LGs Watch Urbane LTE ditches Android Wear, makes calls and NFC-based payments

 

LG has just taken the wraps off of its new smart watch, the Watch Urbane LTE. Now you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the previously announced Watch Urbane smart watch with added LTE connectivity, but you would, in fact, be wrong. Instead of running Google’s Android Wear OS, the Watch Urbane LTE is running LG’s ‘all new LG Wearable Platform’ operating system. You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that the Urbane LTE looks suspiciously like the smart watch that Audi showed off at CES last month that was running webOS, but LG denies any relation between the two.


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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop caught on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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In the coming weeks and months, Samsung will begin pushing software updates to its devices. We have already heard about various phones from the company preparing for Lollipop updates, but not much has been said regarding its tablets. The Galaxy Tab S, though, is a lock for the boost to the latest version of Android. The tablet has been spotted running Android 5.0.2 and a video published shows what there is to know in terms of changes.

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Oculus offering up a $1 million prize pool for Gear VR development challenge

samsung_gear_vr_officialOculus has announced a new competition for developers with a fairly massive prize pool for great games or experiences. The challenge is focused around Samsung’s Gear VR, and the prize pool totals up to $1 million. There a few different awards, with the top game netting 200k, the top app or experience taking home 100k, and a few steps below that with different variations of prize money. Games are obviously the central focus here, but quality apps are still getting some recognition, which is good to see.
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HTC will be streaming the new HTC One M9 unveiling online

HTC_One_M8_Back_HTC_Logo_TA_01We know the HTC One will be announced this Sunday, but watching that unveiling would be tricky if you weren’t at MWC. Fortunately for those of us that can’t make it HTC has updated their website with links to watch the show this Sunday, bright and early at 10 AM Eastern time. The site details what time the event will happen, depending on where you are in the world, and it’s even got a nifty little link to add it to your Google calendar so you don’t miss it.
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New video explains everything about the LG G Flex 2

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Starting next week, the LG G Flex 2 to will arrive in select markets to begin its global rollout. Those that still are unsure of whether or not the device is for them should take a look at the new product story video posted by LG earlier today. The company goes feature-by-feature explaining how everything works. The company provides collected data to support its decisions and offers comparisons to other technologies.

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Wallpapers nine and ten for the HTC One M9 posted online

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Continuing the slow and steady release of HTC One M9 wallpapers, Twitter user @LlabTooFer has posted what would be the ninth and tenth wallpapers for the device. The two most recent images lean on geometric shapes, one circles and one diamonds, to create a background tapestry for the devices. If you want to check out these new wallpapers, just hit the break. Once you see them, if you want to download the full-size images, just follow the source link for download links.
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Samsung Galaxy S6 wireless charger pays a visit to the FCC

 

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While many of us are looking forward to Samsung’s official unveiling of the Galaxy S6 on March 1st at MWC, the Korean manufacturer has been busy getting its ducks in a row with regards to its accessories. An example of this would be the wireless charger that has been approved by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). As seen from the image above, the wireless charger has a circular design. 
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Motorola delivers the Moto E (2015) to our doorstep

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The mystery announcement promised by Motorola arrived on the doorstep of Talk Android’s very own Robert Nazarian this morning. As it turns out, Motorola decided to forgo a traditional in-person press event in favor of a virtual one. Contained inside of the package sent by the company is the brand new Moto E (2015) with a truly unique unboxing experience.

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Say goodbye to bloatware, the Galaxy S6 will only have 2 Samsung App’s pre-installed

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The Galaxy S6 is due to be officially revealed on March 1st at MWC in Barcelona, after a steady drip feed of leaks and rumours. The pressure is on Samsung to deliver, and deliver big this year after the Galaxy S5 failed to meet expectations in 2014, both in terms of sales and what the mainstream consumer wanted. This time round though, it seems that Samsung has indeed listened to what its fans want by producing the Galaxy S6 (and Edge) out of metal, optimising TouchWiz as well as toning down the bloatware. Yes, you heard it right, according to Sammobile, Samsung is apparently only pre-installing two of their own apps, along with the other apps in the list below.


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