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What's Really New In Android 4.4.1 And 4.4.2

Have issues with the Nexus 5 or Android 4.4 KitKat (we know you do)? Well, Google has iterated its way out of many of those issues while also polishing a few other things, rolling out Android 4.4.2 recently. We had actually been working on What's Really New in Android 4.4.1, but with the update to 4.4.2 close on its heels, we'll be discussing changes from both updates.

The hallmark of the 4.4.1 update, as described by Google, is camera enhancement for the Nexus 5.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Pre-Owned 16GB Sony Xperia Tablet Z For Just $235 With Coupon Code

When Sony released the Xperia Tablet Z back in May, it turned out to be a surprisingly good tablet. Only six months have passed since then, and while numerous alternatives have come out in that time, it's still a solid piece of hardware. Now, listen close. If you don't have any qualms about using pre-owned hardware, you may be pleased to know that you can currently get this 10-inch tablet for just $235, a price that is significantly lower than its $499 launch price and only marginally more expensive than a Nexus 7.

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WSJ: Sprint Might Buy T-Mobile, Create Super Unlimited Uncarrier Dan Hesse-John Legere 4G LTE Voltron

Gather your grains of salt, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint is considering making a buyout offer for T-Mobile come the first half of 2014, to the tune of $20 billion. While that probably sounds good on paper, it's not nearly as much AT&T offered back in 2011, at a whopping $39 billion - making Sprint's bid half of what AT&T thought T-Mobile was worth 2 years ago.

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Motorola Touchless Control v4.1 Doesn't Need To Be Unlocked For Voice Commands, Can Listen For Your PIN, And More

A big update is rolling out for Motorola's Touchless Control app that should alleviate some of the frustrations users have had with its functionality. Primarily, voice commands no longer require you to unlock your phone first in order to work. Yet for safety reasons, emails, texts, contacts, and other private information remain protected behind a lock screen. Speaking of which, users can now unlock their Moto X by saying their PIN out loud (behavior, while cool, I would be very hesitant to recommend).

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Use Chromecast To Create A Virtual Fireplace And Let The Gentle Glow Of Your TV Keep You Warm

For many of us, it's getting cold outside. While there's always the option to invest in a thicker coat, bundle up in more blankets, or crank up the thermostat, none of these options particularly involve Android (with some exceptions). So here's another approach. Fire up YouTube on your Android device of choice and load up this YouTube channel. Send it out to the nearest Chromecast and you have yourself a warm fire that will burn for the next hour or so.

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Skype 4.5 Introduces A Floating Picture-In-Picture View For Android Tablets And Other Enhancements

It's 2013, and chances are that someone has asked you to make a Skype video chat at some point or another. This isn't too all-consuming on PCs, where a user can fire up their webcam and tuck the Skype client away in the corner. Anyone using an Android device, on the other hand, has had to devote the entire screen to the conversation. But thanks to the latest Skype update, many of us will be freed from the burden of giving a video chat our undivided attention, as we will now have the ability to tuck the entire session away into the corner.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy Is Offering Tablet And Smartphone Accessories For 20% Off Online-Only Now Through December 25th

Best Buy sells a ton of electronics over the course of any given year, and it should come as no surprise that they stock up on a good deal of accessories to go with them. Now Best Buy is letting some of these add-ons go for 20% off until December 25th.

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Of particular interest to us are the many accessories for smartphones and tablets. While it can be tedious scrolling through all of the Apple-related gear, some goodies such as Rocketfish USB cables, a mophie external battery pack, Wacom styli, and Belkin keyboard cases are perfectly compatible with Android devices and are joined by around 300 other items catered to tablets.

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[Deal Alert] Get The Galaxy Note 3 Wireless Charging Cover In Black Or White For 50% Off In The Samsung Store, 20% Off At Best Buy

Having rechargeable batteries is nice, but everything comes with its own cable these days. As a result, attempting to charge multiple devices at once can turn the space behind that nightstand into an unmanageable cluster of cables. But more and more devices now support wireless charging, and if you want to add your Galaxy Note 3 to that list, you need to invest in a wireless charging cover. While this extension would normally cost $39.99, today you can get it for just $19.99 from the Samsung store.

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Verizon's Galaxy S 4 Mini Gets Some Galaxy Gear Love, OTA Rolling Out Soon

The list of devices that offer support for Samsung's first smartwatch is constantly growing, and today Verizon's Galaxy S 4 Mini gets to join that elite crew. The support docs just updated with details of the OTA, which highlights the Gear's potential usefulness.

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Gear support isn't all you'll find in this update, either. It also brings about some new bloatware (imagine that), like Verizon's MyInfoZone Widget, VMware, and Verizon Cloud. Exciting stuff.

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Rant: The CTIA And FCC's New "Phone Unlocking Principles" Are 95% Empty Pandering And You Should Demand More

Yesterday, the CTIA (America's wireless carrier consortium / trade group) and the FCC announced that they'd come to an agreement on network unlocking of cell phones. Hooray! So, we're all getting unlocked phones from here on out, right? Obviously not - the CTIA has no interest in giving you that much freedom, so instead it's released a plodding, incremental evolution of most carriers' existing device unlock policies to satisfy people in Washington who apparently don't really understand the absurdity of network locking in the first place.

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