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1 week ago

The next OnePlus One one-hour pre-order window will start at 11 am ET on Nov. 17

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After an error-filled and frustrating online experience a few weeks ago, OnePlus will once again allow anyone to pre-order their OnePlus One smartphone on November 17. As they did last time, the pre-orders will only be open for a one-hour period that will begin at 11 am Eastern time (8 am Pacific and 4 pm GMT).

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1 week ago

President Obama wants ISPs to be regulated under net neutrality principles

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President Barack Obama has issued a new request to the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband wired Internet service in the US as a public utility, like telephone or power companies are currently classified. This is just the latest attempt to regulate Internet service providers under net neutrality principles.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 10

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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1 week ago

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review

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Toshiba Chromebook 2

Finally, a Chromebook with a great display — now it just needs more performance

Since we first laid eyes on the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 at IFA, we knew that this may be one of the leading Chromebooks of the year. Sure it had basic specs just like all of the other Chromebooks, but it actually looked good unlike much of the competition, and more importantly it had a beautiful 1080p IPS display.

The Chromebook 2 is mostly just a sprucing up of Toshiba's first Chromebook from earlier this year, but that's not a bad thing. You're getting a nice set of upgraded specs nestled in a similar frame, but the was never an issue with the hardware. In the competitive world of Chromebooks with tight margins and very similar components across the board, you just need to get a few things right and set yourself apart from the crowd. Toshiba has given it a great shot with the Chromebook 2 — read on for our full review.

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1 week ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 official extra battery kit

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Galaxy Note 4 extra battery kit

Samsung's official kit for the Note 4 gives you a spare battery, protective case and external charger

All told, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has pretty good battery life. In our review we found that Samsung's latest could get us through into the night on all but the busiest of days. However, having a removable battery gives Note 4 owners the option to swap in a second cell in busier times.

That's just what the official extra battery kit from Samsung allows you to do, while also giving you a convenient way to charge a battery outside of your device. Effectively, you've got a relatively easy way to double your useful battery life when travelling, and a handy alternative to keeping your phone tethered to a wall when it comes time to charge.

Buy: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 extra battery kit on ShopAndroid.com ($37.95)

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1 week ago

Samsung asks 'Do you Note?' in latest Galaxy Note 4 adverts

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Samsung is continuing its aggressive marketing of the Galaxy Note 4 with two new commercials. The manufacturer talked about the new S-Pen and the camera in earlier videos, and this time around it is highlighting features like Smart Select.

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1 week ago

HTC One M8 owners in Canada will be getting Eye Experience update tomorrow

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Good news if you're rocking an HTC One M8 in Canada. HTC's Mo Versi indicated on Twitter that the Eye Experience software, which was announced with the Desire Eye, would be makings its way to carrier branded editions of the device tomorrow. Users on Rogers, Telus and Bell will receive the update starting 9 AM PST.

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1 week ago

New Apple iMessage de-registration tool lets you switch to Android and reclaim your SMS

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Apple had launched a new tool to make it easier for iOS users to switch to a competing smartphone platform and not lose text messages. Previously, iPhone users who switched to a rival operating system would still have their numbers locked into Apple's iMessage servers, creating problems with text messages not showing up. Now, with the new tool, users can unregister their numbers from the iMessage system and text messages won't be lost should you switch to Android or another platform.

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1 week ago

Lollipop on the LG G3: Leaked build offers a sneak peek at what's coming

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LG G3 on Lollipop

LG surprised Android enthusiasts today by announcing that it intends to begin updating the its flagship G3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop starting next week. The update will be available in Poland first, before rolling out to other territories. And hot on the heels of the announcement, a couple of leaked builds have begun doing the rounds online, giving us an early look at what to expect from Lollipop when it arrives — imminently — on the G3.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Jack's Music Widget, Equalizer, VSCO Cam Beta and more

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AC editors' apps of the week

We have the pleasure of seeing a ridiculous number of new and interesting apps come across our devices each and every week. That's why we round up an app pick from each of the folks here at Android Central on the weekend, giving us an opportunity to highlight our favorites. This week we have yet another set of great apps covering a few different genres, so read along with us and see our picks.

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1 week ago

Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer talks Lollipop, Nexus strategy

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With the launch of Lollipop, Google had created some of the biggest visual changes to Android yet. But there's more to the story than what meets the eyes, and Google executive Hiroshi Lockheimer talks about Lollipop and some of the behind the scenes things that went into Lollipop in his latest interview.

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1 week ago

Disney Movies Anywhere review: unifying your kids' content

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Disney movie magic on screens of every size!

One complaint many a faithful Disney fan (or their DVD-buying parents) have had with buying Disney DVD combo packs is that the digital copies that came with those DVDs for a long, long time were iTunes-only. In February, Disney Movies Anywhere brought those digital copies out of your iTunes library and into their app ... which was an iOS exclusive. So, when you bought Frozen and your kids wanted to watch it in the car on the way to Grandma's, you still had to have an Apple device in order to appease their Elsa cravings.

Well, you can put the iPad down. Disney Movies Anywhere has finally come to Android.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: The forest, the trees, and FIRST!

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Nexus 6 and Moto X

Not that anyone's actually pushed Android 5.0 updates yet, but so what if the Nexus 5 isn't the first to get Lollipop?

So let me make sure I've got this right. It's pretty clear that all the major Android device manufacturers have been working with Android 5.0 Lollipop code for some time now, and they're all practically tripping over each other to be the first one to release updates.

Motorola is poised to update the 2014 Moto X. Samsung's Galaxy S5 update keeps appearing. HTC gave its usual "within 90 days" line, but I expect to see updates much sooner than that. Sony is close. And LG — usually one of the slower of the bunch — announced that updates start this week.

So why in the hell are kids fighting over which phone gets updated first — and whether those updates come before the Nexus 6 is actually available?

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1 week ago

LG rolling out Android 5.0 to the G3 starting this week

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LG has announced that its flagship G3 will start receiving an Android 5.0 Lollipop update this week, beginning with users in Poland. Naturally LG is staying clear of giving exact rollout dates for other regions, saying that "key markets" will get the update in "the near future." Of course that doesn't mean it's coming right away to G3 users around the world, but you have to think that if its ready to go for one model this week it's not far from hitting other devices, too.

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2 weeks ago

Best Android apps and games of the week: Civilization Revolution 2 and more!

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Civilization Revolution 2

We're going to try something a little different for our best apps and games of the week round-up this go-around. Instead of providing brief overviews of the top apps and games released in the Google Play Store over the course of the week, we're going to dive deep into the top three, and filling out the end with a short list of additional download links of you're hungry for more.

We figure if all you need is a description of what's available, the Google Play Store descriptions and trailers can handle that. Instead, we're going to focus on delivering expert opinions. After all, that's what you're here for, right?

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