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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Reviewed: The Ultimate Android Tablet

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Both models of the Galaxy Tab S2 are impressive. Of the two, I’m partial to the 8-inch Tab because its size is perfect for what I like to do with a tablet, like reading comics and watching movies.

The question now is, should you buy a Tab S2 instead of the iPad?

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Nextbit’s Robin Is An Android Smartphone That Taps The Cloud For Bonus Smarts

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After weeks of teasing out little details on Twitter, Nextbit has finally spilled the beans on what they’ve been working: Robin, a “cloud-first” Android smartphone.

So what does “cloud-first” mean? At least initially (the company suggests that the cloud integration will only get deeper in time), it means smart, automated offloading of your photos, videos, and apps to free up the local storage space on your device.

Robin has 32GB of storage built in. As you fill this, it’ll automatically back up your photos and apps to a private 100GB box on their cloud server.

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New Android-x86 Release Peppered With Problems

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If you want one Linux-based OS to run on all of your devices, Android-x86 could become a viable alternative. The major advantage to running Android on all of your devices would be keeping all of your settings, apps and Google services on an equal footing. That is not happening yet, however.

Chih-Wei Huang, project maintainer for the Android-x86 Project, last month announced the release of Android-x86-r3 -- the third stable release of the Android-x86 project.

It certainly is more refined, but it is a work that needs more progress.

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Real pics of Samsung's clamshell Android with 16 MP camera emerge, flippin' awesome

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Samsung's flip Android comes with two 3.9-inch Super AMOLED panels with 768 by 1280 pixels of resolution, both of them protected by layers of Corning's Gorilla Glass 4, which is the same ultra-resistant glass that you're going to find on high-end Samsung handsets such as the Galaxy Note5 or the Galaxy S6. The handset draws its processing power from the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset, a SoC that's paired with 2 GB of RAM.

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Pro tip: Find business phone numbers faster in Android Lollipop

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Say you're in a hurry to phone a local business to either order a pizza, find out their hours, reserve a table... or whatever reason you might need quick access to that business's front desk. In the old days of Android KitKat, you'd have to do a search for the business from Chrome (or Google Now), locate a phone number listed for the business, and then tap the associated number to place the call. Android Lollipop has made that process quite a bit more efficient.

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These are the best 6 Android 6.0 Marshmallow features to look forward to

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As Fall 2015 draws near and Google is getting ready to launch Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there are a number of new features that Google will equip its next-gen version of the Android OS with.

Back in June at the Google I/O conference, Google shared details on a number of upcoming features, and since then, even more have been discovered in the preview versions of the OS. But as with all new OS versions, only a slim number will turn out to significantly impact the overall experience. In this article, we'll talk about the 6 best Android 6.0 Marshmallow features to look forward to.

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Which Android phone Will Take The Crown For The Best Smartphone Of 2015?

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Ascertaining the best Android phones for 2015 is a tough task primarily because of the huge number of measurability critirea that are needed to gauge that. It has to be first ascertained whether the list would include only high-end phones or would also include low-end (but feature-rich) phones. As per an IDC report, Google Inc's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android phones would constitute 80% of the smartphone market by 2020 due to the platform being the most popular for smartphone vendors who do not want to go through the labor of making their own operating systems.

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