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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.

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.
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