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4 years ago

Download the Android Central App today!

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Download the Android Central App today!

Android Central App

Android Central App

Have you been looking for a new way to get all the great content Android Central has to offer? Want fewer ads, quicker commenting, and full access to the forums in one place? Look no farther than our official Android Central App! Plus you'll find photo galleries, all our podcasts, every single one of our videos, and so much more.

4 years ago

Gameloft's 'Modern Combat 5: Blackout' launches on July 24

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Gameloft's 'Modern Combat 5: Blackout' launches on July 24

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

 Blackout

Gameloft latest entrant in the highly anticipated Modern Combat series, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, is scheduled to hit the Play Store on July 24.

4 years ago

Google pushes workaround to enable paid apps on Android Wear

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Google pushes workaround to enable paid apps on Android Wear

Android Wear

Android Wear

Google has a dedicated section on the Play Store that highlights all Android Wear apps, but thus far, users have faced issues when installing paid apps on their devices. An encryption bug was found to be causing the issue, which prevented paid content from transferring via Bluetooth to devices like the G Watch and the Gear Live.

4 years ago

Closed captioning support now available for Chromecast

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Closed captioning support now available for Chromecast

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Chromecast

The Chromecast platform has been updated today to support closed captions across the board, coinciding with an update to the Google Cast SDK that lets developers include closed captioning in their apps and cast-able media. With the updates today, those who properly provision their media to include closed captioning can offer the option to users of turning on the text during media playback — so long as the Chromecast and app are both updated to support it.

4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact finally for sale in the US

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact finally for sale in the US

Xperia Z1 Compact

Xperia Z1 Compact

The unlocked version of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is now for sale on Sony's US website. The device (see our review) is available in black, white and pink and comes with a hefty $549.99 price tag. The unlocked U.S. model seems to be the same as the internationally available D5503, and according to the listed specifications has LTE band support for bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 20.

4 years ago

LG G Watch gets first Android Wear custom ROM

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LG G Watch gets first Android Wear custom ROM

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LG G Watch bootloader

We all knew it wouldn't be long, and now the first custom Android Wear ROM is available for the LG G Watch. Because the bootloader is unlockable and the G Watch uses fastboot, developer jakeday was able to whip up the Gohma ROM instead of spending time worrying about how to unlock the device and get access to the system.

4 years ago

Google Play edition phone selection dwindles to three

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Google Play edition phone selection dwindles to three

Google Play edition phone selection dwindles to three

Google Play edition phone selection dwindles to three

The Google Play store is now only listing three varieties of Google Play edition phones left for sale. It's unclear if the latest clearing of inventory is to make room for the arrival of new devices, but at this time those interested in a Google Play edition can select from the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Motorola's Moto G.

4 years ago

The LG G Watch review

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The LG G Watch review

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LG G Watch charging dock
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LG G Watch and Pebble Steel

LG G Watch

It's not at all flashy, but LG's first entry for Android Wear ends up being a solid buy

There's an argument to be made — and this isn't a hard one to make — that the watch isn't the most important part of Android Wear, Google's Android offshoot meant for the wearables space. Instead, it's the software – the simplified user interface running atop a full build of Android — that makes Android Wear so important. Anything else is just a delivery system.

All that is true and epitomized by the LG G Watch, one of first hardware offerings in the Android Wear space. It's a simple device, but a good platform on which to become acquainted with Android Wear.

We've given the LG G Watch a thorough break-in. Is it the right Android Wear watch for you? Let's discuss.

4 years ago

The Samsung Gear Live review

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The Samsung Gear Live review

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Gear Live

Samsung's third smartwatch — its first for Android Wear — looks a lot like its others

Behold, The Samsung Gear Live! It's been about a year since we first heard rumors of Google jumping into the smartwatch race, and two of the devices are already trickling into the hands of consumers — the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch. We've had plenty to say about both, as well as the platform as a whole, and there will be even more to come. Android Wear will bring Google and Android to an entirely new class of devices, and it will be a big deal — with plenty to talk about.

Right now, we want to talk about the Samsung Gear Live and give a comprehensive look at the hardware, and what you can expect from it should you be purchasing one. While Samsung is no stranger to smart watches, this is a new breed and an introduction to a new platform.

4 years ago

Motorola Connect becomes a full-fledged app, will let you ping your phone

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Motorola Connect becomes a full-fledged app, will let you ping your phone

Motorola Connect

Motorola Connect

Motorola Connect is great service, and now it's no longer buried deep in the recesses of your Moto phone's settings. The update brings an updated look and feel for the app, as well as actually making the app a, well, an app. Motorola Connect has been promoted to the apps tray, which will expose the Motorola Connect services to the kind of users that don't poke around in Settings.

4 years ago

How to enable Easy Mode on the Galaxy S5

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How to enable Easy Mode on the Galaxy S5

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Enabling Easy Mode
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Galaxy S5 Easy Mode

Whether it's for a new user or just to have something simpler, Easy Mode is quick to enable and configure

We all carry around a literal pocket computer with us every day, and the Galaxy S5 takes that notion to the extreme with its laundry list of great features and capabilities. We know not everyone needs access to all of that at once, though, and luckily there's a simple way to scale down the experience with Samsung's "Easy Mode" on the GS5.

Whether its because the phone will be used by a less-experienced user or you just want to simplify things for a short period of time, Easy Mode will give your phone an easier-to-handle homescreen experience, basic settings and easy access to just the things you need with fewer frills. Best of all it's easy to switch between Easy Mode and your standard homescreen experience without losing any data or settings. If you (or someone you know) may have a use for Easy Mode, be sure to read along and get all the details on how to use this feature on your Galaxy S5.

4 years ago

More details of Samsung Gear VR headset surface

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More details of Samsung Gear VR headset surface

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

Virtual reality headsets are all the rage these days, and Samsung's long-rumored take on the Oculus Rift is now being projected for later this year at IFA. As far as virtual reality headsets are concerned, the Samsung Gear VR will bridge the gap between the complicated and highly immersive Oculus Rift and the fold-your-own Google Cardboard — this one apparently will dock the phone to your face.

4 years ago

Win one of five new LG G3s with RadioShack!

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Win one of five new LG G3s with RadioShack!

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LG G3

Tweet to win one of five phones on Verizon, Sprint or AT&T

We all love a good contest, right? Sure we do and the fine folks at RadioShack have a killer midweek giveaway to win one of five brand shiny new LG G3s on either Verizon, Sprint or AT&T – sorry folks, no T-Mobile. Sounds good, right? Entering to win is really easy so listen up for the full details.

4 years ago

Windows/Android dual-boot Console OS aims to support Surface Pro 3

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Windows/Android dual-boot Console OS aims to support Surface Pro 3

Console OS, an Android-based operating system designed to run on Intel PCs has announced that it will try to support all three members of Microsoft's Surface Pro family of tablets, including the Surface Pro 3.

4 years ago

How to use quiet mode on the LG G3

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How to use quiet mode on the LG G3

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LG G3 quiet mode

LG G3 quiet mode

The LG G3 has its own do not disturb feature, here's what you need to know

Android L might be bringing – finally – a fully fledged do not disturb mode baked in to the operating system, but with the LG G3 you're already getting something along those lines with quiet mode. Activated either manually or at set times of the day, quiet mode has various configurable features to help give you the best experience.

Read on to see what it can do for you.

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