Hands on with the Moto X Pure Edition Android phone [Video]

The Moto X Style — called Moto X Pure Edition in the US — phones we got to play with at the end of today’s event were obviously very pure Android and with their much larger displays and heavy batteries very much reminiscent of the Nexus 6 that I’m carrying around. The one big and important difference is the Sony 21MP shooter on the back that in limited testing makes all the difference.

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OnePlus officially announces the OnePlus 2, available August 11

After months upon months of rumors and speculation, OnePlus finally announced its highly anticipated OnePlus 2 smartphone this evening. While nearly everything was already known about the device, it’s nice to get confirmation and some rehashing of details from OnePlus. As expected, the OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch display at 1080p and a refreshed design. The company brags that it’s not a 2015 flagship, but rather a 2016 flagship. The device will be available August 11th in the US,  Canada, India, EU, and China. It will rollout to Southeast Asia in Q4.

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Google Developers officially on board with the Big Android BBQ 2015

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IDEAA, the International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance, has for several years now been running the Big Android BBQ in Hurst, Texas. Featuring sessions run by some of the most knowledgable people the field, challenges, and — of course — some great food, the event has a reputation as one of the biggest and best Android developer events of the year. Now, the company says it’s taking BABBQ to new heights, as Google Developers has officially gotten on board to team up with IDEAA to make the event better than ever… Read more

Nest’s new Thermostat, Protect, and Dropcam are on the way, alongside a new app to unify them

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Nest has a press conference planned for June 17th, but Tony Fadell and company haven’t mentioned—nor hinted—up to this point what they might be working on. Possibilities range from a refreshed Nest Thermostat, to new hardware for the company’s Protect CO2 and smoke alarm, to new Dropcam hardware, to a sweet new smart mailbox (maybe based on Google’s April Fools joke from earlier this year?).

Reports have claimed that the Google-owned company has an entire lineup of new hardware in the works, including new versions of all of these products (sans the mailbox, of course). We can corroborate this information, as we’ve also heard from people familiar with the products in testing that Nest does indeed have new hardware being trialled in small groups, along with a brand new app that will tie everything together… Read more

Nest sends out invites for mysterious press event on June 17th

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Nest hasn’t made any substantial announcements since the company was acquired by Google last year, but it looks like that might change soon. In a press invite that’s very short on details, the company asks a select few publications to join for “a Nest press conference” scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 17th, in San Francisco… Read more

You can watch Google’s AdWords event right here (Livestream)

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Google released a video yesterday teasing all the exciting AdWords announcements it has in store, and today the livestream featuring them is about to be underway. Among the announcements that Google mentioned yesterday include new mobile-focused ad formats, tools to help automate and scale all the things you do in AdWords, and new measurement products to help you measure the impact of your ads across a variety of platforms.

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Acer announces Chromebase w/ touch screen, sends invites to April 23 event

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Acer has today announced the latest addition to Google’s Chrome OS lineup with a new Chromebase all-in-one desktop with a touch screen. The announcement comes following the company’s introduction of the very first 15-inch Chromebook earlier this year, which like this device, was first of its kind.

The company has also sent invites to an event taking place at the World Trade Center on April 23rd… Read more

LG announces April 28 press event, likely for launch of its G4 flagship

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LG this evening has sent invites to events being held simultaneously on April 28th and April 29th in New York, London, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul. At these events, LG will most likely launch its next flagship smartphone, anticipated to be the G4. The invite itself is relatively minimalist, with the tagline reading, “See the great, feel the great.”

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