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1 week ago

BLU Studio C debuts in a variety of colors for just $99 unlocked

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The Studio C from BLU is a $99 unlocked smartphone that features a 5-inch display and is available in a variety of colors.

BLU has introduced its latest smartphone, the Studio C, which comes in a variety of colors for only $99. Out of the box the Studio C is unlocked, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop on its 5-inch 720P display.

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1 week ago

Lenovo posts strong quarterly results, becomes third largest smartphone vendor in the world

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Lenovo announced its earnings figures for the financial year 2014-2015, with the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer boasting increased revenue and sales figures.

In the three months ending March 2015, which Lenovo described as a "seasonally slow quarter with significant currency impacts," the company made $11.3 billion in revenue, a year-over-year increase of 21 percent.

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1 week ago

NSA and allies planned to hijack the Google Play Store to install spyware on smartphones

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Top-secret documents reveal that spy agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States planned to implant spyware on mobile phones by intercepting data sent between app stores.

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1 week ago

Red, white and blue sale: Save 20% on Android accessories!

In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, we're offering 20% off all Android accessories at ShopAndroid.

Starting today until Tuesday, May 26, you can pick up a new case, quick charger, screen protector or wireless charger for your Android device and enjoy a 20% savings by using coupon code: RWB2015 at checkout. There's an extensive selection of Android accessories to choose from, along with a convenient 60-day return policy and free shipping on all orders over $50 in the US and Canada.

Save big on accessories for the latest devices including the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, HTC One M9 and LG G4. Haven't upgraded just yet? No problem — we're fully stocked on accessories for favorites like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and many more!

Take your time, browse, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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1 week ago

Google to update Maps with better traffic alerts for upcoming Memorial Day

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An update for Google Maps is planned for the upcoming weekend, which will be made available just before Memorial Day on Monday. The update will implement better traffic alerts and alternate route suggestions.

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1 week ago

Amazon starts offering Prime Now deliveries from local stores in Manhattan

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Amazon today announced that the Prime Now one-hour delivery service will now be offered from local stores, in addition to the wide range of products already available trough the company website.

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1 week ago

Sunrise Calendar now integrates your Wunderlist tasks and to-do lists

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Microsoft-owned Sunrise Calendar has introduced support for Wunderlist, allowing you to create, modify and view your to-do lists directly in the calendar app.

To enable integration with the service, head to Settings in Sunrise, select Add Account, choose Wunderlist and log in with your credentials. After logging in, you can select which lists from Wunderlist you want to access within Sunrise.

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1 week ago

Cyanogen setting up an office in India, mulls acquisition of local talent

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Cyanogen is setting up a 50-member team — a third of the company's current employee base — in India that will work on localizing Cyanogen OS, along with quality assurance testing.

Part of Cyanogen's latest $80 million funding round — led by India's Premji Invest — will be used toward establishing an office in India, as well as any potential acquisitions of local startups.

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1 week ago

Android 5.1.1 factory images, OTAs arrive for slew of Nexus devices [Updated]

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Google has posted the Android 5.1.1 factory image for the Nexus 9 (LTE) as the OTA rolls out to it, the Nexus 4, and Nexus 5.

Google has started pushing out Android 5.1.1 to three Nexus devices today: the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 9 (LTE). And if you're not up to waiting around, the factory images for all three devices have been posted as well.

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1 week ago

Inside the ZenFone 2 with ASUS and Intel (Part 2)

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Hot on the heels of Part 1, we bring you more of our interview (in partnership with Tom's Guide) with ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih and Intel's Aicha Evans.

In these closing questions we get deep inside what it took to design and build the ZenFone 2, which brings quite a lot to the table despite merely costing consumers $299.

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1 week ago

The difference between Cyanogen OS and CyanogenMod

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Cyanogen OS

The line between community and commercial benefits everyone, and it couldn't be easier to choose one or the other.

You'd be hard pressed to find Android fans familiar with concepts like rooting and flashing roms that don't know what CyanogenMod is. As a third-party replacement for the version of Android that came with your device that has been available since the HTC G1 — as nuts as it was to try and flash something on that phone — CyanogenMod has earned its place in the history of this platform. As Android grew, so did the people responsible for CyanogenMod, and now those people are a proper company working towards bringing their vision for Android to everyone by partnering with companies and being included as the release software. The software on these retail devices is a little different from the zip you can download and flash to replace your current version of Android, and to help differentiate between these two software versions you'll heard a different name associated with this retail variant — Cyanogen OS.

Branding aside, what exactly are the differences between the commercially available Cyanogen OS and the community maintained CyanogenMod? Let's take a look.

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1 week ago

Skrillex and Google bring the 'wub-wub' to your phone with custom cases

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Google has teamed up with electronic artist Skrillex to launch the first in a series of "Edition" cases for certain phones.

Now on sale in the Google Store, the "Skrillex Live Case" is available in three different designs for Google's own Nexus 6 and Nexus 5, along with a trio of Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4.

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1 week ago

Jerry's favorite Android Wear watch

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Moto 360

The Moto 360 is still my favorite Android Wear watch.

Smart watches are cool. I know they are cool, because people tell me they are cool. You get everything you ever wanted — and a lot of what you never wanted — pushed directly to your wrist so you can lift your arm and look at the screen to see the important things you might need to see. Sort of like using a smartphone ...

One thing that's a dead-solid-lock-of-the-week is that Google, with Android Wear, leads the pack when it comes to wrist-wearables. Android Wear has had time to mature and we all see the things that work and the things that don't work when we're using a tiny display to interact with apps and people. And I don't (necessarily) mean Google here. Developers have figured out how to use Android Wear and the way we use apps on our wrist is getting better and better.

When I want to use my watch to communicate or do other "stuff" I do it on a Moto 360.

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1 week ago

The best camera apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera

Here you can find the perfect camera app for day-to-day shooting on your Samsung Galaxy S6.

There's little argument that the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6 is phenomenal, so let's find ways to get the most out of it. We've scoured the Play Store to find the best Android camera apps out there so you can produce great shots quickly and painlessly.

The stock S6 app will optimize for the device's camera better than anything else out there, and Google Camera is an obvious pick (especially if you're hooked on Photo Spheres), but third-party options are always welcome. Keep in mind we're focusing on apps that are handling the actual picture-taking experience. There are other apps that do editing after the fact, but only incidentally have a shortcut for launching into the camera.

These camera apps aren't exclusive to the Galaxy S6 by any means. Odds are you'll find something useful here regardless of which Android phone you're packing.

READ NOW: Our top picks for Samsung Galaxy S6 camera apps!

Camera Zoom FX

Camera Zoom FX has been a mainstay camera app for a long time. Hardware buttons can be remapped to take a shot, or you can just tap anywhere on the screen to shoot (handy for shooting selfies blind). Burst mode, HDR support, voice activated shutter, and software stabilization help you shoot in a variety of circumstances. A timelapse function helps you make animated GIFs. On the post-processing side, there are plenty of bundled filters, and additional themed asset packs available for download. Of course manual controls for ISO levels and white balance are included. Some features will require a $2.99 upgrade to the premium version, but even the free one should meet most of your needs.

Download Camer ZOOM FX in the Play Store

Camera360

Camera360 is another massively popular camera app for Android. On top of fine-tuning ISO, contrast, and brightness settings as you shoot, a wide range of filters are available, which can be previewed on the screen before taking your picture. If you aren't using any automatic image back-up, Camera360 has a free and premium service for keeping shots safe in the cloud. Overall the interface is quite modern and sharp. The core app is free, with premium effects available through an in-app store.

Download Camera360 in the Play Store

Camera FV-5

Camera FV-5 is serious business. Automatic exposure bracketing, long exposure, time lapse, EXIF data, and a wide range of composition guides are just some of the goodies available for those that know what they're doing. Large, visible interface elements are very much in the style of a big-boy SLR. On-screen elements for ISO, f-stop, and shutter speed help you stay informed before taking the shot. The free version of FV-5 is feature complete, except it's limited by resolution. You'll need to pay $3.95 to upgrade and lift the limit.

Download Camera FV-5 in the Play Store

Manual Camera

Manual Camera for Android

Manual Camera provides clean, precision control over your shots. A handy dial interface helps you adjust shutter time, white balance, ISO, and exposure with minimal fiddling. You find a lot here in terms of post-processing, like filters or cropping, but depending on your sensibilities, this might be a good thing.

Download Manual Camera in the Play Store

A Better Camera

A Better Camera offers a full suite of camera utilities in a simple, clean interface. Unlike a lot of camera apps, you can shoot video with A Better Camera, including timelapse. Standard modes like Panorama and Night shot are there, plus some fancier ones like Best Shot which will pick out the sharpest picture in a burst, and Pre-shot, which will include images before you hit the shutter button to make sure you get the right moment.

Download A Better Camera from the Play Store

Your favorite camera apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6?

That's a sampling of the best camera apps available, but what are you using on your Samsung Galaxy S6 to take pictures? Let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

HipChat goes native, receives a Material Design overhaul

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HipChat has received a large update in which it leaves web-view behind in favor of native, and even scores a Material Design overhaul as well.

The team behind the team communications app HipChat has just released a large update that improves the overall quality of the application. In this update the look and feel has been refreshed, thanks to an all new Material Design overhaul. Additionally they have ditched web-view in favor of a native experience, which will improve the overall functionality of the app.

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