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Project Svelte: Android 4.4 KitKat works on entry-level thanks to modded Nexus 4

Project Svelte: Android 4.4 KitKat works on entry-level thanks to modded Nexus 4

In the creation of the newest version of Google's mobile operating system Android 4.4 KitKat, the developers responsible for testing it did so on modified Nexus 4 devices. One key element in the creation of the full feature set of Android 4.4 KitKat was "Project Svelte", a name for a goal that was to bring the software to any device running a mere 512MB of RAM. To create a system that worked this way, Android developers didn't go out and grab a 512MB smartphone, they crippled their Nexus 4 devices to do the work instead.

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Moto G USA availability begins today: off-contract and GSM

Moto G USA availability begins today: off-contract and GSM

It's time already to see the Moto G hit the market in the USA despite previous suggestion that we'd have to wait until 2014. That is, if you're all about working with the GSM model of the device rather than the CDMA version, meaning you'll be working with the likes of AT&T and/or T-Mobile rather than Verizon. This single model works with a 4.5-inch display and a quad-core processor for $179 USD off-contract.

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Moto G specifications and price aim for mid-tier dominance

Moto G specifications and price aim for mid-tier dominance

There's little argument over where Motorola is aiming with the Moto G. Having already made a mark in the United States with the Moto X in its customizable, hands-free mode-toting, multi-carrier subsidized form, this generation's hero phone for Motorola goes international with a taste the budget-friendly. This device works with a 4.5-inch LCD display at 1280 x 720 pixels (329PPI) up front with a 5-megapixel on its back, for starters.

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Samsung Galaxy Core Plus joins downward trend

Samsung Galaxy Core Plus joins downward trend

Today Samsung has introduced a device by the name of Galaxy Core Plus, just the newest in a line of devices from most manufacturers that works with a set of specifications that appear to be a downgrade from their predecessors. While this may seem especially curious given the name (they've added a "Plus" to its predecessor's title), Samsung does appear to be following the grand scheme of things. Devices are getting less expensive and the innards of phones are powering down, not up.

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Android 4.4 KitKat updates approach: HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung

Android 4.4 KitKat updates approach: HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung

Google appears to be getting serious about putting the whole modern device lineup on their newest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system software update here just days after the system was revealed in full. While you'll be able to pick up the LG-made Google Nexus 5 right this minute, each of the four major US-based manufacturers of smartphones have sounded off on when they'll be pushing the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their newest and most popular machines.

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HTC One KitKat update schedule solidified

HTC One KitKat update schedule solidified

This morning the folks at HTC have confirmed their intentions with the HTC One, HTC One Max, and HTC One mini for updating software builds to Android 4.4 KitKat. With the United States and the likes of Europe, the Middle Ease, and Africa, HTC will be working with carriers to update to KitKat starting - just starting - at the end of January. The Google Play edition will begin updating a whole lot sooner.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 hands-on

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 hands-on

This week we're getting our hands on both of Lenovo's newest in Android tablet technology, starting with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8. This device works with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box and features a metal hinge that allows the tablet to stand up on its own, work as an exceptional handle for holding, or sit back like a keyboard. First impressions suggest that this little monster is the left turn the rest of the industry might not have expected - and it's looking and feeling rather good.

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Lenovo Yoga Android tablet makes USA debut

Lenovo Yoga Android tablet makes USA debut

This week the machine formerly only known as the B-8000F has appeared in the United States with the much more consumer-friendly title Lenovo Yoga Tablet. This machine is arriving in two iterations, one of them an 8-inch display-toting machine, the other a 10.1-inch display unit. Both devices work with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and MediaTek processors under their hoods.

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T release set for October 21st with NVIDIA Tegra 4

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T release set for October 21st with NVIDIA Tegra 4

The next generation in ASUS-made Android tablet technology has been revealed with release information this week in the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T, complete with a release timeframe inside October. This machine works with a Full HD+ display at 2560 x 1600 across 10.1-inches of IPS LCD powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor under the hood. This machine also works with USB 3.0 for the newest in speed and efficiency in data transfer and charging.

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