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Could This £229 Quad-Core Beast Bring CyanogenMod to the Masses?

Being "the best custom version of Android" is kind of like being a Winter Olympics medal-winner: an amazing achievement, for sure, but it doesn't change the fact that no-one's actually heard of you. That could all be about to change, however, as CyanogenMod has teamed up to put their custom version of Google's OS on a super-cheap but awesomely specced-out new phone. Read More >>

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Report: Amazon's Whacky 3D Phone Will Also Have Gesture Controls

Rumour has it, Amazon is cooking up a crazy smartphone with all kinds of customisation, six cameras, and 3D features. Although there isn't a whole lot that's new here, BGR has just posted a deeper dive into what the actual software might look like, the most notable part of which is a whole host of tilt-activated gesture controls. Read More >>

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LG G Watch Arriving in Gold and With a Water Resistant Chassis

LG has released some new stats and images regarding its G Watch wearable, revealing that you'll be able to buy a "champagne gold" model if you must, plus this and the generic black unit will both be water and dust resistant. Ideal if you regularly operate a lathe or work mending boats and need Google to constantly tell you what's on at the cinema. [LG via Droid-Life] Read More >>

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: Hardware Triumph, Software Facepalm

Last year, the original Xperia Z Tablet was one of our absolute favourite tablets. It was so wonderfully thin and light, plus waterproof? Fantastic. But the laggy software Sony put on top kind of knee-capped its potential. This year, the hardware is even better. Bordering on masterful! But some lessons Sony just refuses to learn. Read More >>

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The Newest Version of Google Hangouts Merges SMS and Non-SMS Messages

The newest version of Google Hangouts for Android now merges SMS and non-SMS messages into a single stream in the same hangout. Yesssssssssss. The update is rolling out to the Google Play store this week, but there's an APK floating around already. Woooooo. Read More >>

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Yes! Google's New Camera App Yells at People for Taking Vertical Video

Google's new standalone Camera app is a sleek and powerful alternative to the stock Android camera. Turns out, it's also a soldier in the war against vertical videos. Try to shoot a portrait-framed vid, and you'll stare down the cold judgment of an icon telling you you're doing it wrong. You've been warned. Read More >>

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What is Tizen?

This year, Samsung will sell (at least) two phones and a watch that don't run Android. Instead, they'll run something called Tizen. That's a major departure for such an important player in the smartphone game. But what is Tizen? And will you actually want to use it? Read More >>

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Samsung Gear Fit Review: A Beautiful Wristable Gone to Waste

Samsung's Gear Fit had every chance to be by far the best activity tracker you could own. It isn't. Not by a long shot. And there's nothing sadder than unrealised potential. Read More >>

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This Google App Lets You Control Your Computer From Your Phone

Remote desktops are nothing new, but Google has now released a slick app that makes the process a pleasure rather than wildly frustrating. The new software will let you control your Mac or PC from any Android device. Read More >>

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Google Camera is a Standalone Photography App for Android

Google is now offering a standalone camera app for Android that's very similar to the standard app that ships with the stock version of Android. TouchWiz users rejoice. Read More >>

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How to Check if Your Android Device Could be Hacked via Heartbleed

Heartbleed is causing heartache on hundreds of servers all over the internet, but security researchers have also warned that the bug could allow direct hacks of Android, too. Here's how to check if your device is at risk. Read More >>

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Less is So Much More

If you can say one thing about Samsung's Galaxy S line of smartphones, it's that they consistently pair some of the best hardware with inexplicable software. The S5 scales back Samsung's bells and whistles, which helps make it easily the best Galaxy phone yet. If only they'd gone even further. Read More >>

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Latest Update Brings KitKat to Google Glass

It's been a while since we last heard of a software update for Glass and now I guess we know why. The team over at Mountain View has been busy updating the face-computer to run on the latest version of Android (4.4.2 a.k.a. KitKat). Read More >>

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Before the iPhone Launched, Android Didn't Support Touchscreens

It's virtually impossible to imagine now, but back when the iPhone was launched in 2007, Google wasn't planning to make Android for touchscreen devices. Read More >>

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Google Has Intervened in the Never-Ending Apple/Samsung Court Battle

The petty squabbling between Apple, Samsung, and countless other phone companies, will not end. It's just lawsuit after lawsuit in a pathetic attempt to gain a pointless moral victory over the competition. Now Google, a company which has mostly stayed out of the whole mess, has come to Samsung's aid to defend the Korean giant from accusations by Apple. Read More >>

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Android Now Offers Routine Malware Surveillance for Your Phone

It's no secret that Android apps can get a little shifty, but having the freedom to explore that is part of what makes Android great. Now Google is helping you stay even safer by keeping a constant eye on whether or not any of your apps are doing anything they shouldn't be. Read More >>

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