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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX hands-on

Amazon took the unusual route with the original Kindle Fire, branching out from Android by adopting Google's OS but changing it in fundamental ways until it served the retail giant's content funnel purposes. Now in the third-generation we have the Kindle Fire HDX, two new slates - 7- and 8.9-inches - which refine the consumer experience even further. We stopped by Amazon to find out how the new Fire HDX tablets hold up.

LG G Pad 8.3 hands-on

LG is making another attempt at the tablet segment, bringing its new G Pad 8.3 to IFA 2013 to try to build on the buoyant reception to the LG G2. We grabbed some hands-on time with the 8.3-inch tablet to find out whether LG's promise of "better than HD" resolution and features cribbed from the G2 make sense.

Google Maps v7 detailed: Latitude killed, Offline maps hidden

Google has officially detailed Google Maps for Android v7, and while there are are some useful new features, some of the most appreciated aspects of the app have been hidden or removed altogether. Spotted in the Play Store earlier today, the new app refreshes the design based on what Google did over on iOS previously, with a new Explore section that auto-predicts places to eat, drink, or stay in Google Now style cards as you type.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active official: Rugged, waterproof with Aqua Mode camera

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active, the ruggedized version of the Galaxy S 4, has been officially revealed, capable of surviving underwater as well as in dusty, bumpy conditions. Based largely on the S 4's specifications, though with a few notable changes, the Galaxy S4 Active has a 5-inch Full HD display though uses TFT LCD rather than AMOLED, while the rear camera steps down to 8-megapixels from 13-megapixels.

LG denies Nexus 5 involvement but confirms Android tablet for 2013

LG will not be making the "Nexus 5" for Google, one company executive has claimed, with the South Korean firm supposedly looking to in fact reduce its dependency on Android moving forward. LG's roadmap does not include the next-gen Nexus, VP of LG Eurpe Won Kim told All About Phones, describing the collaboration as a win for marketing but arguing that "we do not need such a marketing success again."
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