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3 days ago

Google now offers flood alerts in India

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Following the devastating floods in Chennai in December, Google has announced that it is adding flood alerts to Google Public Alerts in India. The search giant is collaborating with India's Central Water Commission (CWC), which actively monitors river levels from 175 flood forecasting stations located all over the country.

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3 days ago

Indian import listings reveal 'waterproof' components for the Galaxy S7, S7 edge

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Last month, rumors suggested that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge would offer water resistance. It looks like that may well be the case, according to listings on India's import/export tracking site Zauba. The site has listed numerous waterproof components making their way to the country, such as a waterproof mic and SIM tray, along with conductive gasket tape for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

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3 days ago

Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro 2 takes smartphone gaming to the next level

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After the launch of the Evo Gamepad Pro in August last year, Amkette, an Indian lifestyle technology brand, has introduced an upgraded version of its wireless Bluetooth controller for Android smartphones, the Evo Gamepad Pro 2.

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3 days ago

India's telecom regulator bans Free Basics in the country

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India's telecom regulatory authority TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has effectively banned Free Basics in the country, following its verdict on differential pricing. Facebook's zero-rated service has been criticized by net neutrality advocates in recent months for providing free access to a limited set of services.

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4 days ago

Google once again offering 2GB of free Drive storage for securing your account

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To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016, Google is once again offering free 2GB of Drive storage for reviewing your account's security settings. The Security Checkup gives you an overview of the devices connected to your Google account, recent login activity, your recovery email address and phone numbers, account permissions across websites and services, app passwords, and two-factor authentication settings.

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4 days ago

Google CEO Sundar Pichai nets big payday with $199 million stock grant

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As revealed by a recent SEC filing, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was awarded the equivalent of $199 million in stock.

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4 days ago

1Password for Android gets Material Design overhaul, fingerprint unlock and more

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Popular password manager 1Password has received a big update for Android, bringing along a redesigned interface, fingerprint unlock support and much more.

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4 days ago

We've got 50 MERCENARY watch face codes for some Deadpool-happy themers!

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Earlier today, we shared our Deadpool theme with you, and now it's time for you to try your hand at it! Thanks to developer "Tha PHLASH", we have 50 codes for his brand-new MERCENARY watch face to give away to you, our most adventurous readers.

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4 days ago

MLG's GameBattles app lets you track your eSports stats on the go

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Major League Gaming (MLG) has launched the official GameBattles app on Android, allowing players to track their eSports stats and more on the go.

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4 days ago

From the forums: Does Doze interfere with Android Device Manager?

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Of all the features to come to Android with the 6.0 update, Doze is easily the most discussed. Some love it, claiming massive strides in battery performance during the day. Others aren't quite so pleased with the service, and complaints of missed messages and third-party app features breaking are often cited as why. Based on our own testing here at Android Central, we can tell you Doze is far from perfect. While the battery optimization when you aren't using your phone is clearly there, there are occasions where phones drift into Doze when they shouldn't and messages don't arrive until the phone wakes back up.

These concerns prompted one member of our forums to ask what happens to the more important features in Android, specifically Android Device Manager, when Doze is doing its thing.

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4 days ago

Huawei GX8 now available online from Huawei and Best Buy for $349

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Huawei's latest U.S. smartphone, the GX8, is now available for purchase from both Huawei and Best Buy's online store for $349. This 5.5-inch smartphone is Huawei's most recent addition to its U.S. lineup, following behind the Nexus 6P and the recent launch of the Honor 5X from its Honor sub-brand.

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4 days ago

Instagram announces full support for multiple accounts

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Following recent reports that it was testing the feature, Instagram has officially announced that it is rolling out full support for multiple accounts. Starting this week, users will be able to log into multiple accounts at once, and easily switch between them within the Instagram app for Android and iPhone.

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4 days ago

A curvier Samsung Galaxy S7: Promises and pitfalls

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The Galaxy S7's curved back could conceal more space for a curved battery, though at the cost of durability.

Today we got our first look at what might be the back of a Samsung Galaxy S7. The handset seems to have broken cover over on Vietnamese site ReviewDao, appearing substantially curvier than its predecessor, with an almost dome-like back panel. That's in contrast to the flat back of the Galaxy S6 and the left-to-right curve of the Galaxy Note 5. Hours later, the front of the Galaxy S7 edge surfaced on Chinese social network Weibo, showcasing a similar curve around the front.

This might not be a design revolution for Samsung, but it is an interesting step up from its first metal and glass efforts. So what could it all mean? We've assembled a few initial thoughts down below.

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4 days ago

Gionee launches the metal-clad S6 in India for ₹19,999

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Gionee has announced its first VoLTE enabled smartphone, the Gionee S6, in India. With 4G LTE + VoLTE connectivity, the company claims to offer 40% better speech quality with the S6.

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4 days ago

Google Store $50 Nexus 5X discount ends on Feb. 12

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Google has been offering a $50 discount on the Nexus 5X for a few weeks already, and now the company has announced that the discount will end on Feb. 12. If you have been eyeing the Nexus 5X, and like to save some extra money, you will want to make your purchase prior to Feb. 12, so you can take advantage of the sale.

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