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Samsung teases Android Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung teases Android Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has finally spoken up about Android 5.0. Or rather, in this case, it's more like a whisper. But we'll take anything over the silence it has been observing for almost a week now. Over at its Twitter account, the Korean OEM is actually advertising the Galaxy Note 4's QHD Super AMOLED display, but it is using a screen filled with bright colored candy of the lollipop kind. It is effectively hinting that Android Lollipop will be coming soon. As to when, we still don't know.

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Yelp teams with Hipmunk for in-app hotel reservations

Yelp teams with Hipmunk for in-app hotel reservations

AirBNB sounds (and is) really awesome, but they have a unique set of problems. In some states, listing a room or home on the service means you’ll have to jump through bureaucratic hoops and bust through the red tape. Many are turned off by that, leaving would-be renters searching for a hotel room instead. Today, Yelp announces they’ve teamed up with Hipmunk to provide you with the ability to book a hotel room without ever having to leave Yelp’s app.

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The new Google Music Listen Now experience

The new Google Music Listen Now experience

This afternoon we’ve been taking a look and a listen at the next generation in Google Music’s subscription service in Listen Now. This morning Google integrated Songza finesse to their musical library collection, allowing professional songsmiths to create playlists for the masses. To enter in to this process you’ve got just a few questions to answer - and you’re on your way to a fully functional set of suggestions that updates on the regular. This isn't just a one-time shot, it's a living, breathing entity.

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Android Wear update hitting the LG G Watch

Android Wear update hitting the LG G Watch

If you’re wearing an LG G Watch, you might want to check for an update. A firmware update is currently rolling out for the watch, bringing it to Android Wear 4.4W2. This new firmware for Android Wear brings in offline music support, as well as some GPS functionality. Those are two features Android Wear users have been waiting for for quite some time, and the G Watch — also technically the first Android Wear watch — is the first to get them.

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Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

You’ve probably never heard of Magic Leap, and that’s cool (we hadn’t either). You might be hearing a lot more from them in the near future, though. The startup just finished a venture capital funding round that garnered them a cool $542 million. Leading that funding round was Google, but not Google Ventures. The company proper is making the investment, which also puts Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai on Magic Leap’s board. After their tongue-in-cheek cardboard giveaway at Google I/O, it seems augmented and/or virtual reality is a serious game for Google.

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Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

This week the folks behind Google Music’s acquisition of Songza have let it be known that Songza has officially joined the party. They’ve been a part of the Google company for a while now, but just this week they’re appearing in the Google Music app for the first time. Just like Rdio did with TastemakerX, Google did with Songza, adding a new layer of interest to their music service. With this boost comes Songza’s "concierge" music feature, the piece of the puzzle that tells you what’s best to listen to at what time of the day.

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Android TV ported to Ouya gaming console

Android TV ported to Ouya gaming console

Those of you that roll with the Ouya will be glad to see its newest software build coming from a 3rd party contributor. With Android TV coming to the Nexus Player, out came the SDK for Android 5.0 Lollipop and the means to bring said software to devices across the Android spectrum. One of those devices is Ouya. Today, if you do so desire, you can bring Android TV to your Ouya - and subsequently your television - with a tiny bit of back-end work.

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HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

What once was only a Nokia joint in HERE maps comes now to Samsung smartphones, then to Android devices in general. Back in the day Nokia purchased Navteq, then they created their own HERE mapping division, then they became one of the most radical map-making groups outside of Google. Now they’ve gone bigger than they’ve ever been before. With a newfound freedom beyond Windows Phone devices, the Android spread can begin. You device can more than likely run this mapping software right this minute.

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Kindle Voyage starts shipping (but prepare for a wait)

Kindle Voyage starts shipping (but prepare for a wait)

In the market for a new ereader? Amazon's hoping you'll opt for a Kindle Voyage, with the 300dpi digital book we reviewed yesterday beginning to ship to pre-order customers, alongside its new tablet siblings, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and the Fire HD Kids Edition. Voyage is, as we ourselves found, certainly Amazon's best E Ink Kindle to-date, but that technology also comes with a hefty price tag attached.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact now available for pre-order

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact now available for pre-order

Fans of Sony's Xperia line of devices have something to look forward to starting today. The company's latest premium tablet, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, is now ready to take on pre-orders in the US. This practically marks the completion of the availability of Sony's Xperia Z3 triumvirate in the US, at least as far as its own e-store is concerned. Strangely, only the white color option seems to be available if you buy the tablet directly from Sony, with no sign of the black variant we put through our hands-on test.

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