Google Workshop project looks to bring customization to Nexus accessories

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Google appears to be working on a new method to custom accessories for Nexus devices that is currently dubbed Google Workshop. From the looks of it, Google may have learned a few things from their Motorola experiment, including the Moto Maker platform for creating customized Moto X devices. Google Workshop takes some of those same concepts and applies them to the production of cases and live wallpapers for the Nexus 5. It is unclear whether it would expand to other devices if it goes live.

OnePlus dropping ColorOS in China for own ROM

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We learned recently that the OnePlus One’s international version would be dropping the much-loved CyanogenMod for its own home-grown ROM, and it seems that the Chinese model won’t be left out of the move to an in-house OS. China’s model has been running Oppo’s ColorOS since the device was released, but CEO Pete Lau has decided to switch to a ROM developed by OnePlus’ own software team that recently moved to Taiwan.

Amazon expands Appstore to 41 new countries and territories around the globe

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Amazon has announced that they are expanding their Appstore to reach 41 new international locations, bringing the total number of markets to 236. Amazon has targeted locations in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia with this latest expansion. Some of the new countries include Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, and Turkey.

Amazon indicates apps will still be limited by local restrictions, so developers need to be familiar with any localized content guidelines or rules. If developers already have apps available through the Appstore, they will be automatically pushed out to these new countries if 1.the developer originally checked “all countries and regions where Amazon sells apps” when submitting their app and 2.the app complies with local restrictions.

source: Amazon

NFL Mobile app updated ahead of this weekend’s first preseason game

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The beginning of NFL action begins this weekend in Canton, OH at the Hall of Fame Game, and NFL has prepared by releasing an updated version of their NFL Mobile app to the Play Store. The app features a full UI redesign, and leaves all of the functionality that was present on previous years’ versions of the app –  access to the latest news and videos, scores and schedules, management of your fantasy football team, and if you’re on Verizon with the NFL Mobile package ($5 per month) live access to select Thursday Night Football games, as well as access to the NFL Network.

The app is free, and you can download it via the Play Store link past the break. The entire changelog is also past the jump.

HP, Gilt working on Michael Bastian designed smartwatch

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As we watch more and more companies jump on the smartwatch bandwagon, a group that may be worth keeping an eye on are designers and watchmakers. Most of the smartwatches that we have seen coming from technology companies have been long on function and short on form despite everyone seeing them as a pseudo-fashion accessory. That will start to change though as seen in a new move by HP to produce a luxury smartwatch. In partnership with retailer Gilt, HP managed to lure designer Michael Bastian to a team that is working on a smartwatch that resembles a classic analog watch in terms of style.

Galaxy Mega helps save a man from being shot

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While Samsung may get a lot of flack for their design and material choices, the plastic clad devices may get a second look as a story out of Taiwan shows a Galaxy Mega 6.3 helping stop a bullet. What started off as a misunderstanding at a bar escalated into a shooting. According to the report, a man named Han found a wallet on the street jokingly shouting “free beer.” The owner of the wallet, named Xu, became upset and pulled out a gun.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha announcement happening August 13, specifications surface early

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On Thursday, we found out that the Galaxy Note 4 would be announced on September 3. We now know, along with its specifications, that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy Alpha on August 13. This conflicts with a previous report that the announcement would take place on August 4, but All About Samsung is reporting the later date is the official one.

Verizon Galaxy S5 receiving update which brings bevy of bug-fixes, breaks root access [Update – T-Mobile too]

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving an update (software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) which is bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the device, but also seems to be breaking root access to the device, according to a number of users around the web.

The update keeps the phone at Android 4.4.2, and update’s Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps.

Android gobbles up 85 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014

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According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.

The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.

This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.

To see the full report, hit the source link.

Source: Strategy Analytics

Man steals Google Glass and quickly gets caught

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As Google Glass rises in popularity, there are obviously going to be some people trying to steal the devices. That’s probably not the smartest idea, as a recent criminal quickly learned. A man tried to steal New York tourist Mike Geller’s headset by asking to try it on and then running off, only to be found soon after due to a third-party Glass app called LiveLens that recorded all of his moves after the theft.

You can check out a video compilation of the thief’s day, that mostly included drinking and raving, after the break.