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Google Pixel C tablet is now available to purchase for $499

Google has finally made the Pixel C tablet available to buy from its online hardware store. The Pixel C is the first tablet to have been designed and produced by the search giant - this is no Nexus partnership with another company, it's all Google all the way. The Pixel C was announced at the end of September alongside the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones, and it took its sweet time becoming available. But now it is, and you can grab the 32GB version for $499, or the one with double that storage for $599. The keyboard dock (to which the tablet attaches magnetically) costs $149. (more…)

Google Pixel 3 gets a transparent version

We've seen YouTuber JerryRigEverything make transparent versions of other phones in the past - so what makes the Pixel 3 any different? Well the Pixel 3 has the dual-texture glass on the back - most of the glass has a "frosty" texture that feels almost like ceramic. Making this device totally clear would make for an interesting appearance, but the way that the glass on the Google Pixel is colored is not different: there's a layer of material under the glass. To get the transparent effect, all you have to do is get rid of the layer of material. It's easier said than done. To start,...



HTC offers $100 off the Vive and a new store feature

HTC celebrates one year of the Vive's launch with a $100 discount. The headset will have an April 5 exclusive price of $699. The company also confirmed that all owners could download a free copy of the in-house Arcade Saga game and launched a new feature named Viveport Subscription, part of the Viveport store for $6.99 a month. Viveport is the HTC alternative to Steam - the primary platform for Vive users to pick games. Its new Viveport Subscription will enable subscribers to select five games or apps from a library with around 50 headlines. Of course, there is a one-month trial period...



IDC: Windows Phone falls to 0.1% market share, Android up to 85% in Q1 this year

It's officially a two-horse race - IDC puts Windows Phone shipments for the first quarter of 2017 at a meager 0.1%. This matches the 0.1% share of the "Others" category (most competing OSes are now discontinued, even Tizen's fate seems uncertain). Android is the ruling OS with a solid 85% market share (it seems to hover around that point). This left the other 15% to iOS, but there's a cycle - Q3 is a weak quarter, then the next-gen iPhones land in Q4 and iOS jumps several points. Period Android iOS Windows Phone Others 2016Q1 83.4% ...



Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ ARCore support is now live

Back in March this year, Google revealed that ARCore SDK's support for Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ will arrive "in the coming weeks." It took close to two months, but the support is now live. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are now present in the official ARCore supported devices list. Plus, users are also reporting that ARCore works on their units. To use the feature, first you need to download the ARCore app from the Play Store. Then, install any app that utilizes the SDK (you'll find some examples in the Reddit discussion linked at the bottom). If things don't work this way, you may try...