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4 days ago

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

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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 days ago

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

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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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4 days ago

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

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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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4 days ago

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

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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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4 days ago

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

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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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4 days ago

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

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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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4 days ago

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

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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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4 days ago

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

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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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4 days ago

Switching from iOS to Android? There's a guide for that

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Alongside the launch of Lollipop, Google updated the official Android website with a guide for users switching from iOS to Android. Apple wrote a similar guide on how users can switch from Android to iOS during the debut of iOS 8, so it's only fair that Google is making a transition guide after introducing the latest version of Android.

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4 days ago

Galaxy Note Edge gets a launch date in Japan

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The Galaxy Note Edge finally has its official launch date. Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo had announced that the smartphone will be landing on its network alongside the Sony Xperia Z3 on October 23, making it one of the first places that you can get Samsung's smartphone.

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4 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you swapping your Chromecast for a Nexus Player?

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Nexus player

One of the coolest things we've seen in the past few weeks is the new Nexus Player. The consumer debut of Android TV brings a mix of Google TV and Chromecast, allowing you to do a bit more but also being a bit more intense (read: complicated) than everyone's favorite, the Chromecast. We think it's an important product to Google, and may just finally bring their ecosystem into the living room — something Google (and every other giant corporation with an ecosystem to bring) has wanted for a long time.

But the Chromecast is just so simple. And it offers access to any and all media you have stored into Google's cloud, so for many it's exactly what they wanted. We don't think Google has any plans to discontinue the Chromecast, and they haven't said anything to make us think that way. For a lot of us, it's the perfect solution.

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4 days ago

In pictures: Galaxy Note 4 versus Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5

Two devices clearly cut from the same cloth, but one does it up big

The Samsung Galaxy S5 may have been released first, but in many minds the Galaxy Note 4 is the real Samsung flagship of the year. With a nice aluminum frame and improved camera the Note 4 has a lot going for it, but it still borrows heavily from the strides the Galaxy S5 made earlier in 2014.

The heart rate monitor, finger sensor, interior design and software have all been out in the world since the GS5 was released, and while the Note 4 wraps them up a bit more attractive package the Galaxy S5 has waterproofing and an easier-to-hold size going for it. These are the two big devices for Samsung this year, and we've got them side-by-side for some great photos.

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5 days ago

$99 Nexus Player ships in 4 weeks from Play store

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Google's Nexus Player is now ready to be ordered on the Play store. Priced at $99, the Nexus Player ships with its own remote control. The device recently received FCC certification so it's now ready for your living room. According to the Play store, the Nexus Player will ship in three to four weeks.

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5 days ago

We're answering your LG G Watch R questions in the Android Central forums!

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On my wrist today is the LG G Watch R, LG's second-generation Android Wear smartwatch sporting a more traditional timepiece design with a rounded face. We got a pretty good look at the G Watch R back at IFA 2014 in Berlin, but this is our first chance to use it out in the wild ahead of the global launch.

If you've been following Android Wear over the past few months, chances are you've got questions about LG's latest wearable gadget. Starting today we'll do our best to give you the information you crave over on the Android Central forums, so head over to the link below and ask away!

Stay tuned in the coming days for a full review!

More: LG G Watch R Q&A on the Android Central forums

Further reading: LG G Watch R hands-on, LG G Watch R in pictures

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5 days ago

Tell us how you'd use Chrome OS and win an HP Chromebox!

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HP Chromebox

We enjoy using Chrome OS on a regular basis here at Android Central, and we want even more people to get a chance to use Google's other operating system from time to time. We've given away our fair share of Android devices, and now's your chance to pick up an HP Chromebox for yourself. It's a compact, efficient and relatively powerful little machine that has a variety of uses, so we want to know how you'd use it.

All you need to do to win this HP Chromebox (with a wireless keyboard and mouse, actually) is leave a comment in this post telling us how you'd use Chrome OS on the HP Chromebox if you were to win it.

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