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LG Announces The All Metal LG Watch Urbane

LG has just sent out a press release for its latest Android Wear device - the LG Watch Urbane.

The Watch Urbane, "first all-metal luxury Android Wear device," ostensibly drops both the "G" naming scheme and the bezel markings of the G Watch R, opting for understated metal casings. Otherwise the specs should look pretty familiar.

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400
  • Operating System: Android Wear™
  • Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320, 245ppi)
  • Size: 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB LPDDR2
  • Battery: 410mAh
  • Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass) / Barometer / PPG (Heart Rate Sensor)
  • Colors: Gold / Silver
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

LG hasn't provided any specific availability details (or pricing), but we should be finding out more at Mobile World Congress, which is quickly approaching.

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Google's Device Art Generator Adds Android Wear To Lineup

Google's official device art generator is a great tool for making screenshots look pretty. For all recent Nexus devices, including Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9 (plus a few older devices), the generator has high-quality device frames that will perfectly show off properly sized screenshots. Users can simply drag a screenshot in and then drag the framed shot back out, with shadow or glare effects if desired.

Now, it looks like Android Wear has joined the lineup on the device art generator. Rather than opting for specific device art (which in this case would include a watch body and a strap), Google has added very basic frames for "round" or "square" watches (no flat tire shapes allowed).

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More Evidence That Google Play Music All Access May Shift Branding To 'Google Play Music Unlimited'

As nice as Google Play Music All Access is for music lovers (and it's gotten considerably nicer since essentially being merged with YouTube Music Key), the branding is a bit of a mouthful. We've been sent a series of tips that indicate that Google may shift the name sometime in the future... but don't hold out for something particularly ingenious. According to our tipster, the new name might be "Google Play Music Unlimited," as indicated way back in July of last year.

At least some of the portions of Google's support text refer to "Google Play Music Unlimited," particularly the newer email messages sent to customers.

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Google Adds Some Valentine's Day Treats To Hangouts

 

If you're wishing someone a happy Valentine's day using Hangouts today rather than face-to-face, Google's got a special easter egg for you.

Back in December, Google added tons of special animations to Hangouts, triggered by words like "woohoo" or "yay!!" or "lmao," but it looks like there are some extra treats for Valentine's day. Typing "Happy Valentine's," or "Happy Valentine's day" will trigger a few heart-themed animations, featuring a love-struck emoji or a fox gifting flowers to its duck Valentine.

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This easter egg seems to be part of Google's effort to make Valentine's day special for users across its web properties, with other tricks including a heart-filled +1 action on Google+ (seen below) and Google's "special edition" reCAPTCHAs.

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Huawei Celebrates The Year Of The Goat By Offering A Free Bluetooth Speaker Or $30 Discount On A Mate 2, Also Includes A Free Month Of Net10 Service

If you're into huge phones and low costs, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 might be the phone for you. While it's not the most powerful device on the planet, this 6.1-inch beasty is packing some pretty reasonable hardware under its hood for just $299:

Specs

Display 6.1-inch 1280x720 LCD
CPU 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM 2GB
Cameras 13MP rear, 5MP front
Storage 16GB, microSD card slot
Battery 3,900 mAh
OS Android 4.3 (will be updated to Lollipop)
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Google Talk For Windows Will Die February 23, But Compatible Third-Party Clients Will Still Work

For Google Talk users, Product Manager Mayur Kamat has some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the chat service's desktop client for Windows will be deprecated on February 23, 2015 as the team continues to focus on making Hangouts better.

Of course that leaves the question of third-party clients like Pidgin, Trillian, etc. The good news is, as Kamat notes, that compatible apps will still continue to work.

If you’re not ready to make the switch to Hangouts quite yet, you can continue using Google Talk on Windows with a range of compatible third-party chat apps (http://goo.gl/FSbCX5). Please keep in mind these aren’t Google products, so exercise caution when signing in with your Google account.

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Midnight Blue 64GB Nexus 6 In Stock On Google Play And Motorola Right Now

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[Deal Alert] HTC Hot Deals Is Offering The One M8 For $499 ($150 Off), RE Camera For $149 ($50 Off), And Select M8 Cases For 50% Off, This Weekend Only

It's no mystery HTC is preparing to announce its latest flagship the One M9 in just a couple of weeks. Naturally, it's time to clear out some inventory space to make way for new products, and that means cutting prices. HTC Hot Deals is running a weekend-long sale on the RE Camera, the One M8, and a selection of custom cases.

We've seen some better deals (for $300, and $350) on the One M8 in the last month, but they've been limited to the AT&T model, and only available as refurbs. This sale offers brand new units for every major US carrier, the Developer Edition, Unlocked International Edition, and even the Harmon/Kardon Edition for Sprint.

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[Deal Alert] Discounted International Nexus 6 And Other Devices Currently At Expansys USA

A 32GB Nexus 6 will run you $649 in the Play Store, while the larger model will set you back $699. Right now Expansys USA is offering the international variants for $20-30 off. The smaller option is marked down to $619, while the latter is priced at $679. Both sizes are available in Cloud White or Midnight Blue.

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Let me repeat, these are international versions of the Nexus 6, version XT1100. The supported bands, as in which networks the phone will work on, differ between the two. Here's a detailed breakdown.

As you've probably noticed, the Nexus 6 isn't the only discounted device.

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Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910F (International Snapdragon Version) And Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Getting Lollipop In Some Markets

We've been seeing a handful of Samsung flagships get updated to Lollipop here in the United States, where the lion's share of phones are still sold with shackles firmly attached to the carriers. The standard international model of the Note 4 uses Samsung's own Exynos chipset, but there's also a variant with a Snapdragon 805, model number SM-N910F. Users in Germany can access the official Lollipop update on these phones today via Samsung's Kies program, according to SamMobile.

European markets tend to get updates in batches, so once the over-the-air update starts in earnest you can expect it to propagate quickly.

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