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A year ago today, Google unveiled and started to sell the Chromecast. The $35 dongle has been used to cast content over 400 million times since it was launched and has been widely praised for its ease-of-use. The Chromecast, of course, lets you cast content from any compatible apps and services, including Netflix, HBO Go, YouTube, and many more to your HDTV. Google touts the improvements as such. “We’ve added hundreds of your favorite apps, including WatchESPN, Pandora, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and PBS Kids; announced new features...

Bigger is better. That’s a nutshell description of the recent mobile market trend favoring size over palpable “innovation”, which some tried to enforce as a rule for future “evolution”. But it didn’t really catch on as an ultimate dictum. Instead, many nuanced it, envisioning a world of not just super-sized gadgets, but giants with a gentler, more sensible side. I’m talking of course about cost friendliness, and while the above mentioned motto isn’t a foolproof recipe for success yet, the following equation is truly infallible:...

Last month during Google I/O, Google announced that with Android L, a new Material Design language would be coming to Android. Some of it already has, in the form of a new Play Store update, version 4.9.13. Our latest update is rolling out right now! We're excited to share a sneak peek of what you’ll get in the coming days pic.twitter.com/k5BidxR4Vu — Google Play (@GooglePlay) July 23, 2014 Not everything has been updated with the new Material Design language however. The most notable areas that have not been updated are the...

Today Samsung has released a new ad for the Galaxy S5 and they are targeting iPhone users once again. For those of you who may be unaware, for the past few month it has been rumored that the new iPhone will come in a new screen size, either 4.7″ or 5.5″ (or both). If that happens that would remove a marketing reason for people to get another device, so Samsung has preemptively put out an ad. The ad clearly goes after users who are waiting on a bigger screened iPhone and showing them they have the option to not wait and buy...

If you’re an owner of the original Samsung Galaxy Great smart watch and live in the US, there’s some good news for you today. Samsung just announced that they have released the software update that allows you to upgrade from the original Android software to their new Tizen software. Samsung started the global rollout of this update in May and it’s nice to see the US models finally get it. Samsung says that with this new update, you get a bunch of new features, including a customizable interface, a new music player,...

The Moto X could now technically be considered a mid-tier device, but for last year’s flagship it’s still a great buy. And from today until July 23rd, Motorola is offering up to $125 off on an unlocked model, depending on the storage. If you use the coupon code MBXISMOT on Moto Maker, the 16 GB model will drop to $299, down $100 from $399. And if you buy a 32 or 64 GB model, you will save $125, with the prices being $324.99 and $374.99 respectively. This is a great price and it puts the Moto X’s price well below that...

Well, that sure didn’t take long. The bizarre Nokia X, technically built on an underlying layer of Android code but really made to resemble a Windows Phone on the software front without actually running WP, is merely four months old. Five, if we count the timing of its formal introduction rather than the commercial launch. Meanwhile, the slightly beefier but just as experimental X2, powered by a Nokia X platform 2.0 UI which might as well be called Windroid, is yet to be released. Both handhelds, plus the first-generation X+ and XL...

  According to Android Central, some users of the Moto X on Verizon are getting emails for a new soak test. Since Motorola recently said that their Android 4.4.4 upgrade is “well under way,” we can presume that this is most likely part of the soak test. If the soak test is successful, it’s presumable that Verizon and Motorola will push out the 4.4.4 update to all Moto X users. This comes after the release of a similar soak test of KitKat 4.4.4 for the Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini. If you’ve gotten an email...