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EE fastest network in the UK, says RootMetrics

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RootMetrics has published the latest performance rankings for UK's mobile networks, naming EE the fastest operator in the country. EE won at overall performance, network speeds, calls, text, and cellular data. Three came out on top in terms of overall reliability. The company collected data from over 875,000 samples, testing carrier performance during driving, at stationary outdoor locations, and over 1,400 indoor locations across the country.

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1 day ago

Galaxy S7 edge: Latest leaked render reveals curvy design

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The latest leaked render of the Galaxy S7 edge gives us another look at the upcoming flagship in silver. From the image, posted by prolific leaker Evan Blass on Twitter, it looks like Samsung will retain a dual-curved screen for the S7 edge, with the screen size rumored to be 5.5 inches. Look closely and you can make out a slight curve at the top and bottom as well, in line with real-world snaps of the device.

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1 day ago

Opera receives buyout offer from Chinese consortium for $1.2 billion

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Opera Software, the company behind the popular mobile browser, has received a buyout offer from a consortium of Chinese companies for NOK 10.5 billion ($1.2 billion). The consortium consists of mobile game developer Kunlun and mobile security maker Qihoo, and is backed by investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian.

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1 day ago

Moto G 2014 receives Marshmallow update in India

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Motorola has commenced rollout of the Marshmallow update to the Moto G 2014 in India. Both 3G and LTE-enabled models are receiving the update, which brings Doze, Google Now on Tap, app permissions, ability to extend internal storage through the SD card, and more.

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1 day ago

LG teaser confirms G5 will feature always-on display

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In a teaser posted on its official Facebook page, LG has confirmed that the upcoming LG G5 will feature an always-on display.

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1 day ago

Weekly Poll: Does your Chromecast travel with you?

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Have you ever imagined a world, where every time you travel you could access your favorite movies and television from home even though you're at a hotel? It's not a fantasy, as any Chromecast can tell you. Whether you choose to travel with your Chromecast, or you prefer leaving it at home, it's all about preference.

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1 day ago

Join Android Central and Timyo as we work to fix email once and for all!

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We want to make email better. Much better. Keep reading to learn how you can help.

Howdy, folks, James Falconer here. I'm the Community & Developer Program Manager around these parts. If you're active in our forums or have answered one of our surveys, you've probably heard from me!

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1 day ago

These apps will help you get through Valentine's Day with ease

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That most romantic of holidays, Valentine's Day, is nearly upon us. With that in mind we've put together some handy apps to help get you through this weekend unscathed. Valentine's Day has plenty of moving parts, no matter what your plans happen to be.

We've put together these apps to make sure that your day goes as smoothly as possible, so check them out!

Get in touch

The first step to enjoying this upcoming weekend is by making sure that you and whomever you're spending the day — or night — with are on the same page. Nobody wants to be stood up, especially on Valentine's Day, especially when it's a case of crossed signals.That might mean sharing your calendars so that you know when your disparate schedule sync up for a date, or it might just mean a text message. Whether you're planning on spending time with friends, or with that someone special, your first move should be nailing down your plans for the evening.

  • Between: A private app for couples that allows you to message one another, send photos, and even sync up your calendar
  • Hangouts: Hangouts can send messages to anyone with a Google account and sync with your phone so that it's where you send your text messages from. You can easily create a group chat if you're heading into the holiday with a few friends instead of a significant other.

Deliveries

Step two in an easy Valentine's Day comes when you make sure that you're fully stocked up on everything that you'll need for your upcoming escapades. Rather than running yourself ragged, or trying to find time in a busy schedule, your best bet might be to take advantage of the various delivery services out there. There are now services out there that will deliver pretty much anything you need from random household supplies, to the wine you need for dinner, to the flowers you want to surprise your partner with. Each service is a bit different, and you'll want to check to make sure that they're active in your city.

  • Postmates: A service that will deliver everything from your Starbucks order, to the essentials from Walgreen's.
  • Minibar: Minibar delivers wine, beer, spirits and mixers to your door — provided you're of age.
  • 1-800-FLOWERS: For when you don't have time to stop at a florist, but still need a beautiful bouquet.

Getting dinner

If you're hoping to score that romantic dinner for two on the 14th, or just dinner in general, then there are some apps you can turn to to eliminate at least half the stress. Let's face it, just about everyone considers going out for dinner with their loved one on Valentine's Day. That doesn't mean that you need to make reservations months in advance though. These apps will help you find a spot for dinner without obscene waiting times, or to grab the reservation for the perfect restaurant.

  • Open Table: Open Table will allow you to easily make reservations and then gives you access to exclusive perks at those restaurants for using the app
  • No Wait: Looking for a short wait time at a restaurant nearby? Then No Wait is the app for you.

Grab a room

After you've had a wonderful night, you might be thinking of a romantic evening at a hotel. Sometimes a night away from home, especially for a special occasion can make this holiday more special. If that's the case, then consider using an app to find the room you've been dreaming of. Whether you started looking for the hotel room of your dreams weeks ago, or your date starts to get hot and heavy, we've got you covered. You'll be able to find a room, even at the last-minute with these booking apps.

  • Hotel Tonight: If you need to get a hotel tonight, there's no better option for you than, well, Hotel Tonight. It will show you hotels with rooms open that evening, along with their price so that you can easily grab the best option for your evening
  • Expedia: Expedia, as you no doubt know, is an all-around booking app. It'll let you grab not only hotel rooms, but vehicle rentals and plane tickets.

Spice things up

When you get through all of the hoops of Valentine's Day and find yourself and your partner alone in the bedroom, it might be time to spice things up. It doesn't really matter why, but if you're looking to add some elements to your adult activities, then you aren't alone. There are plenty of different apps out there to help add a bit of variety to the bedroom. We've brought you a small selection that will bring you and your partner closer together if you decide to give them a shot.

  • We-Connect: If you've got a We-Vibe couples massager, you'll really want the We-Connect app. Using your phone you can program the vibrator to use specific patterns, or tease your lover from afar taking advantage of the chat, voice, or video.
  • iKamasutra lite: iKamaSutra lite gives you access to dozens of sexual positions from the Kama Sutra to try out, including the ability to save your favorite positions, or add challenging ones to a list for trying in the future.

So there you have it, our list of apps to help you navigate your way to a stress free Valentine's Day. Is there an app we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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1 day ago

Sonos to officially launch Apple Music support on Feb. 10

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Sonos has announced that it will officially launch Apple Music support for all users of the company's connected speakers starting tomorrow, February 10.

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1 day ago

Monument Valley Lego set could become a reality, with enough support

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If the idea of manipulating the insane puzzles of popular mobile game Monument Valley with your bare hands sounds fun, there's a chance Lego could make that happen.

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1 day ago

LG's modular, dual-everything G5 could be one big play for differentiation

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It's hard to stand out. But LG's next Android flagship — the G5 — might have a few new tricks up its sleeve.

Over the past three and a half years, LG has slowly grown into the de facto alternative to Samsung in many markets around the world, including the U.S.

Since the rebirth of the firm's "G" series in 2013 with the LG G2, the company has put differentiation the heart of its products. The G2 was the first to feature LG's famous rear-mounted buttons. The G3 was the first mainstream Quad HD phone, and the first with laser autofocus. And the G4 mixed things up with a leather-backed design and impressive RAW photo capabilities. Most recently, the V10 introduced dual front-facing cameras and a secondary ticker display.

So where next for the other Korean manufacturer, with a new flagship phone on the way in just a few weeks and a pressing need to recover from lackluster financial performance in mobile in recent months. Let's dive in.

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1 day ago

Best Buy offers $50 off gold Nexus 6P, throws in $25 gift card

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Best Buy is currently offering a solid deal on the gold Nexus 6P, cutting its price by $50 and throwing in a $25 gift card to boot. While this deal is only for the gold variant, it does include both the 32GB and 64GB models, knocking the down to $449 and $499, respectively.

The Nexus 6P was originally released in September, and we've seen a number of deals on the smartphone since. This latest deal on the gold variant from Best Buy matches a similar promotion that the Google Store is currently running, albeit with the addition of a $25 gift card.

It's not entirely clear how long the sale will last, but it's a solid deal worth grabbing if you're interested in Google's latest high-end Nexus. And if you're interested in our impressions of the gold Nexus 6P, be sure to give our hands-on a quick look.

Thanks for the tip, Jaime!

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Sweet Valentine's Day gifts for the tech lover in your life

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Set your significant other up with some awesome tech gifts this Valentine's Day that expand beyond the traditional cards and candy.

Looking for a fun way to surprise the tech lover in your life this Valentine's Day? We're here to help with our unique gift guide that encompasses everything from smart mood lighting and key finders to fitness trackers and amazing speakers.

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1 day ago

Classic RPG Final Fantasy IX is now available on Android

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Following an announcement at the end of last year, Square Enix has brought its classic role-playing game, Final Fantasy IX, to Android through the Google Play Store. Originally released in 2000 for the first PlayStation, the mobile version of the game incorporates a number of modern features on top of the original game.

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1 day ago

Opera Apps Club brings premium app subscriptions to emerging markets

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Opera has launched its Apps Club worldwide, a subscription service for premium Android apps that provide developers access to more markets with "all you can download" plans. Consumers, who may have not been able to via traditional store methods due to low credit card penetration, can then take advantage of these offers. Think of it as a Netflix-style subscription service, but instead of just TV shows and films, you can unlock content in supported apps.

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