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Motorola’s R2-D2 model is the Droid you're looking for

by Kristen Nicole

There’s an army of specialized smartphones headed your way, with news of the Motorola Droid R2-D2 becoming available in stores on September 30th.  The limited edition Android phone, complete with an R2-D2 frame design, live wallpapers and ringtones, comes with the same specs as its base model, the Droid 2.

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BlackBerry PowerBook to compete with iPad

While Android devices are reaching out to highly specialized markets with its smartphones and tablets, RIM is just getting started in the tablet game.  The BlackBerry maker demonstrated its upcoming PowerBook, aiming to compete with iPads and Android tablets from companies like HP and Dell.

Dell Streak available down under

Last week’s revelation of the smaller Streak tablet from Dell was lacking a number of important details, such as its release date.  While we’re still awaiting those details, Dell has expanded its worldwide distribution, making the Android-powered tablet available in Australia, beginning October 1st.

More global expansion for Android Market

Google may be on a global tear itself, with the upcoming addition of 13 new countries that can purchase paid apps from the Android Market.  This will include Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as Israel, Mexico, Russia and South Africa.  Extending the Market’s reach will bring a great deal of money-making opportunities for developers and Google, even as third parties begin to launch their own app portals.

Access Android apps like clockwork

To remotely control some of those Android apps, you could try a wristwatch.  Sony Ericsson has launched the LiveView, which connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth.  See incoming texts, updated Facebook statuses, and your Twitter and RSS feeds.  You can even access your music library, and download apps directly from the Android Market.