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Nexus 5X Now Available For Purchase In Canada!

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 03:07 PM PDT

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Well that was quick.  After being left out of the initial pre-order Canadians are now able to pick up the Nexus 5X via the Google Store.  As previously reported, the device starts at $499 for the 16GB model with the 32GB listed at $559.  The device comes in three colours, Carbon, Quartz and Ice, and all three are currently available.  Shipping is listed at 3-4 weeks so you'll have plenty of time to track down some cases and screen protectors while you wait for your beautiful new Nexus.

Again, the price isn't what we had hoped for but the weak Canadian dollar has a lot to do with the inflated price.  If you're not wanting to pick this up through Google's store this phone will be coming to at least one Canadian carrier, Telus, down the road.

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Nexus team members hit Reddit for an AMA on Nexus 5X and 6P

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 03:07 PM PDT

A few members of the Nexus team — Hiroshi Lockheimer, David Burke, Krishna Kumar and Sandeep Waraich — took to Reddit a few hours ago to answer those burning questions everyone had about the new Nexus devices.

There are over 1900 comments in total, so there's a good chance that if you had a question about either of the new devices, it might be in there.

We'll give you some of the highlights here, but again click through the link below if you want to read the full list.

The question as to why wireless charging was left out this time around was one of the most popular. They attributed it to the ease of plugging in USB Type-C (no more which way is up?), the speed of charging with USB Type-C and finally that wireless charging added thickness to the device that they felt could be avoided.

Another popular question was regarding why the Nexus 5X still starts at 16GB. There was the serious answer, "strike a blance between premium features/experiences and affordability." and then a less serious answer "It's a conspiracy! MOVE TO THE CLOUD!". You'll have to decide which is more plausible. The serious answer was later applied again in response to why just 2GB of RAM in the 5X.

Details on the actual panel used in the 6P were asked for and the team produced that it was the latest generation panels from Samsung. Specifically it is a Samsung WQHD AMOLED panel and they were quite proud of the "very tight spec" that they created for it.

The mystery of what the X and the P stand for is solved, "X for the core of the Nexus Brand (plus it sounds cool!), P for premium."

For T-Mobile Nexus hopefuls the team confirmed that they are working hard to get Band 12 support on Nexus devices before they ship.

The team also confirmed that both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P support only USB 2.0 speeds and not USB 3.1 as some were reporting at the event.

Another excellent question was how Imprint keeps the fingerprints safe. They are stored on the device and processed in the "secure Trustzone protected area of memory." The API doesn't provide access to the fingerprints to apps and they are not stored by Google. Imprint was also touted as one of the team members favorite new features.

Those were some of the most interesting questions and answers to us, but there are plenty more, so feel free to share any other juicy nuggets you dig up below.


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LG V10 shows up in new leaked images with ticker display

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 02:02 PM PDT

This week is jam-packed with announcements. Now in the wake of Google's Nexus event yesterday, we can turn our attention to LG's event tomorrow, at which the company is expected to announce and release the LG V10. Rumors have pinned the V10 as having a secondary ticker display above the screen, but thanks to new images from @evleaks, we can now see the ticker display in action.

As you can see, the ticker display is just a little ribbon of display above the screen that will likely have a number of different uses. In the above image, we can see the ticker display holding shortcuts to a select few apps including the camera. In the featured image, we can see the same setup, as well as a second set-up that simply says, "Be you."

While the ticker display is neat, we're crossing our fingers that LG has bigger plans for it than simply holding app shortcuts. Nonetheless, the V10 looks like it'll be a solid new offering from LG. It packs in a couple thin bezels and a rather rugged, yet attractive, plastic design. The camera module is decently sized and is paired with laser autofocus and a dual-LED flash, both good features to have. Below it is LG's signature rear power/volume button combo.

We'll keep you posted when official word arrives on the LG V10

Source: @evleaks (1), (2)


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 01:31 PM PDT

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

SimpleNews

SimpleNews

Description: SimpleNews gives you access to your favorite news feeds. As additional features it allows you to add/modify categories and feeds to fulfill your interests. You can also share news with your friends or export / import your feeds via OPML.

 

 adidas Snapshot

adidas Snapshot

DescriptionTime to discover how well you can strike a soccer ball and share it with the world – adidas SnapShot is the world's first soccer tracking software on your smartphone.

 

BuzzFeed News

BuzzFeed News

DescriptionWe make the news easy to access. Whether it's a tweet or a video, a BuzzFeed News exclusive or a compelling piece of reporting from elsewhere, our editors will make sure you don't miss out on what people are talking about.

 

DAEMON Sync

DAEMON Sync

DescriptionIntroducing the first truly private cloud solution! Backup, sync, share and browse your photos or videos within the local wireless network. No internet access required! You don't need to register anywhere, don't need to enter your email or create login and password!

 

TapTag

TapTag

DescriptionTapTag lets you leave photos of the places you visit there for others to find. You can experience photos of what others did at your current location by finding them through your phone's camera.

 

Shine Launcher 3D

Shine Launcher 3D

DescriptionShine redefines 3D Launcher interface for android 3d. Shine 3D Launcher uses ultra smooth, unique with 3D effects surprisingly, the ability to interact with the user great. Easily customizable, drop terminal represents style with 3D Launcher Shine.

 

PixPass

PixPass

DescriptionPixPass is an attempt to break the monotony of remembering passwords. PixPass unlocks the power of your images to generate cryptographically strong passwords. Best of all, PixPass is also a keyboard, so you can pull it up whenever you need it, without fumbling through your phone.

 

Word of the Day Watch Face

Word of the Day Watch Face

DescriptionLearning a language is hard. It requires time, patience, and memory. Wouldn't it be great if there were a way to review words with no extra time to your day? Our watch face hopes to serve that purpose and is great supplement to Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, or other language learning apps.

 

Wear Timelapse Calculator

Wear Timelapse Calculator

DescriptionCalculate the timelapse interval for timelapse supported cameras (eg: GoPro, Nikon, Canon…) from your android wear watch

 

 Free Basics by Facebook

Free Basics by Facebook

DescriptionWith Free Basics, you can connect to Facebook and other websites for free using a SIM card from a qualifying mobile operator. Stay in touch with friends and family, search for jobs, check out news and sports updates, and get health information – all without data charges.

 


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Get a 3-month subscription to Loot Crate for just $49 [Deal]

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 12:27 PM PDT

78b6beed81ea126ab85903154c87fccdbebc068c_main_hero_imageLoot Crate is the first ever subscription service for those that live and breathe the geek and gaming lifestyle. With this 3-month subscription, you will join a network of "looters" who have access to the best gear, collectibles, toys, apparel, art, and other goodies made just for them. And thanks to Cult of Android Deals,

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Maps v9.15 Adds A Toggle To Turn Off Traffic Event Notifications [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 12:23 PM PDT

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Google Maps received a fairly minor update last night, bumping it up to v9.15. There aren't any big visible changes, and even the teardown was pretty light, but there is one addition to the Settings screen that's worth mentioning. Under the Notifications section is a new checkbox titled "Traffic information." Obviously, it lets you shut off traffic notifications, which might be fairly handy if you already know they're coming or there tend to be a lot of false positives reported in your area.

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Motorola Removes iPhone Transfer Support From Motorola Migrate App

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 11:13 AM PDT

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Motorola's Migrate app has existed for a few years to make it less painful to switch to a Motorola device from something else. It's had support for Android, iOS, and dumb phones all this time, but the app was recently updated to remove a feature. As of September 27th, Motorola Migrate no longer supports iPhone contact/calendar transfer.

Motorola's changelog for the update only includes a notice of the removal of iPhone support.

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Amazon Cloud Drive 1.2 Adds File And Folder Deletion Plus A Swipe-To-View Gesture

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 10:53 AM PDT

imageAmazon's Cloud Drive app has been around since June, but it's been missing some fairly basic tools. As in, so basic that it's kind of mind-boggling that they haven't been included thus far. Today's update adds the ability to rename and delete files and folders, which was apparently missing before. That seems like a pretty big omission, but it's been rectified in version 1.2. It's available now on the Google Play Store, and of course, Amazon's own Appstore.

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Google Photos Updated To v1.6 With Chromecast Support And Custom Labels For People [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 10:35 AM PDT

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Google announced a few notable additions to the Photos app at its Nexus event yesterday, and a new version of the app is already rolling out. Photos v1.6 adds Google Cast support for photos and custom people labels. There's still no sign of shared albums, but that's probably a server-side switch.

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The people labels appear to be live for everyone. Just go into the Photos search screen where it shows all the faces that have been spotted in your pictures.

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Android Studio 1.4

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 10:23 AM PDT

Posted by, Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android

Today we are releasing the 1.4 update to the Android Studio stable release channel. Most of the work and enhancements for Android Studio 1.4 are under the hood. However we have a handful of new features that we hope you enjoy and integrate into your workflow.

New Features in Android Studio 1.4


Design Tools
  • Vector Assets

    Starting with API 21, you can use Vector Drawables for image assets. For most apps, using VectorDrawables decreases the amount of density dependent drawables you need to maintain, and will also give you sharp image assets regardless of the screen device densities your app supports.

    With Android Studio 1.4, we are making the process of importing SVG images or Material icons much easier. If you update your gradle android plugin to 1.4.0-beta3 (or higher) in the project structure dialogue or your project build.gradle file ( 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:1.4.0-beta3' ), you can now use the new Vector Asset Studio by right-clicking the res/drawable folder in your project and selecting New → Vector Asset from the content menu.

    We are also excited to offer backwards compatibility for your vector assets in Android Studio 1.4. Once you have a vectorDrawable image in your res/drawable, Android Studio will automatically generate raster PNG images for API level 20 and below during build time. This means you only need to update and maintain your vector asset for your app project and Android Studio can take care of image conversion process. Note, it is still best practice to create density dependent launcher icons in your res/mipmap folder. Learn more here and by watching the DevByte video on the new Vector Asset Studio tool.


  • Theme Editor

    We understand that managing your app theme and style can be a bit complex. With Android Studio 1.4, we are releasing a preview of the Theme Editor to help with this task. This first version of the Theme Editor is focused on editing and updating the material theme colors (colors.xml) in your app project. In future releases, we will cover more attributes of your app theme and styles files. To access the editor, navigate from top level menu Tools → Android → Theme Editor.

  • Project Templates

    We know many of you use the New Project Wizard app templates to start a new app project or to quickly add an activity to an existing app. To help with the visual design of your apps, we updated the app templates to include the Android Design Support Library alongside the AppCompat Support library.

    From the template wizard you can start projects with a basic blank template with a floating action button or start from a range of user interface components such as the navigation drawer, or AppBar with scrolling view. We also re-introduced the empty app template for those who want minimum code generation when adding an activity to your project.

    With Android Studio 1.4, you can also validate your apps on the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P screen sizes.

Performance Monitors

  • GPU Rendering Monitor

    Now it is possible to quickly inspect the GPU rendering performance of your app. To enable GPU monitoring, make sure you turn on monitoring for your Android hardware device or emulator under Setting → Developer Options → Profile GPU rendering → In adb shell dumpsys gfxinfo . To learn more about the GPU rendering results, check out the developer documentation.

  • Network Monitor

    With Android Studio 1.4, you can also monitor the network usage of your app. With the monitor you can track the transmit and receive rates of your app over time.

Developer Services

  • Firebase

    It is now even easier to add a Firebase mobile backend to your Android app. Firebase includes data storage, user authentication, static hosting, and more. To access the feature, navigate from the top level menu and select File → Project Structure → Cloud. Learn more about Firebase in this tutorial.

Whats Next

For current developers on Android Studio, you can check for updates from the navigation menu (Help → Check for Update [Windows/Linux] , Android Studio → Check for Updates [OS X]) . For new users, you can learn more about Android Studio on the product overview page or download the stable version from the Android Studio download site.

We welcome feedback on how we can help you. Connect with the Android developer tools team on Google+.


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OnePlus X expected this October with 5-inch display, Snapdragon 801

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 10:22 AM PDT

A fan-made render of the OnePlus X. Photo: GizmoChinaOnePlus will launch an even more affordable alternative to its flagship OnePlus 2 this year, according to a new report. The device will supposedly be named OnePlus X, and it will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 processor. The OnePlus 2 is already an incredibly affordable smartphone at just $329 — especially when you consider it

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Act now to avoid Sprint’s $10 unlimited data price jump

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 10:22 AM PDT

sprint-signSprint's unlimited talk, text and data plan is about to get more expensive. The wireless carrier announced that the plan will jump from $60 per month to $70 per month starting October 16. Existing customers will be grandfathered in to the current price, but new customers will have to start paying up if they want the

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Committing to RCS, the latest standard in carrier messaging

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 10:08 AM PDT

Mobile messaging has never been more central to people's lives, and there is an incredible amount of innovation happening with chat applications across the mobile ecosystem. SMS carrier messaging is used by billions of people every day and enables people to reach anyone around the world, regardless of their device, carrier, app or location. However, the features available in SMS haven't kept up with modern messaging apps. Rich Communications Services (RCS) is a new standard for carrier messaging and brings many of the features that people now expect from mobile messaging, such as group chats, high res photos and more.

Many leaders in the wireless industry have already put great work into laying the foundation for RCS, and we've heard from many of them that there are ways Android can help. We're excited to team up with mobile operators, device makers and the rest of the Android ecosystem to support RCS standards and help accelerate their deployment in a more consistent way. We're already working closely with many of our partners on implementing RCS, and look forward to growing the RCS ecosystem together.

As part of this commitment, we're also very excited to announce that the Jibe Mobile team is joining Google to help us bring RCS to a global audience. Jibe is a leading provider of RCS services and they'll continue helping carriers easily deploy RCS to their users. We can't wait to work with them and build on the great work that they've already done.

Deploying RCS to create an even better messaging experience on Android will take time and collaboration throughout the wireless industry, but we're excited to get started.

Posted by Mike Dodd, Android RCS Software Engineer and Minister of Messaging
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Nexus 6P Camera Slides In At Number 2 According To DxOMark

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 10:07 AM PDT

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As mentioned various times already, the camera on the Nexus 5X and 6P is definitely one of the major highlights on both devices and now we have even more backing for Google's claims.  The fine team over at DxOMark have tested out the new camera on the Nexus 6P and rank it number 2 among all current smartphones, behind only the Galaxy S6!  Here's a summary of their findings:

Photo

Pros

  • Impressive detail preservation in low light conditions, by far the best tested to date.
  • Good detail preservation in outdoor conditions.
  • Accurate and fast autofocus in all conditions.
  • Good white balance and color rendering in outdoor conditions.
  • Flash: Good flash behavior with good detail preservation, white balance and color rendering.
  • Images are well exposed.

Cons

  • Visible irregularities in exposure, color, texture and noise due to HDR+ mode activation in low light conditions.
  • In high dynamic scenes, the highlights of the images are occasionally blown out.
  • When triggered, the shot is taken before the autofocus has converged.

Video

Pros

  • Good global exposure, white balance and color rendering.
  • The autofocus is fast and accurate.
  • Low noise level in all conditions.

Cons

  • The strong jello effect due to the stabilization provides unpleasant videos during motions scenes.
  • Refocus are visible under illuminant changes and thefocus is lost during tracking movement.
  • Fine details are lost in low light conditions.
  • Color shading is visible in low light and indoor conditions.

That's definitely some pretty high praise and as we already saw earlier, this isn't all just talk!  Of course this is just one publications findings so we'll have to wait for some more comparisons and blind tests to surface but so far so good for the cameras on Google's new Nexus'.

[DxOMark]

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Need For Speed: No Limits Speeds Into The Play Store Like It's Dodging The Cops, But Has To Stop For Gas And Search For A Wi-Fi Hotspot

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 09:42 AM PDT

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No Limits is EA's first Need for Speed game build exclusively for mobile devices. It was previously up for pre-order, and now it's officially available for download from Google Play. This touch-friendly racer is free to download, but as you would expect from EA, that doesn't mean you won't feel pressure to spend money.

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We've been waiting for No Limits to launch throughout most of the year, and we've long known that the game would charge for gas.

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HTC To Unveil A Marshmallow Powered One On October 20

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 09:12 AM PDT

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HTC has already promised the bring Marshmallow to some of their devices by the end of the year but it looks like the M8 and M9 may not be the first HTC made devices to get the new tasty treat.  Shortly after Google's Nexus event yesterday HTC sent out press invites to an event they will be hosting on October 20.  While they didn't specify what they would be unveiling, all signs seem to be pointing towards the One A9.

The One A9 has been surfacing a fair amount lately so we have a pretty good picture of what the device will include.  Expectations are that it'll packa 5″ FHD AMOLED display and will be powered by the Snapdragon 617 and 2GB of RAM.  The device will come with 16GB of expandable storage and will sport a 13MP camera with OIS.  A 2150 mAh battery will keep things running and a fingerprint reader is expected on the device.  Lastly, Marshmallow is expected to be on board.

Another interesting little tid bit regarding this event is that it's seemingly going to be virtual.  "On Oct. 20 we will introduce our newest HTC One smartphone. This is not your traditional smartphone so we aren't hosting a traditional launch event. We will be unveiling the smartphone via a virtual event held athttp://ift.tt/1f5FpiF at noon ET."  Perhaps they'll do something similar to what OnePlus did with the launch of the OnePlus 2?  Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Oh and one last little piece to pass your way.  This invite did come to us from our HTC contact so there's a good chance that this device will hit Canada when it launches.

 

HTC To Unveil A Marshmallow Powered One On October 20 is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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TAG Heuer set to unveil its $1,800 Android smartwatch on November 9

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 08:58 AM PDT

While smartwatches are pretty common from manufacturers at this point, more old-fashioned timepiece makers have yet to really jump on the ball just yet. One such company is TAG Heuer, which has carefully bided its time as other companies like Motorola, LG, Huawei, and Apple have all thrown their hats into the market.

The wait is finally coming to an end, though, as the CEO of TAG Heuer, Jean-Claude Biver, has confirmed to CNBC. According to the CEO, the watch — which will be powered by Android — will cost $1,800. That's actually even higher than many estimates, which had suggested the upcoming smartwatch would retail for around $1,400. The watch itself was first confirmed back in March of this year, when the company announced that it was working on building a luxury smartwatch featuring Google's operating system.

TAG Heuer isn't a stranger to launching luxury timepieces of course, especially not ones that cost quite a bit of money. It will be interesting to see if the brand can compel potential (smart)watch buyers to pick their device rather than, say, Motorola's new Moto 360 or even the Huawei Watch, both of which retail for quite a bit less. Then again, the expectation of TAG Heuer to create something that's more in line with a classic watch rather than a piece of technology strapped to a wrist is pretty high.

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Samsung confirms Gear S2 price and launch date for U.S.

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 08:25 AM PDT

Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic hope to appeal to traditional watch wearers. Photo: SamsungSamsung's new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic smartwatches, which were officially unveiled in early September, are about to make their U.S. debuts. Both devices will go on sale on Friday, October 2 — but they won't be cheap. The Gear S2, which is the more affordable model in the lineup and comes with a plastic

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NVIDIA SHIELD availability and functionality expanding October 1st

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 08:24 AM PDT

NVIDIA SHIELD launched back in May and continues to blow the doors off all competing streaming boxes thanks to the Tegra X1 processor. NVIDIA is still pushing to advance its Android TV offering and keep ahead of the pack, though.

SHIELD just keeps getting better

We already brought you the details of the GeForce NOW game streaming service launching tomorrow, and as part of that same update, SHIELD is getting a boost to its home theater functionality with Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio pass-through and WMA-Lossless decode. Movie playback at 23.976 frames per second is supported as well as codec support for VC-1, MPEG-2 and WMV9.

Android TV, which SHIELD is built upon, has also expanded greatly over the last few months since the SHIELD launched, going from just over 300 apps to nearly 1,000. Soon you will be able to cast from Spotify Music and Google Photos to the SHIELD, and more apps are coming all the time.  SHIELD offers a curated list of 135 games, and as part of the update tomorrow, it will render some Android games in 4K regardless of whether they were designed with that in mind.

New places to buy SHIELD

Starting tomorrow both the SHIELD and SHIELD Pro will be available in the U.K., France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Buyers will be able to pick them up through shield.nvidia.com, Amazon.com as well as Game, Scan, Cyberport, MediaMarkt, Saturn, LDLC, Materiel, Komplett and Elkjopp.

U.S. retail availability of the SHIELD continues to grow as well, and you can now find it in Best Buy, Fry's Electronics and MicroCenter. Of course, you can also still find it online through NVIDIA, GoogleAmazon or Best Buy.

Finally, Google has shown an interest in SHIELD as well, making it available to users of Google Fiber as an add-on for current and future Fiber subscribers in Provo, Utah; Kansas City, Missouri; and Austin, Texas.

We have definitely seen the already-crowded streaming media box market get even more competitive this year, but from a feature standpoint, it would be difficult to argue that SHIELD remains the most comprehensive offering with not only an impressive array of home theater features, but also true gaming capabilities that completely outshine the competition.

Whether this actually translates into mainstream success remains to be seen, but with this latest update NVIDIA proves once again that they are deeply committed to making this platform work, and the expanded availability could finally be the tipping point for SHIELD.


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Samsung Gear S2 and its rotating bezel will launch October 2 for $299

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 07:40 AM PDT

The smartwatch wars are heating up this fall, especially when it comes to watches with round faces. The LG Watch Urbane has been around for a few months, the new Moto 360 and Huawei Watch are just launching, and now the Samsung Gear S2 is about to enter the fray.

Samsung says that the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic will launch in the US on October 2. They'll be available from Samsung's own website as well as Amazon, Best Buy, and Macy's. As for pricing, the standard Gear S2 will cost $299.99, while the ridged Gear S2 Classic will cost $349.99.

Aside from the ridged casing, the Gear S2 Classic is different from the Gear S2 in that it has a slightly larger battery: 300mAh vs 250mAh. Outside of those two things, though, the two watches are the same, boasting 1.2-inch round 360×360 Super AMOLED displays, 1GHz dual-core processors, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. Both also have rotating bezels that you can use in tandem with their touchscreens to navigate through Samsung's Tizen OS.

Despite the fact that they run Tizen OS and not Android Wear, the Gear S2 watches are compatible with non-Galaxy Android phones, something that Samsung's older Gear watches can't say.

Samsung is no stranger to the smartwatch market, having launched several Android Wear and Tizen devices. The Gear S2 models are their first round smartwatch efforts, though, and they've got some attractive designs. The question for would-be smartwatch buyers is this: Do you want Samsung's Gear S2 with a rotating bezel, or are you willing to forgo that unique bezel in favor of an Android Wear-powered piece of kit?


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NVIDIA GeForce NOW coming October 1st, the next generation of game streaming

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:57 AM PDT

If you have owned or followed any of the devices in the NVIDIA SHIELD family then you are probably familiar with the NVIDIA GRID service: "Netflix for games" has been the NVIDIA pitch since the beginning. Originally launched in San Jose back in December of 2013, the service went nationwide in the U.S. in November last year and continued to expand into western Europe and Asia. GRID brought high-quality PC games to SHIELD hardware without the owner needing a PC of their own. SHIELD owners have enjoyed this beta iteration for free and NVIDIA built GeForce NOW based on what they learned from those hundreds of thousands of GRID users.

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GeForce Now launches on October 1st as part of an update to SHIELD and includes all of the features of the GRID service and more. A GeForce NOW subscription will be $7.99 a month, but NVIDIA is giving users the first three months free to check it out and make sure it is for them.

There are currently over 50 titles available for free as part of the membership. The combined value of this curated collection of games is approximately $1,000, and NVIDIA will continue to add a new game every Tuesday.

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In addition to this collection of recent titles, GeForce NOW will be adding a store for newly-released titles. At launch there will be 10 games available in the store with pricing comparable to other online stores, but NVIDIA is hoping to achieve day and date release availability in the future. With GeForce NOW, gamers can start playing a game within 30 seconds of hitting the buy button, no waiting hours for a download. These purchases will also include a download code to play the game on your PC as well.

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NVIDIA views streaming as an advantage over the consoles as they are able to constantly update the backend, as they have in upgrading to GeForce NOW from GRID and already are eclipsing the hardware on current generation consoles. They promise 1080p at 60 frames per second and view this as a vital part of the success of the streaming service.

GeForce Now will be available on all SHIELD devices starting October 1st.

We'll be putting it through it's paces as soon as it hits our devices and if you give GeForce NOW a try we'd love to hear from you too.


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‘Newest HTC One’ to be unveiled on October 20

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:36 AM PDT

Not smitten with yesterday's new Nexus phone announcements? HTC has announced that it will be holding a "virtual event" on October 20 to unveil its "newest HTC One." The invitation doesn't give us any clues about the new phone, save for a faint outline which matches that of the yet unannounced HTC One A9. Rumors have indicated that the HTC One A9 will launch in the US, Europe and Asia and will be backed by a substantial marketing campaign. This speculation is backed up by the fact that HTC shared the details of the launch event on its global, US and UK social media accounts.

Based on what we're heard about the HTC One A9, the phone isn't expected to outclass the HTC One M9. Instead, the One A9 will offer decent specs wrapped in a refined design — hopefully at a reasonable price.


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These are the HTC handsets getting a Marshmallow upgrade

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 04:25 AM PDT

HTC's Marshmallow plans. Photo: HTCHTC has confirmed that it will begin rolling out its first Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates before the end of 2015. The company has also revealed which handsets are in line to get one, so if you're wondering whether yours will get lucky, just check the list below. "Serving up Marshmallow sweetness real soon," teased HTC America

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Get Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P on finance when you choose Project Fi

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 03:24 AM PDT

You don't have to pay upfront for your new Nexus. Photo: GoogleIf you don't want to pay the full cost of a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P upfront, then there is a finance option that lets you spread out the cost of the device over 24 months. But it comes with a catch: It's only available if you get your new Nexus on Google's Project Fi network.

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Logitech’s new Circle camera is here to take on the Nest Cam

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 02:25 AM PDT

Keep an eye on the crib with Logi Circle. Photo: LogitechLogitech wants to help keep your home safe — and push devices like the Nest Cam out of it. Its new Circle smart camera, which is being launched under the new Logi brand, delivers real-time HD video that lets you monitor your home remotely from an Android or iOS device. Circle sports a clean and

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