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2 weeks ago

Verizon will pre-load Lyft on some of its Android phones, offer discount to drivers

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Verizon Wireless will pre-load the Lyft app on some of its Android smartphones in a new partnership with the car-sharing company.

Verizon Wireless announced today a new agreement with Lyft, the car-sharing company, that will not only see the Lyft app pre-loaded on some Verizon Android smartphones but will also give Lyft drivers discounts on Verizon's devices.

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2 weeks ago

Android still the top U.S. smartphone platform, according to comScore

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Research firm comScore released its U.S. smartphone platform market share numbers for the first three months of 2015, showing Android on top with just over 52 percent.

Android's market share sits at 52.4 percent for the period of three months ending in March, dropping slightly from the 53.1 percent of the market Android held in the last three months of 2014.

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2 weeks ago

Spotify rumored to enter the video business, holding press event on May 20

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The popular music streaming service Spotify could be planning an expansion into original video content, as the company announces a press event on May 20.

The report comes from the Wall Street Journal, claiming that Spotify's video service will be available to subscribers and non-subscribers.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with Belkin's Qi Wireless Charging Pad

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Belkin joins the wireless charging club with their new Qi charging pad that sports a contemporary design with a couple extras.

We're always trying new products in the realm of wireless charging, finding what stands out in design and functionality. This latest addition from Belkin meets the 1A charging standard but doesn't scream originality with its looks.

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2 weeks ago

Flickr has made it easier to upload, organize, and edit your photos

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Yahoo has updated Flickr, both for Android and on the web, adding auto-uploads for all photos and videos on your device, a new timeline view, and more.

Flickr can now automatically upload all of the photos and videos you've taken on your device.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus 9 owners, your Android 5.1 OTA is rolling out now

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No more waiting — Google says that an Android 5.1 OTA is on its way to Nexus 9s.

After what felt like an expert-level troll sending out an Android 5.0.2 OTA to Nexus 9s on May 5, the official Nexus social media accounts have stated that a full-on Android 5.1 OTA is headed to the tablet.

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2 weeks ago

Cyanogen and Truecaller are partnering to build a new dialer app

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Cyanogen Dialer

There's a new dialer app on the way for Cyanogen OS users, thanks to a partnership with Truecaller.

Smartphones have, for the most part, taken our ability to communicate and improved it dramatically. There are more ways to reach out to the rest of the world than ever before, and whether you're into text only, face to face video, or good old fashioned audio calls you can reach out with relatively little effort. There's one small piece of voice communication that has taken a backseat in this new generation of communication, due largely to carrier efforts to monetize the technology and users deciding they could live without it. Caller ID as a service has changed quite a bit from the days of the little LCD display next to your home phone, and the folks at Cyanogen have decided to work with one of the more impressive companies keeping this service alive today to implement an integrated solution in their next dialer app.

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2 weeks ago

NSA bulk phone data collection ruled illegal by U.S. Court of Appeals

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A U.S. court has ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk phone data collection program was unauthorized.

The new ruling on the program, which itself is part of long-running electronic surveillance efforts by the NSA, comes from the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the NSA exceeded the authority given to it by Congress.

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2 weeks ago

The Android Central App is back in action, starting with a new update today!

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Android Central app

A quick update, folks, on the state of the official Android Central app: We are still here!

We've taken a little bit of time away to break in a new developer, which is why we've been a little absent for the past few months. But we're happy to report that we're once again back in the development process. And that starts today with a new update that fixes a longstanding crash that would occur when you'd open a story from somewhere else (a Twitter link, Facebook, etc.) and then head straight into the comments. We've also tweaked a couple things visually.

But more important is that, yes, we're hard at work on completely new, Material Design-inspired version of the app. All the stories you know and love and news you've come to expect. All the discussion from our more than 2 million members in the forums. Videos. Podcasts. Contests. None of that's going anywhere.

So thanks again for your patience, and for all your feedback. And thanks for making our app what it is, and what it's going to become. Stay tuned!

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2 weeks ago

HTC Lock Screen gains Lollipop-style notifications and more, Sense Home gets improvements

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Updates are available for both HTC Sense Home and HTC Lock Screen through Google Play, bringing some new functionality and other improvements.

HTC has pushed out updates for HTC Lock Screen and HTC Sense Home to Google Play. The updates not only fix some bugs, and enhance the performance, but also add new features as well. Recently we saw HTC rebrand Blinkfeed to Sense Home, and this update just brings some improvements.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Fire Phone update brings KitKat, new keyboard options, and much more

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Amazon continues to support its poorly received Fire Phone with a new over-the-air update that brings its Android version up to KitKat, along with a ton of new features.

The new version number for the Fire OS after this version is installed is 4.6.1.

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2 weeks ago

The LG G4 and LG Nexus 5 in pictures

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Looking at the G4 next to the Nexus 5 shows just how much LG has changed without leaving the basics.

Everyone knows that Nexus phones are made with Google as the guiding hand, but you always see the basic design language from the manufacturer acting as partner for that release. You see this with each version in the Nexus line, but especially with the LG Nexus 5 and Motorola Nexus 6. Those who didn't upgrade from the Nexus 5 to the Nexus 6 this year are probably starting to look at the other options out there, and it's starting to look like the G4 is going to be high on the list of devices worth considering.

Here's a quick look at the G4 and Nexus 5 side by side.

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2 weeks ago

Understanding and using Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Some things on your phone are for your eyes only — let Private Mode on the Galaxy S6 help with that.

There are several different methods and apps for keeping some content on your phone safer than the rest, and on the Galaxy S6 Samsung has a built-in option called Private Mode. With a tap of a quick setting toggle and authentication you can unlock data from a variety of Samsung's apps that you've previously marked as private, keeping it away from anyone who happens to have your phone. It isn't comprehensive and won't fit everyone's needs, but it's worth knowing about for occasional use.

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2 weeks ago

Buy a Galaxy Note 4 in the U.S., get four Avengers-themed cases for free

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Samsung partnered with Marvel on Avengers themes for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and now the manufacturer is extending the love to the Galaxy Note 4 by giving away a set of four Avengers-themed cases.

Anyone purchasing the Galaxy Note 4 in the U.S. between May 4 and June 1 will receive the Avengers case bundle for free, which Samsung says is worth $200.

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2 weeks ago

Latest Galaxy S6 edge advert talks about the 64-bit CPU, wireless charging circuitry

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Samsung's latest video is all about how the Galaxy S6 edge was "engineered to the height of precision and performance."

In the video, Samsung talks about how it manufactured the 14nm 64-bit Exynos octa-core processor that is used in the Galaxy S6 edge, and incorporated the circuitry for signal reception into the frame of the device, making it possible to integrate the wireless charging module into the back of the device.

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