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1 week ago

Twitter begins testing two new features for discovering more about products and places

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Twitter aims to make it easier to find more information about the products and places others are talking about, as it launches two new features to assist.

Often times on Twitter, people are talking about products they are interested in, or places they want to visit, but finding information about those topics generally requires leaving the app. Twitter is now testing two new features that would aid in the discovery of places and products, and even give you a way to buy the product.

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1 week ago

Review: Dell Venue 10 7000 Series

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Dell Venue 10 7000 Series

The first convertible laptop running Android you should ever even think about buying.

Large Android tablets are hard. Most apps aren't formatted to take advantage of the extra screen size, and the frequent implementation of 16:9 aspect ratio means using anything with a screen larger than eight inches is cumbersome at best. The best we've seen from these devices is a focus on gaming or media consumption, but when these devices enter the $400+ price range it becomes more than a little difficult to justify the price against the feature set.

It turns out all we really needed was a fresh perspective.

After nailing the 8-inch tablet design, Dell set their sights on something that functionally bridges the gap between tablet and laptop. In the Windows world these machines are often called convertible laptops, and if the Venue 10 7000 Series were running Windows that's exactly what it would be called. In the Android world, however, it represents something new. An Android tablet focused on productivity without giving up any of the things that make using an Android tablet fun, and in some ways even managing to improve on basic tablet ergonomics through yet another seemingly awkward tablet design. It's a series of ideas that, while separately have all been done before, come together in this device to simultaneously set an impressive new bar for Android hardware and point out some positively hideous flaws in Android as a software platform.

Here is our review of the Dell Venue 10 7000 Series.

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1 week ago

Cricket Wireless has several Android phones on sale until July 9

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If you are looking a getting a cheap, no-contract smartphone, Cricket Wireless has discounts on several of its phones from now until July 9.

AT&T's no-contract subsidiary Cricket Wireless has started a new promotion that cuts the prices on several of its Android smartphones from now until July 9.

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1 week ago

This is the Incipio NGP Case for LG G4

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Here's a skin case for the LG G4 that says no to texture and plays to the strengths of its smooth, yet easy to grip exterior.

While not designed to fit the fancier leather backs, Incipio's NGP Case wraps perfectly around the plain G4 without adding fugly bulk or busy color combos. Next to traditional skin cases for the LG G4 it holds the torch for durability and slimness.

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1 week ago

How to factory reset and erase the LG G4

All good things must come to an end, even your relationship with your phone. This means at some point you may need to reset your LG G4. But it's not the only reason to do it.

Your LG G4 comes from the factory just about as clean as it will ever be. You haven't filled it up with apps and photos yet. It's not littered with folders from apps you installed, used for two days, then uninstalled. You haven't messed with the settings and forgotten what you did. So when your phone starts to slow down, or when a bug rears its ugly head and regular troubleshooting fails to fix it, you can always go nuclear with a factory reset.

Make sure your backups are current and let's hit the reset button.

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1 week ago

Boost Mobile invites MetroPCS and Cricket customers to cut their payments in half

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Sprint's 'Slash Your Payment in Half' promotion now is good on Boost Mobile, and the company is looking to help prepaid customers of other carriers save some money.

Boost Mobile is looking for MetroPCS and Cricket customers to bring their number to its network, offering the same or more data for half the price. Sprint has been marketing the promotion for some time now, and it is now extending the offer for its prepaid network.

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1 week ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT (plus, return of the voicemail!)

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A quick heads up, folks, that we'll be podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT today. (You can join us at this link.) On tap: we'll break down the Great Samsung Keyboard Exploit Of 2015 That You Probably Don't Really Need To Worry About, check in on Jerry's time with the, erm, Pebble Time, see what's up with this Sony Xperia Z4v, and we'll answer more of your questions live on air!

And to that last point: If you can't make the live show, we're bringing back voicemails! Just record your question and email it to podcast at androidcentral dot com, and we'll play it back on air. Be sure to give us your name, where you're from, your astrological sign and blood type.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z3+ now available in exclusive ice green at Carphone Warehouse

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The Sony Xperia Z3+ is now available for purchase from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. The company has the black, white and exclusive ice green variants available for purchase.

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1 week ago

You can now pre-order the Blue Topaz Galaxy S6 from Carphone Warehouse

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Carphone Warehouse is now taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 in blue, with the device set to launch on July 1.

Upfront cost for securing the device is £29.99, and monthly plans start from £34.99 a month. The retailer is Samsung's partner for the blue color variant, with the phone set to be available exclusively from Samsung Experience Stores and Carphone Warehouse once it launches on July 1.

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1 week ago

The Post Office launches its own affordable mobile network in the UK

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The mobile network battleground in the UK is a confusing one, especially for consumers. The Post Office has decided to make things that much more puzzling by launching its own virtual network.

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1 week ago

Vodafone Smart ultra 6 offers 4G and 5.5-inch full-HD display for £125

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Vodafone's latest offering in the Smart ultra series comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD display and LTE connectivity, and is available with pay as you go bundles for £125 or monthly plans from £17 a month.

Other specs include an octa-core Snapdragon 615 CPU, 16GB internal memory, 13MP camera at the back, 5MP front shooter, 3,000mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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1 week ago

Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 are Samsung's first smartphones with front-facing LED flash

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Samsung has launched its first set of smartphones that offer front LED flash, the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, in China.

Both devices sport a 5MP camera at the front along with a 13MP shooter at the back with a f/1.9 lens. The mid-range devices come with 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, LTE connectivity and dual-SIM functionality. On the software front, the handsets run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.

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1 week ago

How to merge and unmerge Chrome tabs in Lollipop

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It's either the best or worst feature ever invented, depending on who you ask.

Everyone uses their devices just a little bit differently, and the web browser is more often than not a perfect example of that statement. Chrome for Android offers many great features, including the ability to sync all of your data across multiple devices so you are always with whatever tabs you left open elsewhere. How we use those tabs is often a topic of great debate, usually between those who keep dozens of tabs open at all times and those who swipe a tab away when they're done with it and bookmark the rest.

With the Lollipop release of Android, Google introduced a new way to handle Chrome tabs. Instead of keeping the tabs contained in one app, Android now offers individual Chrome tabs as their own cards in the multitasking panel. It's not something that works for everyone, so here's a quick explainer on turning that feature on and off.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with the Verizon Sony Xperia Z4v

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Sony Xperia Z4v

Verizon gets the Sony Xperia Z4v later this summer — here's your first look!

Verizon recently announced the next Sony device to enter its lineup, the Xperia Z4v, and on paper the device looks like it can compete. What is on paper and what happens in the hand are two totally different things, and we got to spend a little bit of hands-on time with the phone this evening in New York City to see what it had to offer.

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1 week ago

Snag Game of Thrones seasons 1 through 4 for $99 on Google Play

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Game of Thrones seasons one through 4 are currently available for $99 on Google Play.

If Game of Thrones' heart-wrenching season 5 finale still has you feeling a bit down, you might want to relive your time with that one character (no spoilers). Well, Google Play has your back with a promotion that cuts the price of the first four seasons of the hit HBO show to $99.

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