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2 weeks ago

New trailer goes behind the scenes of the upcoming SimCity BuildIt for Android

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A new trailer takes us behind the scenes at the making of SimCity BuildIt, the upcoming urban planning simulation game that's due for release before the end of 2014 for Android devices, among other platforms.

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2 weeks ago

Mojang will launch Scrolls for Android December 11 for $4.99

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Over three years after it was first announced and after a ton of alpha and beta tests, Mojang, the development team behind the hit game Minecraft, will finally launch their second internally developed game Scrolls. The team, which is now owned by Microsoft, will launch the fantasy-themed collectible card-strategy game on Thursday, December 11 for Android tablets, among other platforms, for $4.99.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft updates Next Lock Screen with local weather info and more

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Microsoft has updated its Android-exclusive app Next Lock Screen in the Play Store with a few new features this week, including a way to check the weather from a smartphone user's local location.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop now rolling out to the 2013 Moto G in India

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After initiating a Lollipop soak test for the 2013 Moto G at the end of last month and updating the Motorola Update Services app earlier this week, Motorola has now commenced rollout of Lollipop in India. All 2013 Moto G users will be able to receive the update shortly.

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2 weeks ago

Google removes Pirate Bay-related apps from Play Store

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Google began taking down apps that are based on services offered by The Pirate Bay Friday in an effort to curb piracy. Google sent developers of The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Mirror, PirateApp, and The Pirate Bay Premium emails notifying them that their apps have been removed from the Google Play Store citing violation of the company's content policy.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 214: Good gimmicks

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Audio-only stream below

Only four more shows left this year! This week we've gotten our hands on the new YotaPhone 2 and whether gimmicks can be a good thing, some fixes with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, our take on the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio, and of course more of your questions answered live.

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2 weeks ago

Two great (but very different) Galaxy Note 4 screen protector choices

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You spent hard-earned money on the Galaxy Note 4, and particularly if you bought off-contract you're aware of the price of this device. If you're tough on devices they're bound to pick up scratches on the screen — mine already has two after a couple months use — but a screen protector can dramatically reduce the chances of that happening.

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2 weeks ago

Chromecast support is coming to Vimeo... eventually

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Video service Vimeo announced that it remains committed to adding Chromecast support to its app. Company CTO Andrew Pile said in an interview that Chromecast support will be coming in the future, but he did not give a timeline on when that would happen.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T throttling unlimited data subscribers regardless of network congestion

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Recent anecdotal evidence of throttling AT&T data speeds on unlimited LTE plans have been confirmed by spokespeople, despite regulatory pressure to eliminate the practice. AT&T users with those subscriptions are still being automatically throttled after they hit 5 GB of usage. This change can be as dramatic as a dip from 23 Mbps to 0.1 Mbps until the end of the billing cycle.

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2 weeks ago

Torque update brings Bing search to Android phones alongside Android Wear

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After having launched its twist-to-search app for Android Wear, Microsoft is bringing the same simplicity to call up Bing search to Android smartphones with an update to the Torque app. With the update, Torque will now work on both Android smartphones and Android Wear smartwatches, allowing users to either shake their phones or flick their wrists to search Bing using their voice.

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2 weeks ago

US Low-Cost Carriers Buyer's Guide

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The phones we use are expensive enough — our phone service doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, too. Several new carriers are breaking the mold of what we used to pay for service, and the rewards are huge.

As the number of smartphone choices out there have expanded, so too have the number of wireless carriers. You’re no longer choosing between just two or three national carriers — there are dozens of new and innovative options that are turning smartphone service upside down and passing huge savings on to the customers. With monthly prices ranging from free for basic use to $55 for everything you could want, you no longer have to break the bank to use your phone.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi MiBand review

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Xiaomi MiBand

A low cost fitness band perfect for those a little more casual about what they're tracking

Xiaomi started out making its own custom version of Android, MIUI. Then it started making phones. Now, just 4 years on from first existing as a company there is a whole range of other products you can buy besides phones. A tablet, earphones, battery packs, routers, and even a fitness band.

It's the last of those that we have here. The Xiaomi MiBand. The official price in China translates to $13 in the U.S. which, however you choose to look at it, is an insanely low price for a device in this category. But is it any good?

Read on to find out.

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2 weeks ago

LG G3 update brings Advanced Calling to Verizon customers

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Verizon is rolling out an update to the LG G3 with Advanced Calling included. The new software, version VS98512B, also squashes a few bugs and updates My Verizon Mobile, Software Wallet, GMS R5, and LG apps.

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2 weeks ago

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

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Only four more shows left this year! Coming up this week on the Greatest Android Podcast in the World we've gotten our hands on the new YotaPhone 2, some fixes with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, our take on the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio, and of course more of your questions answered live.

Want to join us? Do it at this link at 4 p.m. EST — that's 9 p.m. in London — as we get this thing done. See you then!

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2 weeks ago

Managing emergency alerts in Android Lollipop

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Control how you get the information you need in an emergency situation

Nobody likes to imagine an emergency that they are involved in, but I'll wager that most of us have had an Amber alert or weather alert come through on our Android, jarring us with that sound you can't ignore. Smartphones are an excellent way for the passing along of information about these emergency situations, because so many people have one in their pocket.

It's also important for us to have a look and manage just how we get the information we might need — before we might need it. Here's how that is done on Android Lollipop.

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