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Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2015

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Mobile Nations Community Update

It's time to bring you up-to-speed on the latest goings on at Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in the first Community Update of 2015.

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1 week ago

Dragon Quest V journeys onto the Play Store

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Square Enix is continuing its march of porting old-school role-playing games to Android with the release of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. Controls have been optimized for mobile, while maintaining the game's distinct graphics. Inside you'll find a classic tale of power, love, and freedom spanning many years. If this kind of thing is your bag, be sure to check out our recently-updated best Android RPGs round-up.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile will offer its best device financing to customers who pay their bills on time

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T-Mobile will begin a new program starting on January 25 it calls Smartphone Equality. The effort will give customers of the wireless carrier their best deals on its smartphones and tablets, regardless of their credit score, if they have paid their bills for at least 12 straight months.

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1 week ago

Latest update to Subway Surfers takes you to Seoul

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While there are a variety of endless runners available today, Subway Surfers was one of the first games that got the genre going. The game is updated on a regular basis, with every update bringing a different location and a new theme. This time around, it's Seoul, and although the game highlighted the city before, this update features a different theme.

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1 week ago

Rdio expands internet radio service to 24 additional markets in Central America, the Caribbean and Asia Pacific

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Rdio has announced today that they've expanded their streaming music service to 24 new international markets, including areas in Central America, the Caribbean and Asia Pacific. This means that Rdio is now available in 85 total countries and territories across the world.

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1 week ago

Verizon expands data options for prepaid users

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Verizon prepaid users are getting a bump in data to start the year. Those who are on the $45 plan and previously allotted just 500MB, now receive double the data at a full 1GB. As if that's not enough, enrolling in Verizon's Auto Pay will net you another 500MB of data. The plan also includes unlimited talk and text, as well as unlimited text to Mexico and Canada.

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1 week ago

The Witcher: Battle Arena fights its way out of beta and onto Android

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The Witcher: Battle Arena, a MOBA-style game set in the Witcher fantasy universe, is now available to download worldwide for Android via the Google Play Store. The game entered closed beta testing in August.

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1 week ago

Sony to release the purple Xperia Z3 in Hong Kong later this month

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Sony has confirmed that the company will be launching the Xperia Z3 Purple Diamond Edition in Hong Kong by the end of January. The color has been in the rumor mill for quite some time, but soon consumers in the region will be able to pick one up for themselves.

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1 week ago

LG: No overheating issues with Snapdragon 810 on G Flex 2

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Yesterday, a report by Bloomberg stated that Samsung was ditching Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S6 due to overheating issues, with the manufacturer opting to go with its in-house Exynos processor instead. An LG executive has now come forward stating that the G Flex 2, which uses the same processor, does not suffer from any such issues.

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1 week ago

LG G Flex 2 to land in South Korea on January 30

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The LG G Flex 2 was arguably one of the most intriguing announcements to come out of CES, and now it looks like the Korean manufacturer is gearing up to release the phone in its domestic market. The company says it will release the phone in Korea on January 30 for a price of 800,000 won (roughly 738 US dollars).

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1 week ago

HTC One M8 GPe no longer available from Google Play

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Today is a sad day for Google Play edition (GPe) devices. The HTC One M8 has been dropped from the Google Play store. With its departure, there are no remaining GPe devices left for purchase.

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1 week ago

Chrome 40 for Android brings us a content settings UI update and more

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Google has started rolling out an update of its Chrome browser for Android devices. The update brings Chrome to version 40, with the major change coming in the form of an updated page info and content settings UI.

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1 week ago

The best Android keyboard apps

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Clickety clickety clack

Trace, tap, type, talk

Keyboards are important. Really important. Without a good keyboard, communicating on a smartphone can go from heavenly bliss straight back to teeth-pulling torture. Keyboards are also one of the most important apps you select from a security standpoint, as they are by their very nature keyloggers. And while most users will never really need to worry about if their keyboard is stealing their emails and passwords as they type it in, it is something that you should keep in mind if you're checking out a keyboard that you know absolutely nothing about.

There are a number of great keyboards out there, each with its own features, flaws, and followings. There are utterly simplistic keyboards and bleeding-edge keyboards with a longer list of features than some smartphones. Finding a keyboard that fits you and your lifestyle can be a bit daunting.

Whatever your style may be, these are the five keyboards that we think stand above the rest, and may be worthy of composing your LOLs and WTFs.

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1 week ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Vintage

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 Vintage

Liking the look of old things isn't just for hipsters — it's okay to appreciate the past and integrate some of those items or looks into your life today. Whether you're a fan of the old world charm or have more of an eye for modern conveniences, you can appreciate vintage items — and that's why this week's photo contest prompt is "vintage."

For their winning pictures this week, two entries will receive an Arkon Mobile Grip 2 Universal Smartphone Flexible Mini Tripod Mount, which should really help with mobile photo taking going forward!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (January 27) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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1 week ago

WhatsApp now has a Chrome web client

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About a month back, there were rumors that the Facebook-owned and very popular messenger service WhatsApp would soon be available on your computer via the web. Today, the folks at WhatsApp have pulled it off.

The new web client is an extension of the data from your phone, displayed in a Google Chrome page. It's simple to set up, and as long as your phone has a data connection you'll be able to send and receive messages via the WhatsApp service right from your PC.

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