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Compact smartphone battle: Galaxy S5 Mini vs HTC One Mini 2, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and LG G2 mini

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This week’s poll is a compact smartphone battle redux, but this time we have a new contestant – the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini. And it’s only fitting to let you decide if its better than its rivals in the trio of duels we have prepared for you.

It’s not too hard to figure out which compact smartphones we have in mind without reading the title. The high-end spectrum of mini smartphones includes the HTC One Mini 2, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the LG G2 mini, all of which will be keen to take on Samsung’s latest offering. Read more »

Latest Nova Launcher Beta brings L Preview visual enhancements

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The latest beta version of the popular Android homescreen replacement Nova Launcher boasts a fresh coat of paint with the addition of “L Preview” visual goodies.

The new visuals of the launcher include a new look for the homescreen folder preview, the L-release app drawer icon and a new app animation. Read more »

Samsung 850 PRO SSD features 3D V-NAND

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The Samsung 850 PRO SSD series is now out and it sports the company’s latest 3D V-NAND flash memory technology. It brings dramatic boost in performance, durability and energy efficiency thanks to its vertical cell structure.

It’s because of this structure that Samsung could overcome the limits imposed by the traditional NAND architecture. To put it in numbers, the 850 PRO SSD features sequential read speed of up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s write speed. Read more »

Nvidia promises Android L update for the Tegra Note 7

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Nividia spokesperson has confirmed to Fudzilla that the company’s Tegra Note 7 tablet unveiled back in February is definitely going to receive an update to Android L.

The Tegra Note 7 is powered by the Tegra 4 chipset and came with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Currently, the tablet is updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but no exact date has been provided as to when the update to L might come. Read more »

Android L release: Flashing at first sight

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The Android L release is Google’s new look for the operating system since Holo. It features a new design language called Material Design which is far more than a fresh coat of paint for the most popular mobile operating system out there.

Hidden behind the “L release” moniker probably sits the Android 5.0 version number, which will carry a desert name starting with L. But that’s not important, really, as the “L release” brings a lot of new things to the table, both inside and out.

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Android Auto launches for select vehicles later in 2014

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Android Auto made its debut at Google I/O and is Google’s attempt to make the car’s infotainment systems suck less.

Android Auto puts a large focus on navigation, audio and messaging, while Google Now takes a center stage into the Auto user experience. The user interface looks the part, too, with large interface elements that are easily glance-able. Read more »

Google announces Android TV, global launch in 2015

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Following the Android L and Wear, Google announced Android TV. The company says that this isn’t a new platform, but just another form factor, which Android supports.

You can control your Android TV-powered TV set or set-top box from your phone, tablet or even watch. All you need is a touchscreen to work as a d-pad and a microphone for voice commands. Read more »

Samsung Gear Live is the company’s Android Wear smartwatch

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Just as expected, Samsung is the third company to join the Android Wear fun, announcing its Gear Live smartwatch. The watch is water resistant and will be available for purchase later today from the Google Play Store.

The Gear Live looks a lot like the Gear 2. While virtually no specifications were provided, it seems that the Gear Live will carry the same 1.63″ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Read more »

LG G Watch listed at $255, goes on sale July 7

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One of the main focuses on this year’s Google I/O is going to be Android Wear and products such as the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 will take center stage. LG’s first Android Wear smartwatch has popped up today in a retail listing, which suggests a price tag of $255.

The price isn’t yet confirmed and there’s every possibility we could see the G Watch retail on the Google Play Store, too. In terms of availability, we should expect the watch to go on sale on July 7. Read more »

Nokia X2 official hands-on video gives you a tour of the new features

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With the Nokia X2 now official, the company has published an official hands-on video of the phone to give potential customers a better idea of what it’s like.

The X2 packs a 4.3″ ClearBlack LCD display, a Snapdragon 200 chipset with a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A7 CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 5MP camera on the back. The video doesn’t focus on the hardware specs, but rather on the new software additions. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 nightly builds bring Heads Up notifications

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The CyanogenMod team (one of the most popular custom Android ROM) has shared its most interesting new additions to the nightly builds this week. Flashing enthusiasts will be happy to know that Trebuchet GEL and CMHome have been updated to allow more protection to hidden apps.

Those apps can now be further protected from prying eyes with the addition of a pattern lock. Furthermore, users can group hidden apps into a folder, which would mean less work if you access hidden apps often. Read more »

Mozilla is working on a Chromecast-like streaming stick

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A Firefox-OS-powered streaming stick is in the works and Mozilla aims to provide an alternative to the Google’s Chromecast.

Our colleagues over at Gigaom have their hands on a prototype version and have shared their insights on what we can expect from the stick. Read more »

Weekend poll results: Sony Xperia Z2 owns the HTC One (M8)

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The results of our last week’s poll are in. Back then, we asked you to cast your votes and choose the winner between the Sony Xperia Z2 and the HTC One (M8) in a number of different areas.

And so you did! The Sony Xperia Z2 is enjoying quite the fan base and it effortlessly tackled the HTC One (M8) in a few of the polls. In fact, all of the polls were won by Sony’s flagship, but some of the wins didn’t come as easily. Let’s see what happened in detail. Read more »

Google’s Introduction to Android Wear video hypes everyone up ahead of I/O 2014

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Google has launched an Introduction to Android Wear video, further hyping everyone a week before Google I/O 2014 kicks off. The video shows the Android Wear look and feel and goes on to shed some light on the developer side of things.

In the video, Google Developers evangelist Timothy Jordan also talks about the problem with most smartwatch user interfaces. According to Google, the UI of Android Wear is better, as it is centered around context and this helps users have all relevant information at a glance. Read more »

Stock Android Email app goes to the Play Store

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The stock Email app that has been part of Android for a long time is now available to download in the Play Store. The app is also updated with a few new visual additions that reflect the latest look and feel of Google’s apps.

As part of the changelog, the Email client now sports increased security for Gmail accounts as well as easier account setup flow (not that it was difficult to start with). Read more »