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Black Friday 2014 Deals

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The biggest shopping day of the year is fast approaching. They call it Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, and while the origin of the name as the point where retailers' balance books shift from being in the red (running a loss) for the year to black (profit!) is dubious (any business that's losing money for 11 out of 12 months probably won't be around for next year's sales), the day still sees numerous retailers across the country offering substantial deals on a wide range of products.

What follows are our hand-picked best deals for this year's Black Friday sales. We don't believe in recommending sub-par quality products, regardless of if they're a few bucks off on a random day or not. We're only pointing out sales on quality merchandise that we might consider buying if it weren't on sale. But they are on sale, so the deals are yours to take!

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2 days ago

Android Central 212: Beards and Bugs

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Audio-only stream below

It's been a bit of a big week as Android 5.0 Lollipop updates start hitting devices of those who might not have hopped on board first thing. And that's caused a bit of a problem for some folks. We'll discuss what's going on, and what you can do about it. Plus, our Galaxy Note Edge review, the latest Android Wear watches, and we answer your questions live on air!

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2 days ago

Motorola's replacing AT&T's Nexus 6 stock due to bad software

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The Nexus 6 hasn't been out on the market for very long, but apparently the AT&T version has run into some issues… at least some of them have. Apparently at least a few devices had issues with bad software (the phone is one of the first to run Android 5.0 Lollipop), displaying a blank screen when turned on. As you can imagine, that makes the phone hard to use.

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2 days ago

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner updates with better search, brings your recipes along

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Food community Allrecipes has updated their Dinner Spinner Android app to include a number of important new features, making it easier to find new dishes, and giving you quick access to your own recipes. The app has also added video playback and social integration.

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2 days ago

The European Parliament is considering a call to break up Google

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Google is a big company, perhaps too big, according to the European Parliament. By far the dominant player on the internet thanks to its leading search engine, Google's size and power is reportedly worrying the European Parliament to the point that they're considering a draft motion that would call for Google to be split into multiple companies.

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2 days ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST!

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Android Central Podcast

OK, folks. Here we go. It's been a bit of a big week as Android 5.0 Lollipop updates start hitting devices of those who might not have hopped on board first thing. And that's caused a bit of a problem for some folks. We'll discuss what's going on, and what you can do about it. Plus, our Galaxy Note Edge review, the latest Android Wear watches, and we'll answer your questions live on air!

Join us at this link at 4 p.m. EST — that's 9 p.m. again in London — as we get this thing done.

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2 days ago

Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact support MirrorLink out of the box

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The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has announced that Sony's Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are both MirrorLink-enabled. Like Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay, MirrorLink lets you connect your smartphone to compatible vehicles to use certain features like maps and music while driving.

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2 days ago

Here's how you make your Galaxy Note 4's display usable in direct sunlight

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We usually like to have control, but in this case Auto Brightness is the key

It's no secret that Samsung made some serious steps forward in display technology with the Galaxy Note 4, boosting resolution, colors and brightness to the highest levels we've seen from one of its phones. The 5.7-inch QHD display is quite gorgeous in any setting, and the bevy of display modes in the settings helps you tune it to you liking. But the most mundane of settings, Auto Brightness, is one that you want to have checked if you plan on using your phone out in the sun.

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2 days ago

Google offers 1TB of Drive storage free with holiday Chromebook purchase

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Google is offering 1TB of Google Drive storage for free for two years to anyone who purchases a Chromebook during the holiday season. Normally, 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years would cost a total of $240.

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2 days ago

Android Central App adds saved stories, better performance and stability

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Android Central App

We've pushed out an update to the official Android Central App this week (you may also know it in Google Play as the AC App for Android) that addresses a few bugs and adds the beginnings of a much-requested feature.

Here's what's up:

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2 days ago

Amazon reportedly prepping ad-supported video streaming service

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Amazon is reportedly preparing a new video streaming service that would undercut its rivals, particularly Netflix. The service would not be attached to Amazon Prime, and though it would have ads, it's likely that consumers would still pay a subscription fee, however one significantly lower than what they pay now for Amazon's rivals like Netflix and Hulu.

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2 days ago

Nexus 6 now available from Best Buy for AT&T and Sprint

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The Nexus 6 is now available at Best Buy. The device is available for either AT&T or Sprint, and comes in the Midnight Blue color. The Nexus 6 from either carrier costs $249.99 up front.

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2 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 21

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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2 days ago

Ascend Mate 2 getting Lollipop upgrade in the first half of next year

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Huawei's Ascend Mate 2 will be receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop during the first half of 2015. It was recently announced that the device, which runs Android 4.3, would not get the upgrade to KitKat, so this is good news for Ascend Mate 2 users.

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2 days ago

The Sonim XP6 combines ruggedness, buttons, push-to-talk, and Android on AT&T

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If you've been looking for a phone that marries a modern smartphone with a classic candy-bar cellphone, all wrapped in a cocoon of toughness, you'll want to look no further than the Sonim XP6 on AT&T. At first glance you wouldn't think much of it — with its physical number pad, d pad, and call buttons it looks like any other hyper-ruggedized cellphone, complete with a little nub of a vestigal antenna sticking up in the top right corner. But then this black-and-yellow beast is turned on and that screen displays, of all things, Android 4.4 KitKat.

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