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Review: OnePlus One smartphone

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It's been just over a month since I've had the OnePlus One. So far, I've been pretty impressed with every aspect of it, the hardware as well as software. The hardware choices make a sweet combination that rivals any $700-900 phone at quite a surprisingly small price. The decision to partner up with Cyanogenmod was a bold but smart move, and has worked out very well. If you can get an invite, I'd say go for it!

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Android Leftovers

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Run Google’s Kit Kat Android on Your PC as a Linux Distro – Gallery

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Android-x86 is a port of the Android operating system for the x86 platform. The developers have just released a new update for it and version 4.4-r2 is now out and ready for download.

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So the Smartphone 'Bloodbath' Annual Preview for Year 2015 - This is so boring

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So yes, readers, it was an exhilirating ride. But it is now over. The bloodbath is gone. Samsung won the hardware war clearly. Android won the OS war, decisively. There are no dark horses left. We just learned a week ago that even the so-called ‘third ecosystem’ haha, Windows Phone, has actually failed to activate one third of all the Lumia Nokia smartphones shipped using that OS. So Windows is in reality a far worse disaster than has even been reported, and the Nokia collapse was the worst corporate management catastrophy ever witnessed. Well, we know all that, Elop the worst CEO of all time and all that. what we now will see in the coming years is more price wars that will cause unforseen profit warnings, more mergers and acquisitions like Microsoft buying Nokia’s handset business and Lenovo buying the Motorola business from Google. We may well see former greats like HTC and Blackberry being sold and buyers from Asia most likely China but could be India or elsewhere in Asia. Japan’s seven handset makers have gone through their own consolidation through mergers and acquisitions already shrinking from 7 manufacturers to 4. The South Korean market is in similar state now with Pantech being on the block.

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Android Leftovers

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OnePlus unveils its own Android build without Cyanogen

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Following a temporary ban in India, OnePlus has released its own alpha Lollipop ROM for the One based on stock Android 5.0 -- with no Cyanogen influence. For now, the alpha software is only available as a download, and you'll need to wipe your phone in order to get it. It's also very basic and OnePlus said it includes "no extras beyond the stock features of AOSP Lollipop," though it promised to build on it over time. OnePlus started talking about its own Android fork shortly before Cyanogen inked an exclusive deal with Indian smartphone maker Micromax.

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Things I appreciate about Android

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Android is probably the most versatile mobile platform out there, both when it comes to hardware and software. The Android platform is one that comes in many shapes, sizes, and flavors. To somebody who has never really looked at Android in depth before, it can be a somewhat confusing experience. How is the HTC One, which looks completely different from the Galaxy S5 over here, possibly be a part of the same platform?

It’s because Android is considered an “open source” type of platform, which means that manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Sony, or anybody else who chooses to use Android can create skins to make Android look, act, and feel different. However, it still technically runs on the Android platform.

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Nokia N1 Android Tablet Release Date in China Set for January

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Nokia has confirmed the launch date of its first Nokia-branded Android tablet, the N1, which will first hit the Chinese market on Jan. 7, 2015.

The January release date has actually been the rumored launch date for the past few weeks, but Nokia confirmed via their Weibo page that the supposed rumors were true. It's just that the People's Republic of China will be the first to nab the device.

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Android KitKat x86 Updated With Linux 3.18, Better Suspend/Resume

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Android 4.4 "KitKat" has been ported to Intel/AMD x86 processors for a while in stable form while kicking off the New Year is the second stable release of Android-x86 4.4

Android-x86 4.4-r2 is the second stable update to KitKat for Intel/AMD processors. This update has various x86-specific improvements targeted for tablets and netbooks.

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Checking up on 2014’s crowdfunded Linux and Android devices

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What became of the crowdfunded projects we covered in 2014? Two earned more than $2 million each, about a third went unfunded, and half had shipping delays.

Ten years ago if somebody were to tell you you’d soon be able to collect thousands and even millions of dollars for your product idea simply by posting a summary and some pictures on a web page, you might have been inclined to check their meds. Then Kickstarter launched in 2009, and small-scale investing changed forever.

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