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1 week ago

Nexus 9 review

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Nexus 9 review

Meet Google's new "premium" tablet — the HTC-built, NVIDIA-powered Nexus 9. We've been waiting for a new tablet as a replacement for the Nexus 10 for quite a while, and with the removal of all traces of the Nexus 7 from Google's online store, it appears that the Nexus 9 is the reference tablet, consumer tablet, and tinkerer's tablet that Google wants to deliver.

We've had it here for a bit. We hesitated to run a review right away, as Google dropped quite the update on everyone at the last minute. We knew it would change some of the things we were seeing, so we gave it a few extra days. That's how we do things here, and in this case it makes a *really* big difference.

With a week or so of the new software under our belt, let's have a look at all the good and bad that comes with Google's all-new Nexus 9.

Read more in our full Nexus 9 review!

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1 week ago

Samsung Developer Conference Keynote liveblog!

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SDC 2014 Keynote

Samsung Developer ConferenceWe're coming at you live this morning from the Samsung Developer Conference. It's the second year for Samsung's dev con, and things are definitely bigger, having moved to Moscone West, site of none other than Google I/O, WWDC and countless other acts of nerd nirvana.

What are we expecting today? A whole lot of Samsung, from mobile to connected homes to virtual reality. And possibly some surprises?

Only one way to find out. Join us here at 9 a.m. PST — that's noon on the east coast and 5 p.m. in London.

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1 week ago

Connectedly: Ultimate guide to buying the best fitness tracker

Best Ftiness Trackers

Fitness bands are part of a rapidly growing category at the moment. We've been seeing bands from the likes of FitBit and Jawbone, both of whom have released several models over the years. We've also been seeing new bands from established names in the fitness space such as Garmin, Polar, and NordicTrack.

Just with that there are already plenty of models to consider before making a purchase. And not to add any more confusion to the process, but we are also seeing some category crossover with smartwatches, running oriented fitness watches, and some standalone mobile apps. Basically, all of that is to say the fitness band category may seem a bit messy or overwhelming at the moment. We've even discovered some (previously unknown to us) models while compiling this buyers guide. And if we've missed some, it seems safe to believe others may have as well.

So just what are your options for the best fitness tracker? Read on and let's find out!

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1 week ago

Sprint could be in talks to buy FreedomPop

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A new report claims that Sprint is among the many companies that might be thinking about acquiring FreedomPop, the wireless carrier that offers a number of voice minutes and data for free each month to US customers.

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1 week ago

FreedomPop to compete with carriers by offering free international calls

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FreedomPop will be competing with both wireless carriers and VoIP services such as Microsoft's Skype with a new plan that will allow any iPhone and Android smartphone owner to get 100 free minutes per month to 52 countries, with plans to expand that reach to 170 countries in the coming weeks.

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1 week ago

Verizon offers deals on digital content with Connection Day

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In an attempt to get you to sign up for their service, Verizon has introduced Connection Day, a day of digital giveaways for people visiting Verizon stores. Taking place on November 26, the day before Thanksgiving, Connection Day will see Verizon give away music, apps, movies, and more from participating companies like Amazon, Apple, and Pandora.

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1 week ago

India is Xiaomi's 'biggest focus' after China, says global VP Hugo Barra

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In an interview with Quartz, Xiaomi's global VP Hugo Barra mentioned that the Chinese manufacturer is fully focused on India following its success back home. After establishing a base in India, Xiaomi is now looking to set up an R&D center as a way to manufacture devices locally in the country.

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1 week ago

UK mobile operator GiffGaff now offering 4G LTE on monthly plans starting from £12

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UK mobile operator GiffGaff has unveiled new plans to take advantage of faster 4G LTE speeds. Utilizing the O2 network, the virtual mobile operator is offering 4G on plans that start from £12 a month (for 1GB of data). There's no option for unlimited use, however, limiting power users to 5GB of 4G data for £18 a month.

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1 week ago

Lollipop soak test now rolling out for 2014 Moto X Pure Edition and new Moto G

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Remember the soak test Motorola's release notes referenced last week? It is now rolling out to the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition. The 2014 Moto G is also joining in on the action, and users of the device can expect to see the update in the following days.

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1 week ago

Samsung shares official schedule for this year's Developer Conference

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Samsung is hosting its second Developer Conference this week in San Francisco, where the manufacturer is expected to focus on the health, wearables and VR segments. The schedule for the list of events scheduled to take place during the three-day event has now been posted.

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2 weeks ago

Saygus returns and claims it has a new Android smartphone in the works

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Utah-based Saygus, who had announced plans to enter the Android smartphone market several years ago but never launched a product, now claims it is working on a new device that will have "multiple ground-breaking features."

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile delays Nexus 6 launch by one week

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There's some bad news for T-Mobile customers with their hearts set on grabbing a Nexus 6 this week. The magenta carrier has announced today, via its Google+ page, that it is delaying the launch of the Nexus 6 until the week of November 19th in order to provide a better experience for customers.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central is at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco!

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Android Central SDC14 banner

Samsung's second Developer Conference is here and it's bigger and better than the first time around, and that means Android Central is going to be a part of it. The venue is bigger, the sessions are numerous and we're going to be doing plenty of coverage — including a liveblog of the keynote — for the next few days to bring it to you. To follow along with our news, interviews and recaps from the show, be sure to keep your eyes on our SDC 2014 page for the rest of the week.

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2 weeks ago

Plants vs Zombies 2 hits the beach again in Big Wave Beach part 2

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If you enjoyed Plants vs Zombies 2: Big Wave Beach part 1, PopCap has something in store for you today. The developer just released an update that brings part 2 of the beach madness. Inside this update, you'll find 16 new levels, new plants and zombies, new content for the Vasebreaker mini-game, and a special "Food Fight" mode that starts on November 26th.

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2 weeks ago

Assassin's Creed Unity gets an Android companion app

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If you are now playing the just released Ubisoft action game Assassin's Creed Unity for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, you may be interested in a newly released Android app for the game that offers some help and extra features.

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