11 hours ago

U.S. House clears legislation to make unlocking cellphones legal


Although most people generally don't think of it when they go to unlock their cellphone for another carrier, the process of doing so in the U.S. has been a topic of much debate involving consumers, the House of Representatives, and even the President of the United States.

For those unfamiliar, service providers like AT&T and Verizon typically lock their devices so they can only be used with their service. If unlocked, phones can be taken over to other carriers. This is hugely important for promoting healthy competition and empowering consumer choice, not to mention being very useful for travel.

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13 hours ago

Android Central 195: Goodness, Gracious — Great Phones of Fire


Audio-only stream below

Another week, another epic podcast — and special guest Russell Holly is back! The summer doldrums are officially over, as we go nearly 90 minutes on the new Amazon Fire Phone (it's not as bad as you might think), the new NVIDIA Shield Tablet, Motorola leaks and more! Plus we answer even more of your questions live on air. Join us!

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13 hours ago

Rachio Iro app update allows for even more ways to water your yard from anywhere


When we reviewed the Rachio Iro connected sprinkler system, we were pleasantly surprised with how well everything worked together and one of the highlights of the system was the app that made it all happen.

It was intuitive and really covered all the basics needed to run the system but as always, there was some room for improvement as well because no system is perfect. Knowing that, the developers have now released a pretty sizeable update and its one that brings even more control, capabilities and end-user options.

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14 hours ago

You can now control your Tesla Model S using an Android Wear app


If you happen to be the lucky owner of a Tesla Model S and have been holding out hope for an Android Wear app to control it, you'll certainly want to check out the Tesla Command app for Android Wear. Android Developer Matthew Patience has come up with the app and while it only allows for some basic functions such as locking and unlocking the doors, opening and closing the sunroof and honking the horn, there's more features already planned.

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15 hours ago

Using the LG Health app on the LG G3

LG Health

LG is helping you track your daily exertions on the G3, if you know where to look, that is

You'd be forgiven for not realizing, but on the LG G3 you can track your daily activities with the built in LG Health application. It's actually a pretty nice application to have around to track your daily steps, runs, or map your favorite routes.

You'll not find it in the app drawer, though, so the first thing we need to do is get to it.

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16 hours ago

Samsung Level In headphones review

Samsung Level In Headphones

These are nice headphones, but there are other really nice headphones out there that don't cost $149

Samsung is finally getting in on the premium audio game with its "Level" series of headphones and speakers, which were recently announced for the U.S. It's offering up four models in the series — Over, On, In and Box — that bring high prices and presumably high quality to those who have an affinity for the Samsung brand and some disposable income.

I managed to pick up a pair of the Level In earbuds, which retail for an extremely hefty $149.99 in the U.S., and use them for my daily headphones for the past few weeks. Samsung is definitely making a step in the right direction with these high-quality earbuds from both a design and material perspective, but the Level In headphones are still a luxury purchase for a limited audience — read along for the full review.

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16 hours ago

Verizon to put some limits on unlimited data


If you've managed to stay on an unlimited data plan on Verizon, you might soon notice that your speeds beginning to slow down if your using a lot of data . A limited set of customers will fall under the umbrella of Verizon's so-called "Network Optimization" policy, which Verizon says is not throttling. The shift impacts customers in a very specific set of circumstances, according to Verizon:

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17 hours ago

The HUGE savings continue on HTC One M8 Dot View Cases!

Get it for $29.95 - Save 40%!

In case you missed our announcement earlier this week, we reduced the prices on the popular HTC One M8 Dot View Cases for a limited time.

The original plan was to end the sale today, but since we've seen soooo many HTC One M8 owners scoop these semi-transparent flip cases up we decided to extend the sale a few more days. If you haven't grabbed one yet, do it this weekend while the sale is still on!

Our store team made sure to bring in more Dot View cases, so we're stocked up on every color including warm black, imperial blue, baton rouge and orange popsicle. Be sure to grab the one that suits you best and enjoy the 40% discount while it lasts. Or heck, get one in every color. At this price, you can't go wrong!

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18 hours ago

The Android Central Podcast is live today at 4 p.m. EDT!

Android Central Podcast

We're podcasting live today, at our usual time. This means the stars have aligned or that nobody is on a plane headed somewhere. We love it when that happens. On today's show, expect to hear a little about Amazon's Fire Phone, A little about NVIDIA's latest, and all manner of discussion and analysis of recent events. Also, we'll be joined by Russell Holly, so there will be so much awesome our buckets won't be able to contain it!

So join us here at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London, or 11 p.m. in Helsinki. You don't want to miss it!

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18 hours ago

HTC Desire 610 now available from AT&T


The HTC Desire 610 is now available from AT&T. The Desire 610 is available for just $0.99 on a two-year contract, while customers paying the full price up front will shell out $199.99. The Desire 610 follows the same design is similar to the recent HTC One M8, though the Desire 610 has a plastic body, rather than metal.

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