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Sony SmartWatch 3 rumoured to not run Android Wear

Rumour has it that Sony’s planned SmartWatch 3 won’t run Android Wear, and will instead stick with Sony’s own proprietary platform. According to VR Zone, the watch will also support wireless charging (so no need to plug in) and though it will connect to your phone via bluetooth like most other smartwatches, it will also be able to connect to …

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James O'MalleySony SmartWatch 3 rumoured to not run Android Wear
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Android to support multiple user accounts on the same device

Good news for people who like to share devices: the next version of Android will apparently support multiple user accounts on the same device. This means that two people could conceivably share the same device and yet have apps that access their own contacts, emails, Facebook account and so on. The news came in an exchange between Android developers – …

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James O'MalleyAndroid to support multiple user accounts on the same device
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The Skep-Tech: Is Google’s removal of “Bomb Gaza” censorship or just the right thing to do?

Yesterday we reported on some horrendous games that had made their way on to to the Google Play store. “Bomb Gaza” and “Gaza Assault” amongst others were games themed around the on-going conflict on the Gaza Strip. Hey, at least Call of Duty had the decency to give it a few years, guys! As you might imagine, as word of …

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James O'MalleyThe Skep-Tech: Is Google’s removal of “Bomb Gaza” censorship or just the right thing to do?
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha spotted – is Samsung going through a metal phase?

Details on the much rumoured Samsung Galaxy Alpha have emerged thanks to a British retailer seemingly jumping the gun on publishing the sales page for the device. In a good spot by PhoneArena, if the details are accurate, it appears as though the Galaxy Alpha will have a 4.7″ AMOLED (720p) display, with a pixel density of 320ppi, an octa-core …

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James O'MalleySamsung Galaxy Alpha spotted – is Samsung going through a metal phase?
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Spectacularly poor-taste Gaza conflict games appear on the Android app store

As war and violence continues in Gaza, new technologies are not only facilitating more dangerous weapons, but also new kinds of responses to political circumstances. Now, it seems, some people choose to express their take on the conflict through gaming. A number of titles themed around the war have been spotted on the Android Google Play store over the last …

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James O'MalleySpectacularly poor-taste Gaza conflict games appear on the Android app store
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Google releases stock Android launcher to all Android handsets

If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy, HTC or an LG Android phone then you’re getting an Android experience, but perhaps not the exact one that Google intended. If, however, you’d like to get a taste of what Nexus users have, then now you can simply download the Google Now launcher from the Google Play Store. In addition to the different …

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James O'MalleyGoogle releases stock Android launcher to all Android handsets
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Almost 10% of Android apps are malware: report

Thinking of switching form iPhone to Android? You might want to think again. It seems that as many as nine per cent of Android apps – that’s almost one in every 10 – are fully or partially malware, according to new research. The figure comes from Cheetah Mobile’s security report for the first half of 2014. Cheetah collected 24.4 million sample files, …

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Stuart O'ConnorAlmost 10% of Android apps are malware: report
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Is the Nexus 8 imminent? Nexus 7 listed as “out of stock” on Google Play

So how’s this for a Friday afternoon rumour? Android Authority has spotted that Google’s own Nexus 7 tablet is currently listed as “out of stock” on the Google Play store. How can Google sell out? Wouldn’t it have huge stockpiles of the own-brand tablets ready to go? Wouldn’t it have seen this coming and thus have ordered thousands more be …

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James O'MalleyIs the Nexus 8 imminent? Nexus 7 listed as “out of stock” on Google Play
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Nokia job adverts point towards an Android future?

Job listings on LinkedIn point towards Nokia taking an interest in Android. Could the mobile industry be about to be shaken up again? Some excellent speculation here from UberGizmo – who have spotted some job adverts for Nokia. That is to say, actual Nokia – the bit of Nokia that wasn’t bought by Microsoft. Nokia is apparently looking for mobile …

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James O'MalleyNokia job adverts point towards an Android future?
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini coming to the UK on 7th August

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S5 Mini – a more diminutive version of its flagship handset – will be hitting the UK on August 7th. That’s a week today. We previously covered what you can expect from the device when it was announced earlier this month. Essentially though it shares a lot of DNA with its bigger brother, some …

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James O'MalleySamsung Galaxy S5 Mini coming to the UK on 7th August