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2 days ago

HTC Mobile World Congress liveblog — 4 p.m. CET, 10 a.m. EST!

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HTC MWC

We're coming at you live this afternoon from HTC's press conference leading into Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. You might think you know what's coming up. You might think you have all the answers.

But trust us, you don't want to miss this.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. CET — that's 10 a.m. in New York City and 7 a.m. out in California. And our liveblog shall commence forthwith!

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2 days ago

We go hands-on with the Acer Liquid Leap+ smart activeband

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Today at MWC 2015, Acer has announced their Liquid Leap+ smart wearable. It can track the user's steps, running distance and calories burned. It also supports notifications and playback control. What's also great is that it can sync and connect with Androis, iOS, and Windows Phone devices. See it in action in our hands-on video.

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2 days ago

The Huawei Watch is official and it's a looker

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Huawei Watch

Huawei has announced its very first foray into the Android Wear space at Mobile World Congress with this, the Huawei Watch. For a first entry it's an impressive looking thing, with Huawei boasting a team of traditional watch designers having been involved in its creation.

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2 days ago

The Huawei MediaPad X2 is its latest 7-inch 'phone'

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Among its Mobile World Congress announcements, Huawei has unveiled a new, cellular enabled tablet, the MediaPad X2. At 7-inches we'd hesitate to call it a phone, but it has an earpiece and you can use it to make phone calls.

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2 days ago

Huawei's new TalkBands are more serious about activity tracking

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Huawei has today at Mobile World Congress announced a pair of new TalkBand devices to add to its wearable portfolio that now includes the Android Wear powered Huawei Watch. The TalkBand B2 is a direct follow up to the B1 from last year and incorporates smartband features and a premium Bluetooth headset.

Alongside it is the TalkBand N1, a health and fitness tracker that incorporates a Hi-Fi Stereo, Bluetooth headset with 4GB of internal storage to put your music on.

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2 days ago

LG Watch Urbane + Urbane LTE hands-on

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LG Watch Urbane

LG introduces its best-looking wearable yet — including a unique LTE-capable version

In a relatively short amount of time, LG has rapidly developed its smartwatch portfolio. Starting with the original square reference device for Android Wear, the G Watch, and evolving later last year into a more traditional watch design with the G Watch R. Now, still less than a year on from its first smartwatch, LG brings us what's arguably the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet, the LG Watch Urbane. Broadly based upon the design of the G Watch R, the Urbane steps things up a notch with a polished metal chassis reminiscent of a traditional high-quality analog wearable — a step in the direction of jewelry, as opposed to technology.

But that's not the end of the story — the LG Watch Urbane comes in two flavors. In addition to the standard Android Wear version, LG has developed an LTE-capable version based upon its own "LG Wearable Platform" software, which is based upon webOS. It's the first smartwatch with 4G connectivity, looking a lot like the LG/Audi prototype smartwatch teased at CES.

We've had the chance to preview both versions of the Watch Urbane ahead of Mobile World Congress. Read on for our first impressions!

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2 days ago

The Huawei MWC liveblog - 1.30 p.m. CET, 7.30 a.m ET

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Huawei

Mobile World Congress doesn't officially open until tomorrow, but today's the day all the big players are throwing big press events. We're getting ready to spend some time with Huawei where, given recent leaks, it looks pretty likely we'll see the introduction of an Android Wear smartwatch. The action kicks off at 1.30 p.m. local time, which translates to 7.30 a.m. on the East Coast and 4.30 a.m. on the West.

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2 days ago

Acer announces new Liquid Z and 64-bit Liquid Jade Z

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Acer Liquid Jade Z

Three new Android Lollipop models have joined Acer's lineup, boasting Magic Selfie software and stylish hardware.

This year at Mobile World Congress, Acer is unveiling a trio of smartphones aimed squarely at the same markets the company has been focused on for the last couple of years, which is to say budget focused European tiers of smartphones. The new Liquid Z220 and Liquid Z520 are breathing new life into the Liquid Z-series with the addition of quad-core processors and new textile patterns on the casing, while the new Liquid Jade Z focused on a higher tier through the use of a 64-bit processor and a new Zero Air Gap display. The one big thing all three phones have in common is lots of Acer-made software and new features that focus on selfies and media consumption.

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2 days ago

Acer's upgraded Liquid Leap+ Smart Activeband offers waterproof play for all

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With an updated design and support for Android, iOS, and Windows, Acer is hoping the Liquid Leap+ will take off.

With the original Liquid Leap Smart Activeband barely leaving shelves, Acer has decided their wearable plan needed a refresh. Today at Mobile World Conference, the company has revealed their plans for an updated version of their first wearable. It's being called the Liquid Leap+, and chief among the features Acer is hoping will excite users is support for the three largest mobile operating systems in what they call an "OS agnostic" approach to the market.

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2 days ago

IKEA to integrate Qi charging in some furniture starting in April 2015

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Everyone's favorite build-your-own furniture store IKEA has just announced a partnership to start integrating Qi charging for devices into some of its furniture. Starting in April 2015, IKEA will offer bedside tables, lamps and desks with Qi charging built in, meaning you won't need to drop any extra cables or charging bases to keep your phones topped up.

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2 days ago

How to use your Android to prepare for severe weather

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The ice storm cometh!

Severe weather takes many forms.

Blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, even haboobs can turn a regular day into a disaster, and if you're not prepared, it can turn from disastrous to downright dangerous. While you're stocking up the liquor cabinet, boarding up the windows, and collecting the games/movies from around the house to keep any little ones happy and distracted, don't forget to prepare your phone for the rough road to come. There's a lot more to preparing your phone for severe weather than just charging it up.

Be prepared.

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2 days ago

The Huawei Watch gets shown off in two official videos

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The Huawei Watch, based on Android Wear, gets demoed in two official videos found on their YouTube channel.

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2 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: YouTube Kids, Scholly, SoundHUD and more

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AC editors' apps picks

Our weekly app picks

Appday Sunday is on Saturday this week, because we expect a wee bit 'o news from Barcelona to start up on Sunday the first. They have phones and stuff at Mobile World Congress, ya know! Anyhoo, we're here to share our favorite apps with everyone. Apps we use and love. Apps we want to showcase because we think they are just that good.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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3 days ago

We're live from Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2015!

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Greetings from Barcelona, Spain! We're back in town for the annual Mobile World Congress. And to say that this year's show is going to be insane wouldn't get anywhere close to doing it justice.

But this year's show is going to be insane. Trust us.

Coming up Sunday: We'll be liveblogging the HTC event at 10 a.m. EST. And at 12:30 p.m. EST we'll have Samsung's Unpacked event.

And even as big as those two events are, they're just a fraction of the news that's going to drop. Just leave our Mobile World Congress page open for the next few days. You're don't want to miss a thing.

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3 days ago

Spacetime Studios to launch MOBA game Call of Champions for Android

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Spacetime Studios, creators of hit mobile MMORPGs like Arcane Legends and Pocket Legends, have announced their next game titled Call of Champions. It will be a free-to-play MOBA-themed fantasy game and, what's more, it will be released sometime this year.

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