21 hours ago

More Samsung Galaxy Alpha details emerge: This may not be the Prime you're looking for

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

We just recently saw our first look at the purported Galaxy Alpha, and now a new set of pictures and more details have emerged that give us a better indication of just what this device is. New clear pictures from SamMobile show off the Galaxy Alpha next to the known quantity that is the Galaxy S5, confirming that the Alpha is indeed a smaller device with a slightly different look.

The Galaxy Alpha reportedly has just a 4.7-inch display, and one that's similar to what shipped on the Galaxy S3 — though the details of resolution and technology aren't known at this point. That's going to be paired up with 32GB of storage but no SDcard slot, according to the leak, and the Alpha will retain the fingerprint scanner found on the S5. The body is indeed made out of metal — reportedly aluminum — but the back is the same textured plastic as we've seen on the Galaxy S5 already.

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22 hours ago

Facebook posts Q2 2014 earnings: $2.9 billion revenue, 1.32 billion monthly active users


Facebook has just reported its Q2 2014 earnings, showing growth in revenues, income and user numbers. As for the financials, Facebook saw a 61 percent jump in revenue over Q2 2013 to $2.91 billion, with net income also jumping to $791 million, a boost of 139 percent over last year. Operating income, operating margin and EPS were all up substantially from last year.

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22 hours ago

Qualcomm announces record FQ3 2014 earnings despite increased R&D expenses


It looks like Qualcomm's increased expenses into researching an developing better 3G CDMA and 4G LTE modems are paying off as the chip-maker has announced record earnings for the third quarter of the 2014 fiscal year. Revenues are up 9 percent year-over-year making a growth in net income of a whopping 42 percent compared to the previous year.

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22 hours ago

Win a custom Sony Xperia Z2 courtesy of dbrand and Android Central!

dbrand custom Xperia Z2

We have a beautiful one of a kind custom Xperia Z2 that shows off the best of dbrand and some Android Central flair

Whether your device is dinged up and could benefit from a facelift or is brand new and you want some protection, dbrand likely has you covered with some stylish and practical full-device skins. Where dbrand's skins really shine is on specific devices that have lots of uniform surfaces — and there are few devices with more swaths of flatness than the Sony Xperia Z2.

The folks at dbrand already make several different styles and colors of skins, but in collaboration with them we have a pretty special device here to show off — a custom Android Central skinned Xperia Z2!

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22 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha leak narrows the bezels and brings on the metal


The Samsung Galaxy Alpha — or S5 Prime, if you will — has shown up in several leaked images, giving us a better look at what could be a mid-generation refresh of the flagship. The Galaxy Alpha, as it's called in the latest leak, looks like a Galaxy S5 but with less-rounded edges (reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 3), small bezels and purportedly has a metal chassis rather than plastic.

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23 hours ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Reflection' winners!


When we posted last week's photo contest with the prompt of "reflections" we knew folks would come up with something good. The pages full of entries in the forums did not disappoint, and we were greeted with dozens of fantastic pictures to choose from. In the end we had to narrow it down to just two winners, who will each take home a prize for their photography skills. Read along and see the winning entries this week

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1 day ago

HTC on that watch in that video: It's not a real product


Here's HTC's response to an obvious watch showing up (look for it about 35 and 44 seconds in) in that design video from July 9:

"HTC encourages our design team to explore and tinker with new ideas and even models, as is the case with the watch some viewers noticed in our recent HTC Design video. It in no way indicates an actual product HTC is planning to release. Keep an eye on this space for exciting new products from HTC when they are ready to be announced!"

So, yeah. It's a watch. Or a design of a watch. Either way, not a real product. The good news is we can still expect some Android Wear fare from HTC, as it's still an official partner. We just don't know when, or what, we'll eventually get.

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1 day ago

Modern Combat 5: Blackout blasts onto Google Play, no in-app purchases in sight


The latest in Gameloft's Modern Combat series is now available in Google Play, and it's actually hitting a day earlier than we expected. Modern Combat 5: Blackout offers a new unified character progression system that ties together the single player and multiplayer games, along with four distinct character classes, new vehicles and improved visuals.

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1 day ago

Which Moto 360 band do you plan to brandish?

Moto 360 bands

As we're all not-so-patiently awaiting the Moto 360 — which some 61 percent of more than 12,000 of you said you are holding out for — let's take another look at its aesthetics. Specifically, the watch strap, or band.

While we're still missing any real official details, Motorola's been showing off its Android Wear watch from the start with a metal links band, as well as a leather strap. (It was the leather variety that we got to take a look at a month ago.) Both have their merits. Leather tends to be a little more comfortable for some. The links certainly look more sophisticated, though. But then there's the issue of hair pulling, and sizing it to fit in the first place.

And so we ask you: Which one are you planning on rocking? Leather? Or links?

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1 day ago

Google Play Store now tells you when albums are in All Access

All Access in Google Play

One of the many cool things to come from Google's Material Design update to the Play Store app, which now features big beautiful images and colorful icons when you select just about anything, is a huge deal for All Access subscribers. After this update hits your phone or tablet, you'll be able to check and see if an album is a part of your All Access subscription thanks to this single line toward the bottom of the page.

This is a huge step towards fixing the somewhat clumsy relationship Google has created between All Access and regular Album shopping on the Play Store. Previously, the lack of clarity could lead to accidental or unnecessary album purchases because there wasn't just an "add to Play Music" when you were subscribed to All Access. While that button still doesn't exist, because buying albums is still a cool thing to do sometimes, this new notification lets you know that all you need to do is search for the artist in the Play Music app in order to add their work to your existing playlists.

We're sure to be finding many more of these subtle little gems in the update Play Store, so be sure to sound off in the comments if you see something even cooler than this.

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