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2 weeks ago

Google's Clock ticks its way to Google Play

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Google has brought its Clock app to Google Play to provide users with faster updates, and it is now available for everyone to download.

The Clock app from Google is now available in Google Play, bringing all of its great features to everyone. Previously the Clock app was only found baked into the OS, but it is now a standalone download for anyone. Google has brought a number of its core apps to Google Play to be able to update them independently of the OS.

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2 weeks ago

Alcatel Idol 3 available in Canada June 30

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Alcatel has announced that the Idol 3 — we say it's one of the best values in mobile today and one of our top winners from Mobile World Congress — will be available Canada-wide starting June 30. Featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM along with a 1.7GHz processor, the Idol 3 delivers a high-end experience at a budget price. Alcatel lists the Idol 3 as compatible with the following carrier mobile networks: Bell, Telus, Rogers, Virgin, PC Mobile, Solo, Saskatel, Koodo, Public Mobile, Fido and Chatter

We aren't yet given a price, but the US model retails for $249 so we can guess the Canadian model will be priced comparably. The Idol 3 will be available both in-store and online from Bell, TELUS and Videotron.

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2 weeks ago

Google adds Pride parade accessories to Androidify, starts #andproud campaign to celebrate

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Google is pulling out all the stops for a global online Pride parade this year, with hashtags and celebrities and colorful Androids everywhere.

There are few companies out there as vocal and supportive of marriage equality as Google. The company has a long history of offering internal support for fellow LGBT Googlers to socialize, and externally we've seen everything from Android shirts with rainbow flags to uniquely public statements from the company in support of marriage equality. We've even seen the occasional gay couple in Android ads, which caused something of a stir when they aired.

This year Google is kicking things up a notch, and the company is going above and beyond the "Be together, not the same" message we've seen over the last year. In support of a global online Pride parade this year, Google has outfitted the Androidify service with appropriate accessories and worked with several celebrities to kickstart a new hashtag campaign — #andproud.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi sells 10 million units of the Mi 4, slashes price to ₹14,999 in India

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To commemorate 10 million global sales of the Mi 4, Xiaomi has slashed the price of the 16GB model to ₹14,999 ($233).

Xiaomi has reduced the price of the 64GB variant of the Mi 4 over the course of the last month, bringing the device from its launch price of ₹21,999 ($342) down to ₹19,999 ($311). With the 16GB version now selling at ₹14,999 (down from ₹19,999), both models are competitively priced.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung launches LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab A in India, Galaxy Tab E coming later this month

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Samsung controls a lion's share of the tablet market in India, and is looking to continue its strong showing with the launch of the Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab E in the country.

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2 weeks ago

These are the best Android Wear smartwatches

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Best Android Wear smartwatches

Our continuously updated list of the best Android Wear watch you can wear

It's been a number of months since we last updated our list of the best Android Wear smartwatches. And in that time the number of watches available has increased yet again.

The early choice was pretty clear, as the Moto 360 dominated in terms of design. But we knew other contenders were waiting in the wings — namely the LG G Watch R and the ASUS ZenWatch. And now that we've spent even more time with the old favorites and introduced a newcomer, we're ready to make a decision. But we will do so with a caveat, and a reminder:

First, our top five smartwatch pics are all really good. It's not unusual for us to switch between them on a fairly regular basis, depending on our mood.

And second is that watches remain a very personal decision. And given that the functionality of Android Wear is mostly consistent across devices — save for the occasional hardware-based feature — you don't necessarily lose any core experience from one watch to the next. If one simply tickles you in that sweet spot, chances are you'll be happier with it in the long run.

But our job is to choose. And choose we have. Following is our list of the best Android Wear smartwatches, updated mid-June 2015.

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2 weeks ago

This week's sidebar poll: what do you want to see us do on Periscope?

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Periscope is growing on us here at AC, but we need your help choosing the best stuff to broadcast.

Reader feedback is incredibly important to us. We're here to help as many people as we can, and to do that well we need to know what it is everyone wants from us. Periscope is a perfect example, and if you've been following our account on this video streaming service you'll see we're getting pretty good at quick videos for everything from unboxings to random shenanigans after our weekly podcast. It's fun, fast, and everyone who has found us on Periscope recently seems to enjoy it.

Naturally, that means we want to make it better. To do that, we've made our sidebar poll for the week all about Periscope.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central Photo Contest: Light bulb

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Lights are pretty important for keeping our lives functioning smoothly, but they can also be worked into designs that really light up your day. While you may not think about taking photos of light bulbs at first, once you start looking around you can find some really interesting subject matter. We're sure you can come up with something great.

Two people will win prizes for their entries in this latest contest, and each one will take home a Nexus Player! That's a great prize and we're sure you'll all work hard to win it.

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2 weeks ago

How to get your pictures out of Facebook and into Google Photos

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Facebook Photo Albums

Facebook basically does the bare minimum when it comes to giving you your photos back, and that's really unfortunate.

Most of us have a lot of photos in Facebook, but don't actually use that platform as a long-term storage solution. That's probably a good idea considering how photos are handled on the service, and making the move to something like Google Photos instead is something to consider. Unfortunately the data export tools for Facebook are pretty bad, leaving you with lots of issues when it comes to getting every photo out of the service and over to something new.

But there's no better time to get this done than now, and we're going to explain all of the caveats related to getting your photos from Facebook to Google Photos.

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2 weeks ago

Android Wear or Pebble Time — which is best for you?

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Android Wear and Pebble Time

Choices can be hard. Especially when both are great choices.

Smartwatches are uniquely personal pieces of technology. We all want a phone that has a certain look or feel, and most of us think our choice says something about who we are, and how we want people to perceive us. When it comes to our watch — essentially a piece of jewelry — things go a step further. When it's a smartwatch, one with which we interact and do more than see what time it is, things get even more complicated.

And the "style" bit is just part of it. When you spend money on a smartwatch, you are buying more than just looks. You're interested in the features, the interface, the ecosystem and how it all aligns itself together. A smartwatch needs to do more than tell you what time it is (though it needs to do that very well) and what it can do and how it does it is every bit as important as how it looks.

We've got plenty of great choices when it comes to Android-compatible smartwatches. Android Wear is the crowd favorite (with good reason) and is Google's player in this game. But with the release of the Pebble Time, there's an additional choice that we can't overlook.

Let's break it down and figure out which is the better choice for you — Android Wear or the Pebble Time.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: Caption this photo' winners!

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We mixed things up in the latest photo contest, providing you with the photo and seeing what great captions you could come up with. We kept it open for a full two weeks and watched the captions flood in — filling up 20 pages in the forums in the end. We laughed, we cried and honestly looked a little puzzled at some of the entries. In the end it came down to the 10 winners — read along and see them.

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2 weeks ago

The new Nest requires a whole new app

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A quick heads up for those of you in the Nest nation. Along with all the new hardware announced today comes an entirely new app, and not just an update to the existing one. When you update your existing Nest app, you'll find that the icon goes gray, the app renames itself to Nest 4.5, and you'll be prompted to download the new Nest 5.0. (Which you can get here.) You'll have to log in all over again, but after that you're up and running with the new hotness.

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2 weeks ago

Hearthstone's 'Tavern Brawl' mode goes live with new heroes in tow

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Hearthstone's newest game mode, Tavern Brawl, is now live.

Blizzard Entertainment's popular card-battling game based around the Warcraft universe, Hearthstone, has a new game mode ready for the playing. Tavern Brawl was announced last week, and presents users with a repeating, temporary event that spices up the action with a new set of rules each week.

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2 weeks ago

The OnePlus 2 will use the 'cool' version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor

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The upcoming OnePlus 2 smarthphone will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor running things inside.

When the successor to the OnePlus One smartphone, the OnePlus 2, is released later this year, it will have the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor inside.

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2 weeks ago

Moto X Android 5.1 soak tests expanded, full rollout inches closer

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Motorola has expanded the Android 5.1 soak test for the 2013 and 2014 Moto X to a ton of new countries, with a full rollout expected next week.

It feels like it's been a long journey for Moto X owners waiting on an upgrade to Android 5.1, but that journey may be close to its end. Motorola's David Schuster took to Google Plus once again to provide an update on the company's progress, noting that it has expanded the current soak test on both Moto X generations to a ton of new countries, with a full rollout slated to begin next week.

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