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Sharp’s 4K UE30, UH30 TVs arrive, Android TV in tow

Sharp’s 4K UE30, UH30 TVs arrive, Android TV in tow

True to its promise at CES 2015, Sharp is now rolling out its new 4K Ultra HD TV sets, the UE30 series and its newest flagship series, the UH30. Although UHD is no stranger to Sharp, these two lines are its first to bear Android TV, substantially expanding what owners might be able to do with their shiny new smart TVs. With sizes ranging from 60 inches to 80, the new Sharp TVs promise to deliver picture quality, connectivity, and versatility, all in one single huge package.

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Xperia Z4 in Japan overheats, DoCoMo carries warnings

Xperia Z4 in Japan overheats, DoCoMo carries warnings

NTT DoCoMo has just launched the Xperia Z4, a.k.a. Xperia Z3+, the first in Japan to do so. Already, users are chiming in over the Internet to express their displeasure at their new smartphones being too hot to handle, literally. This practically confirms problems attributed to the Snapdragon 810 and could deal a devastating blow to both Qualcomm and Sony. Almost adding insult to injury, NTT DoCoMo itself carries a card warning users about heat problems, cementing issues facing Sony's suppsoed flagship and Qualcomm's beleaguered processor.

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Ouya’s salvation might come from Razer

Ouya’s salvation might come from Razer

Ouya's quest for survival might be close to an end, for better or for worse. The once darling of the Android gaming and Kickstarter communities has, for months, been rumored to be looking for potential partners, investors, or, when all else fails, buyers. Although it has been successful to some extent, the story was far from over. Now that chapter might soon be ending, with sources familiar to the matter claiming that gaming device and accessory maker Razer are in talks on how to buy Ouya out of its predicament.

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AT&T installs LG G4 update without asking first

AT&T installs LG G4 update without asking first

In the Android world, where Android maker Google doesn't have nor exercise full control, software updates of take some time. It has been the practice, thanks to some informational pictures from some OEMs, to lay the blame of delays on carriers, who are the last step in getting out updates in a timely manner. It seems, however, that one carrier might have been a tad too eager to change that reputation. Owners of the LG G4 on AT&T's network are reporting that they are receiving an update that is being installed without even being asked about it.

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b2gdroid turns Firefox OS into an Android launcher

b2gdroid turns Firefox OS into an Android launcher

Ever been curious about that piece of software called Firefox OS but couldn't really justify buying even the cheapest smartphone for it? Do you have an Android phone? If you said yes to both, then this might be your lucky day, depending on how you look at it. A new experiment coming straight from Mozilla's developers now gives curious users a chance to play with Firefox OS. Except, you aren't really going to be the full experience, as the b2gdroid app is basically a Firefox OS Android homescreen replacement.

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Xperia Z3+ video shows Snapdragon 810’s continuing woe

Xperia Z3+ video shows Snapdragon 810’s continuing woe

The evidence against the Snapdragon 810 just seems to be piling up. When the HTC One M9 was launched, Qualcomm brushed off complaints about overheating to the unfinished quality of the early models that were being tested. It might try to use that same reasoning with this supposedly prototype version of the Xperia Z3+ that is caught on video heating excessively when using its camera. The problem, however, is that the smartphone supposedly uses a revised version of the chip that already addresses such issues.

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Sony’s new My Xperia Theft Protection digs deep

Sony’s new My Xperia Theft Protection digs deep

Smartphone theft is a never ending problem and manufacturers and carriers are always scrambling to implement the best solution to both solve it as well as prevent it in the first place. Both iOS and Android have varying solutions, but, in the case of the latter, most of it is moot once the device has been subjected to flashing. Sony's new anti-theft feature, similar to Android 5.1's Device Protection, tries to plug up that hole, making it impossible to use a stolen device without the proper credentials, even after it has been wiped clean.

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HTC One M9 gets updated: camera and cooling improved

HTC One M9 gets updated: camera and cooling improved

HTC might be getting a lot of flak lately over it's dismal performance and its disappointing flagship, but one can't fault the OEM for lack of trying. Ever since it launched, the HTC One M9 has repeatedly been update to address some common complaints, particularly around the camera and the overheating that Qualcomm still denies. At least, as much as software updates can fix them. Another round of updates is working its way to devices in waves, bringing in some more improvements, like better noise reduction and smarter heat management.

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Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook has reached a big milestone on the Google Play Store, with its Messenger app hitting download numbers rivaled only by Google itself: Facebook Messenger has now been downloaded 1 billion (with a 'b') times on the Play Store. That's three commas in the download number. The app has had its badge on its Android app page updated to show the notable 1 Billion mark, and with it Facebook has managed to (again) enter a realm no other Android app maker (excepting Google, of course) has tread within. Various Google apps, Facebook and WhatsApp have also managed to hit the billion downloads mark.

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