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T-Mobile to begin taking orders for Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ on Aug 18, in-store Aug 21

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T-Mobile was not among the first US carriers to accept orders and begin shipments of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, but that is about to change. Beginning August 18 at 6am PT, customers can order the new phones online or through telesales, with in-store availability starting August 21. In addition to accepting the orders, T-Mobile will also begin shipping the phones as well.

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1 week ago

Project Ara launch officially delayed until sometime in 2016

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Project Ara, Google's long-in-development effort to make a smartphone with swappable modular hardware parts, has officially delayed its launch. After confirming last week that its plans for a 2015 pilot market launch in Puerto Rico have been scrapped, the company has now stated that Project Ara won't launch until sometime in 2016.

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1 week ago

Announcing the winners of the OnePlus 2 Invite contest!

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A couple of days ago, we asked anyone who wanted to buy a OnePlus 2 but didn't want to wait in line to participate in a contest. Anyone who wanted this shortcut needed to show us via Instagram where they planned to keep their new phone. We received just over 1,000 entries in the last couple of days, and after looking over all of them we picked 50 of our favorites.

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1 week ago

Developers can now submit apps to Google Play that use Android Marshmallow's API 23

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Alongside revealing Android M's actual name, and releasing the new Android 6.0 SDK, Google has announced that developers can now submit apps that use Marshmallow's API 23. This means developers can now build their apps against the official SDK, and submit them for testing on Developer Preview devices.

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1 week ago

This is what goes in to making a giant Android Marshmallow statue

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Nat + Lo and Marshmallow. (Say it over and over. It's fun.)

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1 week ago

Final M preview and Android 6 SDK now available

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Statues aren't the only thing unveiled at Google HQ today! The Final M preview and the official Android 6.0 Marshmallow SDK have been posted, and both are ready for you to download.

The final M preview will come to you OTA (Over The Air) if you've installed the previous version of the Android M preview, or if you're like us and can't be bothered to wait for it, you can grab the factory image from the Android developer site. Images have been posted for the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9, the Nexus 5 and the Nexus Player.

The Android 6.0 SDK can be installed directly from your existing Android SDK manager, or you can grab a new copy and install fresh.

While "final" sounds pretty, well, final, remember that this is still beta software. There might very well be bugs. For help on installing an Android factory image to your Nexus, have a look here.

More: Android Developers blog
Android M preview download page

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1 week ago

Marshmallow is the official name for Android M

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Marshmellow

Update: Google has taken off the cover, unveiling the Android mascot holding a marshmallow. Ladies and gentlemen, what we've known up until now as "Android M" is officially Android "Marshmallow".

Original story: Google is once again teasing the Android M reveal, this time showing what appears to be a fully built statue under a white cover. Recently, Google posted a teaser video in which it listed a number of treats that began with the letter M, and at the end showed off a statue being painted white.

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1 week ago

Google introduces Project Sunroof, a new tool to help homeowners explore solar options

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Project Sunroof is a new tool from Google which allows homeowners to explore easily whether or not they would benefit from solar panels. To start, the tool will be available in select regions, and will allow homeowners to put their address in, and see the projected cost savings from going solar.

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1 week ago

These are the top Samsung phones you need to know

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Samsung Phones

Updated August 2015

In the world of smartphones, it's impossible to ignore the influence of Samsung. Since its explosion into Android with the launch of the Galaxy S2 globally, Samsung has firmly held on to the top spot in Android devices sold — and though the playing field has leveled off some in recent years the Korean manufacturer still has one of the most recognizable lines of phones out there today.

The "Galaxy" name gets spread around to its entire lineup of Android phones, but when it really comes down to it there are just a handful of Samsung's high-end devices that you need to know about. Let us introduce you to the top phones from Samsung.

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1 week ago

Verizon pushes Android 5.1.1 with Stagefright patch to the Nexus 7

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Verizon is now pushing an update to the Nexus 7 which brings Android 5.1.1 to the tablet, along with a patch for the Stagefright exploit. The update brings a number of changes to the appearance and interaction on the tablet, as well as some behind the scenes changes.

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1 week ago

Select AT&T GoPhone customers will be able to use their data in Mexico and Canada at no extra charge

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AT&T has announced that it will make it easier for GoPhone customers to travel in North America, allowing customers on the $60 GoPhone plan to use that data anywhere in the US, Mexico, or Canada. This arrangement lets customers on the $60 plan use their 4GB of 4G LTE data all over North America.

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1 week ago

The 'Stagefright' exploit: What you need to know

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Android security

In July 2015, security company Zimperium announced that it had discovered a "unicorn" of a vulnerability inside the Android operating system. More details were publicly disclosed at the BlackHat conference in early August — but not before headlines declaring that nearly a billion Android devices could potentially be taken over without their users even knowing it.

So what is "Stagefright"? And do you need to worry about it?

We're continuously updating this post as more information is released. Here's what we know, and what you need to know.

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1 week ago

LG Nexus 5 2015 design gets shown off again by a case maker

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Following the first live image of the LG Nexus 5 2015, new images of cases for the said-to-be upcoming phone have surfaced as well. Recently, renders based off the blueprints for accessory manufacturers showed off a general feel for the phone, and the newly leaked image and this case seem to point towards the same design.

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1 week ago

10 things you need to know about the LG G4

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While LG kept the overall look of the G4 similar to previous models, it made sure to update almost everything else about the phone.

It's been clear from the sales of the G3 and G2 that people are fans of the way LG has been designing their leading G series phone. Between the incredibly thin bezels and the placement of the power and volume buttons on the rear spine of the phone, there's a lot to love. Add to the looks ample power and a great camera, and it's quite a package.

When it comes to the fourth generation of the G series, we have to take a deeper look at everything LG did to improve the phone — and thankfully, a lot has been done, and we've had a couple months to digest it all.

And with that, here are 10 things you need to know about the LG G4.

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1 week ago

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA with increased storage is now available

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ASUS has launched a new model for the ZenPad S 8.0 family of tablets. The Z580CA is pretty much identical to the already available Z580C, aside from an increased amount of internal storage and RAM, not to mention a slightly higher price tag. Should you wish to purchase the ZenPad S 8.0, but require 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, this may be the option for you.

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