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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks ago

LG G Stylo and HTC Desire 626s now available from Cricket Wireless

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The LG G Stylo and HTC Desire 626s have just been launched on Cricket Wireless and are ready for purchase both online and at your local carrier store. The new smartphones support Cricket's LTE network and start on plans from $35 a month.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung's latest flip phone features a Snapdragon 808, dual AMOLED displays

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Samsung has announced the G9198 in China, a brand new dual-screen flip phone, powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor and runs Android 5.1.1. The G9198 follows the Galaxy Folder, which was announced for Korea last month.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi racks up 800,000 sales of the Redmi Note 2 in just 12 hours

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Xiaomi's latest handset, the Redmi Note 2, went up for sale in China over the weekend, netting up over 800,000 sales in the first 12 hours. Xiaomi's not new to strong sales figures during flash sales, with the impressive showing of the Redmi Note 2 allowing the vendor to create a new sales record in its home market.

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2 weeks ago

First live photo of alleged LG Nexus 5 2015 surfaces

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LG Nexus 5 2015 leak

The first live photo of an alleged LG Nexus 5 2015 has surfaced on Google+. The image in question reveals the back of a white Nexus handset, highlighting a protruding camera sensor as well as a circular fingerprint scanner. An LG sticker at the bottom and a "Not For Sale" sticker alongside the Nexus logo are also clearly evident.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly poll results: The Moto G 2015 makes a pretty pie chart

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Moto G 2015

In last week's poll, we asked if anyone picked up the new Moto G 2015. The results are about what anyone who's been paying attention would expect — split pretty evenly.

We tried to include enough options to keep everyone happy, even including the "shut up about the Moto G 2015" option so you could tell us you're not interested. I'm happy that only 25 percent of the people who clicked on a post about the Moto G 2015 did so, then told us they don't want to know more about the Moto G. I'm also going to count those as "No" votes.

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2 weeks ago

A quick look at the Moto Pulse Bluetooth headphones

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Moto Pulse

Along with three new smartphones, Motorola at its annual products event last month dropped a couple new Bluetooth kits on us. This one's the Moto Pulse, an over-the-ear set that brings decent sound without burning a hole in your wallet.

Let's take a look. (And for those of us on this side of the keyboard, a listen.)

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Fallout Shelter, Robinhood, NBC Sports Live Extra and more

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apps of the week

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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2 weeks ago

Player FM for Android Auto: Simple playback but cluttered listings

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Player FM for Android Auto

Android Auto

There's absolutely no shortage of podcast players available for Android Auto. In our 'tour of Android Auto apps, we've already taken a look at several from the usual suspects. But Player FM admittedly was a new one for me, despite it being in the same 500,000 to 1 million downloads category as our current favorite podcatcher. Turns out it's a highly capable app with a bevy of features that even the most hard-core podcast listener would demand.

Player FM also supports Android Auto. But, like every other Android Auto-capable app, not all of its features made the trip into our cars.

Let's see what's left.

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2 weeks ago

Gadgets of the week: JayBird X2 earbuds, Coolest cooler and more!

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Ready for another fresh batch of Android gear?

Every weekend, we pore over the latest connected home, wireless audio, and mobile accessory releases and show off the best of the best. This go-around, JayBird launched the latest version of their sporty Bluetooth headphones this week, and the greatest cooler known to man has an ungodly pricetag. Dig in to read more of our favorite gadgets to hit shelves this week.

READ MORE: the best Android gadgets of the week!

JayBird X2

$180 Buy

JayBird has a great reputation for super-light wireless headphones, and their latest set bumps things up a notch in terms of comfort, sound quality, and style. The JayBird X2 has a wide range of new color options are available, too. You'll still get 8 hours of playback, and be able to subject the buds to sweat without any problem whatsoever. Pick these up if you're having trouble enjoying your tunes while at the gym.

iHome iSP5 Smartplug

$40 Buy

For those looking to beef up their home automation, iHome released a new wall plug called the iSP5 that plays nice with Android and Apple HomeKit. Using the app, you can remotely turn on or off any connected appliance, set schedules for them to flip later, and organize scenes that activate multiple Smartplugs at once. You won't have to get a separate router for this to work, just connect it to your existing Wi-Fi router. Though other systems like Belkin WeMo are out there, iHome's family of products promises to grow in the future.

YONO Fertility Friend

$100 Buy

One particularly interesting Kickstarter project went live this week that aims to ease along the baby-making process. A big part of figuring out times of maximum fertility is determining basal temperature, that is, the lowest temperature a woman's body reaches. This nifty earplug called YONO reads that temperature during sleep, pairs it with a mobile app, which then offers suggestions for when to take a crack at conceiving. Though very niche, this is an interesting take on helping couples overcome important challenges. YONO Fertility Friend earbuds are expected to start shipping in November.

Coolest Cooler

$485 Buy

For those that need to go absolutely overboard at their beach outings, barbecues, and tailgating, this cooler is the way to go. The Coolest doesn't just keep your beers chilly. There's also a blender for mixed drinks. There's a built-in Bluetooth speaker. There's a USB port to charge your phone or other gadgets. There's a bottle opener. It's also crazy expensive, but it will be the end-all-be-all cooler of your every summer from here on out. Take a deep breath and get one of these if your summers are full of cold drinks outside.

Spigen Wallet case for Note 5

$21 Buy

If you're sold on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, you'll probably want to get it covered. Spigen has made some great cases in the past, and they had one available for the Note 5 right after the announcement. The simple and stylish wallet case lets you carry around three cards and some cash inside the front cover while the magnetic clip keeps everything cozy when closed. When the case is open, it can prop up your Note 5 as a stand. Check out our hands-on with Spigen's S6 wallet case for an idea of what to expect. If you're hauling around a big phone anyway, you might as well double up on storage.

Your favorite new Android gadgets?

That's the best of the new stuff that we've been able to see. Notice any other exciting releases for your phone or tablet? Let us know below!

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2 weeks ago

Be sure to watch our Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ hands-on video!

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We went all-out to bring you as much coverage of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ announcement this week in New York City, and that includes a nice wrap-up video that covers our hands-on time with both phones.

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2 weeks ago

How to set up the OnePlus 2

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OnePlus 2

OnePlus has worked hard to make the software on its sophomore effort as simple and straightforward as possible, while cramming in additional features wherever there is room. The one place this is most evident is the setup process, which allows you the flexibility of crafting your user interface the way you want.

As a result, the setup process is a little different from your average Nexus. Here's what you need to know in order to get the most out of your OnePlus 2 from the beginning.

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2 weeks ago

The Blerg is an Android Podcast you should listen to

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I've recently pared down the number of podcasts to which I'm subscribed. (We'll discuss the reason for that at a later date.) But one that I'm absolutely glad I've kept — and it's a podcast that's still in its infancy — is The Blerg, from app developer Chris Lacy. You know him from Action Launcher, of course, as well as Link Bubble and Tap Path — which he recently sold — and from the fan-favorite Tweet Lanes Twitter app.

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