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Fonkraft modular phone cancelled by Indiegogo

Fonkraft modular phone cancelled by Indiegogo

Google's Project Ara brought widespread attention to the possibilities of a modular smartphone, but there's still quite a bit of waiting to be had on that front. We've seen more than one modular smartphone surface, including the previously detailed but still secretive VSENN, and latest among them was Fonkraft, a relatively recent modular offering being hawked on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. Unfortunately for its backers, that campaign was short lived.

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Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

This week the folks behind Fleksy keyboard for Android have decided to push their abilities to as many Android users as possible. For the next week, the two dollar fee for the full version of the app has been waived. Of course there is an in-app store for additional themes for keyboards, but all the good stuff is available right out the box, so to speak. If you've never tried an alternate keyboard on your Android device OR if you've used everything by Fleksy, by all means, have at it now.

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Video: ‘Project Astoria’, Microsoft’s Android app porting tool, at work

Video: ‘Project Astoria’, Microsoft’s Android app porting tool, at work

Microsoft’s Project Astoria, their system for taking existing Android app code and running it inside windows, is both exciting and troubling. On one hand, it satisfies the ‘write once deploy everywhere’ strategy that makes a Developer’s life easier. On the other hand, these apps aren’t really native for the platform, which has us wondering about things like performance. Also, how easy is it for Developers to move an app over? Now we know; Microsoft has created a simple video outlining Project Astoria’s strengths, and I have to say — I’m intrigued.

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Meerkat (beta) now available on Google Play

Meerkat (beta) now available on Google Play

That was quick. It’s only been two weeks that Meerkat, the popular live-streaming app, has been available for Android. When the Meerkat team announced their Android intentions, they granted access to the app via an open beta program. Now, the app is available to all users on the Google Play Store. It’s worth noting Meerkat’s main rival in the space, Twitter-owner Periscope, has not yet landed on Android, though they promise to be on the platform someday; they just haven’t announced when.

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“OK Google” lets you Shazam or TuneIn using only your voice

“OK Google” lets you Shazam or TuneIn using only your voice

Google is really it's Google Search muscles on mobile of late. The tech giant has endowed its Android app with new powers, like showing apps related to your searches even if they aren't installed yet, or sending directions from your desktop browser to your phone, and even adding 70 new Google Now cards for your use and enjoyment. Now for even more fun, Google's voice actions have also been powered up to let you jump right into apps without having to open them up first and navigate through the functions.

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Galaxy S6 Edge: Android at Peak Elegance

Galaxy S6 Edge: Android at Peak Elegance

The LG G4 is coming to market with a leather back, the HTC One M9 looks the same as last year, and the Sony Xperia Z4 isn't coming to the United States. The iPhone has rounded edges now, and they've released a big one, too! Even the Samsung Galaxy S6 is pretty much just an internal upgrade on what was delivered last year, when you consider the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. This device, I contend, is the future of the aesthetically pleasing smartphone.

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Microsoft’s iOS, Android app porting tools now open

Microsoft’s iOS, Android app porting tools now open

Developers can now start porting their Android and iOS apps to Windows, if they dare. Yesterday, Microsoft announced a suspiciously easy tool that allows Developers to port their iOS and Android apps to the Windows platform. On stage, Microsoft demoed an Android app running on a Windows Phone like it was made for the platform. Now, Project Islandwood (iOS) and Project Astoria (Android) are open for business. They are, of course, in a “limited preview”, so don’t expect too much just yet.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 USA model specifications revealed

ASUS ZenFone 2 USA model specifications revealed

On the 18th of May in Manhattan, New York, ASUS will be visiting with a USA-based taste of their smartphone ZenFone 2. This device will subsequently be available at AT&T - like previous releases of ASUS phones in the United States - and will have a lovely 5.5-inch display to do battle with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, not to mention the new LG G4. Specific device colors for AT&T have not yet been revealed as such.

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HTC One M9 camera now supports RAW format

HTC One M9 camera now supports RAW format

Love it or hate it, HTC changed their camera hardware for the One M9. In getting away from their Ultrapixel shooter they touted so much with the One M8, HTC also had to change up the camera software — then fix it. Now, we’re getting a new feature for the One M9 camera; the ability to save and send pictures in RAW format. The update doesn’t need a firmware fix, either. Like many OEMs, HTC unbundled core apps, so all you have to do is update the camera app via Google Play.

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Airbnb gives Android tablet and iPad users a slick, new interface

Airbnb gives Android tablet and iPad users a slick, new interface

Airbnb decided that instead of simply scaling-up its mobile apps, it would completely design a new tablet interface from the ground up. The new apps boast a "cinematic" interface. The entire feel of the app is more like browsing through a thick, glossy travel magazine than searching through wordy hotel reviews. The new Airbnb apps for Android and iOS tablets give users more of what they want, pictures. Any armchair traveller knows the best part about looking at new travel destinations is the photographs. Sure, descriptions can excite the imagination, but a picture is worth a thousand words.

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