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Top 10 Linux and Android Products from Mobile World Congress

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This week's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona focused primarily on phones and tablets, but also featured major new processors, game consoles, smartwatches, and more. Our slideshow of the top 10 products running Linux or the Linux-based Android isn't called the "Best of MWC" since the proof is in the use, and also in the pricing. Many of these products have yet to be priced, and most have yet to ship. Yet, they're all significant in one way or another, and should influence other products that appear through 2016.

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7 Android and Linux Smartwatches to Take on the Apple Watch

Android 5.1 Hides A Little Secret - Google VPN

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Android 5.1 Lollipop has a little secret: it hides Google's Virtual Private Network (VPN) in its folds.

With privacy concerns gaining traction, it is no surprise that Google VPN is tweaked into the latest Android 5.1. In case you're wondering what the brouhaha is all about, having a VPN will keep a user's device secure even if they are accessing public Wi-Fi.

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Huawei unveils its first smartwatch, running Android Wear, plus Bluetooth fitness band

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Huawei has unveiled its first smartwatch, a circular Android Wear-powered device.

Compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher, the device features a 1.4-inch Amoled display with a resolution of 400 by 400 pixels resolution (286ppi). It also includes a heart rate monitor sensor, a six-axis motion sensor, and a barometer.

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Allwinner’s octa-core A80 SoC tightens its SBC grip

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The CubieTech octa-core Allwinner A80 based “Cubieboard4″ SBC goes for $125, competing with LinkSprite’s $129 Beta Arches and Merrii’s $300 H88 Hummingbird.

In early February, while covering Merrii’s H88 Hummingbird SBC, based on the octa-core Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 based Allwinner A80 system-on-chip, we found we had missed the release of the A80-based Cubieboard4 SBC. The board had originally been announced in April 2014 as the Cubieboard 8. According to an October post by CNXSoft, the board had just begun shipping in China for $100. At the time (Feb. 9, 2015) we found the Cubieboard4 selling for 699 RMB (now $111) at Taobao.com in China, and £110.79 (now $164) at NewIT in the U.K., where today the prices remain the same.

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The 7 types of Android fanboy (and fangirl): The spotter's guide to the seven types of Fandroid you will encounter on the internet

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Tech attracts passion like no other consumer product vertical. And the Android vs iPhone debate is PC vs Mac for the digital native generation. We all love our gadgets, but some people take things to extremes. Here at Macworld UK we aim to protect you from these extremes of Android fandom, and we believe that forewarned is forearmed. So here is our spotters guide to the seven types of Android fanboy you can expect to encounter on the internet. We've left it gender neutral in order to leave no-one out (but in our experience the worst behaviour is exclusively male: in Fandroidism as in life).

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7 Android and Linux Smartwatches to Take on the Apple Watch

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Much to the delight of Apple fanbots everywhere, Apple has now fully unveiled the Apple Watch. The watch, which was previewed in September, will go on sale April 10 and ship on the 24th. Based on its brand name, styling, accessories, and battery life claims, it will likely be a big hit -- at least as far as smartwatches go.

According to Canalys, only 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches shipped in 2014 from about a half dozen manufacturers, out of a total of 4.6 million "smart wearable bands." Yet, the first models shipped in the summer, and several second-generation models didn't make it until later in the year or 2015. There are also a few new contenders. Our slide show of seven compelling Android- and Linux-based smartwatches features five Android Wear models, plus Tizen and WebOS-based watches.

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Here’s what changed in Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Google has finally announced the long awaited Android 5.1 update after its not-so-secret debut on Android One devices in the Philippines. This new build of Lollipop is rolling out to Nexus devices right now, but what’s in it? The official changelog was severely lacking in detail, but now that it’s hitting devices we can see all the tweaks to this version of Android. Let’s check it out.

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Android Leftovers

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  • How the new Wi-Fi, Bluetooth quick toggles work in Android 5.1

    Once your device receives the latest and greatest version of Android, you'll want to know how to use these shortcuts.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Series Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Update: Galaxy Note 4, Note 3, Note 2, Note Edge

    The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note series has made significant strides in the U.S. and beyond, with American carriers releasing updates for both the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3.

  • Nexus 6 Android 5.1 Update Impressions & Performance

    Earlier this week Google officially announced the highly anticipated and much needed Android 5.1 Lollipop update for many key Nexus smartphones and tablets. For now it’s rolling out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, with the 2013 Nexus 7 and more devices set to receive the latest software in the coming days. Here we’re taking a lot at how well Android 5.1 runs on the Nexus 6.

  • Google offers developers a sample Android app that works across phones, tablets, smartwatches, cars, and more

    Google today released a new sample app called Universal Music Player that works on smartphones, tablets, Android Auto, Android Wear, and Google Cast devices. The word “sample” is key here: This is a reference design for developers so they can learn how to implement a service that works across multiple form factors.

  • Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop Release: 10 Things to Expect

    Earlier this week, Google announced an Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Nexus smartphones and tablets. Google’s Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop release is now underway and we want to take a look at a few things we expect from Google and its brand new Lollipop update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 4, and more.

  • Tablet Wars Redux: Nexus 9 vs. iPad Air 2

    The tablet computer market, despite being dominated by the iPad, is in a constant state of agitation. With Amazon, Samsung, and Google coming out with their own line of tablets, the war for the bigger devices gets more and more intense every year. 2014, though was another one of those Apple vs. Google fights where both parties came out with the best line of products.

Run Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on Your PC with AndEX Live CD

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Arne Exton had the pleasure of informing Softpedia about its brand-new Android-based Live CD operating system that allows anyone to run the latest Android 5.0.2 “Lollipop” mobile operating system on desktop or laptop computers. The distribution uses Arne’s special Linux kernel 3.10.58-exton-android-x86+, which includes support for the NTFS file system, as well as some extra drivers.

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