LG teases a new concept phone that has mood swings

LG AKALG has teased a new phone they’re going to announce at the World IT Show in a few days, and it’s a pretty crazy concept. The device, currently going by the name LG AKA, is a smartphone that has different moods. It also has a large pair of staring eyes. Definitely not creepy at all.

The AKA is customizable and you’ll be able to swap out the back panels for a few different colors. The eyes on the device, however, act all on their own. The eyes have different emotions and moods and will change depending on how you use the phone and the kinds of apps and music you keep on it.
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Blocks modular smartwatch will use Samsung’s Tizen OS

 

blocks smartwatchBlocks, a company based in the UK that’s investing into modular tech design, has announced some new details regarding their upcoming modular smartwatch. The watch works pretty similarly to what we’ve seen from Project Ara where you’ll be able to swap out different pieces of the hardware to keep your device up to date and customize it exactly how you want it. We’ve yet to see a modular device become extremely mainstream, so the idea may not be a commercial success, but there are plenty companies willing to tackle it, anyway.
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Sony is updating their entire Xperia Z line to Android Lollipop

Sony_Xperia_Z1_Compact_345Google unveiled Android Lollipop yesterday, so now we’re seeing device manufacturers clarify when they plan on updating their devices to the latest version of Android. Fortunately for owners of Sony devices, it looks like several devices will see the update at some point in the future.

Sony has stated that the entire premium Xperia Z lineup will be getting the Android 5.0 update. This includes the Xperia Z, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and all of their variants.
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CBS All Access launches for $5.99 a month, offers full seasons and episodes on demand

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CBS has announced an All Access subscription that allows on demand access to full seasons and episodes of many of their television shows, plus access to a live stream of CBS if you live in a supported market. This comes just a day after HBO revealed they were working on a subscription package that would let customers purchase programming without a cable subscription.

The service officially launched today and is available on the web and mobile apps for $5.99 per month. That’s a little cheaper than Netflix, but the catalog isn’t enough to completely replace Netflix. It offers full seasons and next day access to current shows, plus a hefty back catalog that totals about 6500 episodes. If you like seeing your favorite shows as soon as possible, it might be worth looking into. And six bucks a month isn’t terrible, either.
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Messenger application will not replace Hangouts on Nexus 6

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On many of the press shots of the Nexus 6, there’s a new application in the phone’s dock next to the phone icon. The app is called Messenger, and at first glance, it makes sense to think it’s something that could replace Hangouts and finally merge everything into one single application. However, according to Google, that’s not the case. Not yet, at least.
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Android Lollipop features “Factory Reset Protection” to stop thieves from wiping stolen phones

Android-5.0-LollipopSecurity and device encryption are hot topics lately, and Google is staying ahead of the game by building a ton of useful new features into the latest version of Android. We already know that Lollipop will feature device encryption by default, but it looks like Google is taking an extra step towards making sure that a stolen phone can’t be wiped and re-used.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop is official, includes full Material Design overhaul and tons of new features

Lollipop ForestWe’ve been eagerly waiting for Google to make Android L official, and it’s finally here. The OS is version 5.0 and will be called Lollipop, so Google is sticking with their dessert naming conventions. The update includes Google’s new Material Design language throughout the operating system, and there are plenty of new features that look like they’ll make Android significantly better to use. This is the biggest update Android has seen in years, and there’s a lot to get excited about.
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HTC’s Nexus 9 is official, complete with brushed metal design and BoomSound speakers

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HTC’s often-rumored Nexus 9 tablet is official, and it looks like one of the best Android tablets we’ve ever seen. The device sports an 8.9-inch screen big enough to enjoy movies and games but still small enough to carry around throughout the day. The specs are top notch, too, including a Tegra K1 CPU, 2048×1536 resolution on the screen, and 2 GB of RAM. It’s also equipped with HTC’s fantastic BoomSound speakers, too.

Software is pretty self-explanatory; you’ll get Android 5.0 with no OEM modifications, and it’s a Nexus device, so updates will come quickly from Google. The tablet also looks like it’s getting quite a bit of accessory support, too, as Google is already showing off an official keyboard case for the device. If you’re looking for an Android tablet for true productivity, this might be the way to go.
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Motorola announces which devices will get Android 5.0

Moto_G_2014_2nd_Gen_Back_Slanted_Camera_Lens_Motorola_Logo_TANow that Android Lollipop and Motorola’s enormous Nexus 6 are official, Moto has clarified which of their devices will be seeing the update to Android 5.0. The good news? If you own any kind of recent Motorola device, you’re probably getting this update.

Both the old and new Moto X will see the update, as well as all versions of the Moto G. The Moto E is also getting updated, and Verizon’s lineup of the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini are, too.That covers pretty much every major device Motorola has announced within the past two years.
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Google Play Store downloads beat out iOS App Store downloads in volume by 60%

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According to the latest numbers about app store downloads, Google’s Play Store sees about 60% more volume for downloads than Apple’s App Store. There were roughly 160 million downloads in Q3 on the Play Store, while the App Store only saw about 100 million. Both are impressive numbers however you slice, but Android’s enormous market share globally is really showing through here.
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