18
Dec
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British Telecommunications plc (aka British Telecom, or BT) has joined the long list of litigants looking to catch Google on alleged patent infringement, filing a lawsuit with the US District Court for the District of Delaware claiming that Google infringed six of its patents with Android and other services.

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BT is out for blood, seeking damages as well as an injunction over patents ranging from "Service Provision System for Communications Networks" to "Storage and Retrieval of Location Based Information in a Distributed Network of Data Storage Services." Among the services named as prime examples of infringement are Google Maps, Places, Offers, Music, Location-based advertising, Google+, and of course Android.

17
Dec
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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Would You Switch Carriers For A Phone? Have You Before?

With the 10-day $0.10 "10 Billion Promo" sale on the Android Market now over, we have two questions to ask you. The first we'll ask today, in part 1 of this weekend's two-part weekend poll, and the second we'll ask tomorrow. Rather simply, how many apps (including games) did you purchase during the sale?

17
Dec
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Last Updated: December 29th, 2011

This afternoon we have yet another developer book giveaway, this time you'll be entering to win one of ten copies of Sams Teach Yourself Android Application Development in 24 Hours (2d Edition) by Lauren Darcey and Shane Conder, thanks to our friends at InformIT.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • christopher Woodward
  • D.L. Wall
  • jayavignesh reddy
  • Cory JB*
  • Lucan
  • Alex Vidrean
  • gwood
  • wyngo
  • daroz
  • skmpowdjy

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

16
Dec
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In order to make it easier for Android developers to get started with creating robust applications, the Android team today formalized and unified various coding tutorials into one clearly defined area of the Android dev site: Android Training. The tutorials, or classes, are very well put together, with splits into logical steps to make them flow well, along with sample code you can utilize to "do your homework." There is no fee for taking any of them - think of Android Training as a collection of well organized and curated tutorials.

15
Dec
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Adobe promised that it would update Flash to support devices running Android 4.0 before the end of the year, and it has now made good on that promise - just in time for the U.S release of the Galaxy Nexus, no less.

Better grab it now, because this is likely to be the last major update that Flash for Android will ever see. Of course, Adobe will continue to push security updates to the app, but that will probably be the extent of it.

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Dec
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Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and the awesome 10 Billion Apps promo, sadly, reached its final day. I wish it could go on forever and become a regular thing, at least with one app a day -  how about it, Google?

Today, we have 8 new apps/games and 4 repeats. Here they are:

Here are all the days so far if you want to see them again:

Source: Reddit, thanks braaaiins and everyone who helped out!

14
Dec
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Last Updated: December 26th, 2011

We love Dead Zebra's Android figurines - especially when there's a limited edition one up for grabs, like the awesome new Toy Soldier (which is sold out for now, unfortunately). Andrew Bell of Dead Zebra has kindly given us five of these little guys to hand out to hand out to our readers.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • Felipe B
  • Michael Mj*
  • Tschutora
  • Joel Quick*
  • Fandroid

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

14
Dec
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Dead Zebra, the mind behind everyone's favorite little plastic Androids, is back with a special Christmas edition figuring - the Toy Soldier. This cute little guy is ready to kick-it soldier style on your mantle, complete with wind-up key and pimp mustache.

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Like its predecessors, this one will set you back $10 and will be limited to two per person/address. These things always sell out pretty fast, so if you're looking to score one, you better make haste.

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Dec
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There is no shortage of launcher replacements for Android, but once in a while a new one comes along and takes the launcher experience to a new level. Such is the case with TSF Shell Pro, a new launcher currently in development by a team of developers who call themselves C3D. TSF, their brand, stands for The Special Forces, and special they are - just take a look at what the team cooked up.