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Google's 'Project Fi' Cellular Service Invitation Site Is Live

Ready for Google's vision of a modern cell phone service provider? So are we. Google Fi isn't quite prepared to open its doors, but right now it's accepting sign-ups for invitations at this site. The service isn't quite ready to launch, but according to the site and the video, lucky invitees will be allowed in sometime in the next week. Google will allow batches of customers in each week, but you should get a "yes" or "no" answer within 30 days.

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We know pretty much what to expect from Google Fi thanks to a couple of high-profile leaks. Check it out here, after you're done getting your invitation in - there are likely to be hundreds of thousands of applicants, so do it quickly.

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LG Announces The G Stylo, A 5.7" Low-End Phone With A Stylus And Not Much Else

LG G Stylo is not the name of South Korea's first robot hairdresser. Nope, it's a low-end LG phone designed around a big screen, a stylus, and not a whole lot else. The name, according to LG's press release, is a pun on both "stylus" and "stylish." Feel free to spend a minute or two letting that marketing decision sink in.

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Ostensibly a sequel to the G3 Stylus, the G Stylo is probably the phone that circulated as the G4 in those rumors a few months back. One look at the spec sheet is enough to kill that notion: it's a 5.7-inch phone with a 720p screen, a Snapdragon 410 processor, and 1.5GB of RAM.

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The SHIELD Tablet's Android 5.1 OTA Is Coming 'Soon,' SHIELD Portable Will Jump Straight From 4.4 To 5.1

Hey, how hilarious would it be if NVIDIA managed to update its SHIELD Tablet to Android 5.1 before Google updates the Tegra-powered Nexus 9? Wait, no, hilarious isn't the right word. ____ is the right word (which the Android Police style guide won't let me publish), according to N9 owners.

A recent post by an NVIDIA forum administrator indicates that the 5.1 update is coming to the SHIELD Tablet sooner rather than later. If the company gets the update out in its usual quick fashion, it might indeed beat Google to the punch.

Hey guys, As part of the SHIELD tablet experience post-OTA 2.0, we heard your feedback about performance and responsiveness issues related to the Android OS.

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[Deal Alert] ZeroLemon Releases Battery Case For The Galaxy S6, And It's Moderately Less Brick-Like This Time Around (Currently 50% Off On Amazon) [Update: $20 With Code]

ZeroLemon makes these pretty nifty portable battery packs that you can recharge (albeit very slowly) using the large solar panel on top. The company also produces some rather ridiculous-looking extended battery cases that, in addition to providing your device with a metric ton of power, turns it into a plastic brick. No, they don't make the thing stop working—they make your phone the size of a brick.

ZeroLemon's new Galaxy S6 case is still pretty thick, large, and throbbing with juice.

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[Deal Alert] eBay Has A New Off-Contract AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 For Just $350 With Free Shipping

Gather round, cash-strapped gadget fans, and listen to this not-so-secret wisdom: high-end phones are ridiculously overpowered. Unless you're constantly live-streaming your breakfast while running NASA-level computations in the background, there's really no need for a 2.5GHz processor, a 2K screen, and 3GB of RAM. But high-end specs are still nice to have... so the frugal phone buyer waits until the next year's model rolls around, then snatches up last year's flagship on the cheap.

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Case in point: eBay has the AT&T version of the Galaxy S5 on sale for $349.99. This is a phone that, just a few weeks ago, would have cost you $650-700 from any carrier without a contract.

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WSJ: Google Could Announce Wireless Service As Early As Wednesday

We've been hearing (and seeing) more and more about Google's possible wireless service lately, but WSJ published a report this evening indicating that the service's launch may be even sooner than we anticipated.

For those unaware, rumors have been swirling that Google might be ready to open up its own wireless service, an MVNO backed by Sprint and T-Mobile networks, codenamed "Nova."

Tonight's report from the Wall Street Journal suggests Google could be ready to announce the service as early as tomorrow, April 22. Additionally, the report corroborates previous whisperings that Nova would only charge customers for the amount of data they actually use every month, with totals being driven lower by the service's apparent emphasis on using WiFi for voice and data when possible.

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[Deal Alert] Get The LG G Watch For 50% Off From Target (In Store Only)

Target's Cartwheel app serves as a way for the company to offer discounts and get you into its stores. Today you can get the LG G Watch for 50% off. Since the retailer is selling the smartwatch for $160, that brings the price down to $80.

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This offer is only valid in stores, as Target isn't even selling the G Watch online. You must sign up to redeem the coupon and then scan the Cartwheel barcode at the register. The offer expires May 9th, but it's only valid while supplies last.

Since there's a good chance many of you have never heard of Target's Cartwheel app, I'll include a link below.

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AT&T HTC One M9 Gets Camera-Improving OTA Update, RUU Also Available

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Google Classroom To Get Collaboration, Assignment Drafting, And More

In its ongoing effort to make classrooms, well, more Googley, Google has a new batch of updates for its Classroom program today.

In a post to its for Education blog, Google has announced a handful of new features for Classroom, the most notable being collaboration. Now, educators can invite other educators to collaborate on a class, so other teachers can give students feedback, create assignments, make announcements, and participate in student discussions.

In fact, Google says, invited teachers can do almost everything the main teacher can do - "everything except delete the class."

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Additionally, Google announced the new ability to save announcements and assignments as drafts, which should streamline the workflow of planning classes.

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Android 5.1.1 Starts Rolling Out, Starting With Nexus Player Factory Image

We've seen signs of Android 5.1.1 for the last couple of weeks in both the Android SDK Manager and Developer Portal, and it looks like it's finally ready to go live. The Nexus Player is the first device to be graced by the update, bringing the build number up to LMY47V. So far, there haven't been any reports of OTAs hitting the set-top box, but Google has posted the factory image and binaries.

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This update should close up the last well-documented, major memory leak from Android 5.0 and 5.1, and hopefully take care of a few more bugs in the process.

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