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1 week ago

Blue HTC One M8 now available at Carphone Warehouse

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If the pink, gunmetal grey, silver and gold color variants of the HTC One M8 are not doing it for you, Carphone Warehouse has announced that it is now selling the blue color of the device. The retailer has exclusive access to the color variant in the UK, which is now available from £28 per month with no upfront cost after trading in your old smartphone.

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1 week ago

Google leases historic Moffet Airfield from NASA for R&D

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Google will soon be leasing Moffett Airfield, a former Navy air base, from NASA. The deal, detailed in a NASA press release today, will see Google subsidiary 'Planetary Ventures' paying out roughly $1.16 billion over the course of the next 60 years to rent the airfield. Additionally, the deal will benefit NASA by reducing its maintenance and operation costs by $6.3 million per year.

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1 week ago

Chromebook top-selling device among laptops, tablets for education

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Google is proud of the progress it has made with Chromebook, especially in the education space. Noting that Chromebook has been a big hit in schools, Google bragged that the latest IDC numbers show that Chromebook is the best-selling device for education in the U.S. among laptops and tablets, with adoption rates still to increase with more institutional purchases from school districts.

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2 weeks ago

This week's sidebar poll: Does the Nexus program still matter?

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Does Google need to stay in the hardware game?

Google's Nexus program has gone through a lot of changes. While never officially assigning a purpose to it, Google has suggested that Nexus devices came about as a way to get hardware with "pure" Android into the hands of developers. Official APIs and documentation, as well as unlockable boot loaders made it the phone to buy for both tinkerers and application developers alike.

We've watched things change, though. We've seen the prices drop dramatically, and seen them rise quickly. We've seen top-shelf hardware, as well as specs that are a bit older, as well as one-of-a-kind (so far) things like 64-bit processors. While nobody from Mountain View has said anything, pretty much every hardcore Android enthusiast now thinks that Nexus is a consumer brand. We certainly do.

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2 weeks ago

Canada ready to give retailers an out for Google Wallet fees that don't exist

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It seems that the Canadian government is mulling over a proposal, which could be announced as early as this week, to give retailers the ability to reject Google Wallet (and mobile payments in general—if and when they're available in the country), The Wall Street Journal reported today.

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2 weeks ago

Roboto font reportedly will make the jump from Android to Chrome OS

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It looks like Chrome OS for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes may be joining Android in getting Google's modern Roboto font soon. If accurate, Roboto would replace the Noto Sans UI font in Chrome OS.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop: The Android Central Editors' roundtable

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So much Nexus

The Android Central Editors get together and talk all about Lollipop

It's one of our favorite times of the year once more. New version of Android time. A year or so on from KitKat getting out into the wild, Google is back with another sweet treat for us in the form of Android 5.0 Lollipop. New software also means new Nexus devices, with the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 official, and at least in some cases available to order.

What Google did a little differently this year, though, is letting folks play around with the new software well before it was ready to hit the streets on consumer devices. First known as the L Preview, we've been able to load up Lollipop builds on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 for a little while now and get to grips with Google's latest and greatest.

And that's exactly what we did. Besides writing all the news, reviews, feature breakouts and help and how-to posts, the Android Central Editors sat down together round a (virtual) table for a round up of personal thoughts on Lollipop. Read on to find out what we think.

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2 weeks ago

Google Voice adds Verizon Wireless MMS support and native MMS for pictures

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A month after Google announced it had added MMS support inside Google Voice for nearly all major wireless carriers in the US and Canada, it revealed today that the lone holdout, Verizon Wireless, has at last added MMS support to the app as well. In fact the support started last week.

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2 weeks ago

Instagram makes discovery easier, adds caption editing

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Instagram has updated to version 6.10, adding a new way to discover people to follow, along with caption editing. There are also some minor changes to icons, as well as faster search.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T ditches plans for in-flight 4G LTE connectivity

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AT&T announced that it will be abandoning plans to bring in-flight wireless connectivity. The carrier will not be bringing its 4G LTE service to the skies as previously planned through an air-to-ground-based service for domestic flights, citing that in-flight connectivity is too risky of an investment.

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2 weeks ago

GM plans to compete against Android Auto with Android infotainment system

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In addition to being a partner to Google's Android Auto, General Motors is planning on launching a full-fledged Android infotainment system sometime in 2016. The automaker has partnered with Harman International as part of a $900 million deal that would bring some skinned version of Google's Android operating system to the dash of vehicles in General Motors' fleet.

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2 weeks ago

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available Google Play for $249.99

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The recent bonanza of Android Wear devices is continuing with today's availability of the Sony SmartWatch 3. The Android Wear-powered wrist wearable is now available for $249.99, with quoted shipping times of 1-2 business days.

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2 weeks ago

HTC signs multi-year partnership deal with Robinson Cano

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HTC has signed a multi-year deal with Seattle Mariners 2nd baseman Robinson Cano. HTC says that they partnered with Cano as a brand ambassador in North America due to a mutual pursuit of personal excellence and Cano's committment to mentorship.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook successfully makes over a half-billion people download Messenger app

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Over 500 million people have now downloaded the standalone Facebook Messenger app since it was first made available in 2011, and it's likely that it has seen a surge in users since Facebook removed the messenging features from its main app several months ago.

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2 weeks ago

The next OnePlus One one-hour pre-order window will start at 11 am ET on Nov. 17

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After an error-filled and frustrating online experience a few weeks ago, OnePlus will once again allow anyone to pre-order their OnePlus One smartphone on November 17. As they did last time, the pre-orders will only be open for a one-hour period that will begin at 11 am Eastern time (8 am Pacific and 4 pm GMT).

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