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Samsung unveils its first TV commercial for the Gear S watch

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The Gear S smartwatch is a best-seller in Samsung’s home country of South Korea, and now it’s received its first ever TV ad too. This has been published by Samsung on its official YouTube channel, and it’s a short, concise look at a few things that make this watch stand out.

The Gear S, you may remember, is the first smartwatch to come with its own mobile network connectivity (and a SIM card slot for that purpose), eschewing the need for it to constantly be paired to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 seem to have signal issues

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Last month, Samsung finally announced the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, which had been leaking like crazy before that. The two new phones are decidedly mid-range in specs, but they do come with metal unibody construction. It’s taken Samsung a very long time to go this route for smartphone materials, and now it looks like it may have a problem on its hands.

A simple test conducted in Russia shows that the A3 and A5 have noticeably worse signal reception when compared to the plastic Galaxy S5. Read more »

HTC Camera is the latest built-in app to arrive in the Google Play Store

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HTC has published yet another of its built-in apps on the Google Play Store today. This time we’re talking about HTC Camera, which joins many other apps, including the Sense 6 lock screen, the Sense launcher, as well as HTC Weather.

HTC Camera is (obviously) the built-in camera app for recent smartphones made by the Taiwanese company, and it features the Eye experience for select devices. Read more »

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 »

Instagram adds caption edition, improved discovery options

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Instagram has released an update for its iOS and Android apps that adds two new features. The first is the ability to edit captions, which was sorely missed before.

Previously, if you made some typo in your caption or wanted to change it, the only way was to delete it and then add it again as a comment, which only worked if someone else hadn’t commented yet on your photo. Or, just reupload the photo altogether. Now an option appears in the menu below the image that will let you edit the caption of your photo whenever you want. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 3 is now in stock in the United States

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Sony SmartWatch 3 is now in stock at the Google Play store in the United States The wearable device is listed as ready to leave the warehouse in 1-2 business days.

The $249.99 Sony SmartWatch 3 first appeared in the Play store in the middle of last month. Read more »

With its latest Galaxy Note 4 ads, Samsung wants to make you laugh

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Samsung isn’t going to stop pushing out ads for the Galaxy Note 4 anytime soon. With its gigantic marketing budget, that’s pretty much a given. So today the Korean company has outed a couple more creations that focus on specific features of its latest phablet.

Unlike some of its commercials from the past, these two rely heavily on humor to get the point across. 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 »

HERE Maps for Android gets Lollipop support via an update

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The HERE Maps beta for Android, which launched a couple of weeks ago has just received its first update. The new release brings support for the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, while also coming with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

The update ensures that the downloaded voice files are kept safe and sound. The fix means that you will have to redownload any non-English voices but they won’t accidentally disappear anymore if you’re using a ‘cache cleaner’ app on your smartphone. 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 »

New bug fixing update for OnePlus One starts rolling out

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Cyanogen is outing a new software update for the OnePlus One. The rollout of build 44S of CyanogenMod 11S for the phone is starting today. As usual in these cases, however, it might be a few days before it reaches all devices out there.

The new version is all about fixing bugs, big and small, some nasty and some less so. Unlike the previous over-the-air release, this one doesn’t come with any new features. Read more »

LG G Watch R becomes available in the UK too

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Following its arrival in the Google Play Store for the US, the LG G Watch R is now officially up for grabs in the UK too. This has been quite a long time coming, as initial reports pegged its release date in Britain as being October 24.

That came and went, though, with no G Watch R units available. Until today. If you want to, you can now buy one of these smartwatches for £225. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch will be on sale in the US on November 9, priced at $199

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It’s been a while since Asus unveiled its first smartwatch powered by Android Wear, the ZenWatch. Around two months, in fact. Fret not, though, for the Taiwanese company is finally set to release the wearable in the US at the end of this week.

On Sunday, to be precise. Sales for the ZenWatch will commence in the US on November 9. Starting on that day it will be offered by Best Buy. Availability on the Google Play Store will follow at a later point in time. 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 »