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1 week ago

Amazon Echo review

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Everything has to be smarter these days. Connected to something. Connected to everything. And these days we have to talk to those things.

Google brought us, well, Google Now. But excellent as it is, you're taking to a machine. Apple personified things with Siri. And now Amazon has Alexa in its Amazon Echo Bluetooth speaker. Why? Oh, why not. On one hand you've got a decent speaker that ties into Amazon music. And lets you make shopping lists for later. On Amazon, of course.

But really that's just the tip of the iceberg with Alex. And it's a bit of an odd product, not available for general purchase. You register your interest with Amazon, finally are given the opportunity to buy, and then wait a few weeks until it ships. Maybe available will expand, maybe it won't. It took about a month for ours to arrive, a few minutes to get it set up, and not much longer to see that this thing has some serious potential. The question is whether that potential leads to anything on down the road.

And if it does, the likes of Google and Apple are going to find themselves with even more of a competitor in Amazon.

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1 week ago

Android Central 223: Wicked Game

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Audio-only stream below

We're back with our last live recording before we head off to Mobile World Congress. On tap: We'll see if this Lenovo "Superfish" means anything for us on Android. We'll get Alex's initial thoughts on the LG G Flex 2. And we'll definitely preview what to expect from MWC in just one more short week.

And someone sings some Chris Isaak. 

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1 week ago

Samsung drops even more Galaxy S6 teasers — are you not teased?

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With a week to go before its latest flagship — the Galaxy S6 — is officially announced, Samsung is giving us a few more glimpses into the next big Galaxy thing.

If there was every any doubt that we're going to see more metal in the Galaxy S6, Samsung's latest teaser pretty much puts that to rest. "Tomorrow, metals will flow," the latest video croons. "Beauty will be powerful. Borders will disappear. Reflections will be free. Colors will leap. The future will be the present."

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1 week ago

Google Play promotion offers up tons of hit movies for only $5 each

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If you're looking for a good way to spend your Friday night, you might want to check out Google Play's most recent movie promotion. Currently, you can score a number of hit movies from the storefront, such as Inception, Anchorman, and Looper, for a cool $5.

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1 week ago

Judge dismisses antitrust case against Google over bundled apps and services

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An antitrust case against Google over bundling its own apps and services into Android phones has been dismissed by a federal judge today. The suit in question claimed that Google's contracts with smartphone makers that required its own apps and services to come bundled on their devices put rival apps at a disadvantage and lead to higher prices.

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1 week ago

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

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Google Maps history

We all search for plenty of wacky and one-time things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don't always want that sitting in our history forever.

Google Maps

There are also plenty of times when we navigate somewhere that we'll never go back to, and there's no reason to have it saved in the app's history. Though the real power to wipe this all out from your account lies on the web, you can quickly remove specific searches and locations that you've recently navigated to right from your Maps app. Let us show you how to do it.

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1 week ago

Marvel and comiXology team up to offer buy one, get one free deal on comics

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Marvel and comiXology have teamed up to offer a buy one, get one free sale on Marvel comics on their websites from today, Feb. 20, through Monday, Feb. 23. When purchasing any number of Marvel comics either the Marvel or comiXology site, use the code MARVEL during checkout to to get an equal number of comics of the same or lower value for free.

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2 weeks ago

Trivia Crack hit with growing pains thanks to a flood of user-submitted questions

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The latest mobile gaming app hit is Trivia Crack, but its method of using questions supplied by its many players has created a backlog of questions that are still awaiting approval. The app, developed by Etermax, gets an average of one million questions per day submitted by users, according to the developer's founder Maximo Cavazzani.

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2 weeks ago

LG G Flex 2 video walkthrough

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LG G Flex 2

The LG G Flex 2 is close at hand, with the second-gen flexible phone's recent arrival in Asia, and a U.S. launch slated for early March. We've got the phone in our hands, and we're in the process of preparing our full review.

In the meantime, we've put together a quick video walkthrough reflecting our first few days with the G Flex 2, and you'll find it embedded down below...

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2 weeks ago

Motorola's sending us a magical mystery box on Feb. 25

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Yep, Motorola has given us warning that we can expect some sort of "exciting announcement" next week, and that "everything you'll need fits inside one box." We have absolutely no idea what to expect come Feb. 25.

Yes, it could be a new watch, though there's absolutely no evidence to support that just yet. Yes, the timing is just before Mobile World Congress. But that also might or might not mean anything. Sure, a new phone or tablet is possible. The simple fact is is that nobody knows. Well, nobody but Motorola, that is. And the "everything you need fits" line sure makes it sound like it's maybe more than one something? (Or some crazy Project Ara stuff? Who knows ...)

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2 weeks ago

Android finally has a universal native flashlight function

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Flashlight Android

Using the flash on your phone as a light source is something people have been doing for years, but the method used to activate your camera LED as a flashlight varies wildly depending on what phone you are using. As manufacturers start to release their own versions of Android 5.0, it has become clear that actually locating your flashlight for regular use is still going to be a guessing game from device to device. While you can always install a flashlight app of your choosing, it's mildly frustrating to see how non-obvious this procedure can be. At least, until now.

The good news is Google has implemented a solution that makes it so everyone with an Android phone can do the exact same thing to access the flashlight. The less good news is it's not so much a button as it is a Google Now command.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6: The Android Central wishlist

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Samsung

What do we want to see from Samsung's next big thing?

The launch of a new Samsung flagship is one of the big events in the Android calendar, accompanied by an unprecedented quantity of speculation, rumors and even the occasional leak. Though Samsung's position in the smartphone market isn't quite as dominant as it was 12 months ago, the Korean giant remains a force to be reckoned with. And its products are still the lens through which a huge number of consumers experience Android.

Last year saw Samsung release the plastic, waterproof Galaxy S5, before changing course and going metal in later months with the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4. So with that in mind, it's time to consider what we want from the next Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S6, expected to launch ahead of Mobile World Congress on March 1.

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2 weeks ago

Sprint now offering 10 lines with 12GB of shared data for $90 a month

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Sprint is launching yet another price promotion, this time for its Family Share Plan. The limited time offer will give customers up to 10 lines of shared unlimited talk and text, along with 12GB of data, for $90 a month. The carrier says that the offer will end on March 12.

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2 weeks ago

Boost Mobile offers unlimited calls to Mexico, Canada for just $5 more a month

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Boost Mobile today announced unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada, which can be added to existing plans for $5 a month. Consumers wanting to take advantage of a vast amount texts, calls and data to the regions will have to fork out for bundled Data Boost plans starting from $50.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung continues to tease 'The Next Galaxy' in new video

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Samsung continued its online teaser campaign for "The Next Galaxy" earlier today with a Twitter post and video that seems to have a shapes and materials theme. This campaign is being launched ahead of the company's expected announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in just a couple of weeks at MWC 2015.

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