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1 week ago

Minecraft creators Mojang release their next game, Scrolls, for Android tablets

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As previously announced, Minecraft developer Mojang have released only their second internally developed game, Scrolls, for Android tablets. The game is available to download from the Google Play Store.

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1 week ago

Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

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Sony SmartWatch 3

Android Wear gains standalone GPS in a watch that mostly favors function over form

When it comes to smartwatches, you can sort of break things down into three camps. There's the rubber strap crowd — functional, but not all that stylish. There's leather, which classes things up a good bit but doesn't necessarily work on every watch. And then there's those who prefer a steel bracelet.

I've very much found myself in that latter group. Living in a humid climate, leather just tended to stick to my arm more than I preferred. And rubber was fine, but I wanted something looked a little better.

So I was a little surprised by how much I've enjoyed wearing the Sony SmartWatch 3.

As the name implies, it's the third smartwatch from Sony, and its first to run Android Wear. And it actually marks the start of what we'd consider to be Version 1.5 of the Android wear era.

And this, now, is our Sony SmartWatch 3 review.

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1 week ago

Microsoft's MSN suite of apps are now available on Android

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Microsoft has today launched newly rebranded mobile apps for Android and iOS. The company overhauled the MSN portal a few months ago, refreshing apps available on its Windows Phone platform. Rebranded apps include MSN News, Weather, Sports, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink and Money, most of which are available to download for Android hardware.

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1 week ago

Sail through the air and join The Snowman on his way to the North Pole

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With the festive holidays just around the corner, it's fitting to see the release of The Snowman and The Snowdog 2014 on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Updating the 2012 version, players can experience the world of The Snowman in 3D as they journey to the North Pole passing through new locations all rendered in the same beautiful hand-drawn style as the movie. It's the perfect way to really get into the festive mood.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Grand 3 sails through TENAA, is thinner and lighter than predecessor

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A new filing has been published over on TENAA, China's version of the FCC, showing off the Samsung Galaxy Grand 3. Samsung may be looking to cut its smartphone line-up in light of the company's slight financial downturn, but that seemingly won't halt Samsung from releasing new successors to popular handsets.

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1 week ago

Nexus 9 is now available in India through Amazon for Rs. 28,900

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The Nexus 9 has made its much-awaited debut in the Indian market today for Rs. 28,900 ($465). That price is for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version on Amazon India. The Play Store, meanwhile, still has the tablet listed as "Coming Soon."

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1 week ago

Xiaomi found to be infringing on Ericsson patents, faces sales ban in India

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After finding that Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi was infringing on select Ericsson patents, the Delhi High Court has issued an injunction against the vendor, which prohibits Xiaomi from selling, manufacturing or importing devices in the country. The ban is set to be in effect at least until February 5, 2015.

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1 week ago

Google injects Material Design into Chromecast, YouTube updates; Wallet makes shopping easier

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Google is doling out more Material Design love to a few more apps this week. Notably, the Chromecast and YouTube apps are updated with Google's new design language, with Chromecast expanding its screen casting capabilities to more devices. The third app, Google Wallet, is getting a more modest update by making it easier for customers to store and use both gift cards and loyalty cards.

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1 week ago

Polling app Straw gets bugfixes, poll notifications in latest update

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Straw, a fun polling app that lets you quickly survey your friends and family via messaging and social media, is picking up an update today with some bug fixes and notifications. Straw has gotten a few updates since launching in the Play Store, and today the big improvement is the addition of notifications for when a poll closes — no more refreshing the app to see how much time is left.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0.1 now rolling out to Moto G GPe

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It looks like owners of the Moto G Google Play Edition are set to get a taste Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. The OTA zip file is now available for the device, which means that it's hitting at least some devices. In the meantime, if you simply can't wait to get your hands on it, you can head on over and check out our list of Android 5.0.1 OTA links here to grab the zip file and manually update yourself.

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1 week ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Sharing

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 Sharing

We all grew up being told by our parents that it's best to share with others, and while it didn't seem like the best idea when we were kids being forced to let others use our toys, we sure know it stands true as adults. That's why this week we're going with the prompt "sharing" for our weekly photo contest, and we think it opens up the door for a wide variety of pictures to be taken.

Fitting perfectly with the sharing theme, our friends at Fujifilm have graciously provided us with an Instax Share mobile printer to give away, which lets you instantly print and share photos right after you take them on your smartphone. We have just one printer to give away, along with two packs of instant film so you'll have plenty of chances to share physical copies of the great photos you take with your phone.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (December 16) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Fog' winner!

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Another week marching toward the end of the year, and this week's photo contest came to close with dozens of great "fog" photos filling up the forums. Our job was tough this week having to pick just one winner, but the upside of that qualification is that we got to give away a Moto G (2014) to the winning photographer — a pretty great prize. Read along and see who won this week!

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1 week ago

Huawei TalkBand B1 review

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Huawei TalkBand B1

Combining a wearable item that so many people use with a technology fewer people are using every day

Wearables, fitness trackers and smartwatches are all the rage, and Huawei wasn't to be left in the dust when it announced the TalkBand B1. Yes it's a fitness band, with a companion app that tracks your steps, calories and sleep — but one little extra thing the TalkBand does (tipped by its name) is swiftly convert into a Bluetooth headset for talking on your phone.

It's a combination of two different categories — one on the rise in popularity and the other on the decline — that many wouldn't really think of combining into a single device. But when you think about it it does make sense, particularly if you're someone who has the need for regular fitness tracking and longer hands-free calls.

The Huawei TalkBand B1 is a strange mash-up, to be sure, but does it actually work well enough to justify a $129 price? Read along for our full review and find out.

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1 week ago

US Prepaid Phones Guide

Sponsored by MetroPCS

With kids back in school and budgets tight, prepaid carriers are often the way to go for anyone with a smartphone. Instead of paying your monthly bill after having used your wireless service, you pay beforehand for a set bucket of data.

There are compromises to be made when signing up for a prepaid carrier, but for the most part, the added flexibility makes it all worth while. Conditions and service plans vary wildly across providers, but we're going to sort through the big ones and hopefully point you in the right direction.

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1 week ago

Sprint will install Uber app on most of its new Android phones

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Sprint will pre-load the Uber app on most of its new Android smartphones in a new partnership, and Sprint is also offering $20 towards a user's first Uber ride during the month of December for its customers.

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