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6 days ago

Google Hangouts getting free voice calls and voicemail

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Google Hangouts with Voicemail

It's been a long loooong time coming, but Google Voice is finally getting more-or-less fully integrated into Hangouts. Earlier today we saw Google migrating Voice messaging into Hangouts, and now with an update to the Hangouts app for both Android (version 2.3, which will be rolling out over the next few days) and iOS you'll be able to make phone calls with ease.

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6 days ago

Android KitKat 4.4.4 rolling out to T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 owners

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T-Mobile owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 can look forward to getting an over-the-air update beginning today that will bring their smartphone up to Android KitKat 4.4.4.

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6 days ago

Cricket raises data allotments for new and existing customers — get 10GB for just $55

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U.S. prepaid carrier Cricket is, for a limited time, raising the roof on their data allotments. New customers that sign up between September 13 and an as-yet undetermined cut-off date will get anywhere from 500MB to 5GB more LTE data on their plan for the same amount. Existing customers will also get more data on their plans automatically, and they won't have to pay anything more for it.

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6 days ago

Stream audiophile grade music with Deezer Elite, now available on Sonos

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Deezer is marking its US debut by announcing a premium streaming service in the country called Deezer Elite, which will work exclusively on Sonos systems. Through the service, you'll be able to stream over 30 million songs from Deezer's catalog in the lossless FLAC format with a quality of 16-bit/44.1kHz (or around 1,411 kbps), which is is a significant improvement over what other streaming music services like Spotify offer at 320 kbps.

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6 days ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, September 2014

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Mobile Nations Community Update

It's time again to wrap up the goodness going on around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central... The September edition of the Mobile Nations Community Update is a GO.

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6 days ago

T-Mobile LG G3 picks up an incremental update, no sight of Android 4.4.4 KitKat

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T-Mobile's version of the LG G3 picked up a 154 MB update today, but it's probably not the one you've been waiting for. The build number has seen an incremental change from KVT49L.D85110c to KVT49L.D85110m, with the Android version still at 4.4.2.

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6 days ago

SimCity BuildIt could occupy your life when it comes to Android

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Electronic Arts will bring the highly addictive SimCity game franchise to mobile devices when it releases SimCity BuildIt for Android and iOS sometime "soon".

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6 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 10

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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6 days ago

Galaxy S5 Mini is now available in India, will set you back to the tune of $435

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Samsung has commenced sales of the Galaxy S5 Mini in India, with retailer Flipkart getting exclusive rights to sell the handset in the country for Rs. 26,499 ($435).

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6 days ago

Give live broadcasts a thumbs up on Google Hangouts with Applause

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Google has announced Applause for its Hangouts suite. This latest feature for the broadcasting and collaboration service enables views of a live broadcast to provide feedback without having to deal with Q&A comments. All that's required is a simple, quick click on the thumbs up or thumbs down buttons, which is then registered on the system as feedback for said broadcaster.

As viewers give provide the old thumbs up, data is accumulated and published under the video to inform everyone (including the broadcaster) as to how viewers are reacting to what's being streamed. It's a neat addition we're sure broadcasters and viewers alike will welcome. This announcement comes off the heels of Google Hangouts and Voice becoming one.

Source: Google+

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6 days ago

Qualcomm targets entry-level segment with LTE-enabled Snapdragon 210

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While Qualcomm has focused its attention on the mid-tier and the high-end segments, MediaTek has managed to grab a significant chunk of the market share in the entry-level market. With the introduction of the LTE-enabled Snapdragon 210, Qualcomm is looking to remedy that and take the fight to MediaTek in the budget smartphone segment.

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6 days ago

Google Hangouts and Google Voice are finally playing nice

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Google Hangouts and Google Voice

Well, here's a pleasant late-night surprise. Looks like Google Hangouts finally has the long-overdue integration with Google Voice, meaning that your messages from Google Voice (and not traditional SMS messages from the actual phone number assigned to your SIM card — it's a bit of a mess to explain, we know) can finally show up in Google Hangouts.

That means a couple things. First is that you'll only need one app — Hangouts — to receive text messages and Hangouts messages. (Not sure yet what that means for voicemails through Google Voice.) It also means that you'll be able to get traditional text messages through the Hangouts extension in Chrome, which is nice.

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1 week ago

Kodak Pixpro SL10 and SL25 Smart Lenses hands-on

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Sony did it first with its QX series of "lens cameras," and now Kodak is getting in on the smartphone lens attachment game with its Pixpro Smart Lenses. The SL10 and SL25 are 16MP fully-contained cameras that clip snugly onto your phone of choice and provide drastically improved image quality over what you'd get from a phone.

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1 week ago

Dell to launch 'world's thinnest tablet', the Venue 8 7000, for Android this holiday

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Intel and Dell teamed up today to reveal plans for a tablet they described as being the "world's thinnest" for a launch sometime this holiday season. The Android-based Dell Venue 8 7000 will be just 6 mm thick.

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1 week ago

Verizon's Galaxy S5 updated to Android 4.4.4

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Users of Verizon's Galaxy S5 are seeing an over-the-air update today. The update brings the S5 to Android version 4.4.4, and includes device-specific fixes for Bluetooth audio issues. Folks in the forums have also noticed minor interface changes, so you have that to look forward to as well.

If you've got a Verizon branded S5, you can check for your update today. Jump in the forums for more discussion!

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