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Five unusual Android launchers to spruce up your phone

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One of the benefits of Android's openness is that many of its parts can be replaced by third party apps and services. One of those parts is the homescree and app launcher, the very first piece of software the user meets when using their smartphone. After the lock screen, of course. You might have heard of launchers like Nova, Apex, Go, or even Google's own Google Now, but here are five more that you won't usually read about in the news unless they have a major update or release.

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Google will now help you decide which Android handset is right for you

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Ever wondered which Android phone may be right for you? With so many to choose from, knowing which suits your needs can be tricky.

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Also: Google’s new tool helps you pick an Android phone

Google Adds Android Phone Suggestion Tool To The Official Android Homepage

7 reasons why you should develop apps for Android rather than iOS

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There are multiple operating systems powering our mobile devices today. For both indie developers and large companies, there is a critical question that needs to be answered before development begins: what platform should be targeted first? For larger companies, with more resources, development can be done simultaneously for different platforms, while for smaller shops, it is a very critical question, which could determine the success or failure of the business.

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Everybody copies everyone: iOS 9 features inspired by Android

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GSOC update: Unit tests for KDE Connect Android

The Pro version of Nvidia's 4K Android TV box is now shipping

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The Shield Pro, Nvidia's gaming console and 4K streaming box, is now shipping. If you want to be an early adopter of the nascent Android TV platform, this is one of your only options, and it's certainly one of the cheapest. Sharp and Sony currently have the only Android TV-powered sets on store shelves, and while you can get it on Google's $79 Nexus Player set-top box, that device doesn't support 4K.

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Also: ‘Pirate’ Android TV Box Sellers Raided By Police

Plex Updated To v4.4 With Fast User Switching, Android TV Improvements, And More

Google has a beautiful new website designed to help you choose the perfect Android phone

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One of the best things about Android phones is that you have options. However, many Android phones these days seem to have similar specifications and it can be difficult to actually figure out which one is best for you.

To remedy this conundrum, Google has released a nifty new website that helps you decide which Android phone you should get if you're up for an upgrade or simply looking around.

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BlackBerry May Put Android System on New Device

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BlackBerry is considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google’s Android software for the first time, an acknowledgement that its revamped line of devices has failed to win mass appeal, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

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How I use Android: Developer, writer, and podcaster Gina Trapani

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Gina Trapani's worn lots of different hats over the years. She founded Lifehacker and served as its inaugural editor. She hosted two different shows on the TWiT podcast network, including the informative and entertaining All About Android. And she created and continues to develop ThinkUp, a social media analysis service, along with a multiplatform to-do list app and a new service called Makerbase that promises to connect people who make cool things.

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Android Leftovers

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LG Watch Urbane hands-on: An Android Wear smartwatch for the board room

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The LG G4 is an impressive Android smartphone so I looked forward to checking out the new LG Watch Urbane smartwatch. It's definitely one of the classiest Android Wear devices available with a fantastic display that looks great with a suit and tie.

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These Are The Best Android Phones You Can Buy

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After testing every flagship Android phone released in the past two years over hundreds of hours, we think the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best new phone for most people. It looks and feels fantastic, it’s packed with useful features, and its 16-megapixel camera and 1440p Super AMOLED screen are the best on any Android phone. We came to this decision after combing through all the available reviews of the top Android phones and going hands-on with them ourselves. If you want a phone with a larger screen or one that’s friendlier to your budget, we have alternative picks as well.

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