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Motorola Shamu rumored to be the Nexus 6

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A day without a Nexus rumor is like a day without sunshine

There's been a rash of rumors the past few days about an unannounced 5.9-inch phone from Motorola (see Android Police and The Information for their excellent coverage of all of this), and most of them say that this device will be the Nexus 6. What you've probably heard is that the Motorola Shamu, based on an entry in Google's bug-tracker system, is the next Nexus, and ready to take on the also unannounced iPhone 6, and we will see it shortly after the Apple announcement.

Like most rumors, this is surely based on some sort of proof, but a lot of it just doesn't make sense and we're not yet ready to declare anything as the next Nexus.

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1 day ago

Facebook moving users to dedicated Messenger app to chat

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It was a few months ago that we reported that Facebook would be killing in-app messaging. Facebook instead prefers users to chat with the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Facebook is now notifying users that transition will happen over the next few days.

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1 day ago

Beats Music for Android updated with verified badges, sentence history and more

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Beats Music for Android has been updated to version 1.2. The update brings some changes to recommendations, the Sentence, and the social system.

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1 day ago

Lenovo Yoga Tab 10 HD+ review

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Lenovo's Yoga Tab proves that tablets haven't reached their ultimate form factor just yet.

For as fast, powerful and portable as they've become, tablets haven't necessarily been on the cutting edge of hardware innovation. In terms of developing fresh, exciting form factors and features, manufacturers typically focus on smartphones with which to step outside of the box. With tablets, on the other hand, they have found their comfort zone – outside of Samsung's push for more and more size options and software features, we haven't really seen that much innovation, at least in terms of hardware, since Android tablets entered the market a few years ago.

Enter the Lenovo Yoga Tab, a device that bucks that trend. Lenovo first introduced the Yoga Tab back in 2013 and since then it has undergone a few revisions before landing at the latest iteration, the Yoga Tab 10 HD+.

Yoga Tabs are known for what Lenovo calls their "Multimode Design" – in short, rather than housing its battery behind the display, the Yoga Tab features a battery cylinder and kickstand. This not only keeps the Yoga Tab remarkably thin, but it also allows it to take on various forms, from "Stand" for watching movies and video to "Tilt" for typing and gaming.

I spent a month with the Yoga Tab 10 HD+ and found that a tablet doesn't have to be jam packed with bells and whistles and top of the line specs to be truly innovative.

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1 day ago

LG TabBook 11 brings together Intel, a keyboard, and Android in unholy matrimony

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LG is showing off a new Android tablet, with specs you wouldn't ever expect to see in an Android tablet. The LG TabBook 11 runs Android, but features a sliding keyboard and laptop internals — an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for internal storage. The addition of two full-size USB 3.0 ports and HDMI as well as an 11.6-inch IPS display out round out the specifications. All this is running Android 4.2.2, and LG says the experience should be "optimal."

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1 day ago

How to use Android Wear as a stopwatch

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Using the stopwatch in Android Wear is dead simple once you find it

There's a simple stopwatch feature built into every Android Wear device — that includes the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 and LG G Watch — that let's you time just about anything. It's accurate (compared to "official" timers at the local drag strip) and has a no-nonsense interface. If you need to time any single event, it will do exactly what you need it to do.

Let's take a look at where to find it and how to use it.

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1 day ago

Win a Moto G and Chromecast (two, in fact) from Android Central and Republic Wireless!

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Chromecast and Moto G

What do you get when you take one of the best affordable smartphones around and pair it with an innovative operator? You get the Motorola Moto G on Republic Wireless' $10 plan, which includes unlimited Wifi calling, texting and data. (And all that Wifi goodness means you're calling and texting and the like for free when you're abroad.) That's what.

And Republic Wireless is serving up a couple Moto Gs for us to serve up to you fine folks. What's more is that they're throwing in a Chromecast for each as well.

To enter to win one of the sets (you can't win both), all you need to do is leave a comment in this post and tell us what you'd do with all that money you'd be saving if you were on a $10 a month plan. Just one comment — multiples won't help you any. We'll take entries through 5 p.m. PDT Tuesday, July 29. Good luck!

And you can check out more on Republic Wireless' affordable plans here.

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1 day ago

NPR One is the one-stop shop for public radio on Android

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When it comes to public radio on your phone, your search might just get to end with the new NPR One app. Released today into the Google Play Store, NPR One pulls together public radio stations from across the United States and works to automatically curate stories you'll want to listen to. It is, as NPR notes, "public radio made personal."

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1 day ago

LG G3 versus HTC One M8

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LG G3 vs HTC One M8

Metal or plastic? Ultrapixels or lasers? QHD or 1080p? It's time to choose between two of the hottest Android phones out there

This is one of the big questions we find ourselves being asked by smartphone buyers — which is better, the LG G3 or the HTC One M8? Both of these high-end Android phones have captured the imagination of enthusiasts and technology fans since their announcement, and now both are widely available to buy in the U.S. So there's no avoiding the issue any longer — the Android Central editors are going to have to choose between the G3 and the M8.

Join us as we break things down and make our decisions ...

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1 day ago

Sony Xperia Z1 in Canada gets an update to Android 4.4.4

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The Sony Xperia Z1 on Rogers in Canada is getting an update to Android 4.4.4. The Xperia Z1 has been certified for an update to 4.4.4 since last month with unlocked phones getting the update then, but it's now Rogers' turn.

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