Android

LG confirms Android Lollipop coming to G3 and G2 as well

LG G3 and G2 owners can all now breathe a sigh of relief (if they were ever worried) as it has been confirmed that Android 5.0 or Lollipop as it will be more popularly known will be coming to said devices. The South Korean OEM is one of the last ones to announce that their flagship device was getting an upgrade, as anticipation for the rollout of the latest major update from Google is imminent. Samsung, HTC, Sony, ASUS and of course Nexus devices have all previously announced that they will be getting "Lollipop-ized".

Fitbit intros three new models, now with GPS and heart-rate sensor

It seems the smartwatch-wearable era is booming. A lot of wearables from different manufacturers are being introduced left and right. The Pebble may be one of those who started in this business but it’s gaining a lot of rivals. It didn’t help that Samsung unveiled a series of Gear wearables too and other companies were quick to follow. The result? The Kickstarter-funded Pebble was overshadowed. It’s still thriving but Pebble developers must think of new ways to market and sell the smartwatch.

Nextbit Baton syncs all apps, data, available on CyanogenMod

When you have multiple mobile devices, languishing batteries aren't your only concern. Keeping your apps and their data in sync across all those devices is always a pain in one's extremities. Some apps can manage that for you, but not all of them. Google has app backups and syncing, but not all Android apps partake of that either. Fortunately, a solution might just be around the corner in the form of Nextbit's Baton. And it will be available in beta as a Cyanogen exclusive.

Amazon steps up the Google competition with Fire TV Stick

Amazon might have stumbled a bit when it went out of its comfort zone with the Fire Phone, but that isn't going to stop the giant from taking risks, especially when it comes to its more established markets of video streaming. Some might see the Google's Nexus Player as taking on the Fire TV, so it isn't surprising that Amazon is biting back. The company has just launched the Amazon Fire TV Stick, a familiar HDMI dongle that is unabashedly poised as a Chromecast, and a Roku Streaming Stick, killer.

Another pharmaceutical chain drops NFC payments

A few days after Rite Aid pharmacies announced they were not accepting any more payments from NFC mobile payment systems like Google Wallet, another one has followed suit. Fellow drugstore chain CVS if also discontinuing the payment system used by several platforms including the new Apple Pay, but the reasons may be self-serving (as expected) although highly inconvenient for customers who have only just started using mobile payments.

Keecker HomePod may be the entertainment system of the future

Remember those sci-fi movies (okay, we meant The Jetsons) where you could project things on the wall from a robot-like pod that followed you around? Well, it seems like the future has arrived. Sort of. The Keecker calls itself the very first true HomePod and it is a portable projector, entertainment system, home computer, instant museum/gallery and even security system, all in just one 16" tall pod that you can control with just your smartphone.

Lenovo gearing up to announce the SmartBand

Any FCC sighting of a device means it’s coming very soon. The Lenovo SmartBand visiting the commission gave us an idea about this OS-friendly fitness tracker. Lenovo is set to release the new the Smartband SW-B100 before the year ends before no dates have been announced yet.
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