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1 week ago

Razer launches Android apps for its still unreleased Nabu smartband

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The long awaited Razer Nabu smartband recently passed inspection by the FCC and now Nabu mobile apps made for Android, iOS and Windows Phone have all been published ahead of the device's official launch.

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1 week ago

The best Chromebooks, as of November 2014

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They all run the same software, but there are big differences between these Chromebook models

We've started to increase the pace of our Chromebook coverage here at Android Central for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that we use these machines every single day. We spend time with every Chromebook model we can get our hands on, putting in full reviews whenever possible.

With the rapid pace of releases pumping out new Chromebooks on a regular basis it's hard to say what's "the best," but every so often we need to put our collective feet down and make a list. We're purposely omitting the Chromebook Pixel, however. It's a great device, for sure, but at $1,299, well, yeah. Sucker's just too expensive for most folks.

So with that caveat, this is our list of the best Chromebooks available as of November 2014.

Read on.

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1 week ago

Best Android apps of the week: Puzzles of Sequels

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XCOM Enemy Within on an NVIDIA Shield

It's Saturday, which means it's time to warm up your nearest Android device for some great new Google Play Store apps and games. We're taking a look at a few sequels that were released this week and trying to figure out if the changes added enough to keep them exciting, while still retaining the original's appeal. Candy Crush Soda Saga, TwoDots, and XCOM: Enemy Within all have a little something different to offer.

We're still playing around with our weekly app round-up format, so please do leave some feedback and let us know what you think and what you'd like to see.

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1 week ago

The Google Glass consumer launch reportedly won't happen until 2015

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With 2014 coming to a close in just a few weeks, the consumer version of the Google Glass wearable device won't be coming out this year, as originally planned. A new report says that Google is now looking for the launch to happen sometime in 2015.

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1 week ago

The Nexus 6 review video walkthrough

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Got three minutes? We've got the lowdown on the Nexus 6.

Got a little more time? Be sure to check out our complete Nexus 6 review.

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1 week ago

The Samsung Developer Conference wrap-up

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... And that's it for us from San Francisco. We spent the week at Samsung's second developer conference, by all accounts an upgrade from last year's inaugural event. Bigger, having moved from a Union Square hotel — where you'd find yourself hustling up and down what felt like back staircases from the floor to the sessions — to the much more spacious Moscone West, home of the likes of Google I/O and other events. Better because there were many more sessions and workshops, and by most accounts relayed to us the developers on hand got quite a wealth of information.

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1 week ago

Motorola Spotlight Player grabs new animated story in 'Duet'

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Motorola's interactive story telling app, Motorola Spotlight Player, got an update today, and its a pretty cool one at that. The update brings along a new animated story titled 'Duet' that was created in collaboration with former Disney animator, Glen Keane.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: Nexus device relevance

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Earlier in the week we asked if you thought Google's Nexus program was still relevant. We left the question pretty open-ended, because we are also curious why people think the way they do about a question like this. We have our own thoughts and opinions about what the Nexus program means to us as consumers, and we know you all have the same type of thoughts.

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1 week ago

Tech giants rally together to curb NSA spying

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A number of big-name tech companies are teaming up to lobby the Senate to pass legislation that would limit the reach of the NSA's spying activities, Bloomberg reported today. The coalition of tech giants includes the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others.

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1 week ago

Android Central 211: Samsung Dev Con, Nexus Regret

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Audio-only stream below

We're back from a week at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, so we'll recap all the awesome openy (yes, really) madness that took place. Plus, we'll see where we stand on all the Nexus madness now that the reviews have landed and Android 5.0 Lollipop updates are upon us. Also: We've got the Galaxy Note Edge and Gear S. Plus, we answer more of your questions live! 

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1 week ago

Snapchat is clamping down on third-party apps, threatens to lock accounts

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Snapchat has a had a rough few weeks in terms of security. People's photos were allegedly stolen and posted online recently through the use of a third-party apps. Those apps used reversed-engineered APIs to access the service, which creates a significant vulnerability in account security.

Now, the company appears to be taking a hardline against the practice by sending out emails to those who have been utilizing third-party apps.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop factory image for the Nexus 4 is now live

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The factory images for Android 5.0 Lollipop just keep a-rollin' out. Following the rollout earlier this week to more recent Nexus devices, the latest to nab a coat of sugary-sweet goodness is the Nexus 4 with build number LRX21T.

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1 week ago

Asus ZenWatch now available from the Google Play Store

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The Asus ZenWatch is now available to purchase from the Google Play Store. While the ZenWatch appeared on the Store yesterday, customers were unable to buy it, with the device labled as "Coming Soon". You can now purchase the device for $199.99, and it should leave its warehouse in one to two business days.

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1 week ago

We're podcasting live at 3:30 p.m. EST!

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Android Central Podcast

OK, folks. We're back on our proper parts of the U.S. (as much as I love the West Coast, it's good to be home), and it's time to do that weekly thing we do. Coming up on this week's Android Central Podcast, we'll recap the Samsung Developer Conference, see where we stand in Nexus land now that the reviews are out the door and updates are hitting other devices. And of course we'll answer your questions live on air.

So join us at this link at 3:30 p.m. EST — we're going a half-hour early this week — as we do this thing.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 14

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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