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Moto X hands-on: everything you need to know

Just announced this afternoon is the highly anticipated new Moto X smartphone from the partnership between Google and Motorola. We've been following this new phone (and the new Motorola) for a while now, but this afternoon everything is finally official. Can Google help Motorola get back on track to be a top player in the mobile game dominated by Samsung and Apple? This new Moto X surely is headed in the right direction. Below we'll be going over a little of everything, so check it out.

New Nexus 7: Hands-on with Google’s tablet

Just as expected, today Google announced the new ASUS made Google Nexus 7 tablet to replace their wildly popular slate from last year. Simply calling it the new Nexus 7, not the Nexus 7 2, this new device comes packed and ready to rock. With more than 70 million Android tablet's sold to date, the newest member to join the lineup surely is impressive, and will sell by the truckloads. We've seen countless leaks but now we've got our hands all over it, so read on to see what we think.

HTC One mini hands-on and impressions

After all the rumors and leaks today we've managed to officially learn all the details about the HTC One mini, as well as get our hands all over the 4.3-inch smartphone. HTC isn't relying on just the larger One to do all the heavy lifting this year, as we now have a smaller sibling, and are still hopeful for the One Max as well. However, today we'll be focusing on the slimmed down and smaller version of their flagship. The HTC One mini.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on

The overall experience between the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and the AT&T model is close to the same, however there is one key difference. That difference is in the connectivity. In addition to having WiFi, the AT&T branded Galaxy Note 8.0 also brings connectivity for the 4G LTE network. The Galaxy Note 8.0 came available with AT&T a short while back and as a result, we have recently spent some hands-on time with the tablet.

Parrot ZIK Wireless Headphones Review

We have recently spent some time playing with a set of Parrot headphones. Specifically, the Parrot ZIK headphones, which come as a result of a partnership with Philippe Stark. These headphones feature goodies such as active noise cancellation, a touch control panel, Bluetooth, NFC and a motion detector. Parrot also has an Android app available called the Parrot Audio Suite.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Review

Samsung originally announced the Galaxy S4 Active in early June. Since that point we have seen the handset shown off during the Samsung Premiere event which took place a few days earlier. We managed to spend a few minutes of hands-on time with the handset during that event, however that was just the start of our experience with the Active. We received an AT&T branded Galaxy S4 a short while back and as such we have been able to spend a bit more time playing around -- and yes, that includes testing the device in water.

NVIDIA SHIELD Console unboxing and hands-on

After all the waiting we finally have our hands all over NVIDIA SHIELD. The Android-powered game console all built inside a dedicated game controller with an attached 5-inch 720p HD display for the ultimate gaming experience. Today we'll be giving you a first look at the retail goods, as well as our first impressions on the new quad-core Tegra 4 powered games. Sadly today brought bad news that the launch has been delayed, but read on for our thoughts and a few videos.

Launchers: taking Nova, Action and Yandex for a spin

One of the attractions of using Android is the ability to customize. This can be everything from adjusting and tweaking the layout using your stock setup, which could include a TouchWiz or Sense experience and it can also include using third party launchers. The launcher category is big and it seems to be growing at a fairly regular pace. Without trying to name every single launcher available, just in recent history we have seen mentions of Apex Launcher and Chameleon as well as Everything.me and Facebook Home.