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2 days ago

Sony Xperia Z3 + Z2 owners, how's the Lollipop update treating you?

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Sony's first Lollipop updates are starting to trickle out — how have you been getting on?

Sony's first batch of Lollipop updates landed this past week, bringing the Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact up to Android 5.0.2. The updates have been a long time coming, arriving a couple weeks outside Sony's original target of February. Next up is Sony's late-2013 Z1 series.

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2 days ago

HTC One M9 preorders ship starting March 30

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HTC has sent out emails to people in the U.S. who have pre-ordered the HTC One M9, informing them that the first shipments of the smartphone should begin on Monday, March 30.

Android Central received the following email from HTC concerning the shipment status of the HTC One M9

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2 days ago

Hands-on: Amzer Double Layer Hybrid Case for the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9 Amzer Hybrid Case

Good protection adds a kickstand to make better use of the screen and those speakers.

Here's a quick look at the Amzer Hybrid Case for the HTC One M9. It's got a soft silicone underlayer that fits up against your phone and protects the back, sides top and bottom while still giving full access to the ports and buttons. And on top of that goes a rigid plastic shell for the more serious protection.

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2 days ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 edge receive 177MB OTA with bug fixes, performance improvements

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When T-Mobile customers receive their recently-purchased Galaxy S6 and S6 edges, they'll be in for an OTA update as soon as they start them up.

A heftily-sized 177MB update is hitting both phones on T-Mobile, with a very generic changelog listed indicating that there are bug fixes, performance improvements and potential feature enhancements. The software makes the jump to build number UVU1AOCG, but of course that doesn't really matter as much as what's actually been changed that users will notice.

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2 days ago

Future Shop in Canada to end, some locations to rebrand under Best Buy

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Future Shop parent Best Buy is consolidating, with some stores closing, other rebranding.

Best Buy outlined its plans in a statement released today, saying it had conducted a review of its Canadian operations before making these changes. Roughly half the locations will survive the cuts.

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2 days ago

T-Mobile begins shipping Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge

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T-Mobile has sent emails to people who have pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, alerting them that shipments have started for the smartphones.

Android Central has received a tip about these shipments from one of our readers and we have independently confirmed T-Mobile has started shipping the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

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2 days ago

A closer look at the ZTE Blade S6

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While many of us are excited about the Samsung Galaxy S6, there's another S6 phone worth talking about. During a media event last night in New York, the ZTE Blade S6 caught our attention. It's powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. It's currently available online globally in selected markets for $249.99 USD.

Let's take a look.

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3 days ago

Where's the flashlight app on the Galaxy S6?

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A dedicated "flashlight" app is gone on the Galaxy S6, but that doesn't mean it isn't easy to access that function on your phone.

Our phones are most often the easiest way to quickly deploy a flashlight in dark situations, and the Galaxy S6 will let you quickly light up its camera flash to provide that with a simple tap. Rather than use a dedicated flashlight app or a key command, you can use a quick launch icon in the notification shade to do the job.

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3 days ago

HTC One M9+ shown with Duo camera and fingerprint scanner in latest leak

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A leaked render of the 'HTC One M9+' could give us our clearest look yet at the rumored M9 variant.

This past week HTC sent out invites to the Chinese press for an event in Beijing on April 8, in which it clearly teased a new One M9 variant with an M8-style Duo camera. And now a leaked render from a usually reliable source appears to give us a closer look at what may be the HTC One M9+.

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3 days ago

Chrome scrolling is going to be smoother (eventually) thanks to a new API

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It looks like scrolling is about be smoother in Chrome, as Google plans to integrate Microsoft's Pointer Events API into the browser.

While there's no timeline for when the API will be implemented, the end result should be less jank when scrolling through a website in Chrome.

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3 days ago

Android Central 229: Living on the Edge

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Audio-only stream below

If you've got questions about the latest major Android releases — that'd be the Galaxy S6 and GS6 edge, and the HTC One M9 — we're going to have answers for you on this show. Plus, Aaron Kasten joins us to talk about the Big Android Meat and Greet. And we'll be answering more of your questions live!

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3 days ago

Your top Galaxy S6 questions from the forums answered!

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Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

We have a Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in the house, and that means we spent the last two days in the forums answering all of your burning questions on the phones.

As we expected, questions flooded in by the dozens, and before we knew it there were nine pages of questions and answers in a single Android Central Forums thread. That's pretty awesome, as it both answers your questions specifically and also gives us a feel for what you all want to know about these phones going forward. While there's a big wealth of information in that forum thread now, we wouldn't blame you if you didn't have time to read through every page.

That's why we're going to break out some of the most common questions members asked yesterday, and answer them completely right here and now. Read along and see your top Galaxy S6 questions from the forums answered.

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3 days ago

Google fires back over recent reporting on leaked FTC documents

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Google has fired back at The Wall Street Journal today over what it says are inaccuracies in its recent reporting on a leaked FTC document.

At issue is a Wall Street Journal report from last week based on an inadvertently released FTC document that detailed the agency's conclusions in a 2013 antitrust case against Google. In its response, Google's SVP of Communications and Policy, Rachel Whetstone, argues that the report contained several inaccuracies concerning both the FTC's final decision and Google's efforts to influence legislation in Washington.

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3 days ago

How the AC editors use (or don't use) their Chromebooks

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Chromebooks

The one where we ask ourselves if a Chromebook works for us.

We're pretty bullish on Chromebooks around here. Even though they may not fit our lives quite right, we know that for plenty of folks a good, sturdy and inexpensive Chromebook is just the ticket for the things they need. We've talked about the pros and cons since Google first sent out the CR-48 units as a pilot. We'll continue to talk about the pros and cons, because we think the idea of a Chromebook is a great one.

Today we're going around the table to see how we use our Chromebooks. Or why we don't use a Chromebook. I have a feeling that our personal needs and wants will mirror what plenty of our readers think, on both sides of the argument.

Sit back and have a read to see how we do it.

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3 days ago

Using Amazon's Kindle app to read all the books

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Amazon has built an empire, a big part of which is giving you everything you need to never want to leave.

The original Kindle experience was the spark that took ebooks from a cool thing that one friend of yours did to make all of their books digital to a global phenomenon that has threatened the very existence of brick and mortar book stores. Amazon created an experience where all of the books you could possibly want to read were easy to access, reasonably priced, and offered a simple yet powerful user interface.

A lot has changed since Amazon's first attempt at the Kindle, including the expansion beyond their own ereaders. The Amazon app is one of the most popular digital reading experiences out there, due largely to those same core values that made ebooks cool in the first place.

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