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Android Wear update adds local music playback, standalone GPS

Google on Thursday announced an update to the Android Wear platform which adds in two noteworthy features. Smartwatches powered by Android Wear will now be able work more independently of smartphones thanks to internal GPS reporting capabilities. Apps such as MyTracks can now track runs and activities without requiring a connected device. Whether you’re training for… Read more »

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Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5: A civil war within Google

nexus 6 vs nexus 5

Ever since the announcement of the Nexus 6, we’ve been dying to know how it will stack up against other devices. While we won’t know for sure until we have our hands on one, we can at least look at the various specs. Lets take a look at the Nexus 6 vs the Nexus 5!

Motorola Nexus 6 vs LG Nexus 5


Let’s start with the Display. The Nexus 6 has a gorgeous display with a pixel density of 493 ppi, while the Nexus 5 isn’t bad either with a 445 ppi. However, considering the Nexus 6 is a full inch bigger than the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 is a clear winner in the display quality. Motorola’s device has an AMOLED screen while LG’s offering has an IPS screen, so that’s a matter of preference. Is also worth noting that the Nexus 5 is still a regular phone with its size, whereas the Nexus 6 places itself well into the “phablet” category.


With the battery, the Nexus 6 has another clear advantage with a 3,220 mAh battery, while the Nexus 5 has a 2,300 mAh battery. While the Nexus 6 has much more pixels to push, the Nexus 6 site still claims you can get 24 hours of talk time, with the Nexus 5 getting 17.


When it comes to the processors, they come pretty close. The Nexus 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.26 GHz, while Motorola’s offering has a Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz. While the Nexus 5 technically has a year old processor, it is no slouch. Technically, the Nexus 6 wins, but when it comes down to it they are pretty close. However, the Nexus 6 has 3 GB of RAM while the Nexus 5 has 2 GB. This should give the Nexus 6 more multi-tasking power.


The Nexus 6 has a better camera, with a 13 MP rear shooter and a 2 MP front shooter, while the Nexus 5 has a 8MP and 1.3 MP. The Nexus 6 also has the ability to shoot video in 4K, while the Nexus 5 is behind at 1080p.


The Nexus 5 starts at 16 GB of memory, while the Nexus 6 starts at 32 GB. Neither have expandable memory.

All in all, both devices have great specs. Google truly has done well in designing both of these  Even the Nexus 5 which came out last year holds its ground well, but the Nexus 6 has been updated immensely, so in terms of specs the Nexus 6 is the clear winner.

However there are two things to consider: the Nexus 6 is quite large with its 5.96″ screen. One will have to get used to the size of the Nexus 6. Otherwise, some people are simply not going to want a phone that large and will want to get the Nexus 5. The other thing to consider is the price. What makes the Nexus 5 so great is all the great specs you get for the price: $349 off contract. The Nexus 6, however, will be $649 off contract. While the Nexus 6 will be available through carriers for cheaper, you’ll likely need to lock into a 2-year contract to get that price, which to many is not preferable.

So, when it comes to specs, the Nexus 6 is a winner. When it comes to size preference and price, the Nexus 5 is the winner. Which do you think is the better device? If you’re planning on getting a Nexus this year, which will you get?


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Ubuntu turns 10 with its latest release

Ubuntu Linux on a Dell XPS laptop

Don’t look now, but one of the staples of the open source world just marked a big birthday. Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.10, officially making this friendlier Linux distribution 10 years old. The company is clearly happy with a low-key celebration; 14.10’s biggest addition is a developer tool center that makes it easier to write Android apps, while you’ll also find support for zero-setup printers and 64-bit ARM chips. Not exactly riveting stuff, is it? Still, the release shows how far Ubuntu has come — while there have been some rough patches in the last decade, the Canonical team can now focus most of its energy on refining a successful formula.

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Source: Ubuntu Insights


‘SimCity BuildIt’ lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else

While Canada is the brunt of countless jokes, it seems like our friendly neighbors to the north have the last laugh this time. At least when it comes to playing SimCity on the go, that is. The folks at EA have recently soft-launched SimCity BuildIt on Android, and like so many other mobile games it won’t cost a dime to download. Of course, once you start shelling out for in-app purchases that’ll change in an instant. Why the lack of fanfare? Well, the last game in the series didn’t fare so well at the outset or for awhile afterward, so that might have something to do with it. Android Community says that despite expectations, however, it isn’t a mobile port of the PC title. Instead, it’s apparently more along the lines of a typical Android city builder, just with a SimCity coat of paint. We’ve embedded a gameplay video after the break so you can judge for yourself.

When it hits a wider release (and iOS as promised) is anyone’s guess, but for now we know at least one Canuck who’s probably pleased as punch.

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Via: Android Community

Source: Google Play


Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers

A group of developers thought it would be fun to merge playground activities with mobile gaming — so they did. They’ve created a system called Hybrid Play that lets kids (or adults, no judgment here) control games on their phones with see-saws, swing sets and other playground toys. To transform these outdoor playsets into big controllers, kids will have to clip the Hybrid Play sensor (above) onto their slides and merry-go-rounds. This sensor (which is dust- impact- and water-resistant) is powered by an Arduino microcontoller and equipped with accelerometers, gyroscopes, infrared and Bluetooth. It transforms real-life movements into signals sent to your phone, which the app then converts into virtual action. By the way, the system’s iOS and Android apps will come loaded with a selection of games to choose from, but everyone can make their own, as it’s an open-source project.

The Hybrid Play team’s hoping to raise $140,000 via Indiegogo for hardware production, as well as for software and games development. Unfortunately, that means the earliest you can get a unit is in April 2015 (if you pledge at least $99 right now and only if the campaign reaches its goal), but you can already peek at the app and its games on Android.

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Via: Engadget Spanish

Source: Indiegogo


Yahoo’s mail app has notifications for flights and events too

The Yahoo! Billboard, San Francisco

Yahoo has just released a new Mail update for iOS and Android that integrates event and travel notifications within the app… whoa wait, why does that sound familiar? Another tech company with a name that starts with a G might have announced something similar earlier, but we’re not entirely sure (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Kidding aside, the Today section in the Yahoo Mail app can now tell you if your flight’s been delayed or canceled and give you directions to the airport: you can even call the airline or go straight to its website if you need to rebook, right from the app. When you visit a new area, you’ll automatically get restaurant and attraction suggestions, replete with their Yelp reviews. Finally, if you’re attending an Evite, Eventbrite or Ticketmaster event, the app will show you its details, along with directions on how to get to there. The update’s already out on both iTunes and Google Play, but (unfortunately for most countries around the globe) the features are only available in the US for now.

[Image credit: Scott Schiller/Flickr]

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Source: Yahoo


Xiaomi is moving some of its users’ data out of China

Xiaomi’s a force to be reckoned with in China — its new phones routinely sell out online in seconds — but its influence is steadily growing outside its native home. That’s why the company’s infrastructure has been quietly shifting these past few months, and VP/former Googler Hugo Barra pulled back the curtain on what Xiaomi’s been up to. Long story short: it’s moving user data around the world, not only to make sure its services work better, but also to better protect its users’ information.

Some of the changes Xiaomi enacted are purely prosaic: it’s moving its e-commerce platform to Amazon data centers in California and Singapore so the site runs faster. Great! Of course, there’s something more crucial to Xiaomi’s future than making sure its website loads quickly. We’re talking about privacy here, and Xiaomi doesn’t exactly have a spotless track record when it comes safeguarding user info.

Finnish security firm F-Secure learned earlier this year that some Xiaomi phones relayed sensitive information like phone numbers and device identifiers back to company servers in China (in plain text, no less). Xiaomi quickly addressed the issue, but it was still enough to spook some curious players around the world. Take India, for instance – Xiaomi pulled off a very successful (if quiet) launch there, selling 40,000 phones in a hair over four seconds in early September. Earlier this week, though, The New Indian Express reported that the Indian Air Force has been cracking down on the use of Xiaomi phones because of their habit of relaying information back to China. Similar concerns caused the Taiwanese government to conduct its own investigation on Xiaomi phones, though officials haven’t yet published their results.

Xiaomi’s great data shift might be the right answer at the right time. Barra noted that international users’ data would no longer live in Beijing — instead, it’ll be stored on Amazon servers in Oregon and Singapore, far away from the Chinese government’s curious eyes. If Xiaomi’s really going to grow into the global giant it clearly wants to be, it has to do pull of the greatest feat of them all: it has to make the world’s potential customers trust it. The move won’t be done until later this year, but still — it’s a very clear step in the right direction.

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: Hugo Barra (Google+)


Microsoft Android Wear app lets you search Bing by twisting your wrist

Microsoft Torque on a Samsung Gear Live

Slightly irked that you have to say “OK Google” whenever you want to use voice search on your Android Wear smartwatch? Microsoft, of all companies, is coming to your rescue. The developer is leading a trio of experimental Android releases with Torque, an app that lets you start a Bing search just by twisting your wrist; you only have to speak when you’re asking your question. You’ll get optimized output for certain kinds of search results, including maps, stocks and weather.

The other apps are meant solely for your phone, but they could be equally handy. Next Lock Screen puts important at the top level of your phone, including missed calls and frequently used apps; you can also change the lock screen’s background depending on your location. Journeys & Notes, meanwhile, lets you write notes to share with anyone else who visits nearby, such as tips about what to eat. All three of Microsoft’s latest Android apps are free, so it probably won’t hurt to give them a try.

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Via: Droid-Life, Microsoft

Source: Google Play (Torque), (Next Lock Screen), (Journeys & Notes)


Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM for Nexus 4

Render of Nexus 4 running Android L

Android Lollipop is coming, and everyone is excited. However, if you can’t wait and are willing to tinker with your Nexus 4, then you can get an early taste before the official release.

The thread on XDA (link below) gives some tips on how to flash the Android Lollipop ROM on your Nexus 4, along with some general tips you should follow if you’re going to do this.

A quote from the post says “This is an enhanced version of the developer preview that google released.”

Head over to the thread to get started. If you like the ROM, consider donating to the developer for his work.

Are you going to try this out?

via XDA-Developers


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Google Earth for Android is now faster, better at 3D exploration

Heads up, Android fans: Google Earth for your phones is about to get a lot better. That’s what the folks in Mountain View are promising, anyway — they’ve released an update to the app brings with it snappier performance and improved labels for maps (you’ll never wonder where Foster City and Redwood Shores begin and end again). Perhaps the biggest change, though — a completely rebuilt 3D rendering engine — means those cityscapes and mountain ranges you pore over should show up with more crispness and clarity. Try not to lord that over your friends using Apple Maps, will you? Throw in a way to import your own custom .KML files into the app from Google Drive and you’ve got all the makings of a pretty momentous update. Itching to take it for a spin? Mosey on over to the Google Play Store to get your globetrotting fix.

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Source: Google


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