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21 hours ago

Huawei delivers bad news: Ascend Mate 2 won't get KitKat

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Huawei just confirmed that the Ascend Mate 2 will not be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. The device runs Huawei's Emotion 2 UI on top of Android and was launched at an affordable $299 price tag unlocked.

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21 hours ago

Take control of your connected devices with the Harmony Ultimate Home

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Harmony Remote

If you have a lot of connected devices in your home, chances are you often look for ways to tie them all together. Most devices have their own specific smartphone apps or remote in tow, making it hard to get everything to work together as one big unit. That's where the Harmony Ultimate Home comes in. The system consists of just a remote, hub, and smartphone app, but it's what they can all do together that really makes the magic.

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21 hours ago

Samsung's new Level Box Mini wireless speakers promise big sound in a small case

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Samsung's newly revealed Level Box Mini wireless speaker promises to offer high end portable sound for your Bluetooth smartphone for the price of $99.99. This is the latest entry in the Samsung Level family of premium headsets and speakers.

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22 hours ago

Nexus 6 now available to pre-order on Google Play

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Nexus 6

Prices start at $649, shipping in 3-4 weeks

As promised, Google and Motorola's Nexus 6 is now available to pre-order on the Google Play Store in the U.S. Prices start at $649 for the 32GB version in white or blue, rising to $699 for the 64GB version. That'll get you the first smartphone designed for the new Android 5.0 Lollipop, with an enormous 6-inch QHD display and a Snapdragon 805 processor.

Orders placed today will leave the warehouse in 3-4 weeks, according to the Play Store listing.

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22 hours ago

Project Ara prototype boots to Android in new video

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A newly released video shows a prototype of a device using Google's Project Ara modular phone concept that's being developed by a Boston-based contractor, NK Labs. The video was released on the same day Google revealed plans to hold two Project Ara developer conferences in January,

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22 hours ago

Hands-on with the (really) bigger and better Nexus 6!

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Nexus 6 hands-on

It's tempting to say the Nexus 6 is just a bigger Moto X. It's really tempting. Because it looks nearly identical to Motorola's latest. And it feels a whole lot like Motorola's latest. (Minus the leather I've come to love, of course.) And it's a "stock" Android device, minus the over-the-top carrier and manufacturer customizations, just like the Moto X.

The Nexus 6, of course, is not the Moto X.

A couple things you need to know up front, as we've just spent a few minutes of quality time with the upcoming phone. (It goes on sale for preorder today.) Yes, this is a really big phone. It's way bigger than the new Moto X. It's bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It's a two-hander, for sure.

But that's almost the incidental stuff. Where we're really looking to get inside the Nexus 6 is, well, on the inside.

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22 hours ago

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Galaxy Note 4 and box

No matter if you live in the U.S., Canada or the U.K., this is where you can buy the Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 has been flying off shelves around the world since its release, and whether you're here in the U.S., up north in Canada or across the pond in the U.K. you have a whole host of options when it comes to buying. In the states you're of course making your decision based on carrier, but have your choice of retailer if you don't want to go directly to the source. Up in Canada things are a bit slimmer, as you'll be picking between the carrier and in some cases BestBuy as your retailer. The U.K. has opened up so that you can now buy from more than just Carphone Warehouse, thankfully.

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1 day ago

Google to hold two developer conferences in January for Project Ara

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Project Ara, Google's experimental effort to create a smartphone with modular components, will enter a new phase in January. Google will hold two Project Ara developer conferences where it will offer updates on their hardware and software plans.

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1 day ago

Truedialer looks up unknown contacts as you punch in their phone number

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The folks behind Truecaller, a popular app for identifying and blocking marketers and other spammy phone calls, have launched a new dialer app for Android that makes good use of their existing contacts database. With it, you can look up contact information of the person you're actively calling, even if they aren't in your address book. Spooky? Maybe. Useful? For sure. Once the data has been fetched, you can import that contact to your device painlessly.

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1 day ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 29

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom.

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 day ago

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 Android tablet gets rugged for Europe in December

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Panasonic's Toughpad line of rugged tablets will get a new addition in December. The company has revealed plans to launch the Toughpad FZ-B2 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat in Europe for a starting price of 591 euros.

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1 day ago

Moto X sale in the UK extended until October 30

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Motorola discounted the new Moto X by £60 ($96) yesterday, selling the device for £359 ($578). Originally meant to be a one-day sale, the handset vendor is now extending the sale by another day, which will see the discount valid until October 30 (11 AM GMT).

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1 day ago

Rachio Iro updates with Nest Protect integration and more

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Rachio has released the latest version of their app for controlling the Iro smart sprinkler, adding new water-saving tools, as well as integration with the Nest Protect. Rachio claims that with this update, Iro owners can lower their water usage by as much as 30 percent.

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1 day ago

Sony releases Blue Note jazz themes for Xperia hardware

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Sony has released three new Xperia themes on the Google Play Store, allowing those with Xperia hardware to refresh their user experience with some designs for Blue Note jazz record label and the upcoming Blue Note Festival. The new themes include Blue Note, Blue Note Vinyl and Blue Note Story.

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1 day ago

Hands-on with the T-Mobile Xperia Z3!

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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3

The proper Xperia Z3 makes its way to the U.S.

Today, the Sony Xperia Z3 is finally available in stores in the United States. Not some half Z2/Z3 deal. The proper Xperia Z3. And that's important because we've already done a complete review of the Z3, and that's pretty much what you'll find should you wander into a T-Mobile store. (Or, yes, if you'd preordered and had it shipped already, you lucky duck, you.)

This is the T-Mobile Z3.

Let's take a look.

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