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1 week ago

T-Mobile LG G2 and LG G3 Lollipop update moves to 'T-Mobile Testing'

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T-Mobile's software update page has been updated to reflect that the Lollipop update for both the LG G2 and LG G3 is now in carrier testing.

Recently T-Mobile has updated their software update page, changing the status of both devices to 'T-Mobile Testing', a change from the previous 'Manufacturer Development'. We have already seen Sprint and AT&T roll out the Lollipop update for the LG G3 leaving T-Mobile users wondering where their update was. This change means that the software is now in the hands of T-Mobile for final testing. Carrier testing is the final step in the process before the update goes live, so hopefully no big bugs are found that would halt the release.

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1 week ago

Pioneer launches new Android Auto-compatible head units, starting at $700

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Pioneer has released the latest versions of their NEX in-car receivers, compatible with Google's Android Auto platform.

These new systems, which first debuted at CES 2015, offer integration not only with Android Auto, but Apple's CarPlay.

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1 week ago

ShopAndroid.com ahora en español!

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ShopAndroid.com está ahora disponible en idioma español.

Desde el 2008 ShopAndroid.com ha sido la tienda más popular para los usuarios de teléfonos Android, ofreciendo una amplia variedad de productos, un rápido envío, las mejores marcas, y ayuda por expertos. Como respuesta a los requerimientos de nuestros clientes y visitantes latinos y con la visión de expandir nuestra red de comercio electrónico, nos complace anunciarles que ShopAndroid está disponible en español.

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1 week ago

Cyanogen rakes in $80 million in funding from Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica, and more

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Developer Cyanogen is taking on a quite a bit new funding in their quest to develop an alternative version of Android that's not as reliant on Google.

In a round of Series C financing, Cyanogen has raised $80 million in funding for their alternative Android OS, CyanogenMod. The company intends to use the influx of cash "to hire talent and accelerate the development of its open OS platform.

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1 week ago

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: Glass wasn't a failure, it just needs some work

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The first version of Glass may have been panned and canned, but that doesn't mean Google's given up on the project.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says the Google Glass wearable face computer wasn't a failure, and that they're still working on a new version of it. Things have been relatively quiet on the Glass front since Nest CEO Tony Fadell took charge of Glass and ended the "Explorer Program" that had the first version of the headset going out to early adopters for $1500 a head.

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1 week ago

Sony's water-resistant devices will catalogue Tough Mudder 2015 endurance events

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Sony has announced that it will be the official device partner at Tough Mudder 2015 endurance events.

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1 week ago

Samsung launches Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in India, sales to commence April 10

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in India, with both devices going on sale in the country starting April 10.

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1 week ago

HTC One M9 review

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A beautiful, well-refined Android smartphone phone finds itself — and its manufacturer — fighting against the current once again.

There's a great exchange in an episode of The West Wing in which a political operative played by the late Ron Silver explains the delicacy involved in removing a piece of kelp from a perfectly shaped racing boat. There's a fine balance between removing what's dragging you down and causing even more drag in the process. There's a sense that we're seeing a bit of that in the new HTC One M9, the latest flagship smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer. On one hand you've got the continuation of a product line that for the previous two generations has been lauded as a shining example of what can be done in a five-inch space. Great hardware. Great software. Excellent performance. And one pretty major sticking point.

And in a nutshell that sums up the M9, and our M9 review. There's a lot here you're going to find familiar. (Especially if you read our epic M9 preview.) And some of the new stuff has us scratching our heads a little and in fact raises questions that we might not be able to answer without more long-term use. Let's get into it.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: which gallery app do you use most?

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Gallery apps are one of the many pre-loaded apps that most manufacturer's will give you their own special version of.

Samsung has the Samsung Gallery, Motorola has the Motorola Gallery, and so on. While we call many of the apps that manufacturers load onto our phones bloatware, these galleries are not counted among them. But as we've gone through our latest series on Android photography, we wondered just how many of our readers were indeed content with the standard gallery, and how many had moved on to an app with more functionality, like automatic backup in Photos or the ability to browse through cloud services in QuickPic. So, as we do every week at Android Central, we put it to a vote.

And it was a photo finish... just not for first place.

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1 week ago

How to run a poll on Google+

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Polls are a nice, easy ways to gauge opinions.

Politicians are always using polls to assess voter — and donor — opinions. Google Opinion Rewards pays us for answering their short polls. Here at Android Central, our weekly polls are one of the many ways we try to see what you, our readers, think about Android and the burning questions of the day. But what about when you want to get some opinions about which app is better, or what you should do with some old tech? Well, you can run your own poll, right there on Google+. In ye olden days, you ran a poll in Google+ by making a post, commenting on your own post with the answers, and then disabling any more comments. The votes were cast using +1s, but since you could +1 more than one comment and there was no further dialog, things got a bit hectic, and bit boring. Since Google bought and integrated the polling app company Polar into Google+ last year, giving us the ability to conduct our own proper polls at a whim, those days are behind us.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Lampshade.io, Tube Map, Stick Hero and more

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

Nexus Player looks set for official UK release on March 26

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Having been officially available in the U.S. for sometime now, the ASUS made Nexus Player looks set to go on sale officially in the UK on March 26. Amazon UK currently has a listing to pre-order the Nexus Player for £79.99 with free shipping around its expected shipping date.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: Quick hits on a working weekend

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It's a working weekend — those of you who've been around a while might remember what that's code for — so I'll keep things really brief this week. Still have a few thoughts on things, though, so let's get to it.

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1 week ago

Smart Lock 'on-body detection' now rolling out to Lollipop devices

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Smart Lock on body detection

The new motion-based feature for Smart Lock is better than no security at all — but only barely.

Google appears to be quietly rolling out a new addition to the Smart Lock feature in Android Lollipop, bringing an extra unlock option that works with motion sensors inside Android devices. "On-body detection" is designed to use your phone's accelerometer to figure out when it's been set down on a surface, and lock — with whatever lock pattern or PIN code you've set — when it's not on your person.

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1 week ago

What we're using: How AC editors approach Android photography

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Android photography

We've spent some time talking about photography and Android. The two things go together very well, and most of us want to take the best pictures we can when we pull out our phone to take one.

Here at AC, we're all Android fans at heart — just like you are. We want the same things you do out of the camera on our phones, and we want the best pictures we can get. Again — just like everyone reading this. We get to try and use more Android phones than most folks due to the nature of our job, but because we're Android fans we all have a favorite when it comes to features like the camera. Join us as we take a minute to go around the table and talk about how we do Android photography.

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