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Google Nexus Player: first Android TV device made official

The Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have arrived as predicted, but before you close down Mobot for the night and head off to your specialist chat rooms, there’s a third prong to the Android hardware assault.

Meet Google’s Nexus Player, built by trusty old Asus. Available shortly, the first-ever Android TV device looks to take over your TV, with the movies and the music and the streaming and whatnot.

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Google Nexus 9 launches with impressive specs, magnetic keyboard accessory

We’ve already detailed the flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone this evening, namely the Motorola-built Google Nexus 6. Here we turn our attention to its big brother, an 8.9in tablet.

I speak of HTC’s Google Nexus 9, a premium beast with a Microsoft Surface-troubling magnetic keyboard accessory and brushed metal sides. Sounds good, yes, but it ain’t cheap.

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Google Nexus 6 specs are crazy good: 6in QHD display, QS805, 3GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB

Last year, LG’s Google Nexus 5 was pretty much as top-of-the-range as you could get for the time, including a 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. A slouch it was not.

This year, Motorola is Google’s smartphone manufacturer of choice, and the resultant Nexus 6 doesn’t disappoint. Not one bit. Ok, maybe one tiny bit. Full story below.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop made official

Google confirmed its existence at the end of June (as if there was any doubt that a KitKat successor would touch down in autumn), and since then we’ve been referring to it simply as Android L or Android 5.0.

Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP) appeared to be the internal codename, and I had my suspicions that it might be Android Lion (as in the Nestle chocolate bar), but it’s officially now Android 5.0 Lollipop. Death to corporate sponsorship, I guess.

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Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Android L launching TODAY?

The Google Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Android L were at one point tipped to launch tomorrow, October 16, but with Apple holding its iPad event on said date, and big G keeping remarkably quiet about its much-discussed wares, we’d resigned ourselves to a late-October launch.

Imagine our surprise, then, upon hearing that the Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L will launch on October 15. THAT’S TODAY, YOU MANIACS.

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Kazam announces Tornado 348 smartphone, a whole lot of skinny for just £249

Kazam announces Tornado 348 smartphone, a whole lot of skinny for just £249

Martin James  Oct. 15 at 11:30

It's time to dust off the “world's thinnest smartphone” award again, folks.

That's right, there's a new king of slim in town – the Tornado 348 from up-and-coming UK smartphone maker Kazam.

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Motorola Moto G stars in Android L preview video

Motorola Moto G stars in Android L preview video

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 14 at 16:00

Android L was originally detailed at the end of June, and while it was tipped to launch officially on Thursday this week, that’s looking increasingly unlikely – especially given Apple’s planned antics.

As we patiently await the green light from big G, Android L has been shown off in video format, hosted by the humble Motorola Moto G.

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HTC One E8 seemingly next for the ‘Eye’ treatment

Time was, HTC clearly thought more is more. And when that didn’t work, it went back to less is more. Now that that’s not working, it’s swung back the other way, and currently it seems to think shoving ‘Eye’ on the end of everything is the solution to all life’s woes.

Last week saw the launch of the HTC Desire Eye and the HTC One M8 Eye. Next in line for Eye-ification is the One E8 (above). The One what? More below.

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Macotakara: yeah, the iPad mini 3 is coming on Thursday

Macotakara: yeah, the iPad mini 3 is coming on Thursday

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 14 at 12:00

You all know the story about this Thursday, right? Apple launch event in Cupertino, iPad Air 2 looks likely, somewhat of a question mark over the presence of the third-generation iPad mini.

For what it’s worth, a Japanese publication chimes in to say that we should expect the iPad mini 3 after all.

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Oppo teases N3 smartphone ahead of official launch

Ah, smartphone names. You all know what comes after the Oppo N1, right? Correct; it’s the Oppo N3. If you said Oppo N2, well, I don’t know what to tell you, kid.

As the world awaits the official launch later this month, Oppo has shared a cheeky shot of the N3’s rear camera, in all its faux leathery goodness.

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iPad Air 2 to rock Apple A8X processor and 2GB of RAM?

iPad Air 2 to rock Apple A8X processor and 2GB of RAM?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 13 at 14:00

The next generation of iPads is expected to touch down at Apple’s “It’s been too long” launch event on Thursday evening, though we’re still not entirely sure what to expect. How will the iPad Air 2 build upon the entirely capable iPad Air? Is the iPad mini 3 a thing? Is it too early for the iPad Pro? What does “It’s been too long” mean?

For what it’s worth, the latest iPad rumour morsel from Taiwan says the iPad Air 2 will rock an A8X processor, and a meaty 2GB of RAM. Nice.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets software update ahead of global release

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets software update ahead of global release

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 13 at 12:30

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s UK release date has been shoved back to Friday this week, but already the handset has received its first software update.

As is often the case, there are two ways to look at this. Join me below as I fire up the speculatrix machine and write various - what do you call them? - words.

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 UK release date: October 17

We’ve been focusing on Samsung’s high-end wares of late, specifically the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, but the manufacturer has never been one to neglect the low end.

The Galaxy Ace series has been quietly ticking away in the background for years, and remarkably we’re about to meet the fourth member of the family (not including cousins), the appropriately named Samsung Galaxy Ace 4. Release date? October 17, buddy.

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Thousands of leaked Snapchat pictures to form searchable database

Thousands of leaked Snapchat pictures to form searchable database

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 11 at 14:00

Snapchat has endured more than its fair share of security issues over the years, but this latest one is arguably the worst to date.

Thousands of leaked Snapchat pictures are set to appear in a fully searchable database, and considering the last thing the users expected was for the pictures to be made public, you can imagine the kind of content we’re talking about.

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HTC One M8 software update brings KitKat Android 4.4.4 and Eye Experience

HTC One M8 software update brings KitKat Android 4.4.4 and Eye Experience

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 11 at 12:00

If you happen to own an HTC One M8 and find yourself admiring the spanking new Desire Eye and its Eye Experience camera features, well, power down that admiration machine, friend.

As promised, HTC has brought Eye Experience to the One M8, along with - what is for now - the latest version of Android.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 11 at 10:00

Another week, another bunch of stories about mobile phones and tablets. It doesn't get much more literal than that. Highlight of the week was undoubtedly all the new HTC stuff, including the HTC Desire Eye, HTC Re camera, and HTC One M8 Eye. Meanwhile, things appear to be going from bad to worse for Samsung.

As for comments, the Google Nexus 6 certainly impresses in terms of specs, but we wonder about the price tag and the lack of microSD.

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HTC One M8 Eye unveiled after all as Asian exclusive

HTC One M8 Eye unveiled after all as Asian exclusive

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 10 at 17:00

The past few weeks saw an abundance of confusion pertaining to HTC’s October 8 Double Exposure event in New York (that was Wednesday this week, for the calendrically challenged), and the suggestion that the focus might’ve been something called the One M8 Eye, essentially a One M8 with a 13MP rear camera. Zuh?

A late rumour burst correctly told us to instead expect the HTC Desire Eye and the HTC Re, but it turns out the HTC One M8 Eye is also a thing, having just popped up in China.

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WSJ: Yeah, Motorola is making the Google Nexus 6 or ‘Shamu’

WSJ: Yeah, Motorola is making the Google Nexus 6 or ‘Shamu’

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 10 at 14:00

It’s largely accepted that Motorola is the manufacturer of choice for the imminent Nexus 6, Team Moto – somewhat ironically – having been unceremoniously passed on from Google to Lenovo.

In case there was any doubt, the rumours are given corroboration by not one, nor two, but three sources of a big-name publication type thing.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 UK release date put back as things go from bad to worse

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 UK release date put back as things go from bad to worse

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 10 at 12:00

You would’ve been forgiven for getting a little excited at the recent headline Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date brought forward as consumers go iPhone 6 crazy, and understandably gutted upon realising the story pertained to Korea only.

In fact, over here it’s the opposite story, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s UK release date has been shoved back to October 17.

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iPad Pro production slipping back to 2015 on account of iPhone 6 mania?

iPad Pro production slipping back to 2015 on account of iPhone 6 mania?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 9 at 16:00

It looks like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will launch on October 16, so now we’re pointing our interrogatrix machines at the iPad Pro and demanding: “What about you, big man?”

One particular report says that while iPad Pro production was pencilled in for late 2014, it’ll now be early 2015. Blame the iPhone 6.

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