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LG announces the first-ever Google Play Edition tablet

LG has announced a special ‘Google Play’ version of its G Pad 8.3 tablet, which it says will be the first device to be designated a Google Play Edition tablet.

This means it’ll run a ‘clean’ version of Android rather than having LG’s own user interface on top.

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A new hope for BlackBerry... and a new challenge for Android

Podcast - 6th November 2013

It looks like BlackBerry is safe for the moment... but not with the takeover many had expected.

Meanwhile Google launches the Nexus 5, Nortel's patents are sent into battle, EE promises ever-faster 4G, the FAA allows electronic devices to be used throughout flights and we celebrate a record quarter for smartphone shipments.

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Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar

Mark Bridge writes:

The Rockstar Consortium. That name sounds as though it could be promising more than it can deliver, doesn’t it?  Well, it’s not. It’s the group of mobile companies that picked up Nortel’s portfolio of several thousand tech patents for $4.5 billion. And now, its members – including Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony – have set some of those patents on their biggest competitors.

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Patent wars: Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry target mobile companies including Samsung, LG and HTC

The consortium that acquired Nortel’s portfolio of around 4,000 tech patents is now putting those patents into battle.

Those patents were bought in March 2012 for $4.5 billion by the Rockstar Consortium, which included Apple, Microsoft, RIM (BlackBerry), Ericsson and Sony.

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Google announces new Nexus 5 smartphone and releases Android 'KitKat' v4.4

Google has announced a new Nexus smartphone that’s been developed in partnership with LG.

The Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch HD display, offers 4G connectivity and combines a 8 megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation. It runs Android on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz processor.

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