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23 hours ago

Spotify announces new family plan for up to five users

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Spotify has today announced a new plan for the entire family. If you've been wanting to have a single billing account for the household but keep individual playlists, it's now possible for up to five family members to share a single Spotify subscription, starting from $14.99 a month.

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1 day ago

Upcoming version of Gmail app adds Yahoo and Outlook account support

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After rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop last week, Google is in the process of updating its apps with the new Material Design layout, which in the case of Gmail involves the addition of Outlook and Yahoo account support along with the visual overhaul.

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1 day ago

Big Android BBQ 5: three days of food, fun, and Lollipop

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This is a big-boy pit for bit-boy cue.

The Big Android BBQ is something of a unique Android event most years in that it's usually a few weeks before the next version of Android is released. This means that while project teams for things like CyanogenMod can still discuss a good many things, most are still waiting on the new version of Android in order to announce when and what features will be coming to their products and their users.

This year wasn't like that.

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1 day ago

AC editors' apps of the week: New Words With Friends, Source, Ultimate Rotation Control and more

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Apps of the week

Here are a few apps we think you should try

It's that time of the week again. When we single out a handful of apps that we think you might want to take a look at, then read the comments to see which ones you think we should try. There are all sorts of ways to discover apps — both new and old — but in our opinion, nothing beats a recommendation from the people you interact with every day. Let's put our happy Android family to work and help each other out with some cool app recommendations.

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1 day ago

Everything you need to know about Backdrop for Chromecast

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Chromecast Backdrop

Here's the lowdown on how to get fantastic looking Backdrop images onto your TV

Google first announced Backdrop for Chromecast back at Google I/O, but has now finally flipped the switch and let us customize what images we see displayed by our Chromecast when it's in idle mode.

There are a few things that you need to know going into Backdrop and a few little tips and tricks to help you get the best out of the experience. Read on for the lowdown.

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1 day ago

Weekly poll results, and the return to normalcy

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Google Plus poll results

The results are in — polls will remain on the homepage

We tried a little experiment last week with our weekly poll. Google did a really nice job with the way they handled the implementation of embedding a poll into a post and we had to give it a spin. It looks good, and more importantly, is easy to set up. A week later, I've looked at the results, read all the comments and email, thought about the numbers and have decided to keep the polls right here on the AC homepage.

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1 day ago

Watch our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 video review!

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Our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is here and ready for your enjoyment, and to accompany it we also have a comprehensive video review of the device. With a new aluminum frame, great QHD screen and improvements all around, there's a lot to like with the Note 4 — be sure to watch our video review and then dive into the full review for more impressions.

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1 day ago

Here's another look at the Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo

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The Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo still isn't official, despite the number of leaks we've seen from photos to full-on specs, so here's another press photo instead. While we've seen the new Verizon Droid in both red kevlar and black kevlar, the latest leaked image shows a heretofore unseen version with a textured black inset back that we dare saw looks at the very least somewhat interesting.

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1 day ago

Nexus Player rolls through the FCC, gets the all-clear

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After briefly having its pre-orders stopped due to not being approved by the FCC, the Google-designed Nexus Player has received that coveted approval from the Federal Communications Commission. With that approval we expect to see pre-orders begin again soon on Google Play.

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1 day ago

From the Editor's desk

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Philbrick

Phil is away on a much-needed break from being the Editor-in-Chief of the biggest and baddest Android site in the universe, and I get to sit in his chair for a day or two. I'm trying not to click all the things, or replace all the pictures with cat gifs, and in the meantime I wanted to share a few thoughts I've had over the week.

It's been a pretty big (pun intended) week in the world of Android, with the Galaxy Note 4 becoming officially official, and the avalanche of Nexus and Lollipop we got in the middle of it all. In fact, a new version of the OS and the release of something new from Samsung are a couple of the biggest things that can happen in the Android world, period.

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2 days ago

HTC launches One M8 Eye, Desire Eye and RE camera in India

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After announcing the Desire Eye and RE camera in an event earlier this month, HTC has launched the devices in India. Also launched in the country is the One M8 Eye, which is essentially a One M8 with a 13 MP camera sensor.

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2 days ago

Xperia app hints PS4 Remote Play may come to Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet

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While Sony had initially announced that PS4 Remote Play will be headed to its newest flagship phones and tablets, information available on the Xperia Lounge app confirms that older Xperia phones may be treated to the same feature. While promoting the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the app says that PS4 Remote Play will in fact be coming to the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet alongside the latest phones starting in November.

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2 days ago

Clamshell Galaxy Golden 2 goes through regulatory certification in China

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Though its flip phone form factor may be reminiscent of dumb phones, the clamshell Galaxy Golden is a feature-rich smartphone, and one that may have a new successor. Regulatory papers filed with China's TENAA for certification suggests that Samsung has a Galaxy Golden 2 is in the works. Like last year's model, this year's Galaxy Golden 2 has a clamshell form factor and runs Android on dual screens. The Galaxy Golden 2 bears the model number SM-W2015 and has improved internal specs.

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2 days ago

10 Galaxy Note 4 forum threads you need to be part of

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Note 4 forums

Chatting it up about your new Note 4 is half the fun of having one

A lot of people now have a brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in their hands. We know, some people are still waiting, but enough people already received their own unit that there is plenty to talk about. And by plenty, we mean plenty.

I've been busy reading the Note 4 forums myself, and have picked out some threads that everyone should have a look at. These will answer some questions about things like SD cards and quick chargers, and provide some great discussion on top of general information. Take a look at the list, then jump in and have some fun!

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2 days ago

Android 4.4.4 update for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 rolling out

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Samsung is rolling out an over the air update for the T-Mobile version of its Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 tablet, which will bring the device up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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