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Google I/O Schedule Appears To Acknowledge 'Nearby' Effort In 'Proximity-Based Communication' Session

Last year, we shared some fascinating information surrounding a rumored effort called "Nearby." According to our information at the time, Nearby would enable Android devices to communicate with people, places, and devices that were, well, nearby.

At the time, we had evidence that the feature would come with a future version of Play Services, with a friendly overview for users explaining that the service could use device sensors to communicate with nearby things.

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NVIDIA Pretty Much Officially Gives Up On Phones: Unit Behind 3G/4G Modems To Be Dismantled, Possibly Sold

After years of unsuccessfully pushing its almost-here software-defined Icera LTE modem, NVIDIA officially announced yesterday that the Icera unit, which it acquired in 2011, would be shutting down. The fate of the 500 employees working on Icera projects at NVIDIA was not announced, but may be in NVIDIA's quarterly earnings call tomorrow.

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Oppo Find 5, N1, And R819 Officially Won't Get Android Lollipop Updates

Towards the end of 2014, Oppo released an update for the Find 5 that bumped the Jelly Bean-running device up to KitKat. It wasn't a quality piece of work, but it was something. Now we know that for the Find 5, along with the N1 and the R819, things won't get any better.

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[Update: 2nd Gen Moto E, Too] Motorola Is Preparing To Release Android 5.1 For Both The 1st And 2nd Gen Moto X In The U.S

The Moto X line is a great destination for Nexus lovers who tire of feeling like beta testers for Google, but the transition does come at the expense of timely updates (not that all Nexus devices are speedy).

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Xiaomi Officially Debuts The Mi Note Pro With 5.7" QHD Display, 13MP Camera, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, Dual SIM With LTE Cat 9... And Snapdragon 810

Back in January Xiaomi announced the Mi Note, a rather fetching midrange smartphone, and let loose some details regarding its more powerful sibling: the Mi Note Pro. Today, we got more information and an official release date for the Pro.

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The Mi Note Pro is pushing the envelop of high-end smartphones with all-singing all-dancing all-heating specs.

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Sony Announces The Xperia C4 With 13MP Rear Camera, 5MP Wide-Angle Lens Front Shooter With Flash For PROselfies, 5.5" HD Display, 64-Bit Octacore Processor, And A Dual-SIM Option


When I was in Istanbul last week, I saw street vendors waving selfie sticks (aka the wand of Narcissus) and offering for a few liras to hold your phone so you can take a selfie from a better angle. If something hits the hawker market, it's safe to say that it's pervasive and in-demand.

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[Warning - Troll Under Bridge Ahead] Google Has A Brilliant And Daring Plan To Unload Overstocked Nexus 9s

The Nexus 9 is not the most beloved Nexus device ever made. Its build quality is a bit questionable (people don't call it the Flexus 9 without good reason), the price is a little on the high side, its performance leaves something to be desired, and it hasn't had the best track record with updates.

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Dell Still Hasn't Updated The Venue 8 7840 To Lollipop, But It Might Happen Soon... Maybe (If You're Lucky)

The Dell Venue 8 7840 was released in early 2015, and it was a pretty good tablet. It's certainly the best Android slate Dell has ever made. It was slightly annoying to have the device launch with KitKat back then, but it still doesn't have Lollipop all these months later. That hasn't stopped Dell from updating its product page to claim the Venue 8 does in fact run Lollipop.

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AOSP Changelog Posted For The Nexus 9 Update From 5.0.1_r1 (LRX22C) To 5.0.2_r3 (LRX22L)

I'm sure everybody can agree, it makes almost no sense that the Nexus 9 is only now receiving a tiny maintenance update to 5.0.2 a couple of months after 5.1 came out. Nevertheless, that's how events are playing out, so we should at least know what's so special about this update.

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Google Posts Nexus 9 Factory Images For The 5.0.2 Update You Probably Don't Care About Because Where The Heck Is 5.1.1?

Google has updated the Nexus developer page with links to factory images for the latest Nexus 9 Lollipop build. Don't get too excited, though. This is the 5.0.2 build that started going out as an OTA earlier today. Google, you monster.

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