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CES 2015 Roundup: Android in full throttle

The dust of CES 2015 has finally settled down, so now we can take a more holistic overview of what went down at the world's largest consumer electronics event. Unsurprisingly, Android is at the center of many of the new, and some old, devices we've seen. But while wearables, particularly smartwatches are still somewhat of a hot topic, we're now seeing Android's growing presence outside of its usual form factors, in particular in cars and in TVs. Join us for Android Community's recap of CES 2015.

Jide unveils Remix Ultra Tablet

New startup Jide Technology is determined to enter the Android tablet arena. Why wouldn't it especially its founders were from Google. Three former Google engineers left the search giant to build a startup that would develop a mobile device solution that takes care of productivity and entertainment needs. These ex-Googlers believe that "tablets are great at media consumption and mobility but painful at content creation". The engineers thought that virtual keyboards can be frustrating so they're adding a magnetic full-sized keyboard to a tablet for a more convenient mobile computing.

AMPL powered backpack solves charging issues, debuted at CES

Modern society has been so reliant on its gadgets that running out of battery power is a very real – and in most cases, a very stressful – issue for most. That is why mobile power banks are in vogue these days. But the AMPL powered backpack presents a novel solution to the issue – a backpack with charging capabilities so that if you are not using your gadgets, they can be in your bag and charging at the same time.

Polaroid intros new L series of Android tablets at CES 2015

Polaroid was not satisfied showing off the Selfie smartphone and the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer. Why, the company also introduced a new line of Android tablets that boasts of quad-core processors and runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop platform. The L series consists of two tablets: the 7-inch L7 tablet and the L10 10.1-inch tablet. This makes the Android L7 and L10 now two of the very few Lollipop-running tablets in the market today.

Digital tattoo thermometer, smart pacifier unveiled at CES 201

Who says that only adults and older kids can benefit from the continuing evolution of technology and gadgets? At CES 2015, several products were unveiled that highlight how you can use technology to check up on your babies' health. Okay, it's also the parents that will actually be helped by these new products and babies will probably not have much fun using them, but it still is pretty cool to see technology being used for something other than selfies or games (not that those are bad things okay?)

BRAVEN shows off BRV-PRO, new ultra-rugged Bluetooth speaker

CES 2015 is about to close but that doesn't mean we'd stop featuring great products we've seen at the tech event. Days after the show formally closes, we'd still be reporting and showing you what we've seen or held. One of the hundreds of products shown off this week is the BRAVEN BRV-PRO Bluetooth speaker that impresses with its rugged design. This seems ideal for those who like to stay outdoors but can't live without listening to music. The tank-like design adds to the rough and ready feel you'd want to bring this everywhere you go.

ZAGG intros new Pocket Keyboard for your phablet

Smartphones are getting bigger. We recently noted that laptop growth and tablet sales are going nowhere so more manufacturers are focusing their efforts on smartphones. Screen sizes are getting larger but admit it, typing on a touchscreen display has not always been easy. More people still prefer real keyboard especially if you need to type a longer message. Since more and more people are using phones (phablets) as their main device, we can expect smartphones to transform at a more rapid pace.

Alcatel OneTouch to sell unlocked devices through new e-commerce site

For the first time in North America, Alcatel OneTouch is opening an e-commerce channel where users will be able to purchase unlocked smartphones, tablets and accessories from the OEM. They previously launched a similar online channel in Europe last November 2014 and now it's the turn of US residents (and later on, Canada) to be able to buy their preferred device at a more affordable price and not tied down with any carrier (if that is something they would prefer).

Razer Forge TV hands-on: Android living room gaming levels up

Razer revealed earlier at CES 2015 its own take as Android gaming in the living room with the Forge TV, but its take isn't simply a box or controller that you hook up to a TV and press Play. Razer's idea is more of a whole ecosystem that includes the Forge TV itself, a couple of surprisingly good controllers, and even the software that runs inside. We got to test all of these ourselves to see just how much promise this latest attempt really holds.

Altec Lansing improves on Bluetooth speakers with BoomJacket

If you're a fan of Altec Lansing's Life Jacket, a portable Bluetooth speaker released last year, then you'll be happy with their latest announcement. They've announced a new and even better all-weather indoor/outdoor speakers called BoomJacket. It brings you the same durability features but with better sound experience, and even longer continuous playback battery life.
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