CAT B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: Built to last

During the show here in Spain for Mobile World Congress an interesting device from the rugged construction company Caterpillar was announced. It isn't their first Android smartphone, but the new CAT B15 could be a good alternative for those out in the field. This is one of those rugged smartphones that actually might be worth taking a look at thanks to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Android and Chrome: No merge in sight

There has been ongoing talk about Google merging Android and Chrome. Despite seeing some crossover such as the touchscreen display being added to the Chromebook Pixel, or peripheral support being improved back in Honeycomb -- Google is not pushing to merge the platforms anytime soon. In fact, Matias Duarte recently spoke with SlashGear and said that the "two platforms meet different needs.”

Google Chromebook Pixel hands-on and first impressions

Google blasted onto the high end laptop scene last week with their all-new Chromebook Pixel. We had a pretty good idea it was coming based on a few leaks, but they shocked everyone with a quick announcement last week. Not to mention the price also being a shocker - to say the least. Offering a 12.85-inch 2560x1700 'Pixel' display, dual-core Intel Core i5 power and more but that price sure is daunting. Read on for our initial impressions.

Pentagon will open networks for Android in early 2014

The topic of Android and the government has been ongoing. In fact, the Dell Streak 5 and Android 2.2 Froyo were both certified by the Department of Defense way back in 2011. Looking towards the future though, it appears as if Android handsets will begin rolling-out to government employees beginning in February of 2014. This news comes by way of a Department of Defense announcement and in addition to Android, will also include iOS.

Chrome for Android update adds background audio and more

If you happen to have an Android device running Chrome, you may want to head over to the Play Store and grab this latest update. The update is for Chrome 25, specifically for version 25.0.1364.123 and it has brought some new features along with some notable improvements on existing features.

Pocket Casts 4 arrives with Holo style UI, syncing, backup and more

Shifty Jelly offered a little Pocket Casts 4 teaser earlier in the month. At that time they offered a fairly decent look at the new features and had said that the release was coming this month. Well, true to their word, Pocket Casts 4 is now available in the Google Play Store. Those who have already purchased Pocket Casts will be able to grab the update for free. Everyone else, Pocket Casts 4 remains priced at $3.99.

Galaxy S IV rumored to have Exynos 5 Octa-core, but only in Europe

The Samsung Galaxy S IV smartphone is still a bit of a mystery for now, but we'll be learning all the details on March 14th for the official Samsung Unpacked Event. While we wait, a few more rounds of rumors are beginning to surface that has our interest piqued. New reports state the US model will be powered by Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 600 series processor, while the Europe model will enjoy that new 8-core chip from Samsung.
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