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8 Android L Features You Should Be Excited About

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The excitement after Android 4.4 KitKat's release barely died down when Google announced its most ambitious release ever: Android L. Packed with brand-new features and a massive UI overhaul, this is Android at its very best.

If you are dying to know what comes with this latest installment, read on as we discuss some of the best features in it.

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Android, iOS gobble up even more global smartphone share

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According to IDC, the total combined market share of Android and iOS swelled to 96.4 percent during the second quarter, up from 92.6 percent a year ago. That left just 2.5 percent of the market to Windows Phone, down from 3.4 percent in a year’s time.

In part, that’s because the worldwide smartphone market swelled to 301.3 million phones, moving past 300 million phones for the first time in its history, according to IDC. That represents 25.3 percent growth from a year ago.

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We Tried to Break This New Android Phone and This Is What Happened

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After a series of torture tests, I have decided the Brigadier is like the Terminator of smartphones. It looks durable and virtually indestructible. But what's a smartphone if you can't use it? I put it through one final test to see if it could still make calls.

The Brigadier is heavy -- weighing in at 6.6 ounces. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat -- however it remained unclear what the future holds for operating system updates.

It doesn't stand out from other smartphones in terms of user experience, however if you're looking for a crazy tough smartphone, this may be it.

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Skype stops working on older Android phones leaving Linux users in the dark

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LINUX USERS will be left out in the cold following Microsoft's announcement that it will retire older versions of Skype for Android.

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Small, But Not Too Small, Cheap Computers

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As the market for Android/Linux smartphones matures, they get bigger and more powerful.

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Will Android L help prevent fragmentation in wearables?

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Fragmentation has been a big problem for Android for a long time, and it's caused quite a bit of frustration among users who have been unable to update their devices to the latest version of Android. Google is aware of this, and back in July Dazeinfo looked at how Android L might affect problems with fragmentation (including wearables).

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The market share of Windows Phone reduced to only 2.5%

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There used to be a time when GNU/Linux was kept under mysterious 1% market share. Today mobile Linux Android owns over 85% of the market share leaving the once market leading iOS behind. But its not a tragedy for iOS that it’s market share has shrunk, the real tragedy is for Microsoft whose Windows Phone market share has gone down to mere 2.5%; just 1.5% ahead of what Linux used to have on desktops.

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The world's largest PC maker now sells more smartphones than PCs

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The world's largest PC maker, Lenovo, now sells more smartphones than PCs. In an earnings report issued today, Lenovo revealed the swing to smartphones thanks to sales more than doubling between April and June. Lenovo sold 15.8 million smartphones in the recent quarter, compared to 14.5 million PC sales. Lenovo says its rise in smartphone sales can be attributed to the market shifting from premium handsets to the mainstream, and increasing demand from emerging markets.

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Google's Got An Open Source Android Problem

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Open source has been very good to Google's Android operating system. Unlike previous mobile operating systems like iOS (available only to Apple) or Windows (available for a fee and on Microsoft's terms), Android was free to use (or, as venture capitalist Bill Gurley pointed out in 2011, sometimes under generous subsidies).

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Motorola’s new phone and 360 watch to land September 4th

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This morning reports are coming in Motorola have issued invites to their official launch event entitled Moto Launch Experience. It is highly expected the Moto 360′s official release will be announced at the event which will be held in Chicago on September 4th.

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