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Samsung announces Exynos 8 Octa 8890 with embedded LTE modem

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 02:41 PM PST

Qualcomm isn't the only one with a new mobile processor on the way. Samsung has just announced the Exynos 8 Octa 8890, the newest in the line of the company's in-house processors.

This is Samsung's first processor with an integrated LTE modem, which features Cat.12 download speeds of up to 600Mbps and Cat.13 upload speeds of up to 150Mbps. The processor is built on 14mm FinFET technology and features a more than 30% improvement in performance and a 10% improvement in efficiency over the previous gen Exynos 7 Octa. On the graphics front, it uses an ARM Mali T-880.

Production of the processor will begin later this year, though we won't see it in action until the next year. It'll be exciting to see how it stacks up against the Snapdragon 820!

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Moto X Style/Pure Edition and 2nd Gen Moto X getting Marshmallow in some markets, full rollout in next few weeks

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 02:27 PM PST

Motorola has been pretty good with software updates in the past, though lately the company has faltered. But it seems that support for its flagship is strong in the meantime. The Moto X Style, known as the Pure Edition in the US, is now getting its Marshmallow update in Brazil and India, and the second gen Moto X is getting the update in Brazil.

The full rollout will be coming in the next few weeks, including for the US Moto X Pure Edition. Keep an eye out for an update notification, because Marshmallow is no small update. And with the mediocre battery life on the Moto X, Marshmallow is sorely needed.

Here's a list of improvements in the new version of Android:

  • A new Memory Manager that lets you check memory usage of all your installed apps
  • Volume controls have been greatly improved
  • Do not disturb button has been added to the quick settings panel for easy access.
  • System UI Tuner will appear in the settings menu at the very bottom once enabled. It provides a few simple UI tweaks.
  • Google Now on Tap allows contextual information to be delivered based on content on your screen with a long press of the home key.
  • Doze is a battery management feature that detects when your device is not in use and it will automatically go into a deep sleep state which saves your battery.
  • App Standby reduces battery drain by putting seldom-used apps into a reduced activity state.
  • Expandable Storage support allows for microSD cards to be used either in a portable storage or an internal storage mode. Portable storage allows your pictures, videos, audio and other media files to be stored. Internal storage allows both media storage along with apps and games but can not be used by other devices.
  • RAM manager in settings which allows a consumer to view memory used by the system or an individual app over different time frames
  • Automatic App backup not only backs up your apps but their associated data so when restored they will be the same as they were before
  • Text selection has been improved

Are you excited for the update? Looking forward to better battery life? Leave a comment!

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Wizard Academy Is A Cool Educational VR Game You Play Using Google Cardboard And A Funny Controller You Hold Like A Mirror

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 01:57 PM PST


Virtual reality is posed to be the future of gaming for folks who like wearing goggles that close them off to the world. While you wait as the necessary tech rolls out to consumers—and for your bank account to grow—you can get a taste without much investment. Wizard Academy is an educational action game you can play using Google Cardboard.

You take the role of a wizard who navigates around town tackling challenges that have the inadvertent effect of making the real you smarter.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 820 processor

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 01:45 PM PST

Qualcomm has announced its latest mobile processor, the Snapdragon 820. As always, it's a significant improvement over previous generations of processors, namely the Snapdragon 810. The 810 has been enveloped in controversy, whether legitimate or not, and there's no doubt Qualcomm wants to get past that.

The Snapdragon 820 features the new Adreno GPU, which according to Qualcomm, features a 40% improvement in performance over the Adreno 430 used in the Snapdragon 810. The CPU itself doubles performance and efficiency over the 810. The X12 LTE chip features 3 times faster peak uploads and 33% faster peak downloads. And the new 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra image signal processor supports up to 28-megapixel captures.

The new processor is quite impressive, though Qualcomm has been putting out good hardware for quite some time now. Hopefully the Snapdragon 820 will have no thermal issues. The company is likely working hard to keep that from happening. The processor should show up in devices sometime next year.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 5 NG20C With Band 12 Support Just $550 On eBay

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 12:12 PM PST

note 5If you want a top end phablet with a stylus, you can't find one with better specs than the Galaxy Note 5. You also can't find it cheaper anywhere than you can on eBay right now. The NG20C unlocked international version is on sale for $550, over $200 less than the asking price at T-Mobile and AT&T.

This version of the device has very broad GSM band support. The antenna is compatible with all the following frequencies.

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Top 10 new Android games this week: Lost Echo, Bunny Leap

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 12:00 PM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Kiai Resonance

DescriptionKiai Resonance is a 2D versus fighting game. You take part in multiplayer samurai combats where one hit off-guard is fatal, and several challenges to perfect your skills.


Pauli's Adventure Island

Description:  Pauli's Adventure Island is a classic 2D side-scrolling platformer game optimized for Android. Run, jump and fly your way through many uniquely designed worlds that range from rolling hills to mysterious forests, dark caves, ancient temples and more!


Lost Echo

DescriptionIn the near future Greg's girlfriend Chloe mysteriously disappears in front of him. He starts a desperate search for her. What happened? Why does no-one else remember her? In this indie, story driven adventure game you explore fully 3d environments using an intuitive point and click interface.


Bunny Leap

Description Classic Retro Arcade Action!! Inspired by the classic arcade game Q*Bert (qbert). Guide our hopping hero in the task of coloring each level. Would be simple if it weren't for the baddies, each type has their own unique behaviour.


Eternal Arena

DescriptionEternal Arena is a fast-paced, Action-RPG. The game features over 35 playable characters, daily missions, and an expansive single-player storyline. Train your team in Story mode, then dominate other players online in Ranked PvP challenges.


Soda Dungeon

Description: Manage your team of adventurers as you raid the local dungeon for treasure! Upgrade your tavern, purchase new sodas, and attract new party members. Gold, legendary items, and more await you!



DescriptionThousands of aliens, mutant lizards, giant spiders and more are on the attack – can you survive the onslaught? Crimsonland is an intense and gratifying top-down dual stick shooter from the golden age of arcade action games.


This War of Mine

DescriptionIn This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.


 MUTANT: Metal Blood

DescriptionIn 2100, a virus called M virus suddenly appeared and all creatures are killed or turned into the mutants who are infected. The infection's been spreading around the world and the world also turned to anarchy.


 Frosty the Assassin

Description A pail from outside of a jail has given life and evil magical powers and to a snowman. Then a call goes out to all the mythical snow creatures to come and destroy him. The user takes on the role of the fugitive, "Frosty The Assassin", and tries to stay alive.


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Pay What You Want for the Android Expert’s Coding Bundle [Deal]

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 11:33 AM PST

original_2837_AndroidPWYWBundle_MFReady to learn Android development? Start with the Android Expert's Coding Bundle, which will teach you Java programming, the Marshmallow Studio, how to re-skin Android apps and more. And for a limited time only, you'll only pay when you what, thanks to Cult of Android Deals. Master Marshmallow App Development Using Java Be a part

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Google App v5.6 Beta Adds New Google Now Card To Android Wear, Prepares For Continuous Queries And Eyes-Free TTS [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 11:28 AM PST


Things are heating up for Android Wear lately. Earlier this week, a new version of the Android Wear companion app began rolling out to make preparations for the next OS update. There's now an update to the Google app in the Beta channel which follows up with some interesting changes of its own: a new Wear-specific app that places the Google Now stream into a distinct card on watches. A teardown also shows some interesting new experiments for continuous queries and text-to-speech.

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Solving the age-old question: Batman or Superman?

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 11:15 AM PST

It's a multi-generational debate—are you team Batman or team Superman? While we can't personally help you make this very difficult decision, we can tell you it's never been a better time to be a comic book fan. With a smartphone in your pocket, you have a sharp color screen at your fingertips and instant access to read any comic whenever and wherever you are. Holy Android!

Today, Google Play Books is getting an upgrade specifically designed for comic book fans, making it easier to read your favorite comics on your phone or tablet. Reading a comic book is all about following the story and enjoying the art, dialogue and pace the way you want. But navigating a comic can be tricky on a small phone or tablet screen. So, we're introducing a new vertical scrolling experience for comics in landscape mode. Flip your device on its side and you can easily scroll through the story with quick vertical swipes.
New vertical scrolling experience for comics
(Featured "Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire")

We've also made finding great comics and series really easy. Now we're offering a new comics destination and a bunch of beautifully curated series pages on the Google Play Store that organize volumes, issues and other editions of the top comic series. You'll also find new personalized recommendations for similar series to help you discover new stories and characters.

Easily discover and continue a comic series in Google Play Books 
(Featured: comic series discovery in the Google Play Store app and Google Play Books app) 

Google Play offers binge-worthy comics from all the major publishers, including DC Comics, Marvel, Image, IDW and Dark Horse. Whether you're a long-time fan or just starting out, our collections will have something great for you, with series like The Walking Dead, Justice League, Deadpool and Mortal Kombat. And for the next week we'll be celebrating these new features with several free comics, including issues from The X-Files, Lazarus, and Jem and the Holograms, and more.

These experiences will roll out to Android users in the next few days (with iOS soon to follow) in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, India, Singapore, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa. Now stop reading here, and go connect with the canon!

Posted by Greg Hartrell, Senior Product Manager, Google Play Books
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The Samsung Galaxy A5 Is Now Available

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 10:59 AM PST

Samsung Galaxy A5 - 2

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is now available on multiple carriers across Canada (Rogers, Bell, Telus, Fido, Virgin, Koodo, and SaskTel).  While it's not a flagship level device by any means, the A5 offers a premium design with some decent mid range spesc.  Here's a rundown:

  • 5″ 720p Super AMOLED Display
  • Snapdragon 410 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Expandable Storage
  • 13MP Camera
  • 5MP Frotn Facing Camera
  • 2300 mAh Battery

It's definitely worth considering if you're not needing a bleeding edge device or if you just want something a little more compact.  Pricing is as low as $0 on a 2-year term and the non-contract prices range from about $400-$450.


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Improvements to Sign-In with Google Play services 8.3

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 10:45 AM PST

Posted by Laurence Moroney, Developer Advocate

With Google Play services 8.3, we've been hard at work to provide a greatly improved sign-in experience for developers that want to build apps that sign their users in with Google. To help you better understand some of these changes, this is the first in a series of blog posts about what's available to you as a developer. In this post, we'll discuss the changes to the user experience, and how you can use them in your app, as well as updates to the API to make coding Sign-In with Google more straightforward. On Android Marshmallow, this new Sign-In API has removed any requirement for device permissions, so there is no need to request runtime access to the accounts on the device, as was the case with the old API.

User Experience Improvements

We've gotten lots of feedback from developers about the user experience of using Google's social sign-in button. Many of you noted that it took too many steps and was confusing for users. Typically, the experience is that the user touches a sign in button, and they are asked to choose an account. If that account doesn't have a Google+ profile, they need to create one, and after that they have to give permissions based on the type of information that the app is asking for. Finally, they get to sign in to the app.

With the new API, the default set of permissions that the app requests has been reduced to basic profile information and optionally email address as demonstrated here. This introduces opportunities for much streamlined user experience: the first improvement here is in the presentation of the button itself. We had received feedback that the Google+ branding on the Sign-In button made it feel like the user would need to share Google+ data, which most apps don't use. As such, the SignInButton has been rebranded with the reduced scopes -- it now reads 'Sign In with Google', and follows the standard Google branding for use with basic profile information.

After this, the user flow is also more straightforward. Instead of subsequent screens where a Google account is picked based on the email addresses registered on the device, followed by a potential 'Create Google+ Profile' dialog, followed by a permissions consent dialog, like this:

The user experience has changed to a single step, where the user chooses their account and gives consent. If they don't have a Google+ profile, they don't need to create one, eliminating that step. Additional consent dialogs come later, and are best requested in context so that the user understand why you might ask for access to their calendar or contact, and they are only prompted at the time that this data is needed.

We hope that a streamlined, one-tap, non-social sign-in option with additional OAuth permissions requested in context will help improve your sign-in rates and make it a breeze to sign-in with Google.

Check out some live apps that use the new API, including Instacart, NPR One, and Bring!

In the next post we'll build on this by looking at some of the changes in the API to make coding apps that use Sign-In with Google even easier.

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YouTube Music rocks out on Android and iOS

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 10:29 AM PST

Yes, Google has another music streaming service. Photo: GoogleYouTube Music has arrived on Android and iOS, and it promises to make it easier than ever to discover new music on YouTube. Simply hit play and enjoy an endless journey through the platform's entire music catalog, or check out YouTube's recommendations based on your listening habits. YouTube Music doesn't replace Google Play Music or the

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Google launches YouTube Music with 14-day free trial

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 10:28 AM PST

YouTube has been busy when it comes to new features, with YouTube Red bringing ad-free and other noteworthy features to the service for a minimal monthly subscription. Now the focus is on music, as Google aims to offer a "new type of experience" when you want to listen to, or watch, your favorite artist or track.

On November 12, Google officially launched YouTube Music for Android (and iOS) users in a standalone app. The company isn't shy about saying that starting a song in YouTube Music will take you down the rabbit hole of videos and music, and uses it as a selling point of the new service. The company also says that discovering music will be easier than ever, as the new Home tab will populate recommended tracks and artists, and even put together personalized stations based on your listening habits.

While YouTube Music will have access to a vast catalog of official songs, albums and videos, Google also promotes the fact that there are a variety of videos in its collection, including lyric videos, concert footage and even covers and remixes. All of this content will be available through YouTube Music, easily accessible when the user wants.

YouTube Music Android app

To get the best experience, though, Google suggests upgrading to YouTube Red for $9.99 per month, which will net the user offline playback, along with the ability to seamlessly switch between a music video and just the music's audio if the situation calls for it. With YouTube Red activated, you'll also be able to keep listening even when you start using another app or your screen turns off.

Google is launching YouTube Music along with a 14-day free trial.

YouTube Music is available right now through the Play Store as a free download. Do you plan on checking it out?

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Android Wear finally supports watches with cellular connections

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 09:59 AM PST

LG's new Watch Urbane doesn't need a smartphone. Photo: LGGoogle is finally making Android Wear compatible with smartwatches that have cellular connectivity, paving the way for a new breed of wearables that don't require a smartphone for operation. The first device that fits that description is LG's new Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. With LTE connectivity, you'll be able to use your Wear watch in

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Google Officially Releases YouTube Music App Into The Play Store

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 09:55 AM PST


Google quietly unveiled a new YouTube Music app when it rolled out YouTube Red last month, and we've been waiting ever since to see it become available in the Play Store. Well, today's the day. Google has officially announced its new YouTube app dedicated entirely to music.

YouTube Music is free to use, just like regular YouTube. It pulls up music videos and turns them into an endless stream of songs.

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Runtastic Results Will Give You Runtastic Results Through A 12-Week Strength Training Plan, As Long As You Pay $10 A Month

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 09:25 AM PST


You want to become a rock hard slab of skin and muscle. I hear you, and I understand. Here's a pro-tip, you have a great fitness trainer already floating around in your pocket. Look at it. That flat, hard sheet of glass. That chiseled frame. Your phone is in great physical shape, and it knows just what to do to help you get there.

First, download Runtastic Results. This is the latest release from Runtastic, and those guys make good software for people who prefer the thought of training at home than going to the nearby gym.

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Here’s Our First Look At Blackberry’s Next Android Phone: Codename Vienna

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 08:14 AM PST

Blackberry Vienna

Blackberry's venture into the Android world seems to be going pretty decently so far as reports of high demand  for the Priv are said to be the cause of shipping delays.  So what next for the Canadian company?  Another Android phone of course and this may be our first look at the device.

The photo was posted by the Crackberry team and shows off a QWERTY wielding candy bar smartphone working under the codename Vienna.  It kind of reminds me of the Z10 with a keyboard.  It's interesting to see that this device, unlike the Priv, is sporting either capacitive or physical as opposed to the on-screen variety.  To me that's just wasted space that could be used to make the screen a little larger.

As for other specs, we don't have anything to share at this time nor do we know when Blackberry might unveil this phone officially.  Nevertheless, it's interesting to see that Blackberry is committed, at least in part, to creating a line up of Android devices.  Hopefully this new batch of devices will help revitalize the company.


Here's Our First Look At Blackberry's Next Android Phone: Codename Vienna is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Pre-order the Acer Predator 8 for $300, units ship early next week

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 07:28 AM PST

After being unveiled at IFA a few months back, the Acer Predator 8 tablet is now available for pre-order. Acer's Predator 8 isn't the most impressive Android tablet on the market, but it does come equipped with an 8-inch 1,920 x 1,200 resolution IPS LCD display, Intel Atom X7 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot support, and a 4420mAh battery that should provide up to eight and a half hours of battery life.

As you can tell from the pictures, the Acer Predator 8 isn't going to win the award for the best-looking Android tablet. Instead, it shares a lot of the same aggressive design DNA that's infused in Acer's Predator laptop and PC lineup. The thicker build allows the Predator 8 to feature four front-facing speakers (one in each corner of the tablet), which deliver a more immersive audio experience, and dual-haptic vibration motors that allow even vibration across the entire tablet no matter how it is held.

If you want to be among the first to get your hands on the Acer Predator 8, you can pre-order the tablet from TigerDirect and Newegg for $300, with units shipping as early as next week. It's certainly not the cheapest 8-inch Android tablet on the market, but the Acer Predator 8 should offer a superb gaming experience that's likely only matched by the NVIDIA Shield, which is also priced at $300.

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Nexus S unofficially joins the Marshmallow ranks

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 05:58 AM PST

Officially, the Nexus S should still be running on Android 4.1, but that hasn't stopped developers from releasing unofficial updates for the phone once Google's software team pulled the plug on it in late 2012. While Google would want you to buy a new Nexus to take advantage of all the newest features baked into Android MarshmallowDmitry Grinberg has managed to deliver a fairly stable Android 6.0 build for the Nexus S. 

Since the Nexus S has an a single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and limited internal storage, it took quite a bit of work to tweak Android 6.0 so that it could actually run on the phone. Dmitry has shared extensive details about his Android 6.0 build on his site, along with Fastboot or TWRP flashable images. For those who are a little more adventurous, he's also shared the patches needed that allow you to develop your own Android Marshmallow build for the Nexus S.

We doubt any of you still use the Nexus S are your daily driver, but please let us know if you plan on digging the phone out of your drawer to give it a taste of Android Marshmallow.

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Happy Birthday AndroidTapp Turns 7!

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 05:28 AM PST

They say if your marriage last past 7 years then there's high chance of longevity. Welp… AndroidTapp has been running strong for 7 awesome years! Happy Birthday to us!! AndroidTapp.com launched shortly after the first and only Android phone hit T-Mobile stores in 2008- that being the grandfather G1. In those days there were only... View Article

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Ah, Vienna! BlackBerry’s second Android phone leaks out early

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 04:44 AM PST

BlackBerry is clinging onto that physical keyboard. Photo: CrackBerryBlackBerry Vienna, the Canadian company's second Android-powered smartphone, has been revealed in leaked renders ahead of its official debut. Unlike the new BlackBerry Priv, Vienna has a more traditional BlackBerry form factor, with a keyboard built into the front of a candybar design. Vienna has been rumored for a while now, but this is the first

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LTE support allows Android Wear to free itself from your smartphone

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 04:13 AM PST

With the retail launch of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (wow, that's a mouthful), Google has made Android Wear's cellular support official. Keeping your Android Wear device connected no longer requires it to be shackled to your smartphone through WiFi or Bluetooth. If your LTE-capable smartwatch can't locate your phone, it will automatically switch to LTE mode, allowing you to do receive all your notification, use your apps and even make or receive calls.

Making phone calls from your wrist may sound like fun, but we're honestly more excited about the idea of leaving our smartphone behind in certain situations while still being connected. As a runner, an LTE Android Wear watch would be the perfect companion, allowing me to track my runs, listen to music and even send and receive messages without having to strap my 5.2-inch phone to my arm.

How much extra are you willing to pay for an LTE-capable Android Wear smartwatch?

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[Deal Alert] The Excellent 'This War Of Mine' Game Comes To Phones, Celebrates With A 50% Discount To $6.99 In Many Countries

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 04:10 AM PST


Do you want to bust through doors, fire dozens of machine guns, and kill all the baddies? Then This War of Mine isn't what you're looking for. War heroes aren't just the fighters, they're also the survivors who find themselves thrown into a bleak world and have to scrape for meat, find a shelter, protect each other, and just try to get through each day unharmed and alive. That's the aspect of war that This War of Mine taps into, and it does so with surprising depth and sensibility for a "game".

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Google Brings Cellular Support To Android Wear

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 08:44 PM PST


If there was one major thing Android Wear was missing, it was support for 3G or LTE. Luckily, Google has just announced support for cellular in Android Wear and it will help you stay connected even if a phone the watch is paired with, is not with you.

This will also allow you to send and receive message, take and even make calls on the watch without pairing it to a phone via WiFi or Bluetooth.

It's a very interesting concept and despite its potential toll on a watch's battery life, I'd say it's worth it for the convenience.

Right now, the only watch that supports this is the LG G Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. It comes with LTE support, a 480×480 circular display and a 570 mAh battery. Howeveer unfortunately it's a US only exclusive at this time.


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BlackBerry Vienna, BB’s second Android phone, appears in leaked renders

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 08:15 PM PST

It was only days ago that the BlackBerry Priv was officially released, and now images of what may be BlackBerry's next Android phone have surfaced.

Renders of a device called the BlackBerry Vienna — likely a codename, like Venice was to the Priv — have made their way online courtesy of CrackBerry. The images show a candybar-style smartphone with what looks to be a large screen and a physical keyboard as well as physical navigation buttons. There are also some buttons on the sides, with the left side likely housing the power/lock button and the right side being home to volume buttons as well as a convenience key.

Unfortunately, there aren't really any spec details available for the Vienna right now. It'll be interesting to see if BlackBerry really does bring the Vienna to market looking like this, though. It's certainly been a long while since we've seen an Android phone with this form factor, but BlackBerry's got plenty of experience making phones like this, and this design could bring more BlackBerry fans over to the Android side. We'll just have to wait and see.

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