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USB audio coming to stock Android in ‘L’ release

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Audiophiles rejoice. Google will be adding support for USB audio out in the next version of Android, currently known as the ‘L’ release. The feature briefly appeared on screen during the I/O keynote but Google has now closed the issue added on its support forum asking for USB audio that was added two years ago.

For those not aware, USB audio out allows you to connect devices such as headphone amplifiers to the USB port of the phone and get superior audio quality out of it. Most smartphones these days are capable of outputting clean audio through their headphone jack. However, in most cases, there is not enough power from the built-in amp to drive more power hungry headphones. Read more »

Weekend poll results: LG G3 and HTC One (M8) trade punches

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Last week we saw two of the more intriguing flagships on the market – the LG G3 and its QHD display, and the HTC One (M8) and its impressive aluminum unibody.

We asked you to pick your winner in terms of design, screen, user interface, still image quality and video quality, and the results are in. Now that the voting is over and we have the winners in every category – here are your picks. Read more »

Nexus 8 tablet prototype spotted entering India

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A new Nexus tablet has long been rumored to come this year, and now a couple of prototypes have entered India for testing purposes.

This information comes from an Indian website that tracks imports to the country, but unfortunately the Nexus 8 listing doesn’t give us an idea about which company is making it. Read more »

Huawei Honor 6 taken apart, given good repairability score

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The recently announced Huawei Honor 6 flagship isn’t even on the market yet but some industrious folk got their hands on it and did what comes natural to tech geeks – they took it apart. While it’s not coming from iFixit the people who took apart the Honor 6 (also called Glory 6 in some markets) awarded it a 7/10 separability score.

The teardown photos reveal the back material can take some abuse, but the battery is not easy to take out. Read more »

If you use an iPhone, Samsung thinks you are a wall-hugger

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Well that is, according to its latest commercial. No, Samsung doesn’t think that iPhone users have an irrational love for walls.

The advertisement refers to phone users who are constantly plugged into a charger due to their device’s insufficient battery capacity. Read more »

Google Play Services 5.0 now live

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Google announced a major update to its Play Services API last month at Google I/O, and now it is being being rolled out to devices worldwide.

The new updates include services for Android wearables, security, Google Play games, Google Cast, Wallet, and many more. Read more »

Android Wear gets an update, now available on Gear Live and G Watch

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Google is seeding the first firmware update for the Android Wear-powered smartwatches. Naturally, the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch are now getting it over-the-air.

The update contains critical bug fixes, including to the issues with inverted colors and dimming displays. Read more »

Angry Birds Seasons goes to South HAMerica with latest update

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It was apparently time for Angry Birds Seasons to get yet another update. This time, Rovio added 24 new levels to its insanely popular game. These take you on a trip to South HAMerica, where your mission is, as always, to stop those pesky pigs.

There are even three bonus levels inside, and everything is packed with relics, artifacts, ancient statues, and rope bridges – all making for a pretty exotic twist to the game. Read more »

Samsung releases TV spot highlighting the Super AMOLED screen on the Tab S

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The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S has raised a lot of eyebrows (including our own) with its impressive Super AMOLED screen of 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.

To highlight the capable display tech, which appears for the first time at this resolution, Samsung has released a new TV spot comparing it to one of its regular LCD screens. Read more »

Moto 360 to cost twice as much as the Gear Live

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Motorola’s upcoming and highly anticipated smartwatch may cost twice as much as its Android Wear-powered Samsung Galaxy Gear competitor.

A Chinese retailer has already listed the Moto 360 for pre-order. It costs CNY 2,800 or about €330, which is almost twice the Samsung Gear Live price in the country of CNY 1,500 or €175. Read more »

Latest Nova Launcher Beta brings L Preview visual enhancements

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The latest beta version of the popular Android homescreen replacement Nova Launcher boasts a fresh coat of paint with the addition of “L Preview” visual goodies.

The new visuals of the launcher include a new look for the homescreen folder preview, the L-release app drawer icon and a new app animation. Read more »

Android Wear app now live on the Play Store along with a dedicated section

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Google has released the Android Wear application on the Play Store. Although there is not much you can do with it right now, the app will become useful once those who ordered their Android Wear devices start receiving their orders next week.

Google has also added a new section in the Play Store for Android Wear applications. Note, that these are not exactly separate apps that will run on your watch but your usual apps meant for your phone or tablet but now with Android Wear support to push relevant information on to the device. Read more »

Microsoft supposedly hard at work on Office for Android

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Microsoft Office for iPad was a raging success, blowing away download records. It seemed that there were plenty of people who wanted the full office suite available on their iPad, but Android tablet owners don’t get to join in on the fun.

Well it looks like they won’t be left out in the cold for much longer as Microsoft is allegedly hard at work preparing for the release of Office for Android. Read more »

Amazon won’t change its app store for the FTC

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The Federal Trade commission has demanded that Amazon alter its app store policies, but the online retail giant refuses to do so.

Amazon is so adamant about not changing its policies, that the company is ready to battle it out with the FTC in court. Read more »

Evleaks has an image and specs of the HTC Volantis [UPDATED]

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HTC hasn’t had that much success in the tablet space, but that might change with the rumored upcoming slate from the Taiwanese manufacturer, the Volantis.

Update: It turns out that the image was a hoax. Move along people – nothing to see here. Read more »