Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact get Cast Screen support for Chromecast


A few months ago, Google brought Cast Screen to Android devices. It provides mirroring of an Android device’s screen to a wherever a Chromecast is connected to. Support is limited to under twenty devices but Google is working on adding more to the fold over time. Two Sony devices in particular are the newest to receive Cast Screen support. The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact can now be used with Cast Screen for seamless mirroring.

Source: Google Support
Via: Xperia Blog

LG looking towards webOS as an option for upcoming smartwatch


We’ve already got two LG smartwatches running Android Wear — but who said the company couldn’t double dip into the market, this time with a device running webOS?

It doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, as Samsung has already diversified itself by offering Tizen-based smartwatches in addition to its Android Wear devices.

Speculation seems to be true regarding LG and webOS, as the company had a developer website set up earlier today for the project. (Although it has since been taken down.)

There are some screenshots from the site, though — check one out above and another after the break.

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Verizon reportedly set to carry the upcoming Nexus 6


Get your grain of salt ready. A report coming from Pocketnow states that the Nexus 6 will be available through Verizon. There was plenty of chatter last year that the Nexus 5 would join Big Red, but that never happened. One good sign is that the Nexus 7 (2013) is available and operable on Verizon’s network. It just is hard to believe that this is truly happening until we actually see it happen.

Like any other device from Google, availability is expected to work on just about any carrier’s network. Verizon, and often Sprint, are left out due to the CDMA technology and wireless bands used. A GSM network is more favorable for a Nexus device. Google opts to go with the latter with global availability being the focus.

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Roku adds screen mirroring beta for Android devices


Roku has announced today that they are starting to roll out a new beta feature that will enable screen mirroring from some Android devices to Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) devices. This new feature will be available for Android devices running at least Android 4.4.2 and with hardware that supports screen mirroring. Android users are not the only ones getting this new feature as Windows 8.1 powered devices will be able to do the same thing. Read more

Next version of TouchWiz utilizing Android L Material Design leaks


In about a month, we will get the newest version of Android, Android L (or whatever they will call it) featuring Material Design. The big question is what, if any, changes will manufacturers make to their interfaces? Samsung is by far the most popular brand when it comes to Android phones, but their TouchWiz interface has never excited anyone. Will they finally change that dated Gingerbread look?

The folks over at Sam Mobile got their hands on an early build of the next version of TouchWiz on the Galaxy S 5. Although very buggy and slow, it reveals where Samsung is headed with Material Design.

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Moto S could be a Verizon exclusive for the first 2 months


I am still have a hard time believing that Motorola will release a Moto S so close to their big event in Chicago, but rumors continue to swirl. This one comes from TKTechNews, which has an interesting history, so take all of this with a grain of salt.

According to him, the Moto S will be exactly what the next Nexus is rumored to be as in a 5.9-inch Quad HD display and a Snapdragon 805. It will supposedly be a Verizon Wireless exclusive for the first 2 months. AT&T would then get the device towards the end of the year. I am not sure why Verizon would want to market this device as an exclusive with the new DROID Turbo coming, but that is the rumor.

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HTC REcamera goes through the FCC, confirming Bluetooth LE and WiFi

HTC recamera patent

We know that HTC is planning on launching some type of GoPro camera competitor in the near future, and it looks like it’ll be called the REcamera. The device will be some kind of smartphone accessory and will likely be fairly rugged and waterproof for capture action shots and the like.

Thanks to an FCC filing, we can confirm that it’ll definitely be able to connect to a smartphone (although that doesn’t rule out the possibility that it can be used on its own). The filing shows that the device features WiFi radios as well as Bluetooth LE, both of which are extremely common ways to connect peripherals to smartphones. The filing didn’t reveal anything about the rest of the hardware, so we’re still not sure what kind of megapixel count or anything HTC will go with.  Read more

Alleged Nexus 6 caught in the wild


Today, an image of the Nexus 6 was captured showing the handset roaming (or riding a bike) out in the wild. It shows the massive display, lowered power/volume buttons, and Moto X-like design that we heard about a few days ago. A case of some sort of protecting the alleged Nexus 6, but we see the aluminum frame that is said to be found on the body’s design. The headphone jack is centered at the top. Due to the inclusion of on-screen buttons and the positioning of the power buttons, the display does not actually seem to be as massive as 5.9 inches sounds.

Source: Android Police

New LG trademark applications filed for new Frame devices


LG has filed several new trademark applications with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The three applications all include the term “Frame” in them and seem to correspond with existing device lines produced by the company. The trademarks include “G Flex Frame”, “F Frame”, and “G Frame”. Sources seem to think these may be names for a new generation of smartphones. It should be noted though that the descriptions cover a wide variety of goods and services, including several types of wearable technology. Read more