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Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most traditional of displays, the humble TV. Google TV was flabby and confusing; the axe fell on the Nexus Q before it even went on sale. Only the Chromecast has had any measure of success, and yet just when we thought Google might have a strategy, along comes a different platform again, Android TV. Running first on the Nexus Player, but set to spread to smart TVs from numerous manufacturers, it’s Google’s fourth lounge reboot, but is it really necessary?

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AT&T releases seven devices at once: Android, Windows, Wearables

AT&T releases seven devices at once: Android, Windows, Wearables

This morning AT&T opened the floodgates with a number of new devices from all corners of the mobile device universe. They've got Android smartphones. They've got Windows Phone smartphones. They've got a camera, a couple of wearables, and release datas from here to the end of November. It's time for HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and Motorola, all one one big bin. If there's not a device here you're able to get excited about, we've got to question your love of the mobile tech world - question it!

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Samsung’s futuristic Galaxy Note Edge on show in US November 7th

Samsung’s futuristic Galaxy Note Edge on show in US November 7th

Samsung's curved OLED variant of the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge, worried us a little with chatter of a "limited edition" device with minimal availability. Now, though AT&T has confirmed that curious US buyers will be able to snap up the wrapped-screen smartphone from November 7th, bringing the key specifications of the Note 4 but tweaking them by bending the AMOLED display around one side of the handset to use as an alert ticker or status display. However, as you might expect when you're dealing with new screen technologies, it doesn't come cheap.

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Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

Android squeezes out rivals, takes 84% of smartphone shipments

As we settle into the middle of the fourth quarter, figures from the previous quarter are starting to pour in. Last week, we got a peek at the IDC's smartphone shipment numbers, showing Xiaomi's surprising rise to the top 5 of the world's smartphone makers. This time, we're taking another look at the market but drilling down our focus on shipments by platforms. Unsurprisingly, Android takes the lead, with shipments in the three digits. Naturally, this means that other mobile platforms have taken a hit last quarter because of it.

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Nexus 9 now available, ships in 1-2 days

Nexus 9 now available, ships in 1-2 days

Yes, you've read that right. The first of the next generation of Nexus devices is finally marked as available, in stock, and shipping in just a few days. Of course, you might be able to get it sooner if you buy from a retailer like Best Buy. The launch of the Nexus 9 heralds the start of the availability of devices based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It hopefully also marks the date of availability of the latest Android version as well, which means older Nexus devices might be receiving it soon, too.

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Tronsmart’s latest Android box boasts octa core processor

Tronsmart’s latest Android box boasts octa core processor

If you're looking for something a bit more powerful than a Chromecast or similar device, Tronsmart has rolled out the red carpet for a new Android set-top box that boasts, among other things, an octa core processor. Because it runs Android, users can use apps on their television from the Google Play Store, never mind how tricky it might be controlling them using the included remote. The box is called the Tronsmart Draco AW80 Meta, and it is available now through certain online retailers.

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Nexus 6 hands-on – A whole lot of Lollipop

Nexus 6 hands-on – A whole lot of Lollipop

A new Nexus is always a big deal, but the Nexus 6 is big in every sense. Google and Motorola opted to go large for the latest pure-Android smartphone, giving Lollipop a vast 5.96-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad HD touchscreen in which to ply its "Material Design" wares. In fact, the Moto X stylings carried over from Motorola's own-brand flagship are deceptive, and side-by-side there's a considerable difference between the two. Google has kept the real magic for itself, nonetheless, and the Nexus 6 is shaping up to be as capable as it's coveted.

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The new MB Chronowing is more “watch” than “smart”

The new MB Chronowing is more “watch” than “smart”

As smartwatches flood the market, each seems to try to do more than the last. A brighter screen, a more contextual set of alerts, maybe even a working relationship with other apps or devices. Within that spectrum ,there are some that even attempt to look more like a traditional watch. They meet that on some level, but fail to really capture the essence of a traditional watch while remaining smart. The new MB Chronowing swims against the grain, offering more tradition that tech.

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