Cyanogen’s new ‘Bytes’ series showcases the best features of Cyanogen OS (Video)

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Cyanogen wants to take Android from Google, so it would make sense that the company might want to show off the best of what it has to offer. The company has launched a new series of videos today, showcasing the best features of Cyanogen OS. And while many of these features may not be anything new for Cyanogen veterans, those who haven’t given the custom fork of Android a try might be intrigued… Read more

Hands-on with the latest SwiftKey beta and its new ‘SwiftKey Hub’

SwiftKey is one of the most popular third-party keyboards across both iOS and Android, and the company today released the latest beta version of its Android app. The app’s main functionality hasn’t changed, but this update brings a completely redesigned options menu—and I think it suits the keyboard pretty well… Read more

Google says it has seen a ‘decline in Nexus’ during recent months

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During the company’s earnings call for the first quarter of 2015, Google CFO Patrick Pichette made a comment concerning its “other revenues” stream. The “other revenues” category consists of revenues from the Play Store and now Google Store, and it’s one of the company’s smallest sources of money. But Pichette noted that while revenue from “other revenues” was up 23 percent year-over-year to $1.8 billion, revenue was down 3 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Opinion: Why Apple Watch so easily crushed Android Wear sales figures

Over the past couple of weeks, much virtual ink has been spilled over the Apple Watch’s first-day pre-order sales. If you missed it, the upshot is that an iOS analytics firm released an estimate that over one million Apple Watches were ordered on that first day, and as we told you, this represents more device sales than Android Wear had in all of 2014.

While many good reasons can be given for this disparity, ranging from Apple’s marketing budget to its reality-distortion field, there are a couple of key aspects to this situation that haven’t often been mentioned… Read more

Facebook releases rumored ‘Hello’ dialer for Android phones with social caller ID and crowd-sourced blocking

Facebook has finally released the Android dialer that it was recently rumored to be working on. The “Hello” dialer displays Facebook-based information about who’s on the other end of an incoming call, such as their employer, birthday, and even the number of mutual friends you have on the social network.

The dialer only pulls data that you would normally have access to—info made public or set to be visible to friends of friends, for example—to protect the privacy of its users. A search bar lets users look up contact information for other Facebook users. Info about businesses is also available through the search function. You’ll be able to lookup hours of operation and location directly from the dialer.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 unboxing and first impressions (Video)

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There’s no denying that 2015 will be filled with smartphone releases, but only a few will shine as the best in the budget category. We’ve seen a few major players make their mark in this area recently, but back at MWC 2015 Alcatel OneTouch announced a budget offering that may give the others a run for their money. The Idol 3 smartphone is in many ways a budget flagship smartphones. We’ve been pretty excited to get our hands on it and today, we’re doing just that…

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Android Wear app updated w/ refreshed interface, support for multiple watches, more

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After unveiling a handful of new features for Android Wear yesterday, Google this evening has started rolling out an updated version of the Android Wear companion app. The update prepares the app for many of the features revealed by Google yesterday, including WiFi support, wrist gestures, and always-on apps.

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The ultimate guide to Spigen’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge cases

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Let’s face it: there are a lot of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge cases out there. Even before Samsung’s latest devices hit stores, frontrunner case manufacturer Spigen had some cases ready to order. Now that the the phones are in stores, Spigen has a huge assortment of affordable cases to help you protect your shiny new smartphone.

Today we’re taking a look at Spigen’s best options for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge…

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Sony unveils new ultra-thin 4k TVs w/ Google Cast & Android TV support, new sound bars & receivers w/ Cast

Sony Electronics Ultra HD TVSony today has taken the wraps off of a handful of new products that will play nicely with Android devices. First off, the company has announced that its 4k Ultra HD televisions with support for Android TV and Google Cast will begin shipping in May. The TVs feature Sony’s X1 processor which lends itself to improved color, brightness, and upscaling. The TVs also feature the X-Reality PRO Picture Engine, which also contributes to improving those factors.

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