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3 hours ago

LG G Watch R review

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Moto 360

LG's second Android watch is a step forward, but not a game-changer

Smartwatches have been *a thing* for quite some time now. Nevertheless, it's a product category still struggling to find its feet, not to mention a compelling reason for normal people — those who live outside the tech bubble — to buy in. In the case of Android Wear, the software's still pretty basic, and the early hardware has been much closer to a smartphone on your wrist than a true evolution of this centuries-old device category.

There have, however, been a couple of notable exceptions. The first was Motorola's Moto 360, a futuristic watch that scooped up its share of praise before it'd even landed on store shelves. The second is the LG G Watch R, a device which tackles the smartwatch problem from a slight different angle.

As Motorola prepared to ship a smartwatch that could easily pass as a prop in a sci-fi movie, LG's first round wearable drew inspiration from the watches of the here and now, with a chunkier, more industrial look. Beyond the aesthetics, the G Watch R promised to address one of its predecessor's major functional pain points with a new, brighter plastic OLED display.

So now that we finally have the LG G Watch R in our hands, how does it shape up? Is this the Android wearable we've been waiting for, or just another imperfect smartwatch? Read on to find out, in the Android Central review.

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4 min ago

A 32-bit Nexus in a 64-bit world: Why Google's new phone isn't already obsolete

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A 32-bit phone released in the 64-bit age rouses some questions — let's answer them

New Nexus time, baby! It's the time of the year when hardcore fans of Google's version of Android get excited. We see new hardware, new OS versions with sweet features, and we start to think about how we're going to fund our new purchases and the things we're going to do with them. It's #420ROOTIT all day for some, enjoying "pure" Android as-is for others.

With every launch of new Nexus hardware comes a little controversy, though. This year it's mostly the size — the Nexus 6 is a big beast of a phone — and the price — the Nexus 6 is priced like a big beast of a phone. (Or like every other phone. Just unlike previous Nexus phones is all.) Division exists on both counts, but in the end the people who really want the new Nexus will buy one in spite of, or because of, both issues.

But there's one not-so-little thing that has more than a few scratching their heads and a little worried. Lollipop is built for 64-bit processors, and the Nexus 9 tablet is a 64-bit device. But the Nexus 6 uses a 32-bit processor. Does that mean it's obsolete before it even gets released?

Let's rap.

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38 min ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT!

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Right! It's Friday. Again. Podcast time. Up this week: We've gone hands-on with the HTC Nexus 9, we've spent some quality time with the updated Android 5.0 Lollipop preview, we'll recap the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v and LG G Watch R reviews, as well as the latest Android Wear update — and of course we'll answer your questions live!

Join us this afternoon at this link at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — as we do this thing!

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1 hour ago

LG G Pad 7.0, LG G3 both arrive on U.S. Cellular

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U.S. Cellular is now offering the LTE version of the LG G Pad 7.0 on its network. Additionally, U.S. Cellular is now offering the LG G3. Both devices are available in stores and online, and both work on U.S. Cellular's 4G LTE network, which the carrier says will reach 93 percent of its customers by the end of the year.

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2 hours ago

Deezer acquires Stitcher, adding talk radio and podcasts to its collection

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Cross-platform music streaming and discovery service Deezer has purchased Stitcher. The company plans to aid efforts worldwide and break into the US by acquiring the podcast and talk radio service to provide more content on its own platform.

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2 hours ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 24

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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3 hours ago

Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 tablet announced on MetroPCS

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Data-enabled tablets can run you a pretty penny, but MetroPCS is looking to get you connected on the go without emptying your wallet with this, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7. Beginning today, MetroPCS will not only be carrying the affordable tablet, which will only run you for $149, but will be offering new data plans to supply them. These will be starting at $10 a month for unlimited data and 1 GB 4G speeds.

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4 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 expected to receive Android L in December

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners will be able to take advantage of all the new features in Android L this December, according to a report over on SamMobile. The same publication took a look at Android L running on the Galaxy S 5 earlier this month, which provided an insight into how the next version of the OS will look on Samsung's flagship.

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5 hours ago

Samsung launches the Galaxy Mega 2 in India

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Mega 2 in India, displaying the massive handset on its online store. The 6-inch display touting giant of a phablet will set purchasers back Rs.20,900 ($340).

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5 hours ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop basics: How to get more life between charges with battery saver

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The top Android OEMs all offer a battery saving mode on their phones, and with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has it, too. No-one likes getting caught short without a charger in sight. The good news is that it's a doddle to set up and use, just so long as you know where to find it. It's easy to miss if you're not aware of where to find it.

That's where we come in. So, here's where to find it and how to use it to help extend your battery life as far as you can.

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14 hours ago

LG G3 Screen sports a 5.9-inch display and LG's own application processor

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LG tonight took the wraps off LG G3 Screen (as previously expected), marking the first smartphone to be powered by LG's own processor.

The NUCLUN is an 8-core ARM-based big.LITTLE processor pushing four Cortex-A15 processors at 1.5GHa and (that's the high-power, lowercase "big") and four Cortex-A7 processors at 1.2 GHz (that's the low-power, uppercase LITTLE — get it?) that also supports LTE-A for max theoretical download speeds of 225 Mbps.

The Screen's design is in line with the LG G3, only bigger, with this new processor, and a lower-resolution display. It's running Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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14 hours ago

Samsung Netherlands confirms Galaxy S5 Plus pricing at €599

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Remember that Galaxy S5 Plus that's launching in the Netherlands? It looks like we can now confirm official pricing on the handset. According to a press release issued by Samsung's Netherlands branch, the device will land in the country in late October for €599.

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15 hours ago

Starbucks app updated to support Android 5.0, QHD screens

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The Starbucks app has just been updated to work on even more devices with the inclusion of official support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and phones with QHD displays. While it's nice to see Android 5.0 support this early in the game as people are mere days away from getting their pre-ordered Nexus 9s, proper support for devices with QHD displays is the bigger deal as millions of LG G3s and Galaxy Note 4s are already out in the wild.

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17 hours ago

Not so exclusive: Google sends out a truckload of Inbox invites

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Well, that didn't last all that long. It seems most people who requested an invite to the new Inbox app from Google are receiving notifications indicating that they're into the cool kids club. As the wave of invites rolled out, the @inboxbygmail Twitter account confirmed that they have "left the building" and to check back soon if you weren't in this wave.

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