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7 hours ago

Marshmallow update hitting Xperia Z2, Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z2 Tablet in India

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Sony is rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to a slew of phones in India, with the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact receiving the update. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is also picking up the OTA update, which is now going out to consumers in the country.

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7 hours ago

HTC 10 pre-orders are now starting to ship from Verizon

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The HTC 10 is now being shipped out by Verizon. Some of those who placed pre-orders for the latest flagship from the carrier have been alerted to their order being sent out by courier. Verizon previously stated that orders would hit consumers on May 5, so these reports slot in comfortably with company plans.

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8 hours ago

Nextbit Robin is now up for grabs for $299 at Amazon

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Nextbit Robin is now available from Amazon for $299, a $100 discount off of the phone's $399 retail price. The discount is valid on both the Mint and Midnight color variants of the phone, and is valid until May 10.

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9 hours ago

Micromax's Yu aiming to 'redefine flagships' with its upcoming phone

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Micromax's Yu Televentures has failed to make a mark in the Indian market, but the vendor is once again trying to drum up excitement for its upcoming phone with a new teaser on YouTube. The clip shows CEO Rahul Sharma breaking a model ship with a hammer in a move that's meant to signify how its upcoming phone will "redefine flagships."

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10 hours ago

Opera Mini now comes with a built-in ad blocker

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Opera Mini now comes with an integrated ad blocker, which according to the software maker will lead to 40% faster page load times while reducing data consumption by 14%. The browser also offers a compression engine that helps you save data costs.

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10 hours ago

T-Mobile reveals AT&T's true form as the evil Empire with new Chrome extension

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To celebrate Star Wars Day, T-Mobile has gone on the offensive against the evil Empire, also known as AT&T. The company has rolled out a new Chrome extension that essentially transforms all mention of AT&T on the web to The DeATTh Star, with accompanying images to boot.

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14 hours ago

Uber's Paytm integration will let you pay for your ride abroad in rupees

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If you use Uber in india, you know that the only form of payment currently accepted by the service is Paytm. While it's convenient to use the payment wallet in the country, the service doesn't work outside of India, which makes hailing an Uber in other countries particularly cumbersome.

That's all set to change soon, as Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma announced that the service will be integrated into Uber on a global scale, allowing you to pay for your ride in rupees even when you're abroad.

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14 hours ago

Xiaomi's Mi Band 2 runs into production issues

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It looks like Xiaomi's Mi Band 2 won't be available to consumers this month. CEO Lei Jun shared on Weibo that issues with mass production of the wearable have led to a delay of one month. The tracker was initially slated to launch alongside the Mi Max phablet and MIUI 8.

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18 hours ago

We're taking a look at the new Acer Chromebook 14 on Facebook Live!

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Come ask a few questions and get a closer look at Acer's latest Chromebook.

Update: Thanks to everyone who tuned in live to ask questions! You can check out the recorded version of the video below.

Acer has a brand new Chromebook 14 out that packs a metal body, 1080p display and some solid specs — and you aren't alone if you think it's in contention to be your next Chromebook purchase. Now this isn't the enterprise-focused "for work" model, but it's still pretty darn impressive in its own right.'

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20 hours ago

What Launcher do you use on your phone?

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When it comes to customizing the look of your phone, we can't ignore launchers.

Whether you use a third-party launcher to make gorgeous themes to show off, or you're just trying to get the app drawer back that the LG G5 lacks, they are the best way to do it. With so many launchers out in the Google Play Store, it can be hard to decide which one will work best for you.

That of course, brings us to this week's poll! We want to know what launcher you use on your phone. We've given you 7 choices in this week's poll: "I use the default launcher on my phone", "Action Launcher 3", "Nova Launcher", "Google Now Launcher", "GO Launcher EX", "Apex Launcher" and "I switch between launchers depending on my theme."

What launcher do you use on your phone?

Do you basically just avoid launchers? Did we miss your favorite launcher? Be sure to jump into the comments below and let us know about it!

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21 hours ago

Android Central Mother's Day gift guide 2016

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Android Central Mother's Day gift guide

Not sure what to get Mom this year? Look no further than these great Mother's Day gift ideas.

Mother's Day can be a stressful time for sons and daughters all over the world. If you haven't yet found something for Mom, that is. Use this gift guide to help you through the process of buying for her in a way that will leave her speechless this Sunday.

Nextbit Robin

NextBit Robin - Mint color

If Mom loves taking pictures with her phone, the Nextbit Robin might be the ideal choice. Featuring a 13MP camera and dual-tone flash, this phone will have no problem capturing clear, vibrant images. The 32GB onboard storage is merged with 100GB of online storage, meaning she can take a picture a minute for about 75 days without running out of space. Expect a thorough catalog of children's and grandchildren's special moments.

The 100GB online storage can also archive things you're not using, meaning Mom can download more games and apps without having to delete old ones. This phone runs apps smoothly with 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 808 processor.

Let's talk about style. Users everywhere claim the same thing: this phone turns heads. Available now in mint color (think of a robin's egg) or a darker midnight, this phone has rounded edges while maintaining a rectangular shape that rests firmly in your hand. Mom will love this unique device that does it all at a fraction of the price of other flagship phones.

ON SALE MAY 4-10: And just in time for Mother's Day, the Robin will be reduced to just $299!

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Ring Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

This is a perfect gift for mothers concerned with security. (Or you staying out too late.) The Ring Doorbell captures video the moment the bell is rung or when motion is detected. The camera has built-in night vision so that there is no lapse in security. The Ring app (available for Android and iOS, and with desktop versions for Mac and PC) displays alerts and video over Wi-Fi, and even lets you speak with whomever is at the door.

The best part really is that you never have to actually go to the door to see who's on the other side.

The Ring Doorbell is easy to install. It can be wired directly to existing doorbell wires, or it can be powered with the built-in rechargeable battery. There are four color options to choose from — antique brass, polished brass, satin nickel, or venetian bronze — meaning there is a stylish option for any house. And a new option lets you see things in 1080p.

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Ring Stick Up Cam

Ring Stick Up Cam

The Ring Stick Up Cam can be mounted anywhere and can be rotated to capture whatever angle you desire. The camera is designed to monitor your property but has many other uses. Because it features two-way talk, it can be used to keep an eye and ear on the kids when you're not in the room and, with night vision and forthcoming on-demand video, you will be able to make sure the baby is sleeping soundly without leaving bed.

Video footage can be saved to Ring's cloud service for playback later, and you can check footage any time you want from anywhere in the world. If you're strictly local, the camera can also save footage to a computer.

This camera is powered by a lithium-ion battery that can be charged with solar energy. Since it is generally installed outside and in sunlight, you will not be wasting power while the camera monitors every movement. The Stick Up Cam is a great addition to the Ring Video Doorbell, creating multiple layers of security for Mom's property.

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Moto 360 for Women

Moto 360 - Rose gold and blush leather band

Motorola combines tech and style with this watch (a staple Mother's Day gift!) designed exclusively for women. There are three options to choose from to best suit her style: a gold face with gold metal strap, silver face with silver metal strap, and rose gold face with blush leather strap. Moto 360 straps can be swapped out in seconds thanks to a quick-release mechanism, allowing simple customization. The display is fully customizable, and there are many Android Wear apps to augment your experience, including Spotify and Shazam.

This watch also features a built-in fitness tracker that monitors heart rate, counts steps, and tracks calories. Keep in mind that while this watch is smart, it cannot make or take calls — Motorola advertises "Updates, not interruptions." Not a bad idea for the mother who can't find enough time in the day to get it all done.

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Bose QuietComfort 25

Bose QuietComfort 25

Featuring Bose's incredible sound and noise-canceling technology, the QC25 headphones are a great idea for the music lover. Choose from two color options — white and gold or black — to fit Mom's style. The headphones are large enough to fit over the ear while maintaining a lightweight design, and the suede-like material on the headband rests lightly for extra comfort.

While these headphones are advertised as Apple-compatible, they are also compatible with most Android devices. You'll be able to listen to music on any device, but double-check compatibility before making calls or controlling music playback.

Whether Mom flies a lot or simply yearns to listen to music without interruption, she will love these noise-canceling headphones.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

No matter the role Mom plays, she will love Samsung's Tab S2. Her professional side will enjoy Microsoft Office Tools, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Tab's Multi Window capability allows easy multi-tasking; edit documents while simultaneously sharing photos with grandparents.

If Mom enjoys gaming, she will be pleased with the Tab's vibrant AMOLED display that is available in 8- and 9.7-inch sizes. The tablet comes stock with 32GB flash memory and is expandable using a microSD card, ideal since Mom will take a lot of pictures with the 8MP camera.

This tablet is light, mobile, and will complete the tasks Mom throws at it. If she is upgrading from another tablet, Samsung's Smart Switch makes transferring data a breeze.

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Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

Chromecast is a small, unobtrusive device that plugs into the back of your TV or speakers and allows streaming content from your laptop or smartphone. Mom will love how easy Chromecast is to set up, and will love how soon she can take a well-deserved break with her favorite TV show or movie. Although Chromecast works best with Android devices, it is also compatible with Mac products.

Chromecast also has hundreds of compatible apps, including Netflix, HBO GO, and Hulu Plus. Keep in mind that some of these services require an extra subscription — not a bad idea for an add-on gift.

Mom is also able to turn her TV into a talking piece using Chromecast's customization options. Create personalized slideshows with your own pictures that turn your TV into a backdrop for the day's activities, from entertaining guests to giving a professional presentation. Overall this is a very versatile gift with an attractive price tag.

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Huawei smartwatch

Huawei smartwatch

Watches are a common gift for Mom on her special day. If you feel like changing things up a bit this year, Huawei's brand new smartwatch does stuff your standard watch does not do. Not to mention she'll be one of the first rocking this fancy accessory.

The 1.4 inch AMOLED display shows notifications and alerts when paired with your phone (compatible with Android and iOS). Help Mom keep up with text messages and apps; she can even answer or make calls through the watch. This is a great idea for the mother in perpetual motion. Add a fitness tracker and heart-rate monitor to the equation and you have a top competitor for smartwatch supremacy.

Having mentioned function, let's now discuss style. This smartwatch is designed with luxury in mind. Featuring a stainless steel body colored with gold and a white genuine leather wristband, this watch attempts to make a statement. Not satisfied with the watch's strap? Check out these other options. Huawei's smartwatch is a strong option if Mom is looking for something suitable for any occasion or with any outfit.

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Have your say

Did you give Mom something extra special last year? Did you already purchase something for her this year? Let us know in the comments section below.

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21 hours ago

Best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

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Best wallet cases for the Galaxy S7 edge

Make your pocket or purse lighter. Wallet cases have it all!

Screen protectors and the Galaxy S7 edge do not mix! Have you ever tried to put one on? If you did, we are positive you either gave up after 5 minutes or you are happy living in a delusional world where you say it fits the phone perfectly. Those curvy edges are kryptonite to screen protectors everywhere.

Luckily, wallet covers fold over the screen of your phone and protect it. Most of them tend to make your phone a little bulkier to carry around. But, since most wallet cases have room for cards and cash, it's a great way to be able to leave your wallet at home. So in the long run your pocket or purse will feel a bit lighter.

These are our picks for best wallet cases for your Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

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22 hours ago

Google to add 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to its self-driving car fleet

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Google has announced it will add about 100 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to its fleet of self-driving cars. The first of those vehicles will be on the streets in the U.S. by the end of the year.

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22 hours ago

The best Android phones of 2016

If you're looking for a new Android phone and you're shooting for the top, this is the place to start.

One of the strengths of the Android ecosystem is the diversity of smartphones to choose from. If you can't find a suitable Android phone to meet your needs and desires, then such a phone may not exist at all.

But while there's a lot of stuff to choose from, it can also be tough to find out what's the best one for you. And that's where we come in.

If you're looking for the very best Android phones available right now, then look no further.

New for May 2016: The HTC 10 makes its way onto our list, as does the Huawei P9, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 gets aged out.

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