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4 days ago

Amazon reportedly prepping ad-supported video streaming service

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Amazon is reportedly preparing a new video streaming service that would undercut its rivals, particularly Netflix. The service would not be attached to Amazon Prime, and though it would have ads, it's likely that consumers would still pay a subscription fee, however one significantly lower than what they pay now for Amazon's rivals like Netflix and Hulu.

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4 days ago

Nexus 6 now available from Best Buy for AT&T and Sprint

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The Nexus 6 is now available at Best Buy. The device is available for either AT&T or Sprint, and comes in the Midnight Blue color. The Nexus 6 from either carrier costs $249.99 up front.

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5 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 21

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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5 days ago

Ascend Mate 2 getting Lollipop upgrade in the first half of next year

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Huawei's Ascend Mate 2 will be receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop during the first half of 2015. It was recently announced that the device, which runs Android 4.3, would not get the upgrade to KitKat, so this is good news for Ascend Mate 2 users.

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5 days ago

The Sonim XP6 combines ruggedness, buttons, push-to-talk, and Android on AT&T

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If you've been looking for a phone that marries a modern smartphone with a classic candy-bar cellphone, all wrapped in a cocoon of toughness, you'll want to look no further than the Sonim XP6 on AT&T. At first glance you wouldn't think much of it — with its physical number pad, d pad, and call buttons it looks like any other hyper-ruggedized cellphone, complete with a little nub of a vestigal antenna sticking up in the top right corner. But then this black-and-yellow beast is turned on and that screen displays, of all things, Android 4.4 KitKat.

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5 days ago

Arki isn't about just step counts, it's about stepping better

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Quick, what's your walking posture like? Are you moseying around with your hands in your pockets, or are you head down towards your smartphone? Are you just doing it all wrong? That's what Arki aims to fix by using motion tracking for more than just counting steps. The Kickstarter campaign, which has been up for just over a week and is already closing in on their $100,000 goal, is geared around building a fitness tracker that uses data about how you move and the ideal walking posture to get you moving not just more, but moving more smartly.

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5 days ago

Huawei Ascend P7 pops up on India's Flipkart for Rs. 27,999

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Huawei has yet to officially launch the Ascend P7 in India, but this hasn't halted local retailers from stocking the Android smartphone and offering it to the public. Both Flipkart and Amazon India have the Ascend P7 listed, but only the former is taking orders and shipping at the time of publishing.

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5 days ago

Lollipop update will not be rolling out today for the HTC One M8 GPe

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Mo Versi, VP of Product Management at HTC, took to Twitter to reveal that Lollipop for the HTC M8 GPe (Google Play edition) will not be hitting channels today, due to the software needing a "re-spin". It comes as bad news for those who are eagerly awaiting the rollout of Android Lollipop 5.0 for the device. The company is currently waiting for approval from Google, so it shouldn't be far off.

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5 days ago

Plex Home delivers parental controls, better sharing, managed accounts

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Plex Home has arrived to deliver new features allowing users to have better control over sharing and their media in a multi-member family household. Users can now choose who they want to share their media content with and create separate user profiles for different members of their family — something that is enabled as a result of Plex moving server management to the web app.

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5 days ago

Google agrees to settlement with Rockstar consortium over patent dispute

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Google has reached a settlement agreement with patent-holding consortium Rockstar, which counts Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry among its members, in a lawsuit originating last October. In its suit, Rockstar alleged that Google had infringed on seven search-related patents that it owned after winning a bid to acquire Nortel's intellectual property portfolio.

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5 days ago

How to set your default SMS app on Android Lollipop

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If you take a gander in Google Play and look for SMS replacement applications, you'll find a ton of them. For real, I weighed them. OK, not really, but there are a lot of them. The best part? Many of them are really, really good and you'll probably want to try them out. Android's pretty cool about changing core applications, and thankfully most times it is easy to do.

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5 days ago

Score deals in participating apps with 'Buy with Google' promotion

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Google announced today that it has some big savings in store for those of you shopping around the with your favorite retailer apps from the Google Play Store. If you choose "Buy With Google" at checkout you can snag some great deals from several different participating retailers.

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5 days ago

Motorola Camera update brings new timer options, wrist flick gesture for camera switching [update]

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Update: It looks like the Motorola Gallery app has gotten some Material love as well. Article is updated accordingly.

Motorola's Camera and Gallery apps for its Moto X, Moto G, and Droid devices snagged an update today. While the Camera update is rather minor, it did nab a couple of new features including new 3-second and 10-second options for the timer, and the double wrist flick gesture now also handles switching between the front and back cameras. On the Gallery side of things, nothing has really changed other than a fresh coat of Material, but it does look very nice.

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5 days ago

Chrome OS update focuses on Google Drive with Chromecast, Launcher support

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Google announced today that Chrome OS has gotten a new update on its stable channel, bringing with it a few notable changes. If you're on a Chrome OS device, you can now enjoy Chromecast support for media files stored on Google Drive, along with the added ability to display apps installed on Google Drive in the Chrome OS Launcher.

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5 days ago

Google Play Music now lists relevant YouTube videos for All Access subscribers

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Looking to heat up the integration with YouTube's new subscription service, Music Key, Google has dropped an interesting little feature for All Access subscribers into the Google Play Music app. Now, when browsing for music or playing a song, the app will show if there is a music video related to your selection.

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