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4 years ago

LG G3 looks to keep rear (but redesigned) buttons

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LG G3 looks to keep rear (but redesigned) buttons

LG G3

LG G3

And here we have what probably is our first real look at what's believed to be the hardware for the upcoming LG G3, as seen in a leak to GSM Arena. Unsurprisingly, the volume and power buttons remain on the back, just below the camera lens. (Hey, LG wasn't named "most innovative device manufacturer of the year" for nothing.) Interesting, though, is the sensor to the left of the lens. Possible that it's some sort of secondary camera, much like what HTC is doing in the HTC One M8? Or is it a speaker? We'll see.

4 years ago

Turkish manufacturer Vestel getting into smartphones, can't afford not to anymore

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Turkish manufacturer Vestel getting into smartphones, can't afford not to anymore

Vestel

Vestel

Vestel probably isn't a brand many of you will be familiar with, but speaking at the IFA Global Press Conference in its native Turkey, CEO Turan Erdogan, delivered some candid reasonings behind his company's expansion into smartphones for the first time. In short, they can't afford not to be in that market anymore.

4 years ago

Sony: Unlocked Xperia Z2 headed to U.S. online store

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Sony: Unlocked Xperia Z2 headed to U.S. online store

Xperia Z2

Xperia Z2

While Sony continues to struggle to get its Xperia phones directly into U.S. carrier stores, there's good news for American Sony fans wanting to pick up GSM unlocked versions of the company's latest Xperia Z2. Engadget reports that the Japanese firm has confirmed its intention to sell the Z2 on its online store in the U.S. at some point "in the near future."

4 years ago

Google scoops up Foxconn communications patents

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Google scoops up Foxconn communications patents

Google

Google

Taiwanese electronics producer Foxconn has sold "a number" of its communications-related tech patents to Google for an undisclosed sum, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reports that Foxconn, best known in mobile circles for assembling Apple's iPhone, has applied for 128,400 patents and has been granted more than 64,300 worldwide, though the exact number of patents sold to Google remains unclear.

4 years ago

Samsung Chromebook 2 delayed until late May

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Samsung Chromebook 2 delayed until late May

Chromebook 2

Chromebook 2

Did you pre-order a Samsung Chromebook 2? The device went up for pre-order earlier this month and was expected to ship in three days on the 28th. However, Samsung is now saying that the device won't ship until the end of May.

4 years ago

Android Central 182: The Walking Dead

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Android Central 182: The Walking Dead

A little bit of doom and gloom this week, folks. We've got many an executive departure, with Vic Gundotra from Google, and Scott Croyle and Ford Davidson from HTC. We've got OnePlus simultaneously intriguing and infuriating us. We've got controversy surrounding how we'd "fix" the HTC One M8. We've got Amazon getting HBO content later this year.

Plus we've got special guest JR Raphael! Join us!

4 years ago

HTC One M8 now available in Glacial Silver on AT&T

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HTC One M8 now available in Glacial Silver on AT&T

HTC One Glacial Silver

HTC One Glacial Silver

Looking to get an HTC One M8 on AT&T? You're in luck since you now have a new color option. HTC USA has just announced that AT&T customers can get their Sense-swiping paws on a Glacial Silver version of the HTC One.

4 years ago

T-Mobile shuttering the MetroPCS CDMA network in New England, Las Vegas on July 1

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T-Mobile shuttering the MetroPCS CDMA network in New England, Las Vegas on July 1

T-Mobile to shutter the MetroPCS CDMA network in New England, Las Vegas on July 1

T-Mobile to shutter the MetroPCS CDMA network in New England, Las Vegas on July 1

Are you still rocking a MetroPCS device that uses their legacy CDMA network? The clock is now ticking for you to upgrade to a device that supports T-Mobile's HSPA+/LTE network instead. Customers in Las Vegas and New England are being prompted to upgrade before June 30th. Starting July 1st the legacy CDMA network in those regions will no longer operate.

4 years ago

Ford Davidson leaving HTC, contemplates new startup

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Ford Davidson leaving HTC, contemplates new startup

HTC MWC Hero

HTC MWC Hero

HTC Senior Director and Dashwire founder Ford Davidson is leaving the company after almost three years. Davidson has been with HTC since 2012, coming aboard with the sale of his startup, Dashwire, which spawned HTC's Get Started setup tool. Davidson felt that the time was right for his departure, following the launch of HTC's latest device, the HTC One M8, according to GeekWire.

4 years ago

Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

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Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

Android Central Podcast

Android Central Podcast

Aight, folks. Here we go again. Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — again, that's 9 p.m. in London — we're recapping the week that was in Android news on the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!. We've got many an executive departure, with Vic Gundotra from Google, and Scott Croyle and Ford Davidson from HTC. We've got OnePlus simultaneously intriguing and infuriating us. We've got controversy surrounding how we'd "fix" the HTC One M8. We've got Amazon getting HBO content later this year.

And that's just the first half-hour.

Plus, we've got a special guest lined up this week. So join us here as we get it done!

4 years ago

How to use and customize Quick Settings on the new HTC One M8

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How to use and customize Quick Settings on the new HTC One M8

How to use and customize Quick Settings on the new HTC One M8

How to use and customize Quick Settings on the new HTC One M8

Put common settings at your fingertips with Quick Settings in Sense 6

The Quick Settings panel in Sense 6 gives you access to a lot of the common system toggles and settings most folks use on a regular basis. From turning wifi and Bluetooth on and off to enabling Extreme Power Saving Mode, here's how to set up and use Quick Settings on your HTC One M8:

4 years ago

HTC design lead Scott Croyle departing company

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HTC design lead Scott Croyle departing company

Scott Croyle at the HTC One M8 launch event
HTC design lead Scott Croyle departing company

Scott Croyle at the HTC One M8 launch event

Scott Croyle, HTC's SVP of Design and User Experience, and the man who led the teams that brought us such amazing designs like the HTC One M8 is leaving the company. Croyle joined HTC in 2008 when the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer bought his One & Co. studio and reoriented it towards HTC products. According to The Verge, Croyle's transition out of HTC will be a slow one, where he'll move into a product development consultancy role for a few months before leaving to "work on his own projects."

4 years ago

Friday Freebie: Win a Seidio Ledger Flip Case for Nexus 5!

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Friday Freebie: Win a Seidio Ledger Flip Case for Nexus 5!

Seidio Ledger Flip Case for Nexus 5

Seidio Ledger Flip Case for Nexus 5

Protect all sides of your Nexus 5 and carry a few credit cards with you at the same time.

We recently reviewed the Seidio Ledger Flip case for the Nexus 5, and found it a good choice for those who want screen protection and a little more utility from their phone case. Some awkward styling aside, this is a great case for a certain kind of user. The case is on sale from ShopAndroid, of course, but we also want to give one away to a lucky reader. All you have to do to win is drop a single comment below this post, and keep an eye on your email inbox for a message from us indicating that you've won. It's that simple.

First, a few quick rules:

  • One comment entry per user, let's cut down on the spam.
  • This particular giveaway is restricted to the U.S. and Canada only (sorry int'l folks, we have plenty of contests coming for you, too!)
  • We'll be closing off this contest tomorrow, April 26th, at 11:59pm ET and picking a winner at random.
  • Keep an eye on your email inbox, as we'll contact you immediately to confirm you won.

Good luck, everyone!

4 years ago

Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon and U.S. Cellular

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4 years ago

NVIDIA is giving away 50 Jetson TK1 Dev Kits for those with a vision of the future

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NVIDIA is giving away 50 Jetson TK1 Dev Kits for those with a vision of the future

Nvidia Jetson TK1 Developer Kit

Nvidia Jetson TK1 Developer Kit

NVIDIA is looking for the most innovative idea for an embedded application for its Tegra K1 CUDA Vision Challenge. The company will give the developers of the top fifty ideas a fancy new Jetson TK1 Developer Kit, designed for embedded systems. The Jetson comes with a Tegra K1, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage.

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