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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha forums are open for business

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Come chat about Samsung's latest Galaxy

The new Samsung Galaxy Alpha is official and it's no doubt got a lot of people talking about it. In a bold change in direction, Samsung has put a metal frame on one of its premium phones that have previously been dominated by plastic.

So, where better to carry on the discussions than in the Android Central Forums. The Galaxy Alpha forums are now open for business and awaiting your visit, so come drop by at the link below.

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1 week ago

The Walking Dead Pinball coming to Zen Pinball for Android August 28

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Zen Studios will add yet another major franchise to its Zen Pinball series when it releases The Walking Dead Pinball table on August 28 for Android devices via Google Play, along with the Amazon Appstore.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha availability and pricing

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is official, and the first details of when and where you'll be able to buy Samsung's new metal-clad, 4.7-inch handset are starting to emerge.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha versus Galaxy S5: What's the difference?

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With this morning's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, we're sure some of you will be wondering how Samsung's latest high-end phone — a downsized, metal-framed handset at that — compares to its current flagship, the Galaxy S5. Despite both running similar software — Android 4.4 KitKat topped with Samsung sprinkles — the GS5 and the Galaxy Alpha are as different on the inside as they are on the outside. Check past the break for a full spec breakdown, plus scaled comparison pics.

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1 week ago

Amazon undercuts Square with own mobile card reader

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Amazon is taking on Square and PayPal by launching its own mobile card reader, called Amazon Local Register. Announced earlier today, the card reader is available for $10, which is offset by a lack of processing fee for the first $10 worth of transactions.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is finally official — a high-end Samsung smartphone with a metal-banded chassis and an "evolution" of the company's design philosophy. But if you're wondering about what's going on on the inside, we've got you covered. Check out the full spec sheet after the break.

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1 week ago

Samsung unveils metal-framed Galaxy Alpha, available September

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Samsung's 'next evolution' of smartphone design is the long-awaited metal Galaxy phone

After a short flurry of leaks, Samsung has this morning taken the wraps off a new metal-clad Android smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha. Boasting a metal frame and a 4.7-inch display, the Galaxy Alpha represents a departure from Samsung's predominantly plastic-focused lineup, with a squared-off design furnished in more premium materials. It's also thinner than any other Samsung flagship, measuring in at 6.7mm. The display itself is a 4.7-inch SuperAMOLED offering, giving a pixel density of 312ppi — a little less than we're used to seeing from flagship devices, but still sharp enough for most use cases.

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1 week ago

Kindle app updated with UI tweaks and new audiobook features

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A nice update is rolling out for those of us using the Kindle app, especially fans of audiobooks. The latest version brings immersive mode to Android 4.4 and above devices, orientation lock, and new chapter navigation to the user interface. For everyone who likes to listen to audiobooks, Bluetooth device pairing inside the app and lockscreen audio controls have been added.

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1 week ago

Google Search update brings train and bus reminders and new flight card updates to Google Now

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A small update has been pushed out for Google Search today. Besides the obligatory bug fixes (fix all the bugs!) we should expect to see two new features — train and bus reminders from your Gmail reservations, and changes to flight cards that bring information about alternatives when there is a delay. The app is updating in typical trollout fashion, but it's worth checking to see if you hit the new-app lottery.

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1 week ago

KitKat is now running on over 20 percent of active Android devices

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A significant milestone for KitKat just 10 months after its public release

Google has just released its monthly report on the distribution of different Android versions among devices accessing the Play Store, and the milestone of KitKat crossing the 20 percent mark has come along this month. Coming up from from 17.9 percent as of July, KitKat now commands 20.9 percent of active devices, a solid jump for a 30-day period.

On the next step down, the three versions of Jelly Bean together make up 54.2 percent of active Android devices, a decrease from 55.5 percent last month (which saw a sharp decrease in the month before, as well). Ice Cream Sandwich dropped almost a full percentage point to 10.6 percent, and Gingerbread interestingly increased 0.1 percentage point to 13.6 percent of devices. Froyo is comfortably under 1 percent of active devices and will soon fall off of this chart, we can assume.

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