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Beginning Next Year, Android Will Be Optimized For Intel Chips

Head Android honcho Andy Rubin made a cameo earlier today at Intel's Developer Forum to announce something we've all know was coming for a while now: Android support for Intel chips -- namely, the low-powered Atom processor.

Beginning next year, all versions of Android will come ready to run on Intel silicon from the core of the system up, and to show the progress that has already been made on that front, an Android-powered tablet and phone running on an Intel Medifield chip was displayed.

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Weather And Business Apps The Top Grossing Categories On Android, Games Come In At Number Seven

Each month, Research2Guidance puts out a report on Android Market paid apps, which includes how they stack up against each other. The current state of the Market is somewhat of a surprise, as weather and business apps hold the top two grossing spots, with productivity, media & video, and books & reference rounding out the top five. However, one of the most downloaded categories on the Market - games - doesn't show up on the list until number seven, suggesting users would rather download a free game, rather than pay for one.

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Motorola Droid R2-D2 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Well, what do you know? Looks like Moto hasn't forgotten about the R2-D2 variant of the Droid 2 after all. We've seen the Gingerbread update come and go for the Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global, and now it's time for our little robot themed friend to join the party.

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The update brings all of the same features and enhancements of the original Droid 2, and should be hitting devices starting today.

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Initial Impressions And Hands-On With The Samsung Epic 4G Touch For Sprint

The Samsung Galaxy S II (SGSII) has been one of the most highly anticipated devices in recent memory - perhaps second only to the annual new iPhone. There are two very good reasons for this: first, the original Galaxy S devices were hailed as some of the best on the market. Second - and more importantly - from its start as an on-paper proof, to its run on the trade show circuit, through its international release, the Galaxy S II been hailed as one of (if not the) best phone on the market.

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Sony Announces Walkman Z Series Of Android Personal Media Players

Following its recent announcement of the "Live With Walkman" Android smartphone, Sony has today officially introduced the Walkman Z Series (Japanese press release) of personal media players.

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These Android 2.3 devices will weigh approximately 156g and will feature the following specs:

  • 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core CPU
  • 4.3 TFT color LCD, WVGA (480 × 800)
  • 512MB RAM
  • Bluetooth
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • WEP/WPA/WPA2 Encryption
  • GPS
  • E-Compass
  • G-Sensor
  • FM Radio
  • Built-in mono speaker (this is an interesting choice considering this device is billed as a "Walkman" phone)
  • HDMI output
  • DLNA

As these devices are billed as "Walkman" PMPs the lack of a camera is not entirely surprising.

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Facebook For Android Updated To v1.7, Brings Pull-To-Refresh, New Sharing & Tagging Options, Photo Swiping, More - Finally Back In The Tablet Market Too

Facebook for Android got one step closer to being a viable replacement for its online counterpart today, after receiving an update today that brought several anticipated sharing, privacy, and interface changes.

Users now have access to the same privacy controls for posts as in Facebook's online interface and can tag friends and places as well. The update also brings improved messages and notifications, fixes for performance issues, and a couple of interface changes including redesigned profile and group walls, and a swipe interface for photo browsing.

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Android Market Carrier Billing Comes To More Networks In South Korea, The UK, And Germany

Google has made good on its promise to expand carrier billing for the Android Market internationally today, introducing the feature to customers on various carriers in three countries. This is great news for consumers, and even better news for developers.

South Korean users on SK Telecom and KT Corporation, UK users on Vodafone UK, and German users on Vodafone DE will all be receiving access to direct carrier billing in the coming weeks.

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Amazon Appstore Introduces 'Geek Week,' Drops The Price On Some Very Useful Apps

While the Amazon Appstore may have its downfalls, it also has its upsides -- namely good deals and free apps. Thus is the case with its new promotion called "Geek Week," in which some very useful apps designed for hardcore Android enthusiasts have received a nice price drop.

As for the apps in question, you'll find some well-known tools and utilities in the mix:

  • Easy Tether for $4.99 (normally $9.99)
  • Root Explorer for $0.99 (normally $3.99)
  • WidgetLocker for $0.99 (normally $1.99)
  • Wave Launcher for $0.99 (normally $1.99)
  • SetCPU for $0.99 (normally $2)
  • RepliGo Reader for $1.99 (normally $4.99)
  • Xtralogic Remote Desktop Client for $12.99 (normally $24.95)
  • BackupEverything for $0.99 (normally $1.99)

Among those, I highly recommend Root Explorer and SetCPU (for overclocked devices), but the majority of those apps are definitely worth the sale price.

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DirecTV Brings NFL Sunday Ticket To Honeycomb Tablets, Lets You Keep Up With All Games At Once

I have absolutely no problem admitting that I'm not a football fan. What I do have a problem with, however, is when an amazing app like DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket for Tablets hit the Market and I have no use for it. For the football fans among us, though, this is pure gold.

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NFL Sunday Ticket for Tablets lets you monitor every Sunday game all in one place, as well as stream whichever one you like in a smaller window, making dreams come true for the football-multitasking-maniac (like my Dad, for example).

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New Samsung Ad Tells Us Why The Galaxy S II Is The Best Phone In Existence

It's as if Samsung is looking straight into the heart of America with its newest ad for the Galaxy S II, entitled "The Way We're Wired." The ad hits the soft spot in all of us with its chill-inducing analogies of how we all want to be the best, highlighting philanthropists like Martin Luther King, Jr. and superheros like Batman. Have a look:

https://youtu.be/6bu0IPC2F2g

Kudos, Sammy. I love it.

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