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LG G-Pad 8.3 sees insane price cut at Tesco UK, now available for £119

UK supermarket Tesco has a sweet deal for anyone looking for a brand new Android tablet. The white LG G-Pad is now available for just £119, part of the supermarket's Easter Deals. That's a massive saving of £130 for an 8-inch tablet with a quad-core chip and 16GB internal storage. While it's the...
Samsung Kindle

Samsung and Amazon partner up for new custom Kindle experience

Samsung and Amazon today announced a new custom Kindle experience for consumers who own Samsung Android hardware. This eBook service, Kindle for Samsung, is available to all Galaxy hardware running Android 4.0 or above. If you're using a smartphone from another vendor, fear not as the official...
Sony Xperia ZL

Sony to roll out Android 4.4 to Xperia Z hardware in May

Sony is set to bring Android 4.4 (KitKat) to consumers this coming May, according to the Sony website. Those who own older Xperia Z products will be updated to the later version of the operating system. This covers the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and the Xperia Tablet Z. We previously looked at the company'...
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Google Camera

Google’s official camera app has received an update today with a few new things. We’ve got a new background blur effect that has become all the rage with SLR wannabes like the HTC One M8 and a new UI with extra-big capture button. It's also worth noting that the aspect ratio of the shot is properly reflected in the preview now, a longtime issue with the old stock Camera app. And the much maligned radial menu for controlling shooting modes has been dumped too, replaced with an overflow menu near the shutter key, which gives access to guidelines, HDR, flash and the front camera.

The new version has a lot in common with recent leaks purporting to show future Gmail and Calendar apps. It’ll be great to see what else gets updated in the near future, as Google appears to be exploring a new visual direction for its Android apps.

Photospheres have been updated as well and now support resolutions of up to 50 megapixels.

The update is available for phones and tablets on Android 4.4 and up, so you don't need a Nexus or GPe device to take it for a spin. Download it now and let us know what you think.

More: +EvanRapoport

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There have been many murmurs about the LG G3 lately, and a launch is creeping closer to reality with a leaked image of the retail packaging revealed by The Verge. Apparently the gold color on the front is going to match the device itself. There aren’t any new pictures of the G3, but a leaked LG handset due for Japan may give you an idea of what to expect. When reached for comment, LG would only confirm that their next handset would have the 1440 x 2560 display that we had glimpsed earlier, thought not the exact size.

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A few months back saw Sprint introduce their new Framily Plan discounts that allowed customers to see reduced per-line prices for each line added to their account, and now prepaid carrier Aio is firing back with their own version of the concept. They're calling it Group Save, and it could save Aio customers up to $90 when they have five lines on their account.

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After yesterday's open-to-all Google Glass sale, Google seems to have run out of the expensive headset. The Glass Explorer program, which previously was open for anybody to sign up (and then maybe be admitted by Google at a later point) is now closed.

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HTC has released the preview SDK for its Dual Lens API. The HTC One M8 Dual Lens system with a 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" sensor, working in tandem with a smaller camera that senses depth to capture information about distance, allowing users to do things like defocus parts of an image. Developers will be able to use the APIs in the SDK to build new effects for the camera and use the dual-sensor set-up in their apps.

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A popular photography app called Frontback just found its way from iOS to Android today. Though it’s fundamentally another photo-sharing app, it’s got the resonably fun gimmick of shooting from both the front and back camera at the same time. Both images are posted, one on top of the other, leading to some interesting pairings.

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If you just picked up Google Glass from the one-day sale yesterday and you’re planning a vacation, you’re in luck (and not just because you’re going somewhere sunny with a shiny new gadget). Starwood Hotels has announced that they’ve got a beta app ready to go to book your room. The app offers calling, reservations, GPS directions, and photos, though it’s still in beta, and is likely to add more features over time. For those without Glass, Starwood also has an app for Android handsets and tablets as well.

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LG is teaming up with TSMC to manufacture their own processors. LG has long used Qualcomm processors in their devices, but the move to design and build their own processors follows in the footsteps of Android rival Samsung, who has been manufacturing their own Exynos processors for years. Apple, too, has been designing their own processors, including the Apple A7 that powers the most recent generation iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad Mini.

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Galaxy S5 Finger Scanner

The value of a strong password to protect your stuff is as high as ever

There's been a bit of a hubbub around the web about the "hack" of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Finger Scanner, and how "easy" it was.

First things first, it wasn't easy. If you're stealing a phone with the necessary equipment to also lift and reproduce someones fingerprint, then OK. You're also probably a more intense criminal than someone who randomly snatches peoples' phones.

It isn't a "hack" really, either. It's a "spoof," just as it was on the iPhone 5s. In fact, it's the exact same method that Apple's Touch ID was fooled by. So it's not so much an issue specifically with the Galaxy S5, more a flaw of fingerprint scanners in general. But that doesn't make for sensationalist headlines. So, just like the iPhone 5s and Touch ID before it, the Galaxy S5 falls into the spotlight.

And once more it highlights something we should already be aware of: use strong passwords on all of your private stuff.

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been graced with an update to KitKat 4.4 today. This includes the user interface update, better music and camera access, an integrated location menu, wireless printing, new sound controls, and all of the other goodies in KitKat 4.4.

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There's a lot of folks getting excited about the as yet unnannounced OnePlus One Android smartphone, and a week out from launch we've got some confirmations on the where and the how much. It's good news for Europe and the U.S., where you'll be parting with under $400/€350/£290 to pick one up. Here's the full launch list:

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HTC One M8 Flip Case

Next up on our tour of HTC One M8 cases — we've already taken a look at the extremely popular Dot View case and HTC's TPU case — is HTC's Flip Case. This is a more traditional endeavor. No crazy 8-bit dots. No quick-peek windows.

And so what you get here is a pretty straightforward matter. Plastic shell on the back. Rigid cover for the front, with cutouts for the BoomSound speakers (which, by the way, work just fine with the flap closed, including during a phone call). Cutouts for the DuoCamera setup, flash and secondary microphone. Plenty of room to get to the microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the power button and IR port up top.

Put simply, this is a no-frills, high-function (and not bad-looking) flip case.

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One of the more popular endless running games out there, Subway Surfers, has had a big update in time for Easter. Players can now run through the subways of Rome, and access a new local racer, Roberto. There are also weekly egg hunts with unique rewards, plus a new unlockable costume for Zoe and a new Kick-off board to earn. To top things off, there’s a fresh series of Spray Can Awards for rising to particularly tricky challenges.

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Google's Project Tango is a device unlike any other, and it's also one most of us will never actually get to see. It is just a developer prototype after all. But, that hasn't stopped those teardown-mongers at iFixit getting hold of a non-functional unit and stripping it bare for us to see what's inside.

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Good news this morning for Kindle owners; it seems you're likely to be waking up to some changes in the way your cloud documents storage works that results in a combined 10GB of free Amazon Cloud Drive. We've received a tip that this is pushing out, and that the merger of 5GB of Kindle documents and 5GB of Amazon Cloud Drive is now amounting to a combined 10GB account that covers everything. Pretty neat.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the hot ticket right now, and British retailer, Phones 4U, sends word of just how hot the launch has been. It's in no way a surprise that a ton of people wanted the Galaxy S5, but Phones 4U has said that launch day sales were double that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S4.

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Samsung's first Tizen powered smartphones are set to hit the market in Q2 of this year according to a report by Reuters. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, said that the first phone to launch around the end of the second quarter will be a high end model, with the next a more mid-range effort. He also said that "Android still needs to be our main business."

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Samsung this evening has launched a new website geared toward telling the story of how it designs its products. And we're not just talking mobile here — a wide array of products get love with this new project. It's based on three pillars — Product Stories, Meaningful Stories and About Us.

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Skip to about 0:55 in to see what Ellen thinks of her new Google Glass she bought. Though I think the bit with the giant pencil was more amusing.

Source: @TheEllenShow

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Back in March, a 205MB update for the original HTC One M7 went out to a few users in mainliand Europe. It added support for more routers, which suggests there was a bug or two to fix, but it also replaced an existing Android 4.4.2 update that was pulled.

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