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Pebble updates Android app with full notification support

Plus support for characters in 80 different languages<p>This week, Pebble released an update for its Android app that finally provides support to push every notification that hits your phone to your Pebble watch. Prior to this, the native Pebble app only supported a handful of notifications, including …

How one Chrome setting alters the Android 5.0 user experience

Did you notice the three software buttons in Android 5.0 Lollipop yet? Prior versions of Android have also had a trio of controls but they get a …

Plex gets parental controls, enhanced multiuser support

Everyone’s favorite media center app Plex just took a big step towards becoming more family-friendly: Plex now has a new account management feature …

Fire TV Stick Review: A Great Streamer For An Amazon Household

The Fire TV Stick works. That’s about all there is to it. It streams videos from Amazon, Netflix and more. It plays simple games and streams from local network shares. But it’s not for everyone. There are better products on the market for some users. That said, the Fire TV Stick is well worth its …

Hands-on: Amazon’s $39 Fire TV Stick is a steal, but it’s no Apple TV

Amazon’s latest attempt to take over your living room, the Fire TV Stick, is here.<p>Only the device is totally sold out. New orders won’t arrive until January 15 at the earliest. So if you haven’t ordered one yet, hopefully our hands-on micro-review can hold you over for a few months.<p>With that in …

5 Android apps you can't miss this week - Google Play Weekly

Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! Here are the headlines this week:<p>Titanium Backup got updated to support Android Lollipop.<br>• Google Play Services received an update that affects Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Wallet, and Google Fit.<br>• Ingress celebrated its second birthday by releasing an …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

The Bottom Line<p>Bottom Line<p>The Galaxy Note Edge is unique, but that might not be enough for many.<p>8.7<p>Up until recently, most smartphones have generally had the same form factor – a slab of glass, surrounded by a square body – and that gets boring. It’s not often that we see a new form factor readily …

Mobile recap: Nokia N1 tablet; Nexus 6 updated; Apple Watch apps

Among the many mobile announcements this past week, Nokia’s may have been the most surprising. Since its phone business was bought by Microsoft, it …

Google Maps offers more info about destinations and alternate routes

Earlier this month, Google Maps for Android received the requisite Material Design update and tacked on in-app restaurant reservations for good measure (in the US). A new version is rolling out, and with it comes some handy features to lend a hand with those navigation needs. The app will display …

Here Are Some New Details On The Sequel To The Hottest Android Phone Of The Year

The company's global director Carl Pei confirmed as much in a thread on Reddit in September, but now we've learned a few small details about the phone, rumored to be called the OnePlus 2.<p>A source familiar with the situation told Business Insider the following about OnePlus' next phone:<p><b>It will</b> …

Samsung And SAP Partner On Mobile Devices For Business

Taking another page from the Apple playbook, Samsung is announcing a massive partnership with the enterprise software giant SAP to battle Apple’s collaboration with IBM in the enterprise.<p>The two companies said they will collaborate to “build on the popularity and reach of Samsung’s mobile …

Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge available for UK pre-order on November 14th (update)

Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge is an interesting but highly experimental smartphone, so its arrival in the UK has always been far from certain. It seems, however, that the bent-screen Android handset <i>is</i> coming to our shores after all, as Vodafone today confirmed it'll be stocking the unusual device, …

Google’s new message to developers: don’t screw up Android

Cars, watches, TVs: Google (S GOOG) is bringing Android everywhere, and it wants to provide consumers with a consistent experience across all …

How to use quick replies on Android Wear

The ability to compose a text or Hangouts message using only your voice on Android Wear is really convenient. But dictating a message via voice isn't always possible. For those times when you're too embarrassed to talk to your watch, or the surrounding area is too loud for the watch to understand, …

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Beats Music will stay on Android, unlike other apps that Apple bought

Steve Jobs once said he didn’t want to “make Android users happy” by making iTunes available on Android. Jobs was famously furious on Google for launching Android, which he considered a “stolen product.” But in the case of iTunes for Android, it was pragmatic thinking, not rage that motivated Steve …

New Heartbleed attack hits Android devices and routers over Wi-Fi

Seven weeks after the bug put the web on high alert, Heartbleed is still causing problems. A new report from Portuguese security researcher Luis Grangeia describes how the same bug could be used over Wi-Fi to enable new kinds of attacks that build on the same vulnerability.<p>The damage will be much …

Google Maps brings terrain view back to Android for outdoorsy types

If you're hoping to get a bit more help from Google Maps on your next trek through the wilderness, you may be in luck. Version 8.1.0 appears to be on the way, thanks to a peek at the APK from the folks over at <i>XDA Developers</i>, and it packs a handy terrain view option in the side menu. This selection …

Galaxy S5 Active launches on AT&T: tougher shell, same water resistance

We knew it existed but now it's finally crawled out of some jungle (or beach vacation) to go official. Samsung's Galaxy S5 Active is available today on AT&T and while ruggedized phones typically lack.. <i>something</i> compared to flagship devices, this time it looks like no notable corners were cut. The …

Asian mobile insiders say LG's G3 will give Samsung a run for its money

Singapore and Hong Kong are ideal places to do canary tests on mobile phones. Both countries sell mobile phones unlocked, and have huge mobile penetration rates upwards of 150 percent -- that's at least 1.5 phones per resident.<p>Throw in smartphone penetration rates upwards of 87 percent for both …

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Oppo N1 Mini Confirmed with 13-megapixel Swiveling Camera

Following its rather monstrous N1 smartphone, Oppo is readying a smaller version called the N1 mini. The petite handset has broken cover on the Chinese manufacturer’s website, revealing its design and a few tantalising details about the hardware.<p>As with the N1 (our review), the N1 mini is a …

Samsung Galaxy Gear update switches it from Android to Tizen

When Samsung debuted its new line of Tizen-powered wearables, it looked like the original Galaxy Gear had been put on notice. Instead of leaving early adopters in the cold, the Korean smartphone maker has decided to make good on its promise to bring the wearable up to date -- by switching it from …

16 of the Best New Android Apps From May (2014)

From Foursquare spin-offs to whistle-powered selfies, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in May. So by way of a quick recap, here’s our pick of the newbies from the past month.<p>Sunrise<p>Sunrise finally opened its uber-popular calendar app to Android users this month, as well as a version …

LG G3 Review: Third Time's a Charm for LG's 5.5" Flagship Smartphone

LG’s latest and greatest flagship, the G3, was heavily leaked before its official unveiling in London this week, and as a result, we pretty much knew what to expect ahead of time.<p>In fact, it was a bit like the HTC One (M8) launch announcement – most of the key details, specs and even images were …

Samsung updates its first Galaxy Gear smartwatch to replace Android with Tizen

Samsung’s first smartwatch was widely panned by critics, but the company isn’t giving up on the device.<p>With its latest update, Samsung is replacing the Galaxy Gear’s Android operating system with Tizen, its home brewed open source OS, SamMobile reports.<p>The upgrade won’t change the Gear’s interface, …

Google Reportedly to Launch Android TV Platform at I/O

We already caught a glimpse of Google’s rumored Android TV platform back in April, but a new report from Gigaom claims that the company will launch the product at its Google I/O developer conference in June.<p>As you’d expect, Android TV is believed to have a focus on streaming online media like …

The evolution of the $150 cellphone

From flip phones and VGA cameras to LTE and Android<p>This week Motorola released the Moto E, its newest entry in the budget smartphone market. As it has done a number of times, the company raised the bar for what can be expected from a device that costs less than $150 without a contract. Huge …

Google acquires Word Lens makers to improve Translate

Remember Word Lens, the impressive mobile app that would translate foreign text on menus and street signs right in front of your eyes? Well, that incredibly sweet translation tech has just found a new home - a post on creator Quest Visual's site confirms that Google has acquired the company.<p>Don't …

Apple and Motorola agree to drop lawsuits against each other, work on patent reform

And just like that, the longstanding legal battle between Apple and Motorola appears to be winding down. The two smartphone giants have reached an agreement that will see them drop patent lawsuits against each other. The truce doesn't involve offering technology licenses, but Apple and Google …

After 500K iOS Downloads, ‘iPad Game’ Monument Valley Arrives On Android

Monument Valley, an iOS game made by London-based app design studio ustwo, has launched on Android — after racking up an impressive 500,000 downloads on the App Store in just over a month.<p>The Android version of Monument Valley is priced the same as the iOS game — with ustwo continuing to take a …

Tesco fixing Hudl screen responsiveness issues with new update

It's fair to say Tesco's Hudl has been a success: the company has sold more than half a million units and is prepping a new model for release later this year. It hasn't been all plain sailing for the supermarket giant though, as some of its Android slates shipped with a display issue that would …