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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.

Huawei Ascend P6 hands-on

It's time to get a closer look at what's currently the world's thinnest smartphone in the Huawei Ascend P6. This device is made by the company to be both the world's slimmest and their premiere release - it's the hero strategy spreading across the world, hitting Huawei with a device that'll be coming in black, white, and pink, too. The pink edition is especially unique, of course, with not only pink plastic and metal up front (the plastic existing under glass, of course), but a pink metal rim, as well.

Nyko Dock for NVIDIA SHIELD hands-on

Earlier today the popular accessory maker Nyko, most known for their budget game console products, announced a slew of cases and options for us Android gamers. Most notably, some cases and a new dock for the upcoming NVIDIA SHIELD game console. Their cases are nice, but the dock turns your quad-core Tegra 4 powered SHIELD into a traditional console. It's interesting, so lets take a peek.

LG Nexus 4 in white hands-on and unboxing

After countless leaks and speculation the folks from Google and LG finally made the white LG Nexus 4 official. It's the same Nexus we know and love, with a nice new paint job. After plenty of talk at Google I/O about a white model with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean getting announced we were excited, but it's still just on 4.2.2, for now at least. Read on for more details and a quick unboxing with Google's other baby. That being Google Glass.

Next Browser hands-on: GO Launcher team customizes the web

The GO Launcher Dev Team recently updated the Next Browser and while we hadn't been spending lots of time with this browser in the past, this latest update arrived as one that was hard to ignore. The Next Browser has been updated to v1.0 and plenty of new features have been added. Not to mention, having recently spent some time browsing the Play Store comments and well, we had to install the app and spend some time playing around.

Coolpad Quattro II 4G and 8920 hands-on

Coolpad is a name that may not be all that familiar for those in the US market, however the company has had some success. MetroPCS launched the Coolpad Quattro as one of their first 4G LTE devices and managed to sell more than 1 million units. Up for this year though, Coolpad has the Quattro II 4G which has been announced for C-Spire. The Quattro II 4G is running Jelly Bean and sporting a 4.5-inch (960 x 540) display and we recently spent some hands-on time with the handset during CTIA.