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[Google I/O 2011] What Would You Want To Ask The Android Team? Ask Us And We'll Do It For You

With Google I/O 2011 around the corner - in fact it starts in less than 8 hours - I can barely contain the excitement (the 5 beers at today's Samsung and Lookout parties failed to numb that feeling).

Google Music (and movies?), the new Google TV, the next-gen Android dubbed "Ice Cream Sandwich," new games, and possible tablet/phone giveaways are among this year's rumor chart toppers. Will all of them come true?

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[Unconfirmed] Google Music Is Ready, May Be Announced Tomorrow at Google I/O

The Internet is buzzing about Google I/O, with many speculating on what major reveals the public can expect. Sources close to the Wall Street Journal, for instance, are insisting that Google's long awaited music service will be announced tomorrow. The service will act similarly to Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud service, which allows users to upload their own music files and stream them to supported devices.

The service's launch would indicate that Google has given up on talking with the four major music companies it has sought to appease before moving forward.

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Facebook For Android Dev Team Stops By Andreddit, Asks How They Can Make The App Better

We've all griped about Facebook for Android before, and rightly so. The app still trails the functionality of its iOS counterpart, and has had a string of compatibility issues. Just last week, Joe Hewitt - one of the developers of Facebook for Android - left the company. It appears that things are already being shaken up; the Facebook for Android team has taken to Andreddit to ask how they can make the app better.

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Samsung DROID Charge Review, Or: How Slow, Buggy Software Ruined A Phone

Make no mistake, the DROID Charge is a cool phone. It looks cool. Its boot screen looks cool. Hell, even the camera has been carefully crafted to look like some sort of crazy piece of future-tech.

In the past week, I've had three separate people ask me what phone it was (something that I never experienced with my Nexus One or the HTC Inspire), and then proceed in some way to compliment its appearance or the vividness of its display.

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[Awesome] Shirts By Droidarmy - This Is The Army You'll Want To Join

We love Android shirts. Really. To the point of considering wearing something like this.

So when Malc Foy emailed us a tip about a group of like-minded artists working on a series of mashup Android characters, we had to check it out.

It's called Droidarmy and so far contains over 20 designs, about a third of which I suddenly want to wear. Here they all are:

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My Favorites

Here are some of my favorites:

Droidbird

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Droidberg - though I already own this one.

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[Weekend Poll] How Important Will Customization Be In Determining Your Next Android Purchase?

It's that time of the week again folks - time to hit the polls. This week's question is one that'll allow you to express what you think an Android handset should let you do in terms of customization, modification, and other various tinkering (think rooting, custom ROMs, kernels, etc). Basically, we want to know how important it is for you, as a consumer, that your next phone be easy to customize.

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[Review + Videos] Nerdgasm - Fully Working Heroes Of Might And Magic 2 (HOMM 2) On Android, And Boy Is It Good!

If you grew up in the 90s or early 2000s and played PC games, you've undoubtedly heard of the Heroes of Might and Magic franchise - a series of turn-based strategy games by New World Computing. Heroes of Might and Magic 2 was the first truly amazing game of the series, followed by HOMM3 with improved graphics, and then going to crap starting with the 4th one. I think HOMM2 and HOMM3 collectively stole not months, if not years, of my time, and I am still just as excited to play either of them as I was back in the day - the replayability factor of these games is through the roof.

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[Not As Good As It Sounds] Judge Forces Oracle To Throw Out 129 Of Its Patent Claims Against Google

File this under "things that look good on paper." On Tuesday, a federal judge for the Northern District of California issued an order forcing Oracle and Google, in their fight over various Java patents allegedly infringed by Android, to reduce the number of patent claims and defenses thereto to a "triable" number. That number? Three. And Google will be allowed eight "prior art references" to defend against those claims. (Note: A "prior art reference" is a way of showing that a patent was trying to patent something someone else had already invented prior to the filing, a complete defense against patent infringement, invalidating the patent in question)

Oracle's complaint ended up amounting to 132 patent claims against Google's Android mobile operating system - a staggering number for any court.

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37 Best (And 1 WTF) New Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (4/21/11 - 5/5/11)

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.

This is part two of this week's roundup; it covers apps - for games and live wallpapers, please see this post: 20 Best New Android Games And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (4/21/11 – 5/4/11).

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.
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Killswitch: Automatically Put Your Device To Sleep When You Put It In A Case Or Turn It Upside Down

One neat feature of BlackBerrys is that when you put the phone in its case, the screen automatically shuts off. The effect is only part novelty; after all, by shutting the screen off sooner, you're saving battery (although in all honesty, it's doubtful you're saving that much battery). Developer Fahrbot Mobile has devised a solution for Android that "uses a combination of sensors to control the sleep state and screen lock of any device...

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