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NVIDIA updates original SHIELD Tablet with Vulkan, enhancements

NVIDIA updates original SHIELD Tablet with Vulkan, enhancements

Although NVIDIA isn't exactly a prolific Android device maker, it has largely been regarded by some as a good Android citizen, by providing a nearly vanilla Android experience and timely updates that sometimes rivals Nexus devices. The past months, it has also poised itself as a strong advocate of Vulkan, the API that will eventually replace OpenGL. NVIDIA has rolled out updates to both the SHIELD Android TV console and the SHIELD Tablet K1 adding that feature and now it is doing the same for the original SHIELD Tablet.

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Gboard for iPhone is missing Google’s smartest feature

Gboard for iPhone is missing Google’s smartest feature

Google launches their own keyboard for iOS, creating a conundrum in the minds of both Android users and iOS users alike. For Android users, the question rests squarely in the "why did you favor iOS over your own operating system". That's a question Android fans have been asking of Google developers since they first started releasing apps and software experiences for iPhone back in 2007. For iOS users, the question is of the missing feature from this keyboard - one of the best bits about being an Android user with Google's assistance.

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Manfrotto’s made a smartphone clamp called TwistGrip

Manfrotto’s made a smartphone clamp called TwistGrip

Manfrotto have created a smartphone clamp that's able to grip any smartphone on the market, allowing all devices to be mounted to all manner of accessories. Tripods, for example, are able to screw in with this device's universal 1/4-inch thread. This accessory is tiny - compact enough to fit in your pocket beside your smartphone, twisting then into a heavy-duty grip for your smartphone when the need arises. Manfrotto suggests that the TwistGrip is made in Italy with high-quality aluminum.

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Dark Sky Android mini-Review

Dark Sky Android mini-Review

Now that you're here looking for a way to game the system to get out of paying $3 per year for an app that provides you a really great service, let's talk about why Dark Sky is worth the cash. Less than one penny per day for each of the 365 days of the year in which you look at your phone at minimum 10 times, from the point at which you turn your alarm off to the point at which you check your email one last time at night. I made that statistic up - you probably check your phone 20 or more times, depending on how often you want to avoid speaking to your colleagues and family.

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Republic Wireless launching seven more phones in July

Republic Wireless launching seven more phones in July

If you are the sort out to save some money on your monthly costs one place you might want to save is on your wireless plan. Republic Wireless is one of the cheaper carriers out there and it has announced that it will have seven new smartphones for you to choose from in July. One of the new devices is the Moto X Pure Edition with a 5.7-inch quad HD screen, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, and a 21MP camera.

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Barclays to launch payment system to rival Android Pay

Barclays to launch payment system to rival Android Pay

Android users in the UK will have another contactless payment service to try out with Barclays launching its own in June. The Barclays contactless payment service for Android devices is said to be the UK's first such service and it will let users pay in stores via their mobile device. The service comes about a year after Apple Pay launched in the UK.

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Google introduces Tap to Translate, offline mode

Google introduces Tap to Translate, offline mode

Google created its Translate app and service to help make the world a smaller place, linguistically speaking. While the app does work wonders when traveling abroad or talking with foreigners, it presumes the presence of fast Internet connections in those places. Sadly, that isn't always the case in all the countries and locales that Google Translate supports. Good thing, then, that Google has finally added offline support for its 52 strong languages, allowing most of Translate's impressive features to now work even without an active Internet connection.

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Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Wearables by nature such as Android Wear smartwatches have tiny screens. The screen has to be very small to fit on the wrist, but has to be large enough that the image is easily viewable and you can actually touch the icons. This is why you tend to get apps with very few large icons or buttons on the screen at once so you can see them. As you can tell in the image here, this particular Android Wear smartwatch is running an OS that certainly isn't Android based.

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Kantar: Galaxy S7 5th in US, Android sees highest EU growth

Kantar: Galaxy S7 5th in US, Android sees highest EU growth

By now, most companies have publicized their financial report cards for the first quarter of 2016. But how did each platform perform in light of those. It seems that it was a relatively good quarter for Android, both in the US and in Europe, at least according to market research company Kantar. According to the analyst, Google's platform enjoyed its highest growth in two years in the EU5 countries. That is also reflected in China as well as the US, where the Galaxy S7 is largely credited for Android's latest success.

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Lenovo has another giant tablet coming, this time with Android

Lenovo has another giant tablet coming, this time with Android

Lenovo isn't one to shy away from stretching the tablet device category to its limits, almost literally. Despite the industry-wide slowdown in tablet sales, Lenovo keeps on churning such devices, in all shapes, bends, and sizes. Just last October it revealed its largest yet, the Lenovo YOGA Home 900 pictured above, exuding 27 inches of pure Windows 10 power. By comparison, this yet to be revealed Lenovo tablet found on GFXBench is less monstrous, only 18.4 inches. It's winning quality, however, might be the Android 6.0 Marshmallow running inside.

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T-Mobile HTC 10 launch date set for May 18, freebies included

T-Mobile HTC 10 launch date set for May 18, freebies included

It's been a month since HTC unveiled its latest flagship and, unlike a certain other Korean Android OEM, it doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get it out the market, even in the US. In fact, it will only be next week that those on T-Mobile will be able to get their hands on the HTC 10. The "Uncarrier" is indeed launching the still metal clad smartphone on 18th May and to keep things hot in summer, it will be throwing in some freebies for good measure.

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AOC, Jide partner to put out the first Remix All-in-One PC

AOC, Jide partner to put out the first Remix All-in-One PC

Android was initially developed for smartphones and, in fact, it took quite some time before Google even acknowledged and officially supported tablets. Now it is found almost everywhere, from watches to TVs to cars and even in some places you'd least expect. Ironically, Android is noticeably missing in the PC market, a situation that Jide is trying to fix with its Remix OS. Partnering with display maker AOC, the two companies have banded together to launch what is the first official all-in-one PC running Jide's literal Remix of the Android OS.

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