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2 weeks ago

HTC Lock Screen gains Lollipop-style notifications and more, Sense Home gets improvements

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Updates are available for both HTC Sense Home and HTC Lock Screen through Google Play, bringing some new functionality and other improvements.

HTC has pushed out updates for HTC Lock Screen and HTC Sense Home to Google Play. The updates not only fix some bugs, and enhance the performance, but also add new features as well. Recently we saw HTC rebrand Blinkfeed to Sense Home, and this update just brings some improvements.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Fire Phone update brings KitKat, new keyboard options, and much more

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Amazon continues to support its poorly received Fire Phone with a new over-the-air update that brings its Android version up to KitKat, along with a ton of new features.

The new version number for the Fire OS after this version is installed is 4.6.1.

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2 weeks ago

The LG G4 and LG Nexus 5 in pictures

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Looking at the G4 next to the Nexus 5 shows just how much LG has changed without leaving the basics.

Everyone knows that Nexus phones are made with Google as the guiding hand, but you always see the basic design language from the manufacturer acting as partner for that release. You see this with each version in the Nexus line, but especially with the LG Nexus 5 and Motorola Nexus 6. Those who didn't upgrade from the Nexus 5 to the Nexus 6 this year are probably starting to look at the other options out there, and it's starting to look like the G4 is going to be high on the list of devices worth considering.

Here's a quick look at the G4 and Nexus 5 side by side.

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2 weeks ago

Understanding and using Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Some things on your phone are for your eyes only — let Private Mode on the Galaxy S6 help with that.

There are several different methods and apps for keeping some content on your phone safer than the rest, and on the Galaxy S6 Samsung has a built-in option called Private Mode. With a tap of a quick setting toggle and authentication you can unlock data from a variety of Samsung's apps that you've previously marked as private, keeping it away from anyone who happens to have your phone. It isn't comprehensive and won't fit everyone's needs, but it's worth knowing about for occasional use.

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2 weeks ago

Buy a Galaxy Note 4 in the U.S., get four Avengers-themed cases for free

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Samsung partnered with Marvel on Avengers themes for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and now the manufacturer is extending the love to the Galaxy Note 4 by giving away a set of four Avengers-themed cases.

Anyone purchasing the Galaxy Note 4 in the U.S. between May 4 and June 1 will receive the Avengers case bundle for free, which Samsung says is worth $200.

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2 weeks ago

Latest Galaxy S6 edge advert talks about the 64-bit CPU, wireless charging circuitry

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Samsung's latest video is all about how the Galaxy S6 edge was "engineered to the height of precision and performance."

In the video, Samsung talks about how it manufactured the 14nm 64-bit Exynos octa-core processor that is used in the Galaxy S6 edge, and incorporated the circuitry for signal reception into the frame of the device, making it possible to integrate the wireless charging module into the back of the device.

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2 weeks ago

ZTE's bezel-less Nubia Z9 now official: 5.2-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 810, 16MP camera

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ZTE will offer the bezel-less Nubia Z9 in two editions: an Elite version that has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and a Classic version that offers 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.

After rolling out the Nubia Z9 Max and Nubia Z9 mini in the month of March, ZTE has now unveiled its flagship Nubia Z9. The highlight of the device is the display, which has bezels of just 0.8mm. The phone features ZTE's Frame Interaction Technology (FiT), through which users will be able to swipe the edges of the frame to launch apps, access settings and set gesture-based shortcuts.

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2 weeks ago

Inside Firefox for Android

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Firefox for Android

Mozilla's version of an open browser is one of your better options on Android, especially if you are into flexibility and choice.

While there's a certain appeal to having structured simplicity in a web browser — something that "just works" and doesn't have option and settings coming at you from every direction — the tradeoff is almost always the sacrifice of choice. You do things the way the app says, with little in the way of options or flexibility. The folks at Mozilla have been opposed to this method of software development for as long as most folks can remember, and their Firefox browser exists as an open, flexible, and powerful way to enjoy browsing the web.

Like many other popular desktop browsers, Firefox has a mobile counterpart. Firefox for Android exists to bring the same standards and principles that guide the desktop version on to Android, and while standards and principles are cool it turns out this is also a great mobile browser. Lets take a look.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Wallet Flip Cover for the Galaxy Note Edge

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When it comes to first-party cases, Samsung knows how to do it right.

You can always spot a Samsung phone due to its distinctive styling (particularly with the Note Edge), and when you put one of Samsung's own cases on the phone it doesn't muddy the waters. Samsung's flip cases are just as easy to spot as the devices, and the Wallet Flip Cover for the Note Edge is no exception.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola's Keylink dongle is now back in stock and ready to help you find your keys

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There's some good news if you have a chronic problem with losing your keys: Motorola's Keylink Bluetooth dongle is now back in stock on the company's store.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central Photo Contest: Build

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Whether you're architecturally-inclined yourself or not, it's hard to ignore when something is being put together.

From a child's LEGO set to a 50-story skyscraper, watching raw materials go in and a completed object come out is interesting — we want to see the best "build" photos you can take that show off that process.

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2 weeks ago

No, Project Fi will not destroy your Google Voice account

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Project Fi

Google's MVNO project relies heavily on the same technology that makes Google Voice work, but you're not losing anything by using Fi.

News that Google was finally pushing Project Fi invites to a handful of people led to a whole lot of users asking those lucky enough to get in on the action what the experience was like. In doing so, a screenshot appeared that suggested using Project Fi meant destroying your Google Voice account. The dialogue box from the screenshot explains you can either bring your Google Voice number over to Project Fi, or you can use a different number with a caveat explaining your current Voice number will be released if you go with a different number.

If all you know about Project Fi and Google Voice comes from that one screenshot, there'd be plenty of reason to be concerned. Fortunately, after a quick chat with the folks at Google, we know things aren't nearly as dire as they seem.

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2 weeks ago

Google's proposed futuristic offices may have been hit with a big setback

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Google's plans to build new and futuristic-looking headquarters offices in Mountain View, California, may have to be curtailed thanks to a city council vote on Tuesday.

Google first announced its plans to redevelop four sites in the North Bayshore district of Mountain View in February.

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2 weeks ago

Snake Rewind is a classic reboot coming to Android on May 14

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Get ready for a nostalgia-fueled haze of excitement: the creator of Snake is bringing a reboot of the mobile classic to Android on May 14.

Called Snake Rewind, the reboot breaks the game out of its classic black-and-white confines and adds a splash of color and extra flair with 10 visually distinct levels and new power ups.

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2 weeks ago

In pictures — LG G4 vs OnePlus One

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One Plus One vs LG G4

LG and OnePlus share a lot of basic design principles in their latest phones, but software is the great divider in comparing their flagships.

If there's one thing LG and OnePlus fans have in common, it's a deep appreciation for the general form factor chosen to encase the chips that make their favorite smartphones go. LG owners pick up something that isn't their device and awkwardly poke around in an attempt to find power and volume keys that aren't on the back of the phone, while OnePlus owners watch as some other phone slips out of their hand and try to keep a straight face as they hand the device back. With the launch of the G4, LG has given their fans a powerhouse with no shortage of impressive replaceable backs, and that combination is going to cause users from every group to give this new device a passing glance.

How does the OnePlus One hold up side by side with the G4? Glad you asked. Lets take a look.

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