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4 days ago

T-Mobile rolls out security update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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T-Mobile is rolling out a security update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Both phones picked up the May security patch in an update rolled out earlier this month, and the changelog for today's OTA lists a "Google Security update" as the major addition.

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4 days ago

Bell sells MTS deal to Canadians with promises of better service, faster speeds

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Bell's impending acquisition of Manitoba's regional telecommunications incumbent, MTS, still needs approval by Canada's various regulators and government bodies, but the company's biggest test is with the province's own cellphone customers.

According to an interview with Winnipeg Free Press, Bell CEO Wade Oosterman says that while price changes are not guaranteed, service improvements are:

"I think it's way too early to speculate on (price changes). What I know with certainty is that quality will go up."

At the same time, Manitoba's own Premier, Brian Pallister, a member of the provincial Progressive Conservative party, supports the deal, noting, "We've had cheaper, limited services. Now we get better service."

Bell promises $1 billion in investment across the province over the next five years, including the filling of cellular dead zones, the beginnings of which have already begun in areas along Highway 75, near the Manitoba-North Dakota border.

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4 days ago

Google Home is your favorite announcement from Google I/O 2016

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In last week's poll we asked what your favorite announcement at the Google I/O keynote was. There were plenty of awesome announcements from a new messaging client called Allo, to the new Android Wear 2.0. Google I/O always gives us plenty to get excited about, and this year was no exception.

Google Home took first place in our poll, snatching up 31.29% of the votes. In second place was Google Assistant with a solid 25.33%. Allo Messenger managed to sneak into third with 19.95% of the vote. In four place was Android Wear 2.0 with 13.42% of the overall vote. Duo video grabbed up only 6.65% of the vote, enough to slide into fifth place. Android Studio 2.2 came in last, getting only 3.35% of the vote.

Was Google Home your favorite announcement? Did your fave not make our poll list? Pop into the comments and let us know what you think!

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4 days ago

Lyft begins testing scheduled rides in San Francisco

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Lyft has begun testing a new feature that will allow customers of the ride-sharing service to schedule pickups as much as 24 hours in advance.

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4 days ago

Enter to win a limited-edition Nextbit Robin from Android Central!

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Nextbit has created an exclusive, limited supply, special-edition Robin in the color MintNight, and we have two to give away! In case you aren't familiar with it, the Nextbit Robin is a unique device, with a standout look and a handy feature that ensures that you'll never run out of space on your phone. Apps you rarely use are offloaded to the cloud, and when you do want to use them, a tap restores everything just as if it were never gone. Jerry had a lot of great things to say about this phone in his review, and the experience has only gotten better with recent updates.

THE PRIZE Two lucky Android Central readers will each win a Nextbit Robin in the color MintNight, which is a specially made combo of their existing colors, Mint and Midnight. So hot!

THE GIVEAWAY Head down to the widget at the bottom of this page. There are multiple ways to enter, each with varying point values. Complete all of the tasks for maximum entries and your best shot at winning! Keep in mind that all winning entries are verified and if the task was not completed or cannot be verified, a new winner will be chosen. The giveaway is open until the end of May, and winners will be announced here shortly after the close date. Good luck!

Please note that service is not included with the phone. Also, this is an international contest. In the event that the winner resides outside of the United States, the prize maybe be subject to duties and taxes, which are the responsibility of the winner.

Enter to win a limited edition Nextbit Robin from Android Central!

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4 days ago

What's new in Android Auto is a reason to finally consider it

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Cars have been pretty dumb for a pretty long time. That's finally starting to change as Android Auto shifts into a new gear.

Android Auto has come a long way in the past year of so of its public existence. It's gone from being built in just a handful of cars to dozens and dozens, from major manufacturers in nearly 30 countries. (And counting!) It's available as an aftermarket option in a number of head units from several manufacturers. Android Auto apps are expanding all the time.

And it's just getting started.

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4 days ago

Marshmallow now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile

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If you're using a Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile, the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is now on its way to your device.

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4 days ago

Snapchat's new stickers let you add some extra pep to your selfies

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Everyone's favorite ephemeral messaging app, Snapchat, has received a small, but pretty nifty, update that brings its chat 2.0 stickers to your Snaps.

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4 days ago

Galaxy S7 Active rumored to pack 4000 mAh battery, Snapdragon 820 and more

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A new report claims to have the hardware specs for the still unannounced Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.

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4 days ago

Sony's monster Xperia XA Ultra now up for pre-order at Unlocked Mobiles

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Hot on the heels of its announcement earlier in May, Sony's Xperia XA Ultra is now up for pre-order at Unlocked Mobiles.

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4 days ago

AT&T will cut its Next payment plans from 4 to 2 starting on June 9

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At the moment, the device payment plans for AT&T are AT&T Next 24, AT&T Next 18, AT&T Next 12 and AT&T Next With Down Payment. On June 9, that will change to just two plans.

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4 days ago

League of Legends owner Tencent may buy majority stake in Clash of Clans' Supercell

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A new report claims that Tencent, the China-based publisher of the hit PC MOBA, League of Legends, is in talks with Softbank to acquire their majority stake in Supercell, the creators of the hit mobile strategy game Clash of Clans.

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5 days ago

Spotify Family now offers up to six accounts for just $14.99 per month

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Spotify has announced some big changes to its family plans, now scoring you up to six premium accounts on a single plan for just $14.99 per month. This follows in the footsteps of Apple Music and Google Play Music, making it more affordable for families. Previously, you could have up to five accounts on a plan, and it ran upwards of $30 per month for all of them.

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5 days ago

The HTC 10 is hitting India on May 26

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LG commenced pre-orders of the LG G5 over the weekend, and now HTC is getting ready to launch the HTC 10 in India. The manufacturer has sent out invites to the media for an event on May 26, where it will introduce its 2016 flagship in the country.

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5 days ago

OnePlus 3 will be unveiled inside a VR space station called The Loop

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OnePlus is returning to VR to announce the OnePlus 3. The company previously deployed the technology with free cardboard headsets for fans to enjoy a virtual unveiling of the OnePlus 2, and now OnePlus is looking to send out free headsets again for its fourth smartphone.

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