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2 weeks ago

Subway Surfers heads to London in latest update

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Endless-running game Subway Surfers received an update today that sees the World Tour heading to England. As is the norm, the update brings new contests, themes and more unlockable content.

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2 weeks ago

Oppo Find 7 is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK

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The Oppo Find 7 is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK in both black and white variants. The smartphone is listed for £319 should you opt for the baseline model, while the more advanced version will set you back by £379. The Find 7 is expected to be released by Amazon for delivery on December 17.

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2 weeks ago

O2 UK to start selling the Nexus 6 from later today

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UK carrier O2 has announced that it will commence sales of the Nexus 6 from later today. First stock of the device was scheduled to be available from December 1, but it looks like it may be a while before residents in the country are able to get their hands on the Nexus 6.

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2 weeks ago

You can now highlight posts on your Google+ profile page by pinning them

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Google has released a new feature for its social network, the ability to pin posts on profile pages. If you have ever found yourself in the position of wanting to keep a specific piece of content at the top of your Google+ profile page, then this new functionality is for you. It's a small change that will go a long way to show off that incredible shot you took on holiday.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S5, starting in Poland

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Based on information received by the folks over at SamMobile, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S5 has started receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to their post, the OTA to version G900FXXU1BNL2 has begun to hit the SM-G900F model in Poland and may hit other European countries soon.

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2 weeks ago

Wire is yet another reminder that Google Hangouts needs more than Chrome extensions

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Google Hangouts

Wire is the latest new-chat-service-to-end-all-others of the month. It's very nicely designed (especially for a v1 release), is backed by one of the co-founders from Skype and basically is this week's media darling. And for good reason — it's a compelling app that's quickly captured the interest of those of us who get bored with app way too quickly. Is it the next Skype? Or even a WhatsApp? Perhaps another Slack, which quickly has become the go-to service for team communications? Who knows.

But today's release of Wire has made something even more painfully clear:

Google simply cannot let Hangouts languish with Chrome extensions.

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2 weeks ago

Google News & Weather update brings dark theme, curated stories, new weather graphs

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There's some good news for, well, news junkies on Android today. Google has rolled out an update to its News & Weather app that brings a number of awesome new features including curated stories from your favorite publishers, a new dark theme, new weather graphs, and searchable news.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Fog

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 Fog

We've done "clouds" as our photo contest previously, but this week we're looking for something a little different — "fog" — instead. Fog can be spooky in the night or calming and beautiful when the sun is out over it, and either way we're sure you can take some great pictures of fog this week.

We're picking just one winner this week, but the prize is something great — a new Moto G (2014)!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (December 10) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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2 weeks ago

Verizon begins testing 4G LTE on 3G spectrum

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After having announced that it would repurpose portions of its 3G spectrum to operate the faster 4G LTE protocol sometime in 2015, it looks like the Verizon has begun the conversion process and is testing these plans in select markets. Verizon would not give specifics about the test markets right now, but it is reported that Verizon is at least starting its trial of operating LTE on some of its 3G spectrum in New York.

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2 weeks ago

Google's working on kid-friendly versions of Chrome, YouTube, and more

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Google plans to offer versions of its popular products like Chrome and YouTube that will be made for kids that are 12 years of age or younger. There's no word on when these new products will be released.

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2 weeks ago

YotaPhone 2 hands-on

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YotaPhone 2

Pure Android on the front, e-ink goodness around the back

At an event in Central London today, YotaPhone unveiled its second Android handset, the appropriately-named YotaPhone 2. Like the original YotaPhone, the second-gen device features a standard smartphone display on the front and a unique e-ink panel around the back, and it's that "always-on display" which forms the YotaPhone 2's main point of differentiation.

From the front you're looking at a relatively pedestrian Android handset — there's a year-old Snapdragon 800 processor running the show, paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and a 4.7-inch 1080p SuperAMOLED panel. Physically, it's a relatively nondescript Android slab, with curved corners and a matte-textured back. And on the software side it's basically vanilla Android 4.4.3 KitKat with very few modifications, right down to the Google Now Launcher as the default home screen setup. The main difference on the software side comes in the slide-up menu containing the Google Now shortcut, and this is one of the ways in which you interact with the rear display.

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2 weeks ago

'Total War Battles: Kingdom' to lay siege on Android tablets

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Developer The Creative Assembly and publisher Sega have just revealed plans to launch Total War Battles: Kingdom, the second PC and tablet historical strategy game from the team that previously released Total War Battles: Shogun.

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2 weeks ago

Inbox team reveals future plans on Reddit AMA, app not an immediate Gmail replacement

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The Google Inbox team had answered some questions on Reddit earlier today as part of their Ask Me Anything (AMA). In the discussion, the team revealed some interesting tidbits, noting that it is exploring a unified view so you can have a quick glance at all your accounts, support for Google Apps for business Google account holders, and that Inbox isn't designed, at least in the short term, to replace Gmail.

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2 weeks ago

The Best Verizon Prepaid phones

We’re taking a good hard look at the selection of Verizon prepaid phones available, and are rounding them all up here for your reference. Going month-to-month on Verizon has its perks, though there are compromises to be made when signing up for any prepaid carrier.

The biggest drawback is that you need to fork over a fair bit of cash up front for a new device, since it isn’t subsidized over the course of a contract. There’s also a nice in-between with Verizon’s Edge program, whereby you pay off your device discount every month. For the most part, the added flexibility and lower rates make prepaid worthwhile.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Feast' winners!

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We've closed up a week of feasting, and therefore its time to close the weekly photo contest with the prompt "feast." You filled up four full pages in the forums with entries that showed off what feast meant to you, and we unfortunately could only pick two winners this week. Read along and see those winning entries.

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