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2 days ago

Need a case, charger, batteries or screen protectors? Everything's 20% off right now!

Our last minute shopping sale is still going on here at Android Central, offering you 20% off everything in the store until midnight, December 21

We've got accessories for the most popular Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and many more.

Pick up a new car charger and vehicle mount for safe holiday traveling, wireless charging mats for an effortless way to stay powered up around the house or even a large capacity memory card to expand your library of movies and music. It's all here, and for a limited time it's 20% off with coupon code: LAST14

Depending on how fast you want your items, see our available shipping options for expedited delivery before the holiday. We also offer FREE standard shipping on all orders over $50.

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2 days ago

Santa Phil Day 5: Win an Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Amazon Fire TV Stick

It's the penultimate day of our weeklong giveaway, and today's prize is on one hand different and not huge, and on the other quite a collector's item. Up for grabs today is an Amazon Fire TV Stick — think Chromecast(ish), only with Amazon content included (plus other services, of course). And we'll toss in a rare Android Central mug along with it, just 'cause.

We'll make this one easy: Just leave a comment here on this post letting us know the best movie you've seen this year. We'll leave comments open through 5 p.m. PST Saturday, and pick a winner at random next week.

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2 days ago

Perfect your mobile driving skills in Top Gear: Extreme Parking

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Do you have difficulties parking your vehicle while out and about? If so, Top Gear: Extreme Parking is now available to help out by taking the task of parking and throwing in some ridiculous vehicles, precision skill development and some strange obstacle courses. Co-developed by the team behind popular parking simulator games, Play With Friends, this title is worth the download for those who enjoy wacky experiences.

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2 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, two months on

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Galaxy Note 4

Is Samsung's big phone a big hit? We reflect on two months with the Note 4.

When Samsung refreshes the Galaxy Note line, people take notice — and the leap this year was as big as any other. After an imperfect Galaxy S5 that didn't exactly blow us away, the Galaxy Note 4 really hit it out of the park. A ridiculously high-quality display is backed up by a new metal design, while the camera brings important improvements and the internals hit new highs.

We're now just two months removed from the launch of the Note 4, and while all of us here at Android Central have spent our fair share of quality time with the phone, two of us are still carrying it on a regular basis. Alex Dobie and myself have been using the Note 4 since launch, more or less, and want to reflect on our experiences — both highs and lows — with the phone. We have plenty to talk about, so join us after the break.

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2 days ago

Sony releases new video teaser with lollipops and colors, lots of colors

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Sony is back with a new video teaser, this time opting to include numerous references to the number five and lollipops. While this could suggest Sony is looking to announce Lollipop for its consumers, the company has previously spoken about Android updates, but we could also be looking at a quick peek into Sony at CES 2015.

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2 days ago

Gresso launches new luxurious smartphones coated in gold and titanium

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Gresso has launched a new luxurious line of smartphones, coated in gold and titanium. Usually when we look at these expensive smartphones, we're taken by just how unattractive the designs are. Luckily, that's not the case for the Gresso Regal with impressive specifications matching the premium design. But that's not to say we're preparing to fork out for one (or two).

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2 days ago

Firmware update brings better accuracy to Fitbit Surge

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Fibit has announced a new firmware update for its latest Surge, which the company describes as a "superwatch." With the latest version 9.2 firmware, the Fitbit Surge gains better accuracy with step counts, battery level indicator, and also GPS tracking. Additionally, runs that are being tracked at midnight, for all the night owls who sport a Surge, will now be tracked correctly.

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2 days ago

Samsung will once again send ChatON into the sunset [Update: Except U.S.]

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Samsung will once again kill off its ChatON messaging service. After it was previously reported and subsequently denied by Samsung that ChatON will bite the dust, the Android Galaxy-maker has made the termination official, announcing that the service will be closed to conversations and emojis effective February 1, 2015 at 9 AM.

Update: Samsung says the service will shut down everywhere but in the U.S.

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2 days ago

The clock's ticking: Vote now for the Android Central 2014 Reader's Choice Awards!

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Android Central 2014 Awards

There are just two days left to vote for all your favorite things from 2014. The best Android phone. The best smartwatch. The best tablet. Your favorite Android Central Editor. (We're totally making that a category next year.) The best apps. All the Android things.

And the winners are still very much up for grabs, folks. If you don't vote, you don't get to complain later.

Vote now in the 2014 Android Central Reader's Choice Awards!

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2 days ago

Google's auto ambition will reportedly bring Android M straight to the dash

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In the next version of Android, Google could potentially sideline Android Auto in favor of putting the entire Android OS into cars. Unlike Android Auto, Android M would be built directly into the car's infotainment and navigation system and would not require the driver to plug in a smartphone.

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2 days ago

Leather Nexus 9 Magic Cover lands at Best Buy for $49

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In addition to being available on the Google Play Store, Amazon, and through HTC, the leather Nexus 9 Magic Cover is also arriving at Best Buy. Retailing for $49, the black leather Magic Cover is currently listed as out of stock at Best Buy online and through most local stores, so you may want to check the big box retailer's inventory before headed out to your nearest Buy Buy store to snag one.

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2 days ago

There are more reasons every day to consider a prepaid plan for your Android

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Prepaid SIM cards

Prepaid plans just keep getting better, even as postpaid offerings get more enticing

I wrote all the way back in September 2012 of the benefits of considering prepaid service over more traditional postpaid cell phone plan offerings. Now, over two years later, things just keep getting better for those who think outside the box and go a different route for their phone service. On a prepaid phone plan, having LTE is now the norm, while data packages keep getting larger and flexibility with BYOD is expanding.

I do have to say, however, that the increased competitiveness of these prepaid carriers have caused postpaid carriers to mix things up as well to try and entice you back to the other side. Separation of device subsidies from plans have cut down the overall cost of owning a phone for the savvy consumers, and new differentiators like inexpensive global roaming plans, shared data buckets and other add-ons make the choice a bit tougher.

But in the end if your bottom line is the be all end all for phone service, prepaid is still the way to go — and you don't have to give up as much as you used to before.

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2 days ago

Secret app updated with chat and communities

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Secret's anonymous confession app has had a significant overhaul in both style and function. In addition to being able to spill the beans about anything without fear of reprisal, now you can enter private conversations with other anonymous users.

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2 days ago

Huawei Honor 6 mini-review

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Huawei Honor 6

The first device in the new-for-Europe Honor brand mixes high-end specs and an affordable price point

Huawei's continued push in Europe has recently seen the launch of the Honor brand, and with it the Honor 6. It's an interesting proposition, in so much as it's offering a high-end Android smartphone at a low price thanks to avoiding carrier partnerships. The Honor 6 is available through Amazon for an extremely reasonable £250 all-in, and for that you get quite a lot of smartphone.

Honor is being marketed and delivered completely separately to Huawei's flagship, Ascend line, but there are a number of similarities between the two. 2014 has been an impressive year for Huawei, so does the Honor 6 close it out in style? Read on to find out.

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3 days ago

Angry Birds Epic intros player-versus-player duels

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Turn-based fantasy strategy game Angry Birds Epic has a new player-versus-player system, complete with different leagues and leaderboards. Players gather in the arena on Terence's ship and have to defend their banner while attacking those of their opponent. Participating in league play unlocks new gear for your banner, which provide unique bonuses to the owning team.

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