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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung once again leaves no feature behind, and makes improvements across the board in the Note 4

Since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note line in the fall of 2010, it has stood as the "tock" to the Galaxy S' "tick" in the product cycle year after year. The leading Galaxy S device of the year introduces all of the new software features, a new form factor and a new internal specs, while the Galaxy Note later in the year refines the physical design, enhances the software with new S Pen features and often fixes the pain points introduced with the Galaxy S — all while doing a little something extra with the increased screen real estate.

In many ways you could say the Galaxy Note is the device that Samsung really uses to push its limits. Where it tries things to see what sticks, then integrate it back into the next-generation Galaxy S.

This year is no different, and the Galaxy Note 4 is tocking right along, improving dramatically on the Galaxy S5. With a brand new aluminum exterior that looks and feels great, optical image stabilization on the camera, a new higher-resolution QHD display, top-end internals and small refinements on the software, this is a device any manufacturer would be happy to call its leading flagship.

Despite generally playing second fiddle to the Galaxy S5, it's actually not hard to say that the Galaxy Note 4 contains all of the features we wish were in the GS5 — if not for its larger screen size that's physically too much to handle for many. This is the real 2014 flagship for Samsung, and it's called the Galaxy Note 4. Read along for our full review.

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4 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Lollipop

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Android 5.0 lollipop statue

Yes, we know it was way too easy to pick the photo contest prompt this week. But how could we not choose "lollipop" in the week that Google finally unveiled Android 5.0? Just like every other week, though, we're looking for your best pictures fitting this prompt, and we're sure this week is going to be packed full of sweet shots.

We're picking out three winners this week, and each winner will receive an Android Central T-shirt for their winning entry!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (October 21) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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4 days ago

Sony gives Xperia Z3 Compact a ship date in U.S.

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Sony is now showing that the Xperia Z3 Compact is available for pre-order in its online store with an estimated ship date. The phone, which will work with GSM carriers in the U.S., is sold unlocked for $529.99, and Sony is estimating that the Xperia Z3 Compact will ship by November 3 whereas previously it was listed as backordered.

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4 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Station' winners!

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Another photo contest, another set of great pictures. This week had a good number of useful "station" pictures, and we had a great time checking out each one. We had to pick three to win this week, and these shots are deserving of their prizes.

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4 days ago

Here's who won an Olloclip for the Galaxy S5!

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Over the weekend we ran a quick contest for one of you lucky folks to win your own Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system for the Samsung Galaxy S5. We've had fun playing around with it and now it's time to announce who was drawn out to win!

Drum roll please...

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4 days ago

Sprint updates HTC One M7 with Google security improvements

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Sprint is rolling out a new software update for the HTC One M7 on its network, which contains bug fixes, enhancements, and Google security improvements. The update brings the software version to 5.05.651.2 and clocks in at 325.18 MB.

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4 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player: Welcome to the next era of Android

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Android 5.0 era

With a new phone, tablet and living room play — to say nothing of new hardware — Android ushers in its next generation

And with that we've just had a whole bunch of Android awesomeness dumped upon us. Android 5.0 Lollipop is officially official. New nickname, a pretty major bump in version number (for what that's worth), and ... more waiting to be done. A new SDK drops Oct. 17, as well as new preview images. But we've still got a ways to go before final production software hits any devices.

Then we've got the well-leaked Nexus 6 smartphone, and the new Nexus 9 tablet beside it — from first-time Nexus manufacturer Motorola, and the return of HTC! — and ... there's more waiting to be done. They'll go up for preorder Oct. 17, and be available in early November. There's a mix of familiar and new here, and the more important of the two devices might surprise you. But we also have a few questions that will need to be answered in time.

And finally there's the new Nexus Player. This one, like Chromecast before it, largely managed to avoid any pre-announcement leakage. We've been expecting something given that Android TV demo boxes have been floating around with developers since Google I/O, but what we saw announced today actually is a bit of a departure. And we've got questions about that as well.

Read on for a breakdown of the important parts of today's news, and what remains to be answered.

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4 days ago

This official Nexus Player video reminds us that we'll never see the Nexus Q in white

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Google has posted an "official" Nexus Player video on YouTube. It shows off the circular design, gives us a glance at voice search via the remote, and even reminds us of the quad-core Intel Silvermont CPU. Not a list of things we don't already know, but it's well done and something every Android fan will want to see. Click it above and have a look.

And when it's done, notice the first link in the grid of related videos. Seeing the Nexus Q video again is little heartbreaking, especially if you fast-forward to 1:47. That's where you see the white Nexus Q.

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4 days ago

Yes, even the 2012 Nexus 7 will get updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop

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It looks like Google is being especially generous in terms of the devices that will get updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. In addition to the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5, the 2013 Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10, Google will also update the 2012 version of the Nexus 7 tablet to Lollipop.

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4 days ago

AOL jumps in to support Android TV with its original shows

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AOL will provide its original video content to Google's Android TV platform, in an announcment made on the same day as Google revealed the first official Android TV hardware device, the Nexus Player set top TV box

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4 days ago

Nexus 6 will support wireless charging

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But Nexus 9 tablet owners will have to charge the old-fashioned way

Wireless charging isn't mentioned in the official Nexus 6 spec sheet on Google.com, but apparently that's just another launch-day oversight. A separate, more complete spec sheet distributed by Google to press reveals that wireless charging is indeed supported and built-in, just like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. The Qi charging standard isn't explicitly mentioned, but since this is used by other Nexus devices it's highly likely it's what the N6 is packing.

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4 days ago

T-Mobile to add Wi-Fi calling support to the Nexus 6 in early 2015

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As we reported earlier, the Nexus 6 is all set to hit every major U.S. carrier when it launches later this fall. It's important, then, that carriers do what they can to set themselves apart from the pack. T-Mobile is doing just that today, and has announced that the Nexus 6 will support Wi-Fi calling on T-Mobile via an over-the-air update available in early 2015.

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4 days ago

In pictures: The Android Lollipop statue

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Lollipop

As is traditional when a new version of Android lands, Google has taken the wraps off a new statue for its lawn outside Building 44, the home base of the Android team. Having just been publicly unveiled, the Lollipop statue — representing the newly-unveiled Android 5.0 is in transit currently elsewhere on the Google campus. Nevertheless, we've managed to track it down to bring you a first look.

Check out our gallery after the break.

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4 days ago

Carry on the Nexus conversation in our forums!

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Whoa, that all just happened didn't it? Google dropped the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player on us, as well as officially unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop. The comment threads are filling up, but so are the forums. We have dedicated forums open for each of the devices announced today, as well as Android 5.0 — hop in and join the conversation!

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4 days ago

Nexus 6 specs

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The Motorola Nexus 6, one of the first Android 5.0 Lollipop is official. The short version is we've got a 6-inch, Snapdragon 805-powered handset with a whopping QHD display resolution and an all-new version of Google's mobile OS. No firm dates yet on when we'll be able to get it, but we do at least know that Google will sell it from the Play Store starting at $649.

We've got the long version after the break, including bands for both the North American and Rest of World models.

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