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Nokia Z Launcher now available via Google Play

Nokia Z Launcher now available via Google Play

If the Nokia N1 tablet weren’t enough to get you excited about Nokia again, they’ve also announced their launcher will be coming to Android fans via a public beta. The Z Launcher, which will come preloaded on the N1 tablet, has come out of a private beta session, and is now on the Play Store. The launcher aims to offer you a contextual experience based on the time of day, and an always-on app searching feature is also pretty amazing.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Review

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Review

This week we've had a look at what it means to be rolling with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with a full Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. This isn't your everyday average upgrade - it's not like we're using the Nexus 9 that just happens to be branded by NVIDIA. Instead, this is the first non-Nexus tablet to receive the update, complete with NVIDIA's own apps under the hood. This is more than just a software update just for the sake of having the latest and greatest - this is a real-deal update of the abilities of the unit.

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Nokia N1 tablet rocks Android 5.0 and 64-bit Intel CPU

Nokia N1 tablet rocks Android 5.0 and 64-bit Intel CPU

Nokia has rolled out a new tablet that may interest users out there shopping for an Android-powered device. The new tablet is called the Nokia N1 and its runs Android 5.0 right out of the box. One of the cool things about Android 5.0 is that it supports 64-bit processors and to take advantage of that support Nokia has fitted the N1 with a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor with quad-cores.

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New app Super lets you share casual thoughts, pics

New app Super lets you share casual thoughts, pics

The co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone, is at it again. This time, his company Jelly Industries is bringing in another Twitter-like app named Super. A pretty simple app, Super lets you take images of your choosing and lay text over them. You can also include video into your post, should you need to. Rather than just start smashing out words, your flashy post first offers up a series of starters for your text, but lets you add anything you like.

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Google Keep update brings new look, real-time edits

Google Keep update brings new look, real-time edits

If you use a digital to-do list, Google Keep might be the one you turn to for Android. The app syncs across devices, and even has a decent web landing spot and Chrome extension. Now it’s got Material Design, too. Google is announcing today that their note taking and to-do app is receiving an upgrade, which keeps it current with the recent surge of apps that have been updated to fit Google’s new design philosophy. There are also some cool new features to compliment the visual upgrade.

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YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

The YotaPhone 2, shown off earlier this year at MWC 2014, will be making its official launch in a couple of weeks, according to the folks at Android Central. Yota Devices, the company behind the handset, will be having an event in London on December 3 for the second-iteration of the phone we saw back during CES 2013, and though no new details about it are forthcoming at this point, it looks to have the same dual-screen construction.

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Xperia Z4 details spill: Evolution, not Revolution

Xperia Z4 details spill: Evolution, not Revolution

Sony's next smartphone may well be the first to leak its parts this season as we prepare for the whole 2015 batch. What we're seeing here is said to be the Sony Xperia Z4, the next in a line of devices that look so extremely similar, you'd be forgiven for mistaking one for any one of the others. This device is tipped to be working with a front panel here so similar to its predecessor that it's even more difficult to tell them apart than the last two.

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Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

Beam app shows your texts being typed in real-time

If you're no longer satisfied with only being able to see little ellipses as your chat partner types a message, the text messaging app Beam will likely strike your fancy. It leaves no room for edits -- at least, no room for private edits. Rather, everything you type is shown in real time to the person on the receiving end, for better or for worse, meaning you'd better think carefully about what you want to say before taking to the keyboard.

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Nexus 4 Lollipop released: here’s where to get it

Nexus 4 Lollipop released: here’s where to get it

Good times are happening over at Google where they've not only gotten Android 5.0 Lollipop working for the LG-made Nexus 4, they've released it to the public. Just as the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 were given Lollipop this week, so too will Nexus 4 users be able to load it with ease. And if you're familiar with the Android SDK, you can load it right this minute. All it takes is a USB cord and a couple of quick code entries. If you know what that's all about, of course.

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Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been tapped as a turnaround point for the company. They've reached a point where their line of smartphones is popular, but not quite popular enough that they don't need to shake up the industry with a new lead - either an entirely new physical design or something late-breaking under the hood. What you'll find with the Samsung Galaxy S6 isn't another one in a line of devices that look like the design language born of the Galaxy S III. Instead you'll find Samsung bringing Project Zero forward with a new face AND mind.

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