16 hours ago

Andrew's favorite Android Wear watches

LG Watch Urbane and Moto 360

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.

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18 hours ago

Google brings 60fps live streaming and HTML5 playback to YouTube


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."

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18 hours ago

Hexy launcher is the latest from SwiftKey's Greenhouse incubator

SwiftKey Hexy

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.

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18 hours ago

HTC brings Mail app to Google Play for easier updates going forward


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.

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19 hours ago

Get a Nexus Player for 50 percent off when you pre-pay for Sling TV


Sling TV is celebrating the launch of its Android TV app with a special 50 percent off deal for the Nexus Player, as long as new customers pre-pay for three months of the service

The Android app for Sling TV, an Internet-based television service that launched earlier this year, is now available for all Android TV devices via an update from the Google Play Store.

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19 hours ago

BLU Studio C debuts in a variety of colors for just $99 unlocked


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.

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22 hours ago

Lenovo posts strong quarterly results, becomes third largest smartphone vendor in the world


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.

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22 hours ago

NSA and allies planned to hijack the Google Play Store to install spyware on smartphones


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.

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22 hours ago

Red, white and blue sale: Save 20% on Android accessories!

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.

Save big on accessories for the latest devices including the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, HTC One M9 and LG G4. Haven't upgraded just yet? No problem — we're fully stocked on accessories for favorites like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 and many more!

Take your time, browse, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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23 hours ago

Google to update Maps with better traffic alerts for upcoming Memorial Day


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.

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1 day ago

Amazon starts offering Prime Now deliveries from local stores in Manhattan


Amazon today announced that the Prime Now one-hour delivery service will now be offered from local stores, in addition to the wide range of products already available trough the company website.

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1 day ago

Sunrise Calendar now integrates your Wunderlist tasks and to-do lists


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.

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1 day ago

Cyanogen setting up an office in India, mulls acquisition of local talent


Cyanogen is setting up a 50-member team — a third of the company's current employee base — in India that will work on localizing Cyanogen OS, along with quality assurance testing.

Part of Cyanogen's latest $80 million funding round — led by India's Premji Invest — will be used toward establishing an office in India, as well as any potential acquisitions of local startups.

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1 day ago

Android 5.1.1 factory images, OTAs arrive for slew of Nexus devices [Updated]


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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1 day ago

Inside the ZenFone 2 with ASUS and Intel (Part 2)


Hot on the heels of Part 1, we bring you more of our interview (in partnership with Tom's Guide) with ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih and Intel's Aicha Evans.

In these closing questions we get deep inside what it took to design and build the ZenFone 2, which brings quite a lot to the table despite merely costing consumers $299.

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