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Is your Android device getting the KitKat upgrade?

Android 4.4, also known as KitKat, is the most recent version of Google’s popular operating system and it’s already shipping in several new devices around the world. But what about the 900 million or so Android devices that have been sold to date? How do you know if your phone or tablet will get a sweet KitKat upgrade? Here's a guide to the major manufacturers and their KitKat roadmaps.

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Big updates to Android keyboard apps SwiftKey and Swype

The twin titans of the Android input app world both announced big upgrades today. SwiftKey 4.3 has exited beta, consolidating what were previously two separate apps into a single application. Simultaneously, Swype 1.6, a new version of the app studded with new features, has been released. The enhancements to both are considerable, renewing the battle over which app is the best system for entering text into your Android device.

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Hands on with the Samsung GALAXY S4 Active

Smartphones tend to be delicate gadgets, not meant for the likes of the beach, the pool, or the mud run. You know, fun stuff. Recognizing that some users need a phone that’s a little tougher, Samsung engineered the GALAXY S4 Active—everything that’s great about the regular S4, but with added durability for the fun stuff.

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3 reasons why Sony’s Xperia Z1 could be your number one

The Sony Xperia Z1 is truly one of a kind. It’s one of the first smartphones with a cutting-edge, ultra-powerful Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 800 processor at its heart, and is the first smartphone to feature Sony’s signature digital imaging technology, providing industry-leading image quality.

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The new Nexus 5 is here: the world’s first KitKat smartphone

Today may be Halloween but thankfully, news of the Nexus 5 is no trick. The Nexus 5 is Google’s newest smartphone and the first to feature Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest mobile operating system. Packing top-tier hardware, including a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor designed to support several advanced features, the Nexus 5 is likely going to be at the top of an Android lover’s holiday wish list.

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Drive safely – take the texting and driving pledge

Drivers everywhere are taking the pledge to not text while driving. You may have also seen the hashtag #itcanwait being tweeted posted everywhere to encourage everyone to join the cause for safer driving and take the pledge.

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Announcing the Lumia 1520: Nokia’s first 6-inch smartphone

Along with their first Windows tablet, Nokia recently announced their first 6-inch smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 1520. The Nokia Lumia 1520 brings a gorgeous 1080p Full HD experience to the Nokia lineup, just in time for the holidays.

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Hands on with the LG Optimus G Pro

The term “smartphone” doesn’t seem to describe LG Optimus G Pro accurately. Not because it doesn’t excel at its primary task as a mobile phone. Rather, because its notably large HD screen, combined with multiple fun and practical features, makes it the equivalent of a home theater and home office that you can carry in your pocket.

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Hands on with the BlackBerry Z10

The BlackBerry Z10 is a fast, robust, business-class smartphone. It enables multitaskers to accomplish tasks quickly and efficiently, thanks in part to streamlined features designed for getting things done, and in part to its powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 all-in-one mobile processor.

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Hands on with the Samsung GALAXY S4

The Samsung GALAXY S4 contains a multitude of cutting-edge features, robust capabilities, and eye-catching design flourishes - all in a slim package. Then there’s the striking, large high-definition display, which presents images so beautiful you’ll have a hard time looking away. And because of what's on the inside - a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 mobile processor - the GALAXY S4 is designed to be as powerful as it is beautiful.

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