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6 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 12

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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6 days ago

HTC reported to be working on its own camera to tackle the sturdy GoPro

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HTC is working on its first camera that's not inside a smartphone, according to a report over on Bloomberg. It's said the smartphone maker plans to go up against the likes of GoPro and launch a new sturdy shooter for extreme activities. This waterpoof camera would sport an ultra wide-angle lens and a 16 megapixel sensor, connecting to Android smartphones as well as supported iPhones.

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6 days ago

LG begins global rollout of L Series phones

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LG is beginning the global rollout of their L-Series phones, the L Fino and L Bello. Both phones are aimed at teenagers and first-time smartphone buyers in emerging 3G markets.

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6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha now available at Carphone Warehouse

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Carphone Warehouse has today confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now available both in-store and online from £33 a month on supporting networks (with no upfront fee). The 4.7-inch smartphone from Samsung is an interesting departure from its usual design, utilizing metals and other components.

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6 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Treats

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 Treats

The contests keep moving along here at Android Central, and we're ready to get back to it with our Weekly Photo Contest. After taking a brief hiatus, this week's contest is back and we're hoping that you folks didn't skip a beat with your photo taking skills. The prompt this week to which you'll be taking your pictures is "treats," and we're sure we'll see our fair share of delicious and appetizing shots (well, or maybe just dog treats) this week.

For their effort this week two people will be taking away prizes, with each person this week getting a Ventev Dual USB Universal Rapid Wall Charger!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (September 16) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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1 week ago

Here's what happened to my HTC One M8 after accidentally dropping it 17 times *without* a case...

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HTC One M8

Let me preface this article by saying I absolutely did not set out to conduct a HTC One M8 drop test post for Android Central. Sure, it's always a guaranteed gold mine of youtube views when a new phone is released to record it making a big ol' kissy face with a nice patch of concrete. Hell, I'm guilty of having done that myself — the second video I ever uploaded to youtube, over seven years ago now, featured me throwing a phone wayyy up into the air. That said, this long-term drop test began much more innocently... I just wanted to use the HTC One M8 as my daily driver for the summer.

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1 week ago

Wireless charger roundup and giveaway — 15% off all charging mats!

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Wireless Charger Roundup

Thinking of jumping on board the wireless charging train? We list our favorites, give you 15% off the lot and give one away!

There's no denying that these inductive charging pads, mats, whatever you prefer to call them, are becoming increasingly popular as more devices take on Qi compatibility. Even the long-awaited Moto 360 packs standard Qi functionality, as we pointed out after launch. Luckily we've had our hands on quite a few of these wireless chargers here at Android Central and we're shedding some light on our tried and true choices.

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1 week ago

Boost Moto G getting Android 4.4.4 KitKat update

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If you're a Boost customer and have been waiting for the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update on your Moto G, your time to shine is now. According to the Motorola website and some tips we've received, the update is appearing on devices right now.

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1 week ago

Video Hangouts on Android no longer require Google+ account

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With this week's update to Hangouts users without Google+ accounts got a special treat. Any user can now join a multi-way video call on either iOS or Android.

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1 week ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 offers six more Android games at very low cost

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Android gamers can once again grab a bunch of cool games for a very low amount of money in the new Humble Mobile Bundle 7. The seventh version of the "pay what you want" collection offers six games, with the promise of more to be added later.

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1 week ago

HTC Lock Screen app arrives in Google Play

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HTC has today made their lock screen app available via Google Play. The Sense 6 lock screen app is available for newer HTC devices and will allow for much easier updates, the first of which will keep users from "unintentionally triggering factory reset." The lock screen allows you to swipe right for BlinkFeed, left for Widget Home or up to previously used app.

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1 week ago

Evernote, Vine and other Android apps now available for Chrome OS and Chromebooks

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Google is taking a big step in offering Android features on its Chrome OS by allowing a few Android apps to run on Chromebooks for the first time.

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1 week ago

Big Android BBQ announces 2014 keynote speakers

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The Big Android BBQ has announced that Googlers Reto Meier and Timothy Jordan will deliver the keynote address at this year's BBQ. They'll talk about the evolution of Android. Meier manages the Scalable Developer Advocacy team at Google, while Jordan works as a Senior Developer Advocate for Google Glass.

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1 week ago

HTC rumored to launch an Android Wear smartwatch in early 2015

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A new report claims HTC is still planning to launch a smartwatch product, based on Android Wear, sometime in early 2015, and that it will stand out from the already crowded number of smartwatches from other companies.

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1 week ago

Spider-Man Unlimited slings onto Android

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Itching for some Spidey action? Wait no longer, as Spider-Man Unlimited is now available for Android. The endless runner is based on the comics, so there are plenty of villains for you to combat. This is the first free Spider-Man game from Gameloft, and the studio has indicated that new characters will be released in a timely fashion.

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