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2 days ago

Dual-sim unlocked phones - do you need one?

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ASUS ZenFone2 dual SIM

Having two SIM cards doesn't bring any magic, but it does bring a lot of convenience for folks who need two lines.

Honestly? You probably don't need a dual-SIM phone. Don't get me wrong, I know plenty of people out there do have a real need for more than one number being able to send and receive calls and messages from one phone, and it's great that the option is available. But some of us think of dual-SIM phones as some sort of magic, because double the mobile network connection means double the awesome.

That's not really how it works. Lets take a look at one of the recent "popular" dual-SIM phones, the ASUS ZenFone 2, and just what you can — and can't — do with two SIM cards.

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3 days ago

Android Central 242: Save Us, Taylor Swift!

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Audio-only stream below

Here we go again! On this week's show: We're taking a look at some unlocked phones that'll work in North America — and that you won't be ashamed to use. Plus, we watch people do some really dumb things with their phone's battery, see what's up with streaming music and how Taylor Swift can save us all, and we'll answer your questions live on air!

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3 days ago

Broadcasting Android games on Twitch

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Twitch Interface

After announcing that Android Central was headed to Twitch, we had more than a couple of people ask how streaming games from an Android device to Twitch actually worked. Since Twitch is all about making it easy for everyone to stream every game they are currently playing, it seemed only right to share the ways you can go from sitting on your couch with phone or tablet in hand to sharing your latest victory on Twitch.

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3 days ago

Android 5.1 soak tests begin for the Moto G (2013) in the U.S., Verizon Moto X (2014) [Update: AT&T, too]

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Motorola's David Schuster is certainly on a roll lately. Taking to Google Plus once again, Schuster has announced that Android 5.1 soak tests have begun for the Moto X (2014) on Verizon and the Moto G (2013) with LTE in the U.S..

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3 days ago

Interactive fitness apps worth checking out

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Fitness apps are nothing new, but getting motivated to work out can often be the difficult part. That's where the emerging genre of interactive fitness apps come in. These apps use your activity to tell you a story, motivate you, and make your workout seem more like a game. There are plenty of them out there, but we went ahead weeded through them to find the apps you definitely don't want to miss.

If you're having trouble getting started, these apps are a great place to get motivated.

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3 days ago

In pictures: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 active

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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 active

These two phones share the same core, and not much else in terms of design.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 active are made for people with different design sensibilities. One is sleek, smooth, shiny and maybe even beautiful — the other is built to take a beating, and doesn't necessarily care that it's a little bigger than other phones.

We've talked about the subtle differences between the two phones, now let's look at the clear physical differences. Here's what the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 active look like side-by-side.

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3 days ago

The Pip-Boy included in the Fallout 4 Collector's Edition will fit the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5

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Last week at E3 2015, Bethesda Softworks revealed plans to release a collector's edition of their upcoming post-apocalypse game Fallout 4, which will include a real Pip-Boy housing that allows you to slot your smartphone inside and wear it on your hand while using it in tandem with a second-screen app. Now the publisher has revealed that the Pip-Boy will come with foam inserts that will fit a number of smartphones, including Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5.

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3 days ago

Microsoft's latest OneDrive update brings Chromecast support

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Microsoft continues to add new features to its OneDrive cloud storage app for Android devices. This week's update adds Chromecast support for the app for the first time.

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3 days ago

2K puts XCOM: Enemy Within, NHL 2K, and WWE 2K on sale for Independence Day

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From now until Monday, July 6, 2K Games is holding a sale on some of their mobile titles to celebrate Independence Day. The sale includes discounts on NHL 2K and tactical strategy title XCOM: Enemy Within.

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3 days ago

Google to end development and support for the Android Developer Tools in Eclipse

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Google will be ending development and official support of the Android Developer Tools in Eclipse, as the company continues to focus its efforts on Android Studio. Over the past few years, Google has been focusing its attention on Android Studio, which just hit version 1.3, and in order to continue that focus the company has decided that at the end of this year, Eclipse support will be coming to an end.

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3 days ago

Save 25 percent on the ASUS ZenWatch from NewEgg, only $149 for limited time

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The ASUS ZenWatch is currently on sale at NewEgg for only $149, a 25 percent savings. To make the deal even sweeter, NewEgg is also offering a $10 Promotional Giftcard with the purchase of this Android Wear device.

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3 days ago

I actually don't like the LG G4 — here's why

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LG G4 and other phones

Everyone around here seems to be gushing over the LG G4. I dare to have a different view.

When LG took the wraps off of its latest G-series flagship, I immediately wanted to get one to put it up against my favorite phone at the time, the Galaxy S6. After being relatively unimpressed by the G3 with its performance issues and lackluster software, LG really had me excited with new internals and a bevy of high-end camera features.

Well I ended up getting an LG G4 — a grey plastic one, if you were wondering — to try just shy of a month ago, and it turns out I just haven't fallen in love with it the way others have. Though it seems to possess all of the raw materials and features of a good device, it hasn't been my phone of choice due to a few specific issues.

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3 days ago

Meerkat adds a way to embed livestreams from its app on websites

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Meerkat, the livestreaming app that officially launched for Android in May, has a new service that gives anyone with the app a way to embed their livestreams on a website.

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3 days ago

BlackBerry Messenger gets Material Design overhaul, new Privacy and Control Subscription

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BlackBerry Messenger's latest update brings along with it an all new Material Design, along with a number of new privacy settings and controls. Beyond the visual overhaul, BlackBerry has added a new Privacy and Control Subscription to BBM, which replaces the existing Timed and Retracted Messages Subscription.

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3 days ago

A quick look at the Qmadix X Series LITE for LG G4

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Care for a dose of dual layers that still keep your LG G4 on the slim side? The X Series LITE case serves it up nicely.

The fine folks over at Qmadix sent us their popular hybrid case for the LG G4 for a test run, and after week of doing its duty, we were pleasantly surprised of the extra grip it provided next its protective design that left little to worry about in the case of a drop.

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