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Research says mobile use may affect kids’ problem-solving skills

It is already an accepted fact that the best way to distract kids or to keep them from getting bored is to plop a mobile device in front of them. In fact, you probably will not be able to separate them from the smartphone or tablet when you actually need them to pay attention. Much has been said about the effect of heavy mobile device use on the young ones, but there are still no hard facts to support our theories and speculations.

Google’s Project Tango tablet moving closer to reality

That’s one small step for a tab, one giant leap for all of its kind: Google has recently announced that Project Tango, a high-powered concept tablet enabling the user to recreate reality in digital form, has taken the next step towards actual realization by graduating out of its Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division. That means that Google is actually thinking about the device's marketability and real-world applications.

Lollipop images out for Nexus 7, both 3G and LTE versions [UPDATE]

For those of you who are still using your venerable Nexus 7 – be it the 2012 3G only version or the more recent 2013 LTE version – this is probably good news for you. Google has released Android 5.0.2 Lollipop images for your devices – this is no joke. The mothership has finally decided that it’s probably time to bring you up to speed as you’ve been languishing in KitKat loneliness all this time.

DIY mod for hard-to-press Nexus 9 buttons now available

We’ll be honest: We love the HTC Nexus 9. We’ve raved about it before -- how sleek and elegant it looks, about its 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor with dual Denver cores running at 2.3GHz, and that vibrant 8.9-inch display (2048x1536 pixel resolution). Now if only those really iffy volume and power buttons would have an easy fix. It turns out, there might just be hope for us and the rest of the tablet world who use Google's premier tablet.

Android 5.0.2 images arrive for 2013 Nexus 7 (WiFi), Nexus 10

Following last month's factory image release, Google is now bringing Android 5.0.2 to the rest of its older Nexus tablets. The maintenance update, which first appeared for the 2012 Nexus 7, is now available for the 2013 model, only for its WiFi variant, and the Nexus 10. And as before, there is no official changelog or announcement on what has been fixed in this silent Android release. Amusingly, the more recent Nexus 9 seems to have been left out, at least for now.

Nexus 9 released in sand color

Earlier this morning Google and HTC rolled out a unique sand color option for the Nexus 9. During the initial launch, the colors offered were black and white. The black rear soft touch panel picks up fingerprint residue quickly, switching out to a white or sand could be better in terms of cleanliness and appearance.

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.

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.

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).

Preview of Microsoft Office apps for Android tablets now expanded

Back in November 2014, Microsoft opened up a preview for their Office apps for Android tablet users who wanted to get a feel of what it would be like to have Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on their devices. They've now announced that they are making it easier for interested tablet users to get access to these preview apps by making it readily available on the Google Play Store.
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