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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: what battery feature is most important

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Some points of a smartphone can be debated till the cows come home: IPS vs AMOLED, big or small, skinned or stock, but on battery, the consensus is clear.

Battery technology has made some advances recently — or more accurately some of these advances are finally gaining wider use. Between the ease of wireless charging, the speed of quick-charging, and the renewed debated over removable batteries, it crossed our minds to try and figure out what our readers want most in a battery. And even with all of these wonderful new (and old) features, the needs you expressed were nice and simple.

You just want the darn thing to last longer.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Feed Me, TypeDrawing, Word Academy and more

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apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

A look inside the Samsung browser

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Samsung browser on the Galaxy S6

The Samsung browser is quick and offers a few neat features if you have no prior browser lock-in.

Depending on what carrier you bought your Samsung phone from, chances are you may not even have Samsung's built-in browser (simply called "Internet" in the app drawer). Galaxy owners on Verizon, for example, only have Chrome to choose from out of the box, but if your phone happens to have the Samsung browser you should know it isn't a complete throw-away experience.

The browser is quick, surprisingly lightweight and integrates with the fingerprint scanner on modern devices on approved websites. We'll tell you all you need to know about it — read on.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: Ask away from 30,000 feet

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From the Editor's airplane

It's Mother's Day, the day we make extra special for the women in our lives who deserve to be treated as such every damned day of the year. And I'm spending most of it away from home, en route to a week of meetings at the other end of the state. (And am feeling a good bit guilty about that.) So call your mom today, folks. You wouldn't be here without her.

And as I like to do every so often when traveling on a weekend, it's time to open things up to questions. Have something you want to ask about this crazy business? Fire away. I'm dishing out answers from 30,000 feet today.

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2 weeks ago

Android browser tips and tricks

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Browsers

Android has no shortage of browsers to choose from, and while they've all got something to make them unique there are a few things they all do the same.

Mobile browsing is a mixed bag. You get some sites that offer a mobile version with no way to get to the real homepage, desktop-focused sites that hide features behind pop-ups that break the mobile experience, ads everywhere, and no real way to know what you're going to get until you go tot he website on your phone. This is before you take into account the way your browser is going to behave when faced with different web technologies and languages, which is its own unique experience.

Google has made it clear that there needs to be a focus on mobile experiences moving forward, but there are still some basic things the browser needs to do in order to make the experience manageable. With that in mind, we've assembled a quick list of simple things you can do to keep yourself sane while browsing on your mobile device.

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2 weeks ago

LG Watch Urbane review: The best of the motley wearable crew

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LG Watch Urbane

"Make a nice smartwatch. But don't make it too nice."

That's sort of the working line you figure was floating around during development of the LG Watch Urbane. Like the LG G Watch R before it, this model can actually pass as a traditional timepiece, at least from a distance. And from that same distance, it looks really nice — easily the best-looking example of Android Wear thus far.

Perhaps that's damning with faint praise, but the simple fact remains that there are a whole bunch of displays on wrists these days, and few smartwatches that actually look like watches. (And that absolutely includes this one.)

The Urbane (we're not going to call it "Watch Urbane" any more than is absolutely necessary for obvious reasons) also is the first watch to run Android 5.1.1, which definitely adds a new spin to the software experience, though it doesn't start from scratch.

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2 weeks ago

Google Play can now allow users to pre-register for upcoming app releases

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App developers are now starting to allow Google Play Store users to pre-register for upcoming apps before they are released.

If you have ever wanted to get an alert about when an Android app is being released in the Google Play Store, app developers now have the option to let you pre-register before apps are launched.

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2 weeks ago

MetroPCS will completely shut down its old CDMA network on June 21

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MetroPCS will be completely turning off its old CDMA network June 21, but customers still have time to upgrade to a GSM/HSPA+/LTE device.

Pre-paid wireless carrier MetroPCS was acquired by T-Mobile in 2013 and now customers are being alerted that on June 21 their CDMA network will be shut down in favor of T-Mobile's faster GSM/HSPA+/LTE network.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 235: Android Central RAW!

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Audio-only stream below

We're back at it this week with the latest on the Android 5.1.1 rollouts, more details on Google's Project Fi, continued thoughts on the LG G4, and we'll answer more of your questions live on air!

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2 weeks ago

Some Sega games will be removed from the Google Play Store soon

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Sega has plans to remove an unknown number of its Android games from the Google Play Store in the near future.

In an announcement today, Sega said that it recently evaluated its current number of mobile games and "determined that a number of them no longer meet our standards."

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2 weeks ago

LG G4 review

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LG G4

LG needed an exceptional flagship this year, and the G4 is exactly that.

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2 weeks ago

Prime Stations strum their way to the Amazon Echo, putting hundreds of ad-free stations a voice command away

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Amazon's Echo got yet another new feature, and this time it is the addition of Prime Stations, which brings tons of ad-free music to the device.

Recently the Amazon Echo has been getting integration with a bunch of new services, and the most recent is Prime Stations. It wasn't that long ago that we saw Prime Stations become available to Android users, and now the service is available on the Echo, allowing music to be controlled without needing to touch a thing.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus One owners in India can keep receiving Cyanogen over-the-air updates

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OnePlus One owners in India now have the option to keep receiving updates to the smartphone if it has the Cyanogen OS installed.

The Indian office of OnePlus announced today that the company's previous legal issues with Micromax have been resolved, allowing OnePlus One owners in that country to keep getting over-the-air updates to the Cyanogen OS.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop now available for all of Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones

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Sprint has begun a rollout of an update for its non-Spark version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to that device.

Sprint previously updated the version of the Galaxy S4 that supported its Sprint Spark LTE network to Lollipop few weeks ago.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 Gear VR Innovator Edition now available online, in-store May 15

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The Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is available for online purchasing from Best Buy and Samsung for $199.

Best Buy and Samsung are now accepting orders for the Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Samsung Galaxy S6, but you will need to wait until May 15 to get one in-store. Samsung first announced the Galaxy S6 version back at the beginning of March, and pre-orders went live towards the end of April for the device.

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