LVMH TAG Heuer Smartwatch Will Be On Sale Starting From November Priced At $1,400

The Swiss TAG Heuer is one of the famous watch brands in the world. In collaboration with Google Inc. and Intel Corp to develop an Android smartwatch, LVMH TAG Heuer finally produce a new smartwatch to compete with Apple Watch. The Swiss brand, owned by VMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, will put the new TAG Heuer on sale starting around October or November 2015 with high class $1,400 price tag.

As a rival to Apple in smartwatch market, The Head of production, Jean-Claude Biver said in an interview that Apple Watch is for the first-timer who curiously interested to wear a smartwatch and most of them would be younger consumers. He also said that TAG Heuer smartwatch is for an exclusive few people.

 

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“I hope they sell millions and millions and millions of them,” Biver said on an occasion in Dubai. “The more they sell the more a few people will want something different and come to TAG Heuer.”

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Compared to Apple Watch, the new TAG Heuer smartwatch is said to have better battery life. According to Biver, the battery will last for 40 hours on average usage. While Apple Watch is said to last up to 18 hours, and could be longer for minimum usage.

Apple offers sport and mid-range smartwatch variants with price ranging from $349 to $1,099 and the Gold editions priced at $10,000 to $17,000. It is said that Apple has to increase the production in order to full fill the high demand, since the watches can be pre-ordered online starting from April 10.

If you are looking for another smartwatch with affordable price, the latest LG Watch Urbane may be your choice, or perhaps the cheap Moto 360.

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy S6 Edge Users Reported The Existence Of Android 5.1.1 On Their Devices

Earlier this month we have reported the appearance of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on SDK manager and expecting that the latest build version of Android Lollipop will soon hit some of Android devices. And now though it’s not officially confirmed, the Android 5.1.1 reportedly has landed on several T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge devices.

A user at XDA developers forum has provided several images that show the device info of Galaxy S6 Edge that includes new Android Lollipop build version. In addition, he also gives a screenshot of multiple guest feature on Lollipop, which previously not available on Samsung devices because the company has decided to remove the feature with no further explanation.

 

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The new build version of Android Lollipop, of course not free from bugs. Just like the previous versions the Android 5.1.1 certainly has its own bugs, however it should have a be better performance and eliminated bugs on version 5.0. It has also been reported that the new update locks the phone boot-loader, that would be a problem if you want to customize your phone in the future. But, apparently someone at XDA forum has managed to overcome this issue and users will be able to root their device again in the near future, just wait for the complete instructions.

Google up until now, still rolling out the Android 5.1 update for its Nexus devices. The update also comes to the Android One and Google Play Edition devices. While the latest build version 5.1.1, so far has not landed on any Nexus devices, but the factory image already available for Nexus Player. So, though it’s possible that Samsung and T-Mobile at the moment are still testing the Android 5.1.1 update on limited Galaxy S6 Edge devices, but they are pretty fast and could be among the firsts to roll out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update in the future.

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Android 5.1.1 OTA hits Nexus 10 as more factory images arrive

If you’re a Nexus 10 owner that’s managed to resist moving to newer Android tablets, your loyalty is about to be rewarded.

Android 5.1.1 looks to be starting its rollout to the Nexus 10. One N10 owner received an OTA update to 5.1.1 today, which weighed in at a paltry 13.9MB. Google has also posted the 5.1.1 factory image for the N10, which is build LMY47V.

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In addition to the Nexus 10 factory image, Google has put up Android 5.1.1 images for both the Nexus 7 (2012) and the Nexus 7 (2013).

We haven’t heard much about Android 5.1.1 ever since we spotted a couple of references to the update on a Google web page a couple of weeks ago, but it looks like the rollout may finally be getting underway. That’s exciting news for everyone, but especially for the Nexus 9, which is still on Android 5.0.

Via: Android Police
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Top 10 new Android games this week: TinyKeep, Battledots

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.

Battledots

Description Battledots is an intense, fast-paced strategy game where you must attack the opponent while defending your base, and everything is done with dots. There are 15 dots to choose from, and each one has its own unique abilities that will aid or hurt you in battle.

 

Bears vs Art

Description:  Bears vs. Art – a puzzling postmodern expression of the fight against subtext, from the creators of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride! Discover 150 galleries with exciting puzzles around every corner. Plan your moves carefully or race the clock in timed challenges to destroy every painting on every wall!

 

TinyKeep

DescriptionLure monsters into traps, knock over fire torches to set the dungeon alight and set prisoners free to help you on your way. Enemies will work together in groups to hunt you down, and some will flee from threats.

 

Broken Age

Description Broken Age is a family friendly, hand-animated, puzzle-filled adventure game with an all-star cast, including Elijah Wood, Jack Black and Masasa Moyo.

 

Floorless Fortress Room Escape

DescriptionFloorless Fortress is a challenging and addictive arcade game with over 70 levels. Avoid traps while travelling through as many rooms as you can.

 

Dragon Blaze

Description: s a descendant of the long-extinct Boden tribe, you must now use your power to reclaim the lands! Speak to and capture dragons as you journey through Dragon’s Landing, unveil the secrets behind the pandemonium, and bring the relentless war to an end.

 

MARVEL Future Fight

DescriptionCreate your squad from Avengers like Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America, as well as other famous Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil! Upgrade your weapons and master your skills to give your team the ultimate power-up using a deep RPG leveling system.

 

Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0

DescriptionAccess your Toy Boxes from your mobile device, PC, and console. Continue right where you left off on any platform when logged into your Disney Account!

 

Ys Chronicles 1

DescriptionYs is an action-packed, heroic fantasy JRPG game that immerses you in a beautiful Japanese artistic universe. Originally released on PC and PSP in the 2000s, this remake of the famous franchise’s first episode, titled ” Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen”, returns in a mobile version especially adapted for touch gameplay.

 

Wrath of Obama

Description Follow President ObamaĆ­s quest to unravel a much darker mystery at the heart of a global crisis that will end up uniting 2 former enemies against a new common enemy.

 



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Android 5.1.1 factory images arrive for Nexus 7 WiFi (2013 and 2012), Nexus 10

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Heads up, Nexus Tablet owners. It appears Android 5.1.1 is gearing up for a rollout. Factory images for 5.1.1 (build number LMY47V) on the WiFi versions of the original Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 10 have all been uploaded to Google’s factory images page. You can either get a jump by flashing the factory images (and erasing all your data in the process), or wait for the official update to hit your device over-the-air in the coming minutes/days/weeks. Stay tuned.

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Fleksy keyboard giving away free unlock to full version, but only for a limited time

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We know, it’s going to be tough for anyone already invested in their favorite keyboard app to try something new, but we implore you to give Fleksy a shot. After recently adding a handful of amazing new features, it’s been fighting for the top spot in our favorite keyboard apps ever. Yeah, it’s that good.

Right now, Fleksy is allowing anyone with the free (trial) version of their app to unlock the full version for free. All you have to do is download the free version of the app (uninstall and re-download if you already have it installed) and when you sign into their cloud service, you’ll unlock the full version for free.

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Normally the paid version runs about $2, which isn’t much, but this will encourage new users to give them a shot. Especially if all you’ve used is the official Google Keyboard or SwiftKey. Fleksy really does offer something different with aggressive auto-correct that allows you to sloppily type whatever you like and the ability to use a combination of gestures to undo corrections, delete words, or add words to the dictionary. Once you get in the swing of things it quickly becomes 2nd nature, so try sticking with it for a few days.

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Grab a Nexus Player for only $75 with free $20 Google Play credit

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For anyone who can’t get enough Android in their life, the Android TV-powered Nexus Player makes a great option to streaming devices like Apple TV or Roku. Right now, the streaming set top box can now be found on Amazon for around $75, that’s about $25 cheaper than you’ll find it on the Google Store.

The Nexus Player also comes with a complimentary Google Play credit of $20 to download applications, games, or add movies to your library. We should note, this is the basic model that only comes with a remote — not the official Gamepad for playing video games (that’ll run you an extra $40). That being said, it’s still a pretty good deal for anyone who’s been eying the Nexus Player, but wanted to wait for a deal first. Grab it on Amazon via the link below.

Buy on Amazon: Nexus Player $75



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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review: worth an extra $100?

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After posting our lengthy Samsung Galaxy S6 review a few weeks back, it behooved us to do something similar for its sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Sure, we briefly talked about some of the new Edge features already in our S6 review, but we felt like going more in depth with these new Galaxy S6 Edge features in a review all of their own.

On the hardware front, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are near identical for the most part, sporting nearly the exact same internals as one another (with the exception of a very small 50mAh increase in battery capacity for the S6 Edge). It’s this reason for our review, we’ll be focusing on the one feature that sets the two apart: the $100 extra curved Edge display.

EDGE SCREEN

How it looks (Verdict: Stunning)

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It’s the single defining feature of the Galaxy S6 and most can agree it improves upon the traditional boring “flat” smartphone design with something that looks like it stepped out of science fiction. The fact that the phone can often times be found appearing solo in Samsung Galaxy S6 marketing materials has us feeling like this is the Galaxy S6 Samsung wanted to make, but simply couldn’t due to constraints surrounding production of its curved AMOLED display. Without a doubt the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge looks fresh, leaving Samsung with a product to finally set itself apart in a crowded market. In other words, they done did good.

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Samsung would love for you to believe that the S6’s “Edge display” brings some kind of added functionality to the phone by displaying UI elements not normally viewable (or difficult to see) on a regular flat screen. Truth is, you could probably view the exact same information on a flat display when viewing the phone at a downward angle.

When looking at the phone directly from its side (if you’re laying in bed and viewing on your nightstand for instance), information from the Edge screen features are actually cut in half where they sit a lot higher than the actual edge of the display. How’s that for irony?

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Before we got our hands on it, we were honestly expecting something much more extreme and/or closer to what we saw with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Upon closer inspection, the Edge display is actually much more discrete than it appears in promos and it’s probably better off. If the curve was angled any more than it already is, it would make full-screen viewing an extremely awkward experience.

That’s not to say the curved display doesn’t take some getting used to. Viewing web pages, videos, or images online feel strange at first, with your eyes focusing only on the flat portion of the display, discounting anything wrapping over to the curve portion. Aside from the image becoming warped and colors looking off, the curved edges also pick up a fair amount of glare, making full-screen viewing a bit more difficult than usual.

We’ll admit, it’s only really a problem when using the phone outside or when the display is dimly lit. Turn up the brightness indoors, and you shouldn’t have much of a problem, if at all. It was bothersome enough for us to want to run back to our boring, basic, flat S6 unit. In the end, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge isn’t necessarily going to turn any heads and anyone that doesn’t know much about technology likely wont be impressed by this hardware feat.

How it feels (Verdict: Awkward)

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Apart from its handsome good looks, the Edge doesn’t really offer up any real-world benefit. In fact, the curved display actually makes for a smartphone that’s both more difficult to view and awkward to hold. This is all thanks to the same metal frame from the Galaxy S6, only on the Edge, it shrinks down around the sides of the device. This allows that curved edge to extend halfway down its sides.

The problem is with such little surface area to grab onto, you never quite feel like you have a confident grip of the S6 Edge. Doesn’t help matters that the metal frame also feels like non-stick Teflon.

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Needless to say, unless you’re comfortable with your phone flipping and flopping out of your hands and onto pavement — you’re going to want to invest in some protection. Using a case largely remedies this lack of grip issue , but you may find the selection of cases for the S6 Edge is much more limited than say, the regular S6 model (we listed some of our favorites right here).

And although it may sound weird to say, using a case was probably our favorite part about the S6 Edge. Because the frame is so far along the sides of the phone, equipping a case — even those bulky rugged ones — never impedes on the edge itself. This allows your finger to reach and slide over the edges of the curved display without the usual thick rim of a case getting in the way. We absolutely loved that.

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Speaking of sliding our fingers over the edge of the display, grabbing UI elements — like slide-out navigation menus — feels a hundred times more enjoyable than your usual flat device. We did notice a sort of dead zone along the sides (as well as slightly thicker black bezels), more than likely there to compensate for fingers that may slightly encroach on the Edge display when holding the device. We should also note there were more unintentional screen presses along the edges when viewing full screen media and/or playing video games. It was more than frustrating.

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We should note, tempered glass screen protectors (the only kind we use on our phones these days) present a very real challenge for the Galaxy S6 Edge as the vast majority available only cover the middle flat portion of the display — not the curved edges. There are very few tempered glass screen protectors available for the S6 Edge (we did find this one from Amzer), but expect to pay a higher premium than usual. This means plastic film screen protectors are generally going to be your best bet for now, but at least they’re inexpensive.

Ultimately, the way that 3D-ish display felt when gliding our fingers across was easily the best feature of the S6 Edge and something that made transitioning back to flat phones feel…. well, a little boring to us. But as we mentioned, a nice case is all but mandatory for this version of the S6. Thankfully, we listed some of our favorites in a previous post right here.

EDGE SOFTWARE

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Even if the Galaxy S6 Edge doesn’t bring any real world functionality in and of itself, the phone is bundled with a handful of exclusive software features to help take “advantage” of its curved display. Sure these features could have come bundled on the Galaxy S6 and worked just as well, but that’s neither here nor there.

In this portion of the review, we’re going to examine Samsung’s new “Edge screen” features for the Galaxy S6 Edge and evaluate whether or not they are helpful, or just more bloat Samsung packed onto the device to try and fool the masses. Let’s get to it.

Edge lighting (Verdict: Useless)

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Edge lighting is an S6 feature that allows the edge of the display to light up whenever you receive a phone call or notification. It only works when the phone is faced down and gives users the option to reject calls by long pressing the heart rate sensor (you can even set this up to shoot out a customized quick reply).

Edge lighting also works with People edge, so it’ll glow with the color you set for some of your favorite contacts. This is so you can always see who’s calling/notifying at a glance. But you know what also works for seeing who’s calling at a glance? Setting your phone face up like the good Lord intended.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge lighting

Not only is Edge lighting almost completely pointless, it’s downright dangerous if you care about keeping your phone in pristine condition. You will — I repeat, will — be scratching your phone’s display if you lay it face down on just about any hard surface. Tiny bits of dirt, salt, or any other micro particles will scratch up the display, Gorilla Glass 4 or not. The only time this feature would even be acceptable is when using a screen protector, but even then — why not just set the phone upright?

People edge (Verdict: Helpful)

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The People edge is probably going to be the feature most people use on the Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s basically a persistent shortcut on the home and lock screen that appears along the right or left side of the phone’s display, giving you quick access to your favorite contacts. Pull it out, and you can quickly call, text message, or email one of the contacts you’ve preselected (up to 5).

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Since these contacts are all color coded (blue, green, yellow, orange, and purple), it’s easy to see at a glace any missed notifications and quickly address them by tapping on the appropriate icon. There’s also an option to have your phone alert you every time you pick it up to ensure you never miss a notification from the people you care about most (or those who keep you on a short leash). You can even toggle what kind of notifications you’d like to receive (missed calls, messages, or emails).

This is actually a neat feature, don’t get us wrong. But it’s just one that doesn’t really require the Edge screen to exist. It could have been just as helpful on the regular S6. Of course, that doesn’t take anything away from People edge which was something we found actually came in handy for the most part.

Information stream (Verdict: Somewhat handy)

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Information stream is basically a news ticker that displays feeds according to your interest. Since they’re only displayed on the edge screen — and the main screen is “turned off” — Samsung says it shouldn’t eat up too much battery life when displayed. Activating the Information stream (when enabled in Edge screen options) is done by performing a quick swiping gesture on the Edge screen while the phone is sleeping. After that, a ticker will be displayed according to the feeds you’ve set up and for however long you’d like (15 seconds, or even up to 10 minutes).

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Options for the news ticker are fairly limited at this point and include general Android notifications (specific apps can be turned off, but all are enabled by default). As far as news feeds, Yahoo! News, Twitter Trends, Yahoo! Finance, and Yahoo! Sports available on the device, with the ability to download feeds from Whoscall – Caller ID & Block, RSS Feeds for Edge, and BILD Newsticker. Tapping on a news item will open the browser and pull up the article. Oh, and weather can also be displayed, with the settings controlled by the general Samsung weather app.

We found Information stream somewhat useful, but couldn’t help but feel like it sucked up more battery life than Samsung lets on. This wouldn’t have been so much of a big deal if Samsung simply added the option to display Information stream only while the phone is charging.

Night Clock (Verdict: More harm than good)

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Night clock is the final Edge screen feature and, well, does exactly what the name suggests. It displays a dimly lit clock on the Edge screen for easy viewing while laying on your nightstand. When enabled, it’s up to the user to set the display time and the duration maxes out at 12 hours, so you can’t have it on 24/7.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge screen night clock

Despite only displaying a dimly lit clock — which is supposed to keep the “main screen” off — we noticed a good deal of battery drain than when normally sleeping. We activated Night Clock in a pitch black room and actually noticed the entire display was dimly lit. Suddenly that battery drain made a lot more sense. In the end, this meant that unless we were plugged in for the night, Night clock wasn’t a viable option for us, again, something Samsung could have easily rectified by adding the option to display only while charging.

Is the S6 Edge worth spending $100 extra dollars?

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Now that we’ve fully examined the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and every single one of its Edge screen features, it’s time to reach a verdict. At $100 extra for the S6 Edge, does the curved display actually bring anything more to the table than sexy good looks? The short answer: no. But does it really have to?

In a world of cookie cutter smartphones, it’s clear someone needed to step out and finally do something different. It just so happened to come from the unlikeliest of places, Samsung, who has done a great job at building a smartphone that looks unlike all the rest and even steals some of the lime light away from beauties like the iPhone 6 or HTC One M9.

As long as you understand what you’re getting, we don’t think anyone should feel bad dropping 100 extra dollars for the S6 Edge. People value good design. They do it all the time. I found myself buying more expensive plastic silverware simply because it looked nicer than the cheap stuff. Others may splurge on designer name clothes or shoes because they simply fit better or look nicer than the stuff they find at Walmart. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

We will say, for the more thrifty buyer, that $100 might be better spent on upgrading the internal storage of the Galaxy S6 (which also sees a $100 jump for every configuration). Just something to keep that in mind if you can’t decide between a 32GB S6 Edge, or 64GB regular S6 for the same price.

Sure, we found the Edge screen was little more than a gimmick to get you to pluck down more money for a smartphone that does everything the regular version can do. While spending an extra $100 is probably asking a little bit much (Samsung really couldn’t have made it only $50 more?), we couldn’t help but find ourselves suckered into picking up the S6 Edge over the regular model.

If you received a little extra dough in your tax refund and have $100 burning a hole in your pocket than by all means, treat yo self. As long as you know what your money is getting you, ain’t no one going to fault you for it.

Pros:

  • Fresh design
  • Great conversation starter
  • Cases don’t impede on Edge screen at all
  • Envy of friends too poor to afford it

Cons:

  • Edge screen distorts images
  • Edge screen picks up glare
  • Awkward to hold
  • Software features are mostly gimmicks
  • More expensive than regular S6 model

Bottom line: The Galaxy S6 Edge sure looks pretty, but its hardware benefits mostly fall flat. Unless you’re hell bent on being the coolest kid on the block with its cutting edge design, that extra $100 would be better spent on increasing the internal storage on the regular Galaxy S6.

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Show off your phandom with this Android collectibles bundle from AndroidArea.com

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Are you a true phandroid? Display your Android pride with this awesome collectibles bundle available from AndroidArea.com. For only $19.99 you will score a collection of three 3” vinyl bugdroid figurines plus a 6” plush toy.

Kick off your collection with a random selection of three vinyl figures from the popular Dead Zebra lineup. These Big Box Edition lineup features six characters all sealed in display-ready packaging. Possibilities include a classic green droid, Business Man, Taxi Bot, Yeti, Pinkey, Bear Tag, or Ruby Red. The figures alone are worth the price of the bundle, but you will also get a 6” Ganndroid plush to round out your budding collection.

All told, the entire set equates to a $34 value, but you can get them all for only $19.99, a perfect gift for your or the Android fan in your life.



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Google adds custom voice actions to Google Now

Google Now offers quite a few voice actions, but so far they’ve been strictly related to Google services like search, reminders, and control of various Google Now cards. But the Android Developers Google+ account announced new custom voice actions that opens up Google Now to third parties (through Google, of course).

The first custom voice actions announced are for two app partners, NPR and TripAdvisor. You can say “OK Google, listen to NPR” to launch the NPR app and start listening, or “Ok Google, show attractions near me on TripAdvisor” to open the TripAdvisor app. And of course, there are infinite possibilities for developers to implement custom voice actions.

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Google is also asking developers to chime in about voice actions they’d like to implement, because despite the feature being exclusive to partners, Google expects to open it up later on. So if you’re a dev, hit the source link and contribute!



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Have Shazam listen for a song straight from the Google app, more 3rd party apps being added

Google app voice commands 3rd party apps

Google is looking to super charge the voice command functionality on your Android device by integrating 3rd party apps with the usual “Ok Google” commands. Announced today on Google+, you can now launch applications with nothing else but your voice using the Google Search app.

Right now only a few select apps are available in Search, but many more are on the way. You can get started with Shazam by simply saying “Ok Google, Shazam this song,” to have it search for a song immediately. So it’s not so much just launching an app, but having it open and performing an action as well. For instance, speaking the command “Ok Google, open TuneIn in car mode,” will do just that. Pretty convenient if your hands are tied or your phone is just out of reach.

Google says you’ll need to have the latest version of the Google app — as well as the most up-to-date versions of these 3rd party apps installed on your device — to make sure everything is working properly. For a small list of some of the 88+ things you can do by voice with the Google app, check out their landing page here.



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Samsung introduces two new Bluetooth audio products in the Level series

Samsung has been pushing its Level series of audio accessories for the last year or so, with a set of headphones and some Bluetooth speakers going up for sale. And more products have been added recently to flesh out the lineup. Now two more products have been announced, and one of them piqued my interest.

The first product is a new set of wireless headphones, which are basically the original Level On headphones with Bluetooth added into the mix. It features six microphones for noise cancelling and will offer 11 hours of battery life with noise cancelling and 23 just streaming wirelessly. Not bad at all.

The second one is called the Level Link, which allows you to stream music to and from things that don’t originally feature Bluetooth. It can both transmit and receive Bluetooth audio using Bluetooth 3.0 with aptX Low Latency, and even supports sending audio to two Bluetooth devices. A suggested use case is to plug into your TV so you can use Bluetooth headphones, even with a friend. The battery life is rated at six hours of use and 200 hours standby. It’s very reminiscent of the HTC Stereoclip, though with more features and a bigger battery.

The prices for both the devices have not been announced, so you won’t know whether it’s worth buying until a later date. A release date is also absent. But the Level Link is definitely a nifty product. Tell us your thoughts in the comments!



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Watch this cool Avengers fight in 360-degree goodness on YouTube for Android [VIDEO]

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While the earliest videos released for YouTube for Android’s new 360-degree viewing experience were cool, we’ve been waiting for a chance to be thrown into the universe of our favorite fictional stories, like the ones which Marvel writes. Thankfully Samsung and Marvel have done just that in order to promote their new Avengers movie.

If you head to this YouTube video on your Android phone or within Google Chrome for Android (it’s also embedded above), you’ll be able to watch the Battle for the Avengers Tower scene in full 360-degree motion. This means you’ll be able to move your phone around and view different parts of the scene, whether that’s behind you, to the left of you, above you or whichever direction of the action you’re hoping to check out.

Just try not to get too freaked out when you find yourself waking up with Ironman standing right next to you. Oh, and those should be an especially cool experience for those with virtual reality headsets such as the Samsung Gear VR, so be sure to try watching it with that if you have it!



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Get a $20 Google Play gift card with purchase of Nexus Player on Amazon

The Nexus Player is a solid choice for a home entertainment hub. Featuring Android TV, you can enjoy plenty of content via many supported apps like Netflix, Hulu, Play Music, and more. And for the occasional streaming, it also supports Google Cast so you can send some videos and music from your phone to the device. The price isn’t bad, either.

Amazon decided to sweeten the deal a little by throwing in $20 of Google Play credit so you can buy some content. You can rent a few movies or install some games (unfortunately the gamepad for playing games is sold separately). It’s a nice bonus, especially considering the price of the Nexus Player is only ~$73 on Amazon with free shipping.



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Mobile Roar 90: LG G4, email from the Samsung Knights, fart detectors, and more!

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This week we’re talking about the LG G4 in all its glory. Is it better than the flagship phones from Samsung and HTC? Can LG be trusted with timely updates? We also discuss the gigantic size of Samsung, Apple Pay popularity (or lack thereof), Android and iOS apps on Windows 10, fart detectors, Google desktop tricks, and much more! Thanks for watching/listening!

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HTC adds RAW support to the One M9

HTC is now pushing out an update to the HTC Camera app that brings in an important new feature: RAW support. Android 5.0 Lollipop brought in system level support for RAW files, but we haven’t seen a large integration of the new format in phones. HTC is looking to advance that by allowing the One M9 to snap photos in RAW format. Unfortunately, other HTC phones are left out, making this a bittersweet piece of news.

What is RAW? RAW files are completely uncompressed and untouched files that come directly from the camera, leaving them free of the compression artifacts that are found in JPEGs. RAW files are almost always used in professional photography, as they leave much more photo data to work with while editing. The downside is that RAW files can be huge, quickly eating up storage space.

The benefit to RAW support is clear, but it will likely be a very niche feature, as most consumers won’t want to trade the saved storage space for better results during editing. Nonetheless, those that use their phone in a manner similar to a DSLR will likely be pleased with the new found freedom in editing.

The update to HTC Camera is rolling out now, but remember that you’ll only be able to use this feature on an HTC One M9.



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HTC One M9 now supports RAW image format thanks to latest camera update

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HTC’s camera app has received a nice upgrade over at Google Play. The biggest feature in tow is for users of the HTC One M9 — HTC has enabled the RAW image format for those who prefer capturing images that way.

In case you don’t know, RAW format is the completely raw, untouched result of whichever image you’re capturing. No software or hardware-based encoding or alterations are carried out.

The benefit of shooting RAW is that the image retains 100% of the original color information, so it’s much preferred for making adjustments to color, saturation, tone, contrast and all sorts of other things. While it’s still possible to make these changes to an image encoded in JPEG, the partial loss of original color information might make it difficult to achieve the exact effect you want.

The one downside to RAW is that it typically has to be encoded to a file format suitable for sharing on the web after it has been edited. That extra step is a small price to pay for being given total control over the outcome of your image. There’s also the issue of RAW files being significantly larger in file size than JPEG images of the same resolution.

The lack of RAW format typically isn’t an issue for your everyday camera user, but professional photographers view the ability to capture in RAW as invaluable. It’s there if you need it, but if the original image format worked well enough for you then you’re just as free to continue.

Here’s a quick list of some of the other changes coming along as part of this update:

  • Crop-Me-In mode, only available on the HTC One (M8 EYE) running Android 5.0 Lollipop and the HTC Desire EYE
  • Adjustable divider in Split Capture mode
  • Add and remove camera modes

Be sure to grab it from the Google Play Store right here if all that sounds good to you.



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Android 5.1.1 lands on a T-Mobile Galaxy S6 edge

Android 5.1.1 may not be a big enough release to get its own press release, but that hasn’t kept it out of the news cycle anyway. And for one lucky Galaxy S6 edge owner, looking forward to some new software on their flagship smartphone.

According to a post found within the xda developers forum, an owner of a Galaxy S6 edge on T-Mobile’s network has received the newest Android version. The update supposedly weighed in at 550MB. Perhaps worse news, though, is that when the owner tried to root his Galaxy S6 edge after the update, he had found that his bootloader had been locked.

Android 5.1.1, as of right now, hasn’t been sent out to any Nexus-branded devices just yet, so the update landing on a branded, carrier variant of the Galaxy S6 edge seems strange. But stranger things have happened. Neither T-Mobile or Samsung have made a comment regarding the update, either.



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Star Wars: KotOR is 70 percent off and LEGO Star Wars is back

It’s safe to assume the Star Wars content is going to kick it into lightspeed as we get closer to the release of Episode 7 in December, but for now it is still novel enough that it is worth noting.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic first hit Google Play back in December, but after a brief launch sale at $4.99 it has remained at $9.99. Despite the fact that this is an enormous and immersive RPG, that’s a steep price for most people, so today’s sale bringing it all the way down to $2.99 is a nice opportunity to pick it up on the cheap.

If you’ve never played KotOR, it’s a fantastic game and you will get at minimum dozens of hours of gameplay out of it. A couple caveats about the game: When I said it is enormous, that also includes the size of the download, which is about 2.5GB, so make sure you’ve got the space. I would also say that it lends itself to a larger screen (five inches or above), but you can certainly play it on something smaller. It does support a controller, so if you somehow fall into the Venn diagram of NVIDIA Shield Portable or Tablet owners that haven’t played KotOR, then I would buy this immediately.

For those looking for a slightly more lighthearted Star Wars game for your Android device, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is again available on Google Play for $6.99. It includes both LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game game as well as LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. Early reviews are looking pretty positive, but there are some reports of frame rate issues even on current flagships, so you might want to hold off and see if they manage to fix that in an update.

If you download either one, let us know what you think. I’m at least going to be picking up KotOR.I haven’t played it in 10 years and I think it’ll be great to revisit on the SHIELD Tablet or even the SHIELD console.



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Android vs iOS: hilarious comedian has field day on fanboys [VIDEO]

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In our quest to validate our purchase decisions and make ourselves feel better about our smartphone preferences, things often get out of hand. A little shouting. Some back and forth name calling. Even two friends willing to stab each other over the silly argument.

The Android vs iOS war will never die as long as the two operating systems remain relevant, but one comedian puts things into the sort of perspective that would make even the most enraged fanboys take a step back and laugh at themselves. Ronny Chieng addressed the issue in a recent standup show of his, a clip of which you can check out for yourself above (the fun starts at around the 56 second mark).

Beneath a bundle of hilarious jokes about how radical some fanboys are and a dramatic recreation of #bendgate exists a thinly-veiled layer of truth: fanboyism is stupid. Enjoy what you enjoy, and go about your day. Take a couple of minutes out of your morning for a quick laugh by hitting the play button above.



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The Latest Version Of Google’s Messenger Allows You To Quick Reply On Notification

More recently, Google’s Messenger application has been updated to version 1.3. In this latest version, Google added a feature that greatly facilitate the users to send messages without having to open the application. Now you can easily write a quick reply directly from the message notification.

The new feature comes with the “Reply ” button located at the bottom left of the notification, or if you are in locked screen mode, just swipe down the notification and you should see the “replay” button. So, once you received a notification message, then you can tap the “Reply” button on it to directly reply the message. Unfortunately, you still have to see the full screen quick reply interface to type your message, which should not be necessary because it can eliminate the impression of simplicity.

 

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The emoji button also available, in case you need to express your feelings via small interesting pictures, just pick one or more emojis and send it directly as a response. How ever, if you want to open the Messenger app, there is an “Open Messenger” button below the message box.

Google’s Messenger app is now available in PlayStore, last updated on April 29. In addition to quick reply feature on notification, the new update also includes support for animated GIFs, Widget, improved performance, and bug fixes. This app only compatible with Android 4.1 and above.

via 9to5google

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LG Optimus One P500

OS Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Network GSM / HSPA
Max Speed HSPA 7.2/0.384 Mbps
2G Supports EDGE Class 10
Dimensions 113.5 x 59 x 13.3 mm (4.47 x 2.32 x 0.52 in)
Weight 129 g (4.55 oz)
SIM Slots Mini-SIM
Screen 3.2 inches (~45.5% screen-to-body ratio)
TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
320 x 480 pixels (~180 ppi pixel density)
No Protection
Battery Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery
Sponsored Links

Chipset Qualcomm MSM7227 Snapdragon
Processor 600 MHz ARM 11
GPU Adreno 200
Internal Memory 170 MB
RAM 512 MB RAM
Rear Camera 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus, check quality
Front Camera No
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth v2.1, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio Stereo FM radio
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Price About $109
Buy on Amazon

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Google’s Project Fi companion app hits Google Play

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Project Fi, Google’s carrier effort in conjunction with Sprint and T-Mobile, has only been official for about a week, but Google is already preparing to let the flood gates open for anyone who requested an invite. The company has released an official companion app in Google Play for the service. It allows you to do a number of things:

  • Activate your Project Fi service
  • Manage your account and settings
  • Check your data usage
  • See your monthly statements
  • Get in touch with support 24/7

But, of course, you’ll need a Nexus 6 to even download it, and you’ll need Project Fi for it to be remotely useful. As such it’s little more than a dormant app right now, but you’ll want to bookmark the link if you’re anticipating being a Project Fi customer in the near future.

Project Fi app on Google Play



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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga finds its way back into Google Play for

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Earlier this year Warner Brothers released a Lego Star Wars game onto Google Play, but it was promptly pulled and never heard of since. Well, it’s popped back up and now available for all to download.

This $6.99 download is comprised of two games Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, and Lego Star Wars 2: The Original Trilogy. These two games combine to cover all 6 Star Wars episodes series. It features 36 levels of story content, over 120 characters, and more, all draped in Lego dressings for those who don’t mind the quirky styles.

Lego games are simple, but are fun enough to check out. This particular game features Force powers and lightsaber battles, the ability to mix and match characters by swapping lego bricks and other cool things you won’t find in a typical Star Wars game. You’ll also have two control styles to switch between. It doesn’t sound like a bad package for $6.99 so if you’re a big Star Wars fanatic and have yet to check it out be sure to head here for the download.



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Google Messenger updated with quick reply function

Google Messenger is a simple, beautiful, and fast text messaging app. If you haven’t given it a try, you really should because it’s surprisingly excellent. But it got a new feature in the latest update, and it’s a good one. When you get the notification overlay on your Lollipop device, or you expand the notification on any Android device, you’ll be met with a new reply button.

This button opens up a quick reply box on top of whatever you were doing, allowing you to answer a text without leaving your app. It’s a feature that has long been part of third party texting apps, and I think even Samsung got in on the fun with the stock messaging app, but it’s nice to see Google has implemented it into its app as well.

If you want the update, open up Google Play and check if you got it. You might have to wait a little while for it to roll out, but it will be worth it.



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New Google Now Card Notifies You About Product Price Based On Your Search History

New Google Now card able to give you the info about products you have searched for previously, complete with their prices, even you will be given an option to compare the prices from other merchants as well. It is very useful especially if there are discounts on some products, you will be given the best prices available in the market at particular time.

Although this feature has not been officially announced by Google, but some users have reported that the discounted price notifications for products appear on their device. Product names that appear, in accordance with the search they had done before. This means Google analyzing your search history especially for products available on online stores.

 

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Google apparently still pay attention to the development of Google Now card. By analyzing the search frequency of certain products, added with some criteria and priority requirements, do not be surprised if in the future Google Now cards will become your accurate companion in telling you about the price of the products you want to buy.

Google last year also added a feature similar to this, which is a price tracking feature to determine changes in the price of airplane tickets. The difference is that this feature is now applied to all products that can be sold.

via 9to5google

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Here are the first 4 LG G4 ads you’ll see on TV [VIDEO]

LG G4 leather

LG is quite excited about the new smartphone they just unveiled earlier this week — the LG G4, if you haven’t been paying attention — and they’re going to share that excitement with everyone early on through a quartet of new ads. These 30 second spots serve simple purposes: to show off the phone and what went into crafting them.

They feature a man assembling the 20 megapixel f/1.8 camera, assembling the display, and stitching genuine leather onto the device’s rear cover. It isn’t quite enough to get you familiar with the phone in one go, but it certainly should provide enough intrigue for any uninformed viewer to learn more.

Of course, if you really want to learn more all you’ll have to do is find your way to our hands-on with the LG G4 right here.



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Image of Vivo X5Pro with glowing logo Leaked

Vivo-X5Pro-32Mp-front-cameraUpdate: If the latest reports are to be believed, the latest flagship from Vivo, X5 Pro will feature a retina scanner, fingerprint scanner and a Vivo logo with glowing LED. One of the above two features will be incorporated into the device, and the chances are high for the retina scanner. vivo-x5pro-logo-02 Today few images showing a glowing LED of Vivo logo below the screen surfaced on internet. There were some rumors about a fingerprint sensor on the device and this particular logo could incorporate that sensor. Coming to other features, it includes a 32MP front facing camera and USB Type-C port as confirmed in the teasers released by the company. The Vivo X5Pro is expected to come with a 6-inch 1080p Full HD display, a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, Android 5.0 with FunTouch 2.1 UI on top and a 3500mAh battery on board. Source Earlier: Vivo expected to launch X5 Pro on May 7th; To Feature a 32MP Front Facing Camera – Report
According to a report from the Chinese website, Vivo’s upcoming X5 Pro smartphone will launch on May 7. it is the same date the Vivo Xshot was launched last year. Vivo-X5Pro-32Mp-front-camera Vivo has just released a new teaser. As you can see in the image above, the phone is said to be capable of taking highly detailed 32MP resolution images, which should produce extremely good selfies.…

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The Beats Pill XL International Giveaway: Join Now !

beats speakerThis week, we are giving away the “Beats Pill XL” speaker. It gives the boasts deep, rich sound and yet it was designed to be lightweight and portable to carry it where you go. It can even be used as a power bank to charge the device. It connects via Bluetooth and has a range of 30 foot. If you want this, participate in our giveaway. beats speaker TERMS & CONDITIONS ONE Step to Win:
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