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Android = diversity! You’ve probably heard this one before, but what does it actually mean? While it’s a fact that the principle of diversity is as valid as ever in the mobile industry, different groups of people have varied opinions on how useful the diversity of the Android ecosystem actually is, in its current state. If you happen to notice that the tones widely range from the temperate, on to optimistic, and back to pessimism or even frustration, don’t worry because we’re in this together! If you then start noticing that the general idea of Android fragmentation is one the topics…

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Now that you spent $200 or more on the latest and greatest tech gadget, the Nexus 7, you’ll want to protect your investment. Sure, you can always say you’re going to be extremely careful, but accidents do happen. With the versatility and portability of this tablet, you’re going to be using it more often and taking it places you previously hadn’t even thought of yet. So do you go with a case or do you go with a sleeve? This is all about personal preference. If you’re on the fence, here’s how I made my decision. Manufacturers strive to make…

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The Google Nexus 7 is right now one of the most popular 7-inch tablets out there, and considering it’s a Nexus-branded device ready to offer buyers a pure Android experience, it will probably become one of the best sold tablets of the year. Google is yet to mention sales numbers for the device that started shipping last week and which is currently sold out with certain third-party retailers, but Digitimes reports that according to “industry sources” the Search giant may ship as many as 2.5-3 million units this year. That may not seem like an impressive number, as the tablet…

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  The Google Nexus 7 is out in stores and it’s selling like hot cakes. We’ve seen this happen before when the Kindle Fire was launched – an affordable device ready to offer plenty of features and lots of digital content choices to tablet buyers. But now the Nexus 7 is the king of 7-inch tablets, considering what it has to offer in terms of both hardware and software. Sure, Amazon will come out with a new Kindle Fire version, and Apple is rumored to bring out of hiding its 7.85-inch iPad Mini later this year, at which point the…

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Whenever Eric Schmidt speaks about Google’s short- and long-term plans at public events, it’s always worth paying attention to what he says about the company’s future – and sometimes he does say things that turn out to bite the company right in the behind. The former Google CEO talked to journalists last Thursday at the Allen & Company technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he made it clear to everyone attending that Google is determined to make a play in the hardware business – like that wasn’t clear so far. Here’s what he told the press, according to the…

MG Siegler praises the Google Nexus 7. Wait, what?

Scott Beale / Laughing Squid We do not usually (OK, never) do posts when a reviewer, regardless how influential, gives his or her opinion on a device. That’s what they are supposed to do, right? But today, we’ll do just that. Why? Because the reviewer happens to be a big, big Apple fanboy enthusiast. When MG Siegler, self-confessed Apple lover, self-confessed Android hater says that the he really likes the Nexus 7, we take notice. Quotes from his piece in TechCrunch: “with the Nexus 7, Google has, for the first time, created an Android product that I would buy for myself. And…

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There are some people who don’t like smart phones. It isn’t because they don’t like the touch sensitive screen, it’s not an ease of use issue, but rather they don’t like the battery life. In the good old days of feature phones, you could charge up your phone once a week, you could talk for hours, and, if you battery showed only one bar left, you knew it would work for the rest of the day. But not so with smartphones. With a nice bright display to power, plus Wi-Fi, plus GPS, and of course 3G or even 4G, a…

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Although Android hasn’t made huge inroads into Apple’s dominance in the circa 10-inch tablet market, it has carved itself a nice niche in the 7-inch sector. The leader of this category is Amazon with its 7-inch Kindle Fire. However, that could all be about to change now that Google has announced (and is very close to shipping) its Nexus 7 tablet. Google has executed a master stroke in its positioning of the Nexus tablet. First, it is technically superior to any other 7-inch tablet on the market (with its quad core CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). Second, Google has priced it exactly…

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I have nothing against stats that put Android in a bad light. If anything, I’m usually glad they appear, because they highlight some problems that I had raised long before, hopefully prompting Google to do something and improve Android in that specific respect. What I really can’t stand, though, is when statistical data presented as accurate is downright misleading. Like my all-time-favorites, the Net Marketshare guys, who keep publishing misleading data, over and over again, even though it’s a clearly inaccurate description of the mobile market share that they present as accurate. But I think that soon I’ll have some…

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ExtremeTech Something historic happened in the first quarter of 2012. For the first time ever, the major carriers in the US have registered a combined decline in the number of postpaid (contract) subscribers. The total number of subscriptions of the seven biggest telcos in the United States has declined with 52,000. Sure, that’s not a dramatic fall by any means, considering that AT&T, Verizon, and the other carriers have hundreds of millions of subscribers. But this first drop ever might be a sign that people are getting tired of paying hundreds of dollars every month, for a service that they…