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Report: Microsoft to Invest in Cyanogen Inc, Hopes to Weaken Google’s Hold on Android | Droid Life
According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft, the makers of Windows Phone, which currently holds about 3% of the smartphone marketshare, is set to invest in Cyanogen Inc. While the investment would be for a minority share of a $70 million round, the simple act of fueling Cyanogen’s fire comes off as rather ostentatious.  In […]

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Microsoft rumored to invest in Cyanogen following promise to take Android from Google
Well, how's this for an early Thursday afternoon headline? According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is planning to invest a nice grip of money into Cyanogen Inc, makers of the most popular custom ROM around.
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More than 1 billion Android phones shipped in 2014
According to research firm Strategy Analytics, more than one billion Android phones shipped in 2014. Android handsets made up a massive 81% of the 1.3 billion smartphones sold worldwide.
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Three metallic band options are coming to the UK for the Moto 360 later in 2015 | Android Central
UK fans of Motorola's Android Wear-based smartwatch, the Moto 360 will be able to choose from three metallic band options later in 2015: Light Gold, Light Metal and Dark Metal. Those band options launched in the US market in late 2014.
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Google's Nexus Player to be available in Japan by the end of February | Android Central
It looks like the Nexus Player is beginning its exploration of the wide, wide world. Google announced today that the Android TV device will be coming to Japan at the end of February for 12,800 yen (about $108).
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The Office you love is now on your Android tablet - Office Blogs
Late last year, Microsoft released a preview of Office for Android, initially as an invite-only program and then an open one, and today, the Office Blog announced the final release of the suite – Word, Excel and Powerpoint – unbundled and published as individual apps on Google Play.. . . READ ON »

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Deal: Sony Micro SD Cards for as Little as $8 at Amazon Today Only | Droid Life
Need some new flash storage in your life? Maybe a micro SD card to hold your growing movie and music collections? Amazon has you covered today, with a 60% off sale on many of Sony’s flash storage products. A 16GB micro SD card can be had for $7.99. That’s kind of nuts to think about. […]

Deal: Sony Micro SD Cards for as Little as $8 at Amazon Today Only is a post from: Droid Life
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8 hours ago by twwwon
Google is offering Inbox invites until tomorrow morning
If you still have yet to score an Inbox invite, Google is giving them out until tomorrow morning. All you need to do is simply send an invite request to inbox@google.com with your current Gmail address.
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8 hours ago by twwwon
Microsoft is now reportedly a minor investor in Cyanogen
According to the WSJ, Microsoft is now a minor investor in Cyanogen. While this doesn't mean that MS is giving up on its own mobile OS, it does show they are interested in potential back-up plans.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to some HTC One M8 phones in Canada | Android Central
Owners of the HTC One M8 in Canada might want to check their devices. The company announced today that an over-the-air download for the smartphone that will update it to Android 5.0 Lollipop has begun for Bell, SaskTel, and WIND Mobile customers.
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Chromebook Smart Lock update now live | Android Central
Chromebook owners can add another level of lock protection based on the proximity of their Android phone. This is enabled through Bluetooth pairing of both devices. The Smart Lock feature was live for developers a few weeks ago.
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8 hours ago by twwwon
The ever-growing list of things you can connect to a Nest Thermostat | Android Central
As a standalone device, Nest is cool. The 'Works with Nest' program makes it invaluable

In the first part of our Nest Thermostat series, I called this device the first connected home appliance everyone should want to own. Curiously, this statement had very little to do with the hardware itself (although I do still think it's one of the nicest looking thermostats out there today) or even really the apps that help make that hardware useful. The core of any connected home gadget needs to be a combination of thoughtful software design and an ability to talk to the other devices in the home. The closer you can get to an open platform for connected home tech, the better. Nest isn't currently what I would call an open platform, but the company has been working very hard to play nice with as many different devices as possible through a program they call "Works with Nest."

The good news is there's already a ton of things out there that work with this program. The even better news is when you combine Nest with other tech you get a lot of very cool things in return.
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8 hours ago by twwwon
Incipio Octane Co-Molded Impact Absorbing Case for Galaxy Note 4 | Android Central
A no-frills case that just keeps your Note 4 safe without adding much bulk

The Galaxy Note 4's metal frame is nice to look at, even nice to hold, but we all know it won't stay looking and feeling that nice for long without a case. If you're someone who's rough on a phone you'll need some protection, and the Incipio Octane case for the Note 4 adds solid coverage with no extra frills. There's no kickstand, screen cover or funky port system, but there is a great design with thick rubber in the places that need it while keeping full function of your phone available.

Read along and see our quick review of the Incipio Octane case for the Note 4 — it may be the right choice for you.
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8 hours ago by twwwon
Samsung Gets Rid of Galaxy Bloat
Reports keep iterating over the rumors that Samsung has been trimming down TouchWiz for its upcoming devices. After years of customer complaints, particularly from power users, Samsung seems to finally have taken initiative towards cracking down the stutters that often plague some of its devices, particularly older ones or those that see a long life without clean-ups. But even handsets like the Galaxy S5 managed to be outperformed by low range devices. Android enthusiasts as a whole took disdain in Samsung’s software over this and more, and while these make a tiny subset of Samsung’s sales, everyone hates slow phones.

The latest report from Sammobile, the reputable whistle-blower for al. . . READ ON »

The post Samsung Cutting Bloat, Trimming TouchWiz appeared first on xda-developers.
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8 hours ago by twwwon
Official Gmail Blog: A look inside how you're using Inbox
Google’s biggest email rethink since the launch of Gmail, Inbox, was launched as an invite-only service around three months ago. Despite most potential users having already received invites in the time since then, Google is opening up invitations for those who haven’t for the next 24 hours.. . . READ ON »

The post Google Giving Away Inbox Invites for the Next 24 Hours appeared first on xda-developers.
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