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Would a Facebook-branded Android phone work as well as an Amazon one?

Facebook’s relationship with Google sometimes makes things uncomfortable when it comes to the mobile world. Now that the social network has gone public and snapped up a handful of mobile applications (including a billion dollar spree on Instagram alone), Facebook’s mobile efforts have been place ... Full Article »

May 29, 2012 9:17am

New Google+ Android update brings Hangouts, photo features, plus new UI

Not too long ago, Google+ for Apple’s iOS platform got an update. It was a pretty extensive one, too, and it left some Android users feeling a little left out. Android is Google’s platform, but the improvements to the mobile version of its social network went first to its biggest competitor. Th ... Full Article »

May 24, 2012 2:17pm

Android wins in Oracle vs. Google lawsuit

After more than a week of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict for the patent infringement case between Oracle and Google. It’s the Android ecosystem that came out the winner, as the jury found that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s patents. There were eight different claims in play for ... Full Article »

May 24, 2012 9:21am

It’s official: Google finally seals Motorola Mobility takeover

According to a blog post by CEO Larry Page on Google’s site today, the search giant has finally closed the deal and acquired Motorola Mobility. “I’m excited to announce today that our Motorola Mobility deal has closed,” he writes. “Motorola is a great American tech company that has driven ... Full Article »

May 22, 2012 9:22am

Google agrees to keep Android open for at least another five years

Though just how “open” Google’s Android operating system is depends somewhat on who you talk to, the fact is that it’s one of the most open platforms on the market right now. It’s also going to stay that way, as Google has agreed to keep the platform free and open for “at least the next ... Full Article »

May 21, 2012 12:51pm

Android’s grand plan revolves around Nexus handsets

Call it diversity or fragmentation, there’s no getting around the fact the mobile scene’s become riddled with Android-powered handsets. Nearly 4,000 in fact. A recent report from OpenSignalMaps has tracked some 3,997 unique phones, tablets and other connected devices powered by Google’s mobile ... Full Article »

May 19, 2012 12:00pm

Microsoft patents tech to bring Android apps to Windows Phone

A patent filed by Microsoft in 2010 could help the software company’s flagging mobile platform bridge the app gap between it and Android by helping users find Windows alternatives to the Android apps they already enjoy. According to a story from GigaOM, Microsoft’s patent is for a technology th ... Full Article »

May 19, 2012 9:30am

Android Jelly Bean on at least five devices by Thanksgiving

Just as commentary heightens around Google’s seemingly lackadaisical approach to Android fragmentation, the company pulled back the curtain a little bit more on its plans for Ice Cream Sandwich’s successor, Jelly Bean. According to unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal reports that Google wil ... Full Article »

May 16, 2012 9:17am

Sony launches Android-powered Walkman to compete with iPod Touch

Last year, Sony saw potential in Android’s platform and launched the Xperia PLAY handset for gamers. Now, Sony is after music lovers, reviving the Walkman as a connected device. The NWZ-Z1050 is Sony’s first Android-powered mobile media player, and could be a promising gadget for the forlorn OEM ... Full Article »

May 15, 2012 9:14am

Leaked Flipboard app updated

If you’ve been hesitant to download the leaked APK for Flipboard’s exclusive Android app, now may be a good time to try it out. An over-the-air update from Flipboard has fixed many of the bugs reported by those anxious users that downloaded the app early. Version 1.8.4 should increase speed and ... Full Article »

May 14, 2012 9:20am

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