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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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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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Sweet sweet Android

It's that time again. Right around the beginning of this year I decided we were going to start a little bit of quarterly fun and poll you, the readers of Android Central, about what version of Android you were using. It's by no means scientific, and there's not much we can't find out other ways — like checking the website stats — but it is a great way to get a discussion going. And that's what we do, or try to, is start discussion. Look to the sidebar on the right, or click through and let us know!

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PayPal has today announced the availability of their fingerprint-based authentication system in 25 countries. The system was first announced at MWC 2014 and is now ready for action on the Samsung Galaxy S5. With the app, users can simply swipe a finger over the home button on the S5 to authorize payments and perform other operations. This means you no longer have to login to PayPal with a username and password when using the mobile web, through apps or even in retail stores.

The S5 is also the first phone to incorporate the FIDO authentication standard that was developed by Google, Microsoft, MasterCard, and Lenovo.

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Speck CandyShell Grip case for Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is upon us, and we're starting to take our first look at some third-party cases. Up first are the Speck CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases. They're similar in form, function and design, with the Grip case adding, well, grip. Both cases sport a glossy finish to them. That in and of itself tends to be just a wee bit slick, but the matte edging — and the grip on the grip case, which is made of the same material — helps you keep a hold on the edges.

It's simple enough to get the Galaxy S5 into the case — just slip it in there, making sure you've got all the edges properly seated. You don't have to remove the phone's battery door or anything, which is nice.

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There's a new ad for the Samsung Galaxy S5 that you can probably expect to see a lot of (along with the rest of Samsung's impending marketing blitz). The 30-second spot focuses on the networking speeds, camera, and waterproofing of the Galaxy S5. Blessedly it's just a fun, fast-paced commercial without trying to be all high-minded or unnecessarily combative. It's just here's the phone, and here are some of the fun things you can do with it, and we're perfectly okay with that approach.

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There's one type of phone folks line up for every year, but with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 it looks like there's another. This particular photo shows the line up outside the flagship Samsung Experience Store in Stratford, London, right before the 6 p.m. availability last night. And there's a ton of people.

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