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Check out Wire, a new messaging and calling app for Android, iOS, and OS X

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I know there isn’t a shortage of messaging apps available on mobile devices but every once in a while something new comes up that manages to grab your attention. One such app is Wire.

Wire is a new messaging and calling app for Android, iOS (iPhone and iPad), and OS X, with a browser version arriving later. The app focuses on a simple, minimalist design with a gesture based interface for navigation. The UI features large, legible fonts with inline previews for images, YouTube, and SoundCloud links. Other than one to one chats Wire also supports group messaging. Read more »

Android 5.0.1 factory images go live on AOSP

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Android 5.0.1 factory images have made their way to the Android Open Source Project database. The new OS build is available to download for the wi-fi versions of HTC Nexus 9, Asus Nexus 7, and Samsung Nexus 10.

As its release number suggests, Android 5.0.1 Lollipop will be a minor update over version 5.0. Read more »

Firefox 34 for Android fixes MP4 playback, adds Chromecast support

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Mozilla Firefox for Android was updated today to version 34 sporting a wide array of bug fixes and new features. The coolest feature of all is the ability to mirror to Chromecast directly from the web browser.

HTML5 support is enhanced with the introduction of Device Storage API, ECMAScript 6 WeakSet and CSS3 Font variants and features control. Moreover, MP4 video playback is now working on Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, there are still some pending issues. Read more »

Check out Nexus 6 handling an hour in water like a champ

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Motorola Nexus 6 is listed by its manufacturer as water-resistant, but doesn’t carry an official IP rating. A crafty YouTube user decided to put the credentials of Google’s flagship phablet to the test with rather surprising result.

As it turns out, Nexus 6 can handle full water submersion for an hour without breaking down. Read more »

HTC One (M8 Eye) review

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The HTC One (M8) was one of the best phones to have come out this year. It excelled in many things, including the design, build quality, display, loudspeaker, software, hardware, and battery life. Yet it had a big drawback and that was the UltraPixel camera on the back.

HTC seems to have heard all the feedback about the camera and has now come up with a new variant, the HTC One (M8 Eye). The One (M8 Eye) gets a new 13 megapixel camera and a lower price. That sounds like a recipe for success but it’s not without its caveats. Let’s see what the phone is like. Read more »

Motorola Nexus 6 battery life test

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The top-shelf internals of the Motorola Nexus 6 are powered by a beefy 3,220mAh battery. As the first handset to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, we were really curious to put the Pure Google phablet through the paces out battery test.

Curiously, the Nexus 6 features the exact same size battery as its main Android rival, Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Read on to find out how the newcomer’s battery performance stacks up against the Korean offering! Read more »

Newest Nexus 9 batches come with improved buttons, less light bleed

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The initial batches of Nexus 9 tablets manufactured by HTC apparently suffer from having hardware power and volume buttons which are hard to press, and have almost no travel. Additionally, the tablet’s screen has been found to suffer from pretty extensive light bleed.

It looks like HTC was made aware of these issues, and has already fixed them in the newest batches of Nexus 9s being sent to buyers. Read more »

Xiaomishop offers $50 off the Mi 4 in Black Friday price reductions

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Xiaomishop, one of the more popular resellers for Xiaomi devices is currently offering customers special offers on many popular devices, including Xiaomi Mi 4 and Redmi Note 4G.

The promotion began yesterday, on thanksgiving and will span all the way through the weekend and Cyber Monday. Read more »

Chrome Web Store gets seven new apps, including Couchsurfing and OverDrive

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Google has added seven new Android apps to the Chrome Web Store, including cooking community app Cookpad Recipes, travel app Couchsurfing, eBook and audiobook lending service OverDrive, and more.

These apps join existing Android apps that are compatible with Chrome OS, including Evernote, Duolingo, Vine, Sight Words, and more, and can be found in the “Available for Android” collection on the Chrome Web Store. The company is also encouraging users to nominate new apps that they want to be added next. Read more »

LG G Watch can now be bought from Verizon for just $99.99

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The G Watch is LG’s first attempt at an Android Wear-running smartwatch, and it was actually one of the first devices to use this platform. It doesn’t have a round screen like the Korean company’s other wearable, but it’s now received a hefty price cut.

You can buy an LG G Watch for just $99.99, at Verizon of all places. This is a whopping 57% off the watch’s normal price of $229.99. Read more »

The latest batch of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 promo videos is too cute to miss

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Samsung just released its most adorable batch of Galaxy Note 4 promo videos to date in an attempt to find “the cutest animal in the Galaxy.” The latest marketing stint by the Korean giant features a trio of rare and adorable animals – a quokka, a river otter, and a blue penguin.

The latest Note 4 promo videos arrive barely a few days after the last batch. Read more »

HP Slate 6 Voice Tab II launches in India for $260

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The HP Slate 6 Voice Tab II has just launched in the Indian market from the official HP Online store. It is priced at $260 (INR 15,990) and will soon be officially launched.

The device bears a lot of resemblance to the previous version of the tablet (HP Slate 6 Voice Tab) with the same 6″ 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display and a Marvell PXA1088 chipset with a CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz. Read more »

Moto Maker stars in Motorola’s latest Moto X ad

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Motorola is quite proud of the Moto Maker, which allows you to customize the Moto X to your liking including back cover type and color, engraving, base color and accent colors. The latest Moto X ad features the Moto Maker and the fun you get from it.

The ad shows the process of customizing the Moto X (2014) in a very funny and engaging way, while also showing the integration with Google. It allows you to sign in with your account and have the Moto X configured with your Google ID to boot. Read more »

Skype for Android updated with picture-in-picture view

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Microsoft has updated Skype for Android with support for picture-in-picture, allowing you to keep a video call going while multitasking.

This means that now you can come out of the Skype window in the middle of a video call, switch over to another app, and continue with the conversation. The feature, which is already available on tablets, should be rolling out to smartphones very soon. Read more »

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio case is now available to order

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The official Keyboard Folio case for HTC Nexus 9 is now available to order from Google Play n the United States. The search giant’s official online store has the cover in stock, ready to leave the warehouse in 1-2 business days.

As expected, the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio costs $129. Read more »