Project Ara To Run Custom Android L Version With Swappable Parts

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Giving us an update on its upcoming modular phone, Google has just announced that Project Ara will be running a modified version of Android L and will feature ‘hot swappable’ parts. What this means is that you’ll be able to swap the different parts of the modules on the go without having to turn your phone off. This includes the Camera, Speaker and much more, except the Display and Processor which obviously won’t be hot swappable. Read More

Metallic Samsung Galaxy Alpha Released In India

samsung galaxy alphaSamsung has just officially released the Galaxy Alpha in India for 39,990 Indian Rupees. Originally unveiled in August, it will be available in Indian market within the first week of October. The most notable feature of the device is that its 67mm chassis is carved out of a block of metal alloy, giving it a brilliant and premium finish, as well as superior durability. Read More

Android L To Be launched By November 1, Nexus 9 In Mid-October

Android LWhile Android L and the new Nexus devices are scheduled to be on display in mid-October of this year, the final workable version of Android L will not be available until November 1, according to a report by Android Authority. On September 18, it was rumored on Twitter that Nexus 9 might be available from October 16. The rumours, combined with a tweet from the Android blogger Paul O’Brien, made the date of release seem authentic. Moreover, there might be new phone hardware and a “new software initiative” which refers to the final release of Android L. Read More

LG G3 Vigor (S/Beat) To Arrive At AT&T On 26th September

G3 VigorLG’s mid-range G3-esque phone, the G3 Vigor (also known as the G3 S or Beat), will be available at AT&T this Friday. Off contract, you will be able to snag the device for a reasonable $335 or on a two year contract for $50. The AT&T ‘Next’ plans will set you back $13.96 every month should you choose the Next 18 plan, and $16.75 for the Next 12 plan. Read More

OnePlus One StyleSwap Covers Cancelled

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe OnePlus One is popular because of its high-end specs and extremely subsidized price tag, but another feature that had quite a few people excited was their upcoming StyleSwap covers. StyleSwap covers are basically replacements for the back cover on the OnePlus, and they were supposed to come in different materials, like bamboo, kevlar etc. Unfortunately, due to ‘production issues’, OnePlus has been forced to have a change of heart, as they announced that they have abolished this plan for now. Read More

Play Store 5.0 Screenshots Leaked — Material Design

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Left: current Play Store. Right: new Play Store 5.0

A few months back, the Google Play Store was updated with a splash of Material Design in the form of an updated App page. Now, however, we may soon be seeing Version 5 of the Play Store with a full Material Design overhaul, at least according to the leaked Screenshots by Android Police. The new version will completely change the current theme of the Play Store with many more colourful action bars, a new tab style, and much more: Read More

Google Releases $100 Android One Phones In India

andoneGoogle has officially started its Android One initiative in India, introducing three new devices running stock Android KitKat, all priced at around $100 (6000 Indian Rupees). The devices were released in partnership with three local brands, Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice Mobiles:

  1. Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498
  2. Micromax Canvas A1
  3. Karbonn Sparkle V

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Motorola’s Beastly ‘Quark’ Goes Through The FCC, Heading To Verizon

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A new Motorola phone has just passed through the FCC’s database, heading over to Verizon. Codenamed ‘Quark’, the device will boast beastly specifications: a Quad HD Display, 2.65GHz Snapdragon 805 Display, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, and will be running Android KitKat 4.4.4. Unlike the recently announced Moto G, this device will apparently support Verizon’s LTE bands, as well as international roaming. Its software version is also listed as ’5821.0.463.QUARK_VERIZON.EN.US’, leading us to believe that this device might in fact be heading over exclusively to Verizon in the US. Read More

Amazon Fire Phone Discounted To $0.99

firephoneAmazon’s take on an Android phone (well, sort of), the Fire Phone, previously priced at $650, has just been dropped all the way down to 99 cents, along with a contract of course. It will be available exclusively with AT&T if bought on contract and will set you back $18.75 a month for 2 years, totalling $450, still $200 cheaper than the device’s unlocked version. Considering you get a monthly AT&T package and a full year of Amazon Prime ($99) if bought before December 31st, it’s a great deal if this is a device you wanted to get. Read More