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Xiaomi wants to open 100 “experience stores” in India

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Xiaomi has had quite a lot of success in India, with the subcontinent now being the company’s second biggest market after China, when it comes to sales. So naturally it’s thinking about expanding in India even more.

We’ve already heard that Xiaomi wants to start manufacturing phones in India in the future, but now it’s surfaced that it’s also going to open 100 “experience stores” throughout its territory. Read more »

Dropbox for Android gets a PDF viewer and in-document search

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Today Dropbox has released the latest update for its Android app. This will roll out to users from across the world within the next few days. It brings with it two new features: a built-in PDF viewer and in-document search.

The PDF viewer gives you rich previews for all of your PDFs stored on Dropbox, regardless of where they came from. You can also use the Dropbox PDF viewer to take a look at PDFs from elsewhere – for example, those you receive as attachments in your email, or some you may already have on your device. Read more »

Google might soon launch its own VPN service for Android

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Google could be working on its very own VPN service for Android, which might get an official launch at some point in the near future. This revelation comes from a look at one of the apps that are bundled in the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Motorola Nexus 6.

After applying the update, among the list of installed apps is something called Google Connectivity Services. You can’t see this in the app drawer, but it’s listed under Settings > Apps > All. You can run it, but only after fiddling with a dedicated app for handling the launch of activities (the string is quite long). Read more »

Update to Google Messenger for Android goes live with new features

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Google updated its popular Messenger app for Android. Version 1.2 of the application is now available to download and install from Google Play.

The new Google Messenger build brings a couple of new features to users. Read more »

Huawei MediaPad X2 gets a price tag in Europe

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The freshly announced Huawei MediaPad X2 got priced in Europe. Amazon has listed the 7” tablet with phone cellular network connectivity in Germany and Italy.

In Germany, the MediaPad X2 costs €349 for a 16GB model with 2GB of RAM in silver. Read more »

Android 5.1 SDK now released

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Yesterday we saw Android 5.1 make the rounds with a few official builds for Nexus devices. The next iteration of the popular OS brings new features and various improvements to the table and incorporated all of the patches and bug fixes from Android 5.0.1 and 5.0.2.

All and all, it is much more focused on updating Lollipop with new functionality and attending to some irritations, than the previous two builds and consequently comes with a few new APIs – API level 22 in Google talk. Read more »

Multi-window support could be on its way to future Android releases

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One of the few features of Samsung’s TouchWiz that people seem to actually like is the multi-window support (pictured below). This has evolved quite a lot over time, with every new flagship made by the Korean company. It’s now a pretty mature system, in fact. But what if you like Android the way Google envisions it? Well, up until now there’s been no such feature in ‘vanilla’ Android, but that state of things may change soon.

Google is apparently working on integrating multi-window support in Android itself. This might see the light of day with the next major release of the company’s mobile OS. We could hear something about it at the Google I/O developer conference in May, as that’s usually where Google unveils big new Android features. Read more »

Moto Maker customization service now live for Moto 360 smartwatch

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Last month we heard that Motorola’s Moto Maker device customization service would become available for the Moto 360 smartwatch too, and today is the day when this has actually happened. Like in the case of the Moto X, you can use Moto Maker to customize your Moto 360 according to your own taste, and it will be delivered to you how you want it.

You can choose from three case finishes – dark metal, light metal, or champagne gold. This is actually the first step if you use Moto Maker for the Moto 360. Read more »

Update to Pandora for Android brings Google Now cards

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Pandora for Android received a major update. Version 5.8 brings support for Google Now cards to the music streaming app.

Google Now support means that users can search for and play music straight from the search giant’s personal assistant. Read more »

Weekend poll: Vote for your favorite smartwatch – Huawei Watch or LG Watch Urbane

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At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year we got to see two very special Android Wear smartwatches – the Huawei Watch and LG Watch Urbane. Now that the congress is over, it’s time to ask for your opinion on which one of the two is best.

Choosing a watch is very much a matter of personal taste and that’s why this poll is so interesting. Both watches look stylish, but each has unique traits, which make it stand out. Read more »

Google is rumored to work on Android version for virtual reality

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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google has Android version for virtual reality in the works. The new build will allow the search giant to compete with the likes of Facebook, which recently acquired Oculus for $2 billion.

Android for VR will be freely distributed just like its sibling for smartphones and tablets. Read more »

Poll results: The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is the hottest flagship of MWC 2015

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Amidst the Mobile World Congress frenzy, we asked you what’s the hottest flagship of the event. The choice was between the HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. And the winner is the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge!

Samsung’s dual-curved smartphone won by a long shot, leaving the HTC One M9 second and the Galaxy S6 third. Read more »

Google has launched a dedicated PDF viewer on Android

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Google PDF Viewer is the latest addition to what can definitely be considered Google’s office suite for Android. The application is, like the name suggests, nothing more than a lightweight PDF viewer. Now, you might be saying to yourself – “Why would I need that, Google Drive has one built-in”. And you would be absolutely true. But there is still a reason for the app to exist and a very good one.

You might remember, that a few days ago we reported on one of Google’s new Android endeavors – Android for Work. The project’s goal is to make your personal Android device much more organized and convenient to use both for work and outside the office. The idea is to have a separate set of applications that are dedicated to your business and are separate from your main apps. This, of course, means that Google has to begin launching a new set of productivity apps, which appear to mirror existing functionality, hence the Google PDF viewer. Read more »

HTC outs HTC One M9 promo videos, Robert Downey Jr. narrates

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The HTC One M9 is company’s latest flagship announced recently at the MWC in Barcelona. It packs a 5″ 1080p display, runs on the Snapdragon 810 chip and comes with a 20MP rear camera. The One M9 should be hitting the shelves as early as next month.

Quite expectedly, HTC is now busy promoting its latest gadget. You can now enjoy the device’s introductory video as well as a promo narrated by Robert Downey Jr. Read more »

Acer now preloads Swype keyboard on its smartphones

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Acer has signed a partnership with Nuance, the company making Swype, to bring the virtual keyboard to current and upcoming smartphones of the company.

Swype is now shipping on Acer’s Liquid S1, Liquid S2, Liquid X1, Liquid Jade, Liquid Jade S as well as the E3, E600 and E700. To enable it, you have to go to the input and language settings on your phone and change the default keyboard to Swype. Read more »