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12 hours ago

Three minutes on T-Mobile: An Android Central Podcast excerpt

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Podcasting without a net means occasionally things go off the rails a little bit. And that's exactly what happened in the most recent Android Central Podcast when we got a seemingly innocuous question about T-Mobile's new "Jump! On Demand" program.

What we didn't expect was such an impassioned response from one of us regarding all this "Uncarrier" stuff — not to mention the basics of the carrier upgrade process as a whole.

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12 hours ago

Google to bring railroad crossing information to Google Maps

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Google Maps will soon include all of the public railroad crossings on its maps, as the company has partnered with the Federal Railroad Administration to increase driver safety. There are around 130,000 public and 85,000 private crossings in the country currently, and there are more than 2,000 accidents at these intersections each year.

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13 hours ago

Sprint's delivery and set up service launches in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver

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Sprint's delivery and set up service, Direct 2 You, is now available for customers living in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver. Back in May, Sprint announced that the service would be expanding at some point in June, and that time is now.

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18 hours ago

2G-friendly Facebook Lite launches in India and the Philippines

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Earlier this year, Facebook announced a lightweight version of its Android app, one tailored for 2G networks and in situations with inconsistent connectivity. The social networking giant has now launched Facebook Lite in India and the Philippines, with more markets set to follow over the coming weeks and months.

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18 hours ago

Truedialer gains a streamlined makeover in its 3.0 update

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The folks at Truecaller are rolling out version 3.0 of the popular Truedialer app today, bringing to the app a lighter and more capable user interface that plays much nicer with Material Design. Truedialer focuses on offering a crowdsourced Caller ID in the Android experience, and offers those results to help you better identify calls. This means incoming calls can be labeled based on Truedialer's blend of crowdsourced and previously identified aliases for phone numbers, allowing you to better identify unusual numbers or robocallers. With this new update, Truedialer has improved their UI and added an impressive new in-line search function, the combination of which makes this app significantly more useful than your stock dialer.

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20 hours ago

T-Mobile selling the LG Leon LTE for just $79 until June 30

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From June 28 to June 30, T-Mobile is offering the LTE-enabled LG Leon for just $79.92, down from the device's retail price of $149.

The carrier is also extending promotions on its data plans until July 14. The 4 for $100 data plan, through which you can get four family members subscribed to LTE data (2.5GB per line), and the 2 for $100 plan, which offers unlimited LTE data, are now available for another two weeks.

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21 hours ago

Sony looking to set up a manufacturing facility in India

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Indian prime minister Narendra Modi launched his "Make in India" initiative last year, allowing foreign vendors to establish factories in the country. The program is designed to boost hardware manufacturing in India and reduce reliance on other emerging markets such as China.

Samsung has already committed to making devices locally, with the Tizen-based Samsung Z1 manufactured in India. Sony is now announcing its intentions to set up a facility in India to produce devices.

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23 hours ago

Here's how Google checks for lag on your Android devices

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Google's François Beaufort revealed that the search giant uses a robot — build by Finnish vendor OptoFidelity — that measures "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices." The video above highlights how the robot constantly taps different sections of the screen to gauge the responsiveness of the display. The web-based tests assist in determining both hardware-and software-related issues, which can then be rectified.

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1 day ago

Weekly poll results: Contracts, negotiations and record labels

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Google Play Music

Most of us think the people signing the contracts are the ones who need to worry about the financials between streaming services and the artists being streamed on them.

And that makes sense for the most part. Very few of us — people reading Android Central and then taking the time to vote in an online poll — are involved with the music industry. We have no idea what goes on, how cutthroat it all may be, or even how sincere any complaints of unfairness may or may not be. We're taking a guess at best, and when it comes right down to it we're not in a position to know much of anything about any of it.

But we do want to stream music. On some level, we all probably want the people making the music we enjoy to make lots of money and continue making it, too. Letting the people involved in the business worry about the business is a bit of a cop-out, but with no real knowledge it's probably the way we should feel.

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1 day ago

Hands-on with Incipio Ghost 220 wireless charger

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The Ghost 220 is a wireless charger for a busy home.

The Incipio Ghost 220 provides wireless charging to two of your Qi-enabled devices, plus a third over a generic USB port. The base is wide enough to squeeze a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a tablet like the Nexus 7 side-by-side and charging. Individual indicator lights along the bottom show when a device is charging.

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1 day ago

Accessories for a successful Twitch broadcast

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Twitch

Out of the box, Twitch apps give you everything you need to go from playing a game to sharing a game with anyone willing to watch. If all you want is a place to stream your gameplay and maybe record some of your more impressive maneuvers, you're all set. If your goal is to build up an audience and offer commentary on what is happening in the game right now, there's a good chance you need a couple of accessories to make sure your broadcast is the best it could possibly be. With that in mind, we've put together a short list of things you might want to involve in your next broadcast.

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1 day ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Monument Valley, Rovers, MyTSA and more

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Apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 day ago

NPR One on Android Auto: Public radio with even less frills

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NPR One on Android Auto

Public radio isn't exactly known for being fancy. And the NPR One app on Android Auto is a testament to that.

Android Auto

I currently have three ways to listen to National Public Radio in my car. There's terrestrial radio — which, despite every sentence that comes after this one, isn't going away anytime soon. Then there's satellite radio, which I've been enjoying for years now. And now I have the NPR One app on Android Auto.

That's a lot of pledge drives.

But as far as Android Auto apps go, NPR One might actually be the most restrained we've seen.

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1 day ago

From the Editor's Desk: A week to remember ...

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Well, that was one hell of a week. Marriage is marriage, at least in the eyes of the government. Flags come down, flags go up. And Taylor Swift saves music as we know it. Or something. If you didn't expect to come out of last week an expert in recording industry contracts or constitutional law, don't worry. You're not. (And certainly neither am I.) But that doesn't mean there's not a lot to be excited about.

And I can't help but wonder (again) how this past week in the news might have been different 10 or 15 years ago. Could it have even happened in a world without Twitter and Google and Facebook? Or would change just have happened much more slowly? Would we care about the Running of the Interns?

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2 days ago

What radio bands do I need on my unlocked phone?

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Unlocked phones

SIM unlocking is only half the battle — you need network support, too.

Buying an unlocked phone you can freely use on any GSM carrier is a great idea. You can get a great phone at a reasonable price now, and not being tied to any carrier's payment plan or network contract puts you in control of where and how you use your phone.

But you'll need to make sure the phone you're buying is not only unlocked, but has the hardware support needed to use on the network you plan to use it on. That's not nearly as easy, but we can help.

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