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Android 4.4 KitKat guide to what’s new: SlashGear 101

Android 4.4 KitKat guide to what’s new: SlashGear 101

The newest version of Google's mobile operating system is on the way to devices of all kinds in the very near future, bringing a load of updates for the back end as well as the front in Android 4.4 KitKat. This version of the software brings changes first to the Google Nexus 5, made by LG. This device has a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution and is the headliner device for this OS.

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iPad Air Review

iPad Air Review

Had the iPad lost its way? Not as a range, certainly; over the last twelve months, the iPad mini has been the darling of the tablet scene, coupling affordability with convenience and build quality. The full-sized, 9.7-inch iPad has arguably been sidelined since its smaller sibling's arrival, but no more as of the iPad Air. Now with a design that echoes the wow-factor of the original iPad, and the performance to match, the iPad Air narrows the gap between it and the iPad mini, paring away the compromises as it goes. The best tablet Apple has made? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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IFA 2013 Wrap-Up

IFA 2013 Wrap-Up

IFA 2013 has come and gone, and with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, various super-sized (and often curved) TVs, and a number of superlative-toting smartphones, there was no shortage of geek appeal. As ever, the Berlin tech show saw a few key themes surface, and while not everybody is necessarily ready to snap a cellphone companion to their wrist, that didn't stop manufacturers from trying to push everything from wearables to Ultra HD. Read on, then, as we run through the best of IFA.

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Samsung GT-18800 Tizen smartphone images leaked

Samsung GT-18800 Tizen smartphone images leaked

On February 25, we reported that Samsung would be stopping work on Bada OS while merging some of its features into Tizen OS, making the latter operating system backwards compatible with Bada apps. Almost a month later, word surfaced yet again that the Korean company will be releasing a high-end Tizen smartphone in August or September of this year, but all went silent again. Now a Tizen-based Samsung smartphone has been imaged and leaked online.

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7-inch tablets are the most popular Android tablets

7-inch tablets are the most popular Android tablets

In an unsurprising report, it looks like 7-inch tablets are the most popular Android tablets. While some people prefer the bigger screen real estate of a 10-inch tablet, or the perfect screen balance of a 8.9-inch tablet, neither sized tablets have the affordability of a 7-inch tablet. According to Animoca, an app publisher for entertainment products for Android devices, the top tablets that use its services are 7-inch tablets.

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IDC: Low cost Android tablets take lead in tablet market

IDC: Low cost Android tablets take lead in tablet market

The IDC recently had to adjust its numbers for its 2013 forecasted market share. It didn't expect there to be so many low-cost budget Android tablets to be announced this year, like the HP Slate that goes for $169. The IDC has increased its 2013 forecast for the tablet market from 172.4 million units shipped worldwide to 190.9 million. It also believes that tablet shipments will see an 11% increase annually between 2013 and 2016.

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Technology conventions aren’t dying – they’re evolving

Technology conventions aren’t dying – they’re evolving

If this year's Mobile World Congress taught us one thing, it's that no matter how interesting and innovative the gadget makers and software developers of our global community are, it's the top brands that end up making or breaking the show. Make or break the show for the press, that is. Case in point: our several articles written from our chat with Google's Mathias Duarte - they ended up easily becoming some of the most popular posts we had this week, and Google didn't reveal any new products at the convention. In fact, they didn't have a stand - the chat we had wasn't even on the map. And yet, there it is - Google stole the show anyway.

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