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Microsoft launches three new Android apps
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 23, 2014

It is well documented that Microsoft makes a lot of money from Android, arguably more than it does from its own Windows Phone platform. The company achieves that mostly through patent licensing (around $1 billion per year), but Redmond is also looking to make its presence felt on the rival platform with its services.

Samsung shows off Developer Edition Galaxy Note 4
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 23, 2014

Those familiar with Samsung and Verizon will know that the Korean company tends to release developer editions of its smartphones with the US carrier. History is repeating itself as Samsung has leaked the Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition, which will probably come to Big Red, although if you want one you will have to be willing to spend big.

Samsung launches Nook powered Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014

Samsung's new(ish) relationship with Barnes & Noble has already resulted in one new product, the Nook powered Galaxy Tab 4. The union has now doubled its product range with the announcement of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, a larger Nook/Galaxy slate that is as much full blown tablet as it is e-reader.

Samsung teases lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014

While many companies have emerged to confirm their Android 5.0 Lollipop plans, the Korean giants have been quiet. Samsung has today offered its first tease to at least one of its smartphones getting the latest and greatest version of Google?s mobile platform.

Google confirms Android 5.0 for November 3
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014

Google has today confirmed that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be released on November 3rd, tallying up with previous reported dates for the roll out. A note sent out to developers confirmed the news and prompted them to start developing for the Android 5.0 SDK from the stated date. Devs can now publish apps to the Google Play Store ready for the launch of Android 5.0.

Nexus 6 could be late coming to the UK
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014

Google launched its new smartphone last week, the Motorola built Nexus 6 and confirmed that it would be up for pre-orders in the United States this week. However, there is still no official launch date for the handset and the due date for the Nexus 6 in other major markets is even sketchier. It does seem as though delays are imminent.

Samsung launches the Galaxy S5 Plus
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014

Nobody does market saturation quite like Samsung. Just in case you needed a new flavour of the company's Galaxy S5 smartphone the Korean giant has issued the Galaxy S5 Plus in Europe. The device showed up on a Dutch Samsung page and joins the normal Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 LTE-A, but do we really need this device?

Extensive Moto 360 update imminent
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014

While the wider Android Wear 4.4W2 update is rolling out with offline music, GPS, and other tweaks, Motorola has decided to give its Moto360 smartwatch even more attention. The company has thrown the proverbial kitchen sink at this latest patch and has included various enhancements including UI changes, improvement to battery life (yay), and more.

Android Wear 4.4W2 update brings GPS and offline music
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014

Android Wear has been with us for a few months now, but there are still a number of key features that consumers want to see. Luckily, Google is answering the call and has today issued Android Wear 4.4W2, bring with it the seed of GPS functionality and offline music playback. GPS particularly is something consumers have been waiting for and has often been thought of as a key feature if smartwatches are ever going to be considered as standalone products.

Verizon updates HTC One M8 with EYE Experience
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014

T-Mobile got there first when it announced its EYE Experience update for the HTC One M8, but now Verizon is following suit today. Big Red has confirmed that its own update for the One M8 is landing today bringing the new EYE Experience software to its variant of the smartphone flagship.