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    Will we still have the Google Play edition family of Android devices this time next year? With those rumors of the ambitious Android Silver project making the rounds, and the consequences it may have for how Google sells Android hardware, it's difficult to say. But for the moment, at least, GPe devices aren't going anywhere, and today we learn of a pretty big change hitting the first phablet to bear the GPe name, with Google knocking a whopping 30 percent off the price tag for the GPe Sony Z Ultra. Google introduced the GPe Z Ultra alongside the other plus-sized GPe model (the LG G Pad ...

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    Back on Monday, Sprint gave its users the heads-up that a Nexus 5 update was incoming, and based on the information the carrier made available, this sure looked like the arrival of Android 4.4.3. The weird thing was, Google had yet to announce the update itself, and even the factory image download page for Nexus devices failed to reflect the availability of this new version. As of today, we're still waiting to see confirmation of users getting this Sprint update. While we wait, more and more evidence for the release of 4.4.3 in the immediate future piles up, and the latest comes to us from ...

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    One day post-launch, and HTC's new One continues to attract a ton of attention. We're trying to keep in mind that there's a lot more going on in the smartphone world than just this one phone, but honestly, we could probably cover nothing but the new One for days to come – there's just so much buzz around it. In the interest of hitting a few bits of M8 news all at once, we've got a couple new One stories to check out, concerning sales and the phone's hardware. Yesterday we gave you the rundown on how sales of the new One are getting underway: who's got the phone when, and for what price? ...

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    You've heard the news, you've read the review, you've watched our hands-on videos: have you made up your mind yet about HTC's new One? If you are itching to go ahead and buy yourself the company's latest smartphone, you've got a ton of options, and HTC has really gotten a leg up on Samsung and its Galaxy S5 today by making the new One immediately available. Just how you'll go about purchasing the phone depends on what edition you have in mind, and which carriers you're interested in using for service. Let's take a look at your options: Verizon is the only carrier in the US to offer the new ...

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    This time last year, both Samsung's and HTC's flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S 4 and One, respectively, were the two phones most of us were eyeing as our next smartphones. The Galaxy S 4 was the least attractive of the pair, but it was packed to the brim with features, for better or worse. The premise of the multiple award-winning HTC One was more soulful and rootsy. As such, while the One had the same specifications, give or take, it had fewer features and seemingly less value, but a markedly better design and build quality. Naturally, this rivalry between Samsung and HTC, paired with ...

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    Last year saw Google shake up its Nexus device program with the introduction of the Google Play edition: not strict Nexus models per se, but combinations of previously-released commercial hardware with stock Android software. Since those early days, we've seen the GPe family grow to outnumber pure Nexus hardware, spreading from smartphones to tablets in the process. Where does the future of the Google Play edition lead us from here? If we're listening to one new rumor, the GPe lineup may rise to take the place of the Nexus series, ultimately replacing it by sometime next year. While it's ...

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    The Moto G is an exception to the rule. Its specifications, hardware, and design are mediocre. And unlike its next of kin, the Moto X, its software is plain and lacking serious value. In fact, the only exceptional part of the Moto G is its price. At $179 without a contract for the 8GB model, it's one of the best smartphone bargains to be had in the Android space. And doubling the storage space costs a mere $20. It's affordable and isn't terrible – there's plenty to be said for that. Many manufacturers have attempted similar smartphones before, and have come up far short of the ...

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    One of the reasons that Motorola's so fast in delivering Android platform updates to its latest smartphones has been how minimal the company's own UI enhancements have been; we're a long way removed from the old days of MOTOBLUR. But even for as unobtrusive as Motorola's software is, some users are always going to prefer the pure stock look of Nexus phones - maybe just out of principle. Last year, Google started making that kind of experience available on more hardware than ever before, thanks to the introduction of Google Play edition devices. We've seen that lineup expand from phones to ...

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    Owners of the HTC One Google Play Edition have started receiving the Android 4.4.2 update late Friday/early Saturday, and it's just normal that their GS 4 GPE rocking friends join the fun. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition Android 4.4.2 update roll-out begins, and we're looking at version KOT49H.S0001.131204. If you have a GT-I9505G, you should receive an OTA update notification; if you have not, try to manually check for its existence. Once your device will start getting the update you should expect a 57.4 MB download. If you can't access it just yet, because of the staged ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat was rolled out to GPE editions of the GS4 and HTC One on November 26, but this time the Taiwanese phone is getting the latest point-update faster than the Samsung-phone. The HTC One Google Play Edition Android 4.4.2 update is available for those rocking the pure-android HTC flagship, and this happens shortly after Google's (and LG's) own Nexus devices got the treat. The refresh is reportedly hitting devices as we speak -- so make sure to check for that notification, or to manually trigger it -- while HTC has posted the files to its HTCDev website, including Framework ...

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    Sometimes there's so much news you need to call in the Reserves just to handle it all, and that's just what we've done this week. Between Google's surprise announcement of an unlikely pair of additions to the Google Play Store; Microsoft's rumored offer to pay Samsung to keep making Windows Phones; and a boatload of reviews, we're in over our heads this week - so we've brought in four team members to do the news justice. Sorry, no listener mail this week - but in its place you get a consolation prize: you get to know what curious fate befell that Lumia 2520 we were tinkering with a while ...

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    The next best thing after Nexus phones are Google Play Edition phones, which, as a reminder, are popular flagship devices, like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4, that are getting the pure-Android, almost-Nexus-like treatment. And, while many Nexus phones and tablets out there already received their Android 4.4 KitKat treat, it is now time for Google Play Edition phone owners to get the refresh. According to a recent Google+ post, the update has been confirmed. Android 4.4 KitKat is being pushed out to Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One devices, and it will bring the ...

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    I talk with a lot of people about mobile technology (a LOT of people), and I read a lot of comments. A common thread that comes up when people learn that I'm Joe the Android Guy™ is the sentiment that "Android is laggy". So let's set the story straight: Android isn't laggy -- but your cheap phone or tablet may be. The problem isn't with the operating system. Android itself is plenty snappy, but Android does things a bit differently than other mobile operating systems. Android runs tasks all the time, no much unlike most modern desktop computers. The more tasks you're running, the slower ...

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    One of these devices is a unibody aluminum flagship launched almost a year ago, a hardware showboat built to bring unique audio and optical features to the Android world. The other is a minimalistic slab of "hardcore plastic" with the specs of a superphone but the price of a budget model, its entire purpose to showcase the very best of Google's handheld products and services. So why are these devices, so far apart in time and targeting, being brought together for this comparison? Because each is top-tier, in its own way - and each is also sold in the Google Play Store. Dive in, then, to ...

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    Ubuntu is a popular distribution of the Linux operating system, primarily for desktop and laptop computers. It is named after the South African philosophy of ubuntu, which literally means "human-ness", though it is often translated as "humanity towards others". Ubuntu, the philosophy, is very deep-rooted, and a concept that is beyond the grasp of much of society today. We seem to be caught up in our busy, everyday lives, and although we live in one of the most "connected" times in history, we're connected to networks and devices -- and losing that connection to other people. Ubuntu, the ...

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