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2 years ago

HTC goes after the Moto G with mid-range Desire 626

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HTC has launched its latest offering aimed at budget buyers, the Desire 626. Now available for purchase in Taiwan, the Desire 626 offers a 64-bit CPU, 5-inch 720p display and LTE connectivity for NT$5990 ($190).

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2 years ago

T-Mobile nows says Feb. 10 for its HTC One M8 Lollipop update

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If you were going to sit around all night mashing that "check for update" button on your HTC One M8, well we won't stop you. But since Feb. 9 has mostly come and gone, and T-Mobile's now saying on its support page that its Lollipop update will drop Feb. 10, why don't you try to get some sleep.

The 634MB update looks to take about 20 minutes, T-Mobile says, and will take you to software version 4.20.531.4.

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2 years ago

Android 4.4.4 KitKat update rolling out to the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

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AT&T owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active should be able to see an over-the-air firmware update that will take the smartphone up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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2 years ago

LG to offer free plastic version of Google Cardboard VR add-on to LG G3 buyers

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LG G3 with VR for G3

LG will offer a free accessory giveaway later in February for LG G3 buyers called VR for G3. It's basically a plastic version of the Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer that houses the smartphone with cutouts for the G3's rear-mounted buttons.

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2 years ago

OnePlus finally makes it easier to purchase the OnePlus One with open sales every Tuesday

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OnePlus announced on its blog that the global variant of the OnePlus One will be available for sale without an invite every Tuesday. The device will be on sale for 24 hours, and both the 16 and 64GB models will be on offer. The Chinese vendor has also mentioned that it is collaborating with Amazon India in selling the OnePlus One without an invite in India for the first time since the device made its debut in the country in December.

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2 years ago

A look at the Android Central editors' homescreens

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Homescreen setup

Home sweet home

On Android, your homescreens are so much more than a grid of icons. Whether you want to keep things sparse and tidy, or file every app you would ever need to use in it's own comfy folder, you'll find plenty of ways to make your homescreen the perfect homescreen. We love that. None of us are the same, and none of us want to be the same.

We wanted to share how our homescreens look, and since we all have access to a great Android blog we got together and are gonna share. You'll find our homescreens are as different as we are, with some boring (guilty) and some busy. And each is just perfect for us.

Have a peek, then hit the comments to analyze us — you can probably tell a lot about a person from his or her homescreen. Then we want to see yours, so click or tap the forum link below and show off your homescreen!

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2 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One M8 to get Lollipop starting Feb. 9

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A bit of good news is headed to owners of the HTC One M8 on T-Mobile. Looks like Lollipop is on the way starting Feb. 9, according to HTC's Mo Versi.

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2 years ago

How to transfer your Clash of Clans village from iOS to Android

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Clash of Clans iOS to Android

Moving Clash of Clans from iOS to Android is incredibly simple

Anyone who has felt the heartbreak of losing hundreds of hours of gameplay on a mobile device because the phone broke or it was time to upgrade and the game data wouldn't transfer is immediately hesitant to go through that ordeal again. You probably know at least one person who has kept an older device around just to keep playing their favorite mobile game. Fortunately, for everyone involved, there is no need to ever worry about this with Clash of Clans. You can link your account to multiple devices, even across platforms with little difficulty. To make it even easier, we've put together this quick tutorial on moving your Clash of Clans village from iOS to Android.

Want to know what the big deal is with Clash of Clans? Check out our big explainer to get started.

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2 years ago

Samsung's Tizen-powered Z1: A rival for Android One, if not all of Android

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Samsung Z1

The first real, shipping Tizen phone is basic — very basic

With the explosive success of Samsung's Galaxy line of Android phones, the Korean giant's symbiotic relationship with Google has been the subject of much speculation within the mobile industry. Just as Samsung is reliant on Google for the software behind its smartphones, Google's services are viewed by many users through the lens of a Samsung smartphone. Reports of tensions between the two are often mentioned in the same breath as Tizen, the rival open-source OS which counts Samsung as one of its major backers. The company uses Tizen in its Gear smartwatches, and for more than a year we've been waiting on the first Tizen phones.

Now that device is here, in the form of the Samsung Z1, made available in India in recent weeks. This entry-level device isn't going to turn any heads in the West — indeed, it's not even available outside of India and Bangladesh, at present — and Tizen faces an uphill battle for developer mindshare. Nevertheless, what's there isn't horrible, and considering the Rs. 5,700 ($92) asking price, buyers in emerging markets could do worse.

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2 years ago

Sprint begins rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to HTC One M8

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Sprint has posted on its support site that its rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to owners of the HTC One M8 has begun. This is a few days earlier than what a leaked Sprint document sent to Android Central on Thursday indicated, but it is a welcome surprise nonetheless.

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2 years ago

Leaked image claims to show Galaxy S6 and dual-edge Galaxy S6 Edge

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Galaxy S6 leak

An image of what is alleged to be Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge has been leaked to CNET Korea. The publication mentioned that the leak came from a South Korean electronics distributor, with the image itself featuring a render of both the Galaxy S6 and a Note Edge-style variant of the device.

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2 years ago

Lollipop is now rolling out to HTC One M7 Developer and Unlocked editions

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HTC has confirmed that the over-the-air Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now rolling out to the developer and unlocked editions of the HTC One M7. Lollipop is already rolling out for the Sprint version of the phone.

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2 years ago

It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

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It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

The top five carriers in the United States will on Feb. 11 implement new unlocking procedures for smartphones, tablets, and other cellular devices sold on their networks. The new unlocking standards were set forth by the CTIA in late 2013 and, though a voluntary commitment by the carriers, define the conditions under which carriers must unlock your devices — and it's all looking good for the consumer. Once you've paid off your phone, you'll probably be able to get it unlocked, and it'll be even easier with future smartphones.

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2 years ago

HTC One M9 backside gets a clearer leak in gold

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The rear case of the unannounced HTC One M9 may have been leaked in newly-posted images. The photos come from the French website NowhereElse, which previously posted images of what it claims are the front and back of the smartphone.

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2 years ago

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update rolling out now

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As promised on Wednesday, Sprint has stared rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Many members of our forums have reported they started receiving the update this morning.

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