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2 days ago

BLU announces three Studio LTE Series devices

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BLU Products has introduced a line of three new phones called the Studio LTE Series. The Studio 6.0 LTE and Studio 5.0 LTE both run Android 4.4 KitKat, while the Studio Mini LTE runs Android 4.3 Jellybean. All three devices support LTE on multiple US networks, and will be sold without contract through Amazon.

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2 days ago

Samsung closes flagship store in London amid sales decline

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Samsung has shut down its flagship Experience Store in London's Westfield Stratford shopping center. One of ten such retail locations around the country, the store was located in a prominent section of the mall and was often the first retail outlet to commence sales of devices like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5.

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3 days ago

Up to $220 worth of apps are now free via Amazon's Appstore Christmas bundle

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Amazon's holiday Appstore promotion is now live, and includes over $220 worth of apps that are being given away for free. The highlights from the giveaway include apps like Plex and Fleksy Keyboard, and games such as Angry Birds Space, Colin McRae Rally, Worms 3, Cogs and more.

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3 days ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting Android 5.0.1 — here's the changelog

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NVIDIA Shield

NVIDIA has posted the changelog for the Android 5.0.1 update to the Shield Tablet. Nothing earth-shattering here with the point increase — "improvements in general UI and app responsiveness" is always a good thing to see, and also not surprising given the state of Lollipop.

Also: The Camera Awesome app gets some new effects with this update as well, the Shield Power Control Menu has returned, and there have been some memory optimization improvements as well.

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3 days ago

Galaxy Notes 2 and 3, Galaxy S4 to get Lollipop, according to Samsung Finland

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It seems that Samsung has a treat for those still clinging to their older Galaxy Note devices. According to a listing by the company's Finnish branch, the Galaxy Note 2 is expected to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. Also coming along for the ride are confirmations of Google's latest coming to the Galaxy S4, as well as the Galaxy Note 3.

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3 days ago

Huawei's Honor line sees massive surge in sales over last year

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Huawei's low-cost smartphone strategy appears to be paying off. According to a new report, the Chinese manufacturer has increased sales of its Honor lineup from 1 million to 20 million units in one year, which no doubt contributed to its rise to the fourth largest smartphone seller in the world.

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3 days ago

Google Play Store has lots of music albums on sale for the end of 2014

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Music lovers who also own Android and iOS devices should be happy that the Google Play Store is currently running a sale for the end of 2014. It has some deep discounts on a bunch of albums, a couple of which are just $1.99 each.

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3 days ago

How to: Forward email to your main Gmail account so Google Now sees it

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Google Now Flights

Take time to set up a few filters, and you'll enable a much better Google Now experience

As much as we'd love to condense all of our digital lives into just one email address, it just isn't feasible. And now with services like Google Now scanning our email inbox to surface relevant information — like shipped packages, upcoming flights, event reminders and the like — in other places, it's even more troublesome when you have data strewn about across several addresses. Google Now gets more powerful every week with additional features, but only if you have everything landing in one inbox.

With a little work on your part and some filters, you can give Google Now the information it needs so that you can use it to the fullest — and you won't have to shut down all of your other email addresses to do it. Cut out a block of time, open up all of your email accounts, and let us show you how to make this work.

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3 days ago

HTC's 'Hot Deal' offers 20 percent off any of its phones through January 2

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If you've been waiting to get an HTC phone, the company is holding a sale on all of its phones as this week's "Hot Deal". HTC is offering 20 percent off any of its phones from now until 9PM PST on January 2, 2015 when purchased through their website. There is a limit of one phone per customer.

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3 days ago

RPX will buy 4,000 patents from the Rockstar Consortium for $900 million

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RPX has announced it will acquire the remaining 4,000 patents held by the Rockstar Consortium for $900 million. The agreement will also end the lawsuits that Rockstar had previously filed again a number of Android smartphone companies, including Samsung, HTC, LG and Huawei

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3 days ago

Alex's favorite Android apps of 2014

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Best Android apps

My favorite Android apps of the past year

In 2014 Android expanded its reach considerably. Phones like the Moto G and Android One pushed the OS into more hands in developing countries. Android Wear officially put Google on our wrists for the first time. And larger devices like the the Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4 gave buyers a broad new canvas for their apps. The fact that Android is now almost everywhere means the selection of Android apps is greater than ever, and sometimes it can be a little tough to tell what's really worth buying and downloading.

So as we do every year, we're rounding off 2014 with a look at our favorite stuff from the past year. This time it's my turn to share my Android app picks — head past the break for five of the top apps I've been using in 2014.

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3 days ago

There's now a limited-edition alligator leather Samsung Galaxy Alpha in France

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French phone shoppers have a new and extra-fancy option at their disposal: a Samsung Galaxy Alpha that ditches the plastic back for one of alligator leather. The phones, which otherwise are the same as their plastic-backed sisters — right down to the metal frame, will run shoppers €649, an increase of €80 over the standard version. That extra cash also comes with exclusivity — only 100 of each of the four different backs are available.

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3 days ago

Bullitt Group to license Kodak brand for a new line of Android devices

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The Bullitt Group will launch a lineup of Android-based smartphones and tablets using the Kodak brand next year, with plans to launch their first device at CES 2015 in early January.

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3 days ago

Boost Mobile begins selling ZTE Speed for $99 without a contract

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Sprint's no-contract subsidiary Boost Mobile has started selling the ZTE Speed online for the price of $99.99. The Android KitKat smartphone will go on sale at Boost Mobile's retail stores in early January.

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3 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is coming to India in the first week of January

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be launching in India in January 2015. The phone, with its wacky curved edge screen is expected to be available in the first week of the month. It's expected to be priced at Rs. 64,900 and will only be available through select though not-yet-announced retailers.

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