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Google Fit app lands in the Play Store

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Google Fit has arrived in the Play Store. The app is meant to be the central repository for all your fitness-related data. It automatically detects whether you’re walking, biking, or running.

It lets you set and monitor fitness goals based on your activity levels, and it can be connected to other apps too – Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper, and Noom Coach being name dropped by Google in its official announcement. Read more »

Baton cloud sync and backup service by Nextbit for Android goes official

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The young and ambitious startup Nextbit launched a forward-thinking cloud sync and backup service for Android called Baton. The new service aims to integrate deeply into the OS and allow users to easily switch devices by seamlessly syncing their apps and data.

In addition to syncing data into the cloud, Baton users will be able to push the current state of any open application to another Android device. Read more »

Third-party bamboo case for OnePlus One hits the market

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A third-party bamboo protective case for OnePlus One made its way to the online marketplace. The accessory aims to fill the void left by last month’s cancellation of the Chinese manufacturer’s own bamboo StyleSwap covers.

The case features two-piece design and completely encloses the OnePlus One. Read more »

Nexus Player will only arrive in Europe next year, rumor says

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The Asus Nexus Player set-top box was unveiled by Google alongside the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet earlier this month. While the console will become available in the US in early November, it looks like it may take its sweet time reaching Europe.

Google didn’t announce any specific plans for a release of the Nexus Player outside of the US, and now a rumor claims it will only make it to European countries sometime during the first quarter of 2015 (so before the end of March). Read more »

Samsung’s newest ads for the Galaxy Note 4 are all about the camera and S Pen

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Samsung is continuing its promotional campaigns for the Galaxy Note 4, its latest flagship phablet. The company has released two new ads for the device, one focusing on its camera and the other on the S Pen stylus that comes bundled with the Note 4.

The S Pen is touted as nothing less than a “magic wand”, while the front facing camera is “so wide, you can selfie with, like, everyone“. Read more »

LTE-enabled LG G Pad 10.1 gets FCC clearance, coming to Verizon

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LG G Pad 10.1, 8.0 and 7.0 were launched earlier this year as affordable Wi-Fi-only slates. Later we heard LG is prepping LTE-enabled flavors of those slates and shortly after we saw LG G Pad 7.0 LTE kicking off on AT&T, while the LTE-capable LG G Pad 8.0 went global.

Well, as it turns out Verizon might be getting exclusivity on the LTE version of the bigger LG G Pad 10.1. An LG VK700 model supporting Verizon’s LTE bands has made it through the US FCC recently. Read more »

Nexus Player Gamepad lands in the Google Play Store

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The optional Gamepad for Google Nexus Player is now available in the Google Play store. Like the set top box it is designed for, the Asus-made accessory is set to leave the warehouse in 3-4 weeks.

The Gamepad is priced at $39.99 and, as expected, it can be used as a remote control for the Nexus Player. Read more »

‘Republique’ for iOS and Android game review

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Republique is a stealth game that was released on iOS earlier late last year. The game was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign. It features an episodic format that is gaining popularity these days and so far three out of the five episodes have been released.

The developers released the Android version of the game along with the third episode for both the platforms. I missed the game when it was released on iOS earlier but now that it’s out on Android it seems like a good time to take a look at it. So read on to find out more. Read more »

Amazon quietly made its Appstore app for Android redundant

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In a rather stealthy fashion, Amazon made its Appstore application for Android redundant. The retail giant baked its Android marketplace into the main app, which is available in the Google Play store.

Going forward, you will be able to access your Android apps from Amazon by simply going into the Apps & Games section of its Android app. Read more »

‘RETRY’ for iOS and Android game review

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RETRY is the latest game from Rovio. The game has often been mistakenly been compared to Flappy Bird, despite the two having very little in common.

RETRY puts you in the cockpit of an out of control airplane that you have to guide through a series of obstacles to reach the finish line. Everything about the game suggests that it’s going to be difficult, so let’s see how difficult it really is. Read more »

Sony Xperia E3 battery life test

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The Sony Xperia E3 has Sony’s complete confidence of capable battery life. The manufacturer boasts about 2 days of power autonomy on the Xperia E3′s product page and we decided to hold them to their word.

Before we take a look at the numbers let’s get the specs out of the way. The Sony Xperia E3 packs a Snapdragon 400 chipset, 4.5″ display of 480x854px resolution and Android 4.4.2 KitKat, all powered by a 2,330mAh battery unit. Read more »

Samsung Gear Live now receiving update to Android Wear 4.4W.2 too

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Following in the footsteps of the LG G Watch and the Moto 360, the Samsung Gear Live is now in the process of receiving an update to the latest version of Android Wear.

This is the same build that has rolled out to the other aforementioned smartwatches a few days ago. After applying the update, you’ll be on Android Wear 4.4W.2, build number KNX01Q. Read more »

Rockstar starts Grand Theft Auto III, San Andreas and Vice City sale

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Rockstar Games is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and is offering San Andreas, Vice City and the original GTA III with a big discount. The deal is available for iOS and Android through both the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore.

The mobile version of GTA III launched in 2011 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the PC version and later in 2012 Rockstar released GTA: Vice City, again to celebrate its 10th birthday. Read more »

Meizu seeks 5000 MX2 and MX3 owners to test Flyme 4.0 on their phones

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Via its official Weibo account, Meizu is gathering 5000 beta testers with MX2 and MX3 smartphones to run a beta build of Flyme 4.0.

Currently, the Meizu MX2 and MX3 are running Flyme OS 3.8.5A, but hopefully the sooner the company cleans out any bugs Flyme 4 might have on those devices, the faster it releases it. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 3 now up for pre-order at Verizon

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Sony’s first smartwatch to run Android Wear, the SmartWatch 3, is finally up for pre-order – yet just at Verizon of all places. It’s already been listed in the Play Store, but you’ll only be able to get it from there at some (still unannounced) later point.

The wearable is priced at $249.99 over at Verizon’s online store, and it’s due to start shipping by October 30. Read more »