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Weekly poll: Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the company’s best effort in the smartphone segment, but in the face of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it faces a competition like never before. Apple’s first entry into the phablet realm carries the unique touch of its creators and is ready to show how iOS does on a properly large screen.

We already gave you our take on how the two fare against each other but now it’s time to hear your thoughts about it. Read more »

HERE Maps for Android gets Lollipop support via an update

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The HERE Maps beta for Android, which launched a couple of weeks ago has just received its first update. The new release brings support for the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, while also coming with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

The update ensures that the downloaded voice files are kept safe and sound. The fix means that you will have to redownload any non-English voices but they won’t accidentally disappear anymore if you’re using a ‘cache cleaner’ app on your smartphone. Read more »

Weekly poll results – Motorola Nexus 6 gets some fan love

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Last week, we asked you to share your two cents on the Motorola Nexus 6 and vote in our poll if the phone is hot or not. The results are in, and quite clearly, the Nexus 6 is a favorite of yours.

However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine, as you’ve expressed your concerns on why the phone isn’t as desirable as most claim out it to be. Moreover, the Verizon-bound Motorola DROID Turbo also launched, and its smaller 5.2″ display is much more desirable for most of you than the larger 6″ screen of the Nexus 6. Read more »

New bug fixing update for OnePlus One starts rolling out

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Cyanogen is outing a new software update for the OnePlus One. The rollout of build 44S of CyanogenMod 11S for the phone is starting today. As usual in these cases, however, it might be a few days before it reaches all devices out there.

The new version is all about fixing bugs, big and small, some nasty and some less so. Unlike the previous over-the-air release, this one doesn’t come with any new features. Read more »

LG G Watch R becomes available in the UK too

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Following its arrival in the Google Play Store for the US, the LG G Watch R is now officially up for grabs in the UK too. This has been quite a long time coming, as initial reports pegged its release date in Britain as being October 24.

That came and went, though, with no G Watch R units available. Until today. If you want to, you can now buy one of these smartwatches for £225. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch will be on sale in the US on November 9, priced at $199

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It’s been a while since Asus unveiled its first smartwatch powered by Android Wear, the ZenWatch. Around two months, in fact. Fret not, though, for the Taiwanese company is finally set to release the wearable in the US at the end of this week.

On Sunday, to be precise. Sales for the ZenWatch will commence in the US on November 9. Starting on that day it will be offered by Best Buy. Availability on the Google Play Store will follow at a later point in time. Read more »

Custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs bring the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S III Mini back to life

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The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini and the Galaxy Nexus can now enjoy a breath of new life thanks to dedicated XDA developers, who have made custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs for them.

The ROMs are based on the AOSP Lollipop code that Google updated several days ago. Sadly, both ROMs are currently in their beta stages with some features not working. Read more »

Huawei announces US pricing and availability for the TalkBand B1 fitness tracker

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Huawei announced launch details for the TalkBand B1 fitness tracker in the United States. The wearable device will hit the shelves across the Atlantic next week, on November 14

The 1.4” flexible OLED display-toting Huawei TalkBand B1 will have a suggested retail price of $129.99. Read more »

Nexus 6 cases make their way to the Google Play store

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Two protective cases for Motorola Nexus 6 are now available in the Google Play store. Both accessories are designed and manufactured by Case Mate.

The duo of cases includes a flip cover, as well as an ultra-slim, transparent protective shell with built-in kickstand. Read more »

Moto 360 with metal bands now available for $299

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The Moto 360 smartwatch has been out for a while, but so far only in the iteration that comes with leather straps. That all changes today, though, since Motorola has officially announced that two models with metal bands are now available to purchase.

You’ll need to pay a $50 premium for the metal, however. Whereas the leather 360 costs $249, the metal models retail for $299. Right now you can order either a light or dark Moto 360 with matching metal band from Motorola’s own website. Read more »

HTC Weather app makes it to the Play Store

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Continuing a recent trend, HTC has published yet another of its apps on the Google Play Store. We’re talking built-in apps which normally come preinstalled on the company’s devices, such as the One (M8) flagship. And the latest app to be made available in the Play Store is HTC Weather.

It does exactly what you’d expect it to – show you weather information and forecasts (up to seven days in advance), with details about temperature, humidity, real-feel temperature, wind speed, visibility, as well as sunrise and sunset times. Read more »

Microsoft launches Office for Android tablets preview, updates iPhone and iPad apps

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Microsoft announced today a preview for its Office for Android tablets, while also updating the suite’s iPad and iPhone apps.

Android tablet owners can opt-in to participate by filling out a short survey. Eligible users should be using an Android tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat with a size between 7″ and 10.1″. Read more »

Sony demoes early build of Android 5.0 Lollipop on Xperia’s Z1 through Z3

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Sony has committed to bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to its Xperia Z family and today it revealed the first step – an early development version of the new OS running the Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3.

The software is not suitable for daily use, but will give developers a chance to start working on their projects sooner. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on

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Samsung is looking for applications for its bendy Super AMOLED screens and while it was mostly for show on the Galaxy Round, the Galaxy Note Edge challenges the rule of flat-screened UI of smartphones with its unique Edge screen.

The right side of the screen bends around to the side of the device and while it’s technically a part of the screen, it acts as a separate, utility screen. Read more »

Google updates Maps for iOS and Android with Material Design, built-in restaurant reservations

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The latest Google app to get its Material Design makeover is Maps. The search giant has announced the redesigned app for both Android and iOS, with the rollout going on “over the next few days”.

According to Google, Material Design brings with it brighter colors and a fresh look that creates surfaces and shadows that mimic the real world, while layers and buttons “come to life” so you know just where to touch to get directions or recommendations. Read more »