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LG G Watch easy to pry, Samsung Gear Live compact but complex

LG G Watch easy to pry, Samsung Gear Live compact but complex

The first batch of Android Wear smartwatches isn't even out in the wild yet, and here we are seeing the first teardowns of the devices. Though it's not exactly the thorough iFixit treatment, it does give a bit of insight into the inner workings of these super small computers, particularly the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, as well as potentially how easy they are to break or fix.

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Android L Project Volta gives batteries longer life

Android L Project Volta gives batteries longer life

No, this isn't yet another strange device venture like Project Ara or Project Tango. "Project Volta" is simply the codename for the concerted effort within the Android development team to make sure that the next version of Android won't milk your battery dry in no time, giving you ample chance to reach for a wall socket or powerbank.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet might soon be upon us

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet might soon be upon us

The stars might be aligning and a new NVIDIA SHIELD device might soon be revealed, but this could be a rather strange beast. Based on a recent certification entry from the Global Certification Forume (GCF) and a recent sighting on NVIDIA's own website, the chipmaker's next SHIELD gaming machine won't be a handheld like before but will be a mid-sized Android tablet instead.

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LG G Watch Review: Android Wear goes square

LG G Watch Review: Android Wear goes square

LG is one of the first onboard with Android Wear, and the G Watch is its first gambit in Google's new smartwatch segment. Unlike the flashier Samsung Gear Live, and the eye-catching - but not yet available - MOTO 360, the G Watch has taken a more discrete route to the wrist. I've comprehensively reviewed Android Wear separately, so this review will focus on the G Watch's own particular strengths and foibles.

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Samsung Gear Live Review: Goodbye Tizen, hello Android Wear

Samsung Gear Live Review: Goodbye Tizen, hello Android Wear

Samsung isn't short on smartwatches right now, but it couldn't resist adding another to the roster with Android Wear, Google's play for the wearable space. Launching alongside LG's G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live borrows heavily from the Tizen-powered Gear 2 Neo, though with some Google Now sparkle thrown in too. I've reviewed Android Wear in full separately, so this review will focus on the Gear Live's own particular abilities and issues.

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Android Wear Review: Your wrist just got smarter

Android Wear Review: Your wrist just got smarter

I've wanted Google Now on my wrist since Google's contextual engine was officially announced. Android Wear, revealed at I/O last week, is the first stage in Google's mainstream play for the wearables space, at launch effectively the Android notifications tray delivered to your wrist. That's something we've seen tried before, from Pebble and others, but with Google Now there's the promise of interactivity too.

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