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6 days ago

HTC snatches up former Samsung marketing guru who helped launch Galaxy brand

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HTC is aiming high with its latest signing. According to reports, the company has hired Paul Golden who was previously at Samsung. It marks a rather desperate move as the company continues to operate in losses and experience declining market share, but Golden helped launch the incredibly successful Galaxy brand for Samsung, making this also an interesting step for HTC to make.

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6 days ago

Samsung to add premium subscription to Milk Music service

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Samsung partnered up with Slacker to release Milk Music last month. The service was freely available to all high-end Galaxy smartphone owners, opening up a world of music with a personalized experience. That's all set to change as the company has revealed plans to add a premium subscription to the streaming service.

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6 days ago

Verizon releases Droid Maxx in two new color options, quietly cuts storage to 16GB

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Verizon Droid Maxx

$99 on-contract gets you a couple cool color options for a great phone on Verizon.

The Motorola Droid Maxx is getting slightly old at this point, and in order to freshen things up a bit Verizon is releasing two new color options of the device. Alongside the previous black model, you'll now have the choice of a bright glossy red (which looks similar to the Droid Ultra) or black with chrome accents if you're looking to stand out from the crowd. Here's the catch: You can only get the two new colors with 16GB of storage, with the old black model offering 32GB of storage for $50 more on-contract or $100 more off-contract.

Aside from that, this is the Droid Maxx we know from before — it has some seriously impressive battery life along with all of the great new features recent Motorola phones are known for such as Touchless Control and Active Display. You'll just have to decide whether the lower price and new colors are worth the 16GB reduction in storage for you.

Verizon's online store is already listing the new Droid Maxx colors for sale, and you can pick them up right here for $99 on-contract, or $499 off-contract.

Source: Verizon

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6 days ago

Quick tip: "OK Google" works just fine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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A little tip worth pointing out for new Samsung Galaxy S5 owners, that the "OK Google" hotword works out of the box in the new Touchwiz launcher. It may seem obvious to some, but having spoken to a few people in the past couple of days that didn't know about it, it's worth highlighting.

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6 days ago

Cloud Raiders gets clan support on Android

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Cloud Raiders gets clan support Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

Many genres spring from a single popular game. The casual strategy genre owes its popularity to Clash of Clans, for instance. And once a game reaches that level of fame, other developers inevitably release their own games that draw inspiration from it. Cloud Raiders is Game Insight’s take on Clash of Clans.

Although a first-class effort, Cloud Raiders has lacked one key element since its release in February: clans! You can’t take on Clash of Clans without clans. Today Game Insight released a major update to Cloud Raiders that corrects this oversight and adds a proper clan system. Read on to learn about how clans affect the game and how to join Android Central’s own clan!

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6 days ago

You'll need an invite to purchase a OnePlus One at launch

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In the true spirit of riding the hype train, OnePlus has announced that you'll need an invite to buy its flagship OnePlus One phone when it launches. Taking to a forum post to explain, OnePlus says that an invite-only system — dubbed the "OnePlus Invite System" — is the best way to bridge the gap between supply and demand right at launch.

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6 days ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

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Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case

It's expensive, but highly functional — so long as you can keep the window clean

The Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Case is an expensive way to protect your phone. But, damn, does it ever look nice. We first got a glimpse of this guy at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and it's now available for purchase, along with the phone.

For the newcomers out there, this is a case that replaces the back cover of your Galaxy S5. It has the same rubber gasket as the stock back, so you retain the IP67 rating for dust and moisture — an important thing to look for with any Galaxy S5 accessory, but admittedly less of a concern with Samsung's own products. The inside of the back cover is nearly identical to the back it's replacing. But the external look and feel are completely changed, replaced by a leather-like cover. It looks great. It feels great. (And if you're like us and putting a black cover on a white phone, the contrast is quite striking.)

The design of this case can't be understated.

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6 days ago

Motorola celebrates 50 app update milestone with Hangout on Air to talk software

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Motorola has made a big deal out of bringing several of its devices' core functionalities out into the Play Store for easy updating, and it is now marking the milestone of 50 updates to over 15 apps over the last 8 months. Touchless Control, Active Display, Motorola Camera and Gallery are just a few of the apps updated regularly through Google Play rather than a complete system update, and to celebrate the accomplishment Motorola is hosting a live Hangout on Air to talk software.

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6 days ago

Amazon adds Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime to their lineup of Fire TV voice search partners

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Amazon Fire TV remote

If you're like Gary Busey and enjoy talking to things such as your Amazon Fire TV, you'll be pleased to know Amazon has added new voice search partners to their still fresh set-top box. Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime are joining VEVO in integrating their full catalogs into Fire TV’s unified voice search.

On top of that, Amazon took the time to note a few other things that are coming for the Fire TV as well. Game selection will be expanding and soon, you will be able to play touch-enabled games with the upcoming Fire TV app for your phone or tablet. Amazon FreeTime and Amazon MP3 integration is coming as part of a free, over-the-air software update and finally, Prime browse will make it even easier to discover movies and TV shows that are included in Prime Instant Video.

We've already ran through a full review of the Fire TV and one pain point we had with it was that the universal search wasn't as good as it could be, so it's nice to see Amazon is still improving that. Aside from all that, it seems Amazon didn't give up all the goods on release either. This announcement shows they're still looking to add more in hopes to make their set-top box the only one you need. The new additions will start rolling out this summer.

Source: Amazon

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6 days ago

Battle of the Blur winner, and a look at how the cameras get it done

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Defocus even more of the things

Your winner may surprise you ...

Earlier this week we posted up a few pictures using the various background blur techniques from four different phones. We also asked you guys to vote on which you thought was the best image, without telling you which phone it came from. No bias, no manufacturer loyalty, just your opinion from seeing a picture. The result is probably going to be surprising.

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