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Best tablets of 2014

CNET editors round up their favorite tablets, including products from Apple, Samsung, and Google.

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Android rival Jolla hits crowdfunding target for first Sailfish OS tablet

Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has passed its Indiegogo crowdfunding target -- in just over two hours -- for its first tablet, a 7.9-inch slate that runs Sailfish OS, rather than Android.

By November 19, 2014

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Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop OS is super sweet

The refreshed mobile OS features prioritized notifications on the lock screen, a self-service guest mode, and a new interface look called Material.

By October 21, 2014

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MSN consumer apps arrive on Android, iOS, Amazon

Microsoft is continuing its cross-platform push, bringing a number of its MSN-branded consumer apps to devices beyond those running Windows and Windows Phone.

By December 11, 2014

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Google Nexus 9 is a premium no-frills Android tablet

The solid and simple addition to the Nexus tablet family runs the latest Android Lollipop 5.0 OS

By November 3, 2014

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How Android 5.0 lets you get raw for better photos

Programmers have begun unlocking a new feature in Google's new Lollipop mobile OS: the ability to shoot photos in raw format, which adds new flexibility in image quality.

By December 19, 2014

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Google readies souped-up Android for cars

Google is preparing the foundations for a version of its Android operating system that can be built directly into connected cars.

By December 19, 2014

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AirDroid 3 brings one of iOS's best new features to Android

This nifty system connects your Android phone to your computer's desktop so you can answer phone calls and reply to text messages remotely.

By December 18, 2014

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Android 5.1 update due in early 2015, report claims

A minor Lollipop update should arrive in the first few months of the new year, full of bug fixes and one feature we've especially missed.

By December 17, 2014

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Android stays 'unbeatable' in smartphone market -- for now

Google's mobile OS reigned supreme in the third quarter with 84 percent of global shipments, says research firm Strategy Analytics. And then there are the warning signs.

By October 31, 2014

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Google produces Android 5.0.1 with bug fix in tow

The update squashes a bug that could reset your Android device if it detects too many accidental or incorrect attempts to unlock the lock screen.

By December 3, 2014