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Nexus 5 sees increased standby with Android M

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While Project Volta was mostly a colossal failure, it seems Doze is actually doing its job. Reports suggest the Nexus 5 running on the developer preview of Android M is seeing noticeable improvement in battery life.

According to tests by Computer Base, the Nexus 5 running Android M consumed 1.5% power in 8 hours of standby, 4.5% in 24 hours, and 9% in 48 hours. In comparison, the same phone running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop consumed 4%, 12%, and 24%, respectively. Read more »

Benchmarking Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML with Intel Atom Z3580 SoC and 4GB of RAM

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We got our hands on a retail unit of the range-topping version of Asus ZenFone 2 with 4GB of RAM, so we decided to put it through our set of benchmark tests. The smartphone packs a beefier chipset, which aims to compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 family.

Asus ZenFone 2 with 4GB of RAM packs an Intel Atom Z3580 SoC with 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU, coupled with PowerVR G6430 GPU. For comparison, Asus ZenFone 2 with 2GB of RAM features Intel Atom Z3560 with 1.8GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week. Read more »

We test: The Sony Xperia Z3+ touchscreen is amazingly good when wet

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All Xperia Z devices are waterproof, but the new Sony Xperia Z3+ goes beyond surviving the elements, its touchscreen is happy to continue working even when wet. Capacitive touchscreens and water are like oil and, well, water – they don’t mix that well.

You’ve probably seen the UI start jerk around when even a single raindrop lands on the screen. Not going to happen with the Xperia Z3+ though, Sony made sure of it. Read more »

‘Hitman: Sniper’ for iOS and Android game review

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Remember those sniper missions in some of the action games? Now imagine doing that for the entire game. That’s essentially Hitman: Sniper in a nutshell. The game features Agent 47 perched atop a vantage point raining hell down on bad guys with his high powered sniper rifle.

Like Hitman Go before, Hitman: Sniper is made from the grounds up for the mobile platform and it shows. The game is now available on iOS and Android for $4.99. Let’s take a look. Read more »

You can now download and install the PlayStation Android app on almost any smartphone

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It is no secret that Sony takes great pride in its gaming console and frankly it should, as, it has the PlayStation to thank for a large chunk of its current revenue. The PlayStation Network has always been an integral part of Sony’s sprawling ecosystem and as such, it has naturally found a home on a lot of Xperia devices in one way or another.

Most-recently the Sony Xperia Z3+ featured a new application for integrating with PSN in a clean and centralized manner. It is dubbed simply “PlayStation Network” and acts like a central hub for all other PS-centric apps, like PlayStation, Remote Play, PS Video and PS Music. It offers little added value in itself, but definitely keeps things tidier. Read more »

Job listing suggests new version of Google Glass nearing production

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Over a month after CEO of Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica said that Google Glass version 2.0 is coming out soon, a recent job listing posted by the search giant has revealed the new version of the high-tech eyewear might actually be nearing production.

First spotted by Business Insider, the listing seeks an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (Final Assembly, Test & Pack) whose responsibilities include designing, developing, testing, and qualifying “solutions in a manufacturing environment, including Design for Manufacturing (DFM),” influencing “product design to improve manufacturability for yield and reliability,” as well as working “with the Quality and Reliability team to define requirements for shipment.” Read more »

Google rolling out a new Touch to Search feature for Chrome on Android

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Google has started rolling out a new feature for Chrome on Android that allows you to search from any web page with just a tap. Dubbed Touch to Search, the feature is similar to the Google Now on Tap feature that the company announced at its I/O developers’ conference last week.

“Since Chrome can see the page you’re searching from, it can give you more accurate search results. For example, just tapping on America on the page below shows a search about the movie Captain America: Civil War, not the country. Just slide up to see more information—news, cast, images and more,” the search giant said in a blog post. Read more »

Samsung outs its own Galaxy S6 Teardown

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We have already seen a teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge before from iFixit. But now Samsung has released its own teardown of the two phones, for some reason.

Samsung’s teardown doesn’t show anything new that we haven’t already seen or learned from iFixit’s and is decidedly less detailed. We do get some high quality images of the insides of the phone, however. Read more »

Facebook Messenger update brings the ability to send locations as messages

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Facebook has started rolling out a new feature that allows you to send locations as messages using the company’s Messenger app. “Now you can choose to explicitly send a map of your location or another particular place as a separate message,” the company said.

To use the feature, just tap the More icon or the location pin present the bottom of the app’s window, and you can share your (or any) location with the one you’re chatting with. Read more »

Doom 3 BFG Edition arrives on Nvidia Shield Tablet and Shield Android TV

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Doom 3 BFG Edition for Nvidia Shield Tablet and Shield Android TV made its way to the Google Play store. The classic video game title is priced at $9.99 and comes bundled with the original Doom and Doom II.

The video game has been developed by id Software, the original team behind the legendary franchise. Read more »

HTC celebrates the UEFA Champions League final with 24ct gold One M9

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HTC took the wraps off a One M9 in 24ct gold to celebrate this year’s UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Juventus. The Taiwanese manufacturer is among the sponsors of the tournament.

In addition to being coated in the precious metal, the limited edition HTC One M9 has the UEFA Champions League logo engraved on its back. Read more »

Micromax Canvas Tab P690 launched with Intel Atom processor inside

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Micromax shook hands with Intel to introduce the new Canvas Tab P690 tablet powered by a 4th Generation Intel Atom chipset. Sporting a 7.8mm sleek design, the Canvas Tab 690 flaunts a metallic grey finish and will be sold for INR 8,999 ($145).

The Canvas Tab P690 houses a quad-core 1.3GHz Intel Atom processor with Intel HD graphics coupled with 1GB of RAM. Micromax has used an 8-inch IPS display with WXGA (1280×800) pixel resolution to provide ample screen estate. Read more »

Facebook Lite for Android gets a wider release, coming to Europe soon

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Today Facebook started rolling out its Lite app for Android across Asia. The app first surfaced without an official announcement back in January, and so far it’s only been available in eight countries in Asia and Africa.

In the coming weeks, however, you should be able to install it wherever you are in Asia. It will also arrive in more places in Africa, as well as parts of Latin America and Europe in the near future. Read more »

Samsung compares the Galaxy S6 edge to the iPhone 6 in two new ads

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen Samsung go the iPhone-bashing route in its ads, but now the Korean company is back at it. A couple of new commercials have been posted to its official YouTube channel, and they both basically compare the Galaxy S6 edge to the iPhone 6.

You can probably imagine which device is better in Samsung’s perspective. Not all 6s are created equal, it appears, as in this case 6 > 6. Read more »