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2 weeks ago

Buy any smartphone from AT&T, get a G Pad 7.0 for 99¢

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AT&T is bringing shoppers a new bundle deal if they purchase any LG smartphone with the wireless carrier. If that happens, AT&T offer them a 99-cent price on a new LG G Pad 7.0 LTE tablet if both are purchased at the same time.

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2 weeks ago

Plague Inc. Mutation 10 will have you spreading holiday cheer

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Infection strategy game Plague Inc. will soon gets its Mutation 10 update, which adds a couple of new scenarios. The Mutation 10 update will also bring changes to core disease types, progress tracking, and more.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact coming to Rogers later this month

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Sony's Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact with LTE will be making its way to Rogers later this month. The tablet will be available in white for $549.99 without a contract from the carrier.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Gear VR 'Innovator Edition' available today from Samsung, AT&T websites

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Samsung's been teasing us with the Gear VR — its Galaxy Note 4-powered virtual reality headset born from a partnership with VR pioneer Oculus — for a few months now. We got our faces on it in September. In November at the Samsung Developer Conference we learned that the Innovator Edition would land this month for $199.

And today, it's now available.

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2 weeks ago

The Best AT&T Phones

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We’re compiling the very best AT&T phones across all platforms, so you can take a quick look at a glance, and find more information easily. Whether you’re a long-time AT&T subscriber — or you’re switching carriers and want to find out what devices are available at a glance — this should help you out.

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2 weeks ago

Fitbit Surge Unboxing

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The Fitbit Surge is heading out now to select early adopters, bringing the best of what Fitbit has to offer along with a 24/7 heart rate monitor and smartwatch notifications. This isn't your standard Fitbit — the Surge is supercharged and ready to take on whatever activities you can throw at it. Rather than just giving you the standard fare of options like step count, calories burned and floors climbed, the Surge also adds in GPS tracking, multi-sport tracking, sleep tracking, phone notifications, music control and more.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

It's big, it doesn't cost much and it's actually pretty good

Despite limited global availability, Xiaomi has enjoyed a meteoric rise to success and is now one of the world's biggest smartphone vendors. While in Europe and North America the company's presence is virtually zero, in its native China and now India, it's a very different story. In offering good hardware at extremely competitive prices, Xiaomi is definitely doing something right.

The Redmi Note is one of the newer smartphones made available, and is imminently India bound. Coming in two flavors, one with 4G and one without, the Redmi Note is a large smartphone with a small price. And you know what? It's actually really good.

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2 weeks ago

Cyanogen pledges continued OnePlus One support (Update: Unless you have an Indian phone)

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Update: ... and on Dec. 7 Cyanogen Inc. rolled things back again, saying that if you bought a OnePlus One in India, updates aren't happening. If you're using a global device in India, you should be fine.

Here's the full take:

Since we clarified our support for OTA firmware updates for OnePlus One global devices, we've received a number of inquiries regarding OnePlus One devices sold in India.

As we had pledged to our users, OnePlus One global devices will receive our OTA firmware updates. If a user in India purchased a OnePlus One global device in channels outside of India, they will receive our OTA firmware updates. However, this excludes OnePlus One regional devices sold directly in India. We are committed to our exclusive partnership in India with Micromax, which will be launching its first Cyanogen OS device under their new YU brand.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola launching the Moto Hint and Power Pack Micro in the UK on December 15

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UK customers looking to pick up the latest accessories from Motorola will be able to do so starting December 15, which is when the Moto Hint and the Power Pack Micro will go on sale in the country.

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2 weeks ago

Get $20 Play Store credit when you buy a Chromecast between now and December 21

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If you managed to hold off on buying the Chromecast during Black Friday, you'll be glad to know that Google is now offering a $20 Play Store credit toward purchasing movies and other digital content to stream to the device. The deal is in addition to three months of free Google Play Music All Access (for first-time subscribers) and two months of Hulu Plus that Google is already giving away to all buyers of the Chromecast.

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2 weeks ago

Pranav Mistry appointed as global vice president at Samsung in exec reshuffle

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Samsung continues to reshuffle executives within the company, thanks to a downturn in profits and declining handset sales. Pranav Mistry is the next employee to move seats, with the Indian national appointed as the new global vice president of the South Korean giant. You may recall the name as Mistry played a part in the development and subsequent launch of the Galaxy Gear, the first Android smartwatch from Samsung.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Narrate, Godfire: Rise of Prometheus, Wire and more

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Apps of the week

You need to check out these apps

Ready for some great apps you that you need to try? We've got the new stuff, the fun stuff, the stuff to make your Android look like your Android — and more. Apps are a big part of what we do, both for our job and because we're Android fans, too.

Be sure to check out the apps we're using, and then jump into the comments to share the ones you're using. Stuff like this is why we say the people making our phones need to start offering 64GB (and bigger) storage options!

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2 weeks ago

Weekly poll results: Lollipop updates and usability issues

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Lollipop

And a new version comes just in time

Earlier in the week we asked about the Lollipop update that you might have received. Specifically, about how well things were working after you installed it.

A good many people had some serious issues with things like the data connection and video playback after installing. A good many people had no issues with things like the data connection and video playback after installing. It was one of those mysteries worthy of Angela Lansbury (ask your grandfather, he knows what's up) that Phil told me to check into. I love checking into those.

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: The time, it flies

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Mobile Nations Death Star

There's not much time to look back on the past five years — the next five are going to be crazy good

This past week marked my fifth year running Android Central. I've now been out of the newspaper business half as long as I spent inside it. And quite a lot has changed in the industry this latest half-decade. And quite a lot has changed here as well, and continues to change.

We've continued our shift from chasing the daily news and working our asses off for stories with a short shelf life and instead thinking more long-term — all while still covering the news, with a new dedicated team shouldering that load instead.

I'm particularly proud of our reviews these days, both in design as well as what we're writing. (Derek Kessler has been a big part of the layouts.) I love how we now include an "About this review" section, in which we explain exactly how — and for how long — we've used the device in question. Why would anyone try to hide that?

And I'm ridiculously excited for 2015. We're taking some new faces with us to CES. (Some will be very familiar to you regular readers.) We'll be trying more new things in the new year. Some will work. Some won't. But I love that we're not afraid to try.

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2 weeks ago

Does turning off Wifi save battery? Not really

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It seems fairly straightforward. You're not using your Wifi, you should just turn it off to save battery. However, this question isn't as straightforward as it might've been in years past, and while part of that has to do with software advancements, it still has a lot do with the the hardware of your phone and more importantly the trade-off between which radios you keep running.

Most of the time, you should leave your Wifi on. Here's why.

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