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News, analysis and tips on the Google Android operating system, and devices and apps that use it.


Google refreshes Incognito in Chrome 36

The company updates Chrome on desktops and Android with small feature improvements and security fixes.

By July 16, 2014


Dell's Windows 8.1, quad-core tablet now on sale for $299

Intel's quad-core Bay Trail processor powers Dell's new 8-inch tablet -- one of the first devices up for sale with the chip.

By October 19, 2013


Archos 35 Carbon is an £80 unskinned Android phone

The super-cheap 35 Carbon leads a new range of budget blowers from French company Archos, all of which run pure Android.

By April 19, 2013


Microsoft Surface Pro is more ultrabook than tablet

The core silicon in the Microsoft Surface Pro is not unlike that of an ultrabook. So, think of it as a hybrid ultrabook more than a pure tablet play.

By November 29, 2012


Will 'normal' Windows users want a Start button for Win 8?

SweetLabs joins a handful of other companies offering to bring the more familiar Start menu/Button back to Windows 8.

By October 16, 2012


Intel and partners may be late to the tablet party, but they're here

Intel and hardware makers such as Dell, HP, Acer and Asus will launch their first major foray into the tablet market today -- more than two years after the introduction of Apple's iPad.

By September 27, 2012


CNET tablet battery life results

Your tablet might pack a fancy stylus or super-sharp resolution, but can it go a day without a charger? CNET Labs takes up the challenge to find out.

By July 20, 2012


Best unlocked Android smartphones you can get today (roundup)

These unlocked handsets bypass the carrier overlords to let you talk, text, and browse (mostly) anywhere.

By June 12, 2012


Why the iPhone is the Greatest Gadget of the 21st Century

Touchscreens. Apps. Built-in GPS. The iPhone wasn't first, but it made these things unimaginably popular. Flora Graham argues the case for it to be deemed the Greatest Gadget of the 21st Century.

By November 2, 2010


Apple gets 'Back to the Mac' with iLife '11, Mac OS X Lion (live blog)

Apple is hosting a special press event Wednesday focused on the Mac, which CNET is covering live. There will also be a preview of the next version of Mac OS X.

By October 20, 2010