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IFA 2014 day one roundup

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The days news in handy list form because everyone loves lists

IFA 2014 The first day on the ground at IFA (and New York) is now done, and there was literally a deluge of news and product announcements. That's exactly why we love it, and likely what everyone was hoping for from the event. ASUS, Samsung and Sony all held their press events, bringing everything from watches to VR headsets — as well as a phone or two. We expect more of the same in the coming days, so stick around for everything you want to know about what's going on in Berlin.

In the meantime, with this much good news, it's hard to find it all. That's where we can help. Here's a roundup of all of the days news and events, in one handy spot. I know I'll be reading it again!

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1 week ago

New Samsung videos show off Galaxy Note 4, Gear Live S features

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Just after it unveiled new products in Berlin at the IFA trade show, Samsung has now released official videos showcasing its latest products. In two videos uploaded to YouTube, Samsung is showing off the new features in the Galaxy Note 4 and the Gear Live S.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with the Sony Smartwatch 3 with Android Wear

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Smartwatch 3

Sony's newest smartwatch ditches its own software in favor of Google's wearable platform

IFA 2014 Sony took us by surprise a little today by announcing the Smartwatch 3 with Android Wear. Previous reports had Sony execs claiming the company was committed to doing its own thing, and yet, here we are. The Smartwatch 3 changes up other things too from its predecessors, most noticeably the design of the band. It still looks like a Sony Smartwatch of old a little, but it's quite different when you get beyond that.

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1 week ago

New phones means new forums — and we've added a bunch!

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Android forums at Android Central

We've dropped a whole world of new smartphone knowledge on you today. From the new Notes from Samsung to Xperias in Berlin. There's so much to explore. But we're just part of that conversation. It's time for you fine folks to get involved — and that's where our Android forums come in!

To go along with these new phones, we've got a load of new forums ready for discussion. Here's the list!

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1 week ago

Chrome update for select Chromebooks brings multi-sign in support

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A new stable version of Google's Chrome OS has been released for select Chromebook models that brings with it a number of bug fixes and security fixes and also enables multi-sign in support. There are also some smaller changes as well, and the Chrome update is being rolled out now for all Chrome OS devices except the "Acer C7 Chromebook, Samsung Chromebook Series 5 and HP Pavilion Chromebook."

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 4 versus HTC One M8: Quick comparison

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and HTC One M8

IFA 2014The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of Samsung's first metal phones, and sure to be their biggest-selling metal phone, but how does it compare to the current king of all-metal phones, the HTC One M8? We're here at IFA 2014 so we can make just that comparison. It's time for metal on metal, HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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1 week ago

Google creates new free replacement program for damaged Nexus 5 phones

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If you accidentally damaged your Nexus 5 smartphone, you can get it replaced for free thanks to Google's new Nexus 5 replacement program, which is similar to what rivals HTC and Motorola are offering. The program went live without any announcement or much fanfare, though devoted Nexus 5 owners have confirmed on a Google+ posting in the Nexus 5 community page.

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1 week ago

First remote play: PS4 gaming on the Xperia Z3

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Want to play PS4 games on your new Xperia Z3? No problem

IFA 2014 One of our favorite features of the new Sony Xperia Z3 line of devices announced at IFA 2014 is the PS4 remote play feature. If you're a PS4 owner and a Z3, Z3 Compact or Z3 Tablet owner you'll be able to download the new Remote Play application from the Google Play Store – and it'll be available at the launch of these devices – and hook into your console over Wifi for some remote play goodness. Call of Duty in bed? No problem!

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1 week ago

Samsung blings out the Galaxy Note 4 and Gear S with Swarovski

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Samsung Note 4 Swarovski editions

IFA 2014 Today saw the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and more info about the Samsung Gear S, but the truly exciting announcement of the night was that the Note 4 and Gear S would come in versions adorned with Swarovski crystals. Lots and lots of Swarovski crystals. You might call them Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Bling and Gear S Bling, and we wouldn't argue with you if you did.

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1 week ago

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge accessories

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Galaxy Note Edge accessories

IFA 2014 With the announcement of any major Galaxy handset comes the inevitable tidal wave of accessories, and that's exactly what we've seen today at Samsung Unpacked in Berlin. Along with the usual assortment of cases for the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, the company showed off Qi wireless charging backs, Montblanc-branded S Pens and covers, and of course the Gear VR in various colors.

Check past the break to see the new Note 4 and Note Edge accessories in our gallery.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony's latest tablet is a high-end 8-incher with a mouthful of a name

IFA 2014 Completing the trifecta of new Android devices Sony announced today at IFA 2014 is this, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The name is a mouthful but the tablet certainly is not, as it's a smaller tablet this time out. It's an 8-inch effort that packs the same 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU and 3GB of RAM as the Xperia Z3 smartphone, the same 16GB of internal storage with a microSD car slot, the same Android 4.4.4 based software and the same PS4 remote play capabilities.

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1 week ago

Monument Valley dev announces Land's End, exclusively for Gear VR

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Ustwo Games, the developers behind Monument Valley, have announced a new game for the Samsung Gear VR headset. Called Land's End, it's described as a "surreal trip throughan archipelago of forgotten worlds".

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 4 uses Android L-style task switcher

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Galaxy Note 4 task switcher

IFA 2014 Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 introduces new multitasking features, including easy access to windowed mode through a swipe-down gesture and revamped multiwindow capabilities allowing you to run more than one app on-screen. But for Android enthusiasts, the most interesting change might be the move to an Android L-style task-switching menu. Press the Note 4's recents key and you're greeted by a Rolodex-style arrangement similar to what we know is coming in the next version of Google's OS.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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Xperia Z3 Compact

It's like a Z3, but smaller

IFA 2014 Alongside the Xperia Z3, today at IFA 2014, Sony also unveiled a new, smaller 'flagship' phone. The Xperia Z3 Compact is part of Sony's flagship Z3 mobile lineup and in pretty much every way possible it's like the bigger Z3. It looks like the Z3, runs the exact same software as the Z3 and has a lot of the same hardware as the Z3. It's a smaller Z3.

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1 week ago

In pictures: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge vs. Note 4

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Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge

IFA 2014 Today ahead of IFA 2014, Samsung announced not one but two new Galaxy Note handsets — the metal-clad Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge, the first curved-screen Note with new software to take advantage of its "Edge screen." We've already gone in depth with the Note 4 and the Note Edge in our hands-on features, but for a side-by-side look at both handsets you'll want to take a look at our gallery down below.

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