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Google Will Soon Take 'Mobile-Friendly' Search Rankings Boost Away From Sites That Prompt Users To Download An App Before Accessing Content

Remember Mobilegeddon? This was Google's search ranking change for searches done on smartphones that placed pages that are "mobile-friendly" higher. For people who don't run non-mobile-friendly websites, this was a relatively non-controversial change.

Of course, it is up to Google to decide what does and does not make a good website for the small screen. Today, they announced that a big prompt—also known as an interstitial—telling you to install an app makes a website not worthy of the "mobile-friendly" label and the benefits that come with it.

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Source: LG's Upcoming Android Wear Device Will Have Three Buttons, Revised Styling, May Be Announced End Of September

Two trusted sources have divulged information about an upcoming LG Android Wear smartwatch to us. Unfortunately, we don't have a name, and we don't have any images we can share. But we do have a very good idea what the watch will look like, and I'll do my best to describe it to you. We also know that the device may be announced as early as the end of this month (September). So, here's what we know.

First: the screen is still circular. It's not clear if it's the same size as the G Watch R and Watch Urbane, though. The most immediately recognizable change on this unnamed LG watch coming from the Watch Urbane is the addition of two more buttons on the body.

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Google Forms Alliance For Open Media Along With Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, And Others

Amidst news that Google has adopted a new logo (and everything that comes along with that), Sundar Pichai let slip that Google is joining the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and others to form the Alliance for Open Media (AOM). The organization's goal is to collaborate on open and royalty-free digital formats for "next-generation ultra high definition media." In other words, it will develop new image, audio, and video codecs and container formats that are totally free for non-commercial and commercial use.

The Alliance’s initial focus is to deliver a next-generation video format that is:

  • Interoperable and open;
  • Optimized for the web;
  • Scalable to any modern device at any bandwidth;
  • Designed with a low computational footprint and optimized for hardware;
  • Capable of consistent, highest-quality, real-time video delivery; and
  • Flexible for both commercial and non-commercial content, including user-generated content.
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[Deal Alert] T-Mobile Offers The 128GB Version Of The Galaxy S6 For The Price Of 64GB ($660), Plus $80 Off Any S6 Or S5 Model With Coupon

Do you want a killer discount on a Galaxy S6, and do you also happen to be in the market for a new T-Mobile phone? Then today is a good day to be you. The carrier is offering $80 off of any T-Mo version of the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S6 with the checkout coupon "DEAL80OFF" (that's eight, zero, capital O, capital F, capital F). If you use the coupon with a Galaxy S6 you get a free car charger too, but we didn't have enough room to fit that in the headline.

Is that still not enough for you?

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The New Moto X Pure Edition Will Be Available For Pre-Order In The US Tomorrow (September 2nd)

We've been waiting for Motorola to announce a timeline for the new Moto X after previously deleting multiple mentions of a September 3rd date. We still don't have a final release date, but you'll be able to give Motorola your money tomorrow, September 2nd. That's when pre-orders go live in the US.

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[Update: More Specs, Images] Upleaks Leaks The Fitness-Oriented Moto 360 Sport, Says Product Will Launch In November

Yesterday famed leaker @evleaks shared yet another confirmation of the 2nd generation Moto 360's design. Today, @upleaks is taking things to another level. Not only do we get another glimpse at the upcoming Android Wear device, we see a second model with a plastic band.

This more casual smartwatch is the Moto 360 Sport, according to @upleaks. It looks not too dissimilar to the Sony Smartwatch 3. Only this time you have a circular display, flat tire still included.

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New Smartphone Maker Nextbit Debuts Robin, A Cloud-Focused Handset With A $500k Kickstarter Funding Goal And Pretty Compelling Specs

Ready for a new smartphone from a new smartphone maker that you can only get from a new Kickstarter page? Nextbit hopes so. The company that's made from ex-Android and HTC employees has announced its debut smartphone, Robin.

Nextbit comes from the minds of former Android employees Tom Moss and Mike Chan, along with former HTC designer Scott Croyle, who led the team that brought us the HTC One M7 and M8. Robin's design, if nothing else, is unique. The phone is rectangular with sharp corners and pastel colors. Though with the inclusion of a black border around the screen along with speaker grills at the top and bottom, you can see some lingering aspects of HTC design.

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Samsung Officially Announces The Gear S2, With 1.2" Circular Display, Tizen OS, And.... Other Exciting Things, I Guess

The Samsung Gear S2 is now officially official, and while it may be small, there's no doubt the watch carries a lot of brand baggage out of the box. The original Samsung Gear was, and this is a fact, bad. The second one wasn't even really that much better. And the Gear Fit, while sort of cool to look at, was basically worthless. And then there was the Gear S but honestly who even bought one of those? (I'm about to find out, aren't I?)

The Gear name is pretty much associated with critical and consumer misses for Samsung in the wearables market at this point, so Gear S2 is perhaps a slightly less predictable name than you might first think.

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