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Gmail app will get Yahoo, Outlook account support

Google is updating all of its applications to add support for Material Design, the new design that is being used in Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the apps that is being updated is Gmail, and it turns out the next version of the mobile email application will have support for Outlook and Yahoo accounts.

Goodnight sweet princes: Nexus 7 and 10 ‘no longer available for sale’ in Play Store

It was fun while it lasted, almost magical in fact, but they say all good things must come to an end, and they’re right. Let us bid farewell then to the departed brave Nexus 7 and 10 soldiers in the growingly forceful Android army, welcoming their young, strong, all-guns-blazing subs.

Dell prices Chromebook 11 with Intel Core i3 at $379, ETA is December 15

Dell has hesitantly stepped in the Chromebook arena almost a year ago, setting a humble goal for its education-focused rookie model, but despite generally positive reactions to the Chromebook 11, the PC maker seemingly refuses to take the niche seriously.

Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Bay Trail inside now available at $250

Samsung might be looking to back away from the European PC market, pulling both Windows and Chrome OS computers on the old continent, however the Koreans remain fully implicated in the US game.

First Android 5.0 updates tipped for November 3 OTAs on Nexus 7 and 10

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know devices part of Google’s Nexus family will be first in line for Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, as they’ve been every time a new OS version was released. But the product roster grew and grew over the years, and Lollipop is perhaps the most radical, richest goodie pack in Android history.

PSA: Google/HTC Nexus 9 up for pre-orders on Amazon starting at $400

Looking for an alternative way to get on the Nexus 9 bandwagon early, given the Play Store’s notorious instability around big launch events like this? Not so impressed with Apple’s largely unchanged “new” iPad mini and too slightly upgraded iPad Air 2?

Sweeeet: Sony plans to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop to entire Xperia Z Series

It’s the classic good news/bad news scenario. Hot on the heels of Motorola’s bold Android 5.0 Lollipop proclamations, Sony went on record with its own upgrading pledge. That’s the good news, of course, the bad being it’ll take the Xperia makers a few months to stabilize the first L port and send it OTA.

Android 5.0 Lollipop headed for HTC One M8, Nvidia Shield Tablet

Perhaps the best part of any new Android version announcement has little to do with the actual intro, going down in the days, weeks and months following the formal unveil. It’s this general, overpowering sense of wholeness, as each and every player in the game goes the extra mile to rapidly skin, modify, customize and finally release over-the-air software updates.

Chromebook danger overload: HP discounts already affordable Stream 14

Microsoft and its hardware-making partners are sure in a charitable mood these days, even though the season to be jolly (and generous) is still a little ways down the road. Perhaps the best cheap Windows 8.1 tablet around, Toshiba’s Encore Mini, got better and cheaper as MS lowered its price tag to $99, and now the ultimate Chromebook “killer” is available at an all-time low as well.

Deal alert: Toshiba Encore Mini for $99 via Microsoft Store ($20 off)

Microsoft’s decision to give up Windows 8.1 licensing fees for manufacturers of smartphones and small tablets may have been one of the most inspired in ages, as it’s currently raining with sub-$150 and even sub-$100 Win slates.

Acer Aspire Switch 12 on the way with FHD screen, Intel Core M

Acer literally just refreshed its budget-minded Switch line of 2-in-1 mini-laptops with a couple of not-so-affordable, beefier models, and another spin-off is already in the works. Only this one doesn’t quite fall in the spin-off category, being more a rethinking of the concept rather than a modest rehash.

Smartphone + tablet + budget = Asus PadFone X mini. Available October 24 on AT&T

Asus has always been full of wacky, original, unconventional ideas, but perhaps its wackiest yet is the PadFone concept. Bringing together a smartphone and a tablet is one thing, but also offering the ensemble for a low price on one of America’s “big four” carriers is what really gets us.