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1 hour ago

Weekly sidebar poll results: Leather or links?

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360 watch bands

AC readers have spoken - and we love us some metal

We're having a hard time deciding which Moto 360 look we like best — the leather strap or the metal bracelet. Both have their merits, both have their drawbacks. Get hot and sweaty, or pull the hair on your arm every time you reach for something. Yeah, yeah — first world problems for sure.

Seeing the Pebble Steel band on the 360 makes the situation even more debatable, because it looks good and is cheap. Like $60 cheaper than Motorola's offering will be.

To help fix out indecisiveness, we asked everyone out there what they think. Clearly, we, the readers of Android Central, love us some metal.

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2 hours ago

Android Central 203: Moto Moto Moto!

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Audio-only stream below

We've got most of the gang back together to round up our reviews of the best of Motorola's new lineup. Plus what we're expecting in the weeks ahead, and we answer a slew of your questions live on air.

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Deal of the Day: Puregear Hard Shell and Holster Combo for LG G3

With this custom fit LG G3 Hard Shell Case and Holster you get everything you need in one package to protect against impacts. The textured polycarbonate cover wraps around your device and features an easy-grip rubberized finish. You'll definitely dig the fold-out kickstand and rotating clip on the holster, too!

The Puregear Hard Shell and Holster Combo is available for just $14.95; 50% off today only. Don't miss this deal!

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3 hours ago

Accessibility features on the LG G3

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Accessibility on the LG G3

LG's additions to Android's accessibility settings are notable and helpful

Modern smartphones, like the LG G3, are built for everyone in mind. That means folks who get up every morning, strap on their FitBit and go for a run, as well as those who just need a bit of help holding something small and slippery like a smartphone in their hands. We're not all built the same or can perform the same functions, and a good smart device knows this and allows for some fine-tuning to suit almost everyone. The G3 does an excellent job at this!

There are plenty of accessibility features built right into Android itself, but like most other things, the people who makes the phones we buy and love can (and have) added plenty of their own touches in this critical area. You should have a look here and see the basic Accessibility settings available from Android, then read down and see how LG has added to this list and made it better.

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7 hours ago

Samsung introduces My KNOX app for better business security on Galaxy S5 and Note 4

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Samsung has just launched a new app as part of its enterprise and business themed KNOX mobile security division called My KNOX, designed to offer better protection for employees who use their own smartphones for work.

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7 hours 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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7 hours 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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8 hours 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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9 hours 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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10 hours 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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10 hours 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, $850 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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14 hours 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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14 hours 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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23 hours 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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23 hours 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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