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1 week ago

Google turbocharges Translate, instant translation of voice and text now possible

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As revealed earlier this week, Google has updated its Translate app with real-time text and speech translation, made possible by Word Lens integration and improvements to the translation engine.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi's new Mi headphones support both over-ear and on-ear experiences for $80

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Unable to decide whether to go for over-ear or on-ear headphones? Xiaomi may have an ideal solution for you in the product that is a new pair of headphones. The company today announced the new accessory, which comes with both over-ear and on-ear covers.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi announces seriously powerful Mi Note Pro with 2K display

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Along with the standard Mi Note variant, Xiaomi will sell a Pro version of the device that offers some serious hardware, including a 5.7-inch 2K display (2560 x 1440) with a pixel density of 515 PPI, octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC, LTE Category 9 connectivity (with download speeds of 450Mbps) and more. Xiaomi calls the Mi Note Pro "literally the best smartphone in the world to date."

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1 week ago

Xiaomi's latest flagship is the Mi Note

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Mi Note

Xiaomi's latest device is called the Mi Note. Dubbed the "most epic flagship device of the year," the Mi Note comes with a slew of new features as the brand continues to maintain momentum in the smartphone segment. On offer is a 5.7-inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 801, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP camera with OIS and dual-SIM with dual LTE connectivity, all for just RMB 2,299 ($370).

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1 week ago

Lightroom mobile comes to Android — here's your first look!

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Lightroom Mobile for Android

If you're a Lightroom user, this may be the easiest way to sync and edit photos on a desktop

Adobe today has announced that Lightroom mobile — the on-the-go version of its powerful photo organization and editing software — is now available for Android phones.

The broad strokes: Lightroom mobile lets you organize and edit pictures you take with your phone. (Tablet support is coming later, Adobe says.) It's also a two-way sync with the full desktop version of Lightroom, complete with auto-upload. So anything you shoot with your phone will be available in a collection in Lightroom, and any edits you make there will also appear on the phone.

This one's probably not for casual editors — Lightroom continues to be a pretty serious tool, and you'll need one of Adobe's Creative Cloud subscriptions for it all to work. But if you're willing to put in a little effort, this might well be one of the best ways to manage and edit your mobile photos.

Let's explore.

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1 week ago

VLC releases preview app for Android TV

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VLC, the popular video player already for a large swath of platforms, has released a preview version of its app for Android TV today. The player, which is known for supporting a crazy number of file formats, should be a boon to Android TV going forward.

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1 week ago

Ambient Display on the Nexus 6

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Ambient Display

The display is the notification indicator — for better or worse

You may have heard folks talk about "Ambient Display" on the Nexus 6, with comparisons to Motorola's "Moto Display" that debuted on their 2013 product line. That's fine and dandy, because the two are pretty comparable (and Motorola built the Nexus 6). But I'm betting a good many of us have never used either, and aren't quite sure what all the hoopla is about.

We're going to break it down a bit so we all are on the same page and know a little more about it.

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1 week ago

Verizon rolls out update for Sony Xperia Z3v, mostly bug fixes

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Verizon has released an update to its Sony Xperia Z3V today. While it's nothing to get too excited about, it does bring a number of bug fixes and improvements to the table.

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1 week ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Travel

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Coming off of a week where nearly everyone here at Android Central was traveling, we thought there was no better prompt for this week's contest than "travel." Whether you flew internationally, across the state or just took a road trip to see family or friends, we're sure that you have a travel picture or two to show off this week and we can't wait to see them all.

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1 week ago

Samsung reportedly in talks to purchase BlackBerry [update: BlackBerry denies discussions]

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According to a new report, Samsung has approached BlackBerry for a potential takeover worth as much as $7.5 billion.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Darkness' winners!

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Considering how locked down we all were with CES last week we ran this photo contest for two weeks, and considering the number of great entries we got we're glad we did. The forums were packed full of great photos taking four pages in the thread, and in the end we somehow came down to picking just two winners. Read along and see which two were worthy of prizes this week.

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1 week ago

Krusell Kalmar FlipWallet Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Krusell Kalmar FlipWallet for Galaxy S5

Something a bit more stylish that keeps your Galaxy S5 protected

Not everyone wants a basic plastic or rubber case that just provides protection without any real appealing looks or features. While they are a bit cheaper and perhaps more rugged, plastic cases have nothing on the look and feel of a real leather case that surrounds your phone for protection while also looking great when not in use. The Krusell Kalmar FlipWallet case does just that for the Galaxy S5, and it doesn't set you back a bunch of cash to get it — read along and see our quick review.

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1 week ago

Google teams up with auto manufacturers for self-driving cars

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Google has announced today that it will be partnering with several major car manufacturers, including Ford, Toyota, and Volkswagen, to speed up production of its self-driving cars.

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1 week ago

Facebook at Work: It's Facebook, but for business

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Facebook has just launched a limited pilot program for its new Facebook at Work service. It will offer businesses a way to give their employees collaboration and messaging tools with familiar Facebook features.

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1 week ago

Understanding WebView and Android security patches

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Android WebView

Why isn't Google updating WebView on Jelly Bean and earlier, and what does it mean?

A recent revelation that Google is no longer developing security patches for the "WebView" component of Android in Jelly Bean and earlier has once again put a spotlight on Android security, and the challenges involved with securing the one billion or so active devices. First revealed by Metasploit on Jan. 12, Google's stance on updating this central Android component has been widely reported in the following days.

So what exactly is WebView, and what does Google's stance on WebView updates mean for Android device owners? And if you're still running Jelly Bean, what can you do to mimimize the risk? We'll take a detailed look after the break.

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