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1 week ago

YouTube Music Key service reportedly starts its private beta test

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Google's previously announced YouTube Music Key has reportedly begun its private beta test, allowing its first invites to check out the early features for this latest music-themed subscription service.

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1 week ago

SwiftKey update boosts performance, adds a dozen new languages

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SwiftKey for Android

Keyboard launches, closes more quickly; more Indian languages added

SwiftKey today announced a pretty significant update to its Android keyboard application, focusing on a number of back-end improvements.

The keyboard now appears on screen between 15 percent and 20 percent faster, SwiftKey writes in a blog post. It'll then disappear between 20 percent and 30 percent faster, and switching between fields has seen performance improvements of up to 50 percent. The actual act of typing has gotten a bit of a tune-up as well, seeing improvements between 10 percent and 18 percent.

"This is the big performance update that I think people have been really waiting for," SwiftKey CMO Joe Braidwood told Android Central.

In addition, SwiftKey has added 11 new Indian languages and one for Sri Lanka. They include: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali and Sinhala. That makes 81 languages supported by the keyboard, which has been installed more than 10 million times in Google Play alone and was introduced on iOS earlier this year.

The free update is available today in Google Play.

More: SwiftKey blog

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1 week ago

Sprint cuts $50 from Nexus 6, giving bill credit to early orders

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Sprint has lowered the prices for both the two-year and no-contract plans for its version of the Nexus 6 just a few days after it started selling the smartphone. It will offer a $50 bill credit for anyone who purchased the 6-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop device ahead of those changes.

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1 week ago

Tell us your favorite Galaxy Note 4 feature and win an S-View Flip Cover!

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Samsung S-View Flip Cover for Note 4

Samsung phones and S-View covers are two peas in a pod, and the Note 4 and its variant of the case are no exception. For folks who want more coverage of their shiny new Galaxy Note 4 and don't mind the extra bulk of a wrap-around flip case, the S-View Flip Cover is a good choice. Because of that we're going to give away two S-View Flip Covers for the Note 4, just so a couple more people can experience the case.

All you have to do to win is jump into the comments of this post and tell us your favorite Galaxy Note 4 feature! We'll pick out two winners on Sunday, November 23rd to take home the S-View Flip Covers.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 20

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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.

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

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1 week ago

Sprint starts rolling out Android KitKat 4.4.4 update for its Samsung Galaxy S5

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Sprint is currently rolling out an firmware update to its Samsung Galaxy S5 customers that finally brings its version of Android up to KitKat 4.4.4, along with some other new features.

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1 week ago

Amazon Fire users get free access to new Washington Post app

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Amazon is launching a new app specifically for its Fire tablet owners that gives them six months of free access to stories from the Washington Post. The newspaper was acquired by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in 2013 for $250 million.

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1 week ago

Rock and sock some robots in Ironkill

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The movie Real Steel might have been fairly forgettable, but the two mobile games based on it have enjoyed a fair little following. The team leads from the mobile Reel Steel and Total Recall titles have left Reliance Entertainment in order to form their own studio, Play Motion. And Play Motion's first game sticks with what they know: robots punching other robots.

Ironkill has just launched on Android and iOS as a free to play title. Players can collect and upgrade a wide assortment of stylized robots, and then journey across a post-apocalyptic map to battle it out against other robot trainers. With solid graphics and simple controls, Ironkill promises plenty of fun robot-on-robot violence.

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1 week ago

Gorilla Glass 4 may help protect your future smartphone screen from drops

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Less than two years after Corning first revealed Gorilla Glass 3, the company is going ahead and introducing Gorilla Glass 4. The latest version of its touchscreen display glass is supposed to be up to two times tougher than any competitive cover glass product. Corning said that in their drop tests from one meter on a rough surface, devices with Gorilla Glass 4 survived the drop up to 80 percent of the time.

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1 week ago

Huawei's dual-SIM Honor 3C heads to Europe, available for pre-order today at just £110

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Huawei has today announced the Honor 3C in Europe. The latest device in the Honor family comes with a 5-inch screen and solid specifications for just £109.99 ($170). Much like the Honor 6, Huawei will be skipping mobile operators altogether, letting nothing get in between you and their new smartphone.

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1 week ago

Lollipop preview on the Galaxy Note 3 gives us a taste of what's to come

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After showcasing Android Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 last month, the folks over at SamMobile have gotten their hands on an internal Lollipop build destined for the Galaxy Note 3. The video highlights significant changes to the TouchWiz UI, which now conforms to Material Design guidelines.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung's first curved Note is an interesting tech demo, but it's far from a slam-dunk overall

Samsung has been at the forefront of new display technologies throughout recent history, pushing the limits of what AMOLED panels in phones and tablets can do. And beyond improvements in resolution, brightness and colors, Samsung has recently tinkered with curved and flexible displays of all sizes and types.

But in terms of real consumer products, that history is much shorter. It started with the Galaxy Round — a pretty basic phone that didn't do anything new aside from being curved. Then Samsung applied the curved tech to wearables with the Gear Fit, a neat little fitness band, and later in the year the Gear S, a 2-inch curved glass behemoth of a smartwatch.

And then the Korean giant came out with something entirely different— the Galaxy Note Edge. Launched right alongside the flagship Galaxy Note 4, the Note Edge reveals its biggest trick in its name. Although it looks like a "normal" phone from most angles, the entire right edge of the screen is dramatically curved — enabling a few neat experiences that aren't possible with a flat display.

The Galaxy Note Edge is unlike any phone you've ever used before, and that's both good and bad. Read along with us for our full impressions of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and see how Samsung is trying to make curved displays a mainstream feature.

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1 week ago

Google adds China to list of supported Play Store merchant locations

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It looks like Google is keeping the train rolling in its efforts to support apps from developers around the world. The company announced today via its Android developer blog that developers in China will now be able to offer both free and paid apps in the Google Play Store.

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1 week ago

Google sets Photo Sphere, Street View on Google Maps free so you can embed them on your website

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Google is now allowing developers to embed Photo Sphere in addition to Street View images in Google Maps on their own websites. The capabilities are now part of the Google Maps Embed API. Previously, web developers were able to embed a Photo Sphere that they had captured, but not public ones. The latest change allows you to embed a public Photo Sphere from Google Maps into your own website.

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1 week ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Neon

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 Neon

Whether you want a flashy light-up sign or just want to be noticed with some bright colors on a something you wear, we're all aware of how neon can stand out. No matter the time of year or hour of day you can always get attention with neon colors, and this week we're hoping it attracts the attention of your cameras. We want to see the best "neon" shots you can take with your Android phone.

For their efforts we'll be handing out prizes to two winning entries this week, each one taking home a ZENS Qi Wireless 4500mAh Power Bank!

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 (November 26) 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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