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Alibaba partners with U.S.-based Quixey for mobile app search in China

Alibaba had previously provided funding to Quixey last year

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Google Play Games' new nearby multiplayer capabilities make it easier to play with pals

The new Google Play Games lets players challenge one another if they're in the same room.

FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should also rethink their plans to enable smartphone encryption by default, he says.

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Spec showdown: Google Nexus 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Google and Samsung offer two big phones for people who want high-resolution screens. Here's a quick guide as to how each breaks down.

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Kill switch semi-engaged: Android Lollipop gets factory reset password protection

To discourage thievery, users will need to log in before wiping their smartphones

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Lenovo to challenge Xiaomi on smartphones with new company in China

Lenovo's new company will sell mobile devices under a separate brand name

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Google makes Android Lollipop official, details Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet

Version 5.0 of Android gets it sweet treat name and a couple of new devices to show it off. Pre-orders start soon.

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How to take a screenshot on your Android phone

Once an arduous task, taking a screenshot is a snap—no pun intended—on modern Android phones.

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Scientists harness smartphones as cosmic ray detectors

University of California researchers aim to build world's largest detector

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How to stop your Android phone's screen from rotating

Keep your screen contents from automatically rotating at the most inopportune time. It's easy.

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How to change your Android phone's wallpaper

Android comes with plenty of attractive wallpaper options, but why let your phone manufacturer dictate your taste?

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Google asks Supreme Court to decide Oracle's Android copyright case

The Supreme Court might weigh in on the extent to which APIs can be protected by copyright

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Nearly half of all Android devices are still vulnerable to two serious browser exploits

The percentage is much higher in some countries and lower in the U.S, security firm Lookout estimates

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Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge to debut in Japan at the end of October

More countries will be added before the end of the year, Samsung promises

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Nokia to stop India handset production after Microsoft cuts off orders

The handset plant in Chennai was not transferred to Microsoft because it was frozen in a tax dispute.