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2 days ago

LG G Watch R hits Europe in early November

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LG has announced that their G Watch R will be available in several European countries at the beginning of November. France, Italy, Spain, and the UK will all be included in the initial rollout. The G Watch R will come to North America, Asia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States shortly thereafter. Purchase of the G Watch R through the Google Play Store will come to some terretories in the coming weeks.

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2 days ago

Sony Smartwatch 3 (with GPS and Android Wear) on sale now at Verizon

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Sony Smartwatch 3

Android Wear update coming to other smartwatches as well

It's been more than a month since we got our first look at the Sony Smartwatch 3 — the company's first try at Android Wear — and today the wearable is available for preorder, but perhaps not from the place you'd expect. Verizon's got first dibs on this smartwatch, which will cost you $249 up front (plus tax and shipping and stuff). It'll ship by Oct. 30, Verizon says.

The big deal about this watch, in addition to being the Android Wear device from Sony, is that it's the first to support offline music and full-on GPS — the idea being that you can use it without having to have a phone attached, which is a plus when you're exercising. So you'll be able to listen to music with the watch serving up tunes to a Bluetooth headset directly, and be able to track your runs without lugging around an ever-bigger smartphone.

Google says the Smartwatch 3 also will be available from Google Play at some point.

Google today also is reiterating the offline music update (along with other features) is headed to current Android Wear devices as well. The LG G Watch and Moto 360 already have started to benefit from the update.

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2 days ago

Google now shows developers app stats based on tablet size

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Here's a fun little addition to the Android Developer Console. Devs can now view statistics based on tablet sizes — 7 inches to 9 inches, and for tablets 10 inches and larger.

For what it's worth, we're seeing slightly more 7- to 10-inch tablets than 10 inches and above for the Android Central app. We'll have to see if that shifts further in that direction once the Nexus 9 is available.

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2 days ago

SwiftKey Android app joins the Material Design trend with two new themes

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The Android version of the SwiftKey virtual keyboard now has two more themes to purchase that are inspired by the Material Design guidelines set up by Google for its new Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.

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2 days ago

LG G Watch R: In pictures

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G Watch R

Almost two months after we first laid eyes on it at IFA 2013, the LG G Watch R is finally ready to go on sale. LG's second-generation smartwatch sports the look of a more traditional timepiece, along with an improved, brighter P-OLED display and a greater focus on design. This thing actually looks like a watch, and though the feel of this wearable doesn't match up to that of a high-end wristwatch, it's a substantial improvement on LG's earlier efforts.

We've been using the LG G Watch R for the past several days, ahead of its global launch, and we'll have a full review for you to read here on Android Central very soon. In the meantime we've collected a photo gallery showing the device from just about every angle imaginable, both indoors and outdoors.

Head on past the break to take a look!

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2 days ago

We're answering your Verizon Xperia Z3v questions in the forums!

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Today's Sony's big day on Verizon, with our Xperia Z3v review going live. (Verizon's started selling the phone today, which we suppose is also a big thing. But seriously. Read our review.)

Anyhoo. Folks have questions. We have answers. And I'll be hanging out in this forum thread today, spilling my guts after a week with the Xperia Z3v. So come swing by if you've got something you'd like to ask.

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2 days ago

AT&T to sell Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet starting on Friday

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AT&T will begin selling the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet in its 32GB version on Friday, October 24 in its retail stores and online.

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2 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 23

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 days ago

Verizon starts selling Sony Xperia Z3v, $199 on contract or $599 outright

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The Sony Xperia Z3v is available today on Verizon. (Perhaps you've already read our complete review.) It'll cost $199 on a two-year contract, $24.99 a month on Verizon's EDGE plan, or $599 outright.

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2 days ago

Samsung explains design choices behind Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

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Samsung has published a new blog post to explain why the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge look the way they do. In case you have wondered why the company made the design choices it did or what exactly is new in these latest handsets compared to previous generation hardware, Samsung has shed light on some of these improvements.

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2 days ago

Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v review

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Xperia Z3v

Sony's latest high-ender finally hits the states, but in a different form on Verizon

Most of us here in the U.S. have had to look at our European neighbors in envy when it comes to high-end Sony devices. For whatever reason, the Japanese company just hasn't seemed to break in to the U.S. market. That ends today, with the availability of the Xperia Z3 on Verizon.

Actually, it's the Z3v were talking about here today. We've already reviewed the proper Z3 and Z3 Compact, and it turns out that little difference in the name denotes quite a big difference in look and feel. We're only a half-year beyond the Xperia Z2, and the Z3v strangely sort of finds itself stuck between the last generation and this newer update.

So is the phone in No Man's Land? Or is it worth your time and money? Let's take a look in this, our Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v review.

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2 days ago

Hit the ice with NHL 2K for Android

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2K has refreshed their hockey game for the upcoming season, and it's looking solid. NHL 2K for mobile offers a My Career mode, where you focus on one player and shape their performance over multiple seasons.

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2 days ago

Chromebooks becoming more popular, shipments rise by 67 percent in Q2

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Chromebooks are on the up, according to latest data from ABI Research. Shipments of laptops running Google's OS increased by 67 percent in Q2, and it's being projected that total shipments in 2014 will double that of 2013.

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2 days ago

LG G Watch R to go on sale in the UK from tomorrow

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If you've been eyeing LG's circular G Watch R, your wait is about to come to an end, at least in the UK. Clove and Unlocked Mobiles are set to commence sales of the smartwatch in the country, with initial stock expected tomorrow and first orders shipping from October 27.

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2 days ago

HTC One M8 Eye limited to China and India, won't be making its way to Europe

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Last week, HTC launched a special edition of the One M8 with a 13 MP camera at the back called One M8 Eye in China and India, and if you were waiting for the device to make its way to Europe sometime later, we've got bad news. A HTC product manager has revealed in an interview with Fudzilla that the device was designed for specific markets, and that a European release was not on the cards.

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