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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.

The Moto Maxx is real but only for Latin America for now

Dreams still do come true, it seems. At least some parts of it. Motorola has just announced the existence of the Moto Maxx and it is everything we have heard and hoped it be, meaning the delectable DROID Turbo but without the Verizon exclusivity. But also confirming earlier rumors, this one's headed primarily for Brazil, Mexico and the rest of Latin America, but we'll be keeping our fingers crossed that it won't stop there.

Android turns 7: Happy Birthday to the little green bot

Seven years. That's how long Android has been in existence. Or technically, the Open Handset Alliance that gave birth to Android. Although we didn't get the very first stable Android release, 1.0 Cupcake, until a year later, November 5, 2007 was the date when the ball started rolling. And that ball has been rolling up and up since then, with no stopping it from dominating the mobile space, from smartphones, to tablets, to watches, to TV, and soon, to cars as well, and probably any other device that can house a mini computer inside.

More Samsung Project Zero details tipped, specs included

Samsung, intentionally or not (and some might say covertly), may have just piqued the mobile world's curiousity when word of its "Project Zero" next gen smartphone leaked out. While we're still waiting to hear details on how this would be a "start from scratch" for the manufacturer, SamMobile has been able to get hold of more details about the upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship. In truth, the hardware sounds more like just a step forward, which is, of course, not exactly a bad thing, since any new direction for Samsung still requires one foot solidly set on the past as well.

Nexus 9 gets an iFixit teardown: handle with care

The Nexus 9 is now available for our hands to hold and, of course, that means that it's also available for a good old-fashioned iFixit-style teardown. While Google's Nexus devices are quite well known for their purity and openness, that apparently only applies to the software. On the hardware side, the Nexus 9 proved to be a rather tough customer, earning it one of the lowest repairability scores we've seen on an Android device.

Amazon Prime Photos offers unlimited storage space

Taking on Google as well as other cloud services, Amazon has used its data storage resources in order to offer its Prime subscribers yet another multimedia feature. This time, the focus is on the memories and moments that you capture with your smartphone or tablet camera. Prime members can now upload their photos, automatically or manually, to Amazon's cloud, without having to worry about space or security.

T-Mobile confirms Moto 360 coming on November 12

Motorola's first, and so far only, smartwatch seems to be in full swing. Just after AT&T announced the availability of the Moto 360 starting this week, along with a discount when bought with the new Moto X. T-Mobile is now also chiming in. Yes, the smartwatch will be available from the carrier's catalog, but it will take a few more days for it to land, with availability starting next week on the 12th.

Google to replenish Nexus 6 stocks every Wednesday

The Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player have both formally launched but the Nexus 6 is still curiously unavailable. It seems that Google indeed has inventory issues based on their latest update about the smartphone. The Android maker promises to move quickly to fill inventories to meet the presumably high demand for the device and has tipped users to check every Wednesday for that update. Those who want carrier subsidies however, will have to wait later in November to get theirs.

Android Distribution for November: business as usual

You might have noticed that Google didn't release any figures for Android's spread last October. Perhaps it was due to the busy-ness of getting Android 5.0 and the new Nexus devices out the door. Or perhaps there is some more nefarious reason. Whatever those were, this month's numbers are up and, unsurprisingly, KitKat continues to rise while others continue to fall. Surprisingly, Android 4.2 seems to be unwilling to give up its hold in the market just yet.
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