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Nexus 6 tipped in Android 2.0 Google ad spots

Nexus 6 tipped in Android 2.0 Google ad spots

The next generation in Google’s Nexus universe is nearly here as the company releases three lovely videos showing the diversity in the Android ecosphere. Making use of the original Androidify app to create an assortment of Android characters, three videos released by Google this week show off how Android isn’t just singular. They don’t just have one phone for everyone. Sound like they’re aiming for a particular competitor with that bit of chatter?

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August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example - a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another "startup." Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you're in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It's time for some Apple-backed home automation.

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Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

There’s no doubt now that Microsoft is aiming for the throats of their software-slinging opponents. Have a peek in the Microsoft archive and you’ll see a littering of new, experimental, or otherwise modified apps in the mobile space. Today’s entry is "Skype Qik", an app that takes what Skype has - video communication - and makes it into a much more vibrant and versatile - and quick - sort of situation. Record a tiny video, send it as a message, and wait for a response.

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Anki DRIVE finally on Android, limited devices supported

Anki DRIVE finally on Android, limited devices supported

True to its promise, Anki has finally made available an Android app for its rather intriguing Anki DRIVE system. Now those living in Google's world need not feel jealous of their iOS rivals as they can now join and, perhaps more relevant, compete against them on equal grounds. Plus, Anki is announcing yet another price cut, though this time not for the starter kit itself but for the separate expansion cars you can purchase to spice up your races a bit.

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Droid Turbo launch date teased by Verizon Wireless

Droid Turbo launch date teased by Verizon Wireless

We have talked several times now about the new phone that has leaked on a few occasions from Motorola called the Droid Turbo. There have been several leaks that have hinted at what the specifications of the new smartphone might be. Verizon Wireless has now posted up a countdown clock that is ticking away the minutes until a new Droid device is unveiled, as of writing the countdown has 14 days and a bit more than six hours to go.

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Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Barely two weeks after outing the Aster, Vertu is here again with another luxury smartphone for the affluent.. This time, however, it isn't doing it alone. Partnering with fellow British company Bentley, the Vertu for Bentley gives luxury car lovers a fitting mobile device to go with their Bentley car, which they presumably have. But aside from sporting trademark Bentley designs in addition to Vertu's own signature, the smartphone at least does have decent hardware that won't leave owners shortchanged for the price.

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Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Ryobi Phone Works combines your smartphone and power tools

Your DIY home repairs don't have to be archaic, at least as far as Ryobi is concerned. The power tools manufacturer has released a new line of "smart" power tools designed to work with your smartphone and a related app, which when combined give the tools additional functionality they wouldn't have on their own. This allows the tools themselves to be priced cheaper than they would if each provided the extra tech as integrated features, and gives you an excuse to pull out your phone while working.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact released in USA without carriers

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact released in USA without carriers

This week the folks at Sony have decided to go big with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - but not quite so big as to released the device with a carrier in the USA. This machine is very, very similar to its larger brother, the Z3, but here comes with a smaller display and off-contract pricing. You CAN purchase the larger off-contract, but both T-Mobile and Verizon would rather hook you in. The Z3 Compact is (thus far) only offered through Sony directly, with one price - sort of.

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T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

Sony's Xperia Z3 will land on T-Mobile USA from October 29th, the carrier has announced today, though those without commitment issues can preorder the smartphone from October 15th. Announced at IFA in September, the Xperia Z3 offers a 5.2-inch Full HD display and 20.7-megapixel camera wrapped up in a waterproof casing, as well as LTE for use on T-Mobile's 4G network. Perhaps more interesting for those with coverage issues, the T-Mobile version of the Z3 will also support WiFi Calling for routing voice calls over a WiFi connection.

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Oppo N3 aluminum chassis and rotating camera teased

Oppo N3 aluminum chassis and rotating camera teased

Oppo has taken to Facebook to tease the upcoming N3 smartphone ahead of its launch. We have talked a few times about the Oppo N3 in the past, the launch for the smartphone is believed to be set for October 29. Ahead of launch, Oppo has some teaser shots up on Facebook showing off some of the design and construction elements of the device. One of the images shows off the aluminum chassis of the device.

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