Google IO 2016 Coverage

Oppo preparing a 5-inch mini version of Oppo N1

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The Oppo N1 was announced about 6 months ago and was released the next month, in October. While it isn’t the most powerful device on the market, it certainly has a lot to offer, including the swivel 13MP camera, the O-click accessory, and so on. Well now it seems that Oppo is preparing to release a mini version of the device with a similar design.

The device will be called the Oppo N1 Mini, and will offer a 5″ display, and will also likely have an octa-core processor. It’s also rumored that the device will be available in both LTE and non-LTE versions, and that it will launch in either May or June. We may even see an announcement in the next couple weeks.

Source: GSMArena

Is another Samsung Gear 2 variant on the way?

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Samsung is the king of throwing things against the wall to see if it sticks. They just announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but they might be already readying another variant. According to the Korea Herald, a third Gear 2 model is on the way. It will sport a USIM module, which means it would be able to make calls on its own.

Word is that it will debut in South Korea with SK Telecom, and it’s unknown whether it will land in other markets.

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Latest Amazon set top box rumor puts release in April

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This past January rumors surfaced, as they tend to do on a fairly regular cycle, indicating Amazon was finally ready to launch a streaming media device during 2014. Things got quiet until recently when we’ve witnessed a significant uptick in rumors about the device. This includes indications that a variety of services would be available, not just Amazon’s Prime Instant video, and the potential for games to stream aided by a console-esque controller. Sources speaking to the WSJ are saying the device could be released as soon as April. Read more

Paranoid Android ROM gets new Peek feature, similar to Moto X Active Notifications

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Paranoid Android is introducing a new feature into the ROM called Peek, which is an add-on for Android’s notification system that brings smartwatch-like convenience to a smartphone. Peek listens for notifications and phone movement, and if the phone is moved within 10 seconds of receiving a notification, the phone’s screen will light up to show you what you missed. Tapping the notification icon will jump straight into the corresponding application. If you’ve played around with the Active Notifications on the Moto X, the two appear to work pretty similarly.

If you’re currently a user of PA, you’ll see the new features rolled into your ROM fairly soon. If you haven’t tried Paranoid Android, this might be a good time to test it out.

You can check out the video of Peek in action below. Read more

Updated Skype application promises to save more battery life

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Many Skype users prefer to stay logged out of the service on their phones and tablets while not video chatting because of a fear of drained battery. If you remember, Google admitted that the Nexus 5 battery is currently experiencing faster battery drain due to the camera communicating with apps such as Skype.

Skype just updated the Android app to version 4.7, which will hopefully alleviate the situation. Just one other change includes message notifications in group chats being turned off by default.

Battery life is precious these days, so anything Skype can do to improve the situation is good news.

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Sonos details new music controller app to be released later this year, Android beta available now

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Sonos has announced they’ll be releasing a new controller app for their wireless music streaming devices later this year. The app will feature a fresh interface redesign, and will feature an easy way to browse music over multiple music streaming services. While listening to something on Pandora, you can pull up their discography on Spotify, for instance. If you’re the type of person that handles their music streaming and collection across multiple services, this is going to streamline your music experience for the better.

Sonos is planning on releasing the app later this year, hopefully in the late spring. However, they’re taking advantage of Android’s openness and flexibility, and they’ve released a beta version of the app for Android phones and tablets. You can log into your account on the Sonos website to get your hands on the beta app.

source: Sonos

Android Wear UI explained and detailed

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Google announced their Android Wear platform earlier today, and thanks to the Android Developer site, we’re getting a look at how the interface on Wear devices will look. Google has split up the interface into two distinctive pieces; the context stream and the cue card.

The context stream piece of the interface functions very similarly to Google Now on Android phones and tablets. A vertical list is populated with “cards” that display information to users, with different cards functioning like notifications would on a phone. Each card can be swiped left to see more information about a particular app, revealing more cards or interact-able buttons. Read more

Motorola Care app updated to become Motorola Help

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Motorola’s support application, Motorola Care, has been updated to become Motorola Help, and is only compatible of Motorola’s newest series of devices, including the Moto X, Moto G, Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini.

With the app, you’ll be able to view FAQs, tutorials and tips regarding your phone. If you’re an Android-newbie, this app is a must-have.

Hit the break for some screen shots and a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Learn more about the Moto 360 smartwatch during tomorrow’s Google+ Hangout

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Want to learn more about Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch? Set aside tomorrow at 2:00pm EST / 11:00am PST for a Google+ Hangout from Motorola. It will feature Jim Wicks, lead designer of Moto 360.

Jim will talk about the design and features that make this watch, featuring Android Wear, the best smartwatch ever. Just hit the source link below to see it live tomorrow.

In case you missed it, we also have the video introducing the watch after the break.

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Moto X coming to India tomorrow

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Motorola’s VP of Product, Punit Soni, has announced on his Google+ page that the Moto X will be launched in India tomorrow for¬†23999 Indian Rupees (just under $400 USD).

Not much more to say here other than it’ll be interesting to see how Motorola will be affected by its recent ownership change from Google to Lenovo. Expect the company to increase its availability to new and emerging markets as time goes on, as Lenovo’s international presence is relatively large compared to the Motorola of yesteryear.

Source: +Punit Soni