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37 min ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: Android Central editor roundtable

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Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9

The editors here at Android Central weigh in on the latest flagships from Samsung and HTC.

While we've fully reviewed both the Galaxy S6 and One M9, and even gone back around for second opinions, we're always interested in having a little discussion amongst ourselves about how leading devices stack up against each other.

Since we've been using both the Galaxy S6 and One M9 heavily the past month, we wanted to sit down with a slightly informal roundtable to get our feelings about how these devices compare.

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3 hours ago

Nokia denies online reports it will start making and selling smartphones again

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Nokia has issued an official statement that denies recent online reports that the Finland-based company will make and sell smartphones once again.

The statement refers to a story posted on a China-based website on Friday that allegedly quoted the head of Nokia in that country. That report said Nokia would being making Android-based smartphones in one of its Chinese facilities.

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5 hours ago

Getting started with Android Auto

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Android Auto

Android is everywhere. In your pocket. On your wrist. Occasionally (and unfortunately) on your face. In your living room. Even in your kitchen. And now Android is in your car. In 2014 Google announced Android Auto. And in 2015 it's become a reality.

Android Auto

Android Auto is devilishly simple. You plug your phone into a compatible receiver — either the infotainment system that comes with your car, or an aftermarket head unit — with the same sort of cable you use to charge. Your phone — and the apps you already have — then push information to the large display that's in your car. No more horrible user interface. So many new features, all with one goal at hand — keeping your phone out of your hand, and you safer behind the wheel.

We get that you might be a little wary of using a smartphone — a tool that by definition is distracting — in the car. But Google's done a great job even in its first iteration. So let's walk through the basics of Android Auto, and what you can expect when using it.

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6 hours ago

From the Editor's Desk: Knowing everything and nothing at all ...

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At some point in the final days leading up to the launch of the LG G4, you'll read words that read something to the effect of "Well, we pretty much know everything there is to know about this phone ..." It certainly won't be the first time such a line has been belched into a keyboard, nor will it be the last. (And I'm pretty sure you could search our fair site and find one of us — quite possibly a younger, greener Phil — committing the same sin.)

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22 hours ago

What it's like to use Amazon Prime Now

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Amazon Prime Now

Amazon's same-day delivery service is slightly awkward, but incredibly useful.

I am well and truly embedded in the Amazon shopping ecosystem. Having things shipped to my door, often within 36 hours of having placed the order, is something I use several times a week nowadays. It's useful for regular day-to-day items, but incredible for last minute birthday and Christmas stuff. When Amazon announced Prime Now, an extension of their shipping service that allowed for same-day — even same-hour — delivery, I was plenty excited. Since I live in the suburbs, just about 35 minutes without traffic from Amazon's Baltimore facility, it seemed unlikely I'd be able to participate in the service anytime soon.

Last week, however, the Prime Now app lit up and claimed I could order things and have them delivered to my house within an hour. It turns out Prime Now and Prime offer wildly different experiences, and choosing between the two for orders in the future is going to be its own unique little first world problem.

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1 day ago

How to use Theater mode on Android Wear (and why you might want to)

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One of the complaints many early Android Wear users had was actually a complaint from everyone around those users: their watches kept lighting up in a dark theaters.

My variant on this complaint was a little bit different. I like to dance in my bedroom, in the dark. Totally in the dark, I will turn on Google Play Music, and I will have a little dance party. And every time I raised my wrist, every time my watch brushed my skin, it would light up and totally kill the mood. Then came the Android Wear 5.0 update and with it came the end of those bright screens with the arrival of Theater mode.

So, how do you turn it on, and what else is it good for?

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1 day ago

You can now send yourself a note or set an alarm from a Google desktop search

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With some new commands you can now set alarms and send notes to your Android device, right from a Google desktop search.

Google recently added the ability to send directions to your phone right from a desktop search on your computer, and now they have added even more options. You can now set an alarm on your Android device as well as send notes to it, all right from a Google desktop search.

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1 day ago

Do I need a Samsung Account on my Galaxy S6?

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For better or worse, the Galaxy S6 really wants you to have a Samsung Account.

Much like a Google Account is basically required if you want to make the most of any Android phone, a Samsung Account is starting to become an integral part of owning a Samsung phone. Creating or signing into your Samsung Account is baked right into the setup process for the Galaxy S6, and while you're technically able to skip on past it, you're really best off signing in.

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1 day ago

The best Chromebooks, as of April 2015

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Chromebook

They all run the same software, but there are big differences between these Chromebook models

We've done our best to keep up with Chromebook coverage here at Android Central for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that we use these machines every single day. We spend time with every Chromebook model we can get our hands on, putting in full reviews whenever possible.

With the rapid pace of releases pumping out new Chromebooks on a regular basis it's hard to say what's "the best," but every so often we need to put our collective feet down and make a list — these are the best Chromebooks available as of April 2015.

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1 day ago

Android Central 233: Mouth Clarity and Crumpets

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Audio-only stream below

On today's podcast: Google serves up a double dose of T-Mobile and Sprint service with its new Project Fi. Plus, the LG Watch Urbane and LG G4 smartphone are nigh, and Alex is going to lose his stuff on Sony. Again.

Plus, we answer more of your questions live!

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1 day ago

First Impressions: The Xiaomi Mi 4i

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Xiaomi Mi 4i

Xiaomi launched its new flagship device, the Mi 4i, this week at a global premiere in New Delhi, India, and the mega event saw over 1,500 members of the Mi India community along with media and business partners. While Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi Global, took the wraps off the Mi 4i, Xiaomi founder and CEO, Lei Jun also made his maiden appearance in the country.

The Mi 4i will go on sale in India first, and starting in May will launch in Xiaomi's other markets — Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. We had some time to use the Mi 4i at the launch event, and here are our first impressions.

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1 day ago

The EU case against Google is reportedly based upon 19 complainants

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The case against Google that the European Commission has filed is said to be based on 19 complainants.

Google's upcoming battle with the European Commission is reportedly based upon 19 complainants, according to Re/code. We first learned of the groundwork being laid out for the case in the beginning of April, and mid-month the EU formally filed the charges.

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1 day ago

Grab the Android Auto-friendly Pioneer AVIC 8100NEX for $859 from Amazon

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Amazon is currently offering the Android Auto-friendly AVIC 8100NEX head unit for $859.99, almost 50 percent off its listed price.

The Pioneer AVIC 8100NEX has a MSRP of $1,400, though Amazon lists it for $1,699.99. While still expensive, if you were looking to get your hands on one of Pioneer's more advanced Android Auto units, the sale at $859.99 makes it a little easier.

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2 days ago

The Galaxy S6 edge: Here's what that crazy curved display can do

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The curved display on the Galaxy S6 edge can do quite a bit. But what you see is up to you.

As the name implies, the big selling point for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (and that "edge" indeed is lowercase, boys and girls) is, in fact, the edge. Or, rather, the edges. Both of them, sloping down from the top of the phone into the thin metal band that is the side of the phone.

But is it merely form? Or is there actually some function to the edge?

The answer, of course, is both. Here's what all you can do with those curved parts of the Samsung Galaxy 6 edge.

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