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    Of all the major Android manufacturers out there, Sony's been one of the most vocal when it comes to supporting the dev community, and a big part of those efforts has been Sony's work at making AOSP builds available for many of its models, phones and tablets alike. We've been watching it work at this for years now, and today the company announces that it's just hit a pretty noteworthy accomplishment along these lines, completing AOSP coverage for every Xperia model running a Snapdragon chip that's been released this year. The last hold-outs to join the rest of the Xperia family with AOSP ...

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    Have you made paid for something in a store using your smartphone? Whether you're taking advantage of Google Wallet or Apple Pay, there are now more ways than ever before to use your smartphone to share payment data with a retailer. With the mobile payment market only expected to expand, everyone wants a piece of the action, and a new rumor claims that Samsung is interested in bringing such a service to its phones (well, beyond the existing Google Wallet support) in the near future. What makes this so interesting, though, and more than just a “me too” copycat action, is the broadly ...

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    ASUS may not be as popular as it deserves with its smartphone offerings, but tablets are a different story. Both iterations of the Nexus 7 were made by ASUS and garnered significant success, and even though its PadFone concept hasn't grown to a significant degree, it's clear that there is a lot of innovation behind ASUS' work both in hardware, and its aggressive price points. We've heard rumors that the company is planning something big for CES 2015, and we get the first teaser today. ASUS has just sent out press invitations for its event to happen on January 5th, and even though the ...

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    Android users who are shopping for a smartwatch are faced with a tough decision: Android Wear or not. OK, there's a lot more to it than just that, but the arrival this year of a cross-device smartwatch framework in Android Wear made some of the more limited alternatives start looking a bit less attractive. Sure, Samsung's got some interesting hardware, like watches with built-in cameras, but you can only use those with Samsung phones. And Pebble's been a favorite if you want a cross-device, cross-platform option, but will developer interest in Wear ultimately draw focus away from the ...

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    The launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop has proven to be a complete contradiction among OEMs. Google is usually very timely at launching the update to its Nexus and Google Play lineup, but this time, even though Lollipop is probably one of the most dramatic overhauls we've seen come to Android, third party OEMs like Motorola and LG have done a better job at providing support for existing flagships. HTC is one of the companies that has done a fantastic job pushing newer versions of Android to its flagship smartphones, but this time, it seems the company is working at a faster pace. If you ...

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    Last Wednesday, Google announced that a big update was on its way out to Android Wear users, with an Android 5.0 Lollipop release coming to give Wear new accessibility features and lay the groundwork for a new generation of watchfaces. Google expected the update to hit smartwatches everywhere within a week, and Motorola reached out to 360 owners to confirm an even speedier timetable, intending to update its hardware by yesterday. If you're still looking at a 360 with no update today, you're not alone, and Motorola has now responded to the delays with a revised ETA. Instead of that missed ...

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    Back in June we saw Huawei introduce its Honor 6, a five-inch Android with some pretty flagship-level specs, including 3GB of RAM and that new Kirin 920 SoC. But you don't get to be the number-three smartphone seller around by sitting back and letting good enough be good enough, and now Huawei's already back with a follow-up, introducing the slightly larger Honor 6 Plus. We move from 5.0 up to 5.5 inches for the 6 Plus, while keeping the same 1080p display resolution. The SoC upgrades to a Kirin 925, ready to support high-speed LTE Cat 6 networks, and the 3GB of RAM returns. There's 32GB ...

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    Remember back when voice minutes were what you looked at when weighing cellular service plans? Five hundred here, one thousand there? And we were so obsessive over taking full advantage of these precious minutes that carriers started offering “rollover” plans, where the unused minutes from one month wouldn't evaporate at the end of the billing cycle, but add themselves to your allotment for the following month. With 2015 nearly upon us, minutes are old news, and these days its data on eveyone's mind. T-Mobile figures what worked for minutes will work for data, and in today's latest ...

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    Among the numerous smartphones we're looking forward to in 2015 is the follow-up effort from OnePlus, which earlier this year introduced its inaugural OnePlus One handset. Rumors have already taken a shot at identifying some of the hardware to expect from this anticipated OnePlus Two, and one idea has been that the new phone could come in a bit smaller than its predecessor, shrinking down the One's 5.5-inch display. Now a leak attempts to reveal just such a device, though not as the OnePlus Two, but some kind of OnePlus One Mini. That's supposed to be it up above (and below), with a ...

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    Slowly but surely, Android Wear adoption by major companies has been on the rise. The latest heavyweight to join the list is Netflix, having just announced Netflix Android Wear integration through the use of its blog, which can be nothing but good for the relatively-new platform. Let's take a look at what's new in the app, shall we? Two main features have been added: the Android Wear support, and some social integration. The latter has been present on other platforms for a while now, and Netflix has finally just ported it over to Android. The changes are best described in Netflix's own ...

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    Rumors surrounding HTC's 2015 flagship have been murky as of late. Ever since the launch of the One M8 in early 2014, it only seemed natural that the followup would be titled "One M9," but recent leaks have predicted otherwise, instead resulting in a torrent of information seeking to confirm information about a phone flying under the moniker "Hima." That continues now, @upleaks having just furnished us with a look at the possible HTC Hima color options. As per the leaker, we should expect to see grey, silver, and gold variants of the phone. Last year's One M8 saw availability of all three ...

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    Weeks ago, when Google officially dropped Android 5.0's source code into AOSP, LG was fast to claim the title of the first OEM to update a non-Nexus phone to the Lollipop build (though, technically speaking, Motorola had already begun soak testing the update for its Moto X "Pure Edition" at the time). At the time it was only available in Poland, and finally today we're learning of further progress, with the LG G3 Lollipop Europe release nearing completion as you read this. All across the many European countries, users of the international-oriented D855 G3 model are being alerted with the ...

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    The Lumia 535 is Microsoft's latest smartphone, and while it may be most noteworthy for being the Lumia that finally ditched all its Nokia branding in favor of a pure-Microsoft approach, it's also a solid mid-ranger in its own regard. Or at least, it would be, if it weren't for the presence of an annoying little glitch. Users have reported issues with getting the phone's touchscreen input to function properly, specifically citing frustrations over taps going undetected, or the screen even being too sensitive for its own good. The good news is that salvation may be arriving soon, as ...

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    Right now, if you run a product name through the Google Search app on your phone, you'll likely see a bunch of sponsored links up top from retailers eager to sell you what you desire. Tap on through, visit the retailers' sites, and you're all ready to make your purchase. No problem, right? Well, as far as you're concerned, sure, but Google may have something else in mind. A new report out today claims that the company is thinking about getting more involved with sales facilitated by its search services, and that we may one day see the arrival of an option to buy products, right in search ...

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    Google's voice-controlled features can already do some wonderful things. You need only speak the words, “OK, Google, how tall is Tom Cruise?” aloud before your phone fires back with, “five feet, seven inches.” Or you can ask your phone what the weather's going to be like tomorrow, how many milliliters there are in a tablespoon, or who sung “Call Me Maybe.” And while Google's voice features are very good at answering things for you, maybe even more impressive are tasks you can accomplish directly with voice commands. This week, the service picks up a pretty interesting one, as ...

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