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MIUI 7 announced, lots of new features but still Kitkat, sort of

China-based device manufacturers Xiaomi has one of the fastest growing user base in the world to date, and with its robust phones and phablets (at very affordable price points), it is keen to also share its version of the Android platform to its users. MIUI 7 – the newest version of Xiaomi’s preferred UI for its phones – has just been announced by the outfit in an event in India, and will drop to users by August 24.

Lenovo Yoga 3 tablet image leaked, rotating camera leaked

It looks like Lenovo is set to continue to give us their funky tablets from the Yoga line. We got our hands on the Lenovo Yoga 2 and Yoga 2 Pro a year ago in December, and they were solid devices, if you can go beyond the clunky version of Android Kitkat. But we really loved the kickstand and the pico projector. The question is, will those features make it to the third iteration of the tablets? Wonder no more, some of those questions are answered in this batch of leaked images.

Humble Bundle 13 is a PC and Android Bundle for you [UPDATED]

Humble Bundle is out now with its thirteenth bundle, and it’s a good one for Android and PC gamers (ok, and Linux as well). It’s a bundle of games that you can either get for Android, or for PC, or for both. And some more good news, it looks like the “pay what you want” scheme is now back.

The OnHub router is Google’s entry to your home

The Google OnHub router was unveiled recently as a sign that the mothership is full-on committed to getting into your digital home. Don’t be fooled by the classy, cylindrical design – although we wouldn’t blame you one bit if you did, it does look really nice – the router is powerful enough not just to bring you your internet connectivity, but also to be the central hub of Google’s plan to automate and digitize your home.

Hands on: Intel Tango phablet with RealSense

We’ve known for a while that Google’s “Project Tango” will come with a smartphone device as it had with a tablet – and both with the 3D mapping slant that was the original purpose for the project to begin with. While the tablet version of Tango has moved forward quite a bit, the smaller device has been in development for a while now, and we’ve finally seen what Intel has come up with at IDF 2015 as the company brought along several prototypes.

Warhammer 40k: Freeblade will let you destroy everything with mechs

Developers are discovering what a “game ready” world the Warhammer 40,000 playset is, and they’re churning out games with the Warhammer 40k badge on it. This upcoming game – called “Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade” – will put you in a mech, first time it’s ever been done on a Warhammer 40k game. We have the trailer here, but we already know you’ll be hooked when we said you get to control a mech.

Android Wear for Samsung Gear S project now started at XDA

If you’re an owner of one of Samsung’s first curved display devices, a wearable called Samsung Gear S, you might have wondered how it would be to have Android Wear installed on the smartwatch. You see, if you didn’t realize it, the Samsung Gear S smartwatch runs on the proprietary Tizen platform. We won’t try to say anything bad about that, but we can all agree that Android Wear is relatively more universal and as such will have more apps you can use.

Flagship ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 finally sighted, 2K display and USB Type C

We’d probably just have to get used to the way ASUS does things. They release a brand line and then pepper it with multiple options from entry level to high end. That’s what they did when they announced a refresh of their ZenPad tablet line. But now we’re probably seeing the top of the line, as it were, as the Taiwan-based manufacturer is even calling this new variant of the ZenPad S 8.0 its “flagship” tablet – the Z580CA model.

Project Ara pushed to 2016, looking for new test locations in US

We haven’t heard from Project Ara in a while, so it’s nice that we have news again. If you don’t remember what Project Ara is, it’s Google’s attempt at making a smartphone with modular replaceable parts, taken from the Phonebloks campaign. There have been some good breakthroughs in the project, but what we’re hearing now is that there will be a major delay to launching a working prototype.
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