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Myth-Busting Google's Android Problem

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In general, your Android device probably already includes a fair bit of Lollipop features -- even if you don't actually have the full system upgrade installed. The only exceptions would be hopelessly outdated devices that simply can't run newer Google Play Services and Google Search apps, or users who prefer updating their apps manually and haven't gotten around to it in the last several weeks.

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Android Lollipop vs. Android KitKat: New Features & Material Design Explored

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Android Lollipop is a HUGE update that sees Google taking its already mature platform several steps further. The Big G has tightened up nearly every element of its mobile platform, refining the look and feel of Android across the board, as well as touching up back-end tools and protocols to make the platform even more efficient.

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8 great reasons to root your Android phone right now

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To root or not to root? It's a question that most people don't ever ask themselves, because Android devices are powerful and customizable from the get-go, and rooting can be risky.

But it's not that risky. And if you want to really unlock the full potential of your device—if you want to be able to control everything, backup everything, customize everything, and do all sorts of fun things like install custom ROMs and get Android Lollipop ahead of the pack—you'll need to root your phone.

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Tiny Android Box is Pretty Good for TV, Not So Much for Games

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Everyone and their mother (in Tech News) is monitoring Xiaomi, the *fourth largest smartphone maker in the world behind Samsung, Apple and Lenovo (owners of Motorola). But that doesn't mean everything they put out is gold.

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Top 5 Android Smartphones — January 2015

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We brought you our last top 5 Android list back in October and, as it’s already the first quarter of this year, it’s time to revisit that list. There are certainly some new models to discuss, the G Flex 2 was just introduced during CES 2015, for example, but we’re also just a couple of months away from Mobile World Congress, where it’s almost certain that the following phones will be replaced by the next batch of flagships.

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The Creator Of Linux Has An Attitude And A Foul Mouth, And People Are Angry At Him (Again)

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Linus Torvalds, the internationally famous creator of the Linux operating system (which powers your Android phone and most of the internet), does not in way, shape or form suffer from Imposter's Syndrome.

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