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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: Doing the right thing when no one's tweeting ...

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There was no liveblogging. Only a smattering of tweeting. And not a single selfie stick. The "Living the Dream" event my wife and I attended Saturday night, honoring generations of civil rights leaders and ushering in the new generations to come, was quite the departure from CES in Las Vegas a week ago.

I freely admit I probably don't appreciate the importance of an event like that. But it was clear to see just how important it was for others, particularly those who were around for the civil rights era in the 1960s.

But what really stood out was this — and I promise I'm tying this all back to mobile in a second:

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1 week ago

Buy the OnePlus One without an invite on Jan. 20

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The OnePlus One is a solid phone (as highlighted in our review), but remains to be one you're unable to purchase unless you receive an invite. The company is planning to run yet another day for those interested in purchasing one to place an order without an invite on January 20.

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1 week ago

Five things a big screen does better

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Sometimes bigger is better

The debate over screen size will never end. Some folks love a big-screen Android like the Nexus 6 or the Galaxy Note 4, others want something smaller like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Some of us are torn, and want both somehow.

But there are some things that are just better on a bigger screen. Here are five of those things.

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1 week ago

Motorola Migrate gets Material Design touch ups, new transfer features

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Motorola's Migrate app has been updated, adding Material Design updates and new transfer features. Migrate allows you to transfer data to your Motorola device from a number of sources, including other Android devices, iCloud, and non-smartphones, and the latest update makes that even easier.

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1 week ago

What would you change from the HTC One M8 to the M9?

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HTC One M8

I've been using the HTC One M8 for the past week or two, in anticipation of it getting Android 5.0 Lollipop (which it did), and to start getting familiar with it again ahead of HTC's March 1 announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The M8 was an imperfect phone, sure. I know what I don't like about it. (And I recently forgot the cardinal rule of "Don't you dare zoom in with that camera.") But let's here what you folks would change. What do you want to see done differently from the M8 to the ... well, let's just call it the HTC One M9.

Fire away in the comments.

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1 week ago

Facebook begins testing sound clip transcription in Messenger

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Facebook's David Marcus took to his, well, Facebook page today to detail a new voice transcription feature that the company is testing for Facebook Messenger. The feature will take any sound clip that you send or receive and transcribe its contents in text below the voice clip itself.

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1 week ago

Android Central 218: Andrew Central

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Audio-only stream below

We're rested and recovered after a successful CES 2015 in Las Vegas. On tap for this week's podcast: HTC is first out the gate for Mobile World Congress teasing, we get to the bottom of this WebView security non-scandal, and we answer your questions live on air. Join us!

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1 week ago

Google reportedly in talks to acquire mobile payments company Softcard

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A new report today claims that Google may be in talks to acquire Softcard, a mobile payments solution that has garnered significant carrier backing from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

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1 week ago

How to turn off Facebook's in-app browser for external links

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In August of last year, Facebook started rolling out an in-app browser that let you view links completely in the app without being thrown out to your own installed browser of choice. That's all fine and good, but if you want the additional features, bookmarking, familiarity or added security of choosing your own browser to open links, you'll need to dive into the Facebook settings and change this setting. It's a quick process with just a few steps, and this is how you do it.

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1 week ago

Motorola teams with DODO for line of colorful Moto 360 bands

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It looks like the band options for your Moto 360 just got a little bit bigger. Motorola today has started selling four new "premium" leather bands on its website. The bands, made by DODO, will set you back $60, and come in your choice of blue, green, red, or tan.

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1 week ago

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

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Y'all thought we forgot, didn't ya. But never fear, we're back and recovered from CES for another live recording of the Android Central Podcast. We'll hit up the biggest things to hit up since we last met, and we'll answer your questions live on air.

It's all going down at this link at 4 p.m. EST — that's 9 p.m. in London.

Join us!

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1 week ago

Sprint will now lease you an LG G3 for $15 a month, Galaxy Note 4 for $25

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Sprint is adding the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 to its Sprint Lease program. Sprint Lease allows customers to get a phone with no money down. The LG G3 will be available for a monthly price of $15, while the Galaxy Note 4 will cost $25 per month.

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1 week ago

E-ink paradise: The flip side of the YotaPhone 2

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YotaPhone 2

What does a second e-ink screen actually get you?

All e-ink displays have a few things in common — they work great in sunlight, the refresh rate isn't the best thing ever, and sometimes it's fun to put silly things on them just to see what happens. When the YotaPhone 2 slid across the desk, the first thing that surprised everyone was just how functional the e-ink panel is. The software driving this second display is the only thing that could even jokingly be considered bloat on the squeaky clean version of Android 4.4.3 being used here, and that software lets you use the e-ink display in some interesting ways.

The handful of apps that drive YotaPhone's e-ink panel are designed to make widgets a priority for users who need them, with tools to make switching back and forth between the two screens as effortless as possible. More importantly, the setup lends itself well to users who value personalization above all else.

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1 week ago

Virgin Mobile teams up with Walmart to offer contract-less prepaid LTE data sharing plans

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Virgin Mobile USA has partnered with Walmart to offer new prepaid multi-line data-sharing plans. The new Data Done Right plans will be exclusively available from Walmart, and will be available beginning tomorrow, January 17. The multiple line plan will include a free Mobile Hotspot feature. The new plans will be immediately available on a number of Android devices. These include the HTC Desire 510 and LG Volt.

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1 week ago

HTC's next flagship smartphone is coming March 1 in Barcelona

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HTC invite

HTC has sent out invites for a major launch on March 1 in Barcelona, just as Mobile World Congress gets underway. Naturally, this is where we're expecting to see the company's next big Android smartphone — the phone that may go by the name HTC One M9.

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