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Asus Transformer TF701T receives Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

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Asus is currently pushing an update for the Transformer TF701T tablet to Android 4.4.2. The OTA update takes the tablet from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to a more recent version of KitKat, but the company isn’t bragging about it as there’s no official information on exactly what the update changes.

Nevertheless, our tipster who has received the update in Spain, says that there’s now a Powered by Android logo added to the boot animation. Read more »

BlackBerry Passport runs Android apps without awkward visual consequences

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The BlackBerry Passport, which the company’s CEO recently unveiled, rocks a square 4.5″ QHD display cropped to 1:1. This gives it a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels and anxiety that some Android apps (which BlackBerry OS can run) will look visually unpleasing. As n4bb.com found out, that’s not the case.

The Passport has been snapped in the wild to be running a couple of Android apps, which scaled perfectly on its 1:1 display. Since the company debuted the squared display concept on BlackBerry 10 devices with the Q10, we doubt that native apps will experience any issues. Read more »

Latest Chrome for iOS update has Cast support in tow

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The iOS version of Chrome has received an update bringing it to version 36.0.1985.49. The latest iteration of the Google-made web browser brings the long-awaited Cast support.

Now, users with Cast-enabled devices can stream web pages seamlessly with their Chrome on iOS. The updated version of Chrome also should be more stable and with less bugs. Read more »

Microsoft anticipated to undergo massive layoffs this week

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Microsoft is expected to undergo massive staff layoffs this week. According to a report by Bloomberg citing company insiders, Microsoft’s job cuts will be the biggest in five years.

The reductions in staff will be primarily in the Nokia handset division and its portions that overlap with already existing Microsoft structures. This includes departments such as engineering and marketing. Read more »

All 73 Google I/O 2014 sessions now available to watch online

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The Google I/O 2014 Developers Conference was huge. It included 73 sessions, spanning over 2 days, and covering app performance, design, web and many other topics.

All of them are now available for your viewing pleasure, in case you missed some of them. Probably, the most interesting is the keynote, where Sundar Pichai and other Google top dogs revealed Android L and Android Wear, to name a few. Read more »

An LG Nexus tablet pops up in an import manifest

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According to manifest documents from Indian imports tracker Zauba, somebody has brought a prototype LG Nexus tablet into the country. It sounds pretty reasonable to guess that this may as well be the Nexus 8 we saw mentioned earlier this month in a similar manifest.

Of course, it may as well be a 10-inch slate as it’s been a while since Google released theirs. Interestingly, the last two compact Nexus tablets were made by Asus and both received stellar reviews so it would be surprising to see Google move production to LG. Read more »

Raspberry Pi Model B+ brings neat new features, still costs $35

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The Raspberry Pi Model B has been selling for over 2 years now and today the company behind the popular single-board computer has launched a new version called Raspberry Pi Model B+.

Raspberry Pi Model B+ photo from top

As you can deduce from the name of the new product, the Model B+ is not a big leap on features from its predecessor. It packs the same BCM2835 application processor and 512MB RAM, but there’s quite a few novelties. Read more »

Everyone in Germany who buys a Galaxy S5 in July gets a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for free

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Samsung is holding a very attractive promotion for everyone that has bought a Galaxy S5 in the month of July by giving a free Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Wi-FI edition tablet. The promo is available exclusively for Germany.

The new Galaxy S5 owners in Germany can redeem their free Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 tablet until August 10. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now out, brings Android 4.4.4 KitKat

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CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now available for download on selected devices. For the first time, the Sony Xperia Z2 (sirius), Xiaomi Mi2 (aries), Oppo Find 7a/s (find7) and OnePlus One (bacon) are graced by the popular third-party ROM.

One of the most major pieces of news regarding the update is that it’s based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. In addition to its enhancements to the core of the OS, it brings a ‘Heads Up’ notification mode (accessible through Settings > Notifications). Read more »

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 »