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Leaked videos, screenshots reveal an HTC One running Android Lollipop

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No, you won’t get this gift in time for Christmas, but perhaps seeing an HTC One running Lollipop may make the wait slightly less painful.

A batch of videos and screenshots show HTC’s flagship with the newest build of Android, though of course it’s merged with the Sense 6.0 user interface (the HTC One currently runs Sense 5.0). We got a small hint of how Lollipop looks on the One in November, but this leak lays out what the entire operating system makeover looks in clearer detail.

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The best Android apps of 2014

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Monument Valley, The Room Two, Clumsy Ninja and much, much more in our pick of games released this year through the Google Play store.
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Google Plans to Integrate Android Directly Into Vehicles

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The company is working on a new Android version that will power a car's entertainment and navigation systems, connect it to the Internet, and integrate with the vehicle's sensors, a Reuters report says.

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, cars from many automakers could feature a version of Google's Android operating system built directly into the vehicles.

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Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

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Google is planning a big push into in-car infotainment systems with an upcoming version of Android, sources claim.

"Android M" – the version to come after the current Android 5.0 "Lollipop" – will be available in a formulation designed specifically to run cars' built-in screens, Reuters reports, citing anonymous insiders with knowledge of the plan.

Google made its first advances toward the automotive world at its I/O developer conference earlier this year, when it unveiled its Android Auto software. The first Android Auto–compatible cars are expected to arrive early next year.

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Must Have Android Apps That Aren’t So Well Known

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There are must have Android apps that everyone has – the big apps that get all the buzz. There are also apps that win popularity contests in specific groups of people.

But there are also Android apps worthy of download that aren’t that well known. Think of them as the “must have” underdog list.

To avoid missing out on what may prove to be your most helpful app ever, take a look at these lesser known contenders:

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Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

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This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta.

The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits a $110 price target though the reduction of RAM to 1GB and the elimination of the WiFi/Bluetooth radio module, though it still possesses the power of a Freescale i.MX6 Quad SoC clocked at around 1GHz.

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Did Cyanogen betray OnePlus for India?

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This year kicked off with OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc announcing the OnePlus One invitation only device which created a buzz in the tech community, since then, relations have taken a downward turn and now the two companies are in a legal debacle over the Indian market.

Back in February on the 28th, OnePlus and Cyanogen both signed a collaboration agreement and earlier on that month, on the 1st, they signed a trademark license agreement which is valid until 31st January 2016. These agreements meant that OnePlus was allowed a non-exclusive license to use Cyanogen trademarks and software worldwide except mainland China. Everything is OK up until September 2014.

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The best Android phones, tablet, and watch of 2014

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The best thing about Android is that there are lots of choices. The worst thing about Android is that there are lots of choices. There are just too many damn phones to choose from!

You've got metal phones, plastic phones, cheap phones, phones with a higher resolution than your TV, and phones as big as your head. You don't need to know what every Android thing on the market does, you just need to know what the best ones are.

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This is the world’s most stunning new Android phone – and it’ll only cost you $5,000

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While there’s no question that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are beautiful smartphones, some might argue that Apple’s 2012 iPhone 5 and last year’s iPhone 5s feature an overall look that is more sleek and sophisticated. Now, imagine that sophisticated design was given harder lines, darker tones and a 5-inch full HD display, and it was built out of titanium and 18k gold instead of aluminum.

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Google building full Android IVI stack, says report

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If Android M is for real, the technology would go far beyond its Android Auto initiative announced earlier this year. Android Auto offers Apple CarPlay-like extensions to existing Android apps for customized interactions with a wide variety of IVI navigation and multimedia systems. IVI systems that support Android Auto should begin to appear in cars sometime in 2015.

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Leaked videos, screenshots reveal an HTC One running Android Lollipop

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