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Android Platform Distribution Numbers Updated – KitKat Climbs Ever Higher To 8.5%, Gingerbread Loses Another 1.6%

Google continues its monthly ritual of posting platform distribution numbers for Android. After getting a fairly late start, KitKat is keeping up its suddenly explosive pace by adding 3.2% to last month's 5.3%. This is largely due to a continual stream of updates to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3.

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The increase in KitKat's presence came at the expense of almost every older version of Android except for Jelly Bean 4.2, which actually rose 0.7%.

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Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Google Because Phones Are Too Expensive, And Also Search And Monopolies And Stuff

Did your last phone cost too much? Do you hate, hate the fact that Google Search is included in Google's Android operating system? Does the sight of a pre-loaded Gmail app fill you with scorn? Then call the offices of Hagens Berman, a consumer rights class-action law firm. They want to sue the pants off of Google, Because it's easier to get the money out of someone's wallet that way.

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Attorney Steve Berman of Hagens Berman.

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Samsung Gear Fit Review: Well, It Looks Nice

Last year, I reviewed the original Galaxy Gear. Considering how that went, I'm not sure I am exactly the "ideal" candidate for reviewing the new-and-improved Gear Fit, but hey, it came with the Galaxy S5 I reviewed, so here goes nothing.

Samsung started over when it designed its new line of second-generation Gear devices, dropping the Galaxy branding and Android along with it, opting instead to power these new smartwatches with Tizen.

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[New App] Slyde Is A Neat Floating App Switcher From The Makers Of Tablified Market

Let's say there are a few apps that you use frequently. You could get to them by diving into the app drawer, placing shortcuts on the home screen, or hoping they're someplace in the multitasking interface. Slyde makes it easier – you just swipe and pull up your favorite apps.

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LG Is Holding An Event On May 27th To Announce The LG G3

LG is sending out invites to an event on Tuesday, May 27th in London with simultaneous events scheduled in New York and San Francisco. The invitation doesn't offer much information, simply stressing the letter 'G.' However, we're told there's a new flagship smartphone ready to drop.

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Sprint Expands 4G LTE Network To 41 New Cities, Introduces 6 More Markets To Sprint Spark

Sprint is continuing to bump up consumers across the country to relatively faster speeds. Today it has announced the arrival of 41 new 4G LTE markets, including Long Island, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. This brings the total number of cities up to 443. To see if your town is one of them, give this list a skim.

Sprint Spark has also expanded to six new areas: Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; Waukegan, Ill; Newark, NJ; and Tacoma, WA.

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[Update: Winner] Win One Of Five Devices From Poweramp, Negri Electronics, And Android Police

In a normal giveaway, we have a one, two, ten...some number of devices to give away, and that's basically the end of it. This giveaway, however, is different. This go, we're working with Poweramp and Negri Electronics to give away one of five handsets:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • LG G2
  • HTC One M8
  • Nexus 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future.

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Solid Explorer Updated With Limited Work-Around For KitKat SD Card Restrictions On Samsung Devices

The changes that Google made to the way that Android uses external storage (read: MicroSD cards) in KitKat have been contentious to say the least. A few of the more widely-used file explorer apps have utilized a loophole in the Media Scanner service to restore at least some of the more widely-used functions for accessing and modifying files, and now the popular Solid Explorer has done the same.

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According to the changelog for version 1.6, the work-around should function for Samsung devices that have been updated to Android 4.4, though the new Galaxy S5 is a notable exception.

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[Weekend Poll] How Important Is Water-Resistance Going To Be In Your Next Smartphone Purchase?

With more and more smartphones featuring water resistance as standard, particularly Samsung's Galaxy S5, it seems like weatherproofing may be on the uptrend in the smartphone world. It's easy to see why - countless phones are lost to moisture-related incidents, whether it be a pool, toilet, or washing machine. Building phones designed to withstand the elements only makes sense, as nearly ever-present companions in our daily lives, our phones are bound to end up exposed to some less than electronic-friendly conditions during their lifetime.

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[New App] Sony Publishes Its Own Exclusive Background Defocus Camera App To Google Play

Taking the background in an image and blurring it is currently the big thing in mobile photography. HTC touted the feature when raving about the M8's duo camera. Google added a similar lens blur effect in the camera app it recently uploaded to the Play Store. Samsung, too, unsurprisingly packed this feature in alongside the plethora of others it crams into the Galaxy S5. Now Sony has uploaded its pre-existing effort to the Play Store, where it can more easily roll out future updates.

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