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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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week ago

What is Android?

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Androids

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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1 week ago

Google will reportedly add a 'Buy' button to some mobile search results

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Google is said to be planning to add a "Buy" button to mobile search results in the next several weeks.

In an effort to compete with the likes of Amazon, Google will reportedly add a "Buy" button on search results pages fairly soon. The buttons will appear as part of sponsored search results for select products. Tapping the buy button will take users to a product page to actually buy the item.

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1 week ago

Second look: Dell Venue 8 7000 Series with Android 5.0.2

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Dell Venue 8

Dell's most impressive Android offering to date has finally been updated to Lollipop, improving an already impressive tablet experience.

It has been six long months since the Dell Venue 8 (aka the 7000 Series or the 7840) crossed our desks. And while we had plenty of nice things to say about this tablet in our review it couldn't be more clear that the biggest problems here were software-related. Dell's ultra-thin, (nearly) bezel-free, horizontally asymmetrical tablet feels amazing in your hand and handles anything you throw at it with ease. But it was running Android 4.x KitKat, and Dell's small additions to the software were clumsy at best.

Now that the big update has landed on this device, it's time to take a second look at the software running on this stunning little looker and see what happens when you give Dell and Intel a Lollipop.

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1 week ago

You can now browse Google Play Music (somewhat) on Android Wear 5.1.1

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Google Play Music and Android Wear

Google Play Music now has some basic browsing functionality on Android's wearables platform.

If you've got the latest version of Android Wear — that is, Android 5.1.1 — and use Google Play Music, you now have a new option for controlling tunes on your watch.

There's a caveat here, however.

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1 week ago

Android Central 236: The JerryScope

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Audio-only stream below

This week on the Greatest Android Podcast in the World™: Samsung goes all Iron Man on the GS6 edge, the GS6 Active appears, Microsoft's Hyperlapse hits Android in beta, Verizon buys AOL — and we'll answer more of your questions live!

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1 week ago

Getting to grips with the HTC One M9 camera app

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HTC One M9 camera app

Even as the debate surrounding the HTC One M9's camera rages on, there's no denying HTC has one of the most feature-filled camera apps of any high-end smartphone. There's a huge number of different modes to use and settings to tweak — from the usual options like HDR and panorama to recent additions like the new RAW camera, which lets you to take your smartphone photography the next level.

We'll take a look at everything the HTC camera app has to offer after the break.

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1 week ago

Virgin Mobile USA increases data and drops prices on its Data Done Right plans

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Virgin Mobile USA will soon launch new single and multi-line Data Done Right plans, offering more data for less.

Virgin Mobile will soon offer new options for their Data Done Right Plans. Starting May 16, customers will be able to get more data, while some plans will also see their prices drop by as much as $5 per month, for both single and multi-line plans.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi to test the waters in US, UK, France and Germany with new 'beta' store on May 19

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Xiaomi will be opening a Mi Store 'beta' on May 19 for the US, UK, Germany and France, as they test the waters to expand even further.

Starting May 19, Xiaomi is going to begin a slow expansion into some new areas with a beta version of their Mi Store. The company posted on Facebook earlier that they would be making a limited number of accessories available to customers to see how things go.

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1 week ago

Amazon Appstore: A surprisingly good alternative to Google Play

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 the good and the bad

You may think that you can only get apps from one place, but unlike Apple, Android apps can come from more than one official store.

While Google Play ships on most Android devices and is the one that most users will default to, let us not forget that there are other Android app stores out there, including the big and sometimes confusing Amazon Appstore. This is the app store that Kindle users get on Kindle tablets instead of Google Play, but any Android user can use it, though it can be a bit harder for some users to use it than others.

Here's what you need to know to decide if two app stores on your phone or tablet are worth it.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with Seidio's TETRA Pro Metal Bumper Case for Galaxy S6

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Taking the traditional bumper case and souping it up with CNC-machined aluminum is a bold move, but is the upgrade practical?

I've never been a huge fan of bumper cases in the past, but after hearing about Seidio's TETRA Pro for the Galaxy S6, I had to see what it was all about. Combining shock absorbent TPU with an aluminum bumper could either be really smart or a huge flop, because what's the most attractive feature of a bumper case? Its simple, yet protective design and slim form.

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1 week ago

Download Android 5.1.1 for the ASUS ZenWatch now

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Android 5.1.1 has just hit the ASUS ZenWatch, bringing all of the new Android Wear features to the device.

The ASUS ZenWatch is now receiving the Android 5.1.1 update, bringing new features like always-on apps, gestures, and more. We have seen Android 5.1.1 on the LG Watch Urbane already, and this update enables the same functionality on the ZenWatch.

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1 week ago

AT&T pushing out small update to Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge users on AT&T may have already noticed an update hitting their device, but unfortunately it is not Android 5.1.

Just a few days ago AT&T pushed a small update to Galaxy S6 users, and a similar sized update is now hitting the Galaxy S6 edge. The update is around 236MB in size, and is still Android 5.0.2.

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