12 hours ago

So you just got a new Android smartphone ...

New phones

You've got the new phone, now we're going to show you how to get up and running

So, you just got a new Android smartphone — that's pretty exciting! But once the initial awe of this new gadget wears off, you realize you actually need to use that phone. For those of us who read (and write for) Android Central regularly a new phone isn't such a big deal, but if you've just received your first Android phone it can be a bit daunting.

But that's what we're here for — with a little research you'll have your new Android up and running, and you'll be a pro in no time at all. Read along with us and see the first things you need to do with your new phone.

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15 hours ago

Richard's favorite Android apps of 2014

Richard's best apps

What I've been using the most this past year

We're coming to the end of another fantastic 12 months in the Android world, and as is often the case the end of the year brings about a retrospective look at what has been before. That's true of each of the Android Central staffers, and we're taking it in turns to talk about what we've been using this year to help us make it through the day.

In 2014 I had a real productivity kick, trying to get my Android devices working for me to make me get more done. As such the apps I've used the most are the ones that helped me to achieve that goal. But play time hasn't been totally forgotten.

These are my most used apps from the past 12 months. And they're not going anywhere soon. Let's get into it!

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15 hours ago

The Nexus 6 is back in stock, for now, at Motorola's website


It's the day after Christmas, but that doesn't mean your shopping days have to be over, especially if you still want to get the Nexus 6. Today, the Motorola.com website put the 6-inch Android Lollipop smartphone back in stock.

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15 hours ago

HTC Gallery update adds cloud viewing support and Face Fusion photo editor


HTC has released an update to its HTC Gallery app in the Google Play Store that adds a number of new features to the photo application, including a way to view photos and videos on the cloud and a new Face Fusion editor.

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21 hours ago

End of Year Sale: 20% off all Android accessories!

We're wrapping up 2014 by extending a 20% savings on all Android accessories until midnight December 31!

With plenty of new products to choose from for popular devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Motorola Droid Turbo, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3, you can definitely get the best bang for your buck before the new year kicks off.

To receive 20% off your entire cart, use coupon code: END14 at checkout. We offer free standard shipping on all orders over $50 and have rush delivery options available as well.

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21 hours ago

The 'Frozen' soundtrack is free on Google Play

Frozen soundtrack

You might well hate yourself, but your kids will love you. The (admittedly excellent) soundtrack for the "Frozen" movie is available for free today on Google Play. (At least it is here in the U.S.)

If you've got kids, do 'em a favor and give in and download this ASAP. They'll love you for it. And we won't tell anyone that you already knew all the words anyway.

Thanks, dpham00!

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1 day ago

Ara's favorite Android apps of 2014


It's been a big year for me. I got a job at a TV station, I started writing on Google+, I got noticed and hired by Phil, and I've been cutting my teeth here writing about Tasker, social media, and Google.

A year ago, I thought Chromebooks were a joke, and now it's my second favorite computer — after my Moto X, of course — so it's safe to say a lot's changed for me tech-wise over the course of the year. Nowhere is this more true than in my favorite apps for the year, which have expanded the ways I use my phone and the aspects I appreciate.

And here they are.

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1 day ago

The best Android Wear smartwatch

The best Android Wear smartwatches

Our continuously updated list of the best Android Wear watch you can wear

It's been a number of months since we last updated our list of the best Android Wear smartwatches. And in that time the number of watches available has double from three to six.

The early choice was pretty clear, as the Moto 360 dominated in terms of design. But we knew other contenders were waiting in the wings — namely the LG G Watch R and the ASUS ZenWatch. And now that we've gotten to spend a fair amount of time with the newcomers, we're ready to make a decision. But we will do so with a caveat, and a reminder:

First, our top four smartwatch pics are all really good. It's not unusual for us to switch between them on a fairly regular basis, depending on our mood.

And second is that watches remain a very personal decision. And given that the functionality of Android Wear is mostly consistent across devices — save for the occasional hardware-based feature — you don't necessarily lose any core experience from one watch to the next. If one simply tickles you in that sweet spot, chances are you'll be happier with it in the long run.

But our job is to choose. And choose we have. Following is our list of the best Android Wear smartwatches, updated in late December 2014.

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1 day ago

Xiaomi has sold 1 million smartphones in India


China-based Xiaomi has now sold one million of its Android smartphones in India, according to an announcement today from its Indian chief Manu Kumar Jain on Twitter.

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1 day ago

Just get a new Android phone/tablet/whatever? We're here to help!


Need help with your new Android device? We're on it!

It's that time of year when we tend to get new stuff. As in new Android stuff. New phones. New tablets. New watches. New ... well, pretty much anything and everything these days either runs Android or can connect to it somehow. (And if it doesn't, you probably don't want it!)

And whenever there's new stuff, there will be questions. Questions from folks new to Android as a platform, and questions from folks just getting acquainted with a new device. Or maybe just questions.

And as such, we've got a number of places here that can help you out. Today's just an overview of some of the things you'll find here at Android Central that can get you started. We'll break things down a little more this week.

Let's get started.

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2 days ago

Indian court lifts interim ban on OnePlus One, formal hearing scheduled for January


After issuing an interim injunction against the import and sales of the OnePlus One in India for using Cyanogen's branding and software (to which local vendor Micromax has exclusive rights), the Delhi High Court has lifted the ban on the device in the country. The judge stated that "prima-facie neither (OnePlus or Micromax) competes nor eats into the territory of the other."

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2 days ago

Andrew's favorite Android apps of 2014

Andrew's Favorite Apps

The apps I relied on throughout the year

The end of the year is a time for many things, not the least of which for us here at Android Central is spending time reflecting back on the best things in the Android world. You'll be seeing a handful of posts like this from all the writers here to close out the year, having us highlight our favorite apps and devices that we used throughout 2014.

These aren't necessarily apps that were released in 2014, but ones that may have gotten a significant update or have stood as mainstays on the homescreens of every phone and tablet that comes across our desks. We all see a ridiculous number of apps each month, so the ones that are good enough to stay installed on our daily devices are worth talking about.

These are my favorite apps of the year, and ones that will be on my device for the foreseeable future as well. Read along and see my list.

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2 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Sparkle' winners!


It was a week full of sparkles, and that was just what we were looking for. You all filled up five full pages of photo entries into this week's photo contest, all fighting to pick up one of two Nexus Players. In the end we had to narrow it down, and came down to picking the two winners.

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2 days ago

The Interview now available to rent or buy on Google Play and YouTube [update: now live in Canada]


Update: Google Canada just took to Twitter with news that those in the great white north can get in on the action now, too!

Original Story: Sony is making The Interview available on Google Play and YouTube one day before its initial limited theatrical release. The movie will be available to rent for $5.99 or purchase for $14.99 from either outlet at 1PM EST/10AM PST today, December 24.

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