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All about your phone's developer options

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Android developer options

There's more there than USB debugging

Hidden in the settings on your phone, (really, they are hidden by default) are settings used for debugging and application development. While plenty of us have dove in there to switch to the ART runtime or to enable USB debugging, there's a long list of options. While most of us will never use them, it's always nice to know what's going on under the hood of your phone.

Let's take a look at them, and see if we can't decipher some of these settings so that all of us have a better understading of what happens when you tap them. Come on, you've tapped them ...

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1 hour ago

LG G3 Vigor arrives on AT&T Sept. 26

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Come Friday, if you're interested in the LG G3's little brother, you can grab the LG G3 Vigor from AT&T starting September 26 for $334.99 without a contract. The mid-ranger will also support AT&T's HD Voice for clearer calls where available and delivers a lot of the styling from LG's flagship phone.

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Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case for HTC One (M8)

The SURFACE Case is the ultimate low-profile HTC One (M8) hard case; combining a super-slim design with a protective outer shell. The exterior features a custom soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent drops.

Today the Seidio SURFACE Case is available for just $16.95, that's 43% off! Get yours in black, blue, red, purple or gold.

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2 hours ago

New USB Type-C connector and cable can also offer DisplayPort support

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When products that use the recently finalized USB Type-C connector and cable start launching in smartphones, tablets and notebooks, they will also be able to support DisplayPort audio and video, thanks to a newly announced agreement between the USB 3.0 Promoter Group and the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).

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3 hours ago

Google Play soon will list in-app purchase price ranges

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Google today dropped word on the developer dashboard that the price-range for in-app purchases on a given app soon will be listed in the app description. The change takes effect Sept. 30.

Basically if an app has in-app purchases or subscription rates, you'll be able to see the ballpark cost first thing and not get blindsided later by, for (extreme) example, a free app that for some reason charges $20 later to do something. (And for parents, this definitely is a good thing.)

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3 hours ago

Start your week with the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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Android Central Podcast

It's Monday, and that usually isn't very fun to deal with. Rather than getting down in the dumps about starting another work week, why don't you get it started the right way by watching or listening to the latest episode of the Android Central Podcast. Episode 203 is full of Motorola talk as we break down Phil's Moto 360 review and the release of the new Moto X, but there's plenty of other great Android discussion as well.

Well, what are you waiting for? Get to the podcast page and watch the latest episode today.

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4 hours ago

How to pair YouTube on a mobile device to a TV without Chromecast

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Google enables couch potatoes everywhere to keep doing their thing

YouTubeI can be one lazy bag of bones sometimes. My roommates and I are in our apartment living room, and one of us gets the urge to listen to Joe Walsh singing "Life's Been Good" (hey, we may be college kids, but we do like the classics). My roommate's PlayStation 3 is already on, so I fire up my phone and beam the song to YouTube on the console. I don't even have to ask my roommate, who's sitting on the other couch, to hand me any controls or type anything in.

With the YouTube app, you can basically do what you can do with Google's inexpensive Chromecast. You can send videos right to your TV or other Internet-connected device, and the video will play. Unfortunately, I don't have a Chromecast at the moment, although I would like one. I'm sure many of you are in the same boat.

Luckily, it's not too hard to get YouTube set up to do its thing.

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6 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha available from AT&T on September 26

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AT&T will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Alpha on Friday, September 26 in its retail stores and also online at its website.

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7 hours ago

Fruit Ninja to get major revamp for Android in early October

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Developer Halfbrick will release a major revamp of its classic arcade action game Fruit Ninja for Android in early October, which will include some big gameplay changes along with a new menu and user interface.

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7 hours ago

MediaTek courts Internet of Things developers with new MediaTek Labs initiative

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MediaTek announced today a new initiative called "MediaTek Labs" to help spur development in the wearable and so-called Internet of Things arenas. MediaTek Labs is a multi-pronged approach, offering support, documentation and guidance for developers of all skill levels to build wearables and other connected devices with an SDK and HDK (Hardware Development Kit).

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7 hours ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 22

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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9 hours ago

LG announces the Wine Smart flip phone, catering for the older generation

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LG today announced a brand new flip phone for select markets. The Wine Smart matches the latest version of Android KitKat 4.4 with the retro styling of clamshells. While not appealing to majority of consumers today, there's still quite the fan base for said form factors.

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10 hours ago

EE, Vodafone to acquire Phones 4u stores and safeguard hundreds of jobs

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UK retailer Phones 4u has recently gone into administration, announcing the closure of 700 stores and placing 5,600 positions at risk. Luckily for those involved, there is - at least - some light at the end of this tunnel with multiple parties picking up stores and absorbing employees, including both EE and Vodafone.

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11 hours ago

Google in talks to bring Play Store carrier billing to India

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Indian subscribers may soon find it easier to buy content from the Play Store, as it was revealed by the Times of India today that Google was in talks with Airtel to enable carrier billing in the country.

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12 hours ago

Go big or go home: 6-inch Galaxy Mega 2 now listed on Samsung Thailand

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In what could be indicative of a wider rollout, Samsung has listed the Galaxy Mega 2 on its Thai website. The listing reveals the specs of the handset, which include a 6-inch 720p display.

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