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Next version of Android has a name: KitKat

Google has announced that Android 4.4, the next version of the mobile operating system, will be named after the Nestlé snack KitKat.

By September 3, 2013

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Android 4.4 KitKat: What's the point of co-branding?

Google doesn't need the money, and it certainly has no problem with awareness. So why partner with a candy company at all?

By September 3, 2013

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Is Android fragmentation over with Jelly Bean's rise? Nope

For the first time in years, the most widely used version of Android also happens to be the newest. That's good news for developers, but Android is more complicated than one bar chart.

By July 12, 2013

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Hack your Android like a pro: Rooting and ROMs explained

There are benefits to rooting your Android smartphone, but it can be a tricky world for beginners. Here are some tips.

By April 15, 2013

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Android Jelly Bean statue blows up as thief strikes

The giant Jelly Bean-filled Android on the front lawn of Google headquarters has literally blown up -- and been struck by a thief to boot.

By July 3, 2012

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Android updates guide: All the features of every version

Every version of Android and their most important features, all in one place. Keep coming back for the scoop on the latest Android updates.

By July 2, 2012

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The Android era: From G1 to Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a brand new design to Android and updated features. CNET weighs in on how far the Android OS has come and where it's going next.

By July 2, 2012

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Living with the Samsung Galaxy Note

Find out if CNET editor Brian Bennett can survive with the new Samsung Galaxy Note as his only mobile device for a week.

By February 21, 2012

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Gingerbread dominates current Android devices

As the new year gets started, Gingerbread devices make up more than half of the Android market share while Ice Cream Sandwich barely begins to register.

By January 4, 2012

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A brief history of Android phones

Three years ago, the Android OS was just a buzzword. But quite a few handsets later, it's a powerful force. CNET takes a look back at all the Android goodness that has come.

By August 2, 2011