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Motorola’s ‘Shamu’ the rumored Nexus 6 surfaces

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A couple of weeks ago we reported rumors were circulating that Motorola was building the next Nexus (6). Now we can add a little more speculation to the Nexus rumor mill for your enjoyment.

There has been wide speculation that a device ‘Codename Shamu’ is the Nexus 6 although this has not been confirmed by either Google or Motorola. However Shamu suddenly appeared on the GFX Benchmark Database fuelling suggesting that the Nexus is getting nearer and nearer.

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Galaxy Alpha: Samsung Puts Pedal to Metal

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Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) runs the device, which comes with 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory and a 1,860-mAh battery. It also has real-time high-dynamic-range imaging, as well as an ultra-power-saving mode, private mode, the S Health app, and connectivity with the latest Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables.

The Galaxy Alpha will be available in early September; depending on the market, color choices will include charcoal black, dazzling white, frosted gold, sleek silver and scuba blue. Pricing has not yet been disclosed.

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Hands on: LG G3 Android smartphone

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So what's the verdict? If you're chasing screen real estate and resolution above all else then the LG G3 is certainly going to catch your eye. A larger screen without much extra bulk is an impressive achievement, although there are few situations where you can put all those pixels to good use. The combination of the removable battery, microSD slot and wireless charging will also seal the deal for some Android fans. LG's G3 sits somewhere between the elegant HTC M8 and the brash Samsung Galaxy S5, perhaps offering the best of both worlds.

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64-bit mobile processors for Android L is coming

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Linux

Back in 2011, Nvidia announced to the world that they had acquired a license for the latest ARM instruction set, the ARM v8. But the most exciting part of the deal was that the new ARM instruction set is 64-bit. After making 32-bit mobile CPUs, Nvidia was set to take their Tegra K1 platform to the next level with a 64-bit mobile CPU. At the Hot Chips conference this year, Nvidia revealed their little project that they have been quietly working in for all these year. The Tegra K1 ARM v8 64-bit chip from Nvidia is ready for a release later next year. The new chip is codenamed Project Denver.

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In the Android Ecosystem, Fragmentation is Nothing New

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All the way back in 2011, before Android marched to the top of the mobile platform wars, developers were voicing concerns about the fragmentation of the platform. In a post back then, I noted this quote from a study that Appcelerator and IDC did: "The Appcelerator-IDC Q2 2011 Mobile Developer Survey Report, taken April 11-13, shows that interest in Android has recently plateaued as concerns around fragmentation and disappointing results from early tablet sales have caused developers to pull back from their previous steadily increasing enthusiasm for Google’s mobile operating system."

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Media player dev kits run Ubuntu, Android on Cortex-A9

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Ubuntu

Toshiba announced wireless-enabled development kits based on its dual-core Cortex-A9 “TZ5000 ApP Lite” SoC, supporting Ubuntu and Android 4.4, respectively.

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Android motorcycle helmet/HUD gains funding

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Skully has achieved Indiegogo funding for an Android 4.4 based motorcycle helmet with a head-up display, GPS navigation, and a 180-degree rearview camera.

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5 Best Android Apps for Taking Fabulous Selfies

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Selfies are the latest trend around. From Hollywood stars to political leaders, no one is immune to the selfie virus. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are flooded with people posing in front of their smartphone cameras trying to convey that taking a picture of yourself isn't such a bad thing after all.

This blend of self-love and technology has been labeled as a fad, a narcissistic obsession, and a stupid pursuit. People, in general, have a rather negative attitude about selfies. Many of them hate it. While those who love taking selfies, don't seem to mind the hate at all. Despite all the negative feedback, selfies have become so popular that the word "selfie" has entered the Oxford English Dictionary. Love it or hate it, you can't ignore it.

If you are an avid selfie snapper, we would be the last people to judge you. As die-hard Android users, we have picked out for you some great apps that will help you take your self-obsession to a whole new level

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Console OS Andoid fork gets funded, adds Minnowboard Max

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The “Console OS” project to make Android 4.4 dual-boot on x86-based hardware has surpassed its Kickstarter goal, and has added Minnowboard Max SBC support.

On the eve of the conclusion of its successful Kickstarter funding campaign, project founder Christopher Price announced that the Atom E3800-based Minnowboard Max single board computer had been added to the project’s list of supported devices. This marks a broadening of the ambitious Android-on-x86 dual-boot fork, which initially appeared to be focused on consumer tablets, PCs, laptops, netbooks, and 2-in-1 devices. With support for the Minnowboard Max SBC, the scope widens significantly to include a wide range of DIY projects and non-consumer applications.

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Detailed images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 leak

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Gadgets

Here's what the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may look like. While looking very similar to the front of the current Note 3 the back and sides look new.

The phone appears to retain the plastic back with leather-like texture but the sides look similar to the ones on the yet-unannounced Samsung Galaxy Alpha and appear metal.

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