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3 days ago

First look at the ASUS Lolliflash

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ASUS Lolliflash

How many times have you taken a selfie and wished you had a dual-LED flash that sort of looks like the business end of a lollipop sticking out of the 3.5mm head phone jack of your phone, ready to better light your face to give you more natural skin tones? Surely it must have happened once, right? No?

No matter. ASUS has you covered with the new Lolliflash. (Go on, say it in your head three or four times.)

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3 days ago

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle features adventure games from Artifex Mundi

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Android gamers who love adventure titles should be happy with the latest Humble Mobile Bundle, with nine games in that genre from publisher Artifex Mundi available to buy.

The newest Humble Mobile Bundle deal for Android gamers comes from publisher Artifex Mundi, which offers nine of their titles under the "pay what you want" model.

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3 days ago

Google introduces new default font for Play Books, Literata

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Google has changed the default font in the Play Books app to Literata, which they believe will offer a better reading experience.

Literata is the name of the new font choice found in Google Play Books, and the change comes from Google in an effort to bring a better reading experience to all devices. Information about the new font is rather limited, as Google's announcement came in the form of a tweet with no link to find out more.

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3 days ago

ASUS ZenFone 2 review

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ASUS ZenFone 2

You get a lot for your money with the ZenFone 2, but it won't be enough to lure you away from high-end flagships.

The quick take

ASUS is offering a good phone with a big screen, better-than-average camera and solid internals that offer great performance. It's doing that while retaining a $299 unlocked price for the highest-end model, and even offering a cheaper option at just $199. The hardware isn't going to blow you away, and it's clear that's where ASUS saved some money in the build, but at these prices we're okay with that. In this bracket of devices you would normally put up with many more shortcomings, and that's where the ZenFone 2 shows its strength.

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3 days ago

ASUS unveils the ZenFone 2 for the U.S. and Canada, on sale May 19 for $299

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Jonney Shih with the ZenFone 2

A variety of online retailers will be selling the ZenFone 2 unlocked in the U.S. and Canada.

A full four months after it first unveiled the ZenFone 2 at CES, ASUS is ready to bring its new unlocked device to North America. At a launch event in New York City, chairman Jonney Shih gave us a refresher on the latest ZenFone, including its quad-core 2.3GHz Intel processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, all behind a big 5.5-inch 1920x1080 display.

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3 days ago

Sprint to expand delivery and set up service to NYC, San Francisco, and Denver in June

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In June, Sprint customers who are located in New York City, Denver, or San Fransisco will have the option to have a representative deliver their new smartphone to them, and have it set up on site.

Sprint will be expanding their personalized delivery and set up service, Direct 2 You, to three new cities in June. Customers in Denver, San Francisco, and New York City will soon be able to have their phone delivered and set up in the comfort of their own home. Sprint first rolled the service out in the middle of April for customers in Kansas City, Chicago, and Miami.

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3 days ago

Speck CandyShell Card Case for Galaxy S6

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Protect your Galaxy S6 from nasty impacts while storing cash and cards on the back for quick, easy access.

When we think of personal storage within a phone cover, flip cases are usually the first things that come to mind. With Speck's CandyShell Card Case, you can enjoy that same storage, without needing an extra flap to get in the way. After a week with this hybrid case and the Galaxy S6, I was able to conclude the pros and cons of using this style cover, and will likely use it again.

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4 days ago

We're live today from ASUS' North American launch (1 p.m. EDT)

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ASUS Zzenfone 2 event

We're coming at you live today from Gotham Hall in New York City, where ASUS is launching the Zenfone 2 in North America. This is a surprisingly capable smartphone given its price point, and it's definitely going to be one to look out for if you're in the market for something off-contract.

So ASUS execs are on hand today, we're here with bells on, and we've brought 30 lucky Android Central readers to experience the madness that is a smartphone launch. And you're coming along for the ride as well. Join us for the liveblog at 1 p.m EDT — that's 10 a.m. on the west coast, and 6 p.m in London — as we get this thing done!

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4 days ago

ASUS throwing a 'Zensation' event at Computex 2015

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Computex 2015 is right around the corner and ASUS has begun inviting members of the press to its now traditional showcase event in its native Taiwan. Previous years have seen large numbers of product announcements covering both Android and Windows, phones, tablets, laptops, and combinations of the previous three.

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4 days ago

You can now pre-order the LG G4 from Carphone Warehouse

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LG's latest flagship smartphone is available to pre-order from Carphone Warehouse, with monthly plans starting at £35.

LG has commenced shipments of the LG G4 in a few markets this week, although customers in the UK have to wait until May 28 — which is when Carphone Warehouse will start deliveries — to get their hands on the device.

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4 days ago

Prepare to battle Ultron with Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Avengers accessories

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Love Avengers? Love your Samsung Galaxy S6? If the answer to both was a resounding "Yes!", you'll want to check out these new accessories listed on UK retailer MobileFun. Official cases themed on major Avengers characters are set to be made available today, as well as a Captain America styled wireless charger.

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4 days ago

LG Watch Urbane is now available in India for a pricey ₹29,999 ($472)

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LG has launched the Watch Urbane in India for ₹29,999 ($472), making it the costliest wearable in the country.

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4 days ago

Lenovo launches the mid-range S60 in India for ₹12,999

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Lenovo has launched its latest handset in the mid-range segment in India, with the S60 now available for ₹12,999 ($204).

The S60 is the more affordable version of the S90, which debuted earlier this year. Competing against the ASUS Zenfone 2, Xiaomi's recently unveiled Mi 4i and Motorola's Moto G, the Lenovo S60 features similar specs, although it falls behind in terms of software as it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

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4 days ago

LG G4 begins shipping, but U.S. still has to wait

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LG's Juno Cho

The LG G4 this week will begin shipping in initial markets — but a good bit of the world still has a while to go before getting its hands on the phone.

The LG G4 is coming to 180 carriers around the world on six continents. And this week it begins shipping in Hong Kong, LG announced by way of press release. After that come Turkey, Russia and Singapore.

U.S. carriers have announced their intention to carry the G4, but we've yet to receive any word on date or pricing.

The G4 — as you'll recall from our comprehensive review — sports a 5.5-inch Quantum IPS display, runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor (and, yes, includes Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 2.0 feature). The camera has proven itself to be one of the best among current phones.

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4 days ago

Weekly poll results: What text messaging app do you use?

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Messaging has only diversified in an age of Whatsapp and Viber, but the lowly text message is still highly popular and still highly used by millions.

Texting on your smartphone isn't limited to just the app that comes on your phone anymore, and even then, most phones sold in the United States are shipping with at least two messaging apps, sometimes three if the carrier includes one. With all of these choices, it begs the question of what our readers choose to use for their messages, and so we asked in this week's poll.

And we get your message, though it may not quite be as clear as it seems.

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