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1 week ago

Sony looking to set up a manufacturing facility in India

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Indian prime minister Narendra Modi launched his "Make in India" initiative last year, allowing foreign vendors to establish factories in the country. The program is designed to boost hardware manufacturing in India and reduce reliance on other emerging markets such as China.

Samsung has already committed to making devices locally, with the Tizen-based Samsung Z1 manufactured in India. Sony is now announcing its intentions to set up a facility in India to produce devices.

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1 week ago

Here's how Google checks for lag on your Android devices

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Google's François Beaufort revealed that the search giant uses a robot — build by Finnish vendor OptoFidelity — that measures "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices." The video above highlights how the robot constantly taps different sections of the screen to gauge the responsiveness of the display. The web-based tests assist in determining both hardware-and software-related issues, which can then be rectified.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: Contracts, negotiations and record labels

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Google Play Music

Most of us think the people signing the contracts are the ones who need to worry about the financials between streaming services and the artists being streamed on them.

And that makes sense for the most part. Very few of us — people reading Android Central and then taking the time to vote in an online poll — are involved with the music industry. We have no idea what goes on, how cutthroat it all may be, or even how sincere any complaints of unfairness may or may not be. We're taking a guess at best, and when it comes right down to it we're not in a position to know much of anything about any of it.

But we do want to stream music. On some level, we all probably want the people making the music we enjoy to make lots of money and continue making it, too. Letting the people involved in the business worry about the business is a bit of a cop-out, but with no real knowledge it's probably the way we should feel.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with Incipio Ghost 220 wireless charger

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The Ghost 220 is a wireless charger for a busy home.

The Incipio Ghost 220 provides wireless charging to two of your Qi-enabled devices, plus a third over a generic USB port. The base is wide enough to squeeze a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a tablet like the Nexus 7 side-by-side and charging. Individual indicator lights along the bottom show when a device is charging.

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1 week ago

Accessories for a successful Twitch broadcast

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Twitch

Out of the box, Twitch apps give you everything you need to go from playing a game to sharing a game with anyone willing to watch. If all you want is a place to stream your gameplay and maybe record some of your more impressive maneuvers, you're all set. If your goal is to build up an audience and offer commentary on what is happening in the game right now, there's a good chance you need a couple of accessories to make sure your broadcast is the best it could possibly be. With that in mind, we've put together a short list of things you might want to involve in your next broadcast.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Monument Valley, Rovers, MyTSA and more

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Apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

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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1 week ago

NPR One on Android Auto: Public radio with even less frills

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NPR One on Android Auto

Public radio isn't exactly known for being fancy. And the NPR One app on Android Auto is a testament to that.

Android Auto

I currently have three ways to listen to National Public Radio in my car. There's terrestrial radio — which, despite every sentence that comes after this one, isn't going away anytime soon. Then there's satellite radio, which I've been enjoying for years now. And now I have the NPR One app on Android Auto.

That's a lot of pledge drives.

But as far as Android Auto apps go, NPR One might actually be the most restrained we've seen.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: A week to remember ...

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Well, that was one hell of a week. Marriage is marriage, at least in the eyes of the government. Flags come down, flags go up. And Taylor Swift saves music as we know it. Or something. If you didn't expect to come out of last week an expert in recording industry contracts or constitutional law, don't worry. You're not. (And certainly neither am I.) But that doesn't mean there's not a lot to be excited about.

And I can't help but wonder (again) how this past week in the news might have been different 10 or 15 years ago. Could it have even happened in a world without Twitter and Google and Facebook? Or would change just have happened much more slowly? Would we care about the Running of the Interns?

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1 week ago

What radio bands do I need on my unlocked phone?

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Unlocked phones

SIM unlocking is only half the battle — you need network support, too.

Buying an unlocked phone you can freely use on any GSM carrier is a great idea. You can get a great phone at a reasonable price now, and not being tied to any carrier's payment plan or network contract puts you in control of where and how you use your phone.

But you'll need to make sure the phone you're buying is not only unlocked, but has the hardware support needed to use on the network you plan to use it on. That's not nearly as easy, but we can help.

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1 week ago

The Nexus 6 is the best Android flagship you can buy today

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Nexus 6 in black and white

The best Android phone is more than just the sum of its parts.

We're at the time of the year when most of the big players in Android hardware have shown us what they have to offer (waiting on you, Motorola) and many of us have had a chance to try them all.

There is some really good, and interesting, stuff out there in 2015. We've moved past the gimmicks like 3D and dual-camera lenses, and the folks who make Android phones have worked hard to deliver something for everyone.

But after all the dust settles, the Nexus 6 is the best Android "flagship" you can buy, even though it's not the newest.

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1 week ago

There's still nothing out there quite like Google Glass

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Google Glass Explorer

Google's fantastic trip into wearable technology may be on pause right now, but it's still leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.

Three years ago today, Sergey Brin introduced Google Glass with a team of skydivers jumping from a blimp and live-streaming themselves descending from the heavens onto the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. Sitting in the audience that day, I could feel the electricity in the room as Brin explained what the funny blue thing was strapped to his face. Google Glass had an explosive introduction to the world, and while many suggest this started a hype train that ultimately lead to its downfall, I find myself sitting behind my keyboard wondering what any other company in the world has to offer today that comes even close to what Google has been tinkering with for half a decade now.

The short answer is nothing, and it's unlikely we'll see anything quite like it until the team currently tasked with improving this already incredible device take to the stage again.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with the puregear Folio Wallet Case for the Galaxy S6

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Leave the wallet at home with this stylish Galaxy S6 case.

The puregear Folio Wallet Case provides protection, style, and function to your Samsung Galaxy S6. Three slots on the front flip cover allow you to stash enough credit cards and ID for a quick run out the door. Press-through buttons provide full access to lock and volume keys, and strategic gaps allow the microUSB port, speaker, headphone jack, microphones, camera, flash, and heart rate sensor to peek through.

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1 week ago

Dual-sim unlocked phones - do you need one?

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ASUS ZenFone2 dual SIM

Having two SIM cards doesn't bring any magic, but it does bring a lot of convenience for folks who need two lines.

Honestly? You probably don't need a dual-SIM phone. Don't get me wrong, I know plenty of people out there do have a real need for more than one number being able to send and receive calls and messages from one phone, and it's great that the option is available. But some of us think of dual-SIM phones as some sort of magic, because double the mobile network connection means double the awesome.

That's not really how it works. Lets take a look at one of the recent "popular" dual-SIM phones, the ASUS ZenFone 2, and just what you can — and can't — do with two SIM cards.

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1 week ago

Android Central 242: Save Us, Taylor Swift!

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Audio-only stream below

Here we go again! On this week's show: We're taking a look at some unlocked phones that'll work in North America — and that you won't be ashamed to use. Plus, we watch people do some really dumb things with their phone's battery, see what's up with streaming music and how Taylor Swift can save us all, and we'll answer your questions live on air!

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1 week ago

Broadcasting Android games on Twitch

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Twitch Interface

After announcing that Android Central was headed to Twitch, we had more than a couple of people ask how streaming games from an Android device to Twitch actually worked. Since Twitch is all about making it easy for everyone to stream every game they are currently playing, it seemed only right to share the ways you can go from sitting on your couch with phone or tablet in hand to sharing your latest victory on Twitch.

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