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52 min ago

Samsung's Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 up for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

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Samsung's Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 – which will be launching in the UK on February 12 – are now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse. The Galaxy A3 is available on monthly plans starting at £22.50 ($35) a month for 24 months, with the Galaxy A5 available from £26.50 ($40) a month.

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54 min ago

You can now send money through Gmail in the UK with Google Wallet

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Google has today announced a new feature in Gmail for UK users. It's now possible to transfer funds through the email service using Google Wallet. The new transfer feature in the desktop version of Gmail is free to use and doesn't require the recipient to have a Gmail address – they'll be required to set up and configure a Google Wallet Balance to receive the transferred funds.

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2 hours ago

LG sells 59.1 million smartphones in 2014, net profit doubles

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LG has plenty to be excited about, as the South Korean manufacturer's financial results for 2014 indicate that it sold 59.1 million smartphones in 2014, an increase of 24 percent from the previous year. LG's net profit of $474.81 million marked an increase of 125 percent from 2013, with revenue itself increasing by 1 percent from 2013 to $55.91 billion.

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2 hours ago

Microsoft releases Outlook Preview for Android

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Microsoft has released a preview of its Outlook app for Android, completing the full Office experience on Google's mobile OS. While this new app is in the testing stage, it's a fully featured email client worth downloading if you use the desktop version and enjoy utilizing Microsoft Office products. It's a solid app that not only lets you tap into the world of Outlook and Office 365, but also connect to Gmail and other supported accounts.

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3 hours ago

Office for Android tablets exits preview, finished versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint now available

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Microsoft launched Office for Android tablets in preview form earlier this month, and now the Redmond giant has launched the final version of these apps on the Play Store. Finished versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint are now available for download on your Android tablet.

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4 hours ago

Looking to buy the Nexus 6? T-Mobile is offering a discount of $48 on the handset

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After offering a $36 discount on the Galaxy Note 4 earlier this month, T-Mobile is now slashing prices of the Nexus 6. Both 32 and 64GB versions of the Midnight Blue Nexus 6 are discounted by $48.

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4 hours ago

Samsung ties with Apple for title of world's largest smartphone manufacturer

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Samsung's decline of late has allowed Apple – which posted a stellar quarter in which it sold 74.5 million iPhones – to catch up to the South Korean manufacturer. According to data from market research firm Strategy Analytics, both Samsung and Apple control a global market share of 19.6 percent and are now tied for the title of the world's largest smartphone vendor.

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9 hours ago

Qantas will soon offer Gear VRs for first class lounges and in-flight entertainment

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Getting ahead of the game on innovative in-flight entertainment, Australian airline Qantas has announced it will equip two of its first class lounges and select flights with Samsung Gear VRs. The small-scale three-month trial period will offer first class customers flying on Qantas the 360 degree virtual reality experiences in its Melbourne and Sydney lounges as well as A380 flights from Australia to Los Angeles.

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10 hours ago

Samsung UK offers up free, fancy Mont Blanc pen with purchase of Galaxy Note 4

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If you live in the UK and you've been holding out on picking up a Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is hoping to sway you by throwing in a fancy Mont Blanc pen when you purchase the device from its online store.

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11 hours ago

Chrome Beta for Android updated with pull-to-refresh, bug fixes

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Chrome for Android users rejoice! Pull-to-refresh is here — in beta form at least. Google posted an update for its Chrome Beta app that brings the addition of everyone's favorite refresh gesture, as well as numerous bug fixes and the usual smattering of performance improvements.

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11 hours ago

Samsung's Q4 2014 earnings show continued slumping smartphone sales

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Samsung has reported the results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 today — and they're not pretty. Overall, the company brought in a profit of 5.3 trillion won ($4.8 billion USD) compared to 7.3 trillion won ($6.7 billion) the year prior — a 27 percent drop.

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13 hours ago

How we would change the Nexus 6

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Nexus 6

Some changes we would make

Here at AC, we do a lot of things. Making smartphones, however, is not one of them. But (there is always a but ...) we do use a lot of them. A whole lot of them. That gives us a bit of a different perspective, because we can see each little thing each individual phone does better than the rest.

If you read our Nexus 6 vs. Galaxy Note 4 comparison, you already know that we really like most things about the Nexus 6. Overall, we all would recommend the Note 4 to someone looking for a big-screen device, but the Nexus 6 matches up very well and is still a great choice. I have both, and even though I would recommend the Note 4 to most people, I use the Nexus 6 instead. I'm not most people.

Anyhoo, we went around the table and we each decided the one thing we would like to see changed on the Nexus 6. Here's what we came up with.

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14 hours ago

Google adds a splash of Material Design to movie searches on Android

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It looks like searching for movies on your Android device got quite the visual refresh today. Google has added a splash of color, along with a scrolling list of titles represented by their promotional posters when searching for movies involving a specific actor or director.

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14 hours ago

Qualcomm: Snapdragon 810 won't be in 'large customer's flagship'

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Qualcomm today reported their first quarter 2015 earnings, and while we don't usually pay too much attention to the financial ticks and tocks of the chipmakers, Qualcomm today flat-out stated that their Snapdragon 810 processor had been snubbed by "a large customer" for their flagship device, and that it would have a material impact on their earnings for the second half of the year. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800-series processors powered every flagship Android smartphone of last year, but it was reported just last week that the one customer that could have a serious impact on Qualcomm's bottom line wouldn't be using the newest 810 processor in their newest phone, and that customer would be Samsung.

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14 hours ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Looking up

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 Looking up

Whether it's in the physical world peering toward tall buildings or in an emotional sense thinking of a role model or a relative, you're always looking up in one way or another. That's the inspiration for this week's photo contest, where we're looking for photos that capture the idea of "looking up." There are a few different directions you could take this contest, and we're excited to see what you can come up with.

For their entries this week, we'll be awarding two winners with a $50 ShopAndroid gift card to spend as they wish!

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 (February 3) 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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