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These are Android Central's Top Picks from Mobile World Congress 2015!

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MWC Awards

The best of what we saw from Mobile World Congress 2015

As we wrap up another MWC, it's time to talk about the shining gems that we've seen this year. Android had a huge presence this year, with several huge announcements along the way. There were things announced here that could easily be the start of major shifts in the mobile market we play in today, as well as incremental but no less exciting improvements to the technology we rely on every day. We've seen a ton of new things on the show floor this year, but as is often the case there are a few things that stood out in the crowd, and that's what we're going to talk about now.

Here's a look at what we thing was the best of Mobile World Congress 2015. It's an exciting list, but perhaps even more exciting is the knowledge that we're only just now entering the third month of the year. With an opening like this, it's clear there are going to be fun times ahead.

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Samsung to offer 22 digital gifts to Galaxy S6 owners

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Samsung offers a variety of apps to Galaxy device owners and this program is set to continue with the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. A total of 22 premium apps have been confirmed as digital gifts.

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YotaPhone 2 Indiegogo campaign confirmed for April with special bundles for early birds

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Yota today announced that beginning in April, the YotaPhone 2 will be available to consumers in the US through Indiegogo. The company is to also offer early bird pricing and bundle options for a limited time only.

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Galaxy S5 owners: How's the Lollipop update treating you?

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop

Even more GS5s are getting Android 5.0, but is it a net positive for everyone?

After Lollipop started slowly rolling out to Galaxy S5 owners in Europe, Verizon put us back on alert with the big update to its own Galaxy S5. Sprint followed suit the next day and T-Mobile pushed a couple weeks later. Even more people got in on the fun when Canadian carriers started pushing at the beginning of March.

As is the case with every major operating system update, some people are likely to hit a few snags when jumping between Android versions. There are some features and designs of Lollipop that are disliked, but there are also issues with the update process itself.

We've received a few emails to our tips inbox and read a few comments in the forums indicating there are issues, but that's also combined with plenty of folks who seem to be happy with the update. So, for those of you who have installed Lollipop on your Galaxy S5, how is the update working on your device?

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Xiaomi plans to sell accessories in Europe through Mi.com store

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After announcing plans to launch a direct-to-customer Mi.com store in the US later this year, Xiaomi has announced that it will offer a similar storefront to European customers. There won't be any handsets up for sale, however, as Xiaomi has mentioned that like the US store, the European offering will only sell accessories.

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Huawei set to launch the Honor 6 Plus in India later this month

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Following yesterday's news that the Honor 6 Plus would be launching in Europe, Huawei has announced that it will be bringing the mid-range device to India. The device will be made available in the country later this month, with no word yet on pricing.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update rolling out on Canadian carriers

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners on Rogers, TELUS, Koodo, WIND Mobile and other networks in Canada should be looking to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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2 days ago

Motorola bundles Moto X Pure Edition and Sol Republic's Tracks Air headphones for $449

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From now until March 10, you can get the 16GB Moto X Pure Edition along with Sol Republic's Tracks Air Bluetooth headphones for just $449 from Motorola's website in the U.S. The bundle value is a $250 discount on the original retail price of both products.

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2 days ago

Moto E (2015) with LTE now available for purchase in the U.S.

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Motorola's latest affordable smartphone — the Moto E (2015) — is now up for sale in the U.S. Available in white and black color variants, the 3G-only model is retailing for $119, while the LTE-enabled version is listed at $149.

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2 days ago

NVIDIA Shield Android TV console specs

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Boasting a 256-core Maxwell GPU, the NVIDIA Shield offers console-level visuals in a $199 package.

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2 days ago

NVIDIA rolls out GRID game streaming service

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NVIDIA is launching a game streaming service called GRID, dubbing it the "Netflix of games." AAA titles will be available to stream at 1080p60 with the highest quality settings enabled, while the default option for streaming games is 720p at 30fps. Low-latency is one of the major features highlighted by NVIDIA, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stating that you'll be able to start playing in just 150ms after clicking on the remote play option, or as he called it, "in half the blink of an eye."

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2 days ago

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Crysis 3 and Doom 3 are coming to Android later this year

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After hitting the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, Gearbox Software's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be launching on NVIDIA's Shield Android TV, which also doubles as a game console thanks to the presence of the latest Tegra X1 mobile chip. NVIDIA is making a content-curated GRID store that features the "best of the best" games tailored for Shield. Other titles that are set to launch on the console include Doom 3 BFG Edition, Crysis 3, Resident Evil 5, War Thunder and Metal Gear Rising: Revengenance.

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NVIDIA Shield is the world's first 4K Android TV console

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NVIDIA Shield

At Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the chip vendor's latest hardware effort, the Shield, which is the world's first 4K Android TV that also doubles up as a game console.The Shield comes with an H.265 decoder that can handle 4K at 60Hz with 10-bit video processing. Another highlight is the ability to search for content on the Play Store using voice.

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2 days ago

Live: NVIDIA at GDC 2015

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NVIDIA - Made to Game

The Game Developer Conference is underway with a few days of sessions before the expo floor opens. Tonight graphics titan NVIDIA is hosting a press conference that is bound to be of interest to those of us in the Android sphere. We've got a live video stream available here, plus our own color commentary, photos, and community chat to enjoy.

The gap between mobile and console gaming is rapidly shrinking, and NVIDIA has made no bones about enabling that change. Their recent foray into cloud gaming has been promising to say the least, and we're eager to see what NVIDIA has next up their sleeve, especially since they promise that it has been five years in the making and will "redefine the future of gaming". The fun starts in earnest at 7 PM EST!

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2 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop rolls out to HTC One M8 on Verizon

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Attention HTC One M8 owners on Verizon: it looks like it's your turn to grab a piece of the Android 5.0 Lollipop action. According to the carrier's support page, the update should be rolling out to devices now.

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