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4 days ago

Anti-Google smear campaign revealed in apparent MPAA email

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An email has emerged that seems to show the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) discussing a media campaign against Google with lawyers in the office of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. Google, which was under investigation by Hood, has been trying to discover how that investigation was run, and released the email as part of a court filing. This is one of the few such documents that Google has been able to acquire.

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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets shown off again, this time in high-resolution shots

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has been no stranger to the camera, but the latest set of shots show it off in some high-resolution glory. Earlier we got a blurry look at the gold variant, and now we can see the blue in all its glory. The two sets of pictures show a very similar phone, with the S-Pen tucked into the bottom right corner of the phone, and the Galaxy S6 style camera bulge.

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4 days ago

Startup Nextbit to launch an Android smartphone with HTC's former design lead

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Nextbit, a San Francisco-based startup that previously announced plans to launch a software service called Baton, is making a surprise move into hardware. The company plans to launch an Android-based smartphone sometime in the future.

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4 days ago

What to expect from the next-generation Moto X and Moto G [Updated]

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On July 28 we'll see what's next from this fan-favorite phone maker.

If there's one phone maker that's appealed to Android enthusiasts the most over the past couple of years, it's Motorola. With their speedy performance, "pure Android" UI and thoughtful software additions, Moto phones have earned a loyal following among those who live and breathe mobile tech. So it's not surprising that word of new Moto phones landing before the month's end has fans eagerly awaiting news of what's to come.

Moto dropped a pretty big hint in the invite for its global launch events — a three-city affair this year, in New York, London and São Paulo — signing off with an "XOX" that looked suspiciously like two Xs and a G. (You may remember similar hints being dropped in last year's Moto launch invite.)

So, a new Moto G and a new Moto X, then? Or maybe even two models of Moto X? And what about the possibility of a new Moto 360? Read on to find out what we're expecting from this latest round of Moto launches.

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4 days ago

Five super rugged Bluetooth speakers

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Your extreme lifestyle demands some extreme speakers.

We've rounded up the best rugged Bluetooth speakers we could find. You'll want to have one of these for a soundtrack while hitting the trails, beaches, slopes, or whatever other rough-and-tumble environment you like finding yourself in. These speakers are even good for taking calls in a pinch. In some cases, they'll also be waterproof, but not always. We're focusing primarily on impact and dust protection for this batch.

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4 days ago

HTC One M9 now receiving its Android 5.1 update from T-Mobile

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T-Mobile is now pushing Android 5.1 to the HTC One M9, bringing along some battery enhancements for the phone. Bumping up to software version 2.7.531.6, the update brings a few other noted changes as well. In addition to Android 5.1, T-Mobile makes note of this build bringing Android Anti-theft as well as Google Wallet.

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4 days ago

Announcing our Axon Phone winner and a second chance giveaway!

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Earlier this month Axon Mobile announced their new smartphone, the Axon Pro. Don't forget to check out our hands on and read a bit about that new phone if you haven't already! Android Central teamed up with them to give our readers a shot at winning the Axon Pro, and it's time now to see who has won! But not only are we announcing the winner, we're giving everyone another shot at winning!

Let's see who won, and how you can enter to win the second phone!

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4 days ago

Quick look: TEHTYS waterproof case for Samsung Galaxy S6

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Seal your Galaxy S6 in this waterproof case for maximum protection.

The TETHYS waterproof case shares a similar design to other pouch-style cases we've been looking at this past week, but it's a bit different in that the durable TPU border on the front and back keeps a cozy fit for the Galaxy S6. While the front display is clear for complete touchscreen use, the back is mostly covered, with the exception of the top — for camera use in mind. The secure swivel lock system is what seals your device inside from water, salt, and sand.

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4 days ago

Google to remove Google+ signup requirements for YouTube and other products

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Users of the Google+ social network soon won't need to use it in order to access other Google services. The company has revealed plans to slowly reduce the requirement for Google+ accounts for services such as uploading videos to YouTube and more.

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4 days ago

This is the OnePlus 2

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OnePlus 2

We're mere hours away from the big OnePlus 2 reveal, however the next flagship phone from the upstart manufacturer has already been unveiled in its entirety by a poster over on the Android Central forums.

UPDATE: The OnePlus 2 is official! Click here for all our hands-on coverage!

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4 days ago

The 'Stagefright' exploit: What you need to know

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Android security

There's a scary-sounding story going around this morning about the "worst Android vulnerability in the mobile OS history!" (Exclamation point theirs, not ours.) The gist is that malware could be embedded in a video, which theoretically could be exploited without you doing a single thing. And, oh, just about every Android phone is vulnerable.

So should you worry? Let's discuss.

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4 days ago

OUYA CEO resigns and confirms Razer has acquired the game console company [Update]

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After months of speculation, it appears that the Android game console company OUYA has a new owner: Razer. This was confirmed by Julie Uhrman, the co-founder and CEO of OUYA, as part of her announcement that she has resigned from the company.

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4 days ago

Samsung reportedly pushing Galaxy S6 edge+ over Note 5 in late 2015 lineup

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Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

As a steady stream of leaks has shown, it appears Samsung will likely launch not one but two big-screened, high-end handsets this year — the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. However if the latest reports from Korea are to be believed, it's the GS6 edge+ that'll consume of much of the company's marketing energies, not the latest in the long-running Note series. And it's even suggested that the Note 5 could see a limited or delayed international release as a result of the edge+ being the main focus of Samsung's fall lineup.

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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge receiving update from T-Mobile with battery improvements

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T-Mobile is pushing out an update for the Samsung Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge, which is said to bring along some battery improvements. One of the top complaints about both of these phones has been battery life, and that Samsung had decided make the battery non-removable, but hopefully this helps make that a little less of a headache.

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5 days ago

Second-generation Android One handset launches in India for ₹11,350

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Partnering with Lava Mobiles, Google has launched the second-generation Android One smartphone in India, the Lava Pixel V1. The handset will be available exclusively on Flipkart, with brick and mortar availability coming at a later date.

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