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Android distribution numbers: no Lollipop yet

Android distribution numbers: no Lollipop yet

When checking out a new app, you’ll typically see a disclaimer that your device must be running a newer Android version, typically 4.0 or better. Unless you have a newer flagship device, you might even wonder if you’re running a version that can support the app in question. With Google’s newly announced Android figures, you can probably rest assured; about 90% of Android users are on 4.0.3 or newer. The figures also show KitKat has risen in adoption, but one notable missing piece shows Lollipop’s weakness.

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Cicret puts Android on your skin

Cicret puts Android on your skin

Cicret is a bracelet, a smart wearable that allows you to work with a user interface we currently associate only with a smartphone or a tablet. Cicret is not a smartwatch. Nor is it a smartphone or a tablet. Instead, Cicret is a bracelet that works with a pico projector, 8 "long range sensors", and all the hardware required to run Android and the apps Android runs. Tap your wrist just as you would a smartphone, and play games on your arm on the go - no more smartphone necessary.

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Google’s Santa Tracker is back to keep us all busy

Google’s Santa Tracker is back to keep us all busy

December is here, and soon Santa will be as well. If your little one is far too excited for Santa, as many are, Google has you covered. As they do every year, Google has rolled out their Santa Tracker feature, meant to keep the kids entertained, if only for a short while. There’s a countdown to Santa’s arrival down your chimney, and special features rolling out daily. There’s even a Santa Tracker app for those times the kids want to keep tabs while on the go themselves.

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IDC: Windows market share doubles by 2018, iOS/Android still in charge

IDC: Windows market share doubles by 2018, iOS/Android still in charge

Here’s an interesting statistic you may not have seen coming: Windows Phone is expected to double their global market share over the next three years or so, according to IDC. In their most recent forecast, the analytics firm is noting Windows will become a more prominent player in the global smartphone market, while incumbents hold fast. IDC also cites the proliferation of lower priced phones with higher end specs as those to look for on the world stage, as emerging markets become important.

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Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they've acquired Acompli. This company is one that focuses on email, specifically in the mobile universe. They suggest that because "more than half" of the emails you read are read on mobile devices first, that they demand a better experience on the go. To make a better experience, Microsoft decided they needed a new team to add to their already accomplished team of email app-makers. This is Acompli, and it's coming to more platforms than one.

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Samsung’s budget Tizen phone rumored for Dec. 10 in India

Samsung’s budget Tizen phone rumored for Dec. 10 in India

Failing to take a bit out of the high-end smartphone market, Samsung is setting its price tag lower for the upcoming first ever Tizen smartphone. That is, if it finally really does arrive. Samsung is moving to the new industry sweetheart India to launch the smartphone, now being called the Samsung Z1, supposedly by December 10, which is just a week or so from now. But the biggest pull that the phone might have, other than Samsung's clout, is that it will be sold at a sub-$100 price.

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iOS users outspent Android by 25% online yesterday, says IBM

iOS users outspent Android by 25% online yesterday, says IBM

Market share is a fun metric for comparing a product’s popularity, but there is a better way to gauge if those who own a device actually use it. Data regarding online shopping is a really good way to see who is putting devices to use, and IBM has compiled some shopping and purchase stats for Thursday shopping. Apple iOS device users spent a solid 25% more than their Android counterparts during online shopping sessions yesterday. The reason, according to IBM, is that Apple users are more “affluent”.

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Xperia Z3V vs Z3 Camera battle: the Quality Drop

Xperia Z3V vs Z3 Camera battle: the Quality Drop

The following is a brief exploration of the back-facing cameras on the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3V. While the hardware is supposed to be essentially identical in this area, we know for a fact that we're working with slightly different builds in the software department. The Z3V is Verizon's unique version of the Xperia Z3 from Sony, bringing a slightly thicker build and the built-in ability to wirelessly charge its battery. The Z3 we have is T-Mobile's model, the same model you'll find off-contract straight from Sony.

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OnePlus drops invite barrier to Android phone

OnePlus drops invite barrier to Android phone

OnePlus is temporarily dropping its invite system for the OnePlus One, another opportunity to bypass the frustrating line-waiting and go old-school with the "give a vendor money for goods" approach instead. For an unspecified period, rather than having to get an invite from a fellow OnePlus enthusiast or somehow earn one from the company, shoppers in the market for a new smartphone can simply click a button. Both the 16GB and 64GB versions are eligible, though the change comes amidst whispers of a second-generation OnePlus phone too.

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HTC Desire 620 mid-ranger appears ahead of schedule

HTC Desire 620 mid-ranger appears ahead of schedule

After the surprisingly almost premium yet plastic Desire EYE, HTC is back to turning the Desire line into its low to mid tier range. Based on this leak from Bulgarian site nixanbal, the next iteration will be from the Desire 6XX series, aptly the Desire 620. And incremental update to the line, the leaked specs show a growing trend in what constitutes the baseline for mid-range smartphones, which bodes well for would be smartphone users provided prices don't grow as well.

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