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Indian manufacturer Spice aims to launch Android One smartphone by end of October

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Indian handset manufacturer Spice announced that it intends to launch its first Android One smartphone in the country by the end of October. Spice Retail CEO Devices T M Ramakrishnan announced that the device would be available before Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, which is celebrated this year on October 23.

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LG sells a record 14.5 million smartphones in Q2; mobile division turns a profit

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Good times are coming to LG as the South Korean manufacturer announced today that it sold a record 14.5 million smartphones during the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 20 percent from the same time last year and a growth of 17 percent from Q1 2014.

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1 day ago

Flickr for Android review

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Flickr for Android

Flickr has been in the photo game for a looooooong time, and as you might expect, their Android app is very well done, even in a world rife with picture-sharing options.

At its core, Flickr lets you see all of your pictures uploaded to their service and see what your friends are posting. You can dive into detailed information on each photo, such as aperture, shutter speed, camera and lens model, category tags, license information, and location (if included). Auto-sync can easily make Flickr your go-to photo back-up option, especially with a full 1 TB of storage available for free.

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1 day ago

Google Maps rolling out new 'Explore' button to reveal tailored local info

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Google Maps Explore View

Google is adding a brand new way find out more about your surroundings in Google Maps with a new "Explore" feature. In the bottom right corner of the latest Google Maps app, you'll now notice a small location pin button next to the location button — tap it, and you'll be taken into the new Explore interface with information tailored to your location.

By default you'll see what's going on within a 5 minute walk and is relevant to the time of day and even the weather. You'll see events, restaurants, sightseeing locations, public transit information and more, powered by information from Zagat, your Google+ circles and of course Google's vast knowledge of local information. It's all very similar to what you'd expect to see from Google Now, but more on-demand based on when you hit the Explore button.

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1 day ago

How to send and receive money with Google Wallet

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Google Wallet

No matter the amount, Google Wallet has you covered for person-to-person money transfers

ACU — Google WalletGoogle Wallet does plenty of things, including letting you make mobile payments at some of your favorite stores and hold all of your loyalty cards, but one of its huge values is as a person-to-person money transfer service.

It's one of the lesser-known features of Google Wallet, but it actually works really well for transferring money — from small to very large amounts — to a friend or family member with nothing more than the Google Wallet app and an email address. Whether you're asking a friend to send you a few bucks for that time you picked up the tab at a restaurant, or you need to send a few hundred dollars to your brother to buy some concert tickets, Google Wallet has you covered.

Read along and see how quick and easy it can be to manage money transfers in the Google Wallet app.

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1 day ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Dots

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 Dots

Circles, holes, dots, whatever you want to call them — they're all over the place, and they often come in patterns and designs that offer a cool opportunity for photos. This week's prompt is "dots," and we're looking for the best photos you can come up with this week that incorporate that idea.

We're picking out two pictures again this week to win prizes, and each winner will receive an iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Charging Car Mount for their phone.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (July 29) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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1 day ago

Huge savings on the HTC One Dot View Case!

HTC One M8 Dot View Case

A quick heads up, folks — if you're in the market for a Dot View Case for the HTC One M8, you can currently get one from ShopAndroid.com at a pretty huge discount.

This is the case with the semi-transparent cover that protects your screen while still feeding you information such as the time, weather, recent calls and more, and it recently added themes, so it looks cool, too.

Don't know how long this sale will go on, so be sure to hit it up soon.

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1 day ago

This Galaxy Note 4 concept will never happen, but it looks great!

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Concept renders of unannounced devices can be a fun way to think of how you would design a phone if you were put at the head of the table, and this Samsung Galaxy Note 4 render is a cool example of what happens when you let your mind run wild. This Galaxy Note 4 is made out of either bamboo or ceramic, and boasts an awful nice combination of colors and materials.

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2 days ago

Modern Combat 5 review - raising the bar for mobile action

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Modern Combat 5 for Android

Modern Combat 5 is the latest in a long series of high-quality first person shooter games from Gameloft. The whole Modern Combat series shamelessly riffs on popular shooter franchises like Call of Duty, and has been doing so well before official mobile counterparts for those games were made. Even now that Call of Duty has come to mobile, Modern Combat 5 still manages to give it a run for its money.

By and large, Modern Combat 5 is lock in step with Modern Combat 4. It boasts bar-setting graphics, rich multiplayer, familiar experience and achievement progression, a dazzling array of weapon customization, and top-notch voice acting. That's great and all, but there is one distinct difference in Modern Combat 5 which could easily stand as the sole selling point: there are zero in-app purchases.

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2 days ago

Strong subscriber growth powers AT&T's Q2 2014 earnings

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AT&T had a great quarter that was driven by the addition of 2 million new users to its wireless and wireline businesses. Combined with the rest of its operations, the carrier reported that revenues were up 1.6 percent, meaning that it took in $32.6 billion. The carrier noted a higher $1 billion operating expense compared to a year ago at $27 billion giving it an operating income of $5.6 billion.

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