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2 days ago

Android Central 298: It's dead, Jim

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What, what?!?! What's dead?!?! How did it die?!?!? And did we have to hit it more than once?!?! Answers to this question, and more, on this week's podcast!

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2 days ago

Where to buy the Moto Z

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Verizon's has the exclusive on the Moto Z, but it won't last forever.

So here's the deal with the Moto Z, insofar as when and where you'll be able to buy it.

The Moto Z is currently exclusive to Verizon, as a "Droid Edition." It's up for preorder and will officially be available on July 28. It costs $26 a month, or $624 outright.

It's not the only phone, however. Verizon also has the Moto Z Force Droid Edition. It's got a larger-capacity battery, higher-resolution camera and an unbreakable "ShatterShield" over the display. (We tried it. It works very well.) The Force costs $30 a month, or $720 outright.

Verizon's exclusive doesn't last forever, though. Globally you'll be able to buy a SIM-unlocked (but GSM-only) Moto Z (not the Force) in September, from Motorola.

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If you want more of the traditional Moto experience, you can also order the Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition on the MotoMaker website, which includes the ability to configure various different Mods, choose colors and more.

See at Motorola

We'll update this page as the Moto Z becomes available in more places.

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2 days ago

Microsoft's OneDrive adds Pokémon Go image detector as part of latest update

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Microsoft is rolling out new updates to its OneDrive image and file storage service. It includes a way for people to quickly identify and find any images taken from the Pokémon Go game.

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2 days ago

Xperia X Ultra: After a disappointing start to 2016, I'm hoping for the best Sony phone in years

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Sony's Xperia X phones have been boring, overpriced and underwhelming. But there's reason for cautious optimism.

Sony, and before it Sony Ericsson, has been part of the Android ecosystem almost since the very beginning. Along the way, despite tumultuous conditions elsewhere in the company and a hit-and-miss biannual release cycle, Sony has managed to turn out some genuinely great handsets. The Xperia Z3 stands out as the zenith of that series — the last Sony phone that was really worth a spot next to the Galaxy phones and iPhones of the time. (And a model that holds up so well two years on that it's the only Sony phone currently involved in the Android 7.0 developer preview program.)

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2 days ago

MrMobile's Moto Z review: A smartphone like no other

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With an aluminum frame barely 5mm thick and slap-on "mods" that give it crazy capabilities, the Moto Z is unlike any smartphone you can buy today. It's also the latest installment in one of the most inconsistent product families in mobile technology.

In 2013, Motorola introduced a small, modest mobile that tried to redefine what a smartphone should be, and it called it the "Moto X." The next two years would see the company gradually abandon most of the principles it laid down with that first phone, making the X bigger and brawnier to better battle the Galaxy-class competition from Samsung.

For 2016, Motorola (now a Lenovo sub-brand called simply "Moto") has taken its flagship smartphone so far afield of its origins that it isn't even an "X" anymore. The result is a smartphone that I like very much – one I'll probably buy when the unlocked edition arrives in the fall – but one I'm not sure I'd recommend to many people. Join me for the Moto Z Droid Edition review by MrMobile!

About this review

MrMobile's Moto Z Review was based on six days' trial of a Moto Z Droid Edition review device on loan from Motorola/Verizon Wireless. The Moto Z Droid Edition was not paired to a wearable for this review. Test areas included the North Fork of Long Island, New York; Amtrak's CT/NH/MA Northeast Corridor; and Greater Boston, Massachusetts.

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2 days ago

Police look to unlock smartphone using 3D-printed fingerprints

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A law enforcement agency has turned to a researcher at the University of Michigan for help in creating 3D replicas of a victim's fingerprints in order to gain access his phone. The technique, demonstrated earlier this year by Anil Jain, could help law enforcement unlock a device equipped with a fingerprint scanner.

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2 days ago

Acer Chromebook R11 review: Solid laptop, mediocre convertible

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Acer Chromebook R11

Acer Chromebook R11 Full review

As we head toward the future of Android apps being available on Chrome OS, the idea of a small, convertible touchscreen Chromebook makes a little more sense. Before that announcement at Google I/O 2016, a Chromebook that could fold back into a touch-only device didn't really have much appeal. Chrome apps weren't ready for touch, and the OS as a whole still preferred a mouse and keyboard.

The Acer Chromebook R11 is one of these convertible Chromebooks that launched a bit ahead of its time, being ready for the touchscreen convertible future before Android app support came to the OS. And even at this point, though we know Android apps are coming, they won't be here for everyone for several months. There's little reason to buy a Chromebook for what it could do in the future — what it can do right now is far more important.

Acer knows the Chromebook world, and has the sales numbers from the past few years to prove it. But does the Chromebook R11 continue the company's history of making great Chromebooks with this convertible-style laptop? Our full review will tell you just that.

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3 days ago

Dots & Co brings more companions and challenges to the mental oasis

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Dots, the developer behind Dots and TwoDots, has just released a new mobile title called Dots & Co. This latest instalment in the series is now available for iOS and Android, adding an enhanced visual palette, more companions with new powers, all bringing additional layers to the original and much-loved gameplay.

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3 days ago

Razer's new location-based platform lets you chat with other Pokémon Go trainers

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There's no chat system in Pokémon Go and while many would consider that a blessing, there are times when you simply wish to see who's out and about to pool resources or to inform others of a rare find nearby. Cue Razer. The company has unveiled a new web-based chat platform with iOS and Android apps set to be released soon.

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3 days ago

Samsung sues Huawei in China over patent infringement

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Samsung has sued Huawei for allegedly infringing on six of its patents, seeking damages of ¥161 million ($24.1 million) and pushing for Huawei to end production and sales of the Mate 8 and select Honor phones. The lawsuit is the latest in an ongoing battle between the two companies in China.

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3 days ago

The Galaxy Note 7 is already up for pre-order in Dubai

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We're still two weeks out from the official unveil of the Galaxy Note 7, but the phone is already up for pre-order in Dubai. Customers interested in getting their hands on Samsung's upcoming flagship can deposit AED 500 ($130) to book the phone.

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3 days ago

Pokémon Go launches in Japan with sponsored gyms

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Pokémon Go has made its debut in Japan, and the game is seeing its first commercial tie-in. Over 3,000 McDonald's outlets spread across the country have been turned into gyms, allowing players to battle and take control of the real-world locations for their teams.

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3 days ago

Here's our best look yet at the Galaxy Note 7

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We're less than two weeks away from the launch of the Galaxy Note 7, with Samsung all set to unveil its next flagship in New York on August 2. Following several leaks of the phone over the course of the month, we're now treated to official renders of the phone in gold, blue, and silver.

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3 days ago

Amazon's Moto G4 with lock screen ads has a locked bootloader

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Amazon is selling a variant of the Moto G4 exclusively for Prime members for $149, a discount of $50 on the phone's retail price. The caveat is that the phone comes loaded with lock screen ads delivered by Amazon, and according to a Motorola support document, a locked bootloader.

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3 days ago

The Superbook turns your Android phone into a laptop, now available for $99

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If you have dreams of running Android on a laptop, a product that's in the works called Superbook is worth a look.

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