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eBuddy reaches 100M downloads, Nintendo embraces Android, and Google’s new smartphone gallery

by Kristen Nicole

Even though smart phones are capable of voice calls, we still love to IM our friends on these popular mobile devices.  The long-awaited arrival of Beejive to the Android Market is a sign that feature-rich instant messenger tools are serious about mobile users, while eBuddy’s mobile chat tool reached a major milestone of 100 million downloads.

Calling all gamers

And just to remind you the prevalence of Google’s devices, Nintendo’s late entry into the 3DS gaming market reiterates Android as a platform for gamers. It’s the Apple devices, primarily the iPod Touch and iPhone, that still dominate the mobile gaming scene, but the overall shift to mobile is an undeniable force established console manufacturers will have to consider.

Google Gallery arrives

Need help keeping track of all the Android devices out there?  A new gallery from Google can help you out.  Repurposing its failed phone store URL, Google has launched a phone gallery for devices that offer the best Google experience.  This means you’ll also find phones that aren’t Android, but still make good use of Google Apps for search, maps, voice and more.