13 min ago

Oppo breaks out camera tech in new N3 teaser, possible fingerprint sensor


Looks like Oppo is still all about the teasers. On its Facebook page today, the company gave us a new look at the optics on the Oppo N3. The teaser reads "Precision Optics," and features a blown-out view of the N3's camera and sensors.

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1 hour ago

Inside car mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5


We're all aware of the dangers of using a smartphone behind the wheel, but as they're ever more the center of our connected lifestyles there are several things it can do for you. Music, navigation, hands-free communication, for example.

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1 hour ago

Connectedly: Here's why I implanted an NFC chip in my hand

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I've recently taken a deeper step into the connected world. A step that some will describe as being interesting, and that some will describe as being crazy. To be honest, as happy as I am since I have taken this step, I have to admit that I fall on both the interesting and crazy sides myself. Before getting any further, I should mention that the "step" I took was implanting an NFC chip in my hand.

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2 hours ago

Google Play Music integrates Songza in Material Design update

<img src="/sites/androidcentral.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/article_images/2014/10/google-play-music-md-songza.jpg?itok=gv9ChWW_" alt="Google Play Music Songza update"  class="image-large_wm_brw aligncenter image-large" />  ##Music based on activities and moods has arrived with redesigned app and in web playback  [Google Play Music](/google-play-music) today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding

Music based on activities and moods has arrived with redesigned app and in web playback

Google Play Music today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding in curation from Songza, which it acquired earlier this year. Songza's claim to fame has been its wealth of curation, which offers up playlists based on activities — from "ballroom dancing" to "getting lucky" to "yoga' — and moods — "aggressive," "earthy," "visceral" and the like — to custom fit what you're listening to.

When All Access subscribers open the updated Google Play Music app, Google says today in a blog post, they'll see that Songza integration and be asked if they want music for a particular time of day, mood or activity.

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2 hours ago

Our pals at WPCentral are now our pals at Windows Central!


Fun fact: Android Central (along with CrackBerry) is one of two Mobile Nations sites that still has its original name. It's also one of the two sites that I've properly worked for. The other, of course, is our all-things-Microsoft site — formerly WMExperts and WPCentral — which today has been reborn as Windows Central.

All the Windows (Phone) news you've come to know and love, with an extra helping of tablets and laptops and the like. Go give 'em a new look, and let 'em know Android Central sent ya!

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3 hours ago

Google steps up web security with USB Security Key


Google is stepping up security for its services on the web, adding a new physical key method of verifying your identity with the Security Key. Security Key is a USB drive that allows you to verify your login in Google services like Gmail or Google Drive as you would with standard 2-step verification, but without the need to enter a code.

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3 hours ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 21


Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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4 hours ago

#CESlive 2015 is going to be bigger and more amazing than ever!


At CES 2014 we at Mobile Nations teamed up with our friends at Geek Beat to bring you #CESlive, a unique live broadcast running every day from the show floor at CES 2014 — and CES 2015 is going to be even bigger than before. For #CESlive 2015 you can add Tom's Guide to the mix, with Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer joining Geek Beat's Cali Lewis and John Pozadzides and iMore's Rene Ritchie in hosting more than 80 interviews direct from the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's going to be bigger and better than ever!

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5 hours ago

Nokia's HERE beta makes its way to even more devices


After launching HERE maps service in beta form for Samsung's Galaxy smartphones earlier this month, Nokia has announced that the app now works on a wider selection of Android handsets.

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5 hours ago

Sony begins taking pre-orders for Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for $499.99


Sony has started taking pre-orders on its website for the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the recently announced 8-inch Android tablet. Sony has priced the device at $499.99.

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6 hours ago

T-Mobile starts rolling out Eye Experience update for HTC One M8


As reported yesterday, T-Mobile is now rolling out the Eye Experience update for the HTC One (M8), adding new camera features to the smartphone.

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6 hours ago

Nexus 9 accessories up for pre-order on Amazon, shipping November 3


Amazon has HTC's Keyboard Folio and Magic Stand accessories for the Nexus 9 up for pre-oder, with a launch date of November 3. The keyboard accessory is available for $129.99, while the flip cover will set you back $39.99. Amazon's pricing is similar to what is being offered by Google on the Play Store.

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7 hours ago

Samsung's Knox platform approved by US government for classified deployment


Samsung has announced that hardware running on its Knox platform are the first consumer mobile devices to be NIAP-validated and approved for classified use by the US Government. Multiple devices by the Korean manufacturer have been added to the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program Component List, allowing agencies to rely on Samsung's Knox platform for advanced levels of security.

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8 hours ago

Galaxy S5 Plus features a faster Snapdragon 805 CPU, retains FHD display


Samsung quietly launched the Galaxy S5 Plus — a faster variant of the standard Galaxy S5 with a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 CPU — in Singapore earlier this year (under the Galaxy S5 4G+ moniker), and now the device is now making its way to Netherlands. If you're wondering, this isn't the international version of the QHD display toting Galaxy S5 LTE-A, although the device features LTE Category 6 connectivity, which allows you to download at 300 Mbps.

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