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In a court filing last night demanding an early trial date for the ongoing Google v. Oracle patent litigation, Oracle claims that Android is now irreparably harming Java's market share in the mobile, TV, and tablet space. Oracle says that these are areas where Java "has traditionally been strong." News to us.

Last time I checked, cheap multimedia flip phones running Opera Mobile weren't exactly high on Google's target product list for Android, but maybe I missed the memo on that one.

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Dec
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Owners of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet have a great chance to expand their gaming portfolio right now thanks to Gameloft. One of the most popular game developers for Android is offering a handful of games for just $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore, most of them special Kindle Fire editions.

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Among the discounted titles are Order & Chaos, Block Breaker 3 Unlimited, UNO, and Asphalt 6: Adrenaline. Those who don't own a Kindle Fire can still get Hero of Sparta HD or Shadow Guardian HD at a deeply discounted price.

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Dec
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WordPress for Android was updated to version 2.0 earlier today, making on-the-fly blogging easier than ever. The update brings several new features, including a Dashboard and Quick Action Bar giving "one-tap access to everything you want to do with your blog." Additionally, the update offers an all new post editor, which comes with a sophisticated rich text formatting bar and "enhanced" media features.

The update also brings full support for Android tablets, which is huge, particularly for those users with a handy Bluetooth keyboard.

19
Dec
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Following the example set by AT&T and T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy SII variants, Sprint's Epic 4G Touch is set to get its own white counterpart, probably in early 2012. Pocket Now speculates that the Epic 4G Touch's white version may be announced at CES.

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Personally, I'm hoping Sprint has a little more to talk about at CES than their own white SII, but the paint job does look rather flattering. While the above shot is all we have to go on for now, we'll be here to cover any other details that may emerge.

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Dec
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Update: The update just went live in the Market. It not only brings the ability to start a hangout from your mobile, but a few other fixes and features as well:
  • New design of the photos album view
  • People suggestions when composing a Messenger conversation
  • New icons to show which photos have been uploaded to Google+ via Instant Upload
  • Ability to leave one-to-one Messenger conversations
  • Bug fixes

Hit the widget below to grab it!

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Dec
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Last Updated: December 20th, 2011

Update #1: The full flashable stock RUU (it's not rooted and will most likely wipe your data) has been leaked. It can be used by developers or users to roll back to stock 2.11.605.9. You can download it from our mirror here (MD5: 013cbdd3a9b28bc894631008fa2148e2).

Thanks, Garrett!

Update #2: This update breaks revolutionary at the moment, but a fix is on its way.

Thanks, Justin Case!

Update #3: Rooted and deodexed version is here.

19
Dec
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The blogosphere is currently aflutter with talk of the ITC (International Trade Commission) patent infringement decision in favor of Apple, and the resulting court order banning the import of infringing HTC devices starting April 19, 2012 (4 months from now). The ITC ruled that HTC infringed on two, relatively narrow claims in a patent related to "data tapping" that occurs at the system level in Android.

You know how your phone can automatically "see" an address or phone number on a web page or e-mail and send you to the appropriate app?

19
Dec
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It's official: AT&T-Mobile will not be happening any time soon. AT&T, the US's second-largest wireless carrier and all-around communications mega-corporation, after months of attempting to convince consumers and federal agencies alike that the deal was going to be good for everyone, has given up its plans to purchase T-Mobile, a division of Deutsche Telekom.

As part of the cancellation, AT&T will pay DT a $4 billion accounting fee to get out of its contract, as well as expand roaming agreements with the company (where, when, and for what purpose was not stated).

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Dec
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Last Updated: January 19th, 2012

Monday is here, and we've got another great giveaway opportunity for our readers. Today, we're giving away a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a pair of Etymotic mc2 headphones and a copy of Gameloft's brand-new game, Modern Combat 3. Four lucky runner-up winners will receive a free copy of Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, as well.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 + Ety mc2 + MC3: David Neylon
  • MC3: Eric (Shen?)
  • MC3: Sebastian (Stoicescu?)
  • MC3: Christen Thompson
  • MC3: xkFrat

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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Dec
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So, who's ready for another Story game from Kairosoft? This go around you're not developing games, managing a spa and inn, or racing your way to glory - this time you get an entire planet to yourself!

Epic Astro Story puts you on an untamed planet, and it's your job to make it livable. Once you've made your ideal habitat, the game isn't over - you have to protect it.

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