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2 weeks ago

Ambient Display on the Nexus 6

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Ambient Display

The display is the notification indicator — for better or worse

You may have heard folks talk about "Ambient Display" on the Nexus 6, with comparisons to Motorola's "Moto Display" that debuted on their 2013 product line. That's fine and dandy, because the two are pretty comparable (and Motorola built the Nexus 6). But I'm betting a good many of us have never used either, and aren't quite sure what all the hoopla is about.

We're going to break it down a bit so we all are on the same page and know a little more about it.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon rolls out update for Sony Xperia Z3v, mostly bug fixes

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Verizon has released an update to its Sony Xperia Z3V today. While it's nothing to get too excited about, it does bring a number of bug fixes and improvements to the table.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Travel

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Coming off of a week where nearly everyone here at Android Central was traveling, we thought there was no better prompt for this week's contest than "travel." Whether you flew internationally, across the state or just took a road trip to see family or friends, we're sure that you have a travel picture or two to show off this week and we can't wait to see them all.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung reportedly in talks to purchase BlackBerry [update: BlackBerry denies discussions]

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According to a new report, Samsung has approached BlackBerry for a potential takeover worth as much as $7.5 billion.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Darkness' winners!

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Considering how locked down we all were with CES last week we ran this photo contest for two weeks, and considering the number of great entries we got we're glad we did. The forums were packed full of great photos taking four pages in the thread, and in the end we somehow came down to picking just two winners. Read along and see which two were worthy of prizes this week.

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2 weeks ago

Krusell Kalmar FlipWallet Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Krusell Kalmar FlipWallet for Galaxy S5

Something a bit more stylish that keeps your Galaxy S5 protected

Not everyone wants a basic plastic or rubber case that just provides protection without any real appealing looks or features. While they are a bit cheaper and perhaps more rugged, plastic cases have nothing on the look and feel of a real leather case that surrounds your phone for protection while also looking great when not in use. The Krusell Kalmar FlipWallet case does just that for the Galaxy S5, and it doesn't set you back a bunch of cash to get it — read along and see our quick review.

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2 weeks ago

Google teams up with auto manufacturers for self-driving cars

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Google has announced today that it will be partnering with several major car manufacturers, including Ford, Toyota, and Volkswagen, to speed up production of its self-driving cars.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook at Work: It's Facebook, but for business

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Facebook has just launched a limited pilot program for its new Facebook at Work service. It will offer businesses a way to give their employees collaboration and messaging tools with familiar Facebook features.

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2 weeks ago

Understanding WebView and Android security patches

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Android WebView

Why isn't Google updating WebView on Jelly Bean and earlier, and what does it mean?

A recent revelation that Google is no longer developing security patches for the "WebView" component of Android in Jelly Bean and earlier has once again put a spotlight on Android security, and the challenges involved with securing the one billion or so active devices. First revealed by Metasploit on Jan. 12, Google's stance on updating this central Android component has been widely reported in the following days.

So what exactly is WebView, and what does Google's stance on WebView updates mean for Android device owners? And if you're still running Jelly Bean, what can you do to mimimize the risk? We'll take a detailed look after the break.

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2 weeks ago

Google's new Classroom mobile app helps connect teachers and students

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Google has launched a new mobile app as part of its previously-announced Classroom education service. The app offers features designed to help both students and teachers.

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2 weeks ago

Project Ara modular phones will be sold first in Puerto Rico in 2015

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Google has revealed that the island territory of Puerto Rico will be the location for the first Project Ara market pilot. The modular smartphone system is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. territory sometime in 2015.

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2 weeks ago

It's now easier than ever to make Facebook video calls on your Chromebook

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Making video calls with friends and family is more convenient than ever thanks to Facebook supporting WebRTC technology. This means you'll be able to make video calls on a Chromebook with no plugin download or tedious workaround guides to follow. Simply boot up, load the website and connect.

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2 weeks ago

Project Ara developer conference keynote starts at 11 a.m. EST today

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Google will reveal more information about its plans for Project Ara - its attempt to produce a smartphone with modular hardware components - today starting at 11 a.m. EST as part of its second Module Developers Conference in Mountain View, California.

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2 weeks ago

Oppo R1C with sapphire glass back launches in China, will set you back $400

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Oppo is expanding its lineup of smartphones in the R1 series with the launch of the R1C, a device that features a sapphire glass panel at the back.

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2 weeks ago

Melt undead with cool new plants in the latest update for Plants vs. Zombies 2

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 has today received an update, introducing 16 exciting new levels for players to enjoy. Titled Frostbite Caves Part 1, EA has brought freezing winds and hot new plants – a perfect recipe for melting frigid zombies.

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