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17 hours ago

Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: Refreshment' winners!

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We were looking for refreshing photos in this latest contest, and you really delivered. The forum thread filled out nicely with a great cropping of photos, giving us plenty to choose from when it came to find two winners.

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17 hours ago

Empires & Allies commands and conquers its way to Android

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Zynga has launched its latest mobile game, the real-time strategy title Empires & Allies, worldwide for Android devices.

If the game looks and plays similar to the classic PC Command & Conquer game series, that may be because some of its original creators like Mark Skaggs help to make Empires & Allies.

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18 hours ago

How to use Samsung Smart Switch

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Galaxy S6 Smart Switch

Samsung makes it mostly effortless to switch away from just about anything to something with Galaxy in the name.

Migrating from one Android device to another got marginally easier with Android 5.0 — especially if your old device is NFC-enabled and most of your data lives in Google's clouds — but it's not perfect. More important is that if you're moving from an iOS device, it's still kind of a hassle. Samsung's solution for this is Smart Switch, and it is now baked into the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge at startup. If you're planning on moving to a shiny new Galaxy in the not-so-distant future, you probably want to familiarize yourself with this software. With that in mind, lets take a quick tour through Samsung Smart Switch.

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19 hours ago

Vodafone UK launches the Tab prime 6, a 9.6-inch tablet for just £150

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£150 gets you a 9.6-inch tablet running Lollipop, along with 6GB of data included.

Vodafone UK has announced the Tab prime 6, a £150 tablet with a large 9.6-inch display. Running Android 5.0 Lollipop with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM internally, the Tab prime 6 also has a 5MP camera on the back as well as a 2MP front facing camera.

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20 hours ago

Grim Fandango Remastered brings the classic LucasArts adventure game to Android

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Grim Fandango Remastered, a graphically updated version of the classic and acclaimed LucasArts adventure game, is now out for Android

The original version of the game was first released for Windows PCs in 1998, and was an instant critical success, and has since become known as one of the best video games of all time.

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22 hours ago

Sony and Samsung camera sensors on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge found to be evenly matched

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Sony's imaging sensor was found to produce true-to-life colors in bright conditions, while Samsung's own sensor was found to fare better in low-light scenarios.

For the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung decided to opt for a mix of imaging sensors for the 16MP camera at the back, switching between its in-house ISOCELL sensor and Sony's latest IMX240. A comparison test from SamMobile revealed that the image quality from both is near-identical.

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1 day ago

Gold Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in huge demand, Samsung steps up production

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Samsung has shared sales data for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, with the manufacturer noting that the gold color option has accounted for a quarter of total demand in Europe.

The increase in demand for the color variant means that initial stock of the Gold Platinum Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is close to depletion in European markets, with Samsung stepping up production:

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1 day ago

Sony's latest selfie-focused smartphone is the Xperia C4

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After launching the Xperia C3 last year, Sony has unveiled its latest selfie-oriented phone, the Xperia C4.

The Xperia C4 boasts a 5MP camera at the front with a 25mm wide-angle lens and LED flash, and comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD display, a noticeable bump up from the 720p display that was featured on last year's offering.

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1 day ago

Xiaomi launches the beastly Mi Note Pro with QHD display and 4GB RAM in China

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Mi Note Pro

After announcing the Mi Note Pro earlier this year, Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun has now launched the device in its home market.

Xiaomi has risen to the summit in China (and other Asian markets) by selling affordable devices with class-leading hardware, but with the Mi Note Pro, the vendor is targeting the high-end segment. The device will be going on sale in China for 2,999 Yuan, which is the equivalent of $483. For that price, you get some of the best hardware currently available:

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1 day ago

Google releases Android 5.0.2 factory images for the Nexus 9

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Google has posted the latest factory images for the Nexus 9, bumping the device up to Android 5.0.2.

Following the (somewhat disappointing) OTA update to Android 5.0.2 earlier today, Google has posted factory images for both the LTE and Wi-Fi versions of the Nexus 9.

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1 day ago

Congratulations to the winners of the HTC One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge from dbrand!

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Nothing makes us happier than being able to do cool things for the Android Central community like partner with dbrand for awesome giveaways. We've just wrapped up the most recent of those giveaways where we gave all of you the chance to win a brand new 32GB Galaxy S6 in Black Sapphire, 32GB Galaxy S6 edge in Black Sapphire, or 32GB HTC One M9 in Gunmetal plus 18 dbrand skins for each phone, and it's time to announce the winners!

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1 day ago

Motorola posts Android 5.1 release notes for 2013 and 2014 Moto X

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Motorola has posted release notes for the Android 5.1 update for both the first-gen Moto X, as well as the second-gen AT&T and Pure Edition variants.

While it doesn't appear that the updates are rolling out to Moto Xs just yet, this is a significant step forward for the above devices.

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1 day ago

This week's sidebar poll: what battery feature is most important to you?

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What spec matters most to you?

A smartphone can have the most wonderful features in the world, but they don't mean anything if your phone can't stay on.

This, understandably, makes the battery one of the more important features in your phone. And while battery technology may not appear to have moved the leaps and bounds that many other aspects of our phones —such as cameras and displays — have in recent years, batteries and the technologies charging them up have started to make a splash. While some of our editors have firm opinions on what battery features are the most important, we wanted to see which of the battery and power features are the most important to you, our readers, in a device that you're always using, and quite frequently charging.

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1 day ago

Inside Google Chrome for Android

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Chrome for Android

It comes pre-loaded with just about everything Android nowadays, and with good reason.

Google has been changing the very nature of the web browser for a long time now. There are a lot of features we take for granted, both on mobile and desktop browsers, that exist because of Google Chrome. While the desktop version of Chrome is busy trying to be an entire platform that extends well beyond what we consider a web browser, Chrome for Android is a continued effort towards Google's vision for the modern web.

For some, that means a whole lot of unnecessary features that either need to be disabled immediately or is cause for choosing another browser. For other, it's the next step in how our mobile devices interact with the web. Let's take a look, and you can decide which kind of person you are.

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1 day ago

Reminder: Win a chance to attend the ASUS ZenFone 2 launch!

A reminder, folks, that ASUS' North American launch for the ZenFone 2 is on May 18 in New York City. We'll be there with bells on, and we're bringing along 30 of our closest friends to see what all the hubbub is about — and to see what it's like to be at a major phone launch!

But in announcing this little contest, we forgot one very important detail.

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