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And in other don’t-need-to-line-up news, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available for preorder today on a couple of U.S. carriers. (Two others go up next week.)

Here’s the deal:

AT&T — $ 34.42 monthly, $ 299 on contract, $ 850 outright (preorder) Verizon — $ 34 monthly, $ 299 on contract, $ 699 outright (preorder) Sprint preorders start Sept. 26, which indeed is not today. You can give Sprint your email address here if you want. It’ll  [Read More...]

This Galaxy Note 3 hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while providing you with a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies, slideshows and more. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior.

The Amzer Hybrid Kickstand Case is available for just $ 6.95; 54% off today only. Gets yours while supplies last!

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Whether you want to stay connected with your pets, keep an eye on your belongings, or be alerted of temperature/sound/motion variations in your home, the Motorola Focus S66 is the best bang for your buck. You’ll be able to enjoy two-way communication thanks to the built-in microphone. Stream and record in 720p straight to your device or to the cloud with Motorola’s free Hubble app. $  [Read More...]

Now that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is available, the company is working on the next wave of hardware, which is believed to be the A family. SamMobile has been able to take a quick peek at what Samsung may have up its sleeve with the SM-A500 as the first of three smartphones in the new A series. This device (pictured above) is said to launch as the Samsung Galaxy A5, a mid-range handset.

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The Future of Google Now

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Google Now is one of the most innovative, useful features to be released in the last few years. It truly makes your smartphone a smart phone. It provides you with information before you even ask for it. It saves you from being stuck in traffic, fumbling through your email to find your plane ticket, and even helps you remember where you parked your car. What  [Read More...]

Fess up: Who’s buying a new iPhone 6 today?

Here at Android Central we’re celebrating yet another Friday morning. But elsewhere in the tech world it’s the sort of Friday morning you spend camped outside a pristine retail cuboid waiting to fork over hundreds of dollars for a new, slightly larger telephone. That’s right, today is iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) day, and the guys over at our sister site iMore already have their paws on Apple’s new, magically bigger iPhones.

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The popular endless runner game Subway Surfers has received yet another content update, and this time the gang are heading to the ancient land of Egypt and specifically the city of Cairo.

Belkin has announced that its WeMo Smart LED Bulbs, which can be controlled by its Android app, are now on sale in the US and Canada, both as individual bulbs as well as in a Starter Kit that includes a WeMo Link which can control up to 50 of those lights.

HTC Butterfly 2 review

HTC’s new high-end handset for Asia packs M8-level internals, an upgraded camera and a water-resistant body

Over the past year HTC has consolidated most of its smartphone range into two distinct device families — HTC One at the high end, and Desire in the mid-range and entry-level spaces. But there’s still one outlier — the Butterfly series, which kicked off with the original J Butterfly a couple of years ago. That phone eventually came to Verizon  [Read More...]

The folks behind the OnePlus One will be temporarily accepting traditional pre-orders for a limited window in late October. If they have the devices in stock, they’ll ship right away, and if they don’t, they’ll put you on pre-order status. If you manage to get an invite while on pre-order status, you can bump up to the top of the queue. Of course, you can always cancel the pre-order at any time if you’re sick of  [Read More...]