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6 days ago

Mobile World Congress 2015: The Android Central preview

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Fira Barcelona

Held each year in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress is one of the highlights of the mobile calendar, and 2015's show is no exception. In fact, we're set to see more high-profile Android launches than ever before at the 2015 MWC.

New flagship smartphones from Samsung and HTC wait in the wings. And we're also expecting wearables from LG, a big new Xperia tablet from Sony, and maybe even some surprises from Huawei.

The action kicks off on March 1, the day of many, many press conferences in Barcelona, before the show floor opens from March 2-5. Naturally, Android Central and Mobile Nations will have a sizeable presence on the ground, and we'll bring you full coverage all week.

But pre-event leakage has already given us a reasonably good idea of what to expect from MWC 2015. So let's take a look at what we're expecting...

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6 days ago

Motorola's Turbo Charger will be available in the UK mid-March for £24.99

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The Motorola Turbo Charger – based on Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology – is all set to make its debut in the UK for £24.99 ($39), with sales set to commence mid-March.

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6 days ago

Samsung's latest 128GB UFS 2.0 storage is all set to power next-generation flagships

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Samsung has announced its latest flash storage module based on the Universal Flash Storage 2.0 standard, with modules available in variations of 32, 64 and 128GB.

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6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 struts its stuff next to the Galaxy S6 Edge in latest leak

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Not interested in seeing what the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge look like prior to their official unveiling? Look away right now as the two Android smartphones have been leaked side-by-side.

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6 days ago

Motorola video shows why you should choose to start with the new affordable Moto E

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Motorola has released a new video to highlight the launch of its second generation Moto E. The affordable, yet powerful Android smartphone is priced for those who are simply seeking a rock solid, yet affordable experience or are new to the platform altogether. The 2015 model ensures the Moto E keeps up with the times.

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6 days ago

Google+ mobile web experience refreshed with new design and improved sharing options

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Google has announced an update to Google+ for the web that brings a new design that has a few Material Design influences. The updated design includes a new hamburger-style slide-in drawer, bold styling in the form of a bright red bar at the top and a new composition window that is accessible from the red floating action button at the bottom.

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6 days ago

LG Watch Urbane nabs LTE connectivity and NFC-based payments, loses Android Wear

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LG Watch Urbane LTE

LG has announced a new variant of its premium all-metal smartwatch, the Watch Urbane LTE. The smartwatch – which will make its debut at Mobile World Congress next week – features a similar design as the Watch Urbane, but comes with beefier hardware thanks to the addition of an LTE radio that allows you to make calls over VoLTE.

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6 days ago

Popular writing app 'iA Writer' makes the jump from iOS to Android

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Popular iOS and Mac writing app, iA Writer, has made its debut on Android today. Information Architects, the folks behind iA Writer, made the announcement earlier today through a lengthy blog post in which they also described the process of developing for Android.

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6 days ago

Here's where you can stream HTC's One M9 launch event

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If you're eager to be on top of everything that comes out of HTC's March 1 unveiling of its One M9, the company has just posted details on where you'll be able to live stream the event as it occurs.

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6 days ago

The best weather radar apps for American users

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Radar apps for Android

For more than just 'is it raining?'

Most weather apps come with radar, but it can leave something to be desired, especially for those who are a little more dependent on the weather's wicked wiles. For storm chasers, meteorologists, and weather enthusiasts looking for more advanced radar on their Android devices, we've looked through the cream of the crop with KXXV-TV Meteorologist Conley Isom and we've arrived at the best three for your Android. And just our luck, each one suits a particular niche for a particular type of user.

A note on location before we begin: due to the differences in meteorological services between countries and continents, we've limited this article to Level 3 radar apps for the United States. Our apologies to our international readers.

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6 days ago

YouTube reportedly considering new ad-targeting system after failing to post profit in 2014

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According to a new report today, Google is looking at implementing a new ad targeting-system for YouTube. The new system would seek to make YouTube more profitable after years of struggling to generate significant revenues.

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6 days ago

Hands on with the new Moto E with LTE

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Moto E 2015

Motorola's bottom-rung budget phone — the Moto E — has gotten a much-needed upgrade to keep up with the times.

Motorola surprised us this morning with a shiny new upgrade to its least-expensive smartphone, complete with an itty bitty cardboard press conference and everything we need to get to know this new budget phone. Like its predecessor, the new 2015 Moto E isn't meant to compete with the heavyweights in Android land. It's a $150 no-contract experience designed to offer a better experience than the often aging and outdated models that fill this space. Last year's model blew us away by how great the experience was at such a modest price tag, and now that Motorola is boasting a quad-core processor and an LTE variant (which is the model we're using) there's an expectation of greatness despite the admittedly meager offering.

Now that we've had the phone for several hours, however, it seems unlikely that this new Moto E is going to live up to that expectation.

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6 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Information

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Information is all around us, whether it's in text, colors or designs, but it can sometimes be hard to capture it with just a single photo. This week's photo contest, following the prompt "information," is asking you to do just that — and we're certain you can all take great pictures that follow the lead this time around.

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6 days ago

Google reportedly will reveal Android Pay API at I/O conference in May

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A new report says that Google has plans to reveal a new payments API, Android Pay, as part of their 2015 I/O developer conference in late May. This rumor comes after the company announced it was acquiring some technology from another payment system, Softcard.

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6 days ago

Microsoft's Keyboard for Excel app makes it easier to type numbers on tablets

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Microsoft released an experimental Android app today called Keyboard for Excel in the Google Play Store. As the name suggests, it's been developed to make typing easier for the Android version of Excel easier, but it can work with any app.

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