OnePlus One banned in India after infringing on Micromax’s agreement with Cyanogen

After Xiaomi , it is now the turn of the OnePlus One to face the ire of the Indian authorities, as local vendor Micromax was able to secure an injunction from the Delhi High Court that bans all sales and advertising of the device in India. The issue is due to the Cyanogen branding seen on the back of the OnePlus One, which Micromax mentioned was a violation of its exclusive partnership with the custom ROM vendor in India.








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Google Play gift cards now available in six European countries

After having been listed as coming soon, Google has finally made its Play Store gift cards available in six European countries. The Google Play gift cards are available for shoppers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. Denominations for the cards vary based on the country; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden carry 150, 250, and 500 Krona cards while the 15, 25, and 50 Euro cards are offered in Belgium, Ireland, and Finland.








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Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced Edition Published On The Play Store: $10 Gets You Dungeon Crawling For Christmas

Beamdog has already made admirable Android ports of the original Baldur’s Gate RPG and its side-sequel Icewind Dale. Now you can get Baldur’s Gate II, the continuation of the original that was first published way back in 2000 by none other than Bioware. Like the previous D&D RPGs, Baldur’s Gate II costs ten dollars on the Play Store, which gets you the original game and all its expansion scenarios. The game is not restricted to tablets, though it will certainly be better played on one. 

   

The core of BGII is Shadow Amn, which directly follows the story events of the original game.

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VoLTE support arrives on AT&T Galaxy S4 Mini with new OTA update

AT&T has just released a new firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini that delivers support for voice over LTE (VoLTE) calling. Though the update could be downloaded over the air, you’ll need to be connected to a WiFi network to do so. In addition to VoLTE support, the update also supports emergency 911 calling without requiring a SIM card to be present.








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This week’s sidebar poll: Are you giving the gift of Android this holiday season?

It’s the time of year where people of all faiths and beliefs get together and celebrate. Part of that for many is exchanging a gift or two . It’s a great time of year for just about everyone.

If you’re getting together and giving some gifts (it’s all about the giving) to friends and family, are any of them running Android ? I might have a couple presents wrapped up that run our favorite operating system (forget it kids, I’m not telling) waiting to go to their new home, how about you?








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Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft finally battles its way onto Android tablets

Good news for you Blizzard fans out there: Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft has finally landed on Android tablets! Blizzard announced today that it has officially launched the game on Google Play — and though it was initially limited to those in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand it’s now widely available.








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[Update: Global Rollout] Blizzard’s Hearthstone Is On The Play Store Right Now… For Players In Australia, Canada, And New Zealand

 

Update: The wide rollout appears to be a go. Hearthstone is live for us here in the US, and we’re hearing from readers in other countries that it’s now available as well.

Blizzard’s notoriously addictive and enjoyable ETCG Hearthstone is now available for Android tablets – if you live in the right region. Blizzard has started a geo-restricted rollout of the immensely popular title in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

[Update: Global Rollout] Blizzard’s Hearthstone Is On The Play Store Right Now… For Players In Australia, Canada, And New Zealand was written by the awesome team at Android Police .

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Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs got you down? Here’s how you (might be able to) fix them

These few fixes may help you fight those Lollipop bugs

The rush to update Android phones and tablets to Lollipop has just begun. The obvious players — Google’s Nexus devices and Motorola — are getting Lollipop updates to all eligible devices now, and we’ve already seen LG and Samsung dip their toes into the update waters.

This is a good thing. (Most of the time.) Android and the people who use it in their smart devices have a reputation for poor update practices and procedures to overcome, and pushing new software in a timely manner is what it will take to do that. We’ll leave discussion about why we expect or need an OS update on our small computers for another time.

Of course, with any and all system updates come bugs. Some are universal and affect everyone. Some are device-specific, and some seem to be bad luck — the kind of bad luck that comes with every major system software update.

Luckily, there are some things you can try to alleviate some issues should you be having them. None of these are fool-proof, and they may or may not work for you, but they need to be discussed because they have worked for others.

Let’s do that.








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Google says Text-to-Speech no longer needs high quality voices in latest update

Google has recently updated its Text-to-Speech app on the Play Store to take away features. With the update, you can no longer download the high quality voices on the Text-to-Speech app, and this isn’t exactly a bad thing. According to Google, the standard voice engine “now surpass[es] the quality of the high quality voices from our previous release.”








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Google Removed The Gigantic High-Quality Voice Downloads In New Text-To-Speech App Because The Standard Voice Is Now Better

Google pushed a new version of its Text-to-Speech app a few days ago, and it actually removed a feature. Updates usually add new things, so what’s the deal? You can no longer download the high-quality voice models on your device. However, Google has updated the changelog to explain that you don’t need them anymore. The regular voice is even better now.

According to Google, the “standard quality voices now surpass the quality of the high quality voices.” Therefore, there was no reason to keep the high-quality ones in the app.

Google Removed The Gigantic High-Quality Voice Downloads In New Text-To-Speech App Because The Standard Voice Is Now Better was written by the awesome team at Android Police .

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