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2 weeks ago

Hands-on: HTC's Desire 826 takes UltraPixel selfies, runs Lollipop

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HTC Desire 826

Another six months have gone by, so I guess It's time for an another Desire 8-series to land, right? Right. Well, earlier today at CES 2015 HTC launched the Desire 826, a new mid-range phone destined for the Asia Pacific market -- at least for now. I got a chance to briefly play with the new handset tonight at Digital Experience, and came away pretty satisfied.

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2 weeks ago

Cyanogen announces CM12 nightlies based on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

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The Cyanogen team stated that there would be "something special" in store for the new year, which as it turns out is the announcement of nightly builds of CyanogenMod 12, which is based on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. The first rollout of CM12 nightlies is set to commence soon, although the team notes that work on the M release (milestone snapshot, more stable than a nightly but potentially some issues) is 85 percent complete as of now.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with the Kodak Instamatic 5

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Kodak Instamatic 5

An old-school brand meets new-ish Android, but don't let your grandparents be wooed

The reports of Kodak's death have been greatly exaggerated. Or at least been made premature. The Bullitt Group has licensed the Kodak name and today at CES in Las Vegas is officially unveiling the Instamatic 5 Android smartphone — erm, camera.

As far as phones go, it's a pretty basic number. The Instamatic 5 (speaking of iconic names) has a 5-inch IPS display at 720p. It's running a MediaTek octa-core CPU at 1.7 GHz, pushing a custom build of Android 4.4.2 — it'll be updated to Lollipop, the company says. The UI is extremely basic, and that's pretty much the point of the phone. It's meant to be simple for taking and sharing pictures.

In fact, anything you shoot can be automatically added to your lock screen. No muss, no fuss. (You do have control over this stuff, though, for those private times that perhaps are best left unseen by the rest of us. The launcher has large, clearly labeled buttons, with Print, Gallery and Camera featured at the bottom — so you know this is a Kodak device.

And if you're anything like me, your older relatives might see be tempted by the Kodak name. You must help them resist.

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2 weeks ago

Quick look at Acer's refreshed Chromebook 13 with a touchscreen

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The new Chromebook 15 isn't the only bit of Chrome OS news coming out of Acer, as the laptop maker is showing off a refreshed version of its Chromebook 13 with a touchscreen at CES. The new model is physically and internally identical to the original — down to the Tegra K1 processor — but bumps up the appeal with a new 1080p glossy touchscreen on front.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 packs 128GB storage, $1120 price tag

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Walkman

... and Android 4.2

Standalone portable music players increasingly be seen as a thing of the past, but Sony's not willing to let go just yet. Today at CES 2015 the Japanese manufacturer unveiled the latest in its long line of Walkman products, the Walkman NW-ZX2. Focused on playback of high-definition music, the device aims to buck the trend towards smartphone and cloud-based music playback with a range of features for audiophiles.

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2 weeks ago

Acer Chromebook 15 hands-on

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Acer Chromebook 15

Acer steps up its Chromebook game with a new 15-incher that doesn't skimp on specs

We got pretty excited when Acer announced it was iterating on its Chromebook 13 with a new 15-inch model, and today at CES we had a chance to play around with the all new Acer Chromebook 15. The new model is bigger and beefier, and while it looks similar to the previous 13-inch model it has several design changes.

Acer has taken a similar white chassis and black keyboard, but added a bit of a grippy pattern around the outside to make it easier to hold. It also isn't quite as svelte as the ARM-powered 13-incher, instead picking up extra thickness and fans to support a new Intel Core i3 processor. The extra space also affords the room for large user-facing stereo speakers, which should be a big improvement.

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2 weeks ago

First look at Sony's 2015 Bravia TVs with Android TV

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Sony Bravia 2015

Sony commits to Android TV for its entire 2015 line, intros sets thinner than a smartphone

Today at CES 2015 in Las Vegas Sony revealed that its entire 2015 Bravia line will run Google's Android TV OS. Although Sony has been onboard with Android TV for some time, this commitment to the platform from an industry giant like Sony is a big deal. And following today's press conference we were able to get a first look at the flagship X900C sets running the familiar Android 5.0 Lollipop TV interface.

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2 weeks ago

Eyes-on the stainless steel Sony Smartwatch 3

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Before its CES 2015 press conference in Las Vegas, Sony announced a brand new stainless steel version of the Smartwatch 3. And just after the press conference we managed to find one to have a quick first look at. And it's exactly what you think it is. It's the Smartwatch 3 but with a metal band in place of the rubber one.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 826 heads to Asia-Pacific with Snapdragon 615

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HTC Desire 816

HTC has announced the Desire 826 for the Asia-Pacific region, bringing an updated version of its mid-range smartphone to bear. The 5.5-inch display (at 1080p) is clad in a polycarbonate body and is running a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and Android 5.0 Lollipop, sports HTC BoomSound in the new slimmed-down speakers — with Dolby Audio included. It's also got an UltraPixel front-facing camera to go along with the 13-megapixel shooter on the back. The HTC EYE Experience software is on board as well.

More: HTC

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2 weeks ago

Sony to roll out Lollipop to Xperia Z3 lineup starting next month

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During its CES 2015 press conference in Las Vegas tonight, COO of Sony Electronics Michael Fasulo announced that the company is set to start rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to its Xperia Z3 lineup starting next month.

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2 weeks ago

This is the Spro 2, ZTE's second-generation smart projector

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Along side the announcement of the Grand X Max+ today at CES 2015, ZTE pulled the wraps off of the second generation of their Android powered smart projector — the Spro 2. The updated projector gains improvements to its projection system, battery life, and user interface.

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2 weeks ago

All 2015 Sony Bravia TVs will run Android TV

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Sony CES

Sony tonight at its CES press conference in Las Vegas announced that all of its 2015 Bravia television line will run Android TV under the hood. That's a big win for Google, as Samsung today announced that all of its new TVs would run its own Tizen-based OS, and LG put more stock in webOS 2.0 for its connected televisions at its early morning press conference. That's not to say that neither Samsung nor LG might run Android TV at some point — it just hasn't been the message here at CES so far.

Sony said it'll translate Android TV to 42 languages at launch later this year, and support games from Google Play. Google Cast will work as expected, letting you send content over from your phone or tablet. And there will be a smartwatch app as well, Sony said.

This one's breaksclusiving from our Sony presser liveblog.

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2 weeks ago

Sony SmartWatch 3 to sport stainless steel and support regular watch straps

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It looks like Sony is kicking off 2015 by removing as many potential objections to the SmartWatch 3 design as possible. The one real negative against Sony's first Android Wear effort was its comparatively plain design and no support for third party watch bands. Sony's answer to users who want a classier design and the ability to add their own band is to release both a stainless steel version of the watch and an adapter for existing SmartWatch 3 owners.

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2 weeks ago

Live from Sony's CES 2015 press conference

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It's been an eventful day here at CES 2015, and we're not done yet. At 5 p.m. PST today — 8 p.m. on the east coast — it's Sony's turn. The Japanese manufacturer has teased the arrival of a new Android 5.0 Lollipop device, but it's unclear what form this will take — phone, tablet, TV or something entirely different.

Whatever emerges, we'll be live from Las Vegas to bring you full coverage of Sony's CES presence. Join us at 5 p.m. PST for all the announcements!

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2 weeks ago

Cricket Wireless and ZTE get together to show off the new Grand X Max+

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Cricket Wireless and ZTE USA have an all-new big screen device coming, at a price plenty of folks are going to love.

The new ZTE Grand X Max+ — scheduled to hit Cricket Wireless stores and online channels January 9 — checks in with a 6-inch HD screen, Dolby audio, a 3200mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge and a 13MP wide-angle camera for just $199.99 without a contract.

Combined with Cricket's affordable monthly no-contract plans, it looks to be a good way to get yourself set up with a large screen device without spending a lot of money.

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