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5 days ago

This is the Motorola Turbo Charger

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Motorola Quick Charger

For those who were curious, this is the $35 Motorola Turbo Charger, part of the new wave of chargers that promises to take your dead device to partially juiced in just a matter of minutes. As luck would have it, our Moto X is all charged up right now, so testing that claim will have to wait. But it is worth a quick mention that this is a rather sizable charger, especially compared to the two-port plug Moto's been including in the box.

Fifteen minutes of charging time gets your Moto X 8 more hours of battery life, thanks to Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology. And it should work just fine on other devices, too — the box specifically mentions "USB-powered devices from Motorola, Apple, Samsung and more" — though the fine print does not that the supercharging "only applies to optimized Motorola devices with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology such as the new Moto X. Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses."

Using the right equipment (which includes a compatible phone) the Motorola charging block can send higher voltage to the phone. With the right circuitry, this means a faster charge. But don't worry, if the device you're charging doesn't have the necessary components, the charger will send out the standard voltage and nothing will blow the frak up.

We've got a few quick pics after the break.

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5 days ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 9 adds two more Android games

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Last week, the Humble Bundle team launched their latest "pay what you want" collection of Android games, Humble Mobile Bundle 9 and now two more games have been added to the mix.

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5 days ago

Sony to bring Lollipop to 'entire Xperia Z series'

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Sony Mobile has announced the first stage of its Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade plans, with a promise to bring the newly-announced OS version to the "entire Xperia Z series." That includes the following devices...

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5 days ago

We're podcasting live today at 4 p.m. EDT (yes, a day early!)

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Android Central Podcast

We just couldn't wait any longer. With all the Nexus news (and the fact that one of us is on a plane on Friday), we're podcasting a day early this week. As in today. This afternoon. At 4 p.m. EDT, to be exact. (That's 9 p.m. for you folks who set your clocks by the chimes of Big Ben. You know, in London.)

So join us at this link as we round up the announcements of the Nexus 9, Nexus 6 and Nexus Player, plus what's new with Android 5.0 Lollipop. And we'll even squeeze in more your questions, answered live. We'll see you in a few hours!

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5 days ago

Archos VR Glasses are cheap and will work with most Android smartphones

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Archos is getting into the busy virtual reality hardware business in November with the just announced Archos VR glasses, which will have a rock bottom price of $29.99.

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5 days ago

Sony Z1 and Z2 added to Xperia open-source project with unified kernels

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The Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 are now a part of Sony's open source efforts, and unifies them with a common kernel based on the Qualcomm MSM8974 platform. This won't mean much for everyday users, since applying the software to either device means you won't be able to take pictures or make phone calls, but it will make life easier for folks who tinker with custom ROMs.

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5 days ago

Moto Voice updated for faster responses, better Moto Hint performance

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If you've got a new Moto X, head on in to Google Play and update your Moto Voice app. An update has been pushed that improves responsiveness for the calling command, PIN code command and YouTube. Motorola's also improved performance when your phone's paired with the Moto Hint Bluetooth earpiece — good timing, as it's finally started shipping.

Plus, there are the requisite bugfixes.

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5 days ago

Strap in for a ride in RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 for Android

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Fans of the classic RollerCoaster Tycoon series will be happy to hear that the mobile version has finally found its way to Android.

RollerCoaster Tycoon has enjoyed considerable success on iOS as a freemium game, allowing players to build a sprawling theme park with diverse attractions, construct over-the-top rides, and rake in the profits. You'll find all of the usual free-to-play tropes here, such as social tie-ins and premium currency.

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5 days ago

Facebook's 'Safety Check' lets you tell friends you're safe during a disaster

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During a major disaster, many people turn to social networks to check in on friends or loved ones to make sure they're safe. Facebook knows that, and today has announced Safety Check — a new way to let your friends know you're safe, and to check in on those that may be in a disaster area.

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5 days ago

CBS launches 'All Access' streaming subscription without the need for cable

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CBS has unveiled a new subscription service for consumers who simply wish to stream their favorite shows via the Internet, without the need to have an active cable subscription. The broadcaster's announcement follows HBO revealing similar plans. The CBS All Access service will set viewers back $5.99 a month.

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5 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 16

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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5 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop 'and more' coming to NVIDIA Shield tablet

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It's not exactly a shock, but today NVIDIA did confirm it plans to offer owners of its recent Shield tablet an update to Google's newly announced Android 5.0 Lollipop. There's no word on exactly when this will happen.

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5 days ago

NBA 2K15 dribbles onto Amazon

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2K's official NBA game launched today on Android, but for the time being it's going to be exclusively available for Amazon devices. NBA 2K15 offers substantially improved graphics while playing on the basketball court, and a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline by doing stuff like answering questions at press conferences and training their custom-made character. The soundtrack is curated by Pharrell Williams, which should keep gameplay moving nicely.

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5 days ago

Samsung announces 64-bit Exynos 7 Octa with significant performance improvements

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Samsung officially announced the Exynos 7 Octa today, the second mobile SoC from the manufacturer to use a 20nm process. The South Korean vendor is touting significant performance enhancements to the tune of 57 percent over the Exynos 5 Octa, which is achieved by using 64-bit CPU cores.

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5 days ago

Nexus joins the big leagues with premium devices and carrier backing

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Nexus 6

A new era of Android brings a new strategy for Nexus devices

The announcement of Android 5.0 Lollipop brings us into a new age of Android, with a new design language, important new APIs for developers, and even new categories of device. It's been known for some time what this new Android era — the third, by our calculations — will entail for the platform itself, but it was only yesterday we learned the implications for Google's own hardware.

With the arrival of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the Nexus "subsidy" appears to be a thing of the past. These are relatively expensive, premium products, and they'll launch in the U.S. with support from all the major carriers. There's no doubt it's a significant change from the largely off-contract, Play Store-focused approach of previous years.

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