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2 weeks ago

Brace yourself for Season 6 with our Game of Thrones Wallpaper Wednesday

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Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Deadpool to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.

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2 weeks ago

Misplace your phone? Simply Google 'find my phone' to locate it

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Lose your phone? You can now simply ask Google to find it for you right from a web search.

Google's ability to find and ring your phone or tablet has expanded outside of the Android Device Manager to regular Google search. Instead of going to the Android Device Manager website or app to find one of your other lost devices, you can now open up the main Google search page in your browser and type "find my phone" to get a top result of a map that will locate your phone, similar to the way you can use the main search box to see your upcoming flights and other personalized results.

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2 weeks ago

You can now play your favorite podcasts directly in Google Search for Android

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The Google Search app for Android is getting an update that will allow users to play podcast directly from search results. This comes on the heels of Google Play Music adding support for podcasts on the web as well as in the Google Play Music app.

And it's exactly as easy as you'd think. If a podcast shows in the search results, you'll hit the play button and listen.

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2 weeks ago

Exploding Kittens card game blasts onto Android

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Exploding Kittens, a strategic digital card game with art from The Oatmeal, is now available on Android. The game is actually a digital version of a physical card game, in which you try to keep playing by avoiding the Exploding Kitten card.

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2 weeks ago

How to use Podcasts in Google Play Music on the web

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How to use Podcasts in Google Play Music on the web

Finally! You can now subscribe and listen to your favorite podcasts with Google Play Music.

First it was its own streaming service and now Google Play Music has evolved to include podcasts in its library. Gone are the days of needing a third party app to subscribe and listen to your favorite podcasts ( the Android Central Podcast, of course!); you can now centralize all of your listening habits, thanks to Play Music.

We'll walk you through how their web interface works to get you on your way to podcast paradise.

How to find and subscribe to your favorite podcast in Google Play Music

There are a couple easy ways you can find podcasts through Play Music on the web.

  1. Visit Google Play Music in your favorite web browser.
  2. Click the menu button in the top lefthand corner of your screen.
  3. Click Podcasts.

    Click the menu button, click Podcasts

  4. There are three ways to find a podcast:

    • Top Charts: These are promoted podcasts or podcasts with the most subscribers.
    • Categories: Click All categories just under Your Podcasts, to browse the top-rated podcasts in each category.
    • Search: Click the search bar and type in the name of the podcast you're looking for or search by topic. Podcast results will appear under Podcasts.

      Click Top Charts, All Categories, or search

  5. Click on the podcast you'd like to subscribe to.
  6. Click the Subscribe button below and to the right of the podcast's title. Click the same button to unsubscribe.

    Click on the podcast to which you would like to subscribe, click the Subscribe button

At the moment, you can't manually add an RSS feed, so for now you'll have to be happy with searching.

How to view your subscribed podcasts in Google Play Music

Now that you've subscribed to all your favorite podcasts, you don't have to search for them every time you want to listen.

  1. Visit Google Play Music in your favorite web browser.
  2. Click the menu button in the top lefthand corner of your screen.
  3. Click Podcasts.
  4. Click Your Podcasts next to Top Charts.

    Click Podcasts, click Your Podcasts

All the podcasts you're subscribed to will appear here. You can listen to and manage them all from here.

How to share a podcast on Google Play Music on the web

There are a few different ways you can share your favorite podcasts.

How to share a podcast via a link with in Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the Share button next to Subscribe.
  4. Click Copy Link.
  5. Paste the link wherever you'd like to share it.

    Click the Podcast, click the Share button, click Copy Link

How to share a podcast to Facebook with Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the Share button next to Subscribe.
  4. Click Facebook.
  5. Click Post to Facebook.

    Click the podcast, click the Share button, click Facebook, click Post to Facebook

The link for that podcast will now be shared on your wall.

How to share a podcast to Google+ with Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the Share button next to Subscribe.
  4. Click Google+.
  5. Click Share.

    Click podcast, click the Share button, click Google+, click Share

How to share a podcast to Twitter with Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the Share button next to Subscribe.
  4. Click Twitter.
  5. Click Tweet.

    Click the podcast, click the Share button, click Twitter, click Tweet

How to share specific podcast episodes with Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click an episode.

    Click the podcast, click an episode

  4. Click the episode menu button. It's the three vertical dots to the left of the episode description.
  5. Click Share.
  6. Share, as described above.

    Click the episode menu button, click Share

How to listen to a podcast in a pop-up window in Google Play Music in Chrome

If you want to listen to a podcast but still want to search around in Google Play Music, you can listen to the podcast in a separate pop-up. Here's how:

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to listen to in your Chrome browser.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the mini player button in the bottom right of the screen. It's a square with an arrow pointing upward and to the right.
  4. Click Install.

    Click the podcast, click the mini player button, click Install

  5. Click Add app.
  6. Find or view the podcast again.
  7. Click the podcast.

    Click Add app, click the podcast

  8. Double-click the episode you want to listen to.
  9. Click the mini player button in the bottom righthand corner of the screen.

    Double-click the episode, click the mini player button

Note: this feature is only available in Google Chrome.

A small pop-up window will appear wherein you can control the episode you're listening to using traditional music control.

Submit your podcast to Google

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2 weeks ago

We've got an ASUS ZenFone Zoom for one lucky Android Central reader!

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The ASUS ZenFone Zoom is a unique looking phone, designed for those who enjoy the control of a DSLR camera but don't plan on walking around with one every day. It's a solid, snappy phone with a decent display and some clever camera hardware with matching visual styling to support the experience. Russell did a great review of the ZenFone Zoom, which you should definitely check out if you haven't already.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft Translator can now translate text from images

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Microsoft has updated its Translator app for Android, adding support for translating words in images. This allows you to get instant translations of signage, menus, and more. Additionally, those with Marshmallow installed on their phones will be able to translate text without leaving their current app.

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2 weeks ago

The Alcatel POP 7 LTE tablet makes its debut at T-Mobile for $130

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Alcatel has launched its latest Android tablet, the POP 7 LTE, exclusively at T-Mobile. It's being sold for the budget price of $129.99, or you can get it for $5.42 a month for 24 months.

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2 weeks ago

Google brings high-speed public Wi-Fi to nine more train stations in India

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Back in January Google rolled out its first wave of high-speed Wi-Fi to train stations in India, and now the company has added nine more stations. With more than 100,000 people already logging into the Wi-Fi each week, Google's main goal is to make it available to more than 10 million Indians every day.

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2 weeks ago

Tech companies express 'deep concerns' about encryption bill in open letter to Senators

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Four big tech coalitions have teamed up to write an open letter to two senators in opposition to a bill that would require smartphone manufacturers to decrypt data for law enforcement on demand. Apple, Google, and Facebook are amongst the companies that these coalitions represent, and the letter expresses their "deep concerns" surrounding the proposed bill.

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2 weeks ago

Latest HTC 10 ad showcases the display, cameras and sound quality

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It won't be long before you can get your hands on an HTC 10, and the company is continuing to push out new marketing material for it. The latest ad shows off the best features of the smartphone, like the display, cameras and sound quality. Between the dramatic music and flashy animations, the video captures your attention and leaves you wanting more information.

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2 weeks ago

EU files formal antitrust charges against Google

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The European Union has filed formal antitrust charges against Google regarding its Android operating system. The regulators state that by bundling its own services and making Google Search the default search engine on Android, Google has abused its dominant position, preventing other companies from competing in these segments.

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2 weeks ago

Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories takes fantasy farming to a whole new level

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Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories has made its debut on the Play Store, bringing the classic farming simulator to Android devices. You're tasked with running a farm, which entails growing crops, flowers, and trees, as well as raising livestock, starting a family, upgrading your home, and much more.

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2 weeks ago

LeEco's latest phones ditch the headphone jack for USB Type-C audio

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LeEco has unveiled three new handsets in China today, the Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2. The phones are the first to eschew the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of USB Type-C audio, with LeEco rolling out two USB-C headphones to go with the handsets.

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2 weeks ago

The ivargo phone's packaging is set to impress

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It's not so much packaging, really, as a big old Pelican-style case.

We're hanging out at CE China this week, a new event hosted by IFA, and since it's Asia focused we're seeing a bunch of stuff that we might not normally come across in Europe or North America. One of those things is the ivargo and its pretty epic box.

This likely isn't the retail packaging, just as with the fancy Nextbit Robin box we received our review unit in, but it's a Pelican-style case, so it's pretty fantastic either way.

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