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Introducing the First Android-x86 4.4.4 KitKat OS with Linux Kernel 4.0 and GAPPS

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Arne Exton, the creator of numerous Linux distros, had the pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability of a new build of his custom Android-x86 project, based on Android KitKat 4.4.4 and designed to allow users to run Android on their computers.

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LG G4 Review – The hero Android needs

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Life’s not so good when you’re stuck in the shadow of a big rival with deep pockets, but if anything can drag LG into the sunlight, it’s the new G4. LG’s flagship Android smartphone for 2015, the G4 takes what we loved about the G3 before it - and made it into the Android-to-have among those in the know - and hits the boost button. Screen, camera, performance, all have been in line for an upgrade. Nonetheless, the rest of the mobile world hasn’t stood still either, so does the G4 have what it takes to push back against Samsung’s excellent Galaxy S6?

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Android Moves Past iOS In Both Revenue And Traffic

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Android has ousted iOS to wrest the numero uno spot for the favored platform, beating the latter both in terms of ad revenue and traffic.

The tide has turned in Android's favor thanks to the global increase in demand for Android-based devices as opposed to iOS ones. The volume of consumers deploying Android is working to its advantage as reports reveal that "the Android ecosystem has started to overtake the one surrounding the iPhone."

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Android Leftovers

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This is my favorite Android phone

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So many pundits, bloggers and technology journalists focus on telling you what’s best. This is the best phone. These are the best apps. I do it too, though I often try to explain exactly why the device I’m covering is the best for the widest range of users. This time, however, I’m going to forget about what’s best for you and focus instead on what’s best for me. And if your priorities are at least somewhat aligned with mine, it’ll likely be what’s best for you as well.

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6 things Android Wear smartwatches can do that the Apple Watch can't

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Each wearable platform has its own strengths and weaknesses. Obviously, if you're already deeply invested into the iPhone ecosystem, the Apple Watch is the way to go. And if you're an Android user, Android Wear makes sense. Neither is compatible with one another (although there's a rumor that Google is working on an Android Wear app for iOS).

With the new Android Wear 5.1.1 Wear update rolling out to smartwatches, it's clear the Apple Watch will have some catching up to do to reach feature parity with Android Wear's year head start.

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Teclast X70 3G Is the First Tablet with Intel Atom x3, Sells for $50

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The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

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Android Leftovers

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  • Ugoos UM3 TV Box Offers Both Android And Linux

    There are plenty of TV boxes available to choose from on the market, but if you are looking for something a little different that allows you to dual boot Android and Ubuntu, the Ugoos UM3 TV Box is worth more investigation.

  • Ugoos UM3 TV box dual boots Android and Ubuntu

    The Ugoos UM3 is a small box that you can plug into your TV to run Android apps. But unlike most devices that fit that description, this one can also run Ubuntu Linux.

    That means you could use it to stream videos from YouTube or Netflix, play music from Pandora or Spotify, or play Android games. Then you could reboot the device and switch operating systems to run full desktop apps including LibreOffice and Firefox.

    Ugoos offers a larger model called the UT3S which sells for about $179. But the Ugoos UM3 costs about $50 less.

  • Samsung’s round smartwatch delayed, will launch alongside the Galaxy Note 5

    Samsung had confirmed earlier this year that it was taking its time with the next Gear smartwatch in order to make sure it’s as perfect as possible. Called the Gear A, this watch will be the first round smartwatch from Samsung and will bring a new method of user interaction thanks to its use of a rotating bezel ring. Samsung has never actually offered a time frame for when the Gear A will be officially announced, but according to our insiders, the company has delayed the launch till the second half of this year.

  • LG G4 review

    In the world of smartphones, Samsung and Apple cast big shadows. Perhaps no company is more familiar with those shadows than LG, which has been chasing Samsung’s mobile phone division for years. Each time that Samsung makes a move, LG follows along a few months later and a little less impressively.

Android TV Arrives With New Game Boxes, 4K TVs

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The choice of Android TV devices has finally expanded beyond Google's Nexus Player. Last week, Sony, which years ago launched the first Google TV set-top, began shipping the first Android TV based TVs, and this week it will be joined by Razer's Forge TV gaming player. Later this month, Nvidia will ship its third-generation Nvidia Shield, which similarly runs Google's new media player and gaming platform.

In today's more enlightened tech world, failure is not exactly acceptable, but it is at least considered natural. Fail twice in the same product category, however, and few will give much credence to future attempts. The pressure is on for Google to see some early wins for Android TV that can erase memories of its failed Google TV integrated TV/web platform.

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Running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on Your PC Is Easier with AndEX Live CD

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Arne Exton had once again the great pleasure of informing Softpedia about the general availability of a new build for its AndEX Live CD project, whose primary goal is to help you run the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop mobile operating system from Google on your personal computer.

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