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From the Editor's Desk: Process all the things

As we continue to search for the best smartphone camera, let's take a minute and enjoy the damn pictures When, exactly, did we become so damn cynical about smartphone cameras? In my lifetime we've gone from Polaroids and those point-and-shoots with the crazy five- or six-shot (I don't remember...
Apps of the Week

Apps of the Week: Alpha Zero, Bloom.fm, Zoodles and more!

Another wonderful roundup of apps from the writers at Android Central Another week is in the books, and that means it's time for the latest edition of our Apps of the Week post. We round up a single app picked by each of the writers here at Android Central and put them on display every Saturday...
TouchWiz

This week's sidebar poll: Tell us how you feel about the new TouchWiz

It's different, and many would say improved - but what do you say? Right now, the hottest thing in the Android Universe is the Galaxy S5. Usually we're the hottest thing in the Android universe, but we're OK being behind the new phone from the biggest Android OEM for a few weeks. And because...
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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. We're happy to announce today some new features for the official Android Central App! If you've yet to give it a shot, you now have absolutely no excuse (not that you did before). And if you're already rocking the best Android news app around, it's time to update.

What's new, you ask? Why, we'll tell you.

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Amazon Fire TV

Ships today for $99, gaming controller optional

If you haven't been able to decide yet between the myriad options for streaming boxes, Amazon has yet another new option for you: Fire TV. The new box, announced today, does TV and movies, music, and gaming. And not just from Amazon's own sources — most of the familiar third-party streaming sources that you know and love are included too. The Fire TV box is shipping today for $99.

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Some leaked Gmail screenshots are revealing a tantalizing array of new features. You’ll find new sorting tabs for Travel, Purchases, and Finance, and a pinning system so important e-mails stay at the top of the list. Conversely, you’ll also be able to snooze e-mail threads that aren’t especially important, so you don’t keep getting notifications when someone replies.

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If you're after a more visual guide to the differences between HTC's new hotness, the HTC One M8, and Google's current stock Android flagship, the LG-built Nexus 5, you'll want to check out our hands-on comparison video above. When you're done, be sure to head on over to our full head-to-head article from even more detail, including camera samples and thoughts on design, build and battery life. Enjoy!

More: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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This is an image of David Hasselhoff and Sergey Brin is a mosaic of tiny Google Glass wearers

It's The Hoff and The Brin. Glasselhoff and the Brinmeister. Explorer Hasselhoff and Master Brin.

Kris Kitchen, himself a Google Glass Explorer, took the next logical step from the April Fools' Day jocularity of yesterday — Google+ David Hasselhoff Auto Awesome Photobombs — and took a massive collection of portraits of Google Glass users and assembled them into a masssive mosaic image of David Hasselhoff and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Challenge: Find the Phil.

Source: +KrisKitchen

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Sprint is rolling out Wi-Fi calling on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 follows the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 Mini which both received the feature back in February. Sprint says that the over-the-air software update that is needed to use Wi-Fi calling, will be released in stages, and may take several days to become available to all customers.

Source: Sprint

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Zens has a new Qi wireless charger, and this one is for your car. The aptly-named "ZENS Qi Wireless Car Charger" is set to hit markets on April 15th for an eye-melting €69.99 (US$96.54). It's designed to split into your cup holder and has a slot on its top designed to accommodate smartphones with displays up to 5 inches. Blessedly, the vast majority of phones that support Qi charging (both Android and Windows Phone) fall into that range.

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First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable leak

We’ve become accustomed to knowing one end of a USB cable has to go into a computer or charger, and the other end goes into your phone, but there is a future where you can use either end in either thingie, and this is what that utopian paradise looks like. The USB Implementers Forum is showing off two USB 3.1 connector standards today.

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The Payments Council, which supervises banking transactions within the UK, has today announced ‘Paym’. This new service will enable account-holders to pay friends, family or other parties without having to abstract bank details and other personal information. Simply using a mobile number, UK consumers can wire funds in no time at all. Think of it as a unique account number all your contacts already have noted.

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Hang tight, folks. WhatsApp, Facebook's $16 billion baby, appears to be down for many this morning. While there's never a good time for an extremely popular service to go down, it's especially ironic given last night's boasting of a record number of messages sent and received — to the tune of 20 billion sent and 64 billion received.

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Want to bring a little 16-bit retro gaming action to your Wednesday? Sonic CD, the time-travelling Sega CD platformer first released on Android in 2011, is available for free today through the Amazon Appstore, down from the regular price of $2.99. The game is a faithful recreation of the 1993 original, brought up to date by Christian Whitehead, the developer responsible for recent ports of Sonic 1 and Sonic 2. We've got download links after the break.

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled a new accessory this morning — a programmable plug-in button that fits into Android smartphones through the headphone jack. If that sounds familiar, it's because it appears to ape a successful Kickstarter project Pressy, which raised almost $700,000 (from a goal of $40,000) to bring to market a suspiciously similar accessory.

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Google's Chromebook are an interesting product line. Not only is it a family of low-cost, affordable notebooks but they're also the backbone of the search giant's Chrome operating system. And today ABI Research has released data showing that 2.1 million Chromebooks were shipped in 2013, the majority of them in the U.S.

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini wasn't our favorite miniature Android phone of 2013 — a lackluster display and scaled-back features resulted in a decent but not outstanding 4.3-inch handset. This time around, however, Samsung may be about to address some of these concerns with a beefier Galaxy S5 Mini.

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei is focusing more on premium materials in an effort to break into the high-end smartphone space, and today we have our first look at a new metal-backed Huawei handset. Published on China's Weibo social network by a software engineer, the shot shows the back panel for the phone, alongside what would appear to be an HTC One Max-style rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

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Nest thermostat

New connected thermostat for British homes now available online

Soon after the Nest Learning Thermostat launched in the U.S., demand began to rise in the U.K. for the now Google-owned company to bring the rather expensive product across the Atlantic. And today Nest has officially launched in the UK and is ready for order, with prices starting at £179.

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The unexpected early launch of the Galaxy S5 in Samsung's home country of Korea doesn't appear to have dampened Koeans' enthusiasm for the device. According to the Yonhap news agency, the Korean GS5 is selling at a rate of around 7,000 units per day, a figure described as "robust" by the outlet's sources.

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We may have had to deal with the usual April 1 articles yesterday, but one that stood out from all the jokes was T-Mobile’s plans to scrap corporate discount from monthly rate plans. The mobile network has today confirmed a partial reversal, allowing only existing customers to retain their discount. Sorry, new subscribers.

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Samsung is looking to take advantage of its presence across the breadth of consumer electronics categories with its new Smart Home service, announced today. The electronics giant aims to make home automation easier for owners of its range of smartphones, smartwatches, TVs and white goods, with a single app able to connect home appliances and mobile devices.

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Xbox One Smartglass Beta

Keep up on the latest developments in this Xbox second-screen app

If you want that second-screen experience between your Xbox One and your Android phone, but also want to ride that bleeding edge known as beta, Microsoft has you covered.

They've released a beta version of their Xbox One SmartGlass app into Google Play, allowing users a way to preview new features and provide feedback to the folks writing the code. We do have to wonder why Microsoft didn't use the official beta track in Google Play, but we aren't about to second guess what goes on in Redmond.

If you're the adventurous type who want to give the beta a try, uninstall the stable version and hit the Google Play link at the top of the post.

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