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In Brief: Android-related accessories announced at CES 2014 (Volume 1)

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This edition features smartphone-related products and accessories announced for CES 2014.

In Brief is a compilation of notifications, rumors, and Android-related news tidbits which, for whatever reason, did not end up with a post of its own on HelloAndroid. These are things that we still feel are worth knowing, even if in a passing manner. Consider it a grab-bag of Android goodies. If you have something that you think is worth a mention on HelloAndroid, be sure to reach out to us via our contact page.

For the sake of this article, we will use excerpts from press releases.

Android and Windows 8.1 play nice on ASUS' Transformer Book Duet TD300 convertible

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There were lots of great products unveiled Monday at CES 2014, but ASUS announced a real game-changer with the world’s first quad-core, dual operating system tablet/notebook convertible, the Transformer Book Duet TD300.

What makes this device so interesting is that it can be either an Android tablet or laptop, or a Windows tablet or laptop, so you essentially get four devices in one.

The Nokia Normandy is rumored to be an Android device

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According to a recent report by The Verge, Nokia has an Android device nearly ready for consumer release.

What’s interesting is that Nokia has forked Android, similar to how Amazon uses it, to create a customized operating system. The move gives more control over the experience, differentiating it from other Android devices, while still allowing most Android apps to work on the device.

Top Business Benefits of Android for Enterprise

android businessFinding a new market and exploring business perspective is becoming a challenge for any organization. The survival and success of any enterprise are influenced by their capability to respond to the competing pressures. Sometimes it can be achieved through state-of-the-art technique, change in business environment, strategic capability of an organization, cultural and political context, skilled labor and their competence.

The Android Story

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A few weeks ago we published a short history lesson about the evolution of Android. It’s clear that you liked the article, so I hope you will love this one too. The guys at SocialCubix created a nice infographic about the same topic. Most of the information is the same, however there are a few new aspects, and since it’s an infographic it looks much better than the before mentioned article.

So lets take a look how Android evolved from the legendary HTC Dream to Android 4.4 KitKat:

Android powers 4 out of 5 smartphones around globe, 63% of these are Samsung

android kingWe Android fans take pride when we say that “Android is king of all the mobile OS” and now another report is out which tells us that Android is conquering the world of smartphones as out of 4 out of 5 smartphones are powered by Android. International Data Corp (IDC) reported that around 211.6 million Android smartphones were shipped in the third quarter this year, grabbing a market share of whopping 81%, that’s a huge increase of 51% year-on-year.

Microsoft receiving $2 Billion in profit from Android every year

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Microsoft’s profit from the smartphone industry should be coming from the Windows Phone platform, or so we thought. Business Insider has obtained information from Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, who claims that patent royalties on the Android market made by Microsoft brings a massive $2 Billion profit. An estimated 95% of of revenue is in Microsoft’s gain, which is nearly all of the profit earned from Microsoft’s patent royalties.

Google releases Hangouts 2.0, KitKat Keyboard apps

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Google, having been rather busy of late, is pushing out software updates and app updates to smartphones all over the world. Today sees them issuing updated versions of the Hangouts app and KitKat Keyboard.

As you may already know, the Hangouts 2.0 app features integrated SMS capabilities, animated GIFs, device status, and location sharing in conversations. Suffice it to say, this is more than just bug fixes and tweaks.

Amazon gives Android developers Analytics and A/B Testing services

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Amazon today announced another pair of tools aimed at helping developers create the best mobile app/game experience. Available immediately, both Analytics and A/B Testing services are offered as a free, single SDK. One helps keep an eye on how one experience works against others while the other lets developers assess how and which features are being used.

A brief history of Android releases

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With Android 4.4 KitKat now officially out we are looking ahead to learning about the newest release of the platform. The build is debuted with the Nexus 5 on Halloween, however previous Nexus products should also see the Hershey-inspired version in due time. In fact, we might look for 4.4 KitKat on a variety of devices, perhaps going back a few years. Why? According to Google, the goal with KitKat is to “make an amazing Android experience available for everybody”.

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