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Microsoft helps boost Android, iOS app performance with offline access

Microsoft wants to help Android, iOS and Windows apps run offline as well as online, offering a way to improve app responsiveness and functionality when network coverage is bad or nonexistent.

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Android 5.0.1 download NOW for Google Nexus 5 -- Lollipop update fixes issues, we hope

Patched Lollipop for your plastic pal squashes Wi-Fi and calling bugs, saves battery. And here it is: Android 5.0.1 for your Nexus 5. Merry Christmas. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fire up adb. [Updated]

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Android Power's 3 favorite things for December 2014

From a fresh take on the home screen to an inexpensive accessory that makes your phone more secure, this month's picks are oozing with Android-flavored awesomeness.

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Android apps exploit permissions granted

Android apps really do use those permissions they ask for to access users' personal information.

Apple, Xiaomi win big as Samsung's smartphone struggles continue

A successful iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. helped Apple increase its share of the smartphone market in the third quarter, but nemesis Samsung Electronics struggled, with upstart Chinese manufacturers nipping at its heels and growing...

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Microsoft keeps its word on developing consumer apps for Android, iOS

Microsoft has ported some of its consumer apps to run on iOS, Android and Amazon devices, following through on its pledge to make select apps available on competing mobile platforms.

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The best Android phones you can buy right now

So many Android phones -- so which one should you buy? Some real-world recommendations from someone who's lived with 'em all.

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Android 5.0.1 download NOW for Google Nexus 4/6 and Moto G

Patched Lollipop for your plastic pal fixes bugs, saves battery (we hope). But for Nexus 5 owners, the only thing we feel is pain. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers have never danced like this before.

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Google's expansion to cars and TVs will be powered by Android Studio apps

The usefulness of Android in your car, on your TV and smartwatch will be decided by app availability, and Google is hoping to make it easier to create them with its new development environment, Android Studio.

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Hands on: How Android 5.0 will soon keep your Chromebook unlocked

Google's two mobile platforms are about to work together in a really cool way. Here's a sneak peek.

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In battle for sub-$200 smartphones, buyers will be winners in 2015

If you plan to buy a cheap smartphone next year expect to get LTE, an HD screen and a good-looking device, as competing manufacturers and chip vendors lower prices.

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YotaPhone 2 excites with costly dual-screen setup

The YotaPhone is something truly different: A 5-in. full HD display plus a 4.7-in. e-ink display.

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iOS trumps Android in mobile shopping. So what?

Apple iPhone and iPad owners put their stamp on holiday sales in the U.S. last week, accounting for the bulk of revenue booked from mobile devices. But what's that really mean in the Android/iOS battle?

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Moto 360 and Android Wear revisited: 3 months with Google on my wrist

Spending three months with a smartwatch gives you some important perspective.

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China's booming smartphone growth starts to fizzle

China's appetite for smartphones is starting to reach its limit, with growth in the once booming market expected to reach single digit levels next year.

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Microsoft buys Acompli to enhance Outlook for iOS, Android

Setting the stage for advanced Office mail functionality on non-Windows platforms, Microsoft has acquired Acompli, a startup that provides software for organizing email on mobile devices.

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Smartphone growth to slow, IDC says

IDC predicted 1.4 billion smartphones will ship to retailers next year, a 12% increase over 2014 -- but a much more laggardly pace than in previous years.

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8 significant software releases of 2014

Interesting, annoying and possibly game-changing releases from Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple and more.

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Yoga Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro review: Innovative but imperfect

Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro have innovative designs and unusual features but are held back by some unnecessary flaws.

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