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14 hours ago

HTC Vive Pre manual answers a ton of setup questions

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HTC's living room VR setup is that much closer to launch now.

Anyone excited about desktop-class VR has had a couple of questions about the way you set up the HTC Vive in your house. Every demo station HTC and Valve has assembled for people to try the VR headset happens in an empty space larger than most people have in their personal space, and until recently HTC has been quiet about the minimum distance required to enjoy Vive in your home.

The instruction manual for the HTC Vive Pre, which was unearthed recently, puts these and several other questions about using the HTC Vive to rest.

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15 hours ago

HTC unveils the Desire 626 with beefed specs, dual-SIM and LTE in India

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HTC has announced a more powerful version of the Desire 626 with dual-SIM support and LTE. This variant of the smartphone has a MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor in place of the Snapdragon, as well as 2GB of RAM, improved camera setup, support for two SIM cards and faster connectivity.

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1 day ago

Apple asks Supreme Court to reject Samsung's appeal in ongoing patent battle

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Apple has requested that the U.S. Supreme Court reject Samsung's latest appeal in the ongoing patent case between the two tech giants.

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1 day ago

Promo Codes app gives you a shot at winning a free paid app each day

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If the idea of snagging paid apps for free thanks to the recent introduction of promotional codes on Google Play strikes your fancy, a new app fittingly called Promo Codes may be up your alley.

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1 day ago

First look: Marvel Avengers Academy gameplay

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Mobile developer TinyCo is best-known for its massively successful city-building game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. A game based on Family Guy naturally skews towards an older audience, and now TinyCo sets its sights on the younger crowd with Marvel Avenger Academy.

Marvel Avengers Academy is a fully 3D city-building game starring teenage versions of Marvel's most popular heroes and villains. How much fun is running a superhero school? You can grab Avengers Academy for free (with in-app purchases) on Android and iOS right now to find out. And be sure to read our detailed impressions complete with an exclusive video interview with Marvel Games!

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1 day ago

Google said to be interested in NFL streaming deal

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According to a new report, Google, Apple and Amazon are all said to be interested in striking a deal with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football games.

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1 day ago

LG G5 case listings give closer look at dual camera setup

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Ahead of the impending LG G5 announcement later this month, some case listings on Amazon have potentially given us a closer look at the dual camera setup the phone may ship with.

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1 day ago

Score big game savings on all accessories at ShopAndroid through February 8!

It's time to kick off our Big Game Sale where you can save 20% on all Android accessories!

Ramp up the defense with a protective case, stay active with the charger of your choice, or call the shots completely hands-free with a new Bluetooth — it's all up for grabs right now at ShopAndroid. There are plenty of products to choose from for popular devices including the Galaxy S6, Note 5, Nexus 6P, and older (but still awesome) Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.

Use coupon code BG16 upon checkout to instantly save 20% on your entire cart, and don't forget about FREE shipping on all orders over $50 within the continental US. Expedited and international options are also available for a little extra. You're going to want to tackle these savings while you can, because this sale expires midnight, February 8!

Hit up ShopAndroid

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1 day ago

Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle hosts boss event with tons of giveaways

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Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle, the fighting game based upon the animated series, is hosting a boss event that enters you a chance to win some pretty cool prizes just for playing. Those who participate will be in the running for multiple giveaways, including free daily bonuses, training support and awakening items and more. For simply logging in each day, players can get up to fifteen Dragon Stones and three million Zeni for free.

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1 day ago

Fossil Q54 Pilot smartwatch review: Modern smarts meet analog style

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Fossil Q54 Pilot

Maybe you don't want to stare at a screen on your wrist, but still want some smartwatch capability. The Fossil Q54 Pilot was made for you.

Over the past few years companies big and small have tried every kind of form factor and combination of digital and analog to make connected wearable devices. And while the market has started to land on a few shared ideas of what denotes a "connected watch" versus a "smartwatch" or a "fitness tracker," there isn't any hard and fast rule that says your connected product has to involve a screen of any kind. Fossil is an old name when it comes to watches, but is new in consumer electronics, and it's hoping to have struck this balance in a few different ways.

Coinciding with the acquisition of Misfit, Fossil is taking a multi-pronged approach to the wearable space — with full-on smartwatches like the Fossil Q Founder, screenless activity trackers like the Misfit Shine and Fossil Q Reveler, and this, the undeniably classic-looking Q54 Pilot.

Along with the Q Grant, the Q54 Pilot builds on Fossil's strengths as a traditional watchmaker while also jumping into the twenty-first century — you get a great-looking and affordable timepiece that happens to connect to your phone for some extra utility. But in the real world, is this a perfect harmony of old and new ideas? Or is it something leaning toward a flawed trade off? We're here to tell you in our full Fossil Q54 Pilot review.

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1 day ago

Sony Smartwatch 3, original Moto 360 no longer available at Google Store

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Both the original Moto 360 and Sony Smartwatch 3 are no longer being sold at the Google Store. The listings for both products are still live, but the 'Buy now' box is greyed out with a message indicating that the watch is no longer available.

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1 day ago

Wear your Android love with a limited-edition 'I ❤ Android' t-shirt or hoodie!

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It's February, so what better time to show the love? Now you can proudly display your affection for the world's greatest mobile operating system!

These limited-edition Android Central t-shirts and hoodies are finally available in all colors and sizes from small to 5XL. The front features the "I ❤ Android" message you've been waiting to broadcast to the world; except that the heart is that of the classic Android you know and love. On the back you'll find Lloyd, the official mascot of Android Central, right below the neck. Our premium t-shirts for men and women go for $20, but if you're after something on the warmer side, hoodies are up for grabs for $38.99.

Make sure you reserve yours soon, because this campaign ends on February 14th!

Reserve your t-shirt

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1 day ago

Google adds official speaker support to Android Wear, new gestures for easier navigation

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Google is finally enabling speaker support in Android Wear, meaning select smartwatches will be able to make calls and listen to messages using the included speaker. We've seen watches like the Huawei Watch and ASUS ZenWatch 2 have speakers inside, but they were not active at release.

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1 day ago

Verizon's prepaid plans getting more data at no extra cost

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Verizon Wireless has announced that it is increasing the data offered on its prepaid phone plans. The carrier's $45 per month plan now features 2GB of data, up from 1GB, while the $60 plan has gone from 3GB to 5GB.

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1 day ago

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge pass through the FCC ahead of U.S. release

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It's no surprise that Samsung is readying to announce the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on February 21, and now the phones have both passed through the FCC. The Galaxy S7 proper will carry the model number SM-G930A, while the edge variant will be SM-G935A. Models numbers for each U.S. carrier will be slightly different, and designated by the last letter of the model number, as Samsung usually does.

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