GFXBench shows ‘Sony E5663’ device specs, possible Xperia Z4 Compact

GFXBench is one of the best sources for specs of upcoming devices. You’re never really quite sure of which device it is – the manufacturer’s coded names makes sure of that – but you can take an educated guess. And because of the way the benchmark works, we’re given a pretty good picture of what the device is capable of – like this new device from Sony which just might be the Xperia Z4 Compact.

OneDrive now allows you to cast content through Chromecast

The past few months has seen Microsoft create and update a lot of its apps for other platforms, adding a lot of features and capabilities that would make people use it even more than their own, native apps. The latest update they're giving us concerns their cloud storage app OneDrive. It now comes with Chromecast support, meaning users can cast their videos and images onto a larger screen, so you can view and show them off to other people.

On land or sea, Mighty Floating BT Speaker is there for you [DEALS]

We've seen a few wireless Bluetooth speakers that advertise being able to survive a bit of a splash or a slight downpour. But can they float? Now that might be a rather silly question but you never know when and where the party will take you. Luckily, the Mighty Floating Bluetooth Speaker was designed just for that. Water, rain, dust or sand, it can survive them all. And, of course, it can also serve up clear audio for your tunes, making it the ultimate pool party partner.

Hugo Barra: Xiaomi handsets will not be in the US anytime soon

China-based device manufacturers Xiaomi may still have aspirations of one day releasing a device for the US market, but that time is not anytime soon, according to Xiaomi Vice President and former Android product spokesperson Hugo Barra. While most of us are waiting for a specific timeframe on Xiaomi’s plans to go stateside, we might have to wait a bit more.

Google app update adds more voice commands, ‘Ok, Google’ Offline

Google has not officially released the Google App v4.8 but a new APK was sighted. The app was updated last Friday but it seems the official version has not yet been posted on Google Play. A recent APK Teardown gives us an idea of the new features and and some updates including new icons, reminders shortcut, local maps, Google Cast, voice commands for brightness and volume, insecure network warning, and “OK, Google” offline.

BBM adds private messages to its new subscription service

Blackberry's BBM service has continued to be its "prime product" as they constantly update it with new features that would appeal to those who rely on messaging services to communicate with colleagues and loved ones. What differentiates them though is that they have subscription services for those who would like a little more than what the free messaging services offer. The latest one includes a new Private Chat feature that will "protect" you and your chatmate since there are no names involved.

ZTE releases budget smartphones on Cricket, AT&T

Chinese tech brand ZTE may not be as popular in the Western hemisphere, but it has definitely made its mark in its local market and in other emerging regions where budget devices are the "in" thing. Now they're set on making a name in the US market by releasing two of their newest smartphones on two separate networks: the ZTE Sonata 2 on Cricket, and the ZTE Maven on AT&T.

Google ending support for Android Developer Tools in Eclipse

It does look like Google is moving ever forward with Android, this time pointing app developers to its new Android Studio – released last year and has garnered the praise of a lot of developers who got on board. It was only a matter of time before older app development tools would have to be killed off, and that’s what’s happening to Android Developer Tools in Eclipse.

Google Play’s Free App of the Week: Dr. Panda & Toto’s Treehouse

A couple of weeks ago, Google started offering Free App of the Week. The point of this promo is to get more people to download apps directly from the Google Play Store instead of going to Amazon Appstore or the Samsung Galaxy Store. Unfortunately, it's not easy to locate the free app offer on the Play Store so we'll just share it with you. For the first week, it was 'Daniel Tiger Grr-ific Feelings' offered for free when it's original price is $2.99. Last week, it was the Toca Hair Salon 2. For this week, it's Dr. Panda & Toto's Treehouse.
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