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Motorola took the premium materials one step further this year with the option to buy a Moto X clad in premium Horween leather, then someone at Verizon thought it would be cool to slap some football leather on it. The result, as you can see below is kind of ugly. Maybe it looks nicer in real life?

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Nov
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The Galaxy Alpha isn't Samsung's most powerful phone, but it has made a name for itself regardless. Specs aren't everything, and folks are excited just to see a company so enamored with plastic take a chance with metal. The Alpha's aluminum band may not make the handset look all that distinctive in pictures, but it makes a difference in person.

This design may have attracted some users to the phone who would have otherwise been put off by TouchWiz.

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Nov
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The Civilization games on PC have consistently been the gold standard for 4X strategy, and the abbreviated Revolution versions for iOS have been widely praised for successfully distilling that formula for a mobile device. We didn't see the first Civ Rev on Android, but the sequel has just launched in the Play Store. Civilization Revolution 2 can be yours right now, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

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Civilization Revolution 2 is a turn-based strategy game that offers you the opportunity to build an empire outdoes all the others.

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Nov
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Many Android users in Brazil have surely, at some point in time, wished they could give a friend the gift of Google Play. Others have probably longed for the ability to translate cold, hard cash into apps and other digital content. Well Google is ready to satiate their desires. Play Store gift cards have started rolling out to various retailers across Brazil.

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These plastic representations of money come in increments of R$30, R$50, and R$100.

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Nov
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Podcast lovers take their listening hobby seriously. Just ask me. I got into the habit about 18 months ago and it has since become a bit of a daily addiction. Whether I'm driving, walking, taking care of chores, shopping, or doing any other menial activity, there's a set of buds in my ears and one of dozens of podcasts playing through. It makes for great entertainment and it can also be very educational.

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Nov
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Wireless charging may not have taken the world by storm like some of us had hoped, but there's no denying the convenience of this charging method. Those who have gotten used to plopping their phones or tablets on a pad instead of plugging them in swear by it and end up purchasing Qi pads to leave everywhere around their house and office. Whether you belong in that group or you're still tiptoeing around wireless charging, there's a good deal for you today that could bring a new charging pad to your hands at a really discounted price.

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Update: ...aaaaand it's gone.

After literally years of waiting, Amazon finally gave Android users access to their purchased movies and television shows on non-Kindle Fire devices. And lo, the heavens did open and a chorus of angels did declare, "where's the Chromecast support?" With Amazon promoting its Fire TV platform and a new Chromecast competitor of its own, it looks like we might have an even longer wait for that particular feature.

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Nov
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Sony's back to its AOSP tricks, working to release some functional (if not exactly ideal) versions of the latest release of Android based on open-source code. This time they've quickly put together Android Open Source Project builds for the flagships of the last two years: the Xperia Z1, Z2, and Z3. You can see the bone-stock builds running in the video below.

As always with Sony's developer promotions, these builds aren't intended for end users - they aren't provided with any kind of promise for reliability or functionality.

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Nov
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Have you felt the draw to get into app development, but didn't really know how to get started? Google wants to make things a little easier with a brand new guidebook that's meant to get developers on the right path. The Secrets to App Success on Google Play is an 81-page eBook that outlines the process and best practices for developing and submitting your software to the Play Store, and hopefully make some money on it.

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Nov
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The American Red Cross has produced no shortage of high-quality Android apps. When we see the organization's name pop up in the Play Store, we generally know that we're in for something good, possibly even life-saving.

Well, things are a little different this time. You see, the Red Cross's latest app is actually a game for kids. It goes by the name of Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies.

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