Jelly Bean

HTC Desire 601 brings “One” features on a budget

HTC Desire 601 brings “One” features on a budget

Bringing a 4.5-inch qHD display to the market with Android and several of the high-powered features that made the HTC One one of the company's most sought-after smartphone in years, the HTC Desire 601 had been made official today. This device works with features such at HTC BlinkFeed and media enhancers like HTC Zoe and Video Highlights, making the software experience rather similar to the HTC One. With HTC BoomSound in a couple of front-facing speakers, this device is just as loud as the HTC One as well.

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Huawei Honor 3 launches as a 4.7-inch water-friendly smartphone

Huawei Honor 3 launches as a 4.7-inch water-friendly smartphone

Huawei has unveiled the latest Honor branded smartphone. This one has arrived as the Honor 3 and it looks like the initial roll-out will be for those in China. The handset is a mid-level device with specs to include a 4.7-inch display at 1280 x 720 and Huawei's K3V2 processor. Specifically, this one clocks in as a quad-core processor at 1.5GHz.

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Omate TrueSmart smartwatch quickly takes Kickstarter: why this one is different

Omate TrueSmart smartwatch quickly takes Kickstarter: why this one is different

The team of developers and engineers behind Omate are aiming to bring a device by the name of Omate TrueSmart to the public in the form of a smartwatch that runs Android. Over the past few months - and years, even - there's been an increased bit of attention set on wearable devices such as these, with (as any early adopter will tell you) a barrage of devices appearing that certainly did not make the cut for long-lasting usability. Here in what may be the second wave of very user-friendly devices we see Omate, bringing a dual-core processor attached to Android on a watch that can - but doesn't need to - attach to your smartphone wirelessly.

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HTC One, DROID DNA Android 4.3 update planned for next month

HTC One, DROID DNA Android 4.3 update planned for next month

Google announced and rolled out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean last month, and carriers and manufacturers alike are working hard to bring the new version to their latest devices. HTC is one company trying to get the update on their new handsets as quick as they can, and are trying to get Android 4.3 on the HTC One and DROID DNA by next month.

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HTC One X+ Android 4.2.2 software update leaked: BlinkFeed and Zoe aboard

HTC One X+ Android 4.2.2 software update leaked: BlinkFeed and Zoe aboard

It would appear that HTC isn't going to keep a selection of key software features from its 2013 HTC One lineup here in the present if one (unofficial) software leak for the HTC One X+ has anything to say about it. Though Engadget's chat with HTC suggests that this software update is not one sent by HTC on purpose, it does exist. And the possibility that HTC could send out something rather similar officially, rather soon, is very real.

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Moto X wrap-up: everything we learned in Motorola’s first 24 hours of rebirth

Moto X wrap-up: everything we learned in Motorola’s first 24 hours of rebirth

It's been one day since the Moto X was introduced as the rebirth of Motorola: a Google Company. Now it's time to take a moment and reflect. What did we just see? At it's most basic, Moto X is an Android smartphone that epitomizes the new wave, the Context Ecosystem, as it's been dubbed, and with it comes a new way to experience smart devices.

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Huawei Ascend P6 Unboxing and Hands-on

Huawei Ascend P6 Unboxing and Hands-on

It's time to get up close and personal with the Huawei Ascend P6 once again. This device was first introduced to the world in June of 2013 at an event in England, complete with a full-on test of its software. This device is Huawei's answer to the 2013 wave of hero devices from Samsung with the Galaxy S 4 and HTC with the HTC One. Is the Huawei Ascend P6 up to the task of taking on the greatest in Android?

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Views for Google Photo Spheres expands usability with tagged maps

Views for Google Photo Spheres expands usability with tagged maps

When Google first introduced Photo Spheres with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and the Galaxy Nexus, it was already envisioned that there would one day be a way to share these creations both easily and effectively between Android users. These Photo Spheres began to appear in Google+, a fun and rather simple place to share photos. Then game Google Maps integration - suddenly Android users were shaping the way the world was seen through their own Street View-like presentations.

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Android Fragmentation visualized by OpenSignal: Jelly Bean in the lead

Android Fragmentation visualized by OpenSignal: Jelly Bean in the lead

It's time again to have a peek at how fragmented the world of Google's mobile operating system Android is - and to see how one app can take a stab at bringing a real survey sample to the public in turn. What the developers behind OpenSignal have done is to analyze the Android device market using the data they've collected from users downloading their app. What this amounts to in short is 8 versions of Android still in use today, 37.9% of Android users using some form of Jelly Bean, and 11,868 distinct Android devices "seen" this year alone.

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NVIDIA SHIELD launches this week: the mobile desktop gaming crossover

NVIDIA SHIELD launches this week: the mobile desktop gaming crossover

This week NVIDIA SHIELD launches, bringing the company's vision for a high-powered mobile gaming device to the market with a console-quality physical controller attached to a flip-up display with Android under the hood. This machine will be shipping to customers who preordered this device starting Wednesday, while in-store availability also starts its spread this week at locations like GameStop, Microcenter, and Canada Computer. You'll be seeing SlashGear's full review soon, as well.

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Android 4.3 app permission manager discovered, hidden for now

Android 4.3 app permission manager discovered, hidden for now

We saw a lot of new features during the unveiling of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean earlier this week, including multi-user account support with restricted profiles, as well as Google Play Games, which is Google's version of Apple's Game Center. However, there's a new feature installed as well called Apps Ops, which is an app permission manager.

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean code hints at 4K resolution support

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean code hints at 4K resolution support

It's no surprise that Android runs on all sorts of different resolutions, including small smartwatch displays, all the way up to the Nexus 10's better-than-Retina-quality screen. However, we could see Android devices in the future rocking 4K resolutions, thanks to an interesting piece of source code in Android 4.3.

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