iRBeacon makes controlling home devices easier and smarter

Multiple remote controls at an average house is pretty common nowadays, and so is the pain and frustration of using them and misplacing them. A new crowd-funding product called iRBeacon wants to put an end to your agony and bring a universal remote that is smarter and more adjustable as it uses infrared, Bluetooth and your smartphone to make it easier to control your electronics at home.

ASUS PadFone Infinity, Fonepad Note 6 get their Android 4.4 due

Better late than never, we always say, so we welcome with open arms the very late arrival of the promised Android 4.4 update for the ASUS PadFone Infinity A80, as well as its descent on ASUS' stylus-wielding Fonepad Note 6. But while the update of last year's devices to the latest Android version is definitely a good thing, ASUS' update methods might make some wonder if they're really worth the trouble.

Kindle app now has immersive mode,lockscreen audio playback

If you prefer the Amazon book ecosystem for your reading needs, the Kindle app is a pretty good reader to use for your Android devices. But you’ve probably wished at one point or another for bigger improvements to it, especially as compared to other reading apps like Google Books, Kobo, Aldiko, etc. The newest update to 4.6.0 now brings you some of the features you’ve always needed, particularly immersive mode and better controls on settings like brightness, orientation and audio playback.

LG G Pad 8.0 gets an LTE makeover

Trying to make headway in markets that tote LTE connectivity in every street and corner, LG is announcing a new LTE variant of the middle child of its new G Pad series. This G Pad 8.0 still carries the same goodness, or maybe lack thereof, of its vanilla counterpart, except now your Internet connection won't have to go away even if your WiFi does.

Google Update: G+ Chromecast support, minor tweaks

Ahead of Google’s normal update Wednesday, APKs of the updates to their first party apps have begun rolling in. Google+ has a pretty substantial update enabling Chromecast support while other Google products like YouTube, Chrome Beta and Google Search have gone through minor enhancements. They are not enough to warrant major announcements probably, but of course we still need to be aware of them.

Paranoid Android 4.5 Beta 2 gives Recents a bit more polish

You can really tell how dedicated (or alternatively, obsessed) developers are with a feature when releases are dedicated mainly to the improvement of a single, but arguably major, feature. Inching ever closer, hopefully, to a final release, the Paranoid Android team has released Beta number 2 of version 4.5 with, you guessed it, another round of changes to the redesigned Recents view.

Motorola Shamu benchmarks hint at a drool-worthy Nexus 6

We're back trying to figure out Google's next move when it comes to its Nexus device line. While the jury is still out on who will be bequeathed the privilege of making what people are calling the Nexus 6, one of the top contenders is Motorola, and this latest benchmarks of a certain "Shamu" device, believed to be the Nexus 6, is trying to tell us that the former Google-owned company might have something to show indeed.

Galaxy Grand 2 in Gold shown in Samsung India website

Who doesn’t like their smartphone in the classic gold colors? Samsung has typically released a golden version for most of its flagship devices, but this time around, a mid-range phone is getting the golden treatment. In Samsung India’s website, they have listed a gold edition of the Galaxy Grand 2, the phone released late last year and which had only 3 color variants previously available in white, black and pink.

HTC Zoe will be launched this week for non-HTC Android smartphones

As it continues to struggle in the smartphone market, not having the power to overcome leaders like Samsung and Apple, HTC tries to turn to another business channel as they launch their new business unit, HTC Creative Labs. The first product from this new venture will be launched later this week. It’s a short video app called Zoe and while it looks promising, it would be competing in an already crowded video app market.

Android distribution: KitKat now over 20%

As a monthly 7-day data collection on Android platform distribution statistic, Google has published the August number – with Android KitKat 4.4 passes 20 percent, now at 20.9 percent. The gain in Android KitKat version is not because of the older Froyo or Gingerbread, but from the reduction of Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich version.