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The Best MetroPCS Phones

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MetroPCS has some insanely affordable phones, and we’re going to help you find the best ones.

MetroPCS is particularly nice because you don’t have to break the bank when buying a phone without a contract, though most of those devices are on the mid- to low-end when it comes to specs. On the other hand, you’ve got good monthly rates and the month-to-month freedom to switch carriers whenever you want.

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1 week ago

Google Play gift cards arrive in Turkey and South Korea

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If you happen to be in Turkey or South Korea and just can't wait to get your hands on a Google Play gift card, you can now snatch one up at retailers in the two countries. Cards purchased in Turkey will come in denominations of 25, 50, and 100 lira. In South Korea, you can snag the cards in denominations of ₩15,000, ₩30,000, ₩50,000, ₩100,000, and ₩150,000.

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1 week ago

Using Smart Lock on the Chrome OS dev channel

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Smart Lock on Chrome OS

The first step toward Chrome OS and Android working together in harmony

We got a glimpse back at Google I/O at the upcoming coziness between Chrome OS and Android, and beyond limited cross-platform app compatibility one of the first signs of this tie-up is Smart Lock. This is the sought-after feature that keeps your Chromebook unlocked so long as its within Bluetooth range of your phone running Lollipop, and even though its currently limited to the Chrome OS dev channel and labeled as "beta" we've kicked the tires on this new feature a little bit.

This certainly isn't the full-featured Chrome/Android integration that was demoed at I/O, but proper Smart Lock is here for anyone to use so long as they're ready to do a few tweaks on the Chrome OS side and get things figured out. Read along and see how it works.

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 arrives at U.S. Cellular for $199 on contract

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U.S. Cellular is now starting to sell both the Mignight Blue and the Cloud White versions of Google's flagship Nexus 6 smartphone manufactured by Motorola. The carrier is offering the 32 GB version starting at just $199 on a two-year contract while the higher capacity 64 GB version goes for $249 with a contract. Without signing on the dotted line, the 32 GB goes for $660 while the 64 GB sells for $730.

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1 week ago

Sprint Sharp Aquos Crystal update delivers better battery performance, adds bloatware

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Sprint is rolling out a software update Thursday to its sleek, bezel-less Sharp Aquos smartphone. The update starts rolling out December 11, and delivers on some bug fixes while also bringing better battery performance; it also adds some bundled apps to the the mix, including the integration of Yahoo Communications Suite and Premium Caller ID.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile rolls out minor software updates for Galaxy S4, Tab 4, Avant

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T-Mobile is rolling out minor software updates for three of its Samsung devices. The update is being pushed out now to the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab 4, and the Galaxy Avant. Of the three devices, only the Galaxy Tab 4 update will be pushed out to users starting Monday, December 8, and the carrier is advising owners of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Avant that updates for their phones are available via either a manual pull or through the Samsung Kies software.

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1 week ago

Vote now in the 2014 Android Central Reader's Choice Awards!

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Android Central 2014 Reader's Choice Awards

It's time to let us see your pick for the year's best phones, tablets, apps and more!

It's time for our annual popularity contest. And it's time for you, fair reader, to chime in and vote for your favorite devices, manufacturers, phones, tablets, apps and more! This is all about seeing what your favorite things were in 2014. There will be many right answers. There are some obvious wrong ones. This isn't about what's "best" — it's about what you liked. What you thought rose above everything else to be the best of the best in the Android world in 2014. (For a look at what won in 2013, click here.)

We'll keep this short. We'll keep it sweet. And we'll keep the survey open until 5 p.m. EDT Dec. 20 we collect your votes.

What awaits on the other side? Well, that's up to you. Vote now!

Vote now in the 2014 Android Central Reader's Choice Awards!

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1 week ago

Freescale tech promises wireless turbo charging for tablets

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Though wireless charging has been available on Nexus smartphones and tablets for some time now, Freescale is rolling out a new fast wireless charging technology that will charge up your Qi- or Powermat-enabled slates three times more quickly than before. The new technology works with both popular wireless charging standards and can deliver three times the power output that is present in today's devices, making it faster to charge high-powered devices like tablets.

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1 week ago

Amazon sale takes up to $100 off Acer Chromebook 13

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Amazon is running a pretty good deal if you're currently in the market for a Chromebook. The deal is for the Acer Chromebook 13, which sees the price of the 16GB version getting slashed by $100, bringing it down to $200 total. The 32GB version is getting a price cut as well, but by a much more modest $44, which brings its total down to $335.

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1 week ago

Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect game will ride onto mobile devices in 2015

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The acclaimed TV crime drama Sons of Anarchy will air its final episode on FX Tuesday, but the motorcycle club will live on via an upcoming mobile game, Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect, that will be released sometime in early 2015.

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1 week ago

Google Play Services 6.5 now rolling out to developers

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Google has announced the release of Google Play Services 6.5 for developers. Because of the way Google has broken things out of Android and uses Play Services, this makes each and every update a pretty big deal.

The new Play Service 6.5 will allow developers to build better apps for phones and tablets on Gingerbread or higher — which is just about every Android device in use today. The updates to Google Services 6.5 offers more flexibility to developers to use and manage the APIs they need with Drive, Maps, Fit, and Wallet.

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1 week ago

Google releases Android Studio 1.0 to developers

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There's some great news for developers today: Android Studio is officially out of beta with version 1.0 for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. The full release of the development platform has been anticipated for a while now, after having originally entered beta earlier this year.

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1 week ago

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath makes its odd way to Android

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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, the acclaimed action-adventure game from developer Oddworld Inhabitants, is now available for Android device owners, via the Google Play Store, for $5.99. The game was released for iOS devices in late November.

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1 week ago

Multitasking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Galaxy Note 4 multitasking

Samsung offers a wealth of multitasking features on the Note 4 — but there's a learning curve involved

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, like many modern Android phones, has an enormous high-res display. Arguably, though, it's the Note's unique multitasking setup that helps you get the most out of that vast visual realestate. Features like windowed mode and multiwindow bring desktop-like capabilities to Samsung's latest oversized phone. However it's not always obvious where these features live, and there are a few different ways to interact with the Note 4's unique multitasking setup.

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1 week ago

Buy any smartphone from AT&T, get a G Pad 7.0 for 99¢

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AT&T is bringing shoppers a new bundle deal if they purchase any LG smartphone with the wireless carrier. If that happens, AT&T offer them a 99-cent price on a new LG G Pad 7.0 LTE tablet if both are purchased at the same time.

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