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2 years ago

Cyber Monday 2013 Deals


Black Friday may be over, but the holiday sales season is just getting started - there's Cyber Monday coming up! So we're gathering the very best deals in tablets, smartphones, and other cool electronic stuff for what's come to be known as Cyber Monday. It's the day that online retailers decided to get in on the stupid good savings game, and unlike Black Friday you don't have to line up or deal with crowds of insane people. So click on through and check out all the greatest deals that online retailers have to offer on their big holiday sale day.

2 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Did you grab any Android during the Black Friday sales?


Amidst all the shoving and waiting in lines, there were deal to be had

Hopefully, everyone who celebrates had a great Thanksgiving, and are having a wonderful long weekend. While for some of us, that means sitting inside where it's warm, spending time with family and maybe watching a movie or playing some games, for a lot of people shopping is a big part of it all. 

While Black Friday means many things to many people (the "Black" comes from retailers making a profit and being able to use black ink versus red) it always means deals — both in stores and online. Plenty of those deals were for Android phones, tablet and accessories.

Did you score any?

Answer ye olde poll in the sidebar to the right (or after the break). Tell us all about it. 

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2 years ago

Apps of the Week: Badland, PickMe Fruits, Doctor Who: Legacy and more!


A few new apps to try out this weekend

Many of us are still trying to digest a generous Thanksgiving feast, but we still rounded up a great selection of apps for our Apps of the Week. Each Saturday we have the writers here at Android Central tell us about an app that they've been using the previous week and why it has stuck around on their devices. It won't always be the best app in its category or a top seller, but if it works for them it must be doing something right.

We have another full list of app picks this week, with a bunch of games and a couple utility apps to round out the offerings. Hit the break and see if you can find a few apps to install this weekend.

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2 years ago

Vector 22: Don Melton on transcoding video


Vector is our cross-platform, cross-site podcast where we talk about the technology that matters to all of us. In this episode, Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, deep-dives into his non-browser-based passions: Blu-Ray, transcoding video, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Bottom line, if you want to get your videos onto your devices, and you're not afraid of command-lines or codecs, you're in for one hell of a ride. But, yeah: Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.

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2 years ago

Moto G up for preorder on Amazon today, ships Dec. 4


The new Moto G is one of the best values you can get in an Android smartphone — and it's now available for preorder on Amazon. Pricing is exactly the same as from Motorola — $199 for the 16GB mode, and $20 less for 8GB. Those prices don't come with those pesky two-year contracts, either.

This one's definitely worth taking a look at, folks. Here's how we put it recently in our full Moto G review:

Depending on your perspective, the Moto G can be seen as a ridiculously cheap phone considering its quality, or a ridiculously good phone for its price. 

The phones start shipping Dec. 6.

Thanks, Marcela!

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2 years ago

KitKat and Sense 5.5 rolling out to unlocked and dev. edition HTC One phones in the US


Yet another thing to be thankful for

HTC USA's Twitter account just gave word that unlocked and developer edition HTC One phones have a new update pushing out today. This OTA will bring KitKat and Sense 5.5 to the One, and sounds like a pretty good way to cap off a day of thanks.

We've seen a few of the changes with Sense 5.5 for the M7, but seeing KitKat in action on a Sense phone will be a first. Keep an eye out if you've a dev or unlocked model (or made your AT&T version into one), and be sure to share what you find when it happens.

Discuss: HTC One forums

Source: @HTCUSA

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2 years ago

FIFA releases its own FIFA app for latest FIFA (and other futbol/football/soccer) news


FIFA — that's the world governing body for soccer — has released its own Android app, appropriately named "FIFA."

The app, which is free and available for devices running Android 2.3 and up, is a portal into the latest soccer news, from the upcoming World Cup next summer, to the European leages to the MLS here in the United States. As far as apps go, this one's pretty decent (though the font's a bit annoying), with the usual sort of design you'd expect from a news-type app. There's also a section for live matches, and you can get recaps on video on photo galleries as well.

We've got a few screen shots after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung unveils red and 'rose gold' Galaxy Note 3 in Argentina


Samsung Argentina has revealed two new color options for its oversized Galaxy Note 3 handset today — "rose gold" and red — bringing the total number of color variants up to five. The rose gold Note 3 is white, like the standard "classic white" version, but with bronze accents around its edges, buttons and camera. The red version is — well, red.

There's no official indication as to when, or even if these new colors will spread outside of Argentina, but recent rumors from Samsung fansite SamMobile point to the red version launching internationally in the first week of 2014, followed two weeks later by the rose gold model.

Source: Samsung, SamMobile

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2 years ago

Start Cyber Monday early and save 25% on all Android accessories at!

Today is Black Friday, but around these parts we love Cyber Monday, which historically is our single biggest day of the year when it comes to store sales at

But this year we just can't wait. We're starting early, we're going longer and we're doing a bigger discount than we have ever done before. EVER. Starting now and going until midnight on Tuesday, you can save 25 percent on ALL Android cases and accessories at Looking to scoop up some of the hot LloydGear? It's an unprecedented 25 percent off.

To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do it use coupon code CYBER13 during the checkout process. It's as simple as that. 

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2 years ago

NVIDIA Shield down to $249 with free case and games for Black Friday


$50 off the Shield itself, plus free case, Sonic 4 Episode 2 and Expendable: Rearmed

NVIDIA is getting in on the Black Friday action, offering its own Shield handheld gaming device for $249, down from the usual price of $299. And to sweeten the deal, the manufacturer is throwing in a free carry case, valued at $39.99, as well as two free games — Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 and Expendable: Rearmed.

Here's what our own Jerry Hildenbrand had to say about NVIDIA's Android-powered handheld in his review of the device:

"The NVIDIA Shield isn't going to appeal to a wide audience, but I don't think it was designed to do so. It's clear that NVIDIA had one thing in mind when the built the Shield, and that was to create a top-of-the-line gaming device that runs on the Android platform. NVIDIA certainly succeeded, and for anyone looking for the ultimate Android gaming system has found it in the Shield."

Interested? Hit the link below to get started. The deal comes with free shipping and runs until 11:59pm PST on Monday, Dec. 2.

Source: NVIDIA Shield Black Friday deal

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2 years ago

Carphone Warehouse unveils Cyber Monday deals


Many Samsung devices discounted until next Tuesday in 'Flash Sale'

British retailer Carphone Warehouse is jumping on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandwagon, announcing the opening of a "Flash Sale" for Samsung mobile devices today. Many handsets that previously required an upfront payment on-contract — including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy Ace 3 — are free for the duration of the sale. Others, are free on certain contracts and include a free gift — the Galaxy Note 3, for instance, comes with a free Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch tablet on contracts from £33 per month.

The Carphone Warehouse sale runs until 11:59pm GMT next Tuesday, Dec. 3. Elsewhere, rival retailer Phones 4u announced its Black Friday deals yesterday.

More: Carphone Warehouse Flash Sale

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2 years ago

Dutch Galaxy Note 3 buyers get €125 rebate, free SD card on Nov. 30


Samsung Netherlands offers Galaxy Note 3 customers discount plus 64GB card this Saturday

Samsung is hoping to tempt Dutch consumers towards its Galaxy Note 3 handset this weekend, with a one-day promotion giving buyers €125 off the price of the handset (after a mail-in rebate) and a free 64GB microSD card. The offer is valid at participating stores — Phone House, Vodafone, Bell Company and Media Markt — this Saturday, Nov. 30.

Customers will get their SD cards when they buy the device, and the rebate will be given within 15 days when buyers send in a copy of their receipt, IMEI sticker and a completed registration form. Vodafone NL customers picking up a Note 3 on "Red Essentials" contract get the phone for free and a €45 monthly fee, down from €54. More details, including terms and conditions, are can be found at the source link.

Source: Samsung Netherlands; via: SamMobile

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2 years ago

Verizon Droid Ultra + Droid Mini now available in white


Following some recent (and not-so-recent) leakage, the Motorola Droid Ultra and Droid Mini have appeared in white on Verizon's online store. Nothing has changed besides the color of the phones' exterior — you're still basically looking at a Moto X-class device in a different form factor with added "Droid" branding from Verizon. The phones' prices are also unchanged — the Ultra is $99.99 on a two-year plan, $449.99 outright or $18.97 on Verizon Edge, while the Mini remains $49.99 on-contract, $399.99 outright or $16.81 on Edge.

Hit the source links below for more details.

Source: Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Mini; via: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Amazon Appstore giving away free Android games for Thanksgiving weekend


Eight games free in the UK, nine in the U.S. until Sunday

Amazon has announced that its Appstore for Android will be giving away a selection of top Android games this weekend. The "Ultimate Game Collection" promotion runs from today, Nov. 29, through until Sunday, Dec. 1. Free titles include the paid versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Angry Birds Space Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run and Fruit Ninja. Here's a breakdown of the sales on and — the only major difference is U.S. buyers get Battle Bears Fortress as part of their promotion.

Amazon US Amazon UK

In addition, Amazon's free app of the day is The Adventures of Mosaica, which was previously $0.99.

Google Play also has several popular titles at reduces prices today — check out our post for more details.

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2 years ago

Cyber Monday game and app sales for Android


We somehow survived Black Friday, and the weekend of savings finishes off with Cyber Monday sales. We're here to point you to the best deals on Android apps, and we'll be updating this list all day long, so feel free to let us know in the comments about any sales you find. Be sure to act fast - these price cuts aren't sticking around for long. Updates will be made at the bottom of each list, so refresh often and keep scrolling. If you're looking for hardware, be sure to check out our massive round-up over here!

Without further ado...

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