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Moto G 2015 4G released internationally

Moto G 2015 4G released internationally

The Motorola Moto G 4G (the 2015 edition) has been released into the wild this week. This device remains the same in most ways - the same software and hardware, save the 4G-capable modem. It'll be released in the United States in the near future, but for now it's out in stores in the UK. In addition to being listed on Motorola's direct sales site, it's been prepped for sale through carriers and stores like Tesco, Amazon, Argos, Asda, Sainsbury's, and Carphone Warehouse starting on the 16th of March as well.

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Verizon Nexus 6 released this week

Verizon Nexus 6 released this week

This week the folks at Verizon have revealed release time and pricing for their version of the Nexus 6. This version of the Nexus 6 will come with Android 5.x Lollipop and will be rolling with the same 6-inch Quad-HD display and dual front-facing speakers that the first version of the Nexus 6 did. It's the same, but different. At this time it's not entirely clear how Verizon will get their apps onboard the Nexus 6. Likely it'll happen much like it was described when Lollipop was launched - downloads happen when the phone is activated.

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LG Phablet hits FCC for LG G4 partner launch

LG Phablet hits FCC for LG G4 partner launch

There's a new LG smartphone in town, and it goes by the code-name LG LS770. This device appeared in the FCC this week with scant details - but just enough to let us know that it's coming with a display that'll be big enough for a "Note" sort of size. Chances are this device will launch right alongside the LG G4, a device that's been long awaited - after the LG G Flex 2, which was first revealed this February at MWC 2015 in Barcelona.

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Android Wear apps try to replicate Apple Watch launcher

Android Wear apps try to replicate Apple Watch launcher

Today we're having a look at apps like Bubble Cloud Widgets and "Pear" by UhrArt. We've covered UhrArt in brief before - today we're going to show how well a comparable looking - yet slightly more capable - launcher does at replicating Apple's UI. With Bubble Cloud Widgets, users are able to create an array of shortcuts to their favorite apps and settings - very similar to what Apple's UI does on the Apple Watch. Here we're still messing with a slightly less capable bit of animation, unfortunately.

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Nova Launcher undergoes major Material Redesign

Nova Launcher undergoes major Material Redesign

Developer Kevin Barry has re-released Nova Launcher this week with an update that brings heat with Material Design cues galore. This update brings new animations, Google Search from the search bar appearing as an overlay, and - perhaps best of all - a new icon! My goodness there's a new icon - it's glorious! Also this update comes on top of Nova Launcher 3 - so the update will be coming sooner than later to those that already use the app on the regular. It's coming for YOU.

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Google’s odd new events app likely released by accident

Google’s odd new events app likely released by accident

Contextual awareness is attractive for users, but also useful for event organizers. We see context put to really good use with beacon technology, where Gimbal makes big strides in working their hardware into venues for use in-app. Knowing more about your immediate surroundings, especially with regard to things you can’t possibly know by looking around, is handy. A new app from Google, Interactive Events, shows how similar feats may be accomplished via software. It’s also an app you’re not supposed to know about.

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Google Calendar for iPhone released with Material Design

Google Calendar for iPhone released with Material Design

Google has finally released its Google Calendar app for iPhone, bringing iOS in line with the Material Design version released for Android last month. The new app boasts far improved interconnectivity with Gmail, including smarter scheduling which can turn emails into new calendar events automatically. Google Calendar for iPhone also aims to streamline common settings, with auto-suggests for different fields like location, people, and title, as well as changing the overall UI so that, Google claims, it's easier to keep on top of a tricky schedule.

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HTC One M9 heads to the UK first, pricing identical to M8

HTC One M9 heads to the UK first, pricing identical to M8

While it's not certain whether the HTC One M9 will literally be delivered to UK carriers before the USA, pre-orders certainly have arrived first. The HTC One M9 is the next in a line of successful hero devices for the brand, coming with a design that closely mirrors last year's M8. This device works with a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octacore processor (SoC) with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There's also a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

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Android 5.1 detailed, rolls out to Nexus and T-Mobile

Android 5.1 detailed, rolls out to Nexus and T-Mobile

After a bit of speculation and waiting, Google has finally given official word about the Android 5.1 update. Although it's a slightly bigger version bump than the maintenance releases, this upgrade isn't as spectacular as initially believed. That or Google is keeping things under wraps, leaving some treasures for us to discover on our own. That said, there are still a good number of changes in 5.1 that will appeal to both OEMs and users whatever the tier, from emerging markets to more seasoned ones.

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