Samsung introduces the Tizen-based Gear S2 and S2 Classic

Samsung has two new smartwatches to share with the world today, both running on the Samsung-backed Tizen OS, not Android Wear. The Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic are Samsung’s latest attempt at a more rounded smartwatch.

Both the Gear S2 and S2 Classic come with a 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED display at 360×360, or 302ppi, 1GHz processor, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, IP68 water and dust resistance, a bevy of sensors, 250mAh battery, NFC for mobile payments, a rotating bezel for navigation and run on Tizen OS. There’s also a 3G enabled version of the S2 with a 300mAh battery and “the first-ever e-SIM with voice capability, to perform quick functions without being closely tethered to their phone.”

Though identical internally, externally the Gear S2 features a sleek, minimal and modern design, while the Classic sports a more traditional design with a leather band. Both devices have not been priced and their release dates are still unknown. They will, however, both be on display at IFA this week.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Framed, Lara Croft GO

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. YouTube Gaming

YouTube Gaming

App info: YouTube Gaming keeps you connected to the games, players, and culture that matter to you. Featuring videos and live streams with chat — including let’s plays, reviews, speedruns, trailers, and more from your favorite gamers and publishers — you can explore the games you care about more deeply than ever before.


2. Win 10 Launcher

Win 10 Launcher

App info: Win 10 Launcher is here for you (Inspired by Windows 10®). Customize your phone with unique look and feel with the fast, clean and energy efficient Launcher. Surprise your friends with new look of your Android and also share it with your loved ones.


3. Lara Croft GO

Lara Coft GO

App info:  Lara Croft GO is a turn based puzzle-adventure set in a long-forgotten world. Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization, discover well-kept secrets and face deadly challenges as you uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom.


4. Merchants of Space

Merchants of Space

App info: Build and develop your space station, mine resources, trade with astronauts and aliens, challenge your friends in the weekly competitions and be the biggest space merchant ever!


5. Framed


App info: FRAMED is a multi-award winning noir-puzzle game where you re-arrange panels of animated comic book to change the outcome of the story.


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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Specs on new LG Nexus 5 leak

While the more affordable, mid-range Android handset market is jam-packed now and getting fuller by the day, there’s still one name that makes every Android fan’s ears perk up: Nexus. According to some new, reliable information from Android Police, an updated LG Nexus 5 is coming soon, and it’s exactly what fans of the first Nexus 5 were looking for.

It might not have the best specs, but neither did the original Nexus 5. Instead, you can expect the new Nexus 5 (if it is called the Nexus 5) to come in at under flagship pricing with respectable specs:

  • Snapdragon 808
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB storage
  • 5.2-inch 1080p display
  • 2700mAh battery
  • USB-Type C
  • 12.3-megapixel camera
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera

Though the Snapdragon 808 isn’t quite as powerful as the 810, paired with 3GB of RAM and a lower density display (which will still be ridiculously sharp, mind you), there’s no reason to suspect the new Nexus will feel like anything less than a top of the line device. And with a 2700mAh battery, battery life could be impressive as well.

As for when the new Nexus 5 will be released, Android Police is hearing late September. That means only a month to go.

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Android Wear now supports the iPhone

We’ve long been enjoying Android Wear on our wrists, including Google Now alerts and voice commands, for a while now. And starting today, our iPhone-toting friends can do the same.

Google today officially announced Android Wear support for iPhone. iOS users will get many of the same features that Android Wear on Android offers, including alerts for phone calls and messages, always-on displays, and notifications from various apps. They’ll also have access to fitness tracking with Google Fit, “Ok Google” voice commands, the ability to set reminders, and Google Now functionality like traffic and flight info.

Unfortunately for iPhone users, they won’t get the same watch face selection that we enjoy. While Google Play offers thousands of different faces, iOS users will have to make do with a handful of faces selected by Google and included with the Android Wear app.


Android Wear for iOS supports the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus, and it requires iOS 8.2 or higher. Right now you can only use the LG Watch Urbane with iOS, meaning that you can’t pick up a cheap LG G Watch or Moto 360 to try it out. However, Google says that all future Android Wear watches will support iOS.

Kudos to Good Guy Google for extending support for Android Wear to iOS. And while Android Wear for iOS isn’t quite as fully-featured as it is on Android, is supports most of the basic features that you’d expect from a smartwatch, and iOS users will soon have a much wider selection of smartwatches to choose from.

You think Apple will ever add Android support to the Apple Watch?

Via: The Verge
Sources: Official Android Blog, App Store

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HTC One A9 is the name of first Deca-core Smartphone with Helio X20 Processor

htc-one-m9HTC had a disappointing first half of the year in which their latest flagship device HTC One M9 released. The smartphone maker was confident before the release of M9 but were mostly disappointed with very low sales in the market. As a result to regain its lost market share the giant smartphone maker will unveil its next flagship device called HTC Aero. As per earlier reports HTC was planning a Hero Product for October 2015 launch but it is now assumed as Aero. As per the leaks HTC Aero will be known as HTC A9, and it will use a 5.2-inch QHD (2560×1440) display with 2.5D curved glass and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection on top of it. It is also expected that the device will feature an upgraded version of the camera seen in HTC M9. As per the rumours, A9 will come powered by MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core processor backed with 4GB RAM. The processor is different from HTC M9 that sports a Snapdragon 810 chipset and it will be the first smartphone to feature a deca-core processor. The sources suggest that it may also become the first device in the company’s flagship series to run on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.…

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Moto 360 Sport shows up in new leak

Motorola’s 2nd gen Moto 360 is expected to arrive soon, and while the leaks have given us a good idea of what to expect from it, we’re now starting to hear about a variant. @upleaks is reporting that the 2nd gen Moto 360 will launch in September, while a variant called the Moto 360 Sport will arrive a couple of months later in November.

What’s the difference? Well, a leaked image from @upleaks shows us that the Moto 360 Sport will ditch the metal body and metal or leather strap and instead replace it with a polyurethane body and strap. It will also come in at least three color options of black, white and orange. Additionally, the image shows off a fitness tracking app that we haven’t seen on the existing Moto 360, and it can track heart rate, distance, pace and time, making the Moto 360 Sport a great fit for those looking to increase and track activity. Given the change in design materials, it also wouldn’t surprise us if the Moto 360 Sport came in at a lower price than the standard Moto 360, much like Apple has done with the Apple Watch.

You can check out the Moto 360 Sport in the tweet below. We’ll keep you posted on more leaks regarding Motorola’s upcoming smartwatches.

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Qualcomm Smart Protect coming with Snapdragon 820 for improved security

Qualcomm is known for being a huge name in mobile processors, but it’s also put a lot of effort into working on mobile security. Its latest effort is Qualcomm Smart Protect, which uses cognitive computing for real-time malware detection, classification and analysis. That allows it to protect against zero-day malware threats and complement ordinary signature-based anti-malware programs, with Qualcomm Smart Protect detecting and protecting against new threats even before a signature is updated.

Since Smart Protect will be built right into upcoming Snapdragon processors, such as the Snapdragon 820, it can constantly monitor apps and services to detect if any malicious activity is taking place without your knowledge. Qualcomm is also working with existing anti-malware companies, such as Lookout and AVG, to make their services and Smart Protect work in the best way possible together.

Qualcomm will launch Smart Protect in 2016 with the launch of the Snapdragon 820 processor.

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T-Mobile targeting “network abusers” who use too much tethering data

T-Mobile has garnered a reputation for standing out from the crowd in what it’s willing to do, and today it’s taking another interesting step. The company is now going after what it calls “network abusers,” which are T-Mobile users who are taking advantage of the company’s network and its unlimited 4G LTE data plan.

The unlimited data plan comes with 7GB of data for tethering and unlimited reduced-speed tethering after that, with the option to pay for more high-speed tethering data as needed. However, some T-Mobile customers are using all sorts of workaround to hide their tethering data, allowing them to use high-speed tethering data unchecked. T-Mobile has developed technology that has allowed them to see which customers are using these workarounds and has decided to take a stance against them, as some of the customers are using — or in T-Mobile’s words, “stealing” — as much as 2TB (that’s 2000GB!) of data every month.

The total number of users who are using these workarounds comes to about 3,000, which is a small amount, but even those few can have a significant impact on the data speeds for their area. To combat them, T-Mobile is sending out warnings to all of the customers beginning this morning, August 31. If the customers don’t stop abusing the data plan, T-Mobile will move them to the cheapest plan with a set amount of 4G LTE data, thus neutralizing the workarounds, which rely on labeling tethering usage as smartphone data usage.

The move could be controversial, but most will likely support the fact that T-Mobile is taking care of its network by eliminating those that are knowingly and intentionally taking advantage of T-Mobile’s unlimited data offer. In any case, it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. We’ll keep you posted if anything notable happens.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Showcased in a Video Posted Online

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 CompactUdpate, August 31, 2015, 17:20 : Few days before IFA 2015 there is a new leak of Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and this time it is in the form of a video. The device was displayed in full, and you can see the whole design and also the camera specifications. As far as the design is concerned there is not much changed, and it looks similar to earlier devices. Now the company is set to launch its latest flagship in three variants- Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium and the devices will be unveiled at IFA 2015 on September 2 in Berlin. As per the earlier leaked image, Xperia Z5 will feature a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display while the Xperia Z5 Compact comes with a 4.6-inch HD (1280×720) display and Z5 Premium comes with a 5.5-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) display respectively. Once unveiled Z5 Premium will be the first device to use a 4K UHD screen offering 801 PPI as pixel density. As earlier rumored, all the three devices will come with a fingerprint scanner that will come placed on the power button and will sport a 23MP rear camera with f/1.8 and super-fast autofocus. Earlier, August 4, 2015, 11:05 :This year somehow Sony missed out the action from the fight for the best flagship device.…

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Gionee S5.1 Pro is Coming According to the New Image Leaks

Gionee S5.1 ProA couple of weeks ago the Gionee GN9007 passed through the TENAA. As per the reports, Gionee GN9007 will be called as Gionee S5.1 Pro. The Gionee S5.1 Pro will sport a whole new design when compared to Gionee S5.1 and is likely to feature mid-range specifications. Let’s deep dive into the specifications, the device will use a 5-inch (720 x 1280pixels) display offering a pixel density of 294ppi. Under the hood is the MediaTek MT6753 64-bit octa-core processor alongside PowerVR G6200 GPU and 2GB RAM. It has 16GB onboard storage with microSD support for expansion. The device sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP selfie shooter. It comes packed with a 2400mAh battery and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based Amigo 3.1 OS. It has the dual sim dual standby support with 4G-LTE connectivity and other basic connectivity options. The handset is ultra-thin with just 6.45mm thickness and is expected to be priced at $300 range. The availability of the device is not yet revealed, but it is sure to arrive in coming months. S5.1 Pro is an upgraded version of S5.1 with a better display, CPU, camera, battery and OS. S5.1 featured a 4.8-inch 720p display, powered by Mediatek MT6592 Octa-core Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz alongside Mali-450MP4 GPU and 1GB RAM.…

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Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace Available in India for Rs 6400

samsung-galaxy-j1Update, August 31, 2015 : Samsung is gearing up to launch its new budget smartphone in India soon named Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace. It is the successor of Samsung Galaxy J1 that released earlier this year with almost similar specifications. Now in a recent post on Twitter from Indian Smartphone retailer, Manish Khatri of Mahesh Telecom has posted a video of J1 ACE retail packaged unit. The retailer tweeted that J1 ACE is now available in stock at a price point of Rs 6400. Looks like the South Korean giant has quietly launched this new J series handset in the country. As per the video, J1 Ace features a 4.3-inch (480 x 800 pixels) Super AMOLED display that is rarely seen in entry-level devices. It comes powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz backed with 512MB RAM, 4GB built-in storage and microSD card support for expansion upto 64GB. It sports a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front shooter. New launch #Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace (J110H) now available for ₹ 6400/- . Product Status – In stock — Manish Khatri (@MAHESHTELECOM) August 31, 2015 The device comes packed with 1800mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving Mode and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.…

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LG Watch Urbane Luxe has a gold case and a $1200 price tag

LG has been a big supporter of the Android Wear platform, having released several different smartwatches to date. Now LG has introduced a new, luxury version of the LG Watch Urbane that’s the most expensive Android Wear device yet.

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is a luxury version of the Watch Urbane that’s got case made of 23-karat gold and an alligator leather band. The device, which LG touts as being “designed with a specific wearer in mind,” will cost $1200 when it launches at the end of October. It’ll be available for pre-order at and Reeds Jewelry stores.


LG says that there will be 500 units of the Watch Urbane Luxe made. Each will be engraved with its serial number to ensure authenticity.

While the Watch Urbane Luxe appears to be similar to the Watch Urbane in terms of specs, its gold case and alligator leather band could make it more appealing to folks that want a more jewelry-like smartwatch. The limited edition aspect ought to help make this luxury smartwatch even more appealing to the “specific wearer” that LG is targeting.


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Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) shows its face in leaked press renders

There’s been a flurry of Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) leaks lately, including several photos that show the device out and about. Now another leaked image has surfaced that shows the new Moto 360 in official-looking press images.

The two devices show look similar the Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) models that we’ve leak lately, complete with exposed watch band lugs and a button that’s slid up a bit to the two o’clock position. We’re also seeing two different case colors and two different band materials.

That’s about all of the information that can be gleaned from this leak. However, past reports have suggested that the new Moto 360 will be sold in two sizes — a small and a large — which could make the new 360 attractive to folks who found the original model too large.

Spec details for the Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) are still up in the air, but a recent report suggested that Motorola will unveil a new Android Wear device at IFA this week, so it may not be long before all is revealed. Until then, what do you think of the Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) so far?

Source: @evleaks

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New Moto 360 2nd Generation renders pop-up – Might get announced in IFA 2015

Moto 360 2015Very soon it will be curtains off the latest 2nd generation of Moto 360 gear which comes with more refined style and bolder looks. In both stylized metal band as well as a leather option, the latest renders are really beautiful. While almost every day we have been seeing the renders of the new Moto 360 watch, this one which is shown below seems to be one of the accurate. This new render suggests that this new slim redesigned watch will come in 2 different sizes along with multiple other new changes and hardware bumps. Motorola is expected to announce these new smartwatches in the upcoming IFA 2015 event which is being held in Berlin. With Huawei and others lining up for giving a tough competition, it will be interesting to check out on what special and new these watches from Motorola will be coming with. We will keep you updated with all the latest here when it comes to Motorola’s next gen Moto 360. via

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{APK} Google Play Services v8.1 with Android Pay, Kids Account & more – Download Now

Android PayGoogle Play Services v8.1 is the latest release from Google and will soon be hitting the Play Stores around the globe which comes with many new exciting changes. For all those who wanted to know on what are the changes, then this new update prepares the upcoming Android Pay and also it changes the naming variant for lollipop devices and also supports Lollipop based devices.
The long anticipated Kids account is also there in this new update which will soon be improvised and enabled in the device itself. This new update is the big change to the convention which Google uses for identifying Play services apk variants for various devices. Let’s check out in detail individually on what are the new things which are packed in this update. Android Pay:

Android Pay is now being packed into the latest version of Google Play Services and also this has been activated from the backend by Google which got delayed by couple of days. After this, Android users are being told to update/ install the Google Wallet app from the Play Store so that they can setup the Android Pay piece. If you wanted to use Android Pay, its mandatory that you need to setup the pattern lock feature for security purposes.…

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