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  • The world’s first ‘true Android PC’ costs just $20

    Google’s vision for Android doesn’t work for everyone, and many OEMs are looking at different ways of using the operating system for improving our computing needs. Chinese company Jide Tech is one such Android device maker that’s imagining Android as a Windows-like platform that could deliver PC-like functionality to end users. The company has previously launched a very affordable tablet on Kickstarter, and now it’s back with a $20 device that’s described as the “world’s first true Android PC.

  • Oppo brings diamond flair to Android with new Mirror 5 smartphone
  • Marshall just released the world’s most badass Android phone

    Simply called the London, the phone is pretty standard on the inside with 4G LTE, 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and an 8-megapixel camera. The difference, according to Marshall, is that this has been designed for music.

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  • What’s Old Is New as Commodore, Kodak Brands Re-Emerge on Android Devices

    The just-announced return of the Commodore brand atop an Android smartphone marks the continuation of a small but growing trend of once-popular tech names returning to life in the phone business.

  • Commodore’s name is getting slapped on this Android phablet

    Pretty soon you'll be able to buy a Commodore smartphone. Wired reports that the famed 1980s brand is being resurrected once more by two Italian entrepreneurs who claim they've acquired rights to the Commodore name in many countries across the globe. (Commodore's trademark has been passed around over the years after the original company went out of business in 1994.) So while there's no direct connection with the famed 8-bit home computer, Massimo Canigiani and Carlo Scattolini have designed the new Commodore PET with a gaming focus in mind. The Android 5.0 Lollipop handset will ship with two emulators built in (VICE C64 and Uae4All2-SDL Amiga, per Wired).

  • Commodore PET returns as a nostalgia-powered $312 Android phone

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  • Intex Unveils Android 4.4 Running iRist Smartwatch With Built-in 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS

    India's Intex Technologies has unveiled its first wearable device in the form of the iRist, a smartwatch that runs Android 4.4 KitKat - not Android Wear - and can operate independently of your smartphone. Launched at the sidelines of Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai, the iRist is priced at Rs. 11,999 and will be available in India starting August in Black, Pink, and Orange colour variants. The smartwatch will be exclusive to eBay India "for a few days" before it is available via Intex's retail partners across the country.

  • Intex iRist is a budget, Android-powered smartwatch for India

    Indian smartphone manufacturer Intex has moved into wearables with its affordable, standalone smartwatch, the iRist.

  • India’s Snapdeal, Intex Seek An Android Alternative

    Today Jolla has announced that India’s OEM, Intex, which it says is the country’s second largest mobile maker (after Micromax), will be bringing “Sailfish OS based products to the market later in 2015″. According to The Indian Express, Intex will be launching a 4G smartphone running Sailfish called the Intex Aqua Fish this September, priced at around Rs 15,000 ($240). Update: According to Jolla, the price-point for the forthcoming handset will be less than Rs 10,000 ($150).

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  • Darkode Shutdown: FireEye Intern Accused Of Creating $65,000 Android Malware

    One of the more successful English-speaking cybercrime forums, Darkode, was shut down today and 28 arrests of individuals linked to the site made across the world, the FBI and Europol confirmed this morning. Charges were filed in the US against 12 individuals. They included the apparent Darkode creator, 27-year-old Wisconsin resident Daniel Placek, an alleged admin, Swedish 27-year-old Johan Anders Gudmunds, and the accused creator of Facebook Spreader, malware designed to ensnare users of the social network into a massive botnet – a network of infected machines.

  • Author Of Surprisingly Well-Marketed Android Malware "Dendroid" Arrested In Multi-National Cybercrime Raid

    Last year, there was a rather widely-covered story about a piece of Android malware (rather, an Android malware control suite) called Dendroid. That malware was published for sale on a cybercrime-aligned forum known as Darkode, and it just so happens that the FBI (with assistance from agencies in other nations) just arrested the guy who wrote Dendroid as part of a larger raid on Darkode's operators.

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  • Slacker Radio Gets Android Auto Support

    Android Auto is a relatively new in-car infotainment platform from Google that’s based on Android, many major car manufacturers have already adopted the platform and will be shipping it in their new vehicles. However it’s not mass market just yet even though Google has also partnered up with OEMs to create aftermarket solutions to bring Android Auto to older cars. This is one of the reasons why there aren’t a lot of apps with Android Auto support but the list is surely increasing gradually.

  • Slacker Radio Updated With Android Auto Support In The Latest Version

    Take a moment to consider the plight of poor app developers. In order to evade the fury of Android users, they need to check their apps every few months to make sure they work with incremental updates. Then every once in a while they need to add support for new phones with weird manufacturer skins or new chipset architectures. And if that wasn't enough, Google keeps adding entirely new product categories - Android Wear on smartwatches, Android TV for televisions, and Android Auto for cars. I'm not saying that developers shouldn't make every effort to keep their apps current, just that we should take a moment to recognize what a hassle it is.

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KDE Devs Working to Bring Android Apps on Linux

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Developers are working to build a simulated Android environment that would allow users to run any kind of Android apps in a Linux OS. This work is still in its infancy, but it's happening and it will be presented at the KDE Akademy 2015 event.

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These are the 10 most powerful Android phones in the world

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Performance is more than just numbers on a sheet of paper. Smartphone specs tell part of the story, but they never tell us the whole story. Apple has proven that time and time again as its dual-core iPhones with 1GB of RAM continue to slaughter quad- and octa-core rivals in performance tests. Meanwhile on the Android side of things, specs on recent smartphones have often appeared quite similar on paper.

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This Android-based mini-PC could cost less than a dinner for two

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If you want a desktop PC, you're typically going to have to fork over several hundred dollars (Windows OEM licensing alone can make up a significant portion of that). But what if you could turn open-sourced Android into a serviceable desktop OS? That's what Jide is trying to do, with its ultra-cheap Remix Mini PC.

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$79 octacore hacker SBC runs Ubuntu and Android

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Hardkernel unveiled a $74, open-spec “Odroid-XU4″ SBC equipped with an octacore Exynos5422 SoC, 2GB RAM, eMMC flash, a GbE port, and dual expansion headers.

The Odroid-XU4 essentially replaces the similarly community-backed Odroid-XU3, with which it is claimed to be fully software compatible. The Odroid-XU3 won sixth place in our recent open hacker SBC survey at a price of $179, so the smaller Odroid-XU4, which has the same octa-core Samsung Exynos5422 system-on-chip, should be even more popular at a mere $79.

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Android Makes Strides in Enterprise Embedded Market

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In May, Google revealed a small-footprint operating system called Brillo, a version of Android for Internet of Things applications that will arrive in a developer preview in the third quarter. It will work with a cross-platform communications framework called Weave that will arrive in Q4.

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