Highly anticipated NVIDIA Shield starts preorders on May 20 for $349, set to ship in June

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NVIDIA made quite a stir at CES this last January with the announcement of what they called “Project Shield”,  a new gaming device powered by Android. Well, now it seems they’re dropping the “project” status, as NVIDIA has announced that prospective gamers can ...

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Archos intros ChefPad, kitchen-based Android tablet

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Archos has a new Android tablet for your consideration, the kitchen-themed ChefPad. Rather than a stock Android experience and traditional tablet, this one is designed to stay in one place.  Specifications are pretty much your typical mid-range device with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a dual-core ...

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HTC First getting discontinued, source says

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After barely a month into its release, the HTC First is set to become discontinued, or so says a source close to BGR. The phone, which already dropped from $99 to $.99 last week, has reportedly sold somewhere south of 15,000 units. Blame AT&T, Facebook, or HTC… whoever ya want, this ...

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Google unifies Gmail and Drive storage with 15GB

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Google announced on Monday that it will unify the storage between the Gmail and Drive properties. Now, instead of having 10GB free storage in Gmail and another 5GB in Drive, users will have 15GB total to use wherever and however.  In the event you need more storage, Google will offer plans at ...

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Zact enters the no-contract fray with custom-built plans

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T-Mobile, AT&T, and pretty much every other no-contract carrier have at least one more wireless provider to keep an eye on.  The carrier is called Zact and it aims to make things easier and/or provide more options than the other guys. Zact, offers a pair of entry-level Android handsets at ...

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Could white Nexus 4 be the refreshed LTE model for Google I/O?

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Don’t your breath or anything, but it’s possible that Google will release a white version of the Nexus 4. Expected to arrive with 32GB storage and LTE connectivity, the Nexus 4 has been rumored for a refresh for a while now. New images surfacing this week show the white model is ...

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Sony announces new Xperia ZR, a smaller waterproof cousin of the Xperia Z

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Sony, capitalizing on the massive success of their Xperia line, has today announced the new Xperia ZR. At 4.55 inches, the ZR will be bringing along a lot of the same internals as the Xperia Z, to include the waterproof capabilities – with a rating of IP5 and IP8. This rating makes the ZR ...

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Motorola XT1058 ‘XFON’ swings through FCC

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A Motorola XT1058 has made its way through the FCC, carrying what appears to be support for AT&T’s network. Based on the image that accompanies the listing, the phone looks to be the same “X Phone” that leaked back in March. Things are falling into place for the so-called ...

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Android lead: Google I/O “going to be different” this year.

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Don’t look for any big new hardware or major releases in Android at Google I/O this week, it’s likely not going to happen. Google’s Sundar Pinchai, speaking with Wired, tells us that Google I/O is “going to be different” this year. What can we expect from I/O this ...

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Enigmatic LG device spied in wild again

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A new photo of an unknown LG smartphone has been leaked online courtesy of @evleaks, showing an ultra-thin bezel. Images arrived late last week for the handset however the specs remain a mystery.  It remains unclear which model we’re looking at here but the most likely candidate is the LG ...

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In Brief: Android-related things you should know (May 10, 2013)

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In Brief is a compilation of notifications, rumors, and Android-related news tidbits which, for whatever reason, did not end up with a post of its own on AndroidGuys. These are things that we still feel are worth knowing, even if in a passing manner. Consider it a grab-bag of Android goodies. ...

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PUK – Pool with pucks and no side pockets

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I do not have a great description for this game, and the title was alliteration for alliteration’s sake, but I can tell you that PUK is an addicting pick-up-and-play game.  And those are the best kinds of mobile games. PUK bills itself as an action puzzler, but I do not think that is ...

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Leaked benchmarks for the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 released

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It looks like all the rumors are coming together, as benchmarks have been released for an upcoming 8-inch Samsung tablet thanks to the Dutch website TechTastic. Sources at the site say they have discovered the 8-inch tablet in the GLBenchmark database, carrying model number SM-T311 (which we ...

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Google Babel to be called Hangouts and debut at Google I/O, source says

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Google will introduce the much-rumored unified messaging client, Babel, at Google I/O next week, reports TechRadar. Picking up the more formal, and familiar, name of Google Hangouts, this is the messaging service that is expected to be cross-platform and tie together a number of existing ...

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Weekend Wallpapers: 8-bit and pixel backgrounds for your Android

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Add a bit of old-school to that brand new Android with these wallpapers!

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