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Google Play Music integrates Songza in Material Design update

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<img src="/sites/androidcentral.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/article_images/2014/10/google-play-music-md-songza.jpg?itok=gv9ChWW_" alt="Google Play Music Songza update"  class="image-large_wm_brw aligncenter image-large" />  ##Music based on activities and moods has arrived with redesigned app and in web playback  [Google Play Music](/google-play-music) today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding

Music based on activities and moods has arrived with redesigned app and in web playback

Google Play Music today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding in curation from Songza, which it acquired earlier this year. Songza's claim to fame has been its wealth of curation, which offers up playlists based on activities — from "ballroom dancing" to "getting lucky" to "yoga' — and moods — "aggressive," "earthy," "visceral" and the like — to custom fit what you're listening to.

When All Access subscribers open the updated Google Play Music app, Google says today in a blog post, they'll see that Songza integration and be asked if they want music for a particular time of day, mood or activity.

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1 day ago

Our pals at WPCentral are now our pals at Windows Central!

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Fun fact: Android Central (along with CrackBerry) is one of two Mobile Nations sites that still has its original name. It's also one of the two sites that I've properly worked for. The other, of course, is our all-things-Microsoft site — formerly WMExperts and WPCentral — which today has been reborn as Windows Central.

All the Windows (Phone) news you've come to know and love, with an extra helping of tablets and laptops and the like. Go give 'em a new look, and let 'em know Android Central sent ya!

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1 day ago

Google steps up web security with USB Security Key

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Google is stepping up security for its services on the web, adding a new physical key method of verifying your identity with the Security Key. Security Key is a USB drive that allows you to verify your login in Google services like Gmail or Google Drive as you would with standard 2-step verification, but without the need to enter a code.

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1 day ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 21

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 day ago

#CESlive 2015 is going to be bigger and more amazing than ever!

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At CES 2014 we at Mobile Nations teamed up with our friends at Geek Beat to bring you #CESlive, a unique live broadcast running every day from the show floor at CES 2014 — and CES 2015 is going to be even bigger than before. For #CESlive 2015 you can add Tom's Guide to the mix, with Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer joining Geek Beat's Cali Lewis and John Pozadzides and iMore's Rene Ritchie in hosting more than 80 interviews direct from the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's going to be bigger and better than ever!

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1 day ago

Nokia's HERE beta makes its way to even more devices

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After launching HERE maps service in beta form for Samsung's Galaxy smartphones earlier this month, Nokia has announced that the app now works on a wider selection of Android handsets.

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1 day ago

Sony begins taking pre-orders for Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for $499.99

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Sony has started taking pre-orders on its website for the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the recently announced 8-inch Android tablet. Sony has priced the device at $499.99.

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1 day ago

T-Mobile starts rolling out Eye Experience update for HTC One M8

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As reported yesterday, T-Mobile is now rolling out the Eye Experience update for the HTC One (M8), adding new camera features to the smartphone.

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1 day ago

Nexus 9 accessories up for pre-order on Amazon, shipping November 3

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Amazon has HTC's Keyboard Folio and Magic Stand accessories for the Nexus 9 up for pre-oder, with a launch date of November 3. The keyboard accessory is available for $129.99, while the flip cover will set you back $39.99. Amazon's pricing is similar to what is being offered by Google on the Play Store.

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1 day ago

Samsung's Knox platform approved by US government for classified deployment

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Samsung has announced that hardware running on its Knox platform are the first consumer mobile devices to be NIAP-validated and approved for classified use by the US Government. Multiple devices by the Korean manufacturer have been added to the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program Component List, allowing agencies to rely on Samsung's Knox platform for advanced levels of security.

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1 day ago

Galaxy S5 Plus features a faster Snapdragon 805 CPU, retains FHD display

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Samsung quietly launched the Galaxy S5 Plus — a faster variant of the standard Galaxy S5 with a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 CPU — in Singapore earlier this year (under the Galaxy S5 4G+ moniker), and now the device is now making its way to Netherlands. If you're wondering, this isn't the international version of the QHD display toting Galaxy S5 LTE-A, although the device features LTE Category 6 connectivity, which allows you to download at 300 Mbps.

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1 day ago

Switching from iOS to Android? There's a guide for that

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Alongside the launch of Lollipop, Google updated the official Android website with a guide for users switching from iOS to Android. Apple wrote a similar guide on how users can switch from Android to iOS during the debut of iOS 8, so it's only fair that Google is making a transition guide after introducing the latest version of Android.

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2 days ago

Galaxy Note Edge gets a launch date in Japan

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The Galaxy Note Edge finally has its official launch date. Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo had announced that the smartphone will be landing on its network alongside the Sony Xperia Z3 on October 23, making it one of the first places that you can get Samsung's smartphone.

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2 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you swapping your Chromecast for a Nexus Player?

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Nexus player

One of the coolest things we've seen in the past few weeks is the new Nexus Player. The consumer debut of Android TV brings a mix of Google TV and Chromecast, allowing you to do a bit more but also being a bit more intense (read: complicated) than everyone's favorite, the Chromecast. We think it's an important product to Google, and may just finally bring their ecosystem into the living room — something Google (and every other giant corporation with an ecosystem to bring) has wanted for a long time.

But the Chromecast is just so simple. And it offers access to any and all media you have stored into Google's cloud, so for many it's exactly what they wanted. We don't think Google has any plans to discontinue the Chromecast, and they haven't said anything to make us think that way. For a lot of us, it's the perfect solution.

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2 days ago

In pictures: Galaxy Note 4 versus Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5

Two devices clearly cut from the same cloth, but one does it up big

The Samsung Galaxy S5 may have been released first, but in many minds the Galaxy Note 4 is the real Samsung flagship of the year. With a nice aluminum frame and improved camera the Note 4 has a lot going for it, but it still borrows heavily from the strides the Galaxy S5 made earlier in 2014.

The heart rate monitor, finger sensor, interior design and software have all been out in the world since the GS5 was released, and while the Note 4 wraps them up a bit more attractive package the Galaxy S5 has waterproofing and an easier-to-hold size going for it. These are the two big devices for Samsung this year, and we've got them side-by-side for some great photos.

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