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2 weeks ago

Android Central 230: Take the pinky

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Our journey through the new crop of Android phones — specifically the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 — continues today, now that devices are shipping. Plus, you can now (relatively) easily run Android apps in Chrome thanks to ARC Welder, we're about to unleash Jerry and Russell on Washington, D.C., for the Big Android Meat and Greet, and we'll answer more of your questions live!

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2 weeks ago

How to set up the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9 setup

New to smartphones? Just want a sneak peek at what to expect? Here's how to set up your new HTC One M9.

If you're a smartphone veteran, setting up a new phone is like putting on pair of shoes. Or socks. Or anything you do over and over. But if you're new to smartphones, or new to HTC smartphones, or just want a detailed look at what you'll be agreeing to when you turn on the HTC One M9 for the first time, this post is for you.

Here's a quick walkthrough of the basic setup process for the M9. It'll vary a little as carrier get their hands on things, but this will give you the broad strokes.

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2 weeks ago

Google Wallet update makes it easier to find where and when you made your purchases

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Google Wallet has scored an update today that makes it a bit easier to keep track of your purchases with the addition of a search tool and maps showing the location of each transaction.

Besides being able to more easily track down old transactions, the obvious advantage with these changes is to more easily keep track of potential unauthorized purchases. If you're checking out a receipt from a tap-and-pay transaction, you'll now see a Google Maps widget showing the exact location of the purchase.

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2 weeks ago

Editor's Roundtable — how we enjoy reading

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Everyone reads a little differently, especially when technology is involved.

One of the cool things about ebooks is the sheer number of ways you can consume a book. Whether you're jumping between device with cloud sync, ePaper all the way with a nice standalone device, or you lay across your bed with a Chromebook tilted on its side (hey, no judgement here), the ability to access all of your books wherever you are is an incredible feeling. At the same time, having a physical book to hold is a timeless experience that doesn't require power or internet. Since we're all pretty much plugged in 24/7/365, it seemed kind of obvious that the AC editors would all use some kind of gadget to get some reading in, but there's some impressive variance in how we all get access to and read our books.

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2 weeks ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT!

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Our journey through the new crop of Android phones — specifically the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 — continues today, now that devices are shipping. Plus, you can now (relatively) easily run Android apps in Chrome thanks to ARC Welder, we're about to unleash Jerry and Russell on Washington, D.C., for the Big Android Meat and Greet, and we'll answer more of your questions live!

Join us at this link at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — as we do this thing we call the Android Central Podcast!

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Prime Video now works on Android tablets

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Amazon has released an update to the Amazon Prime Video app which introduces support for playback on Android tablets.

Previously the Amazon Prime Video app only worked on Android phones, but Amazon has been expanding compatibility and now Android tablets will work as well. Recently Amazon expanded playback to the Fire tablet as well as iOS devices, but Android tablet users were still not able to play videos on their devices.

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2 weeks ago

A look at the new Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad

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Samsung Qi charger

Samsung needed a new wireless charger to pair up with the Galaxy S6, and it's a pretty nice piece of gear.

Even though it didn't actually offer a phone with Qi charging built-in, Samsung has previously sold a basic Qi charger for those who added it after the fact to their phone. Now that the Galaxy S6 has wireless charging from the start, it was as good a time as any for Samsung to refresh its wireless charger with a new design. The Wireless Charging Pad, as it's simply known, now looks like it belongs in the same design category as the GS6 and will likely be added on to plenty of phone orders in the coming months.

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2 weeks ago

BoomSound settings on the HTC One M9

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HTC BoomSound is more than just a switch — it's worth getting to grips with the various sound modes on the HTC One M9.

BoomSound, HTC's audio enhancement setup, is no longer the straight on-off toggle. On the HTC One M9, BoomSound comes enhanced with Dolby Audio processing tricks, and with it a handful of different sound modes to get to grips with, whether you're listening using headphones or the device's thunderous front-facing speakers.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the winner of our 3D Printed Lloyd contest!

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Creativity abounds, but a winner must be chosen.

During our time exploring the enormous world of 3D Printing, we've learned quite a bit. Failure is to be expected at first, apps are somewhat hit or miss, and when you want filament in Android Green there are no guarantees that you're going to get it in a timely fashion (looking at you, Amazon). Perhaps most importantly, we learned there are some amazingly creative people out there who create things to be printed all day, every day.

It was clear from the responses we received in some of our 3D Printing articles that a few of these folks were regular readers, so a contest to get some cool 3D Lloyd gear in the world was created. Each participant brought something unique and interesting to the table, and after attempting to print all of the submissions a clear winner emerged.

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2 weeks ago

Best Galaxy S6 cases under $10

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Shopping for the best cases for Galaxy S6 can be tough, especially if you're on a tight budget.

It's a breath of fresh air to see the amount of affordable options available for protecting the Galaxy S6, especially this early on. While it's easy to drop a few bucks on a typical gel case you can find at any mall kiosk, why not spend a few more and get a case that's going to look way better and last longer? This brief buyers guide includes 5 of the best cases for Galaxy S6 that will run you under $10.

The holy grail, if you will, for the economical online shopper.

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2 weeks ago

HTC One M9 teardown shows a flagship that's difficult to repair

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The HTC One M9 has paid a visited to the iFixit labs, who carefully pulled apart the device to reveal the inner components – it's not repair-friendly, the norm for HTC One handsets.

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2 weeks ago

More HTC One M9+ renders leak ahead of official unveil

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The One M9+ — a variant of the One M9 with a Duo Camera setup — is likely to debut at HTC's event in China on April 8.

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2 weeks ago

LG announces new 5.5-inch QHD display panel, likely to appear in upcoming G4

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LG announced today that it has started mass production on a new 5.5-inch QHD display panel which is set to appear in a flagship smartphone at the end of this month (hint: G4).

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2 weeks ago

Game streaming service OnLive acquired by Sony, will shut down on April 30

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OnLive, a service that allowed users to stream games to their computers, mobile devices, and various set-top boxes, announced today that it will shut down on April 30.

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2 weeks ago

Moto X (2014) tips and tricks

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The Moto X may be mostly stock, but don't you dare think that it isn't a phone that's hiding a little something up its sleeve.

Since Motorola has adopted to integrate Google apps into its mobile solutions instead of competing with them like some other manufacturers we know, that frees up their design and software teams to focus instead on neat little tricks and perks that can help make your phone, your experience, and possibly your day even better. And even though the Moto X has been around a while now, we're still finding new perks and quirks to it everyday.

Let's make some Moto Magic.

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