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6 days ago

Android Central on Google Play Newsstand ... is fixed!

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Android Central on Google Play Newsstand

A quick update for those of you who rely on Google Play Newsstand to pipe in your daily dose of Android Central: About a week ago our main news feed stopped updating. Turns out it wasn't anything on our end, and so we had to wait for the gremlins to run their course. But Google's got things working again, and it's all's well on that front.

So, there's one thing you need to do. If you had unsubscribed from Android Central on Google Play Newsstand, it's time to re-subscribe! And you can do so by clicking here.

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6 days ago

The best music streaming services for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and headphones

Get any song, any time with these streaming music apps for your Samsung Galaxy S6.

Streaming services are a great way to enjoy music on your Samsung Galaxy S6. You don't have to deal with managing your local storage, or figure out which songs you're going to download; everything is available wherever you go. On the downside, you'll have to take a hit to battery life while listening, and deal with either subscription costs or ads to keep going

If you're curating your own personal collection, you may be interested in checking out our favorite apps for playing back local music.

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6 days ago

The Top 10 things about Cyanogen OS you need to know

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Cyanogen OS

Android comes in many flavors and styles, but Cyanogen OS is a little different from the rest.

We all know that Android is made by Google, but it's not quite as simple as that. Each of the major smartphone manufacturers have their own fork of Android, complete with features and user interfaces unique to the devices they manufacture and sell. Google works with these manufacturers and ties all of these forks together with Google Play Services, which makes the devices you use today run apps in mostly the same way.

Then there's Cyanogen OS. It's not always easy to describe where this version of Android fits into the ecosystem, but to help simplify things we've put together this introduction to the things that make this flavor unique.

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6 days ago

This is the ASUS Zenfone 2 flip case

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You can't have a new phone these days without having a flip case for it. It's the law. (Or something.) And ASUS has a brand-new one for its brand-new Zenfone 2. It's of the circle variety, so you'll get a clock face when the cover is closed. Open the cover and you're right there in the phone UI, as you'd expect for this sort of thing.

You get more than just the clock, of course. The flip case also gives you quick access to the calendar and flashlight, will show whether the phone is charging — and you can even take a picture without having to open it.

The flip case will be available at the same time as the phone — which is to say, basically starting now — and it'll run $39.99.

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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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