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1 week ago

Android finally has a universal native flashlight function

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Flashlight Android

Using the flash on your phone as a light source is something people have been doing for years, but the method used to activate your camera LED as a flashlight varies wildly depending on what phone you are using. As manufacturers start to release their own versions of Android 5.0, it has become clear that actually locating your flashlight for regular use is still going to be a guessing game from device to device. While you can always install a flashlight app of your choosing, it's mildly frustrating to see how non-obvious this procedure can be. At least, until now.

The good news is Google has implemented a solution that makes it so everyone with an Android phone can do the exact same thing to access the flashlight. The less good news is it's not so much a button as it is a Google Now command.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S6: The Android Central wishlist

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Samsung

What do we want to see from Samsung's next big thing?

The launch of a new Samsung flagship is one of the big events in the Android calendar, accompanied by an unprecedented quantity of speculation, rumors and even the occasional leak. Though Samsung's position in the smartphone market isn't quite as dominant as it was 12 months ago, the Korean giant remains a force to be reckoned with. And its products are still the lens through which a huge number of consumers experience Android.

Last year saw Samsung release the plastic, waterproof Galaxy S5, before changing course and going metal in later months with the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4. So with that in mind, it's time to consider what we want from the next Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S6, expected to launch ahead of Mobile World Congress on March 1.

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1 week ago

Sprint now offering 10 lines with 12GB of shared data for $90 a month

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Sprint is launching yet another price promotion, this time for its Family Share Plan. The limited time offer will give customers up to 10 lines of shared unlimited talk and text, along with 12GB of data, for $90 a month. The carrier says that the offer will end on March 12.

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1 week ago

Boost Mobile offers unlimited calls to Mexico, Canada for just $5 more a month

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Boost Mobile today announced unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada, which can be added to existing plans for $5 a month. Consumers wanting to take advantage of a vast amount texts, calls and data to the regions will have to fork out for bundled Data Boost plans starting from $50.

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1 week ago

Samsung continues to tease 'The Next Galaxy' in new video

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Samsung continued its online teaser campaign for "The Next Galaxy" earlier today with a Twitter post and video that seems to have a shapes and materials theme. This campaign is being launched ahead of the company's expected announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in just a couple of weeks at MWC 2015.

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1 week ago

Google plans to revive Wallet, bridge relations with partners

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Google isn't quite ready to throw in the towel now that Apple Pay is taking off. That's according to a WSJ report, stating that Google plans to revive its Wallet payment platform for a re-launch at Google I/O later this year. The company is also going all out with its revival plans, bringing device makers, wireless carriers, banks and other payment networks in tow.

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1 week ago

Sprint highlights curviness of LG G Flex 2 as pre-orders go live

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Sprint announced yesterday that it would start carrying LG's G Flex 2 from March 13, with pre-orders for the handset now live. The carrier rolled out a commercial highlighting key features of the device, such as the flexible display, Snapdragon 810 CPU, Glance View, fast-charging battery and more.

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1 week ago

HTC teases the arrival of 'something huge'

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HTC UK confirmed via Twitter earlier this month that a new HTC One, which should be called the HTC One M9, will be unveiled on March 1. HTC US is getting in on the teaser action by stating that "something HUGE" is coming from the Taiwanese vendor.

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1 week ago

Google set to launch kid-friendly YouTube app on Feb. 23

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According to a new report, Google is set to unveil a new Android-exclusive YouTube app aimed specifically at kids on Monday, February 23 — fittingly called "YouTube Kids." This follows news from last December that the company was working on kid-friendly versions of its products.

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1 week ago

Google's new 'carousel' feature for mobile search highlights recent articles and videos

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Google has rolled out a new carousel feature to search on mobile today. The carousel surfaces recent articles and videos that you might be interested in when you search a specific topic or publication (such as, say, Android Central).

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1 week ago

Yahoo launches tools to help developers monitor and monetize their apps

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Yahoo has announced new tools for mobile app developers at their first mobile developer conference. The Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite includes tools built using technology from Flurry, which Yahoo acquired in July 2014, including an updated version of Flurry Analytics Explorer. The suite also has tools to help monetize their apps, as well as an easy way to integrate Yahoo search directly into apps.

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1 week ago

Ask AC: Can I use a Quick Charge 2.0 accessory on an older device?

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Quick Charge

If you've used Quick Charge 2.0 already, you know it's a pretty sweet new feature for your phone to have. We've been exploring all of the Quick Charge 2.0 options this week, and as a result came across a question that needed to be answered. As more devices are released with Quick Charge 2.0 support out of the box and third-party accessories for your home and car start filling the shelves of your local accessories section, it'd be nice to make absolutely sure you're able to use this new hardware with everything you already own. Can you plug any phone or tablet into a Quick Charge 2.0 power supply?

The short answer is yes, you can use a Quick Charge 2.0 accessory with anything you're already plugging a USB cable in to charge. What you'll find in doing so, however, is that your older tech isn't going to charge any faster than it currently is capable of charging.

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1 week ago

The NSA and GCHQ gave themselves a direct line into your phone

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According to new documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its UK counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the computers of Gemalto, a company that manufactures SIM cards for a large number of carriers around the world. In doing so, the intelligence agencies acquired encryption keys that would allow them to intercept communications from customers of all four major U.S. carriers, along with 450 others around the world.

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1 week ago

WatchESPN and other Disney live streaming apps are now available to DirecTV users

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DirecTV customers now have full access to the video streaming mobile apps provided by ABC and its parent company Disney. That includes the WatchESPN app along with a bunch of other apps offering both live and on-demand video content.

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1 week ago

Next-generation Pebble rumored to feature color screen, new OS

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It appears that Pebble is preparing to launch the next version of their popular smartwatch. As reported eariler, Pebble is counting down to something on their website, and while it's not clear exactly what that is, the company is reportedly readying a new edition of their watch that features a color e-paper display and a thinner case.

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