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Moto 360 and the ambient screen setting

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Moto 360 ambient screen

The ambient light sensor and ambient screen setting are two different things, and one warns about battery life

Much has been said about the ambient light sensor on the Moto 360 leading up to its release. For one, it's part of the reason for the black bar at the bottom of the Moto 360's display. (Whether that bothers you is another discussion for another time.) And an ambient light sensor is one of those things many of thought was missing from the first few Android Wear releases.

After all, our phones can adjust their own brightness depending on the lighting conditions. Why not these watches? After all, it's all about saving on battery life, right? And displays are one of the biggest power draws on any mobile device.

Additionally (and slightly confusing) is this "Ambient Screen" setting on the Moto 360. Here's the thing, though: The ambient screen setting is turned off by default on the Moto 360, and there's a good reason for that.

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2 weeks ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes in pink

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The recently-announced Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is following Samsung's tradition of a device that comes in many colors. In addition to the standards of black and white, the Galaxy Note 4 also will be available in gold (as we saw in our hands-on) and pink. It might not be for you, but it's clearly for somebody — Samsung wouldn't be releasing it if they didn't think there was a market for it. Pink has proven to be a popular color over the past several years for Samsung, so it's no surprise to see that the new Galaxy Note will come in light red as well.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z3 versus Xperia Z2

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Xperia Z3 versus Xperia Z2

Sony's early-2014 flagship compared to its late-breaking successor

IFA 2014 Sony's six-monthly refresh cycle for smartphones shows no sign of stopping, with the recent announcement of the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014. It's a minor upgrade of the Xperia Z2 in terms of pure specs, but the Z3 also represents a further evolution of the company's "OmniBalance" design language, while tweaking its 20.7-megapixel camera and introducing some subtle software changes.

Read on to learn how these two premium handsets compare.

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2 weeks ago

The Huawei Ascend P7: Now with sapphire glass

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We've already seen, used and reviewed the Huawei Ascend P7 but that hasn't stopped another one from coming to market. This time with sapphire glass. During our review of the original we found that the glass front and back was a little prone to scratching, but that shouldn't be the case with this one.

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2 weeks ago

Olloclip now makes lenses for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4

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Olloclip makes clip on lenses that until now have been exclusively popular with the iPhone and iPad crowd. Now, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 can get in on the action with the announcement of the 4-in-1 lens for both phones at IFA 2014.

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2 weeks ago

Android is still the top smartphone OS in the US, according to comScore

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The latest data from research firm comScore shows that the number one smartphone OS in the US continues to be Android, but it actually saw its market share go down from 52.5 percent in April to 51.5 percent in July.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Gear VR headset now has a price: $199

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A Samsung spokesperson has revealed that the company's upcoming Gear VR headset will cost $199 when it is released later this year.

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2 weeks ago

Nest launching in the EU by the end of the month

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Nest has announced that it will be bringing its connected thermostat and smoke detector to more countries in Europe, with initial availability across France, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland set to commence by the end of this month. Customers in these countries will be able to buy Nest's products from over 400 retail locations at launch, with an additional 150 stores set to be added by the end of the year.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab Active looks and feels rugged in the hand

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active

IFA 2014 Among all the announcements of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Gear VR, and the like from Samsung at IFA 2014, we also got our first look at Samsung's new ruggedized tablet: the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active. Essentially it's a Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE, but with a more durable construction about it. IP67 certified durability, that is.

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2 weeks ago

Huawei's Arsenal-branded Ascend P7

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Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition

IFA 2014 A few weeks back Huawei announced a new, special edition Ascend P7 for Arsenal fans. The Huawei Ascend P7 Arsenal edition comes adorned with the logo of the British football club, along with a special Arsenal-inspired themes and wallpaper for the phone's Emotion UI. And this week at IFA 2014 we were able to get a quick look at the P7 for gooners — check past the break for our photo gallery.

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2 weeks ago

The new Moto G is now available in India for Rs. 12,999

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Motorola has started selling the new Moto G in India, with the device on offer for Rs. 12,999 ($215) via Flipkart. Available in black and white color combinations, the 16 GB Moto G is priced lower than its first-gen equivalent, which debuted at Rs. 13,999 in the country earlier this year.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Boats' winners!

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You may have noticed that Wednesday came and went this week without the announcement of the weekly photo contest winners. You'll have to forgive us for getting caught up in the crazy storm of news from Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, ASUS and more the last week. We're here to announce the winners of this week's contest either way, and just because we waited two extra days doesn't mean the winners don't deserve recognition for their great work.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 201: The Note 4, Moto X, Moto 360 special edition!

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Audio-only stream below

Join us, friends, as we do something we've yet to attempt in our 200-show history. With Phil and Andrew at Samsung and Motorola in New York City and Chicago, and Alex and Richard in Berlin for IFA, we're bringing you this Intercontinental Ballistic Podcast for the new Galaxy Note phones, a little virtual reality, the new Moto X, Moto G and Moto 360 — and Alex pretty much loses it on Sony.

This is 90 minutes of (audio-only, no video) podcast insanity, folks.

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2 weeks ago

Moto 360 and Qi charging: A match made in nerd heaven

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Moto 360 on a Nexus Qi c harger

Because we promised we'd do it, this, folks, is the Moto 360 charging on a 2013 Nexus-branded Qi charger. If you've got a Qi-compatible wireless charger laying around, you've already got yourself a spare Moto 360 charger. And that's the way it should be.

Thank you, Motorola, for showing how it should be done.

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2 weeks ago

CounterSpy brings back Cold War action

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CounterSpy is a new action-packed game that recently launched on Android. The game allows players to link back to their PlayStation systems and brings back some of the spy and espionage action from the Cold War era. The game is also currently discounted to $4.99 to celebrate the launch on Android.

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