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Google Play Newsstand now available in India, Netherlands, Russia, and Spain

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Following the announcement of Android One in India yesterday, Google also opened the Newsstand section in the Play Store in the country, with free one year subscription to paid content.

But India is not the only country to get the Newsstand section; it is now also available in Netherlands, Russia, and Spain. Previously, these countries could only access the free content through the Play Newsstand app but now they can purchase premium content through the dedicated section in the Play Store. Read more »

Samsung makes another infographic detailing Galaxy Note 4 specs

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Samsung is really fond of making infographics, and there is usually one for every new product they release. The latest one is for their newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 4.

The infographics runs through the various specs, such as the phone’s dimensions, display resolution, camera, software features, hardware, connectivity, and all the sensors. Read more »

Xiaomi developer launches stock Android 4.4 ROMs for the Mi 3 and Mi 4

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A developer at Xiaomi has published an AOSP version of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xiaomi Mi 3 and Mi 4. This is a strong indication that the company intends to officially release stock, vanilla versions of Android for a select number of phones for users to flash.

The ROM is compiled using the official kernel and as a result is stable and without too many bugs. In fact, just now, the latest published ROM includes support for over-the-air updates and the Xiaomi developer in question says upcoming updates will be available via the OTA. Read more »

Samsung takes another subtle dig at Apple in a new ad

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A few days after bashing its biggest rival in a series of videos, Samsung released another ad that pokes at Apple. This time around however, the mockery is a lot subtler.

As it turns out the videos from earlier this week were produced in Korea. The company’s marketing team in the United States created the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 4 promo video. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi 1S video hands-on

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Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S – known as the Hongmi 1S in China – comes with a competitive blend of ultra-low price and capable midrange specs sheet.

Placed under the company’s new Mi 4 flagship, it provides a 4.7-inch 720p LCD display alongside a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset. Read more »

Asus tests its first Android TV set-top box dubbed Nexus Player

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Android TV is coming this fall and manufacturers are preparing their upcoming products to conquer people’s living rooms. Asus is one of them, and leaked benchmarks of its Nexus Player show the company is testing its first Android TV set-top box.

The unannounced set-top box runs Android L and packs a quad-core 1.83GHz Intel x86 CPU and a PowerVR Rogue G6430 GPU complete with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Read more »

Weekly poll: Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Sony Xperia Z3 compact

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We already compared the specs of the new Apple iPhone 6 to its main Android rivals, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

Now, it’s time to reach out for your take on the matter. Which one the three do you find best? The grown-up iPhone 6, metal Galaxy Alpha or waterproof Xperia Z3 Compact? Read more »

Apple Watch home screen now available for Android Wear

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If you like what Apple has done with the design of the home screen for its upcoming watch, but you already own an Android Wear smartwatch, this might be for you. It turns out that someone has already copied the home screen of the Apple Watch, with all those circular icons, and made it available for Android Wear devices.

There is one huge, albeit probably not unexpected caveat though: this is just a watchface. Hence, the icons don’t do anything, you can’t tap them to enter apps or the likes. Read more »

Cisco launches Android game in which you fight against virtual malware

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Cisco is known for its networking gear, of course, but it seems like the company is now looking to branch out into other things as well. Specifically in this case – games for Android. Net Invaders is such a title that Cisco has released into the Play Store today.

In Net Invaders, you have to protect the “Cisco security island” from being attacked by worms, trojans, viruses, and spyware – all while using Cisco security technology. The island is comprised of three areas: the office, the data center, and the mobile workforce. Read more »

Sony goes through nine features of its Xperia Z3 family

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Sony seems to be very proud of the three members in its recently unveiled Xperia Z3 family of devices – the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact. To prove this once more, the Japanese company has now published an article which outlines nine individual features that can be found across the three devices.

These are all things you might not have known about, according to Sony. So let’s go through them. Read more »

Android apps make their way to Chrome OS

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Google announced availability of the first set of Android apps for Chrome OS. The list of four applications includes Vine, Duolingo, Evernote, and Sight Words.

The apps’ availability is a result of project App Runtime for Chrome (Beta). Read more »

HTC’s Sense 6 lock screen can now be found in the Play Store

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HTC’s been releasing many of its apps that are preinstalled onto its smartphones in the Play Store over the past few months. And today a new one has become available: the Sense 6 lock screen.

It follows in the footsteps of the Sense launcher, SenseTV, and the HTC Service Pack. Read more »

Viber update for Android and iOS brings mobile video calling

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Viber has updated its Android and iOS apps to version 5.0 as well refresh its Windows and OS X apps. One of the most important features the latest version of the popular messaging app brings is mobile video calling.

This brings Viber much closer to the likes of Skype, which is by far the most widely used service for making video calls. The latest version of Viber also brings a refreshed UI for Android users and better sticker management on iOS. Read more »

Asus is the latest maker to take a hit at Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus

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Bashing Apple and the new hardware the company unveiled on Tuesday is the name of the game these days. Asus is the latest to join the fun, although it has taken a slightly different approach to its competitors.

The Taiwanese used their Twitter account to post the image you see above, along with the line “The best 6 is the one everyone can have”. Read more »

Samsung pokes Apple in a series of brand new video ads

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You didn’t think that Samsung would respond to Apple’s major announcement with a mere graphic, did you? Several hours after the first poke, the Korean giant released a series of video ads that mock its Cupertino competitor.

The sextet of YouTube clips makes fun of Apple and its products in a rather comprehensive fashion. Read more »