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13 hours ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 24

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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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15 hours ago

LG G Watch R review

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Moto 360

LG's second Android watch is a step forward, but not a game-changer

Smartwatches have been *a thing* for quite some time now. Nevertheless, it's a product category still struggling to find its feet, not to mention a compelling reason for normal people — those who live outside the tech bubble — to buy in. In the case of Android Wear, the software's still pretty basic, and the early hardware has been much closer to a smartphone on your wrist than a true evolution of this centuries-old device category.

There have, however, been a couple of notable exceptions. The first was Motorola's Moto 360, a futuristic watch that scooped up its share of praise before it'd even landed on store shelves. The second is the LG G Watch R, a device which tackles the smartwatch problem from a slight different angle.

As Motorola prepared to ship a smartwatch that could easily pass as a prop in a sci-fi movie, LG's first round wearable drew inspiration from the watches of the here and now, with a chunkier, more industrial look. Beyond the aesthetics, the G Watch R promised to address one of its predecessor's major functional pain points with a new, brighter plastic OLED display.

So now that we finally have the LG G Watch R in our hands, how does it shape up? Is this the Android wearable we've been waiting for, or just another imperfect smartwatch? Read on to find out, in the Android Central review.

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15 hours ago

Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 tablet announced on MetroPCS

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Data-enabled tablets can run you a pretty penny, but MetroPCS is looking to get you connected on the go without emptying your wallet with this, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7. Beginning today, MetroPCS will not only be carrying the affordable tablet, which will only run you for $149, but will be offering new data plans to supply them. These will be starting at $10 a month for unlimited data and 1 GB 4G speeds.

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16 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 expected to receive Android L in December

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners will be able to take advantage of all the new features in Android L this December, according to a report over on SamMobile. The same publication took a look at Android L running on the Galaxy S 5 earlier this month, which provided an insight into how the next version of the OS will look on Samsung's flagship.

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16 hours ago

Samsung launches the Galaxy Mega 2 in India

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Mega 2 in India, displaying the massive handset on its online store. The 6-inch display touting giant of a phablet will set purchasers back Rs.20,900 ($340).

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17 hours ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop basics: How to get more life between charges with battery saver

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The top Android OEMs all offer a battery saving mode on their phones, and with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has it, too. No-one likes getting caught short without a charger in sight. The good news is that it's a doddle to set up and use, just so long as you know where to find it. It's easy to miss if you're not aware of where to find it.

That's where we come in. So, here's where to find it and how to use it to help extend your battery life as far as you can.

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1 day ago

LG G3 Screen sports a 5.9-inch display and LG's own application processor

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LG G3 Screen

LG tonight took the wraps off LG G3 Screen (as previously expected), marking the first smartphone to be powered by LG's own processor.

The NUCLUN is an 8-core ARM-based big.LITTLE processor pushing four Cortex-A15 processors at 1.5GHa and (that's the high-power, lowercase "big") and four Cortex-A7 processors at 1.2 GHz (that's the low-power, uppercase LITTLE — get it?) that also supports LTE-A for max theoretical download speeds of 225 Mbps.

The Screen's design is in line with the LG G3, only bigger, with this new processor, and a lower-resolution display. It's running Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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1 day ago

Samsung Netherlands confirms Galaxy S5 Plus pricing at €599

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Remember that Galaxy S5 Plus that's launching in the Netherlands? It looks like we can now confirm official pricing on the handset. According to a press release issued by Samsung's Netherlands branch, the device will land in the country in late October for €599.

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1 day ago

Starbucks app updated to support Android 5.0, QHD screens

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The Starbucks app has just been updated to work on even more devices with the inclusion of official support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and phones with QHD displays. While it's nice to see Android 5.0 support this early in the game as people are mere days away from getting their pre-ordered Nexus 9s, proper support for devices with QHD displays is the bigger deal as millions of LG G3s and Galaxy Note 4s are already out in the wild.

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1 day ago

Not so exclusive: Google sends out a truckload of Inbox invites

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Well, that didn't last all that long. It seems most people who requested an invite to the new Inbox app from Google are receiving notifications indicating that they're into the cool kids club. As the wave of invites rolled out, the @inboxbygmail Twitter account confirmed that they have "left the building" and to check back soon if you weren't in this wave.

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1 day ago

Accessibility features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 accessibility

Having a solid set of proper accessibility features on a phone is incredibly important for the small set of people who need them, and Samsung has done a good job of keeping its recent phones accessible for all. The new version of TouchWiz introduced on the Galaxy S5 brought new options and refined the accessibility features on the device, and nearly all of those features have made their way over to the Galaxy Note 4 as well.

The Note 4 interestingly adds two new features when compared to the Galaxy S5, but also removes two from the set at the same time. The vast majority of things are unchanged, however, meaning you can easily switch between the two and get acquainted with the settings.

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1 day ago

Amazon posts $544 million operating loss in Q3, takes $170 million write-down on Fire Phone

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Amazon just announced its Q3 2014 earnings, showing the largest operating loss in company history of $544 million for the quarter. That's dramatically higher than the $25 million operating loss of Q3 2013, despite the fact that net sales were up 20 percent to $20.58 billion this quarter. Operating cash flow was also up for the quarter at $5.71 billion, but that still is in the shadow of such a large loss.

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1 day ago

Nexus 9 hands-on and first impressions

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Nexus 9

HTC splits the previous Nexus tablets with an 8.9-incher, while adding a premium feel and internals

It's been 15 months since the Nexus 7 (2013) was unveiled, and now we have our hands on its successor the Nexus 9. Built by HTC rather than ASUS, the Nexus 9 takes the sleek and modern design we saw on the last round of Nexuses and scales it up to house an 8.9-inch display, while integrating an aluminum frame and improved internals. It also brings an interesting new aspect ratio that is supposed to be better for getting work done.

While you can't go out and buy one just yet — it's available for preorder now and should ship by Nov. 3 — we've had the opportunity to use the Nexus 9 for a little bit so we can give you our first impressions of it. Stick with us after the break for hands-on pictures, video and our first impressions of the Nexus 9.

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1 day ago

Popular Japanese physics RPG Monster Strike now available in English

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Monster Strike has enjoyed over 5 million downloads on the Japanese Google Play Store alone, and now players in North America and elsewhere can see what all the fuss is about.

Monster Strike is effectively a marble-flicking game about hitting and eliminating targets that incorporates a lot of RPG elements. Up to four buddies can get cooperatively involved to take on exclusive bosses and and earn shared rewards.

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1 day ago

T-Mobile wants better coverage inside your home and it's asking the FCC for help

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T-Mobile wants its phones, tablets, and devices to work better in your homes and buildings, and to do so it is petitioning the FCC to make that happen. The Un-carrier wants to be able to buy more low-band spectrum to improve in-building coverage in the next FCC auction, and T-Mobile wants the FCC to alter a few rules to help it succeed.

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