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There’s no denying that Google’s Android is a force to be reckoned with. Android recently hit an impressive 500 million globally activated devices and a whopping 1.3 million new... devices being activated daily. If those numbers didn’t make your jaw drop, how about a commanding market share lead, four times more than their competitors?

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We earlier wrote a news story that Yahoo! would be overhauling the company’s smartphone policy. Among the new CEO Marissa Mayer’s strategic shifts when she came onboard as chief executive is to revamp the company as a product company. As such, she wants employees to be able to think from the perspective of a consumer, and not just an engineer, developer, designer or whatnot.

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Amazon, Apple and Google! These are clearly the biggest three companies in the tablet market, and the owners of the only three ecosystems that really matter in the mobile Universe. In tumultuous waters such as those surrounding the imminent release of Microsoft’s Windows 8, each one of these giants is looking to secure a position in their customers hearts and wallets.

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Rumors regarding am HTC phablet bound for Verizon have been going around since April, but it was only when the benchmark result for HTC’s gargantuan smartphone leaked out in July that I’ve personally started to hope that this is an actual device — one that will reach the consumer market as fast as possible and without losing any of its rumored specs. But is there any merit to these rumors?

X-Ray for Android

In the Apple ecosystem it is the engineers at Cupertino who fix and supply updates to iOS for everyone, all over the world, all at the same time. But in the Android ecosystem, Google made a change to the code and then that has to filter through to the carriers and/or the manufacturers, who then publish updates for the phones. Do you think the carriers and manufacturers are abandoning customers with older phones and leaving them open to attacks by hackers?

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Mobile devices have become ubiquitous, and with this, companies are also turning to mobile devices for profit. We know that Apple earns a hefty markup from each iPhone, iPad and just about any iDevice sold. Android manufacturers, meanwhile, have a slimmer margin. Some even sell their products at cost or at a loss, and recoup the investment from content sales.

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Apple is clearly in a very, very comfortable position where it doesn’t feel the need to drastically alter every little thing about its phone every year, but it’s a different story with LG. The South Korean has no choice but to offer the latest and greatest of everything for its upcoming flagship model if it were to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive Android landscape. Let’s compare the two phones.

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After the disappointing announcement of both the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, with the latter not having introduced anything new from the WWDC event in June, and after Microsoft’s stumbles with Windows Phone 8, it’s safe to say that Android will continue to dominate in both software and hardware this year, especially if there will (most likely) be another version of Android coming out this year.

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Google’s “Don’t be evil” is weaker and weaker every time the search giant does something against its own motto. How many times did we see Google somehow managing to infringe on the customer’s privacy? How many times did we see Google investigated in various regions of the world including the U.S. and Europe for alleged actions that deserve being looked into? How many times did we see the company forced to pay a fine or settle a legal matter?