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6 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are agreements between streaming services and the artists being streamed important to you?

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Streaming and screaming

Contracts and money are important to the people signing contracts and making money, but do you care about any of it?

I know most of us watched the drama about Apple Music not wanting to pay artists for folks using their upcoming service during the trial period. Especially when it came to its glorious head — Taylor Swift, representing the struggling musicians, versus Apple, representing ducks that swim in a vault filled with gold coins.

Whether it was an oversight from Apple, a well-choreographed PR stunt, or just part of the business, it made us stop and think — do we really care about any of this when we fire up our favorite streaming service and listen to some tunes? Tell us in the poll, and we'll talk about it in the comments.

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6 days ago

US Cellular begins pushing Android 5.1.1 to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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Android 5.1.1 is being pushed out by US Cellular for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, bringing a number of fixes along with it.

If you are sporting a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge on US Cellular, you will want to check your devices for an update. The carrier is now pushing out Android 5.1.1 to both devices, but unfortunately it has not released a proper change log for the update.

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6 days ago

Android 5.1 soak test begins for the 2014 Moto X on US Cellular

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Motorola has started the soak test for Android 5.1 on the 2014 Moto X for U.S. Cellular.

2014 Moto X owners on US Cellular, there's some good news afoot. Motorola has started soak testing the Android 5.1 update for the 2014 Moto X on US Cellular, which means a full rollout shouldn't be too far off.

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6 days ago

Android Central is now on Twitch!

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Sometimes working hard means playing video games. At least that's what we're telling the boss.

Gaming has always been a huge part of the Android ecosystem, and with the next generation of tablets and Android TV boxes supporting all kinds of new forms of gameplay it's only going to get better. Just about every week one of us is talking about a new thing we can't put down in our weekly app picks, keeping us tethered to one device or the other.

It's fun for us, and we're going to start sharing more of that experience with everyone. The best place to do that, for now, is Twitch.

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6 days ago

How to take a screenshot with the ASUS ZenFone 2

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ASUS ZenFone 2 taking screenshots

Taking a screenshot on the ASUS ZenFone 2 is easy, once you know a couple tricks.

There are three ways to take a screenshot on the ASUS ZenFone 2. One of them is the standard Android method of pressing power and volume down, like every other Android phone running Jellybean or higher. We all know that drill.

But when you put buttons on the back of the phone (and they are awesome when they are back there) doing it that way sucks. LG knows this, and so does ASUS. When you give us the glorious back-mounted buttons, you've gotta give us a better way to capture our screen.

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6 days ago

Large Android tablets are finally becoming fun to use

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Hardware manufacturers are finally taking large Android tablets seriously, just in time for the software to complete the picture.

Android tablets have a long and storied history of not being very good. Despite dozens of options available to consumers, the overall experience — by which I mean third-party software, battery life, and hardware quality — has struggled. The combination of race to the bottom pricing and lacking software made the 7-inch tablet significantly more popular, and as a result the larger tablet market slowed for a while.

This year, things are on a noticeable upswing for Android tablets. Several manufacturers have released promising options, software has improved noticeably, and there's a roadmap for the future that makes owning a larger tablet something that makes sense.

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6 days ago

International data overseas: How the U.S. carriers stack up

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International Roaming

Oh, you'll have to pay extra for roaming data outside the U.S — the question is how much​

The editors here at Android Central tend to travel a lot for this job, and that isn't limited to staying in our home country. And when we travel, we need to have our phones with us and connected to data — that's kind of what we do. We're no strangers to dealing with roaming internationally, and thankfully for us the U.S. carriers are getting on board with everyone's tendency to get out of the country and see the world with their phones and tablets at their side.

Gone are the days of astronomical pay-per-MB rates, limited roaming carrier agreements and poor options from some of the carriers. Two of the big four carriers are now offering some sort of free international roaming, with the other two coming around to friendlier pricing structures and fewer restrictions on how we use our data we bought. Even prepaid carriers are getting in on the action with some international calling plans.

Even with all of these changes, international data still isn't cheap. Your best bet is to find a local prepaid SIM card when you travel and pop it in your unlocked phone. But that's not always easy — and there's really something luxurious about stepping off a plane, firing up your phone ... and it just works.

And so we've gathered up the international data rates for the four major U.S. carriers — Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Each carrier does things slightly different, whether it's buying data ahead of time, loading up full-speed data passes once you're already gone or setting up a monthly roaming add-on.

Here's how each of the carriers handles international roaming.

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6 days ago

Microsoft adds faster ways to earn Bing Rewards on Android and mobile browsers

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You can get your Bing Rewards points faster with a new update to the Android app, along with mobile browsers.

Microsoft is making it easier for Android and mobile web-based users of its Bing Rewards service to earn points and redeem them for items and more with an update to its interface.

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6 days ago

Android One arrives in Myanmar with the Cherry Mobile One

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The expansion of Google's Android One program continues, with the latest country being Myanmar.

Myanmar is the latest country to be added to the Android One program, with a new device coming from Cherry Mobile. The Cherry Mobile One combines high-quality hardware with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to bring the amazing new features to more users.

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6 days ago

Hulu to add Showtime subscription option so you can watch Ray Donovan for less

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Hulu subscribers will be able to add Showtime's TV shows and movies to their service for one bundled fee.

Hulu is adding a nice subscription option for the users of its streaming TV show and movie service. The company will add a premium tier that will include access to all current and past shows and films on the Showtime paid cable network.

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6 days ago

T-Mobile teases Un-Carrier Amped, more details coming June 25

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T-Mobile is getting ready to make some more announcements on June 25, as the company teases Un-Carrier Amped in a new video.

The next series of announcements to come from T-Mobile will carry the Un-Carrier Amped branding. With this, the company will be beefing up some of its already popular Un-carrier moves, making them even bigger. The first announcement will be on Thursday, June 25, with several others following in the weeks to come.

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6 days ago

This is Google's new health tracker that you won't be able to buy

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Google has unveiled an experimental new health tracker built for medical studies.

Google has revealed a new health-focused, wearable device built to provide accurate patient data to doctors and those running clinical trials. Built by the Google X division, the device is not intended as a consumer product, and will instead be prescribed by medical institutions.

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6 days ago

Social polling app Straw updated to v2.0 with fresh design, StrawCast global stream

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In its biggest update since launch, Straw is adding some polish and new social options

The app, which lets you pose quick polls to get feedback from friends and strangers alike, is hitting version 2.0 with a general design refresh and a few new features. The headline addition is StrawCast, which lets you send your poll to everyone using the Straw app in addition to sending it to your own social networks or contacts of choice. StrawCast is a great way to let the world of Straw users weigh in without any additional comment.

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6 days ago

Instagram adds new location search options along with trending photo features

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Instagram is updating its app to include more search options, along with an improved way to explore and find photos.

Users of Instagram should find some new options when they download the latest version of the photo sharing app in the Google Play Store. It will include some new search features, along with a revamped Explore page.

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6 days ago

Verizon's OTT mobile video service will support sponsored data to save users money

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Verizon's upcoming over-the-top (OTT) mobile video service will be partially subsidized by advertisers, as the company has revealed that it will support sponsored data.

The new service, which Verizon has plans to launch this summer, will have ad-sponsored data as part of its product offering, allowing the company to lower costs for the users. Currently, Verizon is still in the process of securing deals with content providers for live, emerging, and on-demand content, and the company plans to have a "number of fresh titles."

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