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1 week ago

India overtakes the U.S. to become the world's second-largest smartphone market

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With over 220 million active users in 2015, India has surpassed the U.S. to become the world's second-largest smartphone market. Smartphone shipments saw a YoY increase of 15 percent during Q4 2015, with an overall growth for the year at 23 percent, crossing 100 million units.

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1 week ago

Weekly Poll: How do you monitor the battery life on your phone?

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Our phones have in many ways become an extension of ourselves, and we've all felt the ominous shivers when we're about to run out of battery when there is no charge cord to be found. There are plenty of ways to keep an eye on your battery life, whether it's limiting the apps you use, or keeping a tighter eye on your power usage.

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1 week ago

Smartphone accessory maker Zagg buys battery case builder Mophie for $100 million

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The number of players in the phone accessory market just got a little smaller, as Zagg has announced that it has acquired Mophie.

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1 week ago

US Mobile defends domestic sales of distributor-imported Xiaomi and Meizu phones

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Following Xiaomi's statement that US Mobile is not an authorized distributor of its products in the U.S., the carrier has taken to a blog post to explain its decision to partner with a third-party distributor to sell imported smartphones from China in the U.S..

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1 week ago

Win Samsung's next new phone (ahem, Galaxy S7) from Android Central!

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Mobile World Congress is quickly approaching, and rumors are flying regarding what Samsung will be announcing during its Feb. 21 event. We're expecting to see at least two, and possibly three Galaxy S7 models, including a regular flat S7 and a curvy S7 edge.

So we're going to go ahead and give away an IOU for one because we're awesome like that. Interested in winning? Head down to the widget below and get to entering!

The prize

The winner will receive an IOU for the Samsung Galaxy S7, which does not include service. Just the phone.

The rules

Normal contest rules apply here. One entry per method per person. This one's open to all folks everywhere such contests are legal, but we can't guarantee the phone will work on your network. (You know how these things go.) The contest ends on Feb. 20. We'll announce the winner here on Android Central shortly after the closing date.

That's it! Good luck, everyone!

Win Samsung's next new phone from Android Central!

Samsung Galaxy S7

The Galaxy S7 is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress in late February 2016.

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1 week ago

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 and 4S leak on company support pages

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It looks like a couple of new Alcatel OneTouch phones, the Idol 4 and the Idol 4S, have leaked out before they were meant to. The pair of phones were outed by, of all things, Alcatel's own support site, with pages detailing the complete specifications of each phone.

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1 week ago

Galaxy S7 edge reference pops up on Samsung's developer site

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In case there was any doubt surrounding the naming of Samsung's upcoming flagships, the Galaxy S7 Edge has popped up in a reference on the company's developer website.

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1 week ago

Uber's new logo and branding are a celebration of cities

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Uber has unveiled a new logo and branding, and has updated its app with a brand new icon to reflect this. While the Uber app works just as it has, the company hopes that this new branding will reflect how the company has evolved over the years, celebrating the cities in which the company operates.

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1 week ago

Love is in the air with Plants vs. Zombies 2's Valenbrainz event

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Plants vs. Zombies fans can celebrate the love in the air this season thanks to the Valenbrainz update for Plants vs. Zombies 2.

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1 week ago

Lollipop is now on 34.1 percent of active Android devices, Marshmallow up to 1.2 percent

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Google has released its latest update to the distribution numbers for each version of Android. In the latest round, Lollipop continues to gain ground, while the latest version, Marshmallow, inched up ever-so-slightly. Lollipop now sits at 34.1 percent, up from the to 32.6 percent in January, while Marshmallow has made the jump to 1.2 percent from 0.7 percent.

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1 week ago

Podcasts could come to Google Play Music later in February

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Update: Simmons has deleted his Tweet. Read into that what you will.

It was announced back in October that Google Play Music would be adding podcasts to its lineup, and now it looks like that launch may be imminent. It now appears that podcasts will launch on Play Music at some point in February. This timeframe comes from sports podcaster Bill Simmons, whose podcast will be available on Google Play at launch.

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1 week ago

Rachio's second-generation smart sprinkler controller arrives with smaller footprint, Amazon Echo integration

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Rachio, a company that makes a smart sprinkler controller, has announced its second-generation model. The new version is smaller and is supposed to be easier to install (not that the first one was that tough), and offers integration with the Alexa assistant on the Amazon Echo, which lets you control the Rachio with only your voice. (The first-gen Rachio also gets to enjoy this, too.) You can, of course, also control the system from your smartphone using the Rachio app.

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1 week ago

Truecaller will enable next-generation dialer on upcoming BLU smartphones

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Truecaller and BLU Products will now partner to bring Truecaller's communication applications to upcoming range of BLU smartphones in 2016.

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1 week ago

ASUS ZenFone Zoom now available at B&H Photo for $399

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Just as promised, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom is now available at B&H Photo for $399. The retailer will be carrying an unlocked version of the 5.5-inch smartphone.

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1 week ago

Google OnHub routers are getting a guest Wifi mode

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Google OnHub

Google's OnHub routers (there are two models as you'll recall from our review) are simple devices that were lacking one pretty major feature at launch — guest networks. That's about to change with a new firmware update on the routers themselves, and the companion apps that go along with them.

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