Android Auto is finally here, official app is now available in Google Play

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After nearly a year from it’s official introduction, Android Auto is finally available. Last week brought the first 3rd party head unit from Pioneer Electronics, but with no official app, it was unusable.

Today, Google released the Android Auto app which is necessary in order to bring Auto compatible apps to your dash. All developers needs to do is add the necessary code to their apps, and they can be viewed and controlled from your car’s dash. Now that the app is official, we should start seeing more apps get integrated over the new few weeks. We will also see more head units available from Kenwood and Parrot, as well as other car manufacturers like Audi and Volkswagen.

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HTC enlists Robert Downey Jr. again for more insane commercials

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I have said it a million times that HTC’s Achilles Heel is their marketing department. They just don’t seem to have any focus on what they are doing. Sure, Samsung has more money to spend, but their “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here” commercials were clear to the consumer.

Now with the launch of the One M9, HTC has brought back Robert Downey Jr. again. Robert Downey Jr. is a fantastic actor and someone who can bring some attention to the struggling company, but I am not sure this is the way to use him.

Hit the break, watch the videos, and let us know what you think.

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[Deal] Amazon App Store turns 4, 34 apps marked down to Free for $105 in savings

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It almost seems like once a week, Amazon is hosting some sort of app sale. The fact that the Amazon App Store is now 4 years old seems like another good reason to offer a bunch of apps for Free. They have 34 apps marked down today (33 plus their normal Free app of the day) for a savings of $105. Some notables include Friday Night At Freddy’s 2, Cross DJ Pro, and Easy Tether.

If you don’t mind using the Amazon App Store, then hit the break for the complete list and link to get your download on.

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Runtastic finally releases the Runtastic Libra Weight Tracker on Android, works with Runtastic Libra smart scale

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Runtastic has been offering the Libra smart scale for some time, but iOS users were the only ones that had an app that worked with it. Well Runtastic finally woke up and released an app for Android.

The Runtastic Libra app works in conjunction with the $129 Libra scale. You will be able to measure your weight, body fat, bone mass, muscle mass, body water content, and more. The app lets you define and set goals for weight loss, weight gain, or reducing body fat. All the data from the Libra scale will transfer to your smartphone via Bluetooth LE. And of course there is MyFitnessPal integration and the ability to save your body metrics and progress to Runtastic.com.

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Tag Heuer partnering with Intel and Google for a smartwatch to be announced tomorrow

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It was only a matter of time until traditional watchmakers jumped into the smartwatch craze. It appears Tag Heuer will be among the first as they are cooking up something with Intel and Google.

The world watch and jewelry show, Baselworld, kicks off tomorrow in Switzerland, and Tag Heuer is set to announce the new watch around 2:00 pm local time.

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Tim Cook thinks the Apple Watch is the first smartwatch that matters

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Well at last Tim Cook acknowledges that there are other smartwatches out there, but Tim seems to think the upcoming Apple Watch is the first one that matters.

Why? Because it has the Apple logo? In an interview with Fast Company, Tim reasoned it by saying that Apple didn’t make the first MP3 player, the first tablet, or the first smartphone. He then argued that they made the first modern smartphone and now they are making the first modern smartwatch.

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LG G Flex 2 to be available in India later this month, Watch Urbane in April

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LG has announced the G Flex 2 for India. It will be available later this month for Rs 55,000 ($877),  and you will have your choice of either silver or red.

The more important part of this news it the announcement that the Watch Urbane will be released in April. This should hopefully mean that it will launch in the U.S. and other areas at the same time. Unfortunately no price was specified, but we are expecting it to come in around $299 to $349.

source: android.in

HTC One M9+ to launch in late March or April and won’t be limited to China

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We have new information regarding the often rumored HTC One M9+, codenamed Hima_Ultra. For starters, you may have noticed that I have a “+” in the name rather than a “Plus”. Apparently HTC will be using the “+” instead of “Plus”.

If was also reported that it would only be available in China, but thankfully that information was wrong. It will also be available in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Unfortunately no word on the U.S.

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