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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 update

If you're picking up an unlocked European Samsung Galaxy S5 on launch day tomorrow (or you've been able to get hold of one early), you'll want to make sure you snag the first two — yes, two — software updates for the new handset. After setting up your shiny new GS5, you'll be prompted to install one 30MB update, then another 16MB one. After that you should end up on build U1ANCE, which according to Samsung's changelog includes stability fixes.

As always, software on carrier-branded GS5s will differ, and we haven't noticed any updates on our AT&T model in the U.S. just yet.

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Turns out T-Mobile isn't the only carrier with some tablet data incentives this week, as Verizon has just posted its own promotion for some "free" data. While it doesn't approach T-Mobile's offering of a completely free 200MB for the lifetime of your device, Verizon is giving customers who activate a tablet on one of its "More Everything" plans an additional 1GB of data.

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The HTC One M8 may have only been out for two weeks, but that doesn't mean there aren't updates to be had. Today HTC pushed out updates to both HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Gallery. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements, BlinkFeed has been updated to let you "add more social content when you want" and the Foregrounder effect in Gallery now allows you to tap anywhere to apply the effect. Apart from that, bug fixes and performance improvements. Both updates are available now via the Google Play Store.

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A new Android update is rolling out that will add a bit more security when it comes to apps that may harm your device. The update from Google intends to make sure that apps installed on your device — from Google Play or elsewhere — are playing nice and "behaving in a safe manner". Currently the system scans applications at the time you install them, but now it will continuously check all the apps on your device, even after they've been installed.

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One of the big blunders of Samsung's Gear Fit was that the screen was horribly annoying to read in the horizontal orientation while on your wrist. It just didn't look right and you have to shapeshift your arm to be able to read it straight on.

With a quick update however, they've added a new option that lets you change the orientation to vertical instead — making things much easier to read. Of course if you like the horizontal layout better, that option is still there as well.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 developer mode

Developer mode is easy to get to, you just have to remember to enable it

As has been the case since Android 4.2, the developer options have been hidden by default from your Android settings menu. This is a good thing, actually, as it'll keep curious minds from potentially breaking things. It also helps keep your phone more secure.

But there are plenty of reasons why you would want to enable developer options on your Galaxy S5. If you want to plug in to a computer and do any sort of command-line work, this is going to be your first stop. Or if you need some extra debugging options as a programmer. Or, maybe you are that sort of curious creature who just wants to see how things work. Nothing wrong with any of that.

But, of course, you're going to first have to turn developer mode on for your Galaxy S5. Here's how to do it.

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Verizon had the retail store lock down on the new HTC One M8 since the initial release, but now those of you with AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can get in on the brick-and-mortar sales fun as well. T-Mobile's availability kicks off tomorrow. The HTC One M8 is now available for purchase in carriers stores that aren't sporting a big red checkmark.

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Wind-up Knight 2, a side-scrolling 3D platformer, is now available on Google Play. As a clockwork knight, you'll jump and fight your way through a bigger world than before.

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If you just can't seem to get enough Android (or enough Phil) you can check out episode 108 of the Ausdroid Podcast where our own Phil Nickinson guest starred this week. Phil joined Jason Murray, Dan Tyson, and Phil Tann to talk Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and other fun Android-like things. If you're a fan of Android and Australian accents — this one's for you.

Check it out: Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 launches tomorrow around the globe, but if you're on Telus in Canada and not into Samsung's dimples, might we suggest the now-available HTC One M8 instead? Telus started taking pre-orders for HTC's latest and greatest at the announcement on March 25th, and the phone is now available for direct orders.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 box

Join other early adopters in the Galaxy S5 forums!

The Samsung Galaxy S5's official global launch date isn't until tomorrow, April 11, but some folks have already managed to get their hands on Samsung's 2014 flagship. In the U.S., some carrier pre-orders have been arriving early, and in the U.K. some newly-opened Samsung stores are allowing pre-order customers to collect their handsets from this evening.

So, GS5 early adopters, we want to hear from you. And the best place to share your thoughts is over on the Android Central Galaxy S5 forums, which are already buzzing with discussion on Samsung's latest smartphone. Hit the link below to head on over there!

More: Samsung Galaxy S5 forums

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Yesterday T-Mobile introduced a new Simple Starter plan that could get you in the cellular door at $40/month, and today they're shaking things up again by reducing the price of their cellular-enabled tablets to match that of their Wi-Fi-only siblings. Additionally, T-Mobile customers that activate a new tablet will get 1.2GB of free LTE data through the end of 2014.

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There's a new update available for AT&T LG G2, and it fixes something that went wrong with the last update. If you'll recall, back in February the AT&T LG G2 got its first taste of Android 4.4.2. Unfortunately, it seems that that update to KitKat also introduced a few bugs that made things less convenient for Google+ and Google Wallet users.

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Big news from Sonos and Google this morning, with the announcement that you can now stream Google Play Music on your Sonos system. Better yet, you don't even have to use the Sonos app to do it – though you absolutely can – since the functionality is being added right into the Google Play Music app for Android.

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One of the first things that goes along with the release of a new device is of course a good teardown video, and iFixit has offered one up again, this times for the Samsung Galaxy S5. In addition to rehashing the basic specs we already know, we get to see all the goodies that make the S5 tick.

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After initially launching last week, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is now available to download on Android. Giggity Giggity Goo! The game will be instantly familiar to anyone who ever played The Simpsons: Tapped Out, and to fans of the show. We're rebuilding Quahog, after 'somebody' blew it up. We also get treated to this exclusive mini-episode, which opens up the game (word of warning, there's a couple of curses in there!)

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Galaxy S5 and iPhone

Get set up and running with these handy hints!

If you're picking up a new Samsung Galaxy S5 and moving from a past life with an iPhone, then there's some questions you might have. Firstly, welcome! We hope you enjoy your new Galaxy S5, but likewise we know that changing platform can be daunting at first.

But we're here to help. After the break you'll find some helpful links, tips, tricks and apps to help you get up and running before you really start to explore.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is almost upon us – or actually upon us in some cases – and for folks in selected countries your purchase comes with a musical value added bonus. Music subscription service Deezer has partnered with Samsung to offer a free 6-month subscription package with the Galaxy S5 that's worth £60/€60 in value.

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ZTE has pulled the wraps off its latest – seemingly China specific – smartphone, the Redbull. And while it doesn't give you wings and may well end up the subject of a lawsuit, it does offer pretty decent value for money. Packing a 5-inch 720p display and a 13MP Sony CMOS camera sensor, the Redbull will cost the equivalent of just $135.

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Update: It looks as though the KitKat update is also pushing out to U.S. models of the LG G Pad 8.3 as well as those across Europe. For now it seems as though there's no OTA but should you connect up to the LG PC Suite you might well find it waiting for you. Thanks to everyone who let us know!

As much as we enjoy using the LG G Pad 8.3, it pretty sorely needed an update to a more modern version of Android. Well, the time as come for an update, at least if you're using a European or U.K. version of the tablet. Several members in our forums and folks who have tipped us are indicating that their LG G Pad 8.3 is pulling down the big update to move from Android 4.2 to 4.4.

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