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[For Developers] ADT 20/SDK Tools r20 Previews Are Here - Brand New Property Editor(!), NDK Support, Performance Improvements, Bug Fixes Galore

As an Android developer, I like to keep tabs on the tools I use every day, especially ones as important as ADT for Eclipse and SDK Tools. As was the case several times before, the Android team in charge of both of them posted previews of upcoming releases of ADT 20 and SDK Tools r20, available for manual download ahead of the final releases.

Yup, you heard me correctly - 20, not 18 or 19.

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The Play Store Has A 24/7 Support Line You Can Call, And It's Actually Kind Of Good

Calling a support line sucks. You're already in a bad situation, or why would you be calling in the first place? As Google demonstrated with its support of the Nexus One, though, the only thing worse than calling a support line is not having one at all. Thankfully, Google now has a phone-based support system that lets users talk to a real person 24/7 about problems with the Play Store. Like most things Google, it's actually a pretty interesting take on the old tech.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Giveaway: Satisfy Your Hunger With One Of Ten Free "Nom" Shirts, Or Get $5 Off ($7.99) Right Now

If you've entered two of these contests already and you're still naked from the waist up, here's your last chance. As before, we're giving away ten obviously-fanboyish shirts. Today's is the widely-loved Nom shirt. If you're just too famished and need those noms right now, you can use coupon code "ANDROIDPOLICE" (no quotes) to get this shirt for $7.99, or five bucks off.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  1. Scott Benson
  2. bwbloom
  3. Mer T.
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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Book Giveaway #19: Learn Professional Android 4 Application Development From Google Android Developer Reto Meier Himself

Look, I'm going to cut right to the chase here: we've done a lot of book giveaways, and in every single case they were quality books written by undisputed experts on the topics. But the book we're giving away here... well, it's on a whole new level, because it's written by an insider: Reto Meier, Google's Android Developer Relations Tech Lead. Having been involved in Android development (from the inside, mind you) since the initial release in 2007, it's safe to say there are few people who know more about how best to develop for the OS than him.

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Own An Android Tablet?

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Which Keyboard Do You Use On Your Android Device?

Let's be honest: Android tablets didn't really get off to a great (or timely) start. After the iPad was introduced, Samsung rushed the original Galaxy Tab 7 out the door as a response, and while it wasn't bad on its own merit, it came nowhere close to the iPad.

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Archos 101 G9 Turbo Review: A Good Budget Tablet, Largely Because It Gets Out Of Google's Way

Archos may not make the most headlines for its series of mid-range tablets, but occasionally, one of them deserves a mention. The Archos 101 G9 is a strong contender for your money if you're on a tight budget. The savants among you may want to hold off for a Galaxy Note 10.1, or whatever Google is cooking up for its tablet line. Still, with prices starting at $270 for the 8" 8GB version to $330 for the 10" 8GB version, it's difficult to ignore.

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[Deal Alert] Expansys USA Offering Sony's New SmartWatch For $118 (That's $32 Off)

The Sony SmartWatch, which was only just announced for the US earlier today, is already available for an awesomely reduced price. Expansys USA is offering the device for just $118, which is $32 off Sony's price of $149.99.

For those unaware, Sony's SmartWatch allows users to "check updates discreetly," and control certain features of their Android device (like music, for example) from the Bluetooth-connected timepiece.


For those interested, here are a few more details about the SmartWatch:

  • 1.3" OLED display with a 128x128 resolution (16 bit color)
  • .03" thickness
  • Aluminum/high-polished plastic body
  • Dust and splash-proof
  • Compatibility with devices running Android 2.2 and higher
  • ~3-4 day battery life

As an added bonus, Expansys USA is promising customers that the device will ship in about 7 days, which is much sooner than Sony's May 4th date.

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LG Viper 4G Now Officially Available For Pre-Order From Sprint, Gets You LTE And A Dual-Core CPU For $100

As promised just over a week ago, the LG Viper is now officially available for pre-order via Sprint. While it may not be as exciting as the other hotly-anticipated phone coming to Sprint any day now, the budget-conscientious Viper packs some respectable specs for its class, and carries the distinction of being Sprint's first LTE phone:

  • 4-Inch 480x800 display
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • LTE (4G)
  • 5MP rear shooter, VGA front-facing camera
  • 4GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • NFC and Google Wallet
  • Android 2.3 (will likely be updated to Android 4.0)

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The Viper is listed at $400, less $250 instant savings and a $50 mail-in rebate, bringing the total price to just $100 if you pick it up on a two-year contract.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Giveaway: Another One For The Fanboys - Win One Of Ten Free "My Android Eats Apples" Shirts, Or Get $5 Off ($7.99)

Did you think we were done? Of course not! There are so many fanboys and fangirls out there to dress! Today's giveaway will inform all of the iOS-loving people around you that they may want to protect their gadgets, lest yours devour it for nutrition and tastiness. The shirt says it more eloquently than I do, though. Just like last time, if you don't want to wait to see if you'll win our giveaway, you can use coupon code "ANDROIDPOLICE" (no quotes) over at LOLshirts to get a $5 discount.

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Editorial: Does The Ability To Sideload Apps Create A Piracy Problem For Android? RIM Seems To Think So

Oh, RIM. You're hemorrhaging customers, executives, and share value. It's painfully obvious you're on track for a disaster of Palm-proportions. And still, your upper-level management fling zingers at the competition that would make anyone but the die-hardest of BlackBerry fans skip the facepalm and go straight to a facedesk. It's almost like watching a Shakespearean tragedy unfold.

If you've not been keeping up with the cutting edge of all things RIM, allow me to give you a quick run-down.

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