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3 days ago

Moto G (2014) review

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Moto G

Things didn't change much in the last year, but they improved enough to keep the Moto G a go-to inexpensive choice

Since Motorola was purchased by Google the Moto X has been the headline grabber for the company. But in the background, it's the lower-end Moto G that has been pushing Motorola back into relevance in several countries around the world. India and Brazil, in particular, have been the huge growth markets for Motorola primarily because of the fantastic value that the Moto G represents. A year after the release of the original Moto G that saw so much success, Motorola isn't messing with a good thing.

The new Moto G, as it's called, is nearly identical to the original with just a few key improvements in areas that Motorola's customers said they wanted to see changes. The result is a phone that sticks to the same wonderful $179 unlocked price, but with a larger screen, improved camera, new front-facing speakers and an SD card slot that comes standard.

It all comes back to the idea of riding the momentum from the original G, and that's certainly what Motorola has done here. It's taken a winning recipe that has propelled the company back into the minds of consumers in at least one price bracket, and the new Moto G is set to continue on that path. Read along for our full review of the second generation Moto G.

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3 days ago

How to change how Wifi networks are sorted on the LG G3

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WiFi Sorting

A few taps in the settings can make it much easier to see available Wifi networks

ACU WiFiWith Wifi being all around us, it can sometimes be tough to sort through the dozens of available networks out there in order to find the right one. Some people resort to odd names for their networks, or just go ahead and add them manually. Thankfully on at least a few different phones you have the option in your settings to choose how to sort available networks when you're scanning through them.

It's a quick toggle to hit, but it can make switching between networks all that much easier if you're in an area dense with networks. Let us show you how to do it.

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3 days ago

We're podcasting live today at 4 p.m. EDT!

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We're gonna have the gang back together for this one. We'll wrap up our reviews of the Moto 360, Moto G and Moto X, check in on the latest with the Galaxy Note 4, see if there's any movement on the Nexus front, and of course we'll answer your questions live on air.

Join us at this link at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — as we get it done. See you then!

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3 days ago

You can also pre-order a Galaxy Note 4 in the UK from today

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Galaxy Note 4

In addition to a the U.S. market, today marks the official start date for Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders in the UK. Per the company's announcement a couple of days ago, eager Note 4 buyers can now pre-order the device from Samsung's ten retail stores across the country before general sales begin on Oct. 10.

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3 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 19

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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 discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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3 days ago

Galaxy Note 4 is available for preorder today on two carriers

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

And in other don't-need-to-line-up news, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available for preorder today on a couple of U.S. carriers. (Two others go up next week.)

Here's the deal:

  • AT&T — $34.42 monthly, $299 on contract, $825.99 outright (preorder)
  • Verizon — $34 monthly, $299 on contract, $699 outright (preorder)
  • Sprint preorders start Sept. 26, which indeed is not today. You can give Sprint your email address here if you want. It'll be $30 monthly, or $720 outright.
  • T-Mobile preorders start at noon EDT Sept. 24, which also is not today. It'll run $31.24 a month for 24 months, which equals $749.76 outright.

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3 days ago

Fess up: Who's buying a new iPhone 6 today?

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iPhone 6, Benedict Arnold

Here at Android Central we're celebrating yet another Friday morning. But elsewhere in the tech world it's the sort of Friday morning you spend camped outside a pristine retail cuboid waiting to fork over hundreds of dollars for a new, slightly larger telephone. That's right, today is iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) day, and the guys over at our sister site iMore already have their paws on Apple's new, magically bigger iPhones.

The new iPhones have larger screens, metal construction, optical image stabilization, and come in 4.7- and 5.5-inch flavors. So there's that.

But really, we're not here to judge. So let us know down in the comments if you're deserting from the Android army and flocking over to Apple's latest aluminum offerings. Which iPhone did you go for? And which Android phone are leaving behind, you filthy traitor?

You'll find more coverage of iPhone 6 launch day over on iMore.com.

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3 days ago

Photos of a Samsung Galaxy A5 with metal-like materials leak out

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Now that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is available, the company is working on the next wave of hardware, which is believed to be the A family. SamMobile has been able to take a quick peek at what Samsung may have up its sleeve with the SM-A500 as the first of three smartphones in the new A series. This device (pictured above) is said to launch as the Samsung Galaxy A5, a mid-range handset.

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3 days ago

LG has the world's largest advertisement, and it's in Saudi Arabia

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This isn't something you usually brag about — LG has announced it now has the Guinness World Record for the largest billboard advertisement ever made. The advertisement, which is right outside the Riyadh International Airport in Saudi Arabia, is two football fields long and stretches along a road leading into the airport. LG says it expects a good number of the 20 million people who visit the area to see the billboard.

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3 days ago

Twitpic's mystery angel saves it from an angry 'twittering' bird

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It looks like Twitpic has a mystery guardian angel to save it from demise. After a trademark spat with Twitter, the photo-sharing service had previously announced that it would shut down. Now, it looks like Twitpic will live on to fight another fight thanks to a secret suitor that had acquired it.

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4 days ago

The insane pace of Android

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New Moto X

When things move as fast as Android does, we shouldn't be surprised by bumps in the road

By the time you are reading this, most people who use Google Voice and Google Hangouts are in various stages of excitement and exploration as most of these two services merge together. It has been a long time coming, and the way this merger happened caused me to step back and really think about the pace of software development in general.

When users all across the U.S. started to see that blue box pop up, asking if they wanted to merge Google Voice into Hangouts, the response was spectacular to sit back and watch. Users who had the blue box went from excitement to confusion as the features didn't quite line up the way they had hoped, and users who didn't have the prompt yet expressed immediate outrage at the dismal state of Google's staged rollout system. (Never mind that it turns out Google apparently had jumped the gun a little.)

By the next morning, mere hours later, all of the social networks were filled with excitement, confusion, and anger.

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4 days ago

Google Maps navigates itself to 20 more countries

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Google has expanded availability of its Google Maps with Navigation app, bringing turn-by-turn navigation instructions to 20 more countries. This brings free driving, walking, and bicycling directions to more people as Google Maps with Navigation makes its global expansion.

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4 days ago

Android L phones will shut out NSA for increased privacy

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The next version of Google's Android operating system, known as Android L, will automatically encrypt user data out of the box, making it more difficult for law enforcement officials and security personnel to access your personal data. Though Android has had optional encryption for devices for some time now, next month's Android software update will be the first time that encryption will be turned on out of the box for all users.

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4 days ago

Larry Ellison steps down at Oracle, replaced by new CEOs Hurd and Catz

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Long-time Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has announced he will step down from his post, effective immediately, to be replaced by two new CEOs. Mark Hurd (formerly of HP) and Safra Catz will both take over as CEO concurrently, though Oracle isn't handing out the "co-CEO" title to either of them. Though he's one of the richest people in the world, Ellison isn't leaving the company — he plans to stay on full time as the executive chairman and CTO of the company instead.

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4 days ago

$699 is all that separates you from an imported Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy Alpha may not have an official release date in the U.S., but popular device importer Expansys will be happy to sell you one for a cool $699. That price is quite high, but shouldn't shock anyone who's bought a brand new device from an importer before. The over $700 after shipping you'll pay is getting you a global unlocked model with 32GB of storage, a nice metal frame and an octa-core processor.

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