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5 days ago

Nexus 9 now up for pre-order at HTC and Best Buy

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The Nexus 9 tablet is now available for pre-order from Best Buy, as well as HTC. It's available in both Lunar White and Indigo Black, and comes in both Wi-Fi-only and LTE-capable configurations. Pricing starts at $399.99 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only configuration.

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5 days ago

Android Lollipop contains Flappy Bird Easter egg!

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Flappy Bird Easter egg in Android Lollipop

With each new version of Android comes a new "Easter egg" animation hidden away in the Settings app. In KitKat it was the dessert tray animation. In the Android L preview it was a reference to the obscure "webdriver torso" YouTube mystery. For the latest version of Lollipop (or at least as we see it in the latest October developer preview) Google's taken things a step further. There's a fully-featured clone of the Flappy Bird game hiding behind the Android version number under Settings > About phone.

Tap a bunch of times on the Android version numbers, then long-press one the giant lollipop that appears to launch into the game. We don't yet know if anything special happens if you progress past a certain point — we've only just managed two points so far. Either way, it's a worthy addition to Google's long line of Android easter eggs.

Check out our video down below!

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5 days ago

Updated Android 5.0 Lollipop developer preview available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

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Lollipop Nexus 5

As promised, Google has just published an updated set of preview images for Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). The new developer preview is based on build lpx13d.

The first "Android L" developer preview arrived shortly after Google I/O, and was updated in early August with Google Fit support (and little else). It's unclear how much new stuff is in these latest preview images, but with just a couple of weeks left until the new Nexus devices start shipping, we're hoping for a more complete look at the next version of Android.

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5 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK now available

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Following Lollipop's unveiling earlier this week, Google has today taken the wraps off the Android 5.0 SDK, allowing developers to start getting apps ready for the final version of the upcoming OS. Lollipop is a huge release for developers, with more than 5000 new APIs, the new Material Design visual style and new power-saving and enterprise features to get to grips with. And while the first Android 5.0 devices aren't expected for another couple of weeks, the arrival of the SDK will allow devs to make sure everything's working perfectly when the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 eventually launch.

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6 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 17

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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6 days ago

SwiftKey for Android adds two 'spooky' Halloween keyboard themes for sale

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Android fans of the SwiftKey virtual keyboard can get into the "spirit" of the Halloween season with two new themes that are currently on sale in the in-app SwiftKey Store.

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6 days ago

New Moto X drops to $49.99 on contract from Verizon, but only through this weekend

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If you're a Verizon customer that's been pondering getting an all-new Moto X (2014), you might want to consider taking that plunge this weekend — the phone's $50 off with a 2-year contract from Big Red. That brings the already-reasonable $99.99 price down to $49.99, but the offer's only good through Monday, October 20th.

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6 days ago

Nexus 9 goes up for pre-order from Amazon UK

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The newest Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 is now available for pre-order in the UK, at least from Amazon. Priced at £319 for the 16GB version and £399 for the 32GB model, the tablet's available in both black and white (but not the third "sand" color). This follows Amazon US launching pre-orders for the Nexus 9 yesterday.

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6 days ago

Samsung launches Intel-powered Chromebook 2 for just $250

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Samsung has launched a new Intel-powered Chromebook. Samsung's own Chromebook 2 launched earlier this year running on the Exynos chipset. This meant that owners were tasked with enduring subpar performance (see our review), especially when it came to multi-tasking, With an Intel variant available for purchase at the same affordable price point, we can't help but recommend this new model over Exynos-powered Samsung Chromebooks.

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6 days ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, October 2014

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Mobile Nations Community Update

Greetings all! Time again to talk community goodness by wrapping up the best from around Mobile Nations. It has been a particularly busy month, so keep reading for all the details!

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6 days ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 4 receives its first OTA update on launch day

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The Galaxy Note 4 is today shipping to those who pre-ordered through T-Mobile – though some eager beavers received their units early – and already we're seeing signs of an OTA update being fired out for customers with the US carrier. What's new in this update? We're not entirely sure, though this could be the battery update released by Samsung prior to launch.

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6 days ago

Twitter will start showing tweets from people you don't follow

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Twitter has today announced the popular social network will display tweets from random users you don't currently follow in a bid to bring more relevant content to your home timeline, and to pick up some new friends along the way. Twitter isn't shy at testing out new experimentations with its micro-blogging service and the team has been actively working on the new feature that you'll either despise or find rather useful.

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6 days ago

New Google Chromecast passes through FCC, but you likely won't spot anything new

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What appears to be a new model of Google's Chromecast has been spotted passing through FCC, but unfortunately it's a filing that will fail to excite many holding off for 5GHz Wi-Fi support and other features. In fact, H2G2-2A will not bring any noticeable improvements to the table, confirmed by a recent Chromecast team AMA on Reddit. According to Google's Jacky Hayward:

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6 days ago

Fruit Ninja teams up with Ghostbusters to slash and combo ghostly fruit

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Fruit Ninja only recently received quite the update, but already the team has returned with yet another release. Fruit Ninja has teamed up Ghostbusters to tackle a spooky problem. There appears to be an outbreak of ghostly fruit and there's only one team equipped with the required tech and know-how to efficiently remove said spooky five-a-day. Ghostbusters. Cue the player, where you're tasked with slashing this fruit from another realm with the Proton Pack blade.

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6 days ago

Android Central 207: Nexus and Lollipop Extravaganza!

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Audio-only stream below

Let's just cut to the chase. We've got the new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player upon us, as well as Android 5.0 Lollipop. And we've only got an hour or so to talk about it. Let's do this!

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