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1 week ago

Hands-on with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

It's big, it doesn't cost much and it's actually pretty good

Despite limited global availability, Xiaomi has enjoyed a meteoric rise to success and is now one of the world's biggest smartphone vendors. While in Europe and North America the company's presence is virtually zero, in its native China and now India, it's a very different story. In offering good hardware at extremely competitive prices, Xiaomi is definitely doing something right.

The Redmi Note is one of the newer smartphones made available, and is imminently India bound. Coming in two flavors, one with 4G and one without, the Redmi Note is a large smartphone with a small price. And you know what? It's actually really good.

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1 week ago

Cyanogen pledges continued OnePlus One support (Update: Unless you have an Indian phone)

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Update: ... and on Dec. 7 Cyanogen Inc. rolled things back again, saying that if you bought a OnePlus One in India, updates aren't happening. If you're using a global device in India, you should be fine.

Here's the full take:

Since we clarified our support for OTA firmware updates for OnePlus One global devices, we've received a number of inquiries regarding OnePlus One devices sold in India.

As we had pledged to our users, OnePlus One global devices will receive our OTA firmware updates. If a user in India purchased a OnePlus One global device in channels outside of India, they will receive our OTA firmware updates. However, this excludes OnePlus One regional devices sold directly in India. We are committed to our exclusive partnership in India with Micromax, which will be launching its first Cyanogen OS device under their new YU brand.

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1 week ago

Motorola launching the Moto Hint and Power Pack Micro in the UK on December 15

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UK customers looking to pick up the latest accessories from Motorola will be able to do so starting December 15, which is when the Moto Hint and the Power Pack Micro will go on sale in the country.

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1 week ago

Get $20 Play Store credit when you buy a Chromecast between now and December 21

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If you managed to hold off on buying the Chromecast during Black Friday, you'll be glad to know that Google is now offering a $20 Play Store credit toward purchasing movies and other digital content to stream to the device. The deal is in addition to three months of free Google Play Music All Access (for first-time subscribers) and two months of Hulu Plus that Google is already giving away to all buyers of the Chromecast.

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1 week ago

Pranav Mistry appointed as global vice president at Samsung in exec reshuffle

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Samsung continues to reshuffle executives within the company, thanks to a downturn in profits and declining handset sales. Pranav Mistry is the next employee to move seats, with the Indian national appointed as the new global vice president of the South Korean giant. You may recall the name as Mistry played a part in the development and subsequent launch of the Galaxy Gear, the first Android smartwatch from Samsung.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Narrate, Godfire: Rise of Prometheus, Wire and more

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Apps of the week

You need to check out these apps

Ready for some great apps you that you need to try? We've got the new stuff, the fun stuff, the stuff to make your Android look like your Android — and more. Apps are a big part of what we do, both for our job and because we're Android fans, too.

Be sure to check out the apps we're using, and then jump into the comments to share the ones you're using. Stuff like this is why we say the people making our phones need to start offering 64GB (and bigger) storage options!

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2 weeks ago

Weekly poll results: Lollipop updates and usability issues

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Lollipop

And a new version comes just in time

Earlier in the week we asked about the Lollipop update that you might have received. Specifically, about how well things were working after you installed it.

A good many people had some serious issues with things like the data connection and video playback after installing. A good many people had no issues with things like the data connection and video playback after installing. It was one of those mysteries worthy of Angela Lansbury (ask your grandfather, he knows what's up) that Phil told me to check into. I love checking into those.

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: The time, it flies

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Mobile Nations Death Star

There's not much time to look back on the past five years — the next five are going to be crazy good

This past week marked my fifth year running Android Central. I've now been out of the newspaper business half as long as I spent inside it. And quite a lot has changed in the industry this latest half-decade. And quite a lot has changed here as well, and continues to change.

We've continued our shift from chasing the daily news and working our asses off for stories with a short shelf life and instead thinking more long-term — all while still covering the news, with a new dedicated team shouldering that load instead.

I'm particularly proud of our reviews these days, both in design as well as what we're writing. (Derek Kessler has been a big part of the layouts.) I love how we now include an "About this review" section, in which we explain exactly how — and for how long — we've used the device in question. Why would anyone try to hide that?

And I'm ridiculously excited for 2015. We're taking some new faces with us to CES. (Some will be very familiar to you regular readers.) We'll be trying more new things in the new year. Some will work. Some won't. But I love that we're not afraid to try.

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2 weeks ago

Does turning off Wifi save battery? Not really

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It seems fairly straightforward. You're not using your Wifi, you should just turn it off to save battery. However, this question isn't as straightforward as it might've been in years past, and while part of that has to do with software advancements, it still has a lot do with the the hardware of your phone and more importantly the trade-off between which radios you keep running.

Most of the time, you should leave your Wifi on. Here's why.

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2 weeks ago

New trailer goes behind the scenes of the upcoming SimCity BuildIt for Android

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A new trailer takes us behind the scenes at the making of SimCity BuildIt, the upcoming urban planning simulation game that's due for release before the end of 2014 for Android devices, among other platforms.

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2 weeks ago

Mojang will launch Scrolls for Android December 11 for $4.99

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Over three years after it was first announced and after a ton of alpha and beta tests, Mojang, the development team behind the hit game Minecraft, will finally launch their second internally developed game Scrolls. The team, which is now owned by Microsoft, will launch the fantasy-themed collectible card-strategy game on Thursday, December 11 for Android tablets, among other platforms, for $4.99.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft updates Next Lock Screen with local weather info and more

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Microsoft has updated its Android-exclusive app Next Lock Screen in the Play Store with a few new features this week, including a way to check the weather from a smartphone user's local location.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop now rolling out to the 2013 Moto G in India

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After initiating a Lollipop soak test for the 2013 Moto G at the end of last month and updating the Motorola Update Services app earlier this week, Motorola has now commenced rollout of Lollipop in India. All 2013 Moto G users will be able to receive the update shortly.

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2 weeks ago

Google removes Pirate Bay-related apps from Play Store

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Google began taking down apps that are based on services offered by The Pirate Bay Friday in an effort to curb piracy. Google sent developers of The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Mirror, PirateApp, and The Pirate Bay Premium emails notifying them that their apps have been removed from the Google Play Store citing violation of the company's content policy.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 214: Good gimmicks

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Audio-only stream below

Only four more shows left this year! This week we've gotten our hands on the new YotaPhone 2 and whether gimmicks can be a good thing, some fixes with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, our take on the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio, and of course more of your questions answered live.

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