Google’s core Android app updates climb to 16

This could only be coincidence, however it appears as if Google is doing some prep work for the upcoming announcement and launch of Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Specifically, some public facing prep work. Reddit user JLishere has noticed that Google has been updating apps. Actually, updating quite a few of the core apps.

Nexus 5 unboxing image surfaces

Still no official word from Google, however judging from the recent rash of retail inventory leaks, it looks like the prep work is being done for a soon to be launch. Rumor has it that Google will be announcing the Nexus 5 along with Android 4.4 Kit Kat on October 31 or November 1 and in the meantime, another handset image has surfaced. This one is slightly blurry and comes with little extra in terms of details, however it does appear to line up with earlier leaks.

Qualcomm Snapdragon BatteryGuru 2.0 app now offers more feedback

Battery life has been and still is the biggest source of headache among mobile device users and one of the most important concerns of manufacturers. But while we wait for that almost perfect battery, the best we can do is to wisely manage our resource usage in order to curb battery drain. Qualcomm's Snapdragon BatteryGuru app, now at version 2.0, seeks to help users do just that by not making them think about it at all.

Samsung Galaxy Round finds an ally in DisplayMate

If Samsung and LG are to be believed, the next smartphone battleground will be around flexible or curved displays in hand-sized proportions. But for now, it all sounds too much like a gimmick. That, however, may not be the case, at least based on some hands-on experiments done by DisplayMate Technologies, a company that specializes in display calibration, optimization, and consultancy.

Cisco DX650 melds Android with your office phone

There is no doubt that Android is almost everywhere, powering a wide variety of smart devices ranging from the usual suspects of smartphones and tablets to the more multimedia-centric boxes and TVs. Android has even appeared in some traditional landline situations, as an add-on tablet, a dedicated cordless home phone, or, in this case, a fixed display for an office phone. Make no mistake, though, as Cisco's DX650 phone is all about business and very little about entertainment.

Phonebloks’ Dave Hakkens talks about plans, partnership with Motorola

If you've been on the look out for tech news today, you're probably well aware of the big splash that Motorola made with its Project Ara reveal. But Motorola's modular smartphone project won't be yet another walled garden and has enlisted the community-centric input of Phonebloks. Now Phonebloks instigator Dave Hakkens is telling all about this curious collaboration with the Google-owned company and his own plans for the future.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet unveiled with hold, tilt and stand modes

Lenovo had been teasing some new products recently. The teasing included a mix of YouTube videos and the #betterway hashtag. Many will likely remember the videos as they were suggesting a tablet that, in general, was easier to use and sporting more features. Well, coming out of the livestream launch event with Ashton Kutcher, Lenovo has announced the Yoga Tablet which will be available in an 8-inch and 10-inch variant.
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