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1 week ago

Google announces the new Nexus 9 tablet from HTC!

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Nexus 9

Google today officially announced the Nexus 9 tablet, and along with it the return of manufacturer HTC to the Nexus fold. This is the Taiwanese manufacturer's first Nexus device since the Nexus One started things in January 2010, and it's HTC's first tablet since the failed 7-inch Flyer in early 2011, and the even more failed Jet after that.

Along with the new Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 will be among the first devices to run production builds of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has been in developer preview status since this summer. (And it'll have the double-tap-to-wake feature, which is interesting.)

More: See our full Nexus 9 specs!

As was widely expected, and teased in a bit of a leak recently, we're looking at a larger, more square design this time around. Same Nexus logo on the back, and with the camera and flash tucked up in the top-left corner. The front-facing camera is centered on the front of the display. There's a microUSB port on the bottom for charging.

Also of note is that the Nexus 9 marks a return to the NVIDIA Tegra chipset, with a the powerful K1 on the inside. It's got either 16 or 32GB of on-board storage for the Wifi-only model and the LTE model comes with 32GB standard.

The Nexus 9 starts at $399 and will be available for perorder Oct. 17, and in stores Nov. 3.

We've got lots more on the Nexus 9 on the way. Stay tuned.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop is official!

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Lollipop

Today all the speculation can come to an end. Google has revealed that the next version of Android — formerly known as Android L — has a name, and a number. Say hello to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Summing up the new Android release, which includes some 5,000 new APIs and the new Material Design visual style, Google describes Lollipop as an OS for interacting with a bunch of different screens — from phones and tablets to set-top boxes and wearables.

Today Google also announced three launch devices for Lollipop — the Nexus 6 phone, made by Motorola, the HTC Nexus 9 tablet and the ASUS-manufactured Nexus Player set-top box.

More: Android 5.0 Lollipop discussion on the Android Central forums

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1 week ago

HBO will start streaming shows without cable in 2015

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HBO will finally give many people what they have been requesting for years; a way to access their movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones without a cable TV subscription. That's the word from HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who revealed today at an investor conference that it will offer a "stand alone, over the top" streaming service sometime in 2015.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 15

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

New GoToMeeting app update adds support for Android Wear

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GoToMeeting is extending its Android app features to include Android Wear smartphone support, allowing owners to take meetings while they may be on the move.

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1 week ago

One more last-minute Lollipop sighting as we await Android L

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We should get an announcement any time now for some new Nexus devices, as well as an update as to what the Android L nickname actually is (and hopefully a code drop). And in the meantime, Guillaume_Dev on Twitter spotted a reference to a "Lollipop banner" using the dev console in Chrome on Android.com, which we've reproduced here.

Good spot, and even more important is that it's going to earn at least one of us here a winning $5 wager. Assuming it's not yet another false flag from Google, those crazy tricksters.

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1 week ago

HTC One M8 gets its EYE Experience update in the U.S., Dot View app improvements, too

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HTC One M8 Dot View

If you're rocking an unlocked or developer edition of the HTC One M8 in the United States, take a look this morning for the promised HTC EYE Experience update. Along with a bump to Android 4.4.4, this is the new firmware that adds in a number of new features in the camera application, including Split Capture and Photo Booth, new auto-selfie options, face tracking and more. Plus the camera app gets a bit of a visual refresh, making options easier to get to, and largely bringing things up to what debuted last week in the new HTC Desire EYE.

The software update brings the system to 3.28.1540.5, and it weighs in at just about 236 megabytes.

There's also an update to the HTC Dot View app, adding in new features for music playback, a new weather theme and an option to turn off dot view altogether (but still use the case if you want). You can snag that update now in Google Play.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

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Galaxy Note 4

Samsung once again leaves no feature behind, and makes improvements across the board in the Note 4

Since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note line in the fall of 2010, it has stood as the "tock" to the Galaxy S' "tick" in the product cycle year after year. The leading Galaxy S device of the year introduces all of the new software features, a new form factor and a new internal specs, while the Galaxy Note later in the year refines the physical design, enhances the software with new S Pen features and often fixes the pain points introduced with the Galaxy S — all while doing a little something extra with the increased screen real estate.

In many ways you could say the Galaxy Note is the device that Samsung really uses to push its limits. Where it tries things to see what sticks, then integrate it back into the next-generation Galaxy S.

This year is no different, and the Galaxy Note 4 is tocking right along, improving dramatically on the Galaxy S5. With a brand new aluminum exterior that looks and feels great, optical image stabilization on the camera, a new higher-resolution QHD display, top-end internals and small refinements on the software, this is a device any manufacturer would be happy to call its leading flagship.

Despite generally playing second fiddle to the Galaxy S5, it's actually not hard to say that the Galaxy Note 4 contains all of the features we wish were in the GS5 — if not for its larger screen size that's physically too much to handle for many. This is the real 2014 flagship for Samsung, and it's called the Galaxy Note 4. Read along for our full review.

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1 week ago

Carphone Warehouse won't ship new Galaxy Note 4 orders until October 27

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Carphone Warehouse has altered its availability dates for the Galaxy Note 4, meaning those who pre-order the device now won't receive their package until the last week of October. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has already been delayed in the UK and was confirmed to be launching on October 17. Those who have already pre-orderd will still receive their units on time.

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1 week ago

Samsung achieves download speeds of 7.5 Gbps in super-fast 5G test

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The world is currently rolling out 4G, but already some parties are looking at what 5G could bring to consumers. Samsung has been testing out its own infrastructure for the next generation of wireless and the company has been able to achieve jaw-dropping data transfer speeds using high frequency signal.

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1 week ago

Kazam to launch smartphone with thickness of just 5.15 mm in Europe

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Ever heard of Kazam? No? The British handset vendor created by ex-HTC staffers has announced that it is launching a device with a thickness of just 5.15 mm in Europe. Dubbed Tornado 348, the device features a 4.8-inch 720p display that's backed by a one year replacement guarantee for the screen.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note Edge set to launch in India by the end of the year

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At an event in New Delhi, head of Samsung India Manu Sharma announced that the Galaxy Note Edge will be making its way to the country before the end of the year.

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1 week ago

Amazon announces free same-day collection for Prime members in the UK

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Amazon UK has today announced a new same-day collection service, available free for Prime subscribers. The online retail giant will allow Prime members to have a package delivered to a chosen collection point within 12 hours, part of its Click & Collect service. If you're not a Prime member, you'll have to part with £4.99 for the luxury.

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1 week ago

AT&T inadvertently lists the Nexus 6 online for $49.99 on contract

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AT&T has made a slight error by noting the price of the unannounced Nexus 6 on its online store. The company hasn't published a product page or announcement, but what has been spotted is a small mention of the Nexus 6 alongside contract pricing. The upcoming Motorola handset will likely set purchasers back by $49.99 on select plans.

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1 week ago

Asus PadFone X Mini making its way to AT&T later this month

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Asus' entry-level PadFone X Mini is set to make its way to the US later this month, as AT&T announced earlier today that it would be offering the device for $199 without a contract to its GoPhone prepaid customers.

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