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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 »

Samsung shares 4 must-know facts about the Galaxy Note Edge

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As the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge starts selling around the world, more and more of you will be considering owning the curved-screen phone. The company understands that most customers will have their doubts before purchasing it and addressed them in a lengthy blog post.

Samsung reveals that one of the major fears among potential customers is that the curved display will easily crack upon dropping the phone and assures that it had conducted more than 1,000 drop tests. They all were designed to simulate the different angles the phone may be dropped and the results show the phone is quite durable. A large part of the reason why is the phone’s metal frame. Read more »

Nvidia confirms November 18 Android 5.0 update for Shield tablet

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The Nvidia Shiled tablet is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop by the end of the month, we knew that much. But now we know the date – Nvidia has announced it will be rolling out the “simple software upgrade” on November 18.

Aside from Material Design and the new Android Runtime as default the Shield tablet will get an upgraded Dabbler 2.0 studio with layer support and sharing/streaming features, Shield Hub, Nvidia Grid and new games like Half-Life 2:Episode one. Read more »

Sony releases AOSP source code and binaries for select Xperia Z series devices

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We recently saw a video of Sony Xperia Z1, Z2, and Z3 running on AOSP build of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Sony has now released the source code and binaries, along with instructions that will let you run it on your Xperia device.

To be clear, all of this is intended for developers who want to build custom ROMs based on the AOSP build for these Xperia devices. This isn’t an actual ROM that you can just flash on to your device. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch arrives in the US Google Play store

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Asus ZenWatch quietly arrived on on the shelves of the Google Play store in the United States. The Android Wear device is listed as “coming soon.”

The smartwatch is priced at $199 for a model with stainless steel finish and tan leather strap. Read more »

NVIDIA Grid will stream AAA games to Shield portables soon

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NVIDIA’s Shield portables can stream a game from your computer, but they will soon gain the ability to stream from NVIDIA’s computers – support for the Grid gaming service will arrive as part of the Lollipop upgrade. The service runs the game in the cloud and streams 720p@60fps footage to the Shield, with very low latency (so the company promises).

“State-of-the-art NVIDIA GPU servers” will handle the rendering on the cloud part. Read more »