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1 week ago

Verizon's holiday deal takes 50 percent off select Android phones

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Verizon is running a holiday promotion for those who are willing to sign a two-year contract with the carrier. Through the deal, Android smartphones priced at $199 or higher with a contract will be discounted by 50 percent, meaning the new, expensive Android flagship you've been eyeing could start as low as $99.

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1 week ago

Google sends out last Inbox invites for the year

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Ending the year, Google announced that it has sent out the last batch of Inbox invitations for 2014. Those who requested an invitation by emailing Google directly were given one, and Google says that it won't be sending out new invitations for the Gmail-based email service until 2015.

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1 week ago

Google to bring Nexus 9's Tegra K1 processor to Project Ara

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Project Ara will offer a few choices in processor selection, and now Google has announced that it is working with Marvell and NVIDIA to bring their application processors as options for the modular smartphone. Both the NVIDIA Tegra K1, the same chip that's found inside the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Marvell PXA1928 will be joining Rockchip as options for Ara's processing power.

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1 week ago

Google searches for partner to bring its autonomous vehicle to life

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Google is looking for a car manufacturer to partner with in building autonomous, self-driving cars. Though Google has built concept and prototype cars in the past, the search giant says that it doesn't want to be an auto-maker and is instead searching for a partner to bring its vision to consumers within the next five years.

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1 week ago

Google publishes Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012)

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Google has just posted the factory image of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the WiFi version of the 2012 Nexus 7. This follows the rollout of the Android 5.0.1 on many Nexus devices recently. With the factory image up, an OTA update can't be too far away, and we'll keep you posted on AndroidCentral if we see Android 5.0.2 on other Nexus smartphones and tablets.

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1 week ago

Android Central 215: Woes and wows

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It's that time of year in which Google tends to dump a bunch of year-end updates on us. Some good. Some ... could use a little more time in the oven. We take a look at some of the bigger changes of the past couple weeks — including the major Android Wear 5.0.1 update — and see what's worked out, and what needs more work.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop begins arriving for Moto X (2014) owners in the UK

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Heads, up, UK Moto X (2014), there's an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop possibly waiting for you! We've received word from multiple readers that the update to Google's latest and greatest is rolling out now.

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1 week ago

TIDAL music service now streams on Sonos

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Sonos now supports music streaming service TIDAL on its wireless speaker system. TIDAL bills itself as the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial. TIDAL has announced that the integration with Sonos is now live in the U.S. and Canada, and support in the U.K. will follow shortly.

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1 week ago

Disney's Club Penguin arrives on Android

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Disney has released its Club Penguin app for Android. Club Penguin is a virtual membership-based world for kids, letting them play games, create characters, and find collectables. The Android release comes just in time for Club Penguin's Merry Walrus Celebration.

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1 week ago

A Visit From Android Santa

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land,
Not a smartphone was stirring; even Lloyd did not stand.
The stockings were hung by the Nexus Player,
In hopes that Android Santa would soon arrive there.

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1 week ago

Evernote Context automatically adds augmented intelligence to your notes

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Evernote is adding what it calls "augmented intelligence" to its Android app with a feature called Context. Available to Evernote premium subscribers, Context essentially adds relevant contextual information as you're typing in your notes. These tidbits of information could be culled from existing notes that either were shared with you or were created in the past, along with external sources, like from The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and Pando Daily.

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1 week ago

Facebook's new Stickered for Messenger will let you slap stickers onto any photo

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If you've not had enough of stickers inside Facebook Messenger, get ready for stickers on your photos. Facebook's Stickered for Messenger does just that — it lets you place stickers on photos and send them via Messenger. Not only can you slap on whatever sticker you like, you also will get to use your fingers to relocate, reorient, and resize the stickers as you see fit.

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1 week ago

Shield Tablet gaming bundle packs in hardware, software for $399

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In time for the holidays, NVIDIA is rolling a special Bundle in a Bundle promotion for its Shield Tablet. The $399 bundle combines the gaming hardware and titles you need to get started and enjoy the full capabilities of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. The promotion goes into effect tomorrow, December 20, and will run through December 24.

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1 week ago

Google Opinion Rewards is now easier on the eyes while you're answering surveys

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Google Opinion Rewards, the app that lets your rack up Play Store credit by participating in surveys, has just jumped on the Material Design bandwagon. It's still a pretty simple app so there wasn't much to change, but things have flattened out, and the green color of the app's icon has carried over into the top bar when you're in the app.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile will pay $90 million to settle 'cramming' charges

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U.S. carrier T-Mobile has settled charges levied by the FTC and FCC that they charged customers for unwanted services, a settlement that comes to the tune of at least $90 million. The practice, known as "cramming", stemmed from third-party services from "premium SMS" providers for wallpapers, ringtones, horoscopes, celebrity gossip, and more.

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