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Mobile Minutes: Apple Watch’s health features; Japan prefers flip-phones; Sony’s Google Glass rival; Android Lollipop design

Apple was forced to nix key health features from its smartwatch – report
The health-focused smartwatch that Apple initially envisioned is not the same one the company will unveil next month, according to a new report.
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Japan’s old flip-phones soldier on while smartphones shrink
Japanese shipments of traditional flip-phones rose in 2014 for the first time in seven years while smartphone shipments fell, highlighting Japanese consumers’ tenacious attachment to the familiar and typically less expensive older models.
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Sony’s Google Glass rival SmartEyeglass goes on sale for $840, or £520
Sony is making a pass at Google Glass, announcing that a developer edition of the Sony SmartEyeglass high-tech specs are available to order now — and they’re cheaper than Glass, even if they’re nowhere near as elegant.
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Wolverton: Android Lollipop gives Google operating system a sweet new look
Traditionally, the best word to describe Google’s Android operating system has been “utilitarian.” The engineers behind the world’s leading mobile platform have long emphasized features over aesthetics.
Read more on Mercury News