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Google thinking about better privacy for Android

With growing pressure from Apple and their iOS devices, Google wants to make sure that Android device users will not ditch the platform because of security and privacy issues. Android recently simplified the way users are informed about what an app accesses. Not surprisingly, Google is thinking about going back to a more detailed way of presenting what user data is accessed.

Amazon’s Fire Phone gets an update, KitKat features included

It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Amazon’s Fire Phone – the online company’s cheaper and proprietary take on an Android phone. We know that the Fire Phone launched with a Fire OS version that was based on Android 4.2. Now we’re getting a belated update to Fire OS 4.6.1, and with it comes a slew of KitKat features, giving us the implied picture that this is indeed the Android Kitkat update for the Fire Phone.

Difference between Sony, Samsung camera sensors in Galaxy S6 shown

There was a rumor going around that Samsung was not using Sony’s IMX240 camera sensor/module exclusively on its new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6. That rumor has been proven true – whether it was caused by a shortage of Sony’s sensors we don’t really know – but some enterprising reporters have checked and found out that their Galaxy S6 has Samsung’s own ISOCELL camera sensor. Now the big question is – is there a difference?

Nexus 9 WiFi, LTE get Android 5.0.2 updates, factory images up

After a long wait, updates are finally moving with the Nexus 9 tablet – that is, Google’s current flagship tablet. Most of the top end Nexus products are already on Android 5.1.1, so it’s good news for Nexus 9 users to see the Android 5.0.2 update – even if this is a pretty small one – start rolling in.

Zynga plots reinvention, launches Empires and Allies strategy game

We’ll understand if you say it has been a while since you’ve heard of Zynga. They were once big when Facebook games were the “in thing”, but a rapid decline also saw Zynga take the full brunt of Facebook being an unstable platform for casual gaming. So here we are, with Zynga pressured to catch up with the mobile gaming industry – their first substantial offering is a mobile strategy game in “Empires and Allies”.

LG Watch Urbane gets iFixit teardown, relatively easy repair

The iFixit team has put LG’s top-of-the-line Android Wear smartwatch – the LG Watch Urbane – squarely in its sights for a teardown treatment. Smartwatches are generally more prone to issues and breaks than smartphones, given the watches’ proximity to bodily movement. The teardown would most likely show if the LG Watch Urbane would at least be easy to repair, if needed.

Root access gained for T-Mobile Xperia Z3, Verizon Xperia Z3v

We’ve talked about Sony’s locked bootloaders recently, and we feel the consumers who can totally relate with that are Sony Xperia device users in the United States. It doesn’t matter what carrier you get it from, it will most likely have a locked bootloader, because life just sucks like that. We kid, of course – it’s just more difficult for US Xperia users, that is a fact. But there just might be good news at the jump.
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