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1 week ago

Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks

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Moto G 2015 camera

The Moto G 2015 has a pretty decent camera — especially considering the price. While you're not going to get the same quality as you would from a stand-alone camera, or even something like the LG G4 or one of Samsung's latest models, your new Moto G is capable of taking some very good pictures.

Time for a nice Sunday brunch. The Moto G 2015 did a great job capturing the details on both the new sign, and the not-so-new bracket that's holding it up. See more at http://phon.es/motog2015. #motog2015 #android

A photo posted by Android Central (@androidcentral) on Aug 9, 2015 at 9:41am PDT

A lot of depends on your technique (the photographer is always more important than the equipment), but knowing your camera is important, too. Here are a few tips to make the most out of the camera on the Moto G 2015.

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1 week ago

Listen to Andrew on the latest Tech Informist podcast!

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When we're not busy talking everything Android at our own weekly podcast, the editors here at AC like to take up guest positions on various other shows. This week Andrew sat down with Kevin and Brad of The Tech Informist podcast to talk the Galaxy Note 5, new Nexuses, Project Fi and a little bit of everything in the Android world.

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1 week ago

More ways to read more stories at Android Central!

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We've got new ways for you to find the best stories on our front page.

A quick heads up for those of you who frequent the front page of our fair site. As we've done once or twice in the past, we've tweaked the homepage a bit, giving you more choice of the stories you see. We've got two sections — "recent," and "featured."

Recent is the firehose. It's everything that gets published, period. It's the good. The bad. The stories you can't live without, and the stories that we've written because we want to, even if they're not going to have the biggest audience in the world. (But, seriously, you should read every word we write!)

The "Featured" tab is where we're going to pick and choose a little more. So while stories will absolutely still rotate through there throughout the day, the movement won't nearly as fierce. If you're only able to check in a few times a day, that might be the place for you.

And in any event, you can flip back and forth at will. It's all about giving you more ways to read, and better ways to read. And it'll work on your phone as well as in a desktop browser.

And of course everything we publish will still hit Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. And you can subscribe to any one of our RSS feeds, and you can still use the Android Central App. (And, yes, the app is finally getting its Material Design update!)

So enjoy the additional choice. And definitely leave your feedback here. We're listening, and we're just getting started.

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1 week ago

Moto X Play coming to Canadian retail stores on Aug. 21

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If you happen to call Canada your home and want to get in on Motorola's latest smartphone offerings, you're in luck this week. Motorola Canada has announced that the Moto X Play will be headed to retail stores in the great white north starting this Friday, August 21.

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1 week ago

Google+ isn't preloaded on the Galaxy Note 5

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Here's some fodder for the "Google+ is dead" crowd. We've used two models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that don't have Google's own social networking app installed by default. (And that's saying something given all the crapware that's on Verizon's model.)

Google has begun walking back Google+ integration of late, first splitting out Photos and later saying it'd no longer be a requirement for commenting on YouTube videos.

Google Photos, however, is preloaded on the Note 5.

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1 week ago

Skype for Android updated with custom ringtones, photo sharing between conversations

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Skype for Android has received a pretty nice update today, bringing along some oft-requested features. Coming along in today's update are personalized ringtones and the ability to forward photos from your chats to other Skype users.

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1 week ago

8 things to know about the Galaxy S6 edge+

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Galaxy S6 edge+

Though it's a bit overshadowed by the Note 5, the Galaxy S6 edge+ just launched, too.

Perhaps the Galaxy Note 5 has picked up more attention because it's changed so much from the Note 4, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ is a relatively known quantity, but it still deserves some attention. Sure it's just a scaled-up version of the Galaxy S6 edge that launched months ago, but it also packs the new specs and features that came with the Note 5 — which definitely gives something to be excited about. Here's what you need to know about the Galaxy S6 edge+

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1 week ago

Android Auto spruces up its overview screen for music, navigation

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Google today has updated its Android Auto app, bringing a little bit of an update to the overview screen once you're in the car.

The gist is that when you're listening to music of using navigation, you'll now get larger items in that center overview screen. They're definitely more attractive and easier to stab at when you're cruising down the road.

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1 week ago

Google acknowledges problem with Moto G and Android Auto

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We've got a new entry on the "Known issues" list for Android Auto, and it's an interesting one. We've been discussing the Moto G 2015 and Android Auto in our AA forums. Some folks (mainly, me) have been able to get it to work. But others haven't. And today, Google's dropped the following:

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1 week ago

The 12000 mAh battery pack from Innori

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All battery packs serve the same basic purpose, so each product has to find a way to stand out from the crowd.

Inside the very small package that is the Innori battery pack, is a pretty big 12000 mAh rechargeable battery. While there's nothing too flashy about this pack, the first thing I noticed is the fact that it is just about the same size as any of today's flagship phones — it even kind of looks like one.

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1 week ago

Straw Web Polling lets you create a poll from any browser

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Straw, which specializes in mobile polling, has extended its efforts to the web. With Straw Web Polling, users can create polls in most modern browsers, including [ Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft's new Edge browser.

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1 week ago

Fossil shows off its first Intel-powered Android Wear smartwatch

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At Intel's Developer Forum, Fossil took to the stage to give a glimpse of its upcoming Intel-powered Android Wear smartwatch. While actual details and specs were not divulged, this is our first look at the new watch. The design looks very similar to the Moto 360, right down to the flat tire design.

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1 week ago

Nuance's Dragon Anywhere hopes to take mobile dictation to the next level

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Nuance has announced a new, cloud-powered mobile version of its popular Dragon voice dicatation app. Called Dragon Anywhere, the app offers continuous dictation, syncing with various cloud services, and sync between your phone, tablet, and desktop.

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1 week ago

Intel and Google work to bring RealSense to phones through Project Tango dev kit

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At Intel's Developer Forum, the company revealed it's been working with Google to bring the RealSense technology to phones through a Project Tango development kit. Information is a bit limited currently, but it appears to be a pretty standard six-inch slate design on the front, with a number of cameras on the rear of it. Back in April, Intel first announced its RealSense sensor for mobile phones, which is what is being used to make this happen.

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1 week ago

OnHub is Google's new Wi-Fi router that's supposed to offer better connections

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OnHub

Google is getting into the Wi-Fi router business with the just revealed OnHub. The router was developed in partnership with TP-LINK, and is designed to be easy to set up and use and is supposed to offer users better wireless connections.

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