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Android Jelly Bean finally beats Gingerbread in Google stats

The most recent version of Android is finally more widely used than the years-old Gingerbread, according to the Big G's developer stats.

By July 9, 2013

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Android's Jelly Bean surpasses Gingerbread for the first time

Google's newest operating system has finally taken the crown as Android's most popular OS.

By July 8, 2013

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Google Android L

Google gives us a preview of the future of its mobile operating system.

July 1, 2014

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Sony Xperia M2

Although the Sony Xperia M2 looks pretty slick, it's let down by its low resolution display and its old version of Android, which makes even its affordable price way too high. For much less money, you could snap up the Moto G or spend a little more and pick up the older Xperia Z with its full HD display and waterproof design.

July 24, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating July 24, 2014
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Google Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat brings Android to the masses, introduces a minimal design, and puts Google search in your dialer.

November 4, 2013

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Xiaomi Mi 3

Xiaomi's Mi 3 is a showcase of how Chinese phonemakers can create quality hardware without breaking the bank. If you don't need 4G LTE, and you can get hold of it, this is one of the best smartphones you can buy in its price range.

June 10, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 10, 2014
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Android 4.0 and above eat away at Gingerbread

Newer versions of Google's operating system -- Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean -- are slowly but steadily gaining on the older and popular Gingerbread.

By March 6, 2013

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iPhone 6

We're tracking all of the rumors on specs, size, release date, and more for Apple's next iPhone.

April 16, 2014

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LG Lucid 3 (Verizon Wireless)

Save for the LG Lucid 3’s disappointing photo quality, the mid-tier device ranks high in its class and is an excellent value on contract.

May 6, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 6, 2014
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Android Jelly Bean gains, Gingerbread seeing a slow fade

Android 4.1 and 4.2 now run on 10 percent of the Android devices out there while Gingerbread fades -- a bit.

By January 3, 2013