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Moto E specs allegedly leak, thinner body and low-price inbound

The Moto G is as of now Motorola's lowest-priced smartphone offering, but the highly-popular G might soon be looking down at an even cheaper phone: the Moto E. Since its launch in November last year, the Moto G has gone on to be Motorola's best-selling smartphone in history, thanks in no small...
Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 going for $99.99 on Amazon

Looking to save some cash on the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Then you're in luck if you've been wanting it on Verizon. Head to Amazon where you'll be able to save over $100 off the on-contract price. Verizon offers the Galaxy S5 for $199 with a contract, while Amazon is has the same device for just $...
Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition

Android 4.4.3 tipped for Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition by Bluetooth SIG

There are so many groups and organizations that certify devices for compatibility and safety, so it's not terribly surprising when one of those groups publishes data on something that's yet to be announced — like Android 4.4.3. Earlier this week saw Sprint announcing an update to Android 4.4.3...
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FireChat bringing off-the-grid messaging to Android

Messaging without the internet

FireChat found its way from iOS to Android today, offering an interesting, decentralized way of instant messaging. FireChat plugs into a kind of mesh network, where mobile devices connect to one another over Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth, and not requiring any outside involvement on the internet. Obviously the range on this is limited, but at least it works when you’re outside of cellular coverage, plus it’s an interesting open local network to meet other people nearby. Image sharing is also enabled, which is nice, but the lack of private, one-on-one messaging might be a problem.

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An entry level Samsung handset by the name of Galaxy Ace Style is being shown off in Germany, boasting KitKat 4.4 compatibility and not much else. The SM-G310HN packs a modest 4-inch 800x480 display, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera without flash, and a dual-SIM version will be available. As you might expect, the pricetag is fairly low, hovering between €200 and €300. It's shown here with the Samsung Galaxy Core for scale.

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Hey futbol fans! A free-to-play game featuring the legendary Pele just landed. You can control him through a lengthy career mode which takes you from humble beginnings to worldwide championships. The core gameplay is simply goal-kicking, using intuitive gesture controls similar to Flick Soccer, but over time you can unlock a bunch of items to customize your player. Every 20 minutes there’s an online leaderboard competition to win stuff. The real kicker here is that you can win real world items from playing, including jerseys, signed balls, or even a trip to Brazil.

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Best Music Apps

Get the best music experience on your Android phone or tablet with these great apps

Over the years music fans have gradually changed how they listen to their music, and what they listen to it on. With the rise of the smartphone it's only natural that now the one device we carry with us everywhere is also our primary media player. On Android, we're also fortunate that there's a huge community of developers that create apps that can better the experience we're provided by the folks who made our phones.

The Google Play Store has many music related apps to choose from, but some do stand out from the crowd. It'd be impossible to look at all of them, so here we've chosen 5 of them that we think are some of the best there is. Let's take a look.

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Here it is, folks, your first look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom. We've seen benchmarking data on the expected follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, and thanks to a new photo leak we get to see what the zoom-lens-toting back side looks like. And it's leathery.

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The LG G Flex (yes, we dislike the name just as much as you do) was destined to be available at Rogers in Canada this spring. That we already knew. Announced today on the carrier blog, and running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, the rather unique smartphone is now available at Rogers. The price? $199 on select 2-year plans.

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The long-awaited and much-clamored-for Google stock split has arrived. The split, which will see one share of GOOG stock divided into two shares, is a little more complicated than a simple straight-forward split. Instead of two shares of GOOG at half the value of the pre-split stock, investors will now see two separate stock tickers for Google: GOOG and GOOGL. Class A shares trade under GOOGL and retain voting rights, while the new Class C shares will take over the classic GOOG ticker and lose all voting rights.

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HTC One M8 GPe mockup

If you've been patiently awaiting word that your Google Play edition HTC One M8 has shipped, well, there's a good chance it did. Yesterday. We just got a heads up that ours will arrive today (with overnight shipping), so we'll soon get a chance to see how Google's working the Duo Camera features, and whether the popular Dot View case still works. Stay tuned for more.

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Hot on the heels of Amazon's big Fire TV announcements yesterday, the online retail giant has turned its attention to its regular Android tablet app, updating it with some new UI features and support for buying groceries through Amazon Prime Fresh, its food delivery service currently available in Seattle, San Francisco and parts of Southern California.

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Swiftkey for Android is a neat way to type in data on your smartphone even faster. The app itself has just been updated, adding some sweet new functionality which was previously in the beta program. Should you have the stable version installed on your device, you’ll now be refreshed with new personalization options.

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KISS is going mobile and today have announced the launch of the KISS PHOTO BOMB app for Android and iOS devices. With the free app, users can "KISSIFY" their photos and text messages with things like KISS members, KISS make-up, KISS frames and even KISS emoticons. Snap away then share to your favorite social service.

Check out more at KISSPHOTOBOMB.com

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Samsung

Signs of a possible "2K-capable" Samsung smartphone have been appearing online for some time, but today there's fresh evidence that 2014 might yet yield a Galaxy phone with the super-high-density 1440p panel Samsung itself said was coming this year.

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Free roaming within the European Union is a step closer today, after the European parliament voted in favor of laws that would abolish roaming fees between EU member states, as part of a package of telecom reforms. The package, originally proposed by EU lawmaker Neelie Kroes, moves Europe closer to a single market for mobile communication, especially with the recent arrival of 4G LTE roaming agreements between European carriers.

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Yeti takes to the Moto X boot screen

Motorola surprised us with a yeti, an alien and the Loch Ness monster on April 1, with a new, supernatural boot animation for April Fools’ Day. And now the manufacturer is giving a sneak peek behind the scenes of the stop motion-animated scene.

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Since Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra started receiving their Android 4.4 KitKat updates a couple of weeks back, some Xperia owners have been reporting audio glitches on their devices. Specifically, a troublesome bug would sometimes cause notifications and calls to be played through the internal speaker rather than the external speaker, making them almost impossible to hear. But there's good news for those affected this morning, as Sony says a fix is on the way.

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The small but mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact might have only just arrived in the West, but it's old news in Japan, where it's been available since December under the Xperia Z1 f monicker. And there are already signs a refreshed "Compact" might be on its way to Japanese shores, as a Docomo-bound Sony miniature has just passed through the FCC.

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As required under the GPL, HTC has released the kernel source code and framework support files for the new HTC One M8. Code is available through HTCDev for the regular Sense version of the phone on a variety of carriers, as well as for the Google Play edition M8 made available last week.

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In you're onboard with Samsung's ChatON messaging client, you'll be pleased to learn that it's been updated today with a handful of significant new features. ChatON 3.5 introduces the ability to recall messages you've already sent, avoiding potential embarrassment. The feature works in 1-on-1 chats and can be used even if the other person has already read that incriminating message.

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At its Developer Forum in China today, Intel reportedly confirmed the release of a version of Android 4.4 KitKat optimized for 64-bit Intel Architecture chips, following up on its recent announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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all the news you need to know

The articles from today that you don't want to miss

The Mobile Nations Newsroom is in full swing, and the news is coming hard and heavy — just the way you told us you like it. That means things may slip off the front page before you get a chance to see them, and that's not something we want to happen!

If you look at the top of the Android Central homepage, you'll see the featured stories. These are also in the Android Central app, right above the list of posts. You'll find the best of the best featured here, in short these are the posts you don't want to miss. Because I love lists, I'm also dropping a list of today's top posts after the break. Be sure to check them out!

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