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4 years ago

Blackphone is now shipping to security-conscious consumers

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Blackphone is now shipping to security-conscious consumers

Blackphone

Blackphone

Blackphone is a sturdy smartphone focusing on nothing more than user privacy and security. The Android mobile device focuses on rigorous security and is now shipping to the first wave of purchasers. For those who aren't familiar with the device itself, it's a result of a partnership between Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone and security company Silent Circle. Using a "security-orientated" Android build called PrivatOS, consumers who opt for the Blackphone are able to enjoy a more secure environment for $629.

4 years ago

Galaxy S5 mini reportedly launching mid-July

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Galaxy S5 mini reportedly launching mid-July

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Samsung logo Samsung is getting ready to launch a mini version of the Galaxy S5, which is reportedly set to hit retailers next month. According to SamMobile, the device will be available world-wide.

4 years ago

LG G3 Beat announced in China, may turn out to be the G3 mini

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LG G3 Beat announced in China, may turn out to be the G3 mini

LG G3 Beat

LG G3 Beat

LG's latest handset for China, dubbed the G3 Beat, may well be the oft-rumored G3 mini. The device, which was launched at a trade exhibition in China, boasts the G3 branding as well as a design that is similar to that of the faux metal back of the original G3.

4 years ago

Xiaomi's launch in India imminent, may offer devices exclusively on Flipkart

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Xiaomi's launch in India imminent, may offer devices exclusively on Flipkart

Bin Lin

Bin Lin

After expanding to several South Asian markets earlier this year, Xiaomi is getting set to launch in India. According to sources familiar with the matter, the Chinese handset vendor will offer its handsets exclusively on Flipkart, India's largest online retailer.

4 years ago

Los Angeles schools to offer students hybrids and laptops instead of Apple iPads

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Los Angeles schools to offer students hybrids and laptops instead of Apple iPads

Chromebook

Chromebook

Los Angeles officials are looking to Chromebooks, Microsoft's Windows 8 and other hardware to complement its iPad offering in the education sector. Students in Los Angeles have enjoyed the use of iPads to aid with not only their education, but also social lives too thanks to easily bypassing any security filters in place. Schools will be able to differentiate what is offered to students, a choice of six devices.

4 years ago

HTC's Android 4.4.4 rollout schedule leaked, One M8 to receive update in July

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HTC's Android 4.4.4 rollout schedule leaked, One M8 to receive update in July

HTC One M8

HTC One M8

HTC has already committed to bringing Android L to its devices within 90 days of the code going live, but that doesn't mean that the Taiwanese manufacturer is not focused on the current version of Android.

4 years ago

Multi-language support in Google Now delayed until summer

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Multi-language support in Google Now delayed until summer

Google Now multi-lingual support pushed back to summer

Google Now multi-lingual support pushed back to summer

Google is now delaying support for seamlessly switching between languages on the fly with its Google Now search. Originally planned for a roll-out within the next few days, the feature is now delayed for a launch later this summer due to the discovery of some last minute bugs.

4 years ago

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides permanently replace Quickoffice

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Google Docs, Sheets, Slides permanently replace Quickoffice

Google Docs, Slides, Sheets replace Quickoffice on App Store and Play Store.

Google Docs, Slides, Sheets replace Quickoffice on App Store and Play Store.

After having acquired Quickoffice, Google had made ported many of the document suite's features to its Google Drive service. As such, Google will be retiring Quickoffice and migrating users who need native document editing and creation to Drive's standalone Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps. The move will affect both iOS and Android users as Google suggests that users migrate to those apps instead.

4 years ago

Catch Phil on BBC TV at Google I/O!

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Catch Phil on BBC TV at Google I/O!

Phil on BBC TV

Google I/O

Wandering the halls of the Moscone Center in San Francisco last week for Google I/O were many folks from many different countries all around the world, including press from all corners of the globe, too. Two continents met in those halls when our very own Editor-in-Chief, Mr Phil Nickinson, bumped into the folks from BBC Television. You know, the British guys. And so, Phil ended up making a cameo appearance on the BBC and its dedicated tech show, Click!

4 years ago

From the desk of a different editor: Welcome the 'new' Android

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From the desk of a different editor: Welcome the 'new' Android

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Material Desing
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Google I/O 2014

Android is getting more than a face-lift, and I think we're all going to love it

I love being able to go to Google I/O each year. It's a perk that shines like a diamond amongst all the headache and stress that comes with every job, and a highlight of every year. Going to I/O not only sends us home as better Android bloggers, but on a personal level it gets me excited to see and talk with all the developers — both big names and independents — that will make the future of mobile and Android in particular even better. After this year, I know we're all going to be amazed at what's in store.

The keynote (as always) was incredible and seeing the new devices was exciting, but that was just the frosting on the cake. The real delight was seen in the individual developer sessions, especially (to me, anyway) the new Material Design-focused meetings. Be sure to watch the replays on the Google Developer YouTube channel to see all the whys and hows, but I want to talk about what the videos won't show you — the passion in the audience.

4 years ago

Google to prevent OEMs from customizing the UI on Android Wear, Auto and TV

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Google to prevent OEMs from customizing the UI on Android Wear, Auto and TV

Android TV

Android TV

Google is actively preventing OEM partners from adding customized elements to Android Wear, Auto and TV, according to a report over on Ars Technica. It's no secret that Android as a mobile platform is fragmented when it comes to personalized OEM user experiences. There's a lot left up to individual manufacturers when it comes to loading the Android smartphone with software and other pieces that add yet more functionality on top of what's already available in vanilla Android.

This is set to change with Android TV, Auto and Wear.

4 years ago

The LG G3 and two more Android devices get July shipping dates for T-Mobile

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The LG G3 and two more Android devices get July shipping dates for T-Mobile

LG G3

LG G3

Fancy an LG G3 on T-Mobile? Then you might want to get your wallets ready for July 16. That's the day that the LG G3 is expected to make an appearance on the Uncarrier network. We should also see two more Android devices join T-Mobile just a few days after that.

4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Wave Wave, Duolingo, Android L Keyboard and more!

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Apps of the Week: Wave Wave, Duolingo, Android L Keyboard and more!

Apps of the Week
The Android L Developer Preview Keyboard
Duolingo
Wave Wave
CastPad for Chromecast
Lumosity

Apps of the Week

Another busy week here at Android Central is behind us, and to cap it all off we're going to give you a look at our favorite apps of the week. We have each of the writers here at AC select an app of their choice to put on display each Saturday, giving you a glimpse at what we're using on our own phones on a regular basis.

This week is packing a few apps to have some fun with, a way to learn a new language and a chance to get a little taste of Android L on your phone without flashing a factory image. Read along and see how this week's picks stack up — you may find something that's right for you.

4 years ago

Using Android Device Manager

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Using Android Device Manager

Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager

Android Device Manager

Whether it's under the couch or in the hands of the bad guy, Android Device Manager will help you find or erase your missing phone

Android Central University — SecurityWhile we hope you'll never need to use it, Android has a great native tool to help locate and remote wipe a lost or stolen phone. It's called Android Device Manager, and all you need is a Google account to set it up on your phone, and you can use any other online device to track it down or wipe it. The important thing, though, is that you need to have it set up and ready before anything bad happens.

That's where we come in. We'll help you get it set up and have a look at what you can do with it. In just a few easy steps you'll know all there is to know about Android Device Manager.

4 years ago

Google Play adds new TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central and more

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Google Play adds new TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central and more

Google play

Google play

Google has revealed it has added a number of new shows from Viacom's various cable networks to the Google Play Store, including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Spike and TV Land.

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