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Twitter CEO: 'We never planned to reorder timelines next week'

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Twitter is keeping its real-time chronological timelines, at least for now, according to posts from its CEO Jack Dorsey. The posts try to deny, at least in part, rumors from Buzzfeed that Twitter was planning to switch to a more algorithmic timeline, based on what it thinks its users want to see, as soon as next week.

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1 day ago

The Honor 5X was made for tinkering

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Most of us are more than happy to use our phone the way it came from the factory. Things mainly work as intended, and other than a few hiccups here and there, most new Android phones are more than capable of doing the stuff we want them to do. But for some of us, things need some changing.

If you fall into the second category and just love to mess with things — whether it makes them better, or just different — the Honor 5X is a phone you should be looking at.

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1 day ago

Front-facing speakers top your LG G5 wish list

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We asked, and you answered. Here's what you want to see in the LG G5.

It's February already, and that means that Mobile World Congress and its slew of new phones is only a few weeks away. With the anticipated arrival of the LG G5 on the horizon, there is no better time to start thinking about the features you're hoping to see. Phil asked what you want to see from the LG G5 — and boy did you answer.

After spending some time going through the comments here, as well as over on our Youtube channel, we put together the five features that you told us you were most hoping for in the LG G5. With the phone tipped for announcement in a short time and hopefully a release soon after, there is plenty to get excited for. Whether you're hoping for new features or improvements to existing ones, we've got the top 5 features right here.

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1 day ago

Why Amazon Echo is the one connected device you should buy

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Amazon Echo

I've used a lot of "connected" gadgets. The Amazon Echo is the only one that's actually getting better all the time.

The Internet of Things is still a mess. Few would argue that. There still are too many "standards." Google's Brillo/Weave solution is still in its infancy. Apple's HomeKit is a nonstarter for me or the obvious reason. "Works With Nest" works, I guess, but it still only goes so far. I've never messed with my router too much and am loving the simplicity of OnHub. For a person who does what I do, you'd think I'd be willing to put up with more difficult home tech. But, no. It's gotta be simple for me, for my wife, and for my kids.

Between the Nest and the Ring doorbell and the OnHub and legacy Dropcam and all the other stuff I've dragged through the house (NAS, Xbox, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Canary, to name a few), I've had a lot of stuff come and go. Some I liked more than others. Some I still use.

But of all the connected tech I've brought into my house and into my family's life only one continues to get better all the time. That's the Amazon Echo. And if you have to choose just one piece of connected tech to buy, it's what I'd recommend.

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2 days ago

Chromecast and Chromecast Audio reportedly launching in Australia soon

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Chromecast

Australian residents soon will be able to purchase Google's new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio streaming media dongles. The price for both products will be $59.

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2 days ago

Here comes the switch: Twitter ready to launch algorithmic timeline

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According to a new report, Twitter may be about to flip the switch on a change that will significantly alter the way items show up in your timeline. With the change, Twitter will switch from showing tweets in reverse chronological order to algorithmically showing what it thinks users want to see at that moment.

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2 days ago

Sprint begins Marshmallow rollout for HTC One M9

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now starting to roll out to the HTC One M9 on Sprint, according to the carrier's software update page.

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2 days ago

Marshmallow update for Moto 360 (2015) now rolling out

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The Moto 360 (2015) is now receiving the latest Android Wear update update, containing support for Marshmallow features like Doze and more.

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2 days ago

Verizon issues security update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Verizon is issuing a new update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on its network. Coming after last month's Android 5.1.1 update, this update changes the software version to LMY47X.N910VVRU2BPA1, and brings optimized device performance, fixes known issues, and applies new security patches.

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2 days ago

Android Central 273: Marital Aids ...

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Audio-only stream below

When you think of love, relationships and marriage, you think of the Android Central Podcast, right?

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2 days ago

Android Studio 2.0 reaches beta with new emulator and more

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Android Studio 2.0 is now available in the Beta release channel with a new Android emulator along with a host of improvements that should speed up app development time.

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2 days ago

Verizon now offers its customers unlimited video streaming over LTE with go90

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Verizon Wireless has annoucned that it all of its post-paid customers can now watch video over LTE from the carrier's go90 streaming service without using up their data pool. This offer is part of go90's participation in Verizon's FreeBee sponsored data program.

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2 days ago

T-Mobile deal offers up free tablet with qualifying data plans

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T-Mobile is gearing up for Valentine's Day by offering customers a free tablet, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixie 7, when they sign up for a "qualifying tablet data plan" starting today, February 5.

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2 days ago

Nexus 5X, three months on

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Nexus 5X

The lesser of the 2015 Nexus phones is a bit of a mixed bag, even after three months of use.

After doing a roundup of our thoughts on the Nexus 6P after three months of use, we wanted to offer the same treatment to the Nexus 5X. Though it doesn't have the power or draw of the high-end 6P, the Nexus 5X has a considerable following — due in part to the nostalgia factor of its ties to the original Nexus 5, its smaller screen and more affordable price.

Plenty of folks bought the Nexus 5X, including several of us here at Android Central, and now after three months with the phone in our hands it's time to reflect a bit and see how we're getting on with the phone.

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2 days ago

HTC One M10 leak shows resemblance to the One A9

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A new image showing off what is said to be the front of the HTC One M10, or HTC Perfume as it is currently codenamed, reveals that the smartphone might be following in the design footsteps of the mid-range One A9. HTC was heavily criticized when it launched the One A9, as many said that it was an iPhone clone. Judging by the photo of the front of what's said to be the One M10, the phone will have an oval-shaped home button on the bottom of the display which may have a built-in fingerprint sensor as previously reported.

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