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Boom, Baby! Over 700,000 Android Devices Being Activated Every Day

Intrepid Google+ user and Android head Andy Rubin mentioned yesterday that there are now over 700,000 Android devices being activated every day.

Wow.

Although it is clearly an astounding number of daily activations, the increase appears to be quite steady. In August it was reported that over 550,000 Android devices were being activated daily, with a total of 150 million devices activated worldwide. In June the number of daily activations was 500,000, while in May it was only 400,000. At this rate of growth, Android is likely to hit 1 million activations per day quite soon.

With such rapid increases in activations, it is no surprise that Android now holds over 50% of the global smartphone market share.

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Screencast Video Recorder Receives Update, Includes New Time Lapse Recording And Other Tweaks

Popular screen recording app, Screencast, has just received an update with some pretty sweet additions. Those of us who use this powerful app know how awesome it already is, but it just got better with a new time lapse recording feature. I'm sure some users have been waiting for this for some time now, and it sure is welcomed. It'll definitely add a whole new element to app and game demos. In addition, the speed of video processing has more than doubled with this update, and some minor bugs have been exterminated.

Check out these videos of digital speed paintings recorded with Screencast:

Looks pretty awesome, doesn't it?

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BOLT Browser Closes Shop Due To Economic Circumstances

BOLT Browser, which touted tabbed browsing and high speeds in an effort to provide a capable replacement for Android's stock browser, has been discontinued due to economic circumstances, according to the app's website:

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The news came earlier today as BOLT's listing in the Android Market vanished, and the app's website closed down, leaving only the above note. While BOLT may not have been the most robust browser solution for Android, it's always a little sad to see an app go like this, especially considering the fact that BOLT debuted only a couple of months ago.

That being said, there are plenty of other alternatives available for users who want a little more from their mobile web experience, and BOLT users won't have a hard time filling the gap.

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Google Making Up For Botched 10 Billion Promo Purchases, Affected Customers Allowed To Download Canceled Apps

If you've been checking out what the Android Market has to offer during it's "10 Billion" promotion, then you've probably had some difficulty in getting the apps you desire. Today, many users experienced error messages and cancelled orders as the market groaned trying to support the insane amount of traffic pouring in to snatch up some tasty 10 cent treats. Be grateful if you managed to grab the ones you wanted, because many were not so lucky. However, if you happened to receive a cancelled order, you should be seeing an email soon from good ole Google letting you know how to get the apps you wanted.

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San Francisco Gets Lit Up With AT&T's 4G LTE Network, NYC Still Seeing Spotty Coverage

If you're a citizen of San Francisco and own an LTE capable phone on AT&T's network, you're in luck. It appears that the carrier's new 4G LTE network is now live in SF. While it hasn't been officially announced, it seems to be going strong. If you're in the area, fire up your device and prepare to have your hair blown back.

Interestingly enough, New York City started seeing some high-speed love at the end of last week, but it has only been live in certain parts of the city. It looks like SF is seeing city-wide coverage right off the bat, though, and that ought to cause some rivalry among each area's techies.

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[New App] SoundTracking Lets You Share Your Music Taste With The Social World, With One Twist

SoundTracking made its jump from iOS onto the Android Market today boasting a new, Android exclusive (for now), feature. As the name indicates, this app allows you to keep track of songs you're listening to and post them to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare for your friends to see and comment on. Included with your post will be a snippet of the song, a photo, and your geo-location.

That Android exclusive feature I mentioned before is the ability for you and your friends to play full versions of shared songs via Rdio or Spotify, instead of just listening to a short clip.

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Verizon Equipment Guide Says To Expect Samsung's Galaxy Nexus December 9th

Confirming recent rumors, a Verizon equipment guide has cropped up showing December 9th as the official launch date of Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy Nexus with VZW.

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For those who have forgotten why they should be excited about the Galaxy Nexus, here are it's awesome specs one more time:

  • TI OMAP 4460 Dual-core processor at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.65" SAMOLED display at 1280x720
  • NFC Capability
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • A slender frame measuring 5.33"x2.67"x0.37"
  • 1080p Video recording

The Galaxy Nexus is certainly a beastly phone, and looks like it will be well worth the wait when Verizon customers can get their hands on the device in just a couple of days.

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Android Web Market Gets A Nifty New Feature - Reviews Now Display App Version Number And Device Information

The Android Web Market just received a minor, but useful update in regards to app reviews. Now, when a review is posted, the version of the application being used and the device the app is installed on appears right above the text. In addition, any review can now be linked to individually, and when the link is followed, you'll be brought to the app's market page with the review in question front and center. These features, though small, could prove beneficial to both developers and users alike.

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Check the updates out for yourself over at the Android Web Market.

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GTA III: 10-Year Anniversary Edition Hits The Android Market December 15th

Ready your Android devices and clear your schedules, because Rockstar Games just announced the release date of GTA III: 10-year anniversary edition for select Android phones and tablets. According to the announcement, the game will only cost you $4.99, which is surprisingly cheap for a release of this caliber. Here's the list of devices to be supported at launch:

Android Phones: HTC Rezound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x

Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive

Now for some eye-candy.

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ASUS Releases Source Code And User Manual For Hotly Anticipated Transformer Prime

Announced earlier this month, the ASUS Transformer Prime is the world's first quad-core Tegra 3 device and it is truly a beast. But don't take our word for it, check out NVIDIA's demo of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on the device.

The US product page of the device went live a few days ago, and developers and other enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the official source code and user manual for the Transformer Prime are now also available via the "download" section.

The source code is version 8.8.3.23, as of 2011.11.24, and weighs in at about 90MB.

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