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Why Android will continue to lead in both software and hardware this year

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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.

Google promises to unify Google Talk, Hangouts, and Messenger

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by 2 years ago
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Ever since the launch of Google’s “social layer”, Google+, the guys in Mountain View have been trying to focus on fewer products, instead of the scatter-shot approach on products they had before. But while they have streamlined many of their products and services in the past months, there’s one area where things have gotten worse since the launch of Google+, and that’s Google’s own messenger clients. There is Google Talk (with video), then there is Hangouts, and then we have the Google+ Messenger, originally launched as Google Huddle. You might even count the SMS app on Android as a different…

Will Android 5.0 feature improved desktop capabilities?

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by 2 years ago
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Google has struck gold with Android. It’s the most popular mobile operating system, and, thanks to its open source nature and the growth of smartphones and tablets, one day it might even be the most popular operating system, period. This is something Google has been craving for a long time. For the biggest part of the last decade, Microsoft was Google’s main competitor, much like Facebook considers Google their main competitor today, or at least a company they would very much like to “beat”. So the Mountain View-based giant has been trying for quite a while now to develop its…

Could Froyo and Gingerbread become Android’s IE6?

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by 2 years ago
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A little while ago I posed the question: Is Android 5.0 Jelly Bean too much, too soon? The reaction from the net was lively, with most people falling into one of two camps. First, those who want the latest and best, and they want it now! And those who say that, as long as the phone works, most people don’t care about the version of Android on their device. Well, now the app developers have spoken  - and perhaps they matter the most! There are, of course, three main groups in the Android ecosystem: There is Google (and the handset manufactures),…

WSJ: Multiple Nexus devices coming this fall, from five manufacturers, Jelly Bean onboard

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by 2 years ago
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Traditionally in the Android development cycle, major versions have launched at the end of the year (exception being Gingerbread/Honeycomb). According to the Wall Street Journal, Android Jelly Bean should launch this year, “by Thanksgiving”. Will this be Android 5.0 or another version? That depends on Google’s plans for their I/O developer event happening in June. Andy Rubin’s team has two options: one, launch an Android 4.1 version with some improvements at I/O (and call it Jelly Bean), and then give a new name to Android 5.0. Two, use the event to showcase upcoming features of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, and…

Will Google’s Galaxy Nexus be first to receive Jellybean?

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Google has been conducting a re-launch of sorts of its flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. With 4G LTE variants already available on Verizon and releasing soon for Sprint, an unlocked GSM version of the device is now available for sale on the US Play Store for just $399. As a reminder, the specifications of the device include: 4.65″ Super AMOLED display 1.2 Ghz OMAP 4460 dual-core processor 720×1280 resolution 16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera 1750 mAH battery Since it is an unlocked, no-contract version, buyers can use Google’s Galaxy Nexus on either AT&T’s…

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean – Too much, too soon? Bad for users and developers alike?

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Google has a problem. Android is being developed too fast while the adoption rates for the new versions are too low. The Android 2.x series started when Android 2.0 Eclair was released at the end of 2009. By the end of 2010, Froyo and Gingerbread (Android 2.2 and 2.3) were released and remained the dominant versions used until today. Since then, Google has released Android 3 (Honeycomb) and Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). But, chances are that if you buy an Android phone today it will be running either 2.2 or 2.3. The tablet market has slightly better adoption rates for the…

ICS set to gain big in the coming months, Jellybean won’t come until Q3 [Updated]

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[Update] As to indicate that all Android 5 rumors should be taken as rumors, Digitimes has just issued another report that contradicts the report quoted in this article. According to other “industry sources“, Android 5 should come in May or June. Hmm, what to believe? Folks, you can put those jellybean jars back in your kitchen cabinet for now. According to anonymous (aren’t they always?) industry sources, Android (5.0) Jellybean, the successor to Android 4.0, will not be arriving to any device until the third quarter of 2012. In lieu of Jellybean, Digitimes’ sources predict that Ice Cream Sandwich will flex…

Report: $199 Quad-Core Nexus Tablet to Be Manufactured by ASUS

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by 2 years ago
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The Nexus program has always been meant to demonstrate Google’s vision for Android, by combining the best software (the latest purebred Android version) with the best hardware, to deliver the best possible user experience. When it comes to smartphones, Google’s efforts have produced outstanding results – Galaxy Nexus and the other Nexus devices have received both critical acclaim and commercial success. So it makes perfect sense for Google to extend the Nexus program to tablets, an area where Google admitted that it didn’t fare too well. With Andy Rubin announcing that 2012 will be the year of the tablet for…