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Android enabled with app installs inside Google Search

Android enabled with app installs inside Google Search

As tipped a few weeks ago, Google is now rolling out the Android ability to install apps from search results. While it's not clear which devices will get this ability, it does seem that it'll be spread to all new smartphones and tablets in releases through the future. If you have Android Marshmallow, you're probably going to be in luck. If you have a Nexus smartphone or tablet or plan on buying one in the near future, you're also probably in luck.

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Acer Switch 12 S hands-on: slick, metal, svelte

Acer Switch 12 S hands-on: slick, metal, svelte

The Acer Switch 12 S is one of the most sophisticated looking 2-in-1 Windows 10 devices we've seen yet. Here at CES 2016 we're getting up close and personal with the device, checking out what it'll mean to roll with an Intel RealSense camera and a 12.5-inch display with IPS LCD tech under the hood. We'll still have to wait a bit to see the final product before we can judge the innards, but for now, the outsides look and feel pretty great.

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Dell’s new Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 takes on Surface

Dell’s new Latitude 12 7000 2-in-1 takes on Surface

Making a Surface-style 2-in-1 is all the rage, and Dell isn't to be left out, bringing two detachables to CES 2016 this week. The Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series 2-in-1 and its Latitude 11 5000 Series 2-in-1 sibling each pack Intel's latest 6th-gen Core processors and Windows 10, and as the names suggest feature a removable keyboard.

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Android needs a bit of growing up for productivity

Android needs a bit of growing up for productivity

Tablets are on the cusp of a renaissance. Long described by analysts as a dying device category, tablets may have stumbled upon a new lease on life, a new reason for being. That will come through a redefinition of sorts, a transformation from content consumption to content creation and productivity. We've already seen that shift starting to turn, with the Microsoft Surface line for a good few years now, to Apple's iPad Pro and Google's Pixel C. But hardware is one thing. Software is a related but different story. And as far as Android is concerned, , and even iOS as well, the software has a bit of catching up to do.

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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S hands-on: the all-purpose “mobile station”

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S hands-on: the all-purpose “mobile station”

Today we're having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, a Windows 10 tablet that may be a good contender for Microsoft Surface. Back when we saw the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 in 2013, it was beginning to be clear: the "Galaxy" look was expanding beyond the borders of Android. Now here in 2016, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S keeps the name and comes with Windows 10 in a tablet that's made to do basically anything.

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Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet boasts surround sound

Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet boasts surround sound

Huawei has introduced its’ new MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet as part of its’ CES 2016 lineup. This is the maker’s latest tablet, and it is promised to bring with it a “fantastic audio and visual experience” thanks in part to an aluminum alloy full-metal body and surround sound. Huawei plans to launch a couple different models in the U.S. soon, including a gold version with a bundled stylus.

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HP Pavilion x2 12″ adds USB-C and bigger screen to budget convertible

HP Pavilion x2 12″ adds USB-C and bigger screen to budget convertible

HP's Pavilion X2 proved to be a budget Windows 10 detachable tablet surprise, and now it's getting a bigger brother. Launched at CES 2016 this week, the HP Pavilion x2 12" bumps the display from 10-inches to 12-inches, but keeps the easily-docked tablet display and removable keyboard section that turns the x2 from a notebook to a slate and vice-versa.

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HP Spectre X360 15″ adds 4K to slick convertible

HP Spectre X360 15″ adds 4K to slick convertible

If bigger is better then HP's new Spectre X360 15", a larger version of its coveted X360 convertible, is onto a winner. Scaling up the touchscreen Windows 10 notebook from 13.3- to 15.6-inches, the new Spectre still keeps the machined aluminum body and clever hinge design, but now offers up to 4K resolution.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 ringtone downloads movie-accurate

This week we've been passed a collection of sounds synthesized from the publicly-available Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailers, all sounds made by BB-8. These BB-8 sound effects have been cut down and cleaned and formatted in a way that makes them perfect for whatever odd project the Star Wars-loving public might want to use them for. We'll be using them for ringtones and notification sounds on our smartphones - you can do what you wish.

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Acer launches kid-friendly Iconica One 8 tablet

Acer launches kid-friendly Iconica One 8 tablet

These days, every kid wants to have their own tablet for playing games, watching videos, and surfing the net. Unfortunately most tablets aren't designed with children in mind. Acer is looking to change that by introducing their new Iconica One 8 tablet, that is specifically family-friendly.

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Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

It's that time of year again. While the last days of the year are the perfect time to take stock of what has transpired in 2015, it's also the perfect time to plan ahead and to look forward to the upcoming year. So naturally, we take out our crystal ball from the chest in the attic, give it a little rub and polish, and try to peer into what the future of mobile devices will look like in 2016. At least, based on the seeds that have taken root this year. While many, like the adoption of 2K resolution screens and USB Type-C ports, may seem like no brainers, there are still some interesting things we're divining for the future. Here are five.

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Jolla greets the new year with bad news on tablet deliveries

Jolla greets the new year with bad news on tablet deliveries

Jolla is definitely starting the new year with a bang. At the end of 2015, narrowly missing Santa's naughty list, the Finnish startup took stock of their rather tumultuous year and of the challenges up ahead. But sandwiched in between retrospective and prophesy are words that Jolla fans have probably dreaded hearing for a few months now. Good news: some Jolla tablets will still be shipping out to backers who already "paid" for it via crowdfunding. Bad news: not everyone, even those who financially invested in it, will be getting the now mythical mobile device.

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