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Jawbone UP joins the Android Community with official app

Today you'll be able to join the masses of health-conscious Jawbone UP device-wearers with your own Android-based app. This device in the past was only working with an iOS app for the iPhone and/or iPod touch, and today's push allows the Jawbone crew to team up with the millions of Android users out there in the wild - in the cold, dark wild. If you're not able to see the Jawbone UP app in the Google Play app store right this minute, you'll be able to see it soon - it's on the way!

GALAXY S 4 gets uniform “no” from top hack CyanogenMod

The most famous and widely-used customized user interface for Android devices - CyanogenMod - has been declared a no-go for the brand new Samsung GALAXY S 4. This will come as a relatively large blow for Samsung if they do seek the Android hacker bid - or dollar, rather - as such a lack of support for the device from the developer community (hacker community) will result in a distinct lack of fun for those that call hacking their home. In other words, this essentially means Samsung will be selling phones to those that are happy with the way the phone works out of the box.

HTC One Review (2013)

If you're in the market for a new smartphone in the next few weeks, the HTC One will be just one of several massively impressive hero devices released by major brands - and you'll have a really fun decision on your hands. Here at the tail end of Winter in the year 2013 we've entered an age of quad-core mobile processors, wireless connectivity so diverse it'll make your head spin, and cameras on smartphones made much more powerful than your average point-and-shoot. So here we've got the HTC One, the best new hope for the company to revive the once (and perhaps future) glory they've cultivated in the Android universe. The HTC One may very well be your ticket to today's greatest smartphone package of all.

Google Shoes take Android to your foot

This week at the fabulous and varied series of events known as South by Southwest down in Austin, Texas, Google has made it clear that they're not getting in to the fashion business - but they're not letting up when it comes to experimental implementation of technology, all the same. With the brand new "Talking Shoes" integrated in to a fabulous pair of Adidas high-tops you'll find yourself understanding rather quickly what it's like when smart technology implementation goes strange - and if you're lucky, you'll find out how to make a pair for yourself, too.

Would a free iPhone 6 kill Android?

This week the rumor of a "free" iPhone release has once again been rumbling in the technology news world, complete with talk that such a (subsidized) product revealed by Apple would take a heavy toll on Android-based device sales. As a user of both Android devices and the iPhone 5, I can't say that a device like this handset (modified for its re-release) wouldn't be a massive temptation for prospective phone buyers around the world. Especially with the notion of multiple colored-cases and an even lighter and thinner unit than ever before.

HD Widgets Colourform theme hands-on

This week HD Widgets gets rather colorful in a new set of widgets that take what the app already does extremely well and cuts it all down to a rather Pop Art friendly phase. This release comes as a separate download from the main HD Widgets (now at version 3.8, mind you), and brings you a variety of new backs, fronts, colors, and everything in-between for your fully customizable widget family. HD Widgets just went full tilt simplistic for those that are weary of the skeuomorphism designs of the past - get flat!

Android Community app revealed: hands-on with 1.0!

This week we've got a real special treat for all you out there in love with Google's mobile OS: the first official Android Community app! This app is made to connect you to the the vast archive as well as newest in new in Android Community action, top to bottom. This app is absolutely free and is able to work on most any Android device, big or small - let's have a hands-on look right this minute!

Temple Run 2 Android release set for record-breaking response

This past week we've seen just about as much interest in one game as we've seen in every single other app on the market, and it isn't even out yet: Temple Run 2. The original Temple Run was one of the most hotly anticipated games for Android back when it launched many moons after the iOS iteration, and here with the Apple-first release of Temple Run 2, history seems very much to be repeating itself - and not just figuratively.

NVIDIA Project SHIELD extended hands-on with Android and PC gaming

One of the biggest presentations shown at CES this year was, without a doubt, NVIDIA's Project SHIELD, complete with a Tegra 4 processor, streaming PC gaming, and the distinction of being the first Android-toting NVIDIA device, top to bottom. What we've got for you here is a sort of B-roll collection of videos collected at CES from several source including NVIDIA Technical Marketing Director Nick Stam and Product Line Manager for GeForce GPUs Jason Paul. Have a peek at gaming with the device, an extended look at Tegra 4, and an in-depth explanation of NVIDIA's full intentions with this new gaming ecosystem.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Camera Review

It's time to get down to business with the Samsung Galaxy Camera as you'll be picking it up from your local AT&T retailer soon, and very soon. As it turns out, this device is essentially the same model you'll be getting if you're purchasing the device internationally - innards and all. there aren't even any AT&T logos on the device, as it were, with this machine appearing in your hands fully Samsung-friendly. What we're going to do in the review below is take a unique look at this device as it is brand new to the Android universe - less on the smartphone end of things (since it's not a smartphone, mind you), and a lot more on the photography angle.
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