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4 days ago

LG unveils hexagonal batteries destined for circular smartwatches

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LG has unveiled a new battery aimed at the smartwatch segment. The new battery is hexagonal in shape, and is designed to provide a better fit for circular smartwatches with improved battery life to boot.

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4 days ago

LG G4, two months on

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LG G4

With a couple months of G4 use under our belts, how are the AC editors getting to grips with LG's 2015 flagship?

It doesn't seem like the LG G4 has been with us for long, but in reality we're now two months removed from the phone's official unveiling at parallel events in New York and London. Since then, many of the Android Central editors have been carrying a G4 in their pocket, either as a daily driver, or in addition to their Android phones of choice.

So with the G4 now on sale just about everywhere, we're well-placed to offer some long-term opinions on the LG standard-bearer for 2015. Read on to find out what we think of the LG G4, two months on!

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4 days ago

A beginner's guide to the HTC One M9

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The HTC One M9 is the 2015 flagship phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer that's long been known for its design chops. And while this version of the phone — the third in what we'd consider to be the modern HTC One line, going back to 2013's M7 — hasn't exactly impressed as many folks as perhaps the company might like, it's still one of the better smartphones out there.

Whether you're in the market for a new smartphone and are thinking about getting the M9, or you've just picked one up and need a little help getting started, this is for you. It's our beginner's guide to the HTC One M9. Inside you'll find links to more in-depth pieces on software and hardware features, and how you'll be able to make the most out of your M9.

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4 days ago

OnePlus 2 to feature a 'refined and lightning quick' fingerprint sensor

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The latest OnePlus 2 feature that the company has revealed is a fingerprint sensor that they claim to be a "fingerprint sensor is done right." OnePlus recently revealed that it would be officially unveiling the device on July 27, and that they would continue letting everyone know what was in the device.

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5 days ago

The best Android gadgets of the week for June 28

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We've rounded up another week's worth of solid Android accessories. These connected devices recently hit the market or just went on preorder, and range the gamut of audio, video, wearables, cases, and anything in between. That said, we're confident you'll find something here to complement your Android phone or tablet. Let's dig in!

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5 days ago

Boost Mobile begins selling LG Tribute 2 for $99 and LG Volt 2 for $149

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Sprint's no-contract subsidiary, Boost Mobile, has two new budget smartphones from LG available to purchase. One is the LG Tribute 2 which is priced at $99.99, while the other is the LG Volt 2 which costs $149.99.

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5 days ago

House of Marley Liberate XLBT Bluetooth Headphones review

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Marley Liberate XLBT Headphones

The travel-friendly design and unique characteristics of the Liberate XLBT Bluetooth Headphones make them a great option for casual use when jamming out or taking calls.

There's a lot going on aesthetically with these headphones, but all together they look great and should fit comfortably over the ears of most users. After about a week's worth of rocking out with these puppies, there are some aspects that stand out — both good and not so good. Whether you've seen the Liberate XLBT Bluetooth Headphones before or not, our review should give you more detail on the build quality and how they sound, mon.

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5 days ago

Three minutes on T-Mobile: An Android Central Podcast excerpt

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Podcasting without a net means occasionally things go off the rails a little bit. And that's exactly what happened in the most recent Android Central Podcast when we got a seemingly innocuous question about T-Mobile's new "Jump! On Demand" program.

What we didn't expect was such an impassioned response from one of us regarding all this "Uncarrier" stuff — not to mention the basics of the carrier upgrade process as a whole.

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5 days ago

Google to bring railroad crossing information to Google Maps

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Google Maps will soon include all of the public railroad crossings on its maps, as the company has partnered with the Federal Railroad Administration to increase driver safety. There are around 130,000 public and 85,000 private crossings in the country currently, and there are more than 2,000 accidents at these intersections each year.

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5 days ago

Sprint's delivery and set up service launches in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver

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Sprint's delivery and set up service, Direct 2 You, is now available for customers living in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver. Back in May, Sprint announced that the service would be expanding at some point in June, and that time is now.

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5 days ago

2G-friendly Facebook Lite launches in India and the Philippines

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Earlier this year, Facebook announced a lightweight version of its Android app, one tailored for 2G networks and in situations with inconsistent connectivity. The social networking giant has now launched Facebook Lite in India and the Philippines, with more markets set to follow over the coming weeks and months.

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5 days ago

Truedialer gains a streamlined makeover in its 3.0 update

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The folks at Truecaller are rolling out version 3.0 of the popular Truedialer app today, bringing to the app a lighter and more capable user interface that plays much nicer with Material Design. Truedialer focuses on offering a crowdsourced Caller ID in the Android experience, and offers those results to help you better identify calls. This means incoming calls can be labeled based on Truedialer's blend of crowdsourced and previously identified aliases for phone numbers, allowing you to better identify unusual numbers or robocallers. With this new update, Truedialer has improved their UI and added an impressive new in-line search function, the combination of which makes this app significantly more useful than your stock dialer.

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5 days ago

T-Mobile selling the LG Leon LTE for just $79 until June 30

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From June 28 to June 30, T-Mobile is offering the LTE-enabled LG Leon for just $79.92, down from the device's retail price of $149.

The carrier is also extending promotions on its data plans until July 14. The 4 for $100 data plan, through which you can get four family members subscribed to LTE data (2.5GB per line), and the 2 for $100 plan, which offers unlimited LTE data, are now available for another two weeks.

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5 days ago

Sony looking to set up a manufacturing facility in India

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Indian prime minister Narendra Modi launched his "Make in India" initiative last year, allowing foreign vendors to establish factories in the country. The program is designed to boost hardware manufacturing in India and reduce reliance on other emerging markets such as China.

Samsung has already committed to making devices locally, with the Tizen-based Samsung Z1 manufactured in India. Sony is now announcing its intentions to set up a facility in India to produce devices.

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5 days ago

Here's how Google checks for lag on your Android devices

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Google's François Beaufort revealed that the search giant uses a robot — build by Finnish vendor OptoFidelity — that measures "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices." The video above highlights how the robot constantly taps different sections of the screen to gauge the responsiveness of the display. The web-based tests assist in determining both hardware-and software-related issues, which can then be rectified.

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