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[The First Annual Android Police Andy Awards] And The Winner Of The Award For Best Non-Nexus Android Phone Of 2011 Is..

You made your nominations, and you voted. Now we have a winner. The Andy for Best Non-Nexus Android Phone of 2011 goes to...

Best Non-Nexus Android Phone Of 2011: Readers' Choice

The Samsung Galaxy S II.

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This really comes as no surprise. The Samsung Galaxy S II is still one of the most powerful handsets on the market, and with an Ice Cream Sandwich update inbound sometime in the coming year, it's only going to get better.

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LG Announces Smart TV With Google TV, Featuring LG's Cinema 3D - To Be Shown At CES

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Well, that was quick. Shortly after new Google TV partners were announced, LG has announced one of their Android-powered offerings: the LG Smart TV with Google TV. Details are scant at this point, as the device won't be demonstrated until CES, but we do know that it will launch in two series at some point this year. Both will feature LG's Cinema 3D displays, which do not require the expensive shuttering glasses to work, and both will come bundled with remote with the Magic Remote Qwerty - unsurprisingly, a QWERTY version of their Magic Remote.

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Google Announces New Google TV Partners, Hardware To Be Revealed At CES

Google TV's debut device, the Logitech Revue, may have been a commercial failure, but Google isn't showing any signs of giving up on the platform. We've already seen the Revue receive the Honeycomb 3.1 update, bringing the all-important Market access to the platform, and now Google has announced a host of Google TV partners who plan to unveil hardware at CES next week:

  • LG
  • Marvell
  • MediaTek
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Vizio

Although they didn't release many specific details, it seems that many of these new Google TV-powered devices will actually be TVs as opposed to separate boxes - LG even plans to release an entire of line of TVs, powered by their own L9 chipset.

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[Update: It's Gone] Sprint Galaxy Nexus (LTE) Shows Up In Ad On CNET, Possibly Blows Sprint's Biggest CES Announcement

Update: The ad has been removed from CNET, but we've retained a couple images, below. Sounds like someone finally figured out the rather embarrassingly bad mistake they just made.

Well, it looks like someone doing ad-serving for CNET pulled the trigger a little early. If you head over to this CNET page (it may be taken down soon, in fact, it almost certainly will) you'll see an ad for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, the first 4G LTE phone to hit Sprint's upcoming LTE network.

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[Update: Beta 1 Now Available] Touch-Enabled ClockworkMod Recovery Alpha Released For The Galaxy Nexus

Update: Things appear to be moving along nicely - Nathan just released the first Beta version of CWM touch. Hit the link below to check it out.

What's the hottest thing to hit custom recoveries since, well... custom recoveries hit? Your fingers! That's right, touch-based recoveries (like TWRP) are starting to make the rounds on various devices, and Android modder Nathan Grebowiec just released an unofficial version of ClockworkMod Recovery with touch controls for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (both GSM and LTE variants).

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Motorola Announces A Pair Of Affordable Android Phones For China, Europe, And Latin America: The Defy Mini And Motoluxe

Looks like Moto is getting ready to push out a couple of budget Android-power handsets to various parts of the world (excluding the U.S.). First up is the little brother to the Defy, appropriately named Defy Mini.

The DM offers a lot of the same "life-proof" features as its big brother, including dust protection, a scratch-resistant screen, and protection against water damage, all packed into its tiny 3.2-inch shell. You'll find a 3MP shooter on the back of the Android 2.3 device, a VGA front camera, and it has 1,650mAh batter for up to 10 hours of talk time.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Kernel Source Code Hits The Open Source Release Center

While we've yet to actually see a release date for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 that Samsung debuted back in September, the company has now dropped the kernel source code for the device. In the past, this usually indicates an impending release, so we're willing to bet that availability will be officially announced at CES next week.

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For those who need a reminder of what the Tab 7.7 is all about:

  • 7.7-inch 1280x800 Super AMOLED Plus display (the first tablet to have this)
  • 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos
  • 3MP rear shooter, 2MP 'round front
  • Android 3.2
  • 5,100mAh battery

Of course, a lot can change in three months, so we may actually see some changes made to the specs of the device before its release.

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Boost Mobile Goes Green, Announces The Samsung Replenish - Available on January 16th For $99 Without Contract

We told you yesterday that Android 2.3 started rolling out to the Samsung Replenish on Sprint, and now it looks like the eco-friendly handset is coming to one of Sprint's pay-as-you-go carriers, Boost Mobile.

Boost announced the handset this morning, and while it's not a game-changing device in terms of spec, it does have a nice price tag: $99. No contract. You can't beat that with a stick.

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Specs:

  • 2.8-inch display (240x320) with physical QWERTY
  • 600MHz single-core processor
  • 2MP rear shooter
  • Android 2.3
  • Made from recycled materials

Like I said, it's not a game changer.

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Acer Iconia Tab A200 Set To Launch On January 15, Will Cost $329.99 For 8GB And $349.99 For 16GB; ICS Upgrade Coming Mid-February

Announced late last year, the Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a slick Tegra 2 Android tablet which will be one of the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices available in the market. The tablet has the following specifications and features:

  • 10.1" multitouch display (1280x800)
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB or 16GB internal memory
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Six-axis motion sensing gyroscope
  • Full-size USB 2.0 port
  • Micro-USB port
  • MicroSD slot
  • 1.5 pounds
  • Android 3.2 (upgradeable to 4.0)
  • 8 hours battery life

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The tablet is set to launch on January 15 in the United States, but Acer has stated in their press-release that the device will be freely upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-February.

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[Update: Works On The OG Transformer, Too!] Exclusive: 'NachoRoot' Brings Root Access To The Transformer Prime, Even With The Newest Firmware

Update: We're getting reports that NachoRoot also successfully roots the original Transformer, which, until now, has been unrootable on the latest firmware. Simply follow the directions listed below!

Transformer Prime - two words that we've heard quite a bit over the last week or so. Root - a word that we hear on a daily basis in the world of Android. What do you get when you put the two together?

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