Google’s Chrome Browser update is now live on the Play Store


Google’s currently in the process of pushing out an update for its official Chrome for Android application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings faster web browsing, support for preloading pages in the background, additional Material Design animations and a plethora of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break below to see the full changelog.

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Rdio slashes family plan prices in wake of Spotify’s new family pricing


Rdio announced yesterday that it would be cutting the pricing of its Family Plans in the wake of Spotify’s new family plan pricing. While Rdio has always had family plans, the company is dropping prices and they now start at $14.99 per month. For those who don’t know. Spotify started at $14.99 per month for two users. With yesterday’s announcement Rdio is following suit.

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Android Lollipop soak test for the Moto G (XT1033) 1st Gen dual SIM to start Nov 14


The Moto G (2014) 2nd gen is already enjoying Lollipop, and now it’s time for the 1st gen model. It looks like the dual SIM variant (XT1033) will start its soak test tomorrow in India. We are not sure about other 1st gen Moto G’s, but I can’t imagine they will be too far behind.

As to the Moto X, we can only assume the 1st Gen model will start the soak test soon, but it’s likely to only be for the unlocked version. As you know, the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition model is getting Lollipop, but unfortunately all the carrier versions will likely be delayed until further testing is completed. Hopefully most of the carrier versions will get updated by the end of the year.

source: XDA

NVIDIA SHIELD announces Android 5.0 Lollipop update and a whole lot more


NVIDIA promised us a quick Lollipop update for the SHIELD tablet, and they have delivered. They just announced that it will start tolling on November 18, and it comes with more goodies.

First off, the update will include the Dabbler app, which is NVIDIA’s painting software that offers full support for layers. Now users can share live Dabbler sessions over Twitch.

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Humble Bundle app removed from Google Play as new features are planned


To donate to charity and receive an impressive set of games, you will to go exclusively to the Humble Bundle site for the time being. The official app has been removed from Google Play following the group’s plan to implement new features. For people that have the app installed on their devices, everything will remain to operate in the way it does currently; however, there are no future updates to come. When the app does return, Humble Bundle will do so through its own installer and not Google Play.

Source: Humble Bundle

Adidas’ #miZXFLUX app slaps a photograph on your shoe for purchase


Have you ever taken a picture and appreciated it so much that you wanted it on your shoes? Believe it or not, you can make that happen. Adidas has released the #miZXFLUX app, hashtag included, in the Play Store. It does the unthinkable! It allows a user to take a photograph, position it on the ZX FLUX shoe, and have it printed and shipped to the doorstep.

The availability of this feature is limited to European countries for now. People in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom can go ahead and make a purchase. Also, the amount of supported devices is limited. There is an odd mix of devices supporting the app, many of which are from last year.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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Sprint adds more value to its Family Share Pack Plans


The holidays are coming and it is easily the busiest time for carriers. There are promotional offers to be found everywhere to encourage new lines and upgrades. On November 14, Sprint will be adding value to its Family Share Pack Plans. The plans, which come in $80 (12GB) and $90 (16GB) price points, will lower the cost of a line to $15 per month. This is down from $25. Families will definitely rejoice over that. Furthermore, a tablet will cost $10 per month. Sprint is leaving some money in your pocket with the hope that it will be spent on new devices.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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Prepare for bloatware with a Nexus 6 from AT&T


Purchasing a device through a carrier comes with one major downside: the bloatware. Any device, no matter the hardware manufacturer, will ship with software that just takes up space and will never be used. It has gotten better over time but bloatware is still an issue. Nexus devices always remained the exception to the rule as Google kept the experience pure and the way Android is meant to be seen. This year, the Nexus 6 will be available through select carriers. And at least the Nexus 6 sold through AT&T will be packed with bloatware. Most of them are AT&T’s, covering things like account information and navigation. Fortunately, it can all be removed (which at one point was not possible).

So maybe it is indeed a good thing that Verizon is not selling the Nexus 6 itself at this time.

Via: Gizmodo