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The best Android phones of 2014

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This last year has been a big one for Android. Displays have started moving beyond 1080p, devices keep getting bigger, and Android 5.0 brings the most fundamental change the platform has seen in a very long time. Some of the phones that were released in 2014 were huge successes, and other fell short of expectations, but which one was the best? That depends on how you frame the question, so let’s split it up a few different ways and find out.

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Kodak focuses on Android-powered smartphone cameras

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After a lengthy corporate restructuring, the indomitable Kodak is applying its brand and expertise to a new market: smartphones. The imaging company announced its intention to launch a range of Android smartphones aimed at transitioning technophobes in partnership with mobile device manufacturer Bullitt Group.

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Best Android Smartphones 2014: Your Favorite Devices And The Features That Made You Love Them

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While it may seem to most consumers that all smartphones are pretty much the same -- and for Apple users, they are -- Android phone manufacturers brought a diverse array of hardware to the market in 2014. The theme of the year was standout features, including large (and even curved) displays, water-resistant designs and powerful cameras. Manufacturers competed fiercely to win the favor of consumers, and many handsets stood out for very specific reasons. Below is a rundown of the best Android devices of 2014 and their best features.

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Ringing in 2015 with 40 Linux-friendly hacker SBCs

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Linux

2014 brought us plenty of new open-spec, community-backed SBCs — from $35 bargains, to octa-core powerhouses — and all with Linux or Android support.

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The Year Of The Small Cheap Tablet In UK

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Linux

The more competitive the market for personal computing, the more innovative will be OEMs and retailers. I expect many more will ship GNU/Linux just to be different or to offer something new. 2015 could be the last year retail shelves exclude GNU/Linux anywhere. The monopoly is truly dead.

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Context: UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

Google’s phone-free Android Auto system could be in your next car

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Google

Following Apple’s lead with its planned CarPlay infotainment system, which optimizes a compatible console unit for the iPhone OS, Google already has something similar in the works debuting in 2015 called Android Auto.

The current software requires connection to an Android-powered phone to be connected to the car, but according to Reuters, Google wants to take things even further. The company plans to offer automakers the opportunity to install an upcoming version of the Android software directly into the car’s infotainment unit, becoming the standard operating interface.

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Android Leftovers

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Lava Iris 310 Style With Android 4.4 KitKat Launched at Rs. 3,749

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Lava, after launching the Iris Fuel 60, has now launched the Iris 310 Style, listing it on its site with a price of Rs. 3,749. There is no official word on the availability of the Lava Iris 310 Style; however, we expect the company will announce the availability of the smartphone in the coming days.

The Iris 310 Style is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device which runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. It is an upgraded variant of the Lava Iris 310.

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