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2 days ago

The top 5 text message replacement apps for Android

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Android text messaging apps

Don't like the IM app on your phone? Check out these replacements!

So maybe the standard messaging app that came on your phone isn't the best. You may think it's a bit clunky or doesn't pack a lot of punch when it comes to features. Luckily, we can replace those with other messaging apps. Most of them will bring some different design elements to the table, as well as additional functionality to fulfill our texting (and multimedia messaging) needs.

These apps will handle regular messaging without requiring you and your friends to use the same platform. This is not meant to provide a detailed look at any particular apps, but offer an overview of several popular ones. The ones we've listed here have received pretty good reviews on the Play Store.

Now let's get to it!

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2 days ago

OnePlus 2 smartphone scheduled for launch in Q2 or Q3 of 2015

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The launch of the OnePlus One smartphone hasn't been without issues, but it's apparently selling well enough that the company behind it is already planning for the launch of its second device, the OnePlus 2, in 2015.

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2 days ago

Photoshop coming to Chrome OS

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Photoshop coming to Chrome OS

Beta testing will be available in a few weeks

Google and Adobe are bringing a streaming version of Photoshop to Chromebooks for the first time. Photoshop on Chrome OS will at first be just for US-based Adobe education customers with a paid subscription to the company's Creative Cloud service.

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2 days ago

OneDrive app for Android updated with new All Photos View and more

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Microsoft is rolling out a new update to its OneDrive cloud storage app for Android devices today that adds a few new features, including a new way to view photos stored on the service.

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2 days ago

SwiftKey Android app gets pink with its latest theme pack

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The popular SwiftKey keyboard app for Android is offering users a new option if they like more colorful ways of typing. Today, they can download the new Pink Pack which adds three new pink colored keyboard themes bundled with two previously released themes.

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2 days ago

Top Combo Crew tips and tricks for smashing high scores

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Combo Crew is a beat 'em up game designed specifically for mobile play. The name of the game is all about building the largest combo you can during each level. The bigger your combo, the greater your score, plus you'll unlock great rewards. Choosing from a variety of characters (including guests from Street Fighter and Another World) and then setting out to pound the hordes of enemies is a fierce good time. Combo Crew costs 99 cents in the Google Play Store and has in-app purchases.

Unlike most beat 'em ups, Combo Crew isn't just about knocking out enemies and clearing the level. You'll need to keep that combo up and complete various missions in order to unlock everything the game has to offer. Our all-new tips and tricks guide will help you hit the ground running in this classic game of fisticuffs.

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2 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha versus iPhone 6

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs iPhone 6

Apple went bigger, Samsung went smaller, both went metal. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha squares off against the iPhone 6!

While the Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the biggest Samsung — and pretty much Android as a whole — challenger to the iPhone when it comes to outright sales, recent weeks have seen a new contender emerge from the Korean phone maker; The Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

Samsung went a little smaller — and more than a little metal — with the Galaxy Alpha. By contrast Apple went significantly bigger with the iPhone 6. And both came out at 4.7-inches. What we're left with, then, is the two biggest smartphone makers in the world launching two very closely matched devices at pretty much the same time.

So, how do they stack up against each other?

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2 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 29

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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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2 days ago

Waze update lets you catalog local points of interest

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Waze just picked up an update to version 3.9 that sees the addition of a new feature called Places, through which users will be able to add and edit information about local businesses, residences and other points of interest.

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2 days ago

Samsung brings LTE connectivity to the Galaxy Ace Style, retains entry-level specs

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Samsung launched a new handset in the entry-level Galaxy Ace series, dubbed the Galaxy Ace Style LTE. As the name indicates, the device features LTE connectivity and is now available in Germany to the equivalent of $252 (€199).

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2 days ago

Pebble smartwatch currently on sale for just $99.99 at Best Buy

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If you have been waiting for the price of the Pebble smartwatch to get a lot lower, then perhaps Best Buy might be able to help. The retailer is currently selling the basic version of the Pebble for just $99.99, a $50 reduction from its normal price of $149.99.

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2 days ago

Com 1 Indiegogo campaign pulled after rights complaint from Google

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Com, the company behind the Com 1 Indiegogo campaign for a new Android Wear device, says that their campaign has been pulled following a rights infringment complaint by Google. The complaint letter says that the Com 1 campaign used Google's intellectual property in their campaign without authorization.

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2 days ago

Samsung's selfie-focused Galaxy Grand Prime may launch in India later this week

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It looks like Samsung is considering the launch of a selfie focused camera in the Galaxy Grand line, dubbed the Galaxy Grand Prime, in India later this week. A retailer based out of Mumbai revealed that the retail price of the handset in the country will be Rs. 16,000 ($260), with a street price of Rs. 15,250 ($248).

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2 days ago

Sony takes viewers on a journey of light in new Xperia Z3 ads

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Sony has released two new advertisements for the premium Xperia Z3 smartphone. The new commercials mainly focus on the optics, illustrating just how well the Z3 performs with little to no light at all. Coupled with a sweet melody, these new videos take the viewers on a journey full of light as we see snowboarders dress themselves in LED lighting to put on quite the show.

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3 days ago

Clove launches costly pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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Clove UK has kicked off pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, a unique piece of hardware sporting a curved display on one side of the smartphone. Previous reports suggested the device would be produced as a "limited concept", rather than mass produced like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but Clove announced earlier this month the company would in fact be stocking units for purchase.

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