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Report: LG working on a hybrid tablet similar to the Microsoft Surface

By Eric McBride

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Keeping track of the amount of tablet releases in the tech world is no easy task, as OEMs regularly introduce tablets of all shapes, sizes, operating systems, and ranges in an effort to capture as much market share as possible.

In July of this year, LG took an approach not so often seen with Android devices when they released the Tab Book, an Intel-powered hybrid Android tablet with a slideout keyboard. It now appears that LG has productivity-focused devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in their sights, as the company is reported to launch a new hybrid tablet with similar dual functionality.

According to a CNET report citing “LG insiders”, the new device will feature an Intel fourth generation Core processor, will have the ability to act as a tablet and a laptop (depending on whether the keyboard is attached or detached), a solid state drive, and possibly a touchpad integrated on the keyboard.

Keep in mind, however, that it has not been confirmed if this will even be an Android tablet. As previously mentioned, the Tab Book released earlier this year was an Android tablet (released with version 4.2), but the original LG Tab Book from 2013 was actually a Windows 8.1 device. While switching from Windows 8.1 to Android and then back to Windows could be a questionable move for the Korean company, it can’t be ruled out.

The LG Tab Book has not had great success in the tablet market so far, with an LG spokesman recently confirming the dissatisfaction with their current lineup of tablets. When asked by CNET about the sales numbers of the Tab Book, the LG representative stated that “sales records of the Tab-Book were so-so”, but didn’t quote any exact figures or future tablet plans.

Keep it locked to Android Authority for more details as we receive them.

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OnePlus to open its first retail store in Beijing

By Rob Triggs

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The OnePlus One isn’t an easy smartphone to come by in every region, but the handset has been on sale without the need for an invite in China for quite some time. OnePlus is now making it even easier for Chinese customers to get their hands on its smartphone, as it will be opening up a store in the Blue Harbor area of Beijing on December 20th.

At first I wondered how OnePlus could possibly fill a store, given that it only has one smartphone right now. However, you’ll find the exceedingly rare Bamboo Cover model and the recently announced JBL Special Edition OnePlus One filling up the shelves, alongside the standard version of course. OnePlus also appears to have a range of complementary audio and other accessories lined up for sale.

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Reports from China are suggesting that the Beijing store may just be the beginning. OnePlus could be planning to open up additional stores across China in the future, although we probably shouldn’t expect a shop to appear in any other regions. Remember that the company recently teamed up with Amazon to launch its product in India, and China remains the company’s largest single market.

OnePlus may have a long way to go before it has a retail presence that rivals Apple or Samsung, but the public opening of its first store in December leaves no doubt that the fledgling smartphone company is in it for the long haul.

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Stealth-action game République 60% off in the Play Store

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Every once in awhile, Google Play has some pretty decent deals on really premium content. They’re definitely continuing that reputation as they offer the thrilling République for only $1.99… that’s 60% off!

If you’ve never heard of République, let me fill you in for a second. Think a Metal Gear Solid-esque game with console-quality graphics, developed around a touch screen, and amazing music floating overtop of it all. It’s no wonder why the game reminds us so much of Metal Gear Solid, though, because the game is developed by Camouflaj (the makers of M.G.S., Halo, F.E.A.R.). It’s split up between five episodes, all of which are sold separately. Hope, the main character, is trying to escape a mysterious building that’s heavily surveyed. The goal of the game is to try and get Hope to safety, away from the facility. But the interesting thing about the game is that you don’t play as Hope. You play as a hacker, guiding her around the facility through security cameras.

With that being said, the game is on sale thanks to the Google Play Weekly Deals promotion. You can grab the first episode for only $1.99. And seriously, you’re probably going to want to play the remaining episodes right away.

Grab the game from the Play Store here before it goes back to the original price! Have any of you played République? How did you like it?

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Source:: android authority

    

Motorola now selling Moto 360 leather and metal bands

By Jonathan Feist

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There has been expectation that Motorola would eventually offer individual bands for the Moto 360 smartwatch, and that day has arrived with new leather bands, which will run you $30 and metal offerings that come in at $80.

The new bands area available on the Motorola website in various colors to outfit your Android Wear powered circular smartwatch.

Motorola recommends that you take your Moto 360 and your new watch band in to a professional watch repair shop to have your band installed. Normally, we would at least suggest a little do-it-yourself work, but in this case, we’ve seen too many of you requiring warranty replacement for a cracked watch base around the band mounts, best not risk voiding your warranty for something like this.

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The Moto 360 is still one of the better Android Wear smartwatches around. As a full circular design, it is also a one of a kind. That unique nature continues inside the watch as well, unfortunately, in that the Moto 360 is equipped with a Texas Instruments processor, instead of the Snapdragon 400 you’ll find in most other Android Wear devices.

Be sure to check out our Motorola Moto 360 review if you would like to know more about the watch that belongs to these new bands.

To get your hands on the new bands, head on over to the Motorola website where you’ll find the leather band in black, stone or cognac for $29.99 and the stainless steel band in a light or dark finish for $79.99.

What do you think, are any of these bands going to land on your wrist?

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Maps.Me Offline Maps – Indie app of the day

By Joe Hindy

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What is Maps.Me Offline Maps?

Maps.Me Offline Maps is pretty much what the name says it is. It is a navigation app where the biggest feature is the ability to download maps for offline use whenever you want. There is a free trial version in the Google Play Store and a paid version for $4.99.

The app is pretty easy to use. You select your region and download the maps that you need. There is no time limit on how long they stay there so you’ll have them whenever you want. Maps.Me touts 100% offline use so aside from actually downloading the maps, you don’t actually need a web connection to use this and that’ll probably make a lot of people happy.

In the free version, you just have access to the maps and the GPS will show you where you are on them. In the Pro version, you’ll also gain the ability to create routes, offline search, auto-follow mode, and bookmarking. You really can’t go wrong either way but do remember that the free version is a trial and is appropriately bottlenecked.

A must have app for offline map users.

PROS
  • All maps are 100% offline. You have to download them but once you do, they’re accessed solely offline.
  • Offline map search, routing, and bookmarking are all very nifty features (Pro version only).
  • Easy to use and understand.
  • A lot offline map providers have weird policies and licenses and you usually have to buy things and it gets tedious and expensive. This app does none of those things.
CONS
  • A more traditional trial-buy paradigm might’ve been better. As it stands, it sits halfway between trial-buy and free/paid and that does confuse some people.
  • Some small issues have popped up here and there. A little inconvenient but nothing terrible.
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Overall, this is a must have app for people who use offline maps frequently. This is also a great app to use on tablets where you usually only have Internet connections at home. The practical uses are virtually infinite. If you want to check it out, click the button below.

Check out the previous indie app of the day: Tactics Maiden
Join us in the Apps and Games section of the Android Authority forums! Just don’t forget to read the rules first!

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Moto 360 leather and metal bands arrive in Motorola’s online store

By Alex Wagner

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The Moto 360 has been available in several varieties for a while now, including versions with leather and metal bands. If you bought one model but wish that you could have the bands that came with the other versions, well, now you can.

Motorola is now selling leather and metal bands for the Moto 360. The leather bands are available in black, stone and cognac varieties for $29.99 each, while the stainless steel bands come in light or dark hues for $79.99 each.

Motorola’s Moto 360 bands look to be high-quality pieces, with the leather coming from Horween and the metal being made of stainless steel links. Now you can get as many of those bands as you’d like, and the prices seem reasonable for what you’re getting.

Are you going to be picking up any extra Moto 360 bands?

Sources: Moto 360 leather bands, metal bands

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NVIDIA: SHIELD tablet LTE now getting its own Android 5.0 update

By Alex Wagner

Last week, NVIDIA began pushing Android 5.0 to the Wi-Fi-only version of the SHIELD tablet, promising that the LTE model would be updated to Lollipop “soon.” Looks like NVIDIA wasn’t kidding.

The 32GB LTE version of the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet is now receiving its update to Android 5.0. Included with the update is a refreshed, Material design-ified user interface, an updated version of the Dabbler drawing app and more games that are optimized for SHIELD.

NVIDIA has been one of the best manufacturers when it comes to pushing out Android updates in a speedy manner, and that trend continues today. The SHIELD tablet was already an intriguing device thanks to its high-end specs and clean version of Android, but it’s become even more interesting now that we’ve seen NVIDIA quickly push big updates to it.

As a quick note, NVIDIA will be offering the 32GB LTE SHIELD tablet as part of a bundle deal on Black Friday, so that’d be a good opportunity to snag this Lollipop-powered slate if you don’t already have one.

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Samsung confirms ChatOn isn’t going anywhere

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Earlier today, reports surfaced by The Korea Times indicated that Samsung was planning on shutting down ChatOn, the company’s messaging service, on a region-to-region basis due to the service not making any money. If those statements were true, we wouldn’t have been surprised, as ChatOn seems like more bloatware than anything else. It turns out those statements are false, however, as Samsung has come out to the public to correct to rumor.

In a statement to the Verge, Samsung plainly stated:

The recent rumors concerning ChatOn have been false, as ChatOn will continue to be offered to consumers worldwide.

Well folks, there you have it. ChatOn is here to stay whether you like it or not. Don’t get us wrong, the idea of ChatOn is awesome – a messaging service that Samsung can install on each of their phones, staying clear of carrier text messaging fees – but the service just didn’t take off how the company would have liked it to. As a competitor of messaging services like WhatsApp with over 500 million users and WeChat with over 600 million, ChatOn’s 100 million users just doesn’t add up.

What do you think of ChatOn, a useful addition or nothing more than bloatware? Let us know in the comments.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet LTE over the weekend

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Since Google officially released Lollipop, we almost immediately started seeing manufacturers push the update out to their devices. We’ve seen Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G (2nd Gen.) both get updated, and we’ve even seen NVIDIA push the update out to the Wifi version of the SHIELD Tablet. With promise of the update hitting the LTE variant soon after, NVIDIA has kept its word. Adopters of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet LTE should be seeing an OTA update for Android 5.0 Lollipop sometime this weekend!

The company announced the news via Twitter earlier today. The tweet reads,

Better than ever:#NVIDIASHIELD Tablet LTE, the first US LTE tablet running Android 5.0 Lollipop! Upgrade now via system settings.

All of the normal stuff is coming with the Lollipop update – revamped UI, improved notification handling, more security features – everything. But NVIDIA users get a few extra features like improvements to the Dabbler drawing app, Shield Hub app, and support for GRID, the company’s new streaming service.

We’re excited to see so many companies put out the update so quickly. Have you gotten the update to your SHIELD Tablet yet? Let us know how you like it!

Read & Watch – NVIDIA Shield Tablet Review

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Grab free music streaming, apps, movies and more with Verizon’s Connection Day

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Verizon’s “Connection Day” is here! Don’t know what that is? You might not, because it’s brand new. The idea behind Connection Day is simple. The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for travel, so the company is offering tons of free streaming programs, apps, movies, and much more. And if you’re a Verizon customer, you even get a “special” surprise. Let’s take a look to see what you can take advantage of today.

  • Using Verizon’s FiOS preview app, users can stream popular movies and television shows for today.
  • Free digital content is coming from Amazon today, allowing users to download up to 10 free tracks to add to your Amazon Music library. If you’re a Prime member, Amazon will throw in 10 recommended playlists for your travels. You can also grab 10 free apps from the Amazon Appstore.
  • Audible is giving users two free audiobooks if you sign up for a two-month trial. Current Audible customers can grab a $10 gift card, but must be used within 60 days.
  • Apple is throwing in a free day of iTunes radio with “limited interruptions.”
  • At participating airports, Boingo Wireless and Gogo are offering free Wi-Fi for the day.
  • You can download the latest editions of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired, and more from Condé Nast for today only.
  • JetBlue is offering free in-flight Wi-Fi for users today and on December 31st.
  • Last but not least, Pandora One is available for a 7-day free trial. No interruptions, no ads!

If you’re a Verizon customer, surprises don’t stop there. If you’re on a More Everything plan (which most of you probably are), you can take advantage of an extra GB of data for free added on to your monthly bill. You’ll also receive an additional GB of data on next month’s bill, just because. If you aren’t on a More Everything plan though, you’ll get yourself a discount on the Mophie Powerstation 4000 battery pack.

Head to the link below to take advantage of some of these offers!

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Source:: android authority