Google’s Project Tango development kit appears on Play Store, but remains unavailable for purchase

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Earlier this year Google announced the Project Tango tablet with “advanced vision capabilities” that would be coming at an undisclosed date in 2015, with a development kit coming near the end of this year. Now, as noted by Android Central, the tablet has finally popped up on the Google Play Store. It’s not showing on the store’s Devices page just yet, but the listing is accessible if you have the link.

At the moment shoppers won’t be able to buy the prototype tablet which includes an NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It also comes with a motion tracking camera and integrated depth sensors.

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Android 5.1 purportedly leaked at annual Devoxx conference in Belgium

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While the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop is only now beginning to roll out to Google’s own Nexus devices, it seems that Android 5.1 could already be in the works. Dutch site AndroidWorld has reported today that Google software engineers Romain Guy and Chet Haase were spotted using a Nexus 5 running Android Lollipop MR1 at the annual Devoxx conference in Belgium. Read more

Google offering a $1 million purse to the winner of the ‘Nobel Prize’ of computing

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The Association for Computing Machinery’s A.M. Turing Award is one of the most prestigious honors that can be won by a computer scientist or engineer and it’s about to get a lot more valuable thanks to a cash infusion from Mountain View. Today, the ACM announced that funding for its award has been raised to $1 million provided by Google, making the prize’s value four times its previous sum.

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ASUS ZenWatch appears on Google Play for $199 after much pricing confusion

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The ASUS ZenWatch, which appeared to be for sale at Best Buy a couple of days ago at the price of $229.95, now has a page on the Google Play store—and a price of $199. Best Buy has since corrected its mistake, but this new page confirms that the price of the watch will indeed be the lower figure. The device isn’t yet available for purchase, but the Play Store says that it’s “Coming soon.”

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Google Keep for Android updated with a new Material Design layout

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Google’s has been working around the clock updating its Android apps with new Material Design interfaces and the latest software to receive a makeover from Mountain View is Keep. Version 3.0.1 of the company’s note taking software has been refreshed with a flat look and feel, plus a new search interface that follows suit with Keep’s web variant.

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Droid Turbo (Moto Maxx) review: The Moto X plus extras impresses us for days

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When you hear the word Droid, you probably think of two things: Star Wars and Android. While both items are a correct association, the latter comes with a bit of a twist. Armed with a licensing agreement with Lucasfilm, Verizon launched the Motorola Droid in the fall of 2009. To make a long story short; the device went on to become one of the first commercially successful Android smartphones, but with one small carryover. Verizon ran a very aggressive, but highly successful marketing campaign for the Motorola Droid and as a result, casual tech consumers started referring to Android phones and tablets as “Droids.”

Up until now, Verizon has typically released a few Droid-branded phones each year. But here we are at the end of 2014 and its hardware partner Motorola Mobility has been busy working on its own smartphones like the Moto X, which recently launched across multiple wireless carriers, including Verizon. With the exception of a questionable camera and a few small quirks, the former Google company’s flagship handset is truly sublime. So when Big Red and Motorola announced the Droid Turbo, we saw a device that looked to right some of the Moto X’s wrongs, at least on paper. However, is it really enough to lure us away from the phone that made us feel all warm and fuzzy just two short months ago?

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Galaxy Note Edge review roundup: intriguing display w/ some neat tricks, but not worth the premium cost

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Earlier this year at its Unpacked event, Samsung previewed its Galaxy Note Edge phablet with a special, curved part of the display that wraps around the right side. We’ve already given you our early hands-on and first impressions of the latest Samsung Galaxy Note variant, and today the reviews are starting to surface. So what’s the verdict on this unique take on a phablet? Check out our roundup below: Read more