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NVIDIA Shield Android TV console specs

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Boasting a 256-core Maxwell GPU, the NVIDIA Shield offers console-level visuals in a $199 package.

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NVIDIA rolls out GRID game streaming service

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NVIDIA is launching a game streaming service called GRID, dubbing it the "Netflix of games." AAA titles will be available to stream at 1080p60 with the highest quality settings enabled, while the default option for streaming games is 720p at 30fps. Low-latency is one of the major features highlighted by NVIDIA, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stating that you'll be able to start playing in just 150ms after clicking on the remote play option, or as he called it, "in half the blink of an eye."

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Crysis 3 and Doom 3 are coming to Android later this year

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After hitting the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, Gearbox Software's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be launching on NVIDIA's Shield Android TV, which also doubles as a game console thanks to the presence of the latest Tegra X1 mobile chip. NVIDIA is making a content-curated GRID store that features the "best of the best" games tailored for Shield. Other titles that are set to launch on the console include Doom 3 BFG Edition, Crysis 3, Resident Evil 5, War Thunder and Metal Gear Rising: Revengenance.

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NVIDIA Shield is the world's first 4K Android TV console

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NVIDIA Shield

At Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the chip vendor's latest hardware effort, the Shield, which is the world's first 4K Android TV that also doubles up as a game console.The Shield comes with an H.265 decoder that can handle 4K at 60Hz with 10-bit video processing. Another highlight is the ability to search for content on the Play Store using voice.

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Live: NVIDIA at GDC 2015

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NVIDIA - Made to Game

The Game Developer Conference is underway with a few days of sessions before the expo floor opens. Tonight graphics titan NVIDIA is hosting a press conference that is bound to be of interest to those of us in the Android sphere. We've got a live video stream available here, plus our own color commentary, photos, and community chat to enjoy.

The gap between mobile and console gaming is rapidly shrinking, and NVIDIA has made no bones about enabling that change. Their recent foray into cloud gaming has been promising to say the least, and we're eager to see what NVIDIA has next up their sleeve, especially since they promise that it has been five years in the making and will "redefine the future of gaming". The fun starts in earnest at 7 PM EST!

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Android 5.0 Lollipop rolls out to HTC One M8 on Verizon

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Attention HTC One M8 owners on Verizon: it looks like it's your turn to grab a piece of the Android 5.0 Lollipop action. According to the carrier's support page, the update should be rolling out to devices now.

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Kyocera's launch into Europe is last year's rugged flagship

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We were a tad bit confused when Kyocera announced a phone called the Torque for Europe considering that a phone by that name had been released back at the begging of 2013. Well it turns out this is simply a confusion of naming rather than re-releasing an old phone — the Kyocera Torque for Europe is simply the recently-announced Kyocera Brigadier available on Verizon.

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Galaxy S6 versus iPhone 6: first-glance similarities aren't a bad thing

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6

Let's get this out of the way: there are some similarities between the recently announced Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. A lot of ink has been spilled over Samsung copying Apple's designs, but it's not as bad as you might think.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 both have glass fronts, a physical home button below the screen and metal around the sides. They have LTE radios and are technically smartphones. And if you happen to look at them from below, they look a little similar from that one angle.

Yes, from below, the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 share some serious visual similarities. In that, they're machined out of aluminum and have machined holes for the 3.5mm headphone jack, a center-mounted USB or lightning port, and holes for speaker grilles drilled into the right side. There are even the Apple-style plastic-filled stripes that break it up into visual segments and a color-matched chrome-ringed home button. From the bottom you might think that the Galaxy S6 is another version of the iPhone.

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This week's sidebar poll: Does the lack of microSD card slot in the S6 matter to you?

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Galaxy S5

Is removable storage still a dealbreaker?

Among the numerous changes to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge announced at Mobile World Congress Barcelona this week, many attentive Android fans noted that the microSD slot was removed.

While Samsung touted the improvements to the overall build and promised versions with internal storage up to 128GB, many of us are still crying foul over the loss of removable storage.

But is it really that much of a loss?

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The Innos D6000 you've never heard of has a 6000mAh battery

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Part of the fun of an event such as Mobile World Congress is trawling the halls and seeing weird and wonderful devices you might never normally come across. And that's exactly what happened when we stumbled across Innos, a Chinese smartphone maker you've probably never heard of. Its flagship Android device is this, the D6000, and it has a pretty spectacular signature feature: It has a 6000mAh battery.

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Google previews new features for Contacts; brings new interface, easier management

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Google has announced today that it is overhauling the way we manage contacts through Gmail, making it easier to stay on top of changes in your contacts' information.

Released as a preview today, and rolling out to Gmail over the next few weeks, the new Google Contacts comes with a fresh new interface, along with a number of new ways to interact with and organize your contact information.

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New Game of Thrones, Batman and DC Comics-based mobile games in the works

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Warner Bros. Interactive has at least five upcoming mobile games that are in development.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to Galaxy S5 owners on Bell

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If you're using a Galaxy S5 on Canada's Bell network, you're in for a sweet treat today. The carrier has announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop is rolling out for the device starting today.

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The six things you need to know from Mobile World Congress

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It's a massive show this year, with exciting news coming at us from every direction.

We've had boots on the ground for several days now, and the sheer volume of news coming out of Barcelona this week has been nothing short of exciting. We've seen huge product announcements, brief glimpses into the future, and a whole lot of new ideas that are going to keep everyone quite busy for a little while. It's been difficult to keep up with, so while we are hard at work getting you our hands on experiences with all the new things it feels like a recap is in order.

Here's six quick clicks with all the huge news to come from the show so far.

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Samsung reportedly overtaken by Apple in Q4 2014 smartphone sales

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Research firm Gartner claims that Samsung sold 73.03 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2014, but was beaten by Apple, which the firm said sold 74.83 million smartphones.

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