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1 week ago

Canada ready to give retailers an out for Google Wallet fees that don't exist

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It seems that the Canadian government is mulling over a proposal, which could be announced as early as this week, to give retailers the ability to reject Google Wallet (and mobile payments in general—if and when they're available in the country), The Wall Street Journal reported today.

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2 weeks ago

Roboto font reportedly will make the jump from Android to Chrome OS

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It looks like Chrome OS for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes may be joining Android in getting Google's modern Roboto font soon. If accurate, Roboto would replace the Noto Sans UI font in Chrome OS.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop: The Android Central Editors' roundtable

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So much Nexus

The Android Central Editors get together and talk all about Lollipop

It's one of our favorite times of the year once more. New version of Android time. A year or so on from KitKat getting out into the wild, Google is back with another sweet treat for us in the form of Android 5.0 Lollipop. New software also means new Nexus devices, with the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 official, and at least in some cases available to order.

What Google did a little differently this year, though, is letting folks play around with the new software well before it was ready to hit the streets on consumer devices. First known as the L Preview, we've been able to load up Lollipop builds on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 for a little while now and get to grips with Google's latest and greatest.

And that's exactly what we did. Besides writing all the news, reviews, feature breakouts and help and how-to posts, the Android Central Editors sat down together round a (virtual) table for a round up of personal thoughts on Lollipop. Read on to find out what we think.

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2 weeks ago

Google Voice adds Verizon Wireless MMS support and native MMS for pictures

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A month after Google announced it had added MMS support inside Google Voice for nearly all major wireless carriers in the US and Canada, it revealed today that the lone holdout, Verizon Wireless, has at last added MMS support to the app as well. In fact the support started last week.

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2 weeks ago

Instagram makes discovery easier, adds caption editing

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Instagram has updated to version 6.10, adding a new way to discover people to follow, along with caption editing. There are also some minor changes to icons, as well as faster search.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T ditches plans for in-flight 4G LTE connectivity

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AT&T announced that it will be abandoning plans to bring in-flight wireless connectivity. The carrier will not be bringing its 4G LTE service to the skies as previously planned through an air-to-ground-based service for domestic flights, citing that in-flight connectivity is too risky of an investment.

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2 weeks ago

GM plans to compete against Android Auto with Android infotainment system

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In addition to being a partner to Google's Android Auto, General Motors is planning on launching a full-fledged Android infotainment system sometime in 2016. The automaker has partnered with Harman International as part of a $900 million deal that would bring some skinned version of Google's Android operating system to the dash of vehicles in General Motors' fleet.

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2 weeks ago

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available Google Play for $249.99

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The recent bonanza of Android Wear devices is continuing with today's availability of the Sony SmartWatch 3. The Android Wear-powered wrist wearable is now available for $249.99, with quoted shipping times of 1-2 business days.

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2 weeks ago

HTC signs multi-year partnership deal with Robinson Cano

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HTC has signed a multi-year deal with Seattle Mariners 2nd baseman Robinson Cano. HTC says that they partnered with Cano as a brand ambassador in North America due to a mutual pursuit of personal excellence and Cano's committment to mentorship.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook successfully makes over a half-billion people download Messenger app

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Over 500 million people have now downloaded the standalone Facebook Messenger app since it was first made available in 2011, and it's likely that it has seen a surge in users since Facebook removed the messenging features from its main app several months ago.

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2 weeks ago

The next OnePlus One one-hour pre-order window will start at 11 am ET on Nov. 17

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After an error-filled and frustrating online experience a few weeks ago, OnePlus will once again allow anyone to pre-order their OnePlus One smartphone on November 17. As they did last time, the pre-orders will only be open for a one-hour period that will begin at 11 am Eastern time (8 am Pacific and 4 pm GMT).

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2 weeks ago

President Obama wants ISPs to be regulated under net neutrality principles

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President Barack Obama has issued a new request to the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband wired Internet service in the US as a public utility, like telephone or power companies are currently classified. This is just the latest attempt to regulate Internet service providers under net neutrality principles.

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2 weeks ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 10

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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2 weeks ago

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review

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Toshiba Chromebook 2

Finally, a Chromebook with a great display — now it just needs more performance

Since we first laid eyes on the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 at IFA, we knew that this may be one of the leading Chromebooks of the year. Sure it had basic specs just like all of the other Chromebooks, but it actually looked good unlike much of the competition, and more importantly it had a beautiful 1080p IPS display.

The Chromebook 2 is mostly just a sprucing up of Toshiba's first Chromebook from earlier this year, but that's not a bad thing. You're getting a nice set of upgraded specs nestled in a similar frame, but the was never an issue with the hardware. In the competitive world of Chromebooks with tight margins and very similar components across the board, you just need to get a few things right and set yourself apart from the crowd. Toshiba has given it a great shot with the Chromebook 2 — read on for our full review.

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2 weeks ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 official extra battery kit

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Galaxy Note 4 extra battery kit

Samsung's official kit for the Note 4 gives you a spare battery, protective case and external charger

All told, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has pretty good battery life. In our review we found that Samsung's latest could get us through into the night on all but the busiest of days. However, having a removable battery gives Note 4 owners the option to swap in a second cell in busier times.

That's just what the official extra battery kit from Samsung allows you to do, while also giving you a convenient way to charge a battery outside of your device. Effectively, you've got a relatively easy way to double your useful battery life when travelling, and a handy alternative to keeping your phone tethered to a wall when it comes time to charge.

Buy: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 extra battery kit on ShopAndroid.com ($37.95)

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