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6 days ago

Xiaomi poaches another Google exec for India expansion

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As Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi is eyeing an international push beyond China and into India, it is poaching yet another Google executive to help. After hiring away Android's VP of product management Hugo Barra from Google, Xiaomi has now hired Google Play strategy and analytics associate Jai Mani to help it head up engineering efforts in India.

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6 days ago

Unlocked HTC One M8 to see Android 4.4.4, Eye Experience update tomorrow

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Unlocked HTC One M8 owners are in for a treat tomorrow. According to a message posted by HTC's Mo Versi on Twitter, the metal-clad flagship smartphone will be getting an update starting tomorrow that brings with it Android 4.4.4 along with the latest HTC Eye Experience software that was announced alongside the HTC Desire Eye.

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6 days ago

Google+ is dying, says no-one who actually uses it

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Google+ is back in the discussion in some circles and all for the wrong reasons again. It's dying. It's dead. This is how Google can stop it from dying. Respected members of the tech press are once again starting to voice their opinions. As a frequent visitor to Google+, I can't help but think that anyone who really, genuinely, actively uses Google+ on a daily basis would think it's dying. Or dead. Or any other words you could use to describe its "demise." Different people will have different perspectives based on different ideals.

But inside Google+ there is a thriving community of thinkers, writers, photographers and so much more.

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6 days ago

The first phone from the Vertu + Bentley partnership is a Bentley Signature Touch

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What do you get when you combine the preeminent English luxury phone maker with the preeminent English luxury car maker? You get Vertu for Bentley. Yes, Vertu, the company that doesn't make a smartphone that retails for less than $5,000, has teamed up with Bentley, the company that doesn't make a car that retails for less than $170,000. The first fruits of this relationship come in the form of the Vertu Bentley Signature Touch, a phone that already cost of $10,000 before being adorned with the Bentley logo on its leathery chin.

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6 days ago

Best Buy now sells spare Moto 360 chargers

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Best Buy is now selling spare Moto 360 chargers so you can buy an extra for the office and keep one at home. Unfortunately, the Qi wireless charging accessory doesn't come cheap, and the official Moto 360 charger, which props up your smartwatch up so you can see it comfortably on a desk on night stand, costs $39.99 at Best Buy.

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6 days ago

A Weekly Google+ poll?

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A poll about polls

Now that polls are embeddable inside a Google+ post, it's time to decide if we want to move our weekly polls to Google's social network.

There are plenty of positives and negatives. Embedding the poll on the Android Central home page makes it easy to find and easy to manage, and let's be honest — some users will prefer it.

Putting the poll on Google+ opens up a huge number of new eyeballs, making a poll even more valid as an indicator of what Android fans think.

In the end, we decided to ask you which you prefer. Hit the link below to find the poll on Google+ and make your choice. Be sure to use the comments here to let us know your thoughts, too.

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6 days ago

Race against the robots! Anki Drive released for Android

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Anki is now porting its remote-controlled racing game Anki Drive to Android where you can control race cars on a real track using your smartphone. The game initially debuted on iOS and now owners of the Nexus 5 and the latest Samsung smartphones and tablets can join in on the action, though cross-platform racing isn't yet available.

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6 days ago

Oppo teases swiveling selfie camera on Oppo N3

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With an announcement slated for the end of the month, Oppo is already teasing its new N3 phone. Though the company hasn't announced specifics in terms of specs, but it did publish a photo of the new Oppo N3 phone with what appears to be a rotating rear camera module at the top of the device, which can be swiveled to be used as a front-facing camera similar to the Oppo N1t for high quality selfies.

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6 days ago

VoLTE - how to use it and why you should

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Voice over LTE is a big deal, and we're finally getting our first tastes of it

Here in the U.S., carriers are slowly starting to roll out the red carpet for Voice over LTE. If it is available in your area and through your carriers, taking advantage of the upgrade currently depends on your having the right hardware. Once you have everything you need, setting VoLTE up on your phone is very easy and well worth it.

Let's take a deeper look.

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6 days ago

Facebook now lets you comment with stickers

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In addition to likes and typing out your comments onto friends' posts, Facebook is now allowing you to express all your emotional glory through stickers. Previously available as a feature inside Facebook Messenger, now users can add stickers within comments to regular Facebook posts.

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6 days ago

Huawei Ascend Mate2 heads to Newegg for $300

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Huawei has announced today that the Ascend Mate2 is now available for purchase on Newegg. The handset is available in your choice of black or white, and retails for $300.00.

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6 days ago

The Limefuel Blast L180X Pro: Charge all the things

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Limefuel Blast L180X Pro

We've seen many an external battery come through here. And over the past couple years we've seen capacity and density increase, while prices continue to drop.

And today we've got a quick look at a monster battery, the Limefuel Blast L180X Pro.

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6 days ago

Iliad ends its bid to acquire T-Mobile US

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French telecom Iliad has decided to end its efforts to acquire T-Mobile, announcing today that parent company Deutsche Telekom and members of T-Mobile's board "have refused to entertain its new Offer."

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6 days ago

US Cellular taking pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for Oct. 17 launch

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US Cellular, the fifth biggest wireless carrier in the country, is joining its four bigger rivals in accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, for shipments planned to begin on October 17.

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6 days ago

Don't miss your chance to save 20% on all accessories during our Canadian Thanksgiving Sale!

In case you didn't catch the news, we're celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada by giving you 20% off everything at ShopAndroid including cases, chargers, batteries, screen protectors—the whole caboodle!

To enjoy these holiday savings, all you need to do is apply coupon code: Thanks20 at checkout. You'll instantly see a revised cart with reduced prices on everything you've added. And, this offer is valid for both US and Canada stores!

There are plenty of payment methods including PayPal, Bitcoin and standard credit cards along with incredibly fast shipping options! This sale ends tomorrow at midnight PST, so be sure to get your orders in while the gettin's good.

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