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Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear now available on US Cellular

US Cellular has announced that it's launching Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear today. If you're on USC and are interested in either device, you should be able to get them in retail stores as well as online from today. (At the time of writing neither appears to be on the carrier's...
Nexus 7 (2013) case

Nexus 7 (2013) Case shows up in Google Play for $49

A new hard case specifically made for the Nexus 7 and available in four colors Google's second official case in the Play Store for the Nexus 7 (2013) has just arrived, and it's a hardcover microsuede version that comes in multiple colors. Simply named the "Nexus 7 (2013) Case," it is a molded...
Chromebook 11

Google unveils HP Chromebook 11

11.6-inch Exynos-powered laptop for $279 Google has today taken the wraps off the latest addition to its Chromebook line-up today, the HP Chromebook 11. The 11.6-inch laptop packs a Samsung Exynos CPU and a 1366x768-resolution, 300-nit display. There's 2GB of RAM onboard, in addition to 16GB of...
Flutter Announcement

Google acquires gesture technology startup Flutter

New technology for potential future touchless interfaces Although it acquires companies at a pretty regular pace, Google acquired a notable startup this week called Flutter. You may not have heard of Flutter before, but it is a startup that focused on gesture recognition technology for use with...
Google Play vending machine

Google bringing NFC-enabled app vending machines to Japan

A new and entirely unnecessary way to buy games for your Android phone Japan is known for its crazy vending machines, and Google is hoping to cross the line from physical to digital goods in these machines with new Google Play units. In a bit of a curious idea, Google is installing large...
Google Glass

Google Glass demos are coming to US cities, starting in Durham, NC

Future schedule of cities not known at this point The group of people who have had the opportunity to use Google Glass is a pretty exclusive club, but that group is about to get bigger with a new demo tour for the headset. Google announced on its official Glass Google+ page today that it will be...
Google Play Movies & TV

Google Play Movies & TV updated, brings easier TV browsing

Get to watching the next episode with fewer taps Google has updated its Play Movies & TV app to allow you to browse your TV collection more easily. Before, when you were in the My TV Shows tab, you would have to scroll down a huge list to find the TV show that you wanted. The update brings a...
Hangouts

Some Hangouts messages reportedly being sent to wrong recipients [Update: fixed]

Update: Google says the issue has now been resolved. Original story: Google Talk — the service behind the company's Hangouts messaging platform — appears to be experiencing a fairly major issue this morning, as some users report messages being delivered to unintended recipients. Reports from...
Gmail

Google says Gmail outage caused by 'dual network failure,' apologizes for downtime

Additional backup capacity to be added for Gmail to ensure delivery during network failures Many of you may have noticed outages or issues with several Google services yesterday, but none were hit as hard as Gmail. Google acknowledged yesterday on its app status dashboard that Gmail was...
Google down

Gmail, some other Google services experiencing disruption

Gmail takes the day off to celebrate Android's fifth birthday If you're experiencing problems accessing your Gmail account or receiving mail in a timely manner this evening, you're not alone. Some Google services, mainly Gmail, Calendar and Google Drive, seem to be both herping and derping at...
T-Mobile G1

Happy 5th birthday, Android!

Half a decade since the HTC G1 was announced, Android is bigger than anyone could've imagined Today marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of the first commercially-available Android handset, the HTC G1. With how quickly the pace of Android development moves along, it's hard to think that the...
Nexus 10 leak

More evidence that the next Nexus 10 may be ASUS-made

16GB model may sell for £350 in the UK, fresh retail leak suggests It's been a little over a month since we first caught wind that Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS might be making the next 10-inch Nexus tablet, and now a fresh flurry of retail leaks brings some corroborating evidence. Yesterday a PC...
Nexus 7

Nexus 7 LTE factory images now available

If you're one of the lucky few Nexus 7 owners with the new LTE version, you can now safely restore your tablet back to the factory firmware using official images from Google. Images for the Nexus 7 with mobile data — codenamed "razorg" — have been posted on the Google Developers site, giving N7...
Bump

Google acquires sharing service Bump

One of the first popular phone-to-phone sharing apps is moving over to Google In a short and sweet post on its official blog today, Bump Technologies announced that it has been acquired by Google, effective immediately. Although it may not have been in the news much lately, Bump was one of the...
Android Wifi backup option

Android's Wifi backup feature is neither new, unique nor dangerous

If you let Google back up your Wifi passwords, then Google has your Wifi passwords The Internet has worked itself up into a bit of a tizzy over the weekend about an innocuous system-level feature that’s been around since Android 2.2 Froyo. The “Back up my data” option —  found under “Settings...
Yahoo! Fantasy Sports

Get ready for the 2013 football season with these essential apps

Are you ready for some football? The 2013 football season is upon us. College games started last weekend and the NFL kicks off tomorrow night, so we wanted to provide you with some essential apps for getting you through the season. Whether you're a fantasy junkie or just want to keep up with...
Google Nexus leak

Mysterious Nexus phone shows up in Google KitKat statue video

Phone looking much like a shrunken New Nexus 7 makes a cameo Update: Well that didn't take long, it looks like the video has gone private. We at least have the above screenshot for you to take a look at. Original story: Google took the unveiling of Android 4.4 KitKat seriously today by putting...
Vector 9: Ben Thompson on Microsoft's mobile dilemma

Vector 9: Ben Thompson on Microsoft's mobile dilemma

Ben Thompson of stratēchery joins Rene to talk about Microsoft in a post-Ballmer mobile market, the IBM analogy, whether they need to be more like Apple, and why Google and Samsung were so damn smart. Also: Nokia sale! Note: This was originally supposed to be next week's episode of Vector, but...
Nexus 7

New Nexus 7 reportedly hitting Australia on Sept. 10

The 2013 Nexus 7 will arrive in Australia next Tuesday, Sept. 10, according to reports from Ausdroid. The site says it's confirmed with Google Australia that the new Nexus tablet will go on sale in the country on the 10th, priced at A$299 for 16GB of storage and A$339 for 32GB. However there's...
Nokia Lumia 1020

What Microsoft buying Nokia means for Android

New owner, same problems In case you haven't heard, Microsoft surprised very few people tonight when it announced that it would purchase all relevant mobile-related parts of and license patents from Nokia for about $7.17 billion (€5.44 billion). Much has already been said (and will continue to...

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