hardware

Android TV ADT-1 dev kits start shipping to developers

To prepare the new Android sub-platform for its first actual launch later this year, Google has started sending the ADT-1 Android TV preview kit to would-be app developers. This will hopefully ensure that by the time Android finally makes its way to the living room, there won't be a dearth of apps, games and content that could steal the thunder from this new device category.

Sat-Fi brings connectivity even to most remote areas

Unless you meant to go to the farthest area of the earth to have a retreat, chances are, wherever you go, you’d want to always be connected. But not all places in the world are equipped with a strong 3G or LTE signal. That’s where this newest gizmo called Sat-Fi comes in, as it says it can connect your device to both cellular and web data wherever you are in the world.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet review

Lenovo unveiled a pair of tablets a few weeks earlier. This was the Yoga Tablet lineup and it included an 8-inch and 10-inch variant. Or perhaps better remembered, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet may be better known for two things -- the unique design and the bit about how they were announced with celebrity endorsement. That celebrity was Ashton Kutcher and while the Yoga Tablet lineup has an interesting look, we must admit we were pleasantly surprised when we pulled these out of the box and began playing.

Motorola’s Project Ara modular smartphones tap 3D Systems for manufacturing

The idea of easily upgradeable smartphones isn't an entirely new topic. We have seen a project from Phonebloks and more recently, Motorola unveiled something called Project Ara. Motorola made that announcement back towards the end of October and at the time they introduced Ara as the answer to how they could bring the "benefits of an open hardware ecosystem to 6 billion people."

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.

Motorola Project Ara takes on the modular smartphone challenge

While smartphone mobile platforms have, to some extent, somewhat peaked, the same cannot be said about the hardware that runs the software. And while open source software has pretty much become a part of our lives, in no small part thanks to Android, open hardware is still pretty much an unreachable dream. A group within Motorola's research arm, however, might just have the answer to that with Project Ara.
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