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2 weeks ago

The new Moto G is now available in India for Rs. 12,999

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Motorola has started selling the new Moto G in India, with the device on offer for Rs. 12,999 ($215) via Flipkart. Available in black and white color combinations, the 16 GB Moto G is priced lower than its first-gen equivalent, which debuted at Rs. 13,999 in the country earlier this year.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Boats' winners!

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You may have noticed that Wednesday came and went this week without the announcement of the weekly photo contest winners. You'll have to forgive us for getting caught up in the crazy storm of news from Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, ASUS and more the last week. We're here to announce the winners of this week's contest either way, and just because we waited two extra days doesn't mean the winners don't deserve recognition for their great work.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 201: The Note 4, Moto X, Moto 360 special edition!

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Audio-only stream below

Join us, friends, as we do something we've yet to attempt in our 200-show history. With Phil and Andrew at Samsung and Motorola in New York City and Chicago, and Alex and Richard in Berlin for IFA, we're bringing you this Intercontinental Ballistic Podcast for the new Galaxy Note phones, a little virtual reality, the new Moto X, Moto G and Moto 360 — and Alex pretty much loses it on Sony.

This is 90 minutes of (audio-only, no video) podcast insanity, folks.

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2 weeks ago

Moto 360 and Qi charging: A match made in nerd heaven

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Moto 360 on a Nexus Qi c harger

Because we promised we'd do it, this, folks, is the Moto 360 charging on a 2013 Nexus-branded Qi charger. If you've got a Qi-compatible wireless charger laying around, you've already got yourself a spare Moto 360 charger. And that's the way it should be.

Thank you, Motorola, for showing how it should be done.

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2 weeks ago

CounterSpy brings back Cold War action

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CounterSpy is a new action-packed game that recently launched on Android. The game allows players to link back to their PlayStation systems and brings back some of the spy and espionage action from the Cold War era. The game is also currently discounted to $4.99 to celebrate the launch on Android.

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2 weeks ago

Eyes-on the Sony QX1 and QX30 lens cameras

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As part of its IFA 2014 presentation, Sony introduced two new models of 'lens camera,' the QX30 and the QX1. While the QX30 is very much the spiritual successor to last year's QX10, the QX1 is a completely different beast. It's a mirrorless camera that supports Sony's e-mount lenses, so you're attaching a lens, to your lens camera, to your smartphone. As such it can get a little unwieldy.

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2 weeks ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 LED flip wallet

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Galaxy Note 4 LED flip case

IFA 2014 Between HTC's DotView, Samsung's S View and LG's QuickCircle, smartphone cases have been getting a whole lot smarter over the past year. This week at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Samsung added another smart case to the list — the official Galaxy Note 4 LED flip wallet.

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2 weeks ago

Driving mode and Home mode added to Moto Assist for Moto G and Moto E

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Motorola has updated the Moto Assist and Contextual Services applications today. The changes, which mean an update for all 2013 Moto phones, allow Home mode and Driving mode to be pushed to the budget-friendly Moto G and Moto E devices.

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2 weeks ago

TELUS in Canada latest to confirm new Moto X and Moto 360 sales plans

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TELUS has just informed Android Central via email that the Canadian wireless provider will offer the new Moto X smartphone for sale soon, along with the Moto 360 smartwatch.

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2 weeks ago

The ultimate guide to Google Now cards

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Google Now cards hero image

Google Now cards can offer a lot of information at a glance. This is how to make them work for you.

Google Now is much more than a Siri- or Cortana-like virtual assistant. It has cards that can let you receive a lot of information and process it quickly. They show up when they're needed, and they have very practical uses.

For example, I'm a very forgetful person. With that being the case, there are some cards that are very useful. I can receive reminders to call Mom back in a couple hours after studying for exams or finishing papers that are due soon (sorry, Mom). I also like the fact that I can set reminders to give my roommate cash for my portion of the Internet bill when I get back to my apartment. It can give me a rough estimate of where I parked my car, which is useful because I can spend a good chunk of time searching for it if left to my own devices.

Anyway, Google Now cards are neat and nifty. A lot of what information shows up depends on what information you give Google, which will admittedly cause some people to hesitate using the services, but please read on before deciding whether or not to use the service. Displayed information will also depend on settings enabled on your phone and even your location.

You can also see some cards when you're using the Chrome browser, but we'll be talking mostly about cards on Android devices here. Here we go!

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2 weeks ago

Huawei CEO: We will have our own Android Wear smartwatch in 2015

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Huawei CEO Richard Yu has confirmed in a new interview that the company plans to launch its own Android Wear-based smartwatch, but it won't be out until sometime in 2015.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 2014 Android Central Best of IFA Awards!

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Android Central Best of IFA

Presenting the best of the best from Berlin's annual show!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, gather 'round, for it's time to announce the inaugural Android Central Best of IFA Awards! We've been bringing you the best fare from Berlin's annual trade show all week, and now it's time to honor the best of the best. These are the companies and products that really stood out to us, and so they should stand out to you, too.

Enough fanfare. These are our 2014 Android Central Best of IFA Awards winners!

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2 weeks ago

HomeTube gives you a kid-friendly launcher/app for YouTube videos

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HomeTube

From the mind of Chris Lacy, one of our favorite Aussie developers and the brains behind ActionLauncher, LinkBubble and others, comes HomeTube, a devilishly simple app that gives you a quick and easy way to babysit your kids with your Android devices.

HomeTube's sole purpose is to serve up kid-friendly YouTube videos in one place. It's technically a launcher, so you can fire it up, set it as the default on a secondary profile on a tablet and not worry too much about little Timmy getting into too much trouble. (Getting into the settings isn't all that difficult or hidden, though, so you'll want to keep a little supervision, probably.) Or you can just use it as a traditional app if you don't want to muck about with app defaults and what not.

Pony up a 99-cent in-app purchase and you can pick and choose from a bunch of categories — Curious George, Dora, cars, Peppa Pig, Spider-Man, to name a few. For parents of kids who live with their faces buried in YouTube, this is a no-brainer.

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2 weeks ago

Google reminds us that the Android Wear update will come to all watches

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Android Wear

Yes, little Gear Live and G Watch, there is a Santa Claus

There's been some talk about the upcoming Android Wear update the past few days, and Google wants to fill us all in on the juicy details. At the Official Google Blog they've posted up a nice synopsis about the update, what it entails, and most importantly reminding us that all Android Wear devices will see it.

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2 weeks ago

Google Glass Explorer Edition now on sale via Google Play Store in US

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Google has begun selling the early Explorer Edition of its Google Glass eyewear device directly on the Google Play Store in the US market, rather than offer it for sale on its own dedicated web site.

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