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  • Pebble Steel gives Kickstarter’s smartwatch a metal suit: Hands-on

    Pebble may have taken Kickstarter by storm with its eponymous smartwatch, but not everyone was convinced by the chunky plastic wearable. Now, addressing the complaints of those who might call the original Pebble plasticky or too

    January 6, 2014 • Views: 1227

  • LG LifeBand Touch and Heart Rate Earphones: fitness wearables hands-on

    LG’s new LifeBand Touch and Heart Rate Earphones may not be a direct Google Glass competitor, but it is a sign that the company is looking to wade into wearables in 2014. Announced at CES 2014 this week, the

    January 6, 2014 • Views: 886

  • Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ hands-on plus BOOMBand Wearable

    Alcatel wants a bigger slice of the midrange, and the OneTouch Idol X+ is the smartphone it thinks will achieve that. Announced at CES 2014 – and with a North American launch confirmed as in the pipeline – the Android

    January 6, 2014 • Views: 1546

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 packs 16MP and Jelly Bean

    Samsung has revealed the Galaxy Camera 2, the successor to the Android-powered Galaxy Camera, this time running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on a 1.6GHz quadcore processor, and packing a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. Debuting at CES

    January 2, 2014 • Views: 1067

  • Lenovo Vibe Z leads CES 2014 Android smartphone gush

    Lenovo has outed a bevy of new Android smartphones, ranging from the company’s first LTE handset, the Vibe Z, through a 6-inch S930 phablet, 5-inch A859, and finally a 4.7-inch S650, all new to CES 2014. Star of the quartet

    January 2, 2014 • Views: 2153

  • EVGA Tegra Note 7 by NVIDIA Review

    A Tegra 4 tablet, with a decent stylus, and the promise of pure Android? NVIDIA’s Tegra Note 7 platform, on sale from today, has plenty of Android aficionados talking, the $199 tablet arriving in the US with EVGA branding

    November 12, 2013 • Views: 2611

  • 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

    September 24, 2013 • Views: 2603

  • 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

    September 5, 2013 • Views: 1045

  • 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

    July 10, 2013 • Views: 606

  • Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 hopes 3rd time lucky for wearables

    Sony has unveiled its latest Android timepiece, the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2, a 1.6-inch touchscreen accessory to your smartphone or tablet. Pulling caller ID, messages, Facebook and Twitter notifications, music information and

    June 25, 2013 • Views: 779