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Project Ara demo includes removing modules, Angry Birds

Those following the development of the modular smartphone ever since its conception last year are probably quite excited with the progress that Google's Project Ara has made. While still at the initial Spiral 1 stage, with Spiral 2 set to be launched early next year, the smartphone is showing not only promise, but is actually working already to some extent. At Expand NY, Project Ara lead Paul Emerenko took to stage to show the public for the first time an actual working prototype.

OnePlus announces details for round 2 of pre-orders

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again until you get an angry mob at your gates. This could be what will happen with OnePlus when it launches its second pre-order session, though we certainly hope not. Its first attempt at addressing complaints about its rather exclusive invite-only system ended up in a disaster as the server could not handle the load. They have learned from that, they say, and they are now announcing the dates and times for the OnePlus One Pre-Order Round 2.

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available from Google Play Store

This year's Android Wear team is almost all but complete. Now almost all smartwatches are available on Google Play Store, with the exception of the ASUS ZenWatch, which is still to hit the market for the holidays. Today's latest inductee is the Sony SmartWatch 3, which can now be purchased directly from Google's online store with a price tag that just about reaches the high mark of the line. Except for the most expensive LG G Watch R, of course.

Android Community Weekly Digest

Yet another week has passed and, naturally, the sweetness of Android 5.0 Lollipop is still lingering on our tongues. But while the latest Android version is certainly the hot topic of the week, it is, by far, not the only on that has entered our radars. Welcome to Android Community's weekly review of the news, devices, and rumors from November 3 to November 8, 2014.

Get your wallets ready: AT&T’s November 7 madness sale

It isn't Black Friday yet but it might as well be, at least for AT&T's subscribers. The carrier announced this week a number of devices, both Android and Android-friendly ones, that will all land on November 7. So if you're in the market for a smartphone or a smartwatch, whether for yourself or for your kid, then better get your cash or credit cards ready, because this one will be a doozy.

Moto 360 cometh in gold and metal, updates abound

When smartwatches first came out, they were limited by technology and materials to square-ish or rectangular designs. Users, however, demanded that their smartwatches look more like watches and less like cramped smartphones. They wanted their smartwatches to look premium. And really, what could be more premium than a round-faced smartwatch with metal bands, or better yet, one that has metal bands in champagne gold color. Fortunately for smartwatch fans, that is exactly what Motorola is delivering with this latest batch of the Moto 360.

Nexus 6 expands to 12 more countries, still not available

Google has just very silently added a dozen more markets that will be receiving the new Nexus 6. That is, at least when the smartphone actually becomes really available. While it is definitely good news to see that Google is expanding initial availability to more than just a single country, the continued absence of the device only serves to increase anxiety, and perhaps even a bit of resentment, which could very well color the public's opinion of Google's first ever phablet.

LG G Watch R now available from Google Play Store

LG's debut for its first and much hyped round smartwatch has finally come. At least as far as Google Play Store is concerned. The G Watch R has joined its brethren in Google's Android Wear gallery and is now available for purchase. It does come with a slightly higher price tag than the first batch of smartwatches, but the real question is whether the new stylish style justifies that price bump. Of course, the G Watch R definitely is more than just a pretty face.

Pushbullet now lets you send messages from your computer

Pushbullet is all growed up (Rugrats reference). You can tell by the fact that it has somewhat outgrown the original simple goal it had when it started. Yes, of course, you still push things, but the definition of "things" has expanded considerably, encompassing not just files and links but also notifications and SMS. The latest update takes that last one even further. Now Pushbullet can let you send SMS right from the comforts of your computer. Via its browser extension, of course.
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