OnePlus adding two handsets this year

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The OnePlus One has remained the company’s sole handset on the market for nearly an entire year. Technology in the mobile industry has advanced and it is time for OnePlus to revitalize its offering. Bloomberg, after spending time at OnePlus’ Shenzhen headquarters, has learned that the company will introduce two handset to the market this year. The first handset is expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2015 while the other, which will be cheaper, is set for the end of the year.

Source: Bloomberg

T-Mobile’s release of Lollipop for the LG G2 starts today

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Starting today, T-Mobile customers with the LG G2 will begin to receive a software update. It unsurprisingly is for Lollipop. The carrier says that the update will take place between April 14 and May 22, but we assume everyone will be updated fairly quick. The changelog issued by T-Mobile only states that Android 5.0 Lollipop is among the new features.

Let us know in the comments when you receive the over-the-air (OTA) update.

Source: T-Mobile

Microsoft slashes patent licensing fees for OEMs that pre-install its apps and services

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Despite having its own mobile operating system to foster, Microsoft cares very much about other platforms. The company invests heavily in supporting users of Android and iOS devices in addition to Windows. Late last month, Microosft had signed deals with eleven hardware manufacturers to pre-install select apps and services. The deals put Office, OneDrive, and Skype onto a multitude of Android devices that are available now and on the way. For example, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature the aforementioned Microsoft software products.

Hit the break to learn why companies are inking deals with Microsoft.

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Eye-tracking could be included when Google Glass is reintroduced

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Discovered in the files of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an item from Google that reveals the company is exploring eye-tracking. Why would they be working with such technology? For when Glass is reintroduced to the world. It would eliminate some of the actions that require voice commands or touch by simply replying upon eye movement.

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Chrome OS to get support for Camera RAW files

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The latest promotional video for Chromebooks was all about being ‘for everyone, everywhere’. It has long been said that Chrome OS is far to limited to replace a device with Windows or OS X; however, the operating system has really made strides to become more productive. An update to the Chrome OS Dev Channel introduces support for Camera RAW files. This means that photographers and other editors can play around with images the way in which they were taken.

Now Chrome OS just needs a serious photo editor. Any suggestions that are already available in the Chrome Web Store? Let us know in the comments.

Source: François Beaufort (Google+)

Google’s Designed for Families program spotlights family-friendly apps and games

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There are so many audiences being catered to with Android, but Google will be applying a new focus on children. Through its Android Developers site, the company announced Designed for Families. Parents will be able to opt-in to the program and have the Play Store spotlight family-friendly apps and games. Families and children then have access to content that is specifically made for them. Google has eligibility requirements set to ensure the program’s integrity.

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With great power comes great cost for Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge brings a lot of new innovation to the smartphone market and a new breakdown of the cost to produce the phone by research firm IHS reveals that innovation comes at relatively high cost. IHS recently took a look at the 64GB Verizon variant of the Galaxy S6 edge and estimated the cost for parts and assembly was about $290. That puts the Galaxy S6 edge about $34 per unit more than last year’s Galaxy S 5 and much higher than Apple’s iPhone 6 which is estimated to cost $247 to produce. The Galaxy S6 edge is currently retailing for $699 off contract. “This phone costs less than an iPhone to buy, but it costs Samsung more to build,” says IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler. Read more

HTC limits customers in India to HTC One M9+, announces other new devices

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Although the HTC One M9 is considered the company’s latest “flagship” device, HTC has decided not to offer it in India. Instead, HTC will only be making its slightly larger version, the HTC One M9+, available to customers in India. HTC says the device will be available starting in early May at a price of ₹52,500 (≈ $842 USD). Many think this is a move by HTC to provide a device that can compete more favorably with the Samsung Galaxy S6. Read more

Samsung starts pushing out Lollipop update for Note 4’s situated in Thailand and the Philippines

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Samsung is currently pushing out the much-anticipated, eagerly-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked models of the Note 4 located in Thailand and the Philippines. This upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, together with a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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