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5 min ago

Samsung calls Microsoft a direct hardware competitor, refuses to pay Android royalties

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Microsoft filed legal action against Samsung earlier this year for failure to pay royalty on intellectual property licensed from Microsoft for its Android devices, and now Samsung is claiming that the deal between both companies, which was originally agreed upon in 2011, is void following Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia.

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13 min ago

Moto G (2013) finally updates to 4.4.4 with 21MB OTA in the US

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While the original Moto G may not be at the top of everyone's mind, Motorola has still committed to getting it updated, pushing out a 4.4.4 OTA tonight to the U.S. unlocked model. The Moto G was already sitting on 4.4.3 so the update comes in at just 21MB and doesn't include anything shocking other than performance improvements — but getting an update is always a good thing.

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8 hours ago

Android Central 209: New Nexus, Droid Turbo and You!

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Audio-only stream below

We're back from yet another week on the road, this time for Verizon's Motorola Droid Turbo event, as well as Google's Lollipop open house. (Be sure to check out our hands-ons with the Nexus 9, as well as the Nexus 6.)

Plus, we answer a whole bunch of your questions live on air. Join us!

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9 hours ago

How to manually make an Auto Awesome in Google+

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Auto Awesomes are like candy - you always want more!

Auto Awesome photos and videos are somewhat enigmatic to many, due in large part to the usually random way that they're picked and gussied up by Google. There's animated (Motion) Auto Awesomes, there's collage (Mix) Auto Awesomes, and then there are Movie Auto Awesomes. And while they'll show up on any device on their own, only the lucky users on Android can make them on command.

Let's get awesome.

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9 hours ago

Poll results: Who is running the Lollipop preview?

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Earlier in the week everyone was asked if they were running the Lollipop preview on their phones. We know that availability is very limited, but we also know that Nexus users are over-represented here at AC. I needed to get a feel for just how many of us were excited about what's coming — excited enough to install a potentially broken developer preview. The numbers surprised me a little bit.

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9 hours ago

Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 leaks yet again, TouchWiz gets more Material

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Earlier this month, we were treated to an 8-minute video of Android Lollipop running on a Galaxy S5 thanks to the folks over at SamMobile. Now it looks as though the publication has gotten its hands on yet another version of Google's newest, and it brings Samsung's TouchWiz further in-line with its Material Design update.

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9 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera tips and tricks

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Galaxy Note 4 camera

This handful of tips can help you get the most out of your Note 4's camera

Samsung has made strides in improving the quality of its cameras with the Galaxy Note 4, and we want to help you get the most out of it. As the camera quality has been beefed up the software has scaled back some, and while you don't get extreme granular control over your shots you do have a few different buttons to push to make the most of what the Note 4 has.

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10 hours ago

Hack and Cast your way to glory in Battleheart Legacy, now available on Google Play

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Craving some more fantasy action on your Android device? You can now get your fantasy RPG on in "Battleheart Legacy," released today as a follow up to the very popular "Battleheart." For anyone not familiar with the original, Battleheart Legacy features an immersive fantasy world, engaging real-time combat system, and loads of character customization.

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11 hours ago

Verizon responds to AT&T by offering more data on $80 & $100 plans, $150 port-in credit

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Need more data for that new Droid Turbo? Verizon has just announced that it is upping data allotment on its midrange More Everything plans for a limited time. $80 will now score you 10GB of data per month, while $100 will net you 15GB. Perhaps even better, the deal isn't limited to new customers; existing More Everything customers can get in on the action too.

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12 hours ago

Best Android apps and games of October

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Best Android apps and games of October

Hopefully you guys are gearing up for a fun-filled Halloween, but we wouldn't let October slip by without rounding up the very best Android games and Android apps that have been released in the last 30 days. Both Google and Microsoft had a few really interesting new apps available this month. It was also a fantastic turnout for new games with lots of truly AAA titles be launched.

We're always eager to hear what you guys have installed, so be sure to hit up the comments with your favorite new apps. With that, let's dig into our top ten new Android apps that were released in October.

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12 hours ago

Oh, that's where the Droid Turbo's SIM card is

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Manufacturers are always looking for clever ways to integrate necessary smartphone parts into their designs, putting buttons, ports and slots all over the place. Motorola has a trick up its sleeve with the Droid Turbo's SIM card slot, hiding it beneath the volume rocker on the side. The trick is carried over from the design on last year's Droid Ultra and Maxx, but it's just as impressive (and hidden) this time around.

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12 hours ago

Google Play Movies & TV now available on Roku Players

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If you're a Roku owner who likes taking a dip into Google's ecosystem, there's a bit of good news today: Google Play Movies & TV is now available on Roku Players in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Canada.

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13 hours ago

The Wolf Among Us tears into Google Play Store

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Following an early launch on Amazon, Telltale's gritty adventure game The Wolf Among Us is now available on the Google Play Store. The first episode is free, with additional episodes available for $4.99 each or the whole season for $14.99.

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14 hours ago

Spider-Man Unlimited update weaves in new levels

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Spider-Man Unlimited arrived on mobile back in September. The game instantly webbed me with its great graphics, a huge array of collectible characters, and overall excellent use of the Spider-Man license. But I also caught many bugs in my review that I hoped would be fixed before long.

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15 hours ago

AT&T upping data available on $40 and $70 plans

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AT&T is bumping up data allotments on their $40 and $70 plans from 2 GB to 3 GB and 4 GB to 6 GB, respectively. The change kicks in November 2 and applies to Mobile Share Value plans.

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