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HTC reportedly working on Android Auto competitor

HTC reportedly working on Android Auto competitor

HTC has made a home in your pocket, and maybe even on your wrist, but what about in your car? An interesting finding details how HTC may be angling to involve themselves in auto, creating an in-dash system that does much of what Android Auto does, but builds on it just a bit more. Codenamed ‘Cello’, HTC is doing for Android Auto what they did for Android so many years ago, seemingly bringing a skinned Android Auto to car manufacturers for inclusion with new cars.

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ZTE Blade S6 Plus rocks 5.5-inch screen

ZTE Blade S6 Plus rocks 5.5-inch screen

ZTE has announced the launch of its latest smartphone called the Blade S6 Plus. This smartphone is a phablet with a big 5.5-inch screen and it runs the Android operating system. Right out of the box the device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and the OS is overlaid with the MiFavor 3.0 user interface.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung has a lackluster track record making flagship smartphones with serious lust-appeal. Its plastic-bodied Galaxy range was the Camry trying to play in Mercedes and Audi territory, earnestly ticking the boxes on the spec sheet, but failing to grasp that owners care about a sense of prestige as much they do a roster of the latest functionality. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and its flashy Galaxy S6 edge sibling are a lesson hard-learned, then, with both patchy sales and increasingly vocal criticism in 2014 demanding changes be made. 2015 might well be the fiercest year in phone tech yet; these two are evidence of Samsung's A-game.

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Moto 360 successor leaked to have 360×360 resolution

Moto 360 successor leaked to have 360×360 resolution

After its initial bout of fame, the Moto 360 has seemingly faded into the background, especially with the arrival of some pretty strong contenders. That's not to say that the Moto 360 has become any less the smartwatch darling that it was, but Motorola does need to step up a bit if it wants to stay on top. A successor to that smartwatch might already be in the works, as "accidentally" leaked last month. Now a new leak has come up claiming that the next Moto 360 will have a higher resolution screen.

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LG UX 4.0 revealed ahead of LG G4 debut end of April

LG UX 4.0 revealed ahead of LG G4 debut end of April

It seems that LG really wants to build up the image of the LG G4 piece by piece. Once again confirming that its smartphone will indeed make its first public appearance at the end of the month, the OEM announces another crucial part of that puzzle, this time the user experience or UX. Now at version 4.0, LG's user interface is now touted to be even more "human-centered", not just simply giving users the ability to customize their smartphones to their needs but even anticipating the information that the user might want.

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Antitrust lawsuit dismissed against Google’s app bundling

Antitrust lawsuit dismissed against Google’s app bundling

The latest class action antitrust lawsuit against Google has been tabled. The dismissed lawsuit was just one among many to hit Google such as a class action suit about Google Wallet's privacy practices, libel accusations for offending autocomplete suggestions, and copyright infringement for book digitization. The lawsuit in question alleges that Google made illegal contracts with device makers which forced Android OS to use Google's apps as default settings. The suit then further alleges that these backroom deals drove up consumer prices of these smartphones due to restricting competition.

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OnePlus’ Android-based OxygenOS now available for download

OnePlus’ Android-based OxygenOS now available for download

Good news for users of OnePlus' One smartphone, as the manufacturer has just announced its long-awaited OxygenOS operating system is now available to download. While the release in one week behind the company's original promised date, the Android-based operating system brings much of the design and features of Lollipop to the One, replacing the CyanogenMod ROM that previously powered the device. On the blog post announcing the news, the company writes they have a goal of "providing faster, more meaningful updates and a better-integrated range of services for every OnePlus user," going forward.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video updated for Android Tablets

Amazon Prime Instant Video updated for Android Tablets

Support for Android Tablets on Amazon Prime Instant Video is finally here. Believe it or not, this app has been out for months without support for Android tablets, working instead on Amazon's own Fire Tablets, Fire Phone, Android phones, and iOS - for iPhone and iPad, of course. Now the app is here for devices like the Nexus 9, Nexus 7, and whatever other Android tablet you might have in your possession. That's official, now, not just pirated. Support, real support, and correctly-sized controls.

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HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

HTC One M9 teardown shows why UH OH protection exists

Thankfully, HTC offers UH OH protection for the One M9. The stated goal is to make life easier on us by allowing a device replacement for simple drops or tumbles that do things like crack the screen. The real reason might be that the device is far too difficult to repair without some deep technical know-how. The crew at iFixit just tore down the HTC One M9, and what we see is a puzzle of glue and screws, and a device that you wouldn’t even want to try fixing yourself.

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