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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 »

Huawei announces US pricing and availability for the TalkBand B1 fitness tracker

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Huawei announced launch details for the TalkBand B1 fitness tracker in the United States. The wearable device will hit the shelves across the Atlantic next week, on November 14

The 1.4” flexible OLED display-toting Huawei TalkBand B1 will have a suggested retail price of $129.99. Read more »

Nexus 6 cases make their way to the Google Play store

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Two protective cases for Motorola Nexus 6 are now available in the Google Play store. Both accessories are designed and manufactured by Case Mate.

The duo of cases includes a flip cover, as well as an ultra-slim, transparent protective shell with built-in kickstand. Read more »

Moto 360 with metal bands now available for $299

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The Moto 360 smartwatch has been out for a while, but so far only in the iteration that comes with leather straps. That all changes today, though, since Motorola has officially announced that two models with metal bands are now available to purchase.

You’ll need to pay a $50 premium for the metal, however. Whereas the leather 360 costs $249, the metal models retail for $299. Right now you can order either a light or dark Moto 360 with matching metal band from Motorola’s own website. Read more »

HTC Weather app makes it to the Play Store

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Continuing a recent trend, HTC has published yet another of its apps on the Google Play Store. We’re talking built-in apps which normally come preinstalled on the company’s devices, such as the One (M8) flagship. And the latest app to be made available in the Play Store is HTC Weather.

It does exactly what you’d expect it to – show you weather information and forecasts (up to seven days in advance), with details about temperature, humidity, real-feel temperature, wind speed, visibility, as well as sunrise and sunset times. 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 »

Sony demoes early build of Android 5.0 Lollipop on Xperia’s Z1 through Z3

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Sony has committed to bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to its Xperia Z family and today it revealed the first step – an early development version of the new OS running the Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3.

The software is not suitable for daily use, but will give developers a chance to start working on their projects sooner. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on

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Samsung is looking for applications for its bendy Super AMOLED screens and while it was mostly for show on the Galaxy Round, the Galaxy Note Edge challenges the rule of flat-screened UI of smartphones with its unique Edge screen.

The right side of the screen bends around to the side of the device and while it’s technically a part of the screen, it acts as a separate, utility screen. Read more »

Google updates Maps for iOS and Android with Material Design, built-in restaurant reservations

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The latest Google app to get its Material Design makeover is Maps. The search giant has announced the redesigned app for both Android and iOS, with the rollout going on “over the next few days”.

According to Google, Material Design brings with it brighter colors and a fresh look that creates surfaces and shadows that mimic the real world, while layers and buttons “come to life” so you know just where to touch to get directions or recommendations. 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 »

iFixit tears down Nexus 9, gives it poor repairability score

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The freshly launched Nexus 9 got the iFixit teardown. The HTC-made slate received the poor repairability score of 3.

As expected, the iFixit disassembly of the Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet reveals a number of details. Read more »

Dropbox and Microsoft will let you edit Office files from the Dropbox app, access Dropbox from Office

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Dropbox and Microsoft have announced that they’ve teamed up to make your mobile productivity experience better on iOS and Android. Soon the Dropbox app will work with Microsoft’s Office apps for the aforementioned platforms, and viceversa.

You’ll be able to edit Office files from the Dropbox app as well as sync changes across your devices. All edits will be automatically saved to your Dropbox. Read more »

Nvidia Shield tablet will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop update this month

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If you were wondering what the first non-Nexus device to get the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop would be, we might have the answer today. And slightly unexpectedly, it looks like it won’t be a product from one of the big Android makers (in terms of sales). Rather, we’re talking about Nvidia’s Shield tablet.

The company best known for its graphics processors has published a video on YouTube in which it teases the upcoming update. The rollout time frame of “November” is mentioned quite a few times, so we’re assuming Nvidia’s engineers are pretty sure they’ll be able to pull it off. 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 »