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Twitter adds Audio Cards to discover and play audio within the app

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Twitter has announced a new feature called Audio Cards. This will allow users to discover music from their favorite artists and then play it within the app itself. The feature is available on both iOS as well as Android.

Audio Cards appear as regular tweets on your timeline with the track. You tap on the track and it starts playing within the app with album art and playback controls. You can minimize the Audio Card and continue to browser your timeline. Read more »

Jolla teams up with Rovio to launch Angry Birds Stella Android launcher

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Jolla and Rovio have teamed up to introduce the Angry Birds Stella launcher for Android. Jolla did an Android launcher in the summer, but now the latest version comes with an Angry Birds theme focusing on one of the game’s latest characters, Stella.

Since in its functionality, the Jolla Stella launcher is the same as before, you can experience the nice gesture-based controls while quenching your Angry Birds thirst. On top of that, the launcher comes with unlimited access to ToonsTV. It is accessible by making a swipe from the edge of the screen. Read more »

Nexus 9 goes up for pre-order on Amazon

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The Google Nexus 9 has gone on pre-order on Amazon in various countries. The new tablet can now be found on the US, German, and French Amazon stores, and should be up on others soon.

The Nexus 9 is priced at $399 for the 16GB variant and $479 for the 32GB variant. It is only available in black and white for now, and not the sand color. You could choose to get two or three year drops and spills warranty for additional $71.96 and $94.21, respectively. The tablet will be delivered after November 3. Read more »

First Nexus 9 hands-on video and photos come from Vietnam

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The Nexus 9 tablet that was officially unveiled yesterday by Google and HTC is already to be found out and about in Vietnam. And thankfully some enterprising souls decided to make it the star of several live, hands-on images, as well as a video that shows it to the world for the first time.

Sure, press renders are just fine, but to get a real impression about what any given device actually looks in real life such live images are a lot more helpful. Read more »

Google Keyboard v3.2 is out with 8 new languages

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Google just released Android 5.0. Lollipop, but the company isn’t having any breaks as the latest Google Keyboard is now available with several new languages and a new settings menu.

The new languages include Bengali (India), Hindi (Compact), Kannada (India), Malayalam (India), Marathi (India), Tamil (India), Tamil (Singapore), and Telugu (India). Read more »

Because why not: a $54, 3G-enabled 7″ Android tablet

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A Windows 8.1 tablet for $65? “Ha!” says NuFront, the chipset maker that has created $54 Android tablets. Unlike their Windows competitors the NuFront-based tabs have 3G connectivity out of the box – HSPA+, to be precise.

The tablets will be available in China at CNY 330 ($54), CNY 460 ($74) if you want the fancy version. Read more »

Alleged Nexus 6 camera samples leak

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A Google+ album has surfaced containing unimaginative but important pictures. The creator, one Duan Dao, claims the images in the album have been captured with the mint-fresh Motorola Nexus 6.

Some of the images have been resized and all of them lack EXIF data so we can’t really be sure if the claim is true but some images carry the 4160x3120px (13MP) resolution of the Nexus 6 giving the claim some credibility. Read more »

Android 5.0 Lollipop gets its own statue at Google HQ

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Now that Google has finally revealed that Lollipop is the name of its Android L release, you probably saw this coming. The new OS version has received its very own statue outside of Google’s HQ in California.

This is customary for all new Android iterations, and there are already a lot of sweet statues hanging out on Google’s lawn. Read more »

Nexus Player by Asus is the first Android TV console

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The first device to run Android TV is the previously leaked Asus Nexus Player, announced today alongside the Nexus 6 phablet and the Nexus 9 tablet. The Nexus Player is a set-top-box / console that you connect to your existing TV, and it even comes with an optional gamepad accessory.

Using that you’ll be able to play Android games on your TV. The Nexus Player ships with a voice search capable remote in the box. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for AT&T hands-on

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is about to launch in the United States this week, so we managed to spend quality time with an AT&T version of the flagship phablet. The SM-N910A will officially hit the carrier’s shelves this coming Friday, on October 17.

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 packs the same specs as the international version we reviewed extensively. Read more »

The latest Android ads by Google celebrate its diversity

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That Android L teaser we told you about isn’t the only promo video that Google released these days. The search giant also aired a trio of ads that celebrate the diversity of its mobile OS.

The ads feature animated Droid characters in various shapes and sizes. Read more »

Google teases the full name of Android L in a funny video

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With Android L reportedly set to debut tomorrow, Google launched a teaser video that focuses on the full name of the upcoming OS. The funny clip sports the punch line “ There can be only one L.”

The thirty second-long video showcases a number of desserts whose name begins with L attend an audition. Read more »

BT4.0-enabled August Smart Lock arrives in Apple stores this week

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If you haven’t heard of it, the August Smart Lock uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a smartphone in place of old-fashioned keys. It works with iPhones 4s and up (iOS 7 and later) and certain Androids (KitKat and later). The lock replaces a deadbolt and can be opened with a key in case you forget your phone or something goes amiss.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because starting this week you can grab one from an Apple retail store. Read more »

New Skype-made Qik app lets groups chat with 42-second videos

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A small team at Skype went the startup route with the popular “send [arbitrary number] second videos!” formula. The new app is called Skype Qik (“quick”) and lets you record 42-second videos that you can send to one person or a whole group.

The app is available on Windows Phone, Android and iOS starting today. Read more »

Vodafone Smart Tab 4G launches tomorrow at £125

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Vodafone is expanding its Android tablet roster with one of the cheapest 4G LTE tablets around. Dubbed Vodafone Smart Tab 4G it will launch tomorrow at £125 on Pay as you go and £30 on a 1GB/£17 a month plan.

The tablet features an 8″ IPS screen with 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution and is surprisingly thin for a budged device, it measures just 8mm thick. Read more »