Windows Phone may not have the best usage numbers out there, but Microsoft’s own low end devices and pricing mess may be to blame as they continuously fail to offer what the competition has. Read more…

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Provided you’re somewhere with a stable internet connection, it’s now perfectly possible to replace your old-fashioned radio set with a tablet. Most stations have a dedicated app these days and it’s easy enough to connect a pair of headphones or a cheap wireless speaker to enhance your listening. The BBC embraced this trend a couple of years back by siphoning iPlayer radio into a separate app, but now it’s going one step further with dedicated apps for iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets. As you might expect, all three have been designed with larger screens in mind, which should make it easier to jump between stations, find archived shows and see when your favourite DJ is up next. The new tablet apps come with a “work-in-progress” label though, so the odd technical hiccup is likely. In the future, the BBC says it’ll be adding features such as Favourites and Playlister too, the latter of which helps you transfer your new musical discoveries to services like Spotify.

Source: iPlayer Radio (App Store), (Google Play), (Amazon)

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HTC has acknowledged that some M7 and M8 users who installed its Service Pack from the Google Play Store are facing issues making voice calls and that the company is working to fix the issue. Read more…

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Google Inbox on a Nexus 5

You may have to give up a few things from Gmail to use Google’s task-oriented Inbox email app, but smartwatch support isn’t one them. The company has updated the app (on Android) to bring Android Wear support, letting you check mail, send replies and mark completed items from the comfort of your wrist. There are some meaningful upgrades whether or not you have advanced wristwear, including suggestions for reminders and a better tablet interface. Swing by Google Play if any of these refinements are the excuse you needed to give Inbox a spin.

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A follow up to the Honor 6, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus has everything from 3GB RAM to dual 8MP rear-cameras, as well as an IR blaster, dual-SIM support and a large 3600 mAh battery. Read more…

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The Nest may have been released for some time in America, but it has only recently released the UK in its 2nd generation design. We check it out and see if all of the hype was really worth it. Read more…

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Recently picked up a Nexus 9 but you’re still jealous of your iPad-toting pals because they can play Blizzard’s Warcraft-themed card game? Well, relax because Hearthstone is coming to Android tablets (and early next year, phones). It’s launching in waves, according to the publisher, starting with a roll out in Australia, Canada and New Zealand ahead of a worldwide release in a few days. And as a way to reward your patience — the game initially launched back in April — Blizzard is giving away a free pack of Classic Cards. Just finish a game in any mode and, well, you’ll have some new cards to use. You don’t even have to win! Perhaps even better? If you’re coming in from another platform, your card collection and progress will transfer over to Google’s mobile OS. Oh, and in case you want a peek inside the brains of a few of the folks who work on the game, check out this Reddit AMA from earlier today.

Update (12/16): And here it is — we’re not sure about the rest of the world, but Hearthstone is available on Google Play in the US.

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Source: Google Play, Reddit, Blizzard

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Recently picked up a Nexus 9 but you’re still jealous of your iPad-toting pals because they can play Blizzard’s Warcraft-themed card game? Well, relax because Hearthstone is coming to Android. It’s launching in waves, according to the publisher, starting with a roll out in Australia, Canada and New Zealand ahead of a worldwide release in a few days. And as a way to reward your patience — the game initially launched back in April — Blizzard is giving away a free pack of Classic Cards. Just finish a game in any mode and, well, you’ll have some new cards to use. You don’t even have to win! Perhaps even better? If you’re coming in from another platform, your card collection and progress will transfer over to Google’s mobile OS. Oh, and in case you want a peek inside the brains of a few of the folks who work on the game, check out this Reddit AMA from earlier today.

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Source: Google Play, Reddit

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An official Service Pack update available for the HTC One M7 and M8 is breaking the voice calling functionality on some devices leaving users with no option but to completely reset their phones. Read more…

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A close inspection of WhatsApp’s Android APK has hinted at something called WhatsApp Web, sparking rumours of a browser version of the popular mobile messaging application. Read more…

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