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1 hour 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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3 hours 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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5 hours ago

$99 Nexus Player ships in 4 weeks from Play store

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Google's Nexus Player is now ready to be ordered on the Play store. Priced at $99, the Nexus Player ships with its own remote control. The device recently received FCC certification so it's now ready for your living room. According to the Play store, the Nexus Player will ship in three to four weeks.

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5 hours ago

We're answering your LG G Watch R questions in the Android Central forums!

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On my wrist today is the LG G Watch R, LG's second-generation Android Wear smartwatch sporting a more traditional timepiece design with a rounded face. We got a pretty good look at the G Watch R back at IFA 2014 in Berlin, but this is our first chance to use it out in the wild ahead of the global launch.

If you've been following Android Wear over the past few months, chances are you've got questions about LG's latest wearable gadget. Starting today we'll do our best to give you the information you crave over on the Android Central forums, so head over to the link below and ask away!

Stay tuned in the coming days for a full review!

More: LG G Watch R Q&A on the Android Central forums

Further reading: LG G Watch R hands-on, LG G Watch R in pictures

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5 hours ago

Tell us how you'd use Chrome OS and win an HP Chromebox!

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HP Chromebox

We enjoy using Chrome OS on a regular basis here at Android Central, and we want even more people to get a chance to use Google's other operating system from time to time. We've given away our fair share of Android devices, and now's your chance to pick up an HP Chromebox for yourself. It's a compact, efficient and relatively powerful little machine that has a variety of uses, so we want to know how you'd use it.

All you need to do to win this HP Chromebox (with a wireless keyboard and mouse, actually) is leave a comment in this post telling us how you'd use Chrome OS on the HP Chromebox if you were to win it.

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7 hours ago

T-Mobile will roll out Eye Experience update for HTC One M8 Tuesday

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HTC has announced that T-Mobile will begin to roll out an update for its version of the HTC One M8 that will add the new Eye Experience camera software that was introduced earlier this month with the new HTC Desire Eye smartphone.

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8 hours ago

You'll be able to pre-order a OnePlus One on October 27th, no invite needed

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It's been a long and winding road to get to this point, but we're finally approaching the day where you'll be able to pre-order a OnePlus One without an invite. That day is Monday, October 27th — one week from today. The Cyanogen-powered Android handset officially launched back in late April, so it really has been a long road… and we're not even looking at general availability yet.

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8 hours ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 20

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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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8 hours ago

AT&T to sell Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 Oct. 24 for $149.99 with two year contract

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AT&T will begin to sell the 6-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 smartphone in its retail stores and on its website October 24 for $149.99 with a two year contract or $474.99 with no contract.

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9 hours ago

Reviewed: BiggiFi puts Android apps on the big screen

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The BiggiFi is an HDMI dongle that comes with some big promises. The official introduction video touts the BiggiFi as being able to offer "the most engaging mobile experience on your TV" and about how it is the "first touch based interface technology that enables your smartphone or tablet to act as touchscreen controllers for your TV." We'll get into whether or not the BiggiFi is able to live up to either of those promises — but first — let us begin with an introduction.

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10 hours ago

Huawei's upcoming $130 Honor 4X to feature a 720p display, 64-bit CPU and LTE

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According to Chinese certification agency TENAA, Huawei is set to launch a 64-bit entry-level handset to take on the likes of the Redmi Note in the country. Dubbed the Honor 4X, the device is listed with a 5.5-inch 720p and a Snapdragon 410 CPU.

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11 hours ago

Latest update for Sprint's LG G2 improves LTE and HD audio

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Sprint has today announced an update for the LG G2, bringing the build version up to ZVE. It's not a massive upgrade for affected G2 owners on Sprint, much like the previous release, but there are a number of improvements included:

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12 hours ago

Spotify announces new family plan for up to five users

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Spotify has today announced a new plan for the entire family. If you've been wanting to have a single billing account for the household but keep individual playlists, it's now possible for up to five family members to share a single Spotify subscription, starting from $14.99 a month.

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13 hours ago

Upcoming version of Gmail app adds Yahoo and Outlook account support

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After rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop last week, Google is in the process of updating its apps with the new Material Design layout, which in the case of Gmail involves the addition of Outlook and Yahoo account support along with the visual overhaul.

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