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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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Google Nexus 7 (summer 2013)

Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

July 25, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating July 25, 2013
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Google Nexus 5

Strong performance, high-end specs, and an ultra-affordable price make the Google Nexus 5 not just the best unlocked phone on the market, but the best Nexus phone by far.

November 1, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating November 1, 2013
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HTC readying three Android tablets, report says

In addition to the rumored Nexus 8, HTC could be prepping two other Android tablets.

By July 22, 2014

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Google stops displaying content authorship in search results

Presenting author information in search results wasn't as useful as Google had expected.

By August 28, 2014

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Google to encrypt data on new version of Android by default

Encryption has been optional since 2011, but Android L, due out later this year, will include activation procedures for automatic encryption.

By September 18, 2014

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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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Mozilla turns Firefox Android homepage into content hub

The latest Firefox for Android beta focuses on developer tools, but one could have big ramifications by turning the browser's homepage into a platform called Firefox Hub.

By June 12, 2014

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Google to face European antitrust probe over Android, says report

Still finishing up its antitrust probe of Google's search practices, the EU is now looking into allegations regarding the company's control over Android apps, reports The Wall Street Journal.

By August 8, 2014

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KitKat now flavors a quarter of all Android devices

But the latest version of Android is still far behind Jelly Bean, which reigns on more than half of all devices recorded.

By September 11, 2014

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Chromebooks land first batch of Android apps

You may not have known that you wanted Android apps to run on Chrome OS, but Google thinks they should. The first four Android apps for Chromebooks are now available.

By September 11, 2014