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2 days ago

Xiaomi's $15 Mi Band now syncs with Google Fit

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Xiaomi pushed out an update to the Mi Fit companion app for the Mi Band fitness tracker that allows the sharing of data to Google Fit.

The compatibility with Google Fit makes the Mi Band — which went on sale in India earlier this year for just $15 — a much more attractive proposition for customers looking to track their daily activity. The Mi Band offers call and text notification alerts delivered through the trio of LED lights on its surface, and is IP67 certified.

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2 days ago

LG G4 now available at Carphone Warehouse, black leather option exclusive to retailer

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Carphone Warehouse has commenced sales of the LG G4, with the retailer offering the device on monthly plans starting at £35 a month.

The Black Leather variant of the LG G4 will be exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. The leather option makes the device feel much more premium, and is definitely worth the upgrade. In addition to the Black Leather version, Carphone Warehouse is stocking the brown leather option as well as the plastic-clad grey model.

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3 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: what are you looking forward to most at Google I/O?

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It's the most wonderful time of the year... It's the hap-happiest conference of all! Google I/O is just two short days away.

Google I/O is a bit like Christmas. Everyone gets together to drink, talk shop, and drink. Everyone waits in anticipation for Santa — Sundar Pichai — to come out and give us all our presents. Now, I/O makes a lot of parents — developers and bloggers — panic it's a chaotic time of travel and frantically trying to scoop together as much as possible to make sure the big day is perfect for their kids — users. And no matter what is announced on that stage, the only thing every kid wants on Christmas is to play with it. Right. Now. And while we have a pretty good idea of what some of our material design-wrapped presents are going to be, it's always fun to dream about what we're gonna get. And we Android fans have a lot to dream about this year.

So, what did you ask Santa for?

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3 days ago

Android 5.1 rolling out to 2014 Moto X and Moto E LTE on U.S. Cellular

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U.S. Cellular has begun rolling out Android 5.1 to the 2014 Moto X and the Moto E LTE.

If you happen to be rocking a 2014 Moto X or Moto E LTE on U.S. Cellular, you might want to hit that system update button, as the carrier has officially started rolling the Android 5.1 update out to both devices today.

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3 days ago

Using Cyanogen OS AudioFX, and whether you should bother

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AudioFX

One of the many software partnerships baked into Cyanogen OS is Audio FX, which is designed to help you get the best sound possible when listening through your phone. It's up to you to decide if it's worth the work though.

Generally speaking, audio enhancement apps and services for Android phones and tablets have a complicated relationship with their users. Someone with a reasonable understanding of how audio works can use an audio enhancement service to great effect, but these services need to cater to everyone else as well. The end result typically is a series of presets that are almost good and a series of toggles so you can turn the feature on and off depending on what you're listening to, but if you get one on your device that works well it can be a big deal.

Cyanogen OS includes one of these services in the form of a partnership with MaxxAudio, called AudioFX. Here's what you need to know in order to effectively navigate the app, should you decide your audio could use a little tweaking.

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3 days ago

Watch Phil live tonight on TWiT's All About Android show!

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Coming up live tonight starting at 5 p.m. PDT — that's 8 p.m. on the east coast — our own Phil Nickinson is back in California ahead of this year's Google I/O developer conference but first is making a stop at the TWiT studios for All About Android!

Expect a whole bunch of Google I/O previewing as everyone gets set for the annual conference Plus, the latest in other Android news, and plenty of other hijinks!

You can watch the show live at this link. And be sure to heckle in the chat!

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3 days ago

EE lights up 4G LTE roaming in China

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LTE roaming

UK mobile operator EE has become the first British network to offer 4G LTE roaming coverage in mainland China.

The carrier's list of 4G roaming countries has not yet been updated to reflect the change, however we've been seeing solid LTE coverage through China Unicom on our EE SIMs in the Beijing area in recent days. Unicom operates FDD-LTE — the flavor of 4G used by most Western networks — on Band 3, which also happens to be EE's main LTE band at home. Its main rivals, China Mobile and China Telecom, only use TDD-LTE frequencies, which are incompatible with most 4G phones sold in Europe. So naturally, the Unicom pair-up makes most sense for a Euro network like EE.

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3 days ago

Microsoft Office apps to be pre-installed on LG, Sony and other Android tablets

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If you buy a new Android tablet, the chances are getting better that it might have Office apps from Microsoft pre-installed out of the box.

After announcing that Samsung, Dell and 10 more OEMs would pre-install Microsoft apps and services on their Android tablets earlier this year, Microsoft is announcing similar agreements with 20 more Android tablet makers, including LG and Sony.

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3 days ago

Nexus Player price cut to $79 on the Google Store

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Google has cut the price of the Nexus Player on the Google Store to $79.

If you're still looking to get your hands on Google's first Android TV box, the company has cut the price of the Nexus Player by $20, bringing it down to $79 from its previous $99 price tag.

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3 days ago

Download Android 5.1.1 factory image for T-Mobile Nexus 6 now

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The factory image which includes Wi-Fi calling on T-Mobile has now been made available from Google for the Nexus 6.

Android 5.1.1 build LYZ28E has just been made available from Google for Nexus 6 owners who have T-Mobile to download and install. This release brings both the factory image and OTA update files, allowing users to update their devices without having to wait.

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3 days ago

OnePlus teases 'time to change' announcement for June 1 on Twitter

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In typical OnePlus fashion, the company has sent out a very vague tweet which hints towards a new announcement on June 1.

OnePlus has not hid the fact that they are working on a successor to their OnePlus One, and the company is now preparing an announcement for June 1. The tweet gives very little information, besides that the company is looking to 'shake up the tech industry', and that they feel it is 'time for change'.

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3 days ago

Aukey's Dual-USB Turbo Car Charger rocks Quick Charge 2.0 in a small size

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Accelerating the charging experience on the go is Aukey's Dual-USB Turbo Car Charger — a pocket-sized companion you'll want for every commute.

Whether you're playing taxi, carpooling, or riding solo, having enough chargers in the car makes everyone's life much simpler. For the sake of getting the fastest charge possible, you'll want something that puts out more juice than your run-of-the-mill charger. Aukey has packed this little bugger with Quick Charge 2.0 along with a spare USB port for second device — leaving plenty of room for other things besides your charger.

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3 days ago

Moto 360 gets $100 price cut from Motorola, now just $149

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Motorola has lowered the cost of the Moto 360 on their own site by $100, with configurations now starting at just $149.

The Moto 360 has seen a number of sales and price reductions in recent times, as the device nears the one year mark in its life cycle. There have already been rumors of a second generation Moto 360, and it wouldn't be overly surprising to see Motorola announce something sooner than later.

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3 days ago

US Cellular begins LG G4 presale on May 29, landing in-store June 4

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The LG G4 will become available to US Cellular customers on May 29 as they open up presales of the device for $199 on contract.

US Cellular will offer the LG G4 in gold, genuine black leather and metallic gray when they open up presales on May 29. Customers will be able to purchase the device for $199 on a new two-year agreement, as well as through their installment plans.

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3 days ago

Opera Max update should allow Android users to enjoy a faster Wi-Fi experience

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Want a faster data experience on your Android phone on a shared Wi-Fi network? The latest Opera Max update might be for you with a new data compression feature.

Opera Software, best known for their mobile web browser, has updated their Opera Max app management tool for Android with a new feature that should allow users on public Wi-Fi networks to have a faster experience.

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