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The Moto Z and Z Force are as controversial as they are ambitious

Oh, you thought Lenovo and its Project Tango device were going to hog the spotlight today? Not quite. Motorola just revealed its new flagship phones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, and we've already had a chance to spend a little time with them. Spoiler: There's a lot to love here, tinged with a few things that might drive you up a wall.

Lenovo's low-cost Phab2 phones are big on augmented reality

The centerpiece of Lenovo's self-branded US phones may be the higher-end, Tango-packing Phab2 Pro, but that doesn't mean there isn't something available for the budget crowd. Lenovo is unveiling two lower-cost models, the Phab2 and Phab2 Plus, that deliver some of the experience for a much lower price. Show More Summary

$500 Lenovo Phab2 Pro is the first Google Tango phone

The second generation of Lenovo's Phab phones are here already, headlined by the first-ever Project Tango-equipped smartphone with sensors and cameras that can map its surroundings. The Phab2 Pro (check out our hands-on impressions right...Show More Summary

Up close and personal with the first Tango phone

For years now, we've watched Google build gadgets that sense the world around us, and for years we've wondered when the non-coding public could actually use them. That time is, well, not now but soon. Lenovo unveiled the Phab2 Pro earlier...Show More Summary

The Moto Z and Z Force are Motorola's new modular flagships

So long Moto X, hello Moto Z. For its next round of Android flagships, Motorola is going for a new brand, an ultra-thin design and support for "Mods" that expand their capabilities. And yes, the Moto Z is seriously thin at just 5.19 millimeters millimeters thick. Show More Summary

Android can launch apps based on where you are

Google really wants the apps you use to take the context of where you are into account. Thus Nearby, a feature that uses Bluetooth and your device's GPS to deliver you apps based on where you are. The post on Google's official Android...Show More Summary

Lowe's has a Tango AR app for home improvement projects

We've explored the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya with a Tango-friendly AR app and spent time gaming with the tech. Now that Lenovo is offering a Tango device for the masses, new augmented reality software options that leverage the 3D mapping software are becoming available as well. Show More Summary

Lenovo wants to make bendable phones for your wrist

At Lenovo's big announcement in San Francisco today, CTO Peter Hortensius introduced a new bendable screen that snaps around the wrist like an old school slap bracelet. It's the company's way of moving into a hinge-less device era.

Facebook's 360-degree photos invade your News Feed tomorrow

We knew they were coming, and now they're here: 360-degree photos on Facebook are rolling out on the social network starting tomorrow. The new feature spans across Android, desktop and iOS and thankfully uploading your panoramic and spherical shots doesn't sound much different from how you'd share 2D photos. Show More Summary

We're live from Lenovo and Motorola's joint phone unveiling!

Well, this is new: Lenovo and Motorola have had US launches before, but this year they've basically transplanted their entire Tech World event right into the heart of San Francisco. The festivities (if that's the right word) will begin at 10AM Pacific/1PM Eastern and we'll be covering all the day's news as it breaks, so stay tuned. Show More Summary

Domino's will track customers on their way to pick up pies

Domino's already lets customers monitor the status of their pizzas for delivery, but on Monday it will reverse that service, allowing pizza-makers to track the location of customers coming in for a pie pick-up. The program rolls out across Australia starting on Monday, according to CNBC. Show More Summary

GIF whatever is on your Android screen with 'Mirror'

Recording your Android screen isn't easy, and unless you have a Chromecast device, mirroring it is also a pain. Koushik Dutta, formerly of Cyanogen and now with ClockworkMod, has updated his Mirror app to make screencasting easier and let you record your screen as a GIF. Show More Summary

Engadget giveaway: Win an UMI Super smartphone!

Apparently we've been missing out on a world of mobile devices, but in the last few years we've seen an influx of previously unfamiliar names hitting US shores and beyond. Among these is UMI, a smartphone brand that's just released the...Show More Summary

Google will give app developers a bigger cut of the revenue

It's not just Apple that's looking to the deal sweeter for app developers. According to Recode, Google is also introducing a new revenue-sharing model that will give them a bigger cut. Just like Cupertino, the big G plans to increase the amount Android developers take home from 70 percent to 85 percent of all revenue from subscriptions. Show More Summary

Chrome 51 on Android brings tabs back

Now that Google has officially released Chrome 51 on Android, it's reversed a change that came with Lollipop in 2014. That release of Android brought in the option to "Merge tabs and apps" which put open tabs in the app switcher instead of all in one process and was on by default. Show More Summary

Google's new iOS app turns Live Photos into GIFs

Cinemagraphs -- those artsy hybrids of animated gifs and film stills -- used to require a good deal of work to set up and create. That changes today with Google's latest iOS app Motion Stills, which uses Apple's Live Photos feature along with Google's own video stabilization to freeze the background of your photos and create dramatic looping gifs or video snippets.

Google's Project Fi gets more coverage through US Cellular

Ever since Google launched Project Fi, you've had to hop between just two networks: Sprint and T-Mobile. But what if you're in an area where one or neither is particularly great? You might have an easier time of things after today. US...Show More Summary

Slack finally opens up work calls to everyone

After testing voice calls for the past few months, Slack is now opening up the feature to all of its workaholic users. It works as you'd expect: you can initiate calls with a new telephone icon in Slack's desktop offerings, or by clicking through a dropdown menu on its iOS and Android apps. Show More Summary

Run Android on an iPhone - with some heavy engineering and caveats

Familiar with cramming one operating system into somewhere it doesn't belong, developers at Tendigi have just created a homemade iPhone case that lets you run Android on your iOS smartphone. (Well, kind of). Fortunately, because of the Android Open Source Project, it gave Nick Lee the freedom to clone the mobile OS and build his own local hardware. Show More Summary

Microsoft now offering Surface Membership Plans

Microsoft has quietly introduced a Surface Membership Plan that allows small businesses to keep up with the latest Surface hardware and buy the devices on a monthly payment plan. Starting at $32.99 per month, business users get "theShow More Summary

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