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Motorola Reveals MOTOACTV, A Small Android-Powered MP3 Player That "Merges Fitness And Music Like Nothing Else"

Motorola's press conference is under way, but it turns out the Droid RAZR isn't the only thing that Motorola had up their sleeve - they also announced the MOTOACTV, what is essentially an iPod Nano on serious steroids.

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The ACTV packs a 600MHz CPU, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, and an "Audio Coach" - all there to help you step up your fitness game. The features all work together to keep track of your heart rate, calories burned, and route taken (among others).

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Let's Get Ready to Google! April 24-25 Is The Date For I/O 2012

If the imminent announcement of ICS and the Galaxy Nexus isn't enough to sizzle your circuits, here's another little tidbit coming down from Mountain View. The date and location for Google I/O 2012 has been set in stone. 1 million or more developers, as well as journalists and lucky Google enthusiasts, will converge on Moscone Center West in San Francisco on April 24 and 25.

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I/O has become a Mecca of sorts for tech fans, where gifts of tech from the not-too-distant future are bestowed on all, such as last year's special version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Blizzard And NVIDIA Release Official BlizzCon 2011 Android App

BlizzCon is an annual convention held to celebrate the three major franchises (Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo) of Blizzard Entertainment. The next convention has been announced for October 21 to 22 and to help conference goers stay on top of all the events BlizzCon, in collabaration with NVIDIA, have launched the official BlizzCon 2011 Android App.

The app features:

  • A built-in calendar and planner that allows you to view the details of all the events taking place and add them to your personal calendar.
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[Updated] [Deal Alert] Motorola Atrix 2 Now On Sale For $99.99 At AT&T, Only $49.99 At Amazon Wireless And Best Buy

AT&T's fall line-up of smartphones got a boost today with the Motorola Atrix 2 going on sale for $99.99 with a 2-year contract.

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However, if you are a new customer signing up for a 2-year contract, we would strongly recommend heading to AmazonWireless and picking up the device for only $49.99.

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Unfortunately, the deal isn't so great for current customers as they will have to pay $199.99 for the handset.

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Those who already have an AT&T contract may be feeling left out by Amazon's lack of a discount, but fear not as Best Buy is offering the Atrix 2 for $49.99 to ALL its customers, regardless of whether they are upgrading or signing up for a new line.
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Sony's PRS-T1 Reader Hacked To Run Full Android... On Its E-Ink Display

The Sony Reader PRS-T1, a 6" e-ink reader that debuted earlier this year, has been hacked to run Android. It's a known fact that the Reader has been running Android from the get-go, but it runs a heavily modified build, and many thought that it would never see true Android goodness. Any doubt users had, however, can now be laid to rest - an unnamed hacker has got the T1 running Android with AWLauncher, and a bevvy of reading apps in tow.

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[Weekend Poll] What Is Your Primary Portable Music Player Device?

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Are You Waiting For The Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime To Upgrade Your Phone?

A fairly simple question this week: what is your primary portable music player? Do you still have a personal media player (PMP), or do you rely on your phone? Or perhaps another device - or none at all? Sound off in the poll below, then head down to the comments to discuss.

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[Exclusive] The Ice Cream Sandwich Gallery Is Likely Getting A Built-In Photo Editor; We've Got The Feature List

Google is working on building a photo editor into the Android Gallery. That much we're certain about - we've got the icons for it. It's not 100% confirmed that this will actually ship, or if these features or icons are final, but do you really think they'd do all this work and throw it out?

With the disclaimer out of the way, here's the icons and descriptions, ripped right from Ice Cream Sandwich's creamy center.

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Mozilla Set To Ditch XUL In Firefox For Android In Favor Of A Native UI, Better Performance

Jonathan Nightingale, Mozilla's director of Firefox Engineering, announced recently that Firefox's Android iteration will be moving away from XUL implementation in favor of a native Android UI. Nightingale, seeking to reassure users who may be wary of change, stated "Firefox on Android is a critical part of supporting the open web, and this decision puts us in a position to build the best Firefox possible."

For those not in the know, XUL stands for "XML User Interface Language," and is essentially a language that controls Firefox's front end architecture, creating various UI elements and instances.

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[New App] Want Your Android Launcher To Look Like iOS? There's Now An App For That - Espier Launcher

I'm not sure I would personally ever do that (wait, I'm sure - I'm shrugging just thinking about it), but let's say that you really love the look and feel of the the iOS desktop UI found on Apple's iPhone, with the launchpad, rounded corners, folders, trembling icons with little X's, etc. However, you also love the flexibility that Android offers. Can both be combined? The answer, as it turns out, is yes - Espier Launcher, which just landed in the Android Market (probably immediately infringing on a few dozen Apple patents).

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@Android Hits Twitter, Shares Pretty Ice Cream Sandwich Statue Picture

So I hear this new twitter thing is all the rage. The Android team has seen fit to set up shop in the twitterverse alongside @androiddev with @Android. Yes, somehow "@Android" wasn't taken.

So far tweets have consisted of the usual "Hello World" and the (awesome) Ice Cream Truck video. The one fresh bit of info comes from the account's avatar - it's a surprisingly big picture of the new ICS Statue.

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