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4 days ago

Lollipop preview on the Galaxy Note 3 gives us a taste of what's to come

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After showcasing Android Lollipop on the Galaxy S5 last month, the folks over at SamMobile have gotten their hands on an internal Lollipop build destined for the Galaxy Note 3. The video highlights significant changes to the TouchWiz UI, which now conforms to Material Design guidelines.

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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung's first curved Note is an interesting tech demo, but it's far from a slam-dunk overall

Samsung has been at the forefront of new display technologies throughout recent history, pushing the limits of what AMOLED panels in phones and tablets can do. And beyond improvements in resolution, brightness and colors, Samsung has recently tinkered with curved and flexible displays of all sizes and types.

But in terms of real consumer products, that history is much shorter. It started with the Galaxy Round — a pretty basic phone that didn't do anything new aside from being curved. Then Samsung applied the curved tech to wearables with the Gear Fit, a neat little fitness band, and later in the year the Gear S, a 2-inch curved glass behemoth of a smartwatch.

And then the Korean giant came out with something entirely different— the Galaxy Note Edge. Launched right alongside the flagship Galaxy Note 4, the Note Edge reveals its biggest trick in its name. Although it looks like a "normal" phone from most angles, the entire right edge of the screen is dramatically curved — enabling a few neat experiences that aren't possible with a flat display.

The Galaxy Note Edge is unlike any phone you've ever used before, and that's both good and bad. Read along with us for our full impressions of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and see how Samsung is trying to make curved displays a mainstream feature.

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4 days ago

Google adds China to list of supported Play Store merchant locations

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It looks like Google is keeping the train rolling in its efforts to support apps from developers around the world. The company announced today via its Android developer blog that developers in China will now be able to offer both free and paid apps in the Google Play Store.

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5 days ago

Google sets Photo Sphere, Street View on Google Maps free so you can embed them on your website

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Google is now allowing developers to embed Photo Sphere in addition to Street View images in Google Maps on their own websites. The capabilities are now part of the Google Maps Embed API. Previously, web developers were able to embed a Photo Sphere that they had captured, but not public ones. The latest change allows you to embed a public Photo Sphere from Google Maps into your own website.

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5 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Neon

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 Neon

Whether you want a flashy light-up sign or just want to be noticed with some bright colors on a something you wear, we're all aware of how neon can stand out. No matter the time of year or hour of day you can always get attention with neon colors, and this week we're hoping it attracts the attention of your cameras. We want to see the best "neon" shots you can take with your Android phone.

For their efforts we'll be handing out prizes to two winning entries this week, each one taking home a ZENS Qi Wireless 4500mAh Power Bank!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (November 26) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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5 days ago

Nexus 6 Lollipop build LRX210 factory image now available

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Nexus 6 Lollipop factory image now available

Looky there, just like that the first Nexus 6 factory image, labeled as build number LRX210, has just shown up on Google's developer site. That's a newer build than what is currently available on the Nexus 6, and though we don't know the complete set of changes in store here we do know the radios have been updated.

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5 days ago

Sony gives away 3 free movies to owners of Xperia Z3 family

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If you own a Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, or Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, you make be eligible for three free movies as part of Sony's giveaway. The movie titles include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain Phillips, and Ghostbusters. The offer is presented to owners of the Xperia Z3 family in select regions, including the UK, France, Spain, and the U.S.

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5 days ago

Smartphone encryption could lead to death of a child, government claims

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The U.S. government is fighting back against new encryption technologies on smartphones made by Apple and those using Google's latest version of Android. With a strongly worded argument, an official at the U.S. Department of Justice plainly stated that without access to a suspect's phone, a child could die in cases such as kidnapping.

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5 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Glass' winners!

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We can see through glass, but we couldn't see past all of the great entries in this week's photo contest. We had three full pages of photos int he forums, all hitting the topic perfectly. It was tough to pick out just two winners, but we narrowed it down — read along and see the winners this week.

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5 days ago

T-Mobile will sell its LTE Nexus 9 sometime in early December

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T-Mobile revealed today that their 32GB LTE wireless version of Google's Nexus 9 tablet will go on sale sometime in early December. The carrier will charge customers $25 a month for 24 months for the 9-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet.

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5 days ago

AT&T GoPhone prepaid now throttles instead of capping data, adds new $45 plan

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AT&T GoPhone plans have had a bit of an update today by way of a new $45 plan that offers 1GB of data. That settles in between the previous two-tier plan approach with $40 for 500MB and $60 for 2.5GB, which have the same data allotments. Perhaps more importantly, for the $45 and $60 plans AT&T will now just throttle speeds to 128kbps after the high-speed data allotment is up, rather than cut off data as it did previously.

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5 days ago

Google acquires Mac app-maker RelativeWave, gives away $80 Form app for free

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RelativeWave, the team behind the Mac app Form, has announced that it is now part of Google. As part of the acquisition, Google has made the $80 prototyping and design app available as a free download on the Mac App Store. The RelativeWave team will continue development of the app under Google.

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5 days ago

How to add a dedicated number row to the Google Keyboard

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Google Keyboard number row

It takes a few steps, but the Google Keyboard has some useful options tucked inside

Here's one of those things that's been around for a little bit, but well hidden. If you're a fan of the stock Google keyboard but would love to have a dedicated number row — particularly given the size of many of today's smartphones — you can do it. It's not just an Android 5.0 Lollipop feature, so you're able to do this on the Nexus 6 or LG G3 or HTC One or whatever.

You will, however, have to do a little digging in the keyboard settings.

Here's the deal:

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5 days ago

You can now share Drive files directly from Hangouts video chats

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Google is making it easier than ever to share your Drive files today. The company just announced a new feature coming to Hangouts video calls that allows users to instantly share links to files stored in their Google Drive directly from the chat window.

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5 days ago

Meizu brings 2K display to MX4 Pro, puts 'Retina' in your ears

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Meizu is teasing their next smartphone, the MX4 Pro, boasting a new 20nm A15 octa-core processor, mTouch fingerprint scanner, and "Retina Sound", whatever that means. It's probably a speaker so sublime it makes your eyes pop out of your head. We're still trying to figure that part out.

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