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Lollipop for Android Wear will bring many new features, leak shows

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Android Wear has gotten an update or two so far since its official unveiling a few months back, but those only brought with them minor new features. That said, it looks like the Lollipop update for Google’s wearable platform will come with many new things, and they’ve all been detailed in a comprehensive leak.

Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop for phones and tablets is ready to start appearing in over-the-air updates near you, we assume Android Wear will be the next focus for Google – namely, getting it updated to Lollipop. Read more »

Meizu MX4 battery life test

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We recently reviewed the Meizu MX4 and concluded it has stellar battery performance so now it’s time to shed some more light on it.

The Meizu MX4 was able to squeeze 89 hours of endurance from its 3,100mAh battery – that’s the time you can go without a charge if you do an hour of calling, browsing and watching video on your phone. It did so by getting very impressive talk time and browsing results and a commendable video playback result. To wrap the 89 hour off stand-by was very impressive too. Read more »

Google is bringing spoken notifications to Nexus lineup

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The Hands-free feature available in the Motorola Moto X, which reads out loud your notifications, is most probably coming to the Nexus series with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

Apparently some users have found the Hands-free option in their Settings menu right after updating to Lollipop, only to disappear as soon as you close the menu. Read more »

Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 7 (2012) leak

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While the world is waiting for Google to release the Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images for the rest of the Nexus family of devices, they happened to leak for the Nexus 7 (2012). The files are obtained by AndroidPolice and are hosted by Google, so they are the real thing.

The build is LRX21P, similar to the LRX21L and LRX21M builds of the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, respectively. The tablet will be wiped in the process of flashing Lollipop and you can follow the instructions here to make sure you’re doing a proper job of it.

Note, that you could run into an issue with the bootloader image in the form of a signature mismatch as you are attempting to flash the latest firmware. However, that doesn’t matter as the system.img and boot.img files are those that matter.

Follow the source link below and get your hands on the Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware for the Nexus 7 (2012). Happy flashing!

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LG G Watch is now 50% off on Flipkart in India

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Samsung just launched the Gear S smartwatch in India, but if you don’t need all the added connectivity options you might want to check out the LG G Watch. Like the Gear S, it’s a square smartwatch (the round one is called G Watch R) and it’s currently 50% off on Flipkart.com.

Users report it had been priced as low as INR 6,500 temporarily (57% off) but it went up a bit over the last few hours. Read more »

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 »