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Android essentials: 13 apps I can't live without

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We spend a lot of time talking about Lollipop and OS-level issues with Android -- but you know what's just as important as the operating system on your phone or tablet? The apps that surround it.

The right apps can make your device easier and more enjoyable to use. They can give it powers you didn't know were possible. They can make it feel like your own custom-tailored gadget -- whether you've been using it for two minutes or for two years.

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China-Based Android Developer APUS Lands $100M For New Services And Global Focus

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APUS Group, a seven-month-old Chinese company that develops Android utility apps for the global market, has confirmed that it has raised $100 million in new funding. The company’s Series B round, word of which got out in China earlier this month, will be used to develop new services and grow its reach in global markets like the U.S., Brazil, India and Russia.

The round was led by Chengwei Capital, SIG and Qiming Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Redpoint Ventures and Northern Light Venture. This new funding takes APUS — which is not yet monetizing its services — to $116 million in venture money so far.

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CuBox-i4Pro Review

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A bundled microSD card arrives preinserted into the rear of the CuBox-i, and it’s loaded with a version of Google’s Android operating system. Interestingly, SolidRun has gone to the effort of seeking the certifications required to load the Google Apps suite onto the card, meaning users receive Google Mail, YouTube, Google Maps and full access to Google Play straight out of the box. An even newer build, based on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat branch, can be downloaded from SolidRun’s website and provides an entirely useable desktop Android experience.

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7 Reasons why Android 5.0 Lollipop is better than iOS 8!

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Android and iOS will forever be a battle in the mobile industry. As long as Apple keeps making devices and Google maintains Android, there will be battle to have. But there are some key features that Android 5.0 Lollipop has that iOS wishes it had. Welcome to our 7 Reasons why Android 5.0 Lollipop is better than iOS 8!

The ongoing battle between Android and iOS continues to be argued. It is likely never going to end unless one company dies and never makes a phone again. The fight between the two will just keep going forever.

With this, here are 7 reasons why Android 5.0 Lollipop is better than iOS 8. A word of caution, this video is made in favor of Android 5.0 Lollipop. We have simply picked out the best parts of Android 5.0 Lollipop that iOS 8 does not have.

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Android Leftovers

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Why I prefer Samsung Gear’s Tizen to Android Wear

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A few months ago our US Senior Editor Andrew Grush offered his praise of the Moto 360, having spent a month with it. Despite the quality of the writing itself, I took issue with the core of the content: that Android Wear is a suitable platform for wearables. I have to disagree, at least as things now stand. Android Wear seems fundamentally broken due to its being chained to Google Now and a smartphone, something not so true of Samsung’s Gear products, which run on Tizen.

After a discussion with Andrew however, a larger issue surfaced: the divergent opinion is largely based on the individual’s needs and expectations. To this end, I felt it an interesting experiment to delve into the functionality of both, and try and give readers a bit more insight into the very different paths that Google and Samsung are taking with their wearables.

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Android Leftovers

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: Android Wear's First Generation Champion

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Sony is both early to the smartwatch game, and late at the same time. The SmartWatch 3 puts aside some of the lessons of Sony’s previous wearables, but manages to learn some valuable lessons from the competition.

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Android Leftovers

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Cyanogen Wants to Wrestle Android Away From Google

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Cyanogen, the company behind the popular open source operating system and the OS of choice for last year's OnePlus One, wants to be even more independent from the Google-based software that lies at its foundation. According to Cyanogen's CEO, Kirt McMaster "We're attempting to take Android away from Google."

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