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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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1 week ago

Curious about Microsoft's Windows 10 event? Here are some handy links!

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Windows 10

We've got more than a few Windows users among us here at Android Central, and today's a pretty big day as Microsoft's got its Windows 10 event going on in Redmond. And our pals at Windows Central are covering the heck out of it.

A couple links to follow this morning:

We'll be keeping an eye on this, too, to see what's what from an Android standpoint.

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1 week ago

FreedomPop offers unlimited access to its Wi-Fi network for $5 a month

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Budget carrier FreedomPop is now offering Android smartphone owners unlimited talk, text, and data over its Wi-Fi network for $5 a month. The service is available via the company's FreedomPop App which can log into 10 million hotspots in the US, some of which are not available for the general public.

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1 week ago

MetroPCS now offers unlimited LTE data plan for just $50 a month

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T-Mobile's prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS is now offering customers a chance to get unlimited 4G LTE data for just $50 a month. This promotional deal is being offered for a limited time.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 set for MWC debut, reports Korean press

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As the first rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S6 start to swirl, we're beginning to hear the first hints of when we'll get to see the upcoming Samsung flagship. Today the Chosun Ilbo reports that like its predecessor a year ago, the Galaxy S6 will make its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this March. Specifically, the Korean publication mentions March 2 as a possible launch date.

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1 week ago

Upcoming BBC News update will provide a personalized news experience for readers

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The BBC has today announced a major overhaul of both the Android and iOS News apps will be rolled out at some point this week. The broadcaster will offer a more personalized news experience for readers, allowing them to select from a choice of specialized feeds, which include apps, technology, genetics and even Taylor Swift.

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1 week ago

Acer launches two Chromebooks built to withstand the classroom

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Acer has launched two Chromebooks targeted at the education segment. Available in 15-inch (C910) and 11.6-inch (C740) versions, the Chromebooks feature durable shells that can withstand up to 130 pounds of force and survive 18-inch drops without any damage. Both models also come with reinforced hinges, with the more portable C740 getting extended metal hinges that ensure the Chromebook doesn't twist under stress.

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1 week ago

Report says that Samsung won't use Snapdragon 810 in Galaxy S6, overheating issues to blame

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Over the last few years, Samsung has stuck to a release model for its flagships that sees the inclusion of Qualcomm chips for LTE markets, and Exynos-based variants in South Korea and emerging markets. That may change with the Galaxy S6, as a report out of Bloomberg states that Samsung won't offer a Snapdragon 810 variant of the Galaxy S6 on grounds of overheating issues.

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1 week ago

Instagram begins beta testing program on Android

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If you consider yourself an Instagram connoisseur and want to be on the bleeding edge of future updates (read: filters) to the network, the company just took the wraps off of its beta program for Android.

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1 week ago

This week's sidebar poll: Is Android your alarm clock?

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Wake up

Good morning!

I'll admit — I hate getting out of bed. It's warm and provides me protection against closet monsters and other horrible things that happen once you leave your snuggly nest of blankets and pillows. But it's one of those things you have to do, every damn day.

Since I'm not one of those folks who can automagically wake up at the right time every day, I need to set an alarm. I use my Android for that, because I drop it on the charger beside my bed every night anyway. And because it's reliable, and I have the best alarm sound in the world to go with it. I'm a simple fellow with simple needs, so I just use the standard alarm app that comes with whatever phone I'm using at the time. But there are also a slew of great alarm apps in Google Play, too.

Andrew is on a working-vacation-road-trip kind of thing and he brought up the question of just how many people do the same. So we're asking. Tell us, then tell us why in the comments.

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1 week ago

Kickstart your heart with Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits, free on Google Play

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If you're finding that you could use a little injection from Dr. Feelgood tonight, Google Play has your back. Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits album is now free on Google's online music store.

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1 week ago

WhatsApp cracks down on users of unofficial clients

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It looks like WhatsApp has begun to crack down on users of third-party clients for the messaging service today. The company recently began instituting 24-hour bans for users of WhatsApp Plus, specifically. However, there have been various reports of WhatsAppMD users being affected as well.

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1 week ago

The Nexus 9, three months on

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An update after 90 days or so with Google's top tablet

Four-hundred-forty-eight days. That's a near eternity between hardware releases in the Android world. But that's how long it took from the announcement of the second-generation Nexus 7 in July 2013 to the Nexus 9 in October 2014.

And quite a bit has changed in that year. Phones have gotten larger and even more powerful. We're two major versions of Android beyond what launched on the Nexus 7. We've gone from a 32- to a 64-bit operating system, on the first major device to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chipset. We've moved from a 16:10 aspect ratio to 4:3, on a larger display. And we've seen HTC get back into the tablet game, years after its first couple of efforts mostly flopped.

And the Nexus 9 had some big shoes to fill, as its smaller predecessor set the benchmark for an affordable, easy-to-use tablet.

We've been using the Nexus onward of three months now. Let's take a look and see where things stand.

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1 week ago

NBC will let you watch Super Bowl XLIX live for free online

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NBC will stream 11 continuous hours of live content, including the Super Bowl itself, on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 to desktops and tablets. The "Super Stream Sunday" event will run from noon EST and to around 10 p.m. and include NBC's pre-game coverage, Super Bowl XLIX itself, the halftime show, and the post-game show, and the episode of The Blacklist that will air following the game. The stream will take place through the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

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1 week ago

Dungeon Hunter 5 will hack and slash its way to your screens in 2015

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Gameloft has just announced plans to release Dungeon Hunter 5, the latest game in its popular "hack and slash" fantasy RPG series. The game is due out sometime in 2015. Gameloft released Dungeon Hunter 4 for Android in April 2013.

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