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Android Wear update showcased with Material design

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Google is preparing to launch an update to the Android Wear companion app and treating it with Material design repainting. Screenshots of the unreleased new version of Android Wear have been sent to Phandroid and now we can see them too.

In its current version, the app features an all black design, but with the Material design overhaul, Google has got rid of it and has also changed the iconography. Read more »

Microsoft turns Nokia Conversations to Lumia Conversations

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Microsoft’s quest to rebrand anything Nokia continues and the latest one to change its name is the company’s Conversations blog. From now on, it’s called Lumia Conversations and lives on in Microsoft’s domain.

In addition to a slight redesign, the website will continue to serve a purpose on letting users know of the latest events, livestreams, product details and photos. Read more »

Civilization Revolution 2 hits Android for $14.99

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Sid Meyer’s Civilization Revoluion 2 is finally available for Android following several months of iOS exclusivity.

Civilization Revolution 2 is a turn-based multiplayer game in which you build an empire in an effort to beat your enemies by advancing in both technology and society. Read more »

Weekly poll: Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the company’s best effort in the smartphone segment, but in the face of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it faces a competition like never before. Apple’s first entry into the phablet realm carries the unique touch of its creators and is ready to show how iOS does on a properly large screen.

We already gave you our take on how the two fare against each other but now it’s time to hear your thoughts about it. Read more »

Weekly poll results – Motorola Nexus 6 gets some fan love

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Last week, we asked you to share your two cents on the Motorola Nexus 6 and vote in our poll if the phone is hot or not. The results are in, and quite clearly, the Nexus 6 is a favorite of yours.

However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine, as you’ve expressed your concerns on why the phone isn’t as desirable as most claim out it to be. Moreover, the Verizon-bound Motorola DROID Turbo also launched, and its smaller 5.2″ display is much more desirable for most of you than the larger 6″ screen of the Nexus 6. Read more »

Custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs bring the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S III Mini back to life

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The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini and the Galaxy Nexus can now enjoy a breath of new life thanks to dedicated XDA developers, who have made custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs for them.

The ROMs are based on the AOSP Lollipop code that Google updated several days ago. Sadly, both ROMs are currently in their beta stages with some features not working. Read more »

Google launches Drive update for iOS 8, starts using TouchID

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Google Drive has received an update for iOS 8, which includes security and optimization features. Chief among them is Drive’s new ability to utilize the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.

Drive can now use Touch ID to unlock the contents of your cloud storage adding another level of security to your documents and files. Read more »

Microsoft launches Office for Android tablets preview, updates iPhone and iPad apps

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Microsoft announced today a preview for its Office for Android tablets, while also updating the suite’s iPad and iPhone apps.

Android tablet owners can opt-in to participate by filling out a short survey. Eligible users should be using an Android tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat with a size between 7″ and 10.1″. Read more »

Nexus 9 and Nexus Player factory images are now available

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Following the update of the AOSP repository with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has made available the Lollipop factory images for the Nexus Player (fugu) and Nexus 9 Wi-Fi (volantis) tablet.

The binary image files allow you to restore the two devices to their original factory firmware. Read more »

Gmail 5.0 for Android arrives, supports non-Gmail accounts

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Google has updated the Gmail app for Android to version 5.0 and has completely overhauled it, both visually and under the hood. The new app sports a user interface abiding to the Material Design standards, even on pre-5.0 devices.

The big functional change is that the Gmail app now supports 3rd party email accounts with POP and IMAP. This means you can add your Outlook, Yahoo or custom work email without any problems and eliminate the need for a separate app. Read more »

Google releases Android 5.0 Lollipop code in the AOSP repositories

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Google has commenced pushing Android 5.0 Lollipop source code to the Android Open Source Project repository. In addition to the actual source code, the company has also updated the documentation behind it. It outlines all the changes that developers need to make in order to successfully build the latest version of Android for themselves.

Going under the title “lollipop-release”, the AOSP Lollipop version sports a build number LRX21M and a lot of hardware is covered in the device-specific repositories. We’re happy to see the first-generation Nexus 7 there. Read more »

HTC Rapid Charger 2 recharges compatible phones 40% faster

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HTC has outed a Rapid Charger 2.0 travel charger, which supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. It allows you to charge up your HTC smartphone 40% faster than the standard chargers that are included in the retail package.

The 15W Rapid Charger 2.0 accelerates the battery charging of the HTC One (M8), HTC One remix, HTC One (E8), and the HTC Desire Eye. Theoretically, the charger should work with other brand smartphones, which are compatible with Qualcomm’s charging technology. Read more »

Weekend poll: Motorola Nexus 6 – hot or not?

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Earlier this week, we spent some quality time with the Motorola Nexus 6 ahead of its retail launch in November. We did quite like it, but now’s the time to hear your opinion on it – is it hot or not?

Before answering the question, though, we’ll give you a brief rundown of the Motorola-made Nexus 6. It’s a large, 6″ smartphone and for the first time in a while it’s priced to match the most high-end offerings out there. Read more »

Google Wallet update brings material design and automatic bank transfers

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Google Wallet has been updated with several nice features. One of them is the option to set up a recurring bank transfer to automatically add funds to your Wallet account.

You can set up the recurring bank transfer on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis and cancel it any time. Google says that there are no fees or minimum balance requirements for the automatic transfer. If your balance gets low, you can set an alert to remind you to add funds. Read more »

IDC: Samsung nears Apple in tablet shipments as the market climbs 11.5% in Q3 2014

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IDC has outed a tablet market report for Q3 2014 and it’s good news for manufacturers as the market has soared 11.5% compared for the same period last year. Global tablet shipments reached 53.8 million as competitive back-to-school promotions and strong interest in the US have driven shipments upwards.

IDC notes that Verizon’s winning tablet strategy is to sell LTE-enabled slates, which in the US are sought after. The upcoming Black Friday sales are also anticipated to result in even larger tablet sales. In the US the market growth is a bit stronger compared to the global one and has gone 18.5% year-over-year. Read more »