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Verizon and AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 to be available from Staples starting Sunday

If you're in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S5 and just couldn't decide where to get it, or you happen to need to pick up some toner at the same time, might we suggest Staples? Starting next week, you'll be able to purchase the latest and greatest from Samsung from the office supplies and more...
Google Glass XE16 factory image now available

Google Glass XE16 factory image now available

The Google Glass XE16 update that started rolling out earlier this week is now available as a factory image, for those interested in tinkering with the software on their Glass (or had been tinkering and broke it back enough that you need to start fresh). Photo replies in Hangouts and Bluetooth 4....

Wall Street may not like the quarterly results, but Google is still powering ahead

The struggle between short-term thinking and long-term investing continues Yesterday after the market close, Google reported its Q1 results for 2014 which Derek Kessler nicely summarized already. While its clear that Google is growing the top line in a very healthy manner (19 percent year over...
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Sony's new flagship smartphone, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z2, is now available to pre-order from British networks O2 and Three — though customers may not receive their devices before late April or early May.

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Moto Gs

£135 handset takes 'significant numbers of low-mid end customers from Samsung and Nokia,' according to report

The affordable Moto G, already Motorola's most successful smartphone ever, has powered the manufacturer to a six percent share of the British smartphone market, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Kantar's stats are significant given that Motorola was a relative non-player in the UK market prior to the Moto X's November 2013 launch.

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Galaxy S5 baby monitor

'Baby crying detector' beams notifications to your Gear smartwatch

Samsung smartphones are all about the features, but one unique capability we didn't hear about at the Galaxy S5's Barcelona launch event is its apparent ability function as a baby monitor. Tracked down by Malaysian site SoyaCincau, the feature, dubbed "Baby crying detector" lives under the Accessibility menu and lets you alert a paired Samsung Gear smartwatch if the phone picks up the sound of a child crying.

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In early March we mentioned that the streaming video service Vudu was working to get Chromecast support baked into their Android app, and the recent update quietly did just that. Early reports and user reviews seem positive, and it looks like plenty of folks are enjoying the service through the Chromecast.

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Dropbox ToS

Dropbox (or any other service) complying with DMCA takedowns isn't really a new thing

There's a bit of a to-do this weekend over Dropbox and the DMCA and whether your files are being scanned, even though they're your files. Twitter user Darrell Whitelaw's post is getting shared all over the place, noting that sharing was disabled under some DMCA rules. The folder was private, contained copyrighted material, and a share link to the folder was shared, albeit not publicly.

Here's the thing, though:

Yes, Dropbox can limit sharing access to your files. And, no, this isn't exactly new. (Update: TechCrunch's Greg Kumparak has a great explainer on how all this works.)

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Android Central

Probably my favorite part of covering a major new device isn't the long-form review. It's not the "hands-on," and it's certainly not the gratuitous unboxing videos. It's not the page-view whoring "drop test" — spoiler: phones break when you drop them — and it's not battery tests that in no way reflect real-life use. No, for me where things really get fun are when we start to break down a phone feature by feature, explaining them in even more detail than we do in reviews.

We do it this way for a number of reasons. One of them is "space." Our HTC One M8 review weighed in at 6,000 words. (In the newspaper world I came from, stories were measured by length in column inches. I'd joke, badly, that really long stories had to be measured in pounds.) It simply becomes too unwieldy to go into great depth about every feature that needs to be explored for any phone. So, we break things out into separate stories. Volumes of reference material, if you will.

A side-effect of this is that anytime a new phone launches, there's a deluge of stories on that one device. It's happened before, it's happening now with the HTC One M8, and it'll happen again — in two weeks, in fact, when the Samsung Galaxy S5 goes on sale. It'll happen again later this year with new fare from Motorola and LG and, we presume, new Nexus tablets and phones.

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A quick reminder that while the U.S. switched over to Daylight Saving Time a few weeks ago, much of the rest of the world makes the change today. And while our Android phones usually handle the transition with ease, it's still possible to see issues. So keep an eye on those clocks — and, more important, any calendar entries — today, to make sure you don't end up off by an hour.

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Apps of the Week

More great apps than you can shake a stick at

Here we are again wrapping up another great month of Apps of the Week columns. This week is no different than any other, though, as we're still bringing together a selection of app picks from each of the writers here at Android Central and putting them on display all in one place. There are no restrictions at play here — if it's an app that we use on our Android-powered phones, tablets, TVs or ovens, it's fair game to show up in this list.

This week we have a more standard collection of apps, comprised of a couple new games to try out, an app that can make you feel like you're helping out without lifting a finger and some utility apps to boot. Read along and see how this week's picks stack up with the rest — you may just find one that works for you.

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The Moto G has proven to be an important device for Motorola, and if the latest leak has truth to it, a more rugged version is bound for Latin America: the Moto G Forte. Meaning 'strong', the name Forte would be an appropriate one for what @evleaksES described as a phone with "improved durability."

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't due to start sales until April 11th, but that's never been cause to pause for those that would take it apart. In this case, Russians. The comrades over at got their hands on the upcoming smartphone from Samsung and tore it asunder. Well, more accurately they meticulously disassembled it.

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First Strike for Android

One of the cooler games I scoped out on the show floor at GDC 2014 was First Strike. It’s similar to the nuclear war game Defcon, but built for mobile, and with a whole bunch of different game mechanics. Players start as a major super power nestled in their respective corner of the globe. Slowly, players expand into neighboring countries and begin researching recon, efficiency, missile, and national military technologies. Then the stockpiling begins. Every country can store a handful of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and faster, short-range cruise missiles for defensive purposes. Research continues along in the background, but it doesn’t take long before one player or another pushes the red button to launch the first nuke.

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A quick reminder, folks, that there's an official beta track for the one and only Android Central App, and it's open to anyone who wants to test things out and get their hands on updates a little early. These builds are generally pretty close to final, so think of it more as a thank-you to those who love Android Central and just can't wait. Join the G+ community and follow the instructions. [AC App Beta Community]

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Google sent out an email to Android app developers this afternoon, letting them know about some changes to the Google Play Developer Program policy. While Android is open source and free to distribute and build, to get Google's stamp of approval and access to Google Play there are rules everyone must follow. Getting an app published to Google play is no different.

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After Focus

With the launch of the new HTC One (M8) and its Duo Camera, we'll be seeing a lot more photos taken with a shallow depth of field and a gloriously blurred out background. It's common to see on photos taken with proper cameras, but less so on smartphones. But it looks awesome when it comes out well.

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Nom nom nom! ZeptoLab's Cut the Rope 2 has made it's way into Google Play. Just like the original, your goal is to feed delicious candy to Om Nom, and collect as many stars along the way as you can.It's hours of fun, and absolutely free to play — sort of.

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HTC One Dot View Case

The HTC One Dot View case is now available for preorder at This is the same Dot View case showcased this week on Android Central. It protects your phone while allowing important notifications to shine through the front, and it does so in a way that no other case has done before. It'll be available in Warm Black, Imperial Blue, Baton Rouge, Atlantis and Orange Popsicle.

Be sure to sign up for deal alerts to get the latest on new accessories for the HTC One M8.

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Google today gave word that it will announce is earnings for the first quarter of 2014 on April 16. The usual earnings call and Q&A will start at 4:30 p.m. EDT and will stream live from Google's investor site. [Google]

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Zoe camera

Sense 6 brings changes to HTC's animated photos and highlight reels, and new artistic effects from the M8's second camera

Zoes — HTC's little animated video/photo shots — and video highlights — a 30-second compilation reel from a particular event — were two of the main photographic features of last year's HTC One (M7). For its 2014 flagship, HTC has revisited both features as part of the Sense 6 UI. You can still shoot burst shots (up to 20, in fact) and video at the same time, though Zoes are a little more flexible on the HTC One M8. It's also easier to customize your video highlights with only the images you choose. And these can also include 3D, defocused and artistic effects from regular photos captured using the phone's dual-camera setup.

We've got more on these three key features of the new HTC One's imaging setup after the break!

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SuperTooth Disco 4

We've long been fans of the SuperTooth Bluetooth speaker here at Android Central — from the original (and some still say the best "SuperTooth Disco review")) SuperTooth Disco to the Disco 2 (you might remember this video from that one) to the iterative Disco 3. At CES this year, we got our first look at the Disco 4, which we now present for your approval.

The bottom line? This is a pretty damn good Bluetooth speaker in a small, portable form — and for just $49.

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A nice scoop from's Russell Holly today, who confirmed what became was apparent after both the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 booted up with "Powered by Android" displayed prominently on the splash screen. Those who like to pick nits have long pointed out whenever a manufacturer doesn't bother to mention their Android phone uses Android. Not really a problem now for those who want to use Google's proprietary apps. []

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