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Many articles explaining what it’s like to switch from iOS to Android have been published, but Paul Stamatiou’s latest may be the best I’ve read yet. All of the right points are hit explaining the key differences between the two platforms, ranging from notifications, simple sharing methods, setting default apps and much more. To each his or her own when it comes to personal choice in mobile platforms; those on the fence, however — or those who want a modern refresher on Android’s maturity over time — should certainly give this a read.

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Skype can take better advantage of the Facetime HD camera in the newest iPad thanks to a software update released on Monday. Skype version 4.10 doesn’t add much more but it’s a welcome upgrade that will boost video quality on Apple’s iPad which supports 720p video calling already on Apple’s own Facetime app. Engadget notes the new software also improves call stability.

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Hisense Sero 7 Pro

After debuting solid 7-inch Android slates at low prices in WalMart stores, Hisense is dropping prices by $20. The Sero 7 LT is now $79 while the Sero 7 Pro costs $129. Both cuts are likely an attempt to spur back-to-school sales. The latter tablet is a great value in my opinion, with specs and performance that fall between last year’s $199 Nexus 7 and this year’s $229 model.

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The second most populous nation on earth is making the move towards smartphones at a faster pace: Year over year shipments in India grew 129 percent in the second quarter of 2013, per research firm Canalys. Samsung accounted for a third of those shipments, followed by local vendor Micromax. Karbonn, Sony and Nokia round out the top five.  Apple was nowhere to be seen. Again.

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