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5 days ago

Sony Z1 and Z2 added to Xperia open-source project with unified kernels

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The Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 are now a part of Sony's open source efforts, and unifies them with a common kernel based on the Qualcomm MSM8974 platform. This won't mean much for everyday users, since applying the software to either device means you won't be able to take pictures or make phone calls, but it will make life easier for folks who tinker with custom ROMs.

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5 days ago

Moto Voice updated for faster responses, better Moto Hint performance

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If you've got a new Moto X, head on in to Google Play and update your Moto Voice app. An update has been pushed that improves responsiveness for the calling command, PIN code command and YouTube. Motorola's also improved performance when your phone's paired with the Moto Hint Bluetooth earpiece — good timing, as it's finally started shipping.

Plus, there are the requisite bugfixes.

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5 days ago

Strap in for a ride in RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 for Android

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Fans of the classic RollerCoaster Tycoon series will be happy to hear that the mobile version has finally found its way to Android.

RollerCoaster Tycoon has enjoyed considerable success on iOS as a freemium game, allowing players to build a sprawling theme park with diverse attractions, construct over-the-top rides, and rake in the profits. You'll find all of the usual free-to-play tropes here, such as social tie-ins and premium currency.

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5 days ago

Facebook's 'Safety Check' lets you tell friends you're safe during a disaster

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During a major disaster, many people turn to social networks to check in on friends or loved ones to make sure they're safe. Facebook knows that, and today has announced Safety Check — a new way to let your friends know you're safe, and to check in on those that may be in a disaster area.

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5 days ago

CBS launches 'All Access' streaming subscription without the need for cable

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CBS has unveiled a new subscription service for consumers who simply wish to stream their favorite shows via the Internet, without the need to have an active cable subscription. The broadcaster's announcement follows HBO revealing similar plans. The CBS All Access service will set viewers back $5.99 a month.

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5 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 16

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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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5 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop 'and more' coming to NVIDIA Shield tablet

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It's not exactly a shock, but today NVIDIA did confirm it plans to offer owners of its recent Shield tablet an update to Google's newly announced Android 5.0 Lollipop. There's no word on exactly when this will happen.

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5 days ago

NBA 2K15 dribbles onto Amazon

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2K's official NBA game launched today on Android, but for the time being it's going to be exclusively available for Amazon devices. NBA 2K15 offers substantially improved graphics while playing on the basketball court, and a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline by doing stuff like answering questions at press conferences and training their custom-made character. The soundtrack is curated by Pharrell Williams, which should keep gameplay moving nicely.

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5 days ago

Samsung announces 64-bit Exynos 7 Octa with significant performance improvements

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Samsung officially announced the Exynos 7 Octa today, the second mobile SoC from the manufacturer to use a 20nm process. The South Korean vendor is touting significant performance enhancements to the tune of 57 percent over the Exynos 5 Octa, which is achieved by using 64-bit CPU cores.

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5 days ago

Nexus joins the big leagues with premium devices and carrier backing

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A new era of Android brings a new strategy for Nexus devices

The announcement of Android 5.0 Lollipop brings us into a new age of Android, with a new design language, important new APIs for developers, and even new categories of device. It's been known for some time what this new Android era — the third, by our calculations — will entail for the platform itself, but it was only yesterday we learned the implications for Google's own hardware.

With the arrival of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the Nexus "subsidy" appears to be a thing of the past. These are relatively expensive, premium products, and they'll launch in the U.S. with support from all the major carriers. There's no doubt it's a significant change from the largely off-contract, Play Store-focused approach of previous years.

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5 days ago

Google may be more flexible toward OEM customization on wearables, TVs and cars in the future

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When Google announced Android Wear, Android TV and Android Auto at this year's I/O event, it mentioned that it was going to limit the amount of customization manufacturers would be able to undertake. However, that may change soon, according to vice president of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer.

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5 days ago

India included in first wave of countries to receive Nexus 6

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Now that the Nexus 6 is official, Motorola is sharing more details on when the handset will be available in countries around the globe. In a blog post yesterday, the manufacturer stated that the device would be heading to 28 countries by the end of the year, with India included in the first wave. Although an official launch date has not been confirmed, it is expected that the device will be launched in the country sometime in the month of December.

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6 days ago

Lenovo launches Yoga Tablet 2 and Yoga Tablet 2 Pro in India

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After unveiling the tablets in the UK last week, Lenovo has launched the 8 and 10-inch versions of the Yoga Tablet 2 and the 13.3-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro in India. Set to be available exclusively on Flipkart, the 8-inch Yoga Tablet 2 is set to go on sale starting October 17 for Rs. 20,999 ($340), followed by the launch of the 10-inch Yoga Tablet 2 mid-November for Rs. 28,990 ($470) and the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro by the end of November for Rs. 47,990 ($780).

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6 days ago

Today was a big day for Android, but there's more to come

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Google's still not done, and we love it

Whew, what a day, right? Google threw out all the stops all at once and we had a veritable flood of Android today, and chances are there was something to love in the mix for each of us. The Nexus 6, The Nexus 9, The Nexus Player and Lollipop came at us with a fury, and the overload felt really damn good.

Of course, we'll have discussion about what we saw, the good and bad, the expensive and the cheap, and how bad we want all of it anyway over the next few weeks while we wait. But we have to remember that Google isn't done yet! There's a good bit more in the pipes and on it's way to us, and we can get just as excited all over again.

Let's discuss what is still in store for Android fans

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6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

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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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