Nexus 6 Nexus 9 Android L Release Date

Google will reportedly surprise us with several big Android announcements on Wednesday

By on October 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

Google will reportedly surprise us with several big Android announcements on Wednesday

Apple has another big media event in just a couple of days, but that won’t stop Google from trying to sneak in some big news of its own. Forbes contributor Jay McGregor’s sources say that Google plans to unleash its huge Android L update alongside both the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone and the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet on Wednesday, right before Apple’s big Thursday iPad announcements. More →

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Nexus 6 Android L Leak

This could be our first look at the Nexus 6 running Android L

By on October 14, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

This could be our first look at the Nexus 6 running Android L

Infamous smartphone leaker Evan Blass might have given up on spoiling surprises as a professional endeavor, but the occasional leak still trickles through his @evleaks Twitter account, as was the case on Tuesday when Blass published a press render of a very familiar looking smartphone. As he notes, there is no reference to the phone’s origin in the image, but the render looks nearly identical to earlier images of the Nexus 6 running Android L. More →

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iPhone 6 Sales iOS 8

Does Apple need a ‘secret weapon’ to make you buy a new iPhone every year?

By on October 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Does Apple need a ‘secret weapon’ to make you buy a new iPhone every year?

Every year or so, observers who marvel at how many people will line up outside Apple stores for hours wonder what the company’s secret is to garnering such amazing devotion. There has even been some conspiratorial speculation that Apple intentionally degrades the performances of its older iPhone models just prior to new ones coming out to give users an extra incentive to shell out for a new device. The Huffington Post’s Timothy Stenovec is the latest writer to take a look at this idea, although he doesn’t go so far as to say that Apple is intentionally making older iPhones perform worse in a cynical effort to squeeze more cash from its users. More →

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Android Tips And Tricks

10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do

10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do

By on October 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

You have an Android phone. You love your Android phone. Of course, there’s plenty to love about Google’s terrific mobile operating system, but much of it comes back to the simple fact that Android is open. Thanks to the way Google allows third-party developers to use nearly all of the tools and features at their disposal in Android, the sky is the limit when it comes to developing apps that add all sorts of great functionality to Android phones — and much of it is functionality that iPhone users will likely never enjoy.

But you don’t always need to install a third-party app to find exciting new features in Android. In fact, there are tons of hidden features that you probably didn’t even know your phone had. More →

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Nexus 6 Android L Video

Video: Google’s hilarious TV ad all but confirms the unreleased Nexus 6

By on October 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Video: Google’s hilarious TV ad all but confirms the unreleased Nexus 6

Google mistakenly published a hilarious TV commercial on YouTube, Android Police reports, teasing its upcoming Android L-powered Nexus 6 phablet ahead of the phone’s official launch. And while the video was quickly removed, some users had already managed to grab it and reupload it to YouTube. More →

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Motorola Droid Turbo Release Date

We now have a launch date for Motorola’s hot new Droid Turbo

By on October 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

We now have a launch date for Motorola’s hot new Droid Turbo

One of the more promising under-the-radar phone releases of the fall now has a launch date. Droid Life points out that Verizon has started a countdown timer on its Droid Does website that teases an October 28th launch date for a new device that we can only presume is Motorola’s Droid Turbo. More →

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Fastest Wi-Fi Speed Samsung

Even hardcore Samsung haters will applaud the company for this innovation

By on October 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Even hardcore Samsung haters will applaud the company for this innovation

Samsung takes a lot of knocks for being a “fast follower” in the tech world but the company really is much more innovative than many give it credit for. Case in point: Samsung this week announced the development of a new 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that will allow for peak download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, an five-fold increase from the current top speeds of 866Mbps. More →

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Xiaomi vs Apple Design

Xiaomi says Jony Ive needs to test Xiaomi’s Apple knockoffs before criticizing them

By on October 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM.

Xiaomi says Jony Ive needs to test Xiaomi’s Apple knockoffs before criticizing them

After Jony Ive took a hard stance in a recent interview against companies that copy the design of various Apple products, including hardware and software, Xiaomi boss Lin Bin issued a response to Chinese media, The Register reports, inviting Apple’s design guru to try Xiaomi products before criticizing them. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate

Yet another Apple fan who mocked ‘Bendgate’ finds himself disturbed by a slightly bent iPhone 6 Plus

By on October 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM.

Yet another Apple fan who mocked ‘Bendgate’ finds himself disturbed by a slightly bent iPhone 6 Plus

There’s still a lot of questions about just how easy it is to bend the iPhone 6 Plus under normal usage but we’re starting to hear from more and more Apple fans who are finding themselves surprised by bent devices. iPhone 6 Plus owner Paul Mather tells BGR that he and his partner both bought the 6 Plus recently and he was disturbed to discover that his partner’s device has already experienced a very slight bend after less than a month of use. More →

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iPhone 6 24 Carat Gold Paint

This is what it takes to have your iPhone 6 covered in actual gold

By on October 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

This is what it takes to have your iPhone 6 covered in actual gold

Apple does sell gold versions of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but their cases aren’t covered in real gold. Luckily for those people who want to spend even more money on their iPhone 6 units, there are companies that can apply actual gold paint to the iPhone 6, and CNET has taken a closer look at what that process entails, at least when it comes to Goldgenie’s gold iPhone painting. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Battery Life

Galaxy Note 4 hasn’t even launched and it’s already received a major update

By on October 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM.

Galaxy Note 4 hasn’t even launched and it’s already received a major update

Even though Samsung has yet to launch the Galaxy Note 4 in most markets it plans to bring its next-gen phablet this month, the company has apparently already identified some potential issues with the smartphone and has released a software update to fix them. According to SamMobile, firmware update XXU1ANJ4 is the update in question and it is expected to bring a variety of fixes, of which significant battery life improvement seems to stand out. More →

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iPhone Battery Life

This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life

This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life

By on October 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

As mobile devices grow increasingly more capable and complex, battery life is easily one of the most important features in smartphones these days. Sadly, it’s also one of the biggest pain points with Apple’s iPhone lineup, as we have seen in just about every survey and study that covers people’s complaints with Apple phones. Because battery technology progresses so slowly — and because Apple insists on making its iPhones as thin as possible — battery life in iPhones likely won’t see any dramatic improvements anytime soon.

Of course, that’s exactly why BGR makes sure to share as many tips and tricks as possible that might help readers extend the battery life on their iPhones. More →

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