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6 hours ago

Weekend fun: 10 sounds from old versions of Android

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Android Ringtones

I was fooling around in my Google Drive the other night, and came across a really cool find. I have a folder with a bunch of old ringtones and notification sounds from Froyo and Gingerbread just sitting there, waiting for me to get all nostalgic and use them.

I have no idea why I saved the ones I saved. I'm going to guess they were my favorites from back then, and needed to use them on a phone that didn't include the "stock" Android ringtones and sounds. Or maybe something else. In any case, I figure other people might just enjoy a blast from the past and wanted to share them here. What ones do I have, you ask? These 10, plus an ultra-bonus DROOOIIIIDDDDDDD sound. All converted to 320kbps mp3 files. Don't ask why, I have no answer. Just enjoy.

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7 hours ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Moto X, Windows 10, Teslas, and more!

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Moto X Style in Walnut

Welcome to Mobile Nations Weekly: your window into the week in mobile tech and life.

You can expect this to hit every week: the latest and greatest from the past week in technology and mobile life from across Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Central, and more! If there was any week to get this started, this week was the one it — we've got major releases of hardware and software from multiple manufacturers. All of this is setting the stage for the coming months (and in some cases years) in mobile technology, so it's an exciting time for fans of smartphones, tablets, and all manner of gadgets.

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8 hours ago

CHOETECH 15600mAh Dual-USB Quick Charge power bank

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Feed the need for Quick Charge speeds.

Weighing in at 12.5oz, this power bank is solid in design, featuring a glossy black finish that's a real stickler for fingerprints. You'll find the power button on the top, along with a series of LED lights that provide percentages of remaining battery life at any given time.

What's unique about the CHOETECH power bank is its ability to be charged using either a microUSB cable or Apple Lightning cable. Both ports are featured on the front lip of the power bank next to 2 USB ports — 1 standard and the other Quick Charge 2.0 certified. Both inputs charge at a max rate of 2.1A, regardless of what cable you end up using to replenish the power bank. Output 1 (standard) provides 1A, and output 2 (QC 2.0) at 2.4A. Bundled with the power bank is a single 4ft. microUSB cable for charging your phone or the portable battery.

To completely charge the power bank, you're looking at approximately 7 hours using a Quick Charger, or about 10 hours with a standard charger. It comes with the standard protection features built-in, including over-current, over-charge, and short circuit protection. It happily charges 2 devices simultaneously, as long as you have an extra USB cable laying around. Given the brute size of this power bank, it's definitely not ideal for pocketing, but would still do well for traveling or weekend camping trips. Just keep it away from water, because this isn't a rugged power bank meant for that kind of abuse.

Our take

$39.99 Buy Now

It's got plenty of backup power with its 15600mAh battery, dual-USB ports, a Quick Charge 2.0 option, and can be charged up with a microUSB or Lightning USB cable. It's quite the beast for its $39.99 price tag. If you're really only keeping one device alive for a trip, you could probably go with something a bit slimmer like the Aukey 10k Quick Charge Power Bank. For 2 or more devices though, this is a pretty solid option.

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9 hours ago

Windows 10 and the Android SDK tools: No big changes

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If you're one of the people who rushed to upgrade to Windows 10, you'll be happy to know that the Android tools in the SDK work just as they did before.

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10 hours ago

What are you looking for from a 'smart' thermostat?

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Nest thermostat

The Internet of Living Rooms is a thing. We point to the very popular, very pricey and potentially cool smart thermostat market to see how it's beginning.

Environmental control is a natural place for smart and connected devices to be. Ever since the middle of the 20th century, we've heard about how the homes of the future will be automated and controllable from one central location. Fast forward to today, and nobody is surprised when they hear about a home that has smart lighting or smart heating and cooling.

We're going to talk a little bit about that smart heating and cooling today. Specifically, what we want a smart thermostat to do for us.

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15 hours ago

Possible Samsung Galaxy Note 5 specs leak out

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To go along with the recent leak of possible Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ press renders, it seems that we now might have an idea what's inside one of those devices. The specifications for the Galaxy Note 5 have reportedly appeared, courtesy of notable leaker Evan Blass.

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15 hours ago

In pictures: The Moto X Style (aka Pure Edition)

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Moto X 2015

It doesn't matter what you call it — Moto X Style, Moto X Pure Edition ... whatever — this is the new hotness for 2015 from Motorola.

You've read our preview. You've watched the video.

On this fine Saturday morning, let's just enjoy this upcoming phone — we've got to wait until September before it's released — in pictures.

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1 day ago

Possible Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ press renders leak ahead of announcement

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We've had not shortage of leaked pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ to ogle at over the past several weeks. However, a new shot has surfaced of what looks to be an official press render of each device side-by-side.

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1 day ago

Sony is shutting down its online store on August 28

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If you regularly buy direct from Sony on its online store, you may want to look into another outlet to get its products. Sony announced today that it will be shutting down its online shop on August 28.

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1 day ago

Alcatel OneTouch's back to school bundle packs an Idol 3 and OneTouch Watch for $300

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Alcatel OneTouch is getting in on the back to school action with a deal that contains one of our favorite budget-friendly smartphones, the Idol 3, along with the company's OneTouch Watch for $300.

As a bit of a refresher, the Idol 3 packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and runs on a 1.7GHz processor. You'll also score a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP camera up front. The OneTouch Watch that comes in this bundle unfortunately doesn't pack Android Wear, but it does handle notifications and controlling music, and includes a number of apps for tracking health stats. It's also water and dust proof to boot.

The Alcatel Idol 3 normally retails for $279 (currently marked down to $250), while the OneTouch Watch goes for $149 on its own, so this isn't a bad deal if it piques your interest. If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our five reasons to buy the Alcatel Idol 3.

Buy from Alcatel OneTouch

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1 day ago

The Windows 10 Phone Companion and Android: Do you need it?

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This is the Windows 10 Phone Companion app. It's what you'll see when you plug your phone into a Windows 10 box. And it's half-useful, half-plea to get you to install some of Microsoft's apps on your phone. (And these days, there's a decent chance that those apps will be on there in the first place.)

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1 day ago

Upcoming Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 shown off in leak

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It looks like Sony is gearing up to introduce some new smartphones to the mid-range segment, and a new leak has given us a look at what to expect. Two new Sony handsets, the Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra have posed for the camera, providing a glimpse of their design and a list of detailed specs.

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1 day ago

Android Central 247: OnePlus 2, new Moto hotness!

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Audio-only stream below

How much can we cram into one 60-minute podcast? How about some serious Android security scares — we'll tell you exactly how much you need to worry about this Stagefright thing. And how about our first look at the new OnePlus 2 — spoiler: You'll have to settle a little. And we've got our hands on the new Moto G, and we've taken a look at the Moto X Style (Pure Edition) — it's big!

Plus we answer a whole bunch of your questions live without a net! You don't want to miss this one, folks.

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1 day ago

From the forums: Is the OnePlus invite system actually a good thing?

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OnePlus 2

Every discussion about the OnePlus 2 (just like the One before it) is going to revolve around the process of requiring an invite to actually buy the phone. No matter how much you're a fan of the design, features or software, when it comes to just buying a OnePlus 2 you've gotta stand in line, sign up to be considered or bug your friends on social media.

But what if the invite system is actually a good thing? zachthebomb13 raises an interesting discussion in the OnePlus 2 forums:

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