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LG 3000mAh Standard Batteries for G4 are 38% off today

Great as a spare for those long days or as a replacement, this OEM battery is a must-have for any power user. Its 3000mAh capacity provides plenty of power when fully charged, and is essential to keeping your LG G4 going for the long haul. Available today for only $24.95!

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15 hours ago

Amazon is currently running an awesome deal on the Nexus 6, starting from just $350

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Amazon is currently running a deal which sees the Nexus 6 available for just $350, but that's not where the good news ends. The best part of this deal is the listed handsets are unlocked, meaning you'll not be attached to a carrier plan. Simply make the purchase, throw in a compatible SIM card and you're good to go.

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16 hours ago

Runtastic Moment combines the traditional watch with a fitness tracker

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Runtastic has announced a new wearable that combines the look and feel of a traditional watch with the functionality of a fitness tracker. The Runtastic Moment is available in four styles, offering a combination of different sized watch faces, band types and colors. Synchronizing with the Runtastic Me app opens up a world of tracking functionality for those who require said features but would rather opt for a watch base.

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17 hours ago

WhatsApp now has 900 million active monthly users

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After Facebook announcing earlier this month that it witnessed one billion daily active users, it is now WhatsApp's turn to share some usage figures. According to co-founder Jan Koum, the service now has 900 million active users, up from 800 million in the month of April.

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18 hours ago

Unannounced LG V10 outed by TENAA, may offer a secondary 'ticker' display

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An unannounced LG handset has made its way to China's telecom regulator TENAA, featuring rear-mounted power and volume buttons and a textured back pattern. The phone carries V10 branding at the back, but the differentiator could be a secondary "ticker" display that's similar to the one Samsung used in its Continuum handset all the way back in 2010.

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19 hours ago

Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

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The Carphone Warehouse is now accepting pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. The two handsets were unveiled at IFA in Berlin, but you'll now be able to reserve a unit for yourself when the smartphones launch in the UK. Should you be a fan of white phones, the UK retailer has an exclusivity deal on the color for two whole weeks post-launch.

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19 hours ago

Heads up on this week's podcast from Berlin!

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A quick heads up to all of y'all who enjoy our weekly podcast – it's coming today, live-to-tape from Berlin, Germany! But it's going to be a tad later than usual because of a few scheduling things here at the IFA conference. There's also a ton of stuff for us to recap, and you don't want to miss this one.

So look for this week's recording (again, no live show this week) a few hours later than usual tonight.

And to make sure you never miss an episode, we recommend subscribing to our feed! You can do so here. Thanks, and we hope you enjoy!

Click here to subscribe to the Android Central Podcast!

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22 hours ago

Alcatel OneTouch's Pop Star and Pop Up are heavily customizable budget smartphones

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At IFA, Alcatel OneTouch announced two new handsets targeted at the entry-level segment, the Pop Star and Pop Up. With a focus on customizability, the Pop Star will be available in a variety of back cover options, including plastic, leather and denim.

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23 hours ago

Alcatel's 17-inch Xess tablet looks to bring the family together

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Alcatel Onetouch Xess tablet

The idea of a tablet playing a central role in a family's day-to-day life isn't exactly a new one. We've seen any number of manufacturers give this a shot, to varying degrees of success. Now it's Alcatel's turn, with the 17.3-inch Xess. Yes, you read that right, it's a 17-inch Android tablet. But it's also decently thought out, even if we're in the early days on execution.

Let's take a quick look.

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23 hours ago

Alcatel unveils waterproof Go Play phone and Go Watch wearable

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Alcatel OneTouch has today taken the wraps off a line of waterproof, dustproof and shockproof gadgets in its new "Go" series. Debuting at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany are the Go Play smartphone and Go Watch — colorful new devices that bring some unique features to their respective price points.

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1 day ago

Here are the phones that are compatible with the Samsung Gear S2

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One of the big pieces of news to come along with Samsung's Gear S2 announcement was that it will be compatible with non-Samsung smartphones. There are some restrictions however, as Samsung notes that the Gear S2 requires a paired smartphone with Android 4.4 and higher and more than 1.5GB of RAM.

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1 day ago

Google talks improved memory management and performance in Chrome 45

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Google has taken to a blog post today to talk some of the performance improvements included in Chrome 45 for desktop. Included in the changes is a new aggressive memory cleanup technique and, perhaps most importantly, smarter handling of restored tabs.

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1 day ago

Considering an upgrade from Moto 360 (2014) to Moto 360 (2015)

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Any time a new piece of technology is released that resembles its predecessor, there are folks who wonder if the upgrade is actually worth it.

While there's a group of folks out there who were really hoping the new Moto 360 would have a full circle design, dropping the display shelf and focusing on looks instead of features, there are even more people seriously wondering how much of an upgrade this watch really is.

After all, when you look at the specs it's clear the new Moto 360 isn't surpassing the capabilities of the watches that have been released to compete with the original, none of which are exactly standing tall as vastly superior anyway. The original Moto 360 had some flaws, especially when it came to battery life and overall performance, but it looked great and many early adopters are able to squeeze a full day of enjoyment out of it.

It's a year later, and while Motorola's update appears to only be keeping up with the trend there's a lot to consider in choosing between the current and new Moto 360.

Battery life

Let's just get this one out of the way early. The new Moto 360 is going to have significantly better battery life than its predecessor. While the bump from 320 mAh to 400 mAh in the 46mm version of this watch may not seem like much, it's important to consider the processor being used here. The quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor in this watch will be consuming significantly less energy to perform the same tasks as the single core OMAP 3 that powers the original. Side by side, performing the same tasks, the original Moto 360 will die way faster than the newer model.

Since Motorola had battery life to spare, and it was important to compete with the other Android Wear watches that have been released in the last few months, the ambient display is always on by default. With the screen on every second of the day, this new Moto 360 will still get better battery life than the current Moto 360, whose ambient mode only lasts a few seconds. If you turn this mode off, battery life on this new Moto 360 is immediately doubled. Those of you who proudly claim to get more than a day out of the current Moto 360 will mostly likely be able to get three out of this new offering.

Long term survival

If we've learned anything from the first major update to Android Wear on the original Moto 360, it's that this hardware isn't going to hold up to too many more updates before being essentially unusable. While the most recent update to Android Wear 1.3 didn't prove to be nearly as challenging, a casual glance at the animations and overall performance compared to a newer Android Wear watch will show just how much the current Moto 360 is struggling to keep up.

It's not going to be particularly long before the current Moto 360 isn't able to keep up.

The reasons almost every Android Wear OEM is using the Snapdragon 400 with 512mb of RAM are availability and performance. Qualcomm isn't going to stop supporting the Snapdragon 400 anytime soon, and this processor is more than enough to do everything you want your wrist computer to be doing. It's going to continue to be the default for a while because it works, and because Qualcomm makes enough of them that all of thene manufacturers can buy a lot of them.

It may not be the next update, or even the one after that, but it's not going to be particularly long before the current Moto 360 isn't able to keep up with the new features Google pumps into Android Wear without some significant drawbacks.

Migrating is easy, but expensive

One of the best things about the new Moto 360 is how easy it will be to move from your old watch. If you already have a favorite band, it will transfer with ease. If you already have a preferred watchface and setup, the Android Wear app on your phone will sync everything over as soon as you pair the new watch. Google did a great job making the software work the same on every watch, and Motorola did good making sure bands and designs are similar enough to be compatible.

The only real reason to consider the current Moto 360 over the new Moto 360 is the price tag.

The only real reason to consider the current Moto 360 over the new Moto 360 is the price tag. At $300 for the base model the new Moto 360 isn't cheap. When you see the $150 new and often much cheaper used price tags associated with the current Moto 360, the decision becomes understandably complicated. If you already own a Moto 360, spending $300 for what may seem like a minor upgrade on the surface is silly.

The differences between these two watches may not be apparent on the surface, but if you're seriously considering one over the other it couldn't be more clear this year's Moto 360 is the one you should spend money on. If you already have a Moto 360 and are on the fence about an upgrade, a quick look at a display model in a store or on a friend's wrist should reveal how much faster and smoother this new Moto 360 is, not to mention the dramatic increase in battery life. Alternatively, if you already own a Moto 360 and are honestly happy with what you have, there's no harm in waiting. Who knows, maybe the not-yet-released Moto 360 Sport is what you're actually waiting for.

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1 day ago

BB-8 by Sphero won't support voice commands on Android at launch

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We've been messing with BB-8 by Sphero for a few hours now, and having a ton of fun patrolling the office and racing with the other Sphero robots we have in the office. If you're a fan of Star Wars, particularly the upcoming Force Awakens movie, this is undoubtedly going to be the toy to buy this year. Unfortunately, those of us running Android are going to have to wait a little while for one of the coolest things this rolling orange robot can do.

In the promo video for BB-8 by Sphero, you see a demonstration of voice commands for the little robot. They work great, you can have BB-8 look around and patrol an area, move forwards and backwards, and even shout "it's a trap!" and have the little droid scurry off at max speed in whatever direction it is currently facing. Unfortunately, none of these voice commands work on Android just yet. In fact, the button to enable the feature isn't in the app settings at all, which is weird when you can see mention of voice actions in the BB-8 app description on the Play Store before the app was pulled (currently the APK is available on the Sphero website ).

While this is a bummer to anyone who plans on rushing out to pick one of these robots up tomorrow, there's no need to worry. Orbotix will be releasing an update to the BB-8 app for Android once the feature is ready. In the mean time, start picking out where you want the charging dock to live. It needs to be somewhere you can see when the little docked robot has something to say.

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1 day ago

A beginner's guide to the Moto G 2015

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Motorola is back with the best version of the Moto G yet in 2015. Most of the talk about it centers around how great it is for $200, and that's all true. But it's also a great phone all-around, and one many of us will be happy with — at least until the next one comes along.

If you picked up a new Moto G or are looking for more information about it, you've found the right spot. Android Central is filled with happy Moto G users who have figured out most everything about how it works and how to make the best of it.

Let's get you started!

Read: Android Central's Moto G 2015 review

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