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5 days ago

LG announces the budget- and pen-friendly G Stylo for Korea

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LG G Stylo

We've been awaiting a new stylus-happy smartphone from LG, and here it is — the new G Stylo.

This is a 5.7-inch display at 720p (for a whopping 258 pixels per inch), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 at 1.2GHz. It's got an 8-megapixel rear camera with 5MP out front, a 3,000 mAh removable battery, only 8GB of on-board storage and 1.5 GB of RAM. It's running Android 5.0 Lollipop, though, and also has a removable SD card.

Look for this one in May.

Source: LG Korea

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5 days ago

Starbucks app brings tipping to Canada, seamless eGift purchase and redemption

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Starbucks is bringing its new mobile tipping feature to Canada today with a simple app update.

After starting initially with iOS users and then rolling to Android users in the U.S., our neighbors up north can now add a tip to their beverage purchase. You'll just need the latest version of the Starbucks Android app, now available in the Play Store — once you make a purchase, you'll receive a notification giving you the option to tip the barista if you wish.

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5 days ago

Google reportedly set to debut wireless service 'as early as' April 22

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Google is reportedly set to unveil its anticipated wireless service 'as early as Wednesday,' April 22.

According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal today, Google will debut a wireless offering as soon as April 22 that will let customers pay for only the data they use, as opposed to purchasing large blocks of data that may go unused.

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5 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Do you use a smartwatch?

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Android Wear setup

Smartwatches are no longer one of those things we'll see in the future. Ever since Pebble first brought smartwatches to the masses, the market keeps growing and the whole concept gets closer to perfection. We're not there yet, but seeing the way wrist computing has evolved from a basic wristband that helps notify you about incoming messages to a device that does almost everything gives me hope that this market segment will only get better and better as we move forward.

The real question is how many tech-savvy people — that'd be people like you, who read Android blogs — are using one. Forget sales figures and pre-order numbers for a minute, and let's focus on people we know that love technology and Android. People like you and me. Answer the poll, and join the discussion in the comments.

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5 days ago

Latest Google Play Services update enables Android Auto on the Galaxy S6

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One of the most popular current phones out there now plays nice with Google's in-car Android product.

Just a couple of days after we sent word that the Galaxy S6 — and a few other popular phones haven't been working properly with Android Auto, a fix has arrived. It's not a huge shock that the latest version of Google Play Services (which manages a variety of Google apps on your phone) rolling out now enables Android Auto on these popular devices, and we're happy to say that indeed the GS6 is working.

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5 days ago

Google search results on smartphones will now favor mobile-friendly sites

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Google has rolled out a change to search today that will rank mobile-friendly sites higher when searching on mobile devices.

The changes rolling out today are intended to make it easier for mobile search users to land on pages that are much easier to view on smaller screens.

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5 days ago

AT&T HTC One M9 latest to get the new camera improvement update

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It's now AT&T's version of the HTC One M9 to get the new software update that offers, among other things, camera improvements for the recently launched smartphone.

The AT&T update follows similar ones launched for the Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the HTC One M9.

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5 days ago

Google Classroom now lets teachers prep their classes in advance, add more than one teacher to class

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Google will allow teachers to prep their lesson plans as drafts and add more than one teacher to a classroom in the latest set of feature additions to Classroom.

Google Classroom allows teachers to spend more time with their students and less time on the paperwork, and it is now even better. Google's latest announcement brings new functionality to Google Classroom. Included in the new functionality is the ability to add more than one teacher, as well as to preparing for classes in advance as well.

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5 days ago

Action Launcher 3.4 adds over a dozen new customization options

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Action Launcher has been updated to version 3.4, adding even more customization options and unlocking nearly 70 percent of options for non-paid users.

Popular launcher replacement, Action Launcher, has received yet another huge update bringing it to version 3.4. While the bump from 3.3 to 3.4 may feel small in number, it is huge in customization, with more than 12 new options.

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5 days ago

Facebook balances content from Friends and Pages in latest News Feed changes

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Facebook has again made some changes to the way they display content in your News Feed in hopes of bringing a better balance.

Finding a good balance between too much content and not enough content is a tough task and Facebook has been taking user feedback to heart on this. Facebook is once again changing the content that is displayed in your News Feed based on what they have been hearing.

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5 days ago

Adobe adds DNG raw file support to Lightroom on Android

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Lightroom for Android is now even better with the recent addition of DNG raw file support from Adobe.

Adobe has released some new updated to Lightroom, and one of the additions to the Android version is DNG raw file support. The addition of this support comes as an Android-exclusive at this time, but it does require the device to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop to take advantage.

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5 days ago

Android 5.1.1 factory image released for Nexus Player

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Owners of the Nexus Player set-top box can be the first to download a factory image based on Android 5.1.1.

The download will allow owners of the Nexus Player to get the latest version of Lollipop and will likely be the start of many such downloads for Google's Nexus devices.

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5 days ago

Google announces Security Keys for Google Drive for Work accounts

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Google Drive for Work will be gaining new admin console features in the coming weeks making it easier to monitor and manage Security Keys.

Security is very important, and Google wants to make sure the people using Google Drive for Work are easily protected. Google has already introduced things like two-step authentication, but now they are taking it one step further with the Security Key.

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5 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: Camera shootout!

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9

Smartphones are increasingly rated on their camera prowess, and these two flagships bring the best quality they can.

Both Samsung and HTC have tried a variety of camera strategies over the years, and in 2015 have settled on something that is likely the best complete package each has produced in some time. The Galaxy S6 has cut back on unnecessary software features and simply puts together high-end components with some great image processing. The One M9 finally gave up on UltraPixels and Duo Cameras on the back of the phone to go for a more "standard" 20MP sensor, and kept the same solid camera interface.

Both the One M9 and Galaxy S6 are clearly able to take great photos, but in a world where both of these flagships are fighting to take up space in your hand, we want to put them head-to-head and see which one comes out ahead.

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5 days ago

EA launches UFC globally in Google Play, knocking out previous restrictions

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After being available in limited areas to start, UFC has knocked out the barriers and is now available in Google Play worldwide.

EA Sports has announced that UFC is now available worldwide in Google Play. The app first launched in Canada, South Korea, Singapore and Russia and the results were great. Featuring intuitive touch controls the gameplay is action-packed.

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