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Soon you will be able to assemble your phones like PCs, courtesy Google’s Ara

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Recently we have seen a number of ‘game changer’ moves by smartphone companies all looking to start the new trend. The most recent was the launch of the OnePlus One as the “Flagship Killer” which attempted to offer high spec smartphones at a rock-bottom price. In reality the price was simply half the price you would expect to pay for a Samsung Galaxy S5 or LG G3. So although this did change what users (and probably manufacturers) expect a top of the range smartphone to cost it did not really set the smart world alight.

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Free Android Apps August 2014: New Top Free Play Store Apps

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The Android OS and phone experience wouldn't be complete without the apps at the Google Play Store. Then there are two classifications of apps, those that you need to pay for, and those that are free to download. Free apps are more popular for obvious reasons.

It's important to take note however, that not all free apps are good apps. For those who like to download apps, it is important to have a keen eye for apps that are actually good.

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Android-x86 4.4 KitKat Is a Linux OS for PCs Based on Google's Android – Gallery

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Android-x86, a port of the famous Android operating system for the x86 platform, has reached version 4.4 R1 and is now ready for testing.

Android is actually using a modified Linux kernel underneath that interface. Some users even go as far as calling it a Linux distribution, although the consensus seems to be that it's not. In any case, with some tweaking, a few developers managed to port the operating system to the PC, for the X86 platforms.

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Android Circuit: An Early Moto 360 Review, The Chinese Rulers Of Android, And The Galaxy Tab Nook 4 Is Coming

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Taking a look back at the week in news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories, including the first impressions and images of the Moto 360 smartwatch, the Meta M1 breaks cover, more news on a potential antitrust investigation of Android in the EU, China’s dominance of the Chinese Android market, Samsung and Apple drop some patent cases, and the Tab 4 Nook has a launch date.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the very many things that have happened around Android over the last seven days.

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LibreOffice is coming to Android

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I've been hoping to see this headline for some time now. At the first LibreOffice Conference, the Document Foundation announced its plans to migrate LibreOffice to mobile devices. The plan didn't include a total rewrite of the code, but repurposing at least 90% of the current code base. That meant the majority of the work was already done. That last remaining 10%? The user interface. The 90% already compiles on Android -- so there is a working model. Of course, what good is a working model without an interface to go along with it?

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Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS update to roll out for Moto X on AT&T by end of month

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Good news for Moto X users under AT&T as the handset will receive the Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS update by the end of the month.

According to Android Geeks, Motorola will begin to roll out the official Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS update soon. If the testing goes according to plan, the update will arrive by the end of August.

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Autonomous Android smartwatch ships

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Neptune’s Android 4.1-based “Pine” smartwatch is shipping to Kickstarter backers with a dual-core Snapdragon, 2.4-inch screen, telephony, and dual cameras.

The lightweight Android Wear may be the future of Android smartwatches, but those looking for a more fully featured Android experience — and who don’t mind alerting the fashion police — can choose from beefier smartwatch options. In January, we covered two Kickstarter-funded smartwatches that were unveiled at CES. The Omate TrueSmart, which had several months’ head start on Kickstarter, shipped to backers earlier this year, and is now available for pre-order at $299 to the general public.

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With Android L and iOS 8, is Ubuntu Phone OS Too Late to the Party?

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The party has begun. Everyone has arrived. The good ones, the bad ones, the pretty ones and the not-so-pretty ones are already here. Except for one. Yes, and it is the most promising one too. Android and iOS both have reached a level of maturity that has given them a huge stronghold over the mobile OS market space. Both of them have been for years, have millions of apps, and have a formidable presence that has managed to ward of competition even from big companies like Microsoft.

This battlefield for mobile operating systems is so heated up that even Samsung, who is one of the biggest mobile device makers in the world is having a hard time catching up with the latest trends. From flat design trend to perks for low-spec devices, both iOS and Android have conquered some of the major challenges that come in the way of making a great mobile operating system.

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HP Slatebook price higher than expected

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Most price speculation put the device at around $399, and considered the device expensive. Now that the official price is known, the unique device seems even less appealing than before. With HP’s Chromebooks ranging from $279 to $349, and LTE models available, the Slatebook looks woefully overpriced.

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Google adds a callback button to Android Device Manager

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Stolen or lost phones have been a big headache for some Android users. There's almost nothing worse for some folks than realizing that their phone is no longer in their possession and that they have no idea where it went. Now Google has released an update to its Android Device Manager that may help recover lost or stolen Android phones.

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