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Android Lollipop revealed with Nexus 6, 9, and Player

This afternoon Google revealed that they’d be releasing Android L as Android 5.0 Lollipop. Along with this release comes three new devices, the Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player. The Nexus Player is the first official Android TV device to be released with Google, and it’s made by ASUS. The Nexus 6 is made by Motorola, and the Nexus 9 is made by HTC.

Huawei Ascend P7 Review

It would appear that Huawei has brought a smartphone to market with real potential to take on the big-guns in China. With the Huawei Ascend P7, the company brings a device that’s not only able to take high-quality photos and video, it’s able to present a top-notch display experience as well.

Huawei Ascend P7 official: 0.25-in thick and massive megapixels

The Huawei Ascend P7 comes to the public with a set of specifications that suggest it’s readiness to fight the best on the market. With a 5-inch in-cell display with 1920 x 1080 pixels across it - that’s 445PPI. With Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box and Huawei’s own "Emotion UI" 2.3 and a camera with 13-megapixels of power across its back, there’s no reason - at first - to deny that it’s one of the best smartphones headed to market this season.

Flappy Bird missing? Developer to delete game

"I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine." says the original developer of the massively popular game, "But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it." Speaking today about the attention he's gotten from the game and responding to the possibility that it's bringing his large stacks of cash, it would appear that this situation hasn't been all stars and roses. On the contrary - the developer announced today that he's so tired of the attention the app has gotten, he's taking it offline in the next 22 hours.

Spotify adds Led Zeppelin to streaming ranks

The one and only Led Zeppelin has been added to the extensive libraries of Spotify, allowing in a variety of albums over the next month. Starting today - December 11th, 2013, Led Zeppelin albums will begin to be ushered in with "Led Zeppelin" and "Led Zeppelin II", both from 1969. After that it's December 12th with the release of III and the untitled 4th album, these originally released in 1970 and 1971.

Moto G hands-on and first-impressions

Today we've been introduced to Motorola's national and international strategy for taking command of the growing mid-tier smartphone market with the smartphone called Moto G. This device is set to be priced at a cool $179 USD off-contract in the United States and comparable costs outside the states, making it a rather enticing proposal for prospective smartphone users both inside the USA and internationally. What we're doing today is having a peek at this machine as it prepares to launch in Brazil, then Europe, and eventually (by January) inside the USA as well.

Nexus 5 hands-on: photos, benchmarks, first impressions

In the Nexus 5 you'll find Google's biggest effort yet in their unique "pure" take on Android, both physically and metaphorically. You've got LG-made hardware here with a display that's the most massive Google has issued for a Nexus smartphone, appearing at 4.95-inches of LCD with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. That's 445 PPI, and beaten only by the HTC One's sharpness of 469 PPI due to it's smaller display at 4.7-inches with the same amount of pixels.

Moto Maker hands-on with Moto X: the customization begins

This week we've had the opportunity to create our own customized Motorola Moto X with the company's first edition - pre-release edition, that is - of Moto Maker. This is Motorola's customization engine for what may very well be a variety of devices in the future, but for now is centered on Moto X, a device which you can also see in full effect in our Moto X review. This process is simple - colors, letters, and specifications are but a click away, and the UI to back it all up is as simple as it is smooth.

Moto X Review

This week we're delivering an extended stay with the Moto X, a device presented by Motorola as the current sweet spot in the center of price, usability, and customizability. This device marks a point in the history of Android where what my colleague Chris Davies calls a "Context Ecosystem" has dawned, and in it an essential dismissal of winner-take-all hardware specifications in favor of an overall best-in-class user experience.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition Review

If you planned on picking up the Nexus 4 this summer but hesitated when you heard about Samsung's entry in to the newly minted "Google Play edition" lineup, you must have been thrown for a real loop when HTC brought the One on too. Here we've got not just one of the top hero machines on the market ready for "Nexus" glory, but two. Why would you choose one over the other? Let's have a peek.
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