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Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Is there anything more to say on the Nexus 6? Google's latest flagship smartphone has come in for more than the usual degree of attention, as the first handset to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. The fact that Google can't keep them in stock for longer than sixty seconds or so isn't doing anything to dampen the hype, either. I've already gone digging through Google's huge new phone in my equally huge Nexus 6 review, but it turns out the Motorola-made handset hadn't quite finished teaching me a lesson.

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Sesame tries to be a smartphone you can use without hands

Sesame tries to be  a smartphone you can use without hands

The smartphone is slowly but surely becoming an integral part of our modern lives. But if that's the case, many in society who cannot physically use a smartphone will feel like they're being left in the Middle Ages. Although hands-free features are starting to become fashionable these days, few if not none are developed with the needs of people with disabilities in mind. Those are the needs that Sesame wants to address, by allowing such people to use smartphones simply by uttering the magical phrase "Open Sesame".

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Vsenn’s modular phone gets first approved ROM: Paranoid Android

Vsenn’s modular phone gets first approved ROM: Paranoid Android

Earlier this month Finnish startup Vsenn revealed that it is making its own modular phone, which will join Project Ara in what is sure to be a growing array of module-based handsets. Not much about the phone was revealed at the time (nor since then), but the makers did tease that security, customization, and guaranteed updates would all be central to its efforts. Following this, Vsenn has now announced that Paranoid Android is the first approved ROM under its Approved ROM Partner program.

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Samsung Flow takes on Continuity for use across devices

Samsung Flow takes on Continuity for use across devices

Your phone, a tablet, even a TV — all screens, and all doing their own thing. What if they didn’t operate in silos, though? What if your TV could relay info from your smartphone, and your tablet could pick up a task right from your computer? That’s Samsung’s vision of how we’ll interact with our devices moving forward, and they’ve introduced a new platform called Flow to manage it for us. We can be productive, or lazy, but we can now do it on any device.

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YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

This morning YouTube Music Key became official for the first time. It'll be released in Beta mode for a monthly fee, appearing at first to come up against Google Play Music's All Access system. Instead, subscribers to Google Music will be included in the subscription cost of YouTube Music Key - all one package. As for those of you that already subscribe to Google Music - we're waiting to hear back from Google on that. For now, gotta catch em all - music style.

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Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

A new Google smartphone is a big deal, and the Nexus 6 is a very big phone indeed. Largest so far of Google's collaborations with handset manufacturers, and first to see Motorola take the Nexus reins - ironically just as the two firms part company - it's a riff on this year's Moto X but with a new turn of speed and a crazy Quad HD display. It's also the launch vehicle for Android 5.0 Lollipop on phones, arguably the biggest thing to happen to the OS in many generations. So, with supplies still frustrating all but the best-timed of buyers, is the Nexus 6 the Android phone you want in your pocket?

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Gear S smartwatch to load traffic-powered apps

Gear S smartwatch to load traffic-powered apps

Samsung has announced that they'll be teaming with Inrix to bring a variety of traffic-powered apps and functionality to the Gear S smartwatch this Autumn and Winter. With Inrix real-time traffic updates, the Gear S will be able to send the user traffic time insight, telling them when the best time of day will be to take a trip, head to the store, or head home from work. This will work with the INRIX XD Traffic app specially aimed at Gear S users.

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Saygus take two: ambitious new Vphone on its way

Saygus take two: ambitious new Vphone on its way

If you don't remember or haven't heard of the name "Saygus" at all, you cannot be blamed. The company had a short but somewhat glamorous stint in the smartphone market way back in 2009 with its first Vphone, appropriately called the V1. But then it suddenly vanished and no one heard from it again. That is, until today. Founder Chad Sayers has published an open letter to the company's investors, laying out plans for the next Vphone, with feature that sound even more ambitious than its stillborn predecessor.

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Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop update release next

Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop update release next

The Moto G, Motorola's best selling smartphone on the low end, appears to be bringing some heat here this Autumn as the next device to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. Appearing in a Moto G (2nd Generation) Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Notes document this afternoon, it seems all but ready for full release. First is the soak test - not everyone will be getting this release immediately. Once that's done, the whole world can partake in the delicious candy update goodness that is Android 5.0 Lollipop in its entirety.

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Nexus 6 will have AT&T apps – sort of

Nexus 6 will have AT&T apps – sort of

The AT&T release of the Nexus 6 will have AT&T apps - but not right out of the box. Instead, according to an AT&T representative, the Nexus 6 as carried by AT&T will download AT&T apps the first time you connect to the Google Play app store. Every single one of these apps will be able to be un-installed if you wish. This is a new feature with Android 5.0 Lollipop - the ability to push carrier downloads to your device through the Google Play app store.

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