Google Play Services version 7.3 SDK now available, brings Google Fit enhancements and ability to connect multiple Android Wear watches to one device


Google has been updating all Android devices to Google Play Services 7.3, and they just announced the roll out has been completed. What does it bring to the table?

As we learned last week, Android Wear has a pretty big update and Google Play Services 7.3 plays a big role in that. It allows you to connect more than one Android Watch to your device. The Capability API is new, which allows apps to communicate different things to devices with different features. The Channel API is also new, which creates a bidirectional data connection between nodes for the transfer of larger binary files.

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Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro launches as exclusive for T-Mobile


On the heels of its Idol 3 handset being released, Alcatel OneTouch announced the Pop Astro. This handset, an exclusive for T-Mobile, packs a little punch and comes at an affordable price. Almost everything about the Pop Astro is mid-range but it does have a solid quad-core processor from MediaTek. The display has 960×540 resoltuion and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The rear camera is 5MP and the front camera is VGA. The Pop Astro has a 2000mAh battery that should power through the day thanks to the moderate components. All of this is what you get for less than $200.

The Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro is available now through T-Mobile stores and online for $6.24 per month (or $149.76).

Hit the break for the full press release.

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Details of Samsung’s Project Zen and Project Noble leak along with next-gen Galaxy Note model numbers


Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen the HTC One M9, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, as well as the LG G4 announced. Sony has released something in Japan and now we are left with the question: What’s next? Well as we should well know with Samsung, once they release the Galaxy S flagship, they move straight along to prepping the next version of the Galaxy Note series. Details of which have been discovered in an IMEI database.

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Lucid Sleep function allows your Chromebook to stay up-to-date even whilst sleeping


If you are the proud owner of a new Chromebook Pixel, you’ll be glad to hear of a new, experimental feature called Lucid Sleep. Whilst it sounds like some sort of hush-hush project at Lockheed’s SkunkWorks facility, Lucid Sleep is actually a way of ensuring that your new Pixel Chromebook keeps up to date with push notifications while it is sleeping, much like your smartphone does.

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Debt repayment issues dictate that Ouya needs to find a buyer quickly


It was only a couple of years ago that it was the darling of Kickstarter, blowing past its target goal of $950,000 with surprising ease and ending up with over eight and a half million dollars in funding. The start-up in question is Ouya, manufacturer of the Android micro gaming console, and thanks to a leaked memo from its CEO, Julie Uhrman, it would seem that the company has hit choppy waters as it now seeks a buyer.

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