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Canadian HTC One M8 updated with Extreme Power Saving and camera tweaks

Following similar updates by some of the U.S. carriers, the first software upgrade for the HTC One M8 has started to arrive in Canada. We're seeing an update to version 1.55.631.4 on our Rogers M8, which adds the new power-saving feature alongside "camera and gallery feature enhancements."...
Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition

KitKat update arriving on Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition via OTA

Although it hasn't made many headlines as of late, the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition is ready to make a big splash by getting its update to Android 4.4 KitKat today. The device was previously running Android 4.3, so the jump in software isn't dramatic, but the 550MB update certainly brings...
Weekly Photo Contest: Yellow

Weekly Photo Contest: Yellow

The only rule here is the dominant color in the picture, and we can't wait to see your creativity. We're back to a standard photo contest, building on a single topic that gives you a wide range of subject options that fit your style. This week's prompt is "yellow," so we're looking for pictures...
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The Moto X's customizability through the Moto Maker site is an important differentiator for Motorola, and if the latest rumor from Twitter leaker @evleaks is to be believed, the apparent successor to that phone, dubbed "Moto X+1" could take things a step further with new backplates, including leather and wood options.

The 25 back panel varieties listed in today's leak include —

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As the Samsung Galaxy S5 went on sale in over 125 countries on April 11, reports from ZDNet Korea suggest that the phone has enjoyed strong sales on launch day. Samsung reportedly shifted on average 1.3 times as many GS5s on April 11 as it did GS4s on its launch day, with some European countries seeing double the demand for this year's Samsung flagship.

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If you were among those who pre-ordered the latest Samsung Wearables on Amazon, then you can take some joy in knowing that at least some of the orders have shipped with an estimated arrival time of Monday, April 14th.

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Apps of the Week

The best apps we have installed and are excited about this week

The weekend is a leisurely time where we all pull out our phones or tablets and find a new app or two to keep us entertained or productive. For that reason, we run an Apps of the Week column every Saturday afternoon to let everyone know what the writers here at Android Central are installing on our own devices. We highlight our favorite games, tools, news readers and more every week, hoping that they'll be useful to you as well.

Read along with us and see our picks this week — you may find an app or two that will find a place on your phone or tablet as well.

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M8 SIM tray

Or how a $3 piece of plastic can ruin your $600 phone

The HTC One M8 is the third high-profile smartphone to use a nanoSIM. Unless you already use an iPhone 5 or later, or a Moto X, you probably don't have a nanoSIM. But this is the way forward, and eventually every phone will be using the new standard. In the meantime, if you find yourself switching phones around a lot, you may need to adapt — with an adapter — any time you need to go bigger.

We went over switching from a microSIM to a nanoSIM and the various ways to go about it, but we only briefly touched on the dangers of a crappy SIM adapter. Let's talk a little more about that, and why you really need to be careful.

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Samsung Galaxy S5

You just have to know where to look for it

With the Galaxy S5, Samsung has at long last done away with the capacitive menu key and replaced it with the fast app switcher. The stock Touchwiz apps in their new form all sport a proper, on screen menu button now, and all is right with the world. But, what about when you come across a really old, but still totally necessary app that still uses a legacy menu button? Well, Samsung took it away...but not completely.

Read on to see where you'll find it on the Galaxy S5.

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Spotify and Sprint may be about to announce a partnership wherein customers of both will be entitled to receive exclusive deals. According to re/code, the proposed partnership will offer a similar product to the AT&T/Beats Music partnership, offering a package deal to customers on Sprint's Framily Plan.

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One of the value added bonuses you're privileged to with the purchase of a new Samsung Galaxy S5 is 6-months free music courtesy of Deezer. Well, in countries Deezer is supported, in any case. But it's not immediately clear how you need to go about claiming this, especially since there's no pre-installed app or anything. So here's the run down.

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A quick snippet of information has been delivered by @evleaks this morning regarding a new color variant of the HTC One M8 and a possible destination. No images, just the message that a red version is headed the way of Verizon.

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Coachella on YouTube

This, folks, is what Chromecast was made for. Now that live events are able to be sent over to the big screen via Chromecast, you really have no more excuses. Coachella all weekend. Hours and hours of music. All from the comfort of your living room. Enjoy.

Stream it at YouTube.com/coachella

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I love goooold. That's probabably what John Legere is thinking right now. Earlier today he went to Twitter to promote the Galaxy S5 that came to T-Mobile today. HTC wasn't too happy with all the attention that T-Mobile's CEO was giving the S5, so they supplied him with a shiny new HTC One M8 wrapped in a brilliant 24-carat gold finish. Did you really think Samsung would take that sitting down?

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Samples from the OnePlus One's 13MP Sony Exmor-powered camera have reportedly leaked out. We have had the impression that the OnePlus One will deliver some high-quality cameraphone pictures, but this is the first chance anyone has had to take a peek at them — provided these are accurate and from the final revision.

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The success of Amazon's Kindle line and the Fire TV may just have them finaly building a smartphone — and if rumors are true, it will have a 3D-style screen. According to the Wall Street Journal, folks have been briefed by Amazon about the upcoming smartphone. They're calling it part of a larger move to get into the hardware side of the business.

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24-carat gold HTC One M8

Today is Samsung's day. The brand-new Samsung Galaxy S5 launched today around the globe, taking away some of the attention that the HTC One M8 has enjoyed over the past two weeks. Not one to let an opportunity slip by, and knowing that T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a compulsive sharer on Twitter, HTC sent the chatty exec a shiny new HTC One M8 wrapped in a brilliant 24-carat gold finish.

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Surround Shot

Samsung's Surround Shot add-on lets you take Photosphere images

Many Android phone makers have developed their own take on Google's Photosphere — the feature on Nexus phones which lets you take 360-degree panoramic images. LG has its VR Panorama, HTC has Panorama 360 on the One M8, and Samsung launched Surround Shot on the Galaxy Note 3 last year. On the Galaxy S5, however, it's not included out of the box — it's a downloadable plug-in you need to snag from Samsung apps.

Read on for more info.

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Gameloft has released a new trailer and some new screenshots for their upcoming game The Amazing Spider-Man 2, coming next week. Spider-Man 2 was originally announced last month as an open world experience that would let you sling webs, crawl on walls, and fight villains in true Spider-Man style.

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Galaxy S5 back cover

You may be able to get a replacement cover now, but there's a good reason to wait

One of the hotter topics in our Galaxy S5 forums today is the different colors of the Galaxy S5. Specifically, it's that the battery door for the white model is more of hard plastic than the softer black cover. (And if you can find the blue, I highly recommend it. It's so nice.) So, folks are hunting around for replacement battery door covers. Black on white should be pretty good — and blue on white may be even better.

And we're starting to see doors pop up on eBay, imported from China.

But there's a catch. And one that you need to be aware of before putting these covers on your phone.

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Logo Sneak Peak!

When we Welcomed Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family on January 1st of this year, we told the story of how the site came to be. In reality, we actually started 2013 with the goal of building a community and resource with a broader focus, covering not only smartwatches, but also other wearables and the broader world of connected devices often referred to as the internet of things.

The problem was, we couldn't find a domain name and brand that we loved. With the months rushing by and 2013 coming to a close and the urge to get a new community launched just as strong, we decided to not delay and get things rocking with the more niche-focused Smartwatch Fans. It's been a busy four months on Smartwatch Fans, and things are about to get a whole lot busier and way more fun.

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Today is a new calendar app for Android by Jack Underwood that aims to present you with a modern and streamlined view of your schedule. Today has a clean, white interface, replacing the gray UI of the stock calendar app. At first blush it looks quite similar to the leaked screenshots of the upcoming Android Calendar app update (though Today has been in development since before those screenshots leaked).

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End of the week. Quitting time. Well, for some. For us, that means it's time for the return of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! And we'll give you three guess what we'll be talking about today.

Yep, it's the Galaxy S5's time in the sun. It's been a month and a half since we got our first look at it at Mobile World Congress, and now it's in our hot little hands. And our initial impressions are very, very good. So join us this afternoon as we get deep inside the Galaxy S5. What we like. What we don't like. What you think we don't like but really we do like. Yeah, it's gonna be one of those days.

And, of course, we'll be answering your questions live. So join us at the Hangout On Air for the live event at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London.

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