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Google Maps Updated to 5.2 - More Foursquare-esque Features Added

Google Maps for Android was updated to version 5.2 today, and the influence of mobile check-in services is becoming more and more apparent with the addition of four social location features.

While v5.1 added Latitude check-in functionality, Maps v5.2 brings the ability to post reviews of places to Twitter. Additionally, Google Latitude friends can now be pinged, beckoning them to check-in where you would like them to be (they will then receive a 'request').

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Android Will Likely Be Getting A Blackberry Messenger App

While most Android users don't likely spend a lot of time thinking about what's going on in RIM's land of Blackberry, it has been revealed that one of the popular smartphones' mainstay features, Blackberry Messenger, will be coming to Android and iOS. The popular chat service known for its speed, conversation threads, and easy PIN contact transfer will most likely arrive later this year.

Up to this point, Blackberry Messenger has been a closed service, only available on Blackberry phones.

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Android Leads Blackberry, iOS For Smartphone Share In U.S. According To Nielsen

According to new data released by The Neilsen Company, Android has passed both Blackberry and iOS for smartphone market share among non-prepaid subscribers. At 29%, Android is 2% of ahead of their two main rivals, which are both at 27%.

The survey also examines use by device manufacturer, which of course Apple and RIM dominate (being that they, unlike Android, make their own phones). Among Android manufacturers, HTC leads the pack at 12% (oh how the EVO has treated them well), followed by Motorola at 10% and Samsung at 5%.

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Updated: DroidDream Is Bad - But We Think We Found Something Even Worse (Maybe)

Update: After having a back and forth with Android Security, there's some disagreement as to just how malicious these apps we linked in this post are. We may have jumped the gun here, so hold tight, and we'll keep you informed.

First off, no, we're not trying to be sensationalist. And I'll admit up front that we're a bit light on details at the moment, but we've got a guy who is a professional, seasoned coder, and that's not the type of guy whose opinion you ignore.

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[Update: Plug The Hole Yourself] Malware Monster: DroidDream Is An Android Nightmare, And We've Got More Details

Update: Google has officially acknowledged DroidDream and is taking further steps to correct it. Details can be found here: Google Acknowledges DroidDream: Remotely Wiping Apps, Removing Exploit, Making Changes To Prevent It From Happening Again.

Wow - from our perspective, it's almost like the world exploded overnight. We have more information and details on the virus - which Lookout has named "DroidDream" (the word was consistently used in package names by the malware developers) - and some updates on where things stand.

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The Mother Of All Android Malware Has Arrived: Stolen Apps Released To The Market That Root Your Phone, Steal Your Data, And Open Backdoor

Update 2: Google has officially acknowledged DroidDream and is taking further steps to correct it. Details can be found here: Google Acknowledges DroidDream: Remotely Wiping Apps, Removing Exploit, Making Changes To Prevent It From Happening Again

Update: For more details on DroidDream, check out out the follow-up post. It includes more information about the virus and how it works, who's to blame, and provides a link to a flashable .ZIP that prevents the virus from working.

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45 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From Last Week (2/22/11 - 3/1/11)

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: 30 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From Last Week (2/16/11 – 2/21/11)

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Notifo

The first app today is not really an app - it's an app and a service, called Notifo.

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If You Drive A Saab, Your Car May Soon Be Android-Powered

Auto manufacturer Saab today announced the arrival of their IQon "Infotainment system," which will use Android to power a variety of functions in vehicles.

While used largely for entertainment (music, video), it will also incorporate Navigation and will even monitor the car's on-board computer (external devices are generally used for this purpose now). They boast that it will allow upgrading, personalizing, and even "downloading apps like a smartphone" (I can see the 'don't play Angry Birds and drive' PSAs now).

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Popular Eating App Foodspotting Now Available For Android

Mobile dining apps are a dime a dozen in the Android Market and Apple's App Store, but one of the best and most popular (on iOS) is now bringing its assistance in finding delicious new foods to Android.

Foodspotting does not settle for merely telling you what restaurants are nearby and showing reviews (as with Yelp, Urban Spoon, and roughly 23 billion other apps), they take it a step further and let you recommend and take pictures of specific foods, which are then categorized and shared for others to rate and tip.

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New Honeycomb-Inspired Live Wallpaper Is The Perfect Complement To Clock Widgets, Theme, And Boot Animation

If you've been dying to imitate the Honeycomb UI on your device, things have certainly been looking up for you lately. First we saw the digital and analog clock widgets hit, and shortly after, Honeybread was released. Then, just a few days ago, the stunning Honeycomb boot animation dropped. Now, XDA members have come through again with a LWP inspired by the stock Honeycomb wallpaper.

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Developers nemuro and Xaffron teamed up to create the LWP, and are offering it for free for the time being.

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