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Google Play Store Devices is dead, long live Google Store!

Along with the introduction of the new Chromebook Pixel, Google is also introducing a new way to get that ultrabook along with the rest of its hardware and physical products. Google is now creating a more formal divide between its digital and non-digital items, banishing the latter from its its Google Play Store website. Now, those interested in getting Nexus, Chromebooks, smartwatches, or even Nest will have to go through a new "Google Store" portal made especially for these things.

Verizon announces Nexus 6 coming to network by March 12 [Update]

Well, it looks like all those leaks and rumors were accurate, as Verizon Wireless announced that the Nexus 6 is indeed coming to their network, starting March 12. It is also the first device to have the updated Android 5.1 Lollipop, which gives it the ability to support Advanced Calling 1.0, or calls using Voice over LTE (VoLTE). This is pretty exciting news for those who want to get their hands on the Motorola-made newest Nexus device.

ASUS intros a slew of Zenfone 2 accessories

Not content with just the Zenfone 2, ASUS also rolled out various accessories for the new flagship phone. Most notable is this smartphone flash unit from Xenon ideal for the Zenfone 2. ASUS also showed off a powerbank called the ZenPower and a new View Flip Cover. All these accessories are made especially for the latest Zenfone.

ASUS Zenfone 2 prices announced in Taiwan

We already saw the beauty of the ASUS Zenfone 2 at the CES 2015 last January. We learned that the company was targeting a $200 price point in the US for the flagship phone equipped with a fast Intel Atom Z3580 2.3Ghz quad-core processor, 5.5-inch Full HD screen with 1080p resolution, 4GB RAM, LTE connectivity, and an impressive 3,000mAh battery.

Sources say Google are developing Android for VR

Considering all the attention being given to virtual reality (VR) these days, it’s not at all surprising that rumors are beginning to surface that the almighty Google will be targeting expansion of Android towards that market soon. Also in hindsight, maybe The Lawnmower Man (remember that movie) started a hype on VR that was 20 odd years too early. But we digress.

New HTC devices to have TouchPal as default keyboard

Starting with its brand new flagship, the HTC M9 series, all of the OEM's new devices will now have TouchPal as their default input engine. This means that they have technically replaced Swype, which has been their default keyboard for the past years, although no official communication has been made regarding this change. HTC did announce that the brand new M9 smartphone is now using TouchPal, but did not comment as to why they've made the change.

Samsung Galaxy S6 scored highest in processor benchmark

Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, use the South Korean giant's very own Exynos SoC with the latest 14 nm manufacturing process technology. You won't find any Snapdragon model now because Samsung decided to utilize its own Exynos division on its latest phones unveiled at MWC 2015 earlier this week.

Acer now to “ship” Swype virtual keyboard to selected devices

If you have an Acer smartphone, specifically some of the newer ones, and if you're tired or bored of using the built-in keyboard, your OEM has great news for you. They have just signed a partnership with app developer Nuance and this means that virtual keyboard Swype will be heading to your smartphone pretty soon. It will take you a bit of time to learn its continuous touch keyboard, but once you've gotten the hang of it, normal keyboads will soon lose its appeal for you.

Avast announces two apps that will clean up, speed up your phone

Anybody who’s anybody in the smartphone and mobile device industry is at the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, including famed antivirus and security software experts Avast who have themselves just announced two new mobile apps that will aim to “clean up” our phones. “Avast GrimeFighter” is a no-nonsense clean up app, while “Avast Battery Saver” says it all in the name.
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