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2 weeks ago

Rovio flings Angry Birds into the realm of virtual reality

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Rovio, the studio behind the popular series of games Angry Birds, has shown off a version for virtual reality hardware. You read that correctly. Unfortunately, we're not sure if we'll ever be able to play it.

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2 weeks ago

LG G Pad X with Android 5.0 leaked, heading to Verizon

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According to an image shared on Twitter by @evleaks, LG is set to launch a tablet called the G Pad X on Verizon.

Not much is known about the tablet other than the fact that it comes with an 8.3-inch screen (which was revealed in an earlier tweet), but from the image above, it looks like the G Pad X will run Android 5.0 with LG's latest UX 4.0 out of the box.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia A4 now official in Japan, looks a lot like the Xperia Z3 Compact

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The Xperia A4 is exclusive to Japan, and will be available in the country via NTT Docomo from mid-June.

Launched as the successor to the Xperia A2, the Xperia A4 is identical in specs to the Xperia Z3 Compact. Along with the phone, Sony has announced launch windows for the Xperia Z4, which will debut in the country in June. The Xperia Z4 Tablet will be available via NTT Docomo in the month of July.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.1 update for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge expected to arrive in June

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Canadian carrier Rogers has listed that its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are due to receive the Android 5.1 update in the month of June, with other carriers also estimated to start offering the update at the same time.

Last month, it was revealed that Samsung was working on Android 5.1 for either device, with the update rumored to bring a Guest Mode feature, along with the ability to take images in RAW.

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2 weeks ago

These are the top Huawei phones you need to know

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Huawei

The smartphone space is an increasingly populated – read, crowded – place to be. And it's getting more so as manufacturers such as Huawei start to pump out more, and better, phones, and push to expand its availability into more western markets. The past year was a pretty good one for Huawei with some excellent devices launched, and more sure to be on the way.

As new phones come and go, though, it's tough to keep up with things. So we're breaking it down into a continuously updated list to highlight the best devices that Huawei has to offer. These are the one's we'll be writing about and they'll also be the ones you'll likely want to consider.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon's HTC One M7 is getting the Lollipop update this Thursday

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Verizon has signed off on the Lollipop update for the HTC One M7, with an OTA commencing rollout to owners of the handset from Thursday.

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2 weeks ago

Alleged Galaxy S6 Active struts its stuff for the camera

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New pictures have surfaced of an alleged Galaxy S6 Active, showing a rugged device sporting AT&T branding.

Alleged photos of an AT&T-branded Galaxy S6 Active have surfaced today, showing off a rugged black exterior, along with the Active series' signature physical buttons.

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2 weeks ago

Google and Nestlé team up again for limited edition 'YouTube Break' KitKat bars

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Google and Nestlé have teamed up again for a branding campaign that will replace the logo on KitKat wrappers in the UK with "YouTube Break."

Extending their partnership beyond the candy-themed name of Android 4.4. KitKat, Google and Nestlé have teamed up for a campaign the will substitute the iconic KitKat logo on 600,000 limited edition wrappers with "YouTube Break" branding in the UK to celebrate 80 years of KitKat and 10 years of YouTube.

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2 weeks ago

Todoist's Material re-design makes task management look better than ever

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Popular task management service, Todoist, has been teasing a massive re-design of its Android app for a while now. Finally it's almost ready, and it's absolutely stunning.

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2 weeks ago

This week's sidebar poll: What text messaging app do you use?

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Before there were smartphones, back when we were all on flip phones and bricks, phones really only did two things: they made calls and they sent text messages.

Nowadays, our phones do a heck of a lot more, but we still consider messaging one of the most important functions of our phones. After all, these are communication devices. And unlike the flip phone days where you were stuck with the messaging app that came with your phone, today you have a plethora of choices for how you send your emoji and hilarious pics across town and around the world. Most phones even ship with two text messaging options out of the box. With all the choices in messaging, we wonder what app our faithful readers are using.

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2 weeks ago

BitTorrent's secure messenger 'Bleep' gets a public release and adds ephemeral messaging

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BitTorrent announced today that its secure messaging app, Bleep, has moved out of alpha and is now publicly available on all platforms, including Android.

BitTorrent Bleep, which launched in alpha form last September, is a privacy-focused messaging platform that keeps messages out of the cloud, instead sending them directly to the recipient with end-to-end encryption. With today's public release, Bleep has also picked up an ephemeral messaging feature called "whisper."

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2 weeks ago

The best music apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Google Play Music

Find the very best Android music players for the Samsung Galaxy S6 right here.

There are a few obvious choices when you want to listen to music on your brand new Galaxy S6, like the bundled Google Play Music, or Samsung's own Milk Music. Then there are popular streaming options like Rdio or Spotify for those that are willing to fork over a subscription fee, and free alternatives like Songza if you can deal with ads.

What else is out there for folks that like to maintain a local music library? We're here to help find you something in the overwhelming list of options in the Play Store. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from loading these apps onto any other Android device, so take a gander even if you aren't packing an S6.

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2 weeks ago

LG G4 trials make their way to Canada, recruitment period runs through May 24

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LG has already begun looking for testers in the UK and US, but now they are moving to Canada to get the device in the hands of more users before the official release.

If you live in Canada, love technology, and want to try the LG G4 before it gets released, you will want to sign up to try it out for four weeks. LG has already begun looking for testers in the UK and US, and now they are looking for some Canadians to help as well.

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2 weeks ago

Adding custom ringtones and sounds to your Android

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Ringtones declare to the world not only that you have a call, but who you are. Say something with yours.

Android is all about customization.

Don't like your launcher? Get a new one. Don't like your grey keyboard? Theme it up! Got the same ringtone as that annoying co-worker at the other end of the newsroom? Just don't like the lame sounds that came with your sweet new phone? No problem. Once you get the hang of it, the world is your ringtone.

Let awesome ring.

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2 weeks ago

RAW images and Android - everything you need to know

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Android Camera

RAW image capture brings new possibilities to Android photography, but not everyone will need or want to use it. Or can.

You've probably seen (or heard) a bit of talk about RAW images and Android lately. Some of us are pretty excited about what this brings to our smartphones, and the very cool stuff we can do with RAW images transferred to our computers. And some of us are a little confused about what a RAW image is, and why all these Android camera nerds are excited about it.

Simply put, having a camera on your Android that takes RAW images means you have a better set of image data to use when editing the picture than you would with a standard jpeg image. While the small sensor and fixed focal length on a smartphone means it won't measure up to a "real" camera, you can now capture shots with your Android that simply weren't possible before. HDR can only do so much ...

Let's get our hands dirty and look at what a RAW image is, and what you can do with one once you've captured it.

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