After tinkering around with their custom Tizen operating system for the past several months, [Samsung] is making it official: all of their new smart TVs in 2015 will run Tizen. Samsung showed off their first Tizen-powered TV set back in June and pushed out a Tizen TV apps SDK in July, and now CES 2015 will bring us our first real life look at the new OS in action.






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Video calling on mobile devices has become part of our everyday lives. While there are quite a few great services that allow video calling on your phone, HTC has added Face Tracking and Screen Share to help deliver n even better experience. … Read More




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Amazon is offering a major promotion on their Appstore, featuring several paid apps for free. The bundle has a total value of around $110, and includes the following utilities and games:






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Material Design in 2014 was just the beginning — now the good stuff really begins

2014 has been a year filled with fantastic things for the mobile world. Samsung is exploring aluminum casing, Motorola’s crazy custom backplates got even more creative, and two different phones running Cyanogen OS have been launched as legitimate commercial products. Android as a platform has continued to grow dramatically, and this time next year a handful of us will wonder how we even managed to use infotainment systems in vehicles before Android Auto was a thing. It’s been exciting to see the hardware grow and change at such an incredible pace, but in my opinion the coolest thing about Android in 2014, the thing worth getting truly excited about, has been the dramatic shift in software.






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Christmas may feel like a faint memory at this point, but HTC is determined to keep everyone in a good mood – at least for a little longer. Since many of you got a new HTC device over the holidays, … Read More




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It’s been a good long while since we’ve mentioned Palm around these parts, but there’s a strong possibility we could be mentioning them a lot more often if what we think is happening is in fact what is happening. By all appearances, it looks like Alcatel Onetouch has purchased the Palm brand and trademarks from HP. This comes just a few years after HP shut down webOS and eventually open sourced it and sold their development assets to LG. It’s hard to say what exactly Alcatel Onetouch might be doing with the Palm trademarks, anything from protecting their own branding to a complete rebrand as Palm is possible.






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Should auld devices be forgot, and never brought to mind?

As we reflect on the past year, it’s also time to start looking ahead. And while there are a lot of predictions about what devices we’ll see in the coming year, about what should or shouldn’t happen with Android services and products over the coming year — they should bring back dark themes — it’s also a time to reflect about our own tech, and the ways that we use it.

While other people may be making resolutions about losing weight, or spending less time on the couch — and those are wonderful resolutions in their own right — now may be the best time to see what, if anything, you’d like to change about your own Android habits. Are there any projects you’ve been putting off — like learning to use Tasker or investigating new apps — or habits you’ve been needing to break — like spending an hour in bed every morning tapping away on your phone? What resolutions could make your life — and your Android devices — better?

Chime in on our poll, and if you’ve got a resolution, feel free to share it in the comments below. Who knows, your resolution might inspire others to get a little more proactive in the new year.

My resolution for 2015 is to try and learn absolutely as much about Android — and other technological platforms — as I can continue to improve my experience and my writing on this site.






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No matter your school of thought on how you use Twitter, the list of people you follow now includes advertising. The first customer: MasterCard. On the web, and in the official Twitter apps for iPhone and Android, you’ll find that you, and everybody else, have MasterCard as a promoted entry in your Following list.






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My favorite Android-powered stuff from the past twelve months

Working at Android Central means I get to play with a lot of cool stuff — phones, tablets, smartwatches and occasionally some wackier devices as well. And there’s been no shortage of great Android-powered gadgetry in 2014, especially as Google’s OS has made its way onto watches and ever larger handsets.

But when all’s said and done, we still have to decide which devices to use on a daily basis, and what Android-powered technology we want to spend our money on. And so with 2014 drawing to a close, it’s time to take a look at the AC editors’ phone, tablet and watch picks for the year just gone.

Read on to find out which devices I recommend, and why.






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With CES less than a week away, HTC China has posted a teaser image on its Weibo page which seems to confirm that HTC will be announcing a new HTC Desire phone at CES. According to @upleaks, the HTC Desire … Read More




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