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LG sends out media invites for G3 launch on May 27

The LG G3 is going to be with us very soon, as LG has started sending out invites to press for an event on May 27 in 6 cities around the world. London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Istanbul and Seoul will all see the introduction of LG’s newest flagship smartphone for 2014 on the very same day. LG’s going big this time.

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Google Drive now supports streaming presentations to Chromecast

Google has quietly updated the web version of Google Drive with support for streaming presentations to Chromecast dongles. After installing the Google Cast plugin in Chrome, simply fire up a presentation in Google Drive, and click the arrow next to “Present” in the top right corner. Then choose the Chromecast you want to broadcast to from the items under “Present on other device” — simple.

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Acer announces Iconia One 7 and Iconia Tab 7 tablets

Acer today announced a new budget Android tablet: the Acer Iconia One 7. The tablet is expected in the United States and Canada this May for the low low price of $ 130. The Iconia One 7 isn’t the only Android tablet that Acer’s announced today — there’s also an Iconia Tab 7 which brings a cellular radio and the ability to place calls to the tablet. Because if there’s one thing we want from our  [Read More…]

Android ‘Silver’ devices could replace Nexus line with big in-store presence

New premium Android devices with Google-controlled software and fast updates could arrive next year

Google could be preparing sweeping changes for the Android ecosystem next year, according to a report from The Information. The site has published details of what it calls the Android “Silver” program, a new lineup of premium Android smartphones it says will replace the current Nexus line. Silver, the report claims, is intended to combat Apple’s iPhone and allow Google to assert  [Read More…]

First look at the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8

Our own Mark Guim sits down with HTC’s Jeff Gordon to take a look at the Harman/Kardan edition of the HTC One M8, announced today as a Sprint exclusive.

It’s the same M8 we’ve been using for a month or so no, only in a new color and with some special sauce from Harman/Kardan on board. It’ll be available online on May 2, and in Sprint stores on May 9.

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Save $200 on the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition

If you’ve been eyeing the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition but couldn’t stomach the price, have a look here. T’was $ 649, now available for $ 449. Plus free ground shipping, so there’s that. Basically this extra-large smartphone — again, it’s pretty damned huge at 6.4 inches — has gone from oversized and overpriced to merely “Damn, that’s big.”

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Spotify for Android update brings new darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography

While the news of Spotify teaming up with Sprint was big, unless you’re a Sprint customer or planning on soon being one, it likely didn’t matter all that much to you. What may matter to you though is the fact that there’s a new Spotify app update rolling out through the Google Play Store right now and it’s a bit of a departure from the app as you know it now. The new update includes a  [Read More…]

CyanogenMod 11S launching alongside OnePlus One with new camera, theme engine

New features will make their way to other CM phones and the open-source project once work is complete

CyanogenMod and OnePlus took the stage today at an event in San Francisco to announce that the OnePlus One (be sure to check out our initial thoughts and gallery) will be the launch device for the latest version of CyanogenMod, dubbed “CM 11S.” A slight departure from the quick iteration of CyanogenMod releases in the past, CM 11S  [Read More…]

OnePlus One hands-on and first impressions

Surprisingly high-quality build and subtle design choices with an industry-leading price point have us intrigued

We’ve just wrapped up an event here in San Francisco with CyanogenMod and OnePlus, where we finally have our hands on the much-awaited OnePlus One. This much-hyped device has drawn a good number of followers (and critics) over the past few months with an interesting marketing campaign, and now we have the hardware (and software) to look at for ourselves and  [Read More…]

How to make your Android phone child-friendly with Kid Mode

Before you hand your Android phone to your kids, download and enable Kid Mode first!

Kid Mode is a great app made by Zoodles that not only adds some great parental controls to almost any newer Android phone, it also lets them draw, learn, and be creative — under a watchful eye of course. All this can happen without them being able to access or mess with any of your personal stuff. When they’re done, just  [Read More…]