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Google's Nexus phones will reportedly be replaced by premium Android Silver handsets

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The Android Silver project, which was rumored earlier this month, has today been corroborated by four fresh sources, all of whom point to a major shift in Google's mobile strategy. The Information reports that the current scheme of offering Nexus-branded handsets with Google's unadulterated vision of the best Android user experience will be scrapped, to be replaced by a set of high-end Silver phones that will closely adhere to it. The change is both expansive and expensive, as Google is said to be planning to spend heavily on promoting these devices in wireless carriers' stores and through advertising, essentially subsidizing the development and marketing costs for its hardware partners.

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Digitimes Research: Global tablet shipments to rise in 2Q14

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Android models will account for 58.9% of the shipments, iOS 35.4% and Windows 5.7%.
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Canonical's audacious Ubuntu for Android project isn't quite dead, but it is in limbo

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Ubuntu

The idea was audacious: Combine Android, the most popular mobile version of Linux, with Ubuntu, the leading Linux desktop operating system, on a single smartphone that swapped between the two depending on whether the device was docked. Alas, Ubuntu for Android seems to have moved off the active roster as Canonical focuses on its own Ubuntu Touch project, and a new exchange on a Ubuntu project-tracking website seems to suggest Ubuntu for Android may be dead. (See update below.)

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom packs 20.7 MP camera, 10x optical zoom

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Gadgets

We had anticipated that a special “camera” version of Samsung’s flagship device will be launched soon and here it is finally with the moniker ‘Galaxy K Zoom’. The device boasts of a 20.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 10X optical Zoom. This is not the first time Samsung has attempted to put zoom lenses on the back of a smartphone. Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom featured similar 10x optical zoom, but it was a bulky mess, while Galaxy K Zoom has managed to keep a much slimmer profile at 0.8 inch thickness.

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Asus Fonepad 7 Dual SIM now available on Infibeam

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Asus Fonepad 7 Dual SIM, the refreshed version of Fonepad 7 voice-calling tablet, is now available for purchase on Infibeam.com for INR 12,875. Powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the tablet supports dual-SIM functionality and voice-calling. The Fonepad 7 Dual SIM features a 7-inch screen with LED backlight and WXVGA screen IPS panel.

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Get to know the Aio-one project

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Linux

Aio one is more awesome than meets the eye. It is an Android device, desktop Linux computer and a real TV all in one. It is a crossover between a smart TV and All in one computer. With a clean and minimalist aesthetic our focus will be on all the details, even the smallest.

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Ubuntu for Android to Be Retired Soon

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu for Android sounds like a great idea. According to the official website, Ubuntu for Android provides a full desktop experience, including office software, web browsing, email and media applications, on Android phones docked to a screen and keyboard.

Canonical didn't put too much effort in this project after it was officially announced and besides a vague late 2012 launch date, there is not much information about it. Users don't even have access to a Beta and they can't really test it.

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Android home automation hub focuses on security

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Security

The Android-based “ALYT” home automation system supports numerous wireless protocols, and offers self-learning algorithms and advanced security functions.

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HP is making a 14-inch Android laptop

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HP is joining Lenovo in the strange world of Android laptops. The company hasn't yet officially announced the SlateBook 14, but it briefly appeared on HP's website — complete with a video outlining the device's key features and specs. Most importantly, the SlateBook has full access to Google Play, so any apps you've already purchased and downloaded on a smartphone or tablet should work here. HP says the SlateBook 14 boosts Android's productivity thanks to its 14-inch 1080p display and full-size keyboard. The laptop also includes Beats technology, which should help it pump out loud, powerful, and likely bass-heavy audio. HP has built in 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. But since this is Android and not a Chromebook, you may be left without the generous Google Drive cloud storage offers that come alongside many of those devices

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Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ Android tablet promises 18 hours of battery life

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Lenovo's Yoga series of mobile devices pushes the envelope ever-so-slightly (see here and here, for instance) in a world of cookie-cutter units, with its latest tablet serving as a great example of the approach.

The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ could just be another Android slate, especially if you look at many of its specs: Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 32GB of built-in storage, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (with update to KitKat "soon"), etc. But it does offer a couple of differences that make it stand out from the pack.

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