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Google Android Device Dashboard Highlights Fragmentation

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Google's Android developer group Dec. 17 released a tool to help developers decide what versions of the Android operating system their applications should support. The dashboard currently lists Android 1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 2.0 and the fresh 2.0.1. Only Android 1.5, 1.6, and 2.0.1 are shipping in...

Android Uptake Slow in Europe as Google Phone Rumors Persist

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Google Android phones are slow to catch on in Western Europe, researcher IDC said. However, rumors abound that there are several more smartphones in the works based on the Android mobile and wireless operating system, including an iDEN device from Motorola and the Espresso from HTC. Also reportedly...

HTC 'Leaked' Road Map Includes Android, Windows Smartphones

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A purported road map of HTC devices includes five smartphones with Google's Android OS and three with Windows Mobile 6.5. Fast and thin, features sprinkled throughout the group include Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, slim touchscreens and 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Five Reasons Why Android Could Kill Windows Mobile

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system could be the product in the smartphone space that is most vulnerable to the rise of Android, whose market share has steadily climbed over the past year. A variety of factors, ranging from a pairing of the Android OS with the solidly...

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.

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