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The YotaPhone 2 has two faces, zero gimmicks

Hybrid devices are usually a recipe for disappointment. Like the spork, they try to combine the usefulness of two things into one, and, like the spork, they tend to compromise too much. The YotaPhone 2 is a happy exception to that rule. This 5-inch Android smartphone comes with a 4.7-inch e-paper …

Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: WeMail, Darkness Reborn

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When …

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio hits Google Play, will ship in 1-2 days

Remember that Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio? You know, the one that Google showed off more than a month ago? Well it’s finally available for purchase from …

How to add Qi wireless charging to any Android smartphone or tablet

Wireless charging is one of our favorite smartphone features. Simply drop a wireless charging-equipped smartphone on a compatible charger and you’ll …

Twitter app graph raises privacy concerns as it tracks installed third-party apps

In an effort to build a more personalized experience, Twitter has announced it will be collecting a list of user-installed applications on Android …

In pictures: Galaxy Note Edge versus Galaxy Note 4

So much hardware and style is shared between these phones, but there's no way you could mistake one for the other<p>Announced at the same time, the …

Phones

How the iPhone 6 Plus is changing people’s reading habits

Mobile Technology

Smart move: Sony plans stylish, e-paper smartwatch band for 2015

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom<p>Sony recently released its third smartwatch in as many years and the company shows no signs of …

How to stop Twitter from collecting app data for ads on your iPhone or Android phone

Today Twitter announced that it would begin collecting data on the apps you download and using that data to serve you ads. If you’re not a fan of Twitter being all up in your app business, you can stop it happening.<p>Maybe you don’t want Twitter targeting ads towards you based on your love of tower …

7 new features Galaxy S III smartphones can look forward to

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Last week, Samsung provided some details of an upcoming software upgrade for its Galaxy S III smartphone. On Monday, the …

Samsung Galaxy Camera coming to Verizon on December 13th for $549.99

Samsung's new Android-powered Galaxy Camera was confirmed for Verizon by a leaked product page last week, but now it's <i>really</i> official. A 4G LTE version of the camera will be available online starting this Thursday for $549.99 — a $50 premium over AT&T's HSPA+ model which launched on November 16th. …

Samsung

Eric Schmidt says Google is the new Microsoft and it's winning the war against Apple

Google's chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt feels pretty confident about Android's place in the smartphone market right now, particularly in relation to Apple. In an interview with <i>Bloomberg</i>, Schmidt said that "we're winning that war pretty clearly now." He also compared the situation to Microsoft …

Brazil

Favi's Android-packing SmartStick finally shipping to give any HDMI-equipped TV a brain

If you've been hearing "SmartTV" this and "SmartTV" that while your old HD panel just sits there like a big dummy, Favi's SmartStick is ready (at last) to bring it into the 12's. Like Roku's Streaming Stick, it's a media player that's been squeezed into a dongle-sized form-factor, running Android …

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, Galaxy S II Plus possibly spied in Chinese certification

Samsung has been pushing an ever-growing number of its mid-tier phones to larger screen sizes, and there's further evidence that it's not about to stop. Following some rumors, both the Galaxy Grand Duos and Galaxy S II Plus appear to have been spotted going through China's TENAA certification …

Bigger Is Better: Samsung Will Allegedly Slap A 6.3″ Display On The Galaxy Note III

According to the Korea Times, Samsung is trying to put a 6.3-inch display in the next iteration of the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note II, which launched relatively recently, debuted with a 5.5-inch display, already a step up from the original Note’s 5-inch screen.<p>Bigger is apparently better.<p>The …

More than half of U.S. shoppers would buy an iPhone 5, but most Americans own Android phones

With the holidays just around the corner, shoppers are scrambling to snag smartphones, tablets and other gadgets that sit atop their loved ones’ wish …

Brazil

EE introduces the UK's first 4G Android tablet: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE available starting today

Adding to its catalogue of flagship 4G slabs, EE's launched its first Android tablet for its relatively young network. You can read up our thoughts on how the stylus-friendly tablet handled in our review, but the addition of some high-speed data should add another temptation -- if you're willing to …

Soak test invites going out for the 2014 Moto X on Verizon

Owners of the 2014 Moto X on Verizon are beginning to receive soak test invites. We've gotten tips from several <i>Android Central</i> readers users that the …

Cellular Networks

Huawei USA will update its Ascend Mate 2 to Android 5.0

Let it never be said that social media and comprehensive coverage don’t deal some dynamic damage. Just a few weeks back, Huawei USA angered more than its fair share of customers when it made the curious announcement that it’s Ascend Made 2 phablet – a device released in July – wouldn’t be receiving …

Cellular Networks

Google tests subscription service for ad-free websites

The test for Google's Contributor program enables you to see a thank-you note instead of an advertisement on participating websites. The cost: $1 to $3 per month.<p>Sick and tired of all those ads? Google is testing a program called Contributor that lets you subscribe to the Web.<p>Well, not to the whole …

Google's LTE-enabled balloons take 5 minutes to inflate, can last 100 days

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... Google.<p>The search giant shared some new details on Project Loon, the company’s network of LTE-enabled balloons …

Square reveals plans to support Apple Pay in 2015

Square recently announced plans to support chip-based credit cards with new hardware as it expands globally, but it seems the company isn’t ignoring alternative payment methods, such as Apple Pay.<p>In an interview with CNN, Square founder Jack Dorsey said his company plans to begin accepting Apple’s …

Apple’s $450M plan to settle ebook price-fixing gets green light

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Enzode Bernardo/Shutterstock<p>Apple could begin paying out $400 million worth of cash and ebook credits to consumers by …

Kindle

European parliament set to call for break-up of Google in antitrust case

Draft motion seeks to serve as solution to Google’s dominance of search markets in Europe and is seen as drastic escalation of running antitrust case<p>The European parliament is reportedly poised to call for a break-up of Google in a drastic escalation of Europe’s long-running antitrust case against …