Images and specs of supposed Nexus 8 leak

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It’s hard to tell if these images are legit since the tablet is in a protective shell, but they are supposedly of the upcoming Nexus 8. However, what’s more important about this leak is not of the images, but of the specs of the said device.

The leaker is reporting that the Nexus 8 will sport a Qualcomm 64-bit processor, which contradicts an earlier report indicating it would have a 64-bit Intel Moorefield, and another report indicating a NVIDIA. If the Nexus 8 is going to offer a Qualcomm 64-bit, then it would mean the 808 or the 810, which would also mean that this device won’t be launched at Google I/O. We haven’t even seen 805 devices yet, and the 808 and 810 won’t debut until next year. Now there are other Qualcomm 64-bit processors in the works (410, 610 and 615), but again, they are probably not ready for release later this month.


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Hangouts update fixes bugs, adds custom ringtones and gives you access to your blocked list

HangoutsA small, yet significant, update for Hangouts hit the Play Store just the other day. This update bumps the app to version 2.1.233 and adds a few things. First and foremost, the battery drain issue that has been plaguing the app appears to be fixed. Second, there’s a hidden contacts area in the settings menu separate from blocked people allowing you to hide people while still being able to see those conversations. Even though Hangouts has allowed users to block people for a while, this is the first time you’ve had access to the people you’ve blocked. Another new feature includes the ability for users to change notification sounds for individual chats.

So there you have it. Of course, as in Google fashion, it’s a staged rollout. So if you can’t wait we have the APK download link right here. Otherwise we have the download link and QR code for you after the break. Readers who have this update are you seeing improved battery life?


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Google Play Edition of Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be in the works

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A new image surfaced today allegedly showing a Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 5. The GPE version of the Galaxy S 5 is expected to come with the same hardware as the regular version, but it would be unlocked and would come with a stock Android interface instead of Samsung’s TouchWiz. If released, this would follow in the path of the GPE version of last year’s Samsung Galaxy S 4. The source that grabbed the pic did not get any information on a window for release or pricing.

Google is working on their new Android Silver program for release in early 2015. We may hear about that at Google I/O later this month. Although the Android Silver program has been pegged as the replacement for Google’s line of Nexus devices, it remains to be seen whether it would have any impact on Google Play Edition devices.

source: TK Tech News
via: phoneArena

Google expands frame offerings for Glass with selections from Diane von Furstenberg

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As Google continues the slow march towards making Google Glass a viable consumer product, one of the issues they are addressing is the fashion statement the devices make. They have announced some new offerings to help potential fashion conscious users of Google Glass with five new frames and eight shades from designer Diane von Furstenberg. Dubbed the DVF | Made for Glass collection, the new choices will be available starting June 23rd through the Google Glass store and Net-A-Porter, an on-line luxury fashion retailer. 
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2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA

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Yesterday Google finally started to roll out the Android 4.4.3 update for the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet. However, the update is only available for the WiFi-only version of the tablet. The update is being rolled out as an over-the-air update. This comes after yesterday’s release of the images and binaries for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.

We expect it should be a short wait for owners of other versions of the Nexus 7 to start receiving an update. In the meantime, owners of the WiFi version will have to wait for the update to become available for them via Google’s phased rollout. If you just cannot stand to wait and want to give sideloading a try, you can hit the source link for more information from XDA.

source: XDA Developers

Tech-friendly cities prefer iOS over Android devices

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Crittercism, a company that works to improve mobile application performance, has found that tech-friendly cities have a clear preference as to what mobile operating systems are more favorable. A tech-friendly city is one that is, unsurprisingly, technologically advanced. The cities that made the list are some of the largest in the United States.

The results of the study were mixed as some cities favor Android and others went the way of Apple’s iOS. The top two iOS cities were San Francisco and New York. Being in the New York Metropolitan Area, I can firmly agree that iOS devices are predominantly carried around. San Francisco, on the other hand, is nearby Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. Other cities that were more so leaning iOS include Chicago, Fort Worth, and Jacksonville. Cities that heavily prefer Android are San Antonio, Phoenix, and Detroit. Even Houston and El Paso were high on Android’s side, but it was basically split even with iOS.

What have you noticed? Is your area Android and iOS favorable?

Source: Re/code

Google reveals new page to handle data suppression requests in EU

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Earlier this month a European court created a new “right to be forgotten” for citizens living in the European Union covered by the court’s jurisdiction. This new right means users can request search engines suppress information that may be returned by a search query. After the ruling was issued, Google started to receive a flood of requests for application of the new right. Google indicated at the time that they would create an online mechanism for users to submit these requests. That process has debuted via a help request form accessed on Google support pages.
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Google releases Stars Chrome extension and web interface

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Google has reinvented the Chrome bookmark system, and called it Google Stars. The new system was first spotted almost a month ago, and just today it briefly went live, until it was pulled back by Google. It looks like the system is still in its testing phase, and Google hasn’t yet made any official announcements.

The new bookmark system essentially collects data about things you’re interested in and things you’ve bookmarked, and these things are then arranged by date. Users can easily organize bookmarks, or “stars” into folders for easy access, and even share the folders if they want to.


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Android TV will be showcased at Google I/O, packs a secret weapon

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Google eagerly wants a piece of your living room. A few years ago, they attempted to do so with Google TV and that completely flopped. The Google TV team was separate from the Android team, despite the service running the same operating system. Google TV was trying to bring television components to the forefront rather than relying upon online services like almost everyone else does. There was a lack of focus on the services that people really cared about. But according to GigaOm, that is all set to change at Google I/O when the company unveils Android TV.
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