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3 days ago

Five things to know about the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9

Now that we've got our massive HTC One M9 review out the door, it's time to step back and take a top-down view. Because for as much as we care about the details, we get that it can be a bit much. And there are few important things about the M9 that help define it as a smartphone, as well as help put it in context with everything else that's out there — and with what's to come.

So here, now, are the top five things you need to know about the HTC One M9.

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3 days ago

Dell and 10 other Android manufacturers to pre-install Microsoft apps

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Microsoft has revealed that Dell and 10 more OEMs will install Office apps, along with Skype and OneDrive, on their own Android products later in 2015.

This new agreement is a follow up to Microsoft and Samsung's announcement earlier today that those same apps will be pre-installed on some of Samsung's Android tablets.

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3 days ago

Twitter will soon allow specific location tagging with help from foursquare

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Twitter is working with Foursquare to turn your location from a town name to a specific location.

Users will soon be able to tag locations on Twitter with more information than just a generic location thanks to Foursquare. Previously Twitter only allowed for locations to be tagged with the name of the town you were in, which wasn't always helpful. Foursquare has a huge database of locations, and many would rather tag their tweet with an exact location than just a city or state that they happen to be in.

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3 days ago

The Nexus 9 is $100 off at Best Buy — but hurry!

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You can snag a Nexus 9 from Best Buy for as low as $299 through 4 p.m. EDT today. The 32GB model is just $379. That's not a bad price at all. Hurry! This one's over at 4 p.m. EDT.

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3 days ago

Microsoft Office apps to be pre-installed on select Samsung Android tablets

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Samsung has announced an expansion of its partnership with Microsoft that will include pre-installing Office apps on some of Samsung's tablets in the first half of 2015.

The company had already announced that the upcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge would have Microsoft's OneNote, Skype and OneDrive apps pre-installed, along with offering those owners 115GB of free storage on OneDrive for two years.

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3 days ago

T-Mobile LG G2 and LG G3 Lollipop update moves to 'T-Mobile Testing'

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T-Mobile's software update page has been updated to reflect that the Lollipop update for both the LG G2 and LG G3 is now in carrier testing.

Recently T-Mobile has updated their software update page, changing the status of both devices to 'T-Mobile Testing', a change from the previous 'Manufacturer Development'. We have already seen Sprint and AT&T roll out the Lollipop update for the LG G3 leaving T-Mobile users wondering where their update was. This change means that the software is now in the hands of T-Mobile for final testing. Carrier testing is the final step in the process before the update goes live, so hopefully no big bugs are found that would halt the release.

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3 days ago

Pioneer launches new Android Auto-compatible head units, starting at $700

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Pioneer has released the latest versions of their NEX in-car receivers, compatible with Google's Android Auto platform.

These new systems, which first debuted at CES 2015, offer integration not only with Android Auto, but Apple's CarPlay.

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3 days ago

ShopAndroid.com ahora en español!

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ShopAndroid.com está ahora disponible en idioma español.

Desde el 2008 ShopAndroid.com ha sido la tienda más popular para los usuarios de teléfonos Android, ofreciendo una amplia variedad de productos, un rápido envío, las mejores marcas, y ayuda por expertos. Como respuesta a los requerimientos de nuestros clientes y visitantes latinos y con la visión de expandir nuestra red de comercio electrónico, nos complace anunciarles que ShopAndroid está disponible en español.

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3 days ago

Cyanogen rakes in $80 million in funding from Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica, and more

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Developer Cyanogen is taking on a quite a bit new funding in their quest to develop an alternative version of Android that's not as reliant on Google.

In a round of Series C financing, Cyanogen has raised $80 million in funding for their alternative Android OS, CyanogenMod. The company intends to use the influx of cash "to hire talent and accelerate the development of its open OS platform.

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3 days ago

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: Glass wasn't a failure, it just needs some work

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The first version of Glass may have been panned and canned, but that doesn't mean Google's given up on the project.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says the Google Glass wearable face computer wasn't a failure, and that they're still working on a new version of it. Things have been relatively quiet on the Glass front since Nest CEO Tony Fadell took charge of Glass and ended the "Explorer Program" that had the first version of the headset going out to early adopters for $1500 a head.

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3 days ago

Sony's water-resistant devices will catalogue Tough Mudder 2015 endurance events

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Sony has announced that it will be the official device partner at Tough Mudder 2015 endurance events.

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3 days ago

Samsung launches Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in India, sales to commence April 10

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in India, with both devices going on sale in the country starting April 10.

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4 days ago

HTC One M9 review

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A beautiful, well-refined Android smartphone phone finds itself — and its manufacturer — fighting against the current once again.

There's a great exchange in an episode of The West Wing in which a political operative played by the late Ron Silver explains the delicacy involved in removing a piece of kelp from a perfectly shaped racing boat. There's a fine balance between removing what's dragging you down and causing even more drag in the process. There's a sense that we're seeing a bit of that in the new HTC One M9, the latest flagship smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer. On one hand you've got the continuation of a product line that for the previous two generations has been lauded as a shining example of what can be done in a five-inch space. Great hardware. Great software. Excellent performance. And one pretty major sticking point.

And in a nutshell that sums up the M9, and our M9 review. There's a lot here you're going to find familiar. (Especially if you read our epic M9 preview.) And some of the new stuff has us scratching our heads a little and in fact raises questions that we might not be able to answer without more long-term use. Let's get into it.

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4 days ago

Weekly poll results: which gallery app do you use most?

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Gallery apps are one of the many pre-loaded apps that most manufacturer's will give you their own special version of.

Samsung has the Samsung Gallery, Motorola has the Motorola Gallery, and so on. While we call many of the apps that manufacturers load onto our phones bloatware, these galleries are not counted among them. But as we've gone through our latest series on Android photography, we wondered just how many of our readers were indeed content with the standard gallery, and how many had moved on to an app with more functionality, like automatic backup in Photos or the ability to browse through cloud services in QuickPic. So, as we do every week at Android Central, we put it to a vote.

And it was a photo finish... just not for first place.

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4 days ago

How to run a poll on Google+

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Polls are a nice, easy ways to gauge opinions.

Politicians are always using polls to assess voter — and donor — opinions. Google Opinion Rewards pays us for answering their short polls. Here at Android Central, our weekly polls are one of the many ways we try to see what you, our readers, think about Android and the burning questions of the day. But what about when you want to get some opinions about which app is better, or what you should do with some old tech? Well, you can run your own poll, right there on Google+. In ye olden days, you ran a poll in Google+ by making a post, commenting on your own post with the answers, and then disabling any more comments. The votes were cast using +1s, but since you could +1 more than one comment and there was no further dialog, things got a bit hectic, and bit boring. Since Google bought and integrated the polling app company Polar into Google+ last year, giving us the ability to conduct our own proper polls at a whim, those days are behind us.

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