HTC jumps into e-sports arena, sponsors teams and teases new home entertainment device

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A few days ago, HTC announced on Twitter that it was heading off to the e-sports arena, particularly in League of Legends. It will be sponsoring three teams: TSM, Team Liquid, and Cloud 9. Each of the three teams have historically competed in Counter Strike and Dota 2 as well, but LoL is the only game mentioned by HTC.

Differing from other tech companies like Razer, HTC doesn’t really have any of its products that are associated with e-sports gaming. The Verge explains that after Q1 of this year, that may no longer be the case. Read more

Motorola officially announces the Moto X, Moto X Pro, Moto G, and Moto Hint for China

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As promised, Motorola has officially re-entered China with the Moto X, Moto X Pro, Moto G, and Moto Hint for China.

The Moto X 16 GB version is already available at Motorola.com.cn, JD.com, T-Mall, Gome, Suning and DXT for RMB 3,299 , but there is no Moto Maker option just yet. Instead they are launching 6 of the most popular colors that were voted on my over 10,000 people. The most popular color was turquoise, and that will be at a special price of RMB 2,999. Motorola has promised that leather, bamboo, and wood models with 32 GB of storage will be available soon. Pre-orders have already started Motorola.com.cn and JD.com for those models for RMB 3,699. Moto Maker will also be launched soon, but no time frame was given.

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Chromecast now available for purchase on Play Store in India

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Covered by Talk Android’s Josh Levenson last month (link here), India got its first ability to purchase the Chromecast from Snapdeal during Google’s annual Great Online Shopping Festival. Rajan Anandan, Head of Google India, had made the announcement but gave no indication on when we might see the Chromecast grace India’s Google Play Store.

Starting today, our sisters & brothers on the other side of the globe can get the Chromecast from the Play Store now! It’ll run you a small 2999 (Rs). Read more

Nexus Player coming to a store near you on January 25th

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The Google hockey puck looks to be sliding into your local brick-and-mortar store soon!

In a recent article by Gigaom, the website discussed various locations where the writing appears to be on the wall that January 25th will be the release date for the Nexus Player. This device, showcased by Google last year in October, will be bringing you Android TV straight to your television screen. Read more

Google lists the Motorola Turbo Charger as “coming soon” in the Play Store

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Devices like the Nexus 6, Motorola DROID Turbo, and HTC One (M8) are capable of enhanced charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The special chargers, when paired with supported devices, powers them much quicker than ordinary chargers. Both Motorola and HTC have released their own Quick Charge 2.0 chargers, but availability has been somewhat limited. The Motorola Turbo Charger will soon be available in the Play Store. When? No one is sure. It is a good sign, however, that its status reads “coming soon.” The price listed is $34.99.

In the meantime, you can purchase the Turbo Charger directly from Motorola.

Source: Google Play

Dead Zebra Series 5 Android mini collectibles coming soon, say hello to Panda and Sk8 Cop

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Dead Zebra will be releasing the fifth installment the Android mini collectible designer series very soon. Designers include regulars, Andrew Bell, Gary Ham, Scott Tolleson and Kong Andri, and a few new ones, Devilrobots, Reactor-88, Jon Paul Kaiser and Lunabee.

Today they have unveiled two figurines from the set: Panda (pictured above) and Sk8 Cop (pictured below). Panda is designed by Google and Sk8 Cop was designed by Gary Ham. Sk8 is extra special since it includes a mini Android skateboard and stickers to slap on the board, himself, or his friends.

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Xaiomi releases Millet Bluetooth gamepad controller for only 99 Yuan

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Xaiomi is on an ambitious path as a major manufacturer in a variety of electronics categories. Part of their success has been due to the low price points they set for solid hardware. Their latest release is no different as they are now selling a game controller for only 99 Yuan ($16 USD). The Millet Bluetooth handset has a classic Sony PS4 shape to it and supports the usually array of buttons, 4-way rocker switches, and 360-degree sticks. Read more

IRIS Laser HUD is a projection display for your car that pairs with your smartphone

iris laser hudThe IRIS laser HUD was announced at CES and takes a new spin on displaying your phone information on your vehicle. Instead of working like an in-vehicle dash display, the laser HUD actually projects real-time information in front of you on your windshield. Things like incoming calls and texts and driving directions will appear at eye level, making it easy to keep up with what’s going on. The device even allows you to reply to certain notifications with specific gestures.  Read more