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Android: Remix OS, BlackBerry, Casio

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  • Remix OS is Android for the desktop, and it works with nearly any PC

    See, between CES 2015 and today, Jide created a Kickstarter campaign for the Remix Mini, a $70 device that can run Android on any screen with an HDMI input. It took in $1.6 million.

  • BlackBerry going all-in on Android phones

    This will be an all-Android year for BlackBerry's newest phones.

    The Ontario, Canada-based company plans to release one new product, and potentially a second phone, tin 2016. Both will run on Google's mobile software, CEO John Chen confirmed in an interview at CES in Las Vegas.

    His comments follow news that Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint will sell the BlackBerry Priv, the company's first phone running on Android, after a 60-day exclusive deal with AT&T.

  • Casio's First Android Wear Watch Will Be Ruggedized And Have Up To A Month Of Battery Life

    Most of the Android Wear devices out there are similar takes on the same use case, but watchmaker Casio is trying something a little different. The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch (WSD-F10) is an Android Wear device with sport watch styling and a seriously rugged design. It can even run for as long as a month in basic monochrome mode. It might not be a watch you wear every day, but outdoorsy folks might really dig it.

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