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Quick, Rapid, Turbo, And Fast Charging Explained: What You Need To Know About Charging Your Smartphone

You've probably heard of quick charging, turbo charging, adaptive fast charging, rapid charging, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 before - or at least one or two of these things. What you may not know is that all of them are actually basically the same thing, based on the same licensed technology from Qualcomm known as Quick Charge.

With that basic premise in mind, what I want to dispel in this article is the notion that you need an OEM-branded charger to get the maximum charging speed out of your smartphone, because this generally isn't true.

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Google Adds Android Phone Suggestion Tool To The Official Android Homepage

Buying an Android phone can be intimidating, what with all the options out there. Google has a new tool that might help you narrow things down a little, and it's right there on the main Android phone homepage under "Find the Android phone for you." Just answer some question and the Google machine spits out some suggestions.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 Review: A Good Inexpensive Phone That Would Be Much Better With Stock Android

When you think smartphones, ASUS probably rarely comes to mind. While the company has been building Android phones for several years now, their market penetration outside of Asia has been relatively low, and so they rarely get much attention in American or European markets. But the ZenFone 2, when it launched at CES six months ago, definitely raised eyebrows.

At a starting price of just $199, ASUS is offering up a phone with extremely impressive specifications for a do-a-double-take MSRP - it almost sounds too good to be true. Thankfully, I don't think it is - the ZenFone 2 is a solid phone that works pretty much like any Android 5.0+ device you'll encounter while simultaneously blowing the doors off pretty much any competitor at this price point for raw spec sheet power.

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[Deal Alert] Big Transcend Flash Storage Sale On Amazon Today Only, Includes 64GB MicroSD Card For $23

Samsung may have backed away from microSD cards with the Galaxy S6, but other manufacturers are filling in the void. For those of you with an HTC One M9, an LG G4, or any of the other bajillion Android devices with expandable memory, Amazon is currently holding a sale on Transcend storage.

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Today you can get a 32GB card for only $12 or one with twice the storage for $23. This is a few dollars less than what SanDisk and PNY are currently charging for the same capacity, and significantly cheaper than Lexar. Both cards offer transfer speeds of 45MB/s and come with adapters.

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Neo Smartpen N2 Review: A Sleek, Viable Option For Making Your Notes Digital Without Ditching Pen And Paper

The Neo Smartpen N2 is the company's second shot at an intelligent analog writer and this one comes with very few compromises. In a market without a whole lot of competition, especially for those who support Android, Neo's N2 needs to be on your radar if you want a smartpen. I've been testing it out for a couple of weeks and, on the whole, I am really excited about it. With that said, it does have a few drawbacks that you will want to think through before deciding to buy.

This is the second smartpen I've reviewed for Android Police. The first is the Livescribe 3, whose review you can see here.

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Android Auto (Pioneer 8100NEX) Review: A Worthwhile Convenience If Money Is No Object

It's been a year since Android Auto was announced, and it's only now starting to hit the market. You can buy a handful of cars with support for Auto (with a software update), and more vehicles are on the way. There are also some aftermarket head units that can smarten up your dumb old car. Now that it's finally reaching consumer availability, we can see how Google's car infotainment platform works.

I've had a chance to play with one of Pioneer's NEX Android Auto kits (the AVIC-8100NEX), and have already posted some initial impressions. Now let's dig in and explore this new frontier for Android.

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10 Cool Android Weather Apps With Hot Material Design, Clear Simplicity, Stormy Details, Or Warm Social Elements

Weather apps. If one app category gets its own entire section in the Play Store, you should surmise that the choices are beyond wide and the selection is almost impossible. Even browsing the category is a daunting minefield of Froyo-stuck designs and mediocre data and options. So why bother with a third-party weather client, especially when Google Now has its own weather card, Android comes with a News & Weather app, and a simple Google search for the name of your city with the word weather turns up the result you're looking for?

Details for one. Weather apps can provide a breadth of information that Google's knowledge graph and cards don't have.

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Monday App And Game Sales: Spellcrafter, InstaWeather Pro, QuestLord, And More

It was quite a Google I/O newsfest last week, wasn't it? Now maybe you're looking to wind down with some cheap apps and games. Well, we have those. Read on and save.

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T-Mobile Begins Selling The LG G4: $25 A Month Or $600 Outright, With a Free 128GB MicroSD Card

In the race to sell LG's latest flagship Android phone to Americans, T-Mobile wins by a nose. As promised, the carrier is now selling its own version of the G4 to customers. You can buy it outright on T-Mo's contract-free setup for $599.76, or split your payments into 24 monthly chunks of $24.99. T-Mobile is also giving away a free 128GB MicroSD card with new purchases while supplies last - according to Amazon, that's about an $80 value.

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The G4 is a worthy adversary to flagships like the HTC One M9 and Samsung's pair of Galaxy S6 siblings. In his exhaustive review, David Ruddock praised the phone's excellent battery life, solid display, and competitive camera.

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[Deal Alert] 15,000 mAh Portable Charger With 3A Combined Output And Dual Charging From KMASHI Is $13.99 After Coupon

There are fewer accessory purchases I have appreciated more than my portable USB charger. This one, with a truly massive capacity, is a mere $13.99 after applying its coupon on Amazon. It checks all the boxes you'd look for in an external battery of its kind, with support for speedy 2A charging output in one port and another available for simultaneous charging at conventional speeds. There is an indicator to let you know how much charge it has left, which is handier than you would think.

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Oh yeah, it also boasts a 15,000 mAh capacity, which is just about as big as it gets in this category.

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