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Short video introduces the Nokia N1

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So, Nokia announced an Android-running clone of the Apple iPad mini. There are multiple things wrong with that sentence, but while your rub your eyes in disbelief you can watch this short reveal video as evidence the Nokia N1 is indeed real.

The N1 is Nokia’s first Android tablet, it previously tried making Windows RT tablets but that fizzled out quickly. Read more »

Nokia Z Launcher lands on the Play Store

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Nokia’s custom Z Launcher is ready to graduate from pre-beta – it lands in the Play Store today and it even works out of the box on the new Nokia N1 tablet.

The tablet is similar to Aviate – it learns from your usage and picks up contextual cues (e.g. whether it’s morning or evening), but the feature that sets it apart is scribbling. Read more »

Nexus 6 up for preorder in India on Flipkart

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The massive Nexus 6 is now officially available for preorder India. Those who want to get (both) their hands on the Nexus 5 can head over to Flipkart now and order the phone. The prices start at INR43,999 for the 32GB and INR48,999 for the 64GB models, in both blue and white.

The Nexus 6 was also recently put up on the Google Play Store for the same prices but the phones are yet to be made available for purchase over there. Somehow Flipkart managed to start the sale process even before Google, which still just shows ‘Coming Soon’ on the Play Store. Read more »

Snapchat will now let you send money to your friends

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In a move that sounds like an April Fool’s joke, Snapchat has launched a new feature called Snapcash that will let you send money to your friends by adding a dollar sign and entering an amount in your pictures. Yeah, it’s totally legit.

Snapchat has joined forces with Square, makers of the popular Square Cash, to let you add your debit card to the app and then send money to your friends. As mentioned before, it’s as simple as adding a dollar sign and the amount in your messages and sending it to your friends and the money is transferred from your bank account to theirs. The payment part is handled by Square, who has more expertise in this matter than Snapchat. Read more »

Google Keep update brings material design and new features to Android

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Google Keep is the latest Android app from Google to receive a major update these days. The latest version of the app brings material design and new features to the platform.

The new Google Keep allows users to share lists and update them in real time. Read more »

Chainfire roots all Lollipop-running Nexus devices but the Nexus 6

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Chainfire is back and this time brings the number of rooted Lollipop-running Nexus devices to six – CF Auto Root is available with SuperSU v2.20 (which isn’t available anywhere else currently).

For Lollipop devices the latest Chainfire version includes a ZIP to patch the kernel to run CF Auto Root at boot. Read more »

Nvidia Shield tablet getting Lollipop update a day earlier than expected

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Nvidia’s original plan regarding the Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout for the Shield tablet was for tomorrow, but reports are coming in that the OTA seeding has commenced today. That’s a day earlier than initially promised but we doubt owners of the slate will be unhappy about it.

The OTA update weighs 705MB and adds enhanced console mode with 4K output, USB Y-cable support and DirectStylus launcher. Read more »

Nexus 7 2013 having video playback issues post Lollipop update

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Some users have noted that the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet is having some issues playing videos after updating to the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Users trying to play YouTube videos, locally saved videos, or even trying to record videos are facing issues, with YouTube giving the ‘There was a problem while playing. Touch to retry.’ option.

There is no permanent solution for this as of now. Restarting the device seems to help in some cases but only temporarily. It seems Google will have to push an update for a more permanent solution to the problem. Read more »

Motorola Droid Turbo battery life test

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With a massive 3,900mAh battery on board, Motorola Droid Turbo is the spiritual successor of the Motorola RAZR MAXX. The latter ruled our battery test rankings back in 2012, thus leaving big shoes for the newcomer to fill in.

Motorola Droid Turbo packs some of the best specs found in a smartphone today, headed by a 5.2” 1440p display. Read more »

HTC Desire Eye unboxing & hands-on

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Announced in early October, HTC Desire Eye packs a duo of 13MP cameras equipped with dual-LED flash. The AT&T exclusive (for the time being) smartphone is priced at $149.99 with a two-year contract or $549.99 outright.

When it comes to hardware, don’t let the newcomer’s mid-range family name deceive you. Read more »

‘Candy Crush Soda Saga’ for iOS and Android game review

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Love it or hate it, there is no denying that Candy Crush Saga is massively popular and an obscene number of people still play it every day. It is the second most profitable game on the mobile platform right now and earns millions through in-app purchases.

Over a period of time developer King.com has come up with several clones of the game in an effort to also clone the success of the original but none of them have taken off the way the original did (this may have something to do with none of them being particularly different to make anyone want to play them). The latest one is Candy Crush Soda Saga, which is a slight improvement on the original. Having played the original for a while (back when everyone else did) I thought I’d give this new one a try. Read more »

OnePlus will offer Indian users full warranty for their Ones

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Many users in India have bought the OnePlus One via unofficial means or through resellers meaning that their phones don’t have official warranty with OnePlus.

But the maker has been gracious enough to cover all those users if their phones were bought from OnePlus.net – the global variant of the device. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Galaxy Note 4 crushes the iPhone 6 Plus

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A big fight was taking place in the sidebar of our blog this week – the Apple iPhone 6 Plus faced the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in a clash of two proper heavyweight champions.

After giving you our take on how the two compare, we were interested to find out what’s your take on it. And as it turns out, you guys really the latest Samsung phablet far more than its Apple rival. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch can now be bought from Google Play or Best Buy

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Less than 24 hours ago, we spotted the Asus ZenWatch getting listed in the Google Play Store. Back then, however, the smartwatch was only said to be “coming soon”, and you couldn’t order it.

That’s all changed now. Google has officially announced that Asus’ first Android Wear-based smartwatch is up for grabs, both in the Play Store and at Best Buy. Read more »

LG G Watch R arrives at T-Mobile on November 19, Moto 360 available now

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If you’re into round Android Wear-based smartwatches, T-Mobile has a couple of things to tell you. The magenta carrier has today announced that it will begin selling the round LG G Watch R on November 19, which is next Wednesday.

And it’s also revealed that the Moto 360 is now available to purchase from its website. The in-store launch for Motorola’s watch will happen on November 19 too. Read more »