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Sony Mobile CEO Totoki reiterates commitment to smartphone business

Some people have said that 2015 seems to be a low year for Sony Mobile, especially with the generic reviews the Sony Xperia Z4 has received – and this coming from a year of loss in 2014, despite the success of the Sony Xperia Z3. There were rumors that Sony was contemplating selling its mobile business, but Sony Mobile CEO Hitori Totoki has promised that Sony will “never ever” sell or move away from the smartphone arena.

‘This War Of Mine’ available now for Android pre-order, get free PC copy [UPDATED]

Most war games on Android will feature you either as a commander of an army who moves troops and vehicles around the battlefield, or a soldier right there in the thick of the battle. But the indie produced game “This War of Mine” hits you right in the grim reality feels – that in war there are civilians who are affected. This is the premise of the game produced by 11 Bit Studios initially for PC but is now available for pre-order on Android.

Classic devices get Android 5.1, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy S II

Two old warhorses are getting a taste of Lollipop these days – the Motorola Xoom, one of Motorola (and Verizon’s) first premium tablets, and the Samsung Galaxy S II, the smartphone that started global smartphone domination for Samsung. These devices are ancient by current standards and have no right to be running the latest and greatest Android version, but it is a testament to their robust hardware design and the commitment of aftermarket software developers that this is even possible.

LG G Pro 3 rumored specs leaked, possibly out by Q4

There were hints that Korean manufacturer LG was calling time on its LG G Pro phablet line – the product series targets those LG fans who want bigger screens on their mobile devices – because they didn’t put out a successor to the LG G Pro 2 last year. Industry pundits attribute that to the concentration the company put in launching the LG G4 flagship. Now rumors are starting to surface that LG might be putting out the LG G Pro 3 before the year ends.

Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter to arrive at the Play Store next month

We should be used to this by now, as this is obviously not the first time a game has been introduced via iOS first before hitting Android. In some cases, the delay even takes years – so the 1 month delay of Bethesda’s “Fallout Shelter” mobile game coming from the Apple ecosystem to Android should not discourage Fallout fans out there.

Sony’s Xperia Z5 rumored to launch September, Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM inside

The reviews for the Sony Xperia Z4 were pretty underwhelming, especially with that weird “Japan only” market release. We kinda understand it now, in the wake of the overheating troubles of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. We want to believe that the stories are not true, but all evidences seem to prove otherwise. That may be the starting point of this new rumor that Sony will put out all Xperia Z5 devices in September – that is, the Sony Xperia Z5, the Xperia Z5 compact, and the Xperia Z5 Ultra.

Dolphin Emulator for Android to take advantage of 64-bit ARM technology

If you haven’t heard of Dolphin Emulator or are not sure of what it is really, we actually wouldn’t be surprised. Dolphin Emulator is a niche crowd type of software – originally an open-source emulator for Nintendo Gamecube and Nintendo Wii games on a Windows platform. Now they’ve been trying to bring the emulator to Android – “try” being the operative word – but the project has floundered so far because of the basic lack of computing power available on Android devices. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.

New Universal ADB driver works for 522 devices

For people who regularly tweak their Android devices, the ADB driver (Android Debug Bridge) is an essential element of gaining control over what goes on with the connection between the device you’re tweaking and your computer. But too many times, it is just a pain in the backside looking for a certain device’s official ADB drivers, or at least, an ADB version that works with your specific device. The developers behind the Universal ADB Driver aim to lessen the frustration by giving you a driver that will work with most devices.

Changes coming to Clash of Clans, level 5 dragons, anyone?

Supercell’s latest update to its genre-breaking massively multiplayer online (MMO) real time strategy game (RTS) “Clash of Clans” is a little bit bigger than what regular players are used to, so it would be wise to expect a good number of changes within the game with this update. Coming to the game specifically will be Level 5 Dragons (yes!), a new Dark Elixir factory, a second Air Sweeper from Town Hall level 9 among other little changes within the game.

CyanogenMod to release Gello, a Chromium-based browser

If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that you will never run out of browser choices for Android – in the Google Play Store alone, you may possibly drown in all the choices you have for browser apps. Today we have an announcement that CyanogenMod – those guys behind your CM11 and CM12 custom ROMs – that they are working on “Gello”, a browser that is based on the open source Chromium code.
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