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Now THIS is the kind of thing that will make Android TV worth having. 
Google wants Android TV to be your hub, and your smartphone/tablet to be the controller. We're no strangers to Second Screen apps here, especially as they apply to video games. The big thing that pushed Second Screen apps forward in the current generation of apps has been the application of a centralized platform, which is something Microsoft capitalized on with their SmartGlass...
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Wow I do not actually recall any of the Sony TVs getting version 4. I have a Sony GS8 on version 4, a Hisense Vision with Version 4 and ADT-1. The Sony is still useful for the web browser and a few apps that require a mouse. The Hisense is very compatible with a lot of apps and games that work with the ADT but it lacks in the browser department. I think that once Sony rolls out their Android TVs you may get a surprise and get that Sony GTV updated to Android TV. It won't happen sooner though or they will lose a lot of sales on the new TVs. 
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Wheel keeps turning. Big day for the Cyanogen folks. 
It's a big week for the folks at Cyanogen Inc. as it enters into a partnership with another Android phone manufacturer. Hot on the heels of a new partnership with Qualcomm, the Cyanogen team have announced a device with Alcatel OneTouch. The Hero 2+ is a North American remix on the original Hero 2, which we took a look at back in September. This new version swaps out the MT8392...
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Good luck Alcatel, hope you don't get screwed over too! 
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A "Nexus-style" MVNO. 
 
Google's MVNO thing is happening, Sundar Pichai says at MWC! http://ow.ly/JOIJc
Google's Sundar Pichai dropped something of a bombshell today at Mobile World Congresss 2015: Google is working on some sort of limited wireless operating status — becoming a cellular service provider of some manner. The idea is to show what's possible, Pichai said during his session at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Basically Google is exploring how to integrate Wifi and...
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+Andrew Shaffer good point and thanks for not taking my response negatively. Sometimes tone can get lost in a written response. 
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The first actual day of Mobile World Congress began with a surprise announcement from Qualcomm and Cyanogen. 
Behind the scenes, Cyanogen OS soon will be everywhere. Barcelona is alive with news from every facet of the mobile industry today, and while most of us are fully immersed in all of the products being announced that will actually be shipping soon, the folks at Qualcomm are preparing for the stuff that comes next. Typically when Qualcomm makes a mobile announcement at an event...
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+Benji Hertel they are arguing over company named cyanogen inc and hating it, after that they are bundling that hatred with cyanogenMod.
Ash...les with remain as....oles
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Finally.
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Almost time for the second wave.
Samsung is about to unveil something with "six appeal" at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, and we'll be there to cover the whole thing. We expect some pretty big announcement this year, as has regularly been the case, and perhaps a few surprises along the way. So come join us — the event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CET / 12:30 p.m., so strap in for the ride.
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If the phrase "powered by Clean Master" appearing in Samsung's app management section as a native part of the user experience doesn't concern you, I'm afraid you haven't been paying attention. 
Samsung boasts that the software on the Galaxy S6 has been pared back by as much as 37 percent. But a couple of new additions are raising eyebrows, and probably just taking up space. I can remember sitting in more than one briefing for the latest Next Big Thing and being fairly overwhelmed by all the software features Samsung packs into its Galaxy S line. I'm pretty good at this...
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+Jonathan Saad The most recent Samsung phone, the Note 4, has not been rooted yet (at least not for AT&T and Verizon). I am not sure the S6 will be rooted if you use the top 2 mobile carriers. 
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"Google will be taking what's become standard measures for mobile payments, including tokenized card numbers for secure one-time transactions (if a retailer where you've shopped using Android Pay is compromised, the crooks get a one-time-use number that's no longer any good). Card data is stored locally, so you'll be able to use Android Pay even if you don't have a cellular connection available."

See, now I can start getting excited. 
Android Pay is real, and it's going to power mobile payments across Android. But it's not so much an app or even user-facing feature, as a service that developers will be able to leverage as an API framework to build payments into their own apps. The news comes from none other than Sundar Pichai, Google's SVP of Product, at MWC 2015. He said that Google agrees with the general...
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+Kevin M maybe it will make it work more places.
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Pretty much exactly the response I expected from Sundar, and he's not wrong. That team is going to have to work insanely hard to convince people that a world without Google Services is a good one. 

UNLESS, of course, the goal is a world where both sets of tools exist on a single phone, and users will be able to pick and choose. That would mean alternatives are available everywhere, including places like China where Google Services don't exist, and choice becomes the rule of the day. 

But hey, what do I know. :)
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+Ace Ferdinand which is why I said to +Cthulhu Tentacles that folks would have to leave most of the current internet alone.
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Neat. Totally worthless nonsense, but neat.
 
Today at MWC 2015, we played with the ZTE Grand S3. ZTE's new flagship device lets users unlock their phones by looking at the front-facing camera. The cutting edge solution, called Eyeprint ID, works by scanning unique vein patterns in the human eye. See how it works in our brief hands-on… #android
Today at MWC 2015, we played with the ZTE Grand S3. ZTE's new flagship device lets users unlock their phones by looking at the front-facing camera. The cutting edge solution, called Eyeprint ID, works by scanning unique vein patterns in the human eye. See how it works in our brief hands-on video. Swipe down from the top of the lock screen to bring up the eye scanner. You'll need...
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Cutting edge? Looks pretty stupid to me.
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I'm not very good at presentation, but oh my goodness was this a success. 
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I'll be honest, this phone looks like it could be my next daily driver. Very impressed by the changes made here. 

I say "this phone" because the S6 Edge is silly. The regular S6, on the other hand, looks promising.
Samsung released quite the fury of announcements surrounding the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but we've rounded everything up. It's a special time each year when a company as big as Samsung can put its full weight behind an set of product announcements, and of course at MWC 2015 it was the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The news is far larger than just two models of a phone — we also learned...
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Going backwards... No external storage.. Bad move Samsung. 
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