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Razer Forge TV console went up for pre-order, pulled back out

The Razer Forge TV – the same one we fell in love with at CES 2015 – actually went up for pre-order on Amazon yesterday, but was quickly pulled back out for reasons still unknown. If you’re thinking the Razer Forge TV is just one of those set-top boxes, then you’re in for a surprise. Razer is known for its gaming products – so with a TV box showing all the trimmings of Razer’s gaming culture – you should expect some kick-butt Android gaming at the very least.

Caltech researchers develop 3D scanning camera chip for mobile

Doing things in 3D (three dimensions) is still a “thing” these days, decades after it officially became a trend. These days, 3D printing and viewing 3D images and videos are still luxury devices and features in devices, and so technology adds one more. Scanning objects in 3D usually requires multiple cameras to record multiple planes and aspects to an object. This new Caltech invention may just have the potential to make life easier for us – a single 3D scanning camera chip.

SNK Playmore brings Fatal Fury Special to Android

SNK brings another one of its classic franchises into Android by porting Fatal Fury Special into an app via the Google Play Store. Most of SNK Playmore’s games – if you check their app line-up – will either be related to the King of Fighters or Metal Slug line of games. But at least we’re getting one not just for variation’s sake, but a total classic of a fighting game as well.

Kodi (XBMC) Alpha and Beta now available via Google Play

There are only a few media hub apps and software out there that you would even consider, because handling all your media and then pushing, playing, transcoding them to something you can watch or listen to on your big screen TV is major work. Kodi – formerly called XBMC – is one of the more solid apps out there, but right until now, you had to somehow sideload it to use it. Not anymore.

HTC to offer possible car integration with HTC Cello

We’re reading a Reddit thread whose author has shown what looks to be a legit HTC Release Note showing that the Taiwan-based tech company could possibly be working on a device coded at this point as the “HTC Cello”. The big thing about it is that the device could be a strong competitor to Google’s very own Android Auto, with the Cello purportedly having more features than Android Auto has.

Huawei P8 Lite gets TENAA certification

There were some rumblings early in the year about a “lite” version of the Huawei P8 – a “flagship killer” from one of China’s stronger competitors in the smartphone business. From what this new certification shows us, the Huawei P8 Lite should be unveiled at the upcoming London event of the Chinese manufacturer in April 15, if all things go well. As the name implies, we could see a smaller, toned down version of the flagship device.

Samsung Galaxy S6 a bigger loss for Qualcomm than expected

It was in January this year when Qualcomm divulged that a major manufacturer had backed out of using their new Snapdragon 810 processors/chipsets, something that would negatively impact their bottom line for the quarter, if not the year. They did not name the company, but Samsung had made an announcement that they would be using their own Exynos processors for this year’s flagship, the Galaxy S6. It’s not that difficult to put two and two together.

LG shows its UX 4.0 to the public ahead of G4 launch

It’s probably common knowledge over the internet these days that Korean manufacturer LG is planning to unveil its own flagship phone of the year – the LG G4 – following major flagship device launches by Samsung and HTC. But as a teaser to that, LG is showing us a new and revamped user interface with LG UX 4.0.

Breathe in, OxygenOS is finally here

It has finally launched – China-based device makers OnePlus has finally released the first build of their in-house version of Android called OxygenOS. You will remember that the manufacturer’s outstanding first flagship device – the OnePlus One smartphone – came out with Cyanogen’s version of Android. The falling out between the two parties forced OnePlus to consider making their own software, and here we are – OxygenOS is finally upon us.
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