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Google launches its Android for Work app on Google Play for devices not running Lollipop

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Google has officially launched it Android for Work app on the Play Store this evening.

Google officially launched the program back in February, but today marks the official availability of the app in the Play Store for devices running Android versions 4.0 to 4.4.

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2 days ago

You can now quickly Google 'find my phone' to locate your misplaced Android device

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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. 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 days ago

Google Drive for Android picks up sharing from notifications, support for 23 more languages

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Google has started rolling out an update to Google Drive for Android today that brings support for 23 new languages, and lets you share files directly from the notification you receive when a file is uploaded.

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2 days ago

Contest: Win a VR for G3 — one of five, actually — and a phone to go with it!

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LG G3 and VR for G3

Virtual reality once again is all the rage. We've got five VR for G3 visors to give away — and five phones to go along with them!

There are all sorts of flavors of VR out there. You've no doubt seen Google Cardboard, and LG has its own take on that with the new VR for G3. Think plastic visor that the LG G3 smartphone fits inside. Affix to your face, and you're immersed in whatever's on the screen.

And it's time for us to give some away.

Here's the deal:

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2 days ago

Google releases new Handwriting Input keyboard with support for 82 languages

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Google releases new Handwriting Input keyboard with support for 82 languages

Google has released a new handwriting keyboard for Android devices today, fittingly called "Google Handwriting Input."

Google Handwriting Input works with devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3) and up, and supports input in both print and cursive writing in a pretty staggering 82 languages — presumably simplifying things from the current system of having separate Google keyboards for handwriting-centric languages.

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2 days ago

Latest Chrome update for Android adds website update notifications and more

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Google is now rolling out the latest version of its Chrome web browser for Android. It brings the version number to 42 and adds a way to be notified when websites are updated.

The feature was first revealed by Google in March as part of the beta for Chrome 42. Website developers can use the new Push API to sent out notifications to Chrome users when a site is updated.

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2 days ago

Best Buy offers Verizon Moto G at $24.99 during four hour sale

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The latest four hour sale from Best Buy includes a few smartphones, one of which is the Moto G on Verizon for just $25.

Best Buy is offering the pre-paid Moto G on Verizon for only $24.99 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT today only. The deal, part of their four hour sale, saves you $75 on the device. With a 4.5-inch display, 8GB of internal memory with the ability to expand through microSD, and an 8MP camera, it is a steal at $25.

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2 days ago

A first look at the Huawei P8

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Huawei P8

Our first look at Huawei's flagship phone for 2015

Android outlier Huawei has put out some surprisingly solid devices in the past 12 months. The Chinese manufacturer's 2014 flagship, the Ascend P7 was a decent phone marred by stuttery performance and dated software. But the Mate 7 and Honor 6 Plus, which followed later in the year, proved that this lesser-known brand could, in some areas, compete with the big boys. Now Huawei's back with a new flagship phone for 2015, and it appears the gap is closing further.

Head past the break for our initial hands-on impressions of the new Huawei P8.

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2 days ago

Best wireless chargers under $20

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Don't be put off by expensive wireless chargers. There are affordable options that do exactly the same thing.

It wasn't uncommon to see ridiculous price tags on the newest OEM wireless chargers, especially after flagship devices started packing Qi-compatibility. Shortly after, however, aftermarket manufacturers stepped in — providing essentially the same convenient chargers — but at a fraction of the price.

This brief list of affordable wireless chargers will give you the sweet freedom from cables that most of us desire without breaking the bank.

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2 days ago

AT&T updates Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and Galaxy Alpha to Lollipop

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AT&T has released the Lollipop update for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy Alpha.

AT&T customers who own either the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active or Galaxy Alpha will be pleased to see the Lollipop update arriving on their device. The update bumps both devices up to Android 5.0, bringing along many new features.

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2 days ago

Huawei's P8 introductory video is all about the camera and igniting stuff

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The Huawei P8 was introduced today to much fanfare, and they're following it up with a video the highlights the key features of the device.

The crux of the whole thing centers around the Huawei P8's camera, a 13MP OIS number. But it's really about the software that Huawei's put in there to unlock the power of that camera.

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2 days ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S6 does not have Microsoft's apps preloaded

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Verizon Wireless has chosen not to preload a number of Microsoft apps on its Samsung Galaxy S6, despite an agreement between Microsoft and Samsung to offer them out of the box.

When the Galaxy S6 was first announced, Microsoft also revealed that the smartphone would have the Android versions of its OneDrive, OneNote and Skype apps preinstalled on the device, along with the Galaxy S6 edge.

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2 days ago

US-bound Huawei P8 variant receives approval from FCC

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Huawei has received approval from the FCC on a new device which is very similar to the recently announced Huawei P8.

Huawei officially announced the P8 smartphone today, and the FCC has now approved a new smartphone which bears stunning resemblance to the device. From the image included in the FCC listing there are a few minor changes to note, such as the camera flash moving to the opposite side.

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2 days ago

OnePlus Two due in the third quarter, with a cheaper phone by end of 2015

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The OnePlus Two, the successor to the OnePlus One, is now targeted for a third quarter 2015 launch, with a cheaper smartphone from the same company planned for release by the end of the year.

Previously, the OnePlus Two was supposed to launch either in the second or third quarter but a new Bloomberg feature confirmed the later time period for the smartphone's launch.

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2 days ago

Huawei P8 Max is 6.8-inches of HUGE

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Huawei P8 Max

Besides the P8, Huawei had a surprise for us today in London. A big surprise. A freaking 6.8-inch surprise. That would be the Huawei P8 Max.

And you read that right. A nearly-7-inch phone. Huawei's not exactly immune to busting out huge phones like this — big even by today's standards — but large phone is large.

It's sporting a 4360 mAh battery that Huawei says should get you more than 2 days' use on a single charge. It's got an 83 percent screen to body ratio and is just 6.8mm thin. And 94 percent of the body is metal, with the display covered by Gorilla Glass 4.

But, really, how big is it? This big.

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