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3 years ago

Samsung announces 'merlot red' and 'rose gold' black and white Galaxy Note 3s

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'Rose gold white' Note 3 headed to China this month

A couple of days after it quietly unveiled the new color options in Argentina, Samsung has today officially announced the arrival of the Galaxy Note 3 with "rose gold" accents in black and white, as well as a new "merlot red" model. The two rose gold versions have front and back designs similar to the existing "classic white" and "jet black" Note 3s, but with bronze accents in place of the standard silver edges. The merlot red version with silver accents sports a more traditional paint job.

The new Note 3 colors join the existing classic white and jet black with silver accents, as well as the lesser-spotted blush pink variant. Samsung says the the "rose gold white" Galaxy Note 3 will launch this month in China, with other colors to be launched "according to each market’s preference."

Update: We've got a gallery featuring all the new Galaxy Note 3 colors after the break.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Newegg has Cyber Monday deals on LG G Pad 8.3, Dell Venue 8

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Two tablets and a Bluetooth speaker with solid discounts today

It's just after midnight, and that means that the so-called Cyber Monday shopping deals can officially kick off. Electronics retailer Newegg has a nice set of deals again this year, with a few solid choices for the Android lovers out there. First up are two tablets — the Dell Venue 8 is $50 off, down to $129.99, and the LG G Pad 8.3 is $100 off, just $249.99 today. Newegg also has a Bluetooth speaker fro JLab Audio on sale for $59.95, down from a regular price of $199.99. To get the full discount on all three you'll need to enter the promo code on the product page, which is good for today only.

We have a running list of even more Cyber Monday deals available as well for those of you wanting to pick up some new tech at a discount.

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3 years ago

Google Play has 100 bestselling books up to 75% off

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Bulk up your digital book library on the cheap

Google Play is kicking off a big sale of books, putting over 100 bestselling titles on sale up to 75 percent off. Usually you expect to see lesser-known or old titles on sale at this time of year trying to capitalize on folks who are in the buying mood, but putting some of the best books out the right now at deep discounts is great to see.

Popular titles like the Hunger Games trilogy, Ender's Game and more are all here, and they're at some pretty amazing prices — some as low as $1.99. If you're looking to pick up digital copies of some of the hottest books out there right now, or just want to build up your Google Play Books library for the future, hit the link below.

100 bestsellers on sale at Google Play

Source: +Google Play

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Airplane: Is this year over yet?

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I should really know better than to actually say "I think I'm done traveling for the year" out loud. Because here I find myself, in Palo Alto, Calif., once again. In the same hotel, actually, that I stayed at for Google's Honeycomb event back in 2011.

What the hell am I doing back in California, on the tail end of the Thanksgiving holiday? You'll have to wait a few weeks to find out.

But for now, a few musings from today's trip at 40,000 feet.

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3 years ago

OPPO N1 goes on sale Dec. 10 for $599

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Choice of ColorOS or CyanogenMod with no hacking required

OPPO's latest big flagship phone, the N1, will go on sale direct to consumers starting December 10th for $599 in the U.S. and €449 in Europe. Built to have some of the latest in hardware innovation, the N1 is sporting a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage, along with an interesting 13MP camera that swivels to face either direction on the device. It also has a touch panel on the back for navigating through the interface while using the N1 in one hand.

Beyond just its hardware, the N1 has the interesting feature of being able to run CyanogenMod out of the box through the stock recovery without any rooting or advanced tinkering required. Although there will be a limited run of special devices with CM pre-installed, all N1's will be able to make the quick conversion from OPPO's default ColorOS to CyanogenMod.

A full list of countries that will have the N1 available at launch isn't readily available, but OPPO has put up a page with a country locator that can give you a pretty good idea. You'll see the third-party OPPO Style store selling to most of North and South America, Europe and Asia, with Amazon also selling to the U.S. and some other retailers such as Mobicity in Australia getting in on the action.

Source: +OPPO

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3 years ago

Save $50 on select Kindle Fire tablets as Amazon starts Cyber Monday early

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7-inch HD model just $119, 7-inch HDX version only $179

Amazon has announced a sale on their two most popular tablets, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX. The 16GB Kindle Fire HD, introduced in 2012, normally sells for $169 (that's about 30-percent off) and 2013's Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch has a list price of $229, making this sale about 20-percent off.

While Amazon's Kindles aren't a standard Android tablet, and have no access to Google Play or any of Google's play services, they are very well built and fine pieces of equipment for those who want to use Amazon's services.

This sale likely won't last long, so if you've been considering either now might be the time to act.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

Our top 5 apps: Ask the AC Editors

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The first applications we install on every phone

As editors and writers for a place like AC, we look at a lot of apps. Some are good, some are bad, and to be honest — most are somewhere right in the middle. That's bound to happen with so many applications in the platform's store, and like all things the average is, well, average. We try to share ones we think are worth looking at every Saturday, but each of us has a core set of apps that get installed on every phone we have. And at certain times of the year, that's a lot of phones.

Apps are important. You don't really need them, as the essentials  — things like messaging, calendar or a calculator —come pre-installed on your phone. But our phones are a lot more capable and fun with them. Hit the break and see the five must-have apps from Phil, Alex, Andrew and myself.

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Intelligent Wallet for Nexus 5

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Dual-layer, foldable protection for your Nexus 5 that stores everything your wallet can.

It's been a little over a week since I've had any kind of real protection around my Nexus 5, that is until I got my hands on this new Intelligent Wallet. These foldable cases are a new line from Cruzerlite that feature some unique color combinations and user-friendly accommodations inside that allow you carry around one less thing in your pocket. Jump past the break for the complete lowdown.

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3 years ago

Cyber Monday 2013 Deals

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Black Friday may be over, but the holiday sales season is just getting started - there's Cyber Monday coming up! So we're gathering the very best deals in tablets, smartphones, and other cool electronic stuff for what's come to be known as Cyber Monday. It's the day that online retailers decided to get in on the stupid good savings game, and unlike Black Friday you don't have to line up or deal with crowds of insane people. So click on through and check out all the greatest deals that online retailers have to offer on their big holiday sale day.

3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Did you grab any Android during the Black Friday sales?

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Amidst all the shoving and waiting in lines, there were deal to be had

Hopefully, everyone who celebrates had a great Thanksgiving, and are having a wonderful long weekend. While for some of us, that means sitting inside where it's warm, spending time with family and maybe watching a movie or playing some games, for a lot of people shopping is a big part of it all. 

While Black Friday means many things to many people (the "Black" comes from retailers making a profit and being able to use black ink versus red) it always means deals — both in stores and online. Plenty of those deals were for Android phones, tablet and accessories.

Did you score any?

Answer ye olde poll in the sidebar to the right (or after the break). Tell us all about it. 

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Badland, PickMe Fruits, Doctor Who: Legacy and more!

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A few new apps to try out this weekend

Many of us are still trying to digest a generous Thanksgiving feast, but we still rounded up a great selection of apps for our Apps of the Week. Each Saturday we have the writers here at Android Central tell us about an app that they've been using the previous week and why it has stuck around on their devices. It won't always be the best app in its category or a top seller, but if it works for them it must be doing something right.

We have another full list of app picks this week, with a bunch of games and a couple utility apps to round out the offerings. Hit the break and see if you can find a few apps to install this weekend.

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3 years ago

Vector 22: Don Melton on transcoding video

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Vector is our cross-platform, cross-site podcast where we talk about the technology that matters to all of us. In this episode, Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, deep-dives into his non-browser-based passions: Blu-Ray, transcoding video, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Bottom line, if you want to get your videos onto your devices, and you're not afraid of command-lines or codecs, you're in for one hell of a ride. But, yeah: Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.

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3 years ago

Moto G up for preorder on Amazon today, ships Dec. 4

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The new Moto G is one of the best values you can get in an Android smartphone — and it's now available for preorder on Amazon. Pricing is exactly the same as from Motorola — $199 for the 16GB mode, and $20 less for 8GB. Those prices don't come with those pesky two-year contracts, either.

This one's definitely worth taking a look at, folks. Here's how we put it recently in our full Moto G review:

Depending on your perspective, the Moto G can be seen as a ridiculously cheap phone considering its quality, or a ridiculously good phone for its price. 

The phones start shipping Dec. 6.

Thanks, Marcela!

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3 years ago

KitKat and Sense 5.5 rolling out to unlocked and dev. edition HTC One phones in the US

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Yet another thing to be thankful for

HTC USA's Twitter account just gave word that unlocked and developer edition HTC One phones have a new update pushing out today. This OTA will bring KitKat and Sense 5.5 to the One, and sounds like a pretty good way to cap off a day of thanks.

We've seen a few of the changes with Sense 5.5 for the M7, but seeing KitKat in action on a Sense phone will be a first. Keep an eye out if you've a dev or unlocked model (or made your AT&T version into one), and be sure to share what you find when it happens.

Discuss: HTC One forums

Source: @HTCUSA

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3 years ago

FIFA releases its own FIFA app for latest FIFA (and other futbol/football/soccer) news

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FIFA — that's the world governing body for soccer — has released its own Android app, appropriately named "FIFA."

The app, which is free and available for devices running Android 2.3 and up, is a portal into the latest soccer news, from the upcoming World Cup next summer, to the European leages to the MLS here in the United States. As far as apps go, this one's pretty decent (though the font's a bit annoying), with the usual sort of design you'd expect from a news-type app. There's also a section for live matches, and you can get recaps on video on photo galleries as well.

We've got a few screen shots after the break.

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