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China's OnePlus targets flagship phones from big players

Demand for phones from OnePlus have outstripped the company's expectations

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Android’s next update will reportedly fix Lollipop’s memory leak

Android Lollipop has had a bumpy rollout, but Google's slowly smoothing things out.

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2014 in review: The year in Android

2014 was a heck of a year for the Android operating system. From the release of Lollipop to executive shakeups, we recount some of the year's biggest stories.

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Rockstar sale of patents latest sign of cooling in smartphone litigation

Rockstar has agreed to sell 4,000 patents to RPX for licensing to tech companies

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Lollipops, Cardboard, and barges: Google's 14 biggest hits and misses of 2014

A tech company as big as Google is bound to do some amazing things every year, but it's also not immune to failure. Let's look back at where the search giant went right and wrong in 2014.

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Google Android One phones to sell in three more Asian countries

The Android One low-cost phone was first introduced in India

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Android Auto, baked directly into cars: Google may want it, but whether automakers do is unclear

Google's upcoming Android M could include the ability to make Android Auto the core of a car's infotainment system, but the reality faces many obstacles.

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Google may (or may not) release Android 5.1 soon, but either way the OS needs TLC

Think of the Lollipop rumors as a wish list of sorts—almost as if Android users are begging Google to fix what's wrong with Android 5.0.

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The top five smartphone disappointments of 2014

The new iPhones should have had a better front camera and the Moto G should have had LTE, among other disappointments

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French researchers find that Android apps exploit permissions

A study found that one out of three apps access location, while two out of three track users' identities.

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Patent battles risk disrupting Xiaomi's international expansion

A patent dispute has forced Xiaomi to stop its smartphone sales in India

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Panasonic LED signs beam data to phones 5 meters away

Flickering LEDs can send ID tag data to phones, triggering ads or other info, at relatively high speeds.

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Xiaomi faces phone ban in India over Ericsson patent suit

Xiaomi, which considers India an important market, seems ready to negotiate

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Android Wear update adds name-brand watchfaces and interface improvements

Google's smartwatch OS is getting a lot more pop-culture aware. And that's just the beginning of what looks to be a killer update.

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How to set up battery saver mode on Android 5.0 Lollipop

Battery running dry? Android Lollipop's battery saver feature can help eke it out until you get home.