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Pebble Android beta app update brings actionable notifications to the smartwatch

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An update to the Pebble Android beta app brought actionable notifications to the smartwatch. Version 2.3 of the beta app is available to users with devices running Android 4.0 and up.

The new functionality allows Pebble smartwatch users to reply to and delete messages among others, just like on an Android Wear device. Read more »

Pushbullet now lets you act on your Android notifications from a computer

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Pushbullet has been pretty great even before today’s update, letting you see your Android notifications on your PC, Mac, or Chrome OS device. But it’s now added what has to have been one of the most requested features – the ability to quickly act on those notifications.

Sure, you’ve been able to dismiss a notification from your computer – and it would disappear from your Android device. Now though, on your computer, you can see and use those ‘quick actions’ that show up underneath Android notifications on your phone or tablet. Read more »

Instagram adds five new filters

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Today is a big day for fans of Instagram, as it has received its first new filters in two years. The app now boasts five additional filters you can choose from, and it’s also gotten a couple of usability improvements as well.

The new functions are to be found inside Instagram version 6.4.0 for iOS, and version 6.12.0 for Android. These are already out in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Read more »

Google Drive office apps can now open and edit Microsoft Office files

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Google Drive’s office suite for Android is getting a minor but helpful update that landed on iOS last week. Docs, Sheets and Slides are all getting improvements.

The biggest update is that the apps can now open and edit Microsoft Office files. File creation and updating has also been improved. Read more »

Samsung showcases the Gear Circle in a promo video

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Samsung released a promo video, which showcases the Gear Circle wireless headset. The high-end accessory was announced alongside the Samsung Gear S back in September.

The minute-long clip showcases the nifty touch controls of the Samsung Gear Circle, its ability to deliver notifications, as well as its well-sorted ergonomics. Read more »

‘Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’ now on Android, in select regions [Update: Available globally now]

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Popular online multiplayer card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, better known as just Hearthstone, is now finally on Android. The game has only received a soft launch for now and is available only in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. As with the iOS version, Hearthstone on Android only runs on tablets.

For those who are not aware, Hearthstone is a card game where you compete against people online. You play one-on-one against another player with your deck of cards, with each of the cards having different health and attack points. You can choose your cards and form your deck of 30 cards, which then appear randomly as you play. Your objective is to attack your opponent and reduce their health to zero using your cards before they do that to you. Read more »

Half-Life 2: Episode One arrives exclusively on Nvidia Shield Tablet

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Half-Life 2: Episode One made its way to Nvidia Shield Tablet. The classic gaming title is available to install from Google Play for $7.99.

Half-Life 2: Episode One is exclusive to Nvidia’s latest tablet and requires a controller. Read more »

Messenger app Viber introduces games with a limited launch

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Popular IM and voice call app Viber is expanding into games, following in the footsteps of its neighbors Line, WeChat and Kakao. Right now it’s a limited release with only three games and four countries, but will go in January, barring any show-stopping issues.

It’s been a busy year for Viber – it went after Skype with global landline and cellphone calls in December 2013, then it was acquired by Rakuten, launched a desktop app and even took a swing at Twitter with public chats. Read more »

Vivo X5 Max’s secrets to thinness revealed in teardown

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As part of its teaser campaign for the Vivo X5 Max, the company explained how it managed to make the handset only. 4.75mm thick – by pushing most components around the rim of the device. If that sounds a bit abstract, these teardown photos will help.

The Vivo X5 Max stole the title of “the world’s thinnest smartphone” from the Oppo R5 just a week ago. Read more »

YouTube 6.0 for Android adds chat support for streaming videos

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One of the fun (or horribly annoying, depending upon how you see it) things about the live streaming videos on YouTube is you can post in the chat with everybody else watching the video, and the chat appears on the side and updates live as people post messages.

This functionality has been missing from the mobile apps but with YouTube 6.0 Google is bringing it to the Android app. Now when you open a live streaming video, you will find the button to live chat at the bottom, which will show you the messages from others and let you type your own. Read more »

Office Suite 8 gets a massive update with desktop looks

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The popular Office Suite 8 for Android OS has just got a massive 8.1 update, which brings a complete UI overhaul with desktop-inspired looks and many new functionality to the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF modules.

Some of the new features include hyperlinks and text-to-speech recognition in Word, support for multi-user track changes, better comments and page color support. Read more »

Oppo N3 hands-on

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We were quite intrigued to see the follow up to Oppo’s last year’s selfie-centered phablet, the Oppo N1. The Oppo N3 builds upon its creator in a way that both expands its abilities and also shrinks its footprint to achieve a better fit for everyone.

Last year Oppo N1 broke a mould or two by introducing a pivoting 13 MP camera lens – the first ever on a mobile phone. Not only that, but it also had a huge 5.9″ 1080p IPS LCD and users had a choice of either Oppo’s Color OS or a tailor-made CyanogenMod OS based on stock Android. That certainly set the bar high of follow-up. Read more »

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro hands-on

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Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet 2 series has a lot going for it. It’s slick, packs an amazing screen and will most likely be the coolest gadget on most conference tables.

Lenovo has once again taken a stab at redefining form factors and usage scenarios. The device is more “yoga” than ever with four distinct usage modes, including a hanging option. Throw in an integrated projector into the mix and you have got yourself the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – the shape shifter we are looking at today.

This unconventional gadget is by definition a tablet and a formidable one indeed. The Pro model is built around an Intel Atom Z3745 processor, which is quite capable of handling any office task you throw at it, all while going easy on the 9,600mAh built-in battery. Read more »

Oppo R5 hands-on

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Oppo R5 was announced shortly after the Gionee Elife S5.1 and ended its glory as the thinnest smartphone around. The 4.9mm Oppo R5 is so thin that it can’t even pack a proper audio jack.

But there is more. The R5 isn’t just thin, it’s really sturdy – Oppo recently demonstrated in a catchy video that the R5 is equally capable as a fruit cutter and a nail hammer. Razor thin and tough as rock – meet the Oppo R5. Read more »

Weekend poll results: LG G Watch R gets some fan love

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The smartwatch craze is in full swing and competition has never been more fierce, at least in the Android Wear world with a dash of Tizen and iOS for extra flavor. Precisely 7 days ago, we asked you which smartwatch currently available is your favorite having just released our LG G Watch R review.

Now, the results are in and the LG G Watch R is in for a sweet victory almost across the board. This is pretty encouraging news for the Korean company, since this is its first attempt at a completely round smartwatch running Android Wear. Read more »