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We’ve already posted on the possibility of Dell shipping mobile phones sporting Android as the OS of choice. However, rumours are running rampant on the interwebs at the moment, with various sources reporting that BSQUARE may in fact be porting Flash Lite to Dell netbooks, and a big cover up from WSJ reporting that the original announcement “shouldn’t have been made.” According to Dell spokesman Andrew Bowins, the report was published “in error,” though he didn’t deny the content of the announcement. What a mess! “Dell constantly assesses new technologies as part of managing our product development process and for…

Android are updating their Market place, allowing developers to target new countries for free and paid applications, and also offer local language support in an increasingly large number of countries. Specifically, it is now possible for developers to target applications that they are distributing for free via the Android market place to new countries, including Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. For those that want to make a buck or two out of their work, paid applications will soon be added to Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain. Finally, local language support includes all the main European…

NitroDesk have updated their Exchange client with push support for Android to its third generation. Back at the end of March we brought you news about its launch, but the newer version has “Full ActiveSync support, the ability to instantly and automatically synchronize changes made to the Exchange Personal address book into the Android phone book, and support for setting peak hours to specify when to automatically check for changes to Exchange data.” One of the more appealing aspects to the updated version includes automatic and continuous one-way synchronization of contacts from the server to the user’s device. This way,…

Not so long ago we posted a piece detailing an application by Electric Pocket called Ringo. Well the UK based firm have just announced the arrival of their latest Android application; PhoneFace. PhoneFace has been around for a while for other OSes, but now Android users can experience the app first hand. In short, the application is effectively a tunned-up speed-dialler, allowing users to call a number by clicking/tapping on a picture of the contact. The clever part comes in next. The pictures are updated automatically from either Twitter or Facebook, so you always have the most recent picture of…

In a post on the Android Developers Blog, Jeff Sharkey demonstrated the use of the new homescreen widget support that is now part of the Android 1.5 software developer kit.  These new widgets can provide live data snippets on the home screen and link in to full featured apps, if desired. Examples of possible widgets include new mail notifications, music player controls, weather updates, or possible the IM status of a friend.  They can be developed to update themselves on a schedule set by the developer, or they can be made to rely on Android’s new automatic updating facility. Sharkey…

In this roundup we have the beat on Google executives answering questions during the company’s April 16 earnings call, information on the Android OS and netbooks (in context of Symbian too), some updates on the GiiNii Movit Mini Android PMP, and the debunking of Motorola’s Android set-top-box. Ready? Go! It was clear to those who read the minutes or even attended Google’s April 16 earnings call that the rising commercial giant took this time to chat about the expansion of Android in general, but also physically onto netbooks too. Overall, Q1 of 2009 saw the company squeeze out a small…

Over at Google Code a new application has shed its covert cover and made its way into the lime light. Secrets For Android is a new way to store and manage sensitive information such as password, social security numbers and, well, secrets. Apart from offering Android users all of the above, the application servers another function too; all of the source code is available on the Apache 2.0 licence, so you can examine the code yourself, or modify it to your needs. Specifically, the source code illustrates how “applications can perform file I/O, use the crypto APIs, and do some…

Back at the MWC during February we reported on Google’s demonstration of the up-and-coming Gmail application for mobile devices, specially Android based and the iPhone. Things have finally come to fruition for the search giant, who recently demonstrated a refined version of the software on the HTC Magic running Android at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco last week and have now posted an official blog entry about the whole thing on the Google Mobile Blog. This neat little package allows Gmail users to access their email through increasingly streamlined means. As we reported back in February, the technology…

We’ve known since pretty much the start of this year that DataViz was going to release a version of its RoadSync Exchange client for Android. We were even there when the official word was given in Barcelona where we attended the MWC back in February. Now things have come to fruition for DataViz, with both Documents To Go and RoadSync Beta now available. So what does this mean for the average Android consumer?

Earlier in the week we reported that Google had cut tethering applications from the application store. Tethering applications allow users to hook their G1 up to another device such as a laptop, and use the data connection provided by the G1 as a modem for the laptop, thus providing it with the Internet. This has a few implications, not least of which is due to the fact that T-Mobile also provide wireless Internet based on a monthly subscription for laptops in markets such as the UK and USA. Allowing G1 owners to use their G1′s ‘unlimited web browsing’ for their…