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Android + Device Built Into Handlebars = Bike Navigation Evolved

In a very awesome and useful display of the innovative genius that we've come to expect from Android developers and modders, Interaction Designer (how awesome does that sound?) Michael Fretz and his team have come up with a bicycle navigation system that can only be described as ingenious. The awkwardly named Punkt.Fizen is a truly creative, original idea that utilizes the power of the Android platform and the versatility of the Arduino.

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Velocity Micro Announces 3 New Cruz Tablets Running On Android

There really are a lot of tablets being announced at CES 2011, and Velocity Micro just launched their new lineup of Android tablets as well: the 7" Cruz Tablet L37, the 8" Cruz Tablet P38, and the 10.1" Cruz Tablet L510.

The 7" L37 has a 1024x600 capacitive touch screen, while the 8" P38 has a 1024x768 screen, and both come with 802.11n WiFi and 4GB of internal memory. The 10.1" P38 has a 1366x768 capacitive touch screen and runs on the NVIDIA Tegra 250 Chipset with a 1GHz dual-core CPU.

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It's A Phone! It's A Laptop?! It's The Motorola Atrix 4G

The Atrix 4G may not be the only dual-core powered Android phone announced this year at CES, but it certainly seems to be the only one that claims to 'redefine the line between a phone and a laptop'. It's able to blur said line by featuring the relatively unique 'Laptop Dock' accessory, which, for all intents and purposes, will convert your Android phone into a netbook running Motorola's 'Webtop' application.

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Details on the actual Webtop interface are sparse, but Motorola did spill the beans on the internals powering the Atrix 4G:

  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz processor
  • 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory
  • HSPA+ 4G compatibility with AT&T
  • 4 inch qHD display
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint scanning security (located on the back of the device)
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MotoBlur (which looks to be refined, I might add)
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1930 mAh battery for 9 hours talk time

Note the incredibly beefy battery - 1930 mAh is probably the largest mobile phone battery we've ever heard of.

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Panasonic Reveals Viera Tablet, Comes In Three Convenient Sizes

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The latest manufacturer to show off an Android tablet at CES is Panasonic, whose Viera tablet will be released in three sizes: 4", 7" and 10". The three versions of the tablet, all physically identical except for the size, are all designed for use with a television, much akin to the recently announced Vizio phone and tablet.

Through Viera Connect, users will be able to stream movies on-demand and even use the screens on your TV and tablet together to watch sports at two different angles; naturally, the Viera tablet can also be used as a remote.

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Motorola CLIQ 2 Announced for T-Mobile

What a night!  Along with announcing the Motorola Xoom, Motorola's CEO also announced the CLIQ 2 and its crazy honeycomb-patterned sliding keyboard.

The handset will pack a 1GHz processor, 5MP camera, WiFi calling, mobile hotspot capabilities for up to 5 devices, and a 3.7-inch FWVGA (854x480) display. With dual-core phones coming out of the woodwork, it seems that 1GHz CPU's will quickly become the new mid-range favorite, which is pretty incredible considering everyone's favorite 1GHz packing 'Superphone', the Nexus One, was announced just one year ago today.

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Google: Android SMS Bug Is Real, Will Be Fixed Shortly

About a week ago, Engadget ran an article covering two bugs in Android's Messaging app:

  • The first involves an issue where users are directed to a different thread than the one they selected from the notifications bar or the main screen of the SMS app
  • The second occurs when users are directed to the right thread but end up having their messages sent to a different person than the one involved in the thread

Shortly after, Google changed the bug's priority from "medium" to "critical" on the bugs Google Code page to show that the company cares.

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Motorola Announces The Xoom Honeycomb Tablet

After a surprise from Andy Rubin at D:Dive Into Mobile, a tease from Motorola themselves, and many rumors surrounding it, the Honeycomb powered Motorola Xoom is finally official. Announced today at CES, the Xoom will pack a dual-core 1GHz Tegra II processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and vanilla Android 3.0. The Xoom eschews the recent trend of 7-inch displays on tablets, and instead opts for a 10.1-inch 1280x800 (16:10) (gorilla glass) display, which should complement the 720P video playback capabilities nicely.

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T-Mobile G-Slate, Made By LG, Launching "In The Coming Months," Bringing HPSA+ And Honeycomb With It

Come on, you thought LG was just going to sit there and watch Motorola rip up the Android 3.0 tablet scene?

Quite the contrary - the company has just announced the G-Slate, a HPSA+ Honeycomb tablet headed T-Mobile's way. It's also going to feature the new Google Maps (version 5.0) as well as Google Books and Google Talk.

The closest you'll get to a release date is "in the coming months," and the processor, RAM, display, and other specs have yet to be announced, but we'll be sure to update the post if we happen to come across any additional information.

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Android Platform Version Chart Updated: Froyo Dominates, Éclair Still Strong, Cupcake And Donut On The Way Out

As per usual, Google has updated their Android Platform Version Chart, which gives us a clear indication of how many devices are running each version of Android, based on Market usage. The results won't shock anybody, but they do say good things about the current state of fragmentation in Android. Froyo continues it dominance, taking over half of the chart, while Android 2.1 still remains strong with 35%, likely due in large part to the massive number of Galaxy S phones still running it.

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[Update: It's Official] Meet The Droid Bionic, Motorola’s LTE Phone For Verizon

Nope, Motorola hasn't announced this gem at their CES press conference yet, but it's already live on their site - it's called the Droid Bionic, and it's Motorola's LTE phone for Verizon.

It packs:

  • 512 MB of RAM
  • A dual-core processor of some sort (our bet is on the Tegra 2)
  • A front-facing web cam (VGA variety)
  • An 8 MP rear camera
  • A 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) display

Of course, it's also got a LTE radio under the hood, as evidenced by the "4G" logo in the top right corner and the "4G-like power" mentioned in the description.

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