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


Check out library books on any device

Many libraries now support e-books. Find out how to check out library books and get them sent directly to your Kindle, phone, or tablet.

By 15 September 2014


Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

This would have walked away with every award going a couple of years ago. But today it's simply outclassed by its competitors.

25 November 2013

3 stars Editors' rating 25 November 2013

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25 tips for the Google Nexus 5

Google's Nexus 5 is here, and it's pre-loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat. Take a look at our best tips, hints and tricks.

By 14 November 2013


Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)

The 2013 Kindle Fire HD works perfectly as an e-reader with a few extra tablet features, but users looking to take full advantage of Amazon's ecosystem should pay more for the Fire HDX.

1 November 2013

3 stars Editors' rating 1 November 2013

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Asus Memo Pad HD 7

With its rear camera, expandable storage and cheaper price, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 makes a few key improvements on the already excellent Nexus 7 tablet. If you're looking for a cheap tablet that will tackle most tasks well, this is the one to go for.

9 August 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating 9 August 2013

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Google bringing ebooks based on Android game Ingress

Google's augmented reality game Ingress is about to become even more augmented, with a series of novels based on characters and stories from the game's lore.

By 19 March 2013


Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 packs a good screen, plenty of power and that all important stylus for sketching. It's quite a lot more expensive than the iPad mini though, and its plastic construction doesn't feel anywhere near as luxurious.

23 April 2013

3 stars Editors' rating 23 April 2013

Pricing not available


RootMyNook vs. N2A Cards: Battle of the Nook-to-Android cards

These two products give you a plug-and-play solution for turning your Nook HD or HD+ into a full-blown Android Jelly Bean tablet. Which one works best?

By 22 February 2013


Top tablets and e-book readers

CNET's picks for the best of the best tablets and e-readers this holiday season.

5 Images By 1 November 2012


Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7: Which one is right for you?

The 7-inch tablet market just got more interesting, and more confusing. CNET breaks down the key differences between two $199 tablets: the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7.

By 7 September 2012