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1 week ago

Amazon undercuts Square with own mobile card reader

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Amazon is taking on Square and PayPal by launching its own mobile card reader, called Amazon Local Register. Announced earlier today, the card reader is available for $10, which is offset by a lack of processing fee for the first $10 worth of transactions.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha specs

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is finally official — a high-end Samsung smartphone with a metal-banded chassis and an "evolution" of the company's design philosophy. But if you're wondering about what's going on on the inside, we've got you covered. Check out the full spec sheet after the break.

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1 week ago

Samsung unveils metal-framed Galaxy Alpha, available September

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Galaxy Alpha

Samsung's 'next evolution' of smartphone design is the long-awaited metal Galaxy phone

After a short flurry of leaks, Samsung has this morning taken the wraps off a new metal-clad Android smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha. Boasting a metal frame and a 4.7-inch display, the Galaxy Alpha represents a departure from Samsung's predominantly plastic-focused lineup, with a squared-off design furnished in more premium materials. It's also thinner than any other Samsung flagship, measuring in at 6.7mm. The display itself is a 4.7-inch SuperAMOLED offering, giving a pixel density of 312ppi — a little less than we're used to seeing from flagship devices, but still sharp enough for most use cases.

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1 week ago

Kindle app updated with UI tweaks and new audiobook features

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A nice update is rolling out for those of us using the Kindle app, especially fans of audiobooks. The latest version brings immersive mode to Android 4.4 and above devices, orientation lock, and new chapter navigation to the user interface. For everyone who likes to listen to audiobooks, Bluetooth device pairing inside the app and lockscreen audio controls have been added.

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1 week ago

Google Search update brings train and bus reminders and new flight card updates to Google Now

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A small update has been pushed out for Google Search today. Besides the obligatory bug fixes (fix all the bugs!) we should expect to see two new features — train and bus reminders from your Gmail reservations, and changes to flight cards that bring information about alternatives when there is a delay. The app is updating in typical trollout fashion, but it's worth checking to see if you hit the new-app lottery.

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1 week ago

KitKat is now running on over 20 percent of active Android devices

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A significant milestone for KitKat just 10 months after its public release

Google has just released its monthly report on the distribution of different Android versions among devices accessing the Play Store, and the milestone of KitKat crossing the 20 percent mark has come along this month. Coming up from from 17.9 percent as of July, KitKat now commands 20.9 percent of active devices, a solid jump for a 30-day period.

On the next step down, the three versions of Jelly Bean together make up 54.2 percent of active Android devices, a decrease from 55.5 percent last month (which saw a sharp decrease in the month before, as well). Ice Cream Sandwich dropped almost a full percentage point to 10.6 percent, and Gingerbread interestingly increased 0.1 percentage point to 13.6 percent of devices. Froyo is comfortably under 1 percent of active devices and will soon fall off of this chart, we can assume.

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1 week ago

Samsung Gear VR detailed in leaked image ahead of rumored IFA unveiling

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Ahead of its speculated September unveiling at the Berlin-based IFA tradeshow, Samsung's oft-rumored VR connected eyeglasses is now showing up in a leaked photo. The glasses, which have also gone by the name of Gear VR, is now shown in a leaked image published by The Verge that details how it will connect with a Samsung phone.

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1 week ago

Win a Patriot Backup Battery or Wireless Charger from Android Central!

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Patriot Accessory Giveaway!

New to our store!

Patriot is a well known name in the memory space, where they've been active since 1985 supplying the computer and consumer electronics industry with memory modules and flash memory. Historically focused on business customers, more recently Patriot decided to leverage their design and manufacturing chops to offer consumers high quality accessories for their mobile devices. While Patriot has a growing range of accessories that they offer, we really loved the look of their backup battery and charging solutions - so much so that we're now selling them in our store. Their products are uniquely designed to give you peace of mind when you're out and about, away from outlets, computers, heck - even civilization. They'll keep your Android smartphones and tablets powered up when they hit the red, no matter where you are or where you end up.

One of our favorites is the FUEL Active Rechargeable 2000mAh Battery Flashlight. Built with a durable aluminum casing, it not only gives you extra juice on the fly, but sports a 3-stage LED flashlight that's handy for any occasion in the dark. For the avid travellers out there, the FUEL+ 9000mAh Battery is a sound choice for ample backup power and even charges two devices simultaneously.

Enter to win your Patriot accessory of choice!

Take a moment to check out our entire selection of Patriot accessories and let us know in the comments below which one you like best. We'll select one lucky contestant and send you the item of your choice right to your door for FREE! Contest ends midnight Sunday, August 17.

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1 week ago

Pebble firmware updated to version 2.4

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A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch is pushing out today, bringing the watch to version 2.4 and fixing a slew of bugs and annoyances. You should get a notice that a new version of the operating system is ready for you via the Pebble companion app for your smartphone, or you can dig into the app itself and manually check.

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1 week ago

Google relives the excitement of the World Cup through trends and searches

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Want to know more than the scores, the wins, and the celebrations behind the World Cup? Google has now compiled a video and a World Cup recap page that shows off not just highlights from the game, but what people were talking about and what they were searching for. Through trends, you can relive the excitement of the World Cup once again.

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