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In pictures: Galaxy Note 4 versus Note 3

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Galaxy Note 4 vs Note 3

There are huge changes in the physical design and material choices between the Galaxy Note 4 and its predecessor the Note 3. Not only did Samsung make the big step towards a premium feel with a metal chassis, it also toned back the fake leather back to remove stitching and refined the overall look to feel more cohesive. No matter the color choice, the Note 4 is undeniably a better looking device.

The best way to show off the differences are some nice side-by-side pictures of the Note 4 and Note 3, and of course we have a nice grouping of them to show off. Read along and see the fine differences in designs between the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 3.

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1 day ago

Best new Android apps and games of the week: Botanicula and more!

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We're rounding up the best new Android games and apps for you again this week. Over the last seven days, we've seen some refreshing new video messaging apps. There's a good mix of IAP-less premium games and freemium titles to dig into as well.

If you're good to go, let's dive into our top ten Android apps to hit the Google Play Store this week.

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1 day ago

T-Mobile taking pre-sale registrations for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

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T-Mobile has already announced it will sell its version of Google's Nexus 6 smartphone and now the carrier has posted up a webpage for people to register their interest in getting both the 5.9 inch smartphone and the nine inch Nexus 9 tablet from the company.

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1 day ago

Microsoft offers Bing Rewards Android app for US users to rack up and monitor points

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Microsoft has released an Android version of its Bing Rewards app for US residents, allowing those folks who are also members of that service to not just generate points but to monitor them and exchange those points for prizes.

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1 day ago

Oppo releases KitKat based ColorOS 2.0 for its Find 7 and 7a smartphones

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Oppo has released its new ColorOS 2.0 for its Find 7 and Find 7a smartphones, based on Android KitKat, which offers a new UI shell for those devices.

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1 day ago

Galaxy Note through the years

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A new Note has come!

The Galaxy Note series has always been about productivity, creativity, and functionality. It's about getting things done, about having the power to do so. So the Note line has always tried to maintain top-of-the-line guts to keep up with all of the things it knows you want to do with it. This week, we're getting a few new editions to the Note family. But how well has that legacy held up? We take a look back at the Notes of the past and the newest successor to the Note line.

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2 days ago

Nexus Player faces FCC certification holdup, showing 'out of stock' on US Play Store

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Well, that didn't last long. After going up for pre-order on the Play Store yesterday, the Nexus Player is now showing out of stock, although it may not just be just a case of the device being sold out. An update on the device's product page suggests that the Android TV box is not yet approved for sale in the US by the FCC.

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2 days ago

Nexus 9 launching in India soon, listed on Play Store for Rs. 28,900

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After stating that the Nexus 6 will be available in the country before the end of the year, Google is set to launch the Nexus 9 in India. The device has been spotted on the Indian Play Store, with both Wi-Fi only and LTE configurations listed as coming soon. The 16 GB Wi-Fi only variant will be available in the country for Rs. 28,900 ($470), while the 32 GB LTE model is listed for Rs. 44,900 ($730).

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2 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Material Design in pictures and video

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Lollipop

Lollipop is upon us, kind of. The latest developer preview of Android 5.0 includes a more Material Design-inspired interface all around. It's just the kind of thing we've been waiting for — and sure get developers' creative juices flowing.

There are small changes everywhere — and when combined with some core features and applications that have recieved a serious revamping, we get an entirely new look and feel from the current Lollipop preview compared to previous builds. And when coming from KitKat it's a refreshing change that really *feels* like a new operating system.

Most of the features you love from Android are still there and working just as before, but subtle design changes give everything a fresh new look. Of course, there are some new tricks, and unlike some previous Android iterations the mix of the old and the new has a very consistant feel. Material Design is more than just a few new colors and a flat look, and when everything — down to the smallest icon — adheres to the specifications the whole system feels as if it belongs.

Of course, as Android fans we're pretty impressed. Things aren't perfect, but what we're seeing in the latest Lollipop preview has us excited. We think you'll be equally excited, so check out our montage of the Lollipop experience.

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2 days ago

Want a Nexus Player from Amazon? How about a nice Fire TV instead?

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Galaxy Player on Amazon

Jeff Bezos didn't get rich by being dumb. Smart move from Amazon.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 days ago

Lollipop brings proper multi-user accounts to your phone

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Troll Jerry sees you

Lollipop will make sharing your phone easier and safer

We've had multi-user accounts on our Android tablets for some time now, but it required a bit of hackery to make it work with your Android phone. Too much hackery for something that should be standard on any phone in our opinion. The good news is that with Lollipop, this has been addressed and proper multiple user accounts and guest accounts are supported in "stock" Android.

If you've used these features on a tablet, the process and setup is mostly the same. If you've not seen it, here's a quick overview of how it works and what you can do with it.

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2 days ago

Collect heroes to battle in Lord of the Rings: Legends of Middle-Earth

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Console gamers everywhere have been enthralled with Shadow of Mordor, an action-heavy game based on the universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien. While we don't have a mobile version of Shadow of Mordor to play, Kabam and Warner Bros. Interactive released a Middle-Earth game of their own – Lord of the Rings: Legends of Middle Earth.

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2 days ago

Disney releasing mobile game based on 'Big Hero 6' on November 3rd

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Disney is planning to release a mobile game on November 3rd based on its upcoming animated film, Big Hero 6. Titled Big Hero 6: Bot Fight, the game looks to be a "match 3" style puzzle game that allows players to do battle with enemies by matching similarly colored blocks together.

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2 days ago

This is the new automatic setup assistant in Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Nexus 7 Tap & Go setup on Lollipop

A brand new look and dramatically improved restore options await you in Lollipop

With the release of new Android 5.0 Lollipop preview images, we're getting a much clearer picture of how the new OS will look and act on devices. After the initial preview images came out with a completely unfinished design, we now have a good look at something closer to a finished product. The first thing you'll notice when booting up a Lollipop device is the new setup process, which has been cleaned up, streamlined and improved coming from KitKat.

It also includes dramatically better controls for restoring data from other devices, which is a welcomed addition for those who switch devices often. We're going to walk through the new design and features of the setup process in Android 5.0 Lollipop — hang on for the ride.

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2 days ago

Nexus 6, 9 and Player arrive in Google Play, orders live for 9 and Player

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HTC Nexus 9

Coming up fashionably late after Nexus 9 pre-orders from Amazon, Google Play now has the new tablet up for your buying enjoyment. The prices are the same, though — $399 for the 16GB tablet in either black or white, with $479 getting you the 32GB model instead. The available models are showing 2-3 week shipping times. The "sand" color is exclusively available in the 32GB Wifi variety, though you can't quite click the buy button on that one just yet. As for LTE, that's black only, and unavailable for pre-order at the $599 price.

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