Report: Apple to invent smartwatches on September 9

Or something like that. A usually impeccable source, John Paczkowski at re/code, says that Apple's reported September 9 event for the new iPhone will also see the launch of Apple's first wearable.

If you're curious be sure to keep an eye on our sister site, iMore, for full and proper coverage. Before then though we'll be seeing a bunch of potentially awesome Android Wear smartwatches next week at IFA and beyond. And for that, you're already in the best place.








HTC One Mini 2 versus Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

How do HTC and Samsung's miniature flagships measure up?

The vast number of mid-range Android devices on the market means there's no shortage of choice for those wanting a smaller, less expensive handset. This year, both HTC and Samsung have fielded "mini" versions of their popular high-end offerings in this form factor, both with 4.5-inch displays and similar hardware loadouts.

As is the case at the high end, HTC and Samsung's mid-level offerings reflect the differences in the two companies' approaches to smartphone design. HTC leads with a flashy metallic chassis and carefully considered software; Samsung is all about expandability and features — what the phone can do more than how it looks.

So it's time to pit these mid-range "minis" against each other. Joins us after the break to see how the Galaxy S5 Mini and HTC One Mini 2 compare.








Asphalt 8 adds Dubai courses and new cars

Asphalt 8's latest update hit the Google Play Store today, packing new courses set in Dubai, five new cars, and a whole new season with 74 events. Other updates since launch have added courses in China, added new multiplayer events, and tons of new cars. If you haven't given Asphalt 8 a shot since it came out, it's worth giving another go.








T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 gets stability update

An update is being rolled out to Samsung Galaxy S5 owners on T-Mobile that touts improved performance in audio and software stability. The update is a little over 86.46 MB and is marked as baseband G900TUVU1BNG4. Unfortunately, it's not an official update to 4.4.4.

Deal of the Day: Amzer Hybrid Kickstand Case for Galaxy Note 3

This Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while sporting a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies and browsing the web. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a uniquely textured, thick plastic exterior.

The Amzer Hybrid Kickstand Case is available for just $7.95; that's 47% off today only! Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping.

 

T-Mobile adds six streaming services to Music Freedom, Google Play Music support coming later this year

T-Mobile announced its first expansion to the Music Freedom program, which sees the addition of six new streaming services — AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza. The Un-carrier also announced that support for Google Play Music will be available later this year after the streaming service topped the charts as the most requested service in T-Mobile's social voting poll.








Labor Day Sale: Save 20% on all accessories at Android Central!

Most of you will be enjoying your Labor Day Monday at home firing up the grill with friends and family, and, most important: not at work. And that's the way it should be!

We're celebrating our nation's work-free holiday this year by giving you 20% off all accessories at Android Central! That includes cases, chargers, batteries, headsets, car mounts, you name it — it's 20% off.

This sale kicks off today and will last through midnight Sept. 2. That gives you a full week to grab some gear for your Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 3, LG G3 and many more devices. Simply enter coupon code 14LD at checkout to apply 20% off to your entire cart.

You can get free shipping on orders over $50 within the continental US and our flat rate is only $3.95! We offer a variety of payment methods as well including PayPal, BitCoin, Amazon Payments and of course standard credit cards.








The LG Gx2 is really just a renamed G Vista for South Korea

After launching the LG G Vista in the US earlier this month, LG has announced the device for the South Korean market today, where it will be called the Gx2. Available exclusively on the LG U+ network, the Gx2 will be marketed as the successor to the LG Gx, which made its debut last December.








LG G Watch R: Here's a clearer look at LG's round smartwatch

This morning LG once again gave us a sneak peek at its upcoming rounded smartwatch, the LG G Watch R, in the form of an official teaser image. As it is, the image shows us the outline of the circular timepiece, but little detail beyond that. However thanks to the magic of Photoshop we've been able to bring out some of the details from darker sections of the image, revealing parts of the watch's body that couldn't be seen in the original.