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1 week ago

Asphalt Overdrive from Gameloft is coming Thursday to Android

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During E3 this year, Gameloft announced the latest game in the Asphalt series of racers. Surprisingly, the next Asphalt won't be Asphalt 9. Instead, the series is spinning off in a new direction with Asphalt Overdrive. Instead of a serious arcade-style racer, the new Asphalt will be an endless racer – sort of like Gameloft's recently released Spider-Man Unlimited or Sega's Crazy Taxi City Rush.

Players who are wondering how well Asphalt works as an endless racer plays won't have to wait long to find out. Today Gameloft announced that Asphalt: Overdrive will be coming to Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 this Thursday, September 25! The publisher also released a new trailer to celebrate the news. Keep reading for both the trailer and gameplay details.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 4 to launch ahead of schedule as Samsung sets ambitious sales targets

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Samsung is seemingly worried about the launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, and is said to be accelerating its release schedule for the Galaxy Note 4. While pre-order interest in the handset in Samsung's home market has been strong, with three major carriers — SK Telecom, KT, LG Uplus — running out of inventory in three days, Samsung is pushing up its launch window to September 26.

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1 week ago

Samsung feels brunt of iPhone 6 launch, shares plummet to two-year low

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Samsung has experienced quite the downturn after hitting lowest share prices since 2012. The Bloomberg report details some factors leading to this drop, including Apple's recent release of the iPhone 6 and analysts lowering profit estimations.

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1 week ago

Google Now tracks flight prices so you don't have to

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Interested in going on that ultimate getaway, but flight prices a bit too steep? You no longer need to constantly check fares on a daily basis, as Google is now offering a Google Now alert that notifies you of any changes in the flight prices. Flight information is tracked based on your recent searches on Google Flights.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Alpha, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact expected to launch in India this week

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Indian smartphone fans are in for a treat this week, as both Samsung and Sony get set to launch their latest offerings in the country. Sony will kick things off by launching the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact on September 25 in a media event in New Delhi. Samsung, meanwhile, is scheduled to launch the Galaxy Alpha on September 27.

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1 week ago

Goat Simulator bashes its way to 100,000 mobile game sales in first six days

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Goat Simulator, the very unlikely PC game hit from developer Coffee Stain Studios, made its way to Android and iOS devices on September 17. On Monday, Coffee Stain Studios revealed that the mobile version of the $4.99 game has sold over 100,000 copies in its first six days.

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1 week ago

Plex will soon get more expensive after prices increase

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If you're a Plex subscriber or thinking of becoming one, now would be the time to renew or join as Plex has announced that it will be increasing its membership prices for the monthly, annual, and lifetime plans. The company said that current customers can lock in their rates so that subscriptions won't increase so if you've been on the fence, you should act sooner than later to get the current pricing.

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1 week ago

Google updates Chrome Apps for Mobile to include rich notifications

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Earlier this year, Google had made an important move to allow developers to package their web apps and submit them to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Known as Chrome App for Mobile, the move makes it easier for developers to have something that looks like a native app. Now, Google has updated its frameworks to bring rich notifications, Google Cloud Messaging support, and new Chrome APIs.

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1 week ago

This week's sidebar poll: What paid music service do you use?

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Google Play Music

Vote in this week's poll and tell us your favorite!

We've been having a bit of discussion around the water cooler that past week. It seems we (the editors here at AC) have all hit the device de-authorization limit for Google Play Music. That means, for the next year we're stuck and can't use the service on any new devices we happen to pick up for a review or for our own use.

We understand that this isn't going to be a problem for most folks, but we just want to listen to some tunes on our phones. So that means we need to make a switch. That means we're going to ask the biggest and best Android community on the planet what paid music service they are using.

Find the poll below, or on the home page in the sidebar to the right. Let us know which service — if any — you're using and tell us how it's working out in the comments!

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1 week ago

How to add every NFL team schedule to your Google Calendar

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NFL Schedule on Google Calendar

We know the NFL season has already started, but it's not too late to start following along. If you want to casually keep up with the NFL and at least know what teams are playing every week, it's easy to add the schedule of your favorite team to Google Calendar. Or if you're a diehard fan, you can add and follow every single team in the league — we won't judge. It's a simple process either way, and we're going to show you how to do it.

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1 week ago

All about your phone's developer options

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Android developer options

There's more there than USB debugging

Hidden in the settings on your phone, (really, they are hidden by default) are settings used for debugging and application development. While plenty of us have dove in there to switch to the ART runtime or to enable USB debugging, there's a long list of options. While most of us will never use them, it's always nice to know what's going on under the hood of your phone.

Let's take a look at them, and see if we can't decipher some of these settings so that all of us have a better understading of what happens when you tap them. Come on, you've tapped them ...

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1 week ago

LG G3 Vigor arrives on AT&T Sept. 26

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Come Friday, if you're interested in the LG G3's little brother, you can grab the LG G3 Vigor from AT&T starting September 26 for $334.99 without a contract. The mid-ranger will also support AT&T's HD Voice for clearer calls where available and delivers a lot of the styling from LG's flagship phone.

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1 week ago

New USB Type-C connector and cable can also offer DisplayPort support

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When products that use the recently finalized USB Type-C connector and cable start launching in smartphones, tablets and notebooks, they will also be able to support DisplayPort audio and video, thanks to a newly announced agreement between the USB 3.0 Promoter Group and the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).

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1 week ago

Google Play soon will list in-app purchase price ranges

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Google today dropped word on the developer dashboard that the price-range for in-app purchases on a given app soon will be listed in the app description. The change takes effect Sept. 30.

Basically if an app has in-app purchases or subscription rates, you'll be able to see the ballpark cost first thing and not get blindsided later by, for (extreme) example, a free app that for some reason charges $20 later to do something. (And for parents, this definitely is a good thing.)

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1 week ago

Start your week with the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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Android Central Podcast

It's Monday, and that usually isn't very fun to deal with. Rather than getting down in the dumps about starting another work week, why don't you get it started the right way by watching or listening to the latest episode of the Android Central Podcast. Episode 203 is full of Motorola talk as we break down Phil's Moto 360 review and the release of the new Moto X, but there's plenty of other great Android discussion as well.

Well, what are you waiting for? Get to the podcast page and watch the latest episode today.

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