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6 days ago

The Samsung Galaxy S series — a smartphone retrospective

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We take a look back at the series that's dominated the Android smartphone world

As Samsung attempts to evolve its smartphone design language with the Galaxy Alpha and possibly the upcoming Galaxy Note 4, it's time to take a look back on the past five years of the company's Android flagships. Starting with the humble Galaxy S in 2010, through early successes with the Galaxy S2 and S3, Samsung has backed up solid high-end smartphones with ferocious marketing and an ever-expanding feature set. And though it's facing tougher competition than ever in 2014, there's no denying that Samsung is the Android phone maker to beat, particularly in western markets.

So it's time to remember the devices that made such an impact on the Android world. Join us after the break as we look back on the history of the Samsung Galaxy S family.

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6 days ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 15, 2014

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Who doesn't like saving money? Here are some of the best deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets we've found today.

Feel free to drop a comment with any you find!

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6 days ago

EE in hot water over 'priority answer' customer service

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UK carrier EE is being criticized for its new customer service system that allows some customers to pay to jump to the front of the call line. If you agree to a 50p fee, you will be able to speak to the next available representative rather than wait in line like everyone else. The move has sparked outrage, with many customers taking to social media, lambasting the carrier. EE still promises take calls as rapidly as possible:

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6 days ago

Larry Page and Sergey Brin get iced to raise awareness for ALS

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Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the latest to take the Ice Bucket Challenge — which as the name suggests involves filling a bucket full of ice and water, dumping it on yourself and challenging someone else to do the same. The idea behind the challenge is to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS causes muscle spasticity, muscle loss, and makes it harder to speak, swallow and breathe.

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6 days ago

Afterlight photo app finds its way to Android

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Afterlight is a great new app for Android photographers now available in the Google Play Store. Afterlight enjoys a ton of popularity on iOS thanks adjustable filters, fine-tuning tools, textures, and cut-out frames.

For $0.99 you get 59 filters, 66 textures, and 77 artistic frames. If those aren't enough, you can always pick up more through in-app purchases.

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6 days ago

How to set auto reply messages for rejected phone calls on the LG G3

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We've all been there. Your phone rings in the middle of a meeting or other engagement and you can't answer, but you don't just want to reject. You want to be polite about it. So you can send a message with your call rejection to let the person at the other end know you're not just ignoring them. On the LG G3 this is a simple enough process to do, and you're even able to set up your own personalized messages on top of the stock responses.

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6 days ago

This is the Android Central Podcast YouTube playlist

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In case you missed the news earlier, we've decided to discontinue the standalone, downloadable video version of the Android Central Podcast. All that means is you won't have a feed with which to download and watch the podcast offline.

We are still doing the Android Central Podcast. (We're recording live again this Friday afternoon. I hope you join us.) And we still have video for those who actually like seeing us. You'll just have to watch it online, on YouTube.

That's all that's changed.

And as has been the case for some time, we've got a handy playlist all worked up so that you can flip around at will. That's it at the top of this post. Bookmark it. Save it. Shout it from the rooftops. Cause we're not going anywhere.

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1 week ago

Samsung has acquired SmartThings for $200 million, will run as an independent company

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Following up a month after an initial rumor predicting the tie-up, SmartThings has been purchased by Samsung for a reported $200 million. SmartThings, a startup that creates small controllers that lets users create their own "smart home" one piece at a time, announced on its blog today that it will be joining Samsung but continue to run as an independent company inside Samsung's "Open Innovation Center" group.

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1 week ago

New Sprint CEO says plan price drops come first, then network improvements

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Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure has only been on the job four days now, but has already called an all-hands meeting to lay out his first initiatives at the head of the carrier. The new Chief Executive, who was previously on the Sprint board and running his company Brightstar (which is also owned by SoftBank), laid out a pretty stark and clear path for where he sees Sprint moving in the coming months.

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1 week ago

A perfect storm is letting T-Mobile overtake Sprint, never look back

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These two lines may never cross again

When Sprint finally put an end to its pursuit of T-Mobile last week, and subsequently fired long-time CEO Dan Hesse, the resulting stock market reaction exemplified the pileup of mistakes that the carrier has made. It also showed how Sprint now differs as an organization from that of its magenta competitor — to say nothing of the red and blue carrier variants far above it on the totem pole.

With T-Mobile's industry-changing moves set in motion years ago and finally bearing fruit today, coinciding nicely with Sprint's slow and painful collapse, it looks as though the nation's third and fourth-place carriers are about to swap positions — and I'd venture to say it's going to be a permanent switch.

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