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6 days ago

Samsung showcases S Pen on the Galaxy Note 4 with a little help from Reggie Watts

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Samsung has already shown off the features of the Galaxy Note 4 in its "Do you Note?" commercials, and this time around the vendor has recruited Reggie Watts to bring some beatboxing into the mix to highlight the features offered by the S Pen. Samsung also rolled out three other commercials that show how the phablet holds up during everyday tasks.

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6 days ago

OnePlus One Indian launch imminent, Amazon gets exclusive rights

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Earlier this year, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced that the vendor was looking to launch the OnePlus One in India in December, with country-specific invites available to consumers interested in buying the device. A teaser posted on Amazon India today indicates that the retailer will have exclusive rights to sell the handset in the country. While Amazon did not mention the device by name, the teaser corresponds to the Sandstone Black version of the OnePlus One.

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6 days ago

Soak test invites going out for the 2014 Moto X on Verizon

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Owners of the 2014 Moto X on Verizon are beginning to receive soak test invites. We've gotten tips from several Android Central readers users that the invites are starting to roll out, and although there is no mention of what the soak test is intended for, it is possible that a Lollipop update is imminent.

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6 days ago

Sprint's offering a serious discount on a Galaxy S5 for loyal customers

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Sprint is offering their loyal customers some fairly substantial discounts for the holidays, including discounted device leasing, free service, and accessory discounts. Of course, it's Sprint defining "loyal" here, though customers that have been deemed worthy of the title have started receiving emails about the offers. Here's what Sprint's offering…

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6 days ago

Android Central 212: Beards and Bugs

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Audio-only stream below

It's been a bit of a big week as Android 5.0 Lollipop updates start hitting devices of those who might not have hopped on board first thing. And that's caused a bit of a problem for some folks. We'll discuss what's going on, and what you can do about it. Plus, our Galaxy Note Edge review, the latest Android Wear watches, and we answer your questions live on air!

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6 days ago

Motorola's replacing AT&T's Nexus 6 stock due to bad software

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The Nexus 6 hasn't been out on the market for very long, but apparently the AT&T version has run into some issues… at least some of them have. Apparently at least a few devices had issues with bad software (the phone is one of the first to run Android 5.0 Lollipop), displaying a blank screen when turned on. As you can imagine, that makes the phone hard to use.

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6 days ago

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner updates with better search, brings your recipes along

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Food community Allrecipes has updated their Dinner Spinner Android app to include a number of important new features, making it easier to find new dishes, and giving you quick access to your own recipes. The app has also added video playback and social integration.

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6 days ago

The European Parliament is considering a call to break up Google

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Google is a big company, perhaps too big, according to the European Parliament. By far the dominant player on the internet thanks to its leading search engine, Google's size and power is reportedly worrying the European Parliament to the point that they're considering a draft motion that would call for Google to be split into multiple companies.

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6 days ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST!

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Android Central Podcast

OK, folks. Here we go. It's been a bit of a big week as Android 5.0 Lollipop updates start hitting devices of those who might not have hopped on board first thing. And that's caused a bit of a problem for some folks. We'll discuss what's going on, and what you can do about it. Plus, our Galaxy Note Edge review, the latest Android Wear watches, and we'll answer your questions live on air!

Join us at this link at 4 p.m. EST — that's 9 p.m. again in London — as we get this thing done.

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6 days ago

Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact support MirrorLink out of the box

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The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has announced that Sony's Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are both MirrorLink-enabled. Like Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay, MirrorLink lets you connect your smartphone to compatible vehicles to use certain features like maps and music while driving.

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6 days ago

Here's how you make your Galaxy Note 4's display usable in direct sunlight

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We usually like to have control, but in this case Auto Brightness is the key

It's no secret that Samsung made some serious steps forward in display technology with the Galaxy Note 4, boosting resolution, colors and brightness to the highest levels we've seen from one of its phones. The 5.7-inch QHD display is quite gorgeous in any setting, and the bevy of display modes in the settings helps you tune it to you liking. But the most mundane of settings, Auto Brightness, is one that you want to have checked if you plan on using your phone out in the sun.

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6 days ago

Google offers 1TB of Drive storage free with holiday Chromebook purchase

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Google is offering 1TB of Google Drive storage for free for two years to anyone who purchases a Chromebook during the holiday season. Normally, 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years would cost a total of $240.

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6 days ago

Android Central App adds saved stories, better performance and stability

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Android Central App

We've pushed out an update to the official Android Central App this week (you may also know it in Google Play as the AC App for Android) that addresses a few bugs and adds the beginnings of a much-requested feature.

Here's what's up:

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6 days ago

Amazon reportedly prepping ad-supported video streaming service

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Amazon is reportedly preparing a new video streaming service that would undercut its rivals, particularly Netflix. The service would not be attached to Amazon Prime, and though it would have ads, it's likely that consumers would still pay a subscription fee, however one significantly lower than what they pay now for Amazon's rivals like Netflix and Hulu.

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6 days ago

Nexus 6 now available from Best Buy for AT&T and Sprint

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The Nexus 6 is now available at Best Buy. The device is available for either AT&T or Sprint, and comes in the Midnight Blue color. The Nexus 6 from either carrier costs $249.99 up front.

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