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Et tu, IBM? Apple, IBM enterprise partnership hits Microsoft’s core business.

Thirty-four years ago, Microsoft won the contract that helped it conquer the computing world, eventually relegating rival Apple to the margins. That …

Google's iron grip on Android: controlling open source by any means necessary

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: right;"/><p>Six years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open …

Motorola Announces The Moto G: What The iPhone 5C Should Have Been

Motorola today announced the Moto G, a mid-market smartphone designed to give consumers a high quality experience for the fraction of the price. The Moto G is the global successor to Motorola’s well-received Moto X and sports better quality hardware than most cheaper smartphones sold around the …

Google confirms new Camera API, update to Nexus 5 "available shortly"

Google confirmed to <i>CNet</i> that it’s working on a new software foundation for cameras on Android devices.<p>Fragments of code found in the publicly available Android repository have revealed that Google tried to release a new Camera application programming interface (API) on KitKat, but called it off …

New Google Tips is surprisingly helpful

Google has launched Google Tips, a site which uses clickable cards to explain the features and capabilities of Google's biggest products. The cards explain concepts such as sharing photos with specific people in Google+ circles, synchronizing Android smartphone contacts to a Google account, and …

Google puts an offline Moto Maker in the pages of Wired

Despite reports of a sales shortfall, the customizable Moto X has some dedicated fans, and it's fair to say they overlap pretty well with the target audience of <i>Wired</i>. And so, for anybody who hasn't yet tried their hand at designing a phone in the Moto Maker, Google is making the process a little …

What is Android?

Android has evolved a lot over the years and has quickly become the dominant mobile platform across the globe. While most of us know exactly what Android is, and how to use it, there are still a number of folks that are new to Google’s mobile OS, finally ditching that old-school mobile phone or …

The best Android apps for February 2014

February is looking to shape up to be a big month. MWC is now over and we’re seeing some truly awesome stuff from there. However, MWB 2014 isn’t the only big things that happened this month. There were some truly awesome Android apps to come out and we rounded up the best ones so you can check them …

OnePlus Announces Moto X-Style Voice Commands For The Upcoming One Phone

The marketing campaign for OnePlus's CyanogenMod-powered One phone has been maddeningly piecemeal, so we've been hesitant to post their tiny updates. …

Rumor: 'Remind Me When I'm With This Person' May Be Coming To Google Now

Article Contents<p>Google Now is a powerful tool. A step toward Google's vision of a <i>Star Trek</i> computer in the palm of your hand, Now is built to serve …

Google Search updated with 'Take a photo' and 'Take a video' voice commands

Google Search has been incredibly useful ever since it gained Google Now in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With voice commands, cards that appear when you …

HTC One M8 Google Play Edition reportedly starting to ship

If you happen to be one of those that ordered a Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 during the first days that it arrived to the Play Store, you might want to check your inbox. Reportedly the handset is already starting to ship ahead of its original 2-3 week shipping target.<p>For those that ordered …

'Moto X+1' back panel options rumored, including wood and leather

The Moto X's customizability through the Moto Maker site is an important differentiator for Motorola, and if the latest rumor from Twitter leaker</i> …

HTC One (M8)

Samsung and HTC have launched their latest flagships, and the two devices have very different roles and aspirations. While Samsung hopes to maintain its position as the undisputed king of the Android hill, HTC is hoping to claw its way back into a market it dominated only a few years ago.<p>The age …

LG's smartphone sales heading for all-time high

LG’s smartphone sales are projected to hit an all-time high during the second quarter of this year. South Korea’s second largest smartphone maker is expected to sell some 15 million handsets during the three months ending June 2014 and surpass its previous Q2 record of 12 million units.<p>The news of …

Nokia X review: Nokia meets Android

For a long while, people have clamored for a Nokia built Android device. They wanted that Nokia build quality, that Nokia look and feel, that Nokia design, and we finally got that at Mobile World Congress… sort of. This past February, Nokia announced their first three Android phones, starting with …

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 11, 2014

With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where …

Entry-level Philips W6618 promises 66 day standby time, 33 hours talk

We’ve come to a point where there’s only so far we can go when it comes to improving a smartphone’s raw power. This means that most of today’s flagships aren’t the massive jumps we once saw, and instead are more like incremental updates when compared to their predecessors.<p>Instead of attempting to …

OnePlus One design finally revealed, but not by the hype machine

If there's one thing that's driven us — and you — crazy about the OnePlus One, it's been the overhyping process of slowly dribbling out specs, …

GPe HTC One M8 for India mistakenly mentioned in local press release

<b>Update:</b> Looks like the Google Play edition HTC One M8 won't be making its way outside of the U.S. just yet. In a statement issued to <i>BGR India</i>, HTC …

HTC Nexus 8 reportedly will replace Nexus 7 line - a good move or not?

Starting in February we’ve heard numerous rumors suggesting that HTC and Google are teaming up to create a “premium” Nexus tablet experience. Since that time, we’ve also heard at least one report that suggested the tablet could end up sized somewhere between the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.<p>Now, a new</i> …

Android 'Silver' may soon replace Google's Nexus program

Google’s Nexus line of products has long been popular with Android purists thanks to its vanilla build of the mobile OS and speedy updates. The Nexus …

Android gained 8 percentage points in US in the past year, mostly at iOS' expense

With the release of some smartphone OS market share numbers to the end of March this year, Android is up more than 8 percentage points from 2013 in the US. This brings Android to almost 60% US market share.<p>The exact numbers reported see Android up 8.3 percentage points over last year, to a total of …

OnePlus gives a production update that points to June for “increased general availability”

Waiting to get your hands on the new OnePlus One? You may be in it for the long haul. The company has provided a roadmap for the device’s production. …

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Killing the Nexus: should Android Silver take its place?

Let’s take the stance that Nexus is out and Silver is in. From what I have read of the Silver initiative, I am excited for the results as a consumer, but I really worry that developers are losing access to a definitive reference device.<p>Perhaps it could be argued that with all of the features that …

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Google launches Classroom for teachers using Google Apps for Education

Google is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day by giving something back to our educators in the form of <i>Classroom</i>. The latest addition to the Google …

Why It's Time to Think About Your Fork (and Knife and Spoon...)

We know that packaging, lighting, and glass size can affect how <i>much</i> you eat and drink, but can the utensil you eat with change how your food <i>tastes</i>?<p>Foodies have been buzzing over a new study in <i>Flavour</i> that shows the weight, color, size, and shape of cutlery affects the taste of food—making your next …