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3 days ago

Android One phones reportedly not welcome at many Indian retailers

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A recent report claims that many brick-and-mortar retailers in India have refused to sell the three current Android One smartphones, because Google and its hardware partners decided back in September to give online sales a head start.

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3 days ago

HTC Desire 820: The Android Central casual review

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Desire 820

HTC's second 'mid-range flagship' this year is a solid improvement in almost every area

The past year has seen the HTC Desire range — the Taiwanese manufacturer's line of mid-range handsets — expanded to cover everything from the super-cheap Desire 510 to the selfie-centric Desire EYE. And with it, HTC has introduced a new, unashamedly plastic design language, while keeping software performance and features mostly in line with the flagship HTC One.

Earlier this year we checked out the Desire 816, finding it to be a solid mid-range flagship with just a couple of minor flaws. For late 2014, the 816 has been succeeded by Desire 820, a revamped incarnation of this compelling mid-ranger boasting upgraded internals and a sharp new design. On the outside, the new two-tone chassis introduces bolder colors into the mix. And on the inside there's a faster 64-bit capable CPU, along with upped storage and RAM, and a significantly upgraded camera setup.

We'll dive deeper after the break, in a casual review of the HTC Desire 820.

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3 days ago

Samsung showcases S Pen on the Galaxy Note 4 with a little help from Reggie Watts

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Samsung has already shown off the features of the Galaxy Note 4 in its "Do you Note?" commercials, and this time around the vendor has recruited Reggie Watts to bring some beatboxing into the mix to highlight the features offered by the S Pen. Samsung also rolled out three other commercials that show how the phablet holds up during everyday tasks.

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3 days ago

OnePlus One Indian launch imminent, Amazon gets exclusive rights

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Earlier this year, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced that the vendor was looking to launch the OnePlus One in India in December, with country-specific invites available to consumers interested in buying the device. A teaser posted on Amazon India today indicates that the retailer will have exclusive rights to sell the handset in the country. While Amazon did not mention the device by name, the teaser corresponds to the Sandstone Black version of the OnePlus One.

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3 days ago

Soak test invites going out for the 2014 Moto X on Verizon

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Owners of the 2014 Moto X on Verizon are beginning to receive soak test invites. We've gotten tips from several Android Central readers users that the invites are starting to roll out, and although there is no mention of what the soak test is intended for, it is possible that a Lollipop update is imminent.

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4 days ago

Sprint's offering a serious discount on a Galaxy S5 for loyal customers

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Sprint is offering their loyal customers some fairly substantial discounts for the holidays, including discounted device leasing, free service, and accessory discounts. Of course, it's Sprint defining "loyal" here, though customers that have been deemed worthy of the title have started receiving emails about the offers. Here's what Sprint's offering…

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4 days ago

Black Friday 2014 Deals

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The biggest shopping day of the year is fast approaching. They call it Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, and while the origin of the name as the point where retailers' balance books shift from being in the red (running a loss) for the year to black (profit!) is dubious (any business that's losing money for 11 out of 12 months probably won't be around for next year's sales), the day still sees numerous retailers across the country offering substantial deals on a wide range of products.

What follows are our hand-picked best deals for this year's Black Friday sales. We don't believe in recommending sub-par quality products, regardless of if they're a few bucks off on a random day or not. We're only pointing out sales on quality merchandise that we might consider buying if it weren't on sale. But they are on sale, so the deals are yours to take!

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4 days ago

Android Central 212: Beards and Bugs

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Audio-only stream below

It's been a bit of a big week as Android 5.0 Lollipop updates start hitting devices of those who might not have hopped on board first thing. And that's caused a bit of a problem for some folks. We'll discuss what's going on, and what you can do about it. Plus, our Galaxy Note Edge review, the latest Android Wear watches, and we answer your questions live on air!

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4 days ago

Motorola's replacing AT&T's Nexus 6 stock due to bad software

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The Nexus 6 hasn't been out on the market for very long, but apparently the AT&T version has run into some issues… at least some of them have. Apparently at least a few devices had issues with bad software (the phone is one of the first to run Android 5.0 Lollipop), displaying a blank screen when turned on. As you can imagine, that makes the phone hard to use.

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4 days ago

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner updates with better search, brings your recipes along

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Food community Allrecipes has updated their Dinner Spinner Android app to include a number of important new features, making it easier to find new dishes, and giving you quick access to your own recipes. The app has also added video playback and social integration.

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4 days ago

The European Parliament is considering a call to break up Google

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Google is a big company, perhaps too big, according to the European Parliament. By far the dominant player on the internet thanks to its leading search engine, Google's size and power is reportedly worrying the European Parliament to the point that they're considering a draft motion that would call for Google to be split into multiple companies.

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4 days ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST!

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Android Central Podcast

OK, folks. Here we go. It's been a bit of a big week as Android 5.0 Lollipop updates start hitting devices of those who might not have hopped on board first thing. And that's caused a bit of a problem for some folks. We'll discuss what's going on, and what you can do about it. Plus, our Galaxy Note Edge review, the latest Android Wear watches, and we'll answer your questions live on air!

Join us at this link at 4 p.m. EST — that's 9 p.m. again in London — as we get this thing done.

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4 days ago

Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact support MirrorLink out of the box

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The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has announced that Sony's Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are both MirrorLink-enabled. Like Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay, MirrorLink lets you connect your smartphone to compatible vehicles to use certain features like maps and music while driving.

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4 days ago

Here's how you make your Galaxy Note 4's display usable in direct sunlight

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We usually like to have control, but in this case Auto Brightness is the key

It's no secret that Samsung made some serious steps forward in display technology with the Galaxy Note 4, boosting resolution, colors and brightness to the highest levels we've seen from one of its phones. The 5.7-inch QHD display is quite gorgeous in any setting, and the bevy of display modes in the settings helps you tune it to you liking. But the most mundane of settings, Auto Brightness, is one that you want to have checked if you plan on using your phone out in the sun.

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4 days ago

Google offers 1TB of Drive storage free with holiday Chromebook purchase

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Google is offering 1TB of Google Drive storage for free for two years to anyone who purchases a Chromebook during the holiday season. Normally, 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years would cost a total of $240.

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