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2 weeks ago

Disney releases Cinderella Free Fall matching game for Android

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Disney has released Cinderella Free Fall for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The title takes the iconic princess on a puzzle matchmaking adventure in the enchanted world of. Prepare yourself to connect and match luminous butterfly jewels in 100 levels.

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2 weeks ago

LG G Flex 2 now available at Sprint with exclusive color option

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LG's second-gen bendyphone makes its debut in the U.S., starting with today's launch on Sprint.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.1: Muting your Lollipop phone overnight just got a bit easier

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Android 5.1 Mute option

Android 5.1 Lollipop brings new 'interruptions' options that make it easier to silence your phone while you're sleeping.

It's a long-running complaint with many Android Lollipop phones — you want to mute your phone, but that option's just not there anymore. Instead you have to deal with the slightly confusing interruptions system and decide whether you want to mute absolutely everything — including alarms — or set up "priority" mode and decide what you want to let through.

Now, thankfully, in the new Android 5.1 release, there's there's an easier way.

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2 weeks ago

Transformers: Battle Tactics sees its first in-game event to take down the evil Stunticons

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DeNA has announced the first in-game event to hit Transformers: Battle Tactics, launching Menasor's Might on both Android and iOS. This special event will take place from March 12 through March 18.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy S6 cases: Trident outs its lineup

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Popular models such as the Kraken A.M.S., Cyclops, Aegis and Krios cases are making a return for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Trident has made an impact on the mobile case market since the beginning with their rugged designs that have proven worthy of protecting against drops, scratches and normal wear and tear. With these new models for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge hitting stores, users will have more affordable options over OtterBox.

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2 weeks ago

Micromax debuts Android-powered 4K TVs in India with prices starting at $640

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India's largest handset manufacturer Micromax is getting into the 4K TV segment by announcing two models that are powered by Android. The TVs come in 42-inch (42C0050UHD) and 49-inch (50K2330UHD) editions, and cost Rs. 39, 990 ($640) and Rs. 49,999 ($800) respectively.

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2 weeks ago

Google Flight Search now provides amenity data through partnership with Routehappy

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Making a decision on which flight to take is about to get a tad easier, as Google Flight Search results will soon display amenity information for each flight.

The new information is the result of a partnership between Google and Routehappy that will integrate flight amenity data, such as whether a flight has in-seat power, Wi-Fi, and ample legroom, into Google Flights results.

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2 weeks ago

LG G3 owners: How's that Android 5.0 Lollipop update treating you?

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Believe it or not, the LG G3 was one of the first — OK, technically the first, because Poland — to get an Android 5.0 update out the door. Europe flourished first, then other regions. North America has finally started to see some sweet L drop onto its carrier-branded phones. (Verizon, however, remains pokey as usual.)

For the most part, it's business as usual with LG's software. But you do get a splash of Material Design — always a good thing — in a few places. Plus the new notifications and interruptions (for better or worse). And, yes, possibly a headache or two.

And so we ask you, fair user of LG's finest: How's the Android 5.0 Lollipop update been for you on the LG G3? Performance? Battery life? Other gremlins? Let's hear it.

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2 weeks ago

Google Code project hosting service to shut down in January 2016

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Google has announced today that its code repository, Google Code, will be shutting down on January 25 2016.

In addition, Google has disabled new project creation as of today, and the site will go read-only on August 24.

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2 weeks ago

Huawei Honor 6 Plus mini review

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus

When we talk about the major Android manufacturers, we tend to talk the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and Sony. Huawei usually doesn't enter the conversation until the low-cost, prepaid market. An afterthought, for those of us who spend too much time playing in the high-end.

We come by it honestly, of course, but we've also been missing out on some rather compelling devices. But 2015 will see a new push from Huawei in the United States, and sooner rather than later.

We caught up with Huawei at CES Live 2015 in Las Vegas for an early demo with the Honor 6 Plus, and we've since taken it for a quick spin on our own time. And while this is a China-specific device — that means no Google services, first and foremost, it gives us another good look at the sort of hardware Huawei as capable of building, and even more important the sort of camera quality we'll be looking for when we get new North American devices.

This is not a full Android Central review of the Honor 6 Plus. Frankly, we'd be in danger of repeating "no Google services" over and over again, which is neither helpful nor representative of the phone and the services that are available in China. That much is evident after even a short time with this phone. It's not missing out on things, it's just missing the things we're used to here in the U.S.

So we'll give a brief overview of the hardware and software, but mostly focus on the camera and the sort of shots you'll get from it. We'll go much more in depth with Western releases in the coming months.

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2 weeks ago

The best photography apps for Android

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Nexus 6 Google Camera

The best camera is the one you have with you, and for most of us that means our go-to gadget for taking pictures is our smartphone.

Choosing a phone with a great camera is only part of the equation, though. The apps you use with it — and after the fact, by enhancing your photos — are equally important.

Here, as part of our series on Android photography, we present some of our top picks for taking great photos on your Android phone, making them even better, and sharing them with the world.

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2 weeks ago

Adventures in 3D Printing with Android

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3D Printing

We're taking a look at this vast, exciting world where — in theory — you are only limited by your imagination.

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone in the tech world who doesn't think 3D Printers are cool. The ability to create a design and have a machine assemble that design out of little more than a coil of plastic is fascinating stuff, and knowing that this technology isn't remotely new leads to this exciting part of the conversation where anyone can own and use a 3D Printer. Since "anyone" includes us, we figured it was time to see what can be done with this technology and where our Android devices fit into the equation.

It turns out the answer to those questions is a little more complicated than just pushing a button, but that doesn't mean there aren't incredibly cool things to be done here.

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2 weeks ago

Google's new reference app shows devs how to do multi-screen apps right

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Google has released a new Android example app for applications meant for multiple form factors and screen sizes.

The sample app, called Universal Music Player, uses a number of new features from Android 5.0 Lollipop, and offers guidance to developers for getting their apps to work well and look good on multiple screen sizes, including phones, Android Wear devices, and Android Auto.

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2 weeks ago

Google releases Android 5.1 factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2012 WiFi), and Nexus 10

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Google has released the first batch of factory images for the newly-announced Android 5.1 Lollipop tonight for select Nexus devices.

The devices included in this batch are the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012, Wi-Fi), and the Nexus 10. Update: And now the Nexus 6!

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2 weeks ago

Managing your Google+ stream

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The Google+ homepage — called the stream — can be somewhat unpredictable at times. That label at the top may say All Circles, but posts from your communities and from complete strangers — in the form of Extended Circles or Hot and Recommended posts — wind up here, too. It can be wild, it can be unruly, or — even worse — boring if you don't have your stream set up right. But with a few simple tools, you can try to tame your Google+ stream and sculpt your stream into a fountain of knowledge.

Or a black hole of fan community posts, gifs, and cat videos. We're not judging.

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