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Google's Nexus Player to be available in Japan by the end of February

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It looks like the Nexus Player is beginning its exploration of the wide, wide world. Google announced today that the Android TV device will be coming to Japan at the end of February for 12,800 yen (about $108).

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Blu Vivo Air specs

The Blu Vivo Air is many things. It is very affordable at just $200 off contract, and absurdly thin at just 5.15mm from front-to-back. But there are things it is not — it's not a barn-burning high-powered flagship device, not that you should expect it to be so at that price. For the nitty gritty on one of the world's thinnest smartphones, head on past the break for the complete specs list of the Blu Vivo Air.

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Three metallic band options are coming to the UK for the Moto 360 later in 2015

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UK fans of Motorola's Android Wear-based smartwatch, the Moto 360 will be able to choose from three metallic band options later in 2015: Light Gold, Light Metal and Dark Metal. Those band options launched in the US market in late 2014.

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Chrome OS Smart Lock feature now available in stable channel

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Chromebook owners running the stable channel of Chrome OS can now take advantage of Google's new security feature called Smart Lock. The feature is enabled when you have a phone running Android 5.0 paired with the Chromebook over Bluetooth, and lets you bypass the typical password lock screen when the phone is nearby. The Smart Lock feature was live in the dev channel a few weeks ago.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to some HTC One M8 phones in Canada

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Owners of the HTC One M8 in Canada might want to check their devices. The company announced today that an over-the-air download for the smartphone that will update it to Android 5.0 Lollipop has begun for Bell, SaskTel, and WIND Mobile customers.

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The ever-growing list of things you can connect to a Nest Thermostat

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As a standalone device, Nest is cool. The 'Works with Nest' program makes it invaluable

In the first part of our Nest Thermostat series, I called this device the first connected home appliance everyone should want to own. Curiously, this statement had very little to do with the hardware itself (although I do still think it's one of the nicest looking thermostats out there today) or even really the apps that help make that hardware useful. The core of any connected home gadget needs to be a combination of thoughtful software design and an ability to talk to the other devices in the home. The closer you can get to an open platform for connected home tech, the better. Nest isn't currently what I would call an open platform, but the company has been working very hard to play nice with as many different devices as possible through a program they call "Works with Nest."

The good news is there's already a ton of things out there that work with this program. The even better news is when you combine Nest with other tech you get a lot of very cool things in return.

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1 day ago

Sprint going the barnyard animal route for its Super Bowl ad teaser

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Wait. This isn't T-Mobile? Shots fired.

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1 day ago

Incipio Octane Co-Molded Impact Absorbing Case for Galaxy Note 4

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Incipio Octane case for Galaxy Note 4

A no-frills case that just keeps your Note 4 safe without adding much bulk

The Galaxy Note 4's metal frame is nice to look at, even nice to hold, but we all know it won't stay looking and feeling that nice for long without a case. If you're someone who's rough on a phone you'll need some protection, and the Incipio Octane case for the Note 4 adds solid coverage with no extra frills. There's no kickstand, screen cover or funky port system, but there is a great design with thick rubber in the places that need it while keeping full function of your phone available.

Read along and see our quick review of the Incipio Octane case for the Note 4 — it may be the right choice for you.

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1 day ago

Gmail Inbox invites available until Friday morning

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Anyone still itching to try out Google's next-generation Gmail experience, Inbox, have until 9 AM PST on Friday (tomorrow) to shoot an e-mail to inbox@google.com from a Gmail address to get in.

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1 day ago

SwiftKey keyboard now available in Chinese

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SwiftKey has wrapped up the beta for the Chinese implementation of their custom Android keyboard, and now has Simplified Chinese, Tiawan traditional Chinese, and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese input options.

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Evolve: Hunters Quest boils down first-person shooter to match-3

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The fantastic upcoming first-person shooter Evolve is being reimagined for mobile as a match-3 Android game called Hunters Quest, available for free today in the Google Play Store. As in the original, players are hunting a big, bad alien and have to work together to make sure they don't become the prey. Over time you earn ability mastery points in the mobile title which carry over to the full-fledged console game.

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Over 1 billion Android smartphones reportedly shipped worldwide in 2014

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A new report from the research firm Strategy Analytics claims that over 1 billion Android smartphones shipped worldwide in 2014. That's compared to "just" 800 million smartphones using some version of Google's mobile OS that shipped in 2013.

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2 days ago

LG says Snapdragon 810 issues have been fixed and won't delay LG G Flex 2 launch

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LG executives have admitted today there were issues with the first batch of the Snapdragon 810 chips from Qualcomm. However, the smartphone company said those issues have been fixed and won't delay the launch of their recently announced LG G Flex 2 smartphone.

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2 days ago

Smartphone Futurology: The science behind your next phone's processor and memory

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The future of smartphone chips

The electronic brains behind the supercomputer in your pocket

Welcome to Smartphone Futurology. In this new series of science-filled articles, Mobile Nations guest contributor Shen Ye walks through current technologies in use within our phones, as well as the cutting-edge stuff still being developed in the lab. There's quite a bit of science ahead, as a lot of the future discussions are based on scientific papers with a vast amount of technical jargon, but we’ve tried to keep things as plain and simple as possible. So if you want to dive deeper into just how the guts of your phone function, this is the series for you.

A new year brings the certainty of new devices to play with, and so it’s time to look ahead at what we might see in the smartphones of the future. The first instalment in the series covered what's new in battery tech, while the second article looked at what's next in the world of mobile displays. The series' third part focuses on the electronic brains of our mobile devices — the SoC (system on a chip) and flash storage. The rise of smartphones, and fierce competition among rival manufacturers, has accelerated the pace of technological progress in both these areas. And we're not done yet — there are ever wilder technologies on the horizon that may some day find their way into future devices. Read on to find out more.

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2 days ago

Sony's memory products are discounted by as much as 69 percent on Amazon

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If you're looking to get an SD card or a USB drive, be sure to check out Amazon's Gold Box deal of the day, through which the retailer is offering heavy discounts on Sony's memory products.

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