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Android Hardware Rundown: 2012

Android Hardware Rundown: 2012

2012 was quite a huge year for Android. We saw the jump from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and then to version 4.2. Ice Cream Sandwich was a solid operating system, but Jelly Bean made it even better, adding new features like Google Now, better notifications, and even Photo Sphere. However, the software was merely just a vehicle for the hardware to ride on -- the devices themselves were what really shined this year.

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The Best of CES 2012

The Best of CES 2012

Welcome to our massive "best-of" wrap-up for CES 2012, complete with everything from smartphones to PCs and headphones and back, topped off with our own "most used gear" section for the curious. What you'll find is that though there were more exhibitors, attendees, and media attention payed to the show than ever before, the overall result was a lot of the same gear re-hashed with a few new specifications. Pay special close attention to the conclusion of this post for a bit of a whopper if you're a big fan of the largest show of the year here in the United States.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2011

Welcome to the last week of the year, and here at SlashGear an odd week since last week we did not have a wrap-up as such. What we're doing this week is checking out our last reviews, our last featured posts, columns, top posts, and the like. Note furthermore that this review is one part of a set of reviews of the whole year of 2011, pieces that we choose and that you choose in kind! The last posts of the year were an odd bunch, let me tell you, and at no point should you expect that a holiday season would be bland - in fact it was utterly wild when it came down to it - enjoy!

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Thinnest PlayStation Yet in PS3 Model Revealed Today in Japan

Thinnest PlayStation Yet in PS3 Model Revealed Today in Japan

So you think you've got the tiniest PS3 on the market, yes? Perhaps you've got the one that's sucking up the smallest amount of your power and you're quite happy with the minuscule amount of energy it taps into your bills with, yes? Sony does not agree with you. They've got a brand new model that's even thinner, even greener I daresay than the previous champion. This device goes by the code CECH-3000B, a Japanese version of the previously revealed CECH-3001B, this newest model featuring a tiny 200W power draw instead of 230W on the current smallest model PlayStation 3 gaming console. Time to add a few books to the shelf!

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SlashGear 101: What is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Game Pack?

SlashGear 101: What is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Game Pack?

At the Uplinq 2011 conference today, Qualcomm announced that it will be working with game developers to create an optimization program for console-quality games, which will include a "Game Pack" of 100 mobile games for Android. This step towards gaming optimization seems similar to rival NVIDIA's approach with their Tegra 2 processors that are optimized for PlayStation gaming. However, Qualcomm plays it a bit differently by not restricting their games to only Qualcomm Snapdragon powered devices.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 22, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 22, 2011

Gaming got some extra attention this week with speculation about the next-gen Nintendo Wii, a unique offer on the Xbox 360, and restoration issues for the PlayStation network. Android's WiFi security problem gets a fix, and the latest 3.1 Honeycomb update will be heading to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in June. Amazon is possibly ramping up a family of Android tablets, with the first two codenamed 'Coyote' and 'Hollywood' to hit the market before end of the year. Apple will be celebrating its 10th retail anniversary with a possible revamp dubbed Apple Store 2.0. The timelines for various smartphones and tablets have been revealed for the major carriers Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Continue after the jump for the roundup video and the full recap list.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 7, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 7, 2011

Once again, we attempt to bring you a roundup of the week's tech news in under 6 minutes. The chaos of the Sony PlayStation Network breach continued into this past week. Apple unleashed an iOS update that addressed most of the location tracking concerns. Intel made their biggest announcement of the year with a new 22-nm 3D Tri-Gate transistor technology that really puts it ahead of the competition. Other major announcements came from the BlackBerry World conference as well as from a Samsung event. For the full list and video continue after the cut.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Review

Samsung Galaxy S II Review

Samsung has a lot riding on the Galaxy S II. When your displays, chips and memory are found in the flagship devices of OEMs around the world, you have to expect consumers will demand more from the hardware that bears your brand. The Galaxy S II (aka Galaxy S 2 or GSII) has even more to live up to: the original Galaxy S spawned several carrier variants that helped it become the best-selling Android smartphone in the US last year, and positioned Samsung as one of the key names to beat in the segment. So, with dual-core - and freshly overclocked - processor at the ready and a huge, Super AMOLED Plus display providing some eye-catching glitz, the Galaxy S II wades into the crowded smartphone market. New Android king or pretender to the throne? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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MWC 2011 Wrap-Up

MWC 2011 Wrap-Up

Another year, another Mobile World Congress, and the unstoppable juggernaut that is the smartphone industry continues apace. SlashGear took its biggest team to MWC 2011 to-date, and still found more than enough to keep us busy in Barcelona. After the cut, the stand-out products, the key mobile themes of 2011, and how tablets are muscling in on smart mobility.

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The Daily Slash: February 1 2011

The Daily Slash: February 1 2011

Samsung Galaxy S2 gets early reveal - or is it just a Video Dummy? Android Honeycomb lead designer Matias Duarte assures us that that Android 3.0 is for much more than tablets. Google is offering speak2tweet to Egyptians to kep them online while their Middle East and North Africa executive goes missing in the heart of the country. Chris Davies jams out a column by the name of Honeycomb, Galaxy Tab & the 7-inch stumble. See why Google Latitude is about to Crush FourSquare! Help everyone out over on Android Community by telling them what you'd like to see at the Android 3.0 Honeycomb Event tomorrow, today! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 1 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 1 2011

Two rather odd bits of news from over on Android Community - one, there's an Australian whose figured out a way to connect phones directly without the use of carriers, and two, mister Chad Ochocinco has his hands on a Motorola XOOM, so you know it's about to get weird. Next get a glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy S2 - or is it just a Video Dummy? On SlashGear we've got a post on how Android Honeycomb lead designer Matias Duarte notes that Android 3.0 is for more than just tablets. The CEO from Netgear apologizes about his remarks regarding Apple and her leader, Google offers speak2tweet to keep Egyptians connected, and Google accuses Bing of copying search results. All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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