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6 days ago

The Witcher: Battle Arena fights its way out of beta and onto Android

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The Witcher: Battle Arena, a MOBA-style game set in the Witcher fantasy universe, is now available to download worldwide for Android via the Google Play Store. The game entered closed beta testing in August.

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6 days ago

Sony to release the purple Xperia Z3 in Hong Kong later this month

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Sony has confirmed that the company will be launching the Xperia Z3 Purple Diamond Edition in Hong Kong by the end of January. The color has been in the rumor mill for quite some time, but soon consumers in the region will be able to pick one up for themselves.

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6 days ago

LG: No overheating issues with Snapdragon 810 on G Flex 2

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Yesterday, a report by Bloomberg stated that Samsung was ditching Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S6 due to overheating issues, with the manufacturer opting to go with its in-house Exynos processor instead. An LG executive has now come forward stating that the G Flex 2, which uses the same processor, does not suffer from any such issues.

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6 days ago

LG G Flex 2 to land in South Korea on January 30

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The LG G Flex 2 was arguably one of the most intriguing announcements to come out of CES, and now it looks like the Korean manufacturer is gearing up to release the phone in its domestic market. The company says it will release the phone in Korea on January 30 for a price of 800,000 won (roughly 738 US dollars).

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1 week ago

HTC One M8 GPe no longer available from Google Play

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Today is a sad day for Google Play edition (GPe) devices. The HTC One M8 has been dropped from the Google Play store. With its departure, there are no remaining GPe devices left for purchase.

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1 week ago

Chrome 40 for Android brings us a content settings UI update and more

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Google has started rolling out an update of its Chrome browser for Android devices. The update brings Chrome to version 40, with the major change coming in the form of an updated page info and content settings UI.

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1 week ago

The best Android keyboard apps

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Clickety clickety clack

Trace, tap, type, talk

Keyboards are important. Really important. Without a good keyboard, communicating on a smartphone can go from heavenly bliss straight back to teeth-pulling torture. Keyboards are also one of the most important apps you select from a security standpoint, as they are by their very nature keyloggers. And while most users will never really need to worry about if their keyboard is stealing their emails and passwords as they type it in, it is something that you should keep in mind if you're checking out a keyboard that you know absolutely nothing about.

There are a number of great keyboards out there, each with its own features, flaws, and followings. There are utterly simplistic keyboards and bleeding-edge keyboards with a longer list of features than some smartphones. Finding a keyboard that fits you and your lifestyle can be a bit daunting.

Whatever your style may be, these are the five keyboards that we think stand above the rest, and may be worthy of composing your LOLs and WTFs.

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1 week ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Vintage

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 Vintage

Liking the look of old things isn't just for hipsters — it's okay to appreciate the past and integrate some of those items or looks into your life today. Whether you're a fan of the old world charm or have more of an eye for modern conveniences, you can appreciate vintage items — and that's why this week's photo contest prompt is "vintage."

For their winning pictures this week, two entries will receive an Arkon Mobile Grip 2 Universal Smartphone Flexible Mini Tripod Mount, which should really help with mobile photo taking going forward!

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 (January 27) 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

WhatsApp now has a Chrome web client

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About a month back, there were rumors that the Facebook-owned and very popular messenger service WhatsApp would soon be available on your computer via the web. Today, the folks at WhatsApp have pulled it off.

The new web client is an extension of the data from your phone, displayed in a Google Chrome page. It's simple to set up, and as long as your phone has a data connection you'll be able to send and receive messages via the WhatsApp service right from your PC.

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1 week ago

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides updated with more desktop-class features

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The mobile apps for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are increasing in power with each update, and today's releases now support more desktop-class features. Google Docs gains real-time spellchecking as you type and edit, while Sheets now lets you hide specific rows and columns and Slides gains the ability to group shapes in your presentations.

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1 week ago

How to transfer files between your Nexus 6 and computer

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File transfer Nexus 6

Transferring files is easy for most of us

Most of us reading here have a computer of some sort. Maybe it's at home and you use it to play games or to surf the Internet, or maybe it's at work and you do things that aren't nearly as fun as playing games and surfing the Internet. But if you do have a computer, chances are you'll want to copy some files between it and your Nexus 6.

While the Nexus 6 doesn't use a file system that most home computers can recognize natively, it does make use of MTP (the Media Transfer Protocol) to be able to send and receive files to and from almost every computer out there. The best news is that it's all pretty simple.

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1 week ago

Nexus Player's Google Cast Receiver updated in Google Play

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A quick heads up for you folks rocking a Nexus Player: The Google Cast Receiver — that's the part that does all that Chromecasting stuff — has been moved into Google Play (or at least updated, as folks are pointing out) for easier updating. So make sure you update it forthwith. Or whenever.

Just go into the Google Play Store on your Nexus Player, swing on over to updates and then, erm, update.

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1 week ago

Trouble sending MMS on the Nexus 6? Here are a couple solutions

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Lollipop Messenger

Problem lies with Google Messenger and APNs used by some carriers

Mobile communication might be shifting more towards data-based services all the time, but the humble text message (SMS) and multimedia message (MMS) aren't going away anytime soon. Both are vital functions of any smartphone, and so when one of them's not working on your device, it's no small deal. Recently we've discovered an issue affecting the stock Google Messenger app loaded on the Nexus 6 on some carriers.

Specifically, we've found that out of the box, the Nexus 6 (and Nexus 5 on Lollipop, should you download Google Messenger) fail to send MMS messages on certain carriers, including EE in the UK. (Receiving MMS seems to be unaffected.) It's a frustrating problem, but fortunately there's an easy fix.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Travel' winners!

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We're in between major travel sessions here at Android Central, so it was fitting that we had a photo contest that focused on your own travels. This week's contest drew in four full pages of entries in the forums, and in the end we narrowed it down to the two that are taking home prizes. Read along with us and see the winners.

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1 week ago

Using Smart Lock on Lollipop? Use this trick to manually lock in an instant

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Using Smart Lock on Android 5.0 is a great way to balance security and convenience, using a trusted location, Bluetooth device or NFC tag to bypass lock screen security without entering a PIN or lock pattern. However it's possible you might not want your phone completely unlocked all the time, which is why there's a simple way to manually lock your device — requiring your PIN, pattern or password to unlock — with just a button press from the lock screen.

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