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4 days ago

We're live today from ASUS' North American launch (1 p.m. EDT)

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ASUS Zzenfone 2 event

We're coming at you live today from Gotham Hall in New York City, where ASUS is launching the Zenfone 2 in North America. This is a surprisingly capable smartphone given its price point, and it's definitely going to be one to look out for if you're in the market for something off-contract.

So ASUS execs are on hand today, we're here with bells on, and we've brought 30 lucky Android Central readers to experience the madness that is a smartphone launch. And you're coming along for the ride as well. Join us for the liveblog at 1 p.m EDT — that's 10 a.m. on the west coast, and 6 p.m in London — as we get this thing done!

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4 days ago

ASUS throwing a 'Zensation' event at Computex 2015

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Computex 2015 is right around the corner and ASUS has begun inviting members of the press to its now traditional showcase event in its native Taiwan. Previous years have seen large numbers of product announcements covering both Android and Windows, phones, tablets, laptops, and combinations of the previous three.

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5 days ago

You can now pre-order the LG G4 from Carphone Warehouse

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LG's latest flagship smartphone is available to pre-order from Carphone Warehouse, with monthly plans starting at £35.

LG has commenced shipments of the LG G4 in a few markets this week, although customers in the UK have to wait until May 28 — which is when Carphone Warehouse will start deliveries — to get their hands on the device.

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5 days ago

Prepare to battle Ultron with Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Avengers accessories

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Love Avengers? Love your Samsung Galaxy S6? If the answer to both was a resounding "Yes!", you'll want to check out these new accessories listed on UK retailer MobileFun. Official cases themed on major Avengers characters are set to be made available today, as well as a Captain America styled wireless charger.

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5 days ago

LG Watch Urbane is now available in India for a pricey ₹29,999 ($472)

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LG has launched the Watch Urbane in India for ₹29,999 ($472), making it the costliest wearable in the country.

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5 days ago

Lenovo launches the mid-range S60 in India for ₹12,999

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Lenovo has launched its latest handset in the mid-range segment in India, with the S60 now available for ₹12,999 ($204).

The S60 is the more affordable version of the S90, which debuted earlier this year. Competing against the ASUS Zenfone 2, Xiaomi's recently unveiled Mi 4i and Motorola's Moto G, the Lenovo S60 features similar specs, although it falls behind in terms of software as it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

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5 days ago

LG G4 begins shipping, but U.S. still has to wait

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The LG G4 this week will begin shipping in initial markets — but a good bit of the world still has a while to go before getting its hands on the phone.

The LG G4 is coming to 180 carriers around the world on six continents. And this week it begins shipping in Hong Kong, LG announced by way of press release. After that come Turkey, Russia and Singapore.

U.S. carriers have announced their intention to carry the G4, but we've yet to receive any word on date or pricing.

The G4 — as you'll recall from our comprehensive review — sports a 5.5-inch Quantum IPS display, runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor (and, yes, includes Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 2.0 feature). The camera has proven itself to be one of the best among current phones.

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5 days ago

Weekly poll results: What text messaging app do you use?

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Messaging has only diversified in an age of Whatsapp and Viber, but the lowly text message is still highly popular and still highly used by millions.

Texting on your smartphone isn't limited to just the app that comes on your phone anymore, and even then, most phones sold in the United States are shipping with at least two messaging apps, sometimes three if the carrier includes one. With all of these choices, it begs the question of what our readers choose to use for their messages, and so we asked in this week's poll.

And we get your message, though it may not quite be as clear as it seems.

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5 days ago

Spotify's smooth streaming is a great addition to Android Auto

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Spotify on Android Auto

Android Auto

Next up on our quick tour of Android Auto apps — and as you'll recall from our Android Auto primer, that is apps that also support car playback; not separate downloads or anything — comes an application that needs basically no introduction. Spotify quickly solidified itself as one of the streaming music apps. And that it supports Android Auto gives you just one more reason to give it a shot if you haven't already.

While it lacks Chromecast support, Spotify (ad-supported, or $9.99 a month for everything) does what you expect from it in the car. Let's take a quick look.

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5 days ago

AT&T quietly begins selling LG Escape 2, and its curved display, for $179.99

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AT&T has quietly begun selling the LG Escape 2. The previously unannounced mid-range smartphone has a 4.7-inch curved display and has a no-contract price of $179.99.

LG has finally released a follow-up to its mid-range LG Escape smartphone that launched in 2012. The LG Escape 2 went on sale a few days ago on AT&T's website for $179.99 without a contract.

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5 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Sunrise Calendar, Meerkat, Hyperlapse and more

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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5 days ago

Microsoft opens up Hyperlapse beta to more phones from Xiaomi, Sony, Motorola and more

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Microsoft's new Hyperlapse beta for Android has already had a new round of phones added to its support list including the Droid Turbo, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Xiaomi Mi4.

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5 days ago

Samsung's Blue Topaz and Emerald Green Galaxy S6 finally seeing the light of day

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Samsung is giving consumers more color variety for its flagship smartphones, introducing the Blue Topaz version of its Galaxy S6 and the Green Emerald color for the Galaxy S6 edge.

Samsung's press release says the new colors are available for consumers "now" but there's no specific launch dates or territories mentioned. We first saw these new colors during the global launch back at Mobile World Congress and it's safe to say we've been anticipating actual release information.

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6 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: The Miami meetings ...

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I and the other Mobile Nations editors spent much of last week in Miami, working on the future of the organization of our organization. And giving me the excuse to use this picture you now enjoy here. (From the G4, with some HDR and post-processing love.) It's always great to actually see the people you work with. We don't get to do that often enough. And that we tend to do it at the opposite end of the state in which I spend 90 percent of my time is amusing. Canadians in Florida never gets old. (That said, I'd freeze to death in minutes if I go any farther north than, oh, St. Louis, any time after September.)

You probably won't see any sweeping changes anytime soon here at AC. And that's by design. But make no mistake, we've got big things in the works for the months and years ahead. I, for one, am excited as hell.

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6 days ago

What is Android?

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Android means a few different things — but in the end it's all good!

You see the word Android used a lot on the Internet, and it gets used interchangeably for a few different things. I'm not even talking about robots (though some Androids could be running on Android), I'm talking about the mobile platform we all love. And TV set-top boxes. And laptops. Pretty much everything except robots. OK, even robots.

Seriously, when we (or anyone else on the Internet talking about products based on Google's operating system) say Android we're usually talking about one of three different things.

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