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1 week ago

Samsung Flow Beta hits Google Play, making it easy to move work between devices

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The Samsung Flow Beta has landed in Google Play, letting you move your work between compatible Samsung devices while on the go.

Samsung first introduced Flow back at its Samsung Developer Conference 2014, and the app has now made its way to Google Play in beta form. What Flow does is allow users to move content between Samsung devices, so they can complete the work on the best fit device.

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1 week ago

Where to buy the ASUS ZenFone 2 in the U.S. and Canada

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ASUS ZenFone 2

The new ASUS ZenFone 2 goes on sale today in North America. And it's a bit of a monumental phone not just for ASUS — which for the first time is making a major marketing push in this part of the world, but for partner Intel as well. The Z3580 Atom processor in the ZF2 is the first to to use a CPU and modem from Intel. Combine that with up to 4GB of RAM, a good camera, decent design — and above all an affordable off-contract price, and the Zenfone 2 is very much in the conversation when it comes to an alternative to the big-named (and higher-priced) phones.

You'll have a choice to make. But for our money we'd go for the ZE551ML version — that's the $299 model with the full complement of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. In Canada, the phone costs slightly more, coming in at $379. If you'd rather go for the model with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM, it'll set you back $199 in the U.S. and $249 in Canada.

And finally: Where to buy the ZenFone 2. These are your official options.

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1 week ago

Google, Apple, and Microsoft urge President Obama to throw support behind smartphone encryption

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Google and Apple are among the technology companies are asking President Obama to reject proposals that would compromise security on smartphones and other devices.

Several technology companies have signed the letter to President Obama, with companies like Facebook and Dropbox joining in with Google, Apple, and Microsoft. The letter urges the President to instead encourage the wide adoption of encryption on consumer devices.

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1 week ago

YotaPhone 2 now on sale in the US, via Indiegogo, with special prices for early birds

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You can now buy the dual-screen YotaPhone 2 smartphone in the US, thanks to the Indiegogo website.

As promised a few days ago, Yota Devices has started selling the dual-screen YotaPhone 2 in the US, via the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. The first 100 people who buy the phone can get it for just $500.

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1 week ago

Deezer prepares to battle competitors by adding podcasts and radio shows

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Deezer is adding podcasts to its streaming solution, bolstering features available to subscribers by offering not only on-demand music, but also programs for download.

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1 week ago

ZTE brings the Nubia Z9 mini to India for ₹16,999

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ZTE has launched the Nubia Z9 mini in India, marking the debut of the Chinese manufacturer's Nubia brand in the country.

The Nubia Z9 mini was announced along with the Nubia Z9 Max in the month of March, which were joined by the bezel-less flagship Nubia Z9 earlier this month. In India, the Z9 mini is sold exclusively via Amazon, with the device available for ₹16,999 ($267).

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1 week ago

Vodafone shares financial results for Q4 2014, returning to quarterly growth

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Vodafone today published the company's earnings for Q4 2014, ending the financial year for the UK-based global network operator. The company has reported a return to growth as it started reaping the benefits of 4G network investment.

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1 week ago

LG G4 Stylus and G4c bring some flagship style to lower price points

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LG is bringing some of the looks and features of the G4 into two lower-end devices.

Hoping to build on the halo created by the LG G4 launch, LG has announced two lower-end devices with the same naming to come in underneath the flagship. The LG G4 Stylus and G4c are larger and smaller, respectively, than the G4 proper, but each one offers a similar design and features to the high-end device.

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1 week ago

Android Central on Google Play Newsstand ... is fixed!

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Android Central on Google Play Newsstand

A quick update for those of you who rely on Google Play Newsstand to pipe in your daily dose of Android Central: About a week ago our main news feed stopped updating. Turns out it wasn't anything on our end, and so we had to wait for the gremlins to run their course. But Google's got things working again, and it's all's well on that front.

So, there's one thing you need to do. If you had unsubscribed from Android Central on Google Play Newsstand, it's time to re-subscribe! And you can do so by clicking here.

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1 week ago

The best music streaming services for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and headphones

Get any song, any time with these streaming music apps for your Samsung Galaxy S6.

Streaming services are a great way to enjoy music on your Samsung Galaxy S6. You don't have to deal with managing your local storage, or figure out which songs you're going to download; everything is available wherever you go. On the downside, you'll have to take a hit to battery life while listening, and deal with either subscription costs or ads to keep going

If you're curating your own personal collection, you may be interested in checking out our favorite apps for playing back local music.

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1 week ago

The Top 10 things about Cyanogen OS you need to know

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Cyanogen OS

Android comes in many flavors and styles, but Cyanogen OS is a little different from the rest.

We all know that Android is made by Google, but it's not quite as simple as that. Each of the major smartphone manufacturers have their own fork of Android, complete with features and user interfaces unique to the devices they manufacture and sell. Google works with these manufacturers and ties all of these forks together with Google Play Services, which makes the devices you use today run apps in mostly the same way.

Then there's Cyanogen OS. It's not always easy to describe where this version of Android fits into the ecosystem, but to help simplify things we've put together this introduction to the things that make this flavor unique.

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1 week ago

This is the ASUS Zenfone 2 flip case

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You can't have a new phone these days without having a flip case for it. It's the law. (Or something.) And ASUS has a brand-new one for its brand-new Zenfone 2. It's of the circle variety, so you'll get a clock face when the cover is closed. Open the cover and you're right there in the phone UI, as you'd expect for this sort of thing.

You get more than just the clock, of course. The flip case also gives you quick access to the calendar and flashlight, will show whether the phone is charging — and you can even take a picture without having to open it.

The flip case will be available at the same time as the phone — which is to say, basically starting now — and it'll run $39.99.

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1 week ago

First look at the ASUS Lolliflash

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ASUS Lolliflash

How many times have you taken a selfie and wished you had a dual-LED flash that sort of looks like the business end of a lollipop sticking out of the 3.5mm head phone jack of your phone, ready to better light your face to give you more natural skin tones? Surely it must have happened once, right? No?

No matter. ASUS has you covered with the new Lolliflash. (Go on, say it in your head three or four times.)

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1 week ago

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle features adventure games from Artifex Mundi

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Android gamers who love adventure titles should be happy with the latest Humble Mobile Bundle, with nine games in that genre from publisher Artifex Mundi available to buy.

The newest Humble Mobile Bundle deal for Android gamers comes from publisher Artifex Mundi, which offers nine of their titles under the "pay what you want" model.

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1 week ago

Google introduces new default font for Play Books, Literata

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Google has changed the default font in the Play Books app to Literata, which they believe will offer a better reading experience.

Literata is the name of the new font choice found in Google Play Books, and the change comes from Google in an effort to bring a better reading experience to all devices. Information about the new font is rather limited, as Google's announcement came in the form of a tweet with no link to find out more.

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