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5 days ago

AT&T begins Android 5.0.2 Lollipop soak test for 2014 Moto X (updated - not just a soak test!)

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Update: According to these release notes, it looks like this rollout is full blown, not just a soak test. Happy updating!

Original Story: As promised a few days ago, AT&T has started a soak test for the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for invited owners of the 2014 Motorola Moto X.

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5 days ago

Google Calendar's latest update adds several user-suggested features

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A new update for the Google Calendar app will be rolling out over the next few days that brings some useful new features. Many of these features, such as the new 7-day week view with pinch-to-zoom, have been added thanks to feedback from Google Calendar users.

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5 days ago

Google officially launches Android for Work to make enterprise push

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Google has announced today the official launch of an initiative called Android for Work. Through the program, Google has teamed up with several partners to integrate enterprise-level security into the Android platform.

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5 days ago

Google Play Music expands storage limit to 50,000 songs

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Google Play Music is expanding the number of songs that you can upload and store for free. The service now allows users to store 50,000 songs for free, up from the previous cap of 20,000.

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5 days ago

How does Android Lollipop's encryption affect me?

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Lollipop Encryption

More than ever before, personal security is a delicate balance between convenience and functionality.

Being secure is all about adding layers in between the thing you want to keep safe and everything else, even you (and in some cases, especially you). Personal information, like the stuff we all routinely load our smartphones with, doesn't actually want to be secure. You have to put some work into keeping your information safe, and every step you take adds some small layer of inconvenience. In Android 5.0, Google made Full Disk Encryption something you can either enable yourself or enjoy because your smartphone or tablet has shipped with it enabled by default. Before you flip that particular switch, however, lets take a look at what you gain —and lose — through the use of this feature.

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5 days ago

Seidio DILEX Pro Case with Metal Kickstand for the Droid Turbo

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Some people don't want a case for their phone, they want armor plating with a built in cinema mode.

Big phones and kickstands go hand in hand, especially if you're the type to watch video on your lunch break or while waiting in the car for soccer practice to be over. The folks at Seidio are far from new at putting kickstands in their cases, but their DILEX Pro line take keeping your phone and go kinda nuts. It's a two-stage case that puts a rubbery interior in between a rigid plastic casing that adds some significant bulk in the process. It's also the first of the Droid Turbo cases with rubbery bits we've played with that doesn't flex inappropriately near the speaker grill at the top, which means you're way less likely to get sand or pocket fuzz where it shouldn't be with this case, but in exchange you have to live with the rigid plastic being a fingerprint magnet.

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5 days ago

Broadcom says its new hardware will boost the battery life of Android Wear watches

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Future Android Wear devices could benefit from using a newly announced hardware platform from Broadcom. The company said today that its products, when used inside an Android Wear product, could help increase its battery life, among other features.

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5 days ago

Authy snapped up by Twilio for two-factor authentication

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Authy, a company that specializes in security through two-factor authentication, has been purchased by cloud communication services company Twilio. The two companies have been working together since 2012, with Authy using Twilio's technology to deliver authentication codes through SMS and phone calls. For the time being, Authy will continue to function as it always has, though certain parts of the company will expand with the acquisition, according to fonder Daniel Palacio:

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5 days ago

LG G Flex 2 review

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LG G Flex 2

It's big. It's bendy. But should you buy it?

The original LG G Flex was a unique, quirky phone that grabbed headlines back in late 2013, being the first flexible Android handset to hit the mainstream market. It was also a device of many compromises — an unwieldy 6-inch form factor, a lackluster 720p display resolution and iffy rear camera. It was an interesting technical showcase, if not a phone we could readily recommend.

So when it first emerged that the successor would pack higher-end internals and a better display into a smaller form factor, hopes were high. Perhaps this wouldn't just be a neat technical showcase, but also a decent, usable smartphone. The G Flex 2 also gave us our first hands-on opportunity with a real, actual retail device running the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the next big thing from the mobile chip giant.

So now, after a week with the G Flex 2, how does it hold up? Well, it turns out the path to a bendy smartphone remains paved with compromises. Read on to find out more, in the Android Central LG G Flex 2 review.

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5 days ago

Amazon adds Firefly options to Fire HD tablets in US, UK and Germany

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Amazon has started rolling out an over-the-air update to its Fire HD tablets in the US, UK and Germany that adds the company's Firefly options to those devices. Firefly is already available on the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablets, along with its Fire smartphone.

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5 days ago

Moto E (2015) specs

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Motorola's latest budget-priced Moto E (2015) packs a lot of tech into an affordable package. Here's what's inside.

There are, technically, three versions of the 2015 Moto E: US GSM+ LTE, US GSM, and global GSM. The LTE version has a more powerful processor and a different (though basically the same) GPU, but otherwise is the same (apart from costing more). Each of the three versions offers a different set of supported frequencies, so check them out to be sure about which version you'll need.

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5 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop begins its rollout for Canadian LG G3 smartphones

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LG G3 owners in Canada should start looking for a big software update. LG has announced that the Android 5.0 Lollipop over-the-air rollout has begun for the smartphone in the Great White North.

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5 days ago

The new Moto E: LTE, Lollipop, and a quad-core processor

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The all-new LTE-toting Moto E 2015

The first Moto E was a budget-level success, and now it has a budget-level successor: the new Moto E (2015). It's in most every way an upgrade over the previous phone, all while keeping the same low cost that made it so popular in developing countries.

The new edition of the Moto E offers a larger 4.5-inch qHD display (960x540), and when you opt for the LTE version, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor (the non-LTE version has a quad-core Snapdragon 200 chip inside). In addition, the Moto E has gained a front-facing camera, something that was missing from the first version of the phone. It even runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. All of this for just $149.99.

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5 days ago

HTC announces special edition UEFA football One M8, engraved with every league winner

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HTC has today announced a new smartphone in its UEFA Collectors Edition range, called the Champions. It's the HTC One M8 with every UEFA Champions League winner engraved on the aluminium back. A perfect choice for European football fans looking for a new premium smartphone.

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5 days ago

Barclays Pingit will allow you to send money using your Twitter handle

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Barclays has announced that Pingit users in the UK will be able to use their smartphones to send money using Twitter handles, which would remove the requirement for mobile numbers and bank account details to be exchanged. The new feature will go live on March 10.

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