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3 days ago

The six best podcast apps for Android

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Podcast apps

Get the very best podcast experience with these 6 great apps

While we usually think of our mobile devices as great for music listening of all kinds, increasingly our Android phones and tablets are being used for listening to podcasts. We produce a bunch of them here at Mobile Nations, and the popularity and scale of the podcast continues to grow. But just as is the case with music player apps, not all podcast players are created equally.

Thankfully Android is blessed with a strong selection of podcast apps to choose from, but there are some more worth your time – and money – than others. So, head on past the break to see the top podcast apps for Android. And once you've chosen, why not subscribe to the Android Central podcast and join us each week for a listen!

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3 days ago

Republic Wireless Moto X 2013 and Moto G getting Android 4.4.4

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Upstart Wi-Fi-centric carrier Republic Wireless is updating their last-generation Moto X and Moto G smartphones to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, as well as pushing a new security update for the even-more-budget-conscious Moto E. The update for the Moto G is pushing out now, while the Moto X update will roll out in February.

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4 days ago

Sprint's guaranteeing a $200 minimum smartphone trade-in credit for T-Mobile switchers

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Sprint's taking the fight straight to T-Mobile and is offering customers of the Un-carrier a guaranteed minimum trade-in credit of $200 for their current working T-Mobile smartphone. That's in addition to the current contract buy-out offer (though T-Mobile ditched traditional contracts nearly two years ago) or up to $350 in credit to pay for their new Sprint phone.

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4 days ago

Motorola begins rolling out Lollipop to Moto G in India and the US

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Motorola has announced on Google+ today that the company has started rolling out Lollipop for the Moto G in the US and India. The company notes that this is a phased rollout, but should you own the affected Android smartphones in the mentioned regions, at least you'll be aware of the imminent update hitting your device.

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4 days ago

How to take a screenshot on the Blu Vivo Air

Want to take a screenshot on your Blu Vivo Air? Here's how!

Taking a screenshot on the super-slim Blu Vivo Air is incredibly easy: you hold down two buttons. Which two? Glad you asked. Power and volume down. And as it would turn out, both of these buttons are on the left side of the device, and if you're holding the Vivo Air in your left hand, they fall right under your left thumb. So while you can use two of your phalanges to trigger the screenshot, with a bit of practice you can use just your left thumb.

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4 days ago

Three UK reportedly confirmed to be purchasing O2 for £10 billion [updated]

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Three UK reportedly confirmed to be purchasing O2 for £10 billion

Update: Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa has officially confirmed that the company has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefonica over a potential purchase of O2.

Three UK, announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica, S.A. over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica, S.A.'s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion which would be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold.

Original story: We reported a few days ago that Three UK was looking to purchase O2 from Telefonica, and now the deal has reportedly been confirmed at a price of 10 billion pounds (roughly 15 billion US dollars) and is expected to be finalized Friday morning.

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4 days ago

Goat Simulator brings a new map, more goats in latest update

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Attention fans of ridiculously buggy, yet hilariously wacky simulator games featuring barnyard animals: Goat Simulator for Android has picked up an update today. Coming along for the ride are a new map and, perhaps most importantly, "pigs that are stuck."

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4 days ago

Samsung to showcase three new Gear VR experiences at Sundance Film Festival

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Those who attend the Sundance Film Festival this year are in for a little something extra. Samsung will be showing off its Gear VR virtual reality headset at the festival's New Frontier exhibition from January 23 to February 1.

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4 days ago

Twitter launches tweet translations for mobile apps and web

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Twitter has announced today that it has enabled tweet translation, powered by Bing, on both its official Android app, as well as on the web. The feature was previously available on TweetDeck, and has been tested off and on for a while now.

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4 days ago

Smartphone Futurology: The science behind your phone's next display

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The future of smartphone displays

What's next for one of your phone's most important components

Welcome to Smartphone Futurology. In this new series of science-filled articles, Mobile Nations guest contributor Shen Ye walks through current technologies in use within our phones, as well as the cutting-edge stuff still being developed in the lab. There's quite a bit of science ahead, as a lot of the future discussions are based on scientific papers with a vast amount of technical jargon, but we’ve tried to keep things as plain and simple as possible. So if you want to dive deeper into just how the guts of your phone function, this is the series for you.

A new year brings the certainty of new devices to play with, and so it’s time to look ahead at what we might see in the smartphones of the future. The first instalment in the series looked at what's new in battery tech. For the series' second part looks at what's perhaps the most important component of any device — the screen itself. On a modern mobile device, the screen acts as the main input and output device. It's the most visible part of the phone, and one of its most power-hungry components. Over the past few years we've seen screen resolutions (and sizes) reach into the stratosphere, to the point where many phones now pack 1080p displays or higher. But the future of mobile displays is about more than just size and pixel density. Read on to find out more.

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4 days ago

Galaxy Note 4 battery life tips

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Galaxy Note 4 battery

The battery is big enough for most, but you can always improve

The Galaxy Note 4's 3220 mAh battery is pretty large by today's standards, and gives the big phone solid battery life figures for most people. But counteracting that large battery are a powerful processor, bright QHD display and tons of software features, which can really chew into battery life depending on how you use the phone.

Most folks can make it through a day with battery to spare, but for those who find their Note 4's battery coming up short sometimes you may need to pull out a few tricks to get the most out of that limited battery capacity. Samsung includes a few intuitive features on the Note 4 to improve battery life, but it's all about how you use them. Read along with us and see how you can squeeze the most out of your Note 4's battery.

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4 days ago

Second episode of Telltale's 'Game of Thrones' series debuts Feb. 5

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The second episode of Telltale Games' six-part adventure game based on the Game of Thrones TV series from HBO makes its Android debut February 5 on the Google Play Store. The second episode is titled "The Lost Lords" and Telltale is getting fans of the fantasy series pumped for its release with a new trailer.

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4 days ago

Maybe this is the HTC One M9 — and maybe it's not

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It's possible this pic obtained by Phandroid is the upcoming HTC One M9. It's also possible that it's what's known in the biz as a "Fake ID" — the guts of an upcoming phone in the body of something else to hide what it'll really look like. (Here's an example of that from the M7 era.)

So that third button down the right-hand side? Who knows.

Those pants? Sadly real.

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4 days ago

How you can make the BlackBerry CEO's batshit-crazy smartphone dream a reality

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John Chen is crazy

John Chen cries 'discrimination' as discriminating consumers continue to choose Android and iOS

"All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose," BlackBerry CEO John Chen writes in a recent manifesto on net neutrality that spans from carriers to internet service providers to applications themselves.

And you know what? He's right. You should be able to access any lawful application and content you choose.

And you can. Here's how.

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4 days ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2015

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Mobile Nations Community Update

It's time to bring you up-to-speed on the latest goings on at Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in the first Community Update of 2015.

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