Google publishes guide for switching from iOS to Android

Logo of Google outside their headquarters building in Mountainview, California.With a handful of new devices right around the corner and a major Android update coming up, there are going to be many people that decide to test out Android for the first time and leave iOS. Switching over from a different ecosystem can be a pain when you don’t know how to move contacts, photos, and other information, so Google has posted a very useful guide to help users get started on transferring their stuff over to a brand new Android device.

Most of the guide is common sense for more experienced and tech savvy users, but it still has some helpful info, including showing you how to turn on Google+ auto-backup, how to set up email accounts on an Android device, and there’s even a reminder to turn off iMessage so you don’t get hit with Apple’s infamous iMessage bug.
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HTC’s Android 5.0 update roadmap leaks

HTC_ONE-updateHTC has already confirmed that they’re planning on getting the Android 5.0 update out to the HTC One M7 and M8 within 90 days of receiving the code from Google. However, they haven’t clarified anything about other devices, but fortunately a leaked roadmap has shed some light on what devices will receive the update, and when that will happen.

The M7 and M8 are still slated for what will probably be a January/February release. The Google Play Editions of those devices are probably going to see an update much earlier, though, with a release date pegged for late November or early December. 
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OnePlus pre-order system will go live for 24 hours on October 27th

oneplus_pre-order_systemEarlier this month, OnePlus tested out a pre-order system instead of the extremely difficult invite system that they’ve used to sell the OnePlus One so far. The pre-orders were also sent out as “invitations,” however, so not everyone had a chance to put an order in. Fortunately, the company is opening up their pre-0rder system again next week, but this time it will be open to anyone that wants to put an order in.

Starting today, you can add a OnePlus One and accessories to your shopping cart and get everything ready to be ordered. Then, for 24 hours on October 27th, those orders will process and you’ll immediately get a date for when your device will ship. It’s not clear on just how far back those shipping dates will be, but I guess we’ll know next week. 
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You can now filter apps in the Play Store by ratings

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Google has finally added a much needed option to finding apps in the Play Store: filtering apps by ratings.

Normally if you’re looking for a new app, you’d have to scroll through every app on the Play Store. If any of you have done that for more than five minutes, you probably know there’s just as much junk and spam as actual apps. Fortunately, most of those apps get poor ratings and it’s easy to see bad apps from a distance, but with this new filter, you won’t even have to see those apps. 
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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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