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What Android gifts did you receive this year?

Android Christmas

The gift-giving season is winding down to a close, and we’re all enjoying the time with our loved ones, warm holiday comfort foods, and maybe some cool Android goodies.  Did you get a new Android phone?  Or a tablet?  Maybe you got a Google TV unit of some sort or another, or your stocking was full of accessories.  Sound off and share with us (we’re like your extended Android family) to let  [Read More…]

Amazon and Google Music sales yield big discounts

Amazon and Google Music sales yield big discounts

The holiday season is being very kind to music lovers. In recent weeks, Google dropped the price on holiday music songs, and then later put practically its entire music catalog on sale. It turns out that Amazon is doing the  [Read More…]

LG to start rolling out Android 4.0 updates in Q2 2012

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With Android 4.0 being one of the most hyped updates for Google’s mobile operating system, most manufacturers have been announcing details about their plans to roll out software upgrades. No one wants to stay behind, right? LG has just given us another update about their upgrade plans, and it looks like Q2 is when LG customers should begin to see Android 4.0.

During the second quarter of 2012 upgrades will begin  [Read More…]

Sharp unveils the AQUOS PHONE IS14SH – a 2.3 feature phone for the masses

AQUOS PHONE IS14SH

While Sharp has never had a strong foothold in Europe or the US, the Japanese manufacturer has been the leader in the mobile segment in its own country for many years. Sharp does have a few high-end Android phones like the AQUOS PHONE 102SH which features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 12 megapixel camera, a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4430 processor and a waterproof body, but the majority of  [Read More…]

Apple awarded core multitouch patent, the world forgets to care

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On Tuesday, December 27, Apple was granted yet another key patent, this time related to how the iPhone’s multitouch display functions. The patent covers the method in which an “oscillator signal interacts with a signal,” or how touch is interpreted by the operating system. While it would seem that this is a massive win for Apple, it isn’t being covered as such. There’s several good reasons for that, including  [Read More…]

Less quantity, more quality Android devices catching on; Acer joining the pack

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During this year’s holiday season news slow-down, a time which usually comes towards the end of the year, and is always full of opinion editorial pieces, Android’s manufacturing model has become a hot topic. It all started a little over a week ago now, when news first hit that HTC is planning on releasing less devices with a focus on higher quality in 2012. It brought up old questions about over  [Read More…]

PowerAMP 2.0 released, and they have a Twitter contest to go along with it

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The folks at Max MP have released version 2.0 of PowerAmp, their excellent music player for Android.  We’ve loved PowerAmp in it’s previous versions, and 2.0 looks to be a great update with improved media scanning,  Samsung Galaxy Nexus support, and SD card mounting fixes.  Add this to their list of great features, like tag editing, theme support, scrobbling, and that amazing graphical EQ and you have one of the best music players  [Read More…]

CyanogenMod 9′s Trebuchet Launcher available for Android 4.0.3 devices

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While hackers and modders from all over the world are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for CyanogenMod 9 to make a mass release appearance, anyone lucky enough to own an Android 4.0.3 device can get a taste of the ROM now. Trebuchet Launcher, the launcher that will come preloaded in CyanogenMod 9, is available for download in early alpha form.

There are two requirements for running Trebuchet Launcher,  [Read More…]

And the winner of the Toshiba Wireless Keyboard – Android Optimized is…

And the winner of the Toshiba Wireless Keyboard – Android Optimized is…

…Going to be announced in this thread. First of all, I want to thank everyone who participated in the contest. It was one of the most consistently-entered contest that we’ve run on  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab now said to possibly get ‘Value Pack’ instead of Ice Cream Sandwich

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In the continuing story of “Nobody knows what the hell’s going on with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab,” (see Part 1 and Part 2) a new report out of Korea suggests that the manufacturer’s 2010 flagship devices may receive a “Value Pack” update instead of a full-fledged refresh to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The “Value Pack” — we’d expect a better name once all the translation and marketing  [Read More…]