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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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Another month, another set of statistics revealed by Google for us to ogle and scrutinize. So, which Android platform is ruling the universe, and which is heading straight to the black hole? Here’s a spoiler, there’s really no significant shake-up from last month. Let’s work our way down from the top and analyze the Android platform distribution chart among Android devices owners that have accessed Google Play for the 2-week period ending April 2, 2012. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still the most popular Android flavor around, securing a 63% share. Taking second place is Android 2.2 Froyo with 23.1%. About 6%…

Hero users on Orange UK’s network will start receiving the Android 2.1 Eclair update as early as next week, according to an HTC spokesperson.  The following statement has been posted on Orange’s website: “We apologise for the delay in Orange Hero customers receiving their Eclair update. Testing the update across European markets took longer than anticipated. However, we hope to receive final approval by the end of the week and Orange handsets should start updating from next week.”

Today Google has provided data about the relative number of active devices running the various versions of the Android platform. The results show that the Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system is the most widely used at 55.5%.  The full table is below: Android 1.5 – 18.9% Android 1.6 – 22.1% Android 2.1 – 55.5% Android 2.2 -  3.3% Most of today’s biggest selling smartphones like Sprint’s EVO 4G, Verizon’s Motorola DROID and DROID X, and the newly launched AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant Galaxy S all run Android 2.1. The study was from data collected during two weeks ending on…

The Liquid A1, Acer’s first Android device, now has an available firmware upgrade that will take it from Android 1.6 to 2.1 Eclair.  The smartphone offers a speedy 768 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a large and colorful 3.5-inch 480×800 touchscreen display, 3G,WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 5-megapixel shooter. Head to Acer’s website for the download (under Driver Download). [via IntoMobile]

Over at the Android developers blog, Google have released the statistics of Android version usage. The data were collcted over a two week period ending on June 16, 2010. The figures reveal that 50.4% of Android devices run Android 2.0 or greater. If we consider Eclair to comprise Android 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.1, then we can certainly conclude that the Android ‘fragmentation’ issue is subsiding. This is good because it has been such a hot topic over the last few months since Google have released version after version of Android. The other ~50% or so goes to Android 1.6 and…

The Computex expo has given us one of the first proof of concept devices running the new Intel Moorestown processor chip. The device itself is manufactured by Aava, who we have covered in some depth before. Aava is collaborating with Intel to take the Moorestown platform to market with a range of customers and service providers. The two companies are working on smartphone reference designs covering Android, Moblin, and MeeGo. The bad news is that the video recorded by Engadget (after the jump) does not show the device running quicker than any other higher-end device on the market right now….

Sprint and HTC have released the Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero. Like the update that recently went out for the HTC DROID Eris for Verizon, this Hero firmware update must be downloaded and applied from a personal computer. Sprint notes that applying this update will delete your personal data. The following is the official warning: Important Note: Installing the 2.27.651.5 update will delete all the data and information on your phone. You will lose contacts that have not been synced to an email account, text messages that have not been forwarded, saved voicemail messages older than 5 days,…

Getting right down to it, Android news blog ‘Android and Me’ believes that all current devices running Android of any version flavor will be capable of receiving an upgrade to the latest version, one way or another. Here is a direct quote from the ‘Android and Me’ website which broke the news recently; After talking with several inside sources familiar with the matter, I would like to report that every Android phone currently released in the United States will be receiving an upgrade to Android 2.1. Unfortunately, the early adopters may suffer from a few issues. Some Android based devices…