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Google OnHub will be the first Brillo device for Google On

Google OnHub will be the first Brillo device for Google On

Google OnHub was revealed today by Google as the first doorway to a full smart home ecosystem. This service will be tied together with software protocols revealed in part earlier this year as Google Brillo and Google Weave. When Brillo was first revealed earlier this year, then-SVP of Product (now CEO) for Google Sundar Pichai showed how your smartphone would connect to all the Brillo-enabled smart devices in your home using a common-language protocol called Weave. This is the beginning of the smart home system called Google On.

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Galaxy Note 5 drop test shows how tough the phablet is

Galaxy Note 5 drop test shows how tough the phablet is

Drop tests are one of the things that many smartphone buyers want to see before they drop big money on a new smartphone. Odds are your device is going to get dropped at some point and the last thing you want is for the first drop to be the end of your device. A new drop test of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has turned up on YouTube to give us an idea how strong the smartphone it.

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USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

If you thought the patent squabble between frenemies Apple and Samsung was over, better wake up and smell the coffee. Or in this case, read the US Patent and Trademark Office's latest finding. According to the Central Reexamination Division of the USPTO, Apple Design Patent number 618,677 is invalid on grounds of "obviousness" and prior art. This D'677 was one of the more important patents used by Cupertino to sue Samsung for infringement, a case that would have awarded it half a billion dollars if not for this recent ruling.

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Project Ara delayed to 2016, looking for US launch site

Project Ara delayed to 2016, looking for US launch site

It seems that the dream has officially been delayed. The Project Ara team has officially confirmed what was already foreshadowed in yesterday's tweets. The modular smartphone won't be coming this year. Instead, it will have a 2016 launch which still has no new timeline. And instead of doing it outside of the country, the first Project Ara smartphone might be launched somewhere in mainland US instead. Naturally, despite its best efforts to assuage fears, the delays would inevitably worry not just fans but also existing and potential hardware partners.

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Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ T-Mobile release bumped up to tomorrow

Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ T-Mobile release bumped up to tomorrow

Apparently T-Mobile USA customers weren't super thrilled when they heard the news about preorders earlier today. Verizon customers are getting their Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ devices before T-Mobile customers, and they were jumping mad about it. As such, CEO John Legere decided to push up the launch of their own models of the device, making them available for general sale starting tomorrow. This means the device will be online only starting at 6AM PT through T-Mobile USA.

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Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

This morning Samsung Galaxy Note 5 preorders began to ship from multiple carriers. The first confirmation we've got on record here - sent in my a helpful citizen in Brooklyn - suggests that preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with Verizon will be arriving as early as this afternoon. A second delivery was confirmed by a tipster in Chicago this afternoon with an estimated delivery set for 8PM (Central Time). The first shipments appear to have begun two days ago from shipment locations such as Memphis, Tennessee.

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How to try Android Marshmallow 6.0 right now

How to try Android Marshmallow 6.0 right now

Today Google revealed Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and with it, they've released a new batch of downloads for Nexus devices. If you have a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5, or Nexus Player, you'll be able to load Android Marshmallow (also known here as Android M Preview 3) to your device immediately. Below you'll find instructions for those users that feel confident enough in their abilities to load a full OS to their smartphone. If you've never heard the term "ADB" before, we recommend you wait until Google sends the update to you directly.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow downloads released by Google

Android 6.0 Marshmallow downloads released by Google

This morning Android 6.0 Marshmallow (or just Android Marshmallow, if you prefer), was revealed by Google. With this big reveal game the final SDK for the system as well as Android Marshmallow Preview 3 (after M 2 and M 1) for several Nexus devices. For those of you that own the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Nexus Player, you're in luck. Remember that these downloads are recommended for developers only and should be treated as such.

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Android Marshmallow revealed with new statue

Android Marshmallow revealed with new statue

Today Google will unveil the statue - and with it the name - of the newest version of Android. This fact has been teased by Google employee Jeff Sharkey then revealed by Google employee Dave Burke - and it's a strange one. Google has opted to have an original Android holding the marshmallow rather than turning the statue into an Android-ified marshmallow with white head and all. This can only mean one thing - the next version is going to be Nuts.

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Huawei Nexus X detailed in render leaks

Huawei Nexus X detailed in render leaks

Google has been tipped to be revealing two new "Nexus" smartphones in the near future, one made by LG, the other by Huawei. For the moment we're calling them "Nexus X" devices, X representing the unknown. The images you're about to see come from the same source that brought you earlier LG Nexus X images that just days later turned out the be strikingly accurate. What you're looking at here is a larger device with a 5.7-inch display and specifications that are rather similar to the Huawei Honor 6 Plus.

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