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The best cases for the Moto X (2014)

Posted: 11 Apr 2015 12:22 PM PDT

Finding the right case for your Moto X can be tricky.

There may be a few reasons for this. First, the first Moto X was the first true Motorola flagship in a few years and casemakers weren't quite sure it'd do well enough to warrant making a case for it. Second, because of Moto Maker's customization of the phones, casemakers might have feared that users would forgo cases that would hide their design.

This year, things are different. The Moto X (2014) isn't an unknown. The Moto X (2014) is a phone people are starting to recognize. It is a phone that many are turning to in lieu of a Nexus they feel is simply too big. It has been here for months, and yet, compared to phones like Samsung's Galaxy line, case selection can be a little sparse.

Here are the best of the bunch.

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Xiaomi to unveil next Mi smartphone on April 23 in New Delhi

Posted: 11 Apr 2015 11:21 AM PDT

Xiaomi is set to unveil its latest Mi device on April 23.

Xiaomi has sent out invitations for an event on Thursday, April 23 in New Delhi, India. The company's teaser site for the event says that "i Is Coming", though there is no indication as to what that might mean.

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WSJ: Google has a small research team working on future battery technology

Posted: 11 Apr 2015 09:18 AM PDT


According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal earlier today, Google has a group of researchers working on future battery technology for use in its upcoming devices. The team of four reportedly got together in late 2012, with former Apple battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj at the helm.

The publication states that the team "first started testing batteries developed by other companies for use in Google devices, but about a year later expanded to plan battery technologies that Google might develop."

Now it seems that the team are "trying to advance current lithium-ion technology and the cutting-edge solid-state batteries for consumer devices, such as Glass and Google's glucose-measuring contact lens."

It comes as no surprise that Google is working hard to try and make a breakthrough with future battery technology. After all, its the Nexus range of smartphones and tablets that's often slated in the media for having very poor battery life.

If you'd like to read the full report — hit the source link below.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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We've updated our 'Best Android Phones' list

Posted: 11 Apr 2015 08:52 AM PDT

A quick heads up, folks, that we've updated our listing of the best Android phone you can possibly buy right this very second with a couple new additions. (That'd be the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, if you couldn't guess.)

If you're looking for a quick glance at the best that's available in the Android world, this is where you'll want to start.

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These Note 3 hard cases with kickstands are only $6.95 today

Posted: 11 Apr 2015 06:22 AM PDT

Made from a smooth and durable polycarbonate, this Note 3 SnapOn Case provides excellent drop protection thanks to the thick edging and impact resistant shell. The back features a patterned texture along with a fold-out kickstand. Get yours in black or white today and save over 50%

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Some users reporting Nexus 7 brick issue on Android 5.0+ Lollipop

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 11:47 PM PDT

LG G4 Shows Up On GFXBench With Snapdragon 808

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 11:33 PM PDT


With the LG G4 event quickly approaching, leaks are bound to happen in this period.


GFXBench has published the results of a benchmark on a supposed LG G4 and it clearly shows the phone running Android 5.1 out of the box, with the 6-core Snapdragon 808 SoC in tow. The only reason I can think of LG not using the Snapdragon 810 would be because of its heat and power consumption issues we've been hearing about since the beginning of the year.

It's too bad the SoC couldn't be fixed in time for it to be put into this phone as it's still quite a lot faster. Interestingly enough, screen size has managed to stay the same, at 5.5-inches with a QHD display. As for the cameras, the rear and front cameras are going to be at least 15MP/7MP respectively.

The event is scheduled to be held on the 27th of this month.


LG G4 Shows Up On GFXBench With Snapdragon 808 is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

The post LG G4 Shows Up On GFXBench With Snapdragon 808 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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What color Galaxy S6 did you buy?

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 07:52 PM PDT

Today is the day many of us have finally picked up a Galaxy S6 of our own. There has been tremendous hype building for both the "regular" Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, and there will be plenty of discussion about them for a long time to come. We think most are going to be pretty happy about their purchase — this is the best Galaxy yet.

Some of the discussion is about the color choices. Besides the black, white and gold option you'll see available today at your carrier's store, the Galaxy S6 also has a blue and green option. The bad news, at least for those of us in the US, is that it looks like you may be waiting a long while to see either the blue or green for sale unless you buy an international version. That being said, there's nothing wrong with the way the available colors look. The GS6 and the edge look and feel fabulous in any color.

But which color did you end up getting? Answer the poll then fill the comments with your thoughts —that's why they are there!

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Google’s got a team working on making battery tech better

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 07:46 PM PDT

Ever wondered why the batteries in your smartphones and other devices aren't progressing as quickly as the rest of their features? Google has too, and so the company is doing something about it.

Google reportedly has a four-person team working on battery technologies inside its semi-secret Google X labs. The team is said to be headed up by Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj, who used to be a battery guru at Apple. The focus of the team's efforts is said to be on advancing battery technologies like the lithium-ion packs that are in many of the devices that we've already got, as well as thinner solid state batteries.

Between its Android phones and tablets, Google Glass, driverless cars, and a contact lens that can measure glucose levels, it's no surprise that Google is interested in advancing battery technology. If Google can figure out how to improve batteries, it's got a huge roster of products that would benefit. Exactly what kind of battery advances Dr. Bhardwaj and the Google X team achieve remains to be seen, but I'm sure that we can all agree that we'd love to see some major advances in battery tech, so it'll be interesting to see what comes of this effort in the future.

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Streaming all weekend: Coachella on YouTube

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 06:52 PM PDT

It's that time of year again, folks! Coachella started earlier today, and, just like the last several years, you can stream the music festival in all of its glory on YouTube for the rest of the weekend.

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Google reportedly working on better battery technology

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 05:48 PM PDT

 Lollipop battery saver

We see improvements in all areas of tech each and every day, but the trickiest problem to tackle by far is that of the battery. Battery technology of today just isn't keeping up with these fast iterations in tech, and while companies have resorted to fast charging technologies to make up for it, Google seemingly isn't satisfied with that.

The company is reportedly exploring improved battery technology in the comfy confines of their X Labs department, according to the Wall Street Journal. Details from the report are scarce, though we do know the team is comprised of four engineers, including a former Apple expert on battery technology.

While we all simply want better batteries in our smartphones, Google's end-game is to develop the technology for life-enhancing industries which are still growing such as robotics, medical accessories and driver-less vehicles.

As it stands, any improvement to battery technology will be good for anything that has anything to do with portable electronics, so we're sure everyone the world over will be rooting Google on to see if they can make significant progress in a much lacking area. Fingers crossed that the brilliant minds at the Googleplex can come up with anything of substance.

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Google is pursuing the development of next-gen battery technology

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 05:28 PM PDT

Google reportedly has a small team working on future battery tech

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 04:52 PM PDT

According to a new report, Google has a small team of researchers working on future battery tech for use in its devices.

The team or four is reportedly part of Google X, the same part of the company responsible for other Google projects such as its self-driving car and Project Loon.

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Android Central 231: Phil ain't even mad, y'all

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 04:29 PM PDT

It's pretty crazy out there today. The Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 are in stores, and folks have tons of questions. We'll see what we can answer. (And, yes, we'll touch on this "new" M9 software update that is and isn't new.) Plus, we're buying Star Wars. Again. Only this time on Google Play.

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Here’s where you can get the HTC One M9 in the US

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 04:13 PM PDT

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