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16 hours ago

Google Maps rolls out a cleaner look and adds areas of interest

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Google Maps is getting a makeover in an update that's currently rolling out to its mobile apps as well as on the desktop. It will offer a cleaner look to the maps themselves while also adding new "areas of interest".

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16 hours ago

Google brings spam call protection to some Nexus and Android One phones

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Google is rolling out an update for the Android phone app that will warn you about spam callers. The update, currently for Nexus or Android One phones on Marshmallow, lets you block and report these numbers.

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16 hours ago

Save on Chromebooks, Chromecast, and more in the Google Store's back to school sale

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The back to school shopping season is here, and the Google Store has now marked the occasion with a number of deals on Chromebooks, Chromecasts and more.

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17 hours ago

Kevin Spacey is investing in a mysterious gaming smartphone startup, Wonder

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A new report claims to have some information on a startup called Wonder. The company is apparently working on a gaming-themed smartphone and counts actor Kevin Spacey among its investors.

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17 hours ago

Go Time! Episode 2: Love at the Dog Park

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Welcome back to our weekly Pokemon Go Podcast!

Our Instinct, Mystic, and Valor team members have returned for another episode of Go Time! to talk about everything happening in the world of Pokemon Go. There are tales of Dog Parks, tips on how to use web apps to give you an edge in the game, and some helpful suggestions on upgrading your phone on the cheap if you've discovered your existing hardware isn't quite enough to get you though a Pokemon Go session.

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19 hours ago

Essential accessories for Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus

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Essential accessories for Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus

What are the essential accessories for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus?

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are awesome. We know it, you know it. And awesomeness deserves, well, more awesome. We've rounded up all the very best essentials for your favorite new phone.

Screen protectors

For some added protection and security, a tempered glass screen protector is an excellent investment. No need to worry about cracks or shattered glass with one of these in place.

Jasinber tempered glass screen protector

Jasinber tempered glass screen protector

A quality tempered glass screen protector won't interfere with the touch screen on your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus, and that's true of the screen protector from Jasinber. For good measure, your purchase comes with two.

The adhesive on the back of the tempered glass spreads automatically when applied to the surface of your phone, so installation is precise and simple. It offers exceptional clarity; you won't even realize it's there, but you'll be glad it is.

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OMOTON tempered glass screen protector

OMOTON screen protector

OMOTON's tempered glass screen protector offers a lifetime warranty; pair that with the two-for-one pricing and you've got security and a great deal.

Application is bubble-free and it won't leave behind any gooey residue if or when you remove it. It's clear, oleophobic, hydrophobic, and completely scratch resistant, which means you don't have to worry about fingerprints, oils, and all the daily crud that tries to get onto your phone screen.

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Cases

Make a statement or enhance the look of your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus with a case that protects and fits like a glove.

Orzly FlexiCase

Orzly FlexiCase

Orzly's FlexiCase has a non-slip gloss finish so your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus will be easier to grip. It's a slim fit that won't bulk up your phone, and it's made of a flexible silicone gel that won't move around or let dirt and dust get it.

The case allows you access to every port, button, and screen feature you want, and it's available in black, blue, red, purple, or a simple clear finish that shows off the hardware on your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus.

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Abacus24-7 flip cover wallet

Abacus24-7 flip cover wallet

Odds are, if you're leaving the house with your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus, you're also leaving with cash and cards. The flip cover wallet case from Abacus24-7 will keep all of your essentials in one convenient place.

Take your pick from four colors of vegan synthetic leather that feels like the real thing. Your phone stays safe and the screen stays protected while you get space for three credit cards (one with a clear window that's perfect for your ID), and separate compartment for some cash.

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Headphones

Take your tunes and your talk on your daily run, walk, or commute with the right headphones for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.

Jaybird X2 Sport Bluetooth headphones

Jaybird X2 Sport headphones

There are six color variations of the Jaybird X2 Sport Bluetooth headphones, and they start at under $100. That's a good buy, folks.

You can choose an under-ear or over-ear fit, and either way they're not going to budge no matter how active you are. They ship with multiple tips so you're virtually guaranteed to find the perfect, comfortable fit. You'll have up to eight hours of music or talk time, and the sweat proof lifetime warranty is a huge bonus.

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SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones

SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones

For HD sound, noise cancellation, and a low price point to boot, SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones are where it's at. The nine vibrant color variations give you plenty to pick from; maybe match a pair to your favorite case?

You'll get up to six hours of play or talk time, and they're sweat-resistant, so run all you like and don't worry about a thing. SoundPEATS include several different sizes for the ear tips which means you can find a comfortable fit that won't move on you.

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Bluetooth speakers

Bring the party with you wherever you go with portable Bluetooth speakers. Your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus has the soundtrack, and you can have the ultimate sound system to match, wherever the party may be.

UE Boom 2

UE Boom 2 speaker

The waterproof, shockproof UE Boom 2 is an impressive Bluetooth speaker. Its six color options range from the vibrant to the subtle, and they're among the best-reviewed portable speakers out there.

With a 15 hour battery life and a 100-foot range, they suit virtually any environment. You get 360-degree sound with excellent bass; no one will believe all that sound is coming from such a tiny speaker. The Blockparty feature allows you to go between three friends' devices on one speaker, or you can choose to pair a second speaker to your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus.

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JBL Flip 3 portable speaker

JBL Flip 3 speaker

If you want quality and a speaker that stays under the $100 mark, the JBL Flip 3 portable speaker is right up your alley. It's splash proof (because water happens) and comes in eight different color options.

The bass radiator creates sound that will keep the party going long into the night. If you feel like sharing, you can connect up to three devices to the same speaker (but everybody knows your playlist is the best).

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Car Mounts

Always on the road? Keep in touch and get where you're going safely with a car mount that will keep your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus secure and hands-free.

iOttie Easy One Touch XL

iOttie Easy One Touch car mount

You can choose a dashboard or a windshield mount with the iOttie Easy One Touch XL car mount. The XL will fit your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus even with a case on, so you don't have to constantly take it out of the case to install it.

The car mount really is a one-touch device to lock your phone into place or to remove it. It's fully adjustable with 360 degrees of rotation, which is necessary if you're using your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus as a GPS device.

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New Trent Arcadia magnetic car mount

New Trent Arcadia car mount

The New Trent Arcadia car mount offers an alternative to windshield or dashboard mounting by using your car's air vents and a powerful magnet. The mount is available in black or blue.

The slim magnet adapter will fit inside virtually any phone case and hold your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus securely in place. The car mount allows you to fully rotate your phone without the need for an extended arm, and there's no cradle; just pop on your phone and go.

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Charging accessories

Keep your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus charged to the max no matter where you are with some handy charging accessories for home, office, or the road.

APLUS desktop charging cradle

APLUS desktop charging cradle

The APLUS desktop charging cradle is specifically designed to fit the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. It keeps your phone propped up and plainly in sight while it charges, which is perfect for speakerphone calls or video watching.

The charging cradle can also become the regular resting place for your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus, even when it's not charging. Keeping it up off of a flat surface means you won't misplace it or lose it under papers and other desk junk again.

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AUKEY 30W 2-port USB car charger

AUKEY 30W 2-port USB car charger

When you're going to be on the road for a good stretch, why not use that time to charge your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus? The car charger from AUKEY allows you to charge two devices at once at equal speeds.

It includes a 3.3-foot USB cable, so you can charge your phone and use it in a car mount for speakerphone or GPS purposes. There are built-in safeguards to protect your Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus from overheating and overcharging so you can be mindful of the road and not worry about how the charging is going.

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19 hours ago

Google is making it easier for emergency services to find you when you need them

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Google is using your Android phone to make it easier for emergency services to find you when you need help. With support from mobile networks, the Emergency Location Service sends your location of your phone to emergency services when you call an emergency number.

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19 hours ago

OnePlus 3: A second opinion

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OnePlus 3

A phone as good as the OnePlus 3 should really cost more than $399. They've nailed it this time around. Now they just have to keep the software up to date.

There's not a whole lot to say about the OnePlus 3 that we haven't already said. (You've read our official OnePlus 3 review already, right?) This phone is legit. It hits a price point that's not inexpensive, but doesn't break the bank. And on paper, the OnePlus 3 probably should cost more than the $399 asking price.

It ticks all the boxes. It's nicely designed and built just as well as anything else out there.

So is there any reason to not recommend this phone?

Let's take another quick spin around the OnePlus 3 and see what's what.

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19 hours ago

'Soft Gold' OnePlus 3 coming to the U.S. on July 26, other markets on Aug. 1

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After a bit of teasing, OnePlus has now announced the launch dates for a new Soft Gold color for the OnePlus 3.

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22 hours ago

Sprint reports higher post-paid subscriber additions but still hit with net loss

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Sprint has reported its latest financial numbers for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. While the wireless carrier stated it had the highest post-paid subscriber additions for the quarter in nine years, it still had a net loss of $302 million, which was bigger than the $20 million it lost from the same period a year ago. The company recorded operating revenues of $8 billion during the quarter.

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1 day ago

Share your Prisma pics on the Android Central forums!

Join the discussion and share your best Prisma creations!

With artistic photo filtering app Prisma now available on Android, there's a massive new user base for the app's AI-enhanced artwork. Android owners have been sharing pics across all the usual social places, and over on the Android Central forums, readers have been sharing a few of their creations.

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1 day ago

You can save $100 on various Nexus 6P models at Newegg right now!

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Newegg is currently offering $100 off the Nexus 6P in all storage capacities, dropping the price of the base model down to just $399. Whether you've missed out on previous deals, or are getting excited for the upcoming release of Android Nougat, you won't want to pass up on this special. You'll have your choice of multiple colors for each size, so you can pick the one that you prefer.

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1 day ago

Vainglory gains improved bots and more ways to get Sunlight in summer update

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The development team behind Vainglory has unleashed version 1.20 (referred to as the Summer Update), which introduces improved bots, more convenient play options, as well as easier ways to obtain Sunlight. Those of you who may not be familiar with the title of this iOS and Android game, it's a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena title, similar to the likes of DOTA 2 and League of Legends. The only difference being Vainglory is played on your smartphone.

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1 day ago

Verizon agrees to buy Yahoo for $4.83 billion

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Yahoo has agreed to sell its core business to Verizon for $4.83 billion, signaling an end to one of the internet's most pioneering companies as a standalone entity.

Under the deal, Verizon will acquire Yahoo's search, mail and instant messaging services, along with its ad platform and a few real estate holdings. Yahoo's ad business and digital content services — including Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports — will be of significant value to Verizon as it looks to expand its offerings in this space following the acquisition of AOL last year for $4.4 billion. The move puts Verizon behind Google and Facebook in the U.S. digital ad segment, with a total share of 4.5%.

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1 day ago

How to access and use Memories in Snapchat for Android

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How do I use Snapchat Memories?

Snapchat has announced yet another feature as they continue to expand their platform that originally was created to simply send and receive temporary pictures.

This new feature is called Memories, and it's essentially a cumulative archive of all of the snaps you've saved to your phone since you downloaded the app.

But how exactly do you navigate Snapchat Memories, and how does this new feature work? Here's how to use Snapchat Memories to your fullest advantage.

How to access Memories in Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories.

How to access Snaps in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Snaps tab at the top of the screen to access your saved snaps.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap on the Snaps tab to access your saved content.

How to access Stories in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen.

How to access your Camera Roll in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Camera Roll tab at the top of the screen to access your Camera Roll.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Camera Roll tab.

How to access My Eyes Only in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the My Eyes Only tab at the top of the screen to access your protected, private snaps.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the My Eyes only tab to get access to protected snaps.

Type in your password to access your My Eyes Only. Keep in mind that if you have to reset your password, all of the snaps saved to My Eyes Only will be erased.

How to post an old Snap to your Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Snaps tab at the top of the screen to access your saved snaps.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Snaps tab.

  4. Tap on the photo or video you would like to post to your Snapchat story or friend.
  5. Tap and hold the photo. A black border will appear around the photo.
  6. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap on the photo or video you would like to post, and then press and hold the photo. Tap the arrow within the blue circle.

Just like sending a standard snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your photo/video with.

How to post part of a saved story to your Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen.

  4. Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to select.
  5. Swipe left or right to pick a specific snap in the story bubble to post.
  6. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap and hold the story bubble to select it and then swipe left or right to pick a specific snap. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the corner.

Just like sending a standard snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your story photo/video with.

How to post a photo from your Camera Roll to your Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Camera Roll tab at the top of the screen to access your Camera Roll.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Camera Roll tab.

  4. Tap and hold the photo or video you would like to post from Camera Roll.
  5. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap and hold the photo or video and then the arrow in the lower right corner.

Just like sending a standard snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your story photo/video with.

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