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1 week ago

OnePlus 2 set to go on sale at the OnePlus store in China on August 8

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The OnePlus 2 is set to be announced later today, but reports are coming out of China detailing the possibility that the new smartphone will be made available at the Beijing OnePlus experience store from as early as August 8. The store offers a unique experience for those interested in OnePlus products, with not only mobile phones available for purchase, but accessories and more.

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1 week ago

Here's how much the Moto G 2015 will cost in India

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Motorola is looking to launch the Moto G 2015 at a lower price to its predecessor, based on a listing spotted on Flipkart. The listing (which has been taken down) suggests that the phone will be priced at ₹11,999 ($187), around $15 lesser than the ₹12,999 ($203) launch price of the Moto G 2014. The removal of last year's offering from Flipkart is also an indicator that the Moto G 2015 will be available from the retailer shortly after is launch.

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1 week ago

Samsung's latest monitor can wirelessly charge your smartphone

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Samsung has introduced the SE370, a full-HD monitor that can wirelessly charge gadgets compatible with the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard. The monitor comes with a wireless charging area integrated into the stand, allowing you to top up your devices with ease. An LED light notifies you once charging commences.

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1 week ago

Latest leaked images reveal a Galaxy Note 5 prototype in gold

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The latest batch of leaked images claiming to be of a prototype of the Galaxy Note 5 showcase the phone in golden hue. The presence of AT&T's stock apps suggests that the handset may make its way to the US carrier sometime later this year.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: Keeping things charged

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Charging your phone

Last week we asked everyone how they kept their Android phone or tablet charged up and ready to go. With over 13,000 votes from almost 8,000 of us, it's time to look at the results.

Because this was a multiple choice poll (it's likely that we all use more than one method to charge our Androids), we expected to see the number of us using the charger that came in the box pretty high. It clocks in at 50-percent, which isn't nearly as high as I thought it would be. Maybe it's because some phones come with a charger that's not so premium, or folks already have a nice charger from a previous phone, or something else. I dunno. If you're not using the charger that came with your phone, please tell us all why in the comments. Enquiring minds need to know these things!

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1 week ago

Best Android gadgets of the week: Incipio OffGRID, Sony Smart Speaker, and more!

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We've got another batch of the best Android accessories released recently. There's a full range of gadgets here to consider, including Bluetooth speakers, fitness trackers, cases, and anything else that might improve life with your Android phone or tablet. We've also been writing a ton about accessories perfect for the summer this week, namely in terms of stuff that's rugged or waterproof. Be sure to catch up on the stuff we think is perfect for the beach or the campsite.

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1 week ago

BeyondPod brings its simple podcast playback to Android Auto

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BeyondPod is one of the original podcatchers for Android, and it currently lives in the 1 million to 5 million downloads category on Google Play. It's a regular on our list of the best podcast apps for Android. And with the addition of support for Android Auto, it's now available in your car.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Omni Swipe, Raise, WifiMapper and more

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Apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

Ask the AC crew: What launcher do you use and why?

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Android Launchers

We've talked a good bit about Android launchers recently. We are going to talk even more about them, too. That's because the launcher — the single biggest user-facing portion of the whole interface with the software on your phone — is pretty important. The way you get to the things you want (and need) to do with your phone can make a difference in how, and how often, you're using it, and each and every one of us will do things differently. That's what makes being able to replace the launcher and create your perfect setup is such a great "tool."

We asked you guys and gals which launcher you were using recently, and now it's our turn.

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1 week ago

IF for Android Wear lets you fine tune your experience

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IF (you may remember it as IFTTT) allows you to turn your lights on and off, show your friends where you are, or even send a text when you're on your way home, all of this and more right from your smartwatch. Technology continually allows us to make our lives more convenient, and IF for Android Wear takes that a step further by allowing your apps to talk to each other. Being able to fine tune how your tech works, and what you're notified about is a feature that shouldn't be forgotten, and this app's customizable approach makes it something to at least take a look at.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: If you can't beat 'em ...

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I'm throwing in the towel. I'm crying "uncle." In fact, I'll go so far as to say I'm flat-out giving up the fight. I'm changing my tune. If you need me, I'll be over there with everybody else.

All aboard the OnePlus Hype Train!

That's not to say that I'm not annoyed by a long, drawn-out announcement process in which we get a predictable spec a day. (It has a screen? RAM? Genius!) And that's not to say I think having to wait for an invitation to spend money on something is a particularly good thing. And that's not to say I in any way agree with some of the ham-handed contests and marketing messages we've seen come from OnePlus. (And as the occasional victim of my own ham-handedness, I do understand how it happens.)

But there's no denying this simple fact: It's worked.

Ask anyone who publishes in this space and they'll tell you of the (often annoying) popularity of OnePlus. It's more than a cult following at this point. And to be clear, the OnePlus One was a more-than capable — though definitely imperfect — Android smartphone, especially at that price.

But in the scheme of things, at least as far as the unscientific Google Trends is concerned, there's a big difference between making a little ripple in a big pond and doing something that changes the body of water.

OK, so maybe I'm not totally on board the OnePlus hype train. But this year I'm not just going to watch it go by, either.

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1 week ago

Android One gets a reboot with the Lava Pixel V1

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Google is all set to unveil the second-generation Android One handset — made in collaboration with Indian manufacturer Lava Mobiles — later this month. Earlier rumors suggested we'll see the official launch on July 14, which has since been pushed back to July 27. Ahead of the official unveil, details regarding the handset — which is called the Pixel V1 — have leaked, giving us a first look at the upcoming changes to the Android One platform.

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1 week ago

Carrier models of the LG G4 can now be rooted

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While the unlocked version of the LG G4 has had a root method for a little while, the harder nuts to crack — namely the versions offered by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon and others without an easily unlockable bootloader — have had to wait.

Not any longer.

Be warned, this one isn't for the novice. You'll need a handful of tools, the ability to closely follow a long list of directions, and the right file for your version to get it done, and a busted G4 is always a possibility. Read everything and ask questions before you do anything.

In any case, shout out to thecubed and everyone who helped him with this one. As long as the carriers try to lock them down, smart developers will work on opening them up.

I wouldn't want it any other way.

Read: Root your LG G4 with Low Effort Root! at XDA Developers

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1 week ago

How to add a custom description to pictures in Google Photos

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Google Photos is steadily adding subtle new features to its service through updates to its apps and website, and one of the lesser-known new features is the ability to add a custom description to an individual photo. It just takes a few taps or clicks to get it done, and when you come back to a photo months or years later it could help you remember just what was going on.

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1 week ago

OtterBox Defender series case for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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I've spent the last two weeks rocking the OtterBox Defender Series case, and it's been doing a fine job of keeping my Samsung Galaxy S6 secure, both out on the trails while camping (more on that here) and at home at my desk.

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