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1 month ago

The Palm brand might be coming back, courtesy of Alcatel Onetouch

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It's been a good long while since we've mentioned Palm around these parts, but there's a strong possibility we could be mentioning them a lot more often if what we think is happening is in fact what is happening. By all appearances, it looks like Alcatel Onetouch has purchased the Palm brand and trademarks from HP. This comes just a few years after HP shut down webOS and eventually open sourced it and sold their development assets to LG. It's hard to say what exactly Alcatel Onetouch might be doing with the Palm trademarks, anything from protecting their own branding to a complete rebrand as Palm is possible.

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1 month ago

What is a Motorola ID?

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It seems that every time you set up a phone, the manufacturer wants you to not only log into Google, but register for their own system. Acer ID, Samsung account, LG Account — and Motorola ID, which we're prompted for on our lovely Moto X or Moto G.

So, just was is this Motorola ID used for, and do you really need to use it?

Let's find out together.

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1 month ago

HTC wants you to desire more, teases upcoming launch at CES

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It looks like HTC may be planning to unveil a new product in the Desire series at CES 2015. The Taiwanese manufacturer has shared an image with the tagline "Always Desire more" on its social media channels in China, along with a reveal date of January 6.

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1 month ago

4.85mm thick Oppo R5 heads to India for Rs. 29,990

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After making its official debut in the month of October, the Oppo R5 is heading to India. The handset will be available for pre-booking in the country from January 1, 2015 and will set users back Rs. 29,990 ($470).

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1 month ago

Jerry's favorite Android devices of 2014

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The best of 2014

The Android devices of 2014 that I can't put down

2014 was a really good year for an Android fan. We saw great phones, tablets and watches from plenty of manufacturers, and chances are no matter what you were looking for, you were able to find it.

I'm lucky (mostly) because I get to play with many of these phones, tablets and watches. They are the tools we here at AC need to do our jobs. They're like a fancy socket set that can play Candy Crush.

But of course, we all like some more than others. And that's what this is all about — my favorites from the past year. It wasn't easy to pick just a few, because I've found that just about every Android device has a thing or two going for it that makes it great. There really are no wrong choices, and your list will probably be different from mine. That's a good thing.

Here's my list of favorite Android devices.

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1 month ago

Expansys USA is now selling the unlocked Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5

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Expansys USA has become the first US retailer to offer both the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 smartphones, both in unlocked, contract-free versions. Both Android KitKat smartphones support dual SIMs and are available only in white.

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1 month ago

Qualcomm teases a mystery phone for CES, perhaps the LG G Flex 2?

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CES 2015 is coming up fast, and Qualcomm wants you to know that you'll be seeing new hardware with a Snapdragon 800-series processor inside. The close-up graphically-transparent (probably not actually like that in real life) phone in question has hints of an LG design, down to the metal-but-not-actually-metal finish back panel set around the signature back-mounted power and volume buttons. It's not any LG phone we've seen so far, and for all we know if might just be a generic render that just so happens to have design features in common with what we'd expect from LG... so what might this be?

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1 month ago

Lollipop update for Galaxy S5 going live in more European territories

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After commencing rollout of Android Lollipop for the Galaxy S5 in Poland at the start of the month, it looks like Samsung is making the update available in more countries in the region. According to SamMobile, owners of the Galaxy S5 in Spain are beginning to see the OTA update.

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1 month ago

Samsung to reportedly axe the Galaxy Alpha as focus shifts to low-cost alternatives

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If you've been holding out on getting the Galaxy Alpha, best do it while you can, as a report out of South Korea suggests that Samsung is looking to discontinue production of the handset as soon as current inventory of materials runs out. ET News states that Samsung will instead by shifting focus to the mid- and entry-level segments with devices like the Galaxy A5.

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1 month ago

Samsung announces an even-faster Galaxy Note 4

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is already a speedy phone, but there's a new version that can download over LTE even faster than before. The current version of the Galaxy Note 4 includes LTE-A with dual-band carrier aggregation — the ability to combine two frequency bands (carrier, in this case, is frequency on which the tower is broadcasting) — for downloads up to 150Mbps. The new version, however, bundles together three bands for downloads that can reach up to 300Mbps.

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1 month ago

So you just got a new Android smartphone ...

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New phones

You've got the new phone, now we're going to show you how to get up and running

So, you just got a new Android smartphone — that's pretty exciting! But once the initial awe of this new gadget wears off, you realize you actually need to use that phone. For those of us who read (and write for) Android Central regularly a new phone isn't such a big deal, but if you've just received your first Android phone it can be a bit daunting.

But that's what we're here for — with a little research you'll have your new Android up and running, and you'll be a pro in no time at all. Read along with us and see the first things you need to do with your new phone.

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1 month ago

The Nexus 6 is back in stock, for now, at Motorola's website

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It's the day after Christmas, but that doesn't mean your shopping days have to be over, especially if you still want to get the Nexus 6. Today, the Motorola.com website put the 6-inch Android Lollipop smartphone back in stock.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi has sold 1 million smartphones in India

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China-based Xiaomi has now sold one million of its Android smartphones in India, according to an announcement today from its Indian chief Manu Kumar Jain on Twitter.

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1 month ago

BLU announces three Studio LTE Series devices

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BLU Products has introduced a line of three new phones called the Studio LTE Series. The Studio 6.0 LTE and Studio 5.0 LTE both run Android 4.4 KitKat, while the Studio Mini LTE runs Android 4.3 Jellybean. All three devices support LTE on multiple US networks, and will be sold without contract through Amazon.

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1 month ago

There's now a limited-edition alligator leather Samsung Galaxy Alpha in France

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French phone shoppers have a new and extra-fancy option at their disposal: a Samsung Galaxy Alpha that ditches the plastic back for one of alligator leather. The phones, which otherwise are the same as their plastic-backed sisters — right down to the metal frame, will run shoppers €649, an increase of €80 over the standard version. That extra cash also comes with exclusivity — only 100 of each of the four different backs are available.

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