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[APK Teardown] Google Play Services 4.4 Explodes With Android Wear Support, Firmware Installer, And Much More

There should be no doubt, Google is getting ready to make a lot of announcements at I/O. If we've learned anything from past experiences, Google starts packing its apps full of surprises in the weeks leading up to the big show. The latest update to Play Services started rolling out yesterday and it has grown by a whopping 4 MB, almost 30% larger than the previous version. There's obviously a lot of stuff to look at, so let's just jump right in.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Gains Official CyanogenMod Support, First Nightlies Now Ready For Download

Eight inches is a fine size for a tablet, but the options are still pretty slim. People in want of a stock Android experience in the form factor pretty much have to go with the LGGPGPE or hack together their own solution. Thankfully the latter is, depending on the device, as simple as gaining root and flashing a ROM. CyanogenMod has just rolled out its first nightlies for Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

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[Deal Alert] ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Only $200 On eBay

Finding a decent ten inch tablet that won't break the bank can be an interesting process. There are so many options on the market, it's easy to get overwhelmed. If, however, you're in the market for something from the ASUS Transformer line, there's a pretty solid deal on eBay happening right now: the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is just $200. Keep in mind that we're talking about the Tegra 3 model here, by the way - not last year's TF701, which features the Tegra 4 chip.

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Valve's Shooter Classic Half-Life 2 Is Coming To The NVIDIA SHIELD, According To This Informative Crowbar

This morning Android Police editor David Ruddock received a package in the mail. The only thing enclosed was a lime-green crowbar.

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It says it all, really.

PC gamers will recognize the logo for Valve's much-loved science fiction shooter Half-Life 2 emblazoned on the bar, which is the iconic starter weapon for the game. "What Would Gordon [Freeman] Do?" and NVIDIA's SHIELD logo, along with NVIDIA's signature green color, makes this a not-so-subtle indication that the game is coming to the Android-powered SHIELD at some point.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Original Galaxy Gear Available On eBay Daily Deals Today For $99

The original Galaxy Gear was a tough sell at $299. Heck, even at the $199 price you can find it for these days, it's still a tough sell. Let's be honest, even paying that much for any of the quarter-dozen Gears Samsung replaced the gadget with takes some convincing. But $99? That's a number I can get behind, and it's one I'm sure some of you can as well. Today eBay Daily Deals has the Galaxy Gear, refurbished, available in three colors for precisely that amount.

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Leaked Photos Of The Purported LG G3 Show That the Smartphone Gold Rush Is Far From Over

We've steered clear of many of the rumored photos of the upcoming LG flagship refresh, if only because they weren't very good or very clear. But the latest spy shots from GSM Arena look like the real deal: an "LG G3" that brings the company's top-of-the-line phone back in a bigger and more evolved form. Oh, and it's gold. Very, very gold.

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Compared to the international version of the G2, this phone looks a little bigger and less rounded, and the front façade has been given an overhaul with a case-colored insert beneath the glass screen.

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Sprint Announces HTC One Max OTA Software Update Enabling Wi-Fi Calling [Update: Sense 6, Too]

Update: Apparently the update should also bump HTC One Max owners up to Sense 6. This may turn out to be quite the OTA.

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Wi-Fi calling is great for people who still have plans that don't supply an unlimited number of minutes or during those times when cell reception in a particular location is less than stellar, as it lets customers place phone or send text messages over a Wi-Fi connection instead. Sprint started rolling out the feature to a hyper limited number of devices earlier this year, and now the carrier has announced an OTA upcoming enabling the feature for another somewhat peripheral device, the HTC One Max.

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T-Mobile And Sprint Release Oddly Coincidental "Android Security" Updates To One S And Nexus S - Heartbleed Related?

Both Sprint and T-Mobile announced OTA updates for two long-forgotten handsets today stuck on Android 4.1.1 - the Samsung Nexus S and the HTC One S, respectively (that is, the Sprint Nexus S and the T-Mobile One S).

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Both updates are described merely as containing security enhancements, but given that Android 4.1.1 is the only known OS version potentially vulnerable to the now-infamous heartbleed exploit, it's fairly easy to determine what this is all about (HTC's site actually confirms as much).

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[Deal Alert] Sprint And Verizon Galaxy S5 Going For $100 Off ($99.99) With New Accounts And Upgrades On Amazon

Sprint or Verizon customers in the market for a new Galaxy S5 might want to meander on over to Amazon right about now. Currently the site has the handset available for just $99.99 with a two-year contract, half of the usual upfront fee. This deal is applicable both for new customers and people looking to upgrade to another device.

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Verizon users who would prefer to avoid Amazon do have a few options.

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Huawei Announces Its Flagship Ascend P7, Still Looks Like An iPhone, Still Probably Never Coming To America

While Huawei's presence here in the United States has remained limited, the company's handset shipments in Asia and other parts of the world make it a serious mobile contender in the grand scheme. Today, Huawei announced its latest attempt to usurp its competitors at the high end of the market: the Ascend P7.

The P7 looks largely reminiscent of the P6, which is to say it looks largely reminiscent of an iPhone 4.

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