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Hotlap Heroes brings top-down local racing with up to 8 players to Android TV

It's not often that we see an Android game released just for Android TV, aside from the various exclusives that NVIDIA has acquired for its SHIELD set-top box. Hotlap Heroes eschews smartphones and tablets and insists that players experience its old-fashioned racing action on a full-sized television. The 3D racing game, a rookie effort on the Play Store from developer Team Pea, is $3.99 with no in-app purchases.

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Native HDMI output mode developed for USB Type-C

USB Type-C is fast becoming the standard for mobile devices, and it's more than just a reversible plug design. USB Type-C can do a lot more than microUSB could, and that now includes native HDMI output. The HDMI Founders organization has developed HDMI Alternate Mode for Type-C, which could enable easy video-out on future devices.

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Meet the new guy: Richard Gao

I won that Bingle Bear Android figure from AP almost a year before I started working here.

Hey, I'm Richard. I'm a senior at a high school in New Jersey. You may have noticed that I've started writing a few Android Police articles during the past three weeks or so. I'm nowhere near as talented as fellow newbie Corbin is with software development, but I do share his love for Android and his habit of overspending on tech.

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Cyanogen launching Cortana in India, starting with the OnePlus One

Cyanogen, Inc has been partnered with Microsoft for a while now, bringing various mods to devices running Cyanogen OS. The company is launching the Cortana mod in India today, starting out with the OnePlus One. Cortana first came to the Cyanogen operating system in January this year, followed by the 13.1 update, which enabled more widespread mod support.

To get this update, your OnePlus One must be running the latest version of the operating system - the aforementioned 13.1. This enables the voice-activated assistant feature which behaves much like Google Now; Cyanogen says Cortana is deeply integrated into the OS, with a 'Hey Cortana' command waking her up.

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Lenovo announces the Yoga Book, a convertible tablet with a touch keyboard and digitizer

Lenovo's Yoga Book is what the company is calling, "the first tablet for natural sketching and note-taking," and "the world's thinnest and lightest 2-in-1." What makes this tablet so special? Lenovo's "halo keyboard." Much to the chagrin of typists everywhere, this is a purely touch keyboard, which makes the "thinnest and lightest 2-in-1" claim true. But Lenovo claims over 18 months of development work has gone into testing and improving the halo keyboard, including features such as haptic feedback and accidental keypress detection.

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Facebook Messenger introduces Instant Video, an answer to Google Duo

In a Google Duo world, do you really want to fire up an old-fashioned video chat? Facebook figures your answer is 'prolly not,' so it's simplifying the experience inside of Messenger. This change is called Instant Video.

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Sony announces Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact at IFA

Sony has just announced their latest Xperia smartphones at IFA, the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. Although the X Compact leaked a week ago, as well as the name "Xperia XZ," the specs and features were anyone's guess. Now that Sony has gone public, I'm impressed by the pair of phones.

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Sony's Xperia Ear is coming to select markets starting in November

An ongoing issue with smartphones is that they pull people out of the world around them. Instead of interacting with others face-to-face or being aware of our surroundings, we increasingly spend our time tapping out tiny screens.

During Mobile World Congress, Sony announced a series of concept devices aimed at alleviating this issue. The idea is to keep us connected in a way that doesn't require staring down at a screen. Products include an earpierce, a clip-on camera, a projector, and a tiny robot. Only the first, the Xperia Ear, is coming out this year.

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Huawei's MediaPad M3 has a slim 8.4" body and stereo speakers co-engineered with Harman-Kardon

Beside the new nova and nova plus phones, Huawei introduced a follow-up to its MediaPad M2 today at IFA. The MediaPad M3 is a sleek new tablet from Huawei with a focus on a premium audio experience. Its stereo speakers have been designed and fine-tuned in collaboration with Harman Kardon, and the tablet ships with AKG H300 earphones that are specifically designed for it.

The 8.4" 2560x1600 display can filter out the harmful blue light in dark conditions and takes up most of the front of the device, at an 82% screen-to-body ratio. The rest of the tablet is encased in an aerospace-class aluminum body.

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Huawei unveils new metallic 5" nova and 5.5" nova plus with obvious Nexus 6P inspiration

Today at IFA Huawei introduced two new Android phones, one of which might look a little more than familiar. The nova and nova plus are now part of Huawei's high midrange smartphone lineup and you'll find that the first one carries one controversial design element from Huawei's lauded Nexus 6P.

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