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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.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Loses Half of its Resale Value since April Release

cooper_searchA new report from gadget recycling comparison site CompareMyMobile, shows that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has lost almost half of its trade-in value since its release. The device has seen a value drop of 176 GBP, from 406 GBP to 230 GBP, since April this year.

The Android Tech Trade-in Report shows that this leaves the smartphone second in the list of Android devices which lost the most value throughout 2013.

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.

The top 10 highest rated Android phones

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Are you in the market for a new Android smartphone? That’s terrific news! Thanks to so many device options and some truly great manufacturers you’ll be hard-pressed to make a bad decision. The flip side of that coin is that you could get locked up with decision paralysis. Which is the best phone? Why don’t you ask the experts?

We’ve put together a handy little database that ranks Android smartphones based on overall ratings. Powered by our friends at FindTheBest, this interactive guy is always current and relevant. It doesn’t matter when you pull this page up, it’s going to list the top 10 highest rated Android phones on the market.

Google Nexus 7 vs. iPad Mini Compared

We compare the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini based on device specifications and features. With Apple trying to say their iPad Mini is a better option by comparing nothing more than a webpage and its size seems a bit close minded so we have decided to go through everything and see how they rally compare. Not actually having an iPad Mini in hand does pose some difficulty when comparing some features so we will leave those out for now.

Lenovo outs trifecta of tablets at IFA

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With all the big Samsung announcements, we almost overlooked a trio of Android tablets that Lenovo showed off at IFA last week. Lenovo looks to be taking some shots at Asus with these devices, as two of them have keyboard docks. But enough about friendly market competition, let’s get into the good stuff – specs!

Panasonic announces ultra-thin Eluga for European crowd; More expected next week?

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Panasonic, looking to toss their name into various smartphone conversations, has unveiled an ultra-thin, high-end Android handset ahead of Mobile World Congress. Dubbed the Eluga, the hardware puts the device right in the mix with some of today's elite Android combatants.

Samsung Will Not Hold A Press Conference At Mobile World Congress This Year

samsungAfter indicating it would not announce the Galaxy S III at MWC, Samsung has now all but confirmed to PCMag it won't be showing off anything particularly exciting in Barcelona this month - because they won't be holding any sort of press conference during the event. Yikes.

Motorola to make less devices, carriers want custom UIs

Whilst at CES, The Verge had a session with Motorola CEO, Sanjay Jha, who had many points to say. Some of these are pretty strange.

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Motorola And Intel Enter Into Strategic Mobile Device Partnership, First Devices Shipping This Summer Or Fall

motintWow - Motorola's Sanjay Jha and Intel just announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic partnership to combine forces to deliver new Medfield-based mobile devices to the US market, with actual devices finalized by this summer, and availability shortly thereafter (subject to carrier approval). This is probably the most exciting thing we've heard all day.

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