 to the selfie-centric Desire EYE. And with it, HTC has introduced a new, unashamedly plastic design language, while keeping software performance and features mostly in line with the flagship HTC One.

Earlier this year we checked out the Desire 816, finding it to be a solid mid-range flagship with just a couple of minor flaws. For late 2014, the 816 has been succeeded by Desire 820, a revamped incarnation of this compelling mid-ranger boasting upgraded internals and a sharp new design. On the outside, the new two-tone chassis introduces bolder colors into the mix. And on the inside there's a faster 64-bit capable CPU, along with upped storage and RAM, and a significantly upgraded camera setup.

We'll dive deeper after the break, in a casual review of the HTC Desire 820.

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5 days ago

Samsung showcases S Pen on the Galaxy Note 4 with a little help from Reggie Watts

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Samsung has already shown off the features of the Galaxy Note 4 in its "Do you Note?" commercials, and this time around the vendor has recruited Reggie Watts to bring some beatboxing into the mix to highlight the features offered by the S Pen. Samsung also rolled out three other commercials that show how the phablet holds up during everyday tasks.

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5 days ago

OnePlus One Indian launch imminent, Amazon gets exclusive rights

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Earlier this year, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced that the vendor was looking to launch the OnePlus One in India in December, with country-specific invites available to consumers interested in buying the device. A teaser posted on Amazon India today indicates that the retailer will have exclusive rights to sell the handset in the country. While Amazon did not mention the device by name, the teaser corresponds to the Sandstone Black version of the OnePlus One.

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