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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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1 day ago

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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1 day ago

Cyanogen OS Privacy Guard — keeping apps from seeing your data

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Cyanogen OS Privacy Guard

One of the best features in Cyanogen OS lets you have your cake and eat it too

Personal security, especially when it comes to privacy on mobile devices, is all about the balance between convenience and usefulness. We use dozens of apps every day, each of which ask for access to an enormous amount of personal information in order to function. For many, it's an imperceptibly small sacrifice to make for access to the services provided by the app, especially when the alternative is not using the app at all.

Cyanogen OS includes a feature that acts as a reasonable middle ground, called Privacy Guard. Instead of having to choose between not using the app and offering your data as payment, Privacy Guard lets you deny the app certain kinds of information without interfering with functionality. Here's how it works.

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1 day ago

Why I'd buy the LG G4 over the Galaxy S6

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LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6

As I've written before, this was supposed to be the year the Samsung Galaxy S6 — and specifically the edge model — spends a good deal of time in my pocket and in my hand. And for a few weeks that was the case. The outstanding screen and camera pretty much made it a no-brainer.

Then came the LG G4. I'd used 2014's LG G3 for a bit, but it never really stuck with me. The new QHD display was finicky with oversharpening, and LG's software was a non-starter for me. This year, that's changed a bit.

To be clear, you can't really go wrong with either one of these phones. But I've made a choice, and it's been a pretty easy one to come to. So here's why I'd pick the LG G4 over the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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1 day ago

Xiaomi's $15 Mi Band now syncs with Google Fit

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Xiaomi pushed out an update to the Mi Fit companion app for the Mi Band fitness tracker that allows the sharing of data to Google Fit.

The compatibility with Google Fit makes the Mi Band — which went on sale in India earlier this year for just $15 — a much more attractive proposition for customers looking to track their daily activity. The Mi Band offers call and text notification alerts delivered through the trio of LED lights on its surface, and is IP67 certified.

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1 day ago

LG G4 now available at Carphone Warehouse, black leather option exclusive to retailer

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Carphone Warehouse has commenced sales of the LG G4, with the retailer offering the device on monthly plans starting at £35 a month.

The Black Leather variant of the LG G4 will be exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. The leather option makes the device feel much more premium, and is definitely worth the upgrade. In addition to the Black Leather version, Carphone Warehouse is stocking the brown leather option as well as the plastic-clad grey model.

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2 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: what are you looking forward to most at Google I/O?

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It's the most wonderful time of the year... It's the hap-happiest conference of all! Google I/O is just two short days away.

Google I/O is a bit like Christmas. Everyone gets together to drink, talk shop, and drink. Everyone waits in anticipation for Santa — Sundar Pichai — to come out and give us all our presents. Now, I/O makes a lot of parents — developers and bloggers — panic it's a chaotic time of travel and frantically trying to scoop together as much as possible to make sure the big day is perfect for their kids — users. And no matter what is announced on that stage, the only thing every kid wants on Christmas is to play with it. Right. Now. And while we have a pretty good idea of what some of our material design-wrapped presents are going to be, it's always fun to dream about what we're gonna get. And we Android fans have a lot to dream about this year.

So, what did you ask Santa for?

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2 days ago

Android 5.1 rolling out to 2014 Moto X and Moto E LTE on U.S. Cellular

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U.S. Cellular has begun rolling out Android 5.1 to the 2014 Moto X and the Moto E LTE.

If you happen to be rocking a 2014 Moto X or Moto E LTE on U.S. Cellular, you might want to hit that system update button, as the carrier has officially started rolling the Android 5.1 update out to both devices today.

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2 days ago

Using Cyanogen OS AudioFX, and whether you should bother

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AudioFX

One of the many software partnerships baked into Cyanogen OS is Audio FX, which is designed to help you get the best sound possible when listening through your phone. It's up to you to decide if it's worth the work though.

Generally speaking, audio enhancement apps and services for Android phones and tablets have a complicated relationship with their users. Someone with a reasonable understanding of how audio works can use an audio enhancement service to great effect, but these services need to cater to everyone else as well. The end result typically is a series of presets that are almost good and a series of toggles so you can turn the feature on and off depending on what you're listening to, but if you get one on your device that works well it can be a big deal.

Cyanogen OS includes one of these services in the form of a partnership with MaxxAudio, called AudioFX. Here's what you need to know in order to effectively navigate the app, should you decide your audio could use a little tweaking.

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2 days ago

Watch Phil live tonight on TWiT's All About Android show!

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Coming up live tonight starting at 5 p.m. PDT — that's 8 p.m. on the east coast — our own Phil Nickinson is back in California ahead of this year's Google I/O developer conference but first is making a stop at the TWiT studios for All About Android!

Expect a whole bunch of Google I/O previewing as everyone gets set for the annual conference Plus, the latest in other Android news, and plenty of other hijinks!

You can watch the show live at this link. And be sure to heckle in the chat!

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2 days ago

EE lights up 4G LTE roaming in China

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LTE roaming

UK mobile operator EE has become the first British network to offer 4G LTE roaming coverage in mainland China.

The carrier's list of 4G roaming countries has not yet been updated to reflect the change, however we've been seeing solid LTE coverage through China Unicom on our EE SIMs in the Beijing area in recent days. Unicom operates FDD-LTE — the flavor of 4G used by most Western networks — on Band 3, which also happens to be EE's main LTE band at home. Its main rivals, China Mobile and China Telecom, only use TDD-LTE frequencies, which are incompatible with most 4G phones sold in Europe. So naturally, the Unicom pair-up makes most sense for a Euro network like EE.

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2 days ago

Microsoft Office apps to be pre-installed on LG, Sony and other Android tablets

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If you buy a new Android tablet, the chances are getting better that it might have Office apps from Microsoft pre-installed out of the box.

After announcing that Samsung, Dell and 10 more OEMs would pre-install Microsoft apps and services on their Android tablets earlier this year, Microsoft is announcing similar agreements with 20 more Android tablet makers, including LG and Sony.

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2 days ago

Nexus Player price cut to $79 on the Google Store

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Google has cut the price of the Nexus Player on the Google Store to $79.

If you're still looking to get your hands on Google's first Android TV box, the company has cut the price of the Nexus Player by $20, bringing it down to $79 from its previous $99 price tag.

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2 days ago

Download Android 5.1.1 factory image for T-Mobile Nexus 6 now

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The factory image which includes Wi-Fi calling on T-Mobile has now been made available from Google for the Nexus 6.

Android 5.1.1 build LYZ28E has just been made available from Google for Nexus 6 owners who have T-Mobile to download and install. This release brings both the factory image and OTA update files, allowing users to update their devices without having to wait.

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