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Android Central 180: He runs a tight ship

Oh, what a tangled week we weave. We — and a lot of you folks out there — now have the Samsung Galaxy S5 in hand. Plus we’re getting in deep with Amazon Fire TV. Plus we’re answering a lot of your questions this week.

And there might even be some singing. Just a little bit of singing, though, because Phil runs a tight ship. Or something.

Join us!

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The Galaxy S5 has a great Photosphere mode, but you have to download it first

Samsung’s Surround Shot add-on lets you take Photosphere images

Many Android phone makers have developed their own take on Google’s Photosphere feature — LG has its VR Panorama, HTC has Panorama 360 on the One M8, and Samsung launched Surround Shot on the Galaxy Note 3 last year. On the Galaxy S5, however, it’s not included out of the box — it’s a downloadable plug-in you need to snag from Samsung apps.

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The HTC One M8 comes in 24-carat gold too — just ask John Legere

Today is Samsung’s day. The brand-new Samsung Galaxy S5 launched today around the globe, taking away some of the attention that the HTC One M8 has enjoyed over the past two weeks. Not one to let an opportunity slip by, and knowing that T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a compulsive sharer on Twitter, HTC sent the chatty exec a shiny new HTC One M8 wrapped in a brilliant 24-carat gold finish.

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Read this before buying a new Galaxy S5 back cover on eBay (or anywhere else)

You may be able to get a replacement cover now, but there’s a good reason to wait

One of the hotter topics in our Galaxy S5 forums today is the different colors of the Galaxy S5. Specifically, it’s that the battery door for the white model is more of hard plastic than the softer black cover. (And if you can find the blue, I highly recommend it. It’s so nice.) So, folks are hunting around for  [Read More…]

Seven places to sell your old smartphone


So you’re ready to upgrade to a new smartphone and grab one of the new hot devices of the year, eh? Sweet, you’re gonna love that thing! But, what are you going to do with your current one? You’re not going to simply toss it in a drawer, are you?

Whether you bought your phone from  [Read More…]

10 of the best Android icon packs you can find today (Volume 8)


One of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of your Android device is to install a new launcher. And, once you do that, it’s a breeze to swap icons packs in and out to refresh the aesthetics. Prefer a minimal look with white icons? Sweet! Dig that flat and square stuff that feels  [Read More…]

Amazing Spider-Man 2 swinging onto a device near you next week

Today Calendar’s great scheduling experience rises out of beta

Today is a new calendar app for Android by Jack Underwood that aims to present you with a modern and streamlined view of your schedule. Today has a clean, white interface, replacing the gray UI of the stock calendar app. At first blush it looks quite similar to the leaked screenshots of the upcoming Android Calendar app update (though Today has been in development since before those screenshots leaked).

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Best prices and availability for the HTC One (M8)

HTC One M8 gray Gold Silver

Although the HTC One (M8) was announced a few weeks ago, some carriers are just now putting the phone up for sale. We’ve gathered a list of where you can buy the new HTC One on all carriers that have it listed so far.

We will update this page to the best of our ability. So if you see anything  [Read More…]

Coming up at 4 p.m. EST — it’s the Android Central Podcast!

End of the week. Quitting time. Well, for some. For us, that means it’s time for the return of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! And we’ll give you three guess what we’ll be talking about today.

Yep, it’s the Galaxy S5’s time in the sun. It’s been a month and a half since we got our first look at it at Mobile World Congress, and now it’s in our hot little hands. And our initial impressions are  [Read More…]