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Google Keep gets Android Wear support

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Today Google has started rolling out a new version of its note-taking app, Keep. The main new feature inside this release is support for Android Wear. So, in other words, you can now use Google Keep on your Android Wear-running smartwatch.

A note-taking app is obviously a good fit for your wrist – not only for quickly creating new notes, but also for viewing the ones you’ve already added from your phone or tablet. If you use Keep for grocery shopping lists, you may find it easier to glance at such information on your watch instead of your smartphone. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge goes on pre-order in the US tomorrow

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As we told you a few weeks ago, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition is now up for pre-order in Japan. If you’re in the US, though, you only have to wait until tomorrow to get in your pre-order. Samsung has officially announced that starting on April 24, Best Buy will have the virtual reality headset available for pre-order for interested customers.

The Gear VR Innovator Edition will be in stock on May 8, both at Best Buy and at Samsung’s own online store for the US. In-store availability will follow on May 15. Read more »

New TV ad focuses on the ultra vivid screen of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

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Today Samsung made yet another TV ad for its latest flagship smartphones official. This ad is around 30 seconds long, and thus it has time to focus on just one feature: the display.

As you may know, both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge have 5.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreens, with the insane QHD (2,560×1,440) resolution. These displays, according to certain professional opinions, are the best ever seen in a smartphone. Read more »

Facebook launches Hello, a new dialer and contacts app for Android

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Facebook Home may not have been a success at all, but the social network isn’t ready to give up on the idea of replacing built-in functionality on Android with its own apps. Case in point – today Facebook has launched a new app called Hello. This is basically an alternative dialer app for Android, and it’s already up for grabs in the Google Play Store (though it seems to be geo-restricted, so you may not be able to download it depending on where you are).

Hello combines a dialer with an interface for viewing contacts, along with easy call blocking and seamless search for people and places. The search part feels especially well tailored for queries relating to businesses. You just need to type a few letters of the name, and if that business has a Facebook page you’ll then be able to call it with one tap (if it has a phone number listed on Facebook itself, of course). Read more »

Voice calls now available in WhatsApp for iPhone

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The Android version of WhatsApp finally let everyone use the voice call feature at the end of March, and now the same can be said for the app’s iOS iteration.

The latest version of WhatsApp for iPhone, 2.12.1, has just gone live in the iTunes App Store. Once you install it (or update to it), you’ll get the ability to call your WhatsApp contacts. However, the functionality may not be immediately available for you, even if you do use this iteration of the app. Read more »

Video shows Office universal apps working on the next build of Windows 10 for phones

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Like we told you a few days ago, Office universal apps are headed to the Windows 10 for phones preview before the end of April. It looks like they will land as part of a new preview release that’s due to be out soon for members of the Windows Insider program. The new build has the number 12544, and it’s been given a short video preview somewhere in China.

Unfortunately if you don’t speak Chinese you won’t understand the audio, but the video is still very useful because it shows us the upcoming Office universal apps on a working smartphone. Read more »

LG’s new promo video is all about the G4′s camera

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LG is continuing its teaser campaign for the G4, a smartphone that it will finally make official on April 28. Today the company put out a new promo video for the device, and this one is all about the camera.

The star of the video, aside from the G4′s camera, is Colby Brown, a full-time photographer turned LG fan. This transformation, we’re led to believe, has happened because of how good the G4′s camera actually is. Read more »

Huawei P8 VIP Service will offer same-day replacements in the UK

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Huawei unveiled the P8 a couple of days ago. The flagship smartphone is headed to stores soon, and it looks like the Chinese company has a surprise prepared for its customers in the UK. The leaked image you can see below is complemented by a rumor saying UK-based buyers of the P8 will get “VIP Service”.

What this means is that you’ll get same-day courier replacement if you have a faulty unit. According to a source inside Huawei, customers will be able to call a special number and speak to a customer rep who will diagnose the problem. If the issue is covered under warranty, then a new handset will be dispatched immediately, with same-day or next-day arrival (if the call happens after the cut-off time for the same-day option) at the customer’s doorstep. Read more »

Office universal apps are headed to Windows 10 for phones before the end of April

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The new touch-friendly Office universal apps have made their debut on the Windows 10 preview builds in February, but so far they’ve only been available for tablets, laptops, and desktops.

However, before April is over the same Word, Excel, and PowerPoint universal apps will make their way to the Windows 10 preview for phones, which itself was released a couple of months ago. Read more »

Amazon now offers 25 paid Android apps for free, a total value of $105

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Today Amazon has unveiled yet another of its Android app deals. This time around, you can download 25 apps which normally cost money, entirely for free. There are both apps and games in the bundle, and you can take advantage of the offer until April 19. Added together, the whole thing is a $105 value.

To download the apps you’ll (obviously) need to use the Amazon Appstore for Android. The free apps are basically a way for the retailer to make sure people use its app store. Read more »

Samsung launches engraving service for the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 in Russia

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The A series of smartphones from Samsung comprises of midrangers with metal builds. The use of this material for phone construction by the Korean company was still very rare when the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 debuted – though lately it looks like Samsung is getting more and more in love with metal.

Anyway, one of the nice things about having a metal back is that it can be engraved with different things if you so wish. There are obviously countless third parties who can do that for you, but over in Russia Samsung itself is offering just such a service for the aforementioned members of its A line. Read more »

LastPass for Android gets Material Design overhaul, is included in Galaxy S6 Gifts

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LastPass is one of the most used password storage services, and today it’s unveiled a very big update for its Android app. Along with that, we also get news that LastPass is now part of Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts program for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

These two smartphones just became available today, and if you buy either one you’ll be happy to know that you get an upgrade to LastPass Premium for free. Normally that costs $12 per year. Read more »

Moto 360 gets cheaper as Apple Watch pre-orders start

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Sure, this could simply be a coincidence, but on the day that marks the start of pre-orders for the much anticipated Apple Watch the Moto 360 has been discounted at two big retailers. Motorola’s first wearable is one of the Apple Watch competitors running Android Wear.

And you can now purchase one with a leather strap for just $179, which is $70 less than the original price for it. Both Amazon and Best Buy are offering this deal right now. Read more »

Google’s new Chromebook Pixel arrives in the UK on April 21

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Google made the new version of its Chromebook Pixel laptop official last month, but only for the US. Today though it was time for the company to announce availability for the UK.

So if you’re in the UK and have been craving a new Pixel, you can now mark April 21 in your calendar. That’s when the device will make its debut across the pond. You’ll be able to pick one up either from Google’s own online store for hardware, or through the Dixons group and its high street shops. Read more »

New report details Google’s progress in getting Android Wear to support iOS

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As Apple is set to start taking pre-orders for its first ever smartwatch tomorrow, Google is once again said to be working on making its wearable platform play nice with iOS. We first heard something like this about one month ago, and this new report even has some details about Google’s progress on the matter.

Apparently Android Wear already works with iOS in Google’s labs, through a companion app. That’s nothing out of the ordinary, since the same path is taken on Android itself. However, this might become an issue when the search giant will want to publish said companion app in the iTunes App Store. Read more »