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1 week ago

How to customize your Moto 360 watch face with Motorola Connect

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Motorola Connect

With the Motorola Connect app, custom 360 watch faces are a few clicks away

The Moto 360 comes with a set of nice-looking watch faces. Chances are, there's something you like already built in to the software on your new watch. But (and there's always a but) I know nobody would complain if there were a way to alter the colors of the bundled watch faces, right?

With the new Motorola Connect app, this is really simple to do. Read on.

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1 week ago

HTC Desire 610 could be on its way to Verizon

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It appears that the HTC Desire 610 may be Verizon-bound. A newly-certified device with the model number OP90300 has appeared at the FCC with support for Verizon's network.

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1 week ago

Setting your apps to auto-update: Whether you should and how to do it

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Auto updating apps

Setting your apps to auto-update is easy, but should you?

Google Play Store If you hate being bothered with app update notifications, the Google Play Store makes it frightfully easy to just have your apps auto-update without needing any interaction from you. But just because it's easy to do doesn't necessarily mean you should just blindly go into it.

Here's how you turn it on and off and some thoughts as to why you might, and might not, want to do it.

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1 week ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT!

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Android Central Podcast

Just when you thought things couldn't get any crazier — we've effectively been on the road for two weeks, between Samsung and Motorola and then Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas — it's about to get really nuts.

We're back in our proper cities and time zones for this week's podast, and we're brining a couple of special guests along for the ride. As in two. As in I'm not sure how I'm going to steer this bus, but it's going to be one hell of a ride. So join us as we dive even deeper into the latest from Samsung and Motorola, plus the update to Google Hangouts and the merging of Google Voice, and anything else you can think of. (Because, yes, we'll field your questions, too.)

So hit up this link at 4 p.m. EDT this afternoon. We'll be there. You should be, too.

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1 week ago

AT&T not in a rush, will offer Wi-Fi calling in 2015

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AT&T has plans to start offering Wi-Fi calling support by 2015. The system would allow subscribers to place calls using their phone's Wi-Fi connection instead of the cellular network. If that sounds familiar, it should, as T-Mobile has offered Wi-Fi calling for years now, and even dedicated their Uncarrier 7.0 press event to expanding on the concept.

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1 week ago

The unlocked and unadulterated Moto X might be called 'Pure Edition'

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The unbranded, unlocked version of Motorola's new Moto X will go by the name Moto X Pure Edition. While it will still retain Motorola's custom software tweaks, it will lack any of the carrier software found in the different branded versions of the device. It will also be sold directly by Motorola. If this sounds familiar, it's exactly what Motorola did with the original 2013 Moto X, except it didn't have a name.

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1 week ago

Blue Mo-Fi Headphones Review

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Blue Mo-Fi

Ever since I started working in the tech field and traveling more often than I ever did, I've always been in pursuit of the best set of headphones. Not just for podcasting or zoning out at home, but for when I'm sitting in airports, on a plane, or just trying to put myself to sleep in a hotel room. I'm not a huge fan of earbuds, so I've opted for over-the-ear headphones in my search. Some of my favorites in the past have been the Urbanears Zinken and the Bose Around Ear Headphones — though I've been through quite a few sets trying to find one that suits me best. I recently received a pair of Blue's new Mo-Fi headphones however, changing everything I thought a solid pair of headphones should be.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 12

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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1 week ago

HTC reported to be working on its own camera to tackle the sturdy GoPro

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HTC is working on its first camera that's not inside a smartphone, according to a report over on Bloomberg. It's said the smartphone maker plans to go up against the likes of GoPro and launch a new sturdy shooter for extreme activities. This waterpoof camera would sport an ultra wide-angle lens and a 16 megapixel sensor, connecting to Android smartphones as well as supported iPhones.

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1 week ago

LG begins global rollout of L Series phones

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LG is beginning the global rollout of their L-Series phones, the L Fino and L Bello. Both phones are aimed at teenagers and first-time smartphone buyers in emerging 3G markets.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha now available at Carphone Warehouse

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Carphone Warehouse has today confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now available both in-store and online from £33 a month on supporting networks (with no upfront fee). The 4.7-inch smartphone from Samsung is an interesting departure from its usual design, utilizing metals and other components.

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1 week ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Treats

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 Treats

The contests keep moving along here at Android Central, and we're ready to get back to it with our Weekly Photo Contest. After taking a brief hiatus, this week's contest is back and we're hoping that you folks didn't skip a beat with your photo taking skills. The prompt this week to which you'll be taking your pictures is "treats," and we're sure we'll see our fair share of delicious and appetizing shots (well, or maybe just dog treats) this week.

For their effort this week two people will be taking away prizes, with each person this week getting a Ventev Dual USB Universal Rapid Wall Charger!

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 (September 16) 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 week ago

Here's what happened to my HTC One M8 after accidentally dropping it 17 times *without* a case...

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HTC One M8

Let me preface this article by saying I absolutely did not set out to conduct a HTC One M8 drop test post for Android Central. Sure, it's always a guaranteed gold mine of youtube views when a new phone is released to record it making a big ol' kissy face with a nice patch of concrete. Hell, I'm guilty of having done that myself — the second video I ever uploaded to youtube, over seven years ago now, featured me throwing a phone wayyy up into the air. That said, this long-term drop test began much more innocently... I just wanted to use the HTC One M8 as my daily driver for the summer.

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1 week ago

Wireless charger roundup and giveaway — 15% off all charging mats!

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Wireless Charger Roundup

Thinking of jumping on board the wireless charging train? We list our favorites, give you 15% off the lot and give one away!

There's no denying that these inductive charging pads, mats, whatever you prefer to call them, are becoming increasingly popular as more devices take on Qi compatibility. Even the long-awaited Moto 360 packs standard Qi functionality, as we pointed out after launch. Luckily we've had our hands on quite a few of these wireless chargers here at Android Central and we're shedding some light on our tried and true choices.

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1 week ago

Boost Moto G getting Android 4.4.4 KitKat update

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If you're a Boost customer and have been waiting for the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update on your Moto G, your time to shine is now. According to the Motorola website and some tips we've received, the update is appearing on devices right now.

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