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2 weeks ago

Lenovo jumps on 64-bit bandwagon with Vibe Z2

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HTC announced its first Snapdragon 615-powered Desire 820 earlier today, and Lenovo is following suit with the Vibe Z2, a 5.5-inch smartphone powered by the same 64-bit processor.

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2 weeks ago

Lenovo announces Vibe X2 with unique tri-layered design

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Lenovo has announced the Vibe X2 at the IFA today, and like its predecessor, the device has a sleek design and great specs. Lenovo has implemented a tri-layered design with the Vibe X2, which the manufacturer claims is the first of its kind on a smartphone.

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2 weeks ago

Angry Birds Stella now available for pig smashing action on Android

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Rovio has just launched its latest game in its long running Angry Birds physics-themed puzzle series for Android devices, via the Google Play Store, along with the Amazon Appstore for Kindle devices and the Nook tablets. The new title is Angry Birds Stella and yes, Stella is still plenty angry at the game's pig villains.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 820 hands-on

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HTC Desire 820

HTC kicks off IFA with a revamped hero device for its mid-range lineup

IFA 2014 At IFA 2014 in Berlin today, HTC unveiled its latest mid-range flagship, the Desire 820. Building on the Desire 816 — a phone barely six months old — the 820 slims things down, improves the design with a new plastic construction style with bright, prominent accents. It's also a landmark for HTC and Qualcomm, being the first handset to use a Snapdragon 615 SoC — a new octa-core, 64-bit capable chip.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung announces ruggedized Galaxy Tab Active with dust and water resistance

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At the IFA in Berlin, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab Active, a ruggedized 8-inch tablet that can withstand a 1.2-meter fall thanks to its protective coating. Certified IP67, the tablet is dust and water resistant and comes with a tougher version of the S Pen stylus, called the C Pen, that provides an alternate form of input for when you're wearing gloves.

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2 weeks ago

Rdio refreshes web and mobile apps to highlight its free music offering

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Rdio is busy rolling out visual updates across the board. The streaming service has not only revamped the web interface, but also both the Android and iOS apps. The company has also improved personalized features and highlights its free radio offering. Those who fire up the new apps will be able to witness a refined layout to better connect consumers with Rdio's free services, ensuring everyone knows what's on offer without parting with hard-earned cash.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z3 and its smaller sibling have their pricing confirmed for the UK

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Sony took to IFAyesterday to announce the new Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. The new smartphones have been priced in the UK at retailer Clove and while they're sat on a premium price point, the user experience is set to be butter smooth thanks to included components. The Xperia Z3 will set you back £520 and the Xperia Z3 Compact is currently offered for £432.

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2 weeks ago

Qualcomm's AllPlay platform gains Spotify support

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Qualcomm has signed new hardware and software partners for its AllPlay media streaming platform as the vendor looks to realize its vision of universal media streaming. Qualcomm announced that AllPlay is now certified with Spotify Connect, which means that you can now stream Spotify over Wi-Fi using an AllPlay-compatible device to several speakers in the home. AllPlay already supports other streaming services such as iHeartRadio, Napster, and Rhapsody.

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2 weeks ago

Reddit makes AMA sessions easier to digest with new official app

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One of the more popular areas of Reddit is the Ask Me Anything subreddit, enabling visitors to engage with others who are holding an AMA session to answer all questions put forward. The website has launched an official app on Android since these sessions can attract a fair number of Reddit users. It can often be difficult for anyone to follow exactly what's being published by the author. This dedicated app is set a neat solution.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 820 is first Snapdragon 615-powered mid-ranger

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HTC Desire 820

IFA 2014

Today at IFA 2014 in Berlin, HTC has announced the latest addition to its mid-range Desire family, the Desire 820. Following on from the Desire 816, launched earlier in the year, the 820 maintains the same 5.5-inch display size and 720p resolution, while cranking the processor up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 — an octa-core chip with cores at 1.5GHz and 1.0GHz. On top of that there's 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, both increased from the Desire 816.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 820 specs

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The HTC Desire 820 is HTC's first 64-bit-capable mid-ranger, and the first to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 processor. But if you're wondering exactly what is lurking beneath the 820's curved exterior, we've got the full spec sheet waiting after the break.

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2 weeks ago

IFA 2014 day one roundup

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IFA

The days news in handy list form because everyone loves lists

IFA 2014 The first day on the ground at IFA (and New York) is now done, and there was literally a deluge of news and product announcements. That's exactly why we love it, and likely what everyone was hoping for from the event. ASUS, Samsung and Sony all held their press events, bringing everything from watches to VR headsets — as well as a phone or two. We expect more of the same in the coming days, so stick around for everything you want to know about what's going on in Berlin.

In the meantime, with this much good news, it's hard to find it all. That's where we can help. Here's a roundup of all of the days news and events, in one handy spot. I know I'll be reading it again!

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2 weeks ago

New Samsung videos show off Galaxy Note 4, Gear Live S features

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Just after it unveiled new products in Berlin at the IFA trade show, Samsung has now released official videos showcasing its latest products. In two videos uploaded to YouTube, Samsung is showing off the new features in the Galaxy Note 4 and the Gear Live S.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with the Sony Smartwatch 3 with Android Wear

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Smartwatch 3

Sony's newest smartwatch ditches its own software in favor of Google's wearable platform

IFA 2014 Sony took us by surprise a little today by announcing the Smartwatch 3 with Android Wear. Previous reports had Sony execs claiming the company was committed to doing its own thing, and yet, here we are. The Smartwatch 3 changes up other things too from its predecessors, most noticeably the design of the band. It still looks like a Sony Smartwatch of old a little, but it's quite different when you get beyond that.

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2 weeks ago

New phones means new forums — and we've added a bunch!

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Android forums at Android Central

We've dropped a whole world of new smartphone knowledge on you today. From the new Notes from Samsung to Xperias in Berlin. There's so much to explore. But we're just part of that conversation. It's time for you fine folks to get involved — and that's where our Android forums come in!

To go along with these new phones, we've got a load of new forums ready for discussion. Here's the list!

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