Google IO 2016 Coverage

LG G Watch R release date scheduled for October 14, will cost more than $229

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We know when at least one of the upcoming round Android Wear devices will be available. LG told The Wall Street Journal that the G Watch R is going to be released on October 14. It did leave out exactly which markets will be getting the smartwatch on that date. Also, an expectation for its price was set. The company says that the round smartwatch will cost more than the $229 that the original G Watch was priced at. While it will ship with a standard strap, LG will have a wider selection available to welcome customization.

For those wondering how it followed the G Watch so quickly, LG explains that the G Watch R was in development for two years.

Source: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)

Google may push out Android Wear 2.0 update in October

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Android Wear is still a pretty new piece of software from Google, but it’s looking like we might see Wear version 2.0 hitting smartwatches in the middle of October. Rumors suggest that some Wear devices will start getting an OTA update on October 15th that might bring things like GPS support and Bluetooth headphone pairing capabilities, plus typical improvements and bug fixes. Read more

Angry Birds Stella available for download starting today

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Today, the Angry Birds franchise takes a step into a new direction. In the Play Store and Amazon Appstore, Rovio’s new Angry Birds Stella is ready to be downloaded. Stella and her friends Dahlia, Poppy, Willow and Luca all set out to protect Golden Island as Bad Princess Gale and her pigs attempt to take control. Each of these characters have their own unique abilities to take advantage of across more than 120 levels.

Later this year, a plethora of Angry Birds Stella content will arrive. ToonsTV will carry a television series with thirteen episodes. This series will directly relate to this game. Books and other products from Hasbro will take things even further to merge digital and physical experiences.

Angry Birds Stella is completely free to play and enjoy, but there are in-app purchases to enhance the experience.

Hit the break for the gameplay trailer, gallery, and download links.

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Get the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 lockscreen wallpaper now

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Samsung fans who are ready to get their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 still have a bit of a wait ahead of them. Although the major U.S. carriers will be making the device available, no dates have been set yet. The Galaxy Note 4 is not expected to actually land in the hands of buyers until sometime later this fall. If you just cannot wait and want to get a little taste of the device, you can add the lockscreen wallpaper to your current device. It is not much, but it may help tide you over as you wait to get the device the wallpaper was designed for.

To get the wallpaper, just click on the image above to get to the full size version, then right-click and save using your browser.

source: SamMobile

Sony Xperia Z3 may be on its way to Verizon

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Yesterday after Sony officially unveiled their new Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, T-Mobile indicated they would carry the device in the U.S. market. It appeared that they may be the only carrier to offer the Sony device in their portfolio. According to documents obtained by PCMag.com, the device may be headed to Verizon as well. The documents indicate the name of a forthcoming device for Verizon is the Z3v, possibly an attempt to not make the pending addition to Verizon’s lineup so noticeable. However, PCMag.com reports the documents they received show a Verizon logo on the back of an Xperia Z3 device. There are also references to support for NFC, wireless charging, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot. A screen shot shows Amazon Music, the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Kindle app all loaded on the device.

If Verizon does pick up the Xperia Z3 for their portfolio, it will be the first time they have had a Sony device available for consumers since 2011 when they carried the Sony Xperia Play. At this time, Verizon has not responded to requests for comment or confirmed they will get the Xperia Z3.

source: PCMag.com

HP unveils new Chromebooks powered by Intel and NVIDIA chips

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This fall, HP will be releasing two new Chromebooks that are actually updates to models they already offer in 11-inch and 14-inch sizes. Both refreshed models will feature new processors and color options to set it apart from the competition. While the internal storage for both Chromebooks is not very much, owners will receive an additional 100GB of Google Drive space. Both also feature 1366×768 displays.

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Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is finally made official

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After months of rumors, Huawei has finally officially announced the Ascend Mate 7. The Mate 7 boasts a 1080p, 6-inch screen with some extremely tiny bezels and some pretty decent specs.

The phablet is powered by Huawei’s own custom octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and an enormous 4100 mAh battery. You’ll get 16 GB of internal storage space plus a microSD card slot, a 13 megapixel rear shooter and 5 megapixel front camera, and the typical WiFi, Bluetooth, and other radios. Huawei also included a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the device. Read more

Lenovo officially releases new Vibe smartphones

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At IFA 2014 today, Lenovo officially released two new smartphones from their Vibe line of devices. The Lenovo Vibe X2 and the Lenovo Vibe Z2 will be hitting store shelves in China, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and the Middle East in October. The Vibe X2 will retail for $399 USD while the Vibe Z2 will retail for $429.

The Vibe X2 is “the world’s first layered smartphone” as we saw in some leaked photos. The device is powered by a MediaTek MT6595 octa-core processor running a 2.0 GHz, supports 4G LTE, and has a 5-inch screen running at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Vibe X2 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Lenovo gave the device a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The unit is powered by a 2300mAh battery. Lenovo includes their custom VIBE UI 2.0 interface on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Along with the device, Lenovo is also making a couple accessories available, including a battery and a speaker, that can be attached via a Vibe Xtension. The Vibe Xtension effectively creates a fourth layer for the device. The Vibe X2 will be available in white, red, gold and dark grey. Read more

Ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active announced at IFA 2014

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Although Samsung’s announcements during their big Unpacked 2014 event at IFA 2014 have been the focus of many, the company is taking the opportunity presented by the tech show to release some other devices. One of those is a ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active that Samsung developed to target business users who need tablets in challenging environments. The 8-inch tablet comes with an anti-shock covering that provides protection against drops of up to 1.2 meters. Not surprising, Samsung obtained IP67 certification for water and dust resistance for the tablet. Some of the other changes to the standard tablet may be more helpful than the protective qualities added. Read more