Firefox Aurora arrives on the Play Store in "unreleased" state

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For a couple of years, Firefox Aurora, the developer edition of the popular browser, has only been available directly from Mozilla. As of today, Aurora has landed on the Play Store, in early access (i.e. unreleased) form. This is presumably because it's unstable and not meant to be used by the general public, and only by those interested in what's coming soon or building the web. Regardless, it is always good to see things in development that will later be deployed to the public version of Firefox, which is currently on v49.

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Fitbit starts vibrating to remind you to move and allowing third-party notifications on its trackers

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When I reviewed the Fitbit Blaze a couple of months ago, some of my gripes with the tracker were more related to the software than the hardware side. I didn't like the limited choice of watch faces and I was annoyed that I couldn't set notifications for emails and third-party apps natively (I know about Fit Notifications), which made the Blaze quasi-useless as a smartwatch replacement on my wrist. But most importantly, even though the app could track my hourly activity and longest sitting times and send me reminders to move, the tracker itself never vibrated which made the reminder approach very inefficient.

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Google Pixel And Pixel XL Press Render Leaked

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We’ve been hearing about Google’s upcoming smartphone lineup since the middle of the year and while renders for the phone have leaked over and over again, we still haven’t seen the official press render until now.

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Our our friendly neighborhood leak-ster Evan Blass has acquired press renders for not only the Pixel but the larger Pixel XL as well. The Pixel (pictured above) is set to feature Android 7.1 Nougat and in this picture we can clearly see the new launcher icons and navigation buttons.

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The Pixel XL also features the same Pixel launcher and new navigation buttons but it is noticeably larger.

Specs for the Pixel include a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 820/821 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 12MP rear and 8MP front camera, 32GB of internal storage and a 2770 mAh battery. The Pixel XL will come with almost identical specs with the only differentiating factor being the 5.5-inch QHD display and 3450mAh battery.

The phones are expected to be announced on October 4th.

[VentureBeat]

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[Finally] Google Play Music now appears to be available in India

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Five years - that's how long Indians have had to wait for Google Play Music to come to their country. However, it appears that the massive delay may finally be over. Several India-based AP readers have tipped us that Play Music is now showing up on their devices with songs available for purchase. This news comes just a day after Google's big announcement regarding the Indian market.

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There's currently no confirmation from the official Google India Blog, but we're armed with screenshots as evidence.

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Ubisoft acquires casual mobile game publisher Ketchapp

ketchappEven if you're a regular gamer, you might not know about Ketchapp. The publisher is only a couple of years old, and the games it posts to the Play Store and App Store are uniformly small, simple titles. But what it lacks in ambition it makes up for in volume: by my count there are no less than 75 Ketchapp games on the Play Store, an impressive accomplishment in a short amount of time.

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Shazam adds "Auto Shazam" custom tile for Android 7.0 Nougat's Quick Settings

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We first saw custom tiles in an Android N Developer Preview a few months back, but unfortunately, not many apps have added this feature. It's a shame, really; custom tiles are easy to use and can add a lot of speed and functionality to frequently-used apps. Now, Shazam has added one called "Auto Shazam", and it might come in handy if you're a big music listener. I don't personally use Shazam anymore (Google does the same thing if you start a voice search, FYI), but I can certainly see the merits of this for people who are invested in it.

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Lenovo lays off huge amount of Motorola employees

Lenovo has announced that it laying off “less than two percent of its approximately 55,000 employees globally,” all from Motorola. Unfortunately, his is only a part of the layoffs Lenovo has been enacting recently.

Many Motorola employees are being laid off from the Chicago office, potentially over half of the employees there, but Lenovo claims that the Motorola Chicago headquarters will remain.

It’s really unfortunate to see what Lenovo is doing to a once iconic company. The parent company hasn’t exactly managed Motorola’s transition well, though some of the blame is on Google. We’re hoping the company survives this ordeal, at least to an extent.


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[You're on Android, Harry] LEGO Harry Potter games now available for Android

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Many years ago, my first game console was a Nintendo DS Lite. And one of the first games I got for it was LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. It still remains one of my favorite games of all time, mostly because of nostalgia to that red and black handheld, but also because the LEGO video games are incredibly fun and engaging (for all ages).

LEGO Harry Potter was originally released in 2010 for Windows, various game consoles, and iOS, followed by a Mac release a year later.

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