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ARCHOS Announces Updated Versions Of The 101 XS And Gamepad, Introduces A Tablet For Kids And A New Flagship Phone

ARCHOS has announced its mobile strategy for the remainder of the year, highlighting tablets and smartphones that - hmm, to put this delicately - should appeal to a wide range of users. ARCHOS has been making Android tablets since before most of the major players, so it's typically worth checking out what they have to offer.

At the top of the list, we have the ARCHOS 101 XS 2, the successor to last year's ARCHOS 101 XS.

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SHIELD OTA Update 59 Rolling Out Now, Brings Apps To SD, Improved PC Streaming And Support For More Games, And More

If you're a SHIELD early adopter, you may want to head into the settings menu and grab the latest update – it's a good one. Update 59 brings improved PC streaming stability, along with support for more PC Games, like FIFA 13, Call of Jaurez: Gunslinger, Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition, and several other. There are now 31 officially supported PC titles. Not bad.

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Aside from that, it also adds support for Tegra developer tools and possibly the most anticipated feature: the ability to move apps to the SD Card.

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Samsung Releases Kernel Source For Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE And Galaxy S4 LTE-A

Developer types, take note. Samsung has just posted the kernel source for the Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE and the Galaxy S4 LTE-A. Getting a piece of the open source Jelly Bean code will allow developers to better support the devices, which might actually be important in the case of the oddball GS4 Zoom.

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The Galaxy S4 Zoom is basically a GS4 Mini with a giant point-and-shoot camera grafted on the back.

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Samsung Galaxy NX Priced – Coming In October For $1,599 Body-Only Or $1,699 With 18-55mm Lens

Samsung really crossed the streams when it announced the Galaxy NX Android camera back in June – mashing up a high-end mirrorless camera with Android. It's a rather bizarre idea, but actually looks like an interesting device. Samsung neglected to announce a price, though. Well, now it has, and you're not going to like it. The Galaxy NX will cost $1,599 for the body with no lens, or $1,699 for the body and a standard 18-55mm zoom lens.

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The Moto X Is Live On Verizon's Website – $199.99 On-Contract Or $139.99 With 30% Off Promo Code

If you've been anxiously waiting for the chance to order up a Verizon Moto X, now is the time! The Moto X order page just went live on Verizon's website. If you want one as soon as possible, you'll have to buy online – Verizon won't have the device in stores for a few weeks.

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The Verizon Moto X is only available in black and white at this time. Also, there is only a 16GB storage option.

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Report: Hugo Barra, VP Of Android Product Management At Google, Is Leaving For Chinese Manufacturer Xiaomi [Update: Confirmed]

Update 2: Hugo Barra himself has confirmed his plans on Google+. He'll become the new Vice President of Xiaomi Global. We wish you the best of luck, Hugo - you will be missed.

In a few weeks, I'll be joining the Xiaomi team in China to help them expand their incredible product portfolio and business globally — as Vice President, Xiaomi Global.  I'm really looking forward to this new challenge, and am particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to help drive the Android ecosystem.

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Motorola Posts Open Source Kernel Files For The Moto X On SourceForge

As Motorola's first phone developed start to finish under Google's corporate umbrella, the Moto X is getting more than a little attention from developers, modders, and ROM enthusiasts. They'll be happy to know that the kernel source code for various models of the Moto X are now available on SourceForge. Kernel code is available for three models: AT&T (XT1058), T-Mobile (XT1053), and Sprint (XT1056).

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The choice of models is a bit surprising, since there's still no word of when Sprint will start selling its version of the Moto X, though they've had a sign-up page for weeks.

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[APK Teardown] Google Keyboard v1.1: Space-Aware Gestures, External Dictionaries, Hidden Settings, And More

Earlier today, Google released a relatively minor update to its keyboard application with only one really useful change: numbers in the top row on tablets. While the update itself is indeed not too significant, it did manage to bring several interesting half-baked under-the-hood bits which aren't quite ready for consumption. These are exactly the kinds of bits we like here in the AndroidPolice teardown kitchen.

Armed with some of Ron's initial findings, my teardown partner Santiago Rosales and I dug into the innards of the v1.1 APK.

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Firmware Update 10.3.1.C.0.136 Bumps The Xperia Tablet Z WiFi Up To Android 4.2.2, Includes Support For Multiple Users, 64GB SD Cards, And More

Xperia Tablet Z WiFi owners, the time has come for you to make the jump to Android 4.2.2. The latest firmware update, version 10.3.1.C.0.136, updates the six-month tablet to the next version of Jelly Bean and brings with it a slew of features worth salivating over, such as support for 64GB SD cards, and some that may be more subjective, such as the transition from a tablet UI to a phone UI.

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BLU Introduces DASH Series Of Smartphones, 3 Brightly-Colored Android Handsets Starting At Just $50 Unlocked

BLU is an up-and-coming smartphone manufacturer offering budget-friendly devices that have a knack for also being halfway decent. Today they've announced a new line of smartphones that look situated to continue this trend. The DASH series won't blow anyone's minds, but these highly affordable, and dare I say - adorable, handsets could make for a decent way to introduce a newcomer to the world of smartphones.

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The three phones making up the DASH series include the DASH Jr., the DASH MUSIC 4.0, and the DASH MUSIC 5.0.

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