19 min ago

The Verizon Xperia Z3v video review


We're not quite done with the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v just yet. You've already seen our complete written Z3v review. But do yourself a favor and spare us 3 minutes for our video review. The short take? Verizon's got a decent phone here in terms of specs and features, but we just can't get over the ho-hum design that it stayed with when it shunned the proper Z3.

It's a mystery, or something. Enjoy.

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2 hours ago

Lenovo's website lists Smartband SW-B100 fitness tracker


Lenovo's foray into the world of wearable devices is set to commence with the Smartband SW-B100, which is now listed on the manufacturer's official website. The fitness tracker was seen making its way to the FCC earlier the month, which revealed a rectangular display.

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15 hours ago

Weekly poll results: Who is trading the Chromecast for a Nexus Player?

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Android Central readers love their Chromecast

Earlier in the week we asked everyone about their plans to upgrade to a Nexus Player from the Chromecast. Now it's time to look at the results.

This was actually closer than I thought it would be, with only 39.2-percent of responders saying they have no plans to replace their Chromecast with the new Nexus Player. I assumed that number would be a lot higher, because I know a whole lot of folks who love Google's little $35 streaming stick. A look at the final tally follows.

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15 hours ago

Google Maps snags update, improved Android Wear navigation notifications


Google Maps for Android has just picked up an update. Head to the Google Play Store and you'll find the newest version of Google Maps with improved support for Android Wear notifications.

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16 hours ago

Android Central 208: Zed Thrice Ved


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This week: We've gone hands-on with the HTC Nexus 9, we've spent some quality time with the updated Android 5.0 Lollipop preview, we recap the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v and the latest Android Wear update — and of course we'll answer your questions live!

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16 hours ago

Last chance to win an NVIDIA Shield prize pack and help sick kids with Extra Life!


In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, tomorrow we're playing Gameloft titles for 24 hours straight on the NVIDIA Shield Tablet to raise money for Extra Life. You can get the full run-down here on what Extra Life is all about, but the short version is that they raise money for kids hospitals, and this year's run has so far managed to break the $3 million mark. As a part of our efforts, Gameloft has made a big donation and NVIDIA is putting up two prize packs that will be going out to some lucky motherhubbards who pitch in.

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16 hours ago

Chrome/Android chief reportedly now oversees all of Google's core products


Google is apparently experiencing a pretty big shakeup today. Mountain View's CEO, Larry Page, has reportedly appointed Sundar Pichai as leader of core Google products. This is a somewhat surprising move, as it adds a lot to Pichai's already hefty plate.

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18 hours ago

Inbox invites hit user inboxes

Inbox invites

Folks who are using Inbox — Google's new take on email management — just received a new item in their inbox — three invites to pass out to friends and family. Finding them is easy enough — just tap the icon to compose a message and you should see a golden ticket in the recents list. Tappa-tappa and you can enter an email address of the person you would like to invite.

We have no idea if those three people will immediately receive invites to share, or when the next round comes out. But for now, Inbox just grew by about 300-percent.

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18 hours ago

US Prepaid Carriers Buyer's Guide

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With kids back in school and budgets tight, prepaid carriers are often the way to go for anyone with a smartphone. Instead of paying your monthly bill after having used your wireless service, you pay beforehand for a set bucket of data.

There are compromises to be made when signing up for a prepaid carrier, but for the most part, the added flexibility makes it all worth while. Conditions and service plans vary wildly across providers, but we're going to sort through the big ones and hopefully point you in the right direction.

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19 hours ago

Nest purchases home automation company Revolv


Nest has announced that they have acquired home automation company Revolv. The deal was apparently finalized this morning for unknown terms. This seems to have been an acquisition of developer platform, and it's talent, rather than hardware.

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19 hours ago

Rogers flips the switch on LTE-Advanced in 12 markets


It looks like things are about to speed up for our friends in the North—on Rogers at least. The Canadian carrier announced today that it has flipped the switch on LTE-Advanced in several markets throughout the country. Perhaps even better, Rogers is doing all of this on the 700 MHz spectrum, which should allow for greater penetration inside of buildings.

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19 hours ago

10 more things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Can't get enough Note 4 info? Here's the next 10 things you should know about this phone.

The Galaxy Note 4 is a huge device for Samsung that will undoubtedly sell tens of millions in the next couple of years, so we're sure more than a few of you are curious about it. After rounding up our thoughts into a comprehensive review and also a solid list of the first 10 things you need to know about the Note 4, we now have another great lineup of 10 more things you really should know about this phone.

Whether you've already picked one up and just want to learn all you can, or are still on the fence and need a little more info before making up your mind, this is going to help you along the way. Read along for our list of the next 10 things you should know about the Note 4 — let's dive in.

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21 hours ago

A 32-bit Nexus in a 64-bit world: Why Google's new phone isn't already obsolete


A 32-bit phone released in the 64-bit age rouses some questions — let's answer them

New Nexus time, baby! It's the time of the year when hardcore fans of Google's version of Android get excited. We see new hardware, new OS versions with sweet features, and we start to think about how we're going to fund our new purchases and the things we're going to do with them. It's #420ROOTIT all day for some, enjoying "pure" Android as-is for others.

With every launch of new Nexus hardware comes a little controversy, though. This year it's mostly the size — the Nexus 6 is a big beast of a phone — and the price — the Nexus 6 is priced like a big beast of a phone. (Or like every other phone. Just unlike previous Nexus phones is all.) Division exists on both counts, but in the end the people who really want the new Nexus will buy one in spite of, or because of, both issues.

But there's one not-so-little thing that has more than a few scratching their heads and a little worried. Lollipop is built for 64-bit processors, and the Nexus 9 tablet is a 64-bit device. But the Nexus 6 uses a 32-bit processor. Does that mean it's obsolete before it even gets released?

Let's rap.

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22 hours ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT!

Android Central Podcast

Right! It's Friday. Again. Podcast time. Up this week: We've gone hands-on with the HTC Nexus 9, we've spent some quality time with the updated Android 5.0 Lollipop preview, we'll recap the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v and LG G Watch R reviews, as well as the latest Android Wear update — and of course we'll answer your questions live!

Join us this afternoon at this link at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — as we do this thing!

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