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Android Posts SDK Updates, Camera Fix for Motorola Droid

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Google releases multiple updates to the open-source Android software development kit (SDK) with Android 2.0.1, which includes bug fixes for the Droid's camera phone, among others patches.

Google Visual Search Coming for Android Phones

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Google is working on Google Visual Search, a mobile application that lets users take a picture of a location from their Android-powered smartphone and trigger a Google search that pulls up information associated with the image. The search engine revealed its plans on CNBC's "Inside the Mind...

Google Announces Android Developer Challenge 2 Winners

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Google has announced the winners of the Android Developer Challenge (ADC) 2, including overall winners that consist of an application to help smartphone users sleep better, an online multiplayer game and a mobile security solution.

Google Maps Navigation Free GPS Comes to Android 1.6 Smartphones

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Google Nov. 23 made its Google Maps Navigation feature for Google Maps available for smartphones running the Android 1.6 operating system build and higher. This means users of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and inaugural but clunky G1 can enjoy turn-by-turn voice directions. This release includes...

Why the Google Phone Could Dampen Android Phone Sales

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Consumers interested in buying phones based on the Android open source operating system may feel some hesitation with the emerging rumors of a Google phone. Such a phone would likely provide a more fully integrated user experience, similar to Apple's iPhone. Ultimately, this could hurt sales...

ARM Opens Android Solutions Center

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Chip designer ARM is opening the online Solution Center for Android to help designers and developers more easily build ARM-based devices running the Android operating system and software stack. ARM officials say OEMs are developing for Android-most recently, Dell, Acer and Motorola have announced...

10 Reasons Why Even the iPhone Can't Stop Android's Rise

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News Analysis: The iPhone might be the leader in the mobile phone market, but that success won't be enough to stop Android's rise. Google's platform is simply too compelling and too appealing to consumers not to capture significant market share.

Samsung Galaxy Spica Features Android, DivX

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Samsung has rolled out a junior sibling to its Galaxy smartphone, the Spica Galaxy. Spica, like Galaxy, runs Google's Android OS. It also features a 3.2-inch touch-screen and supports DivX, for enjoying video without file-format hassles.

Dell Mini 3 Smartphone, with Android, Headed for China, Brazil

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Dell officially introduces its Mini 3 smartphone, which will run Google's Android operating system, and announces that the Mini 3 will arrive this year on the China Mobile network and Brazil's Claro. An AT&T version for the U.S. is expected.

Google Buys AdMob for $750 Million to Boost Android

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Google took aim at the mobile display ad market Nov. 9 when it bought AdMob for $750 million in stock. Google has made some headway in providing mobile search ads to the so-called third screen, but it has been lagging in providing mobile display ads, or in-application ads. AdMob fills those...

HTC Eris Joins Verizon's Android Lineup

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While the Motorola Android phone making its debut on Verizon Wireless Nov. 6 is getting all the hype, the carrier is also introducing the HTC Eris, another Android-based phone that will be available for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year customer agreement.

T-Mobile to Bill for Google Android Apps, Get Android Market Channel

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T-Mobile CTO Cole Brodman says at the Open Mobile Summit that T-Mobile will let customers pay for Android applications on their monthly mobile bills starting Nov. 17. On that day, T-Mobile will also launch the T-Mobile Channel on Android Market to recommend some of the Market's apps to T-Mobile...

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