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2 days ago

Motorola is going to unveil the next-gen Moto 360 on September 8

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The second-generation Moto 360 has been leaked extensively over the last few weeks, with Motorola's upcoming smartwatch expected to offer more customization options when compared to its predecessor. It looks like Motorola will unveil the smartwatch on September 8, according to an image shared by Lenovo on Weibo.

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2 days ago

Name Honor's new smartwatch and you'll receive future products for free until 2020

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Honor wants you to name the company's new wearable (previously known as the HonorBandZero), and as a reward you'll receive five year's worth of Honor gear. That's right, for supplying a name for the wearable, you could be in line to receive all future Honor products until 2020.

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2 days ago

Indian regulator investigates Google over manipulation of search results

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Prominent internet companies in India, such as Flipkart and MakeMyTrip, along with global giants Facebook, Microsoft and HERE have raised concerns over Google's manipulation of search results, alleging that the search engine was ranking its own properties as well as its ad partners above its rivals.

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2 days ago

AT&T pushes 'Stagefright' update to LG G4

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The LG G4 on AT&T is next up for a fix for the "Stagefright" exploit. An over-the-air update is now pushing out to the smartphone with "device security improvements" listed as the only change.

According to AT&T's support page, the update clocks in at 46.7MB large. After you snag the download and install the update, you should be on software version number H81010l and Android 5.1 build LMY47D. The update should be pushing out now, but it may take a day or two to show up for your device. If you'd like to check manually, you can do so from your phone's settings menu.

Thanks to Trutz for the tip!

Source: AT&T

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2 days ago

Head to head: The ASUS ZenFone 2 and the Moto G 2015

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Once again, we're putting two budget priced Android phones — the Moto G 2015 and the ASUS ZenFone 2 — against each other to see who comes out on top.

We have four major criteria a smartphone needs to get right before we can recommend them to anyone: Performance, Display quality, Battery Life and Camera. We chose these categories based on the results of a recent poll where we asked everyone what they thought was most important, and I think it's a great mix.

See how these two phones matchup, and which one gets crowned the winner.

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2 days ago

Here's where you'll be able to buy the Samsung Gear S2

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Samsung just officially took the wraps off of its next smartwatch, the Gear S2, and while mum's the word on availability, a number of carriers have already stepped up to announce that they will carry the smartwatch.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile will carry the 3G version of the Gear S2 later this fall, but no specific launch date was given. However, the carrier stated that buyers can add the smartwatch to their plan for $5 per month with unlimited talk and text, 500MB of data with no overages. Of course, the uncarrier also includes unlimited music streaming though Milk Music and other services as well.

AT&T

AT&T has announced that it will carry the Gear S2 starting this fall, but pricing and a specific release date weren't mentioned.

Verizon

Verizon is also on board for the Gear S2 launch, and will offer both the 3G and regular Gear S2 when it launches this fall.

U.S. Cellular

Lastly, U.S. Cellular will also carry the Gear S2, but again, pricing remains a mystery.

So far, there has been no word from Sprint, but we would expect the carrier to make an announcement soon. Likewise, we'd expect the Gear S2 to be available from other retailers, like Best Buy, as well. We'll update this post in the future with exact pricing, availability, and launch date information as it becomes available.

More: Samsung Gear S2 Specs

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2 days ago

Samsung officially announces the Gear S2

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After plenty of teasing and a brief mention at its Galaxy unpacked event earlier this month, Samsung has officially announced the Gear S2, its round Tizen-powered smartwatch.

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2 days ago

Follow the Android Central team at IFA in Berlin!

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IFA in Berlin

IFA 2015 is almost upon us. It's looking to be pretty interesting this year, if we do say so ourselves. Unfortunately for most of us, IFA is in Berlin, so going is kinda difficult. Thankfully, Mobile Nations is sending in five of the best technology journalists to IFA to cover the insanity. When they're not writing up articles fast as their fingers will let them or playing with all the cool new toys — I mean getting valuable hands-on time with cutting-edge technological gadgetry — they'll be sharing their conference experience on social media.

There are few weeks of the year that can flood a news feed quite like IFA, and you can catch both the headline and the not-so-headline material from this sprawling amalgam of gadgets and German food. For every surprise out of Berlin, here's where to follow our team.

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2 days ago

Amazon Fire tablets can now access Sling TV service with 14-day free trial

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After becoming available on Amazon's Fire TV products earlier this year, the Sling TV Internet television service is expanding again to include Amazon's Fire tablets as well. The service is available via an app on the Amazon Appstore for the Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HDX 7, Fire HD 7 or Fire HD 6 tablets.

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3 days ago

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes gets its first trailer ahead of its holiday release

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Electronic Arts has now released the first gameplay trailer for their upcoming mobile collectible card RPG Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. The game, which was first announced in June at E3 2015, will be released sometime this holiday season.

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3 days ago

HTC's Zoe app now lets you create videos locally, increases video length to 3 minutes

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HTC has pushed an update to its Zoe app, which brings along the ability to create highlight videos locally without the need to upload, increases video length to 3 minutes and much more. Zoe is HTC's video highlights app, which started out as a 7-second video clip, then jumped up to 30-seconds, and now it can be up to three-minutes.

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3 days ago

T-Mobile releases 'Stagefright' fix for LG G4, adds slow motion video, too

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The LG G4 operating on T-Mobile US can now download a fix for the "Stagefright" exploit. The update is available both over-the-air and through LG Bridge, and pushes the software version from 10H to 10N.

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3 days ago

Nextbit will announce, begin accepting orders for its upcoming smartphone on September 1

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At the beginning of August, Nextbit stated it would announce its smartphone on September 1, and here we are, the day before. Nextbit will not only officially announce the phone, but also begin accepting orders for it as well.

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3 days ago

Moto X Play review

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Moto X Play

The most affordable Moto X yet aims to dominate the competitive new mid-range market — but falls short in an important area ...

The quick take

Launching around the £270 mark, the Moto X Play delivers a great deal for the money — a great screen, a decent camera and solid battery life, not to mention Moto's excellent software experience. But nagging performance and multitasking issues hamper what might otherwise have been the perfect Android mid-ranger.

The good

  • Fantastic display and impressive speaker
  • Solid construction and ergonomic design
  • Pure Android UI with Moto software goodness
  • Capable camera — at least in most conditions

The bad

  • Low-light camera performance is patchy
  • Stuttery animations and frequent performance hiccups
  • 16GB base storage doesn't leave much breathing room
Width Height Thickness 5.83 in
148mm
2.95 in
75mm
0.43 in
10.9mm
  • Display:
    • 5.5-inch Full HD
    • LCD Display
    • 1920x1080 resolution (400ppi)
  • Camera:
    • 21MP, ƒ/2.0 lens
    • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Battery:
    • 3630mAh capacity
    • Quick Charge 2.0
  • Chips:
    • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
    • 4x1.6GHz A53 cores + 4x1.1GHz A53 cores
    • 2GB RAM
    • 16GB internal storage
    • microSD slot

Moto X Play Full Review

The second half of 2015 is a great time to be buying a smartphone. You've never been able to get so much phone for your money, especially in the new mid-range space, which has brought forth really capable devices like the Zenfone 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. Motorola has a strong history of targeting key price points with laser accuracy through its Moto G series, so it was no surprise to see a mid-range Moto X — the Moto X Play — emerging alongside the higher-end Style-slash-Pure-Edition.

On paper the Moto X Play is a tantalizing proposition — for £270 SIM-free, you get a handset with a great display, an enormous battery and the prospect of the first really good Moto camera. In reality, the Play delivers on a many of those promises, but falls short in other areas. And in the past week of using the phone as a daily driver, we've been more surprised by what it's bad at than what it's good at.

Read on to find out all one of 2015's most intriguing mid-range phones.

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3 days ago

LG G Watch, Moto 360 and other Android Wear watches can connect to the iPhone

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Despite Google's claim that the LG Watch Urbane is the only current-generation hardware that would be supported in Android Wear on iOS, it appears as though many other watches can connect as well. We have been able to connect a Moto 360, LG G Watch and others, with some issues along the way. For example, we have seen duplicate notifications on the Moto 360, some of which won't clear from the watch. Also, changing watch faces from within the app seems to be hit-or-miss right now.

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