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1 week ago

Hands-on and first impressions with the Oppo R7

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Oppo R7

Chinese phone makers — Oppo included — are really starting to get their collective games together and are making stuff worth noticing.

The R7 is one of its latest, and while it's not targeting the absolute highest of the high end, it's wrapped up in a very premium looking — and feeling — package.

Here are our first impressions.

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1 week ago

Android Central 245: All Things Virtual

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Audio-only stream below

This week we dive deep into the Matrix and discuss the state of virtual reality and Android, and where things stand going forward. And that includes Russell's interview and Google Cardboard demo with the one and only Bill Nye The Science Guy!

Plus: Motorola and OnePlus have launches on the horizon, and we answer more of your questions live!

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1 week ago

Boost Mobile launches the Boost MAX+ by ZTE for $200

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If you're looking for a large device without a hefty price tag, Boost Mobile's latest offering might be worth a gander. Following up on last year's Boost MAX, Boost Mobile has launched the 5.7-inch Boost MAX+ by ZTE for a cool $200.

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1 week ago

How to edit your pictures in Google Photos on Android and the web

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How to edit your pictures in Google Photos on Android and the web

Google Photos has turned into a wonderful repository for every photo you take, and also works as a nice stand-in gallery replacement app on many phones. A gallery app isn't just about holding photos though, it's also about editing pictures before sharing them out anywhere you want.

Astute Google Photos users will recognize its editing powers aren't as strong as those found in Google+ previously or in many favorite editing apps, but that doesn't mean there isn't value to be had from making quick edits in Photos. Let us show you how.

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1 week ago

2014 Moto G starts receiving Android 5.1 in China

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Motorola has announced that it has started rolling out Android 5.1 to the second-generation Moto G in China. The news comes from a Google+ post from Motorola's David Schuster.

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1 week ago

Google expands free Google Play content to Sudan

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Google announced today that it has expanded access to free apps on Google Play to users in Sudan for the first time, allowing even more users to check out what Google Play has to offer.

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1 week ago

Microsoft: Cortana for Android beta will launch 'publicly in the next few weeks'

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A few hours after a private beta of Cortana for Android was leaked to the Internet, Microsoft has now sent out a new statement saying that the official public beta for the digital assistant will be made available for Android owners sometime "in the next few weeks".

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1 week ago

The latest Alcatel Idol 3 update promised a better camera — and it delivered

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A recent update for the Alcatel Idol 3 — one of our favorite budget-friendly Android phones of 2015 — came in to address some minor issues like double-tap to unlock sensitivity, and general performance. Like many minor (this one was only 46MB in size) updates, it also told us to expect "refinements to camera performance."

I'm usually pretty skeptical when it comes to mystery updates that claim to make the camera better. But this time, I was pleased to be wrong. The update really does make the Idol 3 camera better.

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1 week ago

Microsoft's Hyperlapse for Android is out of beta

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Microsoft is letting all Android users access its Hyperlapse video app in the Google Play Store. The app was previously offered as a closed beta in May.

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1 week ago

Oppo is now the official mobile partner for FC Barcelona

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Smartphone maker Oppo has announced a partnership with Spanish soccer team FC Barcelona. The three-year deal will see Oppo serve as the team's official mobile phone partner through the current season until 2018.

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1 week ago

Hulu may debut ad-free option as soon as this fall

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Streaming service Hulu is said to be exploring an ad-free streaming option. The new tier would reportedly cost somewhere between $12 and $14 per month, and may debut later this year, according to The Wall Street Journal:

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1 week ago

Hands-on the Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 4-port USB car charger

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Keep all your mobile devices juiced up with this 4-port car charger that packs a single Quick Charge 2.0 option.

We're always after a solid charging solution that offers fast and efficient power to a variety of devices simultaneously. The Tronsmart 4-port car charger stands up to the challenge of keeping every passenger's device at 100%. And most of us can agree that a quiet car is a happy car.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile will pay $17.5 million fine to the FCC to settle 911 outage investigation

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T-Mobile has agreed to pay a $17.5 million fine to the US Federal Communications Commission. The fine will settle an investigation of the wireless carrier by the FCC due to two separate nationwide 911 outages on T-Mobile's network that happened on August 8, 2014.

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1 week ago

Win a $200 Android Central store shopping spree!

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Accessories!

Ever wanted to just go crazy in the Android Central store and buy a whole bunch of new accessories? Or maybe stock up on presents for the family, or just splurge and buy something really nice that you wouldn't normally get for yourself? Well, here's your shot at doing just that, on us!

We have something for all sorts of Android users in the store. Need a new case? Whether it's a rugged OtterBox-style case, slim skin case or a simple bumper case, we've got you covered. Maybe your headset could use an upgrade? We hear you! How about something to make your commute a bit safer, like a hands-free car kit? You can find all of this and more in the Android Central store.

To enter to win a $200 shopping spree at the Android Central store, just log in and leave a comment below. Tell us what you'd buy if you were given the $200 and who knows, maybe your wish will be granted! This contest is open worldwide, so everyone can enter. One entry per person please! If we catch you spamming you will be eliminated from the contest, and no one wants that to happen. We'll leave it open until the end of the month, and post the winner sometime after the first of August.

Good luck, everyone!

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1 week ago

Bill Nye on Google Cardboard, Pluto, and NASA

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During the launch event for the recent XPrize collaboration with Disney Junior through the popular Miles from Tomorrowland series, we took a few minutes to chat with Bill Nye about getting kids involved in science through Google Cardboard. As you might expect, he had plenty to say about the history of using interactive experiences to get kids involved in science, which led to an entirely different conversation about all of the excitement surrounding Pluto this week.

We also snagged Adrian Grenier, the voice of Captain Joe in the show, to ask him about the new experiences being created by VR today. It's a quick interview, but well worth a few minutes of your time.

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