The Watch Urbane and Moto 360 both have their issues, but are each ahead of the rest of the pack for me.
I've been wearing an Android Wear watch since they have been available, replacing the Pebble that was previously on my wrist. Over the past several months I've come to enjoy the ability to clear and act on my notifications from my wrist, cutting down on the amount of stuff I have to deal with when I finally pull my phone out of my pocket.
While every Android Wear watch may be roughly the same in terms of functionality, they certainly aren't all on the same level when it comes to looks, feel and components. I'm wearing both the LG Watch Urbane and Moto 360 (though not at the same time) — let me explain why.
YouTube now supports 60 frames per second live streams, along with HTML5 playback in supported browsers.
A short while back Google added 60fps playback to YouTube, and now the company is bringing that feature to live streaming as well. This feature is now available on compatible HTML5 browsers, and allows for "silky smooth playback for gaming and other fast-action videos."
The second release for SwiftKey's 'Greenhouse' innovation incubator isn't a keyboard — it's a launcher.
If you're looking for a new launcher to try out, a new one's available today from a slightly unlikely source — keyboard guru SwiftKey. Hexy launcher — so named for the hexagon-style UI — comes from SwiftKey's "Greenhouse" initiative, which as you might expect plants ideas and with the idea of seeing what grows from them. The Greenhouse already has produced an experimental keyboard called Clarity that aims to correct phrases and not just single words.
Hexy, meanwhile, automatically organizes your apps on the home screen and tries to predict what you're going to use next, with the most frequently used making up a central hexagon. That's not exactly a new idea, but it's been interesting to see which launchers do it better. And SwiftKey's long been known for its word prediction. You'll also be able to quickly filter through apps with the search bar, and there are options for widgets as well.
Hexy is available starting today from the SwiftKey Greenhouse, which you can find here.
In an effort to be able to provide updates faster, HTC has brought its Mail app to Google Play as a standalone download.
HTC has decided to put its Mail app as a listing in Google Play, allowing them to better control the update process of the application. With this new listing, HTC will no longer have to push out an OS update in order to bring new features, or squash any on-going bugs that may be taking place.
The Studio C from BLU is a $99 unlocked smartphone that features a 5-inch display and is available in a variety of colors.
BLU has introduced its latest smartphone, the Studio C, which comes in a variety of colors for only $99. Out of the box the Studio C is unlocked, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop on its 5-inch 720P display.
Lenovo announced its earnings figures for the financial year 2014-2015, with the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer boasting increased revenue and sales figures.
In the three months ending March 2015, which Lenovo described as a "seasonally slow quarter with significant currency impacts," the company made $11.3 billion in revenue, a year-over-year increase of 21 percent.
Top-secret documents reveal that spy agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States planned to implant spyware on mobile phones by intercepting data sent between app stores.
In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, we're offering 20% off all Android accessories at ShopAndroid.
Starting today until Tuesday, May 26, you can pick up a new case, quick charger, screen protector or wireless charger for your Android device and enjoy a 20% savings by using coupon code: RWB2015 at checkout. There's an extensive selection of Android accessories to choose from, along with a convenient 60-day return policy and free shipping on all orders over $50 in the US and Canada.
An update for Google Maps is planned for the upcoming weekend, which will be made available just before Memorial Day on Monday. The update will implement better traffic alerts and alternate route suggestions.
Microsoft-owned Sunrise Calendar has introduced support for Wunderlist, allowing you to create, modify and view your to-do lists directly in the calendar app.
To enable integration with the service, head to Settings in Sunrise, select Add Account, choose Wunderlist and log in with your credentials. After logging in, you can select which lists from Wunderlist you want to access within Sunrise.
Google has posted the Android 5.1.1 factory image for the Nexus 9 (LTE) as the OTA rolls out to it, the Nexus 4, and Nexus 5.
Google has started pushing out Android 5.1.1 to three Nexus devices today: the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 9 (LTE). And if you're not up to waiting around, the factory images for all three devices have been posted as well.
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