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What it's like to live in the HTC Vive virtual world!

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I am under water. Still standing, but under water. Deep in the ocean, actually. Schools of tiny fish are swimming by. Rays float overhead, just under the surface. A whale saunters over. Is it deep enough for a whale but not too deep for the light to penetrate down to the deck of the sunken ship on which I was standing? I don't know. And I don't care.

I slowly, carefully wander over to the edge of the deck of the ship. Close, but not too close. The sea floor is a long way down, and the railing not all that high. I don't want fall off.

Wait. Where am I again?

It was, to say the very least, an odd experience.

It's almost not fair to write about Vive, the virtual reality system that HTC and software company Valve announced here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. "You have to experience it" was the line the folks who make the thing kept telling us leading up to the announcement.

And they were right. But I'll do my best.

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2 days ago

BBM for Android passes 100 million downloads

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BlackBerry has announced that BBM for Android has been downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play Store. This milestone comes just 17 months after the launch of the app.

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2 days ago

Facebook's Slingshot app update makes it easier to find people to follow

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The new 2.1 update for Facebook's Snapchat rival allows users to explore and follow other people that are using the app.

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2 days ago

Three will be the exclusive UK tariff partner for the Honor 6 Plus

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The UK carrier will give consumers a chance to buy the the new 5.5-inch smartphone with a 24 month contract.

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2 days ago

Samsung's Galaxy S6 themes let you take control of TouchWiz

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Samsung Galaxy S6 theme store

Your Galaxy S6 won't have to look like everyone else's, that is if you can find a theme that fits your style.

Most of the criticism surrounding Samsung's software is about the looks more than the functionality, but with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Samsung is giving users the ability to quickly and easily change the look of TouchWiz. Usually reserved to those who want to root their phones or use various other tricks and third-party apps, theming is now baked into the software on the latest Samsung flagships. It isn't as complete or tweakable as some may want, but it offers more customization than any previous version of TouchWiz did.

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2 days ago

OnePlus One sales to expand to 16 more European countries

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The Android smartphone will soon be available in all European countries with this newly announced sales expansion.

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2 days ago

Monument Valley takes the top prize at 11th annual Mobile Gaming Awards

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The popular and critically acclaimed puzzle game won the "Grand Prix" prize for best mobile game of 2014 on Tuesday night as part of the 11th annual International Mobile Gaming Awards.

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2 days ago

These are Android Central's Top Picks from Mobile World Congress 2015!

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MWC Awards

The best of what we saw from Mobile World Congress 2015

As we wrap up another MWC, it's time to talk about the shining gems that we've seen this year. Android had a huge presence this year, with several huge announcements along the way. There were things announced here that could easily be the start of major shifts in the mobile market we play in today, as well as incremental but no less exciting improvements to the technology we rely on every day. We've seen a ton of new things on the show floor this year, but as is often the case there are a few things that stood out in the crowd, and that's what we're going to talk about now.

Here's a look at what we thing was the best of Mobile World Congress 2015. It's an exciting list, but perhaps even more exciting is the knowledge that we're only just now entering the third month of the year. With an opening like this, it's clear there are going to be fun times ahead.

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2 days ago

Samsung to offer 22 digital gifts to Galaxy S6 owners

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Samsung offers a variety of apps to Galaxy device owners and this program is set to continue with the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. A total of 22 premium apps have been confirmed as digital gifts.

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2 days ago

YotaPhone 2 Indiegogo campaign confirmed for April with special bundles for early birds

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Yota today announced that beginning in April, the YotaPhone 2 will be available to consumers in the US through Indiegogo. The company is to also offer early bird pricing and bundle options for a limited time only.

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2 days ago

Galaxy S5 owners: How's the Lollipop update treating you?

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop

Even more GS5s are getting Android 5.0, but is it a net positive for everyone?

After Lollipop started slowly rolling out to Galaxy S5 owners in Europe, Verizon put us back on alert with the big update to its own Galaxy S5. Sprint followed suit the next day and T-Mobile pushed a couple weeks later. Even more people got in on the fun when Canadian carriers started pushing at the beginning of March.

As is the case with every major operating system update, some people are likely to hit a few snags when jumping between Android versions. There are some features and designs of Lollipop that are disliked, but there are also issues with the update process itself.

We've received a few emails to our tips inbox and read a few comments in the forums indicating there are issues, but that's also combined with plenty of folks who seem to be happy with the update. So, for those of you who have installed Lollipop on your Galaxy S5, how is the update working on your device?

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2 days ago

Xiaomi plans to sell accessories in Europe through Mi.com store

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After announcing plans to launch a direct-to-customer Mi.com store in the US later this year, Xiaomi has announced that it will offer a similar storefront to European customers. There won't be any handsets up for sale, however, as Xiaomi has mentioned that like the US store, the European offering will only sell accessories.

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2 days ago

Huawei set to launch the Honor 6 Plus in India later this month

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Following yesterday's news that the Honor 6 Plus would be launching in Europe, Huawei has announced that it will be bringing the mid-range device to India. The device will be made available in the country later this month, with no word yet on pricing.

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2 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update rolling out on Canadian carriers

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners on Rogers, TELUS, Koodo, WIND Mobile and other networks in Canada should be looking to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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2 days ago

Motorola bundles Moto X Pure Edition and Sol Republic's Tracks Air headphones for $449

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From now until March 10, you can get the 16GB Moto X Pure Edition along with Sol Republic's Tracks Air Bluetooth headphones for just $449 from Motorola's website in the U.S. The bundle value is a $250 discount on the original retail price of both products.

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