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4 days ago

Samsung reportedly planning to sell refurbished phones as part of new trade-in program

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Make once, sell twice.

Note: Samsung already has an area of its U.S. site that sells certified pre-owned Galaxy devices, but this news pertains to an upcoming trade-in program.

Samsung is reportedly launching a program where the company sells refurbished high-end phones in the Galaxy S and Note lineups. Citing an individual with "direct knowledge of the matter," Reuters is saying that the program will go into effect as early as next year. The program will see Samsung refurbishing handsets returned as part of its yearly upgrade program in the U.S. and South Korea, and selling them in emerging markets.

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4 days ago

Samsung could be readying a Batman-themed Galaxy Note 7 Injustice edition

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After launching the Batman-themed Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition, it looks like Samsung will bring out a limited edition variant of the Galaxy Note 7 with the same color scheme. Leaked images on Weibo showcase a Note 7 with golden accents around the home button and the camera housing and a Batman logo at the back. The images also reveal a custom theme that's based on Injustice: Gods Among Us.

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4 days ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: So Noted

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The Note 7 arrives, Honor 8 makes a splash, and a treat for Windows Phone users.

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now here — and Android Central has everything you need to know about the S Pen-toting flagship Android phone. Also arriving, a flagship from Huawei that's solidly-specced but about half the price: the dual-camera-toting Honor 8.

Just two weeks after landing for Windows PC users, Windows 10 Mobile has received its anniversary update. The update brings a bunch of behind-the-scenes improvements for Windows phone users as well as few new and long-awaited features. But there's no rest for the weary: the first beta builds for the next major iteration of Windows — Redstone 2 are already in the hands of testers.

While Android fans are busy with new devices and Window users have swanky new software, Apple land is busy with new devices to come, including plenty of rumors about the Apple Watch 2 and iPhone 7.

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4 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: Meeting smart people

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Apps don't just happen. A trip to the Big Android BBQ Europe gave me a fresh perspective on how challenging it is to make great Android applications.

One of the best things about this job is meeting the incredibly smart people who make the devices we use great. I spent a large chunk of this past week in Amsterdam at the Big Android BBQ Europe getting to know some of the top European Android developers — the people responsible for making the great apps we all use every day — and learning how they do it.

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4 days ago

Best Pokémon Go tips, tricks, and cheats

It's dangerous to go alone. Wait, what game are we talking about again?

Welcome to the life after level 5, Pokémon Trainer. It doesn't matter if you're Instinct, Mystic, or Valor right now, it's a war zone out there. There has never been a game to receive quite as much 24/7/365 action as Pokémon Go. You can take over a Gym in most areas right now and have it reclaimed for another team before you make it down the street. It's intense, exciting, and if you're not constantly playing you could find yourself at a very real disadvantage.

Unless, of course, you have this guide helping you out. We've collected a great list of tips, tricks, and sneaky little cheats to give you the upper hand when playing against other high level players out in the world. Are you ready for this?

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4 days ago

Android 7.0: Your language, your way

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Android 7.0 gives you a way to make sure you understand what is written and better tools for developers to help.

Choosing a language has been part of Android since the beginning, since being able to read and understand the information on our phone is vital. We've all seen it during the setup procedure on a new phone, and for some of us, that covers everything we need. We pick English or French or Spanish and trust that what we see will be in the language we prefer. We can then pick other languages to use the keyboard and switch if we ever need to.

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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Everything you need to know

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Galaxy Note 7

Galaxy Note 7 details, specs, pricing and everything you need to know.

The Galaxy Note 7 has launched and is fully available, and that means there's a ton to take in if you're considering buying one or already have one in your hands. Unlike the last few Samsung launches we don't have two versions of the phone — there's a single Note 7 version, and it's a phone that integrates a ton of what we've already seen in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

To get up to speed with everything surrounding the Galaxy Note 7, we have you covered right here.

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5 days ago

Android 7.0: Better and more interactive notifications

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Android N makes notifications more interactive and meaningful — and they can be backward compatible.

Getting notifications on your phone isn't something new or something that started with Android. Whether we're talking about annoying pop-up boxes or that addictive red blinking light, our phones have always been able to tell us it wants our attention.

But with Android 7.0, things are going to get a lot better, largely because developers now have more control over the way notifications are displayed.

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5 days ago

Grab the Honor 5X for an ultra-low $160 today from Newegg

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Honor is a growing brand in North America — the Huawei sub-brand just announced that its latest flagship, the Honor 8, is coming to the U.S. at the end of the month — but it made its debut last year with a 5X.

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5 days ago

Nougat changes Android's emoji to look like people

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Android Nougat is here, and it comes with one of the system's biggest updates to emoji, based on the new Unicode 9.0 release.

As part of the Nougat update, Google announced that it will support the Emoji Unicode 9 standard, which includes a number of new pictorials. Also included are skin tone variations, a feature that iOS users have been enjoying for some time.

But perhaps the most interesting change is that Google has moved away from its often-reviled cartoon emoji in favor of a "more human-looking design," according to the Nougat webpage.

New glyphs include "Face Palm," "Bacon," and "Mother Christmas," most of which are available in Android 7.0.

Google already added a host of new emojj with Android 6.0.1 back in December, but as with any new Android release, only a small percentage of users have received it. Of course, some manufacturers override Google's own emoji design. Samsung in particular has its own unique set of emoji, and it's unclear whether Google's changes in Nougat will have any impact on how the company approaches its pictorials in the future.

Android 7.0 Nougat

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5 days ago

Best car mounts for the Moto G4

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What are the best car mounts that work with the Moto G4?

There's no good reason to be driving with your Moto G4 in hand. Distracted driving is a hazard to the public and whether or not it's illegal to text and drive in your state or local jurisdiction, you just shouldn't do it.

Having said that, using your phone in your car is also incredibly convenient; we our phones for turn-by-turn directions or to play music and podcasts while driving. The common compromise is to use a car mount, so your phone is accessible for a quick tap or swipe when you're stopped at a red light.

And there are no shortage of car-mounting options that will work with the Moto G4, all with their own unique features and methods of keeping your phone accessible and secure. Here are some of our favourites!

iOttie Easy One Touch XL Car Mount Holder

iOttie Easy One Touch XL Car Mount Holder

If you're looking for a standard dash car mount to hold your phone, you can't go wrong with the iOttie Easy One Touch XL. Designed with a quick, one-touch lock and release system, you won't be left struggling to secure your phone every time you jump in your car.

With 360-degree rotation available for either portrait or landscape orientation, this car mount ensures your Moto G4's charging port and headphone jack are both accessible. It mounts easily with a strong suction cup coupled with a sticky gel for a secure, confident hold. If it's time to switch cars, simply give the suction pad a quick rinse in warm water, then allow it to air dry — the suction will return to near-mint condition. Priced under $20, this is a great, if not slightly pedestrian, option for mounting your Moto G4 in your car.

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Affordable Universal 360-degree Rotating Car Mount

Affordable Universal 360-degree Rotating Car Mount

With the ability to hold phones up to 6-inches, the Affordable Universal 360-degree Rotating Car Mount will easily handle your Moto G4.

Securing your Moto G4 is as easy as pinching the clip in the back and placing your phone between the two rubber grips that will hold your phone in place. This mount attaches to your dash or windshield using a suction cup, with a quick push locking mechanism to ensure a secure hold. A 360-degree swivelling ball mount gives you the flexibility to adjust and rotate your phone as you see fit no matter where you decide to mount it in your car.

If you were wondering why this product is called Affordable, it's available to buy for $10. Sweet deal.

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Koomus CD-Eco Universal CD Slot Smartphone Car Mount

Koomus CD-Eco Universal CD Slot Smartphone Car Mount

If you're car CD changer has been collecting dust, get new life out of it with the Koomus CD-Eco Universa CD Slot Smartphone Car Mount. This mount ingeniously uses your car CD changer to secure the mount, letting you mount your phone just above all your radio and center console controls.

With a stretch clamp that can hold a phone up to 3.5-inches, and a full 360-degree rotatable ball mount, your Moto G4 will be held securely, with a full range of customization for positioning it just the way you want it. There's no tools or suction cups needed for installation. All you do is insert the flat end into your CD drive and you're good to go. Because, let's be real, once you've got your mp3-loaded or music streaming phone mounted in your car, who needs CDs anyways?

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WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount

If your top priority in a car mount is the ability to quickly mount and release your phone with no muss, no fuss, the WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Mount is right for you.

Your first step will be to mount the metal plate onto the back of your phone. It comes with both a magnetic metal plate for placing between your phone and a case, or a coin-sized adhesive magnetic metal pad that adds no bulk to your phone. The mounting bracket simply clips onto one of your car's air vents, and allows for a full range adjustments. Once you've added the plate to your phone, all you have to do is bring the phone near the mount and let the magnet do all the work. You get a secure hold that won't obstruct your dash or windshield, and your air conditioning will keep your phone cool when driving under the hot summer sun as an added bonus.

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DigitlMobile High Grade Seat Bold Car Mount

DigitlMobile High Grade Seat Bold Car Mount

Saving perhaps the most interesting car mount for last, the High Grade Seat Bolt Car Mount from DigitlMobile features a fully-adjustable gooseneck arm you attach down by the floor of your car.

This one won't be for everyone, and you'll definitely want to confirm that you've got the mounting bracket required in your car before purchasing — but man does this thing look cool. It comes with an expandable clamp that should easily hold your Moto G4, whether or not you have it in a case. Installation is a bit more involved, as you'll either attach it to the passenger seat track bolt, or drill it directly into the interior floor of your car for a more permanent fix. Once installed, you'll be able to adjust the arm to exactly how you want near your car's center console. An ideal option to avoid cluttering up your dash and field-of-vision, while also providing flexibility (literally) to let your passenger be your navigator or in-car DJ.

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How do you mount your Moto G4?

Which mount do you like best? Have any experience with the one's we've suggested? We'd love to know what you think, so let us know in the comments!

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5 days ago

2016 Nexus phones: What we want to see from Google and HTC

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 What we want to see

Android Central editors sound off on what we want from the new Nexus hardware.

We're quickly approaching that time of year when Google is poised to release new Nexus phones, and that means a few leaks fuel the fires for everyone to think about exactly what they want to see in the new phone (or, in this case, phones). We know the new hardware from Google is already finished and just waiting for some final touches before being released, so we're really just daydreaming here, but that's still fun to do!

So as we bide our time waiting for the real deal to be announced, here are a few thoughts we have on what we want to see from the new Nexuses — hardware, software, sales tactics, you name it. Read on.

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5 days ago

The Big Android Dev Interview: Jolanda Verhoef

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From the Big Android BBQ Europe: Blendle dev Jolanda Verhoef on getting into Android development, current challenges, and where it's all going.

The Big Android BBQ Europe, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands recently, brings together some of Europe's top Android developers, enthusiasts and other community members in a celebration of Android, code and cooked meat. A spin-off from the U.S.-based Big Android BBQ, the European event is now in its second year.

In addition to the actual BBQ part, it's also host to two days of talks from Android developers, and this year's keynote was presented by Blendle's Jolanda Verhoef. We caught up with Jolanda during the event to talk Android, mobile development, the past and the future.

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6 days ago

Google Keep: Ultimate guide

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Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and so much more with Google Keep.

Google Keep isn't your average note-taking client. While the app sports a minimal interface and is very easy to use, it offers a set of powerful tools that make it an effective task management utility. From creating collaborative to-do lists to transcribing voice notes and saving bookmarks, the app does it all. The best part about Keep is that all changes are synced automatically, giving you quick access to your notes across all your devices, and on the web.

Here's what you need to know to get started with Google Keep.

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6 days ago

Android Central 302: An Honor and a Nexus privilege

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Audio-only stream below

New Nexus phones are on their way, but before that we're sure to get a public release of Android 7.0 Nougat. When will your phone get Nougat?

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