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Standalone Google Messenger App Now On The Play Store, Hangouts Hopes Google Still Asks It To The SMS Winter Ball

A new Google app that allows you to text your friends? Wait, is this replacing Hangouts? Wait, why? Yes, no, and because, to answer those queries, respectively. Google Messenger is now out on the Play Store, having been officially confirmed to exist by Google last month.

This new app is the stock SMS/MMS handler in Android 5.0, but also can be downloaded to other devices with SMS/MMS capabilities, provided they run Android 4.1 or higher.

So, what's special about Messenger? Honestly, as texting apps go, not a lot. You can share pictures and videos from the chat dialog, search your contacts and conversations, block SMSs if you need to, send audio messages, color messaging threads, and send emoji, of course.

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Samsung Counter-Sues NVIDIA, NVIDIA Says 'Nuh-Uh,' Both Companies Refuse To Go To Time Out

Can't two grown international mega-corporations just get along? Apparently not. Two months after NVIDIA filed suit against Samsung in Delaware, Samsung is suing NVIDIA right back. The South Korean manufacturer alleges that NVIDIA violated some of its technical patents, including data use and semiconductor buffering. Samsung then upped the ante by accusing NVIDIA of false advertising, saying that NVIDIA's claims that the SHIELD Tablet has the world's fastest mobile processor are demonstrably false.

Samsung named Velocity Micro, a boutique PC manufacturer based in Virginia, in the same patent suit. Velocity Micro is actually accused of violating eight Samsung patents to NVIDIA's six.

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Google Keyboard 4.0 Is Rolling Out With Material Themes And The Return Of Configurable Long-Press Delay [APK Download]

It's update Wednesday, and you know what that means. Well, yeah... updates. I guess it's sort of in the name. But at any rate, lately that specifically means material themes are coming to all your favorite Google apps. Today the new version of Google Keyboard is available to all in the Play Store. Or rather, it will be soon. You don't have to wait for it to reach your account, though. We've got the APK below.

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[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Android 5.0 Supports Over 200 Additional Emoji Flags (Compared To 10 On Other Platforms)

On Android 5.0, this situation changes drastically.

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Motorola's Keylink Bluetooth Accessory Pops Up At A T-Mobile Retailer For $24.99

Last week's update to the Motorola Connect support app showed off the "Keylink," an accessory we hadn't seen before. Based on the shots of the app, it looked like a simple Bluetooth gadget that lived on your keyring and made it easy to find your keys from your phone, or vice versa. Now it looks like Motorola has officially launched the Keylink: one of our readers spotted at least one T-Mobile retail store selling it for $24.99.

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The Keylink is similar to the Power Pack Micro, a Motorola gadget that also includes a Bluetooth radio and speaker for easy location, but adds in a small rechargeable external battery.

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Android Wear 5.0 Lollipop Will Bring Watch Face Improvements, Battery Tracking, And More

It's really only been a few months since Android Wear officially launched, but already it feels like we've been waiting ages for certain features. The wait, it appears, is almost over. In the second part of Phandroid's Android Wear leak, we get a look at what's coming in the Android 5.0 build for Wear, and it's basically addressing everything we've been complaining about.

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AT&T Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Go Live Online And In Stores, Devices To Ship November 18th

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[Leak] Download Lollipop LRX21P Factory Image for 2012 Nexus 7 WiFi

Sometimes late nights lead to interesting tips finding their way into our inbox. Tonight was just such a night. If you've been waiting to get a taste of Lollipop on your Nexus 7 2012, you're in luck. We just happen to have signed factory images for Google's original 7" tablet. The build is LRX21P, which lines up with builds we've seen on the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player (LRX21L and LRX21M respectively). Our source tells us that these images are most likely final, but as with any leak, that can't be said with certainty until we get something official. That said, the fact that these images are living on a Google server adds a lot of strength to the case for these being the ones that will be released.

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Nexus 9 vs. iPad Air 2: A [Mostly] Subjective Comparison

DISCLAIMER: I bought an iPad Air 2, and I bought said iPad Air 2 after owning the first iPad Air since launch day last year. I sold my iPad Air so I could do this. I really like my iPad Air 2, it's pretty great. I also really like Android. The following article contains my opinions, anecdotal evidence, subjective analysis thereof, and did I mention opinions? There are opinions. Also, this article is very long, so many sections just have side-by-sides of random Android vs iOS app comparisons presented without comment.

I've owned an iPad Air since the original model came out last year (my first iPad), and when the Air 2 came out late last month, I dove right in and bought another.

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HTC BlinkFeed Updated With Recommendations, Easier Subscribing, And More

Those of you with phones not made by HTC can feel free to continue on to the next post. I'm sorry to have wasted your time... I assume if you are still reading at this point, you own an HTC device. Good, those other phones suck, right? Let's say nasty things about people who own those phones behind their backs. Before that, there's an update to BlinkFeed in the Play Store.

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