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Lethal Lollipop: Android 5.0’s built-in opt-in kill switch

Lethal Lollipop: Android 5.0’s built-in opt-in kill switch

Google has just unleashed Android 5.0, lovingly called Lollipop, and everyone is happy. Well, not exactly everyone. Those rooting for rival mobile platforms will probably be amused at a bigger target of criticism. Those who still don't believe in smartphones or tablets are unlikely to care. But if there would be anyone with the biggest frown on their faces, it could be potential thieves, thanks to Google's most recent moves to step up the crusade to combat and deter smartphone theft. But are they really enough?

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Android Lollipop statue revealed at mini Google gathering

Android Lollipop statue revealed at mini Google gathering

This morning a Google mini-event took place before the reveal of the newest addition to the company’s collection of statues. This statue was of Android 5.0 Lollipop. This figure does not take on the shape of the lollipop itself, the artist instead opting to have a standard Android holding a lollipop instead. Google’s happy-go-lucky video release for this statue also unveils the official "logo" for the flavor. This release follows similar unveilings over the past several years for each successive dessert.

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Android Lollipop guide: everything a Nexus needs to know

Android Lollipop guide: everything a Nexus needs to know

When Google releases a new version of Android, it’s like a celebration for devices of all sorts. Your device might not get the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system in its entirety when it’s released, but you can bet that Google’s innovations in the software will trickle down to you eventually. What we’re doing today is checking out everything Google has in store for the Nexus line of smartphones - their babies. Their "this is what we want, ideally" devices.

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Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition with Lollipop release imminent

Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition with Lollipop release imminent

While we did, honestly, expect the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition to be launched several months ago at this point, it would seem that they’re finally ready to roll. With the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the official preview we saw courtesy of Samsung itself earlier this month, there can’t be much time between now and the GPE. What with Google’s update of their Android homepage still including the elusive Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S5 alongside the new Nexus family, we have only to ask - what’s the holdup?

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Nexus 9 incoming: Nexus 5, 7, 10 leave Play store

Nexus 9 incoming: Nexus 5, 7, 10 leave Play store

This morning it’s become clear that Google means to move some inventory in a very short time. As they’ve done in the past immediately preceding the release of a new product, they’ve taken out the Buy button from several of their main products - Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 - to make way for the next wave. What that’ll mean for you is a new Nexus 9, at least, and perhaps a new Nexus 6 to go along with it. The release of these devices to the play store will likely occur this afternoon.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung can’t afford to stumble with the Galaxy Note 4. The fourth-gen phablet arrives as Samsung wakes up to a new, and not especially rewarding, phase in its mobile life: the discovery that throwing a hundred designs at the market and hoping at least some of them stick no longer has the same sales success as it once did. At a time so fiercely competitive, Samsung can’t count on simply having originally created the Note 4’s segment to commend this latest model. It needs to deliver as much in the hand as its specifications promise to on the page.

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AT&T scores PadFone X mini exclusive, available Oct 24

AT&T scores PadFone X mini exclusive, available Oct 24

Fulfilling a promise it made, ASUS is bringing yet another of its PadFone smartphone/tablet hybrids to the US market. And just like with its namesake, the PadFone X, it is again arriving exclusively to AT&T. The PadFone X mini offers that same flexibility of a 2-in-1 device, this time in a smaller and more handy size, without losing the advantages of AT&T's 4G LTE network. Of course, it is considerably less equipped than its older and bigger sibling, but the rather low no contract price does make up for it.

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Verizon DROID Turbo full specs leak

Verizon DROID Turbo full specs leak

We've heard a lot about the DROID Turbo in recent times, not the least of which includes leaks that seemingly happened by accident from Verizon itself. Now, ahead of the launch later this month, the full list of specifications have leaked, as well as shots of the phone from the front and back. According to the folks at Droid Life, Motorola's upcoming smartphone will feature a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and Gorilla Glass 3, as well as a slew of other details we have for you after the jump.

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BlackBerry Classic gets detailed in spec and photos leak

BlackBerry Classic gets detailed in spec and photos leak

With the BlackBerry Passport, the BlackBerry "Prestige" Porsche Design P'9983, and the new BlackBerry Blend software, most of the company's roadmap for the last quarter of 2014 have come to pass. All except one. The BlackBerry Classic, the Q20 in previous literature, is still something fans are eagerly waiting for before they call this year done. While that day might be coming soon, we will have to settle for unofficial information, like this latest batch of features and images that paint an almost complete picture of the smartphone.

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Nexus 6 from AT&T accidentally revealed

Nexus 6 from AT&T accidentally revealed

Before your heart starts to skip a beat, know that this might have just been an innocent error. Either someone pressed the "Publish" button too soon or actually messed up in typing in details. Either way, those errors are leading to some hope that AT&T might have some space reserved for the Nexus 6, possibly immediately after its official launch even. If true, this would make the Nexus 6 the first ever Nexus smartphone that will be sold directly by the carrier.

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