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Microsoft moves Outlook for Android out of Preview

Microsoft moves Outlook for Android out of Preview

It took them a while but Microsoft is now declaring that its Android app for Outlook is ready for prime time. Unfortunately for Android users, Microsoft somewhat rubbed it in that their iOS counterparts actually go to that goal first. After a round of polishing, Outlook for Android is available for everyone with an Android device (and Google Play Store and running Android 4.0 or higher) and could very well take on Gmail in some features, especially when it comes to customization and offering a somewhat integrated productivity suite.

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Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Today, Google is doing what we all expected they might, introducing their mobile network. Dubbed Project Fi, Google’s network is exactly as rumored; you get access to two different LTE networks, as well as WiFi hotspots Google has deemed good enough. Once connected, data via Project Fi is encrypted, giving you a secure connection wherever you are (or are going). Also, the service is strapped to the Nexus 6, but comes to users as low as $30/month, which brings 1GB of data service and unlimited talk, text, and WiFi tethering with International service to 120 countries.

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Facebook intros ‘Hello’, their socially aware dialer for Android

Facebook intros ‘Hello’, their socially aware dialer for Android

As rumored, Facebook has unveiled their dialer for Android, which they’re calling ‘Hello’. The Hello dialer isn’t just a replacement for your existing one, though; it provides a bit of context on who’s calling, all based on your links via Facebook. If you’re not linked, Hello will still show you who’s calling should they have the number linked to their Facebook profile. The dialer also links to businesses and people on Facebook, giving you the ability to search and connect in fewer steps.

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Google Carrier? It’s about time!

Google Carrier? It’s about time!

After years of speculation, rumor, and chatter from Google itself, it would appear that the company is preparing itself to be its own mobile carrier. This would mean that, if you purchase a Nexus 6, for example, from Google, you could potentially also be paying Google for the data you use on the device, with data being served by the same towers as serve T-Mobile USA. This service could be appearing through Google's newly separated Google Store online as early as this month, announced as early as this afternoon.

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Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft’s wearable and fitness monitoring platform — Band and Health, respectively — are seeing another update. On the back of the most recent tweak, which brought in a cycling tile and a tiny keyboard to complement an SDK, Microsoft is today building on the bicycling monitoring and adding some context to gathered data. In a strange but ultimately smart turn of events, Microsoft is also announcing they’re no longer making Band a must-have to use their Health app. In the coming weeks, your smartphone sensors will be used to push basic info to Health.

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Rooting the Galaxy S6 unsurprisingly disables Samsung Pay

Rooting the Galaxy S6 unsurprisingly disables Samsung Pay

Rooting in the Android world is common place, even among less seasoned users. The reasons for this usually unauthorized process are myriad, but it all boils down to getting more control and sometimes removing the cruft left by OEMs and carriers. Normally, there are very little adverse side effects to rooting an Android device, but there are a few gotchas as well, especially when it comes to Samsung's devices. The latest word is that rooting your fresh new Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge will lead you to lose out on Samsung Pay.

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LG takes another stab at a penabled phablet with the G Stylo

LG takes another stab at a penabled phablet with the G Stylo

With the probable renaissance of the digital pen, in part thanks to rumors of a certain iPad Pro, it seems that LG is willing to give another whack at a stylus-enabled smartphone. After the somewhat lackluster LG G3 Stylus, the Korean OEM is now coming up with a still disappointing LG G Stylo. While that might sound a bit too harsh for a new smartphone, especially considering it does improve on the G3 Stylus just a bit, it does fall short in others and is in no way fit to take on Samsung's Galaxy Note line.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM switches through games with ease

ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM switches through games with ease

The advent of 64-bit processors on mobile was seen to herald support for more RAM inside smartphones and tablets. But to this day, you can probably count on the fingers of one hand the devices that come with even 4 GB of memory. The ASUS ZenFone 2 is one of those, bearing 4 GB of RAM inside. But what does that exactly mean in practice? YouTube user L BS provides a video demonstrating just that, swiftly and smoothly multi-tasking between one of the most resource intensive type of mobile apps: games.

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Adobe Lightroom mobile brings RAW to Android

Adobe Lightroom mobile brings RAW to Android

You can now edit photos in the RAW on your Android device thanks to Adobe Lightroom Mobile. This app's latest update includes tablet compatibility as well, plus the ability to work with microSD cards. This update is coming to users across the Android universe as early as this morning, with the roll-out scheduled to appear for all users by the end of this week. We've got the changelog here as well just in case you'd like to take a peek and see what's new in the house.

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Bento Android Launcher: learning you, loving you

Bento Android Launcher: learning you, loving you

The latest in Android home screen replacement software comes in the form of Bento, an app that'll aim to learn from you and give you what you want based on its own smart algorithm. "Oh Bento, what would I do without you?" This is the chatter of the enamored Bento user, one that's not satisfied with Google Now or competing services we've spoken about before. What does this launcher do for you? It takes the place of your brain's decision-making center, telling you what you'll enjoy.

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