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As 2014 draws to a close we take a look back at the year that was for Android. What was the important news, what were the big releases, what surprised, disappointed, or delighted us?

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The lack of progress on the smart home front is frustrating as self-interest ensures fragmentation is a major problem right now. Google and Apple are taking different approaches to home automation, but who will connect the pieces?

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If you’re thinking about ditching your Android for an iPhone, you need to stop, take a breath, and think about what you’re throwing away. There are some special things about Android that you’re going to miss once they’re gone.

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How does a smartphone go from conception to launch? We take a look at the process for unveiling a new smartphone, and explain why we hear about some months in advance, while others hit the stores within days.

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With its technology in 95% of today’s smartphones, it’s clear that ARM has a big part to play. Luckily the company has a storied history in the gaming world that dates back to the BBC Micro. It was ARM processors inside the ill-fated 3DO console, the first mobile to feature a game (Snake on the Nokia 6110), and a string of handhelds including the GBA, DS, 3DS, and the PlayStation Vita.

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Things aren’t looking very positive at Samsung right now, but who are the players responsible? Is the rise of LG, Xiaomi, and Lenovo, not to mention Apple’s continued success, actually dragging Samsung down?