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Nexus 9 and Chromecast land on New Zealand and Taiwan shores

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Google has quietly expanded the availability of the Nexus 9 tablet and the Chromecast to two new countries. The lucky winners are New Zealand and Taiwan. Residents of both can head to the Play Store if they want to grab a unit.

The new Nexus 9 is one of the few tablets around with Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chipset with the custom Denver CPU core. Even Nvidia’s own Shield tablet uses the more common Cortex-A15 core. Read more »

Chrome 40 for Android brings along an updated page info and content settings UI

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Just a day after updating Chrome for iOS, Google has announced the release of Chrome 40 for Android, bringing in an updated page info and content settings UI, as well as several bug fixes and performance improvements.

Although the release doesn’t bring along any groundbreaking feature, there are, however, some useful additions, including a new bookmarks manager, larger address bar with overflow button for devices running Android Lollipop, close all tabs shortcut for tablets, as well as a new zoom and view/copy URL behavior. Read more »

HTC One (M8) GPE disappears from the Google Play store

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The Google Play edition HTC One (M8) is no longer available to order from the search giant’s online store. The handset was quietly removed from Google Play.

HTC One (M8) was the last Google Play edition device which was available for purchase. Read more »

WhatsApp Web officially launches for Google Chrome, yet sans iOS support for now

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The much leaked Web interface for WhatsApp is now live. As you may have imagined, this allows you to use your computer to send and receive WhatsApp messages. But, true to this app’s very obvious “mobile first” mantra, the Web client is acting simply as an extension of your phone.

Thus, all the messages still actually live on your handset, they’re just shown to you on the Web as well. So your phone needs to be connected to the Internet while you’re using WhatsApp Web on your computer, keep that in mind. Read more »

Instagram starts beta testing program for Android

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Instagram has started a beta program for Android users wanting to test out the photo sharing network’s upcoming features before they hit the mainstream. As with every beta program, the goal here is to collect a wide variety of feedback on the new features and their funtionality.

If you’re interested in becoming a tester, join the Instagram Beta Group and opt into the beta program. Read more »

Original HTC One in blue can now be yours for $199.99 without a contract

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Sure, by now even the HTC One (M8) is getting pretty old, but on the other hand this is a pretty sweet deal. Best Buy has decided to drastically cut the price of its blue, contract-free units of the original HTC One, also known as One (M7).

So now you can grab one of those for just $199.99. And again, this is without a long-term contract requirement. Read more »

Hands-on with HP’s six new Android and Windows 8.1 tablets

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HP launched today a plethora of new tablets running either Android or Windows OS. A diversity of user scenarios seems to be what HP had in mind prepping those gadgets and it sure looks like it succeeded.

There are six new slates introduced today – the Android-powered HP Pro Slate 12, Pro Slate 10 EE G1 and Pro Slate 8, joining the Windows-running HP Pro Tablet 408, Pro Tablet 10 EE G1 and Elite X2 1011. Read more »

LG’s new trailer shows how the G Flex 2 redefines the mobile industry

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LG is definitely no stranger to flashy commercials and visually impressive promos and the Korean giant seems to be going all out for the LG G Flex 2 – the latest addition to its device lineup. The recently released video is somewhat of an extended version of the clip show at CES 2015 when the smartphone was announced.

The minute and a half promo is nothing short of spectacular. Visuals are gorgeous and it is full to the brim with impressive renderings of the device and dramatic animations. The emphasis is on the interesting features that the LG G Flex 2 brings to the table. Read more »

Humble Mobile Bundle 10 offering $30 worth of Android games for just $4

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Humble Bundle, the company that offers large bundles of games for whatever price you want to pay, has released a new bundle for Android, bringing a nice assortment of games to the table. Dubbed Humble Mobile Bundle 10, the latest bundle offers three pay-what-you-want titles: Buddy & Me, LYNE, and Doodle Kingdom, which are normally priced at $2, $2.50, and $3, respectively.

However, if you’re willing to pay higher than the average, which as of writing sits at $3.90, you’ll also be able to access Sorcery 2, King of Dragon Pass, and OTTTD, normally priced at $5, $10, and $5, respectively. Read more »

Asus Fonepad 8 tablet launches in India with voice call support

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Today Asus launched a new tablet in the Indian market. It’s the Fonepad 8, model number FE380CG, which was originally unveiled last June. Not only has it been introduced in the subcontinent, but it’s already available to buy.

The device has been priced at INR 13,999, which roughly translates into $227 or €195 at the current exchange rates. For that amount you’re getting a tablet, but you can also think about the Fonepad 8 as a huge phone – since it has voice calling features. Read more »

Samsung Orbis round smartwatch to sport wireless charging

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Just last week we found out that Samsung seems to be hard at work on a round smartwatch. This will be called Orbis when it’s released, and today an interesting new detail about it has surfaced.

According to a report originating at some unnamed sources, the Samsung Orbis will be the first smartwatch made by the Korean company to feature wireless charging built-in. Read more »

ADUPS responds to FOTA misbehavior accusations on Micromax smartphones

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A few days ago we reported about a sketchy update service on Micromax phones. Multiple users complained that they were seeing ads in their notification areas or, even worse, completely new installed apps that they never approved. All these unpleasantries appeared after updating the phone’s firmware.

Today ADUPS issued a statement on the matter. The company denies any involvement in such activities through its services and suggests false claims by competitors. Read more »

Samsung to launch Kies 4 in Q1 2015

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Samsung’s smartphone manager Kies suite for PC and Mac is about to get a major overhaul, as noted by a development cited by SamMobile. The suite is going to be redesigned to be more inline with the company’s TouchWiz look for the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

As a result, we expect simpler user interface and if the chatter is true, Kies 4 will launch in Q1 2015. Coincidentally, that’s when the company also launches its flagship smartphones, so hopefully the Galaxy S6 will have a new computer buddy to play with. Read more »

Update to Microsoft Next Lock Screen for Android expands functionality

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Microsoft’s Next Lock Screen for Android got treated to a major update. Version 1.5.10695 of the application received new functionality headed by music player controls.

The above mentioned feature works on devices running Android 4.3 an up. Read more »

YU Yureka Review

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Micromax Mobile, one of India’s leading mobile phone manufacturers, recently launched a new sub-brand called YU in partnership with Cyanogen Inc. The first phone from this brand is the Yureka, which was recently announced and launched exclusively on Amazon India.

Yureka is a budget Android smartphone. It is essentially a Coolpad F2 4G with the YU branding and running Cyanogen OS 11. It is one of the cheapest dual-SIM 4G Android smartphones available in India right now but at the same time has some pretty impressive specifications. So with a low price tag, good specifications, and Cyanogen taking care of the software, the whole thing seems too good to be true. But is it really? Let’s find out. Read more »