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LG G2

LG G2

The LG G2 runs Android 4.2.2 and has a 5.2″ 1080p screen, a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 13mp rear camera and LTE. Software features include a guest mode and an “audio zoom” option when recording video.

2013 Google Nexus 7

2013 Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 gets updated with a 1920 x 1200 1080p IPS display, dual stereo speakers, a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon CPU and 2GB RAM. The tablet also now has a 5mp rear camera and runs Android 4.3. LTE variants coming soon.

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NVIDIA Shield

NVIDIA Shield

NVIDIA’s first mobile gaming device is available for pre-order and shipping soon. It runs Android Jelly Bean and comes with two games, with more on Google Play. Also streams games from your PC if you have a compatible graphics card.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony revives the phablet wars with the Xperia Z Ultra. If nothing else, this Android phone is a marvel of engineering: a 6.4″ 1080p screen in a 6.5mm thin body (the iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thin). It’s also waterproof with LTE and NFC support.

Valet Car Locator for Android

Valet Car Locator for Android
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Aside from providing turn-by-turn directions to your car, Valet also has a neat trick. Pair it with your car’s Bluetooth audio system and it will automatically remember your car’s location even if you forgot to open the app.

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

The LG Optimus G Pro has a 5.5″ 1080p screen, 1.7GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM and 13mp camera. Features include dual video recording, multitasking via widgets and universal remote control. An AT&T exclusive for now.

Google Keep

Google Keep

Google Keep is a note-taking service much like the popular Evernote. Make a list, save links or images and rearrange them as you see fit. Available as an Android app as well as a web service.

Minuum Virtual Keyboard

Minuum Virtual Keyboard

Minuum is a keyboard for Android devices that compresses the traditional QWERTY layout into one row that you can drag and resize. The quality of its predictive text input will make or break this app.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Like the Xperia Z phone, the Xperia Tablet Z is dust- and water-resistant. It has a 10.1″ 1920 x 1200 display, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, NFC and 4G/LTE, all in a 0.27″ thick, 17.5 oz. device.

NVIDIA Project Shield

NVIDIA Project Shield

A handheld Android gaming system which offers a powerful Tegra 4 CPU, can play games on your TV, and stream games from PCs with a compatible graphics card. Price and release date TBD.

AirDroid

AirDroid

AirDroid is a free app that lets you manage your Android device from a computer’s web browser. As long as both are on the same Wi-Fi network, it will let you transfer files and send SMS using your PC.

GameStick

GameStick

A complete Android gaming console that fits into a 2-inch-long stick that stashes neatly inside a game controller so you can take it with you. Plugs into the HDMI port on any HDTV. Early demo footage here.

PhoneJoy Play Gamepad

PhoneJoy Play Gamepad

Kitschy name aside, the PhoneJoy Play is a very promising gamepad. It uses Bluetooth, has a variety of control modes and expandable form making it compatible with iOS, Android and PCs.

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YotaPhone

YotaPhone

A concept smartphone being developed by Russian company Yota Devices, the YotaPhone is an Android phone with two displays – an LCD touchscreen in front and an always on E-ink screen at the back.

Archos GamePad

Archos GamePad
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An Android 4.1 tablet designed for gamers, it has a 7-inch, 1024×600 touchscreen display, dual analog sticks, and programmable face and shoulder buttons. Out in Europe now, U.S. early 2013.

Raiden Legacy

Raiden Legacy

Four of the most addictive, token-devouring shoot ’em ups in one mobile package. Raiden Legacy includes Raiden, Raiden Fighter 1 & 2 and Raiden Fighters Jet. Available for both iOS and Android.

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

A gorgeous, minimal Android 4 smartphone with a 4.7-inch 1280×768 IPS screen, 4G LTE, fast quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 8MP camera with live video zoom, and voice-based shutter activation.

Google Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4

Built by LG, the Nexus 4 has a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of storage. It has a 4.7″ 1280×768 screen, a 8mp rear camera and will ship with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.

Clamcase Clambook

Clamcase Clambook

The Clamcase Clambook is like the Motorola Atrix laptop dock except it’s compatible with many smartphones. It has a 16:9 display, keyboard, multitouch trackpad and internal battery.

Chameleon for Android

Chameleon for Android

Chameleon is an alternative to the vanilla home screen on Android tablets. It lets you place groups of apps and then switch to different home screens based on location, Wi-Fi network or time.

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

This 4.8″ Android phone isn’t sold on specs, instead promising an array of new features including voice control, face recognition, NFC file sharing, and a screen which dims when you’re not looking at it.

MIDBot iDroid Robot

MIDBot iDroid Robot

Use your iOS or Android device to control and program up to 10 minutes of moves into this robot, with nine servo motors which move its arms, legs, robotic gripper and yes, missile launcher hand.

Swearport

Swearport
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Need to tell off a cabbie in Bulgaria? This Android app handles your international swearing needs, including over 1000 dirty words (and sound bites) from around the world. Free version here.

Are You Watching This?!

Are You Watching This?!

An Android app that locates the best sports games in progress, along with the channel they’re on. If you have a TiVo, DirecTV or Google TV you can even use the app to switch to the right TV channel.

10 Cent Android Apps

10 Cent Android Apps

The Android Market exceeded 10 billion downloads this week. To commemmorate this milestone, it’s offering apps at just ten cents each. The discounted apps change daily; promo is until 12/16.

Samsung Galaxy Player

Samsung Galaxy Player
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With an ample 4 or 5-inch screen, and no phone contracts, this speedy Android-based media player is great for music, movies, games and web browsing – as long as you have Wi-Fi.

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