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Moto G with 4G connectivity now available in the UK

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 09:22 AM PDT

If you have had your eyes on the second generation Moto G but were hoping for a faster network connection, the time has come.

Motorola has made the second generation of the Moto G available with a 4G connection, making it even more appealing. The jump from 3G to 4G has suprisingly only bumped the cost of the phone £10, from £149.00 to £159.00 now which is a complete steal.

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Google Play’s new search box with integrated hamburger menu button is starting to roll out

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 09:03 AM PDT


Quick, open up your Google Play Store! Seeing the old version with a search button in the upper right? Close the app (force close it if you need to) and open it again. You'll likely see that a new search box is neatly squared at the top of the app. This is opposed to the old small search button that existed in the upper right of the status bar and could be hard to miss for some.


This new update should make it easier for folks to find the search box and begin looking for all the apps and games they crave. Inside the search box is a hamburger menu button that will bring up the standard Google Play menu for switching between different categories, sections and menus. This is a server side switch so there's no updated APK to download. Let us know if you're seeing it in the comments, and be sure to leave your thoughts on the new design while you're at it!

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Google’s WebView app now available for all Lollipop devices in the Play Store

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 08:57 AM PDT

Verizon Nexus 6 finally arriving March 12th, with Android 5.1 in tow

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 08:57 AM PDT

Android 5.1 Lollipop SDK is now available with support for devices with dual-SIM cards

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 08:28 AM PDT

Boxer will be the driving force behind Cyanogen OS’s email

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 08:19 AM PDT


For far too long has Cyanogen been content with AOSP's email experience. They want to give their users better, so they've teamed up with Boxer to bring an email experience that might actually make you want to use email.

The partnership will make Boxer's email app the default for the forthcoming Cyanogen Os 12 update, and it will be pre-installed as the email client on devices that ship with Cyanogen OS going forward.

This new partnership between Boxer and Cyanogen brings more than just pre-installation clauses. Boxer's user interface is getting upgraded to match the look and feel that will be present throughout Cyanogen OS 12, and there are a few unique features that Cyanogen users will have access to that aren't currently available in the existing Boxer app:

  • Customization: Cyanogen users can now set their own left and right swipe actions, notification sounds, account colors for LED email notifications, and create custom inbox folders.

  • Integrated Task Management: Users can create a task, set a due date, priority level, and even set an assignee right from their inbox.

  • Integrations: Cyanogen users will be able to access popular productivity apps, including Evernote, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and others, right inside their email inbox.

Looks good, sounds good to us. No word on if any of these changes will ever find their way into the Google Play version of Boxer yet, but we'll be looking to find out. In the meantime take a look at the sneak peak they gave us in the image above and patiently await the Cyanogen OS update we're all greatly anticipating.

[via Boxer]

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HTC One E9 pics and specs leak: octa-core and Quad HD screen in a plastic body

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 08:07 AM PDT

Sony shutting down Playstation Mobile service

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 08:07 AM PDT

Verizon makes it official: Nexus 6 launches online March 12th, in-store March 19th

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 07:48 AM PDT


It took Verizon an obnoxious amount of time to join the Nexus 6 party, but the nation's largest carrier has finally set an official date. It's March 12th — a date we've given you before thanks to trusty insiders – and it'll largely be the same Nexus 6 available everywhere else (with exception to that sore thumb of a logo, of course). Note that it will only be available through Verizon's online store tomorrow. Those hoping to run into a store to grab one will have to wait until March 19th.

This is Verizon's first officially supported Nexus phone since the Galaxy Nexus debacle of 2011. That particular handset was marred by a couple of big shortcomings: bad battery life (likely due to the infancy of LTE) and Verizon's lengthy upgrade schedule. We're hoping things have changed all these years later and that they'll be able to deliver the same quality Nexus experience that everyone else currently is.

Verizon's Nexus 6 will cost you $249.99 with a new two-year activation or $27.08 per month for 24 months with Verizon Edge. It'll come with support for Advanced Calling 1.0 out of the box thanks to it shipping with Android 5.1 Lollipop – perhaps the update's arrival was Verizon's sole reason for delaying their launch.

Oh, and if you buy one before the month is over you'll even get 6 free months of Google Play Music service. Not bad at all. Take the plunge online starting tomorrow.

[via Verizon]

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Nexus 6 hitting Verizon on March 12

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 07:45 AM PDT

Verizon Wireless has announced that it will begin selling the Nexus 6 online on March 12 and in stores on March 19. After an extremely long wait and launches on the three other major carriers, the Nexus 6 will finally be available to Verizon customers. The reason for the wait? We can't say with absolute certainty, but it seems that it came down to the inclusion of Verizon's Advanced Calling 1.0.

Advanced Calling 1.0 is Verizon's Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) and HD Voice technology. Not only does it allow for clearer, crisper calls to other Verizon customers, it also allows users to talk and use mobile data at the same time, something that was previously missing due to Verizon's CDMA network. Advanced Calling is the likely delay as Google didn't announce Android 5.1 until Monday, which is an update that provides compatibility with HD Voice, among other features.

Verizon will sell the Nexus 6 for $249.99 with a two-year contract or $649.99 off-contract. The Nexus 6 can also be financed through Verizon Edge at $27.08/month. Online availability begins tomorrow, March 12, while in-store availability is set for March 19.

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Cyanogen partners with Boxer for its alternative Android email replacement

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 07:37 AM PDT

It is no secret that the folks at Cyanogen want to build a stand alone Android replacement, and here they go putting the pieces together.

Creating an Android replacement without accessing Google Services is something that not many are sure can happen, but that isn't stopping the Cyanogen team from trying. We have already seen Qualcomm partner with Cyanogen and Microsoft apparently invest in them but it was still a mystery as to how they planned to replace the built in Google Services that many of us rely on heavily.

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Deal: Get a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for 70% off

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 07:34 AM PDT

Android 5.1 said to be rolling out to Nexus 6 today

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 07:34 AM PDT

First Google branded store opens in London

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 07:34 AM PDT

Sprint’s Nexus 6 is getting Android 5.1 today

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 07:32 AM PDT

While Android 5.1 had been present on some Android One handsets already, Google made the update to the mobile platform official not too long ago, with wording that suggested the new software should be rolling out to some Nexus handsets sooner rather than later. As far as Sprint's concerned, the update should be rolling out now.

The Now Network has updated its Nexus 6 support page to reflect the incoming arrival of Android 5.1 for the large handset. The new software will bump the version to LMY47D, which is the same version number as the Android 4.1 factory images that were released recently. According to Sprint, the new Android 5.1 will bring enhancements to sending MMS while in the UK, Factory Reset Protection, and a fix for a bug that was causing duplicate SMS to be sent randomly.

What's interesting, is that Sprint's Nexus 5 support page has also been updated, and it lists the same LMY47D software as incoming today. However, it doesn't say that it's Android 5.1, instead listing it as a simple Google Security Patch, with a few other tweaks behind the scenes as well.

Either way, if you have a Sprint Nexus 6 or Nexus 5, be on the lookout today for new software landing on your device.

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Verizon Nexus 6 lands March 12

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 07:22 AM PDT

Verizon will finally get its Nexus 6 tomorrow, March 12.

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PlayStation Mobile shuts down July 15th, be sure to download your games

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 07:03 AM PDT


PlayStation Mobile is coming to an end, folks. It was an exciting journey that brought one of gaming's most iconic and exciting brands to those who prefer to game on their smartphones an tablets. Alongside a handful of PlayStation 1 classics, Sony used PlayStation Mobile as a driving platform for great mobile independent games that embody everything the PlayStation brand stands for.

So here are the quick details:

  • Distribution of games and in-app purchases will cease on July 15th, meaning no new purchases can be made after that point.

  • Games you've already bought can continue to be downloaded and accessed through September 10th.

  • Games can be played after September 10th, but only if you activate your device.

So how do you activate your device? Simply open up the PlayStation Mobile app and launch any purchased content between April 10, 2015 and September 10, 2015. The activation / authentication process was always done each time you opened a game and has never been a permanent solution so you'll want to make sure you get this done.

It's a sad day, but Sony feels like there isn't much more reason for them to continue down this road (especially with how nice Android's library of games has gotten). Get everything taken care of on your end before it's too late.

[via Sony]

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OnePlus Two won’t launch for another 6 months, invitation system will remain intact

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:55 AM PDT


The OnePlus One was launched about a year ago so the second edition should be out shortly right? Wrong.

According to OnePlus CEO Carl Pei, it's going to be another 6 months until it launches. The specs weren't confirmed, but it's widely believed that it will sport the Snapdraon 810, 3 GB of RAM, and at least a 16 MP rear camera. It's also rumored to be made of metal.

And if you're wondering if that "wonderful" invite system will be in play for the OnePlus Two, wonder no more, because they will use it again. The new phone should launch in Europe, North America and India initially.

Don't forget, OnePlus will launch something next month, but it obviously won't be the OnePlus Two.

source: GizChina

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Heads up, devs: Android 5.1 SDK is now rolling out

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:47 AM PDT

Lollipop statue

With the announcement of Android 5.1's rollout, we figured it wouldn't be long before developers were hooked up with upgraded tools to make sure they're equipped to target the latest version of the platform. The SDK for Android 5.1 is now available for download. It'll be identified as API level 22.

There isn't much new to be had for developers in this particular update, though there are a couple of important things to note. For starters, there are new APIs that make it easy for you to make sure your app behaves properly in the event that your app is being used on a dual-SIM phone.

It was especially important for Google to introduce dual-SIM support with the launch of Android One in developing countries so it should be equally important for you to make sure your app plays along nicely. Other changes in the SDK include the deprecation of HTTP classes in favor of the new URLConnection classes, and improved carrier provision tools. Be sure to get updated as soon as possible.

[via Google]

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‘The Google Shop’ is Google’s first branded store

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:33 AM PDT

Ever wish you could go into a store and be surrounding by Google goodies? Well if you can make it to London, you can do just that.

The first Google-branded store has officially opened up. Named "The Google Shop," it's located inside the Currys PC World on Tottenham Court Road in London. The store sells Android phones and tablets, Chromebooks, and Chromecasts, and it also offers lessons in online security, classes to teach kids how to code, and events to let teachers try educational tools.

James Elias, Google's U.K. marketing director, had this to say about The Google Shop:

"The pace of innovation of the devices we all use is incredible, yet the way we buy them has remained the same for years. With the Google shop, we want to offer people a place where they can play, experiment and learn about all of what Google has to offer; from an incredible range of devices to a totally-connected, seamless online life."

Google plans to open two more stores in Currys PC World locations in Fulham, west London, and Thurrock, Essex. There's no word if we'll see Google expand its shops beyond that, but it wouldn't be a bad idea. The stores could be a good way to let consumers spend some quality hands-on time with Google products, form connections with them, and get help from employees that know all there is to know about Android, Chromebooks, and Chromecasts.

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DisplayMate says the Samsung Galaxy S6 has the best smartphone display ever

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:32 AM PDT

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OLED displays haven't always been the bee's knees — any owner of a Galaxy Nexus from a bad batch will tell you that — but the technology has come a long way over the years. Samsung's displays are always considered the best in the business, and that doesn't change with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Curvy gimmicks aside, DisplayMate performed deep analysis on the displays chucked inside Samsung's latest handsets and came away impressed — so much so that they're calling it the best smartphone display ever made.

The display experts put it through an overwhelming gauntlet of tests to come to that conclusion, and if you know their credibility you'll know it's hard not to take them at face value. Seeing the device in our various hands-on looks doesn't do it justice — you'll have to see it in person, and when you do you'll most likely be blown away. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge launch April 10th so it shan't be long for you to get that chance. Head to the source link if you're interested in a very lengthy pixel-by-pixel analysis.

[via DisplayMate]

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ASUS: you’re out of your mind if you buy a gold Apple Watch Edition

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:17 AM PDT

Best Calendar apps for Android [March 2015]

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 06:17 AM PDT


Calendar applications are extensively used on the Android platform. And to make lives easier for the consumers, developers have come up with a myriad of alternatives to the stock calendar apps that are supplied with Android devices. We check out a few of these today in our list of the best calendar apps you can download for your Android smartphone or tablet. You can also check out our list from December 2013.


Google Calendar: This is obviously the best calendar application for Android right now. And while it might lack the bells and whistles of some other productivity oriented calendar apps, this is pretty much what most users need from a calendar app. Since it's a Google product, all your events such as flight tickets, hotel reservations, reminders etc immediately pop up in Google Now, keeping you up to date on what's coming up.

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Cal: This is yet another free calendar application available on the Google Play Store, which stands apart from the rest with its ability to keep users productive. It has made its way to quite a few 'best of' lists over the past couple of years (including ours), so it's no surprise that the app still remains in the list. The app also has its own Android homescreen widget, which should help users keep a track on all the events coming up. Cal can also spot some free time in your schedule, so that your productivity doesn't take a hit during your breaks.

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aCalendar: It's hard to find alternatives to Google Calendar in the Play Store, but apps like aCalendar makes lives a lot easier for users. This is a free app and is available with no ads, so your experience isn't hindered one bit. The app has seen numerous makeovers over the past couple of years to keep it in contention for the best free calendar apps crown. And although the launch of Google Calendar might have made most of these apps relatively obsolete, this is still a worthy app to have in your productivity apps list.

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Business Calendar 2: The app is a worthy successor to the widely successful Business Calendar app, which has been available in the Play Store for quite some time now. The second iteration has vastly improved over the predecessor and comes with an improved user interface and better organizational features. In addition to viewing incoming events and anniversaries, the app can also give you a brief look at the weather, which is a neat feature. The app has a basic and pro version and the developers mention that subscribers who paid for the pro subscription on the original Business Calendar app can avail access to the pro features on the 2nd gen version too.

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Calengoo: This comes highly recommended from users across the globe and carries a multitude of features to make it one of the best paid calendar apps in the market. The most recent update to the app brings the ability to reschedule events from the daily view with a simple drag and drop gesture, thus saving you the trouble to manually copy and paste content from one day to the other. The developer is very responsive to user queries, which in itself is enough reason to give this a go. The app is a little steep at $4.99 and can be downloaded below. Make sure you try it out before paying the full amount though.

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And these are my favorite calendar apps right now. Did I miss your favorite? Hit me up in the comments and let me know.

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More alleged LG G4 renders show front and sides… and an outdated logo

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 05:58 AM PDT

Wear resistant skin case for LG G3 only $14.95 today

Posted: 11 Mar 2015 05:52 AM PDT

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