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[Editorial] Microsoft Buys Nokia: What It Means (And Doesn't Mean) For Android

If you're a dedicated follower of tech news, you've probably heard the big story from late last night: Microsoft is buying Nokia. Holy cow, Redmond has an end-to-end distribution model! This could finally make Windows Phone a competitor! The phone and tablet market is getting its first major shakeup since the rise of Android!

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Well, yes, and then again no. While it's true that the upcoming acquisition is a huge deal for Microsoft, and an even bigger deal for Nokia and anyone who's invested in the company (either in a monetary sense or as a customer), I can't see it having a huge impact on Android.

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BlackBerry Messenger For Android Appears In A Video Preview (Working Mirror)

BlackBerry announced back in May that it would make BlackBerry Messenger available for both Android and iOS devices this summer. The clock is ticking, as the season will come to a close in a matter of weeks. BBM is not yet available in the Play Store, but a video of the beta version running on Android has hit the wild. This is a working mirror, as the video has been pulled from the original site.

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The 8GB Nexus 4 Is Sold Out In Google Play And Will Not Be Restocked

Usually, $199 is the price you pay for a smartphone when signing a soul-crushing two year contract. Not with the Nexus 4, which dropped $100 in price last week. The 8GB model was just $199 after the change, and the 16GB was $249. If you're looking to snag a sub-$200 Nexus, you're too late – the 8GB model is gone for good.

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We watched the Play Store page bounce back and forth between in-stock and out-of-stock all day yesterday, but Google has now confirmed the 8GB Nexus 4 is not coming back.

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HTC Announces Mid-Range Desire 601, Entry-Level Desire 300, BoomBass Bluetooth Subwoofer, And Vivid Blue HTC One/One Mini

The week is just getting started, but HTC is dropping new devices like it's going out of style. No, it's not that rumored One Max we've been hearing about. The company is breathing new life into the Desire brand with the mid-range Desire 601 and the entry-level Desire 300. HTC is also announcing a Bluetooth subwoofer accessory for BoomSound devices and a new "Vivid Blue" HTC One.

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23 Best (And 1 WTF) New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (8/20/13 - 9/2/2013)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions?

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Android Police Live At IFA 2013: What To Expect From One Of The Year's Biggest Electronics Shows

Hello, dear readers. I'm sitting here at Los Angeles International Airport waiting for my flight to Berlin to board (and probably grabbing a beer before I do), and I thought now would be a good time to give you a quick look at what we'll be up to at IFA 2013.

What is IFA, exactly? Think of it like Europe's CES. While us mobile gadget bloggers focus in on the smartphone / tablet / connected stuff aspect of the IFA show, it's actually a huge event encompassing many categories of consumer electronics.

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Verizon Will Buy Out Vodafone's 45% Stake In Verizon Wireless For $130 Billion

After 14 years together, Verizon and Vodafone are calling it quits. Verizon will buy out Vodafone's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to gain full control of the company. The two wireless giants have agreed to a deal valued at $130 billion, which includes $58.9 billion in cash, $60.2 billion in Verizon stock, and $11 billion in additional cash from smaller deals. This confirms rumors that began surfacing late last week.

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[Deal Alert] 16GB Nexus 10 On Sale For $339.99 With Free Shipping On eBay Daily Deals

The Nexus 10 might be getting a little long in the tooth, but it still has the best screen you'll find on a 10-inch Android tablet. Google is still asking $399 for the 16GB N10, but eBay Daily Deal has it for a mere $339.99. This is a brand new item – not a refurb or open box unit.

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The Nexus 10 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and will probably continue to get updates for another year or so.

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Sony Honami (Xperia Z1) Press Renders Leak Ahead Of Official Announcement On September 4th

Say whatever you like about Sony, but it's hard to deny that their high-end phones look great. Case in point: the unannounced Honami, which is almost certainly the successor to last year's Xperia Z flagship. The folks at XperiaBlog got their hands on a collection of official rendered press photos, and this thing looks fantastic.

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The Honami was previously reported as having the retail title of "Xperia i1," but now it's going by "Xperia Z1." Whether this is a mix-up form a previous leak or a different model for a different region is still up in the air.

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More Images Of The Sony Lens Camera Attachments Leak, Look Bizarre From Every Angle [Update]

There can no longer be any denying it – Sony is about to announce a self-contained camera inside a lens that attaches to your smartphone. The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens camera modules have been spotted a few times, but this is the largest cache of pictures so far.

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