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Google seeds multi-device Android app for Devs ahead of I/O

Google seeds multi-device Android app for Devs ahead of I/O

Write once, deploy everywhere. It’s the dream for Developers — well, everywhere — but isn’t always as simple as it sounds. With so many screens and so many platforms, there typically has to be a lot of manipulation of an app to work in multiple places. Ahead of I/O, Google is laying out reason that might not always be the case, with a reference app that is usable on a smartphone, tablet, Android Auto, Android Wear, and usable with Google Cast — with a single codebase.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active specs leak

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active specs leak

One of the things that some Samsung Galaxy smartphone users want on their device is a waterproof body and ruggedized designed. When the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were unveiled, users who preferred the Active version of the previous generation S5 might have lamented the fact that there wasn't a rugged version of the S6.

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Samsung gets back into the rugged business with Xcover 3

Samsung gets back into the rugged business with Xcover 3

After more than two years, Samsung is finally giving its Xcover line a chance in the market again. Now at its third generation, the line whose name is evokes images of toughness and protection, the smartphone gets up to date with the latest in industrial-friendly features. But if you expect the formidable sounding Xcover 3 would be Samsung's premiere rugged smartphone, you'd be greatly mistaken. This is no Galaxy S6 Active and, for all intents and purposes, is an incremental upgrade to 2013's Xcover 2.

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Evernote for Android gets sleek redesign

Evernote for Android gets sleek redesign

Evernote has pushed out a new design for its Android app, bringing it in line with Google's design guidelines for Lollipop by largely refining what it already offered. Not much has changed over the last design update, though Evernote says there's more to it than just the visual changes, and that "the thoughtful touches to these features" makes the overall Android note-taking experience better than before. Evernote went into details about the design change, talking about the motivation behind it and the best it has to offer users.

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HTC One E9 leaks suggest it’s no M9 ripoff

HTC One E9 leaks suggest it’s no M9 ripoff

When the HTC One M8 was launched, the company quickly pivoted their efforts to the mid-range market with the One E8. A plastic take on HTC’s metal flagship, the One E8 was basically a bargain One M8. It seems as though HTC is at it again, but is instead moving to branch the ‘One E’ family out. Pictures of a leaked HTC device, dubbed the One E9, have been making the rounds, along with some specs. This is no One M9 ripoff, though.

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Google enters watch face market with Street Art

Google enters watch face market with Street Art

The first Google-made downloadable set of Android Wear watch faces has been released this week. Aside from the faces that come with every Android Wear device, Google has been mum on creating their own watch faces for the Android Wear line thus far. This piece of software called "Street Art watch face" breaks that silence with a wide variety of super talented artists. Included in this crew are members of the Google Art Project: Aitch, Andre Fernandes Trindade, Cheko, DRAW, and of course Drawing Jesus.

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WhatsApp Call invites active now [and a warning]

WhatsApp Call invites active now [and a warning]

Users hoping to join the WhatsApp call service in the near future can do so today by receiving a call from an already-initiated user. This means that you're going to either need to know someone who already has calls active OR you're going to have to head to a Google+ group (or something similar) to get someone to call you. This invite program has had its ON switched flipped off and on several times over the past couple of weeks - at this moment, it's up and running.

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Google’s new events app is just for Google events

Google’s new events app is just for Google events

Yesterday, Google released an app on the Play Store that seemed to mimic their I/O app in a lot of ways. At the time it was flopped into the Play Store, there wasn’t much to discuss. It was clearly an internal project that was either released early (and lazily) or by accident. Either way, it was limited. At the time, we posited that Google may be using it at I/O, and it turns out we’re right. It also turns out I/O is about all it’s good for.

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Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

This week the Freebox mini 4K has been revealed with Android TV. This is a device that's not much of a looker on the outside - it's meant to be hidden to the side or below your TV - but inside, a fully-functional 4K TV box resides. This device is the start of something big - it's not ready for the USA yet, but it could be soon. For now you'll be renting this device for 29.99 Euro a month - that includes internet, as well.

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Cyanogen taps Boxer for email app in OS 12

Cyanogen taps Boxer for email app in OS 12

If you listen to Cyanogen, it’s time Android has a strong challenger outside of Apple — one that is much like Android itself. Lately, the crew at Cyanogen have been making a lot of noise about their intent to challenge Android in a big way, possibly even overthrowing it. They might be onto something, but there was something looming: Google Services. To properly challenge Android, you’d need a suite of services you can call your own, or partners that get you there. Cyanogen did just that, tapping Boxer to bring email to Cyanogen OS.

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