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[The Android Police Week In Review] The Biggest Android Stories Of The Week (6/10/12-6/17/12)

Welcome back to another edition of the Android Police Week In Review. It's like news inception. You can also catch a lot of these stories on our weekly podcast - available here, and broadcasting live every Thursday at 5:00 PM PST.

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[The Android Police Week In Review] The Biggest Android Stories Of The Week (6/3/12-6/10/12)

It's that time again - time for the Android Police Week In Review (and probably for you to find something more productive to do on a Sunday). Don't forget, you can catch a lot of this news on our weekly podcast, which we can transmit directly to your ears, free of charge.

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Rumor: Sprint Releasing Its Own Mobile Payment Service Called "Touch," Google Wallet Now Left High And Dry

Well, we knew it was a possibility, and given Google Wallet's painfully slow adoption rate (by carriers and payment processors), rumors today from NFCTimes that the service's sole remaining partner Sprint is coming up with an alternative aren't exactly surprising.

NFCTimes says the service will be called "Touch," and will utilize a "secure element" system like Wallet (a physical chip) in order to securely process mobile payments. Likely by necessity, this would mean the end of support for Google Wallet on Sprint handsets released after the launch of the new "Touch" service.

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Judge Throws Out Apple's Patent Lawsuit Against Motorola, Says Neither Party Can Prove Any Real Damages

The presiding judge in the Motorola v. Apple case in Illionois, Richard Posner, has just handed down an order dismissing all claims of both parties in the case, just as it was set to go to trial on Monday. Posner's preliminary order (he'll be writing a full decision soon, which I can't wait to read) basically says neither party was able to show that the infringement of patents by the other resulted in the production of evidence that said infringement actually caused them any harm.

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After Eighteen Months Of Service, Popular Security App TekTrak Shuts Its Doors

In an e-mail to its customers today, the team at TekTrak (an app we reviewed back in August) officially announced that the service has shut down and that users will no longer be able to utilize its features. In the heartfelt message the team explains that, as with many startup ventures, it has come time for the service to shutter its windows and call it quits.

TekTrak's official website has also been updated to reflect the end of the service.

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[Hands-On Videos] Acer Quietly Debuts Iconia Tab A210 And A110 At Computex 2012

Acer surprised viewers today with a pair of tablets that were not ushered in even by a humble press release. Engadget reports that the tablets received no formal announcement at Computex either, but that they were only discovered thanks to a wandering eye.

At any rate, the tablets in question are the Iconia Tab A210 and A110 – presumably upgraded versions of the A200 and A100. Each of the tablets has a new design, a Tegra 3 processor, and Ice Cream Sandwich goodness on board.

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It's Official – Samsung Galaxy SIII Headed To Five Carriers In The US Beginning This Month

Well folks, it's official. In a press release sent out just moments ago, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy SIII, easily one of the most anticipated smartphones this year, will be available on five major carriers in the US beginning this month.

The carriers, which are expected to make individual announcements in the "coming weeks," include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and US Cellular. And yes, the SIII's design will be consistent across all carriers.

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[Updated] ASUS And BlueStacks Team Up To Bring Popular Android Apps To 30 Million ASUS PCs Worldwide

Update: Turns out the teasers were about an ASUS Windows 8/Android device after all, and even Bluestacks got tricked into thinking the "big transformation" teasers were about them. You can find more info about this device, called Transformer AiO, here.

Remember a few days ago when ASUS got everyone's hopes up with teaser videos that began excited rumor-churn about a possible dual-booting Android/Windows 8 tablet? Well, it turns out that the videos in question were meant to tease a new partnership ASUS has formed with BlueStacks, creators of the renowned BlueStacks App Player (which we reviewed back in March).

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[The Android Police Week In Review] The Biggest Android Stories Of The Week (5/27/12-6/3/12)

The Android Police Week In Review is back. And I have coffee, so I'm very excited about it! And if you don't want to read my jittery ramblings, you can always check out our weekly podcast, where you can hear my (and the rest of the podcast team's) slightly-drunken ramblings. About news, and stuff.

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[The Android Police Week In Review] The Biggest Android Stories Of The Week (5/20/12-5/27/12)

It's time for the Android Police Week in Review (... to disrupt my Memorial Day vacation). Don't forget, you can find lots of this news on our weekly podcast, without the burden of a literacy requirement.

Hardware Reviews

  • A quick look at the quick SanDisk 64GB SDXC UHS microSD card - needs more acronyms.
  • The Logitech Z515 is like a Jambox, but bigger. Revolutionary.

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