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51 min ago

What the HTC One A9's 'decrypt storage' boot prompt is about

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The HTC One A9 may boot up a little differently than your previous Android phone. There's a new step to take between turning your phone on and it fully booting up. That's another feature of Android Marshmallow — or, rather, a feature being re-enforced in Marshmallow: Encrypted storage. And while HTC could do a better job of making it sound less scary the first time you see it, you should be happy it's there.

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4 hours ago

The Nexus power button double-press camera launch should be a standard Android feature

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One of the more functional features Google rolled out this year isn't likely to leave the Nexus lineup.

Being able to quickly launch the camera on your phone is the best. Watching people unlock their phone and tap the camera icon on their home screen while you sit there already recording or snapping away because a gesture or button combo let you launch the camera as soon as the phone left your pocket is amazing. Any time there's a way to quick launch the camera on a phone, I immediately learn it and make it a part of my workflow, because it really does make a difference when trying to get that quick picture.

Google was not the first to implement a quick-launch command for the camera, but the way they have the power button set up to work as the camera launcher is something that could be universally applied to all Android phones in Marshmallow. Unfortunately that isn't happening, and it sucks.

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5 hours ago

AT&T may begin 5G field trials in Austin by the end of 2016

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AT&T is making very early preparations for launching its 5G wireless network in the US. The carrier says it hopes to begin field trials in Austin, Texas sometime before the end of 2016.

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8 hours ago

Moto X 2014 for AT&T and Verizon on sale for just $99.99 at Best Buy

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If you are looking for a cheap Android smartphone, you might want to consider the Moto X 2014 today. Best Buy is selling both the AT&T and Verizon versions of Motorola's phone for just $99.99 without a contract.

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9 hours ago

Five awesome new Android Wear watch faces

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When it comes to watch faces on Android Wear there are more than you could possibly go through in a day. Even more (and even better) new watch faces are added on a daily basis, along with updates to the watch faces that were already available. We went ahead and rounded up five fantastic watch faces to take a look at, instead of spending your time scrolling through the Google Play Store. Whether you want something simple, pleasing to the eye, or snazzy, we've got a watch face for you.

Onwards to the watch faces!

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23 hours ago

Getting your friends and family hooked on Marvel: Contest of Champions

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Marvel: Contest of Champions is one of the most popular games on Android right now, and with good reason. We've already talked about why it's so popular, but let's face it: a game like this is made to be played with your friends. Between in game chat, and building an Alliance out of people that you know, the experience gets even better when you're playing with folks you already know.

Here are the thing you should know, to get your friends hooked.

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1 day ago

Home screen layouts and how to theme them

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Even if you don't actively theme your phone, you do actively lay out your home screen.

While we've spent a fair amount of time talking about themes and how to build them these last few months, there is one aspect of home screen launcher theming that we've been mum on: layouts, the way you arrange the apps and widgets on your home screen. This is in part because layouts aren't always a part of theming, in fact I try to avoid specific layouts in my themes so it's more accessible to users of varying tastes. But layouts are important, whether you intend to theme your phone or not.

Some people like their home screen to have as little on it as possible. Others want everything on the home screen they possibly can squeeze in there. Some of us are a little of column A and a little of column B, because we believe that the space on our home screen is meant to be used, but we don't need/want to cover up every inch of it. But all of us can benefit from seeing the differences and the benefits of each approach.

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1 day ago

Marshmallow update coming to T-Mobile HTC One M9 on Feb. 16 [Update: Verizon, too!]

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If you're using an HTC One M9 on T-Mobile, your wait for Android 6.0 Marshmallow is almost over. HTC's Mo Versi has confirmed that the update will start rolling out on Tuesday, February 16.

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1 day ago

BlackBerry offers Priv discounts in U.S. and UK through Feb. 24

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BlackBerry is spreading the love this Valentine's Day with a discount on the Priv at ShopBlackBerry in the U.S. and UK.

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1 day ago

Workout-tracking RunKeeper app acquired by athletics shoe company Asics

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RunKeeper, a popular fitness and exercise tracking app, has been acquired by sports equipment maker Asics. With RunKeeper, Asics hopes to combine a robust fitness-tracking platform with its own expertise in creating physical products. Jason Jacobs, founder of RunKeeper, touches on this vision in his post announcing the acquisition:

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1 day ago

Keep it clear or make your own design with Ringke's Fusion Crystal Case for Galaxy S6

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The Ringke Fusion allows you to get creative with your clear case or stick with the traditional transparent design that shows off your Galaxy S6.

Quite possibly one of the most popular clear cases on the market for the Galaxy S6 is the Ringke Fusion, catering to the customer who desires a simple but still moderately-protective case that doesn't cover anything up. Since it features a hard polycarbonate shell on the back with a more flexible plastic along the sides, there's enough protection to handle common drops, but shouldn't be put into the same category as an OtterBox or LifeProof case.

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1 day ago

Android Central 274: Please direct complaints to ...

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So many podcasts, yet only so many people to take the blame ...

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1 day ago

This USB-C problem isn't going away anytime soon

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There's a lot to say about how great USB-C is, but there are also very serious issues that aren't being quickly addressed.

A generation of users who have only ever used micro-USB to charge their phones and accessories have made a terrible discovery: not all USB-C cables are created equally, and some of them can do serious damage to your hardware. While you can always rely on the cables that come in the box, and should use those cables any chance you get, you probably need more than one. It's not obvious by looking at these cables which is good or bad, and the companies selling these cables on Amazon aren't all that interested in confirming their products are safe for the massive array of things you can use with USB-C.

It's not a good situation to be in, and unfortunately it's not a situation that is going to go away anytime soon.

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1 day ago

Picasa will be retired in the coming months in favor of Google Photos

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It has been announced that Picasa will be retired in the coming months for Google to focus on a single photo service, that being Google Photos. The aim is to combine the desktop and mobile experiences into a single product, but that doesn't mean everything you've done on Picasa will be lost forever. Google will be rolling out these changes on May 1, so you still have plenty of time to use Picasa before it's eventually retired.

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1 day ago

Amazon Echo will now talk to your ecobee thermostat to help keep your home warm

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The Amazon Echo is the online retailer's central hub that can connect to various smart devices in your home, which now includes the ecobee smart thermostat. Support has been implemented that enables the speaker to connect with the thermostat to control the heating inside your home.

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