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2 weeks ago

Sprint boasts almost 1 million new subscribers in preliminary Q3 2014 report

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Sprint today released preliminary results from the third fiscal quarter of 2014, showing the company acquiring almost 1 million new subscribers. Reported growth was driven by the strongest postpaid gross additions in three years, painting a positive picture for the US network.

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2 weeks ago

CES Day 2 round up

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The big announcements of CES 2015 are out of the way, and that means it's time for the real surprises. If we're honest, most of the announcements this year were relatively tame — iterations on what's come before. But it's everything else that's had the potential to surprise, and surprise us it has.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy Note Edge heads to Verizon for $399 on-contract, $799 outright

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After US Cellular announced that it would be carrying the Galaxy Note Edge earlier this week, it is now Verizon's turn to launch the handset on its network. The Galaxy Note Edge is available from Big Red for $399 on a new two-year contract, and $799 outright. If you're looking to go with a monthly plan, prices start from $33.33.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung predicts more declining profits in Q4 2014 guidance report

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Samsung has issued its guidance report for the fourth quarter of the 2014 fiscal year, and profits continue to be on the decline from just a year ago. However, it appears that Sammy does expect to at least see a bump in both sales and profits over its previous third quarter report.

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2 weeks ago

Exclusive: The hottest smartwatch of CES isn't running Android Wear — it's Open webOS

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The LG-Audi smartwatch with Open webOS

We bring you the inside look at the most mysterious timepiece of CES 2015

LG and Audi's smartwatch collaboration is the most desirable wearable of CES 2015, and while the carmaker says it's just a prototype, the device offers a tantalizing glimpse of future LG wearables. Or at worst an agonizing look at a beautiful watch we'd love to own.

We tracked down the Audi/LG watch — still officially nameless, by the way — in Las Vegas today, and we can exclusively reveal that it's not running Android Wear as originally believed. In fact, it's packing completely different software based on LG's Open webOS.

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2 weeks ago

First look at the Remix Ultra Tablet

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Jide Remix Ultra Tablet

An Android tablet to get work done on

Jide, a company founded by three ex-Googlers, showed off its first device at CES 2015 — the Remix Ultra Tablet. The tablet — which strongly resembles the Microsoft Surface Pro line — has a magnetically connected keyboard and a kickstand what can be extended to 40 and 80 degrees.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with SanDisk's updated Dual USB Drive 3.0

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SanDisk Dual USB Drive 3.0

Move files easily to and from your phone and computer

At CES 2015 SanDisk came out with an updated version of their Dual USB Drive which now has the power of USB 3.0 technology. SanDisk has made the drive physically smaller with the added capability of storing the full size USB and microUSB sides of the drive inside itself until you want to plug it into your computer or your Android device.

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2 weeks ago

Bang & Olufsen are showing off their new bluetooth headphones, the BeoPlay H8

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Wired headphones are still going to offer the best possible audio experience, but as people become more and more mobile the case for a decent pair of wireless headphones becomes increasingly clear. This year at CES the folks from Bang & Olufsen are showing off their new line of wireless over the ear headphones,which have been dubbed BeoPlay H8.

Aside from the classic design and high end build materials, which lets be honest is expected from Bang & Olufsen, the headphones are entirely touch responsible. The volume controls and track management happens with swipes and taps, and the battery life on these headphones promise 14 hours of high quality playback on a single charge.

As bluetooth headphones go the BeoPlay H8 certainly gets points for being pretty and functional, but whether or not you are willing to part with $500 is an entirely separate matter.

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2 weeks ago

Special CES edition of the Android Central Podcast is live today at 5:15 p.m. PT

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Podcast

Heads up! Be sure to join Phil and the gang today at 5:15 p.m. PT — that's 8:15 on the east coast or just after midnight in the UK — for a special CES 2015 edition of the one and only Android Central Podcast.

We've got a slew of news from Vegas to share about Android and connected things and all manner of cool new tech. Be sure to tune in as the crew tries to help you get it all digested.

You'll laugh. You'll cry. It may even change your life — it will be that epic. Be there.

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2 weeks ago

Insane Android gaming controller from Mad Catz will retail for $299

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For those that take their gaming really seriously, Mad Catz has unveiled the new L.Y.N.X. 9. This $299.99 controller can fold up to fit in your pocket, and expand to accommodate a 7-inch tablet or dock a phone above. It connects over Bluetooth and has a keyboard add-on, a built-in trackpad, and a microphone to help you navigate.

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2 weeks ago

320GB of storage isn't magic — it's the Saygus V2 (hands-on)

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Saygus V2

Dual SD cards are the hallmark feature of this Android 4.4.4 phone

Three hundred-twenty gigabytes of storage. It's an impressive number for a smartphone, especially when you write it in numeric form like this — 320GB. In a phone. Almost sounds magical, or like you'll be carrying around a hard drive with a phone strapped to it.

Pick up the Saygus V2 — pronounced V-Squared — and you'll find, well, a pretty normal Android smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and running Android 4.4.4, this five-inch, 1080p device isn't exactly magic, though it does have a few interesting features. Chief among them is that it sports a pair — two — microSD card slots. So with the 64 gigabytes of on-board storage and a couple of 128GB cards, you find yourself at 320GB of potential total storage. You've also got a nifty fingerprint recognition system on the side of the phone. Some cool stuff is here,

So, yeah. No magic.

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2 weeks ago

WordPress for Android 3.5 includes a new Material Design look and more

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WordPress has just updated its Android version of its blogging app to version 3.5 in the Google Play Store, which includes a user interface makeover based on Lollipop's Materal Design.

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2 weeks ago

Cogito smartwatches to get activity monitoring feature

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Hot on the heels of its announcement of the new Cogito Fit connected watch yesterday, Hong Kong-based CONNECTEDEVICE has announced a new activity monitoring feature coming to its CONNECTED WATCH app and current line of COGITO CLASSIC and POP watch models.

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2 weeks ago

BBM on Android Wear is almost exactly what you'd expect

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Today at CES 2015, BlackBerry announced that Android Wear support will soon be coming to BBM, and we went wrist-on to check out how it works. And, well, it works almost exactly like you'd expect. You get all the appropriate notifications on your connected Android Wear smartwatch (in this case it was demoed on a Moto 360), and the ability to reply.

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2 weeks ago

Hands on with Pinć VR - a virtual desktop on your phone

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More and more we're seeing companies figure out just how versatile our smartphones can be when it comes to delivering a VR experience, and here at CES there's no shortage of people who want you to strap funny things to your face in the name of virtual reality.. With the right set of lenses and a lightweight container, virtual reality on our phones becomes nearly effortless to setup. While Google took the inexpensive design to an extreme with Cardboard, the folks at Pinć VR have opted to add a bit more functionality in their design. The basic setup focuses on a inexpensive setup to snap your phone into, with a design that is lightweight enough that you could use the collapsed setup as a case if you don't mind a little added bulk. When you open up the VR side of Pinć and slide the expanded contraption on your face, however, you step out of the real world an into a virtual office of your very own.

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