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CyanogenMod now supports more mid-range Huawei, Motorola phones

Cyanogen's partnership with OnePlus may be over, but the company is still hard at work to make sure its namesake Android ROM will run on just about everything else. According to a new post on the company blog, its been working with device...Show More Summary

Nexus '5X' and '6P' boxes leak out ahead of Google's Android event

Names, specs and pictures of the next Google-brand phones have already been floating around, and now Android Police has what it says are the retail boxes for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. If you'll recall, these are the rumored LG (5X) and Huawei (6P) devices that Google will introduce at its Android-flavored breakfast meeting one week from today. Show More Summary

Google adds more useful features to its Clock app for Android

With Google's focus on improving the custom Android experience, standalone applications like Camera, Calendar and Messenger continue to get better over time. Today, the search titan updated its Clock app with a number of features that will come in handy to many Android users, including those who own a companion Android Wear device. Show More Summary

Instagram isn't slowing down as it tops 400 million users

If you thought that Instagram couldn't keep the momentum up after it hit 300 million users late last year... well, you're in for a surprise. The photo-focused social network reports that it just reached 400 million users, or a full 100 million more than it had 9 months ago. Show More Summary

India backtracks on making you store secure chats in plain text

The Indian government has a history of freaking out over internet security only to tone things down later on, and it's not about to stop this pattern any time soon. Officials have withdrawn the draft of an encryption policy which, as written, would require that you store any encrypted communications in plain text for 90 days. Show More Summary

Starbucks adds mobile pay and ordering to its Android app

The day when you no longer have to scream "No, you fool! I ordered a Venti Decaf Non-Fat Pumpkin Spice Latte!" at your barista is finally upon us. Starbucks has tweaked its Android app to bake-in both ordering and payments straight from your phone, saving you the drama of having to explain your arcane coffee needs to another human. Show More Summary

Omate has a smartwatch that runs Lollipop and makes phone calls

Let's face it: deep down we probably all have wanted a smartwatch made by wearables company Omate that runs Android 5.1. Okay, that's an overstatement. But there are at least a few folks out there that fit this bill and they'll likely be pretty pleased about the news that the new call-capable TrueSmart+ is Lollipop flavored. Show More Summary

BuzzFeed's Apple Watch app is a needy virtual pet

When you install an Apple Watch companion app, you typically expect something that reflects the experience you get on your iPhone. News on your phone means news on your wrist, for instance. That's definitely not the case for BuzzFeed's app, though -- instead, you're treated to nothing less than a Tamagotchi-style virtual pet. Show More Summary

Google releases revamped Wallet for iPhones and iPads

Apple's mobile devices are never going to get Android Pay, but Google has released its repurposed Wallet app for iOS anyway. Just like its Android counterpart, the app is now decked in green (with the new logo!) and focuses on person-to-person payments. Show More Summary

WatchOS 2 hands-on: What Apple Watch should have had from the start

Ignoring the mixed reviews, common sense and the usually wise advice that you should avoid first-gen products at all costs, I bought an Apple Watch last June. Honestly, I'm still surprised by that. I backed the original Pebble crowdfunding campaign, and I've tested a few Android Wear devices, but as a whole smartwatches have always left me wanting. Show More Summary

Over 4 billion people will go without internet access this year

The tech industry likes to talk a lot about a connected world, but just how many people are online, really? Most of them aren't, unfortunately. The United Nations' Broadband Commission has released a 2015 report which estimates that 57 percent of the human population (about 4.2 billion people) won't have regular internet access by the end of 2015. Show More Summary

Lumia 550 leak hints at the future of low-cost Windows phones

Sure, you may have an idea of what high-end Windows 10 phones will be like, but what about the cheap-and-cheerful models that people are more likely to buy? You might not have to wonder any longer. Both OneTile and WMPoweruser claim to have images and details of the Lumia 550, Microsoft's first entry-level Windows 10 handset. Show More Summary

Apple releases watchOS 2 to put apps directly on your wrist

It's arriving a few days later than originally anticipated, but the first big Apple Watch software upgrade is here. As we heard during the big iPhone event a couple of weeks ago, watchOS 2 lets third-party developers create apps that run directly on the device itself, without relying on a connected phone. Show More Summary

Apple Watch will be available at Sprint on September 25th

Now that Cupertino's wearable has been on sale for a while, it's making its way outside the confines of the company's retail locations and online store. In addition hitting shelves at Currys and PC World in the UK, the Apple Watch will go on sale at Sprint this week in the States. Show More Summary

Radar turns your smartphone into a baseball speed detector

Want to know if your baseball team's pitching skills are up to snuff without carrying a dedicated (and frequently not-so-smart) speed detector? Scoutee might have something up your alley. It's crowdfunding a baseball radar peripheral that turns Android phones and iPhones into pitch speed detectors. Show More Summary

Mandatory South Korean parental control app is a security nightmare

Back in April, South Korea required that wireless carriers install parental control apps on kids' phones to prevent young ones from seeing naughty content. It sounded wise to officials at the time, but it now looks like that cure is worse than the disease. Show More Summary

Microsoft's next Band looks like something you'd want to wear

Microsoft's original Band is many things to many people, but "fashion item" typically isn't one of them -- it looks less like a fitness device and more like a court-ordered probation tracker. You probably won't say that about the next generation, though. Show More Summary

Apple Pay gets ready to launch in China

Apple is thriving in China, so you can imagine that it's practically salivating at the thought of launching Apple Pay in the country -- and it looks like that may happen relatively soon. The state-backed newspaper Wenhui News has learned that Apple quietly registered a payment business in Shanghai's free trade zone back in June. Show More Summary

Burberry teams up with Snapchat to preview new collection

Burberry continues to prove that it's one of the most tech-minded fashion houses today. The British brand has joined forces with Snapchat to give fans a glimpse of its Spring 2016 lineup from its design studio before it's showcased at London Fashion Week. Show More Summary

Google's likely Nexus/Android event is happening September 29th

Google just sent over an invite for "some tasty new treats and much s'more" September 29th in San Francisco. It didn't say what will be revealed but based on the timing, we're thinking Android Marshmallow release, plus new hardware in...Show More Summary

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