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Facebook updates Android app; Nokia showing its support for the OS?

by Kristen Nicole

Facebook mobile updates

Facebook may be denying an upcoming branded Android phone, but the social network still has plenty of love for mobile users. An update to its Android app today brings Deals to users, delivering discounts straight to your phone. Launched at the same time as Facebook Places, which its Android app already features, this update is in line with Facebook’s revived focus on mobile growth.

Nokia supports Android?

Android’s growing influence may be getting stronger, making it a very competitive OS in the mobile market. Nokia (NOK) has been suffering as a result of the smartphone takeover, reporting a 21 percent drop in market share during its earnings call this week. Perhaps the mobile manufacturer’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, is bringing his North American perspective to the Finnish company, hinting that Google (GOOG) Android support may be a consideration moving forward.

During the call Elop said Nokia needed to change quickly to keep up with the current mobile market, noting that “multiple ecosystem patterns” is something the company should be doing. It wouldn’t be the first time this week we heard rumors of Android support on competitors’ devices, as RIM’s (RIMM) PlayBook tablet may be able to run Android’s mobile operating system.

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GPS tracking from your phone

There are several others exploring Android’s platform potential, finding new ways for consumers to utilize their smartphones. LiveViewGPS, a security service that tracks things like laptops, cars (and even your kids), now comes on Android. Use your mobile to track down a stolen car or laptop, or anything else you’ve equipped with the company’s tracking devices.