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2 days ago

Google launches its search app for Android TV with voice support

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Owners of smart televisions with Android TV can now download a version of Google's Search app made especially for the operating system. The app allows users to search for content using their voice, among other features.

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3 days ago

In pictures: Motorola Droid Turbo versus Moto X

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Droid Turbo versus Moto X

Two phones with shared DNA definitely show their differences on the outside

It's no secret that the Motorola Droid Turbo and Moto X were cut from the same cloth, but they definitely have different exterior features to them. The Moto X is smaller, sleeker and a bit more unassuming, while it's tough to not get attention drawn to you when you put the Droid Turbo on a table in any room of people. Rough dimensions, button placements and camera setups tip off that these share similar internal structures, but there's a lot to gander at here when you set the Droid Turbo and Moto X together.

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3 days ago

Google Contribute to make ad-free blogs a reality

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It looks like advertising isn't the only way way to fund your favorite sites anymore. Google announced a new program called "Contributor" today that allows people to contribute money to participating websites via a monthly subscription to get rid of ads.

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3 days ago

AT&T Galaxy Note 3 now getting an Android 4.4.4 update all its own

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Heads up, folks, Android 4.4.4 is now rolling out to users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T. Sure, we might be looking at Android 5.0 Lollipop on the horizon for the Note 3, but it'll likely be a little while before we see it rolling out across US carriers. So here's an update to 4.4.4 for now.

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3 days ago

Square launches worldwide support for its Android Register app

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Square has expanded the reach of its Register software for Android worldwide. It announced today that the app is now available in the Google Play Store "even in countries without integrated Square processing." It can now also accept payments from 130 different currencies.

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3 days ago

Endomondo adds Pebble support and more in latest update

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Workout tracking app Endomondo has been updated, adding support for the Pebble smartwatch. Pebble support lets you keep track of your workouts right from your wrist.

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3 days ago

Verizon is now selling the 7-inch and 10-inch LG G Pad LTE tablets

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Verizon Wireless is now offering the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and LG G Pad 10.1 LTE tablets on sale. The 7-inch model is priced at $249.99 without a contract, or for $49.99 with a two-year contract, while the 10.1-inch tablet is being sold for $299.99 without a contract or for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

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3 days ago

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday shopping can be tough, we know. Finding the best gift for your loved ones can be a pain, but we're here to help. This is the Mobile Nations 2014 Holiday Gift Guide so we can help you find the perfect gift for every name on your list. And this doesn't have to be for just that special someone — it's perfectly okay to get a little something special for yourself too. You've earned it.

So as we roll into the biggest and craziest shopping and gift-giving season of the year, it's time to find out what should be on your wish list — and what's on everybody else's lists. So let's dive right in to the Mobile Nations 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the very best gifts for everybody from the writer and the student to the home automator and the businessman.

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3 days ago

YouTube Music Key service reportedly starts its private beta test

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Google's previously announced YouTube Music Key has reportedly begun its private beta test, allowing its first invites to check out the early features for this latest music-themed subscription service.

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3 days ago

SwiftKey update boosts performance, adds a dozen new languages

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SwiftKey for Android

Keyboard launches, closes more quickly; more Indian languages added

SwiftKey today announced a pretty significant update to its Android keyboard application, focusing on a number of back-end improvements.

The keyboard now appears on screen between 15 percent and 20 percent faster, SwiftKey writes in a blog post. It'll then disappear between 20 percent and 30 percent faster, and switching between fields has seen performance improvements of up to 50 percent. The actual act of typing has gotten a bit of a tune-up as well, seeing improvements between 10 percent and 18 percent.

"This is the big performance update that I think people have been really waiting for," SwiftKey CMO Joe Braidwood told Android Central.

In addition, SwiftKey has added 11 new Indian languages and one for Sri Lanka. They include: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali and Sinhala. That makes 81 languages supported by the keyboard, which has been installed more than 10 million times in Google Play alone and was introduced on iOS earlier this year.

The free update is available today in Google Play.

More: SwiftKey blog

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3 days ago

Sprint cuts $50 from Nexus 6, giving bill credit to early orders

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Sprint has lowered the prices for both the two-year and no-contract plans for its version of the Nexus 6 just a few days after it started selling the smartphone. It will offer a $50 bill credit for anyone who purchased the 6-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop device ahead of those changes.

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3 days ago

Tell us your favorite Galaxy Note 4 feature and win an S-View Flip Cover!

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Samsung S-View Flip Cover for Note 4

Samsung phones and S-View covers are two peas in a pod, and the Note 4 and its variant of the case are no exception. For folks who want more coverage of their shiny new Galaxy Note 4 and don't mind the extra bulk of a wrap-around flip case, the S-View Flip Cover is a good choice. Because of that we're going to give away two S-View Flip Covers for the Note 4, just so a couple more people can experience the case.

All you have to do to win is jump into the comments of this post and tell us your favorite Galaxy Note 4 feature! We'll pick out two winners on Sunday, November 23rd to take home the S-View Flip Covers.

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3 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 20

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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3 days ago

Sprint starts rolling out Android KitKat 4.4.4 update for its Samsung Galaxy S5

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Sprint is currently rolling out an firmware update to its Samsung Galaxy S5 customers that finally brings its version of Android up to KitKat 4.4.4, along with some other new features.

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3 days ago

Amazon Fire users get free access to new Washington Post app

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Amazon is launching a new app specifically for its Fire tablet owners that gives them six months of free access to stories from the Washington Post. The newspaper was acquired by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in 2013 for $250 million.

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