Amazon Fire TV goes on sale in the UK for £79

Amazon has commenced selling the Fire TV in the UK. The streaming box will set purchasers back by £79, granting access to not only Prime Instant Video, but also iPlayer, Netflix and content from other broadcasters. All that's required is a stable internet connection and you're good to go.








Galaxy Note 4 developer edition headed to Verizon

Samsung has consistently offered developer editions of its handsets on Verizon, and is continuing the tradition by announcing the Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition. Samsung did not list a launch date yet, but the list price of the handset at $662.53 is more affordable than the $699 asking price for Verizon's carrier variant.

Xiaomi may manufacture phones in India

After achieving a considerable amount of success in the Indian market since making its debut earlier this year, Xiaomi is now looking into opening a manufacturing facility in the country. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, India head Manu Jain stated that Xiaomi's legal team were investigating the regulatory hurdles involved in setting up a manufacturing plant in the country.

Leaked blurry Droid Turbo photos confirms flagship specs

The latest batch of blurry photos of the unannounced Motorola Droid Turbo that's said to be headed to Verizon's 4G LTE network confirms the specs that we think we may already know from prior leaks. The Android smartphone would join the Moto X 2014 and Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 on Verizon's network. Unlike the Nexus 6, however, the Droid Turbo in the leaked photo is shown running Android 4.4.4 rather than Google's latest sweet flavor of Lollipop. Other specs include a QHD 2560 X 1440-pixel display, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of built-in storage.








Google's AppCompat v21 brings Material Design to pre-Lollipop devices

This is great news for developers. Google has updated the popular AppCompat library to version 21, and introduced a new Toolbar widget that will allow for a more Material Design look and feel in apps built for devices running older firmware. This update is exactly what we're all seeing in recent updates for Google Apps like the Play Store or Play Newsstand, and is how we can have the new design language on the majority of Androids, even if they aren't running Lollipop.








A few quick thoughts on Google Inbox

Can Google's new Inbox change the way we fail at email? Quite possibly, but it's early yet.

Google today announced Inbox, a sort of Gmail with training wheels. That is, it tries to make your email experience easier by automatically grouping emails together into categories. It's not unlike what Gmail already does with its tabbed inbox — primary, social, promotions, updates and forums sections — but Inbox makes it look good, far less clinical than Gmail proper.

Inbox is invite-only for now. (No, we don't have any to give out yet. But thank you for asking.) And while it's available on Android and iOS, it's currently only available in web form on the Chrome browser. (Which really means it's not yet available in web form, but we digress.)

This is the sort of thing that takes a little time — and email — to really get a sense of, but I've got a few random thoughts.








AT&T boasts strong growth but misses earnings estimate

AT&T has just shared their earnings report for the third quarter. The company was able to gain two million new customers, but missed their earnings estimate. Shares of AT&T are down in after-hours trading following the earnings report.








Google Now rolls out Police Alert cards

Google Now is getting more and more useful by the day. The latest addition to the assistant in your pocket is the inclusion of police alerts. Thanks to a tipster, we've gotten a look at an example of these new cards which allow users to track criminal activity in their area.






Google to give Project Ara its own marketplace to sell modular phone components

Google will create a store, complete with reviews and recommendations, to sell various modules and components for its modular phone project known as Project Ara. In an interview at Purdue University, Google's Paul Eremenko said that Google would be following the software model of the Play Store in creating a hardware store to sell modules for the Project Ara phone.








Yahoo Mail wants to be your personal assistant, update brings travel & event notifications

Yahoo has updated its Mail application to now bring reminders for events and flight information. With a Google Now-like card layout, the Yahoo Mail app update now displays flight information along with top restaurant recommendations from Yelp once you land at your destination. Additionally, similar cards for events will give you at-a-glance information for Evite, Eventbrite, and Ticketmaster events.








Weekly Photo Contest: Fast

This one's pretty self-explanatory — we're looking for the best picture you can take this week that represents the word "fast." There are a thousand different ways you can go with this one, so we're hoping to see some creative shots that set you apart from the crowd. We can't wait to see what you come up with.

We're going to be picking out two winners this week, each of whom will get a Samsung 6000mAh Portable Battery Pack!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (October 28) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Lollipop' winners!

Our fun little Lollipop-themed photo contest has come to an end, and we have three winners that are going home with prizes for their entries this week. The entries definitely got our sweet tooth looking for one (or many) treats — read along and see the winners.








Twitter hopes to replace usernames and passwords with Digits

Twitter has just rolled out a new service for developers to integrate into their apps called Digits, which should make it more secure for consumers to sign into apps and services. Rather than complex usernames and passwords, Digits hopes to simplify the sign in process by using your phone number and an SMS verification to allow you to log in.