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Google will stop patching Chrome on Android 4.0 next month

Google plans to stop serving updates to Chrome for Android on devices running "Ice Cream Sandwich" in mid-April.

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Apple edges out Samsung in Q4 smartphone sales

The popularity of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped Apple sell more smartphones than Samsung in the last quarter of 2014.

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The data on your new Lollipop device may not be encrypted

Some smartphone makers are not configuring Android devices running Lollipop to automatically encrypt personal data, which Google had said would scramble data by default.

Android CES 2015

Android! Android! Android! 7 important things to know from MWC 2015

So much news, so little time. Here's a simple breakdown of everything you need to know from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Samsung's grand obsession with the iPhone

Is Samsung obsessed with outdoing the Apple iPhone? Not exactly, but it's a fair question.

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Silent Circle targets the enterprise with its secure Blackphone 2

Silent Circle, producer of the privacy-centric Blackphone, is turning its attention to enterprise customers.

ZTE's Grand S3 smartphone scans eyes for authentication

ZTE is taking biometric authentication in a new direction with its Grand S3 smartphone, which lets users log into their phones with eye scanning.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung hopes better looks, more power make its Galaxy S6 a winner

Samsung has its smartphone mojo back with the launch of the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge. But the new, more premium design, has a few drawbacks.

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The smartphone race is on: HTC's One M9 vs. Samsung's Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge

The first Android smartphones for 2015 are being introduced; HTC's One M9 and Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge offer better cameras, more features and a great sense of style.

Firefox OS coming to the U.S., other developed markets in 2016

Mozilla's Firefox OS, designed for low-cost smartphones in emerging markets, is coming to more developed markets this year.

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HTC's new flagship phone, the One M9, revealed before launch

HTC's new flagship Android smartphone, the One M9, was revealed by Best Buy hours before its expected launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Samsung and HTC have much to prove with Sunday smartphone launches

Samsung Electronics and HTC are going head to head on Sunday with almost simultaneous launches of new flagship smartphones timed to coincide with Mobile World Congress.

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Bad with names? 2 Android apps try to help

Many of us have trouble relating faces to names -- which can be disastrous in a business situation. Two Android apps -- Humin and Social Recall -- try to help with that.

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Google pushes Android devices into the enterprise

Google today announced Android for Work, which is designed to encourage and enable businesses to bring more devices onboard by adding security and more manageability to the Android platform.

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First look: The new Moto E -- a better, still affordable phone

Motorola's new Moto E, the discount version of its Moto X smartphone, adds a front-facing camera, additional storage, a larger display and Android Lollipop.

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Motorola's latest Moto E is a more powerful LTE smartphone

The upgraded Moto E's arrival on Thursday highlights the growing competition for unlocked smartphones costing $200 or less.

Android, iOS again dominate smartphone OS market

Android and iOS combined for 96.3% of the global mobile OS market in 2014.

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LG takes aim at Motorola's Moto G with new Magna smartphone

LG Electronics has announced four new smartphones, including the Magna, which could be a challenger to Motorola Mobility's Moto G.

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