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Race To The Top - Google Maps Is The First Android App To Ever Pass 50 Million Downloads

While Google Maps already made headlines today for omitting the changelog in the latest update, causing hundreds of 1-star comments, it does have a reason to celebrate, which overshadows this snafu by a long shot. The 50,000,000 installation mark, never before achieved by any app in the Market, has been reached, and by none other than Google Maps, making it the most downloaded Android application ever.

It's no surprise - the absolute brilliance of the Maps team helped create a product which wows first-time users, single-handedly lures them over to Android, and keeps innovating time and time again.

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Mozy Android App Now Available

Mozy, one of the most popular cloud backup solutions (I prefer and use CrashPlan myself), can now add the Android app to the list of features its users. Decho Corp, the company behind Mozy, announced Mozy for Android 2 weeks ago but only dropped the app into the Android Market about 2 hours ago.

While Mozy caught some heat and criticism for killing off unlimited backups a few months ago, those users who decided to stick with it will find the app quite useful:

  • you can browse all computers that are backed up under your Mozy account
  • your files are organized using the same original folder hierarchy you would expect
  • you can see photo thumbnails and quickly preview them without wasting too much bandwidth
  • you can download your backups to your Android device or email/share them out to friends and family

Mozy for Android won't blow anyone's mind - the inability to upload any data to it seems to me like the most glaring omission - but if you are a user of the service, it's nice to know this official version out there in case you ever need quick access to your files.

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Sprint Motorola XOOM With WiMAX 4G Now Imminent

Boy Genius Report dropped a piece of information this afternoon confirming a long-standing suspicion that the Motorola XOOM will soon be available on America's most budget-friendly carrier, Sprint - and it'll be packing a WiMAX 4G radio.

The tip came via Sprint store employees, who found XOOM case SKUs in the Sprint inventory system, along with an actual case in an accessory shipment, as shown below.

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Pricing has not yet been made public, but expect some kind of subsidy to be available with a 2-year agreement.

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CyanogenMod 7.0 Final Is Here With Support For More Than Two Dozen Devices

CyanogenMod, or simply CM, is hands down the largest and the most widely used Android custom ROM family on the planet, with support for 30 devices, both tablets and phones, from hundreds of developers all over the world. Over the past 4 months, these developers have been sweating day and night upgrading CM6's Froyo codebase to Gingerbread, and today CM7 is finally fully baked.

Most CM 7.0 mirrors are already up (with the rest going up shortly), so if you are anxious to try out the version for your device, head over to the CyanogenMod Stable Downloads page and download away.

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Business Insider Wants To Know Why Anyone Would Ever Buy An Android Phone; Let's Show Them.

Silicon Alley Insider - the Tech section of Business Insider - posted a survey this weekend under the headline "WHY WOULD ANYONE EVER BUY AN ANDROID PHONE? Take Our Smartphone Survey And Tell Us!" Eye-catching, to say the least. The survey is 12 questions, and asks what phone (OS) you use, what your next one will use, and so on... it's all fairly standard.

The results of the survey aren't immediately available, but the site promises to publish them in a few days.

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[Weekend Poll] Did You Do Your Taxes Using Your Android Phone This Year?

The dreaded day of April 18th, this year's tax filing deadline, is almost here, and for our weekly poll, we wanted to see how many of you ended up filing your taxes using your Android phone. 2010 was the first year you could actually estimate, file, track, and even snap pictures of your tax forms entirely on your Android device, without touching a computer or paying a tax professional.

So, which way did you decide to go this year?

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Larry Page Shifts Google Executives, Bumps Andy Rubin Up To SVP In The Process

It didn't take long for Google CEO Larry Page to start making drastic changes to the way the company does business once he got in the saddle earlier this week. As of today, he reportedly promoted seven of the top executives in the company, including Android's own Andy Rubin. It has been suggested that Page is making these changes in order to streamline the company's decision making process, something that he feels has slowed dramatically over the years.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Andy Rubin Responds To Recent Cases Of Misinformation And FUD In The Press

Android In Recent News

Fragmentation has been one of the biggest criticisms of the Android platform. Essentially, Google allows anybody to take the Android code and tweak it suit their own needs. This is how manufacturers like Motorola, HTC, and Samsung are able to create custom layers (MotoBlur, Sense UI, and TouchWiz, respectively) over the vanilla Android interface and how some carriers load up new phones with crapware. Although this is a price to pay for openness and customizability, a recent study indicates that 86% of developers are unhappy with the state of Android fragmentation (24% of them describing it as a "huge problem").

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Fun With Google's Mobile Easter Eggs - Try Searching For "Tilt," "Askew," Or "Crooked" In Your Mobile Browser

April Fools' passed a long time ago but users are discovering a few jokes that decided to stick around, such as what happens when you search Google on your phone for any of these words:

  • tilt
  • askew
  • crooked

To preserve the lulz and save you some time, here is what you currently observe:

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If you want to try this out for yourself without pulling out your mobile, you can just head over to this forced mobile version instead: http://www.google.com/xhtml?q=crooked

Keep it up, Google!

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32 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From Last Week (3/30/11 - 4/6/11)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous week's roundup? Find it here: 48 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (3/16/11 – 3/29/11)

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Today’s roundup is sponsored by XIMAD and their game Brain Cube HD Premium.

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