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Google reportedly will reveal Android Pay API at I/O conference in May

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A new report says that Google has plans to reveal a new payments API, Android Pay, as part of their 2015 I/O developer conference in late May. This rumor comes after the company announced it was acquiring some technology from another payment system, Softcard.

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1 week ago

Microsoft's Keyboard for Excel app makes it easier to type numbers on tablets

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Microsoft released an experimental Android app today called Keyboard for Excel in the Google Play Store. As the name suggests, it's been developed to make typing easier for the Android version of Excel easier, but it can work with any app.

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1 week ago

Possible Galaxy S6 model shown off in leaked images

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New images of an alleged Galaxy S6 have leaked out today, detailing an AT&T prototype model featuring a glass back and front with metal sides.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Smooth' winners!

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Another Weekly Photo Contest has come and gone, this time filling up the forums with all of your photos that fit the prompt of "smooth." We received dozens of great entries from a variety of scenes and subject matter that fit the prompt, but we had to narrow it down to just two winners. Read along with us and see the winning entries.

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1 week ago

Alternatives to Google Maps on Android

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Android mapping apps

Google Maps is known for its fantastic mapping data and location database, but there are also great alternatives out there.

Google Maps

Just because Google Maps comes pre-loaded on your phone and tablet doesn't mean that it's the only choice for you to use when it comes to mapping. Google has put a lot of time and money into making Maps one of the best navigation apps out there, and has incredibly detailed mapping data and extra features like Street View and satellite imagery. It doesn't, however, have some often-requested features like true offline map downloads and multi-stop navigation. There are several other apps out there that do have these features, though, and many of them are even free. Let's see the alternatives for Google Maps on Android.

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1 week ago

AT&T begins Android 5.0.2 Lollipop soak test for 2014 Moto X (updated - not just a soak test!)

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Update: According to these release notes, it looks like this rollout is full blown, not just a soak test. Happy updating!

Original Story: As promised a few days ago, AT&T has started a soak test for the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for invited owners of the 2014 Motorola Moto X.

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1 week ago

Google Calendar's latest update adds several user-suggested features

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A new update for the Google Calendar app will be rolling out over the next few days that brings some useful new features. Many of these features, such as the new 7-day week view with pinch-to-zoom, have been added thanks to feedback from Google Calendar users.

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1 week ago

Google officially launches Android for Work to make enterprise push

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Google has announced today the official launch of an initiative called Android for Work. Through the program, Google has teamed up with several partners to integrate enterprise-level security into the Android platform.

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1 week ago

Google Play Music expands storage limit to 50,000 songs

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Google Play Music is expanding the number of songs that you can upload and store for free. The service now allows users to store 50,000 songs for free, up from the previous cap of 20,000.

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1 week ago

How does Android Lollipop's encryption affect me?

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Lollipop Encryption

More than ever before, personal security is a delicate balance between convenience and functionality.

Being secure is all about adding layers in between the thing you want to keep safe and everything else, even you (and in some cases, especially you). Personal information, like the stuff we all routinely load our smartphones with, doesn't actually want to be secure. You have to put some work into keeping your information safe, and every step you take adds some small layer of inconvenience. In Android 5.0, Google made Full Disk Encryption something you can either enable yourself or enjoy because your smartphone or tablet has shipped with it enabled by default. Before you flip that particular switch, however, lets take a look at what you gain —and lose — through the use of this feature.

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1 week ago

Seidio DILEX Pro Case with Metal Kickstand for the Droid Turbo

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Some people don't want a case for their phone, they want armor plating with a built in cinema mode.

Big phones and kickstands go hand in hand, especially if you're the type to watch video on your lunch break or while waiting in the car for soccer practice to be over. The folks at Seidio are far from new at putting kickstands in their cases, but their DILEX Pro line take keeping your phone and go kinda nuts. It's a two-stage case that puts a rubbery interior in between a rigid plastic casing that adds some significant bulk in the process. It's also the first of the Droid Turbo cases with rubbery bits we've played with that doesn't flex inappropriately near the speaker grill at the top, which means you're way less likely to get sand or pocket fuzz where it shouldn't be with this case, but in exchange you have to live with the rigid plastic being a fingerprint magnet.

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1 week ago

Broadcom says its new hardware will boost the battery life of Android Wear watches

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Future Android Wear devices could benefit from using a newly announced hardware platform from Broadcom. The company said today that its products, when used inside an Android Wear product, could help increase its battery life, among other features.

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1 week ago

Authy snapped up by Twilio for two-factor authentication

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Authy, a company that specializes in security through two-factor authentication, has been purchased by cloud communication services company Twilio. The two companies have been working together since 2012, with Authy using Twilio's technology to deliver authentication codes through SMS and phone calls. For the time being, Authy will continue to function as it always has, though certain parts of the company will expand with the acquisition, according to fonder Daniel Palacio:

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1 week ago

LG G Flex 2 review

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LG G Flex 2

It's big. It's bendy. But should you buy it?

The original LG G Flex was a unique, quirky phone that grabbed headlines back in late 2013, being the first flexible Android handset to hit the mainstream market. It was also a device of many compromises — an unwieldy 6-inch form factor, a lackluster 720p display resolution and iffy rear camera. It was an interesting technical showcase, if not a phone we could readily recommend.

So when it first emerged that the successor would pack higher-end internals and a better display into a smaller form factor, hopes were high. Perhaps this wouldn't just be a neat technical showcase, but also a decent, usable smartphone. The G Flex 2 also gave us our first hands-on opportunity with a real, actual retail device running the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the next big thing from the mobile chip giant.

So now, after a week with the G Flex 2, how does it hold up? Well, it turns out the path to a bendy smartphone remains paved with compromises. Read on to find out more, in the Android Central LG G Flex 2 review.

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1 week ago

Amazon adds Firefly options to Fire HD tablets in US, UK and Germany

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Amazon has started rolling out an over-the-air update to its Fire HD tablets in the US, UK and Germany that adds the company's Firefly options to those devices. Firefly is already available on the Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablets, along with its Fire smartphone.

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