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Verizon’s Moto X Android Lollipop release Benchmarked

Verizon’s Moto X Android Lollipop release Benchmarked

This morning the 4G LTE Verizon version of the Motorola Moto X from 2014 has an update rolling out across the United States. This update is for the system software, bringing this unit's OS up to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Users have seen this update appearing as early as noon here in the midwest - if you don't have it yet, you will very, very soon. Whatever you do, though, don't expect this download to be loaded quickly - some downloads are taking upwards of an hour.

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Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

We've heard plenty about Apple's CarPlay, but what about Android Auto? Finally getting its moment in the spotlight now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is arriving, the dashboard-takeover isn't actually available on any production car quite yet, but I was able to take an early look at the LA Auto Show inside a new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. The premise is simple: plug in your Android phone - in this particular case, a Nexus 5 - via USB cable and the car's central infotainment touchscreen gets an Android Auto revamp, with specially-designed graphics for use while driving, voice control rather than stabbing at a keyboard, and smart integration with your use of Google services elsewhere. Interesting, but it's not entirely road-worthy just yet.

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Sony’s own Backup & Restore app hacked, taken over

Sony’s own Backup & Restore app hacked, taken over

When you have a smartphone, you’d like to trust that the apps coming straight form the manufacturer of that phone are secure. More to the point, you’d probably safely assume any software designed to access your information stored in your phone would be something that couldn’t be compromised in any way. A new report suggests Sony’s own backup and restore app has been hacked, but that’s not even the most sensational news. Hackers have taken over the app entirely, even claiming ownership in Google Play.

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Cyanogen ‘Themes’ launcher is official

Cyanogen ‘Themes’ launcher is official

Cyanogen has announced their Themes app, a means of true device customization for the everyman. With Themes, you can actually customize your device as you like, with just about every aspect of your interaction being swappable. The granular controls even reach into the boot animation, should you be so inclined to find a different animation when turning your device on or off. Of course, you’ll need a device running Cyanogen, like the elusive OnePlus One. If you’ve got something running Cyanogen, though, Themes looks awesome.

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Galaxy S6 details: turning Samsung’s mobile fortunes

Galaxy S6 details: turning Samsung’s mobile fortunes

If today's report on the sales of the Galaxy S5 are true, Samsung's next release will need to be a doozy. We previously had a chat on what Samsung was potentially getting into with the Galaxy S6 - how they may be working on a "Project Zero", a reboot of the entire series, a re-imagining of the smartphone monster they've created. Now with the Galaxy S5 said to have been selling 40% less than its predecessor, there's no better time for Samsung to bring the heat.

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Galaxy S5 sold 40% less than Samsung planned tip insiders

Galaxy S5 sold 40% less than Samsung planned tip insiders

Samsung reportedly sold 40-percent fewer Galaxy S5 smartphones than the company had expected, a huge and unexpected drop versus the previous Galaxy S4, leaving handsets piled up in warehouses and putting executives at risk. The South Korean firm had been especially upbeat about the potential of the smartphone, even increasing production compared to the S4 so as to launch in multiple countries simultaneously back in April and still meet what management believed would be likely demand. That interest, according to a new report, failed to materialize however, potentially leaving Samsung with some tough decisions ahead.

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Sonim XP6 rugged smartphone supports LTE and PTT

Sonim XP6 rugged smartphone supports LTE and PTT

AT&T has a new rugged smartphone that is aiming directly at workers in the field that need a device that can stand up to harsh working conditions. The smartphone is called the Sonim XP6 and it runs the Android operating system and has a physical keypad. It's designed to support most of the features of a normal smartphone while having the ease of use that a feature phone offers.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus shows up at TENAA with two rear cameras

Huawei Honor 6 Plus shows up at TENAA with two rear cameras

After just unveiling the Ascend Mate7 last September, it seems that Huawei is gearing up for yet another smartphone launch, at least based on this TENAA sighting and a teaser for the company's own Weibo account. This time, however, it won't be much of a big jump as it is a spinoff from the Chinese OEM's existing Honor 6 smartphone. But this Huawei Honor 6 Plus isn't a simple upgrade. Implied from the name, this upcoming phablet takes a few cues from Huawei's competitors in the market.

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Intrinsyc rolls out new dev platform with Snapdragon 810 CPU

Intrinsyc rolls out new dev platform with Snapdragon 810 CPU

Developers looking to develop new hardware and software on a platform using the latest Qualcomm 64-bit CPU have three new development platforms available from Intrinsyc. The three dev kits are very different in form factor, but use some of the same hardware letting users work with a Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor on all three platforms. One of the platforms is a smartphone, one is a tablet, and the last is a DragonBoard SOM.

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