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Today not only marks the beginning of the final month of 2013 and the run up to a holiday season that is likely to award many new Android phones to loved ones, but also the culmination of another week of Android news. This week we’ve seen the continuing rollout of Android 4.4 and more. Let’s take a look! (more…)

The 7 inch tablet market is probably the fastest growing in the mobile arena. While phone manufacturers are still experimenting with all manners of sizes for handset screens, there seems to be a general consensus that for a tablet, 7 inches is the sweet spot. Larger tablets are still popular, but for the most part, 7 is where it’s at.

I was recently alerted to the existence of the GOCLEVER Aries 7o. Yes, you read that correctly. That’s a fully capitalized company name followed by a mode name incorporating a sign of the zodiac, and then a number and a letter. Yep, that’s seven oh, not seven zero. But that’s by the by. Having just taken ownership of a Nexus 7, I was keen to see how it compared.

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Wherever your allegiance lies, this week has been big for new releases. While iOS users enjoy the release of the iPad Air, Android users have the finally-officially-unveiled Nexus 5 to revel in. With mystery barges, new phones and a biscuit-themed OS to discuss, let’s take a look at this week in Android!

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Samsung announces Samsung S4 sales figure, T-Mobile begins free data plan for tablets, HTC teases upcoming wearables and BlackBerry Messenger launches on Android. Oh, and Apple may or may not have updated their juggernaut tablet competition. Let’s check out this week in Android! (more…)

It’s time to bid farewell to jealousy of those iPhone 5S owners who can unlock their device with the mere print of their fingers with the announcement of the alleged announcement of HTC’s Fingerprint-Scanning HTC One Max. If that’s not quite your thing, HTC’s otherwise attempting to attract you with a new metallic variant of the existing HTC One. Let’s take a look!

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Are your emails not enough? Do you need some ads to spice up your communications? Be happy, then, that it looks like Google’s going to be introducing advertising in Gmail for Android shortly! If that doesn’t take your fancy, how about a look at the upcoming Nexus 5, all in this week’s instalment of This Week in Android?

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If you’ve been having trouble with your Nexus 7′s multitouch display or have a hankering for comparison shopping while you’re wearing Google Glass, this week might have brought you some answers and solutions. Let’s jump in and take a look at the week’s best news in Android! (more…)

It’s been a very Samsung-oriented week these last seven days, with the company holding their ATIV/Galaxy event to show off the latest developments in their Windows and Android businesses. And if you were hoping this week was going to bring even more variants of the Galaxy S4, you won’t be disappointed.

Let’s jump in and take a look at This Week In Android! (more…)

It’s been a relatively slow week for Android news, with the industry instead being dominated by news out of Apple’s WWDC and the various shows at E3 in LA. However, the Android camp did make announcements, albeit ones that stayed away from phones and tablets, instead coming in the form of Samsung’s camera-centric Galaxy device.

Let’s jump in and take a look at what’s been going on in the world of Android this mid-June week!

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In the second of a new series on Android.Appstorm, I look in turn at each of the Android manufacturers and the changes they make to Android’s start up, interface and basic functionality. In each case, does the end result justify the huge investment in programming time and the resulting delays for end users in seeing each new version and update for the Android OS?

HTC’s Sense interface has received much criticism over the years, principally because it presented a face to Android that was just a little too different to stock. This was rarely an issue for new users, many of whom grew up with Sense, but switching from a Samsung or Motorola (or Nexus) device would typically involve a lot of head scratching and set-up time. Sense 5.0, here on the HTC One, is actually something of a rewrite — so forget everything you ever knew about Sense, this is more streamlined and refined. And, indeed, arguably close enough to stock Android that few may want to spend time hacking it around.

Up front and central is the new BlinkFeed homescreen, of which more later. Integrating social feeds into Sense has always been something HTC has been keen on, and the company has knocked it out of the park here.

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