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Android 5.0 Lollipop. Photo: Google

Last week, Google released the updated developer preview images of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Nexus 5 and 7. Even though these images are clearly targeted towards developers, it did not deter many advanced users from installing it on their Nexus 5 or 7. 

No one wants Android's bloatware. Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

No one wants Android’s bloatware. Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

One of the downsides to choosing Android over iOS — if you live in the U.S., at least — is that carriers like to pre-install their own apps and services and prevent you from removing them. Often called “bloatware,” the apps sometimes include custom messaging apps, navigation clients, payment services, and more.

Very few Android users appreciate bloatware, and Google knows that. Thankfully, the company is now doing something about it. With Lollipop, it’ll be easier than ever for users to banish bloatware for good.

The Moto 360 in Champagne. Photos: Amazon

The Moto 360 in Champagne. Photos: Amazon

New Moto 360 color options are on the way, and we already know what they look like, thanks to Amazon. The retail giant prematurely listed a new Champagne-colored device and a cognac leather strap, which it said would start shipping next month before the listings were later pulled.

This $8 bumper adds a splash of color to your Moto 360. Image: Raelx

This $8 bumper adds a splash of color to your Moto 360. Image: Raelx

Worried your beloved Moto 360 is going to pick up scuffs and scratches during use? Perhaps this 3D-printed bumper will do the trick. Made by Raelx and priced at just $8, it wraps around the outer edge of your watch and prevents its shiny stainless steel frame from picking up little nicks when you accidentally knock it against stuff.

Strike up the Band. Photo: Microsoft

Strike up the Band on Android, iOS and, of course, Windows Phone. Photo: Microsoft

Reports about a Microsoft wearable device have been circulating for a while, and now the good folks from Redmond, WA have finally made it official: a Microsoft fitness band is here, and it works on both Android and iOS.

Like the Apple Watch and Galaxy Gear, the appropriately-named Microsoft Band tracks steps and heart rate, as well as showing you phone notifications in the form of text, email, and Twitter alerts.

“It’s the most advanced band we’ve seen in terms of technology on the wrist,” Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Devices and Services told The Verge. “[I]t’s really designed to do two things: have people live healthier, and be more productive, by having a band that can serve on the opposite side of your watch, worn 24 hours a day, and get some of the most accurate data that you can possibly get.”

That’s not the end of Microsoft’s fitness-tracking ambitions, though.

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