Google silently drops all but three devices from Play edition listings

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There’s something bizarre going on at Google Play. If you visit the site’s Devices section and take a look at its Google Play edition listings, you’ll notice that it’s been pared down to just three devices: the HTC One M8, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and the Moto G. For one reason or another, devices like Sony’s Z Ultra and last year’s HTC One M7 are missing in action.

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Google Search app can now fix its voice recognition mishaps with a quick command

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If you’ve ever been using any form of Google voice recognition and gotten frustrated that the friendly female on the other side just can’t understand you, you may be happy to know that a quick command can now fix misheard words. Previously, you would have to start the query over completely, but the Google Search app can now fix its blunders on the fly using a natural corrective voice command.

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Samsung’s Gear VR headset pictured, purportedly launching at IFA 2014

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We told you in May about a device that Samsung is purportedly working on to be its entrance into the currently-Oculus-dominated virtual reality market. Today, we now have a glimpse at a couple images that claim to show the upcoming device/accessory in the flesh (via Sammobile), and with IFA just around the corner, the leaks come at a pretty appropriate time.

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Console OS hopes to bring a ‘manufacture grade’ Android experience to the Microsoft Surface

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Console OS,  a crowdfunded Android-based operating system made by Mobile Media Ventures that is currently seeking backing via Kickstarter. Although the platform is nearing its initial goal of $50,000, today its organizers announced plans to add support for Microsoft’s Surface devices. To do this, the Console OS campaign is adding a stretch goal $75,000 to make this idea a reality.

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Hands-on with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live (Video)

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Android Wear devices are finally here and the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are the first two available, arriving just before the Moto 360’s release later this summer. These two Android Wear smartwatches pave the way for similar devices in the future and set somewhat of a standard that can be improved upon.

Today we’re taking a closer look at both smartwatches, but if you’d like to see a comparison between the two, be sure to check out our previous article here or our initial Android Wear review. Meanwhile, let’s pop open these boxes and go hands-on with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Check out our video overview below.

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ZTE Nubia Z7 gets official, but don’t count on it coming to your neighborhood

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Last week we got a glimpse of a device rumored to be ZTE’s Nubia Z7 and while it doesn’t look exactly like the handset that ZTE revealed today, there are definitely some similarities. So now that it’s here, what does the Chinese manufacturer’s new flagship smartphone bring to the table? How about a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.4.

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Sony announces the Xperia C3, ‘the world’s best selfie smartphone’

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After teasing plans for a new smartphone focused on taking self-portraits, Sony officially unveiled the Xperia C3 today. Packing a 5-megapixel front-facing wide-angle camera with a soft LED flash, the company calls it the “world’s best selfie smartphone.” In addition to spiffed up front-end optics, Sony has bundled some unique software dedicated to enhancing selfies like AR effect and Portrait Retouch, which let users edit and enhance their photos on the fly.

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Teardown reveals combo Bluetooth/WiFi chip in Samsung’s Gear Live, better repairability for LG G Watch

The first two Android Wear smartwatches that just hit the market here in the US and in some countries abroad today get the teardown treatment from our friends over at iFixit. That includes LG’s G Watch, which is now shipping from Google Play here in the US and landing in 12 countries worldwide starting today, as well as Samsung’s Gear Live that also just started shipping ahead of its expected July 8th shipping date.

There’s not much in terms of internal components that we already didn’t know, but the teardown does reward the LG G Watch with a slightly higher repairability score: Read more

LG’s Android Wear ‘G Watch’ now available worldwide starting with 12 countries

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With the new Android Wear-powered LG G Watch already shipping from Google Play in the US and about to hit AT&T on July 11th, LG announced today that the device is now available worldwide. The device, which sells for $230 here in the US, will become available in just about every key market for LG through  number of both online and offline retailers. Here’s the breakdown of countries and info on availability straight from LG:  Read more

CyanogenMod 11.0 M8 rolling out for OnePlus One, Galaxy S Relay 4G and other Android devices

 

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M8 snapshots are now available to download for the OnePlus One, Galaxy S Relay 4G, Acer Iconia Tab A700, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and the Xiaomi Mi2. The custom build of Android will be rolling out to several other Android devices in the coming days, featuring Android 4.4.4 and an impressive number of new features.  Read more