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1 week ago

Community Review: SCOTTeVEST Knowmatic Hoodie

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A valiant attempt at solving a problem we didn't even know we needed solved.

Editor's Note: Welcome to our first ever Community Review! This is a full product review created by a member of the Android Central community, and it's the start of a new program here. We're going to be slowly opening this program up to community members and companies interested in participating. Please reach out to our Community Manager if you have any questions or would like to join the program!

SCOTTeVEST is a company the seeks to bring fashion and technology together in a unique way. Most company's these days are trying to find new and different ways to integrate technology directly into the clothing, but SCOTTeVEST's philosophy is simple: Just bring the tech with you! Their vision is for a wide variety of fashion sensible jackets, vests, hoodies, and even lab coats, that will comfortably allow you to bring all, and yes I mean all of the things with you.

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1 week ago

Where to buy the Sony Xperia XA Ultra in Canada

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The Sony Xperia XA Ultra may not be the most powerful phone on the market, but it's certainly one of the largest.

With a huge 6-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 21.5MP rear camera sensor, a 16MP front camera, and a 2,700mAh battery, the phone will mainly appeal to video and camera enthusiasts.

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1 week ago

The best Android launchers

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Android Launcher

There are tons of launchers available for Android — these are some of the best!

Launchers are the way Android users customize their smartphone and tablet experience. There's superficial stuff, like changing screen transitions, icons, and fonts, but the best Android launchers out there enable users to tweak the device's behavior to suit their daily usage, so long as you're willing to put the time into defining those customizations. Some launchers act very similarly to the one that came with your device, while others completely change the way you interact with your home screen. You can make your home screens as simple or complicated as you wish, while tweaking every little detail or just taking what's given to you by default — all by installing one single app.

If you're looking for a change of pace from the out-of-box software experience on your phone, consider a new launcher. We've found the best ones available today, and listed all of the pros and cons of each.

Updated July 22nd with information about new Action Launcher 3.8 features.

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1 week ago

Android Central 298: It's dead, Jim

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Audio-only stream below

What, what?!?! What's dead?!?! How did it die?!?!? And did we have to hit it more than once?!?! Answers to this question, and more, on this week's podcast!

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1 week ago

Where to buy the Moto Z

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Verizon's has the exclusive on the Moto Z, but it won't last forever.

So here's the deal with the Moto Z, insofar as when and where you'll be able to buy it.

The Moto Z is currently exclusive to Verizon, as a "Droid Edition." It's up for preorder and will officially be available on July 28. It costs $26 a month, or $624 outright.

It's not the only phone, however. Verizon also has the Moto Z Force Droid Edition. It's got a larger-capacity battery, higher-resolution camera and an unbreakable "ShatterShield" over the display. (We tried it. It works very well.) The Force costs $30 a month, or $720 outright.

Verizon's exclusive doesn't last forever, though. Globally you'll be able to buy a SIM-unlocked (but GSM-only) Moto Z (not the Force) in September, from Motorola.

See at Verizon

If you want more of the traditional Moto experience, you can also order the Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition on the MotoMaker website, which includes the ability to configure various different Mods, choose colors and more.

See at Motorola

We'll update this page as the Moto Z becomes available in more places.

Moto Z and Moto Z Force

Motorola Verizon

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1 week ago

Microsoft's OneDrive adds Pokémon Go image detector as part of latest update

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Microsoft is rolling out new updates to its OneDrive image and file storage service. It includes a way for people to quickly identify and find any images taken from the Pokémon Go game.

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1 week ago

Xperia X Ultra: After a disappointing start to 2016, I'm hoping for the best Sony phone in years

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Sony logo

Sony's Xperia X phones have been boring, overpriced and underwhelming. But there's reason for cautious optimism.

Sony, and before it Sony Ericsson, has been part of the Android ecosystem almost since the very beginning. Along the way, despite tumultuous conditions elsewhere in the company and a hit-and-miss biannual release cycle, Sony has managed to turn out some genuinely great handsets. The Xperia Z3 stands out as the zenith of that series — the last Sony phone that was really worth a spot next to the Galaxy phones and iPhones of the time. (And a model that holds up so well two years on that it's the only Sony phone currently involved in the Android 7.0 developer preview program.)

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1 week ago

MrMobile's Moto Z review: A smartphone like no other

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With an aluminum frame barely 5mm thick and slap-on "mods" that give it crazy capabilities, the Moto Z is unlike any smartphone you can buy today. It's also the latest installment in one of the most inconsistent product families in mobile technology.

In 2013, Motorola introduced a small, modest mobile that tried to redefine what a smartphone should be, and it called it the "Moto X." The next two years would see the company gradually abandon most of the principles it laid down with that first phone, making the X bigger and brawnier to better battle the Galaxy-class competition from Samsung.

For 2016, Motorola (now a Lenovo sub-brand called simply "Moto") has taken its flagship smartphone so far afield of its origins that it isn't even an "X" anymore. The result is a smartphone that I like very much – one I'll probably buy when the unlocked edition arrives in the fall – but one I'm not sure I'd recommend to many people. Join me for the Moto Z Droid Edition review by MrMobile!

About this review

MrMobile's Moto Z Review was based on six days' trial of a Moto Z Droid Edition review device on loan from Motorola/Verizon Wireless. The Moto Z Droid Edition was not paired to a wearable for this review. Test areas included the North Fork of Long Island, New York; Amtrak's CT/NH/MA Northeast Corridor; and Greater Boston, Massachusetts.

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1 week ago

Police look to unlock smartphone using 3D-printed fingerprints

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A law enforcement agency has turned to a researcher at the University of Michigan for help in creating 3D replicas of a victim's fingerprints in order to gain access his phone. The technique, demonstrated earlier this year by Anil Jain, could help law enforcement unlock a device equipped with a fingerprint scanner.

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1 week ago

Acer Chromebook R11 review: Solid laptop, mediocre convertible

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Acer Chromebook R11

Acer Chromebook R11 Full review

As we head toward the future of Android apps being available on Chrome OS, the idea of a small, convertible touchscreen Chromebook makes a little more sense. Before that announcement at Google I/O 2016, a Chromebook that could fold back into a touch-only device didn't really have much appeal. Chrome apps weren't ready for touch, and the OS as a whole still preferred a mouse and keyboard.

The Acer Chromebook R11 is one of these convertible Chromebooks that launched a bit ahead of its time, being ready for the touchscreen convertible future before Android app support came to the OS. And even at this point, though we know Android apps are coming, they won't be here for everyone for several months. There's little reason to buy a Chromebook for what it could do in the future — what it can do right now is far more important.

Acer knows the Chromebook world, and has the sales numbers from the past few years to prove it. But does the Chromebook R11 continue the company's history of making great Chromebooks with this convertible-style laptop? Our full review will tell you just that.

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1 week ago

Dots & Co brings more companions and challenges to the mental oasis

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Dots, the developer behind Dots and TwoDots, has just released a new mobile title called Dots & Co. This latest instalment in the series is now available for iOS and Android, adding an enhanced visual palette, more companions with new powers, all bringing additional layers to the original and much-loved gameplay.

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1 week ago

Razer's new location-based platform lets you chat with other Pokémon Go trainers

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There's no chat system in Pokémon Go and while many would consider that a blessing, there are times when you simply wish to see who's out and about to pool resources or to inform others of a rare find nearby. Cue Razer. The company has unveiled a new web-based chat platform with iOS and Android apps set to be released soon.

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1 week ago

Samsung sues Huawei in China over patent infringement

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Samsung has sued Huawei for allegedly infringing on six of its patents, seeking damages of ¥161 million ($24.1 million) and pushing for Huawei to end production and sales of the Mate 8 and select Honor phones. The lawsuit is the latest in an ongoing battle between the two companies in China.

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1 week ago

The Galaxy Note 7 is already up for pre-order in Dubai

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We're still two weeks out from the official unveil of the Galaxy Note 7, but the phone is already up for pre-order in Dubai. Customers interested in getting their hands on Samsung's upcoming flagship can deposit AED 500 ($130) to book the phone.

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1 week ago

Pokémon Go launches in Japan with sponsored gyms

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Pokémon Go has made its debut in Japan, and the game is seeing its first commercial tie-in. Over 3,000 McDonald's outlets spread across the country have been turned into gyms, allowing players to battle and take control of the real-world locations for their teams.

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